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“Perfect day”

Independence Sailboat Charter
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 August 2017

I took my 14 and 16-year-old children on a day sail with Pat last week. Pat has spent her whole life sailing and was happy to share her extraordinary knowledge of sailing with us. The snorkeling around St. John was terrific, and the food delicious. I felt like she invited us into her home for the day. While Travis was away, we were lucky to get to know First Mate Danny. My kids and I loved Danny's positive outlook on life and spending time with two people who obviously love what they do. Thank you both. We won't forget this day.

Thank 4zinnias
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Captain_Pat_Stoeken, Owner at Independence Sailboat Charter, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review of our day. I also enjoyed my time with Dani, very positive and quick to learn the ways of a new boat and captain.
We wish your husband all the best with his boards and hope he can join us next time your travels bring you to our islands!

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Reviewed 3 July 2017

Pat and Travis led us on a great day of sailing between St. Thomas and St. John. In addition to the lovely sailing, Pat took our family to Whistling Cay to do some snorkeling. Travis was quite the knowledgeable tour guide, and all of the snorkelers enjoyed the experience. Before leaving Whistling Cay, we were served a delicious lunch prepared by Pat (who was very conscientious about my son's food allergies). The full day was meant to include another snorkeling stop, but we encountered a turtle in distress on the way to Cancel Bay. We cut the sailing and snorkeling trip short to get the turtle to the rehabilitation center at Coral World -- not the ending anyone had in mind but nonetheless an unforgettable experience.

All in all, it was a fantastic day, and I would be thrilled to do it again someday.

Thank Katie B
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Captain_Pat_Stoeken, Owner at Independence Sailboat Charter, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2017

That a is day that will live in our memories forever. Thank you so much for all your help and kindness during the turtle rescue and I am so glad that you had one really good snorkel excursion. We are so lucky to have Coral World in situations like that, not sure what we would have done with a 70 pound badly injured green sea turtle if they hadn't been there!
We appreciate the great review too and hope that you and your family will come back soon!

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Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

Wonderful day sailing with Captain Pat and Travis (and Travis' Mom too). Personal touch of homemade banana bread and hummus was awesome. The rum punch after snorkeling hit the spot. 5 stars doesn't seem enough.

Thank John Z
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Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Recommend this to everyone! We will be using the independence every time for now on. Pat and Travis did a great job and made you feel at home.

1  Thank Ian K
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Captain_Pat_Stoeken, Owner at Independence Sailboat Charter, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2017

Thanks so much for that review and we will be very happy to have you aboard Independence again soon!

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Reviewed 29 June 2017

Just returned from sailing on St Thomas for the fifth time in the last four years. The previous four were very nice experiences, but sailing with Pat and Travis on the Independence was the best so far. Great snorkeling, stops at beautiful beaches on St. John, great food and drink, and outstanding service provided on board. Will definitely book with Pat again on the next visit. So much better than any shore excursion provided by the cruise line as there are no crowds, the cost is reasonable, and it is just a beautiful and relaxing day on the water.

Thank Jeff G
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Captain_Pat_Stoeken, Owner at Independence Sailboat Charter, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to write your lovely review. We really appreciate it and look forward to having you aboard next time your travels bring you to St. Thomas

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