Small Boat

FAQs

Planning my Trip

A: Download this handy packing list to help you pack your soft-sided bag.

A: Check our Resources page for some great spots for your overnight ashore. There are hotel and dining recommendations listed.
A: Catatonic 500 accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 Queen Staterooms. If there are more people in your party, let us know, and we can find a yacht that can accommodate your group.
A: Let us know as we work with all of the yachts in the Caribbean, and we can help find something at your price point that will be perfect for your dream vacation!

A: Contact us by using the website or by emailing yachtcatatonic@mac.comor calling 203-536-2684.  Email is really the best method of communication, but you are welcome to call, as well.  We will get you started by reserving your dates and sending you a charter agreement to review and sign.

A: Travel insurance is never a bad idea, We recommend  guests visit the website www.insuremytrip.com and decide whether they are interested in coverage.

When I Get to the Island

A: Once you claim your bags, there is a taxi stand right outside of the baggage claim area of the St Thomas airport. Just let the dispatcher know you are headed to American Yacht Harbor in Red Hook and they will direct you to a shared van to the marina. If you’d prefer to have a private taxi instead of a shared van, we can help you to arrange that as well.
A: For the shared vans, the fare is $15 per person plus $2 per bag and gratuity to your driver.

Once I’m aboard

A: Once you board the yacht we will offer you a welcome beverage, help the guests choose their cabins and then we’ll cast off the dock lines and your vacation will be officially underway!
A: On a typical day, everyone will wake up to freshly brewed coffee and we will get breakfast underway. After breakfast, everyone may hop in the water and enjoy some water activities or if everyone’s ready to get on the move, we will move to a new anchorage and start the fun there. After activities, or a shore excursion or just sunning and relaxing, we’ll be ready to serve lunch. Then it’s time for more fun, followed by Cocktail Hour complete with appetizers followed by dinner and dessert. All meals will be from a menu created especially for you based on your preferences.
A: Absolutely!  We love to fish on Catatonic and sea-to-table meals are some of our specialties!  Every person intending to fish fill out the request for a fishing permit at this link: http://www.bvi.gov.vg/services/acquiring-temporary-pleasure-fishing-licence. The vessel information is as follows: vessel description - 51' Sailing Catamaran, registration number - 1265831, port of registration - Dover, Delaware, USA, dates into territory are your charter start and end date, gear - 2 trolling rods. Licenses are approximately $50 per person. When you get the fishing licenses back by email, please forward me a copy in order to be able to fish aboard. You may want to consider taking Dramamine when we deep sea fish as we will be in the open ocean instead of in the protected cruising grounds.  We deep sea fish because do not eat the reef fish as they can carry a toxin known as Ciguatera, but the fish caught offshore in deep water are safe to consume.

A: While Catatonic does have WiFi, we rely on island carriers to make that connectivity work.  The connectivity works most of the time.  Sometimes it is slow, so if you must be connected with high transmission speeds, please consider an international plan through your own cellular carrier, which typically costs $10 per day.  You can set that up with your carrier.

A: Part of the adventure is anchoring out at night or picking up a mooring ball, so most nights we will not be at a marina. The crew may choose to dock at a marina during the charter if the guests agree, and if the crew chooses to dock, we will pick up the marina fees.  If the guests request to be dockside at other times, the dockage is not part of the charter fee and will need to be covered by the guest separately.  Please see the details in your charter agreement.

A: We will tailor your itinerary specifically to your interests.  If you are more interested in nightlife and beach bars, we’ll hit the more popular spots.  If you’re more interested in secluded anchorages, we will make sure to have out-of-the-way spots on our itinerary.  We’ll work with you to come up with a plan that will hit all of your favorite highlights.
A: Captain Dirk will be happy to take certified divers on a lobster dive! As long as the lobsters are the correct size and species and are not egg-bearing females, we can bring them aboard.  We are not allowed to catch lobsters in the waters of the British Virgin Islands as we are not “belongers” (citizens) of the BVI.
A: Catatonic has full A/C. We start the AC before bed and run the A/C overnight. We don’t run the air conditioning during the day since we have beautiful tropical breezes keeping us comfortable.
A: We have an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), a Satellite position indicator, two 8-person life rafts, 15 Life Jackets, man overboard gear, a Life Sling, and more.
A: Catamarans are very stable, but you will still feel the motion of the seas. People are rarely uncomfortable under normal cruising conditions, but if you have any concerns, please consider getting the Scopolamine patch from your health care provider. Alternatively, you may take Dramamine tablets on the days when we anticipate rough conditions. The best tip to avoid seasickness is to avoid being in your cabin for prolonged periods while the boat is moving. The flybridge or cockpit are the ideal places to be when underway. Other best practices are to have something in your stomach (don’t skip breakfast!). If you take Dramamine, take it BEFORE you start feeling symptoms and if you do start feeling queasy, make sure to come topside, concentrate on looking at the horizon and the malaise will pass.