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GAMBIT

   
Length: 51 ft
Builder: Lagoon
Year Built: 2008
Refit: 2021
Max Guests: 8
Cabins: 4
# Crew: 2
Beam: 28 ft
Draft: 4 ft
Base Port: BVI
- Yacht Gambit is a beautifully appointed Lagoon 500 catamaran offering charters and scuba diving in the British Virgin Islands and beyond. We would love to welcome you all aboard and share with your group the highlights and secrets spots of one of the world's most sought after cruising destinations. -
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Accomodations:

Gambit offers sleeping accommodations in 3 queen size cabins and 1 twin bunk room. All offer AC and ensuite head and shower.
Queens: 3
Twin Cabins: 1

Charter Yacht GAMBIT : 2008 51 ft Lagoon Catamaran

Scuba Diving

Scuba: Onboard
Resort Course: N/A
Full Course: N/A
License Info: Master
Compressor: Onboard
Dive Tanks: 10
BCs: 8
Regs: 8
Divers: 6
Dives: 3 Dives pp
Dive Info:  
- 3 FREE scuba dives per diver (non transferable) included in the base rate for 7 NIGHT CHARTERS ONLY.
- Extra dives available at a cost of $150 per dive - includes diving equipment rental and tank refills.
- Diving is only for CERTIFIED and CURRENT divers only. If divers have not dived within the last 3 years, a refresher course must be done before diving. This can be done before arrival through a certified dive operator or onboard GAMBIT at a cost of $200 per diver. Divers are to be in good health and show an average level of fitness. Any divers suffering from any medical condition that could effect scuba diving must get a doctors certificate before arrival.
-Guests rent or bring their own wet suits, specialized gear and dive computers.



Dive Costs:  
- 3 FREE scuba dives per diver (non transferable) included in the base rate for 7 NIGHT CHARTERS ONLY.
- Extra dives available at a cost of $150 per dive - includes diving equipment rental and tank refills.
- Diving is only for CERTIFIED and CURRENT divers only. If divers have not dived within the last 3 years, a refresher course must be done before diving. This can be done before arrival through a certified dive operator or onboard GAMBIT at a cost of $200 per diver. Divers are to be in good health and show an average level of fitness. Any divers suffering from any medical condition that could effect scuba diving must get a doctors certificate before arrival.
-Guests rent or bring their own wet suits, specialized gear and dive computers.


Water Toys

Dinghy: 13ft AB
Dinghy HP: 60
Dinghy Pax: 7
Adult Skis: Yes
Kids Skis: Yes
Snorkel Gear: Yes
Tube: 2
WakeBoard: Yes
PaddleBoard: 2
1 Man Kayak: 2
Float Mats: Yes
Swim Platform: Stern Scoops
Boarding Ladder: Transom
Beach Games: Yes
Fishing Gear: Yes
Gear Type: Trolling

Entertainment

Internet: Onboard WIFI
BBQ: Yes
VCR DVD: Yes
Salon Stereo: Yes
Num DVD: Yes
Num CDs: Yes
Board Games: Yes
iPod: Yes
 

Amenities

Voltages: 115v and 230v
AC: Full
AC Night: Yes
Hair Dryer: Yes
Special Diets: Inq
Kosher Diets: Inq
Nude Charters: No
Guest Smoke: Transom Only
Crew Smokes: No
Children?: Yes
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Crew Profile

Capt. Doug and Chef Valerie offer the perfect blend of warmth, hospitality and adventure. A husband and wife team from South Africa, with many years combined cruising, travel and charter experience. To date, Doug and Val have successfully completed over 200 charters in the Caribbean making them one of the most experienced charter crew in the region.

Doug holds a Yachtmaster Offshore Qualification, reinforced with many ocean crossings and coastal voyages. Doug started sailing in his mid twenties, based off the east coast of South Africa, where sailing and weather conditions are notoriously unpredictable and the coastline hazardous. Having grown up on the ocean with surfing, free diving, spear fishing, scuba diving, sailing and yacht racing as his main activities; sailing charters was a natural progression for him. Weekends were occupied with local and coastal racing as well as family sailing with the children. In 1995, in pursuit of our joint ambition to travel to remote places, we left on an extended 6 year cruise aboard our 30 foot yacht together with our two children, then 4 and 6 years old. This adventure took us across the Indian Ocean and back to South Africa, and then across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. During our cruising years we explored remote archipelagos, traveled by yacht many miles up the Amazon River, visited new and unique places, experienced diverse cultures and were exposed to many and varied challenges and opportunities. In 2012, the urge to travel again resulted in the acquisition of Katlyn, our first catamaran, and once again we set off across the Atlantic from Cape Town, spending a year en route, before establishing ourselves in the charter industry in the Caribbean. Along the way we have redeveloped our awareness, appreciation and respect for the ocean, the sky and the weather in all its diversity. In 2018, we upgraded and purchased Gambit, our current charter catamaran, and brought her 4500nm from Italy to the Caribbean.

Doug has been an avid adventure, sport enthusiast throughout his life. After several years of service in a special forces airborne unit, he became involved in Skydiving. He is an advanced skydiver with 2500 jumps, competed on a national level and was the chief instructor at his skydive club prior to his involvement with sailing; he is an experienced paraglider, loves scuba and free diving, as well as water and snow skiing and has completed a number of arduous long distance marathons. He is a natural storyteller and entertainer with a great sense of humor, a charismatic and attentive host, willing to go the extra mile to ensure you get the most out of your vacation whilst ensuring your privacy when appropriate.

Val grew up on a vast dairy farm in the Drakensberg farming district of South Africa, and attended boarding school, before qualifying as a private secretary and then a primary school teacher. She traded horse riding and hiking for sailing, and was perfectly positioned to home school the children while cruising. She is a qualified scuba diver, and enjoys snorkeling, skiing and hiking, and living the island life. She takes pride and pleasure in creating inviting spaces through tasteful choice and use of fabrics and decor, and is an accomplished seamstress. This is evident in the decor aboard Gambit. Many years of monohull sailing and galley responsibilities have enabled her to become a competent and creative chef aboard, fine tuned by various short courses in the culinary arts and bolstered with hundreds of satisfied charter guests.

Doug and Val have a passion for traveling and a special affinity for the African bush, it’s wildlife, beauty, solitude and wide open spaces, and have been fortunate to do an extended three month 4x4 camping safari with roof top tent through some of the most unspoiled and rugged areas of Southern Africa. The freedom of traveling without boundaries inspired a six week camper van tour of New Zealand, wild camping without the constraints of official campsites in the winter wonderland of mountains and fjords. During this time we took the opportunity to try our hand at dog sledding, abseiling and caving. We have spent a month touring Sri Lanka traveling by train and staying in local B&B’s, visited Egypt and driven off the beaten track through the Western Desert, camping in the splendor of the White Desert en route. We have driven across the USA and would love to follow this up with a longer RV trip in the not to distant future.
After 17 years of sailing together, we team up on deck to offer you a fun filled sailing vacation, and when the anchor is down, a companionable, relaxed yet attentive atmosphere is created for you to escape your normal routine and create memories which will live with you forever.

We would love the opportunity to extend a warm welcome to you in the BVI, offer you our hospitality aboard Gambit, and show you around some of our lovely anchorages and must see spots that we’ve come to call home.

Crew are fully vaccinated for Covid 19.

Rates

SEASON: 2 Guests 4 Guests 6 Guests 8 Guests
Summer 2024$21,000 $21,000 $23,000 $27,000
Winter 2024 to 2025$21,000 $21,000 $23,000 $27,000
Summer 2025$21,000 $21,000 $23,000 $27,000
Terms: Inclusive
Turn Around: 48 hrs Firm
Preferred Pickup: Village Cay
Other Pickup: Village Cay


Price Details:

Gambit is a BVI based yacht currently accepting BVI ports only.
48 hours between charters except between Christmas/New Years.

Gambit also accepts 6 night charters at the pro-rata rate. For charters 5 nights and shorter, please enquire for rates.

Tandem charters are subject to conditions, please enquire

Half Board Rates
Please inquire for rates.

Sleep-aboard
Inquire for availability. Rate is calculated as 1/2 the regular daily rate 7 night min. Discounts do not apply. Non Comm.

GENERAL RATES NOTE: All rates are for 7 nights 8 days.

Christmas 2024
1 - 6 pax - $30,000
7 & 8 pax - $32,000
New Year 2024/25
1 - 6 pax - $33,000
7 & 8 pax - $34,800
7 night minimum.
Christmas charters must end no later than the 27th December. New Years week charters cannot begin earlier than 28th December

Gambit is a BVI based yacht. Permits and fees are included in the BVI only. Other locations fees will be extra.
Please inquire for any delivery fees for "down island" charters.

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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Charter Yacht GAMBIT Guest Reviews

The Athertons return

It was so amazing to sail with you again and though we miss Katlyn, we love Gambit now too! The food, hospitality and friendships feel like we are one big family. Thank you for putting up with us and we will see you again without kids! (PS - we left the kids in the locker with the scuba gear - train your new deck hands well!)
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Three generations aboard

You two are such an inspiration to me, the way you live and enjoy the beauty of nature and the world is enlightening. I love meeting people like you who have adventurous souls and genuine hearts. The last 8 days have been calming, healing and brought my connection to the ocean closer. Val, thank you for the nourishing food and treating us like family. Dougie, thanks for taking me back under the sea and being patient with me diving. I hope we meet again someday. Obrigada, Thank you, Danke.
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4th Visit

Hard to believe this is our fourth time on board. Words can never express how happy my heart is with my family and you both here in the BVI. The beauty of the islands, the laughter, delicious meals, under water adventures.....the list goes on and on!Thank you for spoiling us up! Thank you for all the fun island hopping to make sure everyone gets 'their experience'! From quiet coves to Soggy's, we covered it all! Thank you! Thank you!
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2nd time around

What another amazing adventure we had again this year! Thank you for the love, laughter, beautiful views, stories and amazing food. And thanks for adding on the special dive trips for the boys. We love you and con not wait until our next adventure ~ Frank and Valorie
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The Richards return

Once again you have raised the bar for any future vacations we take! Sailing in the Grenadines was fabulous, the anchorages beautiful and the food delicious. Above all that, is the hospitality and friendship you so easily share with us. Thank you for the opportunity to scuba again... that and the snorkeling was glorious - so many beautiful fish and coral reefs..... I could go on and on ~ Ken and Jean This 2nd vacation with the tow of you and Gambit has been simply marvelous. We always feel welcome and cared for every single minute. Your desire to make our experiences personal and fun were apparent and appreciated. Thank you for being you! Until we meet again.... ~ Mark and Cheryl You two sure make things look easy! However, we know the work you do is far from easy! You truly have made this week in the Grenadines the trip of a lifetime. We have made so many memories and experienced new things (scuba diving) thanks to you. Thank you for teaching us to truly enjoy life and to take the opportunity to do new things. We will see you both soon ~ Dory and Josh
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Thanksgiving week November 2019

Your hospitality , knowledge and great comradery made this a trip of a lifetime. Our family will be re-living all the experiences you two have granted us for years to come. I personally will cherish every anchorage and story you two let us be a part of. Soooo many thanks. Now back to life in the rat race …….. may our wakes cross again !!! E.W. and Family
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60th Anniversary!

This was planned as a special family event. The crew made it an especially GREAT event ~ 60th Anniversary with all 7 family members enjoying the whole experience from 80 year old senior to 20 year old grandson. I'm sure this trip will remain in our conversations for a long time. Thanks for a great trip. Food fantastic, route amazing, crew ...was the bonding feature!!! ~ Ed
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Christmas Cruise 2019!

Thank you so much for making our Christmas unforgettable! So many fun adventures with Doug, fueled by fun and delicious food from Val. Didn't quite finish that Woodford, but loved the 'bubbles' above and below the water I had the best snorkel trip I have ever done, at The Indians! The water was beautiful and so is the boat. Thank you so much Gambit. We come from Sioux Falls and we don't get this kind of weather ...it is amazing. PS - Thank you Gambit Santa for the Christmas presents Thank you so much for spending your Christmas with us. Thanks for the amazing activities we've done.Thank you for the outstanding food. Thanks for treating us like family
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New Year 2020!

Thanks for an amazing week ~ pain killers, red wine, panic attacks, square hair, Fred the barracuda (bigger than my sister!), epic snorkeling, left, right, centre.....Ginny, Kath, Lori, Connor, Jason
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A Second Visit

Another wonderful trip, we cannot thank you enough for your kindness and hospitality. Enojoyed every second. Beautiful beaches, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets...until next time ~ Jill and Bill The only problem on Gambit is the time passes too quickly. We loved every speedy, sun filled minute. Thank you for another week of extraordinary hospitality, laughs, puzzles, delicious food, and left, right, centre. Much love until next time ~ Frank and Meg
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The Lovell Couple

What a great adventure with you guys! Thanks so much for offering to let us crew the rest of the season so we don't have to go back to Iowa!!! The stories of your adventures are awe-inspiring....the places you've been paint a vivid picture. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Sharing your love of this place, sharing your kindness and laughter and sharing these memories ~ Mick and Rhonda
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Family Renunion Charter

Excellent trip - fantastic attention to detail made it all so wonderful. With many thanks, and see you soon! ~ Raymond Leaving Gambit this morning after 8 nights aboard being spoiled by the best hosts ever: Doug & Val. Took hundreds of pictures with my brother, Raymond who invited me all the way from London! ~ Joyce
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A Gra'n'd trip by the Grad family

Letter to the broker ~ "We could not be happier with your recommendation of team Gambit/Doug and Val. Early on in our selection process, you stated that I should first find a crew with bio's that seemed to be a fit with what we were looking for, and then secondly, see if we liked the boat. That was absolutely the best travel advice ever. When I selected Doug and Val at your suggestion, I really didn't yet understand how excellent your guidance was. They are the ultimate hosts/experts to host a yacht vacation. Their easy warm style, great conversation and communication, sense of humor, world travel experience, nautical knowledge, bartending and culinary skills were all truly exceptional and exceeded our expectations. My family was just blown away every day of this trip. Doug did a great job manuevering bad weather and managed to find the perfect and interesting anchorages every single day. He's happy to share his marine knowledge both above and below sea level and always has a great story to tell. What an interesting guy! We could have talked with him non-stop for weeks! Val is a gem. While she comes across as quiet and unassuming, she was quick to get in on our family jokes and humor and truly helped take things to a whole other level that our gang will not soon forget. She works hard in the tiniest galley preparing thoughtful, well presented gourment food without it being too fancy. It was a real treat to be surprised everyday with the question and answer of "Gee.....What do you think she's making for lunch or dinner?" My family and I are real foodies and truly appreciated the labor of love she put into each meal. The whole food and dining experience was simply sophisticated and far exceeded our expectations. I could go on and on raving about this trip. Simply a perfect 10. We can't wait to sail with Doug and Val again, and thanks for your terrific guidance and answering my dozens of questions. It was the most memorable birthday for me! ~ Marc What a fabulous & unforgettable trip ~ certainly made turning "60" a lot easier. We will treasure the memories we've made until we meet again! Much love, Myriam, Marc, Max, Mara, Stuie & Judy You guys were the most fun ever - both are you are now part of the memories that will last forever ~ Stuie
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Our Missouri friends

We had a wonderful time! I didn't think it would be better than the first time 'cos that was so amazing....but it was! The dives, the food, the games - everything was perfect! Can't wait 'til next time - D & Vi I have enjoyed getting to spend these nine days with you. Thank you so much for the stories and laughs. Doug, I appreciate the time taken to take us on dives, and Val for the chats and amazing food. You two are one of a kind and such a joy to be around, thank you so much for allowing us into your home - Andy
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Zinkl Voelkel McGlynn Visit

WOW! what an amazing vacation. We really appreciate you welcoming us into your home and taking us to the best places in the BVI. We will never forget the yellow flag of honor being the only boat in each bay and having two islands to ourselves. You are the best! - Sherri and Steve Thank you for a wonderful, wonderful, tremendous charter! It was a challenge to get here (1 year delayed)but well worth the wait. So fun to stay at anchorages that we have never seen before - thank you for that! We can't wait for our next charter with you..... Grenadines?? Susan & Ray From two non boat people, we had an amazing time. We can not say enough about our fantastic charter. The food, hospitality, knowledge of the area and everything else, truly spectacular. Thank you for an awesome trip of a lifetime - Tracy and Chris
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Jamey and Denise

Thank you for a wonderful week fun of adventure, activity, laughter, delicious meals and great company! Your two are so simpatico! It was a total pleasure being with you and feeling safe in your capable hands. Thanks
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Susan's Birthday

Thank you for an amazing trip!So guys were so attentive to every detail and were exceptional hosts. I must say this was the best trip of my life and I look forward to a return visit. We loved all the jokes, stories and knowledge of the area, and Val, your cooking and presentation was fabulous.
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Elise and Jeff

We are ever so grateful our lives have intersected - your gracious hospitality speaks wonders to who you are. We have thoroughly enjoyed the ride - beyond our expectations, and look forward to meeting again sometime. Our very best to you always.
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The Gerbers visit - A South African element!

I can't imagine any way that this trip could have been better without the two of you being part of it. Your friendliness, knowledge and flexibility are part of what made my time here as amazing as it was. Thank you for all you've done and for helping me make these memories that will last a lifetime - Ben Thank you for everything you did for us and for being such amazing hosts. We all had a fantastic time and will cherish all the memories. It was truly an honor to meet you and hopefully we will see each other again in the near future. All the very best to you! - Mike and Lynn
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4th Wedding Anniversary

Thank you for such an amazing trip, you both are an awesome team. We made so many memories that we will always cherish. We hope to cross paths with you again soon - Kayci & Jeremy
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A puzzle building family

Thank you for providing us with a vacation that will be part of our family memories forever. The time with you was incredible, even with having to deal with Covid protocols. Your hospitality, guidance and friendship were so appreciated. You felt like family from the beginning and we look forward to seeing you in the not too distant future! - Barry and Linda
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Great Expectations

A trip to the islands brings great expectations. You have exceeded all expectations. For the last week we have been living in paradise and this all thanks to you. We all so appreciate how concerned you were about fulfilling every need and asking if we were happy. The meals were exceptional and the diving beyond compare! This was a vacation we'll be talking about for the rest of our lives. Thank you for a trip to treasure and remember ~ Cady & Jerry It was our 3rd BVI trip. All have been memorable but you went above and beyond. Believe me when I say we noticed all the 'behind-the-scenes' hard work and 'extras'. Doug, thank you for getting me out of my comfort zone and taking me diving ~ Robert, Joseph, Reggie & Wendy

Covid concerns drift away

With the challenges of covid and apprehension palpable in seven travelers, our broker Lynne and especially our Captain Doug calmed nerves and showed us the path to enter the BVI, even as it changed often. Once we boarded, a sense of calm came over us all. During our week we enjoyed many great meals which Val prepared, as well as island drinks prepared by Doug. We roamed from Tortola to Peter to Norman to Jost and little Jost, through the Dogs to Virgin Gorda and Anegada. Every island afforded us new adventures above and below the water. Soggy is always a favorite, as was Anegada lobsters. Driving a moke on the wrong side of the road wasn't too scary. Various snorkeling sites and tubing gave the kids great adventures. Doug and Val will provide you an adventure to remember. Determine your 'wants' and Doug and Val will craft you week ~ Matt

Moms and teenagers

Another fantastic cruise Thank you for your wonderful meals Val. The kids love your recipes, eating things they never would at home! And Doug, the quotes and advice to the kids really does stick! they remember much from 2018. We can't thank you enough ~ Lydia & Saylars! Well we're completing our 2nd trip of a lifetime with you! It's nice to know we have another family on the other side of the world - I have a feeling you haven't seen the last of us!! ~ Felicity, Leo & Claudia

Summer Charter

Thank you Doug and Val for the most memorable week. We felt at home on Gambit and loved the food, hospitality, activities and jokes. Cannot think of anything that could have made for a better stay ~ Mike, Lori, Sienna & Scarlett

Tennessee visitors

Huge thank you Val and Doug for making our vacation so special. This was a week we will never forget. The diving was spectacular and we appreciate the encouragement to take the leap off the rock. You are special people. Best, Sean & Amanda This week has been truly amazing! We have had the best time getting to know you both. the food was sensational, as were the sights. Thanks so much for your hospitality ~ Michael & Jodi Thank you so much for the most amazing trip ever! thank you Val for the most delicious meals and for catering to my picky food requests. Thanks Doug for your inspiring stories and finding the most incredible places on the islands to explore. This was an unforgettable trip that we hope to experience again ~ Maggie & Carter

The Easterleys blew in

Thanks for a wonderful trip, we could not have been happier with the sail, the food and the hosts! You truly know how to put on a 1st class charter. But most enjoyable was getting to know you both and having the opportunity to live a life experience with fun hosts and guests. Cheers! Prost! Oogee Wawa ~ Bets & Tom I was a bit hesitant about spending a week on a boat with eight people. It was amazing though. Val and Doug made the trip so special - the food, friendship and great sailing. Lifetime experience for sure ~ It was a trip of a lifetime! Val and Doug, you could not have been sweeter or more accommodating. You have a wealth of knowledge about the area and we enjoyed the charter so much ~ Tom & Janice

Golden Anniversary for the Peterson clan

What an amazing vacation! You are by far the best hosts we have ever had. You both gave us an experience our family will never forget. Best wishes on all your future adventures ~ Juanita & Bob I'm so glad we made it onto Gambit after a year delay with Covid; well worth the wait. Thank you for a fabulous sail and your wonderful hospitality from your gourmet meals, interesting stories and diving expertise. And thank you for the special anniversary cake for my parents 50th ~ that was a lovely surprise! Memories were made that will last a lifetime ~ Karah We have been so fortunate to have you as hosts on the amazing vacation. We could not have had a better experience that you provided for us. This has truly been a once in a lifetime that my family and I will definitely remember and treasure ~ Eric

Barth family

Val and Doug ~ You made us feel like family with your warmth. Your cooking and serving skills are at the very very top, that was Val! Doug, your fix it skills are at the very top keeping us in ice etc etc! Best of all was the feeling of absolute trust in you to be able to relax completely! We feel like you are friends and would welcome you into our home although our cooking skills are nowhere near!! It has been a lovely time by all ~ thank you for your hospitality!Michael, Honeya, Max, Elise, Tarah & Alex

New Year Welcome

Doug and Val ~ Thank you for an amazing week on Gambit. You welcomed us like family from the moment we set foot on board. We had the time of our lives diving with you Doug and the kids absolutely loved waterskiing and wake boarding. Val, you are such a wonderful chef and host and we are incredibly appreciative of everything you provided. We consider your family as friends and look forward to the next time we can sail with you again ~ George, Heidi, Kaitlyn, Natalie and Eric

Oregon clan ~ 'this is the start to a beautiful friendship

WOW!WOW!WOW! What an amazing vacation for the eight of us. the two of you work tirelessly to assure the best of everything for your guests. Doug we felt so secure with your attention to detail with the wind, currents and swell in sailing and also in snorkeling. Val, your meals were off the charts. They were both health and delicious. We have been on many all inclusive vacations but none have been as amazing as yours! We feel like we have known you forever because of your earth and hospitality. See you in Oregon some day soon ~ Nancy and Bruce Well, UNBELIEVABLE, is the best way to describe these last 9 days! For our 1st sailing trip we couldn't have scripted a better time, a better crew, a better experience with all of us, and it is because of you two. As Louie from Casablanca said to Humphrey Bogart "this is the start to a beautiful friendship". We hope our paths cross again very soon. Cheers, God Bless and see you at the next port of call! Billy aka 'the chum" Val and Doug - you two have managed to create the perfect combination for a perfect getaway. Your enthusiasm, zest and love for what you do energized us all. I'll be pinching myself when I get home, thinking was it all a dream? Thank you for bringing this dream to life. Love you both and hope to see you in Oregon ~ Anne Val and Doug ~ difficult to find words to express how wonderful our vacation has been. Many thanks for your warm hospitality, delicious meals and all your kindness 24/7. To be among special friends and the best hosts created memories of a lifetime. Thanks again - til we meet again ~ Cynthia & Jon To our friends Doug and Val ~ such a privilege to spend 9 days laughing and living with you in your home Gambit. Everything about the vessel speaks of your ingenuity, your creativity and can-do spirit. We're grateful for all your hospitality, good cheer, guidance and companionship. May the two of you always keep expanding your horizons, chasing your dreams, living a big life, and loving the people around you. We can't wait to hear the latest chapters when we meet again ~ Carl and Kim

Long awaited return

Doug and Val! so proud to once again share you and Gambit with more family. You both are the best at everything you have to offer - you open your 'home' to us, and even though we are sad when it comes to a conclusion, we are glowing inside and out. Hope to see you possibly in November, hugs to you both ~ John & Susie So happy to have spent more time with you and Gambit. We talked about the trip before this one for years with great affection and now we have more wonderful memories to share with our friends and family. We hope that you guys will always be our friends and that you feel like members of our family too. Until we meet again, safe travels and full sails ~ Randy & Carol Thank you so much for welcoming us so warmly onto your boat and home. We felt comfortable and immediately at home, like old friends united. Cheers to you both, esp Val and her amazing food! Thanks again ~ Randi & Micah Thank you so much for a wonderful trip that I will never forget. Val, your cooking and our astronomy lesson, and Doug, I hope you think of our family when you grab ice from your newly named machine Delilah. I hold you both dearly in my heart ~ Georgia

The Vances advance again!

Doug! Val! WOW!! IT WAS AN AMAZING TRIP - TRULY AMAZING! Always the food - it couldn't be better. The dives....so much fun for the gang. Anegada was unbelievable! The beaches and swimming so enjoyable. but the best of all is the two of you! Your are perfect hosts. We love you so much and thank you for being such a fun part of our family. some of the best memories. We can't wait until next time ~ Don, Vickey & the gang

Bow Lake Crew

Three words that describe our week .... peaceful, uplifting, heaven! Thank you for your gracious hospitality! Thank you for your knowledge! thank you for being the perfect hosts! We are blessed to have met you both and that one day our jpasths will cross again ~ Sean and Michele As Michele said.... thanks so much!!! What a wonderful week with wonderful hosts. A great captain, fantastic chef... just a wonderful time ~ Peter and Elizabeth Yes Doug and Val, Jim and I feel like we've gained two wonderful friends. You really made our week comfortable, fun, adventurous and the food was superb. Thank you friends ~ Jim & Lynne Doug and Val, thank you for an amazing time. Val, thank you for all the wonderful food and stories. Doug, thank you for getting me to go snorkel and taking us to the wonderful hidden pool. I believe I will snorkel again! ~ Dale and Dan

Carters return

What an amazing experience....the perfect 5 days! Dan and I loved every single moment! You are both exceptional as charter captains but mostly as the most welcoming and fascinating people I have ever known. I'd love to have this experience again! All our thanks Dan and Alexa

Three generations

Doug, Val and Gambit ~ While our week has come to a close, the memories will last a lifetime. You are two very special people with the gift of making everyone feel comfortable and welcome aboard Gambit. We have waited a long time to share this experience with our children, and it was perfect. From diving, snorkeling, cliff jumping, the swim thru, tubing, paddle boards and kayaks to our land adventures it was all amazing. It was very special to be able to include my parents as well, I know this is not something they would have done on their own. Val - you pour yourself into those incredible meals and the family time spent around the table enjoying them was good for the soul. Thank you! We truly appreciate you both & very much hope to see you again very soon!!! Much love to your growing family and have a fun year ahead ~ Beth, Lance, Gavin, Dick, Alice, Ashlyn

"Take me to the ocean, let me sail the open sea. To breathe the warm and salty air and dream of things to be"

Boat living was the great unknown.... LOVED IT!!! thank you Doug and Val for showing us the hidden wonders of the wind and sail. It is with heavy hearts that we leave you both and the beauty of the Virgin Islands that you showed us. But we take amazing memories and lessons home with us, as well as the possibility of being guests on Gambit once more. It was a Spring Break for the books ~ Devin, Linda, Jason, Nico, David & Robin

Six decades celebration

The adage 'the third time is the charm' certainly applies here. In spite of our early exit it was the perfect five days! Your hospitality is warm and welcoming, the food delicious, the drinks cold and plentiful, but the very best of all is the friendship we have formed. cherished and treasured! We will only say 'until next time' and hope that time comes very soon! Thank you for making Frank's 60th so special! ~ Meg and Frankie What an amazing experience... the perfect five days! Dan and I loved every single moment! You both are exceptional as charter crew but mostly as the most welcoming and fascinating people I have ever known. I'd love to have this experience again! ~ Dan and Alexa

Unforgettable experience

Thank you for taking such good care of us!This will be an experience we will never forget. You were the perfect hosts and you were a great match for our group. All of your hard work didn't go unnoticed. Thanks for everything. Maria and Rob

The Minnesota Crew

Our anticipation and expectations were high after booking this voyage 11 months ago. How fortunate for us you greatly exceeded our lofty expectations with your attentiveness and meals. Our group of life long friends made some more memories, of which you are now a part, they will be revisited many times in the coming years, I am certain. Rick and Susan We enjoyed and appreciated being dropped into so many great spots for our swims and fish watching - and good discussions on the 'State of the State' Tom and Jackie What a great trip. You are wonderful hosts. The meals were excellent and your friendliness and professionalism is much appreciated. It is a bonus when I learn little things along the way and I picked up some useful tips. Thank you Tim and Kathy We had no idea what this trip was going to show and teach us. It has exceeded our expectations. Your kindness will never be forgotten - thank you! Food waste notch every single day - Val you are fantastic. Meals, planning, activities were absolutely outstanding. You both are gracious hosts. If my toenail floats up on shore and you find it, just leave it! Hoota and Jeanette

Delayed vacation

It took us a while to get here due to having to cancel due to covid, but we finally made it! Thank you for all the amazing days in the BVI, you two are wonderful and we enjoyed every minute. Your great stories and jokes Doug, and Val your beautiful details and work of art meals that were picture perfect. This was a trip of a lifetime and you completed the experience. So fun playing Rummikub with you both! Love Tom and Julie

Wonderful trip

What an amazing experience we have had on Gambit. the weather, the scenery, the beaches have been fantastic. But the hospitality and the food were unsurpassed. We could not have asked for a more wonderful trip to the BVI with you. Thank you! Thank you! Pat Val, every meal was so wonderful, I don't know how you do it so consistently! Doug, thank you for safe passage and sharing your military experiences. Best of luck with the new truck! God bless you always and congratulations on the upcoming wedding Gary

Kiddos aboard

Thank you for the hospitality, amazing food, stunning sights and for putting up with our kiddos. Our honeymoon was everything we dreamed of and more! Tracy

4 Generations

You guys were pretty cool for being South African!!! LOL. Just kidding! That's the Brit in me! Seriously you provided our family an awesome time and were very accommodating given 4 generations! Until next time keep your wind at your back and sun on your faced keep smiling, you have created an amazing lifestyle Your 3rd mate James

All round amazing vacation

Thank you so much for an all-round amazing vacation experience! The snorkeling, beautiful spots to anchor each day and night, the food! Absolutely fantastic! We really enjoyed chatting with you and you really made the trip as good as it could be. Next time we might let Doug win at LRC Carolyn and Don

Extraordinary

This excursion has been extraordinary. Has been on Tom and my bucket list and it has been amazing. The food, the experience in each stop and the graciousness of the two of you. Loved chatting and sharing experiences in our everyday lives back home. I know Tom loved helping Doug sail and learned even more about sailing from him. You both are masters and we wish you all the luck in the future sails as this one was tops! Thank you and sure we will keep tabs on your exciting journeys. Tom and Dorothy

The Tennessee Crew

Thank you so much for sharing your floating home with us. Our tummyswere full, full, full with the most delicious food, presented beautifully. Thank you Doug and Val, for making this week so much fun. All the different places we went, each with a different beauty. We hope to see you again. Karl and Janice

Back to my paradise

Thanks so much for a wonderful trip. The food was amazing along with all the snorkeling stops and nightly stops. Glad that we finally made it back to my paradise and hopefully will be able to return again much sooner! Thanks again for everything! Teresa and Greg

Wonderful trip

Thank you for a wonderful trip aboard your home. The food, hospitality, and sights were absolutely perfect. the snorkeling and dives we've right on, along with the Rummikub. Sail on my friends, and hope to see you again. Monique and Chris

On the 13th June, 2022.....

On the 13th June, 2022, Captain Doug and I, Jacob, handily vanquished my plain, rowdy, vehement wife Trish and her lowly unadvantageous partner Frank at Cornhole, 10-6 final score. According to Trish, Captain and I will one day stride victorious and gratified through the gates of Valhalla to re-unite with Doug's own previous self, Viking Doug. Our lives were of value to Odin. Gratefully, Jacob and Trish

Trip #3

Trip #3 has been another amazing adventure! Who knew these trips could get any better? You both are amazing at what you do and your love of the islands and the ocean shines through in what you do! Thanks again for another wonderful trip around the islands. Frank and Valorie

5 Star!

Thank you so much for an amazing trip! We are so lucky to have been able to do this. The sailing and snorkeling was awesome. Val, the food was 5 star! We look forward to doing this again. Thank you again for everything! Danny and Merilin

A floating toy box

We are most grateful for what has been a fabulous adventure! We truly enjoyed your extensive knowledge of the Bvi, it's islands, it's people, it's creatures below and even the stars above. You have mastered the life aquatic and we thoroughly enjoyed the ride! The meals so thoughtfully crafted by Val were fantastic and Dou's seamanship impressive. Gambit is a floating toy box full of it's own treasures, from paddling to snorkeling to the joy that was watching kids hang onto a speeding tube. We thank you sincerely for sharing your world with us, even only one week has reset us on a peaceful path and from here we'll just keep looking for the Southern Cross With gratitude, Matt, Jill, Finn and Rory

18th Wedding Anniversary

One year ago we percolated this plan to spend a week with good friends and four teenagers in the BVI with Val and Doug. Anticipations ran high, as did worry over all the restrictions and travel issues - would covid keep us away? Lucky for us we descended on Gambit and spent an amazing week swimming with fishes, turtles, spotted rays and dolphins. We ate amazing food, saw incredible scenery, drank (too much (:), and reunited with great friends and enjoyed quality time with our kids. And what do we say about Val and Doug? You guys were incredible hosts, and inspirational, and love... I could go on for days. We are eternally thankful for the gift we have given us this week - rest, rejuvenation, and a sense of being cared for. We wish you the best for your upcoming chapters. The Pelletier gang

Best vacation ever!

Thank you, your spirit and teamwork is inspirational and motivational. Best vacation ever! Jody and Cheryl

Magnificent once again

Absolutely magnificent once again! Thank you for the experiences and life lessons that you teach and demonstrate by example, meeting you both and spending time with you is truly a life enriching blessing. You are always welcome in our home. Scott and Whitney

Trip we'll never forget

Thank you for the wonderful BVI adventure. The amazing food and fabulous adventures made it a trip we will never forget! Blessings! Mike and Lea

A great time

This trip was wonderful! We had a great time. All the beautiful places, the special food, everything exceeded all of our expectations! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Beto, Rafa, Laura, & Pedro

Memorable Week

Thank you so much for such a memorable week! So many beautiful places and wonderful meals. When we planned this trip, we didn't know what to expect.... but it was above and beyond! Gambit was the perfect fit for the memories we are creating with our good friends - hopefully with more to come. You two were the best hosts! Fondly The Howards

Mike from Memphis

We hate to see the week end. We've seen beautiful places, snorkeled amazing reefs, had fantastic meals, and spent time with two unique and fascinating people. We loved hearing about your home country, and the future you envision for yourselves. You've been the perfect hosts, but more importantly you've treated us as friends. That will be the thing we take with us and always remember. Thank you for everything. Mike and Cindy

Some trepidation...

Thank you for one of the best vacations ever! jWe had some trepidation coming into this but the two of you made the experience so smooth and delightful. Doug, you chose the perfect locations with perfect timing, and told so many engaging and amazing stories. Val, you provided us with world class food and brightened our days with your spirited laugh and sunny personality. Amazingly we were able to tick off every under water encounter on our wish list. the two of you made us feel special and very pampered. We couldn't have asked for a better week. Dwight and Sandra

Thank you

We have had a trip of a lifetime! We can't thank you enough for the whole experience, the sailing, the snorkeling, the food, just everything! Kathy and Rod

Phenomenal

To say that this trip was phenomenal would be an incredible understatement. We cannot thank you both enough for your hospitality, kindness and grace. Thank you both for hosting and sharing God's beauty and love via the BVI. We are already looking forward to our next adventure with you. The Sears

An author aboard!

Yay! What a wonderful week! You two made our week extra special. We have never been to many of the places you took us - all just a dream. We hope to see you on you travels trough Dallas or on a return trip to the BVI! Bill and Emily

Journeys and Discoveries

WOW! What a wonderful and memorable experience aboard Gambit with you both. Having regularly cruised the BVI since our honeymoon 35 years ago,, we were introduced to so many new experiences both on the water and from Val's amazing 5 Star galley. The diversity, creativity, presentation and freshness were present in every meal. The wonderful aromas and flavors that flowed from the galley to our plates we will remember forever. Your stories of your family's journeys and discoveries around the globe read like one adventure novel and we were honored to hear them directly from the authors. Just when we thought we knew every anchorage in the BVI, Doug would surprise us with a new one that would be better than the last. We will remember this vacation forever! Thank you! Kim and Dave

How did a week go by so quickly?

Though we all came to this trip with different expectations, hopes and anxieties, our family is leaving this boat with a shared feeling of deep gratitude. We are baffled as to how a week went by so quickly. You make a bunch of land-locked Americans wish we were pirates!! Thank you both so mush for a truly fantastic week. We loved the islands, the snorkeling, the boat and the amazing food - but all agree that the best part was getting to know and love the two of you. You made us feel like well loved family members. We hope this is not good bye, but rather 'see you soon'. Thanks again Nancy, Glenn, Jess, Ashley, Dan and Owen

Dices away

We can't thank you enough for all the hospitality and good food as well as the good times we had this week on Gambit. It was a week that we will always look back on fondly. We will think of you when we play dice and have a big email on our faces. We hope to sail the BVI with you again. The Ckarks

A true revelation

I guess we could spend a lot of time trying to imagine how you could have made our trip more perfect, but it would have been a waste of mental energy!! We have bare-boated in the BVI for 40 years, mostly on our own catamaran, and you managed to show us beautiful anchorages we had never considered. A True Revelation!! The food and hospitality were amazing. You managed to handle Anne-Marie's food allergies while making gourmet meals for all of us. It was a trip that will span a lifetime of memories. Richard & Anne-Marie

Treasured memories

"To see the world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in a hour..." William Blake This week may be but a grain of sand, but it will stay in our hearts forever. Treasured memories, treasured friends. Thank you for everything. Mike & Shelia

The Dawn and the Stars

Lynell and I both thank you for the marvelous sailing trip. You both have a talent for making your guests have a fabulous time. What fine food and presentation the whole trip. What super concern and care for our comfort. A trip we shall remember for the rest of our lives. Doug, thanks for the humor and entertainment during the sail. The drone video was an absolute great inclusion to our many photos. Thank you for teaching me more about the water and sailing the BVI. Val, your skill at food and presentation is five star. Thank you both for sharing the dawn and the stars on the trip. Bob and Lynell

Katie all the way from Aussie

What a wonderful week. We have loved every second of it from the food to the best snorkel spots to the wonderful life stories. We hope to meet again and may your life be full of love and adventure. Katie

Sea and snorkeling

Thank you for a fantastic week. I now have a new love for the d=sea and snorkeling. The food has been delicious and your stories of travel and adventure inspiring. Sarah

Hidden Coves

Val and Doug, you two are treasures! This is our third or fourth trip to the BVI and you made it the best - in spite of some weather curve balls. You took us to the properly hidden coves where Mother Nature provided the stages for incredible saline performances. But most of all you treated my precious family like family! Lori

So much fun

Zach, our kids, and I had a wonderful time aboard Gambit. This truly has been a trip of a lifetime. Your hospitality was impeccable. The the cozy cabinet and bedrooms, to the delicious food cooked up by Val each day, and the sailing expertise of our captain Doug. We can't thank you enough and sincerely appreciate your kindness and patience with our kids but most importantly for making it so much fun for them, as well Zach and me. The Schaumburg family

Loved every minute

Thank you for giving us a cruise of a lifetime. Loved every minute! Betsy and John

The perfect vessel

This has been the best trip ever! Doug and Val were perfect hosts and Gambit the perfect vessel. We were long time monohull sailors and this first time catamaran cruise was truly memorable. George and Kathy

Heaven for a week

What a wonderful, magical week with Val and Doug. The six of us were just so comfortable, so well fed, and enchanted with Gambit and her crew - Doug's stories, Val's exquisite cooking, the beauty of the BVI- we were in heaven for a week. Thank you. Louise and Ridge

Maybe the Grenadines next...

Thank you for showing us the beautiful BVI. It was an incredible adventure, one we will not forget and hope to do again soon......maybe in the Grenadines. The meals every day were beyond delicious, we were spoiled. We loved being on Gambit, what a well appointed boat that is clearly taken such good care of. All the different places we set sail to were a spectacular experience and the snorkeling was of the best we've ever had. It was wonderful to be taken care of for the week by two people who clearly know the BVI best. Catherine, Teddy, Peter, Hugh and Willa

Girls' Getaway Adventure

To Val (the culinary goddess) and....uh....that guy - yeah, him: thank you so much for the Girls' Getaway adventure of a lifetime. Your encyclopedic knowledge of the BVI (and sailing life) made the week the best it could have been, and your hospitality was impeccable. There was 'something for everyone' and we so enjoyed our time together, including our time with both of you. We can't thank you enough. Watch out - we'll be baaaack! Cathy 'the water's cold' Elena 'the conch fart champion' Juli 'the silent one' Lisa 'the how about a night cap one'

Decade long bucket list

A catamaran trip in the BVI has been on my bucket list for more than a decade. Thank you for making it even more than I hoped it could be. Your choice of weather was perfect! The food was awesome Val, loved it. The logistics and sailing were amazing. Thank you for sharing your life experiences and your home with us. Tom

Mountaintop Experience

Thank you for the most amazing and mountaintop experience of my vacations! Val, your creative and most delicious meals were fantastic! Doug, your perfection with caring for us as you sailed and handled the boats perfectly! Enjoyed all your stories and words of wisdom. Ann

Introducing Delilah

Thank you for your commitment to excellence. Both engineering and culinary, everything worked! Especially Delilah (ice machine)

Made our lives richer

Thanks is not enough for this trip of a lifetime. You have made our lives richer for having met you both. Loved the trip, Gambit, the BVI and you guys too. So glad we could be part of this week. Tom & Connie

Captain and Admiral

Dear Captain and Admiral, what a wonderful week we have had with you and Gambit. You are an amazing team and gracious hosts. Val's meals will be especially remembered, Dreams of tarpon, coral, sails, gales, all special memories of Susan's 60th. Thank you for sharing your lovely home, and for spoiling us. We will hold this special time close in our hearts. Everything was perfect Hunter & Missy

60 Never felt so good!

To our new friends, Doug and Val, 60 never felt so good! What a super-fantastic week. The BVI are so beautiful and we had so much fun. With none of us having done a charter before, we had no idea what to expect, but the two of you made this trip so incredible special. Favorite moments not to be forgotten: drunk animals, dinghy trips. color of water, barefoot hikes, fish and coral, smiles and sense of humor. Ben and Susan

WOW! WOW! WOW!

WOW! WOW! WOW! What an amazing experience! this week has been so special - in large part because of you two. Val, you are incredible and the food was incredible. You do not stop for 18 hours of each day! And Doug, your choices of locations etc were impeccable! You two are an amazing team. Thanks for sharing Gambit with us, and teaching and showing your experiences, knowledge etc. This trip will always have a special place in my memories and heart. Dessie and Jay

What more can I say?

What more can I say? Thank you fr creating such great memories for my family. We had a great time and we enjoyed spending our time together. It was so nice to have such a carefree existence for a week - a week without a 'to do' list on my part. Thank you for squeezing so much fun into every part. Steve

Small and Grand moments

This week has been one of the single most amazing experiences of my life. Thank you so much for graciously welcoming us into your beautiful home and allowing us an unforgettable glimpse into this breathtaking life. I will never forget the small and grand moments that made this trip so memorable. Lucia

Bat Cave Enthusiast

I had an absolute blast on this trip. It was the best vacation I have ever been on. Val, your cooking was absolutely divine, better than some of the fanciest restaurants I've been to. I enjoyed every single bite! Doug, thank you so much for taking us on all the adventures. The hike through the bat cave was one of the coolest I've ever been on. Thanks for making me jump off the cliff, it was exhilarating! And the snorkels were absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for everything. I will never forget this trip:) Also I loved your accents! Love Mia

Together as a family

Thank you for such an amazing week. I loved everything about it. The food was exceptional, the presentation outstanding. It was so great to have all of our meals together as a family and for the girls to be able to spend so much time together. You gave them so many great experiences. Thank you so much for that. Laura

Theme party group

Thanks so much for hosting. We enjoyed Brewers Bay, it was lovely. Really liked the lime and ginger dipping sauce. Thanks for decorating and using the themes. Rosie and Mark

Relaxing and Island Hopping

This has been a holiday of a lifetime. We have enjoyed relaxing, island hopping and snorkeling. I have never seen Joe so relaxed. The stunning colors of the water and pure white sands have been a site that you never get tired of. The weather has been perfect. Our hosts Val and Doug have been exactly as we wanted, attentive but blending into the background when needed. Did I mention the food? Yummo! Cannot thank you both enough. Christine and Joe

Simply doing nothing!

We had a delightful time relaxing and simply doing nothing! Food was delicious and I tried new foods and can't wait to get back and try the new techniques and food. Doug, your stories were wonderful and thank you for encouraging me to jump in and snorkel with the 'big' fish. I would have regretted not going. We hope to catch you in the Grenadines.... Tim and Deanne

Legendary Trip

What an absolutely fabulous week with you on Gambit! We are so grateful for al the thought, care and hard work you put in to make this a legendary trip for our family. Henry and Colt are spoiled for life now! Sarah, Hans, Henry and Colt

Blew us away

First of all, you two are the most congenial and professional hosts we have encountered. Thank you for the delicious meals that you served, Valerie, I learned a few new things from you. And Doug, your knowledge and all your other talents just blew us away. The snorkeling, views, stories - just too many to mention. Thank you for keeping us safe as well. You both make a perfect team. Rick and Sue

Trip #4

Thanks for another amazing trip! Trip #4 certainly did not disappoint. Frank and Valorie

Birthday celebration

This week has been nothing short of amazing. Teamwork makes the dream work and both of you make an outstanding team. Thank you for making the celebration of Tom's birthday a truly memorable experience. And the food? Wow! Val made each meal more amazing than the one before. Doug, thank you for the itinerary, it was a perfect blend of shore and sea even with the weather challenges. Tom, Sue, Nick and Colette

The Kirby Clan

Wow, what a fantastic week! The balance of activity and relaxation was great. Val's meals were amazing, evidenced by clean plates at every meal. A. lot to say for a family of six with a variety of diets. Doug was a fun and active guide who taught us all diving skills and led us on many adventures over the week. His encouragement and skill-building had us achieving awesome depths with confidence. Very cool. Highlights included Mountain Point, The Indians, Anegada Conch Tour, many white sand beaches and more. Thanks for an amazing trip and holiday! The Kirbys

Wedding Anniversary

On behalf of the entire Mueller family, thank you for your professional, caring and generous spirit while on Gambit. It was a trip of a lifetime for our family and it exceeded our expectations in every way. We are so very grateful for this experience. Fondly, Jan, Joel, Kristen, Andrew and Marjan.

Amazing trip!

What an amazing trip! Beautiful places, great food, great people, great boat, and wonderful memories. We have loved our time on Gambit and can't wait to come back someday.....maybe we will have a little less wind next time! thank you Doug and Val, for everything. Cheers Mackie, Bruce, Jenni and Brian

Reviews

What an amazing trip! Beautiful places, great food, great people, great boat, and wonderful memories. We have loved our time on Gambit and can't wait to come back someday.....maybe we will have a little less wind next time! thank you Doug and Val, for everything. Cheers Mackie, Bruce, Jenni and Brian