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Bahamas Skippered Yacht Charters

The heavens above must have dropped a pearl necklace into turquoise waters & created The Exuma Cays, where we offer Bahamas Skippered Yacht Charters.

They sweep in an almost unbroken exquisite chain, creating the best sailing grounds in the western hemisphere. Harbours are protected; anchorages are pristine. Quaint settlements are picturesque and the people, simply delightful. Our Bahamas skippered yacht charters curate private yachts in the Exumas & Abacos. All inclusive; Excursions, Captain, Chef prepared meals and cocktails.

 

 

Aboard our yachts, look below the surface to find stunning coral formations bursting with brilliant-coloured exotic fish that dart in and out like little children at play. Lie across a floating mattress to view the world below with a mask and snorkel for hours while being entertained by sea residents. A leopard stingray may glide by followed by a hawksbill turtle, or Nikki the resident dolphin.

Fishing is excellent if you’re handy with a line. When sailing, a line is trolled behind the boats to catch our dinner for the nightly grill: mahi-mahi or tuna. Drop a line over the side at night in the anchorage, and you’ll be delighted to land a snapper. If snorkeling is your game, you’ve found the experts. We’ll teach you how to free-dive so you can peak under coral heads and see the critters of the sea.

The original swimming pigs of Exuma have evolved from a little-known secret to one of the world’s most sought-after experiences. In an archipelago of 365 islands which make up the Exumas, located just a short sail from Georgetown, Exuma, these amazing animals reign supreme over their own island, not far from other famous residents such as Johnny Depp, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and David Copperfield.

Above Videos: Shot aboard our Bahama Cat Charters depicts a typical week full of activities in The Exumas, Bahamas! People depicted in the videos are our actual crew and clientele. 

 

Above Video: Captured by Captain Ed by drone at Shroud Cay, part of the Exuma Land & Sea Preservation Park, depicted is often called the waterslide, as a natural tidal current will take you for a gentle ride down the mangrove-lined salt water river.

Above Video: This entire video all scenes were filmed in one day at Warwick Wells, part of The Bahamas, Exuma Land & Sea Preservation Park. An excellent example of what you might experience in one day, imagine a week in the Exumas! 

We custom curate Private Bahamian Skippered Sailboat Yacht Charters on Monohulls & Catamarans in The Bahamas.

Black Diamond’s Bahama Skippered Yacht Charters arranges private yachts in the Abacos, Exuma & Nassau. Itineraries are custom design to suit your specific wants and desires. We will discuss what your perfect vacation would look like, and then together we plan the itinerary with you to include either uninhabited islands, small towns and settlements of 30 to 100 people or more populous places where you can enjoy a nice dinner ashore and mingle with the local culture. Your itinerary will be completely customized. In any case after a night sleeping at anchor, each day we start with breakfast on the boat, then a sail for a few hours, lunch while underway or once we have dropped the anchor at our next destination.

You are then free to explore the beaches and islands with our dinghy runabout, kayak, paddle board, or take a guided tour, beach combing, drift snorkelling, scuba diving, a spearfishing expedition, shark observation, swim with the pigs or dolphin. Conch or Lionfish hunting.

Recent charter guests have experienced; deep sea fishing, snorkelling the grottos caves, spear fishing, playing with stingrays, swimming with dolphins, frolicking with swimming pigs, and feeding the iguanas, enjoying time with the locals, experience the culture. All excursions are included at no charge.

After a busy day enjoying the islands, water and sun, most dinners will be enjoyed onboard under the sunset. You are also free to have as many onshore meals at various restaurants as you wish. Finally ending your day with a night-cap under the moonlight while anchored in a secluded bay. If you have not experienced sleeping at anchor in this setting it should be on your bucket list!

How does a Bahama Skippered Yacht Charter, Compared to Bareboat Charters?

The benefits of a Skippered Yacht Charter!

Skippered charters, come with an experienced Captain who knows the local waters of the Bahamas, click -> Captain Ed! The crew will take care of everything for you, so you’ll spend the maximum amount of your time relaxing and enjoying your vacation. Starting with the provisions you chose, they will be already on the boat, so your not wasting a day shopping and loading the boat. The crew will help prepare meals and do all the clean up afterwards such as washing the dishes.

Bare boats are not just bare of crew, but bare of the luxuries and upgrades to make for a more enjoyable holiday. Black Diamond, our Flag-ship is equipped with Air Conditioning, even on anchor through generators, a 2000 watt inverter, all 110 volt sockets in all cabins and common areas are live, even on anchor, curl your hair, use the microwave all while anchored. Digital TV, Sat Radio, Black Diamond has its own WIFI on board. The boat is equipped, DVD, iPhone, iPod hook up for music. Ice, Freezer in addition to boat fridge/freezer, Full separate shower not over head area. Fans and air conditioning in all cabins and salon. Full Enclosure bimini top in the cock pit, electric winch and windlass just to name a few, check it out click here -> The Boat!

Other boats maybe equipped differently but all are equipped with a fare more than your typical bareboat.

Sailing Experience. Take the helm, and take an active role sailing the boat, you are welcome to do so whenever you like, or just relax and enjoy the ride. In any case you will not be responsible for any damages to the boat unlike bareboat charters where qualifications are also required.

Your cruising area is not limited to tourist traps. With skippered charters you’ll go way beyond and have nothing to worry about. You can explore areas that are normally restricted with bareboat charters, reach farther less explored areas of the Bahamas.

A skippered charter has many advantages for those that want the experience of a sailing holiday without the pressure & responsibility of looking after the boat, studying charts, cooking and cleaning. The skipper will happily help you choose an itinerary that suits you and make sure that you have a stress free and comfortable cruise. This holiday gives you the freedom to do exactly what you want, when you want.

The other added bonus of skippered charter is that we are happy to teach. No matter your age or experience you can learn as much as you like- at a pace set by you. There is no set curriculum, no pressure and no timetable to run your trip by. You may just wish to learn how to helm, trim sails, dock or anchor. For the more experienced sailor, who would like to experience the long-term cruising life-style. We have specially arranged programs for this type of experience. You will experience various anchoring techniques, tides, currents, surges, overnight passages, ocean navigation, it can all be experienced on our charters – On the other hand you may just want to go for a swim or a drink ashore, you can. The choice is yours.

Cabins available on a 40 foot Luxury Catamaran 8 day cruise in the Exumas!

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Black Diamond a Jeanneau 39-foot performance cruising mono-hull.

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Black Diamond Captain Ed & Proprietor of Black Diamond Yacht Charters

Ed Radonic is working on his RYA, Yacht Master 200 Ton certification. Ed has been boating for 30 years, at the age of 49, this is more than half his life-time. Ed is an accomplished ocean sailor who has logged almost 30,000 nautical miles and has been cruising the Bahamas for the past 10 years, has visited many of the 700 islands of the Bahamas, but his favorite sailing areas are the Exumas, followed by the Abacos islands. More Black Diamond Specs follow this link.    For a full biography please follow this link.

7 Days / 8 Nights Charter Rates and Fees aboard Black Diamond.

ALL OUR CHARTERS ARE ALL INCLUSIVE! – No Surprises! 

BLACK DIAMOND 39 foot Performance Cruising Mono-Hull

2 Guests – $ 6,000 USD = $3,000 per person

3 Guests – $ 6,750 USD = $2,250 per person

4 Guests – $ 7,500 USD = $1,875 per person

5 Guests – $ 8,500 USD = $1,700 per person

6 Guests – $ 9,000 USD = $1,500 per person

*Booking: Only a deposit is required at booking, VISA & MASTERCARD accepted.

*All-inclusive rate included: All onboard meals, snacks and alcoholic & other beverages, excursions, activities, snorkeling equipment, mooring fees, fuel charges, linens, fuel, ice. All your excursions and activities included, except for gratuities & local 4% port taxes not included.

*Not included: Customary gratuity, your crew will work hard for you to ensure you have the yacht vacation of a life time.  (A yachting industry standard), off-vessel charges such as airfare, taxi fares, off-vessel meals/beverages, and 4% Port Authority Tax.

Dinner ashore: Guests are requested to enjoy one night ashore for dinner when booking a 7-day charter. This allows for a delightful cultural experience with the islanders.

*Flights & Arrangements: We can help you arrange flights and extended accommodations if you would like to spend a few extra days before or after your charter in The Bahamas.

CHILD DISCOUNT: $500 discount for child aged 12 and under. One child discount per charter.

 

Australian Kiss a 2017 Beneteau 41-foot performance cruising mono-hull.

This yacht accommodates up to 4 guests and 2 crew. She is incredibly spacious with three double cabins and a classically styled salon. The boat was designed for sea cruising. The well-planned deck with bean bag chairs, makes the sailing both exciting and laid back. Amenities include at dock air conditioning, on deck bean bag chairs, SUP, Kayak, snorkel gear.

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Australian Kiss Captain Howie Colt

Howie Colt started Gone Sailing Adventures in 2008 from his love of sailing. He brings decades of experience providing sailing lessons to adults, children, couples, families and special needs students.  He is an ocean sailor, Transport Canada licensed and an International Yacht Master and accomplished instructor, accredited by Sail Canada. Howie has logged over 20,000 miles sailing the Great Lakes, Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean and Aegean Seas.  He is an avid cook and is very creative in both his menu and presentation.  He will catch you a fish and turn it into a gourmet meal.

7 Days / 8 Nights Charter Rates and Fees aboard AUSTRALIAN KISS (ABACOS).

ALL OUR CHARTERS ARE ALL INCLUSIVE! – No Surprises! 

AUSTRALIAN KISS 41 foot Beneteau 2017 Performance Cruising Mono-Hull

2 Guests – $ 5,000 USD = $2,500 per person

3 Guests – $ 6,000 USD = $2,000 per person

4 Guests – $ 6,750 USD = $1,687 per person

Extra days available at $250 per person per day.

ABOVE RATES ALREADY DISCOUNTED $1,500 These rates only available for these sailing dates. Book fast, before their gone!

 

*Booking: Only a deposit is required at booking, VISA & MASTERCARD accepted.

*All-inclusive rate included: All onboard meals, snacks and alcoholic & other beverages, excursions, activities, snorkeling equipment, mooring fees, fuel charges, linens, fuel, ice. All excursions and kayaking & SUP Boarding and all activities included, except for gratuities & local 4% port taxes not included.

*Not included: Customary 10 – 20% gratuity, your crew will work hard for you to ensure you have the yacht vacation of a life time.  (A yachting industry standard), off-vessel charges such as airfare, taxi fares, off-vessel meals/beverages, and 4% Port Authority Tax.

Dinner ashore: Guests are requested to enjoy one night ashore for dinner when booking a 7-day charter. This allows for a delightful cultural experience with the islanders.

*Flights & Arrangements: We can help you arrange flights and extended accommodations if you would like to spend a few extra days before or after your charter in The Bahamas.

CHILD DISCOUNT: $500 discount for child aged 12 and under. One child discount per charter.

 

Custom Bahama Catamaran Charters,

With the Dreffin Family.

Our cats are sailing catamarans with a captain and crew living full-time aboard. Capt. Peter and Tina Dreffin of Freebird a 42-foot catamaran, have lived aboard boats and cruised the Exumas for decades. They reared their two sons aboard, sailing around the world when the boys became teenagers. Their son, Adam Dreffin, currently charters Rubicon a 44-foot catamaran.  It’s no wonder a lifetime of adventuring in the Bahamas has turned Freebird and Rubicon into the most interesting catamarans in the Exumas and Out Islands.

Our catamarans offer: snorkeling, spear-fishing, remote island cruising, twin kayak expeditions, island cave explorations, beach combing, trail hiking, boogie boarding, drift-diving, swimming with dolphins, shark observation, swimming with pigs, and conch hunting.  An underwater video camera will document your stories, simply because your family and friends back home won’t believe you!  As a parting gift, a digital copy of your dream vacation is provided as a free download.

We sail from Georgetown, Great Exuma, sailing north into the Exuma 350 island chain.  There, you will experience tranquil anchorages with a plethora of fascinating activities to do.  Jump right in, or sit back and let the international chef ply your palette with tasty cuisine while you take in the panoramic views. This is the ultimate cruise of a lifetime, hands down.  Because the Exuma Cays are remote, cruise ships do not operate here, so no crowds! Most of the islands are uninhabited or small settlements of 50 to 300 people.  We are your floating palace above tranquil waters, ready to spoil you.

Rubicon a 44-foot St. Francis Catamaran.

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Freebird a 42-foot Grainger Catamaran.

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Rubicon Captain Adam and Chef Jen

Adam Dreffin holds an MCA Master of Yachts 200 Tons. He was reared aboard his parents’ catamaran. At a young age, Adam disappeared into hidden coves, trolling for fish while handling a sailing dinghy. He shot his first lobster at age 6. His passion for the islands is evident. Adam passaged to the South Pacific with his family.  In Australia, he attended college, obtaining his captains license. Adam’s specialty is as an avid sportsman on the water. He kite-surfs, windsurfs, and relishes catching game fish while trolling between islands. He is also certified as a Sivananda yoga instructor. The Dreffin family are true sailors with over 40 years experience at sea.

Freebird Captain Peter and Chef Rebecca

Captain Peter has always lived near the water and first started sailing as a teenager, racking up awards and experience in racing catamarans. He has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean four times and has been licensed by the US Coast Guard as a Captain since 1982. Captain Peter has cruised the Bahamas for 35 years, anchoring in every hidden nook and cranny amongst the 2,000 cays and islands. His island speciality is free-diving and spearfishing. You are bound to have an amazing experience in his hands!

Cuisine Sampling, You won’t be disappointed on any of our vessels. 

 

7 Days / 8 Nights Charter Rates and Fees aboard Rubicon & Freebird.

ALL OUR CHARTERS ARE ALL INCLUSIVE! – No Surprises! 

** $500 EARLY BIRD BONUS, BOOK BEFORE Dec 31st 2018 and receive a $500 Discount! **

RUBICON 44 foot Catamaran

2 Guests – $ 10,000 USD = $5,000 per person

3 Guests – $ 11,000 USD = $3,666 per person

4 Guests – $ 12,000 USD = $3,000 per person

5 Guests – $ 13,000 USD = $2,600 per person

6 Guests – $ 14,000 USD = $2,333 per person

FREEBIRD 42 foot Catamaran

2 Guests – $ 9,500 USD = $4,750 per person

3 Guests – $ 10,500 USD = $3,500 per person

4 Guests – $ 11,500 USD = $2,875 per person

5 Guests – $ 12,000 USD = $2,400 per person

** $500 EARLY BIRD BONUS, BOOK BEFORE Dec 31st 2018 and receive a $500 Discount!** 

*Booking: Only a deposit is required at booking, VISA & MASTERCARD accepted.

*All-inclusive rate included: All onboard meals, snacks and alcoholic & other beverages, excursions, activities, snorkeling equipment, mooring fees, fuel charges, linens, fuel, ice. All your excursions and activities included, except for gratuities & local 4% port taxes not included.

*Not included: Customary 10-20% gratuity, your crew will work hard for you to ensure you have the yacht vacation of a life time.  (A yachting industry standard), off-vessel charges such as airfare, taxi fares, off-vessel meals/beverages, and 4% Port Authority Tax.

*Kite-Surfing optional charges: RUBICON only: Kitesurfing lessons are additional, with a customized instruction, rate ranges between $100 and $175 per person per hour, depending on experience. For kitesurfing guests who know how to ride, and do not require lessons, the normal charter rate applies.

Dinner ashore: Guests are requested to enjoy one night ashore for dinner when booking a 7-day charter. This allows for a delightful cultural experience with the islanders.

*Flights & Arrangements: We can help you arrange flights and extended accommodations if you would like to spend a few extra days before or after your charter in The Bahamas.

RUBICON: $500 discount for child aged 12 and under. One child discount per charter. FREEBIRD: 5-Pax rate already includes Child Discount (smaller cabin for a child).

Bottled water is not included in the rates, as FREEBIRD and RUBICON have a charcoal filtered Reverse Osmosis water which is high quality. RUBICON is supporting eco-friendly “green” options by avoiding the use of plastic bottles when possible.

 

Above Video: Kite-Surfing available on Rubicon with Captain Adam Dreffin, $100 per hour equipment rental for experienced surfers, or lessons for $175 per hour for those who would like to learn. Otherwise all other activities are included at no charge! 

Above Videos: Informative and interesting Bahama Tourism videos.

Contact me Captain Ed, I’ll help you arrange your custom dream yacht holiday in The Bahamas!

Contact me at ed@sailboatcruise.ca

Captain Ed’s Cell Phone: 416-829-7236

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