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“Beginning of a love affair with sailing”

Moon Dance Day Charters
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Owner description: "Moon Dance" is a great way to explore St Maarten, and some of the surrounding beaches and islands.Relax on deck, or enjoy being a part of the crew. Use our fishing poles on board and the noodles.Use the kayak and dinghy to access the shore.
Reviewed 27 January 2013

None of our family has ever been sailing. We charted a day sail with Garth and it was a day we'll never forget. We were on a cruise and were at St. Maarten for the day. Garth picked us up at Doc Maarten in a dingy and took us out to his wonderful sailboat. It easily accommodates about 6. Our family of four had plenty of room. Garth and his assistant, Odie made us feel at home and let us roam the boat freely. We sailed up and down the coast. Stopping for swimming, snorkeling etc. He arranged for to have a nice lunch at a beach restaurant at Simpson Bay. I love eating with my toes in the sand. There was also a play waterstation with slides and diving boards and he arranged for us to have time there. Even I was jumping, swinging and diving. Garth is an extremely experienced captain and runs a sailing school to train captains. There are no better hands to be in for a wonderful day under sails. I also priced many day excursions and Garth is very reasonably priced. You can't go wrong with him.

Thank Jacmo24
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Reviewed 22 July 2011

My husband and I (along with 4 new-found-friends from our hotel, Royal Palm) chartered the sail boat, Moondance and had a great time! Ian was our Captain and "Walkie" was his 1st mate and they did a great job! We were out there from 9am-5pm.
I just wanted to say that we really enjoyed the use of the boat, Ian's skills as a captain, and the beautiful day! Not to mention the snorkeling gear and beverages provided while onboard. We will surely look them up again whenever we are lucky enough to get back down for another vacation in St. Maarten.

Thank TigerTraveling
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Reviewed 18 July 2011

My husband and I and 2 other newlywed couples rented a sailboat for the day .. We ate, we drank, we snorkeled, etc. It was a great time and very affordable, definetely would rent the boat again when we go down there. The captains are great and will take you wherever you want to go. Also the places they suggested were great

Thank Jillianspano
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Reviewed 22 June 2011

is with Garth as your Captain. We go to St. Maarten every year. I have been to most of the Caribbean islands, but St. Maarten is my favorite. Now, for the second year in a row, part of that reason is Garth, and the beautiful MoonDance Sailboat.
Last year we chartered the MoonDance with Garth & his first mate Erick, to sail around & explore the waters off St. Maarten.
This year, the first thing we did upon arrival, was to look for Garth so we could charter the MoonDance. Again, this year, Garth did not disappoint. Assisted by Ian this year, we had a relaxing & leisurely half day sail. Garth will suggest spots to visit, or you can outline what you would like to do. We chose to allow Garth to choose the route. We went snorkeling at a beautiful cove (no need to bring anything, Garth provides the equipment)....Garth even provides beverages & snacks. All you need is your bathing suit & camera!
Thanks again Garth, & see you next year!

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Reviewed 1 March 2011

Garth was our captain on Moon Dance for our day-long sail. He's a very affable South African who has lived and sailed on the island for quite a few years. He's extremely knowledgeable about sailing in general and on this part of the Caribbean. Garth is our favorite kind of captain. He doesn't bend your ear if you want to be quiet, but he'll happily join in on the conversation if you want him to.

Garth's boat is big and fast as befits his many wins on the local racing circuit. He'll take you where you want to go so long as it's safe to go there. Snorkeling, scuba, swimming, or just sailing. He'll fix you up.

He'll do half day or full day or will even figure out a way to do longer sails if that's your preference.

This was our second time on his boat. Last time we did a 4 day course and he slept on the boat one night to save our having to drive from Grand Case when there was a lot of traffic due to construction. In short, he's willing to go out of his way to make sure you're happy. How often does that happen in your everyday life? <s>

Thank SusanX
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