GUNBOAT 66 GAIA

Go the extra mile with your family and friends this winter with the charter of a lifetime! Gunboat 66 GAIA is now booking weekly charters for the 2022 Caribbean season.

The avid sailor will love GAIA as a sailing machine, and the feeling of sailing faster than wind speeds with ease and stability afforded by her performance engineering and state-of-the-art equipment. Cruising on a mile-eating catamaran ensures you’ll enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

All guests will be equally delighted by smooth sailing motion, comfort, and the signature head-turning style of a Gunboat. Three spacious areas for lounging provide 360-degree views and , relaxing and enjoying your surroundings on trampoline in the late afternoon sun, to sunset dining in the aft cockpit, to the full protection of the bright and spacious salon.

Aboard GAIA, the full-time professional crew (and adventurers!) are dedicated to making the most of your holiday, with a variety of options to explore the sea (SUPs, a 2-person kayak, snorkeling gear, tow boards) and concierge services for activities accessible at your destinations.

Charters depart and return to St Maarten, with itineraries exploring nearby islands such as Anguilla and St Barth. A maximum of 6 guests can be accommodated, and itineraries and menus are tailored to preference upon booking.

All itineraries include arrival and departure in Sint Maarten, cruising within the range of nearby islands including Anguilla and St Barth. Each itinerary will be tailored to guests’ interests to make the most of charter locations and weather conditions. The following serves as a sample.

Day 1:
Board GAIA in Sint Maarten.
Sail to Maudays Bay, Anguilla. (12nm)
Settle into the mindset of boatlife in paradise! Maudays is one of the most picturesque bays in Anguilla, an exaggerated example of white sands and turquoise waters.

Day 2:
Easy morning in Maundays Bay.
Sail around the Southwestern tip of Anguilla and up the North coast to Crocus Bay.
Lunch onboard.
Snorkeling in Little Bay, located next to Crocus Bay. As part of a protected marine park, Little Bay offers some of the best snorkeling in Anguilla.
Option for water sports in the flat waters of Crocus Bay, or a dinghy trip to explore Sandy Island roughly 2nm from Crocus Bay.

Day 3:
Longer sailing day to St. Barth (35-40nm)
Sail up the North coast of Anguilla through cut between Anguilla and Scrub Island. Once clear of the Northern tip of Anguilla, bear away for a 15-20nm reach to St Barth.
Anchor in Anse Du Colombier or Gustavia.
Option to book dinner ashore if in Gustavia.

Day 4:
Explore St Barth on land. Lunch and/or dinner ashore.

Day 5:
Sail around St Barth. The avid sailor will love the opportunity to experience GAIA at different points of sail, while non-sailing guests sit back in style enjoying this unique look at the island and surrounding waters. On GAIA, sailing time for the anticlockwise loop is estimated to be about  3-4hrs, featuring a nice long reach and downwind leg around the North side of the island.

Day 6:
A relaxing day at anchor.
Snorkel and paddle board off the small islands near Gustavia.
Paddle board or tender ride to Anse Du Colombier or Shell beach.
Upon request, GAIA can help book additional activities available on island.

Day 7:
Breakfast onboard and early downwind sail back to Simpson Bay, SXM for departure. (15nm)

While chartering in the Caribbean, GAIA’s full-time Captain and Mate/Chef provide the ultimate experience and introduction to the Gunboat lifestyle!

Sebastian Barrett – Captain

Sebastian grew up in a small coastal town on the east coast of South Africa, exposed to sailing from a young age by his Swedish grandfather, a master mariner who captained 300+ meter ships. Only later did he realize that the inspiration, character, and knowledge gained from his grandfather set him on course to be an exceptionally skilled and confident yacht captain. In his professional sailing career, Sebastian honed skills at every rank of high-performance sailing yachts, including engineering on a highly technical 45M Baltic – and he’s right at home as your captain of Gunboat 66 GAIA.

Sebastian is often described as exceptionally easy going and focused, a guy you can take anywhere – and in truth that’s quite literal! He lives an active, adventurous, and health-focused lifestyle that spans from the mountains to the sea – surfing, open water swimming, mountain biking, trail running, and overlanding.

“The best part of being a yacht captain is sharing what we’re so passionate about with our guests, providing access to a unique sailing opportunity and new experiences out on the water.”

Xiara Preston – Chef/Mate

With her first glance into the world of sailing, she was hooked!  Xiara (pronounced sh-ara) encountered the yachting scene in Mallorca during her travels through Europe. She decided to flow down the salt path discovering a multitude of related passions – such as yoga, cooking, and the sailing itself – which add to the experience she offers guests aboard GAIA.

In equal measure, Xiara’s free-spirited story is driven by intrinsic motivation and a genuine work ethic. “I grew up in a small farming community in Zimbabwe. Life on the farm taught me to be resourceful and resilient. In Zim, we have a motto that we will always ‘make a plan’, that is a way of life I grew up with and carry forward. The same sense of responsibility applied as an avid equestrian working closely with horses, and now with yachts. Sebastian and I look forward to providing a safe, fun, unforgettable charter on GAIA!”

Dining Aboard GAIA

 

As the chef on GAIA, Xiara starts with people and places for unique inspiration – combining your food preferences and locally sourced provisions to curate each menu.

“Why limit yourself to eating greens when you can eat the whole rainbow! I am interested in the science behind food and how we can use nutrition to better our lives and utilize the diverse goodness of foods that are available. I hope to showcase this in some of the meals you will experience on board.”

Breakfast and lunch will most often be served in a relaxed family style, while dinner will be served once settled at anchor in the evenings. Upon booking, charter menus will be customized according to your preferences.

*Once a charter is booked, food allergies and preferences and alcoholic beverage selections will be surveyed and accommodated. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the charter rate, to cater to the wide range of preferences, and will be charged to the APA.

Activities/Toys on Board

– 4.2m center console tender with 30HP motor, and towables: Tube, Water skis, Surfboard for skurfing
– A 2-man inflatable kayak
– 2 inflatable SUP’s
– 6 sets of snorkeling gear
– 2 bean bag chairs for trampoline and deck seating
– 2 hammocks

Activities Ashore:

Upon request, the crew can prearrange  activities for guests, such as Scuba Diving, Charter Fishing, Hiking, Cycling, Spa Treatments, Shopping, etc. While these activities are not included in the charter rates, the crew can help accommodate guests’ interests and integrate their activities of choice into the itinerary, based on guests’ interests communicated to them during the planning stages that follow a booking.

Technology and Communications:

– Personal cell phone connectivity is typically available in developed areas of the islands. Guests are encouraged to make plans for their personal and business communications ahead of the trip, by checking with their own phone providers or making a request to the crew ahead of time for assistance with an “on-the-grid” itinerary and SIM cards.
– 4G GSM receiver for local sim cards and WIFI data. With advanced notice, the crew may be able to provide internet access SIM cards, charged at cost to the A.P.A.
– FB250 satellite for emergency use
– In case of an emergency or illness, MSOS Distant Ocean medical kit, Pediatric medical kit, defibrillator, Telemedical support from MSOS 24/7.

Layout – Spacious salon with and aft cockpit

4 Guest Cabins
– Starboard forward Master cabin with en suite head and shower
– Starboard aft Double with private head and shower
– Port aft Double
– Port amidship Double
*Port aft and mid guest cabins share a bathroom.

The Crew cabin is located forward in the port hull, with separate head and shower.

The Ultimate Sailing Charter

GAIA features a Southern Spars rotating wing mast and both interior helm & aft exterior tiller steering stations with push button mainsheet controls at each. The lightest and fastest Gunboat 66, with state-of-the-art C foils and an extensive sail plan ensures perfect sailing in a large crossover of wind conditions and all point of sail, even impressive upwind!

At the heart of Gunboat, performance also means increased stability and seaworthiness – to sail in the 20-25 knot speed range in full comfort and style – without sacrificing the lifestyle features of the cruising catamaran. The interior is modern and spacious, bright and airy, with ultra-lightweight mahogany veneer furniture and bamboo floors, and carbon and Corian countertops that are unique and attractive while practical for use. GAIA also features a hybrid system, for silent motoring off anchor as you’re pulling the sails up!

If you love the sport of sailing, you’ll also love her pedigree. She boasts a win in the Transpac Race from Long Beach to Honolulu, and features many fun upgrades in her equipment and sail plan.  Now fully equipped for cruising, you’re in for a charter like no other, where the yacht itself is a legitimate experience of a lifetime!

SPECIFICATION

 

METRIC

 

IMPERIAL

 

LOA 20.12 m 66.0 ft
LWL 18.9 m 62 ft
BOA 8.6 m 28.3 ft
Draft Boards Down 4.8 m 15.8 ft
Minimum Draft (boards up, fixed t-rudders) 2.13 m 7 ft
Mast Clearance 29.03 m 95.2 ft
Mast Length 27 m 88.6 ft
Displacement (Light) 16,818 kg 37,078 lbs
Displacement (Full) 18,278 kg 40,298 lbs
Bridge Deck Clearance (full load) 1.3 m 4.3 ft
Fuel Capacity 200 gal
Water Capacity 150 gal
Caribbean Charter – GUNBOAT 66 GAIA
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Fages, 34280 La Grande-Motte

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