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British Virgin Islands
56 ft sailing catamaran
Accommodates up to 6
3 Queen ensuite cabins
Scuba diving onboard


SPECIAL OFFER: Summer and Spring - 6 guests for US$25,000, 4 guests for US$24,000 and 2 guests for US$20,000. Valid for bookings of 6 nights or longer occurring before 15 July 2023.

COPPER PENNY is a 56 ft Lagoon catamaran with an amazing width of 31 feet giving stability and great sailing.

Lagoon pioneered the addition of the “flybridge” which gives the yacht another level of space for guests to enjoy while sailing and at anchor. This area is completely covered with shade. COPPER PENNY is a sailor and scuba diver’s dream with easy access to the water with the swim platform.

There is also forward couch seating near the bow of the yacht to relax while sailing.  Each of the 3 queen cabins has ensuite bathrooms with stall showers. The master cabins offer their own entrance on the stern of the yacht. The Master cabin has a queen-size bed, walk-around floor level. 2 Guest cabins have a queen-size bed, walk-around step up access on both sides. Guests can expect an Epic cruise on COPPER PENNY with her adoring rotational crews.

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



Your Crew


Jim, your captain, is a Canadian who grew up sailing on Lake Ontario. His family has always owned boats and Jim began his sailing instruction while attending summer camp. As a young adult, Jim moved to Virginia, where he became bareboat certified and began chartering. In his corporate life, Jim was a stockbroker. He was televised on Charlottesville, Virginia’s NBC29 nightly news for seven years sharing his market commentary with viewers. While working as a stockbroker, Jim found time to become a delivery captain for a Lagoon catamaran dealership and began transiting the East Coast of North America. There he found his love for the open ocean. He obtained his the United States Coast Guard Masters License and later obtained an MCA 200-ton Offshore Certificate. Jim is also a certified PADI Dive Master and looks forward to taking you diving. In addition, Jim enjoys windsurfing, kite surfing, and skiing.

Amanda, your chef, is from Virginia. She grew up as a competitive swimmer and spent time backpacking in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Later, she discovered triathlons, and spent many hours training and competing. Jim introduced her to sailing, and life was never the same. She began sailing the Chesapeake every weekend and accompanying Jim on some of his deliveries. Amanda’s career as an engineer was demanding and gratifying, but soon she began dreaming of warm waters. During her years sailing the Caribbean, she developed a love for cooking and exploring local cuisine. To prepare for life as a charter chef, Amanda attended a mega-yacht cooking school in Fort Lauderdale, where she honed her skills. She looks forward to serving you beautifully presented delicious meals. In addition, Amanda is a certified PADI DiveMaster and a kayak instructor. Amanda’s other interests include windsurfing, kite surfing, and skiing.


Ben was born & raised on the Gulf of Maine, and has harbored a love of the sea his entire life. Building his first rowboat with his father at the age of six, Ben knew that the ocean was where he belonged. At eight, he started sailing aboard a Rhodes 19’ and by the age of 18, he made his way from Portsmouth, NH to Hawaii via the Caribbean islands and Panama Canal aboard various sailboats. Eventually settling in Washington State’s Puget Sound, Ben taught sailing in a community sailing program during the summer months and apprenticed under a local shipwright in the winters. Finally, aboard his own 32’ sailboat, he was able to fulfill a dream of sailing back to New Hampshire. Adventures along the way to fund his dream included, working as a deckhand aboard ocean going tugboats hauling freight through Southeast Alaska, commercial fishing for giant bluefin tuna, delivering sailboats along the west coast of Central America, and working as mate aboard a luxury charter yacht based in Petersburg, Alaska where he learned the finer points of running top quality charters. Tropical seas calling him, Ben focused his efforts on the Virgin Islands and has successfully Captained three charter catamarans based in the BVI. Ben is excited to be aboard Copper Penny, sailing the crystal-clear waters and trade winds of the US & British Virgin Islands.

Rachel was born with an adventurous spirit, and grew up hiking, camping, fishing, and eagerly exploring her love for the outdoors near her childhood home in Boulder, CO. With a degree in Business Marketing, she worked in sales for DEWALT power tools in Boston, quickly developing a passion for the ocean, enjoying swimming, SCUBA diving, sea kayaking and catching and cooking the freshest seafood. Her fascination with sailboats also started in New England, where she called on and worked with the manufacturing facilities of Hinckley Yachts in Maine and observed the construction process from start to finish of some of the finest yachts in the world. Rachel has also pursued her passion for food and entertaining, working with the Culinary Institute of Montana where winters included skiing and working in fine dining establishments while the summer months involved rock climbing, rafting, and racing sailboats on the largest natural freshwater lake in the western US. Missing the salty air & vastness of the ‘big blue’, Rachel left the US to live and work aboard a sailboat and deliver her from Florida to Bocas del Toro, Panama. Eventually spending extensive time in Central America, Rachel founded Nicaragua Energetic Flow Yoga, working as a full-time traveling yoga instructor at 6 resorts in the southwest corner of Nicaragua. She also managed and cooked at a B&B guesthouse in the jungle outside San Juan del Sur. As an athlete and yogi, Rachel is adamant about using the freshest quality local ingredients to create healthy and delicious meals that feed the body and the soul.

Together, Ben and Rachel look forward to sharing their passions with guests. Ben is an avid angler, with a particular interest in fly fishing, and has spent many hours discovering techniques and places in the Virgin Islands that can be productive for catching Tarpon, Bonefish, and several other species of hard fighting saltwater fish. As a surfer and kiteboarder Ben knows where the conditions will be best on any given day. Rachel is a passionate Yoga practitioner and Licensed Yoga Instructor. Over the years in the VI Rachel has found some unique and beautiful outdoor “studios” where she loves to bring interested guests for a yoga class. Her teaching style reflects her belief that yoga should be accessible to everyone, whether they have been practicing for years or have never been to a yoga class. These activities can be incorporated into your charter aboard Copper Penny and can add another layer of excitement or relaxation to your experience.







The fine points

  • Pricing
  • Availability
  • Amenities
  • Reviews
  • Videos
  • Scuba
Season2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax
Winter 2022 to 2023$26,000$26,500$27,000$27,500$28,000
Winter 2023 to 2024$26,000$26,500$27,000$27,500$28,000
Summer 2023$26,000$26,500$27,000$27,500$28,000
Summer 2024$26,000$26,500$27,000$27,500$28,000

Holiday offers

Please note that Holiday rates are subject to change.

Christmas week: $34,000

New Year week: $36,000


  • 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
  • Cruising permits, national parks fees, fishing permits, taxes, and port fees
  • 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
  • BVI individual fishing permits
  • 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.

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  • 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 generators
  • WiFi Internet access
  • 42′ Satellite Blue-ray TVs
  • 3D movie capability
  • Flatscreen TVs & Blue-ray DVD players in cabins
  • Full surround sound system
  • i/Device docking
  • Cockpit and flybridge speakers
  • CDs, videos, DVDs
  • Books and games
  • Cockpit icemaker
  • Barbecue
  • Underwater lights


  • 14′ RIB with 60 hp outboard
  • Waterskis for adults & kids
  • Kneeboard, 2 wakeboards, & tube
  • Snorkel gear
  • Floating mats
  • Light fishing gear
  • 2 Standup paddleboards
  • 2 Single kayaks
  • 2 Bladefish Scuba boards (adults only)
  • SCUBA diving/courses available onboard
  • Underwater camera/video


  • Model: Lagoon Catamaran
  • Year: 2011, Refit 2020
  • LOA: 56′
  • Beam: 31′
  • Draft: 5’
  • Engines: 2 x 110 hp Yanmar
  • Flag: BVI
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 12 reviews
 by June 2022 Charter Guests-Family
Wonderful Vacation

Thanks so much for a wonderful vacation - it was the best ever and I smile every time I think of the wonderful week. I loved being on Copper Penny and will definitely do it again. You both made the experience unforgettable and were such great hosts. I love some of the pictures you took and can't wait to see the others. I didn't take any but I know some of the other girls did. I'll keep in touch.

 by March 2020 Charter Guests
Fun Time

Thanks for such a fun sail.
Thank you so much for everything, we had a fun time and you are the BEST.
Thanks Chef for all the great meals we loved them all.

 by January Charter Guests
Unforgettable Holiday

We had an unforgettable holiday on a wonderful yacht, an interesting and comprehensive program as well as an extremely competent crew. The cooking on board came up to our wishes and expectations – so again thank you very much!

 by December Charter Guests
Bucket List Vacation

To say we had an amazing time and loved everything is an understatement. The crew were wonderful hosts and did everything we asked for and more. We had an idea of things we wanted to see but their knowledge of the area was a huge plus to help us craft the most enjoyable itinerary. With fun water activities, Scuba diving & seeing some really cool stuff. We all felt comfortable with the captain’s expertise to provide fun experiences but more importantly, safe ones. The chef’s meals & cocktails were highlights of the trip. We enjoyed variety the menu offered. Meeting our dietary special needs isn’t easy for anyone, the chef took it in her stride and never made us feel like it was a bother. Copper Penny was a beautiful vessel with many comforts of home. We all enjoyed our rooms, the dining areas & especially the bridge up top. It was great fun to sit up there enjoying the quiet of the sail while reading or listening to Jerry fill us in on areas we saw or watching the crew at work getting the sails in place and back again. We would highly recommend the team aboard Copper Penny to anyone looking for a bucket list vacation.

 by Kelli
Most Memorable Trip We Have Ever Taken

Not sure where to even start on this. I could go on and on. This by far was the most memorable trip we have taken. It was absolutely fabulous. The crew were amazing. We could not have asked for a better crew. For the kids and us to get off the boat at the end and feel like we were leaving home as well as new friends, tells it all. The cooking was to die for, accommodating 6 teenage appetites plus getting them to try some new things; and captain’s adventures/tour took us to some new places we have never been too. The yacht was a well equipped boat and very spacious. We were very impressed with what the boat had to offer. Bottom line, no matter the boat, The crew were the key to a successful vacation. I would recommend chartering with them any day. We are already discussing our next adventures with those two! Thanks again for all your help in arranging this and assisting us in our catamaran choosing.

 by The Smith Family

After having a few weeks to reflect on our wonderful vacation we are only more positive that it was the most perfect week we have ever spent together as a family! Far from cell phones, TV, and the pressures of life, we were able to completely relax and connect with each other and the amazing locations, flora and fauna of the BVI. Your enthusiasm and obvious love of life on the water was contagious. We learned so much from you and we carried home with us splendid memories! (snorkeling with the myriad fish we now know the names of, finding the cannons, swimming through the tunnel, hanging out with sea turtles, seeing the lurking barracudas, hiking to the pirate lookout, our own private beaches and secluded bays, fancy frosty drinks and amazing appetizers after a riotous afternoon of tubing, wakeboarding and kayaking, star lit gourmet dinners, fabulous desserts, we could go on and on…) Quite often you just read our minds, like when you whisked us from Anegada to Norman Island just to find the perfect sunset.

 by Kenny and Dianne

A vacation of a lifetime – Gord, excellent captain, gracious host, very knowledgeable tour guide, and entertainer. Ginny, extraordinary chef with every meal ***** the taste, presentation and variety for 7 days was so perfect. The stories of their travels and of the BVI were fascinating. Both Gord and Ginny went out of their way to provide sodas, drinks, beers and food choices we indicated. We both enjoyed the snorkeling immensely – the equipment fit perfectly and the sites we visited were great. We loved the tour of Virgin Gorda and the Baths – the Pirate entertainment – Saba Rock Tarpon feeding – sailing around the islands and all the local flavor of the Soggy Dollar and Foxys. I really enjoyed the hike from the Bitter End. Kenny was fascinated to learn about sailing and the boat equipment. I must repeat – “A Vacation Experience of a Lifetime!”

 by Monica and John F.

This was the best vacation ever! We have wondered how our trips are ever going to compare to this and we seriously think the only way is to plan another one with your company and Jim and Amanda. We cannot say enough about how wonderful this trip was. This was my husband's and my 5th trip and it surpassed all the others by miles! Thank you for everything.

 by Matthew & Nichole

This was one of the best vacations that we have ever taken. Amanda and Jim were both outstanding. Amanda´s meals were amazing, great variety and Amanda did an amazing job tailoring her menu to our particular dietary needs. She also doubled as a great underwater guide. She came diving and snorkeling with us and was very knowledgeable about all the different species. Jim was a great captain and master of ceremonies. He put together the perfect itinerary and kept us moving with lots of great activities. He was also like a private instructor helping us windsurf, water ski and scuba dive. We got on the boat after a very busy week for our wedding and Jim did the extraordinary step of even getting some laundry done for us! Can't say enough positive things about them both. They are total pros. I really can't think of anything that was missing. The pace and itinerary of our vacation was perfect. After a long hectic week for our wedding, Jim knew and executed the perfect mix of relaxation and activities. We often anchored at out of the way places which afforded great privacy. Jim and Amanda are a great team and we had a lot of fun hanging out with them. Our charter was only 2 people so we obviously had a lot of attention but I bet Amanda and Jim would be an amazing team for larger groups as well. We are already trying to get a group together to charter with them again.

 by Sharon K

OMG – the meals belonged in a 5 star, top of the line restaurant in the most famous cities in the world! Each day was a complete surprise and there was never a “let-down” in regards to the delicious treats that Amanda prepared. So yummy!!! Can't wait till we have a chance to have Amanda share them with us!

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  • 3 dives incl. per week for certified divers
  • Discover Scuba included

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