Captain Willem has huge experience from years of running luxury yachts, and grew up sailing in Holland. His calm, easy-going style instantly makes guests feel at home, and he commands an encyclopaedic knowledge of boats. “I look forward to taking guests waterskiing and wakeboarding or exploring the treasures under the sea, as I am a certified PADI Dive Master,” he says. “I create specialised itineraries for each guest and make them feel at ease afloat as I safely steer to unique and exciting destinations on Namaste.”
I create specialised itineraries for each guest and make them feel at ease afloat as I safely steer to unique and exciting destinations on Namaste.
Core itineraries rotate around the Windward and Leeward islands, running from Namaste’s base St Martin down to Grenada in the south. But guests can set their own cruising areas, with Bermuda and the US Virgin Islands among recent destinations.
Namaste will cruise at an easy 12 knots, and has been known to hit an exhilarating 20 knots of boat speed in the right conditions. And when she arrives in a new bay or anchorage, she can deploy an unrivalled collection of toys to keep the sports fanatics happy. A 90hp sports tender caters for wakeboarders and waterskiers. But there’s also scuba equipment, Seabobs, a foiling Fliteboard, electric bikes and paddleboards. Quieter activities include the boat’s Hammam, therapeutic massage, meditation on the bow and the famous tea bar.