Pelican charters for up to ten guests in the beautiful, warm clear waters of the British Virgin Islands This exciting catamaran is one of the most successful charter yachts in the Caribbean, offering a high degree of luxury at a very affordable price, and she uses her space so efficiently that she seems larger inside than other catamarans of her size, having the room of a conventional 80-foot sailboat.
The rest of this website will tell you all about Pelican and her outstanding crew. No other catamaran has more activities, more amenities, or offers better value for the money. We hope that you will choose the award-winning Pelican for your next yacht charter in the Caribbean. Contact us through your favourite yacht charter broker.
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PELICAN Crew Profile
Captain: Paul Porter (29)
Paul Porter, 29, has had a love for life on the water since a very young age – sailing, surfing, competitive kite boarding and scuba diving. Being near or on the water has always been of great importance to him. Captaining boats up to 65 feet and hosting guests aboard is second nature to him. In 2010, Paul acquired the S/V Seaker, an Islander 30 moored in Seattle, Washington. After six years of ownership he has restored her from the keel up, learning many useful skills along the way. Paul has had the opportunity to lead sailing charters alongside his chef, first mate Eva Mrak-Blumberg in their home waters of the Puget Sound to Italy, Greece, Croatia, Sweden and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. You can also find Paul and Eva sailing the US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands year round aboard S/V Pelican, a 58ft catamaran based out of Saint Thomas.
When not living a nautical life, Paul works in New York City as a documentary photographer and lighting director in the fashion industry. He is also a well recognized teacher of outdoor photography, kiteboarding and sailing who happily shares his knowledge and experience to guest on board.
Chef-Mate: Eva Mrak-Blumberg (27)
Eva Mrak-Blumberg, 27, draws her inspiration as a chef from her worldwide travels and adventures, highlighting seasonality, and introducing guests to local food. She serves eclectic meals for individual families that are unique, beautiful, and delicious. Before working at Pentesilea, she worked as a personal chef in New York City where she made customized meals weekly for families. With a degree in anthropology from Colorado College, she finds and highlights elements of local culture, incorporating whatever flavors she discovers at each stop along the way. She provisions as close to the source as she can, using the highest quality ingredients available and cooking from scratch to bring meals that are fresh and exciting. She has ample experience tailoring meals to specific dietary restrictions and preferences including but not limited to, dairy and gluten intolerance, paleo, kosher, vegetarian and vegan. Originally from Seattle, Eva is an outdoor adventurist who spends any time she can rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, and scuba diving. She has operated charters as Chef and First Mate with Captain Paul all over the world including the British Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Sweden, and her home of Washington State.
Guests aboard catamaran FANTASY ISLAND in late May, 2014
Just wanted to say an outstanding adventure this trip was !! I've traveled many places but this trip was top notch from beginning to end !! The Fantasy Island is an incredible catamaran that hosted 5 couples comfortably with our own bedrooms and baths as well as lots of room on bow and stern !! The trip was made not just by the beauty of the islands but from the best crew Kerri and Shannon !! There knowledge of sailing and the islands is to no end and the cuisine was well beyond our expectations the best meals on this trip were right on board Kerri you are an outstanding chef !! The activities are endless and the sailing and views one can only see from the ocean !! You guys rock !!! After a week with our gang we consider you 2 family !!! Thanks again for the best trip ever !!!
Wayne and Judi Turner
Name: Bob Schwartz
Yacht: FANTASY ISLAND with Sonny & Anja Lewis
Charter Dates: March 9-16, 2013
Area Cruised: Virgin Islands
We hope your charter lived up to your expectations. We would love to know some of your impressions about your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.
1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
Absolutely. Charming in every way.
2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
4. Was the food good and well presented?
Every meal was a delight. They did all they could to meet everyone's needs and suceeded.
5. Did you like the area you sailed?
Yes, we hit every spot that was on my list. The sunset we saw while anchored in Anegada was priceless.
6. Could we have helped you further in any way?
None that I can think of.
7. May we post this review on our website?
8. Additional comments on your charter?
Sonny and Anja were terrific. They had great ideas as to where to go and what to do They knew where all of the quiet anchorages were. They were as accommodating as can be. Sonny was very safety conscious. Every meal was delicious. We were in great hands. We wouldn't hesitate to charter with them again. The boat was very comfortable and equipped as described.
Charterer's name..................................: Nelson
Boat's name.......................................: Fantasy Island
Charter start date................................: 10-27-12
Upon arrival the boat was clean...................: Yes
The boat was tastefully presented and decorated...: Yes
The boat was ready to board at the agreed time....: Yes
Upon arrival the boat was immaculate..............: Yes
Comments-Overall condition........................: Considering Anja and Sonny only had four days to get ready for us, everything was perfect!
Was the boat kept clean during the charter?.......: Yes
Comments about boat cleanliness during the charter: Anja and Sonny worked the whole week to make the cabins clean and presentable every day!
Was all advertised equipment on board?............: No
Comments-advertised equipment.....................: They only had one kayak, and it wasn't tandem. But the also had a paddle board that wasn't mentioned. That was great fun, especially as our floating bar!
Was the equipment in good condition?..............: Yes
Comments about equipment on boat..................: We all had masks, flippers, and some went kayaking every day.
Any toys particularly enjoyed.....................: The paddle board. Every boat should have one of those!
Comments-was the boat comfortable.................: Every part of the boat was comfy. We spent very little time in our cabins, just to sleep, but the beds were soooo comfortable. We all slept really well every night!
The captain was outgoing..........................: Yes
The captain was professional......................: Yes
The captain was friendly..........................: Yes
Comments-captain..................................: Sonny was a hoot! He blended well with our group, we loved to have them have drinks with us!
Comments regarding any sailing instruction........: I think the two of the guys spent a lot of time asking Sonny about sailing, one had his license, so they had a great time learning about the sailing aspect.
Did you feel free to choose each day's activities?: Yes
Comments regarding choosing each days activities..: Because of "Sandy", we had big swells to contend with for the first couple of days. It precluded us from some snorkeling sites, but we chose each day where we were going dependent on the weather. It wasgreat!
Please describe the meals.........................: Anja is a MASTER! She sprained her ankle the second day we were on board, but she was more outstanding on one foot than we would have been on 10! She prepared the most delicious food at every meal!
Were specifically requested drinks on board?........: Yes
Comments-regarding any requested drinks...........: And then some....Sonny made some specialty drinks each night - we did not go thirsty my friend!
Did the meals reflect your requested preferences?.: Yes
Comments-provisioning requests....................: Anja made the necessary adjustments to our meals with everyone in mind...no small feat.
The cook was outgoing.............................: Yes The cook was professional.........................: Yes The cook was friendly.............................: Yes The cook was eager to please......................: Yes
Did you have any problems with your flights?......: No
May we use you as a reference for this yacht?.....: Yes
Guests aboard Fantasy Island for Thanksgiving Week, November 2012
-Fantasy Island surpassed our expectations. She was impeccably clean and neat, and as far as we knew, she operated without a hitch. Anyone coming on Fantasy Island would assume she was a new boat. Sonny and Anya take a lot of pride in Fantasy Island and expect their guests to have the same respect.
-Bedding was very comfortable. Even though we were a little worried about the bedroom, bathroom space, it was surprisingly spacious.
-Our crew followed our itinerary suggestions very well.
-Anja had quite a challenge to feed and please both adults and children on this trip. The food was great and Anja really took our suggestions about feeding the kids and adults and made it work beautifully. Continental breakfast buffet along with a cooked breakfast if wanted, worked perfect for the different ages/morning schedules.
-Both Anja and Sonny really tried to keep us safe and happy! They were always responsive to any request we had. It was nice to see them relax a bit as the week went on and join us for a few moments.
-They were wonderful hosts and although working with all types of people can be a challenge, I feel they will only get more knowledgeable in dealing with people as they work with more types of customers.
-A full turkey dinner with all the trimmings for Thanksgiving was a wonderful unexpected surprise. It showed quite a commitment from our hosts to make us happy.
-In a nutshell, we thoroughly enjoyed our vacation. We were very happy with Fantasy Island and Sonny and Anja and would highly recommend them to future vacationers.
|LENGTH||58ft (17.7m)||BEAM||31ft (9.4m)||DRAFT||5ft 6in (1.7m)|
|YEAR BUILT||2002||BUILDER||Voyage||DESIGNER||Alex Simonis|
|GUESTS||10||CREW||Captain Paul Porter + 1||REFIT||2014|
|SPEED||7kts / 12kts||STABILISERS||None||FLAG||Virgin Islands (British)|
|ENGINES||Yanmar 2x 75hp|
PELICAN can accommodate 10 guests in 5 cabins. The Master cabin has a queen size bed, shower and toilet. 4 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, shower and toilet. PELICAN is fully air conditioned through out. Crew has a separate heads and shower.
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