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“AHHHHHH! What a wonderful time sailing!”

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.
Reviewed May 4, 2015

Just returned from another wonderful trip sailing the waters of beautiful St Maarten. My daughters and I had another unforgettable sailing trip on the MoonDance and an unexpected surprise to have the opportunity to sail on the Sail La Vie with Captain Garth. If you ever visit please add this to the list of "must do's". Be assured Garth will do what ever possible for a memorable experience. If you just want to sit back and enjoy or learn about sailing Garth is there to accommodate. Garth is a very skilled and experienced captain who knows the waters of St Maarten. Each sailing trip brings something new...this trip we enjoyed the bean bag chairs on the Sail La Vie and swam next to the turtles! Don't forget to request JaMarley's special rum punch!

On another note, Garth, Debbie, Iain, and Kidz at Sea sailing school invest in the youth of St Maarten. They spend many hours and sometimes at their own expense to teach the youth a skill they can use throughout their lives.

Just as they invest in the youth, they will invest in assuring you enjoy each minute of your sailing experience!

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Reviewed March 21, 2015

We sailed with Garth and Jamarley on Wednesday, and liked it so much we came back two days later for another go.

This is going to sound like an ad, but it's not, we're just happy customers. My father is an experienced recreational sailor. We wanted to sail around while in St Martin, but it would be stressful for the two of us to sail alone with a new boat in unfamiliar waters, which is why we came to Moon Dance for a day charter.

Garth has been captaining sailboats for 26 years now and it shows. He is relaxed, knowledgeable and friendly. He let us learn as much or little about sailing as we felt comfortable with. He and his crew member Jamarley were happy to chat or sit quietly enjoying the great outdoors.

We're no racers but it was fun to get our sails in proper trim and overtake a catamaran ahead of us on our way to Anguilla.

His wife Debby handles the booking and business, she was very nice and accommodating. Garth appears to be well-known at the marina and held in high regard there. He runs a local non-profit sailing school for kids which was quite interesting to hear about.

I'm sure all our recollections are colored by the fact that we had fantastic weather :) All in all, we highly recommend Moon Dance to anyone looking to enjoy St Martin / St Maarten's gorgeous sailing.

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Reviewed March 4, 2015

Reiterating the many accolades of other reviewers, sailing with Garth and Ian is a guaranteed perfect day! We sailed today with them on racing yacht Sea la Vie. Garth and Ian provide a day of high seas adventure at a relaxing pace, with great food, great music, great swimming, great stories and amazing comfort and vistas from stern platform bean chairs. A Don't Miss opportunity!

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Reviewed February 28, 2015

Had a great 10 day vacation on Moon Dance learning to sail this past February. It was easy to learn the basic cruising course with all the practice and great instruction. Our instructors, Iain and owner Garth, were very knowledgeable and did a great job of teaching the basics as well as some of the finer points of sail trim. Each day was informative and enjoyable as we would end our day with a beer and a review of that days lessons. After 8 days of instruction we feel confident to skipper our own boat here on Lake Ontario this coming season. Many thanks to Garth and Iain and the staff of St Maarten sailing school.

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Reviewed November 3, 2014

This was our 5th trip on the Moondance and it may have been our favorite! Where do we begin....first, it is always an effortless process to book a charter and that's
really when your holiday starts.
Sailing with Iain is always fun. He is an accomplished captain and more importantly, a very patience instructor. We are just beginning to learn to sail and he takes the time to thoroughly explain every aspect of sailing and the boat.
The charter started with a beautiful day on the sail over to St Barth's. We were allowed to sail as much as we wanted to help log hours into our sailing experience. (Although, I suspect it was a lot more work for Iain) We arrived in St Barth's in the afternoon. What beautiful site at sunset from the Moondance. Iain graciously gave us a tour around Gustavo and then we had an incredible dinner at Eddy restaurant. If you ever visit St Barth's go to Eddy's just for the the "Hot chocolate cake" dessert , it is to die for!
On Sunday morning, we went back into Gustavo for breakfast while Iain skipped breakfast to handle all the necessary paperwork. Iain went over and beyond of boat captain he then became "tour guide" . In the short time on St Barth's he made sure we saw all the important historical sites. We had the chance to take incredible photos that would have not been possible without His knowledge of the island. He even backed track just so I could purchase a tee shirt! After the walking tour he took us on a dingy ride over to Governors beach just for photos.
Our return sail was just as pleasant as our sail over. Not once on this short trip did we ever feel rushed, it was one of the most relaxing trips we have ever had. Include this on your bucket list to visit St Barth's on the Moondance with Iain as your captain. You will not be disappointed!


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