Luxury Sailing Vacation
A vacation with a difference
A charter yacht vacation delivers the ultimate all-inclusive experience on the water aboard your own private sail or power vessel. It is, quite simply, unlike any other travel experience. Island hop in luxury to exotic secluded isles and lively ports. Embrace the relaxation of a sailing vacation with the safety of a professional Captain, as you and your guests enjoy a hassle-free cruise. Choose where you stop for lunch, swim, or anchor – you are in control of your destination. No holiday will ever be the same again.
Access to over 60 locations worldwide
San Juan Islands
Sea of Cortez
US and British Virgin Islands
Over 60 yacht charter destinations available worldwide
Create your dream cruise. Consult with Captain Mark to craft a custom tour and select the optimal vessel and amenities.
- US Virgin Islands
- British Virgin Islands
- St. Martin
- La Rochelle
- Côte d’Azur
- Balearic Islands
- Key West
- Lake Champlain
- La Paz
- New Caledonia
Customize your vacation by choosing the sailing yacht that suits your individual needs. A “monohull” offers an exciting “tilt with the wind” sailing experience, while a “dual hull catamaran” has more spacious common areas and a flat, smoother voyage. Other considerations include the number and size of sleeping areas, heads (bathrooms), and amenities from sun decks to galley size. The photos of yachts below are examples of possibilities. There are a wide variety of floor plans, privacy considerations and budget, with sizes depending upon the number in your group, from two to eight guests plus your captain/crew/chef.
Every boater’s choice for level cruise and the most spacious sunbathing decks, the Lagoon 52F features four huge common areas. The aft cockpit offers comfortable group dining. For warm winds visit the forward cockpit. The upper helm chaise-lounge features panoramic views, and the salon has ample seating and galley.
Each cabin enjoys a private head (bathroom), individual climate controls, and opening hatches for fresh air flow. Enjoy reading lights, overhead lighting, and USB ports. A full sheet set, pillows, and decadent “Beach Castle Sweets” chocolates greet you to your floating home!
The sailing vessel offers the perfect balance of features, accommodations and size. Each cabin features a berth for two, ensuite heads (bathrooms) for some, the other head shared. Pricing is adjusted for your preference. For your convenience, the ports (windows) open for fresh air, enjoy reading lights, overhead lighting and USB ports for charging. Full sheet set, pillows and special Beach Castle Sweets handmade chocolates will help greet you to your floating home!
The roomy cockpit has seating for eight guests. She has a canvas dodger and a bimini (awning), which provides protection from the elements yet still allows you to experience the scenic wonders unhindered. The spacious fore-deck also offers abundant room to stretch out and bask in the sun. Her step-through transom allows easy access to the swim step from which you’ll board her kayaks or her motorized launch with which you’ll be whisked ashore for a little hiking or beachcombing.
YOUR CAPTAIN AND HOST
Cruise with accomplished skipper Captain Mark Brown, and his access to charter yachts in over 60 exotic destinations world-wide. As a US Coast Guard approved Captain and American Sailing Association ‘Outstanding Instructor’ – you may relax (or learn to sail?) – with an experienced guide. Let Captain Mark share his intimate knowledge of the local isles’ hidden secrets and history, with safe travels, stimulating conversation and nothing short of the vacation of a lifetime – making this an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. Mark is eager to meet you and offer exceptional Concierge Cruising
Welcome Aboard !
Your safety is our priority
- Proven qualifications
- Coast Guard standards
- Stringent safety regulations & inspections
- Destination experience
- Excellent local knowledge
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What to bring
The vessel will supply galley supplies, soap for showers, towels, complete sheet sets, and duvet bed coverings. Evenings or stronger winds may require a jacket (dependent on climate). Dress casual, in layers, as you would for a hike or long walk. Sunscreen, water bottle, water tolerant footwear, and swimwear, as needed for sailing destination. Ask in advance about internet or phone access. Sometimes it’s just good to be “off the grid”!
2. How to provision
Captain Mark is an excellent resource for provisioning/catering. Experienced enough to do it himself, he can take over for you, or advise you on what to bring. If you wish, you can shop yourself and supply the vessel with your favorites, or sample local produce from nearby stores and markets. In addition, you can cook or allow the crew to handle the meals. Ask about purchasing your own “adult beverages” or request a supply for your cruise.
3. Choose your participation level
This might help you decide how you would like to engage in your upcoming voyage! A professional captain offers options to assist in the cruise as much or as little as you wish. Decide how much you want to learn from this trip.
Grow your confidence on a teaching skippered yacht charter. Ease into proficiency with professional guidance. A skippered vessel provides lessons without pressure.
An intense desire to visit exotic, and perhaps difficult destinations by sea, but not experienced enough to captain a vessel.
While wanting to occasionally take the helm, you’d also like sometimes to relax with friends and family. Skippering is a 24-hour responsibility!
Sailors without Bareboat Certification
Some destinations require a particular “Bareboat” license, (especially the Mediterranean). Sail your destination on a skippered charter while learning enough to do it yourself next time.
Visiting a new destination requires experience with each cruising area. Challenging wind systems and navigation are different everywhere you go. Explore new locales without stress.
4. Am I on board with people I don’t know?
This is your personally planned adventure. You may share the vessel or not. Invite family and friends for a fun vacation you won’t have any other way.
5. How many guests per boat?
- In our experience two to four couples are the ideal number.
- While up to ten vacationers may be accommodated on larger vessels, consider chartering a 2nd boat to maintain a more intimate shipboard experience.
6. Will children enjoy a cruise?
Children are welcome, and a family-style yachting vacation will create memories for a lifetime!
7. What will we do on our cruise?
For warm water destinations, snorkel equipment, paddle boards and kayaks are usually available. Our yachts feature a smaller boat, called a dinghy (ding-E) for shore excursions, as we sometimes anchor off beautiful, isolated beaches with no dock facilities. Choose busy port towns, historic locations, tiny islands, or lots of sailing time. Your itinerary will be planned ahead of time, but what we do is up to you and your captain.
8. What dates are available?
There are no set dates. We book by “seasons” of availability and locations. North Americans usually wish to escape to warmer climates in winter. Caribbean trips are ideal December through March. The Northwest San Juan Islands are warmest in the summer months.
9. What is the cost?
Costs vary from $4,000 to $10,000 per cabin/per couple per week.
Four guests on a catamaran in the Grenadines in December will be more expensive than a group of eight on a monohull in the Pacific NW. Each trip is customized for your party, with appropriate food provisioning, itinerary, and daily pace. This is an unforgettable, luxury vacation. Ask us for specifics.
10. What is included in my voyage?
- Experienced Captain
- Pre-trip Planning & Consultation
- Itinerary & Menu planning
- Provisioning – supplies, food and custom beverages delivered to the boat
- Bedding, towels, soap, pillows and all the comforts of home
11. What is NOT included?
- Adult beverages – aside from “Welcome BBQ” champagne and beer. Let us know what you need ahead of time for adequate provisioning.
- Onboard Chef. Captain Mark’s vacations are “friends and family” style casual. A boat galley, like our kitchens at home – quickly becomes the social hub for food and beverages. Often, each cabin will prepare one evening’s dinner, with guests on their own for breakfast and lunch.
12. May I bring a hair dryer or charge my computer?
Smaller vessels may not have a generator to create 110v power for high electrical draw items like a hair dryer or blender – but all vessels DO have a 100v source for “plugging in” device chargers. Most modern vessels have USB ports in the cabins and common areas to charge your phone or GoPro.
13. Is there air conditioning?
This varies by type of vessel. Most do not have AC, or only while the boat is “plugged in” at a dock. Larger power vessels DO tend to have AC but require a diesel-powered generator to be running. We recommend enjoying the ocean breezes!
14. Do I need insurance?
I highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance that covers sailing.
The vessel is insured throughout the charter with first-class insurers against all risks, to provide permission to charter as under contract terms and to cover third-party liability.
15. Terms & Conditions
35% deposit at time of booking; balance due 45 days prior to embarkation.
In order of preference: direct wire to Whatcom Educational Credit Union, Check, Venmo, Paypal, or Credit Card.
Wiring Funds to an account at WECU:
ABA Routing #325180113
600 E. Holy St., Bellingham, WA 98225
Member Mark E Brown, Account #295661
16. What is the cancellation policy?
If you cancel a trip, cancellation fees will apply:
- If Charterer cancels more than 60 days before original charter start, Charterer will lose its 35% deposit.
- If Charterer cancels 59 days or less before the original charter start, Charterer will lose the entire charter fee paid to date.