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
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
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
Rates for 6 nights aboard
Winter 2012/2013 2 guests: $12000 & 4 guests: $12,800
Good News is a SCUBA diving boat
License – Master
On Board 8Tanks 4BCs 4Regulators 2Wet Suits Weight Sets Dives/wk 4
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.
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.
Scottish lox & bagels garnished with sliced tomato & wafers of red onion
Warm bacon and blue cheese potato salad served with fresh french bread
American fig and goat cheese loaf served with a variety of crackers
Roasted salmon fillets with crushed pecorino and pesto topping served with steamed beans, new potatoes and béarnaise sauce
Key lime pie
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 !!
15th Wedding anniversary – Jame and Hallie – May 2012
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!
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
Mark and Sally
See you soon 🙂
– Mark and Sally Tanner
Outstanding charter – Verda and Neil (Comment on Tripadisor)
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
Laura and Alberto
Thanks Peter and Debs
Keith, Heather, Kate and Tyler
We all had a great time. The whole experience was far beyond our expectations.
The Dula Charter
The Weil\’s_March 2012
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.
Lots of Love
Susan and Norbert_Feb 2012
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
Karen and friends_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!
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!!!
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Cathy, Bill, Chris and Cyndi
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
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!!!!