CHARTER

A3

FROM

/ PER WEEK

USD
23200

A3

LENGTH

17.00 m

BUILT

2016

GUESTS

8

CABINS

4

RATES AND LOCATIONS

Low Season Rates
23200

USD

per week

High Season Rates
27500

USD

per week

Summer Location
Caribbean Virgin Islands
Winter Location
Caribbean Virgin Islands
MORE INFO
YACHT TYPE
PAX
CREW
CABINS
SIZE FT
SIZE M
BUILDER
Cat
8
2
4
56.00 Ft
17.00 m
Lagoon
OTHER INFO
Engines
Max Speed
Draft
Flag
Scuba
Sat TV
Captain
2 x 110 HP engines. 21KW generator.
5
B.V.I.
Onboard
No
Colleen Korona

CUSTOMERS REVIEWS

Incredible Vacation

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Colleen & Matt,
Thank you for a wonderful time and an incredible vacation. You are the Best! It was great meeting you and you will certainly be recommended. If you ever decide to visit Puerto Rico, feel free to contact us.

-Luis and Paula

January 2016

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Dear Matt & Colleen,
The trip was awesome!! You were wonderful to us and I greatly appreciate everything you did for us:) Stay safe and happy

'Til next time,
Lynne

Lovely Experience

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Colleen & Matt,
This was the most amazing 3 days/nights. Loved everything about the entire experience. Thank you so much for fantastic accommodations, hospitality, friendship, fun, and laughs. Oh yeah...and the food....so, so, so amazingly delicious, healthy, and satisfying with beautiful presentation.
Thank you so very much
With love and hugs

Sharon and John

Came as strangers left as family

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Colleen & Matt,
From the first moment we set food on the ship, we knew we found our BVI home. Your attention to detail, warmth and ability to "read" our family made this an epic vacation and adventure. We arrived as strangers and clearly left as family!

See you again,
Steve and Angela

Addendum: Thank you so much Matt and Colleen! I could not have imagined a trip as enjoyable as the one I had because of both of you. It was a blast spending the week with you two and I wish you the absolute best

February 2016

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Colleen & Matt-
Thank you for a great trip! We can't say enough about the awesome food! Matt's an amazing chef and Colleen you never missed a mooring ball!

Perfect-
Al & Shelby
Fair Haven, MI

April 2016

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Dear Colleen & Matt,
What a pleasure to meet you both and share this magnificent week with you!
Thank you Colleen, for your navigation skills. We valued your "spot on" suggestions for activities and sites.
Matt - we cannot thank you enough for all of your efforts making the most amazing and creative meals for our family. What a treat! We also appreciate all of your engagement with our girls - inviting then to cook and snorkel with you.
We had an amazing time with you and your family. You created an environment for us to enjoy our family time and time with our friends - Thank you!

Thanks very much for the great time! Great hospitality, great food and your attention to all the details. A very memorable trip. Come visit us!

-Jim
Larchmont, NY

June 2016

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To Matt & Colleen:
This trip has been such an amazing experience for us. We got to do things we never thought we could. Loved The Baths!!! We never even knew such a place existed. The food was beyond compare, but of course we know what a great Chef Matt is:) The boat is so comfortable and the personal touches and amenities made this such a relaxing vacation. Colleen, we are so sorry to have to leave, but we will be back for sure. We packed an awful lot into 5 days with Matt's sailing. We are looking forward to sharing all of our wonderful photos.

Love,
Christi and George

A Glorious Adventure

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Matt & Colleen-
What a glorious adventure! Under the fearless leadership of Captain Colleen and besotted by the seductive culinary prowess of Chef Matt. We could've sailed 'round the world and returned with silk and spices, the likes of which the mainland has never seen, but this was a close second!
Thanks for an amazing week.

-Paul

Kids Comments July 2016

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Dear Matt & Colleen,
You guys were awesome crew members, great friends, and awesome pirates. I really enjoyed spending 2 weeks with you and maybe we will come back next year and all dive together. I will miss y'all very much and hope you have a good year.
-Netsie

You guys were awesome!
-Davis

Thank you! We had the best time! I loved being on the waters and exploring all the islands with you both. The diving was beautiful, and everything was great. We appreciate your hospitality abd patience:) Thank you for sharing your home with us!

The Perfect Honeymoon

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Matt & Colleen,
This trip was everything we could have imagined and more. Each day was a great adventure and we are so glad we got to see so many great beaches and bars. The food was incredible (as if you didn't notice the clean plates each meal)! This week has been the most memorable week of our lives. Thank you so much for making our honeymoon one we will never forget!
P.S. We have posted a lot of pictures and will be posting more on Instagram

Thank you again!
Love,
The Honeymooners
Lauren & Griffin

P.S. No one will believe that an Eagle Ray was in the dinghy! Luckily we have proof.

Memorable and Unforgettable

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Colleen & Matt,
Thanks for having us and for making this a memorable and unforgettable week. We will be back!

-Laudes & Junando

New Year's Charter 2016

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The entire family had a wonderful charter cruise December 27-January 3. We had wonderful weather and the ship was extremely comfortable and functional. We all enjoyed the islands we visited - Jost Van Dyke was the kids' favorite. We swam to the Soggy Dollar and took a taxi over to the infamous Foxys. We took a family hike on Norman Island and we had many lovely snorkels.
Yet the most memorable part of the trip was the crew. Captain Colleen and Chef/First Mate Matt planned a wonderful itinerary and made sure we were able to anchor near Bitter End Yacht Club for New Years. Matt's food was amazing - delicious but light and healthy! The kids already commented how we will miss his cookies when we return home.
We would love to some day take another charter cruise with Colleen and Matt.
-Mark, Kathy, Rachel, and Aaron

New Years guests aboard catamaran FIREFLY said:

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There are no words to express my gratitude for the hospitality, above and beyond beautiful meals, and wonderful visit to the islands!
We will treasure this week forever and are grateful for this precious time together.
Thank you for making this experience so memorable for all of us.
Lisa C.
I can say this has been one of the most special family vacation we ever had... you guys rock!
Ricardo C

Rockstars!

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Colleen & Matt,
Thank you both for the vacation of a lifetime! You two were the best hosts we could've asked for. Matt, you went above and beyond with your skills in the kitchen, and Colleen, your knowledge of the islands we visited and expertise at the helm made for an informative smooth sail.
Definitely will be visiting you two again sometime soon.

-Jeff, JC, Tim, Mya, and Pam

Bucket List Trip

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Matt & Colleen,
This cruise was on our "bucket list" and it fulfilled our desires in so many ways.

It is an understatement to say the meals were great - the variety was unbelievable, the presentation was amazing, and the taste superb. It is hard to believe you were able to produce such fine dining meals from the compact galley!

Colleen, your masterful boat handling compares with the captains on the high seas! We were never disappointed with the stops chosen, and your desire to make sure we were satisfied was another positive. Your knowledge of the area helped us do the things we hoped to do. The snorkeling was fun and enabled us to see things we've never seen before. The Baths were spectacular - as were the hiking trails.

Both of you created a memorable week for us in so many ways. Your personalities cheered and motivated us to attempt to many things.

Experiencing heavy blows and tropical rains enabled us to see your excellent boat handling and your desire to keep us safe. Everyday was a new adventure that helped us to enjoy sailing as well as learning something about this part of the Caribbean!

Thanks to both of you for giving us an unforgettable time with you and the boat.

-Judi, MJ, and Sarah

Best Birthday Yet

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What an amazing week. Thank you for making my 60th birthday the best one yet. Hope to see you again on another sail.

-Judi and Dennis

Exceeded Expectations

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Dear Colleen and Matt,
What more can I say on paper that we haven't already talked about? First and foremost, thank you! We had an idea of how and what to expect but you exceeded every expectation that we had.
Colleen - Thanks again for saving John "from the Indians" - eternally grateful. Your ability to remain calm under pressure is a gift. Matt - Tour guide/Chef/scuba extraordinaire - your efforts in and out of the galley were above and beyond.
Can't wait to do this again with you both.

XOXO
Ed, Traci, Sue, and John

Spring Break 2017

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Colleen & Matt,
Thank you so much for an amazing week! Everything we did was so fun! The diving was such a cool experience for all of us. We have been wanting to dive for years and it was better than we could've ever imagined! The snorkeling was the best we have ever done! The hikes were beautiful and the views phenomenal! Matt - the food was AMAZING! The kids are going to be sad when the go back to my cooking! Thank you so much for everything!!!

Love,
Greg, Erika, Kelsey, Taylor, Chase, and Allie

This was such an amazing trip! Thank you so much for showing us the absolute best parts of the BVI! The scuba diving was amazing and I had an incredible time! Thank you so so so much!
-Taylor

Thank you guys so much! It was so fun diving and climbing and going through the baths! There was such cool fish in those caves and I got to practice my rock climbing skills! :)
-Chase

We had the most amazing time! Matt's cooking was insane and definitely better than the college dorm food I'm going home to! Thank you Colleen for being the best captain and cocktail maker! We will miss you!
-Kelsey

Thank you so much! I had the best time, swimming, scuba diving (even though I could do a little bit), and climbing. I am going to miss the amazing cooking. Thank you Matt and Colleen for everything!!
-Allie

April 2017

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Colleen & Matt,
Blue is the color of this week, sparkles on the water, sunshine galore, waves, fish, sand, rock, shells, boats! Boat drinks, 5 star food, friendship, laughs, conversation including history and sea stories! Wonderful accommodations, always kindness - great care given out each day by Colleen and Matt. Thank you, thank you. We will never forget this week and will hang on to the friendships we have made.

Peace and Love,
Tom and Kathy

Always Coming Back

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They made us come back!!! We did - again, and again, and again. Matt and Colleen are the best!

-Mike, Ryan, Lynn, Maggie, and Harriett

Fantastic Trip

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Matt and Colleen,
Thanks for a fantastic trip. Cannot wait to come back again. Matt - thanks for taking me diving. Something that I have always wanted to do, and at 64, I can finally check it off my bucket list! So good to meet and get to know you both. Good luck and smooth sailing.

-Robert and June

Spoiled

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I could have never imagined a more beautiful and relaxing trip, and to top that off, amazing food on the boat! With Colleen's knowledge of the boat and seas, and the history of these islands made for an educational and enjoyable trip. Couldn't imagine a better crew to show us an amazing time here in the BVI. They spoiled us so much out here it's going to be very difficult going back to reality.

Wishing you guys the best!!
Much love,
Dale & Becca

Once in a Lifetime Trip

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To Matt & Colleen,
We can certainly understand why your guests like to hang out with you. You are both so kind to others and to each other. You have built this amazing world for yourselves and we are thankful for the time we had sailing with you. Thank you for your time, talents, and love. It was surely felt. The wedding was beautiful and this truly was a once in a lifetime trip... a thrilling burst of speed in our everyday lives. We love you both and pray everyday for your health and happiness.

-Mom & Dad

Thanks!

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Not much to say, but the best vacation and wedding ever. I will remember this week and everything you have done for us, and for the rest of my life. Thanks!!
Proto Locos 4 Life!
Arog

Thanks for the Adventure!

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Colleen and Matt,
This trip was amazing! It completely exceeded our expectations. The Islands were beautiful, the food was beyond wonderful and the two of you were fabulous. It was fun to get to know you both and learn all about the area. Thanks for taking care of us and making sure we survived the hurricane :) We also thank you for making sure "#6" didn't die (you know who were are talking about)! This really was the trip of a lifetime! We will be back!

-Mike, Melinda, Joe, Biff, Kendra, and Kevin

Christmas Charter 2017

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Colleen and Matt:
What a wonderful week! Y'all have truly become a part of our family. This Christmas has been truly fantastic. Our elves brought lots of laugh for all. Waking up on Christmas morning was so special for Kaiden and Kinlee. Zach loved the dive with Matt and may be ready for more on our next trip. The beach picnic was such a treat. Both of you have gone above and beyond to make our trip memorable. We cannot wait until next year:)
May the wind always be in your sails.

All our love-
Until next time,
Jill, Zach, Brad, Kaiden, & Kinlee

January 2018

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Colleen & Matt,
Thank you for a wonderful week! You made our first trip to the Islands and unforgettable experience. The food was simply excellent, the days were planned great, and my first scuba was a bucket list item. All I can simply say is thank you.

-Brandon and Michelle
Topeka, KS

Spectacular Week

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Colleen and Matt,
We will be back! This has been the most fabulous, spectacular week!!! I know how hard you both worked, and you have a real gift for making everything fun!!

XOXO-
Amber

The Most Memorable Vacation!

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Matt & Colleen,
Thank you for making this past week the most memorable vacation I have ever been on!
Colleen, thanks for making the first few days awesome despite the wind. You made the days fun and the nights a little less rocky. I will miss you and the daily adventures soo much!
Matt, thank you for making me fat lol! Seriously though not only did you surprise us daily with the most amazing meals, but you are so fun to hang out with.
You both have become family! I hope to see you both again in the future whether it be on land or at sea!

Love,
Emily and Drew

Unforgettable Trip!

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Boat drinks, 5-star food, friendship, laughs, conversation including history and sea stories! Wonderful accommodations, always kindness & great care given out every day by Colleen & Matt. Thank you thank you. We will never forget this week and hold on to the friendships we have made

Tom & Kathy
Syracuse, NY

March 2019

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Name: Natalie
Yacht: FIREFLY Firefly with Colleen Korona and Matt Proto (Previous yacht)
Charter Dates: 2019-03-10 12:00 to 2019-03-17 12:00
Area Cruised: Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5
5 being the highest 0 being the lowest
We hope your charter lived up to your expectations. We would love to know some of your impressions about your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.

1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
More than I thought possible - they are AMAZING!!

2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
Completely!

3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
Yep!

4. Was the food good and well presented?
Outstanding!

5. Did you like the area you sailed?
Every bit of it!

6. May we post this review on our website?
Yes

7. Additional comments on your charter?
Colleen and Matt were outstanding and helped to make our week in the BVI a trip of a life time for our family. They spoiled us rotten!

Five stars

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Charter Dates: July 19-27, 2019
Yacht: FIREFLY with Colleen Korona & Matt Proto (Previous yacht)
Area Cruised: Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5
5 being the highest 0 being the lowest
We hope your charter lived up to your expectations. We would love to know some of your impressions about your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.

1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating? Yes! Colleen and Matt were amazing.

2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean? Yes!

3. Was the yacht well ventilated? Yes!

4. Was the food good and well presented? Yes! The food was fantastic.

5. Did you like the area you sailed? Yes! Went to some familiar places and as well as new places. Excellent itinerary.

December 2019 broker provided comments

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Name: Jill
Yacht: FIREFLY46 with Colleen Korona and Matt Proto (Previous yacht)
Charter Dates: 2019-12-19 16:00 to 2019-12-27 12:00
Area Cruised: Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5/5

1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
Very accommodating to all our needs

2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
yes Colleen kept everything in great condition

3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
yes

4. Was the food good and well presented?
Matt does an excellent job on presentation and flavor and accommodating diets

5. Did you like the area you sailed?
We loved the areas we went to for sailing

6. Additional comments on your charter?
We all had a great time on the charter, it is very special to me since my husbands ashes are there on St John.

Remarkable vacation!

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We had a remarkable vacation and attribute everyone’s satisfaction entirely to Matt and Colleen. We could not have had a better crew. Too many highlights to enumerate. The food was a high point for us all. Matt just kept those delicious, beautiful, varied meals coming and was very good about recognizing and remembering our likes and dislikes. We would go out with them again in a second. Not enough superlatives. I would note that both of them were particularly good about being totally calm in the water. Diving and snorkeling were made easy by these two confident, caring pros. Their teamwork in all phases of the trip is also noteworthy. They complimented each other perfectly. Complaints???? The week was a little too short!"

A fantastic Trip

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Matt and Colleen,
Although we were together only 5 days, it feels like we've known you much longer as friends. This trip was fantastic, all because of you two. Thank you for the fun times and wonderful memories. It was first class all the way. I hope our paths cross again in the future.

-Barb and Dick

Broker provided feedback July 2020

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Name: Tim
Yacht: FIREFLY with Colleen Korona & Matt Proto
Charter Dates: 07/14/2020 to 07/19/2020
Area Cruised: Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5/5

1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
Yes

2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
Yes

3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
Yes

4. Was the food good and well presented?
Yes

5. Did you like the area you sailed?
Yes

6. Additional comments on your charter?
This was our first VI charter and certainly will not be our last. First class experience from start to finish. Colleen and Matt bent over backwards to ensure our experience was memorable. Scenery and crystal clear water - Amazing. Food was out of this world - 5 star! With Colleen and Matt running the show, our week was 100% relaxation!

Thanksgiving 2020 - Broker provided comments

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We had an absolutely wonderful time. The boat was fantastic, the weather was great and the crew were superb. Colleen was a great captain and really took to us, and especially our grandkids. She was the perfect fit for our family as was Matt. Matt proved to be a superb chef and a wonderful divemaster. We could not stop talking about his food, from the morning to the last dessert at night.

Having Stanley's 4th birthday on the boat was special and they decorated the boat up very nicely and Thanksgiving was exceptional.

I was having a ball because it turned out to be the event I hoped it would be and made wonderful memories for the entire family. Daddy got major props!! No drama, no stress, just what the doctor ordered.

Typical for the weather, the wind was on the nose as we made our way east along the north side of St Thomas and St. John's and was then non-existent as we sailed/motored west towards the end of the week. Oh well, thank God for engines. I did get to drive the boat some so I was very happy. We had a night sail/motor as well on a great evening. Could not have been better.

All in all, it was a fantastic week; the fit between family and crew ( we adopted them and wanted to take them home with us) was just right and your advice was spot on for us.

April 2021

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WOW, WOW, WOW!! I just do not have enough adjectives to describe how fantastic our time has been with Matt and Colleen aboard the A3 these past six days. As I write, we are en-route to our hotel for the final night of our holiday, and as we reflect back on our time, we are all so sad to be leaving such a fabulous crew and the comfort of A3. I struggle a little to identify the best part of this trip as so many things were top-notch! From the time of the greeting at the airport right through to the departure – every sail, every bite, every water excursion was perfection. As the owner of a luxury vacation rental firm, I could not fault a single experience (and believe me, that is a first!). I think it’s important to highlight the amount of time Colleen & Matt gave to our 12-year old son, Rhys. They never tired of going out with him on the dingy for an afternoon of water sports or a dive in and around some pretty spectacular locations. I can promise you, this is a trip my son will never forget, and it was due to the effort they put into ensuring he had a wonderful time. I could not end this note to you without commenting on Matt’s culinary skills. As you may know, Charleston is a big ‘foodie’ town and we’ve certainly enjoyed some amazing food over our 10-years in this beautiful city, but Matt’s food was some of the best we have ever experienced. Every meal was perfection! Not only did it look amazing, but every bite was also heavenly.

Suffice it to say, we are already talking about when we can come back and spend time with Matt & Colleen on A3. Thank you a million times over for pair us with such a fantastic crew. We are missing them already.

December 2021

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A3 is a 10 out of 10! The catamaran was beautiful and a good size, had all the amenities needed, and had great shaded seating areas for all 6 people in our group. The crew is top-notch. Captain Colleen is one of the hardest working women I know and was so easy going and delightful to be around. Chief Matt’s food and drinks were off the charts. You can never go wrong recommending this boat and crew to others! Thank you for helping us find them….we could not have had a better fit! We absolutely loved our vacation!

Christmas Charter 2015

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Never put too much in stock in the weather report! Although our week of December 19-26 was forecast to be rain, rain, rain, we enjoyed 7 days of sunshine only punctuated by brief and impressive bursts of rain. Our wonderful crew, Capt. Colleen & Chef/First Mate Matt, seemed to always be one step ahead of the weather (and the crowds), buttoning up the boat before storm bursts, and arriving in the harbor in time to catch choice moorings on the biggest week of the season.
The highs were many - superb snorkeling (and multiple sightings of spotted eagle rays), excellent hikes, a bit of Christmas shopping, and the nonstop parade of five-star meals from Matt! It is hard to express how much we loved his cooking!! Great nightly games of hearts - never be afraid to shoot the moon!

-Cindy, Bob, Emily, and Elizabeth
Rhode Island

Wonderful Adventure

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Matt & Colleen,
This was a wonderful adventure. Thank you for your kind and fun loving care. Your really made the journey fun, light, and easy. We will continue to have fond memories because of you!

All the best and many blessings,
Marty and Dave

P.S. You raised the bar for good service

The Perfect Celebration

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Colleen and Matt-
Thank you so much for a great vacation in the British Virgin Islands. This was the perfect celebration of my graduation. You far exceeded our expectations.

Best,
Megan, Cait, and Vince

P.S. Matt, you're an amazing chef

Dream Trip

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Matt and Colleen,
What a fabulous week we've had with you! This has been a dream trip for me for years, and its everything we hoped it would be. Colleen, you're a great captain, and Matt, you're a talented Chef.

Thanks for everything!
Lance and Pam
Chesterfield, MI

Enjoyed Every Minute

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Colleen & Matt,
Thank your for a great trip and all your patience with our crew! We really enjoyed every minute and hope to see you in the BVI another day!

Best,
Amy and Michael
Austin, TX

Kids Comments April 2016

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Dear Colleen & Matt,
Thank you for the amazing experiences. You have picked the best Islands, made the best food, and we had the best time:)
-Lauren

Thanks for my trip. I had a lot of fun with you guys. Matt, you are the best Chef. Colleen you got us through those storms. Together you guys are goofballs, I like that:) I hope I will see you next year!
-Morgan

Thank you for sailing us around!! Thank for the best food EVER!! Miss you guys!
Love,
Bridget

Paradise!

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Matt & Colleen,
Thank your for our second wonderful week with you guys, Great sailing, great weather, and great food. Paradise! Matt, thanks for taking such good care of Mike. Colleen, we would sail with our anywhere. Our vacation was PERFECT!

-Mike & Lynn

July 2016

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Matt & Colleen-
Thanks so much for being our tour guides in paradise! We had such a perfect time and couldn't have asked for a better crew - Colleen our fearless Captain! And oh my goodness the food was SO good! Best wishes to you both and keep it chill down here in the Virgin Isles!
-Daniel

November 2016

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Colleen and Matt-
We cannot thank you enough for a week full of adventures, family memories, and experiences of "firsts". John and Jill were over the moon excited to share the VI and BVI with Kaiden and Kinlee. You have made the boat life a new way of life that we all enjoy. You both provided all of us -three generations- an experience and adventure to be remembered forever. Kaiden loved snorkeling with the barracuda and being Matt's sidekick. Kinlee, the adventurous five-year old, loved everything from fast rides, to learning to snorkel in the caves, and riding the swan.
Both of you have become an extension of friends and family to all of us. We are FOREVER thankful. Swimming, snorkeling, laughing, sailing, movie watching and lyric reciting laughs are to be remembered for years to come.

All out best - until our next sail,

Sara, Joe, Kaiden, and Kinlee

December 2016

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We relaxed, laughed a lot, and really enjoyed ourselves! Thanks and we hope to cross paths someday.

-Carl and Rose

Christmas Charter 2016

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Matt & Colleen:
Mixed weather, a sputtering outboard, rouge jellyfish, and distasteful jellybeans are all part of the positive memories made during our voyage. Add to that, the great snorkeling, scuba dives, lounging beach days, and outstanding meals on board... We know we booked the right boat and crew for our family Christmas vacation! Thank you Colleen and Matt for exceeding all of our expectations.

-Heather, Marc, Marc, and Connor
A.K.A "Marky Mark & The Funkey Bunch"

January 2017

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Colleen and Matt,
Thanks for the vacation we'll never forget. You guys were the best! Thanks for all your hard work! It was paradise:)

-Doug and Sally

What an Experience!

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Colleen & Matt,
What can we say? What an experience!!
The two of you made the trip very easy and enjoyable. We very much appreciate how you molded the trip based on our interests and input. We cannot imagine a better experience here in the islands AND I got to cross scuba off the bucket list!

Best wishes!
Larry & Deanna

January 2017

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Every recommendation was a win! Thank you both so much. Best vacation ever and you both were a big part of that.

Thank you,
Colleen:)

Exceptional Team

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We didn't really know what to expect, but any expectations were highly exceeded! You guys are an exceptional team! We will recommend your voyage to all of our friends! Hope to repeat this magnificent trip soon!

The Little Rock Clan
-Joe and Jaimey

March 2017

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M & C,
As I get older my life is all about pictures and memories. You have certainly added to both of my buckets. I am not sure if we will ever make it back, but if we do, it will be with the two of you. Keep up the great work and keep adding those pictures and memories. I hope to see you again, this side of the other!
G & Shanna

Wonderful!

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Matt & Colleen:
We can't say enough - IT WAS WONDERFUL!!
Such a great week spent with friends - including you all. Our second trip with you has been filled with an experience of a lifetime: Your knowledge of the islands made our trip really enjoyable. Sailing, scuba, snorkeling and sun - all fantastic. Drinks were fun - the ones on the boat and all the bars on the islands. So many islands, it is hard to pick a favorite, but both St. John and Anegada up there. Matt, your food is incredibly delicious! % stars every meal. Loved the whole trip and am looking forward to doing it again.

-Doug, Melinda, and Elijah

P.S. Come see us in KY for some distillery tours and horseback riding.
P.P.S. Thanks Matt for being such a patient dive master. Great Dives!

April 2017

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Matt and Colleen,
Wonderful vacation, as usual you guys were the best! Thanks for just being yourselves. Your guys are great at what you do.

Much love,
Mike and Dena

May 2017

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Matt and Colleen,
We had such a great time, thanks for letting us check items off the bucket list! Hope to run into you again in the future.

Mendy and Jeff

Tops the List

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Matt and Colleen,
Thank you for making our vacation the trip of a lifetime! As avid travelers as we are, this vacation is on top of the list - it even beats the Maldives!!
We hope to return again soon! Everything was wonderful.

Mahalo,
Gina & Adam

Best Week Ever

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Colleen and Matt,
We can't begin to tell you how amazing this week was - OH MY WOW - water - spectacular, Activities - awesome, food - better than the best, company - so enjoyable!
Matt, thanks for our sons first dive! He will never forget that.
You both are such good people, the kind you don't find everyday; but those who stick with you and make memories. Best week ever!

Best,
Alec, Nicolas, Zander, and Meg

Dream Wedding Vacation

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Matt & Colleen:
I can't be thankful enough for you making our wedding super especial. It was everything I dreamed of. I love you both!!

-Giuliana

July 2017

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Hi Matt & Colleen!
We miss you already. What an amazing week! You two took us to all of the best spots and were so awesome to hang with. Thank you for the amazing food, views, tours, snorkeling, music, laughs, drinks, and your killer attitudes. Life on board be gooooood mon! We would LOVE to come back again soon. Meanwhile, you have plenty of new friends in Colorado. And, just in case you forget us, here are some fascinating memories from our journey here in the Islands.

Love,
Nina

Fabulous!

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Colleen & Matt,
Thank you for making our dream vacation so wonderful! this trip was a "bucket list" item for Bob and I, and it completely exceeded our expectations. You two are an amazing team! From the fabulous food, to the history lessons, and most of all your complete knowledge of where to be and when -- we couldn't have asked for more . Casson and Bennett are already asking when we can come back. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

-Lisa, Bob, Casson, & Bennett
Atlanta, GA

A New Adventure Everyday

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Colleen & Matt,

Thank you so very much for an amazing trip. It was a trip of a lifetime thanks to your wonderful spirit. Everyday was a new adventure - memories we will never forget. It exceeded our expectations and can't wait to come back. We wish you many more happy days on the water!

-Chris, Chaz, Michael, and Julie

New Years Charter 2018

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Thank you Colleen & Matt for a wonderful few days in paradise. Although we didn't get to be on Nadiya, we got to experience the amazing crew. The sailing was fantastic, all the quiet spots you found for us were heavenly and Matt's food was outstanding. And it was truly a pleasure to get to meet both of you.

-Marie

January 2018

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M & C,
You guys are the best! From being able to feed me for a week to watching me never get my sea legs, you provided us one heck on an experience. As Dr. Seuss would say "Oh, the places you'll go!" Thanks to you two I understand a little better!

Love you both,
Sam

Amazing Week!

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C & M,
This was an amazing week! Exceeded expectations in every way. We will certainly be back in the future and hope to be aboard whatever vessel you are on. Thank you so much!

-Travis & Mindy

Incredible Experience

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The diving was such a cool experience for all of us. We have been wanting to dive for years, and it was better than we could have imagined!

Bill and Susan
Orlando, FL

Great Adventure

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Every day was a new adventure that helped us to enjoy sailing, as well as learning something new about this part of the Caribbean. Thanks to the both of you for giving us an unforgettable time with you and the boat.

Judy, MJ, and Sarah
Maryland

July 2019

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Name: Lawrence
Yacht: FIREFLY with Colleen Korona & Matt Proto (Previous yacht)
Charter Dates: 2019-07-19 12:00 to 2019-07-27 08:00
Area Cruised: Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5/5


1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
Yes! Colleen and Matt were amazing.

2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
Yes!

3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
Yes!

4. Was the food good and well presented?
Yes! The food was fantastic.

5. Did you like the area you sailed?
Yes! Went to some familiar places and as well as new places. Excellent itinerary.

6. Additional comments on your charter?
Colleen and Matt are amazing. We had a fantastic time and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking to charter.

November 2019 broker provided comments

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Name: Brent & Lisa
Yacht: FIREFLY46 with Colleen Korona & Matt Proto (Previous yacht)
Charter Dates: 2019-11-08 16:00 to 2019-11-16 12:00
Area Cruised: Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5/5

1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
Absolutely yes! We couldn't have had a better captain and chef.

2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
The yacht was spotless when we arrived and kept that way all week. We are neat freaks and they made us look like slobs!

3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
Yes

4. Was the food good and well presented?
Yes we were waited on hand and foot :)

5. Did you like the area you sailed?
We loved the route we took. It was the opposite of what we thought we wanted but Capt. Colleen knows her stuff and we were able to sail more than most boats we talked to based on her knowledge!

6. Additional comments on your charter?
We knew we were gong to love this trip but we had no idea how much. A lot of that is in part to Capt. Colleen and Chef Matt on the Firefly. They went above and beyond to make sure we had our dream vacation. They met every need or want and then some. They truly make the best team to sail with. Their knowledge of sailing, the sea....above and below water, and the islands make them who you want to take you on the water. We had planned to eat several dinners on land...until we had our first taste of Matt's culinary skills! The meals he prepared were some of the best we've ever had or probably ever will have...until next time, that is! Colleen was an impressive but fun captain.We truly had the time of our life and a big part of that is because of them. We felt that we left as friends and plan to join them on another adventure!

7. It is our pleasure to keep you informed of relevant specials / updates for your next charter. When do you plan to charter next?
Hoping to take our family with next time in 3 year.We'd love to go sooner but have grandkids (twins!) and probably a wedding in the next two years. But we will definitely do this again! Best vacation ever!

Broker provided feedback January 2020

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Name: Craig and Sam
Yacht: FIREFLY with Colleen Korona and Matt Proto (Previous yacht)
Charter Dates: 2019-12-28 12:00 to 2020-01-04 12:00
Area Cruised: Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5/5

1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
yes! very! they are amazingly professional AND friendly!

2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
yes - once again, very!

3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
yes

4. Was the food good and well presented?
good and well presented doesn't even begin to describe it! Matt is amazing with what he can concoct in a small kitchen - fresh (Bread!!) and creative

5. Did you like the area you sailed?
yes

6. Additional comments on your charter?
Colleen and Matt were the perfect crew for us! Matt is the wonderful combination of chef and dive master. When he is not making fresh bread every day(wow) to compliment our meals, we were able to scuba dive with Matt as they have the gear on board - no stopping on land to get our equipment. Capt. Colleen is wonderfully professional, caring, and fun! She was available to answer our questions and change our course if we wanted to do something different. It is obvious she loves her job!

July 2020

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We are back from our trip to the USVI. Just wanted to thank you for recommending Matt and Colleen to us. They were awesome. Beforehand, I didn’t realize how important getting the right crew would be — but after a week on the boat in tight quarters, I can now see how essential that is. We came away from the trip thinking we wouldn’t want to charter with anyone other than Matt & Colleen in the future! Matt’s food was unbelievable, and I loved the way Colleen encouraged my daughters. They were both so easy and enjoyable to be with.

Also sailing around the USVI was great. Thanks for encouraging us to reconsider the BVI.

July 2020

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Name: Toby and Rebekah
Yacht: FIREFLY with Colleen Korona & Matt Proto
Charter Dates: 06/30/2020 to 07/07/2020
Area Cruised: Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5/5

1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
Yes, very friendly and accommodating

2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
Yes, very comfortable and clean

3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
Yes, Matt & Colleen did a great job managing temperature and airflow with A/C and open hatches, depending on time of day.

4. Was the food good and well presented?
SO GOOD and SO WELL PRESENTED. Matt is a genius!

5. Did you like the area you sailed?
Especially loved the south side of St John and Flanagan Island.

Additional comments on your charter?
We are just back from our trip to the USVI. We want to thank our broker for recommending Matt Proto and Colleen Korona to us. They were awesome and a perfect fit for our family. Beforehand, I didn’t realize how important getting the right crew would be — but after a week on the boat in tight quarters, I can now see how essential that is. We came away from the trip thinking we wouldn’t want to charter with anyone other than Matt & Colleen in the future! Matt’s food was unbelievable, and I loved the way Colleen encouraged my teenage daughters and young adult son. Colleen & Matt were both so easy and enjoyable to be with.

Best review ever...

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I would have traveled in a row boat with Colleen & Matt.
-Toby & the kids

Feb 2021

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Frankly, I don’t know if there are enough good words to describe the experience. Several of our co-passengers thought it was the best vacation they ever had.

The crew is ideal. Captain Colleen is a highly professional and competent captain. The boat was spotless and she kept us on track and organized for the entire trip. She made us very comfortable at all times. The perfect captain.

Matt is an extremely talented chef. I have eaten in some of the finest restaurants in the world and was impressed by every meal. We ate seafood caught from the boat at least three times. They describe themselves as a “foody boat” and we certainly agreed.

Both Colleen and Matt worked hard for 16 hour days. I don’t know how they do it.

The boat itself is top notch. That Lagoon 56 has everything and is very roomy. They also have it stocked with high quality linens, plenty of dive equipment, great bar, great music, etc.

All that said, we would like to get details for signing up for the same week next year. Available? Deposit required? We would want the contract contingent on the same crew. BVI itinerary if the borders are open by then.

Thanks for all of your help. I’ll look for your feedback for next year.
KD

July 2021 - broker provided survey

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Name: Brent & Lisa
Yacht: A3 with Colleen Korona & Matt Proto
Charter Dates: 07/19/2021 to 07/25/2021
Area Cruised: St. Thomas - USVI
Overall Rating: 5/5

1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
Absolutely!

2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
Yes, it was amazing!

3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
yes

4. Was the food good and well presented?
The food was the best we've ever had. Better than any 5 star restaurant!

5. Did you like the area you sailed?
We missed the BVI's but still had a great time. Would not sail to St. Croix again but would stay around St. John and St. Thomas

6. Additional comments on your charter?
Matt and Colleen were wonderful! They made our dream vacation even better by all the ways they went above and beyond to see that our family had a wonderful time. Colleen made sure we visited the places we wanted to see. Matt made the most delicious food we have ever eaten, better than any 5 star restaurant. He made the most amazing specialty cocktails. The family loved getting up in the morning to see the theme of the day for the meals and drinks. Colleen was very informative about our questions about sailing and destinations. Matt and Colleen make a great team. It was our second trip with them and we hope to have another. The first one we didn't take the adult kids. We had such a great time we wanted to take our adult kids for our 30th anniversary. They made it a special time for entire family.

December 2021

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The trip was absolutely AMAZING! I'm not even sure there are truly enough wonderful words or space to describe how much fun we had and how fabulous Matt and Colleen were. This is the first time we have ever lived on a boat for any kind of vacation. The USVI was beautiful. Colleen is full of interesting tidbits bits about the islands and gave us all kinds of neat recommendations and information as we sailed along. Matt....well...the food was INCREDIBLE. The entire weeks menu was spectacular. His cooking skills are pretty awesome. The presentation of the food was beautiful as well. Thanks to him, I gained a good bit of weight on our trip. They were both so very gracious. They decorated for my birthday and made it very special. Then the very next day had Christmas decor up. The weather was beautiful. We so enjoyed our time with some of our friends who vacationed with us. Colleen asked us at the end of the trip what our highs and lows were to this trip. I honestly could not think of any lows. Definitely one of our top 3 best relaxing vacations ever. They were both very accommodating. If we can swing it, we would definitely like to do another trip with them.

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