I am writing this to let you know what a wonderful time we had aboard the Taboo yacht in the BVI this June. We where ten guests aboard . It worked flawlessly , sailed wonderfully, was very impressive and the staff was most accommodating. Our trip was filled with wonderful destinations the food was outstanding ( I am a former chef from Europe) and must say that Miranda kept the wonderful meals and snacks including desserts and fine wine coming thru the week without any disappointments. Travis and Savannah was young and respectful, and had a wonderful way about them. Never once flinched to give a helping hand or bring another drink! Our 13 year old daughter with autism fit right in and had a great time and was well cared for when she wanted to be with the staff. Captain Dave is a character and handled the yacht with ease and made us feel safe at all times. Many laughs with him and memories to remember for life!
The experience that these guys have is unmatched and it showed every day and every hour!
On behalf of us all, Thanks again for a memory of a lifetime!
Arrived safely back … What a climate shock compared to what I just experienced for the last two weeks with you guys. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for a very memorable time on board your home, Taboo. The accommodations, service, food, music, sailing and conversation where tops and I can’t forget the boat drinks. Travers, I’m still recovering from your medium blends. I will carry these fond memories with me for a long time. David, you are the heart and soul of your small universe. You’re a lucky man to have a soul mate like Miranda and a son like Travers. Keep on trucking and keep an eye out for pirates! I’m still on the lookout for a stuffed parrot for your shoulder.
March 2011 charter guests
Whenever one comes to consider chartering a yacht the usual questions always come to mind. How will we get on with the Captain and crew? What level of comfort can we expect? What level of safety and security will we find? The answer to all these questions can best be described, and this time by two words; First Class. Captain David Hartstone and his charming wife Miranda are probably the single most experienced team chartering in the Caribbean. Their nautical expertise is both impressive and extremely reassuring. On a personal level they are both very well travelled and worldly people, yet at the same time they offer a type of humility and warmth that one would usually only find amongst very old friends or close relatives. It truly is hard to fully describe a trip with TABOO other than to say that during your time onboard you will experience everything from high excitement all the way through to moments breathtaking tranquillity and pretty much everything in-between. Miranda is a wonderful cook and Travers their young son together both perform an absolute myriad of functions in order to make your trip an absolute joy. The final and perhaps most telling thing I can tell you about a charter aboard TABOO, is that on the day you leave you will definitely be sad to go, and I would be very surprised if you were not already planning to return again as soon as you possibly can. I will never forget one night on TABOO, being anchored in an indigo moonlit bay, drinking a glass of chilled white wine and wondering if heaven would look like this. I certainly do hope so.
Bon Voyage, Greg Lake.
Greg & Ringo Greg Lake has a band of his own and is a very successful act in his own right, performing with Ringo Starr, Jethro Tull, and many other super stars. Of course his biggest act was with Emerson Lake & Palmer who are currently planning a world tour for 2009.
Dear David, Miranda, Travers and Stephan:
On behalf of my family I want to thank you guys so much for a great trip. You were wonderful with Dylan and Maya and we are very grateful for that. We found out that Maya had an ear infection when we got home...poor thing. She's back to her usual sweet fun self.
You guys run a great charter and I will recommend you to anyone seeking a good time in the Caribbean.
I've been looking at the photo album you put together, and I think what you do for your charters is really special. I'm so happy to have such great photos and video of my family. It was really nice to not worry about having to pick up the camera to preserve a moment because I knew that you would be there to do it for us. AWESOME. YOU GUYS ROCK!
David and his posse
David Steinberg, PhD
We all thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on Taboo. Miranda is a saint! We were not easy, as there were 10 of us, ages 11 months to 76 years....some complete vegetarians, some who don't eat fish, others who don't eat meat, so feeding us was a challenge. However, Miranda made it look easy, and did so with very good cheer! Her meals were creative, delicious, and always more than plentiful, but cooking isn't her only strength. She is a great hostess, accommodating in every way, as were the entire crew. Everyone went out of their way to make this a fun time for the kids and a relaxing one for the adults. Nothing was too much trouble.
David is an excellent sailor. Although the wind wasn't terribly cooperative on this trip, when it was there, we had some exciting sails. Taboo sails beautifully, and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an exciting sailing vacation.