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.
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.
Easy morning in Maundays Bay.
Sail around the Southwestern tip of Anguilla and up the North coast to Crocus Bay.
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.
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.
Explore St Barth on land. Lunch and/or dinner ashore.
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.
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.
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!
Andrew Reiley – Captain
Andrew Reiley grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts sailing Optis, Lasers, and 420s out of the Pleon Yacht Club. Growing up in this beautiful coastal New England town and the Eastern Yacht Club, he was exposed to big boat sailing & racing during high school aboard the 12 meter VALIANT, which Andrew became a regular crew on for many years. While working on VALIANT, he realized that sailing could be a great way to do something he loves while making a career out of it. For the past few seasons, Andrew has worked on a captained a charter gaff rigged schooner. He is delighted to be captain of GAIA and to show guests a great time sailing aboard this amazing Gunboat catamaran.
Rebecca Marasco – Chef/Mate
Rebecca Marasco is a Massachusetts native. Through a series of serendipitous events, she landed in Newport, Rhode Island looking to expand her undergraduate environmental degree onto an experiential course. Her experience working alongside diverse crews of maritime and culinary professionals has sparked an insatiable appetite to the magic of sailing, exploring and eating your way around the world. Since cruising New England, the West Coast, Caribbean islands and crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the Balearic Islands, she brings a contagious passion to embrace the natural world with her background in outdoor leadership and wilderness medicine. Gaining nautical miles on vessels of many sizes and styles, her versatility is constantly evolving above and below deck. Cuisine is a major factor to what inspires a truly memorable trip. In the galley, her dishes promote a well-rounded inspiration from local ingredients and traditional techniques to ensure reducing the risk of any deficiency in vitamin Sea. She is eager to continue sharing and learning more of what the mountains and sea offer while on board the self-sustaining system that is S/Y GAIA.
On GAIA, the chef finds unique inspiration combining your food preferences and locally sourced provisions to curate each menu. This menu serves as an example.
A fresh fruit bowl, smoothies, granola or toasts and coffee and tea will be available daily
★ Soft herbed scrambled eggs with a choice of crispy bacon, chorizo or vegetable medley
★ Classic omelet filled choice of cheese, protein and vegetable filling, crispy hash browns
★ Cinnamon-orange french toast with a side of mint-grapefruit br l e
★ Kale salad with miso-caesar dressing, shaved parmesan topped with seared local fish
★ Mediterranean salad with seared scallops topped with creamy avocado-lemon dressing
★ Tuna Nicoise salad with local greens, haricot vert and herbed caper dressing
★ Rotating styles of ceviche, local fish cured in fresh citrus juices
★ Crisp tomato and gruy re galette served with a cup of cucumber-pepper gazpacho
★ Stuffed mushrooms, spicy sausage or vegetables topped with melted parmesan Main
★ Whole grilled fish of the day with zesty lime-mango salad
★ Marinated chicken thighs drizzled in cilantro-parsley chimichurri sauce and tomato rellenos
★ Mushroom rosemary steak with parmesan potatoes and lemon-honey garlic asparagus
★ Not Your Mother’s Ginger Cake topped with fresh whipped cream
★ Chocolate avocado mousse topped with grilled pineapple
★ Burnt-butter bananas and vanilla ice cream topped with Caribbean rum sauce
*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
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.
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.
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!
|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|