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3 ice makers, wine cooler, mini fridge, Tv and DVD in main salon and master guest room: Bluetooth stereo in all guest rooms common areas and on deck; variety of water toys, board games, cards, library, internet router in guest rooms and main salon and much more.
Kayaks 1 Pax:
Kayaks 2 Pax:
Yes, water level
Water Skis Adult:
2 rigid metal ladders (one on
Water Skis Kids:
Captain Shawn Deweese:
You’re in good hands with Shawn - not only the Captain, but an owner he knows August Maverick in and out. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Master's Degree in Social Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. He served nine years at sea in the U.S. Coast Guard aboard cutters ALEX HALEY (Kodiak, AK), KUKUI (Honolulu, HI), CAMPBELL (Kittery, ME), and was the Commanding Officer of Cutters ADAK (Manama, Bahrain) and KISKA (Hilo, HI). He graduated from the Naval Diving Salvage Training Center (Navy Dive School) in Panama City Florida where he later retuned as an instructor for four years. He is a licensed Merchant Mariner with a 1600-ton Oceans Master, and Second Mate Unlimited License. He is also a PADI Dive Master.
Now that we've gotten all of the really serious things out of the way, we figured you'd like to know a little more about this one. He's pretty cool. Shawn grew up on the water and all of his memories involve being in, on or under the water; fishing off Cape Cod, snorkeling and diving on family vacations in the Caymans, and waterskiing or tubing during family reunions on the lake in Minnesota. He is great with kids and enjoys teaching them how to fish, taking them tubing behind the tender, and showing some of the little tricks he’s learned during his time on the water.
First Mate Victoria Balcheva
Victoria grew up in Varna - the sea capital of Bulgaria. She was always drawn to the water, and family vacations were always near a lake or the sea. She enjoyed fishing with her father as a child, and was a synchronized swimmer throughout high-school. Victoria attended college for International Business Management while working in restaurants, was a fitness instructor, a health coach and even did some modeling. She always loved the idea of being on the water and running a boat, so when the time was right, she did just that. She moved to Greece and quickly earned her Skipper diploma for yachts up to 72ft. She spent a year running day trips and multi-day cruises around Thassos Island: still one of her favorite places. Victoria immersed herself in the sail culture and participated in local regattas, and was a skipper for a two week trip around Greece, transiting the Corinth Canal twice and gaining more than 3500NM as a skipper. Victoria decided to expand her knowledge and went back to the USA where she gained STCW, Powerboat 2, and RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certifications. During her time on August Maverick, Victoria has completed her 100-ton USCG Captains License course and is working towards her dive certifications! Victoria superbly manages guest relations while on charter; making your time onboard as care-free and fun as possible. In addition to running August Maverick with Shawn, Victoria manages August Maverick’s social media, website and tries to keep Shawn out of trouble...some jobs are simply harder than others!
***CREW ARE FULLY VACCINATED FOR COVID-19****
Shawn, Vici, Angie:
Thank you for such a wonderful cruise in New England. Your attention to detail makes all the difference from a good experience to an amazing one! Thank you for helping us come and go to all our events and being so kind and accommodating. The menus and food were amazing and we cant thank you enough for your thoughtful hospitality!
- Lisa & Tim - Safe Sailing August Maverick!
Thank you August Maverick and crew! We couldn’t have dreamt of a better New England family vacation. Great times sailing, swimming off the back of the boat (66*F water was particularly refreshing) and the food was amazing! Special thanks for finding amazing 4th of July fireworks. Heading home refreshed and relaxed. Thank you Shawn, Victoria and Blair!
Shawn, Lauren, Vici & Adam,
What a great trip!! I get an A+ in retirement. I would do this every year. Food was great, service excellent.
Such a great time, Thank you!
Thank you for an absolutely amazing week. Will remember this trip for a long long time. Everything was perfect. Thank you for putting up with all of us!
Shawn, Vici, Lauren & Adam,
Thanks for detouring the trip to pick us up in St. Croix! It was a fabulous 3 1/2 days - next time will be longer! It was fabulous.
Jen & Clem
Back in the Virgin Islands after 30+ years. Crew was so helpful, service and food was excellent. Time with family cruise was one of my best vacations.
Wow! What an amazing trip!!! From the moment we stepped on board, we knew this would be a trip of a lifetime. Every detail was though off…from the great meals to the wonderful moorings with great snorkeling, to even the swimming reindeer. Who knew Christmas at sea could be so fun and magical. Thank you for everything. Thanks for answering Parham’s questions, for accommodating Cooper’s fractured foot, for teaching Sam how to wakeboard and drink a beer while wearing a Santa hat, and for introducing Sambo to a moray eel, sleeping turtles, and ferocious shrimps. We are so grateful for all the memories, but even more grateful for our new friends. Look forward to seeing you soon either in NC or back on the August Maverick!
Cooper, Sam, Sambo & Parham
Thank y’all for a great week.
Thanks - Sambo
Thanks for answering all my questions.
Shawn, Victoria & Lauren,
How can we begin to thank you for what has truly been a trip of a lifetime. Our group of ten had some unique needs, which were met with such kindness and compassion. You made time for us to have fun active outdoor activities as well as quiet, reflective moments. The boat itself is beautiful and we loved the many delicious meals shared.
Thank you for a truly wonderful vacation. We will fondly remember the many, many incredible moments and memories. We thoroughly enjoyed our 1st class sailing vacation. From the top notch food to the wam and welcoming atmosphere. You went out of your way to make sure all our needs & desires were met. You navigated the entire week with such kindness and warmth. We will absolutely come back to wail with you again, and will happily let the world know how amazing you are as well.
Many many thanks!
Geoff & Tara
Thank you for such a memorable vacation & for making every experience comfortable & incredible.
Thank you so much for making this trip as great as it was, I had such a great time and it wouldn’t have been the same without you two. This has been an amazing vacation and I cant wait for our opportunity to return to August Maverick.
Thanks for everything! The sailing and snorkeling was really fun, you are all very nice!!!
Thank you for a more than wonderful charter sailing vacation experience. Everything was great and each of you provided exceptional service to our family and friends. The stories were great as were the suggestions for things to do, see, and experience. We felt safe and comfortable the entire trip and also appreciated your understanding and flexibility when Heidi was sea-sick. We would highly recommend you to anyone seeking a sailing vacation and eagerly await a return to August Maverick. Thank you all!!
- Mike, Heidi and Family.
What an amazing sailing yacht August Maverick is!! What is truly amazing is Shawn, Victoria & Mark! You made our trip special for each and every one of us, including celebrating our anniversary and a birthday. You all made us feel super special, but Braxton especially felt like one of the crew members. He now wants to grow up to be a captain! We are sad to see the trip come to an end, but feel like we have created life long friends. We truly cannot wait for our next adventure again! Thank you so much for such an amazing vacation.
2021 STFYC/NYYC Commodore’s Cruise
AMAZING!! Thanks so much Shawn & Vici! The best service ever from the nicest people.
All we can say is…Wowza, wow-wee!! Fantastic Crew. Wonderful boat. Excellent experience. Care is taken with every detail. We feel lucky to have experienced the magic that is August Maverick.
- Kit & Scott
Shawn, Vici, Angie:
Thank you so much for being such an awesome crew! We feel so lucky to have found August Maverick and we appreciate all your hard work and friendly, flexible attitude to make the strip so very special for us. Enjoy your continuing adventures and perhaps we will see you again! Look us up if you ever pass through San Fransisco!!
- Kelly & Kermit
Shawn, Vici & Angie ~ you know how to encourage your guests to enjoy their time away from the stresses back home. Thank you for the enormous amount of work YOU do so that we can take a deep breath, let it all out, and just BE!! What a ministry you have and what a gift to all who are fortunate enough to come under your magic!! It was a glorious week in every way - even though the wind was reluctant to cooperate.
Love, prayers, thanks & blessings!
I anticipated this trip for 7 months and it was everything I hoped for! Thank you Vici and Shawn for sharing your beautiful boat with us and for all of the endless work you do to make your guests feel welcome and relaxed. The sites, hikes, and the water sports were all amazing! Angie’s culinary creations were spectacular and endless! You were so much fun to be with and were an integral part of our experience. I couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate my 50th!
- Katie, Matthew, Molly, Barrett, Gloria
Congrats Victoria! Sorry, Captain Victoria! We had so much fun on board! Shawn and Victoria made us feel so much at home and so comfortable. And wow is Nate a fantastic Chef. This was a first experience for all and one will won’t soon forget. We hope our paths cross again in the future. Maybe somewhere a bit more south?
We are honored to be the first trip back aboard August Maverick. Captain Shawn (Barba Roja) always seems to help us capture the perfect day. Victoria (Vicki Poppins) seems to be everywhere at once helping pull off the most wonderful vacation - not to mention the babies love her. Blair (frosted-top chef) out did himself with the food. Who knew “elevated comfort” would be exactly what we love. Thanks again and we can’t wait for the next trip!
BLOCK ISLAND RACE WEEK & TEAM TIO LOCO
We all had a fantastic time on August Maverick. She was an able and comfortable home base for our team during the regatta. Shawn and Vici were extremely accommodating to our motley group.
Have a great summer,
- Team Tio Loco - Steve, Hank, Tom, Tim, Jeff, Kenny, Will, Halsey, George, Tina
From the moment we stepped aboard August Maverick we knew we made the right choice for our vacation. Shawn and Victoria you make a great team and work seamlessly together to create a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Thank you for bringing us to beautiful snorkeling spots filled with colorful fish and arranging great dive times for Martin and Gavin. The kids loved the tubing and the yummy mocktails. Martin appreciated being able to bounce all of his boating questions off of you. The food was AMAZING! We appreciated Greg’s flexibility when it comes to our picky eaters. We can’t thank you enough! We hope to see August Maverick sailing by in New England this summer!
-Jenn, Martin, Gavin, Laura and Hadley
It was an awesome trip. Shawn, Victoria and Kendra were great. They were both professional and fun. They managed our family great and worked amazing with the Brandt boat.
Wow! This trip was definitely one for the books! As a mom, having my whole family together is such a treat but to be able to step on board and bot raise a finger took everything to the next level! Shawn, you, Victoria and Kendra are incredible! Thank you for such a beautiful trip! Thank you for the stories and memories. Thank you for being that perfect combo of “professional” but SO much fun. Thank you for your endless energy in taking care of us. Thank you for the amazing food and drinks. Thank you for letting us play our music loud and for letting the Brandt’s come on board all week! You were all the best hosts/hostesses and we appreciate everything so much!! It was epic!
- The YXXXXX family, December 2020
Shawn, Victoria and Kendra,
Thank you all for such a glowing week! The boat is impeccable, the scenery was stunning, the food was to die for and getting to know y’all was such a blessing! I hope the remainder of the year is such as beautiful as the start was!
- Sophia, December 2020
Trip of a LIFETIME to say at least!!
Thank you it all for the kindness, hospitality and meal! Until next time!
Lots of love!
- Ben, December 2020
Thank you guys so much! I had a lot of fun and can’t wait till next time!
A delightful experience! Great boat, super crew, lovely sailing. Just an all-around perfect three days-even the weather was terrific. Didn’t know Massachusetts could do that! Many thanks to Shawn and Vicky/Victoria for making our trip so enjoyable. We hope we will see you again!
Barbara and John, September 2020
Thank you for this incredible respite. We throughly enjoyed not only your expertise but also your company. Thank you for putting up with George’s incessant questions and constant conversations. We will have the most special family memories of our time on August Maverick! Thank you for finding the sunsets.
Tracy and Josh, August 2020
Thank you so much for the amazing memories and adventures. We loved the boat and how kid friendly the entire trip was. Captain Shawn is such wealth of knowledge, Victoria is amazing at everything and Zack’s cooking was top-notch!
Hope to come aboard August Maverick again sometime! We loved all the activities, especially tubing, paddle board surfing, fishing, swimming, and the dance party!
Thank you so much!
Ronnie K. and Family, August 2020
Thank you so much for this incredible, unforgettable experience! Shawn and Victoria are loads of fun. They are prepared for anything! This was a perfect escape from Covid-19!
Nora (12yrs), August 2020
This was fun and different from the start! I loved tubing and I’m so thankful!
Xoxo, Hannah (9yrs), August 2020
I loved driving the mini boat with Victoria! It was so much fun!
Love, George (5yrs), August 2020
What a spectacular week aboard August Maverick in an otherwise challenging time (covid-19).
Zack, we loved the meals, especially lamb ragu! Victoria, you are amazing and helped make the trip so comfortable. Shawn, we love your boat, everything was so comfortable and so smooth! You did an awesome job.
Hope to see you all again soon!
P.S. Loved the chairs!
The HXXXXXX, July 2020
Thank you for an amazing time. We will always remember Isabel’s 1st sailing adventure on August Maverick!
Peter, Ashley and Isabel (8 months), July 2020
Thank your for making this an exceptional experience for Mike and I! 2019 proved to be a mix of wonderful experiences, and more difficult one. This trip has helped bring us back to our center.
Note: Can't tell you enough how excellent we believe your cooking skills are. I preferred your food to the dinner on shore and I'm sure Mike would agree, so thank you for all your efforts.
You are an outstanding, wonderful host. You move so quietly about taking care of all of our needs. You made an exceptional drink! Thank you for all the extra time with moving us about the cabins. Clean sheets, towels, and a cool and cozy room to return to at the end of the day. thank you, you are a sweet and kind soul.
Thank you most of all, this adventure has meant the world to us. All the points of interest, stops, all had a different atmosphere and feel and memory. I hope this venture means as much to all who have the opportunity in the future. Bless you and your business venture.
Mike and Ann
Shawn, Victoria and Nate, Thank you for making this an exceptional experience for Mike and I. This trip has helped bring us back to our center. Nate: Can’t tell you enough how excellent we believe your cooking skills are. I preferred your food to the dinners on shore. I’m sure Mike would agree. Thank you for all your effort. Victoria: you are an outstandingly wonderful host. You move so quietly about taking care of all our needs. You make an excellent drink. Thanks for all the extra time with moving us about the cabins. Clean sheets, towels, and a cool and cozy room to return to at the end of the day. Thank you. You have a sweet and kind soul. Shawn: thank you most of of all. This adventure meant the world to us. All the points of interest, stops, all had a different atmosphere and feel and memory. I hope this venturing means as much to all who have the opportunity in the future.
Mike and Ann February 2020
We sailed on the August Maverick in late February 2020 Captain Shawn Deweese and his crew, Victoria and chef, Nate were incredible. The voyage exceeded all of our expectations. Shawn chose beautiful bays and coves to moor in with a good mix of serenity and activity. We had a nice mix of water sports such as SUPs, kayaks and snorkeling along with exploring local beaches and watering holes. We enjoyed cocktail hour with awesome beverages and sunsets. We chose half of our dinners on board, and the others at great beach restaurants. The accommodations on board were fabulous. Each berth has its own bathroom and the common areas are very comfortable. Truly was a trip of a lifetime, and I wanted to stay forever. In fact, I inquired if they needed a doctor on board. A lovely respite from a hectic job and cold Minnesota winters. I would enthusiastically recommend August Maverick to anyone wanting a Virgin Island sailing experience. I have traveled extensively, and this trip is tops in my book.
Janet, February 2020
August Maverick is a beautiful vessel — classic design, tastefully updated and lovingly maintained — very well suited to larger groups regardless of weather. The lower salon and berths were spacious and comfortable, but the pilot house is exceptional. Bright and airy, it had enough room to shelter us from the occasional rain, and opened up easily to the aft deck when the sun was shining. It was our favorite space to hang out.
Shawn and the entire crew were outstanding hosts. They were competent, attentive and accommodating, as you would expect from a professional charter company. But what really made our trip so enjoyable was that the crew was also relaxed and fun. And patient — Captain Shawn was willing to share his local knowledge, love of sailing and pride in the August Maverick to answer our endless “newbie” questions.
We had a great trip and would recommend the August Maverick to anyone.
David and Family, January 2020
A Trip of a Lifetime
It was a trip of a lifetime. One where everything falls together perfectly. The weather was amazing, the boat was amazing, the food was amazing and the areas we visited were amazing. The "One Thing" that stands out the most however was the Crew! So welcoming, accommodating and thoughtful, it is because they cared so much in delivering us an amazing experience that our trip was an incredible adventure for all including our 5 yr. oId grandson who still talks everyday about going back to work for Captain Shawn and Victoria when he is older.