Bahamas Skippered Yacht Charters

The Bahamas
The Bahamas

The heavens above must have dropped a pearl necklace into turquoise waters & created The Exuma Cays, where we offer Bahamas Fully Crewed Yacht Charters, with Captain & Chef!

The Bahamian islands grace along the Gulf Stream well offshore of the Florida coast in an almost unbroken chain of 700 islands, 600 of which are uninhabitated, creating the best sailing grounds in the western hemisphere. Harbours are protected; anchorages are pristine. Quaint settlements are picturesque and the people, the friendliest you’ll ever meet. Our Bahamas fully crewed yacht charters, we 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 one of our associate charter partners 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! 

 

“Thanks Captain Ed for an absolutely fabulous week. We thoroughly enjoyed it. You did an amazing job looking after all the details of the trip so that we could enjoy the beautiful Abacos islands.

Having the Chef to look after meals was great and she did an excellent job preparing delicious meals! The whole trip was a 10 out of 10! Thanks so much”  –  Dave & Ruth Naismith, Toronto, Canada

 

 

We custom curate Private Bahamian Fully crewed Yacht Charters on Monohulls & Catamarans in The Bahamas, complete with Captain & Chef. 

Black Diamond’s Bahama Fully crewed Yacht Charters arranges private yachts in the Abacos, Exumas & 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 uninhabited islands, small towns and settlements of 30 to 100 people where you can enjoy a nice dinner ashore and mingle with the local culture. Your itinerary will be completely customized to suit your style and activity choices. 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 island destination. One thing is for sure, each night we will be exploring a different island.

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, sea turtle encounters, 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 Captain guided 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! The coves we anchor in are so calm, you will forget you are on a boat.

 

“Thank You for a great week!  It was totally worth it!  I loved it all. A perfect blend of relaxation and exploring and sea and sun. I’d be very interested in doing the Exumas another time.”  –  Lynn Woods, Toronto, Canada

 

How does a Bahama Fully Crewed Yacht Charter, Compared to Bareboat?

The benefits of a Fully Crewed Yacht Charter, with Captain & Chef!

Fully crewed 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 you are not wasting a day shopping and loading the boat. The chef will prepare all meals and perform all the clean up afterwards such as washing the dishes. You don’t want to spend your valuable vacation time preparing and cleaning up after three meals a day.

Bare boats are not just bare of crew, but bare of the luxuries and upgrades to make for a more enjoyable holiday. Black Diamond chartered yachts are equipped with Air Conditioning, even on anchor through generators, a 3000 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, your own WIFI on board. The boat is equipped, entertainment system with blue-tooth. Ice, Freezer in addition to boat fridge/freezer, Full separate shower not over toilet area. Fans and air conditioning in all cabins and salon. Water-Maker onboard, ensures endless showers and fresh water supply. A Fully Enclosure bimini top in the cock pit, electric winch and windlass just to name a few of the luxuries.

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

Captain Charter Freedom. 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 certifications and qualifications are also required. When you are done helming, or sailing, the crew will do the hard work of lowering the sails and putting them away.

Your cruising area is not limited to tourist traps. With crewed 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 fully crewed 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.

Learn to Sail, and add to your Sailing Experience. The other added bonus 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, 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, yes you can. The choice is yours.

“Hey Captain Ed,  It was absolutely wonderful!! Definitely enjoyed it and it has to be the best birthday gift I’ve ever had!! Thank you so very much for all that you the Captain and the Chef did for us!” –  Sharon Staiton, Toronto, Canada

 

 

Captain Ed & Proprietor of Black Diamond Yacht Charters

Ed Radonic is a RYA Skipper & ICC International Competent Captain, with Marine First Aid, currently working on his RYA, Yacht Master 200 ton certification. Ed has been boating for over 30 years, at the age of 50, this is more than half his life-time. Ed is an accomplished offshore ocean sailor who has logged nearly 30,000 nautical mile during his 1,886 days on the water. Ed has been cruising the Bahamas for the past 15 years, visited many of the 700 islands of the Bahamas, his favourite sailing areas are the Exumas, followed by the Abacos islands.   For a full biography please follow this link.

 

*Booking: Only a deposit is required at booking, Electronic transfer, PAYPAL, 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 crew 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.  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.

Discover the Exumas aboard the

s/v Magic Bus

We begin where other charters try to end up, the 54′ Catamaran s/v Magic Bus is moored directly at Staniel Cay, in the Exumas. We don’t waste a potentially uncomfortable day sailing from Nassau, and then another day sailing back to Nassau. Effectively giving you 2 extra days to fully enjoy your sailing holiday! 

Makers Air Staniel Cay Flight

Makers Air Staniel Cay Flight

With a quick private plane flight from Fort Lauderdale directly to Staniel Cay, you will be checking in and out at a private executive airport in Fort Lauderdale Florida and at Staniel Cay, expediting the whole customs procedures within minutes, and with a 5 min golf cart ride you will be boarding your yacht in no time! Flights to Florida are usually cheaper than flying into Nassau, but we can also help you arrange a flight from Nassau to Staniel Cay, Exuma. 

Bahamas Catamaran Charter Boat

The Magic Bus is not a “bare production boat”, she was designed with no sacrifices in mind for her 2000 launching, refit 2018. With numerous updates she boasts modern solar, 50 GPH water maker, ice maker, dish washer, a new generator, new Volvo engines, and sail plan that can take you anywhere!

Toys include two paddle boards, kayak, snorkelling equipment, towable tubing, 10′ swim raft, 15′ Zodiac with 30hp Suzuki, kids dinghy tender with electric motor and kite board for rent for qualified individuals.

Bahamas Charter Catamaran Floor Plan

  • 4 Guest Guest Cabins and Two Crew Cabins include
    • Four private cabins each with a queen-size berth, your own private restroom and shower, plus crew cabins.
    • Easily able to provision for two weeks for 8 guests.
    • A new reverse-osmosis 55 gallon per hour water maker, endless fresh water supply.
    • Ice maker and dishwasher
    • Blender, microwave, waffle maker, oven, stove, bbq/grill, fridge and freezer,
    • A new 2020 21kW generator to provide ample power for the whole crew while at anchor.

s/v Magic Bus a 54′ foot Catamaran which is crewed by Captain Ed Radonic and a choice of Chef to suit your style of dining, from local Bahamian Style, or Casual to fine dining gourmet!

Cabin Charters on Luxury Catamarans with Captain Ed in the Bahamas!  

Cabin charters allow you to get into a large comfortable cat without having to charter the whole boat. We will match you up with like-minded couples of similar ages and interests. A great way to meet new friends and enjoy the company with new friends. You will have your own cabin for two and your own private bathrooms with own separate shower. We will arrange a couple of dinners before the charter so you can get to know the other couples before your vacation. Discounts available on whole boat charters.  

Charter Rates and Fees, 7 Days & Nights.

ALL OUR CHARTERS ARE ALL INCLUSIVE!

Meals, Drinks, Excursions, All Expenses Included – Captain, Guide and Chef 

Cabins Charters Aboard s/v Magic Bus!

2 Guests/1 Cabin/Private Bathrooms – $ 6,000 USD per cabin, $3,000 per person

4 Guests/2 Cabins/Private Bathrooms – $ 5,750 USD per cabin, $2,875 per person

6 Guests/3+ Cabins/Private Bathrooms – $ 5,500 USD per cabin, $2,750 per person

Cabin Charter Dates Available

Feb 25th to March 4th, 20232 Cabins Available Recommended Age 30’s to 50’s

March 18th to 25th, 2023, 1 Cabins Available Recommended Age 50’s to 70’s

May 6th to 13th, 2023, 4 Cabins Available – Open

May 13th to 20th, 2023, 4 Cabins Available – Open

May 20th to 27th, 2023, 4 Cabins Available – Open

*Children are not permitted on Cabin Charters, since you will sharing yacht with other couples, Children are welcome aboard our whole yacht charters which you can also share with your own group. Children staying in parents cabin are no extra charge.

 

Whole Yacht Charters Aboard

s/v Magic Bus!

 

8 Guests/4 Cabins/Private Bathrooms – $ 22,000 USD whole yacht, $5,500 USD per cabin, $2,750 USD per person.

Whole Yacht Charter Dates Available

Dec 3rd to Dec 10th, 2022, SOLD

Dec 10th to 17th, 2022, Available

Dec 17th to 24th, 2022, Available

Dec 24th to 31st, 2022, SOLD

Dec 31st to Jan 7th, 2023, SOLD

Jan 7th to 14th, 2023, SOLD

Jan 14th to 21st, 2023, SOLD

Jan 21st to 28th, 2023, SOLD

Jan 28th to Feb 4th, 2023, SOLD

Feb 4th to 11th, 2023, Available

Feb 11th to 18th, 2023, Available

Feb 18th to 25th, 2023, SOLD

Feb 25th to March 4th, 2023, 2 Cabins Available

March 4th to 11th, 2023, SOLD

March 11th to 18th, 2023, SOLD

March 18th to 25th, 2023, 1 Cabins Available

March 25th to April 1st, 2023, SOLD

April 1st to 8th, 2023, SOLD

April 8th to 15th, 2023, SOLD

April 15th to 22nd, 2023, Available

April 22nd to 29th, 2023, SOLD

April 29th to May 6th, 2023, SOLD

May 6th to 13th, 2023, Available

May 13th to 20th, 2023, Available

May 20th to 27th, 2023, Available

June, July, August Charters Available in New England and The Hamptons, USA.

Bahamas 2024, only a $500 deposit required to secure your week, cancel anytime! 

All Inclusive, Includes all boat expenses, all Captain Guided excursions and activities, Includes full crew, Captain, local Bahamian Chef, all boat expenses, all meals, provisions, refreshments, ship’s bar alcoholic beverages and cocktails.

Children are welcome aboard our whole yacht charters which you can also share with your own group. Children staying in parents cabin are no extra charge.

*Booking: Only a deposit is required at booking, Electronic transfer, PAYPAL, 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 crew 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.  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.

 

Dreffin Custom Bahama Catamaran Charters

Our cats are sailing catamarans with a captain and crew living full-time aboard. Captain Adam Dreffin has lived aboard boats and cruised the Exumas for decades. Adam has sailed around the world as a boy with his family. Captain Adam, currently charters Rubicon a 44-foot catamaran.  It’s no wonder a lifetime of adventuring in the Bahamas has turned Rubicon into the most interesting catamaran in the Exumas and Out-Islands.

His 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.

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.

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

ALL OUR CHARTERS ARE ALL INCLUSIVE! – No Surprises! 

RUBICON 44 foot Catamaran

2 Guests – $ 12,500 USD = $6,250 per person

3 Guests – $ 13,000 USD = $4,333 per person

4 Guests – $ 13,500 USD = $3,375 per person

5 Guests – $ 14,500 USD = $2,900 per person

 

*Booking: Only a small deposit is required at booking.

*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.

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

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! 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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 [email protected]

Captain Ed’s Cell Phone: 416-829-7236

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