Abby Normal To 50ft Catamaran

Low Season Rate
$22,500 Per Week
High Season Rate
$29,500 Per Week
Boat Length
50ft Leopard
Number of Cabins
4 Doubles
Number of People
1 - 8 Guests

Abby Normal To is a 50 ft catamaran. In 2019 when the Leopard 50 was voted the Best Charter Boat of the Year by Cruising World, the magazine stated that it was the “Best boat for a sailing vacation.”

Abby Normal To is quite spacious, with many different social areas, which can be used for games with friends or for quiet time reading, writing or even painting. There are 4 cabins and 4 heads for guests (plus a fifth cabin and head for the crew.) The cabins are comfortable and immaculate and there is a door that goes outside to the front of the boat where there is a sitting area from which to watch for your next landmark.

With comfortable cabins, private showers, and an open layout, this Leopard 50 luxury catamaran in the pristine British Virgin Islands is the ultimate setting to truly unwind. Enjoy nutritious, mouthwatering cuisine at the spacious onboard dining table. Sip coffee and fresh juice in the morning, and cocktails, beer, and wine in the evening.

Come join Captain Richard and his wife, Chef Shannon, for an ‘easy adventure’ you will always remember!

Image of yacht layout for Abby Normal To 50ft Catamaran

Cruising Area

Pref. Pick-up : Village Cay, Other Pick-up : Norman Isle or Peter Isle
Summer & Winter Operating Area: Caribbean Virgin Islands (BVI)
Abby Normal to is BVI based

Full Yacht Amenities

  • 4 ensuite Cabins
  • Port side berths 6'5"L & STBD side berths 6'2"L
  • Salon TV & Stereo
  • Device Hookups
  • Hammock
  • Bimini
  • BBQ
  • Children are Welcome under adult supervision
  • Green Initiatives - They make purified drinking water
  • Re-usable water bottles
  • Biodegradable cleaning products
  • Dinghy with a 25HP engine
  • 2 x Water Skis Adult
  • Kneeboard
  • Snorkel Gear for 8
  • 2 x Tube : 2
  • 3 x 2 man Kayaks
  • 2 x SU Paddle Boards
  • Fishing Gear for trolling
  • swim noodles
  • tow tube

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.
Hurricane Season is from 1st June to end of November and it is imperative that all guests purchase trip insurance. Yacht's are not responsible for clients shore side expenses if charter cancelled for a named storm (this includes meals hotels transportation as well as air transport) Most yachts will allow client to rebook unused dates within 6 months of cancellation (excluding holidays).

Yacht Rates in USD

2 pax3 pax4 pax5 pax6 pax7 pax8 pax
W 2023/2422,50023,50024,50025,50026,50028,50029,500
S 202422,50023,50024,50025,50026,50028,50029,500
W 2024/2522,50023,50024,50025,50026,50028,50029,500

All inclusive rates are based on a 7 night charter (1 week) with food, beverages 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.

2024 Christmas Week and 2024/25 New Years Week 1- 8 Guests $32,775
Christmas week to end by December 26th. New Years to begin no earlier than December 28th

Rendezvous Diving only

Crew Information

Image of crew for Abby Normal To 50ft Catamaran

Crew of 2, Captain: Richard Hallett (UK) & CHEF: Shannon Hallett (South Africa)

Captain Richard Hallett - In his words, “If you are coming for a vacation, you are in the wrong place. We do adventures.”

It is also a very luxurious vacation as Shannon Hallett (who is also a sailor in her own right,) is a phenomenal chef and can match her menu to your dietary needs. She is quite adept at finding delicious, fresh produce on the islands as well as fish and meat. A sumptuous dinner is never over until it is finished with some type of delectable dessert.

The adventure part though is what sets Abby Normal To apart from other charter yachts. Part of this is due to the fact that both Richard and Shannon are very familiar not only with sailing, but also with the nature of the islands: the weather and wind, the layout of the area and the many hidden gems the islands hold.

When Captain Richard is sailing the boat he is quite happy to have company sitting next to him at the helm as he explains the processes of sailing a 50 foot catamaran, whether it’s a short sail across Sir Francis Drake Channel on the first evening or a sunrise sail to Anegada. Shannon can show interested sailors how to anchor or how to hook a mooring ball. If you are not up for learning to sail, you can always relax on the beanbags on the tramp, sun up on the u-shaped couch on the flybridge, or read in a nice shady spot.

Captain Richard will sail you to snorkel sites that are off the beaten path, to pristine beaches for lunch and a swim or to explore the RMS Rhône. Shannon can set you up for island tours, scuba diving or even a day diving for conch and making your own ceviche.

Richard and Shannon have sailed Abby Normal To since her first launch in the summer of 2019 and have taken exquisite care of her. They will guide you on the adventure of a lifetime.

Sample Menu

Sample Menu ……….

Day 1,
Lunch : Chicken Roti’s served with fresh green salad, carrots and mango, served
with a fruit chutney. Fresh baked bread.
Dinner : Tender Salmon fillets, with creamy mash potato drizzled in a buttery garlic
lemon sauce, served with pan seared asparagus wrapped in prosciutto. Served
with a crisp dry white wine.
Dessert : French apple cake with chunks of sweet apple nestled in tender buttery
rum cake. Covered in sugar powder and served with a lightly sweetened whipped
cream or vanilla ice cream.

Day 2,
Breakfast : Classic BLT, bacon, lettuce and tomato with a sprinkle of salt and
pepper on fresh toasted bread covered in creamy philly cream cheese.
Lunch : Oriental chicken salad with nuts and sesame seeds, served with garlic
Snack : Freshly cut veggies with assortment of dips
Dinner : Marinated Pork tenderloin on the grill with double baked potatoes and
French ratatouille.
Dessert : Creamy and deliously rich chocolate mousse, covered in shaving of rich
dark chocolate and fresh strawberries.

Day 3,
Breakfast : Fabulous french toast topped with banana’s, chocolate sauce or maple
syrup and a side serving of bacon. Or assortment of cereal, juice, coffee and tea.
Lunch : Fresh Ahi Tuna poke bowl, served with sticky rice and seaweed salad lots
of veggies, seasoned in soy, honey and plenty of sesame with warm bread.
Snack : Hummus with Pita bread.
Dinner : Tender beef fillet on the grill, covered in a freshly made chimichurri sauce,
served with fresh vegetables and home baked bread.
Dessert: Caribbean Key lime pie

Day 4,
Breakfast : Eggs Benedict/Florentine or assortment of cereal, juice, coffee and tea.
Lunch: Grilled New York steaks with loaded baked potatoes and fresh salad.
Snack : Cheese platter, crackers and fruit.
Dinner : Creamy Garlic Tuscan shrimp, with sundried tomato and spinach nestled
on a bed of pasta. Served with garden salad and fresh baked bread.
Dessert : Baked pears drizzled and baked with cinnamon, honey and walnuts.
Served with fresh cream or vanilla ice cream.

Day 5,
Breakfast : Good old pancakes with maple syrup, bacon and fresh fruit in season,
served with assortment of cereal, juice, coffee and tea.
Lunch : Beef burgers grilled, with a selection of toppings, served with fries.
Snack : Caprese Crostini, crusty bread with cheese and marinated basil.
Dinner : Red Snapper, simple and tasty with a mango salsa and buttery garlic baby
potatoes. Baked bread and garden salad.
Dessert : Panna cotta, simple and elegant.

Day 6,
Breakfast : Croque Monsieur, delightful ham and cheese sandwich creamy and
tangy. Toast, jams, juice, coffee & tea.
Lunch : Pulled pork tacos, with coleslaw, sour cream and foccacia bread.
Snack : Charcuterie board.
Dinner : Butter Chicken, delicious authentic and creamy. Served with butter naan
and steamed basmati rice and watermelon feta salad.
Dessert : Baileys Banana Trifles topped with sliced banana, custard, Baileys cream
and drizzled with toffee sauce and grated chocolate.

Day 7,
Breakfast : Ham and Cheese omelette wrap oozy with cheese and
flavour, or assortment of cereal, jams, juice, coffee and tea.

Testimonials from guests on Abby Normal To 50ft Catamaran

March 2024 BVI
We had a wonderful week aboard Abby Normal To, a 51’ catamaran based in Tortola, BVI. The boat is very comfortable, with four attractive, cozy double cabins and plenty of great places to sit, eat or relax outdoors, in sun or shade. The Captain, Richard Hallett and the first mate/chef, his wife Shannon, are lively, fun companions on your journey. Seasoned sailors originally from South Africa, they know the great spots for snorkeling, shelling and beach walks. (Ask them about their sail across the Atlantic!) Shannon’s cuisine is truly excellent – it seems a miracle that such flavor and variety can come out of that galley. But, if you want meals and amusement ashore, the Halletts are happy to oblige with recommendations and reservations. The boat can be filled with music, from your playlists or Shannon’s, and the Starlink internet is strong and consistent. There is plenty of snorkeling equipment aboard and there are lots of fish and critters to see. Unlike some catamarans that are only really used as power boats, this one sails, too, and is glorious when those sails are up. Whether you want a quiet adult vacation, a family getaway or a party trip, the Halletts and Abby Normal To will take great care of you!
January 2024 Family charter
Best family vacation yet! Such a magical week with Captain Richard and Chef Shannon. They were both truly AMAZING – from their knowledge of the islands to introducing us to so many spectacular places to the wonderfully delicious meals to just their kindness and hospitality – we couldn’t have asked for a better couple to sail us around the British Virgin Islands. The catamaran was spectacular – very clean, spacious, comfortable, beautiful. Even after 7 days and nights of fun – from sailing, snorkeling, paddle boarding, hiking, swimming, kayaking, fishing, relaxing, enjoying sunrises and sunsets, playing games, lots of eating and drinking, exploring, etc, etc – none of us were ready to leave (and we already can’t wait to go back)!
May 2023 -Couples – Wonderful crewed catamaran in the BVI
We had a wonderful trip on board the Abby Normal Too with Captain Richard and his wife Shannon who was our amazing chef. Rich did a great job of balancing some of the fun stops we had seen online prior to visiting the BVI and quiet secluded coves where it felt like we had a private island to ourselves. I would highly recommend a crewed trip with the Moorings.
Nov 2022 – Abby Normal To with Captain Richard & Shannon
Our 3rd BVI charter, this time with our adult kids and spouses. Best experience yet!! Richard and Shannon made us at ease from the get-go. Weather was a bit iffy . . . Richard made sure we got to the places we wanted to see and dodged some of the rain clouds. Shannon’s culinary skills are simply . . . amazing!!! Portions were perfect, presentation was gorgeous and the all important taste . . . DELECTABLE!!!
Beverages of choice were a plenty and excursion suggestions were on point. Really enjoyed spending an evening at Saba Rock with them! Well done! 🙂
Reviewed October 26, 2022

Our experience, delayed 2.5 years by Covid, exceeded all expectations. Of course, BVI has glorious sailing grounds, but our Captains, Richard and Shannon, crafted out custom adventure, refined by years of experience and skill. BVI provided the canvas & pigments, “Abby Normal To” was the brush and Richard & Shannon were the artists that carefully apply the brushstrokes to create a perfect vacation masterpiece for us.

The beautiful vistas surrounding our vessel each day were varied & dramatic. We experienced a few rain showers, each lasting only minutes & mandated calling “all-hands-on-deck” for rainbow watch. We were frequently rewarded. I personally most remember the colors of sunrise and sets, cloud formations and the infinite hues of the waters as we sailed.

Three, five-star meals + snacks were crafted by Shannon, then presented by Richard each day. Chicken, salmon, shrimp, calamari, duck, etc. as well magnificent salads, homemade & fresh-baked, crusty sour dough breads plus delicious desserts flowed from the galley; the products of Shannon’s skillful hands. Repeatedly, our crew raved over the cuisine, finally exhausting our superlative vocabulary, leaving us with just “WOW”.

We are now planning our next R&S Sailing Adventure!
Date of experience: October 2022

October 22- 29, 2022
Richard and Shannon,
Thank you for a wonderful trip. We were welcomed with balloons & birthday cake to celebrate a few milestone birthdays. We’ll take many memories home with us from this trip…. the rainstorm on Anegada and our epic trip on the mokes back to the ship, the rave/techno dance off with Richard, the inspirations and Shannon’s amazing cooking. & start of her cookbook we hope she titles “160 charters” and what we hope to see a new tradition starting of Abby Normal To white clothes parties of Foxys!
Thank you! Rahme, Jackie, GreAnn etvc.s
May 2022- Amazing escape to the BVI
A perfect vacation sailing the beautiful BVI with wonderful friends! The ‘Abby Normal To’ was in tip-top shape with all the amenities and gear needed at our disposal. Each day was smooth sailing, snorkeling, swimming and a new adventure…from the Bubbly Pool splash to the sparkling Anegada beaches. We enjoyed every minute of our vacation, including flamingo sightings and fun visits to Willy T’s, The Bitter End, Saba Rock, The Bee Line and the Rum Distillery at Cane Garden Bay. Another highlight was an exciting adventure with Kelly’s Tours to Conch Island and incredible snorkeling at Horseshoe Reef. Aside from the all the fun adventures, we still had plenty of time for rest and relaxation aboard the spacious and comfortable ‘Abby Normal To’. A huge shout out to our exceptional and engaging crew! Richard & Shannon provided valuable and interesting insights, accommodated our every need and delighted us with the most delicious meals. Best trip ever!
April 2022 BVI
We just returned from a wonderful, crewed charter in the BVIs on the “Abby Normal To” hosted by Richard and Shannon Hallett. Over the years my wife and I have done 7 bare boat charters in the Caribbean,starting with the BVIs in 1972. My goal for this trip was to introduce my family to the pleasures of sailing in beautiful places. We were a very diverse party, ranging from my 10 year old grandson to an 80 year old great grandfather. Although I might have qualified as a bare boat skipper, I chose the crewed option to reduce the stress on the entire party. Boy was I right!!
Richard was a competent sailor who was very flexible about our itinerary and was willing to teach and share duties at the helm. At one point when we were anchored at Anegada we rented a small Hobie cat and Richard volunteered to give each of the two boys individual sailing lessons. Richard also helped us find a local fishing guide for a half day excursion to Horseshoe reef. The boys had a great time catching bar jacks,grouper, and barracuda. Just as we were leaving, my son hooked a very large fish. After a 15-minute fight on very light tackle he finally managed to land a 15 lb Mutton snapper
Shannon was an exceptional chef. Every meal was an event! beautiful presentation and fine dining flavor. In addition, she was willing to provide matching quality alternatives for my youngest grandson who did not eat meat. Because she knew the local vendors, she was able to obtain the freshest ingredients for each meal.
I can’t finish this review without mentioning the boat. A 50 ft, 5 cabin catamaran. What a treat for an old sailor! New additions since my last charter 15 years ago included a desalinization system which allowed for freshwater flushing in the heads, state of the art navigation electronics, power winches which allow single handed sailing from the helm, an elevator for launching the dingy, and great performance under sail. We averaged 10.5 knots on a reach from Virgin Gorda
to Anegada with a 17-knot wind. In addition, I would like to note that the boat was designed to be friendly to us seniors who may have a bit of a problem with balance. There was no place that I could go on the boat where there was not a secure hand hold.
Jan 2021 • Family – Awesome New Year’s Charter
Sailing vacations are the best way for our family to be together, to relax, enjoy swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking and great scenery. Our family had a wonderful vacation on Abby Normal Too with Richard and Shannon over New Year’s. Shannon prepared great food and Richard provided endless entertainment and great advice on where to go and what to do. The BVIs are a great place to go with lots of beach bars and fun anchorages. Can’t wait to go again.
December 2020 – Enjoy the BVI without the crowd!
We’ve been chartering in the BVI for since 2008 and our recent two-week trip (starting Dec 1st) may have been one of the best yet. Yes, the entry, testing, and quarantine protocols were inconvenient. On the flip side, we felt safe with how the BVI Gov was handling the reopening and the protocols Moorings has in place. The gov was/is still getting the kinks out of testing and notification logistics, but Moorings was behind the scenes working with them to make it easy for us. Out sailing catamaran, ABBY NORMAL TO, was in tip top shape and ready to go. We spent the first 5 days “quarantining” (??!) on a beautiful boat in lovely uncrowded bays while enjoying exciting day sails. On Day 6 we had The Baths to ourselves! The ABBY NORMAL TO crew, Richard and Shannon Hallett were awesome and took us to places we’d never been before. Shannon’s meals were 5-star! We really felt the BVI Love. Everyone we encountered went out of their way to be friendly and welcoming. We are planning our next trip already.
Jan 2020 • Couples – Happy Canadians on “Abby Normal To”
Outstanding in every way. Richard and Shannon felt like family by day one and went out of their way to make our holiday more than we could have imagined! With a group of 7 including several “wanna be” captains, Richard taught us a lot about sailing and showed his amazing patience numerous times. Shannon’s not only an amazing chef but her sailing experience and tips were very valuable.
Shannon’s meals were outstanding-when you can wow seven adults for seven days in a row- you are one talented chef.
They took part with us in many activities, from snorkelling tours, videoing, story telling, just great hosts!I have been in the travel industry for many years and have seen and visited many destinations. As a senior travel consultant I can guarantee you that this is a trip of a lifetime and Richard and Shannon made the difference!“YIP. YIP!!Thank you Richard and Shannon for a fantastic trip!

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