Captain Max

Let Captain Max set sail for Sun, Fun and Sailing in St. John, The US Virgin Islands.

Captain Max started her sailing career in the Greek Islands. Sailing with friends and a for hire captain, they explored the islands for weeks. At the end of an idyllic vacation, she thought, "I could do this". Once back in Manhattan, she went down to the waterfront and asked to volunteer aboard the 70' yawl "Petrel". Here, she could earn time on the water toward her license. Their response was "Great, you can be the first woman captain in New York City", and she was.

Five years later she had her 100 ton USCG License and was busy sailing in New York Harbor from April to October and the Caribbean in the winter. It has been over twenty years now and Captain Max knows these waters and the fish that swim in them. Over time some of the fish have become personal friends, as well as some of her charter clients. Come join her for a delightful sailing and snorkeling experience. Who knows, you could make a friend for life.

I named the boat Lou after my father, a boat man with 1,000 tall tales of the sea. Happiness was being on the water with him, and my family, going to Block Island or Cape Cod for summer vacations. When I think of fun on the water, I think of him.

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Our Friends

Sea Turtle

Everybody loves them and we try to find them every day. Of course they won't sign a contract so it isn't a 100% guarantee but we will try to have you swim with the turtles.

Parrot Fish

They are the peacocks of the reef. They munch on the coral, oblivious to snorkelers so are easy to hang out with. They are big and fun to run into.

Spotted Eagle Ray

Magnificent is how to best describe them. With a wing span that can reach six feet across they are a sight to behold.


We don't see them often but when we do it is a special day. Swimming with dolphins in the wild is the icing on the day. I swear that I had one wink at me once. Are you feeling lucky?