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Sailing Key West on a Private Charter

Private Luxury Sailing Charter | 47ft Catamaran in Key West

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The whole experience creates a lasting memory.

Charter our catamaran for a day trip or choose a multi-day liveaboard charter. You can pick from as little as 3 hrs to 7 days with us!

Our luxury catamaran sleeps UP TO 6 PEOPLE in three queen-sized ensuite staterooms with central heat and air conditioning and push button odorless toilets!

Dive, snorkel, fish, and paddle. All of the equipment you need is provided in new condition. We have three double kayaks, two stand up paddleboards, all sizes of snorkel masks and fins, noodles and snorkel vests, six person inflatable island lounge, six fishing poles and full tackle box, eight scuba tanks with compressor, 12ft inflatable dinghy with bimini top, outside shower and towels and two long life coolers to make your vacation a blast. See pictures of the boat and equipment.

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Sunsets are a big deal when sailing Key West.

Our pricing is all-inclusive and we have been owner-operated since 2015.

Create a custom-made charter by picking your favorite activities, choosing how many nights you would like to charter the boat and add a night or two on the dock to enjoy Key West shopping and nightlife if you wish.

Fill out a contact form and we will be happy to answer your questions and explain how we can create a lasting memory of sailing key west in luxury. Food allergies are not a problem for us, we can custom make a menu that will suprise and delight you.

The longer you sail Key West with us, the more activities we can offer you. Sometimes, it takes us 3 hours to reach a destination, others are about an hour away. Did you know it takes 12 hours of sailing to reach the Dry Tortugas? If you read the description of our products, they will make it clear how many and what types of activities we can include with your charter.

Use the links above to check prices for our day charters, liveaboard trips and sleep aboard rates.

Be sure to check our availability by looking at our calendar.

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New Toys

Cozy bean bag chairs and cushions transform the front of the boat into a relaxing lounge.
Super stable inflatable kayaks are easy to enter and exit, making it possible for everyone to enjoy paddling together.
Our gigantic floating reef island is an excellent place to relax after a swim.
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Xydas Family Adventure at Sea

Steve and Geri Xydas and their four girls aged 6,8,10 and 12 years joined us aboard Makara for a family adventure at sea last week.

On our way to the reef!
Successful snorkeling RIGHT ABOVE live coral heads loaded with fish, just feet from the safety of the catamaran.
Lindsay explains what they are seeing won’t hurt them, keeping the girls safe and happy.

Sometimes the weather allows us to make it out to a very special place on the reef, where there are large groupers to give snacks.

We see dolphins about 50% of the time. Very rarely do we get to drive the dinghy next to them like this. Today was a special treat, as the dolphins had young ones and they were feeling playful.

We packed in kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, grouper feeding, swimming, catch and releasing snappers, jumping off the front of the boat and drifting underneath and watching sunsets in two days! Whew!

Geri really wanted Lindsay to share her recipes. We all agreed the easiest way would be to add them to our website. In the near future, we will be adding recipes and pictures of the food we serve onboard for you to share with family and friends. Enjoy!

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Cape Cod private sailing charters

We are excited to offer CAPE COD private sailing charters THIS SUMMER! You can now charter us in two locations, Cape Cod this summer and Key West during the winter and spring. We will all have twice as much fun each year, because the activities we are offering are different. Who wouldn’t want to go searching for whales and digging for clams?

Cape Cod (Jun-Sep)

The website has been updated to include descriptions of all the cool activities we can do together during our 3 different day sail trips, 8 liveaboard charters and the sleep aboard option based in Provincetown, MA. We even have a charter option called the “Martha’s Vineyard Rendezvous.”

You now have friends who live in Provincetown from June through September. Come visit us, we’ll have a blast.

Click here to learn more and see pictures!

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The Long Coast of Portugal

Having already sailed across the Atlantic, all the way down the wild coast of Western Ireland, and across the English Channel, we were in search of some time day sailing. But that wasn’t always easy. A lot of the Atlantic coast of Portugal is famous for it’s surfing, which means there aren’t always as many safe harbours for sailors. Nevertheless, we found some amazing spots.

Private sailing catamaran charter Atlantic Portugal
Private sailing catamaran charter Atlantic Portugal

After a whole day of wonderful sailing and calm seas, things started to pick up during the hour before we arrived at the rather narrow entrance to São Martinho do Porto.

Private sailing catamaran charter Atlantic Portugal

With the sun setting behind us, we squeezed in through the headlands, surfing slightly on the back of 6 foot roller. Safely inside, we anchored up with the local boats and relaxed for the night.

Private sailing catamaran charter Atlantic Portugal
Private sailing catamaran charter Atlantic Portugal

From here it was another day sail to the Islas Berlengas. Situated 10km west of the fishing town of Peniche, the stunning and secluded Berlengas Islands are home to the Arquipélago das Berlengas nature reserve. 

Private sailing catamaran charter Atlantic Portugal
Private sailing catamaran charter Atlantic Portugal
Private sailing catamaran charter Atlantic Portugal

The Berlengas Islands form part of a dramatic natural landscape, and contain Portugal’s most scenic fort, while the crystal-clear waters are teeming with sea life.

Private sailing catamaran charter Atlantic Portugal

The islands were an amazing stopover, if somewhat tricky anchoring.

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The Venice of Portugal

Just a day sail south of Porto was the surprising town of Aveiro. So small we almost missed it, and that would have been a great shame. Beyond the coast lies a maze of canals and lagoons, alongside an industrial port. But if you persist inland, you reach a colourful town where the Portuguese version of gondolas, moliceiros, would have traditionally carried the local harvests of salt and seaweed, but now carry visitor along the canals to explore the city.

Private sailing catamaran charter Aveiro Portugal

We found the perfect place for lunch with the local speciality of roasted piglet. Yum!! The set lunch menu came with a mini jug of wine… not too shabby!

Private sailing catamaran charter Aveiro Portugal

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Fog Schmog… Sailing The Rio Douro

In spite of the crazy, dense fog in the marina, Marta and her family were still happy to go out for their day sail to Porto.

We could barely see the banks of the river as we entered past the breakwaters, passing lots of small fishing boats.

The first of Porto’s famous six bridges was barely visible overhead at 230 feet above us.

But as we moved further up river, thankfully the clouds began to disperse.

I don’t think the kids had seen the city from the water before.

What a spectacular afternoon on our first charter in Portugal!

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Pea Soup Fog

We were very sad to leave Galicia and all the wonderful food and wine, but it was time to start moving south again. Vana de Castelo, just across the border into Portugal, was a wonderful first stop with it’s flower-filled streets, leafy boulevards and imposing hilltop church.

                                            The church at the top of the hill has it’s own funicular!

Amazing views of the Rio Lima estuary

 

Not a bad place to catch the sunset

 

The Templo do Sagrado Coração de Jesus

 

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So many flowers adorning the buildings of the old town

 

 

The uber-modern swing bridge / boardwalk closing off the marina from the river

Our early morning departure from the marina gave a hint of what awaited us…
Hours sitting on the bow looking for fishing boats and crab pots!

As soon as we emerged from the river’s mouth Makara was engulfed in crazy thick fog. I ventured up front to keep watch, while Tadd set the obnoxious, but oh-so-important fog horn on automatic. This is how we spent the whole day!

The fog was so thick that the moisture condensed on my eyelashes and made it seem like I was crying…. all the way to Porto!

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The Death Coast of Galicia

The name “Death Coast” certainly isn’t exactly welcoming, and the conditions were challenging on occasion.

Although we never got a definitive answer as to the origin or true meaning of the name, we decided it was best to remain several miles offshore as we sailed to the next anchorage.

We finally made around the last headland, Fisterra, and into our chosen anchorage in Sardiñeiro de Abaixo. But while we were relaxing with a cocktail, we spotted a huge plume of smoke… followed by wonderful flying circus of firefighting planes as they killed the fire. We were glad to watch from a safe distance.

Galicia was just filled with little bays for us to explore. Sometimes near a village that we could explore, sometimes pleasantly remote.

We hardly ever saw boat traffic here.

While anchored near Baiona we enjoyed our dinghy ride with a view of the Castelo de Monterreal.

The view from the castle was impressive.

Due to the rocky and windward shoreline, it would have been very difficult for any invading forces to make landfall here, even without guns pointing at them.

Here’s a view to the south, towards Portugal.

The lichen and moss add a characteristicly ancient texture to the stones.

The ramparts went on and on. This was a seriously big undertaking to build, so long ago.

A view of the marina and modern buildings in the distance stand in contrast to the old castle.

We had a wonderful time sailing down the coastline and walking around Baiona with our very private guests.

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Cruising Coruña

La Coruña, a Galician port city on the northwestern coast of Spain, offered a fantastically welcoming induction into mainland Europe.

With its wonderful mixture of history with a modernista flare, culinary singularity and amiability, we found it absolutely impossible to sail on after the allotted three days were up.

And it’s a good thing too, as a chance meeting over a glass of Rioja and croquetas turned into the opportunity to show some lovely Gallegas a new perspective on their hometown.

Even though their father had been a merchant mariner for many years, he had never taken the Golpe sisters out on the waters surrounding the city. So it was our pleasure to take them out for the afternoon.

 

Strangely there was next to no wind as we cruised across the estuary of the Ria da Coruña, until we reached the outskirts of Ferrol, with its watchful twin sentry forts at the mouth of the river.

But we were as protected in our lunchtime anchorage from the wind, as the Spanish have been for centuries in Ferrol, by Castillo San Felipe.

Happily the wind was still there as we sailed back to town.