Good News

Yacht Details

Length: 56 Ft Fountaine-Pajot
Cabins: 2 Queen berths
Number of Guests: 1-4
High Cost: $14600
Low Cost: $13800

Yacht Description

Good news is an extremely spacious and comfortable boat. The yacht  has 2 beautiful cabins each fitted out with a queen sized bed. All linen is of the finest quality thus allowing you a peaceful sleep after a day in the sun.  The cabins are spacious with plasma TV’s (direct TV) separate showers, unlimited hot water, air conditioned with individual cabin controls, as well as two ceiling mounted fans above the beds.  Each cabin has plenty of cupboard space so storage is not a problem.

Cabins are equipped with a hairdryer and both bathrooms have electric heads, liquid soap, shampoo and hair conditioner dispensers in the showers.

Yacht Rates in USD

2 pax 3 pax 4  pax
 S 2012  13800  14200 14600
 W 2012/13  13800  14200 14600

Rates are based on a 7 night charter (1 week) all inclusive of food and standard bar,  cruising permits and licenses are paid by boat
Taxes, relocation fees may be extra, see below for Charter Information

Charter Fee does not include a customary gratuity in the amount of 15-20% of the total charter fee payable to a deserving Captain and Crew upon the completion of a successful charter.

 Christmas / New Years 2012/2013
7 nights aboard:   2 guests: $15,000   &   4 guests: $15,550

Rates for 6 nights aboard
Summer 2012  2 guests: $12000   &   4 guests: $12,800

Winter 2012/2013  2 guests: $12000   &   4 guests: $12,800
Christmas / New Years 2012/2013 – 6 nights aboard  2 guests:   $13,200 &   4 guests: $13,750

Good News is a SCUBA diving boat

License – Master
Air Compressor Onboard

On Board 8Tanks 4BCs 4Regulators 2Wet Suits Weight Sets Dives/wk     4
Diving Info     DAN insurance required
Scuba qualification card required
Diving Costs     $35 per dive – All equipment provided

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Yacht Amenities

  • TV/DVD Sat TV & Stereo in Salon and Cabins,iPod Hookups
  • Full A/C
  • 1000 DVDs/Movies
  • 500 CD's
  • Camcorder
  • Books
  • Board Games,Sun Awning
  • Hammock
  • Deck Shower
  • Bimini
  • Special Diets can be arranged
  • BBQ
  • Hairdryers
  • Guests Smokes on Transoms only
  • Generator
  • Water Maker
  • Ice Maker
  • Sailing Instructions,Internet Access- Onboard WIFI
  • 13 ft Dinghy with 40 hp engine, Snorkel Gear
  • 2 x 1 man Kayaks
  • Floating Mats
  • Swim Platforms
  • Boarding Ladders
  • Beach Games
  • Fishing - 2 Rods
  • U/Water Camera
  • Wifi in the BVI
  • Satellite phone
  • Skype telephone calls

Cruising Area

  • Summer Operations Caribbean Virgin Islands
  • Winter Operations Caribbean Virgin Islands
  • Summer Ports Yacht Haven Grande
  • Winter Ports Yacht Haven Grande
  • Pref. Pick-up St. Thomas
  • Other Pick-up Red Hook & Tortola
  • Based St. Thomas

Charter Information

  • All rates are for the entire boat and are subject to change without notice prior to actual reservation
  • Charter Fee does not include a customary gratuity in the amount of 15-20% of the total charter fee payable to a deserving Captain and Crew upon the completion of a successful charter
  • All guests over 18 yrs wishing to fish in BVI must purchase a BVI license prior to boarding ask us for information
  • 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
  • Green Initiatives they make purified drinking water & use Re-usable water bottles
  • Children Welcome no age - Swimmers pref
  • Charter Good News, a very spacious and comfortable Caribbean cataraman out of the BVI or the USVI.
  • Come aboard BVI Yacht Charter Good News

Crew

Captain and Crew of Good News, a 56 Ft Fountaine-Pajot Caribbean Yacht Charter

Crew Profile

Peter and Debbie Dickens are a unique, well rounded South African couple. Their bubbly personalities and sense of adventure is infectious and lively. Their individual backgrounds contribute to interesting and lively conversation. They are able to share the benefits of their past experiences and help you form your own exciting memories to take back with you.

Peter has been sailing since 1990 and has completed over 5000 miles on Good News, he holds a master of Yachts 200 ton license. Peter was the youngest skydiver in South Africa and as a professional skydiver pioneered Tandem parachuting in countries around the world. His past experiences include working 10 000 feet under ground in the deepest gold mine in the world, a term in the South African air force where he obtained his pilots license. Peter also owned and managed a business in Mozanbique (Indian Ocean) providing scuba diving and fishing charters to Inhaca Island Hotel.

Debbie hails from the coastal town of Durban and had a successful career in the medical equipment industry (There is even a defibrillator on board). She has her IMM Marketing Degree and loves working with people. She resigned from her corporate life when she married Peter.

They own 26 horses and have a thriving Horse Trail Riding Ranch in Northern Johannesburg. Debbie just loves to cook, entertain and socialize with guests. She prepares a magnificent variety of delicious meals from around the world and is a delight to be with.

Yacht Layout

Yacht Layout of British Virgin Islands Charter Good News

Sample Menu

The menu below is simply an idea of what you could expect on board Good News.

Debbie has catered for a variety of diets (Mediterranean diet, Vegetarian, Kosher, Lactose free, Gluten free, etc.) and enjoys preparing fine food with the freshest ingredients available. If there is a particular dish you enjoy, just let her know and she will do her best to serve it to you, whilst vacationing through the islands.

Breakfast – Start the day with freshly brewed coffee or tea, followed by cereal, yogurt and fresh seasonal fruit.
Then choose from:

Scottish lox & bagels garnished with sliced tomato & wafers of red onion
Welsh rarebit topped with sage and onions
Crustless seafood quiche
Eggs blackstone – stacked with crispy grilled bacon
Fluffy omelet served with a variety of fillings
French toast, topped with Debbies homemade rum and banana syrup, served with sliced sausages
B/fast burritos loaded with scrambled eggs and chorizio,
Fruit smoothies: you choose the flavor
Blueberry rum infused pancakes

Lunch

Warm bacon and blue cheese potato salad served with fresh french bread
Grilled scallops and prawns in a creamy dill and white wine sauce
Succulent wine & herb chicken breasts served with a cesar salad & crusty bread rolls
South African borewors rolls served with a tomato, jalapeño and onion sauce
Steamed mussel pot smothered with a creamy wine, garlic and mushroom sauce served with a fresh frenchloaf.
Beef Tacos filled with tomato salsa and red kidney beans
Roast chicken tower salad served with a marscapone, cranberry and almond topping
Cheeseburgers in Paradise. with a side salad and crisps
Fresh Tuna tartare served with a seaweed and sesame seed salad
Fresh fish fillets grilled with a home made cumin rub, served over a bed of cous cous or veggie quinoa

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Appertizers

American fig and goat cheese loaf served with a variety of crackers
Caribbean crab cakes accompanied by local dipping sauces
Shrimp Cocktail / Remeloude
Homemade hummus served with veggies and chips
Conch fritters served with a dipping sauce
Rare fillet steak slices marinated in lemon and thyme
Fresh crudités with a chunky homemade blue cheese / mango chutney dip
Fried Halloumi cheese skewers with parsley & lemon salsa
Basil and sundried tomato bruchettas
Traditional South African Biltong (we will have you begging for more)
Freshly caught sushimi – with wasabi and pickled ginger

Entrées

Roasted salmon fillets with crushed pecorino and pesto topping served with steamed beans, new potatoes and béarnaise sauce
Home-style American fillet mignon, grilled to perfection, covered in a traditional monkeyglad South African sauce served with steamed broccoli and parmesan mashed potatoes
Pan fried halibut cooked in a chardonnay & caper sauce
Delicious lobster tails grilled in garlic & lemon butter served on a bed of savory rice with Mediterranean vegetables
Italian chicken cacciatore served on a bed of taglitelle accompanied by a fresh seasonal salad
Kleftico – Tender lamb shanks prepared in a traditional Greek style served with wild rice and vegetables of the day.
Mexican pork tenderloin smothered with a tomato and chilli sauce served with roast potatoes and peas and corn
Slow cooked Oxtail, served in a meaty red wine sauce over garlic mashed potatoes and fresh veg
Oven roasted Cornish hens served with a sweet and sour glaze
Mojito shrimp skewers, grilled on the BBQ, served with a seasonal veg stir fry
Fresh fish fillets

Desserts

Key lime pie
Crème Brule
Tiramisu
Hot chocolate lava cakes
Pavlova with whipped cream and fresh berries
Miniature chocolate ices
Creamy chocolate mouse cups
Chocolate brownie / strawberry cheesecake
Spanish flan splashed with a Caribbean rum sauce
Fresh fruit salad with pistachio ice cream

OOPS —– Debbie has run out of space – She has MANY MORE dishes that she enjoys preparing. Chat to her about your favourite food and let her tantalize your taste buds !!

Testimonials

15th Wedding anniversary – Jame and Hallie – May 2012
COME SAIL AWAY, COME SAIL AWAY, COME SAIL AWAY WITH ME……

Want the best vacation ever? Sail Good News Charter out of St. Thomas! My husband surprised me for our 15th wedding anniversary with a week charter on Good News. To say that it was a trip of a lifetime is an understatement. Start to finish was incredible. Peter and Debbie could not be more accommodating. From the chilled champagne and shrimp waiting for us after a long day’s travels, to the burgers on Water Island with our new friends at the end of the trip.. we couldn’t have asked for more. Great adventures each and every day, spectacular scenery, incredible food and accommodations. I really could go on and on and on and on and on…….you get the picture!

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Peter and Debbie’s knowledge of the BVI’s is superb. They cater the trip to exactly what you want to do.. you can do a lot, or a little.. it is up to you. Peter took us on lots of snorkeling adventures and really made us feel comfortable in the water. Debbie is an outstanding chef! So creative in the food menu, and everything is made fresh daily.

Because it was our 15th wedding anniversary, they added so many little touches to the trip to help us celebrate – from decorating the boat with balloons and banners, to helping my husband arrange an incredible couples massage on Scrub Island (with a surprise bottle of champagne from the crew). Going above and beyond is what Peter and Debbie do best.

So, sit back, relax and take in this amazing adventure with our now friends, Peter and Debbie on Good News. We will be back soon!

Guests aboard GOOD NEWS in June, 2011
I have travelled many places around the world and have fun no matter the location or circumstances… but I have never enjoyed a vacation as much as I just did on Good News with Deb and Peter! The boat – spotless and perfect… the food – phenonemal… the comradarie and friendship – a breath of fresh air… our every need and wish – attended to with detail. The best way to sum up their charm and skills as hosts is this – I smiled through tears as we waved goodbye from the dock… and they will most certainly be a big part of our wedding plans. Please do every vacationer a favor and recommend this amazing couple to turn paradise into magic.

Sincerely,
Carol Lane
North Carolina

Mark and Sally
THANK YOU Peter and Debbie! You two are great…..We thoroughly enjoyed traveling the BVI aboard Good News. The boat is comfortable and roomy and has all the modern conveniences that made our trip wonderful. We have our next trip all ready booked. See you in March 2012………I’m already dreaming about the fresh Sushimi

See you soon 🙂

– Mark and Sally Tanner

Outstanding charter – Verda and Neil (Comment on Tripadisor)
Wow! Where do we begin… is an understatement!

We stayed on the Good News in May 2012. Peter and Debbie are a phenomenal team! They were very professional, yet personal and easy going.

Captain Peter goes out of his way to ensure all guests are happy and get to the destinations they wish to go.

Debbie is an outstanding chef and adds personal touches to all that she does.

The catamaran is spacious, clean and well appointed. We could not have been happier with our charter and highly recommend the Good News to even the most discerning guest.

Thank you for an outstanding trip!! Neil and Verda Hutcheson

Antonia and George
Debbie and Peter – Thank you. We had an incredible time with you guys. We will deinately keep in touch and join you guys again soon

Laura and Alberto
Wow – The cuisine was stupendous and we were magnifisantly attended to. We will see you again next year!

Thanks Peter and Debs

Keith, Heather, Kate and Tyler
Captain Peter and Chef Debbie – THANK YOU!

We all had a great time. The whole experience was far beyond our expectations.
Thank you for everything!!!!
You are wonderful people and I wish you all the best wherever your great adventures take you. I’m sure we’ll meet up again

The Dula Charter
First of all, thank you for such a great vacation. We enjoyed the ship, the beauty of the BVI that you shared with us, the food (outstanding), but most of all getting to know the two of you. It was fantastic. Peter and Debbie, you two were wonderful hosts. Again, thank you for everything ———-Thomas J. Dula 2012

The Weil\’s_March 2012
Dearest Peter and Deb

THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

We had the most wonderful, memorable vacation – the trip of a lifetime.

The food was amazing – the hospitality and company, SUPERB – and our girls feel like they now have a new Aunt and Uncle!

Chris and I are so grateful for the way you taught our children about a whole new world that they could never have dreamt of. The will never be the same – and neither will we.

Hope we will see you again very soon.

Be well.

Lots of Love

The Weils

Susan and Norbert_Feb 2012
Debs and Peter,

We had a wonderful week onboard Good News. Our second vacation with you was even better than the first (I did not think that was possible) You catered for our dietry needs perfectly and Debs your food was amazing. Peter, as usual, you showed us snorkling spots that we had never been to before (and the duck diving was great). You gave us time to relax when we needed it and then showed us the night life for a bit of island partying. We already look forward to next year with you. Keep well – We miss you two!

Robin + Jeff _ 2012
Sailing with Peter and Debbie on the Good News was my first trip to the Caribbean and my first time on a sailboat.
They made the trip memorable in every way. They were accommodating, the food was delicious, and they new the islands well. I felt as though I was at home (with better food). They are professional, personable, and knowledgeable, and were very gracious hosts. Robin + Jeff_2012

Karen and friends_2012
Review for GOOD NEWS – Peter and Debbie – From Karen_2012

Was the crew friendly and accommodating?………. Very much so

Was the yacht comfortable and clean?………. It was very comfortable and very clean when we arrived.

Was the yacht well ventilated? ………. Very

Was the food good and well presented? ………. Delicious food, lovely presentation, every special need & request was met perfectly. Kudos to Deb’s talents in the kitchen & her ability to make interesting & very varied meals.

Did you like the area you sailed? ……….Yes, very much do.

Could we the brokers have helped you further in any way? ………. I don’t think so, you did a great job matching our wishes, requests & needs. All questions were answered quickly & with detail.

Additional comments on your charter? ……….We loved our experience thoroughly. Thanks for everything & I hope we have the pleasure again in the future to charter yet another trip. Karen, Amnon, Yael & Zvi

The Coopers and The Kelly\’s…….And no more laughing today…… we have to stop having so much fun!
This was our first vacation in the BVI and chartering a catamaran, GOOD NEWS!

It was by far the most amazing trip we have ever experienced. Peter and Debbie are wonderful host’s. They catered to all our needs, on board and on shore. Peter’s knowledge of the islands and handling of the vessel were beyond all our expectations.

Debbie’s gourmet meals and presentations are five star quality. After sailing GOOD NEWS with Peter & Debbie, they are the only crew we will charter with in the future and I doubt we will ever stay in a hotel again.

Thank you for the continuous laughter and the memories of a lifetime!!!

The Cooper’s and The Kelly’s…AARRHH!!!

April 2012
Name: William
Yacht: GOOD NEWS with Peter and Debbie
Charter Dates: April 14-20, 2012
Area Cruised: Virgin Islands

We hope your charter lived up to your expectations. We would love to know some of your impressions about your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.

1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
yes

2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
yes

3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
yes

4. Was the food good and well presented?
yes

5. Did you like the area you sailed?
yes

6. Could we have helped you further in any way?
nope

7. May we post this review on our website?
Yes

8. Additional comments on your charter?

Cathy, Bill, Chris and Cyndi
Our trip on Good News in April was the 3rd for Bill and myself together and the 1st for Chris and Cyndi together. Peter and Deb were willing to take us anywhere to get some good dives in and snorkeling.

Peter and Deb are so entertaining and we learned so much about them and how interesting their lives are when they’re not sailing the Caribbean.

They are a terrific team who work so well together to make sure everyone is well taken care of and never in need of anything.

One of the special treats from this trip was getting the pictures from Peter and Deb. I was ready to be the one taking all the pictures when Deb was right there clicking away! It was nice being in the pictures this time.

Awesome trip and looking forward to getting it together to do it again

Cathy Schmitz

Lisa, Chris, Bob and Deb – July 2012

Goods News Sailing equals Ultimate Sailing. My wife and I like small boutique “5 Diamond” hotels (less than 100 rooms, gourmet food and personalized service. Being on the Good News takes that to a whole new level. More than ample, cushy accommodations, gourmet food cooked to personal specifications, and a crew that wants your experience in the Caribbean to be unmatched. To our surprise, the photographic/video documentary of our trip by Peter and Deb will give us joy for many years to come.

If you want to be plugged into the grapevine of the USVI’s/BVI’s Deb and Peter are your guides. We are back in the States, but my heart and voice are still singing “That’s Lifet” by Boots Randolf, sitting in the back salon. We can not get back fast enough.

Cheers to Peter and Deb – Thanks for an “Over The Top Trip”!!! Don’t Be Short On The George Gervin!!!!