Catamaran Kelea

Catamaran Kelea is a 1996, 65' Privilege catamaran offering crewed yacht charters in the BVI & USVI. She features a recent refit, on-board diving for certified guests, and accommodations for up to 10 guests in 1 King Master Suite, 3 Queen cabins and one upper/lower Twin fore-peak cabin. Catamaran Kelea is a Carefree Yacht Charters mid-range, luxury option for families, couples, divers or special occasions.

Here's what Shawn & Autumn told Carefree Yacht Charters about their service style and interaction with guests: "A main reason we left the superyacht industry was because our guest interaction was restricted and formal. We love sharing stories, adventures, and fun times with guests, but also know that everyone needs their personal time. We want guests to feel at home and comfortable during their stay on Kelea."

Rates from $24,500 to $30,500. View availability, rate details and current Special Offer.

Contact Us

To learn more about this crew or for further details about KELEA, call us in our South Florida office at (954) 980-9281, toll free at (888) 670-6884 or fill out our Quick Request Form.

What Our Carefree Clients Said About Us

A two family group that we booked aboard 65' Catamaran Kelea in June, 2018 said: Best family vacation. Most importantly, I need to thank you. I feel like you helped me pick this magical combination of exactly what we needed and wanted just by asking me a few questions. I said multiple times during our trip how you nailed it. I have already given your name to one of my patients who asked and that was before we even left. Your promptness and attention to detail were noticed. Melissa L. Florida



Season Passengers
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Winter 2021 to 2022 $24,500.00 $24,500.00 $25,000.00 $25,500.00 $26,000.00 $27,000.00 $27,500.00 $30,000.00 $30,500.00 $0.00 $0.00
Summer 2022 $24,500.00 $24,500.00 $25,000.00 $25,500.00 $26,000.00 $27,000.00 $27,500.00 $30,000.00 $30,500.00 $0.00 $0.00
Winter 2022 to 2023 $24,500.00 $24,500.00 $25,000.00 $25,500.00 $26,000.00 $27,000.00 $27,500.00 $30,000.00 $30,500.00 $0.00 $0.00

Special Offer

  • 65 feet
  • Accommodates up to 10 guests in 5 cabins
  • Rates from $24,500 to $30,500
  • Save $250 for each child 15 or under at the time of the charter
  • May be prorated to 6 nights
  • Max of 4 child discounts

Price Details

NOTE: For the 2020 & 2021 Seasons Rates are for 1 King berth suite, 3 Queen berth suites and an upper & lower single berths suite (best for young adults or kids). For 9 or 10 guests in the 1 King berth suite and 4 Queen berth suites layout, please add on $2000/week. Christmas Week For 7 nights aboard: 10 guests: US$35,000 Rates are for 1 King berth suite, 3 Queen berth suites and an upper & lower single berths suite (best for young adults or kids). For 9 or 10 guests in the 1 King berth suite and 4 Queen berth suites layout, please add on $2000/week. New Years Week For 7 nights aboard: 10 guests: US$36,000 Rates are for 1 King berth suite, 3 Queen berth suites and an upper & lower single berths suite (best for young adults or kids). For 9 or 10 guests in the 1 King berth suite and 4 Queen berth suites layout, please add on $2000/week. Charters outside the Virgins: Regardless of whether or not a vessel may or may not include taxes in the vessel's listed charter fees for Virgin Islands charters, in general, no fees, port dues, nor taxes are included in the charter fee for any charter outside the Virgin Islands unless otherwise agreed.


To find the best dates for your charter, call us in our South Florida office at (954) 980-9281, toll free at (888) 670-6884 or fill out our Quick Request Form.


Highlighted dates are booked, on hold, or unavailable. We may be able to challenge the dates on hold. Please contact us for details. All other dates not highlighted are available. You can use the arrow icons to navigate through the months.


Dates Color Key

If no color is noted on calendar or in the detailed list below, the dates are available for your charter. Dates can change quickly, so please contact us as soon as possible to begin booking your charter. Highlighted colors mean:

  • Booked (Booked by another client group already)
  • Hold (Held by another client group, not yet booked, and can be challenged)
  • Unavailable (Blocked out by the Owner and unavailable to challenge)


  • Location Details: Based in the US Virgin Islands Winter, Spring and early Summer KELEA picks-up and drops-off at Yacht Haven Grande Marina in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas Based from Grenada for the Grenadines/Windward Islands for Late Summer and Early Fall.
  • Summer Base Port: Yacht Haven, STT
  • Summer Operating Area: Caribbean Virgin Islands
  • Winter Base Port: Yacht Haven, STT
  • Winter Operating Area: Caribbean Virgin Islands
  • Preferred Pickups: Yacht Haven, STT
  • Other Pickups:
  • Turnaround: 24 hours

Reviews from our Carefree Clients

A 2 family group that we booked aboard 65' Catamaran Kelea in May 2021 said:

We had a wonderful time! The food was delicious and all the activities were so much fun! Shawn and Autumn were awesome!

Kristina L, Colorado


Lynne, Great trip, both Shawn and Autumn were beyond great hosts. The food was top notch, light at the right times, so fresh and creative.

Shawn did a great job of waters sports, dive leader and overall great captain, I think subwinging may be my new favorite water sport.

Thinking of maybe doing Grenadines next August.

Aaron, E., Colorado

A 2 Family Group that we booked aboard 65' Catamaran Kelea in March 2021 said:


What an experience! We knew this would be a great trip for our two families over spring break, but it was even better than imagined. I first want to commend you on pairing us up with Shawn and Autumn. When we were trying to decide which yacht to choose, your recommendation of Shawn and Autumn on Kalea was spot on. I believe that direction is what led us to have such an enjoyable trip.  

Captain Shawn and Chef Autumn hit it out of the park! Captain Shawn was very knowledgeable and patient with all of our requests to snorkel, tube, kayak, try scuba, hike and to put the sails up. Chef Autumn is not only a fabulous chef, but also a top notch baker. Every meal was 5 star in taste and presentation, her talents rival any top restaurant we have been to. She took pride in all of the meals she prepared from breakfast to dinner and we enjoyed wonderful homemade desserts every evening.  We had to photograph every meal because the food was presented so beautifully! We renewed our wedding vows for our 30 year anniversary. Autumn had a beautiful, tropical bouquet and boutonniere ready for us when we came aboard Kelea. Shawn chose the perfect private beach, served as our officiant and even wrote some special words to share with us. They both made our vow renewal such an incredibly special event for us, our girls and friends, we will always treasure the memory.    

Both Captain Shawn and Chef Autumn accommodated every request from tropical drinks,  special hikes, an extra beer run, tendering into town to go to a pharmacy, celebrating St Patrick’s Day with special meals and a trip into town,  to a bucket list parasailing experience. I can’t say enough about this wonderful couple who complement each other so well. Thank you Lynne for directing us to this crew and the beautiful Kelea yacht. You knew they would be the perfect fit for our young, active families. We enjoyed our vacation so much we will be returning to cruise with Captain Shawn and Chef Autumn again! Top notch all the way from our first email with Lynne to our final goodbyes with Shawn and Autumn. 10/10 would recommend.  

Thank you again for your expertise and guidance. Oh and please sign me up for the e newsletter.

Tracy J., Texas

A family that we booked aboard with Shawn & Autumn on their previous 58' Catamaran for Christmas 2018 said:

Hi Lynne,

We just got off the boat a few hours ago and now waiting for our flight.

The entire experience was amazing. I appreciate all your dedicated planning and making everything happen that we requested. We could not have asked for a better service than you provided. It was truly amazing.

The photographer and spiritual adoption went perfect and could not have gone any better. Both the photographer and spiritual adoption was perfect. The pictures turned out amazing and she did everything we requested even going back to the boat for some amazing pics of the family jumping off the boat.

Shawn and Autumn were truly amazing and a great crew. Shawn listened to our request and with his expertise of the area made it all happen flawlessly.

Autumn, oh my she is awesome. We ate every meal like we were at a 5 star resort. She is an amazing chef.

All the celebrations had a special meal or dessert and the entire family couldn't give Autumn enough of kudos.

We wanted to jump from a rock and we went to an amazing spot. We wanted a great meal on shore and went to an amazing restaurant and the list goes on. Gracie wanted her hair braided and it happened. We all got massages that Autumn booked and they were amazing. They are a great crew and work so well together. We invited them to come visit us in California and Colorado.

They are a rock star crew and couple. We absolutely loved the experience and Shawn and Autumn made it better than our highest expectations.

Thank you and yes you can put us on the newsletter list.

What a trip it was.

Ken H., California


Kelea’s Two Crews

Shawn and Autumn Hardesty, Spring and Summer Captain and Chef/Mate
Shawn’s love for the ocean began when he was only a few months old on the coast of North Carolina. Shawn grew up in Carolina Beach, NC where he learned to read the wind and waves and developed a passion to share his love of the ocean with others.
Shawn graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2011 with a degree in Marine Biology. Shortly after college, Shawn moved to Nicaragua to pursue his love of the ocean
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Cabins & Amenities

KELEA Layout

Accomodation Details

2018/2019 Season - Kelea accommodates up to ten guests in 5 guests cabins, all ensuite: one centerline master king suite forward, and three queen-berth guest suites
From 2019/2020 Season: Kelea accommodates up to ten guests in 5 guests cabins, all ensuite: one centerline master king suite forward, and three queen-berth guest suites, as well as a starboard forward upper & lower twin berth suite. Please enquire with your charter broker regarding availability of the one King and 4 Queens layout.

Kelea is fully air-rconditioned throughout and makes her own purified water onboard.

Guest Cabins

  • Max Guests: 10
  • Total Cabins: 5
  • King Cabins: 1
  • Queen Cabins: 3
  • Double Cabins: 0
  • Single Cabins: 0
  • Twin Cabins: 1
  • Pullman Cabins: 0
  • Showers: 5
  • Heads: 5
  • Electric Heads: 5


  • AC: Full
  • Voltages: 110v
  • Hairdryer: 0
  • Water Capacity: 500 gals
  • Water Maker: Yes
  • Ice Maker: Yes
  • Deck Shower: Yes
  • Jacuzzi: No
  • Specifications

    • Size: 65 feet
    • Builder: Privilege
    • Year Built: 1996
    • Refit: 2012/13
    • Beam: 35
    • Draft: 6


  • Kids okay: Yes
  • Minimum Age of Kids: Watersafe
  • Internet Access: Onboard WIFI
  • iPod/Device Hookups: Yes
  • Salon Stereo: Yes
  • Salon TV/DVD: Yes
  • Sat TV: 0
  • Board Games: Yes
  • Special Diets: Inq
  • Kosher: Inq
  • # Dine In: 10
  • BBQ: No
  • Crew Smokes: No
  • Guest Smoke: Transoms only pls
  • On-board Water Sports and Diving




    All 7-day charters aboard Kelea include 5 dives for certified divers. Additional dives can be added based upon weather, itinerary and captain’s discretion.


    This is a course for non-certified divers. This allows you to get your feet wet and enjoy the thrills of diving. The course includes a small classroom setting and some basic in-water skills training. Once you have mastered these skills, you will continue to a beautiful, shallow reef dive at a maximum depth of 40 feet. These dives can also count towards an Open Water Scuba Certification but do not result in certification alone.


    We recommend starting your course before you come by finding a local dive shop to complete your classroom and online learning along with your pool work. When you get to Kelea, we do your check-out dives for certification in the beautiful, crystal clear waters of the Virgin Islands.

    Another option is for you to complete your basic certification course from start to finish with Shawn and Autumn! Please contact crew directly for availability and course requirements.


    Yes - Inquire


    Inquire for size and availability

    • License: Instructor
    • Costs: DIVING COSTS

      ***5 dives included in charter cost for certified divers***

      Additional Dives*: $50 per dive, per diver

      Try Scuba: $150/diver, this course does not provide a certification upon completion

      Referrals: $200/diver

      Basic Open Water Scuba Course: $300/diver (excludes book fee with online code)

      Advanced Scuba Diver Course: $150 (excludes book fee with online code)

      Nitrox Course: $100 (excludes book fee with online code and equipment rental)

      *Additional dives are based upon weather, itinerary and at Captain’s discretion. Seven dives maximum during the charter week.

      All dives and Try Scuba courses include tank fills, all gear including weights and dive lights, briefings and a licensed scuba instructor serving as your guide.
    • Number of Dives: 5
    • Tanks: 8
    • BCs: 8
    • Regulators: 8
    • Scuba:Onboard
    • Air Compressor: Not Onboard
    • Wet Suits: 0
    • Dive Lights: 0
    • Night Dives: 0

    On-board Water Sports

    • Dinghy: 16 ft
    • Dinghy Horsepower: 70
    • Dinghy Pax: 8
    • Water Skis: Yes (Adult) 0 (Kids)
    • Wake Board: Yes
    • Tube: Yes
    • Knee Board: 0
    • Snorkel Gear: Yes
    • Underwater Camera: 0
    • Kayak: Yes (1 Man) 0 (2 Man)
    • Stand Up Paddle Boards: Yes
    • Floating Mats: Yes
    • Beach Games: 0
    • Jetskis: 0