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The Team

Michael and Brittany Vaughan

Co-Founders, Free at Sea Yacht Charters

We specialize in creating vacations of a lifetime aboard luxury crewed charter yachts. As a seasoned Captain and Chef charter yacht team, we've spent the past 3 years crafting unforgettable all-inclusive yacht charters in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. We've gained intimate knowledge of what makes or breaks a charter, from the finding and selecting the right yacht and crew, to booking the charter, coordinating travel logistics, and executing an outstanding itinerary. We have an eye for detail, and a passion for sharing the best of chartering in the Virgin Islands with our clients. Our knowledge and expertise make finding, selecting, and booking the perfect yacht for your dream vacation a breeze.

With 21 years combined experience in hospitality and yachting, we are uniquely qualified to deliver you the perfect yacht charter experience. We know the industry inside and out and delight in sharing the magic of chartering with our clients. Let us help you create the vacation of a lifetime!

Our Story

While working as a Day Charter Captain and Sailing Instructor in Chicago, Michael met Brittany as she was pursuing her goal of learning how to sail. We soon realized our mutual dream of living and working on the water in the Caribbean, fell in love, and started planning to make that dream a reality.

Together, we've sailed over 15,000 nautical miles in the Mediterranean, along the US East Coast and Bahamas, Great Lakes, and the Caribbean. One of our favorite passages was sailing from Faro, Portugal to Valetta, Malta, to deliver a sailing yacht for the Rolex Middle Sea Race. We have also worked on private superyachts, honing our hospitality skills and learning the finer points of yacht service and care. We've spent the past 3 years running charters in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. We've hosted hundreds of happy guests and made countless memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

We take great pride in providing 5 star service while ensuring our guests have an unforgettable experience. When not sailing or entertaining, you'll find us spending time with family and friends or playing outside in nature.

Our Values

Life is Short. Live it!

Every new day is a blessing. We're all about making the most of each day by creating memories that will last a lifetime with friends and family. Savor the beauty of each sunrise, step out of your comfort zone, and give thanks to each other for another day well lived.


The Earth is our home and the ocean is our playground. We strive to honor it, protect it, celebrate it, and pass it on. Through promoting best practices in sustainability on board, and recommending yachts and crews that align with our values, we're able to do our part in being good stewards of our oceans and islands. From making our own water on board, to limiting single use plastics, using reef safe sunscreens and ocean safe beauty products, we do our best to diminish our negative impact on the environment. We love sharing our passion for wildlife and the natural world, above and below the waves. Whether hiking or snorkeling, sailing or floating, we focus on delivering experiences that help educate guests of all ages on our natural ecosystems and instill a love of our oceans that inspire others to reflect on how they can practice sustainability in their own lives.

Why Book With Us?

Knowledge & Expertise

Selecting the right yacht and crew for your dream vacation is no small task. That’s where we come in! With 20 years combined experience in hospitality and yachting, we offer an inside look at the crewed charter yacht industry. We maintain first-hand knowledge of the yachts and crews, making us uniquely qualified to help you book the vacation of a lifetime.

Customer Service

Our commitment to top-quality customer service makes navigating the booking process a breeze. We’ll do the legwork so all you have to do is pack your bags and book a flight. We're with you every step of the way to craft the perfect vacation and ensure your your trip flows seamlessly.


Honesty & transparency are two of our core values. As a family-run business, we take great pride in getting to know our clients on a personal level, understanding their unique preferences, and being with them through every step in the chartering experience. Our commitment to transparency throughout the process ensures there are no surprises and your expectations will be exceeded.

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+1 754-202-2603



7901 4th St N STE 300
St. Petersburg, FL 33702 USA
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