Check out this description from SAIL magazine, where it just won Best Boat of 2018:
The Fountaine Pajot Saona 47 catamaran is a space machine in the truest sense of the word. Like all sailboats, it can carry you through the water and across space and time using nothing but the power of the wind—thereby making it supremely quiet and smooth. Unlike most other sailboats, though, it manages to do this while providing a vast amount of living space as well—not to mention the fact it does so in a package that remains supremely pleasing to the eye.
Approaching the Saona 47 from a distance, this emphasis on space is immediately apparent in the top deck, which measures nearly 100ft and is well equipped with sun lounges, not to mention a great view. Down a few steps is a large helm station with seating for two, and then down a few steps more you’ll find an immense afterdeck that flows into a wide cabin, a space that can entertain a dozen without any sense of crowding. Down again and you enter the boat’s private cabins, which are wider than those of many monohulls.
In typical Fountaine Pajot fashion, everything is bright, open and contemporary, with neutral colors and clean-lined joinery that gives the boat the air of a fine urban apartment. The hulls are also fine below the waterline, but then flare rapidly to chines, which minimizes wetted surface for performance while maximizing interior space. Similarly, the long waterline translates into good average speed, while a high sail-area-to-displacement ratio means there’s plenty of power to drive the boat through the water. In other words, like the other models from this builder, the Fountaine Pajot Saona 47 is not only comfortable, but knows how to make tracks.
Tommy developed a passion for sailing at a young age, growing up sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, he quickly advanced from racing small dinghies to acquiring a keelboat of his own at age 15. Taking to the sea after high school for a year of cruising around the Caribbean he then returned to Virginia to complete his university studies. Adventure has always been in his blood. During University his passion for sailing was peaked more than ever and he took every break possible to get back on the ocean completing multiple offshore deliveries.
During his final year of University he became a professional captain, receiving his USCG 100 ton masters license and then sailed down to the Virgin Islands from Virginia, aboard his own sailboat. Working the winter season these past two seasons in the Virgin Islands, Tommy knows all of the ins and outs of the USVI and BVI and is excited to create a charter experience geared towards the wants and needs of his guests.
Alexis has always had a love for the ocean, travel, and adventure. The beach has continually been an important element in her life. She studied Pre-Veterinary at Coastal University in South Carolina, the campus was in the heart of the shore-side so you can imagine that every spare minute she had, she was involved in some activity on or in the ocean. Soon after college she was bitten by the travel bug and embarked on her first solo backpacking trip to South Africa.
She grew up in a Spanish and Italian family so not much more needs to be said – life at home was all about the food – prepping it, cooking it and sharing it with others.
She fell in love with the diverse styles of food wherever she traveled which has allowed her to ‘play’ with the different flavor combinations and add a ‘wow’ factor to her menu. Catching lobster or fish and having it for lunch or dinner is the true meaning of sea-to-table – meals on Black Tortuga could not get any better!
While backpacking in South Africa, she met up with a team studying and diving with Great White Sharks and was invited to join them. She received her Master Scuba Diving Instructor Certification and that then allowed her to travel and work in over 40 countries, apprenticed with scientist in places like Fiji, Australia and the Philippines. Alexis has been diving for 11+ years. So not only is she a great chef but she can take you scuba diving too!
Tommy and Alexis met each other in 2017 and worked together running charters from St. John, sailing in regattas and boat transfers - A super team!
The Virgin Islands are abundant with beautiful beaches, floating bars, brilliant hikes, and incredible snorkel and scuba dive spots that Tommy and Alexis cannot wait to share these with you on board Black Tortuga.