Operating in the Caribbean
The aft cockpit ready for an alfresco luncheon
Something Wonderful from above
Caribbean lobster on the foredeck.
The flybridge helm and lounging area
Interior dining area
Master suite with access tothe forward cockpit are
A spacious forward cockpit is accessible from the
Sundeck with lounging pads
Fore Deck and the forward cockpit area
Paul is from Greater Manchester, UK and has been sailing since the age of four. He was brought up dingy sailing and successfully campaigned many highly competitive seasons in dinghy classes. Paul has sailed the Caribbean, Pacific, East Coast of the USA and the UK. With such a love for the sea it was only natural that Paul wanted to add the qualifications to match his experience and establish a career as a captain.
For two years Paul studied watersports activity leadership at Falmouth Marine School. He has a commercially endorsed Yachtmaster Offshore 200 ton and has undertaken an approved engineers course in the UK. He is also a PADI Divermaster and has dived worldwide.
Paul has been managing and operating yachts for 10 years. One of the highlights was winning Best in Show at the British Virgin Islands charter yacht show in 2011.
Liezl grew up in a beautiful small beach town on the South East coast of South Africa, Jeffrey’s Bay, and has absolutely loved and respected the ocean since a very young age.
She started working in the hospitality industry directly after studying a Tourism and Hospitality Course and graduating High School. She lived and worked on a 5 star Golf Country Club in Boca Raton in sunny Florida. After returning to the vineyards of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, she became a Guest House manager for a several years
The travel bug bit her in her previous travels abroad and she took an opportunity in 2012 to crew on a 39ft sailing Catamaran which were setting sail from Cape Town, South Africa to Tahiti. This was a wonderful experience in so many ways and she learned so much on this trip, seeing that was her first time on a boat!
She started working on crewed catamarans in 2012 and has done chartering in mostly BVI, but also St Vincent and the Grenadines and Guadeloupe.
While being the Chef / First Mate on catamarans she found her true career passion in cooking and recently took a year off from working and dedicated herself to a fulltime, one year culinary course, earning her Diploma in Culinary Arts in South Africa
Liezl is spontaneous and just loves life, she will contribute to a fun and exciting atmosphere with her quick laughter and friendly nature
Guests aboard Something Wonderful April.16th-23rd.16
"We just returned from a 7 day charter in the BVI. We were a group of 8 couples and it was a first experience for all of us, so we really did not know what to except. We choose the Catamaran "Something Wonderful" ... as we boarded we discovered the first problem! The name of this beauty should have been "Something Extraordinarily Wonderful!" Then we met the Crew... Captain Paul, Chef Isabella and Third Mate Daniel. We were welcomed with such grace and refinement by each of them. They instantly made us feel at home. Each one were truly professional and passionate about their careers, but more so they became a part of the family and we learned a great deal from their expertise's. Captain Paul Johnson was a true Captain. We knew how seriously he took his responsibility and we always felt safe and in good hands. Paul plotted a journey that all 8 of us embraced as our best vacation ever. Paul would educate us about this beautiful BVI and each port was unique and special. Isabella wowed us everyday with new, fresh and exquisite cuisine. She too provided us a culinary experience we will never forget.. all the while handling this task with ease and such character. We did wonder before we boarded why we would even need a 3 crew member .. then we met Daniel. Daniel was equally as pertinent and provided the guest with impeccable service. All three crew members worked tirelessly - each sharing in the daily workings of the boat - and we could not help notice the level of discretion. Also it was an honor to see the level of respect they have for their Captain and rightly so. Paul was able to command his crew with great finesse. All three member truly made our experience one we shall always cherish and hope to do again. All of that coupled with what we all thought was to be the most fabulous catamaran. The color scheme was gorgeous, perfectly design in function , amble space and of course we felt the fly bridge was perfect! Every inch of that boat was spectacular! We have all decided after this glorious trip... that when choosing the next charter ... we felt it truly came down to The Crew! We would not want to set sail without this crew! We were blessed to have had both : A Something Wonderful Crew AND Boat! Thank you!"
Dear Sirs/ Madam,We just returned from a 7 days yachting trip to BVI. There were 8 couples and it was a first experience for all of us. The only problem we noticed as we boarded "Something Wonderful" was her name should be Something Extraordinarily Wonderful! We were greeted by Captain Paul Johnson, Chef Isabella and Deck Mate Daniel. It did not take long to realize that we had struck gold! Paul charted a journey that brought a new and exciting adventure everyday. He always educated us on our surroundings and we all felt like we truly learned something. We knew we were always in capable hands and felt safe... there was never a worry! Paul treated his crew with great respect and professionalism and all 3 work tirelessly with such finesse. Isabella was an exceptional chef. Everyday was full of a new and delicious culinary delight! She too educated us and we left eager to try her creations at home! Her soft spoken and refined manner was a pleasure to be around. She has a smile that could melt your heart. We truly appreciated the level of service that was provided to us. Daniel was their Deck Hand and he was nothing short of fabulous. He took such great care of all of us and did it with great skill. We were struck by our Crew's impeccable manners, level service they so graciously provided to us and how easy they were to get along with. The crew became part of our family and added to our complete experience. The boat was a beauty! We loved the color scheme and the detail in the design. It functioned so well and we could not have been more comfortable. Her equipment was state of the art. We were impressed to say the least. We thought Something Wonderful was the perfect boat! We left in agreement that this was by far our favorite trip we have ever taken and we felt blessed beyond words! As much as we loved the boat and hope to have the pleasure of sailing it again... it came down to our crew!! The 3 of them, all with their unique personalities that blended perfect together are what made our trip Something Extraordinarily Special!
December 20 – 27, 2014. Three generation family charter in the BVI
Dear SOMETHING WONDERFUL crew,
What an amazing Christmas week and an honor to be your first guests! The memories we all made this week will last a lifetime.
Graeme, Lauren and Zayne all went above and beyond to ensure we were fully pampered and happy every minute. They were always ready to do anything from getting movie night set up, water sports with the kids, running us into beach bars, serving yummy drinks of the day (Z Island Rum Punch) and on and on . . . . They helped us make some extra special memories that we will cherish, while getting photos of the whole week so we can take them home.
“Something Wonderful” REALLY was just that and we can’t wait to spend our next time with these wonderful people on this absolutely perfect boat!
Julie, Kevin, Robyn, Allie, Mackenzie & Maddie XOXO
(Grandpa Bruce and Grandma Jo, too)
Thank you “Something Wonderful” for this great trip. I hope to come back because the crew is so nice, the whole boat is filled with relaxations of fun activities and excitements. Wish I could stay!
(With charming drawings of a bowl of popcorn, paddle boarding and something that looks like zip lining.)
Favorite day with the crew Anegada & the Rose Ceremony
Favorite water activity Sling shot!!
Favorite dinner game Masks
Favorite dinner Beef tenderloin
Favorite lunch Spicy grilled shrimp
Favorite ‘funnies’ Dinghy get-aways