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Step aboard MAKANA
to relax your body and refresh your spirit while being pampered by a fully crewed ALL
INCLUSIVE SAILING CATAMARAN vacation week in the BAHAMAS.
some time on an all inclusive week discovering Pristine Beaches, Vivid Blue waters and a
wealth of Beautiful islands and anchorages in these cruising paradises. One of the world's best cruising
area is found in the clear tropical waters of the BAHAMAS provide a world class sailing destination
for families and couples to get away in luxury aboard your own personal yacht with chef prepared meals. Want to get some exercise
while aboard, grab our SUP (stand-up paddle board), kayak's, windsurfer, kitesurfer or Yoga on
your vacation before Deceber 30th and we'll take 10% off your week!
BAHAMAS or MAINE Getaway
Leave your cares ashore when you step aboard Makana and submerge yourself in life
aboard. You will enjoy five days and nights in leisure as your captain and crew share with you the beauty and wonders of these
truly amazing islands.
(Beginning at $4,900 for two)
BAHAMAS or MAINE Long Weekend
Take your "long weekend" any three consecutive days of the week aboard Makana. Perfect for a quick rejuvenation
for couples or families.
at $2,700 for two)
BAHAMAS or MAINE Refresher Week
The ultimate getaway. Spend seven days
exploring the multiple anchorages, beaches, islands and villages. Want to kayak, stand-up paddleboard or hike or just curl
up with a good book while enjoying the remarkable scenery? We cater to both. We customize your charter to suit your personal
itinerary whether it be for a couple or a family.
(from $5800 per couple)
to SAIL in the BAHAMAS or MAINE
you been dreaming of learning how to sail an ocean capable yacht, but you don't know the difference between a sheet and a
bowline? Want to experience what it's like to spend some time living the cruising lifestyle? Turn your dreams into reality.
We'll teach you how to plot a course, read a chart, set an anchor and raise the sails giving you the confidence and skills
necessary to charter your own yacht.
contact us for rates)
SUNSET DINNER SAIL in CAMDEN MAINE
Enjoy an afternoon sail on Penobscot Bay.
Upon returning to Camden dinner is served while watching the sunset over the Camden hills. We pride ourselves on serving fresh
locally grown foods such as Wild North Atlantic Salmon caught and smoked locally by Duck Trap Salmon Co, lobster from either
Rockport or Camden, locally grown corn, salad greens, potatoes, blueberries and breads from one of Camden's bakeries. Dinners
include appetizers, lobster & steak on the BBQ, corn on the cob, New Red potatoes, salad, breads and a lite dessert.
Dinners are $135 per person with a 4 person minimum 6 person maximum
Also included are complentary drinks
- wine, beer, coffe & tea and soft drinks.
Dreaming of Paradise?
— Makana Delivers! Ever dream of getting away without a care in the world to explore a tropical paradise filled with
islands, beaches, and coral reefs, with great food and accommodation? Rick, Katie, and Hoku can take you there on Makana,
an elegant 38’ sailing catamaran that seems like your private flying-carpet for the voyage. For the last two years,
we’ve spent a week in midwinter exploring the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park in the central Bahamas with them, far from
the hustle and bustle of cruise ships, casinos, and resorts of the travel-brochure Bahamas. After nearly 50 years as marine
biologists and travel photographers we’ve had more than our share of adventure in remote, beautiful places with strange-sounding
names. Relaxing on the Makana is our favorite way to enjoy stress-free days in one of the most beautiful places we’ve
found. A week on Makana with the Carosellis is better than a month at the most exotic spa with your
Also, a Bahamian Dark & Stormy expertly prepared by Rick definitely sets the standard for
a delicious refreshment.…
Dorothy & Gary 2012 and 2013
"With a husband in the Navy, we have traveled to many places but nothing quite beat our experience aboard Makana.
My husband and our teenage boys flew into Exuma, Bahamas and met this 38' catamaran at the Four Seasons marina. We were greeted
by the captain, Rick, and his lovely wife, Katie, and their darling 7 year-old daughter and cabin girl, Hoklani. While aboard,
we took in sunshine, great food, beautiful sites, and crystal clear water. We explored Stocking Island and took an excursion
to Georgetown and Hooper Bay. A highlight included a local sharing his recipe for Conch Salad and then the next day snorkeling
to find our own conch. If you really want a vacation where you truly experience something better than a hotel room, we strongly
recommend a voyage on Makana. We hope to get aboard again soon!
Jody & Boys
just wanted to once again thank you for making our experience aboard Makana a wonderful experience. It more than surpassed
our expectations and was a fun adventure that we'll remember for a long time. Your generosity in sharing your sailing skills,
your knowledge and the "live aborad" life was such an unexpected bonus! We count you amoung our newest friends.
Best wishes." (July 2011)
Rick & Suzie
yacht charter adventure you are dreaming of, Makana is the place Live your Dream. Each charter is customized
for the guests with a mix of pleasures awaiting your arrival. Stroll historical sights and quaint shops or enjoy a laid back
morning before taking a dip in the turquoise waters surrounding you. Then sit back and enjoy the sunset while you taste one
of the chef's latest culinary delights.
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Monday, December 9, 2013
8:26 am est
A 2 day trip from Vero, on the “inside”
down the ICW, had us arriving in Ft Lauderdale just before sunset yesterday (note to self, never travel on the ICW in south
FL during the weekend). With most of the provisioning completed we tackled a few projects with the major one being draining
our fuel tank so we could clean out the inside. This involved borrowing 12 five gallon jugs to store the fuel in, 4 rolls
of paper towels, 1 bottle of Simple Green, 5 gallons of solvent and 9 hours of labor. There was a slight layer of “black
sludge” on the bottom, however it was much less than I had expected. After talking with several other boaters who had
completed a similar project I was expecting at least an inch,(BioBore the fuel additive I add every other fill-up works!)
While in Vero we were treated to a rocket launch
which we could clearly see from Cape Canaveral to our north (Yes, they are still in the rocket launching business). And the
night before we left there was a “boat parade” complete with Santa’s sled-boat.
Yesterday’s milestone occurred when we crossed into the
80 degree water zone just north of Boca Raton. We hope to cross over to the Bahamas as soon as Mother Nature cooperates.
Monday, December 2, 2013
8:38 am est
With Makana back in the water in St. Augustine
the work continued in preparing for our winter in the Bahamas. Having our truck available made provisioning with multiple
visits to the various “big box” stores in St. Augustine much easier than using my bicycle. Each day our waterline
on the boat rose as we loaded enough food, paper products and “essentials” needed for our upcoming trip. Actually
we have considerably more “stuff” aboard Makana now than we did prior to departing for our sail across the Atlantic.
When we crossed the Atlantic we carried enough provisions for 45 days compared to our current 5-6 month supply. Sure there
are stores in the Bahamas and we will shop for produce but with a bag of chips costing over $5 and TP $2 per roll it comes
down to economics as well as the fact that finding a Rack of Lamb or good salsa is next to impossible.
Bringing cardboard aboard our boat is a “no-no”
as arthropods tend to lay eggs in the cardboard with their young feasting on the glue holding the boxes together, so we unpack
and discard all the packaging prior to stowing our provisions. It is amazing how much excess plastic, paper and cardboard
we accumulated. The trend seemed to be the smaller the item the bigger the packaging.
The day after Thanksgiving at sunrise we fired up Makana’s engines,
untied the dock lines and departed St. Augustine motoring 60.5 nm south anchoring off the ICW just south of New Smyrna Beach.
Two days later we grabbed a mooring ball in Vero Beach where we’ll do a few boat projects and finial provisioning while
waiting for a “weather window” for our Gulf Stream crossing.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Makana is back in the water! We'll be provisioning here in St. Augustine for a few days, then we'll be southbound
9:35 am est
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
We arrived in FL on Oct. 23rd and spent the night aboard Makana on the ground in St Augustine. Since our insurance
won't allow us to put the boat back into the water until after Nov. 15 due to hurricanes the next morning we departed St Augustine
to spend the next two weeks in Disney World. We had a great time there, enjoying the Wine & Food Festival at EPCOT, in
addition to sampling great foods and wines from around the world we were entertained by Smash Mouth, Christopher Cross &
Styx. For Halloween we dressed up and had a blast in the Magic Kingdom and later went trick-or-treating in the campground
where we stayed. The water parks were fun and the Areosmith Rock-n-Roller coaster with its 3 inverted manuvers was a highlight
for both me and Hoku.
8:37 am est
The past 10 days we've been busy working on the boat. As any boatowner familiar with being on the
hard knows the days are labor "intensive". 20+ man hours sanding and painting the bottom with 2 gallons of Micro
66, 60+ man-women hours waxing topsides, having the chain & anchor regalvinized, re-rigging mainsail, stack-pac, jack-lines,
genoa, davits, lifelines, cockpit enclosure, new zinc's, ploishing props, changing fuel filters (8total), new impellers (3
total) new belts (8 total), replacing bearing in raw water pumps (2 total), removing and cleaning heat exchangers (3 total),
cleaning water tank, polishing stainless (which as the name implies is stainless not rustless!) and we still have to go up
the mast to clean and inspect the rigging, gotta go!
Sunday, November 10, 2013
We are currently in St Augustine FL, the oldest city in America, getting Makana ready for the water.
Even though we are on land it doesn't mean we can't watch beautiful sunsets from the back of the boat.
7:54 am est