We are Stephen (travelling sailor) and Estelle (sailing traveller). After building our first boat in a friend’s backyard, we set off to sail around the globe 20+ years ago. What started out as a hair-brained idea became our life and passion. Our first crossing set us on a path to discovering, learning, and enjoying extraordinary people and experiences.
Having met the challenges of over 50,000 ocean-going miles, we have tales of nooks and crannies of the world unseen by many. As qualified ASA captains and instructors, we have helped and guided many people to become competent sailors to go cruising on their own boats. We gladly share our knowledge from boat building to boat brokerage to running a yacht charter business or just cruising the oceans. Our objective is to help sailing enthusiasts find and purchase a cruising yacht that meets their needs and achieves their dreams. We are the number one go-to company for advise on catamarans and how to lower costs of ownership.
We are delighted to connect with the growing community of cruising couples and families. We love sharing our knowledge, gained from years as live-aboard sailors. Many of you who are in the planning and dreaming stages of cruising on a yacht can benefit from our experience. We hope you enjoy the website and find the information here useful.
Charter Income & Tax Advantages
Because yacht ownership could be very be expensive, we are always looking for ways to offset the cost of yacht ownership. We have helped many of our owners, reduce the cost of ownership with charter income and tax advantages. Explore all the avenues here.
Catamarans: The Future Of Sailing?
This 137-year old concept, revived by the 2013 America's Cup and accelerated by limitless budgets and rapid innovation and technology, is propelling catamaran popularity into the general sailing community with spectacular speed. Nothing beats their comfort, speed and safety.
How To Buy Your Catamaran
Our website is loaded with tips, guides and useful information for anyone looking to buy a catamaran. We offer expert analysis of the yacht's value based on configuration, location, cosmetics and overall current supply/demand for similar models.
We take the drama out of ownership and make you an educated consumer. During our 2-day, 2-night live-aboard seminar you will not only enjoy the lifestyle but learn one-on-one, everything you need to know about catamarans in general as well as the entire buying process.
This will help you make an informed decision, avoid costly mistakes, plan your exit strategy and get the most enjoyment from owning your yacht.
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The Boat Show is just a few short weeks away. Click on this link to find all the information you need. Parking, accommodation, exhibitors & locations. This will be a busy show again, so make your appointment to chat with us now for all the info you need about yacht as a business, charter management programs and general boat buying questions. Also see Bali Catamarans, Lagoon Catamarans, Fountaine Pajot and many other brands. Let us help you buy the right catamaran!
While traveling from boat show to boat show in 2015, we conducted numerous seminars and consultations all around America with sailors searching for their “dream boat”. It resulted in the sales of numerous catamarans in 2015 (FYI catamarans prices are VERY affordable now). We helped people buy catamarans of every variety, from Fountaine Pajot, Lagoon, Bali and Catana to Voyage, Leopard and everything in between. While we had a blast helping all these "newbies" find their own dream boats, we also took a good hard look at all the brands of catamarans available on the market.
We learned a lot of new things and confirmed the things we already knew about all these catamarans (older and new models). There are a few things that are just a deal breaker for us i.e. low bridgedeck clearance or a galley down arrangement and safety. It would be hard for us to compromise on those things. Performance is also a consideration but the performance cats typically has smaller accommodations for obvious reasons, so we have to compromise. Armed with this knowledge and research, we sold our Prout 45 and bought a Lagoon 450S.
After the Paris show a Bali owner alerted me about a blog post by a Fountaine Pajot dealer, criticizing the Bali 4.0. He was a little miffed and asked for our opinion. Ordinarily I wouldn’t pay attention to these snipes but the post was blatantly misleading and I felt compelled to respond. The dealer published predictably negative comments but in this case the dealer abandoned all reason and logic.
While the dealer's blog post should not at all reflect badly on the Lucia 40, it should be noted that these comments demonstrate that dealers are often biased and find it hard to be objective about products that they do not sell. It is important to be impartial when presenting any brand of catamaran to a potential buyer. I have taken some excerpts of his blog post and posted our rebuttals below each comment:
The Bali 4.0 and Lucia 40 catamarans are very different boats and each has unique features that will appeal to different people. Both are boats with good sailing characteristics, are built and finished well and are similarly priced. Personally, I prefer the interior styling of the Lucia 40 but find the innovative design features of the Bali 4.0 very exciting. I have not sailed the Lucia 40 and cannot attest to the performance. The Bali 4.0 is light and therefore very maneuverable and fast. Both boats are designed for easy sail handling for a single hander or a couple and the helm stations are equally well positioned for good visibility. Ultimately the choice of catamaran will come down to personal preference for each buyer.
The Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40 was launched amid huge fanfare at the Paris Boat Show in December 2015. It coincides with Fountaine Pajot’s 40th anniversary and their 40th model to be introduced. It was the 40/40/40 fest for FP! The Lucia 40’s orange hull was certainly eye catching and was very well received by potential buyers.
The 2015 / 2016 yacht buying season unquestionably belongs to the 40ft catamaran. There are several reasons for this popularity. The old 40ft Island Spirits, Admiral 40's, Leopard 40's, and others were highly successful cats, but are no longer manufactured. Their departure from the market left a big void in this size range for several years. Fountaine Pajot, Lagoon, Leopard, and Catana pounced on the opportunity to create new innovative, well-built 40ft cruising catamarans.
Thanks to modern building techniques and construction materials, most modern 40ft catamarans are big enough in volume to be a very comfortable “home”. They sport all the amenities of a much larger boat such as an icemaker, washing machine, bigger fridge/freezer capacity, and wide open spaces.
Technology and clever innovations have made these catamarans not only more comfortable, livable, and safer, but also has kept the overall boat length smaller making it easy to sail and handle by a sailing couple. Plus, with the smaller overall size, these 40ft catamarans are affordable which is very attractive for live aboard cruising couples or young families as an entry level boat. These catamarans' affordability also makes them the perfect platform for the family to spend a few weeks per year on vacation without breaking the bank.
The Lagoon 42, the newest member of the Lagoon family, has a strong resemblance to the Lagoon 52. While it retains the main features of the new generation of Lagoons, it sports a beautiful and elegant silhouette. The mast was moved far aft to re-center the weight which greatly reduces pitching. With a self-tacking genoa and much smaller boom, sail-handling is made a lot easier for short -handed sailing or for a couple.
It is said that the square mainsail provides enough power, even if the sail is somewhat small. We will be investigating that claim during our test sails. The open transoms and one-level living space from cockpit into the saloon is new for Lagoon and provides a nice unobstructed living area. The saloon and cockpit are huge areas with lots of lounging space everywhere. The raised helm is closed in by a sliding door, similar to that of the 450S and 52S. The Lagoon 42 is yet another powerful and dynamic design by VPLP.
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Why Choose Us As Brokers?
...because we practice what we preach!
Our "Dream Job" is also our "Dream Life"
We have sailed 50,000+ blue water miles
Live-aboards for the past 22yrs and counting
Built our own boat and sailed to 46+ countries
Part-owned a catamaran manufacturing facility
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Learning Center & Seamanship
We Don't Only Teach You Sailing Techniques.
We Teach You The Sailing Lifestyle!
We have been involved in sail training for ASA since 1996. Many of our graduates have successfully moved on to owning their own boats and are long term cruisers or charter boat owners, like Reg & Rita in this picture on their Prout 50 called R&R.
The ASA sail training courses provide a good grounding for all new sailors and the weeklong live-aboard courses are invaluable for anyone who plan to own their own boat. We work with some of the best training facilities in the USA, Bahamas and Caribbean to provide top notch training. Learn to Sail>>
Testimonials From Our Clients
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Alan R. Lagoon 400 "Rendezvous"
With Stephen's expert and patient assistance, I was able to move rapidly from just considering charter yacht purchase to now eagerly awaiting the imminent delivery to BVI of a new 2014 Lagoon 400 S2. His advice has been impeccable... Read More>>
Mackie & Kathy C. Lagoon 450 "Katlo"
Please let the email serve as a professional reference of the highest caliber for Stephen Cockcroft while functioning in the capacity of a yacht broker. My wife, Kathy, and I just recently purchased a new Lagoon 450 and were very impressed how Stephen managed the entire process. Read more>>