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BELLA VITA Crew Profile
Captain: Derek Hunsinger Nationality: US
Number of Crew: 2
Happily married for 26 years with 4 kids, 2 grandchildren (and more on the way) we decided that the Caribbean would be the perfect place for a fun-filled next chapter in our lives.
Prompted by our love of sailing, our "empty nest" and a desire for a lifestyle change we decided to do what we loved. So, leaving behind a successful business and some shocked family and friends, we moved aboard Bella Vita.
We have been sailing for the past 17 Years. Our adventures have included cruising the U.S. East Coast, the Caribbean and part of the Med. Derek holds a US Coast Guard 50 ton license and Brenda, also a captain, has her US Coast Guard OUPV. Both are also open water dive certified and CPR/AED/First Aid certified.
Derek is a born and raised Southern Gentleman (even though he doesn't have much of the accent). He has owned successful businesses, coached competitive soccer teams, served on the local YMCA board and believes in giving back to his community. On the surface Derek feels that vacations should be pretty simple; water, beach, a good book and sailing around with a cold drink in your hand.
Brenda is a well traveled military brat (Air Force) but ended up in Raleigh, NC where she met Derek. Brenda is a successful business woman, mom and an accomplished cook. Bella Vita offers surprisingly diverse dining, with a culinary variety that includes Southern comfort foods, seafood, down-home fare like dirty rice, shrimp and grits, sweet potatoes, fresh fruit and vegetable and palate pleasing treats. Brenda also offers Vegan and Heart Healthy menus as well. You will feel her warm and gracious North Carolina charm the moment you walk on-board.
Lorrin is our youngest daughter and a recent grad from UNC-Chapel Hill (finishing in just three years. (Thank You Lorrin) She has also been very active with local YMCA camps serving as a camp counselor and unit leader. Lorrin currently lives on ST Thomas but joins us from time to time. She loves to be on board whenever our guests bring kids....leading snorkel tours, dancing on the tramp, making up games....lots of energy and fun.
So, whether you have kids in tow - or just want to become one again for a few days....Welcome Aboard...Shoes Optional - Fun Required!
BELLA VITA Specifications
BELLA VITA Testimonials
BELLA VITA Specifications
|LENGTH||46ft (14.0m)||BEAM||24ft (7.3m)||DRAFT||4ft 6in (1.4m)|
|GUESTS||6||CREW||Captain Derek Hunsinger & Chef Brenda Hunsinger||REFIT|
BELLA VITA Accommodations
BELLA VITA can accommodate 6 guests in 3 cabins. The Master cabin has a queen size bed, shower and toilet. 2 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, shower and toilet. BELLA VITA is fully air conditioned through out. Crew has a separate heads and shower.
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