Myself, my husband, and our 16 year old daughter spent four nights aboard Pretty with John and Julie and I am so glad we did. It was the perfect way to see the Bocas archipelago and get away from the hectic pace of the rest of the world. There's not a lot of space on a 40 foot sail boat if your not used to it but John and Julie were very good at making us feel at home and allowing us to have time to ourselves. However, they are both really fun and interesting people and we enjoyed hanging out and talking with them about life after dinner on deck. Their personalities and their knowledge about sailing and about the area were things that made this trip so great. Julie was also super responsive via emails as we were planning the trip.Sleeping out on the water and swimming under the stars was spectacular! They both cooked tasty and healthy meals for us, and they took us to some wonderful snorkeling spots and beautiful beaches, and the cool bat cave. It was really a magical adventure and if you've never lived on a sail boat it is something to do before you die!
We had our charter in the Boca del toro area of Panama. John and Julie worked with us to plan our stay aboard the yacht. It was really all inclusive. We ate till we were stuffed with excellent homemade foods, snorkeled all the best spots in the area, walked the beaches, and were rocked to sleep at night by the gentle motion of the ship. We have never chartered a ship before, but now we are true believers. DO IT.