A Unique, Private Day Sailing Adventure on a 63ft Custom Catamaran!
Private Day Sails
We offer half and full-day private day sailing adventures for 1-25 people out of beautiful Frederiksted Wednesday-Sunday (excluding cruise ship days)! Sail along the beautiful West End coastline and spot turtle tracks and endangered birds on Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. Round the Northwest tip of the island and be dazzled by the Ham’s Bluff lighthouse and the gorgeous green hills of the North Shore. Snorkel shipwrecks, reefs and more!
See the West End as you’ve never seen it before! We are the only charter boat company operating year-round on the West End! And best of all, our day sails are private, so your group will be the only guests on the boat!
Our unique boat will make your sail with us even more special! Jolly Mon is a 63ft custom-built catamaran—big and beautiful! Built by Peter Spronk in 1968 for transatlantic racing, then owned by a smuggler and later converted into a charter boat, she has a storied history. We love sailing her and know you will too!
Your sail with us is fully customizable—we can just sail, or we can sail and anchor at a unique stop to snorkel or simply relax in our crystal clear tropical waters!
We offer a half-day experience (3.5 hours) or full-day sail experience (6 hours). Snacks are provided on half-day sails, as well as rum cocktails, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks; the full day includes a picnic lunch. You’ll be served by our amazing, friendly crew. Let us know if there is anything we can provide to make your trip more special!
We are US Coastguard approved to carry up to 49 passengers, but like to keep day sails intimate and will accommodate up to 1-25 people. It’s awesome to sail on a large boat with a small group. And since we can hold up to 49 passengers, if you have a larger party, please give us a call to find out your day sail options.
What to Expect:
Be welcomed aboard Jolly Mon at the Frederiksted Pier by Captain Mike and his 1st Mate. Help raise the sails as we leave the Pier (only if you want to, of course). Our destination will depend on what your group wants and on the weather: your group will be our only guests, so you choose!
Example itinerary: Sail for an hour or two before we drop anchor in our the crystal clear waters. Depart the cat by easy stairs and snorkel, play and swim. If you snorkel, your 1st mate will guide you and help locate the coolest of critters (from turtles to stingrays, to fish to crabs) and also St. Croix’s famous shipwrecks!
- Lunch: fresh fruit platter, sandwiches, pasta salad, chips and homemade dips, dessert (FULL DAY ONLY)
- Snacks: fresh fruit platter, chips and homemade dips, dessert (HALF-DAY ONLY)
- Drinks: Cruzan rum cocktails, Prosecco, mimosas, wine, beer, soda, water
- Snorkel equipment + guide
- Water toys (noodles, inflatables)
- Awesome, Professional Crew
- Happy Boat
Note: Gratuities for crew NOT included and are very much appreciated (for excellent service: 15-20% of the cost of your sail is the industry standard:)
Prices are very competitive for private charters! Half-Day rates start at $750 for 1-6 people. Each additional person is $50. Full day rates for 1-6 people start at $900. Each additional person is $75. See our rate sheet if you don’t want to do the math 🙂
What to Bring:
- Snorkel gear (if desired, we can provide you with some if you don’t have your own)
- Bathing suit
- Reef-safe sunscreen (We care about our reefs here at Lyric Sails and we always have some onboard to buy)
- Cover-Ups (hat, long-sleeves etc)
- Cash/Credit for t-shirts, other cool souvenirs, crew gratuity
Full payment of charter is required on booking. Customers will receive a full refund if WE have to cancel due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. In case of bad weather, we will try to reschedule the sail. No refunds will be issued if a sail is canceled within 48 hours of sailing or for a no-show. If a customer cancels their sail between 2-6 days of sail date, only 50% of the price will be refunded. If a sail is canceled prior to 7 days of sail date, full cost will be refunded. No refunds or credits after sail has been completed, no exceptions.
Credit must be used within 1 year of original sail date.
Can we go to Buck Island?
No, unfortunately, Jolly Mon is too big to go to Buck Island! But we know some great snorkeling spots and private areas on the West End that are just as gorgeous and without the crowds!
Can you pick us up in Christiansted?
Unfortunately not. Jolly Mon is strictly a Frederiksted boat. Taxis are easy to get to Frederiksted and it is definitely worth the trip to experience our amazing beaches and calm water!
Why should I sail in Frederiksted?
The saying “West is Best” is not unearned! Frederiksted is the leeward side of the island and 95% of the time, very calm (6-inch seas!). But we still get some great sailing winds! It’s a perfect combination! We also have some beautiful secluded snorkeling spots, crystal clear Caribbean waters, white sandy beaches, and several shallow shipwrecks that you can snorkel! And there’s very little boat traffic so you’ll usually have the sea to yourself! We love Frederiksted and can’t wait to share it with you!
When are these sails offered?
Tuesday-Saturday!! Please see our live availability schedule here: Live Availability! For other dates, please give us a call and we’ll see what we can do!
If a day is not available, it is probably booked. However, you can always call 340-201-5227 to see what your options are.
What about the shipwrecks?
There are 5 shipwrecks in close proximity to each other near our anchorage spot at Butler Bay (about 200 yards). We can visit these as long as guests are strong swimmers with no medical issues. Visiting the wrecks also depends on the weather–we will not take guests there if the weather (wind, currents, waves) are not suitable–and this evaluation is entirely the Captain’s discretion on the day of the sail. Our guests’ safety is our number one priority, and we appreciate your understanding!
I’m coming by cruise ship, can I book this tour?
Lyric Sails is an official excursion option in St. Croix for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Carnival and Holland America lines. Please book our “Half Day Frederiksted Sail and Beach Break (Cx28)” directly through the excursion desk. Our private day sails are not offered on days the cruise ships are in port.