Yacht Charter Vacations

By Yacht Charters Guru

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About Us

Captain Randy and Chef Shelly TuckerTwenty Years of Experience! How did we get started? We consider ourselves one of the luckiest couples on Earth...we followed our dream! We’re a professionally licensed Captain & Chef team with a 100-ton USCG Masters License. As former owner and operators of a very successful Award-winning charter yacht for 20 years, we’ve completed nearly 300 private yacht charters for clients, many of them repeat clients. Married for nearly 30 years, we’ve sailed and chartered our 72’ yacht from Florida to South America as well as chartered the islands of Greece & Tahiti. After recently selling our yacht, we’ve decided to put all our energies into helping potential charter guests book the perfect crewed charter yacht. It’s easy for us to share our joy in the passion for sailing, beautiful anchorages, great food & wine and wonderful adventures in the islands. Our personal experience of the islands extends far beyond the best beaches to visit, which reefs to snorkel, favorite SCUBA dives, and where the best nightlife can be found. 

You can be assured that our clients expect the best from their yacht charter broker, and we deliver. Our knowledge of the boats, the crews, and the cruising grounds ensures that we recommend only the yachts that have met or exceeded our high standards. 

Think of us as travel agents that just book yachts instead of cruises or hotels. If you find yachts of interest on the Internet, we encourage you to ask about them, as we will most likely be familiar with their status and condition. All professional yacht charter brokers have the same access to the same yachts. 

Our knowledge is local knowledge! Choosing the perfect charter yacht for our guests is the key to our success! 

We’ve been a member of the Virgin Islands Charter Yacht League since 1998 and served many years as officers on the Board of Governors spearheading positive changes in the U.S. Virgin Islands Charter Yacht industry. 

The yachts we represent are exceptional and receive fabulous reviews from both clients and industry professionals. When you step onboard these yachts, you realize how comfortable and affordable a charter yacht vacation can be. Fabulous cooling breezes and calm anchorages are a bonus on any USVI & BVI charter. It’s all about what you want, when you want. While many guests are happy to sit back and be pampered, there’s so much to do! If you want to be more active, there’s kayaking, paddle boarding, wake boarding, water skiing, tubing and hiking. The crews love to share their knowledge of marine life as well as teaching the finer points of sailing and yachting. 

We do not sell yachts like many other agencies so there is no conflict or distraction in our focus for your yacht charter. Our service is free to you. We travel extensively to boat shows and yacht charter shows year round to personally view and inspect as many of the yachts. If a yacht has not been personally inspected, references from past charterers or brokers will be retrieved to ensure the quality and safety of both vessel and crew.

Read our latest review and guest blog of the private yacht charter shows in the Virgin Islands at

5 Reasons Why We are Qualified:

  • As Associate Members of the Charter Yacht Brokers Association, we maintain contact with the yachts to keep abreast of the very latest information on crew/yacht conditions and new yachts entering the arena.
  • We stay on top of local and Federal Government to keep informed about changes in our industry, as well as involving ourselves with change in the environments in which we offer charters.
  • We support local organizations engaged in keeping the reefs healthy. We engage in open dialogue with local publications to help keep the government and the public aware of this important industry in our islands.
  • As a seasoned charter yacht Owner & Crew, we have access to the "inner circle" and know all the facts.
  • We've developed a longtime friendship with vendors of services such as local taxi drivers, ferry companies, good places to stay on land, great restaurants and much more.

Looking forward to working closely with you to create your very special sailing vacation!

Recent Reviews from Our Clients:

Would you use the services of Yacht Charters Guru again in the future? 

"110%!! You are the epitome of what excellent customer service/experience feels and looks like. From the moment I first made an online inquiry you have been attentive, thoughtful, asked all the right questions, didn’t beat around the bush and kept us very informed. You provide a very personalized touch and approach. Extremely attentive and responsive. You have been just wonderful!" 

"Really wonderful and helpful company, look forward to booking with them again in the future."

"Randy and Shelly know everything there is to know about booking your charter yacht vacation. They've been guests and chartered themselves. They are literally experts in this arena. You won't be disappointed."

"We had a superior experience booking a yacht with Yacht Charters Guru! We look forward to returning to the Caribbean for a crewed yacht charter. Thanks y'all for helping us make the most of our vacation!"

"Our family had a "once in a lifetime" trip with Yacht Charters Guru! From the moment we booked our boat to the very end of our vacation Shelly helped us every step of the way. She gave us advice on everything from where to fly into and her favorite places to visit in the islands. Even though we said it was "once in a lifetime" we can't wait to do it again!"

"Quick to respond to our questions and great with matching the right yacht for our interests & needs! I can't wait to sail again!"

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