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MA HA Crew Profile
Your crew, Natasha and Andy, met while working on charter yachts, they’ve been at it for several years now, mainly in the British Virgin Islands (but also in Europe). Between them they have travelled widely. One day they had the bright idea that they ought to come together and combine the best of their professionalism. And they came to do this aboard Ma Ha. For both Andy and Natasha, the love of sailing and working on the water led them each to a career in charter yachts. They pride themselves on keeping a friendly and family atmosphere on Ma Ha, and enjoy meeting new people and making new friends on charter.Step aboard Ma Ha and you will feel relaxed and safe in the capable hands of Chef Natasha and Captain Andy as they weave your dreams and you sail, explore and experience the secrets of the Caribbean. Please! Step aboard.
Andy grew up in a travelling family, spending his youth in both Canada and England. Family vacations across North America, coupled with growing up on a lakeshore, soon instilled in Andy both a wanderlust and a passion for sailing. At a young age he was cruising with his parents from the northern U.S to South America following their retirement. Sailing… Travel… It gets more eclectic… At university Andy pursued a degree in technical theatre and ended up with a degree in business management. It didn’t take long for Andy to decide that office life was not for him. Perhaps it was the wanderlust element, Andy followed his passion for the one thing he had really enjoyed his entire life: Sailing (Guests will soon discover that Andy is pretty gadget-happy too, whether it’s the latest iPad, gee-whizz computer gizmo, camera attachment, iPhone app, GPS or electronic game, Andy’s the one that wants it or has it, but you’ll also find him sharing his technical expertise widely and freely).
Attending a sailing school on the yachting mecca of the Isle of Wight, Andy quickly completed his 200 Ton Master’s License and worked in England and southern France before heading to the Caribbean. He was quickly snapped up and found himself chartering extensively aboard a variety of catamarans. Eventually, Andy succumbed to the lure of Ma Ha… He hasn’t looked back. Aboard Ma Ha, other than the sailing, Andy particularly enjoys the life-long friends he’s made, people that started out as charter guests, and of course assisting people in experiencing their Caribbean dreams.
A recent guest wrote of Andy: “I wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know what an exceptional skipper you have in Andrew Ball. I am sure that you don’t need me to tell you that Andrew is an excellent sailor and maintains your yacht with meticulous vigor. What you may not know, is how far Andrew goes to ensure his guests’ happiness.”
Andy looks forward to welcoming you up Ma Ha’s gangway.
Natasha has lived in the BVI from the age of three months old. Her first of many live-aboard homes being her father’s day sail catamaran, Natasha was born into a sailor’s life. After attending school in the BVI until high school, Natasha then studied at a boarding school in England to finish her higher education. While attending college in Cornwall to acquire a National Diploma in Art and Design, she became interested in the culinary arts. Working in restaurants, and for a busy catering company, Natasha discovered a love for creating delicious food. Preferring to cook with the freshest (and healthiest) ingredients available, she loves trying out new recipes and her personal favorite is creating desserts! If you love to eat, you’ll be sailing on the right boat!
Natasha hurried back to the beautiful BVI soon after completing college, where she immediately began working on charter boats. She truly loves her home country and thoroughly enjoys showing it off to her guests! She has been free-lancing for the last four years and has worked aboard many different charter yachts, but has finally found the perfect boat to call a home away from her own floating home, Ma Ha!
Natasha has recently bought her second sailboat, a 43 ft Caribe, and will soon be living aboard! She enjoys a variety of water sports, and of course SAILING!
Andy and Natasha welcome you aboard catamaran Ma Ha.
MA HA Specifications
MA HA Testimonials
The Landtman Family, Sweden, U.K., U.S.A., and Finland – Early April, 2013
"This was the best trip EVER!." - Michael
"Thanks for making a great vacation AWESOME! You two were incredible." - John
"Andrew and Tash, This was all that we hoped for and more! This was a perfect week. We can't thank you enough for all you did!!" - Julie
"Thanks so much for taking us to the coolest spots and pointing out the cool things I would never have seen and thanks for being an absolutely awesome crew and for making the best food that I'd always look forward to at any meal and thankf for making this by far the best vacation I have ever been on! Love, Michael"
"Thanks sooo much for making this trip special, exciting, and delicious, and everything else we wanted it to be. I am really going to miss both of you a lot. Love, Sean."
"P.S. Thank sooo much "Tesh" for understanding and cooking my food needs you're the best! :)"
"The boat is kept in pristine condition. Everything is first class"
"The boat was always immaculate. The bedrooms and bathrooms were cleaned daily. Fresh linens and towels were provided throughout the week. The main cabin area was spotless."
"We all got along famously with Andy. At our request, he played with us all day and even participated in board, card and dice games in the evenings."
"Wach and every meal was a perfect dining experience. Tash was so wonderful! She learned our likes and dislikes from day 1. The meals all looked and tasted like they came out of a gourmet chef's kitchen."
"The meals were outstanding. We couldn't have asked for better."
"The boat was everything we'd hoped for and more. It was like staying in a luxury hotel on the water. The interior of the boat was appointed with everything from high thread count sheets and fluffy towels to beautiful suede upholstery."
The Canfield Family, Florida, USA – late March, 2013
"BEST ever, it was above and beyond what we expected"
"Capt. Andy and Natasha were great. They knew our names, what we liked to eat. Had a safety meeting as soon as we got on board and set our minds at ease right from the start. We were a little leary booking since they were so young but boy are we glad we did. Fresh towels and linens mid week, and both were a fountain of knowledge."
"Every morning Andy asked what we felt like doing, bars and excitement, or quiet and chill. Guys fished and snorkeled everyday. He did whatever we were in the mood for."
"We would definitely charter the MA HA again. Main reason was the crew, they made the difference. We watched the hockey game one night on the yacht. The went above and beyond our expectations. Very, Very happy with our choice."
"They had everything on our preference sheets, right down to the brand of wine we had with dinner each night. We were all boaters so we had a blast."
Karen Wessel, Pennsylvania, USA – late January, 2013
"More relaxing than I could have imagined."
"Loved it - Had a great time!"
"Captain Andy was very knowledgeable about what islands we were stopping at, he was just a great captain and very helpful. The crew made the most delicious meals and just a sweetheart and very helpful and attentive to everyones different needs."
"Unbelievable meals – had more than enough to eat and with the picky eaters we had never a problem for her. They exceeding our expectations."
Guests aboard Ma Ha for Christmas week, 2011.
What an incredible “once in a lifetime” Christmas/New Year experience we had! My family and I would 1000% recommend Andrew and Jennifer to anyone looking for a wonderfully personalized charter experience. They were both knowledgeable, professional and fun to be with. They worked together like a well oiled machine which made life very easy and comfortable on the boat. It is unusual that each of my four children had only positive comments about both of them! We really enjoyed their company.
When we arrived, Andrew and Jennifer were there to greet us with open arms and smiles. The Ma Ha was beautiful, comfortable and immaculately kept throughout the charter.
The meals were so delicious. Jennifer is an excellent chef and each meal surpassed our expectations. She really labored over presentation and making sure that all of our food requests were met. My kids are still talking about the Thai lunch we had. We may have to call her for the recipe! There was never a meal that we did not enjoy.
Andrew was very accommodating with any request we may have had. When my one son was sick, he readily took my younger son tubing for the afternoon. He has a lovely disposition and was friendly and wonderful with the kids. Both Andrew and Jennifer were awesome about getting us great reservations for New Year’s Eve. We shared dinner with them on shore and we rang in the New Year with our new friends!
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I would recommend Andrew and Jennifer, the crew of the Ma Ha to anyone who will listen! I hope to book another charter next year with them!!
MA HA Specifications
|LENGTH||57ft (17.4m)||BEAM||30ft (9.1m)||DRAFT||4ft 7in (1.4m)|
|GUESTS||8||CREW||Captain Andrew Ball & Chef TBA||REFIT|
|SPEED||8kts / 10kts||STABILISERS||None||FLAG||Virgin Islands (British)|
|ENGINES||2x 110HP Turbo Diesels|
MA HA Accommodations
MA HA can accommodate 8 guests in 4 cabins. The Master cabin has a queen size bed, shower and toilet. 3 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, shower and toilet. MA HA is fully air conditioned through out. Crew has a separate companionway, heads and shower.
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