The first boat to join our fleet is our powerful, custom designed 65′ power catamaran, “Out of Office,” which offers fully crewed charters. Built in South Africa in 2016, she arrived in the BVI in early 2017 and is ready for charter. She is the ideal boat for families and friends, with six equally allocated cabins, for up to 12 guests, with plenty of indoor and outdoor space to relax and be entertained. Each cabin is tastefully appointed, with a king sized bed, plenty of storage, and an en suite head (bathroom) with a separate sink and vanity. The cabins are fully air conditioned and outfitted with a TV and iPad hook up to watch your own movies.
The main saloon incorporates a comfortable seating area, coffee bar and full dining seating for 12 people. It can be either fully air conditioned or opened to the cooling trade winds with a walkthrough to the spacious front deck. An internal spiral staircase leads to the upper deck, with plenty of covered seating and sun lounger mats forward of the helm.
The dinghy platform at the back of the boat, lowers in to the water and can serve as a floating bar. Due to the size of “Out of Office”, we will anchor most nights, with one night alongside at a marina mid week. There is a 14′ tender (dinghy) which the skipper will use to take you ashore for exploring or to try your hand at wakeboarding or tubing.
OUR CREW & SPECS
Stuart and Louize met working at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in South Africa. With both of them having a great love for everything outdoors, they decided to explore their dream of travelling the world together. They have each been in the hospitality industry for over a decade, and together crewing all-inclusive charters for the past 3 years. Entertaining all ages and meeting new people is one of their greatest passions in life.
Captain Stuart’s love for sailing started at a young age, growing up in South Africa, with a family that lived for sailing, boating and the ocean. Stuart also studied Events management (he helped start up Oprah’s school in South Africa) in the UK, and trained as a Safari Ranger and Lodge Manager, at a number of South Africa’s most prestigious safari camps, such as Madike and Phinda Game Reserve. Finally he realized his calling was to the ocean, and he obtained his RYA Off shore Captain’s License in 2013.
Stuart has a kind and courteous manner, and a passion for sharing his wealth of environmental knowledge and sense of adventure. After sailing through the BVI for the past 3 years he has tremendous knowledge of all the great anchorages and the lesser known secret hideaways!
Chef Louize started baking with her grandmother at the young age of 6, and her love for baking and cooking carried on through high school and on in to chef school where she flourished. Louize obtained her 3 year Cordon Bleu Diploma from Silwood Chef School in Cape Town, South Africa in 2006. After her studies, she worked in different establishments in the industry, including Relais Chateaux 5 * Safari camps, 5* Golf estates, restaurants and a few private catering companies, culminating in becoming the executive chef at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve.
She has always had a deep love and respect for the ocean, and obtained her RYA Competent Crew course allowing her to combine her two passions. With experience in classic French, Portuguese, pan Africa and Caribbean flavors, Louize looks forward to pampering you with her healthy and fresh menus, while ensuring that your Caribbean Sailing Vacation is one of a lifetime!
Stuart and Louize are committed to making sure each and every guest on board has a fabulous vacation, one never to be forgotten. Whether you want to hit the beach bars, enjoy water sports from the boat, or go for a hike and experience the most amazing sunsets with a glass of wine, for Stuart and Louize nothing is impossible. We hope that you join us in the Caribbean and make a memories of a lifetime.
|Out of Office|
|Year of Build||2016|
|Cruising Speed||15 knots|
|Heads||6 (electric) en suite|
|Air Conditioning||All Cabins and Saloon|
|Crew||Skipper and Chef|
|Registration||White Bay, BVI|
|TV||One per cabin, two in saloon|
|Dinghy and Outboard||14′ AB / 70hp|
Before you arrive, your chef will work with you to plan a menu that suits your groups tastes and food preferences. Please let them know if you are celebrating any special events, such as birthdays or anniversaries and the crew will happy to make it even more memorable.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is this trip suitable for children
The BVI, with its islands all so close together, allows for short duration trips and plenty of time at anchor for swimming and exploring ashore. Our boats are ideal for families with plenty of indoor and outdoor deck space, common areas to gather and hidden corners to escape with a good book. Ideally, children should be comfortable in and around the water and if not, parents are required to provide swimming aids. While the crew are happy to ensure the children enjoy every aspect of the trip, parents or guardians are responsible for children at all times. Older children will enjoy the vast array of watersports available on board, and plenty of hiking and exploring ashore.
We strongly recommend purchasing trip insurance for those unexpected accidents, delayed flights or missing luggage.
What should I pack
While soft sided suitcases are preferred, the BOC65 has space under each bunk for storing normal sized cases. Life on board can be as casual or as elegant as you wish; breakfast in a swim suit? No problem. Swimsuits, t-shirts and shorts are our daily attire, but a good rash vest / swim shirt and long billed cap / hat will make for a much more enjoyable time in our sunny environment. We are happy to host a fancy dress night one evening, so fancy dress and pirate costumes are always a good addition to your packing list. While we typically don’t wear shoes on board, we suggest you bring sneakers if you wish to go hiking ashore and reef shoes for beach exploring. We proudly supply Eastern Caribbean Soap Companies eco friendly soaps, shampoos and sun screen, all made here in the BVI. All bath towels, beach towels and linens are provided.
Cell phone and data coverage is pretty consistent within the BVI, but check with your service provider on roaming charges which can be excessive. The boat does have basic wifi service on board (BVI only) with the first 5GB included – this is sufficient to check emails but not enough to download large files or stream videos. The crew carry an emergency cell phone and will provide the number during the booking confirmation process for you to share as needed with family at home.
Each boat has a designated crew that live on and maintain that specific boat, with a designated cabin(s). The skipper is ultimately responsible for the safety of the boat and guests at all times, but will be there to show you the cruising grounds, take you wake boarding, or sharing their stories of the BVI. The chef, on receiving your preference sheet will design a menu to suit your tastes, and is happy to accommodate dietary requirements. The crew will not eat with you, unless specifically invited by you to join them.
How to get here
Travelling to the Virgin Islands can be an adventure in itself but is worth it in every way. There are frequent daily flights from San Juan (SJU), St Martin (SXM) and Antigua (ANU) in to Beef Island, Tortola (EIS), to meet international flights arriving from the US, UK, Europe and Latin America. Inter-island flights are on smaller planes, so ensure all of your essentials are packed in a carry on bag as luggage does sometimes get delayed.
St Thomas (STT) is also a popular arrival point, with regularly scheduled ferries running between the USVI and BVI. Ask your broker about private shuttles which are very cost effective for larger groups.
With enough notice, and depending on the boat’s schedule, we can arrange pick ups in St Thomas. If you wish to cruise in the BVI, additional clearance fees between the US and BVI will apply and are payable direct to the ports of entry and departure. Due to the registration of our boats, non US citizens are required to hold a valid B1/B2 visa or a stamped ESTA for USVI drop offs. Please check with your nearest US Embassy for more details.
Accommodations before or after your charter
If you wish to stay ashore for a few days before or after your charter, the BVI offers a huge range of accommodation from boutique guest houses and secluded villas to full service hotels and resorts.
We carry a wide range of water toys on board, including two double kayaks, 2 SUP’s, snorkel gear, water skis, knee board, wake boards, floating mats, and even a floating island! While we do offer a range of snorkel gear, if you have your own that you know you are comfortable wearing, it is worth considering bringing them with you. Due to insurance and local regulations, only the crew are allowed to drive the RIB dinghy.
BVI Requirements & Details
Please check with your travel agent on the current BVI passport and visa requirements. The BVI uses the US Dollar, and Visa and MasterCard are accepted at most shops and restaurants ashore.
Stuart and Louize were wonderful and we can't say enough great things about them!! We can't get over how magnificent the food was that Louize prepared. Stuart showed us so many spots on the trip and made some amazing drinks! Every meal we have cooked since we have been home is followed by "not Louize's cooking". DF
Stuart and Louize have been wonderful and nothing was too much trouble for them. My girlfriend and I had our 5 children on board ranging from 16 to 30 years old. Stuart has catered for their every wish with regards to all activities including all water sports, water skiing, wake boarding, snorkeling and fishing etc. Louize similarly has cooked us wonderful meals again catering for everyone's likes and dislikes and the food from breakfast, lunch to dinner has been superb. GT
Stuart went out of his way to always put us in the best position at every anchorage and was continuously at our disposable for trips to shore, fishing and snorkeling assistance and bartending. NEVER was there a time when the cooler wasn’t full, the beer not cold or our drinks unrefreshed. He also sets a beautiful table and keeps his boat squeaky clean! We got in some fantastic sailing time and even made the voyage to Anegada which was FAR beyond our expectations! Wagner