Come and explore the crystal clear waters of the British and US Virgin Islands. Sail aboard Catalyst, your own private luxury term charter catamaran. Catalyst is a 44 foot ‘Saint Francis’ catamaran with 3 staterooms, all with full en-suite baths. It’s spacious salon, cockpit and deck create the perfect setting for island hopping in the Caribbean. From the moment you step aboard Catalyst you will realize you are in for a special week of adventure and relaxation. Forward Port & Stbd with A/C are queen berths ensuite head & shower/tub.
Captain Alan Roberts has been the owner of Catalyst for 4 years. He will guide you through the US and British Virgin Islands, showing you its hidden gems, along with its more famous spots. When you book an all inclusive vacation on Catalyst, all your dining is taken care of with 3 gourmet meals a day along with fabulous tropical cocktails. Every day is a new adventure, as we sail to fantastic white sand beaches. Snorkel or dive one of the oceans pristine coral reefs or explore a well known ship wreck.
Each evening brings a new anchorage. Rejuvinate with a dip in the warm sea. Enjoy a vibrant caribbean sunset with cocktails and appetizers on the spacious foward deck. Dine alfesco, and perhaps experience the local night life ashore. Visit hotspots, like the Soggy Dollar Bar, world famous Foxy’s Tavern, the Bomba Shack, or the Willy T, off Norman Island. Or choose to simply enjoy the stars on deck. Sail Catalyst, the fastest way to get on island time!
Yacht Rates in USD
Rates are All Inclusive for crewed charters except for A/C which can run all night on request with a $40 per night charge.
Captain Only Rates:
CAPTAIN ONLY FULL BOARD:
CAPTAIN ONLY HALF BOARD:
NEW YEARS 2013-2014: 7 night minimum.
Resort Course $150.00 per student Full Course $250.00 per student for referral certification
Diving Info 1 dive per day is included for certified divers, Guests rent BC’s and Regs. Alan is a PADI instructor and can tailor courses to specific group.
NOTE: Catalyst has an Emergency Oxygen Medical Kit aboard.
Alan Roberts, Captain, host and some times chef has a background of over 20 years in the hospitality industry in Canada, where he has learned the fine art of cooking in some of the country’s finest restaurants. Alan has also spent many years bartending at some of the more entertaining establishments up north, and has brought the art of pouring and mixing drinks to a new level.
Alan’s love of the water started early, on family sailing vacations on Cape Cod and continued later, on the Canadian side of Lake Huron in the North Channel, where you can find some of the best fresh water sailing in the world. Alan’s passion of the Caribbean, and entertaining friends has brought him to Catalyst, where he can’t wait to fire up the blender and show you some of the most beautiful spots on the planet. Together, Alan and his First Mate will make sure you have a memorable trip — relaxing and enjoying lazy days at an easy going island pace!
CATALYST SAMPLE MENU – All menus are cutomised to your preferecnes
Breakfast: Fresh Fruits, Yogurt, Cereals and Fresh Baked Muffins
Pancakes with Warm Syrup
French Toast with Powdered Sugar
Scrambled Eggs and Omelets to order
Fruit Juice * Coffee * Tea
Salad from Heaven with Seared Chicken
Cocktail Hour Hors D’oeuvres
Many options to include:
Bananas Rhum Flambe with Vanilla Sauce
CATALYST GUESTS COMMENTS
January 2012 – 40th Anniversary cruise
Celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary on the Catalyst was our best
vacation ever. The Virgin Islands provide a beautiful setting for
such a special time and you helped us get the most out of them. From
the charm and serenity of places like Cooper’s Island to the
adventure and stunning beauty of Virgin Gorda every stop was perfect
and unique. This is the vacation against which all of our others will
And the S/V Catalyst makes the prefect base from which to enjoy the
islands. The outstanding captain and crew, spacious quarters, wide
variety of water toys and especially the bean bag beds in the
trampoline make this an exceptional vessel. But the most exceptional
feature of the Catalyst is the food that comes out of her galley.
Every meal, snack and beverage was worthy of a five star restaurant
with service to match. You’ve managed to create a vacation
fantasyland and we consider ourselves fortunate to have been able to
enjoy some time there.
Nancy recently set sail with Captain Alan for a week on the Catalyst.
We travel often and have enjoyed beach vacations throughout the
world, but nothing compared to this. The British Virgin Islands are
beautiful and Alan is an outstanding captain, chef and fantastic
guide. He and the entire experience truly exceeded our expectations.
Upon arrival, we kicked of our shoes and never put them back on for a
week. We awoke each morning to the smell of fresh coffee and bacon or
pancakes. We then sailed from island to island for a day of hikes,
snorkeling, inner tubing, wake boarding, stand up paddle boarding and
beach activities. When we were on the boat, there was plenty of room
to spread out. Each afternoon we’d have cocktails and snacks on the
boat and frequented Foxy’s, the Willy T, Myett’s and the like each
advantage of his skills as a chef.
We had never stayed on a boat and are not sailors, yet we were
comfortable the entire trip. We never once worried about the safety
of our kids and they absolutely loved the experience. They are
already asking when we can do it again. If you are considering a trip
aboard the Catalyst, I can highly recommend it. This was a truly
had! My two brothers and I went down to the B.V.I. hoping for a good
time, and ended with a great time. Our Captain, ( Allan Roberts )
bent over backward to be sure we were enjoying ourselves. Not only
did he ask us what we wanted to do, but made suggestions as to what
we might do, (otherwise we would have missed a lot). As well, he is a
patient and understanding divemaster, ( we are qualified, but
sporatic divers ) And set the dives to our abilities starting at
beginner to more advanced, always making us comfortable, and being
sure that the dives were enjoyable and interesting.
a Catalyst Burger! Breakfast lunch and dinner are worthy of a 5 star
restaraunt, but consumed not overlooking the water, but on the water.
Garrison Jan. 2010
I just want to take a moment to thank you for getting me set up with
Captain Alan Roberts on “Catalyst”. Gwen and I just got back from our
second annual trip with Al. It was as spectacular as the first, and
then some….At my request, we snorkeled twice a day. Never the same
spot twice, and each dive more spectacular than the last. Gwen is
afraid of boats, water, and fish, yet, just like last time, she came
away begging me to do it again next year. One of the hard things I
have a hard time describing to my friends, is the feeling you get
from having a “postcard view”, in all directions, every moment, of
every day, for an entire week. After dinner, we lay on the soft
trampoline type bow, gazing at stars, with a balmy breeze soothing
our minds, bodies, and spirits.
Somehow every gorgeous bay had something special to offer. We walked
the most beautiful beaches we’ve ever seen, on islands ranging from
secluded, to deserted. We took the most spectacular hike I’ve ever
taken, from quiet bay, to secluded polished rock shoreline, then
elevating and narrowing to it’s completion atop a jagged cliff, with
a 200 foot drop to wave beaten rocks, and a panoramic view as far as
the eye can see….. We’re not big party animals, but when we wanted to
socialize a bit, Al just set us up in a great beach place with live
music, and a nice mix of locals, and fellow “happy” sailors.
My lame descriptive ability couldn’t possibly do justice the food Al
conjured up. By day three, I was completely embarrassed by the amount
of “food worship” we were heaping on him…..Seriously, he must have
thought we’d just come off a 40 day hunger strike or something. I
doubt “Oprah” gets food as good as that! The swordfish with mango
salsa was amazing. The mahi mahi with some crazy reduction sauce was
beyond description. Snack time with Al’s famous guacamole dip, and a
fruity little rum drink, always works for us as well.
I just want to finish by saying that the most important ingredient on
this trip, is Captain Al. He takes this amazing paradise of a
location, and allows you to fully experience, and enjoy it, in your
own personal way. He’s extremely knowledgeable, congenial, confident,
and witty. Yet he always seems to be at the edges of your “vacation
of a lifetime”. He’s not trying to be the show. He’s allowing you to
enjoy the “real show”, which is this spectacular group of islands,
and the waters surrounding them. He’s always there when you need him,
yet he’s “NEVER” there when you don’t need him. Gwen and I think the
world of him!!!!! His patience, humility, and ego-less presence, make
him a pleasure to be around. He has our profound thanks, and we thank
you for putting us together.
My apologies for rambling, but it was all so wonderful, that I get a
bit excited describing it. I am including my phone number, and would
drop whatever I’m doing, just to speak with anyone interested in
sailing with Al Roberts aboard “Catalyst”. I couldn’t possibly
recommend him in strong enough terms!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
St. Paddys Day – 40th Birthday Cruise March 2011
for my 40th, we only made a few searches before we kept going back to
Cpt. Alan’s page with his boat Catalyst. We’re so glad that we went
with our gut on this. We had an amazing time. The trip was so much
more than we had expected.
it, one fears that you’ll be let down by what actually happens. Not
the case here. We hit St. John, Sandy Spit, Cane Garden Bay, Jost Van
Dyke (for St. Patrick’s Day), Cooper, Virgin Gorda, and Norman
Islands. Including visits to The Baths, Bitter End, Pirate’s Bight,
and the Willy T. As well as a full moon party in Trellis Bay, lots of
snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding. We fit so much into this
trip, it felt as though we had been on board for two weeks!
vessel, but superb at handling a group of raucous 40 somethings
looking for fun. He’s got a very professional style that shows he’s
always anticipating guests needs and perfectly customizing their
experience. He worked with us, applying his knowledge of “island
time”, in creating an itinerary that took care of our few specific
requests. Also, he’s a masterful concierge. Planning for taxis,
making reservations for dinner or tours, providing us with all
options at every harbour, bay or mooring. As his wards, we knew we
were in very capable, and somewhat “salty”, hands.
experiences were always better on the boat. How does he do it? It was
all well thought out, perfectly presented, and tasted superb. Some of
our highlights were: Seared Sesame Ahi, Catalyst Burgers, Grilled
Brats w/ Caramelized Onions, Coconut Curry Shrimp & Rice, Filet
Mignon over Wasabi Potatoes with Roasted Asparagus and a Balsamic
Redux, and pretty much every breakfast, no matter how simple or
involved. There’s nothing like waking up on a boat and realizing
you’re not at home, going up on deck with your coffee and just
soaking it in, knowing that you’re in for another amazing day, and
then BAM! Time for breakfast. There’s also a magic cooler that
resides behind the Captain’s chair. It had a way of replenishing
itself with ice and beer all week long; all the while as we tried our
best to empty it!
more more than just our boat, it was our home. Alan had become a
friend, and all of us had fallen in love with the Virgin Islands and
the water that surrounds them. We’re left with so many memories and
great satisfaction in our commitment to sail with Catalyst. Thanks so
much to you Alan. It was indeed a trip of a lifetime.
(I hope not) experience. I can’t say enough about this trip to do it
justice. The boat was beautiful, comfortable and stocked for any of
our meals and then some. The itinerary was wonderfully planned and
executed. The food that Alan prepared was fabulous, varied,
delectable, and suited for our specific tastes. The dining was so
varied and spectacular, as to be impossible to describe.
But what truly made this trip perfect was the “CREW”. Alan creates an
environment that is so relaxed, comfortable, enlightening, enriching,
friendly and fun, that I felt I was sailing with “family” (Only way
better). Not only did he treat us wonderfully, he was extra
ordinarily respectful and kind to Laura (His crew for the trip). She
was absolutely sweet, kind gracious and helped in every way possible.
Gwen and I would recommend a vacation aboard the Catalyst in the
strongest possible terms. I only wish Alan and Laura could understand
the depth and richness of the experience they provided to us. It is a
gift that we will always treasure!!!!!!
Most sincerely and gratefully yours
Gregg J Garrison
March 4th, 2009
2009 Mark, Stephanie, Taylor and Natalie Clifford
but all of us still reminisce about the fantastic time we had.
Sitting here at home watching the snow fall has me day-dreaming about
another relaxing cruise through the BVI with complete confidence in
our captain’s skills, both at the helm and in the galley. Our two-day
stop in Anegada was unforgettable as were our stops at Norman Island,
Jost Van Dyke and Leverick Bay. But it was your recommendation that
led us to two spots we hadn’t seen on our two previous trips to the
BVI, Sandy Spit and Cane Garden Bay, both of which were absolutely
beautiful. These great memories will certainly last a lifetime and we
all look forward to the next time we see you aboard Catalyst.
Laura A. Pawlow, Ph.D.
amazing vacation my husband and I have ever experienced! Not having
grown up on the water, I have to admit I was pretty nervous about the
idea of spending 5 days on a boat, but it turns out I had nothing to
worry about. Captain Alan’s competence completely put my mind at ease
and the accommodations had all the comforts of home. The ship is
clean and beautiful and our host was wonderful – he spoiled us with
delectable meals every night and made sure we were comfortable and
having a great time – I wanted to take him home with us! Our days
were spent sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, and soaking up the
sun, and after all that we’d wind down with a wonderful dinner, some
cocktails, and conversation under the beautiful stars. We recommend
the Catalyst without reservation to anyone thinking about a sailing
vacation, and we can’t wait to return ourselves!
On behalf of the whole de Groen family I would like to thank you and
Ashley for a truly unforgettable sailing vacation in the BVI. From
start to finish you planned a perfect trip for us. The itinerary was
varied, very well organized and offered something for everyone:
breathtaking beauty, incredible snorkeling, local color, an
introduction to scuba diving, fantastic sailing (especially with your
beautiful gennaker), enough beaching and swimming to get us through
the long, cold Dutch winter and of course, incredibly delicious
meals, snacks and cocktails. Anne-Elise is still talking about
chocolate fondue under the stars aboard her “very own private yacht”
and I marvel at the gourmet meals you magically produced from such a
small kitchen! We enjoyed exploring the islands with you and
appreciated your extensive knowledge of the area and the local
“hotspots”. We felt supremely pampered and well taken care of and
will always cherish our memories of our vacation aboard the Catalyst.
With many thanks, Laura de Groen, Enschede, the Netherlands
A : I have never been on a catamaran before and I loved it!
Everything was great!
Q: Did you find your accomodations comfortable?
A: We were in the smaller cabin but it was sufficient considering the
fact that we could go up front or sit around the table in back.
Q: Was the crew attentive to your needs?
A: Alan made us feel very comfortable and went out of his way to do
even more than we needed.
Q: Did you enjoy the meals and beverages served aboard?
A: Alan did a great job and everything was delicious.
Q: Was the itenerary fun and exciting?
A: Absolutely – even better than I expected – we saw 6 islands in 6
Q: Would you charter this yacht again?
A: Would love to
This was probably the best vacation I’ve ever been on. Alan was fun,
entertaining and added to the trip. He gave us information and
pointed out sights as we sailed.
dream of mine – one that I had long before I met my husband and got
married four years ago. Unfortunately for me, I married a man who is
not a fan of boats and has a past experience with sea sickness that
prevented him from sharing this dream of mine. However, as my 40th
birthday was approaching, and we were discussing what we could do to
celebrate, my sweet husband had a change of heart and told me to go
ahead and book it!
You can imagine my excitement – I was beyond thrilled, and didn’t
waste a minute. I immediately went to the Virgin Island Sailing
website and started researching boats and discussing options with
Gail. Within a week, I had our charter booked, our plane tickets
purchased and our hotel room in St. Thomas reserved for the night
prior to boarding the boat.
I originally was looking at monohulls but after reading reviews and
talking with Gail, I decided that a catamaran would be the best
option for me and my husband, taking into consideration his concerns
about living on a boat for a week and being sea sick. We were told
that a catamaran would be much more stable and have a lot more living
and hanging out space. I also spent quite a bit of time researching
different captains. If we were going to be on a boat for a week with
another person, I wanted to make sure it was with someone that we
would enjoy and get along with.
Picking Alan Roberts and the Catalyst was definitely one of the best
decisions that I made – one that made our trip not just unbelievably
great, but truly fabulous! Since there were just two of us, we did
the Captain Only option – full board which turned out perfectly.
Despite all my husband’s concerns and anxiety about the trip, we both
ended up having an absolutely fabulous time. Neither one of us got
sea sick. My husband took one Bonine a day as a precaution and I wore
sea band, but we both felt great every day. The catamaran turned out
to be a wonderful choice for us. The boat was stable while sailing,
and we couldn’t believe all the room we had on the boat. There was
plenty of room for lying in the sun, hanging out on the boat at
night, reading, dining, sleeping etc. Our favorite spot on the boat
was on the trampolines – we would lay there while sailing, enjoying
the occasional splashes from the waves and would spend evenings there
gazing at the stars. Our bedroom and bathroom were more than
adequate, and my husband raved about the quality of sleep and the
amazing dreams he had each and every night – something that rarely
happens back home on solid ground.
As wonderful as the Catalyst was, Captain Alan was the icing on the
cake! From the moment we stepped on board, he was there to help us
feel comfortable and to have an amazing vacation. He took into
consideration our wishes for our vacation and then served as our
guide to turn our desires into reality. Each day, we sailed to a
different island and had a completely different and amazing
experience every place we went. We snorkeled most every day, I tried
the stand-up paddle board, I water skied – and actually got up on my
first try (not on my second or third, but oh well…..), we hung out in
the floating water chairs, we hiked and visited sugar cane ruins, we
hung out on beautiful sandy, white beaches, we visited beach bars,
shops and restaurants, heard some great reggae bands and saw the most
amazing scenery in the world. When we realized that we were there
during the week of the full moon, Alan helped to rearrange our
itinerary so that we could attend the amazing Full Moon Party at
Trellis Bay which was quite the experience – not one to be missed!
Alan was a fabulous tour guide, making sure to take us to all the
“must see” spots and then to other areas off the beaten path. He was
also able to accommodate other “special requests” such as my
husband’s desire to watch or hear the football playoffs – Alan and my
husband enjoyed the games on Sirius radio on the boat, and Alan even
radioed one of the beach bars to see if they were showing the games.
And when I decided that I needed to get at least one run in during
the week, he took me over to an island and pointed out a good running
trail. My husband and I were impressed with Alan’s knowledge of the
area and his ability to make sure that we had everything we needed
while also giving us more than enough privacy and space to enjoy
activities on our own. He always seemed to be there when we needed
him, and conveniently out of sight when we didn’t.
The highlight of the trip and what made our choice of the Catalyst
and Alan the absolute right one was the food – the food was
unbelievable! We were blown away by every meal – breakfast, lunch,
happy hour snacks and dinner were all something we anticipated each
day. We constantly told Alan that he needs to open his own restaurant
or, at the least, publish a cookbook full of Catalyst recipes. Every
meal we ate was better than the last, and each meal was better than
the food we typically get in the nicest restaurants in our town. I
don’t know how he does it, but he works magic in the Catalyst’s small
galley kitchen. My husband and I have never eaten so well in our
lives and it was definitely a wake up call when we arrived home and
had to cook for ourselves again. Between the food and the fabulous
drinks – margaritas, pina coladas and bushwhackers – that Alan mixed
up for us, we were in foodie heaven!
While we saw many other bigger, newer or more expensive boats during
our trip, my husband and I realized that everyone else on those boats
were seeing the exact same sights that we were and having the same
experience, but we felt certain that they weren’t eating nearly as
well or enjoying the company of their captain as much as we did ours.
We would definitely recommend the Catalyst and Captain Alan to anyone
considering a sailing trip through the BVIs and hope to return
ourselves some day!
We recently returned from a charter with Alan Roberts on the
Catalyst. The trip was outstanding in every way! I highly recommend
Alan as a Captain and Chef. The food was creative, attractively
presented and delicious! My husband and I had a medical emergency and
he was extremely accommodating in altering his plans to take care of
our needs. We look forward to returning again for a fun filled week
with Captain Alan.