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“A Truly World Class Day”

Moon Dance Day Charters
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Owner description: "Moon Dance" is a great way to explore St Maarten, and some of the surrounding beaches and islands.Relax on deck, or enjoy being a part of the crew. Use our fishing poles on board and the noodles.Use the kayak and dinghy to access the shore.
Saint Louis, Missouri
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37 reviews
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“A Truly World Class Day”
Reviewed March 21, 2014

A truly world class day: we rented "Moondance" a 36 foot Catalina from 0900 to 1:00 and had a truly world class day. The boat was perfect for what we wanted, big enough to handle the open Caribbean, yet small enough for two teenage boys to do all the steering, sail handling, anchoring and mooring. Of course, they were expertly, yet ever so gently, guided by Ian the boat captain. Who, by the way, was a fount of local knowledge.

These guys have the full package: a good solid boat in great condition, a knowledgeable and personable skipper who is an accomplished instructor (he know just how to guide the boys)and the price was fair: a reasonable price that we could afford and a an amount that gave them a fair prophet. $500 for the day in March for a private day on a solid sailboat: landing at one of the most exclusive resorts on the Island was worth every penny! Before you spend $$ on a boat trip with a bunch of strangers, contact these people!!

Visited March 2014
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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“Fantastic Charters”
Reviewed March 3, 2014

A great charter with Garth- he is an excellent captain and sailor! Have sailed a number of boats in the islands, this Catalina 36 is one of the best, a solid boat that is well maintained. We had plenty of wind and 6 foot waves the first day out and Moondance handled the weather with ease. The boat was very comfortable, and Garth made sure all were having a great time. Actually, it was so well liked that some of the others booked the boat again for their next visit to St. Martin.

Visited February 2014
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Cupecoy Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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“Fabulous Sail to Anguilla”
Reviewed December 16, 2013

Had an opportunity to join a group of friends for a daylong sailing trip from Simpson Bay, St Maarten to Anguilla and back. The day was wonderful. We sailed on the Moon Dance, a 36 foot sloop. The seven of us and the skipper Garth fit on the boat comfortably. The group had been through a basic keel boat course but collectively we had very little actual sailing time. The trip gave each of us an opportunity to practice our skills. Garth has years of experience teaching sailing and captaining charters and is a very patient skipper. Having lived in the Caribbean for decades and sailed to all the local islands Garth can plan the perfect outing for groups with different levels of experience and interests. Our destination on Anguilla, lunch at Smokie's is just one example.

This was my third charter with Garth on the Moon Dance but it won't be my last.

Visited December 2013
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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 reviews
“Wonderful day with Garth”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

We came to St. Martin to visit friends, go to the beach, relax. Seeing all the lovely sailing boats we were looking for a day charter, which was a bit difficult since most agents do weekly charters, and if on a daily basis only huge boats with crew. Garth and his Moon dance were just perfect for us, we could do as much as we wanted ourselves and enjoyed the fantastic landscape. He is an extremely experienced sailor and knows all the nice places as well as the bad ones (rocks etc). Personally we got on extremely well, he is a very kind and sociable man. Sailing with Garth was the best thing we did on the island! Thanks a lot, we'll be back! Karen and Christian form Switzerland

Visited October 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Best view in St. Martin, is from a Sailboat”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

My wife and I just returned from another great trip to St. Martin. I have sailed with Garth on Moon Dance before, in fact this was my third trip well offshore from St. Martin aboard this well maintained and sturdy 36 foot Catalina sailing vessel. But this was my wife's first trip aboard, so I must comment on Garth's wisdom not only of the wind, the sea, and his boat, but also his ability to read people. Having taken the series of US Sailing courses thru the affiliated St. Martin sailing school, I enjoyed the time at the helm and getting a refresher on optimal sail trim. But simultaneously Garth kept a close eye to balance my enthusiasm for stronger wind and waves, with my wife's level of comfort. We sailed out of Simpson Bay, along Long Beach and up the Anguilla channel and took a lunch break in the quiet shelter at the north end of the French side at Ance Marcel Bay. After enjoying a brief swim, we returned along the Anguillan coast, enjoying a great view of the beauty of Rendezvous Bay and an easy downwind leg back to Simpon Bay. Its a pleasure to be on this vessel for a day charter, there is nothing like the peace sailing, of going exactly where you want, going swimming and snorkelling on your schedule, with the people you choose, and doing it with a seasoned captain like Garth or one of his able crew! Next year will definitely charter again, but probably multiple days!

Visited August 2013
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