44 ft St Francis Marine
2 Queen berths & 1 Double berth
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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.
Taxes, re-location fees, cruising permits and licenses may be extra. Please verify with clearing house.
Cruising Permit: Paid by Boat Licenses: Paid by Boat
Captain Only Rates:
$6,500 up to 6 guests, plus all expenses including all taxes and permits. Yacht starts with full fuel and water tanks, client pays to top-up at end of charter.
CAPTAIN ONLY FULL BOARD:
All inclusive, the only difference in this charter is that it will be a crew of one. Along with being Captain and dive instructor, the captain will take the role of chef on these select 2-4 pax charters. By choosing this special charter, the guest will get a discount of $500.00, and the absence of the 2nd crew member will be transparent. Plus A/C can run all night on request with a $40 per night charge.
RATE: 2/$8,650, 3/$9,300, 4/$10,500
CAPTAIN ONLY HALF BOARD:
Captain only, includes 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners, happy hour snacks, domestic beer & wine, sodas and standard ship’s bar. Note, meals would be casual. Plus A/C can run all night on request with a $40 per night charge.
RATE: 2/$7,300 3/$7,750 4/$8,350 5/$8,950 6/$9,500
RATE: 1-6 pax Captain Only half-board $12,500 (see c/o half-board above for details)
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.
Diving Costs $150.00 per student $250.00 per student for referral certification.
$350.00 per student for Advanced certification.
$130.00 per week for BC and Reg sets.
- TV/DVD & Stereo in Salon,iPod Hookups
- 500 movies
- 250 CD's,Camcorder
- Board Games
- Deck Shower,Bimini
- 24 Port Hatches,Guests Smokes on Deck Only
- Children welcome no age limit
- Internet Access Onboard WIFI
- Make purified drinking water
- Re-usable water bottles,Solar panels
- wind scoops to limit need for A/C
- earth friendly paper products
- biodegradable cleaning products and local and organic vegetables when available,16 ft Dinghy size with 60 HP engine
- water Skis for Adult
- Snorkel Gear,Tube
- Wake Board
- 2 man Kayaks,Floating Mats,Swim Platform
- Boarding Ladder
- Fishing Gear 3 Rods
- 2 Stand Up Paddle Boards
- AC can run all night on request for $40 per night,Sirius Radio
- Registered BVI fishing vessel,GoPro available for guest use
- trampoline bean bags chairs and deck couch
- Summer Ports & Winter Ports Virgin Islands
- Summer Operations & Winter Operations Caribbean Virgin Islands
- Pref. Pick-up Red Hook St Thomas
- Other Pick-up Tortola BVI
- All rates are for the entire boat and are subject to change without notice prior to actual reservation
- Not included is a crew gratuity at your discretion is usually 10 to 20% of the Yacht Rates handed to the crew at the end of the charter
- Marina dockage if applicable upon the request of the charter guests is not included
- Fine wines champagnes and top shelf liquors are not included and can be purchased upon request of the charter guests at their expense
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
Catalyst quesadilla with mango salsa
Sweet Italian Sausage Roll with Grilled Vegetables
Crab and Shrimp Quiche and Salad
Cocktail Hour Hors D’oeuvres
Many options to include:
Brie and Roasted Garlic
Smoked Mussels on Veggie Dip
Hummus with Garlic Chips
Cheese, Fruit, Chips, Dips, Nuts, Cookies
Grilled tuna steaks with olive & caper salsa
Buttered Asparagus, Fresh French Stick
Key Lime Pie
Fillet Mignon with Wine Sauce and Stuffed Mushrooms
Shrimp risotto, Steamed Leeks, Fresh Baguette
Water Island Rhum Cake with Pecan Sauce
Grilled Pesto Shrimp
Pork Tenderloin with a Port wine sauce
Steamed Rice, Broccoli Florets, Grilled Crosti
Bananas Rhum Flambe with Vanilla Sauce
Are you dreaming of the “perfect” vacation? One where you can relax, unwind and enjoy life’s best moments? Well, look no further than renting the Catalyst! The Catalyst is a 44 foot catamaran that travels to the best sites and islands in the British Virgin Islands. Your captain(and owner), Captain Alan Roberts, is not only the perfect guide and host, he is also an outstanding chef, who creates gourmet delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Captain Alan brought us to the best snorkeling sites and we saw the most colorful fish, beautiful coral and plant life. We would swim back to the boat and awaiting us would be culinary delights, like seared tuna with calamari salad and seaweed! Yum!
We got to experience the thrill of sailing, but also had the opportunity to explore the islands—maybe a hike or take an open air taxi ride up to the highest point on Virgin Gorda—the views were spectacular. We swam and paddle boarded right off the boat into beautiful white sand beaches and often found a local watering hole to quench our thirst.
So if you are looking for a vacation that offers both relaxation, fun and adventure, book the Catalyst and sail off into the sunset!
Just returned from a week on Catalyst. This was a bucket-list vacation for my wife and I and our two grown children. The consensus is that it hit the mark as an all-time favorite for family vacations. Alan, first and foremost, is an enormously competent skipper, expertly driving the boat from one island to the next, drawing on his years of experience in the British Virgins to find the best anchorages, on-shore excursions, best beach bars and restaurants, and best snorkeling and diving spots in the area. We were particularly taken with the experience of leisurely motorsailing to a reef, donning our gear, and stepping off the boat to be led through the next reef or wreck on the agenda by Alan, who is a relaxed and helpful divemaster.
The boat had enough real estate for for each of us to find a private spot to roost if we so desired. But one of the best aspects of the trip was Alan’s meals and afternoon Painkillers and Rum Punches with snacks. Alan is a great cook. At first my kids thought it would be a little awkward to have someone cooking and cleaning for us while we lolled around. They got over that quickly and the consensus is that if/when we do this again it will be a full-board charter instead of the half-board charter we arranged this time, and we will not leave the boat other than to swim, snorkel, and dive. Thanks again, Alan, for a wonderful time.
We just returned from an amazing week on the Catalyst. If you have any reservations, don’t. Captain Alan Roberts is clearly capable, responsible, and knowledgeable. The bookingpayment process was super easy. Captain Alan was trustworthy, gracious, and quick to respond to questions or provide information and instructions. Captain Alan is a top-notch Captain, Chef and tour guide. He devised our route based on the things we wanted to dosee and the time we had. He served up one amazing bay after another with a variety of activities at each one. When we arrived, Captain Alan pointed out where to snorkel, the calm waters for paddle boarding, or a little known spot for happy hour and live music. In some situations, we needed a taxi on land, so Captain Alan phoned ahead and our driver was waiting. He reviewed dinner choices each night; adding insight into what was served, the price point, history, what they were known for, etc. and made reservations. We opted for half board, which allowed us to take in the local flavor, while having all breakfasts and most lunches on board. We agreed that despite visiting some of the islands’ best restaurants, we preferred what Chef Alan served. In the morning he was ready with coffee when the first of us appeared (or so I heard 😉 ), and had a breakfast spread (& coffee) ready when the rest of us appeared. He made sure everyone had everything they needed before cleaning up the kitchen or starting out on the day’s route. As the sun sloped into the hazy rays of late afternoon, there was usually a call for “Happy Hour” and Captain Alan emerging with island cocktails and snacks. Before the trip, you will complete a preferences sheet. In hindsight, we didn’t give him much to go on… but he still managed to impress all of us.
The Catalyst itself was very comfortable, clean, well-cared for, and equipped for anything you might want (stand up paddle boards, kayak, snorkel or scuba gear, fishing gear, etc.). The trampoline beanbag was perfect to get some sun while sailing to the next island. The boat is equipped with Sirius (choose your station), a hook up for your own device (iPhone, iPad, etc.), or blue tooth. The cockpit was a great spot for getting silly into the night, playing games, watching the Tarpon school around the light from the boat, or marveling at the stars (& mast lights from other boats). Don’t hesitate to sail with Captain Alan. You won’t regret it!
We booked our first ever catamaran vacation in the BVIs with Captain Al and the Catalyst at the end of January 2017. We only did 5 days (should have done 7)- but it was the best 5 days we could have asked for. We were only with one other couple— and Captain Al was the captain and chef. We did a half board tour (more to come on that)…. First- the Catalyst! 44 feet, clean, wonderful! The beanbag on the front of the Catalyst was my personal favorite! Great place to lay and get sun as Captain Al is sailing. Lots of room to sit on the front of the boat, back of the boat, and in the boat! We all had our own private bedrooms and bathrooms. Great catamaran! Scuba gear (we didn’t), snorkeling gear, stand up paddleboards, and sea kayak were also onboard and all of us made great use of them. Second- Captain Al as the chef, host, and guide. All my favorite meals (except 1) were prepared by Captain Al. He’s an excellent chef and host. Obviously we communicated beforehand- any food and beverage preferences- but he did an excellent job of cooking. Always asked if he could get us coffee or drinks. Again, he was an excellent host. Very knowledgeable about the islands, sites, bars, restaurants, beaches, snorkeling and/or diving spots, etc. We intentionally had a “loose” itinerary and went with all of Captain Al’s suggestions re: islands/beaches to visit, bars, restaurants, hikes, etc. He was always willing to accommodate anything we wanted to do on any schedule we wanted. He understands customer service! Finally- this was the first time we booked a vacation like this (catamaran) and for my husband and I- were in the BVIs. I highly recommend doing half board- as there are certain restaurant and bar experiences (Soggy Dollar, Willie T’s, Foxys, etc) that I think you must do— if you have never been. When we go back and do this again (and we will) we will do “full board” as it allows for all meals on the catamaran and we can go to even more remote beaches and sites as we won’t have to worry about getting food. Again- that being said- if it’s your first time- we would recommend half board. Also- I would do 7 days. We really wanted to make it to Anegada- but didn’t have enough time with only 5 days. However- it gives us a great reason to return! My husband and I do a fair amount of traveling- this by far- is in our top 3 vacations we have ever done. Great experience and I have already referred Captain Al and both boats to coworkers & friends.
Just wanted to drop you a quick note and to tell you how much we enjoyed our charter. This was the most enjoyable vacation I ever experienced and I hope
to do it again soon. Cave snorkeling at Norman Island was an enjoyable
experience and the evening spent at the Bight was outstanding, ending with a fabulous dinner at the Pirate Bight Beach Bar. This was a perfect day and I thought things couldn’t get better than this. Of course I was wrong, every day was better than the day before. Snorkeling at the Indians was the best I had ever experienced and the day at Cooper Island was a perfect ending to another perfect day. Virgin Gorda and the Baths is something that is a treat no matter how many times you do it, and Saba Rock is a nice place to spend a happy hour. The sailing to and beaches at Anegada are the best, and the lobster dinner at the Anegada Reef Resort is an experience that should not be missed. Guana Island had very good snorkeling at Monkey Point and the anchorage and beaches at White Bay were beautiful. The Great Harbor at Jost Van Dyke was very scenic, the dinner at Corsairs was a delight and finishing the night dancing at Foxy’s was just perfect.
We wanted to eat our dinners on the various islands so to experience each with more than a casual walk through. With this said, the dinners that you prepared for us, not to mention the breakfasts and lunches were as good or better than the food on shore. As much as we enjoyed our dinners on shore, we all agreed than dining on board under the stars along with the culinary delights you prepared was very special. We are all talking about the next charter and trying to decide if we want to eat every dinner on the boat or go ashore. You have caused us quite the dilemma, but one with no bad outcome.
Anyway, thanks again. Our trip was everything we thought it would be and more.
Randeen is definitely a people person and really kept things fun and entertaining. Capt. Alan is very competent, obviously knows what hes doing and we felt very safe with him at the helm. We would certainly recommend them to our friends.
The meals were outstanding! Every meal was a delight and we were always excited to find out what was on the menu. Something different every day and we just enjoyed it so much! Both Alan and Randeen are very accomplished in the galley!
I had the opportunity to snorkel and Id never done that before. Swimming in that beautiful ocean and kayaking around was also just great!
They just treated us like royalty on the one hand and as friends on the other.
I dont know that well ever have another opportunity for a trip like that but if we did, wed absolutely do it all over again!
We loved being able to sail on the Catalyst. Captain Alan was very organized and had everything planned out. He also was able to make dinner reservations for us at different locations. When we were on Virgin Gorda, he also made arrangements with a Taxi driver to drive us around the island and give us a tour.
Catalyst was comfortable for all 6 adults, even for our two tall men. The queen size beds were comfortable and we all slept well (in between the night time rain showers when we would have to wake up to close the port windows, only to reopen them again after the 10 minute rain storm was over).
Captain Alan was able to take us to great sites for both scuba and evening snorkeling. We loved having the paddle boards and kayaks on the boat. It seemed like there was never enough time to do everything we wanted to do.
Once it got dark outside, it was fun to enjoy card games and dice games on the deck until we went to bed.
Thank you for helping to arrange the Catalyst for us. I would recommend this boat and Captain Alan to other guests.
Kari & Raleigh
Morgan CharterMay 27 – June 3, 2014
We just completed the half-board on Catalyst for 7 days – it was phenominal! All island stops were well organized – every detail to include snorkling, swimming, customs, shopping, eating, & reservations were already considered and planned out by our Captain. The meals were delicious, down to the preparation, presentation and taste – with absolutely zero complaints. The catamaran is spacious with plenty of room on top to relax in the sun or take cover under the bimini for shade. The scenery was truly incredible, unlike any other place we’ve been. Snorkling allowed glimpses of beautiful fish, sea turtles, sting rays and many other sea life in the lovely blue and green clear ocean waters. Our favoirite stop was Saba Rock – watching the tarpin feeding. There was just the right amount of interraction with the Captain, very knowledgeable and he provided great detail on the history and stories of the different islands. A vacation truly designed for disconnecting with very limited decision making necessary.