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British Virgin Islands
56-foot Sailing catamaran
Accommodates up to 8
3 Queen ensuite cabins & 1 twin bunks ensuite cabin
SCUBA diving/instruction onboard


20% off 7 night charters; April 1-July 30, 2023. Also free private water taxi and land taxi to the boat!

​Yacht A3 is a well equipped Lagoon 56 ft sailing catamaran, ideal for a large family.

A3 is a stunning example of a 2016 56′ Lagoon Catamaran. Featuring accommodation for up to 8 guests in 3 queen cabins and 1 twin bunk cabin, all with private ensuite bathrooms and separate showers. The largest of the cabins has steps that lead to up a door to enable access straight outside to the aft deck.
The salon will comfortably seat up to 8 guests in comfort for lounging or dining. The expansive wrap around windows offer lots of natural lighting, bringing the outside in.
The aft deck has a large dining table for you to enjoy mealtimes with a view. A large sofa ideal for relaxing and sunbathing as well as the fully stocked bar also occupy this area. The foredeck has seating areas to enjoy when underway or at anchor, while enjoying the Caribbean breeze. The flybridge has more relaxing space with sofas and day bed. Here you can enjoy a cocktail and appetizer while experiencing 360-degree views.
With numerous lounging areas, there is plenty of space for gathering as a group or finding your own quite space to relax with book.
YACHT A3 is a yacht of unparalleled “Epic” comfort and refinement.

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



Your Crew


Colleen was born and raised in Florida, where she grew up playing on the water. She bought her first sailboat when she was 24 years old, decided to live on it, and then sailed it to the Bahamas. Colleen stepped out of the boating world for a while and managed a mental health office with 10 doctors for several years before moving on to working at a nuclear brain-imaging facility. Then the recession came, and she was unemployed. It didn’t take much prodding to head back out on the ocean and do some more sailing. She literally sold almost everything, packed the rest up, and spent the next year sailing the East coast and exploring the cruising grounds from Florida to Rhode Island. There happened to be a group of boats heading to the Caribbean in Virginia and she thought, “What the heck! Let’s check it out and head to the Caribbean!” 14 days later they arrived in Tortola, BVI. She spent another year playing, exploring and sailing down to Trinidad, and then the money ran out. Colleen started to pick up jobs on charter boats here and there to have some money in her pocket. Over the next few years, Colleen worked as a first mate on a tall ship and sailing day-charter boats, as well as a stewardess and deckhand on a trimaran and crew on mega yachts in New England. But nothing beats working in the Caribbean! Colleen then got her captain’s license, and now feels very fortunate to have a great office at sea where she can share the beautiful place with guests.

Matt has been in the customer service industry for the past 25 years. His career as a professional chef has lead him to the Caribbean where he now uses his culinary skills to create the perfect onboard dining experience for guests. He draws from a wide range of experience to deliver a broad spectrum of flavors and genres, keeping each new day full of fresh ideas. Matt grew up in Florida and has spent most of his life either in or on the water, and he’s been an avid scuba diver since 2006. In 2012, he got rid of everything except for one suitcase full of clothes and started doing seasonal work as a traveling chef. After living in Hawaii, Alaska, and Cozumel, he found himself in St. Thomas working in a food truck on the beach when a friend approached him with a job offer as a chef on a charter boat. This is where he met Colleen and discovered the perfect gig. Since then, Matt has combined his love of food with his love of the ocean to create the perfect charter for more than just a vacation experience—but a passion for life and nature, and the desire to share those things with like-minded individuals. Matt is a PADI Dive Instructor and will be happy to show you the beautiful underwater world of the Virgin Islands.

WE LOVE KIDS! Aboard Yacht A3, we try to create a fun and safe environment for families to enjoy. We offer a wide variety of activities geared towards keeping a younger audience entertained, even when the weather is not ideal. In the galley, kids have an opportunity to get some hands-on culinary training, making cookies, fresh pasta, ice cream, or anything else that might spark their interest. In the salon, we have an extensive collection of games for all ages and are always up for the challenge. We have thousands of movies to choose from that can be viewed in the outdoor theater, and of course, can be enjoyed with the flavored popcorn of your choosing. In the water, we have plenty of toys, including tubes and skis that can be pulled behind the dinghy, as well as scuba and snorkel gear for all ages. If celebrations are your thing, come on down! We love doing birthday parties, holidays, anniversaries, or any other reason you can think of to throw a party! So if you’re thinking of bringing the family on vacation, let YACHT A3 help make it a memorable one!

Watch the crew interview HERE!







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The fine points

  • Pricing
  • Availability
  • Amenities
  • Reviews
  • Videos
  • Scuba
Season2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax7 Pax8 Pax9 Pax10 Pax11 Pax12 Pax
Summer 2023$29,500$30,000$30,500$31,000$31,500$32,500$34,500$0$0$0$0
Winter 2023 to 2024$29,500$30,000$30,500$31,000$31,500$32,500$34,500$0$0$0$0
Summer 2024$29,500$30,000$30,500$31,000$31,500$32,500$34,500$0$0$0$0

Holiday offers

Please note that Holiday rates are subject to change.

Christmas week: $40,000

New Year week: $42,000


  • 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
  • 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
  • Watermaker and generator
  • WiFi internet access
  • HD flat-screen TV in salon
  • Full surround sound system
  • i/Device docking
  • Cockpit and flybridge speakers
  • Books and games
  • Cockpit icemaker
  • Barbecue


  • Highfield RIB with 60 Hp engine
  • Kneeboard, wakeboard & tube
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Floating mat
  • 2 x Standup paddleboards
  • Fishing gear (catch & release)
  • Beach games
  • SCUBA diving onboard
  • Adult and kids waterskis


  • Model: Lagoon Catamaran
  • Year: 2016
  • LOA: 56′
  • Beam: 31′
  • Draft: 5’
  • Engines: 2 x 110 hp Diesels
  • Flag: BVI
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Average rating:  
 28 reviews
 by Niccum Family-March 2023 Charter Guests
Best Trip Ever!

We had the best trip trip EVER!!  Can’t thank you enough for hooking us up with A3.  From the very beginning the captain anticipated our every need and the chef’s culinary expertise was amazing!  They were professional and fit in with us from the very start.  Very hard to leave as they had become a part of our family.

A3 was extremely comfortable.  The boat was impeccably clean and well maintained.  We had plenty of room for the whole family.  Cabins were great, even the bunks the girls slept in.  Most of us spent our time on the upper Fly Deck where we could lounge with a beverage while enjoying the Caribbean breezes.

 by March 2022 Charter Guests

I've been wanting to do a catamaran cruise with our very good friends for a decade. I built it up so much in my mind I was afraid I was going to be a bit disappointed. In short, I wasn't. In fact, it exceeded my expectations.

You definitely need to go with people you want to spend time with and share in the many really cool moments that happen on a vacation like this. What I didn't think about was the critical role the crew play because for one week they basically become part of your family. The crew, by the end of the cruise, they were family indeed. We literally wanted to adopt them both. I've never met a more capable captain and person. She's smart, personable, adventurous, fearless and takes great pride in her boat and service. The chef was, how do I put it...hilarious. His personal skills are second to none. He added some much to our fun, our conversations and was an excellent chef and sailor as well. The two of them made a fantastic team. I'll definitely go on another cruise and when I do I'll be sure to request them!

 by December 2021 Charter Guests

The trip was absolutely AMAZING! I'm not even sure there are truly enough wonderful words or space to describe how much fun we had and how fabulous the crew were. This is the first time we have ever lived on a boat for any kind of vacation. The USVI was beautiful. The crew is full of interesting tidbits bits about the islands and gave us all kinds of neat recommendations and information as we sailed along. &....well...the food was INCREDIBLE. The entire weeks menu was spectacular. The cooking skills are pretty awesome. The presentation of the food was beautiful as well. Thanks to him, I gained a good bit of weight on our trip. They were both so very gracious. They decorated for my birthday and made it very special. Then the very next day had Christmas decor up. The weather was beautiful. We so enjoyed our time with some of our friends who vacationed with us. They asked us at the end of the trip what our highs and lows were to this trip. I honestly could not think of any lows. Definitely one of our top 3 best relaxing vacations ever. They were both very accommodating. If we can swing it, we would definitely like to do another trip with them."

 by December 2021 Charter Guests
10 Out Of 10

A3 is a 10 out of 10! The catamaran was beautiful and a good size, had all the amenities needed, and had great shaded seating areas for all 6 people in our group. The crew is top-notch. The captain is one of the hardest working women I know and was so easy going and delightful to be around. The chef’s food and drinks were off the charts. You can never go wrong recommending this boat and crew to others! Thank you for helping us find them….we could not have had a better fit! We absolutely loved our vacation!"

 by May 2022 Charter Guest
Best Time Ever!

We had the best time! It was an amazing week and we are already looking forward to the next time that we can make it down to the Virgin Islands. We would definitely love to spend another vacation with the boat and crew. Our captain, was top notch. Her planning for our week was perfect. We got to relax like we wanted to but it was also a party the minute that we wanted it to be. Our daily stops were so much fun and filled with options on what kind of day we wanted to have. We had a few relaxing days, a few filled with island tours and hikes, and a few party days! The food that was cooked for us was top notch. It was like being in a 5 star restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On top of being an amazing chef, he was a great first mate and fun guy to hang out with. He always made sure that we had everything teed up to have an amazing time. This was the trip for us. They made sure we had amazing experience every day. The trip was exactly what we wanted it to be. I would highly recommend!

 by April 2021 Charter Guests
Absolutely Loved Our Week

We absolutely loved our week with A3 and her crew. The boat was spotless, the food out of this world, and the diving/snorkeling amazing. Thank you for helping us plan this vacation.

 by March 2021 Guests
Outstanding Vacation!

This is our 3rd trip in 11 months, The main reason for this is the amazing crew!. Every time we are on their boat the experience is amazing. From the friendly and outstanding service to the amazing food to the interactive boating experience. My experience has been in the hospitality industry, managing 5 star resorts, and both crew strive to provide the best guest experience from the moment you step on board till the moment you step off the boat. Truly 2 exceptional crew members. My wife and I cannot wait to book another trip. Thank you so much for an outstanding vacation.

 by February 2021 Charter Guests
Incredible week

Thank you both so much for an incredible week. The sights, experience, weather, etc was all amazing but you two are what makes trips like this so fun. I will always remember this trip of a lifetime. I hope we see each other again. Thank you

 by July 2020 Charter Guests
Wonderful Memories

Although we were together only 5 days, it feels like we've known you much longer as friends. This trip was fantastic, all because of you two. Thank you for the fun times and wonderful memories. It was first class all the way. I hope our paths cross again in the future.

 by May 2020 Charter Guests
Wouldn’t Charter With Anyone Else

We are back from our trip to the USVI. Just wanted to thank you for recommending this yacht and crew to us. They were awesome. Beforehand, I didn’t realize how important getting the right crew would be — but after a week on the boat in tight quarters, I can now see how essential that is. We came away from the trip thinking we wouldn’t want to charter with anyone other than this crew in the future! The chef’’s food was unbelievable, and I loved the way Captain encouraged my daughters. They were both so easy and enjoyable to be with.
Also sailing around the USVI was great. Thanks for encouraging us to reconsider the BVI.

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  • Dive gear included
  • Certified divers are $50, p/p/p dive
  • 4 Dives with 6 divers max per week
  • Resort course is $150 per person

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