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We at Tropical Yachts are in the business of creating vacation experiences that will surpass even the most discerning of travellers expectations. Operating in an area offer unimaginable beauty, culture and variety, and with only the best of partners, we feel able to always deliver on this commitment. Please read some of our guests comments describing their experience with us - feel free to ask us for references, will be happy to provide them as per your request.

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"In short, we had a magnificient trip"

Ken, Sorry for the long delay, but life got into action quickly again once we returned from our trip to Belize. In short, we had a magnificient trip. Chris, the captain, was amazing and made our excursion exciting, safe and fun. He is to be recommended to any clients you have. He is very competent. As a person selling these trips, you need to know that the shortcoming of the trip was that the boat was not as well maintained as we would have expected, and needed a replacement water pump and anchor windlass, which could not be changed until after the trip was over. The pump was changed out when we were near Thatch Caye. It was apparent that someone jury-rigged a bolt in the windlass to make it work once, but it soon fell out and required me to actually sit in the hold while using a screwdriver to keep the chain from jamming on the barrel of the hoist. Not fun, not safe, but we made it work. The other shortcoming was that TMM had no information on dropping us off at Belize City on the last day as we had discussed. We, therefore, had to spend a few hundred dollars more to fly back from Amergris Caye.

Tim - Edison, New Jersey
# Belize Skippered Charter#

"will do it every year"

Just one word ... Great, probably my best vacacion since ..... long long time, will do it every year.

Jeff - Monterrey, Mexico
# Belize Skippered Charter#

"Excellent from all points of view"

Ken: Just a bit of feedback on the last experience: OUTSTANDING!!!! Excellent from all points of view. Sharing a week with all my kids and partners in the Cat was a ball all the way. And much of the magic was possible due to a perfect Skipper. I think you should provide feedback about Eric because all of us recognized him as friend who took care of us in a brilliant manner. So all in all an incredible experience in the middle of really rough seas with wind averaging more than 20 knots for almost the whole week and specially the last two days with very big waves specially in the last couple of days. No one got seasick though or suffer any inconvenience.
Thanks a lot for the good service and we will keep in touch. We are already making plans with the friends we went with last month to repeat the experience, this time in the Grenadines. All the best,

Oscar - Port of Spain, Trinidad
St. Martin Skippered Charter#

"We will definitely use your service again"

Ken, the charter service was excellent. Any time we had a problem we called the base and they were on it in no time. One time we were still on the phone with them when someone showed up to help us. We will definitely use your service again.

Mark Smith - Memphis, Tennessee
# English Harbor, Antigua Bareboat Charter#

"I’d just like to say thanks to Ken for all of his help"

As a longtime Caribbean bareboat sailor (I’ve sailed almost everywhere boats are rented from the Florida Keys to Grenada), picking a new location and rental company has become increasingly more difficult. My wife, sailing buddies and I each have favorite sailing grounds, but we are also all eager to find new adventures and challenges ... Hence Belize, 2010. After some intense Internet research we began contacting companies and considering travel, hotels, boats, costs and schedules ... and quickly found ourselves facing a less-than-satisfying shortage of good information — although Belize is an English-speaking country, much of the detailed information, maps and photos that we have become accustomed to finding on the big charter companies’ websites were meager at best and simply non-existent all too often. Then I contacted Kenneth Layton at Tropical Yachts, and the planning took a turn for the better. Ken was easy to work with and promptly provided us details on all of the 1,001 things that are always involved in a bareboat sailing charter. He e-mailed a ton of information, suggestions, maps and links, and helped us book flights, hotel rooms, an appropriate boat (from a reputable company). He gave us detailed instructions on the necessary paperwork, made the deposit and payment schedule simple. He sent reminders prior to deadlines and the process went off without a hitch. And then, after weeks of anticipation (and some pizza-and-beer-inspired sailing dreams), we landed at Belize City International, hopped the Tropic Air flight to San Pedro and checked into our hotel — the first of a whole series of better-than-expected surprises. The hotel was great (and right next door to both the airport and the charter company’s dock), the people were friendly and helpful, and the next thing we knew the main filled with air, the Jib “whooshed” and we were headed toward Cay Caulker in front of 17 knots of wind. Seven days and 150 nautical miles later, we docked back at the charter company, unloaded our gear, debriefed and hopped the outgoing flight to Belize City ... after a thoroughly pleasant adventure. Like most sailors I could spend a lot of time regaling you with the tales of hallow-water passages, the monster grouper I caught off the stern (on a hand line!), the warm, clear and green salt water and unblemished blue skies ... but if you’re a sailor, too, you’ve undoubtedly got your own memories and stories. I’d just like to say “thanks” to Ken for all of his help — he helped take the sweat and hassle out of the pre-sailing process so we could devote our sweat and hassle to the winches, halyards and windlasses on a truly memorable sailing trip. We’ll definitely contact Ken before our next trip ... wherever that might take us ...

Phil Vitale - Michigan, USA
# Belize Bareboat Charter#

"I am happy to recommend you to anyone that asks"

Just wanted to let you know that the boat was fabulous and the arrangements perfect! I really appreciate all of your help with this trip and your flexibility when my medical issues caused problems. I am happy to recommend you to anyone that asks. Best regards,

Gerry Connard - Oregon
# Belize Bareboat Charter#

"In all, a great experience!"

The vacation was great. We found the boat in good condition and very well outfitted. Jyrki did an excellent job in making us familiar with the specifics of the boat and provided a detailed recommendation of how to get on our way. When he found the tide chart to be outdated, he even called us with the updated data. In all, a great experience! Kind regards,

Oscar - Milwaukee, WI
# Miami Bareboat Charter#

"We enjoyed the professionalism and friendliness"

Good to hear from you. We enjoyed the professionalism and friendliness of the Tropical Yachts and Sunsail staff, and these were a big part of our vacation enjoyment. We look forward to sailing with you again! Please feel free to use the comments on your website. Take care

Jim Watson - North Virginia
St. Martin Bareboat Charter#

"Charter company was excellent as we would expect"

We had a very nice time. The Grenadines were quite different than the Virgins where we have chartered 18 times. The yacht was perhaps the best sailing vessel we have chartered including some of the 42 foot cats. Charter company was excellent as we would expect. We have chartered with some low end companies and some top of the line and this was about as good as it gets. We are used to the BVI's and I must admit that the snorkeling is a little better there. All being said, we found this much more rustic and quaint, sort of back in time. The "boat boys" (a politically incorrect statement in the states) were a pleasant plus. We had some anxiety about what they would be like, but since they have become organized, their goal is to make you want to come back. Not to be missed is the beach barbecue concept. We had the food brought to the boat for fear of evening bugs on the beach. The food was superb. Sailing was great. The aft cabins of the Jeaneau 441i are not exceptionally well ventilated partially because the dodger cuts off the air from the hatches. The clothes storage is also quite sparse. Other than that the accommodations were well above average including an excellent dinghy. I believe that by chartering through you, we obtained upscale services and with your negotiating, affordable pricing. Thank you for your help.

Howard Weisbart - Chicago IL
St. Vincent Bareboat Charter#

"I'm looking forward to the next time I can charter with you again"

Our vacation was great. The yacht was wonderful and everything worked perfectly. We went to St. Barts and around to several bays in St. Martin. The employees at Sunsail answered all our questions and were very professional. I'm looking forward to the next time I can charter with you again. Thanks again

John Files - Corpus Christi, Texas
St. Martin Bareboat Charter#

"The boat was ready upon our arrival"

The service from Tropical Yachts was excellent. Ken was very helpful and patient in answering all our questions about timing, the boat and airport arrival and departure times. He also took care of booking our local flights in Belize and also made some recommendations on how to plan our trip to account for part of our party needing to depart early. A nice touch was a follow up email asking how the charter went.

The service at TMM was great. The boat was ready upon our arrival, was very clean and everything was accounted for on the boat. They got us on board quickly, did a detailed boat & water briefing and we were able to depart in a timely fashion. When we returned, they met us just offshore to take us to get re-fueled, they were very helpful in getting us unloaded, took our luggage to the airport and again, made sure that returning the boat was hassle-free.

Christine Krokker Ontario, Canada
# Belize Bareboat Charter#

"We enjoyed it far more than we thought we ever would"

I just wanted to let you know that we had a FANTASTIC trip! We enjoyed it far more than we thought we ever would and look forward to chartering with you again. Everyone at the Marsh Harbour Marina was very helpful and accomodating. Thanks again,

Kirsten Parker
# Bahamas Bareboat Charter#

"I was impressed with the vessel"

I was impressed with the vessel. There were a few problems but the crew in Belize were very helpful. We have chartered mostly in the USVI and the BVI and this was the first trip where the state rooms were ready to receive the crew. The boat sailed very well and it was an enjoyable trip. I think the next time down to Belize, we will go farther south. The water north can get pretty thin at times. All in all, a good time. Thanks,

Doug Gillis - San Antonio, Texas
# Belize Bareboat#"

"I hope to speak to you soon regarding another vacation"

The trip was excellent. The base crew was very friendly and eager to help in any way. The airline lost our luggage on the way down but was brought to us just before our departure. The boat definitely showed 10 years of being on the sea. Water damage on the interior, missing door locks, faulty electrical and navigation equipment (a big issue down there!), and a leaking dingy, were some of the issues encountered. However, the boat sailed great and was easy to use. The sails were in good condition. None the less, we were able to enjoy ourselves without incident. It is hard to find something to ruin a trip in an area such as Belize. I’d like to thank you for your services and time. I hope to speak to you soon regarding another vacation.

Matthew Botzler - Trappe, PA
# Belize Bareboat#

"The staff was friendly, informative and very responsive"

The yacht and charter company were excellent. The yacht was clean, well maintained, and exactly what we expected. The staff was friendly, informative and very responsive. We all had an enjoyable time and look forward to our next charter. Yes, you may publish my comments.

Pat Speno - New York
St. Martin Bareboat#

"and the crew of Tropical Yachts, well done!"

The crew was very professional and courteous, the boat was in excellent condition, well prepared and made our trip to the Keys an unforgettable experience. My friends from Chile and our skipper Alvaro Buzeta, had a terrific time, loved every minute of it and looking forward to navigate again in these beautiful waters! On behalf of this chilean navigation team, we thank you, and the crew of Tropical Yachts, well done!

Patricio Livingstone - Chile
# Miami Bareboat Charter#

"personnel were very helpful and efficient"

I was very impressed. On St. Martin’s, at least, they run a very professional operation. The little 36 mono-hull we had appeared to be practically new and everything operated in standard manner and was in surprisingly good repair for a charter. Their personnel were very helpful and efficient. All this, I suspect, is due to the impeccable way in which the French go about their business; very impressive. I am looking to either back track to the Bahamas next or push on to the Grenadines. Either way I will be back in touch. Thanks again for the excellent service.

William Gammon, III - Austin, TX
St. Martin Bareboat#

"I want to render thanks for Tropical Yachts nice attention"

Off curse you can add my comment to your testimonial site, It would be a pleasure and honor. I have no problem you identify me. Once again I want to render thanks for Tropical Yachts nice attention during my Key West trip. If possible send me Vanessa email to send her my regards.

Jose Garcia Mon - Venezuela
# Key West Bareboat#

"Your help in adjusting dates was also appreciated"

The charter went off without a hitch. Our first charter in the BVI. The Oceanis 47 was in excellent condition, well equipped, thoroughly clean, and reasonably priced. The staff at Sunsail was courteous and thorough. My single complaint was we only had seven days aboard, just long enough to realize we want to do this more often. Your help in adjusting dates was also appreciated, three birthdays aboard in one week! Thanks,

Carlos, Candie, and Jacob Contreras - Chicago, Illinois
BVI Bareboat Charter#

"terrific island hopping"

We had a wonderful time. We loved living aboard the catamaran and our captain, who was very accomplished and experienced, was extrordinary and took excellent care of us. We enjoyed spectacular scuba diving, great snorkleing, terrific island hopping, and communing with the pourpoises who ran with the boat, as curious about us as we were about them.
However, we must point out that the boat, the Toucan, which was aging and needed repairs (leaks around portals and heads that never functioned properly and were smelly) is due for an overhaul. Thanks for asking,

Marie - USA
# Belize Skippered Charter#

"the staff were more than helpful and so pleasant"

It was the trip of a lifetime! The boat was lovely! It met all our expectations and the staff were more than helpful and so pleasant. We appreciated the complimentary cell phone which made us feel confident that help was available if and whenever we needed it. This came in especially handy when we had to return to the marina on our last day in stormy weather! It was a great to have the extra help to moor the boat. Thanks again!

Debbie, Geert, Renee and Claire - Hilversum, Netherlands
# Grenada Bareboat Charter#

"We've had the time of our lives"

We've had the time of our lives and are thinking about next year... We would like to go to Belize, 10 of us around the same time of spring break, we either like a catamaran or a power boat....can you tell me what you have avaiable there?

Joanna Czauz - Thornton CO
# Key West Bareboat Charter#

"we had a great time aboard Betty Jean this past week"

Just a quick note to say that we had a great time aboard Betty Jean this past week. After a few days of unseasonably windy and cool days caused us to be hunkered down at Hopetown (a nice place to be, by the way), we had calm winds and nice temperatures to explore the Sea of Abaco. The boat ran well and handled the moderate seas very nicely. No issues or incidents. Thanks for your help with the booking and details.

John Gordon - California
# Bahamas Bareboat Charter#

"Thanks again for all of your help and flexibility in planning this vacation"

You may certainly print any and/or all of this feedback on your site. This easily ranks among our best trips ever! In short, this sailboat charter was an absolutely wonderful experience. The boat, the scenery, the culture, the sailing lessons, and perhaps most of all, the skipper made for a very exciting, unforgettable vacation. We’ve talked several times about how we don’t think we could have asked for a better skipper to introduce us to sailing in the Caribbean. She made a very positive impact on all of us, and will forever hold a place in our hearts. Thanks again for all of your help and flexibility in planning this vacation. We’ll be back!

Shawn & Jen Granner - Minnesota
St. Martin Crewed Charter#

"...excellent service that you have always given me. You are the best."

I am somewhat sanguine now when it comes to managing my expectations in regard to charters. This being the 2nd such charter you have arranged for me with TMM, I was prepared for them. Suffice to say, if you want anything but the bare essentials, they better come on board with you, i.e. chart plotter/GPS, charts, tools, extra line, sail ties, ice pick, even a sponge. Given all that, we were in great shape. We had lots of wind which is what you are out there for. These boats are not really heavy weather rigs (40 knots) but we made out fine once we got her well reefed although that takes more ingenuity than it should. I had a chance to look at the other charters available in Road Town (SunSail, Conch, Footloose) and they are all pretty much the same. I had no trouble at all being allowed to go anywhere I wanted to go in the area. You may remember my concern about this early on. Apparently their contract is more permissive than the one I had signed. All in all a great outing. Got to go on a long open water run down to St. Croix and back. Lost a day due to the weather which is always a possibility but no complaints.

What I am especially happy about is the excellent service that you have always given me. You are the best. This is the 3rd boat you have helped me with and I will be back as I plan to spend more time in the Caribbean.

BVI Bareboat Charter#

"staff was gracious and a pleasure to work with"

The boat was one of the smallest I have ever chartered ( 6 previous trips ). Other than sleep accommodations (the dinette doesn't drop down), it was perfect.The St. Vincent staff was gracious and a pleasure to work with, more so than Sunsail and Moorings. I had actually chartered a Sunsail at this location before and was more pleased this trip. I would not hesitate to use TMM again and am considering Belize next. I had been there previously on a cruise ship and fell in love with the remoteness of that area.

As we were sailing from Mustique to Canoaun a whale breached three times then lay on the surface and was flapping the tail and pectoral fins. Don our chart briefing expert told us upon our return; that type of behavior is unique to a whale calving. It was the first week in March and the right time for this. The sighting will be an exciting memory for years to come. Thanks again,

David Bergevin
St. Vincent Bareboat Charter#

"wonderful captain and guide"

We chartered a boat and a captain for our vacation. We had an incredible time. The captain, Half Inch, was a wonderful captain and guide.
We did some excellent scuba diving, including wall dives on Lighthouse Reef, saw magnificant cays, and had great meals on board including truly fresh seafood. We're ready to go back.

Jim Devoy
# Belize Bareboat Charter#

"Thanks for your fine services and quick responses"

We had a great experience and left the Guadalupe Islands with sweet memories. We were greeted by Alan, The Base Manager at the Pointe-A-Pitre who was waiting for us until our late arrival. He is very knowledgeable and friendly and his recommendations were very precise and helpful.

The weather was perfect with lots of wind that made our sails to Marie Galante, Dominica and Les Saints very enjoyable. The Boat performed flawlessly and was very responsive in all modes of sail. The all chain rode with electric windlass made our anchorages worriless.

Having sailed in other Caribbean islands, we found The Guadalupe Cruise very reasonable in costs, deferent and refreshing. If your customers are cost conscientious and looking for action sailing in a quality boat and rewarding destinations this is a place to experience....Thanks for your fine services and quick responses to our frequent questions.

Kemal Ramezani
# Guadeloupe Bareboat Charter#

"The boat was well equipped"

We had a fantastic time thanks. Highlights of the trip were Les Saints for the picturesque village, Pigeon Island for the diving in the Jacques Cousteau Marine Park and Portsmouth Dominica for the friendly people, unspoilt rainforest and great diving. The boat was well equipped, and although we had a few issues with a couple of bits that broke, there were no show stoppers. The main problem was that the mains'l could not be raised fully, meaning we had a bit of a baggy sail when all the reefs were let go. The other concern to us was the lack of weather forecasts in English around Guadeloupe, and our French was not up to translating the rapid french forecasts. Coming from the UK where the weather forecast is a bit of an institution (and the weather can change in an instant) this made us a little nervous. The Sunsail office was helpful and let us telephone in to pick up the forecast for the first couple of days, however we soon got used to the consistency of the weather. It might be an idea to warn people of the lack of English forecasts in the area..... For our next trip we're thinking about St. Lucia-Martinique-Dominica.

Alex Brown
# Guadeloupe Bareboat Charter#

"on a scale of 1 to 10, the trip was a 20!!!!!"

Hello.. I will definitely send you more feedback when I have some time, probably over the next few days. But on a scale of 1 to 10, the trip was a 20!!!!! It was the most amazing vacation yet! You did a fabulous job of recommending places, and lining everything up for us! WOW is about the best way to describe it. I will give you much more later.

Barbara Sugg
# Belize Crewed Charter#

"Will do it again probably next year; see You then"

Our charter was great, everything worked out fantastic. My scuba gears were waiting for me when I arrived and I have to admit the condition of scuba gears was better than I expected. Will do it again probably next year; see You then.

Robert Krasowski
BVI Bareboat Charter#

"Wanted to send a note of thanks for your assistance"

Wanted to send a note of thanks for your assistance with our trip to Antigua. We got home last night after 10 - and by noon today kissed my husband and as he left for St. Augustine on a trip to Norfolk, Virginia aboard a lovely sailing vessel. Silvan and the Sunsail team were an absolute delight! The ladies in the coffee-shop are at the top of our list as well . . . a visit to their shop was a beautiful way to start the morning.

As soon as we boarded Laurel, in the middle of the galley table we found a silver tray with candies, Island rum, bottled water and blossoms - Each bunk was beautifully arranged with abundant towels and sweetly scented shampoo, lotion and yes, more blossoms.

Because one of our group got very seasick almost immediately, we spent 4 days playing dockside until her scheduled departure. This gave us an opportunity to observe the company's inner workings. It only added to our enjoyment. Thanks again for all your help.

Brook and Terrie
# Antigua Bareboat Charter#

"every time you turned around there was somebody there to help you"

I was delighted that we chose to charter our Bahia ’46 Catamaran with you. To be frank, I have been loyal to The Moorings on past charters. I chose TMM because of pressure from my crew to reduce charter cost. I chartered from TMM with a certain amount of trepidation. I was absolutely delighted with this decision to charter from them. Blue Lagoon Marina is a charming facility. It has a terrific location and a very homey air about the place. The scenery there is the best of any marina that I visited.

Moving on to the staff: I’m not sure I have ever chartered from a more courteous and helpful group. They got us on our boat early and I’m not sure that any of my crew even had a chance to lift their own bags. It seemed that every time you turned around there was somebody there to help you. Special cudos go to Mourando and Sonita. They both went out of their way to make me feel at home. Your technical staff made me feel very comfortable with the boat operation and chart briefing. The boat performed well and I had a very small list of complaints at the end of my charter.

The GPS didn’t work properly. It wouldn’t give me Lat-Lon. No worries! I always carry a battery powered back up because I am rather anal about navigation. I have spent too much time on open water. My hand held GPS didn’t work! As you know, if you can see, you can navigate in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I think the GPS didn’t work because nobody ever used it. It was a non event that we had no GPS.

When we returned our yacht on Saturday morning there was no room at the Marina dock. We had to take a mooring ball and the crew was ferried to shore with their belongings by the TMM staff in dinghies. I didn’t like this. But over all it was a terrific experience and when I go back I will again charter with you.

Norman Kosciusko - St. Pete Beach, FL
St. Vincent & Grenadines Bareboat Vacation#

"Very smooth process though"

Yes, we had one of our best vacations ever. everyone on the trip really loved the boat and our time in Belize. Horace (our skipper / divemaster) made the trip really special by taking us to some great diving spots, and
unique islands. I can't say that I would have changed anything. diving was great, food was great, and TMM was very helpful and attentive when we arrived in Belize. We went to a lot of good dive spots, including Ho Chan, the Blue Hole, and Lighthouse Atoll. i would definitely use the service again, and would be interested in doing other trips like this in Belize and the Caribbean. let me know if there is anything else in particular you are intersted in. Very smooth process though, and we all thought everything was perfect. Thanks

Jay Casey – New York
# Belize Dive Vacation#

"we had a blast and hope to do it again next year"

We had the best time. Bob took care of all the troubles and was so helpful and hands on for the entire week. Anything we needed he was there. We received a feedback form for the charter, that we are filling out. Thank you again Ken for everything, we had a blast and hope to do it again next year. Thanks for also making the weather perfect!!

Merry English
# Bahamas Sailing Vacation#

"The booking of the boat was easy, everything was the way we expected it would be"

Our trip was wonderful! We had a great time. The booking of the boat was easy, everything was the way we expected it would be. Lilli, at Sunsail, was exceptional at handling problems and accomidating our needs. I would recommend your service to others in a flash. Hope all is well and thanks again.

George Belcher
# Antigua Bareboat Charter#

"I will recommend "TROPICAL YACHTS " to all my sailor friends"

We had fantastic vacation. The yacht, weather and ocean were to die for. While in Tobago we had some problems with not being able to start port engine. After contacting base in Grenada. James was very helpful in arranging professional help for us. We were on our way with hardly any delay. I will recommend "TROPICAL YACHTS " to all my sailor friends and definitely charter from your company again. P.S. we were specially pleased with welcoming package consisting of bottle of fine rum & appetizers. Best regards,

Henry & Friends
# Grenada Bareboat Charter#

"issues and questions were dealt with professionally and without delay"

Thank you for a wonderful vacation on "Wanderlust". Our first Florida charter provided us with adventure and memories that will will not soon forget. Everything was as promised and any issues and questions were dealt with professionally and without delay. We look forward to future charters with Tropical Yachts.

Shane and Lee Bowring
# Miami Bareboat Charter#

"we had a great trip & I would not hesitate to use your services"

Hi Ken, Thanks for asking about our charter. We had a great time! The Sunsail staff at St. Martin were a real highlight. They were very professional but, at the same time, friendly and helpful. We had a windlass problem the first night out & they sent someone to help us right away & without complaining. He fixed the problem in about 2 seconds & away we went. They were really great. The Athena 38 was an older boat but she was nicely maintained. Staff was very attentive during the debriefing when we pointed out a couple of small maintenance items. The boat was a basic boat. Not fancy. But she was a good & easy sailor. We visited St. Martin, St. Barts, Statia & Anguilla. It is a fun & interesting cruising area. Generally speaking, I'd say that the local people we met were much more friendly than, say, in the Virgin Islands. I would not recommend our particular itinerary for those looking for a lot of great snorkelling. Pretty hard to find. About the worst thing that happened (and I am being nit-picky here) is that our first night hotel reservations were a little mixed up. We had made these arrangements thru Sunsail & the hotel was really not prepared for us when we arrived. They scrambled around & eventually got the job done after about 1 1/2 hours of waiting which is not really what you want in the middle of the night after a very long day of travel. It all worked out tho. Like I say, we had a great trip & I would not hesitate to use your services or those of Sunsail St. Martin again. Thanks for your help.

Layne Carver
St. Martin Bareboat Charter#

"I thank you for your friendly approach"

Bonjour: Yes, we really enjoyed our sailing in the Abacos, the islands, the clear water , being there a little bit out of season was perfect to our taste. The reception at your base was very pleasant and friendly. The Yacht was what we expected and very easy to handle. (Never the less some leaks (thunderstorm) in the middle of the berth and some malfunctions, no big deal for Bob, fixing those inconveniences with the talent of a wizzard). " Dear Uncle Bob" was very helpful. He is the right man at the right place. We are already studying plans to repeat our adventure. I was happy to prepare this trip with your company and I thank you for your friendly approach.

Chantal d'Assy - Quebec Canada
# Bahamas Bareboat Vacation#

"your assistance ... has been fundamental"

Our honeymoon has been unforgettable not only for the nice places but also thanks to the boat, which was in very good conditions, cleaned up and fairly equipped; your assistance to confirm everything and to answer our frequent answers and doubts has been fundamental.

Enrico Roselli - Italy
# Belize Bareboat Vacation#

"We would love to do it again"

Our trip was great. Everything about it was even better than we expected. The weather was perfect and our captain, Mark Jones, was an excellent fit for our group. My thanks to you for all your fine help in making our trip a well planned one and for your willingness to accommodate our special needs. We would love to do it again. Shalom,

Errol Rohr - USA
# Miami Beach Crewed Charter#

"The boat was well equiped and well maintained"

Thank You for your interest in our trip. We were a little nervous because it was our first sailing experience for more than a day and it was a bareboat charter. I can tell you that it was a wonderfull experience all the way. Our tripulation consisted of my wife Amaya and me, our two sons who are 15 and 11 and our daughter who is 13. All of us are windsurfers and we like sailing, but after this trip we like it even more.

Our trip went from San Pedro to Goff's Caye, spending nights in Caye Caulker, St. George's Caye and Water Key. We rented a windsurf and a Kayak which we used whenever we anchored. We don't scuba dive, we only snorkel and it is a paradise for snorkeling. We even got to swim with sharks and rays. We are committed to learn to scuba dive for next trip.

The boat was much better than we expected. We had never been in a large catamaran, and it turned to be spacious and comfortable. The boat was well equiped and well maintained. Basically everything was working and those things which needed to be repaired were taken care of as soon as we returned to San Pedro.

We order supplies through Lagniappe Provisioning in San Pedro. Everything was as we ordered and ready on the boat when we arrived. We want this to be our first of many sailing trips and we would choose to charter with you again. We hope this feedback is helpfull and thank you for your interest in our opinion.

Jose Aranzabal - Mexico City
# Belize Crewed Charter#

"everything was perfect for our honeymoon"

We had a great time - everything was perfect for our honeymoon. The boat was beautiful and in great condition (it was especially nice that it had air conditioning since some of those nights where a bit toasty) The skipper was very fun and a amateaur photographer --- he took some great pictures of us on our honeymoon that are priceless. The remainder of our honeymoon, we went to several nice restaurants and everytime we said to ourselves where is Maria's cooking (she was our cook on the boat).

We certainly enjoyed every aspect, thank you for your help --- you helped make our honeymoon the best and very memorable. You are welcome to share my comments and I hope to contact you in the future to arrange another trip - hopefully with some of our friends.

Henry Ellis
St. Martin Luxury Charter#

"The base did an excellent job with their service and support"

The trip was great. The base did an excellent job with their service and support, and provided great help during the race. The only constructive criticism I can offer is that the sails on the boat were a bit tired, but that's to be expected on a 4 year old charter boat. Thanks for all of your help.

Jim Proctor - Birmingham, AL
# Antigua Bareboat Charter#

"You and Tropical Yachts were prompt and professional throughout the entire trip"

Our December bareboat charter was 5 star rated!!!! You and Tropical Yachts were prompt and professional throughout the entire trip from start to finish and follow up. Everything went off without a hitch. The 41 Lagoon, Carpe Feline, was clean, serviced and ready to sail when my crew and I arrived in San Pedro.

I would highly recommend Tropical Yachts and the Belize location to anyone who wants to bareboat or captain charter without any hassle. The staff in Belize was friendly and diligent, I did not have to wait for anything and in the same respect, did not feel pressured to get underway until all crew was ready. Likewise the checkout at the end of the week was quick, efficient and painless. Thanks for the hookup and we should be doing business in the future. Yours truly,

Michael Dwyer - Melbourne, FL
# Belize Bareboat Charter#

"The boat was so nice and had everything we needed. Our kids loved it!"

We just wanted you to know how much we enjoyed our vacation. The boat was so nice and had everything we needed. Our kids loved it! It turned out to be perfect for our family. The only thing that we would add, as far as amenities, would be a DVD player (for the kids)! We wanted to thank you so much for all the help you gave us prior to us actually getting to Miami. We have wanted to do a "boat trip" for a while and we had so much fun, we will definitely do it again. The hurricane and electronic/electrical problems be damned! Thanks again for everything.

Angie Whitehead - Covington LA
# Miami Bareboat Charter#

"this was the best team building experience ever"

I was told by the team that they really enjoyed the experience. They all loved the yachts and the training. I was told that they decided not to race, but rather have a good time. They said that this was the best team building experience ever. Thanks,

Becky - Cisco Systems
# Miami Team Building Charter#

"Merci pour votre profesionnalisme"

Merci de votre attention. Et bien je suis très heureuse de vous dire que tout c'est agréablement bien déroulé. Tout le monde à trouvé votre prestation très bien et j'espère retravailler avec vous dans le futur. Merci pour votre profesionnalisme. Bien cordialement et à très bientôt.

Betty Carre - Cognis, Paris France
# Miami Team Building Charter#

"Trip was awesome and the boat was beautiful"

Sorry for the late reply. Trip was awesome and the boat was beautiful. Would definitely use again! Thanks for everything :O)

Caroline Metevier
# Miami Day Charter#

"You made a deal and kept it"

Thank you for following up. I have to say that your company in general and your Key West crew in particular are a pleasure to do business with. You made a deal and kept it, delivered a clean and functioning boat to us on time. The boat was well found and served its purpose.

Billy Gammon
# Key West Bareboat Charter#

"the service was excellent and the food was unbelievable!"

We had a great time. The yacht was gorgeous, the service was excellent and the food was unbelievable! They went above and beyond to make our event successful and fun. Thanks for all your help as well. You were a pleasure to work with, very responsive and helpful with our group's needs.

Katie - Viacord Inc, Cambridge MA
# Miami Corporate Event Charter#

" The boat was a breeze to operate, and extremely comfortable"

Many thanks! We could "not" have had a more "enjoyable" time. The boat was great and (the entire trip) went as smooth as could be. The Dressler's were charming and very helpful. The boat was a breeze to operate, and extremely comfortable. What more can I say except keep in touch, we most certainly will be doing this again. Best regards,

Art Kross - Paramus, New Jersey
# Miami Beach Charter#

"I'm considering purchasing a boat and having you guys rent it"

I had a great time; as my girlfriend did also. The sailing and the country beat my expectations. TMM is a top notch organization and I will charter through you guys again. Thanks for helping prepare the trip and answering questions. The sailing staff was knowledgable and helpful. The only regret that I have is not having enough time to continue and sail down there. I don't think I will ever be able to go back to a monohull boat as well, there's just too many positives to the Cat. Thanks for everything and I will be talking with you guys in the future. Actually I'm considering purchasing a boat and having you guys rent it if you could forward some information in regard to that it would be great. Cheers,

Camden Clay - Paris KY
# Belize Charter#

"The whole group had a lot of fun with waterski, jetski and so on"

The day on the boat was absolutely wonderful. Thanks for your work. You did a great job. The whole group had a lot of fun with waterski, jetski and so on. We did not get bored at all. At the end, we were sorry that the time went by so fast and that we had to leave.
Thanks again for all your work.

Andrea Petzold - Atlanta GA
# Miami Corporate Event Charter#

"We had a simply marvelous trip"

I was just thinking on the way home from (ugh!) work tonight that I should write and thank you for all your help. We had a simply marvelous trip, in spite of a couple of relatively minor mechanical failures....

On our third night sleeping on the boat, and the only night we had planned to "anchor out", the generator overheated, in spite of our diligent attention to coolant levels. We discovered a leak, and also a loose belt, but were never able to keep it running for more than an hour or so at a time. Also, the macerator pump on the aft holding tank would not pump out, so we had to pay for a pump out when we returned. You asked, so I had to tell you. However....the rest of the trip was so incredibly perfect that those minor issues really didn't bother us. After all, we figured even if we owned the boat, things do happen no matter how good your maintenance is.

We were very pleased with the cleanliness of the boat - it was positively spotless inside and out, and very well stocked in the way of utensils, linens, and helpful cruising information. Picking up and dropping off the boat in Miami Beach couldn't have been easier, and everyone at the marina was very helpful, both at the charter company and in the Dockmaster's office. We were especially impressed with Eduardo, who obviously takes great pride in his job.

I would not hesitate to recommend Florida Yacht Charters/Tropical Yachts. As you know, this was our first charter experience, and, the service and quick responses to our questions that Tropical Yachts and Florida Yachts provided was very much appreciated. Please feel free to use any of this note on your website. Sincerely,

Donna and Eugene Watkins - Crawfordville, Florida
# Miami Bareboat Charter#

"Would we charter again with Tropical Yachts without hesitation!"

Thank you for your follow-up. We had a truly sweet and memorable 4 days aboard the 43 Mainship "Magnolia". She was exceptionally well maintained, clean, comfortably appointed with all amenities and most roomy for just the two of us, my wife Jeanette and I. Plenty of space for four more adventurous souls! The professional attention, qualifying check-out pre-departure by the base captain, and dockside service both before departure and at disembarkation was superior. Would we charter again with Tropical Yachts without hesitation! And feel free to publish our comments on your website.

Jim & Jeanette Thompson - Ft Lauderdale, FL
# Miami Charter#

"I would definitely book with you in the future"

Our trip was a resounding success. This charter, for Steve and I, was the "next step up" from the BVI and we passed with flying colors. The navigation and overnight moorings (anchoring) were slightly more difficult than those found in the BVI but we muddled through with grace. Our GPS proved to be mostly accurate (it did not depict the island of Tobacco Caye, however. Instead, it showed this small land mass to be a through way in the reef ).The locals were all friendly and helpful. Our predeparture briefing- though rushed because of a delay in our boats arrival- was one of the most thorough we have ever received. Mike (I am unsure of the German spelling of his name) gave us a plenitude of information on all of our choice destinations and how to best navigate to them and where best to anchor once we had arrived. I particularly liked the way that TMM sent a chase boat with us both on departure and arrival. They went out of their way to keep things simple and safe. The prepaid calling card was another nice touch. We also appreciated you setting us up at The SeaBreeze Hotel...this was a delightful little hotel and the convenience of its location could not be beat. We were able to quickly and efficiently provision our boat upon arrival. Even the cab drivers were polite and helpful. I would definitely book with you in the future. Sincerely,

Laura Gangeme - Corpus Christi Texas
# Belize Charter#

"Your help made planning our vacation easy"

Our trip was wonderful! I was worried that the boat wouldn't live up to the expectations of those in my group who didn't make the arrangements. Those worries were gone with our first hours on the boat. Everyone was happy. There was ample space for all 8 of us and the boat was well stocked with linens and dishes.

Grenada is beautiful and the people are very proud of their country. There was a lot of pro-American sentiment expressed. The boat sailed very well and we were all comfortable even on the longer legs of our journey. We only had one bit of trouble with a guy named "Dolphin", in Clifton Harbour on Union Island. He hustled a member of our crew pretty handily. Overall, if that was the worst thing that happened to us, I count the trip as a success!

The picture is of 6 of our 8 overlooking the anchorage on Bequia. The pictures just don't to justice. We saw some breathtaking sights everywhere we went. The snorkelling was the best ever in Tobago Cays. We ate some interesting things. There is an ample supply of fresh conch, called Lambi there, which is the most tender we've ever had anywhere. Not the usual rubber.

Thank you for all of your help and for putting up with all of our questions. Your help made planning our vacation easy. Now, on to planning for next year!

Tammy Honeycutt - Rockwall Texas
# Grenada Charter#

"what are some of the other destinations that you set up charters?"

We had a very good trip. The boat was very nice, even more room onboard than expected. No problems at all with the boat. This was my first trip on a catamaran and I would have to say they are very stable and roomy for a charter. My wife is not really much of a sailor and has a tendency for sea sickness in even medium conditions and on some of our longer sails she was down below reading with no problems. Grenada and the Grenadines are a really nice place to charter, the people are very friendly, it is nice to travel some place these days where they still like Americans. There are long enough distances between islands to allow for plenty of sailing (or motor sailing). As always with a sailing vacation I would have liked to have stayed longer and seen more. The Horizon people did a good job getting us going, it did seem to take a long time, but there were a lot of us and the rain slowed things a bit. They checked us in very quickly. The dingy had seen a lot of miles but started every time and held air. Thanks for your help in setting all of this up and answering questions. It went very smoothly. By the way, our US cell phones worked everywhere and Horizon setup our crew mate with a small inverter for his medical device.
Thanks again for your assistance. By the way, what are some of the other destinations that you set up charters?

Robert Briscoe - Rockwall Texas
# Grenada Charter#

"hope we can cruise again with you in the near future"

The cruise was excellent. I was an enjoyable time and wonderful scenes to view. My boyfriend and I had an excellent evening and enjoyed every minute of it. The captain was excellent and friendly. Thank you and hope we can cruise again with you in the near future.

Alexandra - Chicago Illinois
# Miami Beach Dinner Cruise#

"all we had to do was sit back and relax!"

Our trip was awesome!!!!! Our captain, Chris, was the best. He went out of his way to show us a wonderful time! He knew his way around so all we had to do was sit back and relax! "The Dreamer" was an excellent choice for us. It was a beautiful boat equipped with everything you could possibly need (kitchen, bathroom, beds, etc). The best thing was how spacious the boat was....plenty of room for dancing! The captain played our own music and made our trip definitely one to remember. I would highly recommend "The Dreamer" with captain Chris to friends, family and to anyone who asks! Thank you so much for everything and I will definitely be back on that boat whenever I'm back in Miami :)

Caroline - Orlando, Florida
# Miami Beach Day Charter#

"unas vacaciones maravilosas"

Perdon por no escribir, pero ahora que tengo tiempo te puedo contar que fueron unas vacaciones maravilosas. Todos estuvimos felices, buceamos muchisimo, bajamos al Blue Hole 2 veces. El crew de lujo, Clive el capitan es un tipazo, muy trabajador, resolvio todos los pequenos problemas y ademas una persona muy carinosa y simpatica. El cook lo hizo muy bien aunque se veia que no tenia experiencia en estos viajes, pero comimos riquisimo, un dia nos horneo pan! Espero poder repetir el viaje, mil gracias por tu ayuda.

Carmen Cano - Mexico DF
# Belize Crewed Catamaran Vacation#

"all of our friends were jealous"

Everything was fantastic. The base personnel were extremely helpful (especially Craig) and the boat was immaculate. The only thing I would change would be my trip planning. Next time, I would probably want to do a trip that didn't require two day's sail to get to "civilization." By the time we got to Marina del Mar in Key Largo we were both very tired! But, since this was my first charter, I didn't know any better. Still, it was a lot of fun and all of our friends were jealous. Next time we were thinking of trying the Bahamas. We'll definately be in touch! Thanks again,

Jeff Clark - Georgia USA
# Miami Beach & Florida Keys Bareboat Vacation#

"the office staff were very helpful"

Thanks for your interest in our trip. We really had a fantastic time and had no problems at all with the yacht. Everyone told us we had come at the wrong time of year, but we really enjoyed having the most beautiful beaches and wonderful snorkelling all to ourselves. We found Bob very professional and the office staff were very helpful too. We'll have a lasting memory of the shark we came face to face with, when snorkelling off Fowl cay. Thanks again,

Martin, Allan and Eleanor Gledhill - Scotland, UK
# Bahamas Bareboat Vacation#

"Ken was very helpful in selecting the best boat for our trip"

I think I can speak for the whole was an amazing time!! The boat was beautiful and Ken was very helpful in selecting the best boat for our trip. The entire staff at Tropical Yachts was friendly and responsive to our many questions. This was a vacation we will remember forever! We will definitely be customers of Tropical Yachts again-as soon as our schedules permit! Thanks for all your help.

Lindy, Derek, Meaghan, John - Atlanta, USA
# Miami Beach Bareboat Vacation#

"Highly recommend"

The aquacat was incredible, only 9 divers instead of usual 22 - what a treat!
Highly recommend the operation and very nice crew.
Talk soon!!

Steve - Pennsylvania, USA
# Bahamas Scuba Diving Charter#

"We can’t wait to go back!"

We had an amazing time! Great weather, empty beaches and decent winds! Steve and everyone else at the base was great and helped make it all go quite smoothly. Thanks for your help in putting all together. We can’t wait to go back!

John Billingsley - California, USA
British Virgin Islands, Bareboat Vacation#

"Hopefully we will repeat it with our kids in the future"

Everything was great. Specially the crew, they were really friendly and helpful with us. Both Ricardo and Odra contributed big time with our special moment (asking the big question), please congratulate them for us. Your attention to my emails requesting information was also very good, thanks. Believe me we will always remember our sunset charter with you guys. Hopefully we will repeat it with our kids in the future.

Carlos Mosqueira - Mexico DF
# Miami Dinner Cruise Charter#

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