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Length: 50 ft
Builder: Lagoon
Year Built: 2012
Max Guests: 6
Cabins: 3
# Crew: 2
Max Speed: 14
Cruising: 10
Fuel Use: 1 US Gall/Hr
Beam: 28 ft
Draft: 5 ft
Base Port: USVI
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Accomodations:

Queens: 3

Charter Yacht BETTER DAYS : 2012 50 ft Lagoon Catamaran

Scuba Diving

Scuba: Onboard
License Info: Master
Compressor: Not Onboard
Dive Tanks: 8
BCs: 6
Regs: 6
Divers: 6
Dives: 3 included
Dive Costs:  
3 dives per week included for certified divers - charters 6 nights or more.

Additional dives $25 per person per dive.

Water Toys

Dinghy: 14ft
Dinghy HP: 40hp Yamaha
Dinghy Pax: 8 pax
Adult Skis: Yes
Kids Skis: Yes
Snorkel Gear: Yes
Tube: Yes
WakeBoard: Yes
PaddleBoard: 2
2 Man Kayak: Yes
Boarding Ladder: Sugar Scoop ladders
Beach Games: Yes
DeepSea Fishing: Yes
Fishing Gear: Yes
Gear Type: Trawling, Casting, tackle
# Fish Rods: 2
UnderWater Cam: Yes
Other Toys:  
Fishing registered in USVI and BVI

2 Stand Up Paddle Boards

Entertainment

Internet: Onboard WIFI
BBQ: Yes
VCR DVD: Yes
Sat TV: Yes
Salon Stereo: Yes
Num DVD: Web Based
Num CDs: Web Based
Board Games: Yes
Num Books: Web Based
iPod: Yes
 

Amenities

Voltages: 220/110
AC: Full
AC Night: Yes
Special Diets: Yes
Kosher Diets: Yes
Nude Charters: Yes
Crew Smokes: No
Guest Pet: No
Children?: Yes
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Crew Profile

Genuine hospitality and contagious enthusiasm for the islands are what Margaret and Taylor are all about. Having sailed their 30’ monohull extensively from Maine to Grenada and lived aboard while exploring the Virgin Islands, they know how to turn the dream of a sailing adventure into a reality.

Taylor grew up in Central Virginia, splitting summers between living on the lake driving ski boats and traveling in the family RV to every state with a road to it. After earning a business degree from Appalachian State University with honors, Taylor started pursuing his passion for living. Playing in a touring rock band transitioned to trekking in South America, which led to bartending in Breckenridge, Colorado. After a few years of the ski bum life, the dream of setting off for points unknown in a sailboat started to form. He jumped head first into sailing, taking American Sailing Association courses, walking the docks for crew work, completing safety certifications, and before he knew it he was working day sailing charters in the Virgin Islands.

Margaret also hails from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and has sailboat chartering in her blood from her Dad, who captained classic windjammers in Maine. She began traveling internationally early on and developed a love for traditional recipes and an appreciation for the way a good meal can bring families and friends together. An ambitious explorer as well, Margaret attended the National Outdoor Leadership school before earning her bachelors degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She is a certified yoga teacher and recently returned to where she received her training in India, joining a month long motorcycle expedition over the highest drivable passes in the Himalayas.

Despite being raised less than an hour apart and sharing so many passions, the two didn’t meet until they were both living in Colorado. Shortly there after their dream of sailing the islands took off and they moved to Saint John where they worked day sailing charters and eco kayak tours. After that season they bought their sailboat and began cruising full time, meshing into a dynamic team afloat. Having guests aboard ignited their passion for sharing the good life with others and providing a truly bespoke charter.
Margaret and Taylor offer a vacation experience informed by years of local knowledge and a menu of their favorite island recipes personally gathered from the Bahamas to Grenada. From diving for conch that are later served up as fritters to helping someone catch their first wave surfing, providing lasting memories in one of the world’s most special places is something this team never tires of. Together they bring personalized service and engagement, with true authenticity and passion for sharing the island experience with others.

Rates

SEASON: 2 Guests 4 Guests 6 Guests
Summer 2018$15,500 $17,000 $18,500
Winter 2018 to 2019$15,500 $17,000 $18,500
Summer 2019$15,500 $17,000 $18,500
Winter 2019 to 2020$15,500 $17,000 $18,500
Terms: All Inclusive
Turn Around: 24 Hrs.
Preferred Pickup: American Yacht Harbor
Other Pickup: USVI


Price Details:

Christmas Flat Rate $22,000
New Years Flat Rate $25,000

HALF-BOARD RATES (7/4/3 BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER): $150 off / person
***3 lunches and 4 dinners ashore at client expense***
***Does not combine with child discounts***

CHILD DISCOUNT: $250 off for each child age 15 and under.
***Age is based on the charter date NOT the date of booking***
*** Max discount - 4 children***

LESS THAN 6 NIGHT CHARTERS DIVIDE BY 6 RULE: (Rate / 6 X #Nights)
***(Rate divided by 6N X number of nights*** For 6 nights divide rate by 7 X 6N.

Sleep Aboard $1,000

***Half board and / or children's discounts do not apply when using special discounted rates***

Rate Terms:

All Inclusive.Cruising Permit: Paid by BoatLicenses: Paid by Boat


All rates are for the entire yacht and are subject to change without notice prior to actual reservation.
An additional premium maybe applied for Holiday Periods such as Christmas and New Year.

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Reviews

April 23-30,2019

All -
As a busy family of four (kids ages 13 and 11) who likes to travel a lot – we rarely have time to sit down and write a review. In this case, we felt it absolutely necessary to let you know about our recent trip aboard White House (Better Days) with Taylor Smith and Margaret Harrington.
We were a bit nervous booking with a first-year crew, however, we kept going back to their biographies and felt as though they were the right crew for us - and boy were they ever!
Captain Taylor – Rest assured that you are in good hands with Taylor. His sailing and island knowledge are impressive and it’s easy to see his genuine love and passion of all things outdoors related. His attention to detail is second to none.
Taylor proved to be very safety conciencious in every aspect of boating from sailing, to driving the dinghy and pulling our daughters wake boarding. He also planned our stops at Willy T’s and Soggy Dollar accordingly to avoid the rowdy drinking crowds that both places attract at times in order to ensure the best experience for our entire family.
As recently certified divers and having expressed an interest in doing quite a bit of diving on our trip, Taylor did not let us down. We would mention diving and before we knew it Taylor had a spot picked out and had our dive gear set-up ready to go. He took the time to research the dive spot and brief us to be sure it met everybody’s comfort and skill level as well as personal expectations. During each dive, Taylor kept a close eye on us all and pointed out ocean life that we would have otherwise missed. Taylor took his role as dive master seriously and it was very much appreciated as it put us all at ease and allowed us to enjoy each dive to its fullest. It is also worth noting that his navigational skills under water are top notch as after every dive we would come right back to the mooring line.
When asked on the first night of our trip what we hoped to do, learning to sail was near the top of the list. Taylor took time to explain the basics and the ways in which the wind affects the sails and how one must adjust accordingly. Much to our delight, we were given an opportunity to raise and lower the sails a time or two.
Taylor’s patience and sincere passion for showing us all things both under and above the sea made for a remarkable trip.
Chef Margaret - Margaret surpassed any and all expectations of meal preparation, presentation and flavor. Our family was able to try new foods and experience comfort food in new and exciting ways thanks to Margaret’s expertise.
Margaret was very flexible with us on meals and even went off her prepared meal plan one night to try her hand at making cauliflower wings for us. Our youngest daughter loves to cook/bake and Margaret was such a sweetheart allowing her to help in the kitchen. When we had oranges for a snack one day our daughter mentioned how she’d love to try to make chocolate covered orange peels when we got home. Moments later and much to our surprise and our daughter’s utmost joy, Margaret had a recipe pulled up and the girls were making them to serve with ice cream for dessert that evening.
She was an amazing guide of our snorkeling adventures and for our on shore excursions - from hiking up the hills of Salt Island, walking on the beaches of Cooper Island, touring the Baths of Virgin Gorda, and exploring the Bubbly Pool - her enthusiasm and sense of adventure created memories that will last a lifetime.
As a yoga instructor, Margaret was very excited to teach a class to us as the sun was rising one morning. She encouraged us to settle into our senses and really become one with nature and our bodies. It was a great way to connect with the islands around us, the salty air, the warm sun shine and the sound of the waves lapping against the shore.
Both Taylor and Margaret are such a sweet and warm-hearted couple who have contagious smiles and evident passions for living their best lives. Our trip was made complete by having them as our crew. Together they work seamlessly and make for a first-class experience. The boat was kept immaculate 24/7. It is easy to see that both Taylor and Margaret treat the boat as if it were their own. Impressively, they went about and kept the boat neat and tidy without us noticing it. While we were eating our breakfast, or out enjoying the morning sun on paddle boards, kayaks or on the deck of the boat, our beds were being made, showers and bathrooms cleaned, and towels were replaced. When we would wake up in the morning the boat was as spotless as the first day we boarded.
From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to say THANK YOU to Taylor and Margaret for sharing with us the best vacation we could have ever dreamed of! We look forward to hopefully joining them both again soon for another trip around the (Leeward) islands.
The Vish Family


December 16-23, 2018

We had a fantastic week vacationing on the White House. Taylor and Margaret were awesome...considerate, thoughtful, and fun. We snorkeled, hiked, paddle boarded, kayaked, went scuba diving, sight seeing, sailed (Taylor is a great Captain), and wakeboarded. Margaret cooked us amazing meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Her food was delicious. Margaret and Taylor made this one of our best family vacations. We can’t wait to come back.

The H Family <3


December 27  , 2018 - January 3, 2019

Taylor and Margaret,

Thank you for an incredible experience aboard White House! Your service was exceptional, as was our trip. I wish you the very best and hope our paths cross again. 

The G Family


January 4-11, 2019

Margaret and Taylor,

Thank you so much for the wonderful experience and we know many more “Better Days” to come. The food was amazing, the guided tours made the experience so much greater, our dream of sailing and being in the beautiful Caribbean Islands fulfilled. Our family is very appreciated to your wonderful service, kindness, and training to sail. See you soon. Enjoy the charters until we are back.

Love,

Jeff, Bonnie, Devin, and Lillie

<3 PS: blowing the conch was so much fun!

 

January 12-19, 2019 - “One week in the year of Frances”

Margaret and Taylor,

This has been the best week that we could have asked for- thank you both so much for making it happen. From the moment we came aboard, we’ve been overwhelmed by your warmth and hospitality, and we’ve so enjoyed getting to know you both this week. From conch diving, to starting our own scooter gang, to late night Catan and rescuing Hanes’ belongings-y’all have gone above and beyond, and we are grateful not only for our time together, but that we are walking away with two new friends. Thank you for everything - we’ll be back!

-Frances, Gibbs, Mary, Park 

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