About Flyaway Charters VI
We know you have many choices when it comes to exploring the Virgin Islands by boat, so let us explain why we are the best. What always has set us apart is our experience and our easy going mentality. Flyaway is one of the longest running powerboat charter companies on St. John and we are so proud to offer you an incredible experience on the water. We know you have choices for your day on the ocean, and we know you will not regret choosing us. We know how to drive our boats to make the smoothest rides, quick decisions to always keep you incredibly comfortable and relaxed. Our knowledge of the islands as well as the reefs underneath the water is extensive and we know all sorts of fun island beach bars to relax and leave all stateside worries behind… We can compete with the best, we have been doing this for years, we know all the fun characters behind these bars and restaurants too. We are who we are from years and years of experiences, and we have some awesome stories to tell. Come along and lets makes some memories! The best part is – for the day of the charter – we view the boat as yours and we will do all we can to accommodate all you want to do. So, let’s get going, and kick up some waves and see all these islands have to offer. But first, lets get to know the us a little more……
Good Day FlyAway friends!
We are so very passionate about the islands and their surrounding waters and we get great joy out of sharing all this and more with our guests. Please take a moment to learn a little more about us. We take great pride in the number of years and type of experience we have to offer our guests and all that local knowledge our experience affords us in providing you with an amazing day on the ocean. Join us, so we can use our experience to make YOUR experience AMAZING!
Looking forward to having you join us! For now, get to know your captains & crew a little below!
Captain Colin and First Mate Leah
CAPTAIN COLIN ||| CAPTAIN & OWNER
Originally from Sitka, AK, Colin grew up on and around fishing and all sorts of boats. It was just kind of “the way” there. In his high school years, he had already started working them. In 1998, Colin came down to St. John on a trip and just never seemed to make it back, instead he quickly made St. John his new home. He found work and had a boat in months, beginning his experience in St. John on the water long ago. Colin learned to sail here on St. John and owned three sailboats here over the years cruising and racing many times over the years. With Colin’s family still in Alaska, he used to return in the summers to crab, but his brother now owns a commercial diving company, now Colin has returned to work for that company assisting with salvage work and more. Colin is an excellent sailor and his great experience sailing, power boating, all his experience in Alaska and diverse experience delivering an array of vessels makes him an excellent captain. Captain Colin is married to co-owner Leah and they have son, Thatch and fur baby/crew member Scuppers. Colin loves anything to do with history, specifically local history, diving, snorkeling, hiking, boating, sailing, spending time with family and friends. Colin also cares deeply for the environment and the stewardship of reefs and ocean.
CAPTAIN DOUG ||| LEAD CAPTAIN
Captain Doug’s experience in the VI begins way back in the late 1980’s on his first visit. After continued visits in the 90s, learning to sail, he made the move in 1999 – but not in the way most of us do – he came by sea! Captain Doug cruised down to the VI from Virginia on his Tartan 33 sailboat, Runaway and dropped anchor in Coral Harbor. Since then, Captain Doug has owned 3 Coral Bay businesses (Donkey Diner, Keep Me Posted and Coral Bay Computers) while working as a captain on Coral Bay charter boats; Breath, Serena Sea and FlyAway. All throughout his 30 years of boating, Doug has raced and won and placed in many regattas. He also is an avid supporter of sailing – specifically in Coral Bay, as a former Coral Bay Yacht Club Commodore, current Vice Commodore, and takes people sailing all the time on his sailboat, Integrity, for fun and to teach them the joy of sailing and boating. A great and resourceful mechanic – Captain Doug once fixed an engine with a guests earring and the charter went off without a hitch! With 30 years boating experience, 22 of those being local, and such extensive local knowledge with having visited here going back to the 1980’s Captain Doug is a fantastic Captain to spend your day with on the water!
Captain Doug lives on his boat, Integrity, in Coral Harbor where he coparents his son, the amazing Audie B (who you may be lucky enough to have join you as crew sometime!).
SCUPPERS THE SHARK DOG ||| CREW
Scuppers the Shark Dog is a 5 year old coconut retriever hailing from the STT Humane Society. She lived on two sailboats with Colin and Leah for 4 years and has more sea time than a lot of captains do between her crew hours and recreational sea time. She loves the water, boat rides and when she crews she takes her job very seriously. When the boat slows down, she is on anchor duty. When snorkelers disembark or get back on the boat she will be at attention to make sure everyone is safe. She also helps with the stern line when coming into the dock and has snuggles for guests who are nervous or seasick. Scuppers does not go on every charter – so rest assured if you are not a dog type of person – no worries. She has to be requested and even then, she may not be able to attend that day. But if you’d like her to join y0ur day, let us know!
CAPTAIN RON (RETIRED) – SOON TO BE RETURNING APRIL 2021
Captain Ron has extensive experience on the water with both powerboats and sailing. He has made several Atlantic passages Captain Ron has extensive experience on the water with both powerboats and sailing and just about anything that floats. Although his real name is Larry, his name Captain Ron is his favored handle. With his years on the water, quick wit and ability to make even the best day even better, you will quickly fall in love with good ol’ Captain Ron. Captain Ron now lives in Marco Island, FL with his loving lady, Karen.
Captain Truman, Retired
Owner of Flyaway Charters, Captain Truman Barbier, has been a boater all of his life. Originally from Michigan, Truman has 24 Mackinaw races to his name winning two of them 1st Overall and finishing in the top of his fleet more often than not.
In 1998, he traded the racing goals for cruising, and he and his family headed south through the Hudson into the ocean to the Caribbean. After 5 years, they settled in Coral Bay, St. John had cast its spell on the Barbier’s. 18 years later, Captain Truman had the business going strong with three boats and several excellent captains committed to providing you one of the best days of your vacation. Captain Truman retired, handing the helm over to Captain Colin and First Mate Leah in late spring of 2017. He and Mrs. Wonderful are now exploring the great United States in their land yacht and are sure to have many more adventures to entertain us all!
Ready to explore the high seas with us?