DECK & SYSTEMS
KATLO Crew Profile
Captain: George LaBonte (52)
Captain George and First Mate/Chef Cathy hail from Southern NewHampshire where their dream of setting sail in the Virgin Islands was set into reality. Their adventure began a decade ago in the Virgin Islands where they sought to escape the harsh New England winter. They chartered a bare boat with friends and explored the beautiful waters of theVirgin Islands. They became so enchanted with the experience they wanted to share their passion for adventure with others.
George’s love for adventure and the water began as a young boy in thewaters of New England. He enjoyed boating, sailing, scuba diving (PADIAdvanced Diver), kayaking and most every other water activity you can think of. He has over 30 years of boating experience with various sail and power vessels. George and Cathy summer in New England where George captains a 48 passenger sailing catamaran in Newburyport, Massachusetts. George is also an ordained Minister and is able to perform marriage ceremonies on both land and sea for anyone interested.
Chef/Mate: Cathy Labonte (51)
Cathy was raised in a large Italian family that inspired her culinary creativity. Her training came the old fashioned way, in her grandmother’s kitchen! She enjoyed preparing Sunday dinner for the family and has been hosting family and friends with her culinary delights over the years with combinations of old world recipes and new recipe flairs. She is passionate about creating healthy & delicious meals using the freshest, local ingredients. Cathy also enjoys spending time on the water. She loves swimming, snorkeling and paddle boarding. She finds fun in everything and believes that there is always a reason to celebrate!
George and Cathy thank you for reviewing their profile and hope you will begin your own Virgin Island adventure with them aboard Katlo.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reachout eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
Boehm Family - June 16, 2014
Captain Rob and Chef Sarah really made our trip special. They were easygoing but made sure we ate well and had a lot of fun. I don’t think the trip would have been nearly as enjoyable without them as our crew.
Captain Rob was very professional. He allowed us to have our space as a family, but he was always making sure that we were having fun. He took us to the best snorkeling spots and really fit a lot into our days on the boat. He also let the boys halyard sail, and would happily make adult beverages for us in the late afternoon. He even made sure that we stopped at two spots that had good shopping (for my benefit).
We had a lot of fun with Chef Sarah. She was very professional, friendly and outgoing. Her food presentation was exceptional. We loved every meal. She was happy to make accommodations for our one picky eater on occasion. She also packed a great picnic lunch one day for our outing and also sent us off with sandwiches, etc. upon our departure which we devoured in route to the airport. We had a lot of fun with her. Also, we all felt really good that she is a licensed boat captain as well should anything happen to Captain Rob, and her being a rescue diver also made us feel safe when out snorkeling.
The meals were all beautifully presented, and our boys ate just about everything she cooked. The hot breakfasts were especially great! I still don’t know how she was able to produce so many beautiful and delicious meals out of such a tiny kitchen space.
Our 3 teenage boys loved halyard sailing, snorkeling, and our oldest and dad enjoyed swimming underwater into the caves. Captain Rob worked hard to keep us all entertained. He also avoided some of the wilder party places where the boys would not have felt comfortable, which was good. One snorkel, he took us out in the dinghy and then tied it to his ankle on the snorkel back to the boat and guided us the whole way. The boys enjoyed him being on the lookout for sharks and other cool marine life for us to see.
An amazing adventure!! Island hopping & enjoying each other in the BVI. Rob and Caroline have been such a treat, from sailing to snorkeling to an amazing sunset hike on Guana Island, everything has been spectacular. Caroline has been a wonderful chef & each meal has been such an experience. We've been in such capable hands with Captain Rob and we have so enjoyed his company & wealth of knowledge of the BVI. He knows the hot spots aand the lesser known treasures. A trip of a lifetime. That we will repeat. xox Catherine and Blake, Atlanta
My 70th Birthday <3
Came to celebrate with all the family. A fabulous trip to never before BVI, cruising with Captain Rob, the best captain ever!! and best cook - Caroline
With our sons and wives, what an unreal and surreal visit. Gorgeous weather every day. The best. Our love Carol and Blake, Atlanta
Hoyt and I cannot get over what an adventure this has been. We have absolutely loved every minute including special attention from Rob and Caroline and all of our new friends. Heaven is on earth!! Party, Party, Party. Trip of a lifetime !!!!!
Best vacation ever! Robert was great and took us to a more amazing spot everyday! He is a wonderful captain and knows exactly where to go. Caroline - I'm not sure what we will do without her... She took such good care of us! I'm sure I gained 10 pounds from the excellent cooking - even our picky eater Robbie was catered to. This was the most perfect trip and we look forward to doing it again. Thank you so very much, Jay, Rachel, Robbie and John - Oklahoma
Our vacation on Katlo was amazing. Great food, great company and amazing service. Rob has had more experiences than people twice his age. Beatrice is a great chef. Cant wait to do this again. Mike and Corky. Boca Raton, FL
Great boat, great Captain, great food, great weather, whats not to like. Will be back next year. Many Thanks to Rob and Beatrice. Lois and Steve, Boca Raton FL
A family holiday for us all to remember. Children happy all day with fishing, snorkeling, beach combing, paddle boarding , kayaking and ensuring Rob couldn't tip the girls off the tube! Everything a family holiday should be. On top of this we sailed to the best locations, found the special anchorages where no one else would go. We felt at all times we had a captain who knew where the best possible locations were and sailed us there in a calm and safe manner.
In addition, we had the pleasure of Leanne's working- sensitive to the children's needs and tempting the tastebuds of the adults. If this was not enough, her following from the children was a delight to see as they loved her company. All in all, we have had a wonderful family experience under the care of Rob and Leanne. Thank you both. Happy memories for us all.
Jeremy and Jackie. - Bermuda/London UK
Thanks for helping make this holiday the best ever. Thanks for taking me out on the hobie-cat. I thoroughly enjoyed the seperation from my brothers, just watching the races and being on the water.
You did NOT make us come off the tube. Me and mum are a team!!
From Eloise. 11
Thank you for the fishing and taking us to the really nice islands.
From Henry. 9
ps. I really liked your cooking.
Thank you Rob and Leanne for a wonderful holiday. I especially enjoyed the snorkelling with Leanne. I wish to become a master diver. I also liked helping Rob pull up the anchor chain.
From Oliver. 9
This has been a trip beyond our wildest expectations! Each meal whether breakfast, lunch or dinner was a "TASTE SENSATION!". Leanne is quite an accomplished chef, especially to cook in that mini kitchen! Rob also, is quite an accomplished boat captain. His sailing expertise, knowledge of the local waters and calm personality is exactly what we were looking for in a charter. The Katlo is a beautiful boat, and the perfect size for our party. The combinations of the above made for a very memorable experience for us all. Celeste and I are now spoiled for the remainders of our lives, with the incredible memories of our BVI-KATLO charter with Rob and Leanne!
Thank you, Celeste and Craig
Another great and memorable trip to the BVI. Rob and Leanne made this a very special vacation. They have a unique way of pacing themselves to fit their guests desires and seeing and doing the right amount of BVI treasures. Leanne is a genius in the kitchen and a delightful hostess as well as a true "water baby". The only negative is that we didn't book an extra week.
Kevin and Allison
Hi, we had a great time, perfect vacation!!! The boat is very nice. We liked Captain Robert a lot, he's very friendly, and have a lot of experience. He was great with the kids, and the places he took us were just wonderful... Regarding the food, it was not Claire the chef, but Lieene was very nice. She cooks very well and is a very friendly person too, she is always in good mood and really makes you feel well. I only can say that we had a wonderful time!!!
Best regards, Karin
|LENGTH||45ft (13.7m)||BEAM||26ft (7.9m)||DRAFT||4ft 3in (1.3m)|
|GUESTS||6||CREW||Captain George LaBonte + 1||REFIT|
|SPEED||8kts / 10kts||STABILISERS||None||FLAG||United States|
|ENGINES||2 x Yanmar 53 hp|
KATLO 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. One cabin can convert from a queen bed to two single beds. KATLO is fully air conditioned through out with seperate climate control in each cabin.. Crew has a separate heads and shower. All showers are seperate so heads remain dry.
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