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See the best of the US and British V.I.'s on 48' sloop Storm Petrel

Bedrooms 2
Property type yacht
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bath, sleeps 4

An adventure aboard Storm Petrel can take you places only accessible by boat. Unpack once, and see the best the US and BVI have to offer. Captain Phil is a native Bostonian, has lived in Guadeloupe, St Thomas, traveled throughout the Caribbean and knows these areas well. He is a knowledgeable companion for your get-away, an avid sailor and wind surfer, who can teach you the finer points of sailing, or let you relax and enjoy the sail. Chef Laura will cater to your dietary whims and delight your palate with her fresh creations. She is also a cardiac nurse, licensed captain, avid sailor and fisherman.  Storm Petrel is available for vacations of a week or more for 2-4 guests. Storm Petrel is a sturdy, seaworthy and safe 48' steel sloop. Outside, she has full sun protection with the covered cockpit and dodger, extra high life lines for safety and comfortable seating. Inside, she is dry and snug, well ventilated. Every day a new island awaits, and every room is waterfront with great views

Your trip: Your trip aboard Storm Petrel starts at Red Hook, St Thomas. From there, the possibilities are endless...a sail to St John, snorkeling or hiking in National Parks, sailing to Tortola, to experience the British Virgin Islands or just relaxing on the boat, watching the sunset as you sip a 'Petrel Passion', the captain's own rum and passion fruit cocktail. With Phil's 20 years of experience in the Caribbean, we know the best snorkeling spots, and everything each island has to offer, from quiet anchorages to vibrant beach bars. Every vacation is customized to what YOU want to do, not based on a preset itinerary. For the truly adventurous, trips to the Spanish Virgin Islands or St Martin can be arranged.

Your accommodations: Storm Petrel is a center cockpit sloop, that allows for a king size bed in the aft cabin. The forward cabin contains 2 single berths, that can be made into a large double by use of an insert. This is perfect for siblings or 2 couples. The main salon is spacious enough to comfortably seat 6 for dinner. There is a hot water shower on deck, conveniently located near the swim ladder, perfect for the after snorkel rinsing. The deck hatches allow for stargazing from your bed, and the tropical breezes keep you cool at night. We have snorkel gear to fit your party, and carry a windsurfer on board. Scuba diving can be arranged through local shops.

Requirements: A US Passport is NOT required for sailing in the US Virgin Islands (St Thomas, St John, and St Croix). or for the Spanish Virgin Islands (unspoiled islands of Vieques, Culebra and Culebrita) A passport is required for entry into the British Virgin Islands or any other Islands. We are a casual, barefoot cruising vacation. No starched shirts or dinner jackets on this boat! A few swim suits, shorts and t-shirts will take you through a week of island hopping. You don't need to keep opening your wallet, as we include everything except the bar, so it can be stocked to your exact preference. You don't need to worry about food, as all of your meals are prepared for you. Cruising taxes into the BVI and moorings, when necessary, are not included.

More Details

Phil and Laura
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, german, some Spanish and French, not fluent
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2017

About Phil and Laura

Captain Phil is the owner of Storm Petrel. He has been chartering in the Caribbean and Cape cod since 1992. He is a USCG licensed captain, speaks German, some French and Spanish. He has lived in Guadeloupe, Switzerland, and wherever Storm Petrel takes him. The co-owner and co-captain of Storm Petrel is Laura, an RN for over 25 years. She loves cooking, sailing, and fishing, and has been Phil's charter partner for the past 9 years.

Phil and Laura purchased this yacht in 1990

Why Phil and Laura chose East End

Phil is a native Bostonian, and knows these waters well. For summer sails in the cape, leaving from Falmouth, the sail can take you across Buzzards Bay to the Elizabeth Islands, Cuttyhunk, or longer sails can go to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. In the winter, St Thomas is easily accessible by commercial flights. Red Hook is at the east end of the island, and an ideal starting point for your charter vacation. The US Virgin Islands of St John and St Croix are an easy trip, and the beautiful British Virgin Islands are not more than a few hours sailing away.

What makes this yacht unique

The ultimate way to traverse the Islands is by boat, drifting from one island to the next, sleeping under a million stars. Chartering Storm Petrel allows you to create your own schedule, with no ferries to catch, and no rush to check out of a hotel in the morning. She can take you to places only accessible by boat, and you always have a waterfront room! Storm Petrel is a safe and comfortable sailboat. She makes her yearly trips to the US Virgin Islands for the winter, to Cape Cod for the summer, for chartering in both locations.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We would like to thank you very much for this wonderful 10 days on board Storm Petrel-the iron lady. We never expected this much. (St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. Martin, Antigua, and back!) You let us be part of your "family". We hope to come back again.
Dec 2011
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Red Hook Yacht Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • yacht
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Included in Price
  • Dinner - Included in Price
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Bottled Water
  • Computer Available
  • Filtered Water
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , hot,fresh water shower located near swim ladder on stern
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Levac pump toilet, standard marine toilet. Head compact, but fully functional. Foot pump for water to sink.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , insert to make double
  • Master suite is the aft cabin. King size bed, closet and flat screen television in room. Forward cabin is 2 twin berths that make into a large double by use of a insert.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
All the meals are prepared for you, based on your preferences and/or dietary needs.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

See the best of the US and British V.I.'s on 48' sloop Storm Petrel
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

A truly memorable sailing adventure

  • 5 of 5

If you are interested in seeing the Virgin Islands, swimming and snorkeling in warm clear water and want to do some hands down sailing, Storm Petrel is for you. Phil and Laura are most gracious and strive to make your vacation exactly what you want it to be. My wife and I, along with our best friends, enjoyed Chef Laura's awesome meals and Phil's wit. If you are a music trivia buff then do your homework because Phil will give you a run for your money. We sailed to the Spanish Virgin Islands and enjoyed secluded beaches and funky towns. 20-25 knot winds and an 8-10' ground swell was no match for Storm Petrel. She is a very safe yacht, and the best part is we made some good friends.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing time!

  • 5 of 5

This review is long overdue!! (Sorry Phil and Laura) Anyway, our family of three sailed with Phil and Laura for 5 days this past March and had a fabulous time! Laura and Phil were the most gracious hosts! Not to mention Laura's cooking.....AWESOME! Phil was an amazing guide through the V.I., and Laura took us snorkeling in some amazing spots! She even snorkeled with my 9 year old and held his hand when the waters got a little rough. Thanks so much guys! We look forward to seeing you again next year!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome Sailing Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had such a great time with Phil and Laura on Storm Petrel! The boat is so spacious, well appointed and she sails beautifully! My husband and I got to sail her as much as we wanted, which was almost the whole four days! Phil and Laura were such gracious hosts- offered great suggestions as to where to moor, great sites to see on land in each spot, and prepared incredible meals and drinks! Laura makes an awesome margarita! This was our second sailing adventure with them and we will definitely book with them again!

Beth and Bill

Atlanta GA

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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How Do You Spell - Terrific!

  • 5 of 5

Fun, sun,sail, gourmet food, and all around wonderful experience! This came as no surprise to us (quite frankly) as we had sailed with Phil & Laura in New England last July. This time we met them in St. Thomas and set sail for several out-of-the- way places that we had never had the opportunity to experience but always wanted to see.

Phil & Laura are extremely accommodating and can tailor activities, destinations, & fun according to your particular taste. And speaking of taste, you've got to enjoy Laura's culinary creations--simply outstanding and "clever" as well.

We highly recommend Storm Petrel! Thank you again Phil & Laura for our wonderful adventures and memories!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great sailing and gourmet food from Phil and Laura

  • 5 of 5

This was our first experience staying in a sailboat, and Laura and Phil made our stay an amazing experience, Laura's cooking is incredible, and both Phil and Laura cater to your preferences in terms of activities. Whether snorkeling, scuba, beach, hiking, paddle board or anything else they can do for you, they will find a way to make your stay a great one.

We visited several islands, snorkel in caves, and saw some of the most amazing coral reefs. Also fish, but more importantly relaxed.

We will recommend Storm Petrel to any family or couple that likes adventure, the islands and sailing..

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Gonzalo! We enjoyed having your family aboard for the week. Next time, I'll take you out "catching" instead of just "fishing".
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Storm Petrel trip March 15-22 2013

  • 5 of 5

Phil and Laura did a great job showing us true open ocean sailing on a very well equipped boat. Phil's 25+ years sailing experience with completion of many 1,500 mile open ocean trips (in this boat) allowed for a unique perspective to small sailboat capabilities. The gorgeous coves we anchored (only available to small boats) allowed for very secluded, relaxing and beutiful backdrop to the wonderful weather in the islands. Laura's cooking was fantastic, there is no reason to dine off the boat. Phil was very entertaining to our 17 year old son (and to us). Laura is the perfect host. Storm Petrel is a real sailing ship with Phil demonstrating the full safe capability of trans ocean sailing system in open seas. Note: we requested this and it does require a significant personal tolerance to the pitching and "keeling" of a traditional sailboat. Other more sedate sailing is thier normal mode. As this is a 48 ft. boat, it is close quarters, it is perfect for 2-3 guests maybe a little crowded with 4 adult guests. We had great dive/snorkel locations off the boat (small coves) and easy dive boat meeting for more advanced dives. Laura is a licensed RN with the ability to take care of most common injuries with an active group (we did not require any stitches or staples, but she was equipped).

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carl, his wife and 17 year old son wanted to do some "blue water sailing" as he stated. We sailed in open ocean 35 miles from St. John to St. Croix. The seas were fairly calm, and the winds moderate, making this trip possible. Again, this is part of the "custom vacation" we offer on Storm Petrel. Whether you desire sedate sailing, calm coves and anchorages, or more action/adventure trips including blue water sailing, we are happy to accomodate your requests.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
stt, cyril king airport
Nearest Ferry
red hook terminal
Nearest Beach
vessup beach
Car: not necessary

Red Hook is the quiet end of St. Thomas. It offers local bars and shops, incase you find you've forgotten something, or just want to start with a cold beverage. From there, we sail to your desired destinations, be it the National Parks of St. John, the unspoiled beauty of the Spanish Virgins, or the variety of the British VIrgin Islands. The choice is yours!

Other Activities: para-sailing rentals, kayak rentals

Golf: Mahogany Run golf course 15 minutes from Red Hook


Rates & Availability

Red Hook Yacht Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $64 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Charters <7 days +10% $183
Christmas/NY 4 guests $650
Christmas/new year +10% $560

Half day sail .. $600, cooler and ice, water and soft drinks provided (6 Passenger max)
Full day sail .. $900. cooler and ice, water and soft drinks provided (6 Passenger max)
Overnight and longer charters ALL INCLUSIVE
2 nt 3 day long weekend...$2400 (2 passengers)...$2900 (4 Passengers)
2 guests, 1 cabin . $5600 for 8 days/ 7 nights
2 guests, 2 cabins $6050/wk
3 guests $6050/wk
4 guests $6500/wk

Payment is 50% deposit on confirmation of charter, balance due 30 days prior to start of charter, or on boarding if arranged in advance.
Payment by cash or check or travelers checks. Credit card payments are assessed an additional 3% banking fee.
Rates are subject to change until payment is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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