Operating in the Caribbean
Upper Flybridge Lounge & Helm Stations
Aft Deck Dining
Foredeck and Trampolines
Master Cabin with direct access to aft deck
60 HP Dinghy
Upper flybridge lounging
Aft Deck looking towards Saloon
Large Upper Flybridge
Divider boards - ideal for single people
Willem Knoetze is a Captain that is very easy to warm up to. He has an endearing smile, an infectious laugh, and guests know right away they are in very capable hands. His in-water experience began as a child; going fishing, building rafts, and playing pirate games in the rivers and lakes around the family farm with his brother and sisters. As an expert seaman, scuba diver, and amateur treasure hunter, his playful pirate spirit still runs deep.
Will’s tight-knit family, most especially his uncle, inspired his love of the ocean. He says, “Despite having a great job in the IT industry, I had to leave to follow my passion for sailing. Since I was young I loved the ocean above and below the surface. The oceans kept on pulling so I jumped (in) at the opportunity and found my calling in life.” He is also a history buff, and snorkeling, spear fishing and underwater photography enthusiast. Fellow enthusiasts aboard Amazing can anticipate some truly amazing experiences.
Will has captained many charter yachts throughout the Caribbean; St. Maarten, Guadeloupe, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Panama, Grand Turk and the Bahamas, He says, “Amazing is a special catamaran, she has style and class, luxurious accommodations, fantastic deck space, loads of toys, and a super friendly, knowledgeable crew dedicated to memorable moments and unforgettable holidays for guests.” That all adds up to one amazing charter!
NICOLE BOWMAN, STEWARDESS
Nicole is a Florida girl with a natural born love of sun and sea. She practically grew up in the surf and has always been mesmerized by the ocean and the creatures that live in it. Nicole was destined for the yacht charter industry. She loves boating, diving, water sports, and most of all working with people. She says, “Being on the water is second nature to me. There is nothing more amazing than waking up every morning in a beautiful tropical paradise!”
Nicole has been organizing parties, vacations, celebrations and been hostess to friends and family for years. Being an excellent stewardess comes effortlessly. She anticipates guests needs and gives them continual attention to make their vacation as fun, easy and relaxing as possible. She uses her funniest yacht-related incident as prudent advice to first time charter guests: Don't board the dinghy and forget your shoes on the yacht. You will feel quite silly walking around town in a pair of (old/huge) crew flip flops!
Nicole is thrilled to be stewardess on Amazing, a gorgeous catamaran with loads of toys. She is a certified diver, excellent snorkeler and can hook a fish with a keen eye. If guests want a helping hand with their water sports fun, Nicole is ready to assist. Her goal is to help make every charter spectacular, above and below the water line.
Cathrina Wilkens, more affectionately known as Lizzie, was raised in South Africa with two obsessions; cooking and the ocean. Before she could read she could wield a potato peeler. She loved being in the kitchen with Mom and Grandma, cooking up a storm and preserving all the fruits of their farm in Pretoria. She says, “Grandma’s kitchen opened first thing in the morning when Grandpa’s feet hit the ground. The daily menu was fit for a 5-star restaurant. School holidays, she traded her apron for a swimsuit and the beaches of Durban, where she swam in the ocean from morning till evening with brothers, sisters and Dad.
Lizzie has been wielding that potato peeler in restaurants, hotels, lodges and yachts ever since. She has been an apprentice to top chefs around the world. She has traveled throughout Europe, England, America, Africa, Oman and the Caribbean to assimilate flavors and techniques. She explains the Liz Style of cuisine. “I take a taste of all the places I have been and fuse that into one dish. I love Asian flavors so there is always a hint of Asia in my dishes. My menu is healthy, light, with an explosion of flavors.”
Lizzie is a precious asset on Amazing. She has lots of experience with special diets and requests and goes out of her way to make sure the guests are happy and their taste buds are even happier. She is thrilled to be aboard Amazing because she believes a great crew makes the charter extra special, and the crew aboard Amazing is superb.
AMAZING has luxurious accommodations best suited for 10 guests in 5 cabins all with ensuite shower and toilet facilities. For 11 or 12 guests please inquire.
- 2 x VIP cabins with a queen size bed (6.8 x 5.3).
- 3 x guest cabins with a queen size bed (6.8 x 5.3) (with divider boards to form two singles if desired)
- 1 x guest cabin with twin beds (2.05 x 0.90 m) (upper & lower berths)
Amazing has divider boards in all cabins with split mattresses, which is ideal for single people,corporate events etc.
(Crew on the midships twin cabin. Crew will happily switch from twin cabin to port queen cabin if guests require a twin cabin, or to the forepeak cabins with own head, if guests require 6 cabins. One crew will sleep in common areas. Crew will need shared day use of the twin cabin bathroom)
The two aft cabins have direct access to the aft deck and walk-around queen beds. The forward guest cabins have a large window, which provides an abundance of natural light. Twin cabin is midship. All cabins have side access to beds, abundant storage, hanging lockers, and shelves, plus indirect lighting.
Cabin Rates are based on double occupancy. If individuals require a cabin each, the double occupancy rate applies.
AMAZING is fully air conditioned through out.
Enjoy Xbox 360, big screen TV and media server in saloon.
VHF Radio - Emergency Satellite Phone
**Onboard WiFi in BVI ONLY (does not apply to other islands) Internet: first 5GB included thereafter$79 per 5GB. This is not a fast internet service or 100% coverage. This allows guests to check e-mails each day, but insufficient to download huge files or watch movies on-line. Guests may wish to purchase additional wifi packages to suit their needs.
8-16 March, 2017 ~ Virgins - Perfect!
We had a perfect trip on “Amazing”. Captain Willem, Mate Nicole and Chef Leanne were outstanding in all aspects. We had excellent weather and got to visit many for the islands and just overall relax. The boat was clean comfortable and roomy. We never felt crowded. We were probably different that most charters as we just enjoyed the boat, sailing, snorkeling and walking on isolated beaches. We had three superb meals each day with evening dinner being really special each night. The crew quickly picked up on the things we liked to do and eat. The crew was outstanding in help looking after my wife with her infirmities. Leanne proved to be the star each evening preparing and serving a wide variety of main dishes. In my travels, I’ve eaten in a lot of fancy 5 star restaurants and I can honesty say the food we had was as good or better than many of those establishment. My family will remember this trip as the perfect vacation.Michael
27 Dec - 3rd Jan, 2017 ~ New Year's Eve in St Maarten
Willem, Nicole & Lizzy,
Thank you for a wonderful trip! Our family had an “amazing” experience because of your generous hospitality and your collective effort to make our time together fun and truly memorable. Your warm personalities, incredible service and absolutely delicious food and refreshing (and healthy) drinks made our entire trip relaxing and special. Thank you so much for the wonderful memories! We wish you smooth sailing and happy, healthy and joyful years ahead! You make a great team and we wish you all the very best in life and hope to see you again soon.
God bless you all, with love - Jay, Lisa, Catherine, Claire,Sarah, Nils, Hannah and Max
One of my favorite places was Dog Island – Max
I enjoyed Dog Island too, I think we all agreed and were saying it was one of, if not, the most beautiful beaches we’ve been on. This was such an amazing trip, seeing and spending time on such pretty beaches, islands, snorkeling, hiking, enjoying time on the boat relaxing and everything else, really. Thank you Will, Nicole and Lizzy for an amazing time. We are thankful to have had shared such a fun trip with you – Hannah
Such an amazing trip! It’s hard to choose a favorite because everything was so nice. I loved the last island we visited (Fouche). From the gorgeous hike overlooking St. Barth’s to all the beautiful marine life snorkeling. It was unbeatable! Thank you so much Will, Nicole and Lizzy for making this such a memorable trip. You guys are the Best! – Nils
There are too many favorites to list, but Meads Bay and snorkeling in Fouche (turtles) were some of my favorite highlights! The food was all amazing on the boat –favorite dinner was New Year’s Eve – mashed potatoes, ham, sausages, beets and veggies! Lizzy is an amazing chef! You guys were all so great and I really can’t thank you enough – Sarah
Nicole, Lizzy & Willem! A brief note could not do justice describing the incredible trip with you guys! Truly unforgettable; from exploring Dog Island all to ourselves,waking up to Nicole’s smoothies, incredible snorkeling especially the last few days at Gustavia off Columbier and at Fouche! Lizzy, your cooking and constant positivity made this week so enjoyable(although I may need to hit the gym in January now). Willem, you are the master of these Seas,thanks for being so patient while you and Nicole heard the dingy for our slowpokes! Thank you for making us feel so welcomed and spoiled! Well, I hope our paths cross again! – Claire
Thanks for everything! We loved it! We’ll cherish our special memories. Thanks to you all and God Bless – Love Lisa
We miss you guys!
We had an incredible time and we are so thankful we got to meet and spend time with you, Nicole and Lizzy.You guys are a great team (and you all compliment each other very well). We were spoiled all week by your warm personalities, incredible attention to detail and friendly service. It was clear from the beginning that you all wanted to make our experience special, which it certainly was - thank you all!
We know you have some exciting charters (and even more exciting trips ahead), we wish you, Nicole and Lizzy all the best this new year and always!
Thanks so much for looking out for and taking such good care of our family. We will always remember you guys and our memorable experience with you.
Let's stay in touch. God bless you all.
Thanks again, Jay, Lisa,Cate, Claire, Sarah and Nils, and Hannah and Max
18-25 December, 2016 ~ Christmas in St. Maarten
Amazing and her crew were “amazing”! Kind, generous, fun, professional. Thank you for such a wonderful week. Every aspect was amazing! Will, Nicole and Lizzy were wonderful because the food inside my stomach is smiling – Love Sean
You think you’re an adventurer? Thank you so much for the trip of a lifetime and a fantastic week Nicole, Lizzy and Will!
Talk about service with a smile! The crew on Amazing are, well,AMAZING! So fun and kind and patient and willingness to share their love for the ocean and sailing. The food was show stopping, and the boat breath taking. Thank you for an unforgettable week!
Amazing is an incredible catamaran, with an even more dedicated and fun-loving crew. Willem captained while coordinating everyone’s wishes. Lizzy cooked all delicious meals (including a South African Christmas dinner), and Nicole always had a smile on her face. Thank you all and this boat for being flexible, enjoyable and enthusiastic! -Love Jessica
Thank you SO MUCH for the happiest, most adventurous, fun,funny week of my LIFE at SEA! We’ll miss you Lizzie, Nicole and Will - Ethan
July 16-21, 2016 ~ A Lovely Time!
We had a lovely time. Thank you for working with us so that we could be with our family on Amazing. We really appreciate the help you gave us snorkeling.
June 23 – July 1, 2016 ~ BVI Amazing Week!
Guy, Caz & Becky;We had an amazing week! Each day was better than the last. Thanks for giving us some of the best days of our lives!!Joe, Julie, Teresa & Shelly
Guy, Caz & Becky;Thank you SO MUCH for ensuring a wonderful vacation in the BVIs. We enjoyed getting to know all of you. The meals were delicious! Thank you for helping us entertain/watch Katelyn. It was a vacation to remember! Happy Sailing!!Amy, Month, Quinn, Caroline & Katelyn
|Oct. 18, 2013|
|Guy & Caz,|
We cannot thank you enough for another beautiful trip! Caz never ceases to amaze us with her wonderful food. The special treatment in every aspect of the trip. We though the first trip was wonderful which brought us back again and turned out even better. Thank you for everything. May you have a wonderful season and see you again soon.
Michelle and Nathan