Kekoa Sailing Expeditions

Kekoa is an amazing piece of nautical art, the brothers who run it are just about the kindest people you’ll ever meet, and the boat has an amazing story. Add to that Kekoa’s badass black sails and silver hulls, and you’ll realize there simply is no other option for boating around St. John.

The 50-foot catamaran is rated to handle up to 90 people, but whether you want to party with 50 of your closest friends or enjoy an intimate sunset sail with your favorite person, brothers Ryan and Jamison Witbeck will accommodate you. And if you do happen to spring for a trip for two, the brothers and their crew will lavish you with the kind of attention that’s de rigueur for royalty.

You can charter the wooden catamaran for half- or full-day sails stopping along the way for snorkeling, or simply enjoy the magnificence that is Kekoa as you motor (or sail, if the conditions are right) through the Virgin Islands and her cays. The Witbecks will provide you with simple appetizers to munch on, or you can have your sail catered by one of the island’s top-notch chefs.

Almost as cool as sailing on Kekoa is hearing her story. She was built in South Carolina, with the nearly two year-long construction process coming to a close in late 2008. Just two days after Kekoa departed for St. John, she was abandoned by the boat delivery company’s captain and crew nearly 300 miles off the South Carolina coast during bad weather. It took phone calls to five boat recovery companies before the Witbecks found one to rescue their two year-long labor of love. Kekoa obviously survived, but you’ll have to ask the Witbeck brothers to tell you the rest of the story. We’re out of space!

  • We didn’t tell you this, but’since Ryan and Jamison are the ones who built, operate and captain Kekoa, they have the power to take you to little-known special spots throughout the Virgin Islands and surrounding cays. The list of places they are willing to go is more than double that of boats that sail out of local resorts. Ask them for an adventure, and they’ll deliver.
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