AYCA in US Waters
Operating in the Bahamas, Caribbean and the North America
Colin has been working professionally for the past 20 years with experience as captain and chief officer on such yachts as DOUBLE DOWN 65m Codecasa, CHOPI CHOPI 80m CRN, and MINE GAMES 50m Trinity. Starting from an early age while growing up in Ireland, he has had a passion for competitive sailing, windsurfing and fishing that has greatly contributed to his love of the sea. A natural leader, confident and professional, Colin’s extensive charter experience in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and the Bahamas is invaluable. In his spare time Colin enjoys sailing, photography and Kite surfing. Captain Colin has a big smile and a positive can-do attitude, delivering the most comfortable and pleasurable trips for the most demanding guests.
Kevin has been surrounded by the sea all his life having grown up on a small Island off the east coast of England and living on the east coast of Australia, plus the west coast of South Africa during his long career at sea. Kevin has worked at sea since he was 16 on an array of different types of ocean-going vessels from small cargo ships to cruise ships, working his way up from a deck cadet to a Master Mariner with over 25 years’ experience in navigating the world’s oceans. The past 11 years Kevin has been serving on various luxury yachts 45 to 60m in size, 10 years as captain cruising and chartering the Adriatic, Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas. Safety is always priority along with providing guests on CLAIRE with an unforgettable experience to take home with them. Captain Hart now resides in Cape Town, South Africa, with his beautiful wife, and two young children. He has a passion for traveling the globe and loves water sports, scuba diving, and snowboarding when and where he can.
Originally from Pretoria, South Africa, Chef Sean is classically trained in both French and Italian cooking. He has worked for over 18 years in the private sector as well as on charter yachts ranging from 25 to 72 meters worldwide, and his extensive travel experience includes Thailand and the Far East. With a passion for gardening, Chef Sean is well versed in raw and vegan cuisine. He is a soft-spoken leader; in fact, he and Captain Colin have worked together on and off over the years, so they are a solid team on board CLAIRE.
Growing up in Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes, Jon has a natural love of the water. So, after earning his BA from Michigan State University, he pursued a career in the yachting industry. Having spent 20 years traveling the world he has worked on several 50-60 meter super yachts including ENTERPRISE V, PRINCESS MARLA, ALTITUDE, LADY LINDA, and MY SEANNA. Jon strives to deliver a great charter, leaving the guests with great memories for years to come. He enjoys college sports, reading, golf and spending time at his lake house in Michigan.
Andre grow up in Brazil and served with the Brazilian Navy, plus Governors Body Guard before he moved to the United States 19 years ago. Living in Florida, he started working on luxury yachts and various dive charter boats, after being invited on a diving trip to the Bahamas. Andre’s passion for Scuba diving lead him to manage dive shops and work on diving vessels, but over the past seven years he has concentrated more on Marine Engineering which lead him to gaining an engineers license allowing him to work on large professionally run motor yachts. In his time away from yachts, Andre spends time with his family in Florida and still enjoys his scuba diving with sharks, a little sky diving, hiking, plus cycling.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Cai graduated hotel and restaurant management school, and start her career at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel right soon after. Cai has an extensive hospitality and customer service background. She has previously worked on AZTECA, SHERAKHAN, SALUZI and O’PARI, and has sailed the Mediterranean, East and West Coast of America, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, and South East Asia. Cai loves travelling, studying, meeting new people and getting new life’s perspective. She is a very organized, outgoing, cheerful, and adventurous person and is always ready to serve with big smile.
Coming from the chain of islands known for its sun, sand, and sea – the Bahamas – Dario grew up spending all his summers snorkeling, spearfishing, and exploring the ocean on a small boat. Having always had a passion for the water as a child, he would fantasize about the super yachts as they passed by, and said to himself that one day he too, would be a captain, and is now on that journey. Because of his history as a lifeguard and first-responder paramedic, Dario values safety, and it carries through aboard the yacht. With four years of experience at a five-star luxury resort, as well as 2 years as a deckhand, Dario has a friendly, outgoing personality, and ensures premium service aboard CLAIRE.
Noel hails from the Philippines and has worked at sea for most of his life! He has worked all around the world on commercial ships before venturing into the world of super yachts. Back at home, he loves to fish and he has taken that love with him to the high seas. Despite his love for the water, Noel still manages to spend time doing what he loves in the Philippines - farming! He has a dragon fruit farm and breeds chickens. With an infectious smile and a warm personality, Noel is looking forward to helping you enjoy yourself to the fullest on the water.
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CLAIRE maintains all the comforts of a five-star resort—perfect for families and romantic getaways. Her outdoor main aft deck dining tables convert to one or two daybeds, allowing four different aft deck layouts, maximizing the lounging and dining options on this deck. A large-screen TV makes this area perfect for movie nights. Her sun deck is superior, and features a bar, BBQ grill, day head, huge Jacuzzi, huge sunpad, treadmill, and a large-screen TV.CLAIRE sleeps 11 guests in 5 staterooms. The owner's cabin is located forward (full width) on the main deck. There are 4 extra large guest staterooms. 3 are King cabins and the fourth guest cabin is a twin bedded cabin with a pullman best suited for a small adult or a child.
Best birthday EVER! The charter exceeded our expectations and the crew were amazing. They decorated the yacht and everything was perfect. Captain Colin was awesome and every crew member went above and beyond. All of the food and the birthday cake were excellent. On our way to Palm Beach, Captain Colin took us to a shipwreck off Boynton Beach. Out came the Seabobs for our family to have one more dip in the ocean. We experienced wildlife and many laughs as an added bonus. Thanks to Captain Colin and crew for going above and beyond.
Charterer, February 2019
I would like to personally thank Pila Pexton for being an absolute pleasure to work with getting this last minute charter together without a hitch. We worked in tandem with Captain Colin to not miss a beat. Pila, you were very responsive and I really appreciate you and your team’s hard work from start to finish. Captain Colin, what great foresight to book dockage at Miami Beach Marina during one of the biggest yacht shows. Thank you for taking my calls all weekend prior to the charter, allowing me to preview CLAIRE, and plan the charter with the principle via conference call. Your attention and suggestions for this 24 hour charter was as if it were a term charter. Finally, I asked the client if they will charter CLAIRE again and the response was “absolutely”. Pila, feel free to send any brokers my way for reference for charters on Claire, Captain Colin and crew.
Broker, February 2019
My client expressed that despite the weather not being perfect, they had a great time aboard CLAIRE in the Exumas! The guests loved the layout of the yacht, crew, and amenities aboard; enjoying everything it had to offer. Should also mention that being heavily involved in the food industry (and having unique dietary requirements), they loved the Chef and only had excellent remarks, enjoying every meal aboard. They would consider chartering her again, and I can certainly recommend the boat to others!
Broker, June 2018
Wonderful! Service, food, everything is outstanding. Great boat crew and weather! I want to charter this boat again in the Bahamas in the Fall.
Charterer, March 2018
Charter going very well and the clients are very happy. The captain and his crew are doing an excellent job. The charterer is an experienced Feadship owner and is very happy. They want to charter CLAIRE more in the Bahamas. They really like the Pullman berth for their grandchild.
Broker, March 2018