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Salty Girl Catamaran Charter
Owner Operated & Sails with 2 US Coast Guard Captains, Ensuring Your Safety and Fun. Our numerous and current reviews assure you of a positive Caribbean adventure.
Although not unheard of, I hold 2 Licenses; earning not only a US Coast Guard Captains license, but also a Commercial Pilot’s, as well. Sailing and flying are in many regards similar. Passenger safety, comfort, and destinations are the focus.
I enlisted in the United States Army after obtaining my Eagle Scout status at age 17. The GI Bill enabled me to pursue my undergraduate degree in Aviation Flight and Management from Southern Illinois University. Both Tresa and I hold Masters Degrees. My career path did not take me flying, however, but to logistics with a wholesale distribution business. It was a three year plan to leave our life on the Canadian boarder in NYS, and transition to the Caribbean. Truly one of the best decisions of our lives!
The $100,000 refit on Salty Girl was mostly done by Tresa and I. If you would like to know more about boat systems on the ocean, just ask, as I will enjoy discussing them with you. The helm station can comfortably sit 3 people, so don't hesitate to come try your hand at the wheel. Interested in listening to music? You can choose the venue from my pre-made playlists or Bluetooth from your own devise. Our 9 speaker Fusion Stereo sounds terrific turned up loud! Please tell us if you are camera shy. I enjoy taking and sharing pics of your party!
I am excited to share my love of the Virgin Islands with you aboard Salty Girl. As a career New York State public education teacher, I know how important family vacations and couples’ retreats are. Let Salty Girl lead you on the perfect escape. Our goal is for you to feel the boat as your private resort from which to reconnect and explore nature. Options include snorkeling, snuba, fishing, kayaking, hiking, binoculars from the boat, or just soaking in the sun. However you choose to customize your day, know that your safety, as well as private time, will be foremost.
Meal time on Salty Girl is special. As the primary cook, I make sure every dish is home-made with an extra dose of love. Years of running an organic farm, feeding our children, and enjoying good food all lead me to the dishes prepared specifically for you and your preferences. Additionally, tasty recipes, from my classes with the Culinary Institute of America non-degree program, are served with local Caribbean favorites. My focus is on light healthy eating to fuel your adventures. I hope you enjoy my boat-grown microgreens! I am honored to have professional chefs and guests request recipes, so don't hesitate to ask!
Philip and I are very proud of the 4 adult children and one son-in-law we share. No grand kids yet!
****BABY FRIENDLY YACHT, inquire for terms and rates****
Thank you for showing us the beauty of your home. While of "Spring break" trip was very delayed it was well worth the wait. While the waters and islands are lovely, the true beauty exists under water. Tresa's knowledge of where the best snokeling is was on on. I never imagined we would see sharks, squid, feeding turtles, stingrays, starfish and so much more. The kids loved all the toys, SUP, kayaking, snunba, and the subwing. Scott and I loved the trip with our whole family while Phil & Tresa took excellent care of us!
Nicole, Scott, Haleigh, Evan, Alec & Colin
Thank you so much for an excellent vacation. I loved everything about it from the cooking to the snorkeling and the sailing. Thank you so much for making the vacation as easy and fun for us as possible, I wish we never had to go home because of all the beautiful above ground and below the water.
I really loved this entire tip, from sharks and sting rays to squids and starfish. I saw more things that I ever though I would.
I really enjoyed the desserts. My favorite was the pineapple or the brownie.
We had a great time.
We're turning fifty!!!
We wanted to do something special for my 50th birthday - and what a special trip this was! Tresa and Phil gave us the most amazing vacation. Everyday topped the previous day. From snorkeling, SUPing, kayaking, hiking, swimming - you name it, the showed us the most special spots around!
Tresa's food was out of this world. When she served us lunch or dinner, all conversation would stop, and you would only hear the sound of silverware on plates.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking such good care of us, for all the conversations, boating instructions (thank you Phil110 and showing us around in this special corner of the world.
'Til next time
Keisha, John, Annilea & Florian
We had an absolute A+ adventure on the Salty Girl. Tresa & Philip were so knowledgeable and shared their knowledge during the trip. The food was exceptional. We are so grateful to have found Philip and Tresa and Salty Girl for our tour of the VI! Between the land touring, snorkeling and the Salty Girl toys, there is so much to do. Philip & Tresa are extremely knowledgeable of the islands histories and always conscientious of passengers safety and being good stewards of the land and water. We 100% recommend to anyone considering a VI vacation. Perfect first time Virgin Islands vacation! Thank you!
What an adventure! Can't even say how much fun we had! Thank you for taking care of us! Never a dull moment! We always got to where we wanted to go before the crowds! The food was amazing! Tresa's good was awesome! Captain was great! We don't want to go back to snow! Thank you again for everything! Would love to come back again! Perfect vacation! Enjoy your Iowa shirts!
-Mark & Tracy
Remember: A bad day fishing is always better than a good day at work!
Finding it hard to write how wonderful this trip on the Salty Girl was. The entire trip was amazing! We really enjoyed the mix of water and land, experiencing hiking and loved the snorkel. Tresa and Philip made us feel safe and explained everything well. The mix of water toys, paddle board and snuba. Our meals were also just amazing!! Made us feel right at home!
-Mark & Laurie
We boarded Salty Girl on my 45th birthday and felt special right away with a homemade cake! We were also celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. Everyday brought a new adventure with beautiful beaches and water. CC LOVED the power snorkel and SNUBA! Turtles flying under water was Julie's favorite water experience. On land, we REALLY enjoyed The Baths, including the hike to them AND great hike to Rams Head. Philip & Tresa were sure to get us to The Baths early to beat the cruisers. On the boat, Philip & Tresa made us feel so welcome with a beautiful bedroom, incredible food that TASTED LIKE LOVE - we were NEVER hungry, great toys, privacy at the perfect times, and great conversation at other times! We cannot say thank you enough for the experience and the hospitality.
CC & Julie
We had a blast on Salty Girl this week. Our family desired a week of fun and adventure, and we ended up having that and much more. Thank you Tresa & Philip for your incredible generosity and hospitality. We feel so rejuvenated and relaxed from the sunshine and salt water. Tresa & Philip both provided so much attention and effort to make each of us feel comfortable, well fed, and informed about the boat (sailing) and about all of the islands/places we visited. Salty Girl is a lovely boat and so well equipped with "toys" that our sons (ages 12, 14) enjoyed. Some of the highlights were: the SNUBA was such an amazing experience, the hiking was incredible (favorite Ram's head), helping with the main sail and the sailing adventures, and THE MEALS - simply delicious!! We feel so blessed to have met Tresa & Philip.
Many blessings to y'all!
-Michelle, Wes, Nate & Noah
What a wonderful family vacation. We loved every moment and had every memory made; from snorkeling, SUP. kayaking, shell hunting, to learning to cook with Tresa, this has easily been one of the best and most memorable vacations we've taken as a family. THANK YOU for giving us the time and space to reconnect and grow as a family. We have so loved and appreciated getting to know you both! We hope to return in the near future. We love you guys! XO
-Chris, Adrienne, Shane & Olivia
First off, thanks for making our honeymoon one of the most memorable experience ever!! Emilee and I can not begin to describe how grateful we are that we were able to spend sever days in the most beautiful place on Earth. You guys have been so awesome in every way possible. We have felt like family and it has not only been better because of your graciousness and kindness. We have never experience the breath taking beauty of the Caribbean and now that we have I can't imagine experiencing it any other way. Thank you guys so much, we love you and keep on being awesome!!
Emilee & Nick
September 2019 - Honeymoon couple
Thanks for making a special trip to kick off our honeymoon. The sights were gorgeous, stories entertaining, experience fun, and your food, hospitality, music lists & kindness phenomenal. The sailing was like being rocked to sleep as a child. It was the perfect escape to start out journey.
Kat & Dustin
We had a fun 4 days doing every variety of water activities available plus finding plenty of time to truly relax and enjoy the beautiful area and each other. Tresa & Philip made sure we had everything we needed while making us feel like we were on our own boat. They have a talent for finding the most beautiful and peaceful places we could ever imagine.
-Sam, Ellen, Max & Shayna
Seven of us set out on a sailing adventure from St. Thomas in the USVI and 8 days later we swam, ate, learned, read, snorkeled & dove around the BVI and USVI making Salty Girl our home on the seas! Tresa made us feel at home and made sure we were never hungry with her cooking skills. The entire week was a lifetime of memories for all days in the unspoiled seas, deserted beaches, perfect weather! Thanks for the memories!
-Kip, Mairi, Wendy, Steve, Wailea, Kailee & Koalani
Philip & Tresa,
Thanks for your knowledge of the islands, that made it fun. The food was delicious and your hospitality was the best!
Accommodating our 3 generations on two boats with blended meals, trips, and suggestions for what to do where was a big help in making the trip more fun.
Bud, Marlyn, Blake, Dia, Emily, Karlie & Miles
PS I get the biggest kick watching my kids enjoy the snuba! They LOVED it
Dear new friends Captain Philip & Tresa,
From our first hug on the dinghy dock to our last moments, your hospitality showed no bounds! We all thank you with grateful hearts for such a truly wonderful family trip. Salty Girl is a BVI treasure... beautifully appointed and very comfortable. You have both mastered in making everyone feel at home and getting folks into their comfort zones while sharing your abundant knowledge of your beautiful islands. Your love for what you do exudes in every moment. Tresa, our bellies were kept full with all your delicious cooking. You both made sure that your home felt like our home and completely spoiled us. It was truly just a wonderful experience from start to finish!
Wayne & Susan
Dear Tresa & Philip,
Thank you so much for a wonderful Honeymoon! The week we spent with you flew by but was jam packed with so many spectacular adventures, fabulous food, and memories we will never forget. You knowledge, hospitality, generosity and love of the sea make us come back again & again. See you on our 1 year anniversary.
Lauren & Dustin
As a diabetic, Tresa made sure I had the appropriate food at the right times of the day. The locations we visited were spot on for what we wanted to do. Tresa and Philip made us feel like we were the only people on board. Our first anniversary will be here soon!
What an epic celebration. We came to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, a birthday, and a retirement. Two college roommates got to hang out over beverages and tell stories from Wichita State. Your hospitality and kindness brought us together. The food was made with love and served with grace. You two took care of us!! Philips focus on Safety and provided a trip that brought us into chill mode was amazing. Tresa, you made us fell 'at home in paradise' and words cannot express our appreciation for your ability to open your home, your kitchen, and your heart to us.
Dennis & Heidi
Buena Vista, CO
What an amazing experience! This was my first experience with this type of trip and I'm leaving feeling spoiled! Great food and drinks - each stop we made was better than the last. We saw numerous fish, stingrays, turtles and a momma whale and her baby! Our hosts, Philip & Tresa were very attentive and had great stories! The food on board was fantastic! I can't wait to try and repeat Tresa's cooking at home! One of the BEST vacations we have had!
Brad & Linda,
Thank your Philip & Tresa for this amazing journey. We didn't expect to have this much fun in 3 days. Everything from the food to the beaches to snorkeling were unbelievable. Thank you for sharing these experiences with us, We had an awesome time and you guys were such great hosts!
My kids (above)! The girls agreed to come on an adventure with me! Tresa and Philip were amazing with every detail! From a welcome note to an explanation of absolutely everything we could have asked for a more productive, relaxing, eventful, happy trip! We love you Salty Girl!
An Unforgettable Experience
My boyfriend and I were staying in St. Thomas and ended up going out with Philip and Tresa for a day trip. We had such an incredible time that we came back a few days later for an overnight charter and we can't recommend these guys enough!
We loved everything about our time aboard Salty Girl. The boat is beautiful and very clean. Plus, it has everything you could need to have a great time snorkeling, kayak, paddle boards, and more). Both Philip and Tresa are extremely knowledgeable of the islands and created our custom itinerary for us based on our preferences/had tons of interesting information to share. We were brought to remote areas that are hard to access via car and had the best time snorkeling with sea turtles, hiking to beautiful vistas and more.
The food we had was delicious (we had fresh homemade pasta and bread for dinner!) and Tresa went above and beyond to accommodate for my vegetarian needs during our stay. Both Philip and Tresa were kind, caring, and enjoyable to be around. We felt safe aboard the ship at all times and enjoyed every second of exploring the US Virgin Islands via boat, which was totally different experience from seeing it from land.
If you are looking for a charter, you should definitely book these guys. We hope to be back one day.
Thank you Philip & Tresa for hosting one of our bucket list trips! Our week in the USVI and BVI was amazing We loved the busy locations (Soggy Dollar, Foxys), but we also really enjoyed the laid-back Scrub Island resort and "deserted island slumber parties" at the Pirates Bight and Salt Pond Bay St. John. Thank you two for being so accommodating to our 5 & 6 year old boys. The highlight of their trip was feeding the donkey and swimming with the sea turtles at St. John. We will have years of fond memories on the Salty Girl.
The PXXXXX Family
Our family had nothing short of a magical week. With a 17, 16 & 9 year on board, the knowledge of family friendly spots on the islands y'all displayed was fantastic. Everything was far more fantastic than I could have ever dreamed of, from snorkeling to the food (which was terrific). As a 17 yr old I was not super excited to leave friends and the internet behind. All of that becomes an after thought after arriving here. Hands down one of the best weeks of my young life. Thank you Philip & Tresa!!
Landon, Laurel & Laila
This trip had been one of our bucket list trips for years. Originally planned as an anniversary trip turned into a family vacation. We are so glad we brought the kids along. Reading their comments on the previous page show us that it was a trip of a lifetime for them as well. What a week it has been! You were so kind to welcome us into your home and show us your "neighborhood". We have enjoyed the hikes, fishing, snorkeling and views! We enjoyed getting to know y'all and listening to knowledge about the sights. The boat was amazing with all of the comforts of home. Thanks so much for a great trip. Thanks for your patience with us and the kids. You were wonderful hosts.
Kyle & Trina
We vacation often but have never done anything like this so didn't know what to expect. You both put our minds at ease. We appreciate your knowledge of the islands and the information you provided Tresa. Philip your skill as captain put us at ease and for that we are grateful. We appreciate that you welcomed us into your home and made us feel like we welcome guests. The trip was full of fun and beautiful sights. We will be doing this again in the not to distant future and that is because of the amazing time we had on Salty Girl.
-Cindy & Brian
Thank you for such an amazing trip! We will be back! Such an amazing experience!
-Mike & Kim
Tresa and Philip are AMAZING people, phenomenal captains and just all around welcoming kind and wonderful. My husband and I chartered the Salty Girl for a week. We are so thankful we chose Tresa and Philip for our 5 year anniversary celebration! We could not possibly have found a sweeter couple to share this experience with. Great cooks too!! The food was delicious. The sights were amazing. Their company was great. We felt like family because they made us feel that way. They kept us privy to every stop we were making, what we could expect to see and experience and what each fantastic meal would be. They definitely gave us 5 star attention, a 5 star experience and 5 star service!! I didn't know what to expect never having been on a boat. I was nervous at first but as soon as we came aboard Tresa gave us a big hug and made us feel so welcomed. We felt like family AND royalty all at once! THIS IS THE BOAT TO CHARTER! No question about it!! We plan to charter with the two captains again with our teens ASAP!!
Thank you Tresa. Thank you Philip. We could no have asked for more!
Thank you Tresa & Philip for a fantastic 40th birthday adventure! Everything was beautiful, relaxing, delicious and exceed our expectations! We felt at ease from the first coversation on the phone and throughout the entire trip. We would recommend anyone looking for a relaxing adventure.
Amy & Brian
New Years 2019
What an amazing week aboard the Salty Girl! We can't thank you enough for your generosity, hospitality, and for this amazing adventure! Thanks for all the advice and words of wisdom. We hope to be joining you on the high seas one day! Thank you for everything! Unbelievable!!!
Captain Crunch & The Primary
Thank you so much for such an unforgettable vacation. Everything was so much more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. I'm so glad we had you guys to show us around and cook for us. The food was amazing. I especially enjoyed Salt Pond Bay and Ram's Head hike.
What an amazing experience! We are leaving with full hearts and lots of memories. Your home is beautiful and we are grateful y'all have allowed us to share it with you.
Holy moly! Amazing! Loved snorkeling and scuba. The islands, ruins, hikes, kayaking were just what we needed. Thank you for personalizing our trip. Thank you Tresa + Phil! Great experience + great hosts!
The Hartwell Hooligans!
Our third charter trip to BVI and another amazing experience. Such gracious hosts, our every need taken care of with a smile. We loved the comfort of the Salty Girl. Great hot showers, fans in the bedrooms, plenty of towels, but most of all Tresa and Philip made us feel like we were sailing with dear friends. So many wonderful meals, laughs and lots of stories told. Thanks!
October 2018 Day Trip
I'm glad you found each other and are living your dream! You have been wonderful guides, hosts and providers. I enjoyed every minute! Wishing the two of you & the Salty Girl many lovely trips.
Thank you Philip and Tresa for such a fun afternoon. Your guys were awesome and what a great boat!
Thank you for having my family aboard the Salty Girl. Glad I could spend some time with you all aboard your wonderful boat, you two are fantastic. Thank you so much!
A fabulous trip-loved it. Thanks for such a good time and fun trip!
Loved the trip and look forward to more trips in the future!
Trip was fabulous and Philip and Tresa you made it so much fun. Great Day!
Thank you Philip and Tresa! You have helped provide my family with many wonderful, lifelong memories. Breyden (8) appreciates and really enjoyed all of the wonderful snorkeling spots. Khloe (7) loved every bit of the charter as well. We all had an amazing experience!!!
Ben, Breyden & Khloe
Philip & Tresa,
You two are nothing short of amazing! Our family had a magical time on your beautiful Salty Girl. We enjoyed all of Tresa's delicious meals - all homemade - ice cream, bread, pasta and the beast loaded nachos and pain killers! I loved hearing Tresa and Philip explain all of our surroundings - the islands and their history. Thank you for being so kind, generous and welcoming to our family. We will never forget our time on Salty Girl - we'll definitely be back for more!
Ron, Maria, Eric and Maia
Thank your Captains Philip and Tresa!
Our family came together in closeness on Salty Girl and in 'the gorgeous Virgins." Simply relaxing and beauty.
Crew: Philip and Tresa work together as a kind and coordinated team; always focused on safety, but with the special warmth and hospitality. Tresa made the best meals of our trip. (Ice cream, homemade pasta, waffles and my favorite: tuna seared and a delicious salad. My kids (17, 19, 20) gobbled up everything too.
Salty Girl: There are surprisingly many places for a family of 5 to sit and lounge on this gorgeous and solid vessel. We loved stargazing into the night... shooting stars, satellites and good conversation.
Meg, Mike, Chris, Jenny and Josie
Broker provided guest comments August 2018
We had an amazing time,
Tresa and Philip were very knowledgeable and fun to be around. We had a great itinerary for us and the kids, we felt very safe and we had an amazing time!
would highly recommend them to your other clients
USVI Local Family
Thank you for a wonderful, peaceful, never to be forgotten day. The company was amazing and you made us all feel right at home. The food + drinks + cookies were delicious. The conversations were educational and the family gathering with friends included will always be unforgettable.
You both are the greatest hosts and looks after our every need. The seal was healing, beautiful and called to us. It was an amazing adventure to last a lifetime. We will be back... time & time again. We are so grateful for a most perfect day.
Lisa, family and friends
HGTV's Caribbean Life review
Thank you for being such amazing hosts! Salty Girl is going to be a big star! We are so glad you took us out on the water. It makes us happy to know our show, Caribbean Life, changes lives and helps people live out their dreams. YOU are helping US live out our dreams!
Jess, Caity, William, Bruce, Mike, and Mike HGTV's Caribbean Life
Thank you for an amazing day on the Salty Girl. The most amazing snorkeling and sailing tour as well as the most kind individuals you will ever meet. The knowledge that you both passed on to our family about the ocean and the islands was remarkable!! We will never forget this once and a lifetime, as a family, chance to explore with you guys.
Wow! From the initial talks to the very first step aboard this trip. Our first island hopping trip was utter perfection! Philip and Tresa are both amazing captains - they saw to our every need and paid close attention to every desire. We saw NINE islands - the food was fabulous. Homemade BREAD AND PASTA - even homemade ice cream, We were served in high fashion and felt like Royalty!
Salty Girl Rocks!
Hats off to Captains Philip and Tresa
Such an amazing time on the Salty Girl. Memories of great friends, unbelievable water and stops along the islands. Special thanks to Tresa and Philip for the awesome ride. Food was off the chart!
Karen and Dickie
Tresa and Philip are phenomenal! A dear friend and I enjoyed our cruise around St. John. Tresa and Philip added immeasurably to our introduction to the Virgin Islands, snorkeling, and turtles. Thank you for an amazing experience. My cheeks hurt from smiling!
Kathleen and Gretchen
This was our first 5 day private charter and it was a dream come true. The two of us for this cruise, and there is so much room four more could have been with us easily. The boat is Spotlessly clean and very experienced crew, safety is always first. We visited 5 bays and snorkeling is perfect, the water is like glass. Each night the back water lights were light and the fish swarmed to the boat. Equipment was plenty and in excellent condition. This crew knows all the good places to visit and see turtles.
Meals are prepped on the boat and made from scratch. No one, young or old will ever be hungry on this cruise. Every meal is freshly made each day. The best meal is the Linguine and white sauce is haven. She makes the noodles and sauce on board that day. Every meal is wonderful and a heavenly experience.
This crew can take you to the right bay to find that special gift for the Family members and mother in law. Maybe visit the floating bar with music.
We could not ask for a kinder host and thoughtful crew (Army Family) of two. Everything is perfect and thought out. We will return.
Jimmie & Val
Thank you Salty Girl for the priceless, precious memories for our family. We could not have planned a better family vacation. Looking forward to another adventure with you soon! Sailing into paradise with the best crew ever will not be forgotten!
Todd, Shelly, Kaden, Addison
Thanks for sharing your home with us for the week. What wonderful way for us to celebrate our family milestones! It was wonderful to see how the islands are bouncing back from the hurricanes. Scenic views from land and sea will be in our memories forever. We particularly enjoyed our time at Trunk Bay, The Baths, The Indians and Caves, and of course, the Soggy Dollar on Jost Van Dyke.
Joe, Theresa, Bridget, Michelle
Salty Girl Charters and Philip and Tresa know how to do it right. Great company and the ease and flexibility of being able to do whatever you want to do at your own pace is wonderful. Soak up the sun and do nothing, or swim, snorkel, fish and play on the sub-wing...it's all good with these two. Salty Girl is the way to go.
My wife and I chartered Salty Girl in April of 2018. We loved the adventure. Captain Phillip and Captain Tressa were fun and easy to be around. We had many memorable adventures on this outing. The food was great, the scenery was remarkable, the snorkeling was a blast, and learning about the Caribbean was interesting. Anything we decided we wanted to do was arranged by our captains and we enjoyed every bit of our trip. I had never been on a cruising cat and was very happy with the introduction provided by Captain Phillip. We have relived this trip over and over as we shared it with friends and family.
Thanks for everything Phillip and Tressa,
Corbin and Kathy
Trip of a Lifetime
Wow... what a trip of a lifetime! We booked to celebrate Brad's 50 & what we got was a celebration for us all! From the snorkeling, to the sea scooter, to the sub wing, to the underwater lights, to the amazing food & company. A week long vacation with memories & friends for a lifetime! -Trish
Thank you for letting us stay, I had a fun time seeing all of the turtles & fish. -Matthew
I was very happy with all the meals, they were great! - Andrew
Thank you for keeping everything fresh each day, what an adventure. We shall return!! - Brad
Fun, Fun, Fun!
Thanks for a wonderful trip. It far exceeded our expectations. I loved every moment of this trip. It was exciting and relaxing at the same time. Tresa & Phil were excellent. I loved the island and the experience they gave us. -Aisha
This was an Amazing vacation! It was a mystery trip for my 5 friends & they were so surprised!
We loved the variety of things we could do... lay around, swim, snorkel, hike, ext. Tresa's food was phenomenal, and I didn't know seafood could be this good. This is going to be a repeat vaca for sure!- Tara
Thanks for keeping us safe & hydrated Phil!- Shell Rock