- 69ft (21.3m)
- 18ft 1in (5.5m)
- 4ft 11in (1.5m)
- Sparkman & Stevens
- Captain Francois Gagnon
- 9kts (17kph)
- 2 X Detroit Diesel 8v71 350hp
- BONAPARTE accommodates 6 guests in 3 cabins. The Master cabin has a king size bed, shower and head. The VIP cabin has a double bed, shower and head. The Guest cabin has a double bed and shares the second bathroom with the VIP cabin. All cabins have individual A/C controls.
The crew has en suite accomodations forward through a separate companionway.
- Captain: Francois Gagnon
Francois Gagnon is passionate about sailing and motor boats. Raised on the shore of the St. Lawrence River near Montreal, Quebec, he has been boating since the age of 6, learning to handle boats in all kinds of weather. Francois has 40 years experience in sailing and motor boating and has developed a keen sense of what to expect on the water. A licensed captain, he displays a cool, calm and collected attitude which inspires confidence and excels in boat handling, navigation, maintenance and equipment repairs. He is a skillful planner and organizer of cruising expeditions.
After graduating from McGill University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Francois founded a successful engineering firm specializing in industrial energy efficiency. Captain Gagnon is the father of two grown children with whom he has cruised extensively in the Bahamas aboard their sailboat PERLA and families are very welcome aboard BONAPARTE, indeed! He is also a PADI Certified Diver, master swimmer and keen spear fisherman. Fresh lobster for dinner, anyone?!Chef: Annette
Annette St. Cyr was introduced to cruising when she met Francois 12 years ago. Shortly afterwards, she embarked on a year-long sailing trip along the US East Coast to the Bahamas during which time she developed excellent skills as mate, hostess and chef. Trained as an educator for children with special needs, she was tremendously successful in her field and appreciated by parents and children alike who followed her workshop sessions.
Annette enjoys catering to guest needs and is very attentive to details. She reads non-verbal communication very well which helps her – and Francois - respond to your needs and desires before you even know about them!! Annette has a sixth sense for hospitality, always paying attention to your well-being. She enjoys cooking fabulous meals, especially desserts, which she whips up in no time, to everyone’s delight. By all means, bring your children. They will be delighted by all the ways Annette entertains them and makes them feel comfortable on board BONAPARTE.
- BONAPARTE charters in the Bahamas
We just returned from a week-long family vacation on Paradise Island and we all agree that
the highlight of our vacation was the day we spent with Francois and Annette on Bonaparte.
First of all, the boat is absolutely beautiful and very comfortable and spacious enough for
our large group. Then, add to that these completely wonderful, gracious people who spoiled us
the entire time... Perfection!
We enjoyed mimosas and a light breakfast of fresh fruit and delicious croissants on our cruise
out to Rose Island. Once we were anchored, we were faced with a dilemma.... What to do?!!
Snorkel, jet ski, SUP or kayak? Decisions, decisions. Or, should we just relax on the lounge chairs
on the deck? Go explore the beautiful beach on the island? Fortunately Francois, along with some
help from crew mate Ashton, couldn't have been more accommodating to make sure
a good time was had by all!
Once we were done frolicking we were all ravenous for lunch. What we were served was beyond
our expectations. Annette truly is an amazing chef! The tenderloin and lobster tails were absolutely
delicious, not to mention the gravy and side dishes. The potato salad was so ridiculously good
we couldn't stop eating it! And for our daughters, Annette made every kids favorite... chicken tenders
and French fries of course! Then she asked what we would like for dessert and our youngest yelled,
"Chocolate cake"! Well guess what? Yes, Annette had even baked a chocolate cake. And of course
you can't have chocolate cake without ice cream too!
They thought of every little detail and had anticipated our every need (well, our every want, because
I certainly didn't need chocolate cake!
A fabulous Family Adventure: It was the vacation of a lifetime for our family - a beautiful boat, perfect weather, daily adventures, and delicious food. Captain Francois quickly learned what activities our family enjoyed and had wonderful recommendations each day for how we should spend our time. This included kayaking through crystal clear waters, tubing, jet skiing, snorkeling, fishing,and just plain relaxing on what felt like our own private beaches in paradise.Annette took great care of us with her delicious meals and snacks, caring service and her beautiful photographs. She is an artist and a delight! We could not have enjoyed our time more.
How do you start a tradition? You book the MV Bonaparte one time - you'll return year after year! I must admit to a certain amount of trepidation in booking a week's charter on a boat we had not seen close up with a crew we had never met in person. After all, Web sites always show only the best (and sometimes pretty outdated) side of things. MV Bonaparte is everything advertised and more! The boat is immaculate, the service is impeccable and the crew is a delight to get to know. Each location the Captain took us to was another slice of paradise. Each activity another great experience with quality equipment and first rate assistance. Each meal attested to Annette's exceptional artistry in the galley.Our 25th wedding anniversary turned out to be just the start of a new tradition! Thank you Francois and Annette and we'll see you next year!!!
We were so relaxed from our fabulous week barefoot and pampered on the Bonaparte! Annette and Francois were gracious hosts, exceeding all of our expectations. She said, ‘My job is to make dreams come true’. That they did! The Bonaparte is a gorgeous boat, with details that mark its distinct beauty…. the teak, comfortable accommodation and impeccably clean. Our hosts couldn’t do enough for us. We lacked nothing, as they anticipated our every need. Annette is a gourmet chef, always providing a unique culinary experience.Each delicious meal was carefully thought out and prepared to meet our every need. We woke up each morning to the smell of freshly brewed coffee that was prepared cup by cup. Breakfast was served at our leisure; eggs, bacon, sausage,fruit, freshly made muffins and these cute eggs, cheese and ham ‘muffins’.Lunches and Dinners were delicious and healthy. Our favorite was the steak and lobster and Tarte Tatin dessert. Francois took us to a different, majestic cayeach day. We would settle in to the front of the boat, with the warm breeze blowing , taking in the view of the water that looked like a paint chip card,with the different shades of turquoise. A trip to Staniel Cay was fun as we petted Nurse sharks , and ate at the local restaurant. The gorgeous yacht, your delicious meals, the beautiful cays, experiencing the turquoise Bahamian waters, the new found friendships...an amazing trip that puts this vacation on the top of the list! Au revoir!
OUTSTANDING!! Our family was so fortunate to do a day charter aboard the Bonaparte. Everyone had a great time and it was the highlight of our vacation! Francois and Annette are wonderfulhosts along with the crew Ashton & Charli. They were so attentive and catered to our needs the entire day. We left from the Atlantis and went to Green Cay for the day. Francois even let the kids take a turn at steering theyacht. Once we got to Green Cay, they setup a beach camp for us and we had the island to ourselves to explore, snorkel, swim, jet ski, paddle board, etc. Forlunch, we went back to the yacht for Annette’s fabulous steak, lobster, and all the sides and desserts. Absolutely delicious! After lunch, we resumed our adventures on the island and Francois took some of the family to another cool snorkel spot. The day was perfect in every way!! To Francois and Annette…. Much thanks to you. Our family cannot stop talking about the fun we had on the Bonaparte. It was truly an amazing day and one we will always remember!
- Bluray player saloon, CD library, Cell phone, DVD library, DVD player saloon, Indoor audio system, iPod dock, Local TV, Satellite phone, Wi-Fi, 14ft / 4.50m 70hp Caribe, Jet skis multiple (standup), Kayaks multiple, Paddleboards multiple, Tube - towable, Water skis - adult, Water skis - child, Wave runner (sitdown), BBQ, Deck shower, Fishing gear - light, Owner operator, Special diets, Swim platform
- Not Insured, Crew certified, Diving if certified, Snorkelling gear, Underwater still camera, Underwater video, 1 Compressor, 4 Tanks, 1 BC, 1 Regulator
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