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United States Virgin Islands
47 ft sailing catamaran
Accommodates up to 8
4 Queen ensuite cabins
Scuba onboard


SPECIAL OFFER: Take 10% off charters on this yacht conducted in the USVI only and started between November 1st, 2022 to December 10th, 2022. Charters must be booked before December 1st, 2022, and take place in the USVI only. Christmas week December 19th-26th: regular rates-no holiday surcharge.

This beautiful, award-winning luxury yacht is ideal for a large group.

BLACK TORTUGA has 4 queen ensuite cabins.

Check out this description from SAIL magazine, where it just won Best Boat of 2018: Approaching the Saona 47 from a distance, this emphasis on space is immediately apparent in the top deck, which measures nearly 100ft and is well equipped with sun lounges, not to mention a great view. Down a few steps is a large helm station with seating for two, and then down a few steps more you’ll find an immense afterdeck that flows into a wide cabin, a space that can entertain a dozen without any sense of crowding. Down again and you enter the boat’s private cabins, which are wider than those of many monohulls.

In typical Fountaine Pajot fashion, everything is bright, open, and contemporary, with neutral colors and clean-lined joinery that gives the boat the air of a fine urban apartment. The hulls are also fine below the waterline but then flare rapidly to chines, which minimizes wetted surface for performance while maximizing interior space. Similarly, the long waterline translates into good average speed, while a high sail-area-to-displacement ratio means there’s plenty of power to drive the boat through the water. In other words, like the other models from this builder, the Fountaine Pajot Saona 47 is not only comfortable but knows how to make tracks.

Note: The crew may be different than video.

*For Rates, see PRICING Tab below – Holiday weeks may differ, please enquire!



Your Crew


Captain Troy hails from Philadelphia but spent much of his time growing up on the waters off New Jersey. Troy discovered his love of the water at a very young age from his grandfather. As a Marine Biologist, he instilled a sense of wonder in Troy and encouraged him to become scuba certified at the age of 12. Sailing Hobie cats, diving, fishing, and water sports were his childhood passions. Troy has traveled and vacationed the islands he now calls home since he was a teenager. Troy loves his work as a captain because it incorporates all the things he enjoys by allowing him to sail, dive, make cocktails, help in the galley, and entertain his guests.

Chef Jody is a native Californian but has loved chartering in the islands for the last 17 years. She holds a US Coast Guard Masters License and is a PADI Scuba Instructor, as well as an accomplished charter chef. Her passion for beautiful food equals her passion for the ocean. Before moving to the islands, Jody was an educator for several zoos and aquariums on each coast. She fell in love with the Caribbean waters working as an Aquarist at Coral World Marine Park in St Thomas. Her knowledge of marine life gives her guests an experience they won’t forget! From the galley, her fresh bread, pastries, decadent desserts, and everything in between will present you with an array of goodies to tempt your taste buds. Her culinary style incorporates fresh local ingredients with culinary favorites for amazing meals that guests love. Her greatest pleasure is your smile of satisfaction!







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The fine points

  • Pricing
  • Availability
  • Amenities
  • Reviews
  • Videos
  • Scuba
Season2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax7 Pax8 Pax
Summer 2022$22,000$22,500$23,000$23,500$24,000$24,500$25,500
Winter 2022 to 2023$22,000$22,500$23,000$23,500$24,000$24,500$25,500
Summer 2023$22,000$22,500$23,000$23,500$24,000$24,500$25,500
Winter 2023 to 2024$22,000$22,500$23,000$23,500$24,000$24,500$25,500

Holiday offers

Please note that Holiday rates are subject to change.

Christmas week: $29,000

New Year week: $31,000


  • Use of the yacht with our Professional Captain and Chef and additional crew
  • All Onboard Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Appetizer, Dinner, and Dessert
  • Snacks – Fresh Fruit, Popcorn, Granola Bars, Chips, Chocolates and more
  • Beverages – Water, Juices, Sodas, Coffee, Beer, Wine, and a Fully Stocked Bar
  • Water Sport activities
  • WiFi Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fuel for the yacht and dinghy


  • Shore activities such as dining, shopping, or special off yacht excursions
  • Premium Beverages/Wines not normally stocked and excessive alcohol consumption
  • Airport Transfers
  • Crew gratuity; 15-20% of the charter cost


Highlighted dates are booked, on hold, or unavailable. We may be able to challenge the dates on hold. Please contact us for details. All other dates not highlighted are available. You can use the arrow icons to navigate through the months.

Dates Color Key
If no color is noted on calendar or in the detailed list below, the dates are available for your charter

  • Booked (Booked by another client group already)
  • Hold (Held by another client group, not yet booked, and can be challenged)
  • Unavailable (Blocked out by the Owner and unavailable to challenge)
  • Transit


  • Air conditioning and fans
  • Swim platforms and showers
  • Heated deck showers
  • Watermaker and generator
  • WiFi internet access
  • Salon TV with USB ports
  • i/Device docking station
  • Cockpit and flybridge speakers
  • Barbecue
  • Hammock
  • Photography packages available


  • 12.6’ RIB with 30 hp outboard
  • Tube & surfboard to be towed
  • Noodles
  • Snorkel gear
  • Floating mat
  • 3 Standup paddleboards
  • Sub Wing
  • Fishing gear
  • Beach & board games
  • SCUBA diving available


  • Model: Fontaine Pajot
  • Year: 2019
  • LOA: 47′
  • Beam: 25.4′
  • Draft: 4.4’
  • Engines: 2 x Diesel
  • Flag: USA
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Average rating:  
 15 reviews
 by February 2022 Charter Guests
Could Not Ask For A Better Vacation

We could not ask for a better vacation! A knowledgable captain and artist in the galley. You guys are super hosts. I am personally very grateful for the gift of your company and skills you have given to my family. I wish you all the success and happiness in the world!

 by January 2022 Charter Guests
Fabulous Trip

Thank you for a fabulous trip that exceeded all our expectations! Your knowledge of the best location, focus on our needs and interests, hard work and great attitude made the week amazing. We especially appreciated the captain skills, nonstop water sports/hikes, great cocktails and love for games. We loved the chef’s delicious meals that met all of our crazy preferences; She makes feed a crowd three meals a day for a week look easy – when we know it takes major planning, effort and attention to detail. You two epitomize great customer service and teamwork. We wish you the best and would love to travel with you again down the road. Thank you!

 by January 2022 Charter Guests
Perfect Vacation

Thank you for an amazing week in the USVI. We loved seeing the various gems hidden away that you brought us to. The gourmet cooking and services was next level. Captain thanks for taking us diving, black belt dinghying us around and cocktail creativity. This vacation was perfect! We don't want to leave. If you ever make it to the bay area, come visit! Much love!

 by March 2021 Charter Guests
Special Sailing

We feel so lucky that God put you in our path. It was by chance that we found you to sail with and we could not imagine sailing with anyone else. Thank you for making our trip planning effortless, for sharing with us the special places we visited, and for giving us something to look forward to in the future. There is no way to explain to others, how special sailing with you is so I hope we will plan another voyage with you soon and share this experience with our friends. We love you both and sailing with you feels like coming home. God bless you both as we part ways and may you both have a joyful 2021.

 by March 2021 Charter Guests
Best Vacation

As a busy family of four (kids ages 13 and 11) who likes to travel a lot – we rarely have time to sit down and write a review. In this case, we felt it absolutely necessary to let you know about our recent trip aboard. You are in good hands with the Captain. His sailing and island knowledge are impressive and it’s easy to see his genuine love and passion of all things outdoors related. His attention to detail is second to none. He proved to be very safety focused in every aspect of boating from sailing, to driving the dinghy and pulling our daughters wake boarding. He also planned our stops accordingly to avoid the rowdy drinking crowds that both places attract at times in order to ensure the best experience for our entire family. As recently certified divers and having expressed an interest in doing quite a bit of diving on our trip, he did not let us down. We would mention diving and before we knew it he had a spot picked out and had our dive gear set-up ready to go. He took the time to research the dive spot and brief us to be sure it met everybody’s comfort and skill level as well as personal expectations. During each dive, he kept a close eye on us all and pointed out ocean life that we would have otherwise missed. He took his role as dive master seriously and it was very much appreciated as it put us all at ease and allowed us to enjoy each dive to its fullest. It is also worth noting that his navigational skills under water are top notch as after every dive we would come right back to the mooring line. When asked on the first night of our trip what we hoped to do, learning to sail was near the top of the list. He took time to explain the basics and the ways in which the wind affects the sails and how one must adjust accordingly. Much to our delight, we were given an opportunity to raise and lower the sails a time or two. His patience and sincere passion for showing us all things both under and above the sea made for a remarkable trip. The chef surpassed any and all expectations of meal preparation, presentation and flavor. Our family was able to try new foods and experience comfort food in new and exciting ways thanks to her expertise. She was very flexible with us on meals and even went off her prepared meal plan one night to try her hand at making cauliflower wings for us. Our youngest daughter loves to cook/bake and she was such a sweetheart allowing her to help in the kitchen. When we had oranges for a snack one day our daughter mentioned how she’d love to try to make chocolate covered orange peels when we got home. Moments later and much to our surprise and our daughter’s utmost joy, She had a recipe pulled up and the girls were making them to serve with ice cream for dessert that evening. She was an amazing guide of our snorkeling adventures and for our on shore excursions - from hiking up the hills, walking on the beaches, and exploring  - her enthusiasm and sense of adventure created memories that will last a lifetime. Both Captain & Chef are such a sweet and warm hearted couple who have contagious smiles and evident passions for living their best lives. Our trip was made complete by having them as our crew. Together they work seamlessly and make for a first-class experience. The boat was kept immaculate 24/7. It is easy to see that both the Captain & Chef treat the boat as if it were their own. Impressively, they went about and kept the boat neat and tidy without us noticing it. While we were eating our breakfast, or out enjoying the morning sun on paddle boards, kayaks or on the deck of the boat, our beds were being made, showers and bathrooms cleaned, and towels were replaced. When we would wake up in the morning the boat was as spotless as the first day we boarded. From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to say THANK YOU to the yacht & crew for sharing with us the best vacation we could have ever dreamed of! We look forward to hopefully joining them both again soon for another trip around the islands.

 by Thanksgiving Charter
Perfect Vacation!

Thank you both for the most perfect vacation EVER! We seriously loved every second. We were so bummed when the trip got cancelled back in April due to covid, but this was so worth the wait! The cooking is incredible and it will be missed - your unbelievable birthday cake, pizza rolls, homemade bread, pasta carbonara, and all the rest. We loved the captain and his ukulele playing, snorkel tours, "scurfing" skills, and everything you did! We are also so happy-so many laughs!

 by November 2020 Charter Guests
Memorable Trip

Thank you for such a memorable trip and all your hard work to totally spoil us. From the time we saw your smiling faces at the airport to the end of our trip, you have all been so wonderful. The scenery was wonderful, but without the care and attention you provided it would not have been so enjoyable. The meals were wonderful and in addition to the food was your interest and eager enthusiasm. The trip was memorable and the biggest part was sharing with you all. From the bottom of my heart-thank you-you handed us perfectly.

 by 2020 Charter Guests
Wonderful Trip

Thank you so much for the wonderful trip introducing my husband and children to the beauty and wonders of the islands and sailing. First and foremost the boat is spectacular - roomy, tastefully decorated and spotless - a five star hotel on the water, a top rate chef providing interesting and delicious meals all week long. Secondly, your knowledge of the islands and various activities including paddle board races, snorkeling spots and hints, coaching on helming the boat, hikes and the history of the islands brought true enjoyment for all. Lastly thank you for your kindness and patience with our young, large group - you made it a trip that none will forget.

 by Charter Guests
Thank You For The Memories

Thank you for being such wonderful tour guides and hosts on such a beautiful boat. it was a wonderful family trip that our family will remember forever. the snorkeling was amazing and the food was unbelievable - I may miss the food the most :) Thanks for the memories you helped me and my family have on a trip of a lifetime.

 by Charter Guests
Happy Everything!

This was one of the best weeks of our entire life! From the magnificent food meal after meal to the non-stop adventures Captain engineered. We so appreciate all the love, laughter and adventure. Thank you for including us in one of the most magical moments of our lives. Thanks for becoming friends! We wish you nothing but love and adventure and we cannot wait to return for another epic trip on the Black Tortuga. Happy Everything!

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  • Gear rental is at the certified guests’ expense
  • $60 per person per dive
  • $90 per person per night dive
  • Includes tank rental and fill
  • Max 2 dives per day

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