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Welcome aboard the Southern Comfort, a majestic Lagoon 52F catamaran designed for the ultimate sailing experience. Launched in 2017 by Lagoon, one of the foremost manufacturers in cruising catamarans, Southern Comfort is a synthesis luxury and high performance. Her layout optimally combines expansive outdoor areas with unrivaled indoor comfort spread across length of 52'. Primarily navigating the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, this yacht has an accommodation capacity of 8 guests within a 5-cabin arrangement designed to offer flexibility and privacy.

Accommodation

Southern Comfort's tastefully designed living quarters include 4 queen staterooms and a bunk bed stateroom. Each stateroom has its own private facilities filled with contemporary furnishings and ample storage space, ensuring comfort throughout the journey. Here's a detailed breakdown:

Cabin Type Number Features
Queen Staterooms 4 Each equipped with a private bathroom
Bunk Bed Stateroom 1 Preferably for crew unless requested differently upon booking

Toys And Water Sports

For the thrill-seekers and marine enthusiasts, Southern Comfort contains a generous selection of water toys. Guests can make the most of their charter with a variety of included amenities:

  • Two Sub Wings - Experience underwater flying!
  • 7'x7' Floating Dock - Become one with the sea.
  • Water Skis and Wake Board for both adults and children.
  • Snorkeling Equipment and Underwater Camera for underwater adventures.
  • Two Stand-Up Paddleboards for peaceful paddling around the anchor spots.

Amenities

The yacht provides full air-conditioning for those warmer tropical days. To stay connected, there is onboard WIFI available, ensuring guests can share moments instantly. The galley is equipped with all necessary appliances, including a water maker providing an unlimited clean water supply, an ice maker, and a barbecue setup for delightful outdoor grilling sessions. For entertainment, Southern Comfort boasts a salon stereo system and multimedia system, without forgetting the bimini and sundeck for ultimate relaxation.

Crew

Commanded by the experienced and charismatic Captain Ish Alexander alongside the acclaimed Chef Ashley Cook, the crew of Southern Comfort is ready to make your sailing adventure unforgettable. Captain Ish brings over 2 years of chartering experience with a vibrant background in water sports and sailing across the British Virgin Islands. Chef Ashley, a graduate from Ashburton Chefs Academy, brings international flavors to your plate with over 2 years in the yachting industry. Both are highly trained and certified, ensuring not only memorable but also safe voyages.

Accommodation

5 Cabin Version:
4 Queen Staterooms and 5th Bunk bed Stateroom. Normally Crew will take the bunks, unless requested at booking contract.

What is the cabin arrangement of SOUTHERN COMFORT?

  • 4 VIP cabins

SOUTHERN COMFORT

Galley
Galley
  • Weekly price:
    $27,000 - $38,000

    Low Season | High Season

  • Length: 52'
  • # of Guests: 8
  • # of Cabins: 5
  • # of Crew: 2
  • Builder: Lagoon
  • Consumption: 3 US Gall/Hr
  • Cruising Speed: 8
  • Max. Speed: 12
  • Built Year: 2017
Master Cabin
Master Cabin

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SOUTHERN COMFORT Charter Price Details

Season Name 2 guests 3 guests 4 guests 5 guests 6 guests 7 guests 8 guests 9 guests 10 guests 11 guests 12 guests
Winter 2023 to 2024 $27,000 $27,500 $28,000 $28,500 $29,000 $29,500 $30,000 $0 $0 $0 $0
Summer 2024 $27,000 $27,500 $28,000 $28,500 $29,000 $29,500 $30,000 $0 $0 $0 $0
Winter 2024 to 2025 $27,000 $27,500 $28,000 $28,500 $29,000 $29,500 $30,000 $0 $0 $0 $0
Summer 2025 $27,000 $27,500 $28,000 $28,500 $29,000 $29,500 $30,000 $0 $0 $0 $0

SOUTHERN COMFORT Yacht Charter Price

# of charter days Base Price APA (deposit for provisioning, fuel, docking fees, etc) Total Note
14 day charter 54,000$ to 76,000$ 10,800$ to 22,800$ 64,800$ to 98,800$ Discounts outside the main season are common.
7 day charter 27,000$ to 38,000$ 5,400$ to 11,400$ 32,400$ to 49,400$ Standard charter rate, base for all calculations.
3 day charter 13,500$ to 19,000$ 2,700$ to 5,700$ 16,200$ to 24,700$ The usual formula is the 7 day charter rate divided by 6, times the number of days (3).
Boat policy might differ.
27,000$ / 6 * 3 days = 13,500$

All prices are generated by a calculator and serve as a guide for new charterers. Any additional information of the Price Details section has priority over above. Availability is always subject to confirmation. Gratuity not included for it's discretionary character, usually 5%-25% of the Base Price.

Price Details

Price from: $27,000

High season rate: $38,000

Southern Comfort is BVI legal

For charters confirmed as of March1st 2022, BVI Customs fees and cruising permits are included in the rate.

*Short Charters Available*
24hr turns available. Please Inquire.


HOLIDAYS:

2024
Christmas Flat Rate $35,000. 7 night minimum.
New Years Flat Rate $38,000. 7 night minimum.



HALF-BOARD RATES:
(7/4/3 BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER): $150 off / person

***3 lunches and 4 dinners ashore at client expense*** 




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:
$2,200 Sleep aboard the night before the charter departs
Guests arrive to the yacht at 5pm. Snacks and welcome drink served, this is not an open bar. Dinner is ashore on clients expense. Continental breakfast provided next morning. Vessel departs at noon.

CHILD DISCOUNTS: Discount Applied First
Children 15 and under $500 discount
***must be 15 or under at the time of charter*** 

Exclusive Water Taxi available!
The Caribe Express provides private transportation to and from your charter yacht on a comfortable Aquila 36.
Enjoy complimentary cocktails while our professional crew handles Customs and Immigration
Please inquire for pricing.Southern Comfort is BVI legal

For charters confirmed as of March1st 2022, BVI Customs fees and cruising permits are included in the rate.

*Short Charters Available*
24hr turns available. Please Inquire.


HOLIDAYS:

2024
Christmas Flat Rate $35,000. 7 night minimum.
New Years Flat Rate $38,000. 7 night minimum.



HALF-BOARD RATES:
(7/4/3 BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER): $150 off / person

***3 lunches and 4 dinners ashore at client expense*** 




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:
$2,200 Sleep aboard the night before the charter departs
Guests arrive to the yacht at 5pm. Snacks and welcome drink served, this is not an open bar. Dinner is ashore on clients expense. Continental breakfast provided next morning. Vessel departs at noon.

CHILD DISCOUNTS: Discount Applied First
Children 15 and under $500 discount
***must be 15 or under at the time of charter*** 

Exclusive Water Taxi available!
The Caribe Express provides private transportation to and from your charter yacht on a comfortable Aquila 36.
Enjoy complimentary cocktails while our professional crew handles Customs and Immigration
Please inquire for pricing.

Price Terms

Inclusive

Amenities

Salon Stereo: Yes
Salon Tv: Yes
Sat Tv: No
Multimedia System: Yes
Nude: Yes
Books: Some onboa
Crew Pets: No
Guest Pets: No
Camcorder: Yes
Number Dine In: Sal
Water Maker: Yes
Water Capacity: unlimited
Ice Maker: Yes
Number Of Dvds: Cloud
Number Of Cds: Cloud
Board Games: Yes
Sun Awning: Yes
Bimini: Yes
Special Diets: Yes
Kosher: Yes
Bbq: Yes
Gay Charters: Yes
YachtNudeCharters: Yes
Number Of Port Hatches: lots
Smoking: on stern
Crew Smokes: No
Children Ok: Yes
Generator: Onan 21.5kw
Inverter: Yes
Voltages: 110v
Hammock: No
Windscoops: No

Specifications

Tube:
Guests: 8
Maxspeed: 12
Draft: 5
Cruising Speed: 8
Helipad: No
Ac: Full
Ac Night:
Built: 2017
Turnaround: 48hr preferred
Cabins: 5
King:
Queen: 4
Double:
Single:
Twin:
Pullman:
Showers: 5
Basins: 5
Heads: 5
Electric Heads: 5
Jacuzzi: No

Features

BBQ: Yes
AC: Full
Generator: Onan 21.5kw
Internet: Onboard WIFI
Cruising Speed: 8
Max Speed: 12

Layout

Layout of SOUTHERN COMFORT

More Specifications

Flag: USA
Homeport: Virgin Islands
Resort Course: $150 per Resort Course
Yacht Permit: 1
Yacht License: 1
Yacht Mca: 1
Yacht Insurance: Lloyd's of London

Diving Onboard

Tanks: 6
Number Of Dives: 3 per week
Dive Info: Captain Ish is a dive instructor
*he has been an instructor since August 2021
Communication: Wifi is available in USVI waters and International waters. Download speeds in foreign countries are not equal to the speeds in the USA.
Full Course: Referral Course is $350
Air Compressor: Onboard
Bcs: 6
Weight Sets: 6
Number Of Divers: 8
Registrations Number: 6
Dive Lights: 2
Dive Costs: 3 dives per week included for certified divers - charters 6 nights or more.

Additional dives $50 per dive per person.

Online course required before charter commences.

DSD Course $200
Open water Referral $400
Scuba On Board: Onboard

Fishing

Fishing Gear:
Fishing Gear Type: Trawling, Casting
Rods: 2
Deep Sea Fishing:

Green Initiatives

Green Initiative:
Reusable Bottles:
Other Green Efforts: Water Purifier on Board, with water being produced by the vessel.

Water Sports

Dinghy Size: 14' Highfield
Kayaks 1 Pax: No
Kayaks 2 Pax: No
Dinghy Hp: 40
Floating Mats:
Dinghy Pax: 8 pax
Swim Platform: Sugar Scoops
Water Skis Adult:
Boarding Ladder: No
Water Skis Kids:
Sailing Dinghy:
Jet Skis: No
Beach Games:
Wave Runners: No
Kneeboard: No
Windsurfer: No
Snorkel Gear:
Underwater Camera:
Scurfer: No
Underwater Video:
Wake Board:
Paddleboard: 2
Seabob: No
Sea Scooter: No

Other Entertainment

Stream2Sea Products Including-
Shampoo
Body Wash
Leave-In Conditioner
Body Lotion
Reef Safe 30SPF Sunscreen

Crew

Crew Information

Crew of SOUTHERN COMFORT|Captain Captain

Crew of SOUTHERN COMFORT|Chef Chef

Captain: Ish Alexander

As a child, Ish anxiously awaited the arrival of summer when he would head to his grandparents’ cottage in Ontario. The waters of Lake Huron became the playground where Ish learned to sail his grandparents’ 16’ Wayfarer. On any given sunny summer day, he could be found out on the lake struggling to untangle himself from a rat’s nest of lines or being caught by a sneaky gust that caused him to capsize. Those first few years with the Wayfarer served as a foundation for a great passion for sailing. After graduating from high school, Ish attended Prescott College in Arizona where he fed an insatiable appetite for the outdoors. College orientation, a 3-week backpacking trip through a canyon in Arizona, opened a whole new world of outdoor pursuits and possibilities. Over the next 4 years, he filled his spare time with surfing, backcountry skiing, white water rafting, rock climbing, stargazing, campfire-ing, and howling at the moon! A desire to sail in salt water persisted, even in the desert. Ish satisfied his salt water cravings with a job living and working aboard sailboats in the British Virgin Islands. Over 6 summers with Sail Caribbean, a summer camp for teens, Ish served as captain, fleet captain, and program director. He was able to also fulfill his aspiration to work on a commercial salmon fishing boat in Alaska before finally realizing his lifelong dream of leading unforgettable charters for guests in the Virgin Islands. His time in the VI has given him outstanding knowledge of the local culture and natural treasures to be enjoyed here. He has a deep love for these beautiful islands and the surrounding waters and is excited to share this passion with each and every guest who comes aboard.

Born and raised in Louisiana, Ashley grew up on soul food and southern hospitality. With her grandparents being travel agents, she started traveling at a young age, which sparked her interest for exploring other cultures and cuisines. After graduating university in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science, Ashley became an au pair on the coast of Italy where she was introduced to the Yachting Industry. Since then, she has been a chef on charters and deliveries in various places such as Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, French Polynesia and the Virgin Islands. Her love of travel has brought her to 50 countries, including England where she received her Culinary Certification from the Ashburton Chefs Academy. She's also attended cooking classes all over the world, so guests are guaranteed a trip around the globe with Chef Ashley's dishes.
Ashley's love for learning doesn't stop in the galley. She has received her PADI Rescue Diver certification and plans to be a Divemaster by 2025. She's also working towards becoming a nutritionist by 2026.
Her love for food and the water grows with each season spent in the VI's, and she can't wait to create some unforgettable experiences for her guests.


Captain Ish Alexander

QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology
Minor in Outdoor Leadership and Adventure Education
100 Ton Near Coastal USCG Captain's License with Aux Sail Endorsement
STCW 2010
PADI Dive Instructor/ Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Wilderness First Responder ASA 101: Basic Keelboat Sailing ASA 103: Coastal Cruising
ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising


Chef Ashley Cook

QUALIFICATIONS
Ashburton Chefs Academy Culinary Arts Certification
CTH Level 2 Award in Cookery Skills
STCW valid until 01/10/2024
Quarterdeck Hostess Academy
Food Safety and Hygiene Level 2
PADI Rescue Diver



<b>Crew fully vaccinated<b/>

Menu





Breakfast


Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes served w/ Whipped Cream, Fresh Berries & Sausage Provençal


Shakshuka served w/ Crumbled Feta, Naan & Bacon


Baked French Toast served w/ Maple Syrup, Bacon, Fresh Berries & Whipped Cream


Toasted Bagels w/ Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Red Onion, Capers & Fresh Lemon


Breakfast Tacos w/ Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Shredded Cheese, Avocado, Crispy Shallots, Sautéed Mushrooms & Bell Peppers served w/ Hot Sauce & Sour Cream


Avocado Toast served w/ Scrambled Eggs, Cheese, Tomatoes, Sprouts, Chives, Herbs, Berries & Balsamic Glaze


Brioche Waffles served w/ Whipped Cream, Fresh Berries & Canadian Bacon


Superfood Smoothie Bowl topped with Assorted Seeds, Nuts, Granola, Fruits, Coconut, Honey, and served w/ Croissants & Sausage










Croqué Monsieur Breakfast Sandwiches served w/ Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Pickles


Banana Boat Breakfast Parfait served w/ Vanilla Yogurt, Assorted Berries, Granola, and Fresh Mint


 


Lunch


Watermelon Salad w/ Crumbled Feta, Fresh Mint, Toasted Walnuts, Pomegranate Seeds & Balsamic Vinaigrette


Thai Peanut Salad w/ Shaved Carrot, Cucumber, Snap Peas, Mandarin Orange, Wonton Crisps, Sesame Seeds, Peanuts & Blackened Chicken/Mahi Mahi served over Rice Noodles w/ Thai Peanut Sauce


Burrito Bowl w/ Rice, Black Beans, Corn, Pico De Gallo, Avocado, Cilantro, Lime, Sour Cream, Cheese, Salsa and Chicken


Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna w/ Asian Cucumber Carrot Salad Pan Seared Shrimp over Grilled Asparagus and Parmesan Risotto


Boiled Egg and Blackened Chicken Caesar Salad topped w/ Parmesan, Baked Crackers and Caesar Dressing










Caprese Panini served w/ Caesar Salad, Toasted Kettle Chips & Sliced Pickles


Shrimp Tacos w/ Garlic Cilantro Lime Slaw & Waffle Fries


Korean Style Beef Bulgogi Burgers served w/ Mexican Street Corn and Assorted Fruit


Grouper Tacos w/ Garlic Mango Lime Slaw, Cotija Cheese & Avocado served on Warm Tortillas or in Boston Lettuce Cups


 


Appetizers


Baked Brie w/ Caramelized Onion Chutney, Dried Cranberries & Chopped Pistachios


Yellowfin tuna tataki w/ arugula, pomegranate, pickled onions, radish


Baked spinach dip served w/ naan bread and chips


Naan flatbread w/ pesto, tomatoes, arugula, goat cheese & balsamic drizzle Bruschetta


Saganaki (Fried Greek Cheese) w/ Warmed Pita, Parsley & Fresh Lemon










Toasted Tortilla Chips w/ Salsa, Guacamole, and Queso Cheese Dip


Charcuterie board


Burrata w/ Balsamic Tomatoes


 


Dinner


Filet Mignon w/ Cauliflower Purée, Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Carrots Lobster Fettuccine Alfredo Topped w/ Parmesan, Lemon, and Pepper


Seared Shrimp over a Creamy Rose Pasta w/ Cherry Tomatoes, Red Peppers, Spinach, and Fresh Basil


Prosciutto and Herb Wrapped Pork Tenderloin w/ Apple Chutney served w/ Potatoes au Gratin & Roasted Broccoli


Miso Ginger Marinated Grilled Salmon w/ Pickled Cucumbers & Lemon Coconut Rice


Parmesan Crusted Chicken w/ Arugula & Lemon, Olive Oil Vinaigrette, served w/ Marinara Sauce & Crispy Garlic  Breadpage4image33383152










Locally Caught Blackened Mahi Mahi w/ Mango & Avocado Salsa served w/ Fluffy White Rice, Roasted Asparagus & Caribbean Curry Sauce


 


Dessert


Bananas Foster over Vanilla Bean Ice Cream


Chocolate Fondue w/ Strawberries, Bananas, Salted Pretzels, Rice Krispie Treats & Marshmallows


Key Lime Pie w/ Fresh Whipped Cream


Brownie Sundae topped with Vanilla Ice Cream, Berries, and Chocolate Drizzle


Chocolate Mousse w/ Whipped Cream & Fresh Mint Espresso Mousse w/Whipped Cream and Chocolate Shavings


Vanilla Crème Brûlée


Gourmet Milkshakes topped with a variety of Specialty Toppings





Reviews

SOUTHERN COMFORT
Thanksgiving 2022 BVI Charter
Our group was affectionately known as the Turkey Week Tandem 2022 (it included friends/family on the Scuba Doo and we toured around the BVIs as a tandem team). On Southern Comfort, Ish and Danica got stuck with us, the Jensen-Blackwoods and Violas. 4 adults and 4 kids (or 8 kids, depending on your definition of “adults”). And let me just say, IT WAS A BLAST.

Ish and Danica are, quite simply, both amazing. Ish is a first class captain - smart, skilled, patient and funny. We loved him. Danica (Dani) is an incredibly skilled chef, and she is also kind, sweet, thoughtful and accommodating. She is fantastic and the kids adored her. We lucked out!

Ish left no stone unturned and navigated us to the best spots to hit (whether it’s to snorkel, dive, dance or shop). We hit Willy T’s (yes, we all jumped and Ish filmed it from below!), The Baths, Salt Island, Saba Rock, Bitter End Yacht Club, Soggy Dollar, Sandy Cay, secret coves and special places - the list goes on. He clearly knows the BVIs very well and that made a big, noticeable difference, especially when/if you want to modify itineraries mid-trip! He also patiently and carefully orchestrated first-time dives for the adults and kids. So special.

And Dani! She kept us VERY well fed with amazing meals and was so accommodating to our picky group (and especially sweet to the youngest of our group - a 10 year old chatterbox that woke up early with her daily). A couple of us are gluten free, some don’t eat any fish, and she didn’t disappoint. Breakfasts and desserts (key lime pie!) are a particular highlight (her plating skills are on point), along with delicious salads and yummy dinners. But the showstopping culinary feat was the traditional, full course, delicious THANKSGIVING meal she pulled off. Simply perfect.

So I guess you can say it was a good trip. If you’re a guest and reading this, congratulations. You won!

And to Ish and Dani - thank you so so so much. We will be back.

Much love,
Jensen-Blackwoods and Violas
SOUTHERN COMFORT
July 2022 USVI Charter
Thanks Julia and Ish for taking such great care of us. We loved our time on the Southern Comfort - the food, the water, the peacefulness!
Happy sailing,
Kerri, Steve, Julia, Lauren, and Gharrett
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SOUTHERN COMFORT
June 2022 USVI Charter
Our 23rd annual “dirty thirty” trip was the best one yet! We want to apologize for all the inappropriate conversations you walked into! :) Snorkel trips were amazing! We loved meeting Tommy and Tony the sea turtles, Darcy and Dudley the dolphins, and Russ the seagull! The crystal mimosas and daily wine flights were a nice touch, too! The food was ok (JUST KIDDING). The meals were amazing!!! Julia, your cinematography skills were above average - thanks for taking so many pictures! Next time, please provide dry ice or smoke machine for the space capsule (psshhhhhhh…)!
In closing, we would like to apologize to all future guests that will never live up to the standard of being “THE BEST GUESTS EVER!!!”
We will be back! :)
Respectfully, the Dirty Thirty (Michelle, Chester, Maija, Jenn, Kirsten, Tracey, Amy, Kate)
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SOUTHERN COMFORT
June 2022 Charter
Julia and Ish,
Planning this special family vacation for us was months in the making and our expectations were far exceeded in every way possible! There was so much attention to every detail during our 7 day voyage from start to finish while making us all feel relaxed and at ease. Every meal that Julia prepared was a culinary masterpiece, on par with any 5 star restaurant and Ish’s knowledge of the boat and water made our busy itinerary seem effortless! We truly enjoyed our hikes, snorkeling, scuba diving (including introducing Brooke and Kristen to diving), fishing, paddle boarding, swimming, lunch at Limeout, and Ish & Julia sitting in on our family “game night”! We truly enjoyed getting to know you both. You are such special and remarkable people.
We thank and appreciate you marking our family vacation unforgettable!

Joe, Debbie, Brooke, Julia, Kristen, and Molly


Julia and Ish,
It is so crazy that a week ago you were strangers and now I am so lucky to call you both our friends! This week has truly been a blast for us and memories we will cherish for years to come. Julia, you did more thank just cook - you made every meal and experience. Both of your attentions to detail as well as your positive, relaxed attitudes made this trip unforgettable. Ish, you took 2 terrified 21/22 year olds and turned us into pro divers! This was a week full of laughs, turtles, squid, caves, tarpon, sailing, and sea butterflies. But the thing that made this boat special wasn’t the views or the activities - it was the 2 of you. You were warm, welcoming, and hilarious as soon as we stepped on the boat, and it was clear immediately that this wasn’t a trip for 6 of us - it was all 8 of us getting to have the best time together! Thank you both for letting me drive the dinghy/ask a million questions/eat my own chicken meals. Your hospitality is like no other, you make a wonderful team and you made SoCo feel like home!
We’ll miss you both
Blessings,
Kristen
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SOUTHERN COMFORT
May 2022 USVI Charter
What an amazing trip. Wonderful food, wonderful crew! Love, love, love it!
- Wayne & Cindy

Trip of a lifetime! Wonderful crew and good times had by all!
- Addison, Emily & Jackson

Simply the best! Thank you guys so very much for such an amazing time. You both are the best crew ever and we certainly wouldn't have enjoyed ourselves without you!
- Kristen, Dusty & Ryland"
SOUTHERN COMFORT
May 2022 USVI Charter
Dear Ish & Julia,

We came aboard Southern Comfort day 1 armed with tons of background research and very high expectations. We knew a lot about our upcoming adventure, but what we didn't know is that not only would our expectations be met but they would be blown away!!! The hospitality and boat knowledge that Julia and Ish displayed were beyond impressive. From the first delicious dinner to the last scrumptious breakfast, Julia's cooking was well planned, gorgeously plated, plentiful and incredibly tasty. We were only bummed that we ate one lunch off the boat, because it could not compare to Julia's! The water activities were also well planned and phenomenal. Ish made everything easy and accessible ... the snorkeling, dives, kayak and paddleboards were a blast! And we even got to water ski!

But what stood out most of all was Julia and Ish's passion for what they do. Everything done with a smile and a kind word, always making us feel confident and pampered. And so many little details that seem easy but we know took a lot of effort. We appreciated every single one!
We enjoyed literally every single moment, and we walk away with 2 new friends, many amazing photos and memories we will carry with us forever!

With much gratitude,
Anne and Jeff
Chris and Jason
Dawn and Pete
Laura and Chris




SOUTHERN COMFORT
April 2022 USVI Charter
Hogs on a boat ... it all started with Leonard's bucket list 15-20 years ago. Even with COVID complications removing BVI, the USVI did not disappoint. Four husbands who all went to high school, one wife who also did, and three wives who joined the fun, all explored the fun times together. Ish and Julia became part of our family as they cared for us and shared their lives with us. We loved the amazing food served three times per day and many of us had lots of "firsts" of foods. Yummy!! Snorkeling, cruising "on the Boat", exploring beaches ... we loved it all. Time after dinner to relax and reminisce, play the Newlywed Game, go to Prom, etc. led to lots of memories and laughter. Again, Ish and Julia were amazing! We are adopting them. Their parents must be so proud! Go Hogs!

Leonard & Denise
Mark & Carla
Bill & Sandy
Vanessa & Dennis
SOUTHERN COMFORT
April 2022 USVI Charter
Best trip ever!!! Boat was fabulous. Crew was wonderful. Food was outstanding. We look forward to coming back soon. We would really like to point out that Julia and Ish were so kind and helpful, catering to all our requests. Could not imagine going on another boat trip without checking what boat they are crewing so we can be onboard. Once again, thank you for everything!

Nataly and Victor

Good times and great vibes! We started the trip with 8 friends and left with 10. Julia's cooking is fantastic! Ish led the underwater excursions and hit the happy hour button. For all who come after us, sit back, enjoy the scenic ride, and have a wonderful time like we enjoyed.
With love and smooth sailing,

Sheldon and Nancy
SOUTHERN COMFORT
March 2022 USVI Charter
This trip was a special time for our family to spend time together before schedules get complicated with college. On Southern Comfort you are never "not on vacation"; no waiting in lines for dinner reservations, dive or snorkel excursions. We were on our own schedule. Julia and Ish made it all happen with ease. We dined daily in gourmet food and there sure was plenty of it!! Ish's easy going, calming vibe made our daily activities relaxed ... especially with diving! We thank Julia and Ish for sharing their talent of hospitality and love. It made it so special for us. This is truly a vacation our family will never forget!
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SOUTHERN COMFORT
March 2022 USVI Charter
"After my birthday sailing trip with three other couples was canceled one week into COVID, rescheduled three times, re-directed from BVI to USVI, and had a crew change, I was not sure what our sailing trip would be like. Those concerns quickly disappeared upon arrival to Southern Comfort. We were warmly greeted with Julia’s smile and Ish’s calm demeanor which instantly relaxed us all. The pair worked tirelessly the entire trip - incredible, delicious gourmet meals every day (tailored to address food allergies), selective, beautiful coves to swim, kayak, paddle board, dive, anchor, sail in the turquoise waters were just what we asked and hoped for … every, I mean, every attention to detail was considered. I have never seen two people work as hard as Julia and Ish and yet did so with ease and smiles. They truly care about ensuring you have a wonderful trip and are passionate about what they do. I could not have asked for a better birthday or a vacation. Anyone who is able to have Julia and Ish as their crew would be lucky to have them. The trip was worth waiting for and one I will always remember in a large part to Julia and Ish’s unbelievable hospitality. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Julia and Ish!! We all miss you already."
- Jillian
SOUTHERN COMFORT
March 2022 USVI Charter
Wow!! What a trip! Julia and Ish outdid themselves. Our trip went way too fast. Julia's cooking and culinary artistry was truly amazing! Every meal was superb and even better than the restaurant! Their hosting skills were top notch. Ish was a very capable, responsible, and most competent captain! They were both so fun and friendly! They will be missed and are truly an asset to their profession and we wish them both well :) Southern Comfort is a gorgeous vessel!
Fondly,
the Jenny Weber Group, from Weldon Spring St Louis, MO"
SOUTHERN COMFORT
February 2022 USVI Charter
What incredible hosts you are - best vacation ever - so relaxing with the most delicious meals. Julia's cooking and meals are an inspiration each day. Couldn't ask for a better and more patient dive instructor than Ish. Julia and Ish are so sweet and thoughtful. I wish I could do this every year.
Many, many thanks
-The Vanni Family
SOUTHERN COMFORT
February 2022 USVI Charter
Ish & Julia,
Thank you! Food and service was top notch - a 5 star hotel on the water. More importantly though was your genuine friendship and graciousness. Your endless work ethic and making sure every need is met always is only overmatched by your loving, genuine personal touch. We had a wonderful time but we are sad to leave such special new friends! Come to Colorado - you are home. Dive Master Ish, thank you!!! Some of the best diving ever! We will never forget! Really perfect diving!
- Chad & Kara

Many years ago I made a 'bucket list', and on the top was always a Caribbean Charter with my best friends. Never in my dreams did I expect to have literally the time of my life. Julia and Ish are warm and kind, talented and work tirelessly to make sure we had the very best experiences. We laughed, we cried, sang and danced. It is so hard to leave, but we hope to be back some day. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for such a special trip.
Much love,
Jennifer & Louis
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January 2022 USVI Charter
"Julia & Ish,
I'm not much of a writer, but I'll try anyway. This has been such a wonderful week. I'm a bit heartbroken that it's ending and that this is the last day we will ever spend on this boat. The ocean has become our "happy place", but just how happy a place that truly is depends entirely on who we spend the days with. Chris & I have truly cherished getting to know you two. Your kindness and joyful attitude have made this a very special week indeed. I could go on about the wonderful food and the SCUBA and the weather. But the truth is that our favorite part was the two of you. We wish you a lifetime of happiness, favorable winds, and good sailing. I hope our paths cross again someday!
Love,
Laurie & Chris"
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Christmas Charter 2021 USVI
he Maner Family of five enjoyed 7 wonderful days aboard Southern Comfort with Julia and Ish as our crew. From the start Julia and Ish were friendly and professional. We found the boat comfortable and clean. We enjoyed AMAZING healthy meals made by Julia. She was extra careful with our daughter’s tree nut allergy. Her attention to detail was very much appreciated. Ish is a great captain and bartender and was always offering a different cocktail to compliment Julia’s appetizers. Ish also saved the day by going to a pharmacy for medication for one daughter while we were at dinner in Cruz Bay. So kind of him. Overall, the family rates this trip a 10 and we would do it again in a heartbeat. We loved the whole experience! Julia and Ish are the best! ❤️
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December 2021 USVI charter
The whole family considered this to be a once in a lifetime kind of vacation and I have to say that it was one of the fastest seven day vacations that I have ever experienced. Julia and Ish and the Southern Comfort catamaran did not disappoint. They made us feel comfortable from our first planning conversation to our first step onto the Southern Comfort and each and every day until it was time to sadly say goodbye. The food - holy moly can Julia cook! We ate three delicious (and kind of healthy!) meals a day and each and everyone of them was outstanding. What a surprise it was to get that kind of cooking out and about the USVIs! The sailing - Ish is a terrific captain and made us feel safe and sound on both the SoCo and it’s dingie! Ish was also very patient with our questions and responded very deliberately yet in ways that were easy to understand. We really felt that Julia and Ish were a great combination and complimented one another very well. We would give them 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend them to future vacationers.
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November 2021 USVI Charter
Dear Julia,
Thank you so much for a spectacular time! Although I arrived home to a full house and Thanksgiving preparations, how could we not miss the warm Caribbean and pampering we received on the Southern Comfort! From the time we arrived on the boat until the time we had to leave, you made our trip exceed any expectations that I conjured up in my mind. The catamaran was very well maintained and beautiful. A great vessel for respite from the daily grind.
The sailing, snorkeling, hiking, diving and swimming were just the adventures that our group were looking for. You and Ish were great Captains, cruise directors, chefs and staff. We were all amazed at the spectacular service provided to 8 people by just the 2 of you.
The food was so delicious and diverse. Quite a feat in a small kitchen! You are quite an amazing chef. I’m still waiting for the cookbook! Everything you served was fresh, flavorful and visually delightful! A foodie paradise, if you will.
I would highly recommend this experience to everyone. You both made our first sailing experience an extraordinary adventure!
Thank you for everything and please keep in touch. You are wonderful people who we really enjoy and admire.
Take care and have a healthy happy holiday season.
Fondly,
Jean
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November 2021 Charter
Our crew of six were impressed with Ish and Julia on The Southern Comfort. They absolutely MADE the trip for us. The boat was immaculate and the attention to detail throughout the trip was amazing.

Julia’s meals were spectacular - they were fresh, healthy and delicious - and the presentation was beautiful. We felt like every meal came from a top tier restaurant.

Ish’s easy-going style made it seem like nothing was a problem - he put us at ease the entire trip - while we know he was in constant motion making sure that everything was perfect. And we LOVED how fun-spirited they were - always ready for a laugh - so fun and personable!

The crew was fun - but also extremely professional and thorough. The Southern Comfort hosted six of us - and it always looked like we had just stepped on board. The itinerary was perfect and they listened to our requests and then put it in motion. I don't know how they did it. They set the bar for hospitality and service for any future vacations for us.
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2021 USVI Charter
We hope our delay in sending this note to you does not diminish our gratitude or the joy we experienced for the seven days we sailed the Caribbean on Soterion with Ish and Julia. Every moment was magical as we enjoyed the special quality of your beautiful catamaran and the completely enjoyable company of your Captain, Ish, and First Mate and Chef, Julia. We couldn’t have been more comfortable with such luxurious space and copious amenities. The perfect weather with strong winds, choppy waters, and abundant sunshine was an added benefit. And yet, it is Ish and Julia that made our experience most fun and memorable. In less than an hour, we knew that we were in experienced, capable hands and that getting to know our two hosts would be an absolute delight. As chef, Julia was 100% successful in meeting the challenge of our daughter, Julie’s, unusual dietary restrictions. She presented one beautiful and delicious meal after another that the three of us thoroughly enjoyed. The meals seemed effortless despite the hours she spent in the galley, often with Ish at her side as sous chef or as clean-up assistant afterwards. The way they worked together as the sailing crew was even more impressive. They seemed to read each other’s minds, and their nimbleness running from one part of the boat to the other was enviable. Their partnership as sailors and hosts was a joy to watch, and we’re grateful to have been the beneficiaries of their skill, attentiveness to us, and utterly charming personalities. They also met the challenge of my fall and associated back pain with great concern and care, which made me feel safe and comfortable. We feel as if no words can do justice to their contribution to our absolutely perfect sailing experience, but we hope in some way this conveys our admiration of them and our gratitude for their efforts to care for us in every way possible. They each are very special individuals, and we are privileged to have had the opportunity to get to know them and spend time with them on your extraordinary sailing vessel. They definitely do the magnificent Soterion proud.

Gratefully,
Joan and Harry
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