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United States Virgin Islands
48 ft sailing catamaran
Accommodates up to 6
3 Queen ensuite cabins
Great for families

VICARIOUS is a 48 ft Leopard sailing catamaran ideal for a family or small group charter vacation in the US Virgin Islands.

Aboard VICARIOUS there are three queen guest cabins,  all with private ensuite bathrooms to accommodate 6 guests.  All cabins are fully air-conditioned and are bright and modern with beautiful soft furnishings.

The main salon is spacious with a large U-shapped sofa and dining table. The aft deck provides a beautiful table setting for you to enjoy meals alfresco. The foreward cockpit has further seating that is accessible through glass doors in the salon, offering flow-through ventilation and a beautiful breeze.

This yacht offers lots of water toys that will keep everyone busy in a calm anchorage.

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



Your Crew


Growing up on Long Island, New York, Austen was a shoe in-for the sailing life. At the age of eight, he would sail across Northport Bay to visit the town’s general store as he was too young to drive. At the age of ten, he became involved with competitive sailboat racing and soon became an Optimist class national champion. Since then, he has gone on to many other classes of sailboats and filled skipper, crew and coaching roles. After graduating from Hobart William Smith College, where he captained the sailing team, he decided to work and live in the Virgin Islands for a year. There he learned the ins and outs of island life — as well as the best sailing, mooring and dining options. After a year learning the charter trade, he moved back to New York to work in his family’s tool manufacturing business. While running the company’s operations, he spent any extra time he had, including vacation days, professionally racing Etchells sailboats in all parts of the world. But his days in the Virgin Islands would stay with him, and the pristine beaches and eclectic life on the islands would always find a way back into his daydreams. Little did he expect, in 2018 the family would decide to move its business to Florida where he would meet Philomena, a happy go lucky water woman who also had dreams of island life.

Philomena grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she spent her weekends cooking, snorkeling and learning to free dive with her father. At age seven, she was diving in the Bahamas for sunken airplane wrecks as deep as 60 feet. Eventually, she learned to surf overhead waves and became obsessed with being an all-around water woman. While in high school she became interested in photography and spent a good portion of four years in the dark room. She followed this with a semester working in a California color dark room, an education at Daytona State and internships with four very different photographers. During this time, she also became interested in where her food came from and arranged to spend her summers doing a work internship on a small organic farm in Colorado. As she became a passionate foodie, she experimented with all kinds of diets — from grass fed elk to raw vegan cuisine, she grew it, cooked it, photographed it, served it and lived it. In 2018 she moved to New Smyrna Beach to continue surfing and diving while also climbing the ladder from food prep cook to bartender. She also became a full time wedding and event photographer. Austen had tried asking her out one night while she was bartending, but was turned down — little did she know, almost a year later they would become a couple. Not only would Austen help convince her to go back to school for a culinary arts degree, but they would also agree to a life on the water showing guests the beauties of the ocean and food.

Today, Austen and Philomena run the Charter Vicarious business together. Whether you want complete silence or an outgoing adventurous island experience, these two are your crew!







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The fine points

  • Pricing
  • Availability
  • Amenities
  • Reviews
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Season2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax7 Pax8 Pax9 Pax10 Pax11 Pax12 Pax
Winter 2023 to 2024$19,000$19,500$20,000$20,500$21,200$0$0$0$0$0$0
Summer 2024$19,000$19,500$20,000$20,500$21,200$0$0$0$0$0$0

Holiday offers

Please note that Holiday rates are subject to change.

Christmas week: $25,000

New Year week: $27,100


  • 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 BVI 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
  • 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
  • Heated deck showers
  • Generator & watermaker
  • Salon TV
  • 3 Zone speaker system with Bluetooth
  • i/Device docking station
  • Barbeque
  • Icemaker
  • Underwater lights
  • 4 x Yoga mats + various resistance bands
  • 2 x portable speakers for the beach
  • 2 Hammocks


  • 12′ RIB with 25hp engine
  • Wakeboard & tube
  • 1x Floating dock 8’x10′ w/ waterslide
  • 1x Floating dock: round/pizza doughnut shape
  • 3x Inflatable paddleboards
  • 1x Towable flamingo, 2 person
  • 1 x Towable pizza pie tube, 3 person
  • 1x Surf foil board
  • 1x Wing foil sail for use with paddleboard
  • 1x 2-person ocean kayak (if requested)
  • 10x sets of snorkel gear
  • Underwater camera/video
  • Lobster snares and nets


  • Model: Leopard
  • Year: 2017
  • LOA: 48′
  • Beam: 25′
  • Draft: 4.5′
  • Engines: 2 x Yanmar Diesels
  • Flag: USA
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 11 reviews
 by January 2023 Charter Guests-The Kumars
A whole new world!

We booked the Vicarious Charter which took 6 of us around the USVI AND BVI. Michelle (through Epic Yacht Charters) was great to work with; quick to respond, knowledgeable and gave helpful suggestions when picking a charter. We had an AMAZING time with this crew. The food and drinks were great, the crew was very accommodating to our needs and we cannot say enough good things about Austen and Phily. We couldn't have conceived a more perfect vacation/40th birthday and anniversary celebration with our dearest friends. We were lucky to have found a charter that was able to do both the USVI and BVI in one trip (pretty rare from what I understand). We wanted to ensure we got the same crew that got the great reviews below, so it was reassuring that this crew also owns the boat. We saw a ton of wildlife while snorkeling and Austen/Phily did an amazing job finding the right night spots to give us a feel for the local culture/vibe. It's rare that you find someone trained as a chef and photographer (thanks Phily!). This was a once in a lifetime trip that lived up to everything we hoped it would be. Hardest part of the whole trip was coming home (to cold weather) and having to cook for ourselves again. Thank you Austen and Phily!

 by January 2023 Charter Guests-Friends
Absolute Best Time!

Time flies when you’re having rum! Whether drinking painkillers or jumping off the bow, we had the absolute best time! We would sail with you 8 days a week (especially since we can’t sail). Keep riding big waves both in the Virgin Islands and in life. Bless up!

 by January 2022 Guests-Family
Excellent Service

Having taken a few charters before, we could truly appreciate the experience and the excellent service that captain and chef provided us. They are a great team and were attentive to our every question and need. Wonderful chef and diver. The captain is a true seamen. We would highly recommend them to provide you a very memorable vacation.

 by December 2020 Charter Guests

Thanks for a truly extraordinary and memorable week. We couldn't have conceived of a more perfect vacation/50th birthday and anniversary celebration with our dearest friends. You two are the perfect team - a phenomenal marriage of grace, energy and exceptional capability. From the chef’s 5 star cookery; Captains cocktail hour and itinerary to the handling of the yacht; dive mastery; and your combined tour guiding, there simply aren't enough superlatives to capture all the perfect moments. Your home  - stands by herself: gorgeous and enormous, and your neighborhood - what a match! It was a pleasure and a privilege to get to know you and share the week. You guys are awesome and no doubt our paths will cross again!

 by December 2020 Charter Guests

It is without hesitation that we write this note extolling the virtues of the yacht and its’ amazing crew. First I need to mention that 2 of the 4 couples had previously visited the islands so we had some notion of what we were in for. But any preconceived ideas were for exceeded by the yacht and its’ crew. From the Captain’s first phone conversation when he said “your watches, cell phones and shoes will be confiscated upon boarding” to our heartfelt goodbyes at the end of our trip our entire voyage went without a hitch. While one could be fooled by the Captain’s boyish looks his demeanor, humor, in addition to his competence he was an absolute joy to have as our Captain. And when we first had a chance to review the menu prior to the trip we anticipated good food. But the reality of the chef’s culinary talents were extraordinary during every breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All of us just marveled as the chef came out to relate the menu and its’ ingredients for every meal. And 1st mate was always there helping everyone out with whatever was needed at the time. His watersports and sailing experience were in play every day. The chemistry between all three was evident every day and we all felt comfortable and relaxed throughout. We could not have had a better crew and our experience reflected that. They are a real asset. It was a beautiful and luxurious vessel and stood out among most every boat we saw.

 by March 2020 Charter Guests
Hope To Sail Again!

We had a great time, thank you! The boat was clean and well equipped. The harbors were scenic and peaceful. The captain is an excellent captain and great presence on the boat. The chef is a really positive and friendly person and very helpful the entire trip. She kept the boat tidy and kept us all well fed!
Thank you!
Hope to sail again one day,

 by April Guests

After a week on a boat like this, the hardest part is saying goodbye. our big dream about sailing in the Caribbean with all our parents and kids came true. You made the week spectacular. Every minute of our time was infused with your loving care and endless effort to come up with the most brilliant itinerary to visit the most amazing spots. Chef, every dish you served was a master piece. Every drink had a special touch. Jos your artistic video and photos will be the best memory of this unforgettable week. We all want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

 by Charter Guests
Amazing Trip

The trip was amazing! The boat is a really beautiful boat that is kept in pristine condition. We had a group of six and I think that was the perfect size for this boat. There was plenty of room to spread out. Awesome crew! The captain had the perfect balance between being a tour guide with suggestions for daily activities and also just sitting back and letting us do our own thing. The chef is an excellent cook and did an amazing job keeping the boat looking like a 5-star hotel. She also is a really great person to hang out with and I had a lot of fun getting to know her. She is a laid-back and fun friend on the boat and always hard at work with a smile and warm demeanor. I think the combination of this boat and crew is really special and would be great for a wide variety of groups from families with young children to people looking to party and older adults looking for relaxing vacation. I hope to spend time on the boat again soon.

 by February 2020 Charter Guests
Magical Week

Neither the climate not the location makes the trip, it was the crew, and they were all primo! Three generations together for a fantastic adventure in the BVIs! On a boat! We had some rain and plenty of sun and a little bit of wind - altogether an interesting and fun mix that gave us a little bit of everything. The snorkeling was most excellent and included a face to face with one angry Barracuda. The food was exceptional – every last meal was pure perfection, and the chef is a culinary genius. I don’t think we knew what to expect, but the captain and crew made this week a magical and special vacation.From all of us – thank you. With love. Dear Milo, thank you for not catching us. The Fishes of the BVI.

 by February 2020 Charter Guests
Can’t Thank You Enough

Can’t thank you enough for the most beautiful week in the BVI.
Your incredible generous hospitality, your bright and sunny dispositions and all your stories and time to spend engaging our group was so appreciated. Captain, you were our fearless captain getting us safely from port to port and putting up with all our requests and late nites, chef, our dining adventures will never match the level of cuisine and creativity you presented to us each day and night, Truly way more than we ever expected and added so much to our whole experience One we will never forget! We even captured many of it in photographs.
You are truly an amazing Chef!! You both made our trip 5 stars and excised our expectations in every way, Thank You for everything and hope to share another week with you in the future.

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