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“Best Day of a Perfect Week” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Catania Charters

Catania Charters
6501 Red Hook Plaza | Suite 201, 00802, St. Thomas
(340) 514-1231
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Ranked #16 of 175 activities in St. Thomas
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Owner description: Built in Essex, England in 1938, of select Burmese teak, English oak and bronze, Catania was designed in the nautical style of the day... long and lean. Exceptional English shipwrights constructed her with awesome attention to detail. Details such as dovetail joints and hand lathed bronze screws that you do not see in modern boats. She is uniquely one of a kind and is a "Yacht" in the truest sense of the word. She is graceful, elegant and swift, and her extraordinary lines belie her length of 40 feet. In 2010 Catania began a complete overhaul under the watchful eye of Ocean Petersen. With her restoration complete, she is ready to sail on a moments notice. As stunning as ever, with nostalgic lines, beautiful teak cockpit and accents, Catania is the definition of classic elegance. Anchored in the clear waters of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, she is available to charter for up to six guests. Treat yourself to an unforgettable sail aboard the Classic Wooden Yacht Catania.
Rapid City, South Dakota
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“Best Day of a Perfect Week”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

The day on the water with Ocean was the best part of a great week! After a lunch in Charlotte Amalie on a day when the cruise ships hit town, we needed a reminder of what makes the islands so special...and got it in spades. You could tell setting up the day that Ocean was a great host. He asked lots of questions and tailored our outing to our interests. Catania herself is stunning, an old-school vessel with great character.

At our first stop, Danny took our family on a guided reef tour, pointing out some of the easy-to-miss details. In all, we made three stops, each reef a little different. Lunch was simple, delicious and plentiful (even with three hungry boys (21, 20 & 17)! We waited until the cruise home to sample the painkillers, which were the best we had all week. The cruising itself was perfect, narrated by Ocean and Danny with local history and lore. It was clearly not a scripted tour. The conversation bounced around according to our interests and questions. [Hint: when you go, make sure to get Ocean started on Catania's history.]

When all was said and done, Ocean gave us some ideas about other things to do and places to go. He even recommended a place for my boys to surf and arranged with them to leave his own boards for them to borrow. You will not find a better outfit for a cruise anywhere at any price!

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San Francisco, California
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“Best sailing outfit in the USVI!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

My family's day of sailing and snorkeling aboard the Catania was easily the highlight of our vacation on St. John. Having done a number of sailing charters over the years, my wife and I were blown away by Ocean and his crew's knowledge, professionalism, and fun. This outfit is a true gem. A few highlights:
1. The logistics were super easy - we were a bit worried because we had a mixed group - some very comfortable with sailing and being in the water - others total novices...and we were on St. John. Ocean was prompt with his communication, came to Cruz Bay to pick us up, and customized the itinerary to meet our exact needs.
2. The people - Ocean and his mate (Danny) have been sailing all their lives, and it shows. Their passion was clear and their sea-stories unforgettable. We had read about their extra level of service, and they easily lived up to their reputation!
3. Our day had an unforgettable mix of real sailing, marine life, snorkeling at some hidden "local" locations, learning history of the islands, and laid back swinging in the Catania's hammock...great food too.
4. The Catania is a beautiful and classic boat from another age of craftsmanship - no cookie-cutter fiberglass catamaran booze cruise w/ 30 of your nearest and dearest friends here!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Highlight of our family vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

My family sailed on the Catania with Danny and Ocean during our trip to St. John over the 2013-2014 holidays, and had a fantastic day! Everything from snorkel gear to the local specialty drink- "the painkiller" was included. We had a delicious (and HUGE) lunch, and Danny and Ocean even accommodated my vegetarian diet while still grilling chicken for the rest of the group. This is just an example of how accommodating and family friendly the experience was. My mom is a nervous swimmer but wanted the full snorkeling experience, so a crew member led her around personally to ensure that she felt secure from start to finish. We learned about island history, local lore, and interesting facts we never would have heard on a larger boat. We saw starfish migrating, rays, and several breathtaking beaches. We even picked up a good amount of speed while sailing from place to place, which was fun. While moored, if some members of the group did not want to snorkel, Danny and Ocean put a hammock up and a float in the water for sunning. Pickup and drop off from the national park visitor center on St. John were seamless and punctual. I can't wait to go back to the USVI and sail with Ocean and Danny again!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Priceless”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

My fiancé and I had an awesome time in St Thomas but by far the day we spent on the Catania with Ocean and his wonderful crew member was the best day of our trip. Our Sailboat tour to different beaches, snorkeling , great lunch and drinks and just cruising around on the yacht was awesome and well worth the cost but Oceans knowledge of the islands and his stories was PRICELSS. We had such awesome time and honestly if your in St Thomas this trip is a MUST.

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“Best day of our trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

This was by far the highlight of our trip. Ocean Petersen & Danny took us out of Red Hook & we traveled to Honeymoon beach near Caneel Bay & Hawksnest. The boat was absolutely beautiful & clean. Ocean fulfilled my son's dream to catch a fish as well.Danny personally took my two children (8 & 10) around and showed them the beauty and splendor of the ocean. Ocean then prepared us a lovely gourmet lunch aboard the boat until we couldn't have possibly ate anymore. Ocean then took us to Honeymoon beach to explore. We saw a deer & Ocean even got us a coconut. We had such a lovely day!! Ocean & Danny's knowledge & expertise was so amazing… I couldn't recommend this charter more… We will definitely be back!!!

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