81 ft / 24.7 m Aquastar Guernsey C.I - Sleeps 10 guests

From: $16,900 To: $32,000

Chartering in the Caribbean


Operating in the Caribbean

Taboo was designed by famed yacht designer Doug Peterson, who built America's Cup winning racing yachts for New Zealand. On the wind she reaches speeds of 8-10 knots and off the wind can exceed 22 knots.

You'll find the accommodations aboard TABOO spacious and comfortable. There is plenty of room to gather with your friends and there are even more places where you can spend quiet time alone to read a book or watch the latest movie or concert on DVD.

Five queen sized roomy staterooms each have their own shower and toilet. Each stateroom is fitted with a TV/DVD, telephone, intercom, FM radio & CD player, hair dryers, fans, A/C and a queen sized double berth.  Two staterooms have one single berth each.

On the top deck you can lounge in the sun or settle in the shade.  TABOO offers diving.

TABOO is fully air conditioned.

March 2015 upgrades on TABOO
- All flooring teak and holly soles stripped and re-varnished - like new!
- New A\C units installed
- New Raymarine radar
- New Raymarine meters
- New Garmin auto pilot
- New freezer unit aft
- New dive compressor
- New 14ft Carib dinghy, rebuilt 60hp Yamaha O/B
- New 15hp Yamaha for the 11ft AB dinghy

September 2016 upgrades on TABOO:

2 new generators

New paint

All new sails!



81 ft / 24.7 m

Year Built


Sleeping Guests


Cruising Speeds

9.7 kts / 18 km/h



21 ft 11 in / 6.4 m


Aquastar Guernsey C.I


Captain: David Hartstone + 3



VAT Registered



13 ft 1 in / 4 m


Doug Peterson




Virgin Islands (British)

US Duty Paid




  • Deck shower
  • Fishing gear - light
  • Hammocks
  • Ice maker
  • Owner operator
  • Swim platform
  • Water maker


  • CD library
  • Cell phone
  • DVD library
  • DVD player saloon
  • Games console
  • Indoor audio system
  • iPod dock
  • Local TV
  • Satellite phone
  • TV saloon
  • Wi-Fi


  • Kayaks multiple
  • Tube - towable
  • Wakeboard
  • Water skis - adult


  • Caribe tender 13ft / 4.20m - 60hp engine
  • Caribe tender 10ft / 3.30m - 15hp engine


  • Insured for diving
  • Diving by arrangement
  • Snorkelling gear

Crew Profile

Luxury charter yacht crew for TABOO
Captain: David Hartstone

TABOO Crew Profile

TABOO is a family operated yacht. Your crew, Miranda & David Hartstone are joined by a stewardess and first mate for seamless service. With Captain David’s multiple Atlantic crossings and sailing trips all around New Zealand, England and the Channel Islands, not to mention 20 years sailing in the Caribbean, you are assured total safety. Miranda has a few tricks up her sleeve too! With years of experience designing menus and buying food for large Vancouver Hotels, she has the expertise to cover every detail to design a menu just to your taste. Most recently, Miranda placed first in the Culinary Excellence Competition at the Grenada Boat Show July 2016.

Both Miranda & David are professional photographers and enjoy helping you collect memories of your sailing vacation with them as photos and video and send you home with a DVD copy.

Stewardess, Harriet Stell is 22 from New Zealand, she has amassed over 20,000 sea miles, and brings a huge supply of sailing talent to her position on board, She is a certified scuba diver, along with being hugely charming and a wonderful server for us on TABOO.

Once on board, you’ll quickly discover the easy, breezy Caribbean lifestyle they love. Be as active as you want to be with skiing, tubing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, and hiking. While you sail past different islands, the crew will point out local sites of interest. The great thing about chartering an owner operated yacht is that great service and a fantastic time on your vacation is guaranteed . . . they want you to return and sail with them again, and 90% of TABOO’s business is repeat and referral.


TABOO accommodates 10 guests in 5 en suite queen staterooms, each fitted with flat screen TV/DVD, CD  player, Play Station, Ipod player, intercom, FM radio, hair dryer, fans and A/C. 
The Master cabin has a queen size bed, shower and electric toilet.
Two Guest cabins have one queen size bed plus one upper single bunk, shower and electric toilet.
Two Guest cabins have a queen size bed, shower and electric toilet.
TABOO is fully air conditioned through out.

Luxury charter yacht layout diagram for TABOO


Taboo Ref Nov 9th 2015

Hi, Miranda and David: I wanted to let you know that our group all got home safely late lastnight after a long day of travel, including a layover in Barbados, which workedout just fine.  I don’t know where tostart in thanking you for such a spectacular adventure in so many ways… Taboois a beautiful boat, so nicely equipped and maintained, and a real masterpiecethat someone like me can truly appreciate as a lifelong sailor. Your cooking,Miranda, was out of this world, and your team’s constant effort to serve ourevery need at every turn was phenomenal to watch… there when we needed you, andinvisible when you sensed we were comfortable and all set, something that takesyears to perfect, but you have it down to a tee.  We were very touched with David opening up abit to share his amazing former life in the music business, and his wit anddemeanor were an added bonus that we all enjoyed immensely.  He must have been one charming fellow when hewas a younger man, and he is still quite a handsome rogue, but don’t tell him Isaid that.    We will miss you, andinvite you both to join us, anytime your travels bring you in our direction, beit CT, Vail, or elsewhere.  Many thanksagain for your extremely kind hospitality, and safe journeys to you both!  

Cheers, Greg

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!

 -Magnus Lofgren

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!

Warmest regards,

David and his posse

David Steinberg, PhD



Dear Julie,

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.


Judith Steinberg





Company details for TABOO

Nicholson Yachts

56 Bridge Street




TABOO running shot
Available in 1 area
81 ft / 24.7 m
Guests 10
From $16,900

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