"I've loved being a TW Yacht Owner. I've held off owning a yacht for years because I know the cost of ownership is painful, but more than this the admin hassle and time spent keeping everything ship-shape is horrible - there's always something to fix on a yacht and managing that is not my idea of fun.
On the flip side, ownership does give me just that bit more intimacy with my yachting than the normal TW membership. I have a role in the specification of the boat and the opportunity to add some personal touches that are important for me, plus it gives me a bit more flexibility in terms of how the boat is used and advance booking privileges.
Best of all, it provides a nice income which effectively makes my sailing holidays free! I trust the TW team to look after my 'baby'. 18 months ago I had never heard of TW, today I am part of the family - I know that sounds like a cliche but it's for real - these folks are genuinely a pleasure to partner with."
"I first discovered Tradewinds in 2001; I thought 'what a novel idea!' and by the end of my first week onboard signed what would become one of the first membership agreements. Over the next 15 years I have had the pleasure of visiting many Tradewinds bases and have purchased several more membership agreements.
I first heard of the Yacht Ownership program in 2014 and was intrigued, but was also at a crossroads in my life and not sure about making such a commitment.
However, during a sail in Sardinia aboard 'Jim Jams' in the fall of 2016 I was reminded of the program. I thought about almost nothing else during that wonderful week!
Coming up with a list of pro's and con's, the pro's far outweighed the con's. So, lookout for 'Karma' which should be launched in 2017!"
"Mark and I joined TradeWinds in January 2015 while sailing the BVI's. We rented the boat for our friends to enjoy the week. We were fairly new to sailing and loved waking up every morning somewhere new with different views of the beach, mountains and marinas - all with delicious food and drinks onboard. It was simply breathtaking, relaxing, fun and unplugged, and was the trip of a lifetime for all of us aboard.
Becoming a member was very exciting. TradeWinds has a great membership program and a growing fleet. We booked a trip in June 2016 to Guadeloupe. On this trip, we were introduced to the Ownership Program and decided it was time to make the move to become an Owner/Partner with TradeWinds to open up more options. The decision was easy for us because of the two-week free program each year; being able to coordinate with TradeWinds on basing the boat and specific dates; and a guaranteed rate of return on our investment for five years. In addition to the two weeks as members, we can use our PlusPoints at any time for our boat or any other boats in the fleet - based upon availability.
TradeWinds staff helped coordinate everything with Fountaine Pajot. The quick turnaround on all the paperwork meant that in December 2016, we were sailing on our new Ella Lee 70-foot flagship yacht in St. Maartin and St. Barth's with family and friends.
The partnership with TradeWinds takes all the hard work and responsibility out of owning and operating a yacht of this magnitude. When we come aboard, it's all fun, relaxation and no worries. TradeWinds has responsibility for all the maintenance, insurance and daily care of the vessel. We know that Ella Lee is in qualified hands."
Karen Carey & Mark Wilken
In our wildest dreams we never imagined owning a beautiful, new Fountaine Pajot catamaran. We feel so blessed to have discovered Tradewinds as a vacation club back in 2012 and now having the opportunity to participate in their wonderful Yacht Ownership program! Previous to buying our beautiful new boat, TLSea, we have enjoyed numerous luxury vacations and experienced the great care given to their fleet. Both old and new yachts are always in exquisite shape with no cleanliness or mechanical errors in sight and we are also pleased that, while enjoying our beautiful yacht, we get a nice return on our investment, Moreover, we are in love with the lifestyle that this decision has brought to us. Thanks to Tradewinds, you will find us spending our vacation days basking in the sun of our beautiful new yacht without a care in the world and with the approval of our financial advisors. How amazing is that!
Our first look at TLSea, our new TradeWinds 52, took our breath away! She was much more beautiful than any brochure photo! We arrived for the maiden voyage to a yacht that was fully provisioned and beautifully decorated! With the help of Tradewinds, we have an impressive crew to watch over her too! Our first week of sailing was perfect! The week was full of beautiful meals, great views and lots of fun! We still have to pinch ourselves to remind us that this experience is real, and ours! We are so excited to sail on her for the next six years! Thanks Tradewinds for this amazing life experience!
Taylor & Dan
In 2010 when we booked our very first Tradewinds cruise, we were just looking for a unique vacation experience and a cabin on a sailing catamaran seemed like a cool idea. Little did we know then that what we really found was a family of like-minded cruisers who love to experience life to the fullest. During that cruise, we purchased our first membership and that began our love affair with sailing and Tradewinds. This unplugged life was a way for Kristie and myself to enjoy the good life and the company our fellow cruisers. We simply never realized how much fun doing nothing could be! After our 3rd cruise we decided that we wanted to do this full time for 2 years in 2025 but talking to brokers today was useless as most of them just wanted to sell you a boat now and sell you what they had in stock at that moment. They also were not interested in making relationships for a sale that would happen in 4-6 years or what yacht would be great for us then. One day we received a regular Tradewinds email talking about the success of the owner’s program and that they had several yachts for sale. When we saw that several owners were upgrading to their second yacht, I decided to learn more. Tradewinds had several ways that we could purchase our future sailing vessel today and found one that matched our economic and sailing desires and here we are! No more stressing about who to purchase a boat from in the future or if it was previously damaged. No more worries if the maintenance was performed on time and if we were getting good value for our money. All of the hassles associated with yacht ownership has been removed for us. In 2024, Good Ol’ Days will be ours full time and in the meantime we get to enjoy all of the fabulous benefits of being an owner and get to take amazing trips whenever we feel the need and know confidently that our baby will be well taken care of between now and when she is ours full time!
Mike & Kristie Pomerance