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David Loerzel

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Yacht offers Rendezvous Diving only

Yacht Description

Flame is a 1956 de Vries FedShip. In 1995 she was lovingly restored, retaining the old world charm while providing modern conveniences in a layout specifically designed for charter.

Yacht Accomodations

For Guests there are three equally large staterooms, each featuring a queen sized bed, full air-conditioning, a cassette player and ensuite head and shower.

Other Entertainment

Furuno 24 Mile Radar
Signet dept, log and water guages
Beede depth talker

Other Toys

All Cabins Fully air-conditioned
Color TV's, Stereo with CD
3 Additional CD players
IPOD with 6000 songs that can be broadcast in any cabin
VCR/DVD libraries
Full wet bar with ice-maker
Snorkel gear
18-foot Dinghy with 115hp Yamaha outboard Tubing/Water-skiing
Games and beach toys
Four-by-twelve foot swim platform with swimladder
1 x Ocean Kayak
2 Paddle Boards


Signet VHF Radio & Icom hand held VHF

Crew Profile

Dave Loerzel graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and served on ships and shore stations across the country and overseas. With Sue and two children they discovered the Caribbean and island life while on duty in Jamaica. Dave cruised the Islands from Aruba to Bermuda and the entire family grew to love the climate, the dynamic cultures and the low stress environment of Caribbean living. Dave is an experienced Coast Guard Officer and licensed Captain , having Commanded and served on a variety of vessels across the Atlantic, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. He operated vessels from 35 to 378 feet and sailed from Lake Superior to Aruba, New York to Europe and Connecticut to New Orleans. Later Dave and Sue followed their son to a true Caribbean Paradise, and adopted the Virgin Islands as their home where they started their new adventure as owners of the Belgian Chocolate Factory. Captain Dave and the FLAME are delighted to share the wonderful fresh made Belgian chocolates and the beauty of the Virgin Islands with you!


A talented professional chef, Gavin has the gift of exquisitely joining the energy of whole foods with the vitality of life. His ability to combine seasonal foods with international styles of cuisine has built a supportive and loyal following in the Virgin Islands. Part sage, part sweet-talker, he's funny, smart, authentic, warm, and experienced; a good-looking guy who moves effortlessly between the upper crust and roots communities.

Raised in Lewisboro, NY, Gavin Kearney's life in food came into focus only after originally studying to be a teacher. Through cooking, Gavin built a career, fulfilledhis creative impulses, and made his parents proud. And with Gavin's humble background, working in the kitchen also meant never going hungry again. Gavin's journey started with his beloved Nana (his adoptive mother's mother), who taught him as a child to candy yams, baste a turkey, make cranberry sauce, and whip up delicious pies and muffins. Gavin's adoptive dad worked for Nestle, making truffles and tollhouse cookies, which Gavin in turn sold "4 for a dollar" to make money for food and "tings." His first job was as a dishwasher in a French restaurant, but he rapidly climbed the ladder, moving
from fry cook to grill station to saut chef. Gavin worked at various restaurants, from greasy spoons to upscale bistros, in Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers, before finally finding his true home in St. Thomas, USVI.

Nana, his adoptive parents, Curtis Atkins, Julia Child, Emeril, Mario Batali, Two Fat Ladies, Bobby Flay, and Iron Chef America. Gavin has always loved food. He could out-eat his adoptive dad by age ten - and his dad weighed 250 lbs! Gavin was always last to leave the table, and often polished off everyone's unfinished
plate. His mom was a health nut, while his dad loved gut-busting steak and sausage dinners, so Gavin grew up with an appreciation of both ends of the food spectrum.

Gavin sees food as a way to spiritually and physically nourish people, and through that exchange, enrich his own spirit too. Food is a vehicle that brings folks together to celebrate life, and cultivated properly, it can also improve the ecological stability and economic health of the planet. For him, his Rastafarian beliefs mean you are what you eat - that's where the "livity" of food comes in.
You can find Chef Gavin Kearney on the Cooking Channel, Host of Caribbean Vibes.

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