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5 of 5 bubbles Review of 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.
Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2010

We spend the afternoon with Captin Dave and Crew on the reef and a desserted Cay. Beautiful day, company, and boat. Highly recommended!

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“Spectacular Day Out ~ great value!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2010

This is an experience not to be missed! I have lived in Provo for 3 years and have enjoyed many sunset cruises (and many rum punches) on the Atabeyra with Dave and his crew. On Saturday night I took my guests out for the Glow Worm cruise. As always we had a fabulous evening ~ we weren't disappointed..... flat calm seas, beautiful sunset and a good show of Glow Worms... what more could you ask for?
We returned back to the dock on Sunday for a half day of sailing with the crew ~ a large group of friends (22), some good music, picnics and drinks ~ we knew we were on for a treat before we had even left the dock! We sailed up the chain of islands to Pine Cay where Dave bought us to a stop so that we could take a dip in the sea and explore the beach. It was BEAUTIFUL! A sun shade was put over the deck for the duration of our stay on the beach which is great for those with small children, or those who don't want to sit out in the sun. We sailed back at a leisurely pace sunbathing on the deck. This boat has character, it's a great size, very comfortable and very popular with the locals ~ if you can't relax after a day out on the Atabeyra then you can't relax anywhere!

Thanks Dave & Crew ~ you do a great job!

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“Obliging hosts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2010

A short trip from Provo to the deserted and beautiful Fort George Cay. Nice boat with comfortable seating and a relaxed atmosphere helped by the crew. Didn't feel rushed in the slightest and was a fantastic day out.

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“The Good Ship Atebeyra - a fantastic expereince”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2010

If you get a chance, sail with Dave and crew to one of the cays and laze on a beach, swim in turquoise seas and then go snorkeling on one of the magnificent reefs just off shore.

Travel under full sail and slice through azure waters in this boat with its great crew for a laidback, relaxing day and return home tired but very happy with the day’s excursion.

Alternatively, take a sunset sail with Dave and watch the sun turn through gold and oranges to reds as it slips into the ocean. If you are lucky you’ll also get to see a ‘green flash’

If you are lucky enough to be on island at the full moon take one of his ‘glow worm tours at nightfall and watch the eerily beautiful flashes in the water of the male ‘glow worms’ as they mate and die

Whatever you chose, Dave and crew will make it a very memorable event.

1 Thank rogchez
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“Fabulous Cruise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2010

We recently spent a day cruise on the Atabayra with Sun Charters. We had a large party of 23 people and were all very comfortable on the yacht., with plenty of seating available. David Douglas and his crew did a fantastic job of taking us to the most beautiful reef for some snorkeling followed by a trip to an exquisite beach for some sun, swimming, and strolling along the beach. A wonderful lunch was served with great tasting sandwiches, fresh fruit, chips and salsa, and delicious cookies! Junior made sure that glasses were never empty even traipsing out into the water to refill glasses (I am not kidding!) We had two children ages 10 and 5 with us and they had just as good of a time as the adults with the crew making them feel right at home. I highly recommend Sun Charters as a nice relaxing cruise with friendly crew with the knowledge to take you to beautiful locations.
Thank you Sun Charters!

Thank Lynne0110
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