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“Really Fantastic”
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Sun Charters
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Owner description: The S/V ATABEYRA is a 69', traditionally rigged trading schooner that retired from cargo service almost 20 years ago. The vessel traded for years between Hispaniola and the Turks & Caicos Islands carrying such commodities as rum , beer, produce, plants, building materials and even a few critters. The ship has been refit as a charter vessel and now stays close to home in the sheltered waters of Grace Bay and the Caicos Cays of Turks and Caicos Islands. The S/V ATABEYRA is the perfect platform for learning hands on operation of traditional sailing craft, for exploring the exquisite undersea world and many islands that surround us or just lounging on her spacious, shaded decks. No vessel in the TCI charter fleet is as large or as versatile. Sun Charters and the ATABEYRA crew offer our guests a unique opportunity to get real sailing experience aboard the last of the tropical trading schooners. Being a gaff-rigged vessel carrying two headsails, there are lots of lines to pull, many sails to tend, and the skipper will even be happy to let you take the helm. Feel the past come alive as we sail through the uninhabited chain of Caicos Cays the same way it was done hundreds of years ago. The Cays were once the lair of the infamous lady pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Reid, and the waters and surrounding islands remain basically untouched since that time. The Crew of the Good Ship Atabeyra are proud that she is overwhelmingly the boat the residents choose when recreating in the Caicos Cays.
New York City, New York
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
“Really Fantastic”
Reviewed April 28, 2010

David and his crew showed us an amazing time during one of our wedding events. With approximately 50 guests, they managed to make everyone feel at home, and showed us some of the most pristine beaches across pine cay, with crystal blue waters. Thes sailing and snorkeling were wonderful. And the rum punch never stopped flowing!

Thank carkan
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Level 6 Contributor
39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Birthday Fun aboard the Atabeyra”
Reviewed April 28, 2010

If you are looking to accommodate up to 40 (?) people for a private sailing excursion, look no further than the Atabeyra. Dave Douglas has been sailing these waters for decades and knows them like the back of his hand. For my husband's 60th birthday, we booked his 1/2 day cruise for 30 people and had a blast. This isn't the first time I have been on the Atabeyra, nor will it be my last. Dave and his crew treated us to a beautiful sail, a snorkeling stop and then a bit of beach combing. He also provided soft drinks, rum punch, water and wine, free of charge, as well as some really interesting background on the islands. No surprise that it is the residents' choice. The cost was extremely reasonable.

It was a laid back day, for a laid back group and I can't recommend the excursion highly enough.

Thank dejs
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Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
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“All these reviews are right on - Capt. David and Junior rock”
Reviewed April 28, 2010

We took the boat out yesterday and had a magical day. The reef snorkeling is stunning. The cruise thru the turquoise water is beautiful and relaxing. Our group of 12 even taught Junior how to play capture the flag on the deserted beach. Ask him about that game when you take the best tour in Provo. The 12 of us have traveled all over the Caribbean and would rank this trip very high on the list.

Thank RobertRRaleigh
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Cleveland, Ohio
1 review
“Want to feel like a Rock Star?”
Reviewed April 26, 2010

Spent the day with 8 close friends and experienced the time of our lives. Sailed through turqouise blue water and stopped out for a quick snorkel through underwater caves. Then stopped out to our own little private island that can be reached only by boat and and walked the white sand beaches. The crew is the best....Junior rocks and so does his Rum Punch. We never will forget it!

Thank LoveTurks
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Great day out!”
Reviewed April 25, 2010

Just spent a day on The Good Ship Atabeyra & Sun Charters. We booked as a large group (about 22 people) and were taken snorkeling and then to a deserted island, which was stunning. Most of out party took full advantage and dived into the sea at every opportunity. We were also served delicious sandwiches for lunch. Two of our party were young children, and the crew when out of their way to make their day very special. Overall, I was very impressed. It was well organised and great fun. Definitely recommended. Can't remember all the crew by name, but Junior was a top lad!

Thank nedbrowne
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