Yacht Charter Stories
Yacht chartering in the Caribbean is a beautiful adventure and during
my time as Captain on my own catamaran i have experienced a lot. Below
is a list of "true stories" that I was involved in while
chartering in the Caribbean.
Adolescence to Adulthood.
A story about temporarily catching a pelican off a catamaran.
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This is the story of a young boy who chartered with us at age 14 then
returned with his wife to relive the magical adventure.
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the late 1980’s Burt Kilbride a self proclaimed treasure hunter
who lived in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, for many years,
told me he met Jacques Cousteau many times and he went scuba diving
with the gentleman. Anyway Burt picked up the cannons from the guard
ship SAN IGNATIUS and placed 4 cannons in 10 feet of water on the
inside of Coulequan Barrier Reef which is 200 yards east of the
Bitter End Yacht Club. I first saw these 4 cannons in 1991 and again
in 2007 they are marked with a red buoy, so that the Bitter End
Yacht Club guests can snorkel on them daily. The picture you see
was taken by me personally in 1993 or 4 as I took many of these
pictures. All my guests enjoyed snorkeling on these cannons, many
captains of charter yachts have no idea they exist.
is a very unusual fish that I have only seen 3 times in 50 years.
This fish is found sparsely around most continents where mangroves
and trees grow near the waters edge also in tropical waters. By
sheer accident I stumbled upon this beauty, I noticed a large barracuda
with it’s nose near the surface of the water, the rest of
it’s body at a 45 degree angle with the seabed some 6 feet
below and the Barracuda nose was pointing at a yellow leaf floating
on the surface all by itself. I happened to look at the leaf a little
closer because of the Barracuda concentration and realized the leaf
was a fish which looked like a leaf. I could see the Barracuda saying
to itself can I eat this or is it merely a leaf, this stance went
on for roughly 45 seconds and I did not move, nor did the yellow
leaf fish. The young Barracuda decided it was a leaf and disappeared,
and then the eye of the leaf fish moved around in its socket. I
had no idea that these yellow leaf fish got as large as they do,
the one’s I saw were 2 inches long, same size as yellow mangrove
the lives of two men lost at sea.
late 1990 we were snorkeling on the outside of Horseshoe Reef which
is a barrier reef in the Grenadines, when we came across a small
shoal of red seahorses. I have seen sea horses in the wild a few
times they were browns and yellows but none were red. So keep those
eyes open for small movements when snorkeling and you may also find
those most unusual little creatures.
My wife Gaile and I (married for 40 years) were sailing in our
catamaran around Anguilla in 1990 when I first saw a racing can
2 or 3 miles out to sea, and then I dismissed it. A Racing Can
is a large red buoy that yachts race around, these can be found
marking the sailing race track. Gaile said to me, “what
is that red thing over there pointing at that red buoy?”
I said it is a race buoy and she said it can not be because there
are no yachts. DUH of course, so she said let’s go and look
at it. So we turned our catamaran and headed for the red buoy,
it took a few minutes to reach it and as we got closer it was
clear that 2 men with red life jackets were waving at us very
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hundred (200) year old Ship wreck discovered.
|Finding a sunken ship with cannons for
the first time in 200 years. In late 1990 my wife had left our catamaran
to go to hospital to undergo a back surgery, so that left me and Ryan
Donnelly on board our catamaran. Both lonely souls. Anyway we decided
to explore the eastern side of Martinique which has a big "do
not go here" cross marked all over this uncharted area. Now I
know why, there are some very aggressive cracks which go down 300
feet and back up to 5 feet within 50 feet and there are many like
this with coral growing on the surface just below the water line.
It is very dangerous to cruise in especially for sailing yachts and
power boats so few people go there if any. Ryan and I slowly crept
into a good anchorage for the evening and went to bed. The next morning
we awoke to go snorkeling, I was snorkeling on a ledge 12 feet below
the surface when I realized I was looking at a war cannon, these war
cannons are far larger than normal (roughly 12 feet long). Click
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