VENTANA
VENTANA GUESTS COMMENTS

March 2020
Thanks Julia & Hoy for an awesome adventure! Our 2nd trip and more to come! First class all the way!
XOXO
Ted & Kim

What an amazing trip! Definitely a bucket list agenda checked off. Top notch all the way, you've ruined travel in the future. Down the hatch!

Julia & Hoy,
Thank you for the wonderful week you made everything so easy! It was great learning about the Virgin Islands.
Bill and Marie
February 2020
Ventana was great! The boat was in great shape but the best part is first mate Julia! She is extremely knowledgeable of the area and can lead you to whatever your passions. She is a workhorse and has the best personality for a group of 40-60-year-old couples. She works hard to make sure you enjoy the food, the itinerary, and the boat itself.
February 2020
Julia, as I sit in the early hours of a St Louis Sunday morning, I reflect back on the past week.

I still notice a subtle rocking in my body and see, with some disappointment, that my views are suddenly less breathtaking than those of the past 7 days!

Our trip celebrating Tim’s birthday was nothing short of spectacular. This was due in no small measure to your over-the-top hospitality! Your constant care, wonderful cooking, local knowledge, professionalism, great laugh, tolerance for our shenanigans and easy going way meant the world to us!

I wish you well. Know that you have our gratitude.

Rick and Diane
WOW WOW WOW!!
What an incredible trip. Julia & Hoy were the greatest crew ever! We saw everything we could imagine..plus! This was the most beautiful place and the greatest food and the greatest view. Nice boat and very comfortable.

-Frank and Meredith
February 2020
Julia & Hoy, thanks for an amazing trip! All the best.
-Diane & Rick

Julia & Hoy-
Great trip made even better by you both! Thank you for everything - and your help making Tim's 50th birthday extra special. we will miss this piece of paradise.
-Tracy & Tim

Dear Julia & Hoy,
Thanks for the amazing trip, it was perfection! We are sad to leave this beautiful boat.
-Pat & Jenn
NOVEMBER 2019
Endless gratitude for this trip of a lifetime. Julia & Damon could not be a better team and so easily jive with our family. Thank you for the nourishing experiences, lovely company and local knowledge. This was unforgettable.
Couldn’t have asked for a better crew. With Julia’s local knowledge and Damon’s Captain skills we had an epic trip! Already looking forward to coming back!

Jillian & Luke
North Hampton, NH
NOVEMBER 2019
I thought this would be a once in a lifetime sailing trip, but now I am hoping it can be repeated! You both have made it so special with an amazing variety of meals, local knowledge, attention to details, Captaining & First Mate expertise, and all with patience and kindness. Our family was blessed to have you champion our vacation and we are so grateful.
Thank you, thank you for our delicious Thanksgiving meal away from home (and all of them!) Wishing you continued success on Ventana or wherever you are and hoping we meet up again. Come see us in New Hampshire!
Nancy
NOVEMBER 2019
What a spectacular trip! Perfect weather, perfect company, delicious meals and full family splendor. Fulfilling in ever way. Julia is a master chef, creative beyond words. Her local knowledge made our trip interesting and friendly with the locals. She was so thoughtful and kind during the entire trop. Meanwhile our Captain Damon made us feel secure. His calm demeanor and experience made our voyage go smoothly. Perfect temperament for a sailing Captain. Forever grateful for the kindness and patience of Julia & Damon!

Constantine & Family
December 2019 broker provided comments
Name: Sonja
Yacht: ventana with Damon Huber & Julia Ray
Charter Dates: 2019-12-21 12:00 to 2019-12-28 12:00
Area Cruised: Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5/5

1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
Very much so

2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
Absolutely

3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
Yes

4. Was the food good and well presented?
Very good

5. Did you like the area you sailed?
Yes

6. Additional comments on your charter?
Best crew. Julia and Damon made our trip wonderful. Very personable great service and really created a custom itinerary that fit my family. Above and beyond service! The space on the boat was the best. Much better than other catamarans Would highly recommend this boat and this crew to others
Christmas 2019
Julia & Damon,
Can't say thank you enough for the great Christmas trip - wonderful food, great snorkleing... and of course the crazy tube rides and Teddy & Christian on the sub wing!!

Wishing you all the best in 2021!
Sue, Kenneth, Teddy & Christian
NOVEMBER 2019
Thank you Julia & Damon!
Great food, great snorkels… So much fun. Hope to be back! Such a wonderful way to spend time together exploring, meeting fish friends, beating Max at cards and learning SO MUCH about the ocean and this beautiful corner of the world. Thanks to Damon for his kind demeanor and to Julia for her wealth of knowledge (and for helping me to finally see a turtle!) So lucky and refreshed and so grateful for this trip!

Maddi
NOVEMBER 2019
A lifetime of memories made aboard the Ventana! What a unique, vibrant & fun-filled journey! Julia & Damon were wonderful guides with expert knowledge and stories that made each stop that much richer. Among my favorites were swimming with friendly turtles, jumping off the Willy T, snorkeling in Anegada at breathtaking Loblolly Bay, and coming face-to-face with an adorable smooth trunkfish!

Much love,
Alexandra
New York, NY
NOVEMBER 2019
Grateful for this adventure. Short & Sweet. Your kindness and patience will be remembered. And see you soon!!

All the best,
Elenor & Dimitry
GRENADINES 2019/JULIA
Darrin & Julia,
We cannot thank you both enough for an amazing week! You were both such amazing hosts and Ventana was a perfect home for the week! Amazing adventures and beautiful views all around - we could not have asked for more! Thank you again for an unforgettable week!

-Mandy, John, Charlie & George
GRENADINES 2019/JULIA
Thank you Darrin & Julia for an amazing week! We are going home more rested than we ever imagined. I am pretty sure that this was the most well fed that we have been ever! From the awesome adventures, to the amazing food to the spectacular views - it is a week that our family will remember forever. We can't thank you enough.
-Nancy, Mark, Win & Kali
Athens, GA
2019/JULIA
The most perfect place to start the new year.
From the moment we arrived (and even before) Darrin and Juila were the perfect "boat couple".
Darrin is warm, confident and accomplished. Hes a great captain and leader.
Julia bent over backwards to make sure everyone was very well fed -2 Simi koser, a Gfree, two kids and the rest of us , everyone was happy and full.
All of us enjoyed every moment of the week .
We hope to return soon and spend more time on the beautiful, comfortable, and friendly boat with the fabulous crew.
Thanks!
Jessica
2018/DAMON
Beautiful week spent with Damon and Michelle aboard their superb sailboat. Damon is an excellent
skipper with incredible knowledge of the local islands. Michelle is an excellent cook. Together they are a perfect duo. The dolphins escorted the sailboat on our way out and incredibly: we were able to swim with turtles! Incredible, fabulous, graceful week.

-Kate and Weylin Leslie
NYC
2017/DAMON
We had an amazing time aboard Ventana. From arrival to departure Dawn, Damon and Reilly made
us feel welcome and comfortable. I'd recommend booking a trip on Ventana to anyone who loves good food, fun sailing, and adventures in a beautiful setting.

- Brian & Liz
California, USA
JANUARY 2016/JULIA
The Captain & Julia are extremely knowledgeable - very, very accommodating - they sat down with us and listened to our requests, thoughts, etc. to make a plan for the week - and then each day the schedule was addressed and our requests were foremost in their decisions as to what to do. We felt like they had all the knowledge of what we’d like to do and when, and they put together great itineraries.

Safari exceeded our expectations - plenty of room, lots of area to gather, or to be alone. Beds were really comfortable, and everything was so clean.

The food was beyond our expectations! Julia is an amazing cook - delicious and gorgeous presentation! She customized to us - only complaints are that she fed us too much and that we had to come home without her!

We felt like we did the perfect option with the half board - the benefit of Julia’s amazing cooking, and also being able to sample some of the local flavor at dinners and lunch.

We had an incredible time - exceeded our expectations in every way! Thanks to you too for coordinating for us - made everything run very smoothly. We really appreciated the advice regarding packing - we did a pretty good job with that. Pre-planning and prep was great and easy. Will definitely recommend to others! And we’ll be back, too!

Betsy G
AUGUST 2015/JULIA
The Captain & Julia were top notch. We enjoyed not only their professionalism and great ideas about where to go and what to see, but also their stories and meeting good friends of theirs along the way. They really made the trip memorable and relaxing. It was clear from the minute we stepped on Safari that we had chosen a great crew, but by the end of the week we had also made new friends.

The food was great. Julia made lots of different dishes and we enjoyed them all. We didn’t have a lot of specific preferences and were very happy with all of her cooking. Come hungry as there’s always lots to eat and drink.

We loved the itinerary sailing the Virgin Islands. We liked the route and all the moorages but what really made the trip special was the captain & Julia’s local knowledge. They showed us a handful of small beach towns and the local vibe of each place. We met a number of their friends and really enjoyed seeing some of the spots off the beaten path.

Brian L
APRIL 2015/JULIA
The Captain and Julia were wonderful. They took care of our every need. They accommodated every request. They were most friendly and a real joy.

The food was unbelievably delicious and visually fantastic. The itinerary was perfect. Safari was absolutely comfortable.

Marc C
APRIL 2015/JULIA
We had a great time the Captain was first rate and Julia was a great chef and first mate. They made us feel at home and very relaxed. I would definitely recommend the Safari and crew to anyone.

Brian M