MarineMax Vacations formed in 2012 with an initial fleet of 13 sailboats in the British Virgin Islands. Today, we've been voted the number one charter company in the British Virgin Islands twice and our fleet has over fifty power catamarans. With more than 60 islands to discover, the British Virgin Islands is the world's best boating and MarineMax Vacations offers the best charter experience. Choose to captain your boat or let us take the wheel with a skipped charter or an all-inclusive charters with a captain and chef, for the ultimate in relaxation.
The Vacations Team: Creating Exceptional Experiences
This team's Number 1 goal is to ensure that your charter vacation is spectacular. Once you meet us, you'll quickly realize that with our passion for boating, industry expertise, and dedication to customers, we love building relationship with our customers that often lasts for years.
Dave Bigge, Vice President
Dave has 20 years of experience with MarineMax serving as Store Manager, Regional President and leader of the Vacations division.
With many years of family vacations in the British Virgin Islands and a reputation for organization and process, delivering on the brand promise of “excellence in charter boating vacations” is clearly his commitment as well.
Raul joined the company at the inception of MarineMax Vacations and leads the Charter and Yacht sales effort for MarineMax with more than 15 years of experience in the yacht charter industry.
Raul was with TUI Marine where he held several executive positions including VP of charter sales and marketing. During his 12 year tenure, Raul worked with The Moorings, Sunsail, Footloose, Club Vass and LeBoat, over 1400 yachts, 1200 canal boats, 12 marinas and 90 locations in 29 countries and 5 currencies.
Raul helps customers make their dreams a reality - getting paid to vacation in the British Virgin Islands.
Michelle Bonasoro, Office Manager
As Office Manager, Michelle ensures all charter operation logistics and planning are service oriented and efficient for both our internal teams as well as guest service delivery. Michelle has extensive experience in the BVI charter market. Her clear communication style, integrity and knowledge of the product are an asset to our in house teams and charter guests.
Michelle’s first trip to the British Virgin Islands was a High School graduation present with a lifelong friend aboard a bareboat catamaran. This is where Michelle fell in love with the BVI’s and the charter yacht business. Her favorite activity in the BVI’s is snorkeling at Monkey Point, the Indians and exploring through the Baths.
Kelly Wooley, Charter Sales Consultant
Kelly Wooley has been planning dream vacations for MarineMax clients for the past four years. Kelly has loved being on the water since her first sailing class during high school in Newport, Rhode Island. Kelly graduated with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she was secretary of the sailing club.
Through her knowledge of the charter experience and personal attention for our guests, she is a vital member of the team.
Kelly "KC" Coughlin, Charter Sales Consultant
Kelly Coughlin, also known as “KC”, comes to MarineMax with over 20 years of experience in the yacht charter business. She has worked for some of the world's largest charter companies both at an island destination and corporate level. With personal travel experience, she knows the cruising grounds and details of nearly every popular sailing destination in the world.
KC has lived in The US Virgin Islands actively sailing and crewing on deliveries throughout the Windward, Leeward Islands, Bahamas, Florida, New England and Mediterranean cruising grounds. She will manage every detail of your yacht charter to ensure you have a great vacation.
When you speak with KC, you instantly understand that she knows the boats, the crews, the locations and all of the little details required to help you ensure the charter vacation of a lifetime. KC works closely with our global partners to book bareboat (do it yourself), luxury, crewed, sail, and power yachts and specializes in finding the right yacht and price for each client.
Mallorie specializes in finding you the sailing charter vacation of your dreams. Let Mallorie know how many people, sailing cataramaran or monohull, destination(s) and the types of activities you enjoy. She'll find a recommended sailing company that meets your wishes with the right boat and the right price. With a worldwide fleet consisting of sailing boats from Leopard, Lagoon, Bavaria, Dufour, Fountaine Pajot, the options are endless.
Mallorie is a Florida native who has enjoyed boating and beaching her entire life. Being of Belgian decent, a first generation American within her family, she enjoys traveling. In addition to living in Belgium for four years, she has visited Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Holland and vacationed in the Caribbean on several occasions, including bareboat charters in the BVI, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.
Danielle is responsible for helping plan your dream vacation with MarineMax Vacations. With Danielle's exceptional customer service, she will be with you from start to finish. Her background is team management, sales, and department Operations.
Danielle was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She has grown up in the boating world and spent most of her youth on Lake Havasu, Lake Martinez, and Lake Powell. Danielle married a US Marine in 1996 and spent the last 23 years traveling the world with her husband and 3 children. She currently owns a Sea Hunt Gamefish 30 with her husband and loves to spend time offshore fishing and scuba diving in the Gulf of Mexico.
Danielle’s love for the water and boating has led her to the MarineMax family, where she is ready to assist you with you vacation planning.
Tammy has been in the charter industry for over 10 years. Prior to joining MarineMax, she planned corporate charters in Seattle. From there, she and her husband cruised on their own sailboat, eventually landing in Clearwater where she joined the Vacations team in 2012.
Tammy works tirelessly to offer the best possible service to her guests and is passionate about helping create unforgettable charter experiences. Her attention to detail, professionalism, and knowledge of the industry has made her a trusted charter broker.
She has chartered many times in the BVI and Pacific Northwest and has also enjoyed boating in Florida, the Bahamas, and Europe. Tammy is ready to share with you her knowledge of the beautiful islands and help you plan the trip of a lifetime.
David Ludwig, Base Manager, Bahamas Charter Base
David's career began in 1999 in St. Louis, MO as a detailer, then left to attend Marine Mechanics Institute in Orlando, FL. Upon graduation, David spent 10 years as a technician for Port Arrowhead and Parker Boat, which were eventually acquired by MarineMax.
David then began working as a service manager and director of towing operations in St. Louis until returning to MarineMax to become a delivery captain in Georgia. From here, David captained MarineMax Getaways! trips to the Bahamas, leading to more experience with delivering Aquila boats to the BVI Charter Base. He is proud to be the base manager of the Bahamas Charter Base fleet and looks forward to providing you with your dream vacation.
Clarence Malone, Director of Operations, BVI Charter Base
Clarence comes to the team with more than 39 years of experience in the charter industry. Clarence oversees all aspects of charter operations at our Tortola base. Clarence's vast knowledge of charter operations and strong base management skills will continue to strengthen our Tortola Base Team.
Clarence is originally from the beautiful island of Tortola and graduated from the Chapman School of Seamanship in Stuart, Florida.
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