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"S/V Long Distance"

S/V Long Distance sails out of Coral Bay, St. John, USVI

S/V Long Distance sails out of Coral Bay, St. John, USVI

S/V Long Distance is a beautiful 40 foot Pearson charter yacht, which carries six passengers and sails from Coral Bay on the East end of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The boat is owned and operated by Gary and Deedra, St. John residents. Gary is a licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain and Deedra is a registered nurse.

Sailing on the S/V Long Distance offers:

  • Casual sails to quiet places
  • Great snorkeling at unspoiled coral reefs
  • A family oriented experience
  • Friendly hospitality
  • Island History
  • Local knowledge of the area
  • Sailing and snorkeling instruction

The S/V Long Distance is a fully insured charter with current U.S. Coast Guard License and membership with the V.I. Charter Yacht League, Friends of the National Park, and Coral Bay Yacht Club.

Our Philosophy

Sailing, not motoring
Quiet places, not crowds
Relaxing, not meeting a schedule
Snorkeling, not bar hopping

What to Expect

Guests begin their journey with a comfortable seat in the shade, or may relax in the sun on our spacious deck. After sailing to a secluded cove or island with unspoiled coral reefs, Captian Gary prepares food and beverages while Deedra snorkels with the guests to point out the best features of each site. Back on the boat we have many resource books to identify what you have seen. Experienced sailors may even take the helm!

We work to accommodate each passenger's needs and create a memorable and unique experience. The boat has a private head, easy boarding ladder, and all the amenities to ensure an enjoyable trip.

Note on British Virgin Islands (BVI): S/V Long Distance no longer provides day sails to the BVI. BVI destinations like The Baths and The Caves have become crowded with large tour boats and small cruise ships. In 2007 passports became required for the BVI and clearing Customs can take up to two hours out of your trip. We recommend taking a ferry, motor sail, or power tour boat to the BVI's and sail with us another day!

Awards

Congratulations to Long Distance for winning the 2014 / 2013 / 2008 / 2009 awards from Our Virgin Islands Daily Newspaper for the best SAILING in the USVI!

2014 best sailing, Our Virgin Islands Daily Newspaper, S/V Long Distance, USVI, St. John, Coral Bay 2013 best sailing, Our Virgin Islands Daily Newspaper, S/V Long Distance, USVI, St. John, Coral Bay
2009 best sailing, Our Virgin Islands Daily Newspaper, S/V Long Distance, USVI, St. John, Coral Bay 2008 best sailing, Our Virgin Islands Daily Newspaper, S/V Long Distance, USVI, St. John, Coral Bay

Praise

"We had a wonderful time snorkeling and feeling we've visited with old friends even though it's the first time we've met. Thanks for your hospitality and an incredible day."
-Cecelia and Bill, Cheshire, CT

"What a great experience...Saw lobster, baracuda, turtle, tarpin, spotted drum, nurse shark, parrot fish, etc. Thanks so much."
-Phyllis and Doug, St. John, USVI

"To Long Distance:
The sail was great
To all who inquire
Your boat's top rate
We leave your ship
With all good cheer
Reserve us a date
We'll be back next year."

-Pat and Skip Good, San Antonio, TX

"Another wonderful day of sailing and snorkeling. Flanagan Island and Newfound Bay are our favorites. Thanks for being such great hosts. Loved the bottle nosed dolphin you ordered!
-Brooke, Pete and Dick, Lititz, PA



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