Captain Shawn Deweese:
You’re in good hands with Shawn - not only the Captain, but an owner he knows August Maverick in and out. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Master's Degree in Social Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. He served nine years at sea in the U.S. Coast Guard aboard cutters ALEX HALEY (Kodiak, AK), KUKUI (Honolulu, HI), CAMPBELL (Kittery, ME), and was the Commanding Officer of Cutters ADAK (Manama, Bahrain) and KISKA (Hilo, HI). He graduated from the Naval Diving Salvage Training Center (Navy Dive School) in Panama City Florida where he later retuned as an instructor for four years. He is a licensed Merchant Mariner with a 1600-ton Oceans Master, and Second Mate Unlimited License. He is also a PADI Dive Master.
Now that we've gotten all of the really serious things out of the way, we figured you'd like to know a little more about this one. He's pretty cool. Shawn grew up on the water and all of his memories involve being in, on or under the water; fishing off Cape Cod, snorkeling and diving on family vacations in the Caymans, and waterskiing or tubing during family reunions on the lake in Minnesota. He is great with kids and enjoys teaching them how to fish, taking them tubing behind the tender, and showing some of the little tricks he’s learned during his time on the water.
First Mate Victoria Balcheva
Victoria grew up in Varna - the sea capital of Bulgaria. She was always drawn to the water, and family vacations were always near a lake or the sea. She enjoyed fishing with her father as a child, and was a synchronized swimmer throughout high-school. Victoria attended college for International Business Management while working in restaurants, was a fitness instructor, a health coach and even did some modeling. She always loved the idea of being on the water and running a boat, so when the time was right, she did just that. She moved to Greece and quickly earned her Skipper diploma for yachts up to 72ft. She spent a year running day trips and multi-day cruises around Thassos Island: still one of her favorite places. Victoria immersed herself in the sail culture and participated in local regattas, and was a skipper for a two week trip around Greece, transiting the Corinth Canal twice and gaining more than 3500NM as a skipper. Victoria decided to expand her knowledge and went back to the USA where she gained STCW, Powerboat 2, and RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certifications. During her time on August Maverick, Victoria has completed her 100-ton USCG Captains License course and is working towards her dive certifications! Victoria superbly manages guest relations while on charter; making your time onboard as care-free and fun as possible. In addition to running August Maverick with Shawn, Victoria manages August Maverick’s social media, website and tries to keep Shawn out of trouble...some jobs are simply harder than others!
***CREW ARE FULLY VACCINATED FOR COVID-19****
Pick Up Locations
Yacht Heaven, St Thomas
South Dartmouth, MA
11kts US Gall/Hr
Caribbean Virgin Islands
USA - New England
# of Videos:
# Dine In:
Two, 30Kw & 20Kw
# Port Hatches:
Yes, aft deck only
Dinghy # pax:
Water Skis Adult:
Water Skis Kids:
Kayaks 1 Pax:
Kayaks (2 Pax):
Yes, water level
Boarding Ladder (Loc/Type):
2 rigid metal ladders (one on
1 trolling, 1 casting & kids
Scuba Diving Details
3 free for
General Diving Info
Up to 3 dives for 4 divers included in rate. Gear is supplied. At this time Resort course and full course are rendezvous only. Captain Shawn is the Dive Master.
Diving Costs information
Up to 3 dives for 4 divers included. Inquire for additional dives.
DAYBREAK CREPES Vanilla crepes stuffed with fresh fruit, topped with lime crème frâiche
EGGS FLORENTINE Toasted english muffin topped with perfectly poached eggs, spinach, apple wood smoked bacon, finished with a tangy hollandaise
MONTE CRISTO A classic breakfast treat made with fresh vanilla battered brioche, choice cuts of ham,Turkey, Swiss cheese, topped with berry jam and confectioners sugar
MOFONGO Mashed green plantain, yuca, and yautia with traditional Criollo seasoning, piled high with juicy Chimichurri Churrasco
CARIBBEAN GROUPER Panko encrusted pan fried grouper with fresh mango and red pepper salsa
ROASTED DIJON PORK TENDERLOIN Slow roasted to perfection, served with herbed orzo
Winter 2021 to 2022
Winter 2022 to 2023
MINIMUM NIGHTS: 5 nights
For 6 night charters, divide weekly rate by 7 nights X 6 nights. For 5 nights or less, divide weekly rate by 6 nights X number of nights. If cruising area includes BVI, rates are PLUS permits, licenses and fees which are to be paid by client.
****NEW ENGLAND RATES ARE PLUS BAR AND PLUS DOCKAGE IF REQUIRED***
***NOTE (1)*** For 9-12 pax charters, there are two couches in main salon, space for air mattress if desired, and room for three in the pilot house. Contact crew to discuss available sleeping arrangements for groups larger than 8. For those sleeping in the main saloon or pilot house, there is a separate access to one of the guests bathrooms to not disturb others..
HALF-BOARD OPTION: Includes 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners, other meals ashore at client expense.
SUMMER 2021: 2@$20,700 3@$21,300 4@$21,900 5@$22,500 6@$23,100 7@$23,700 8@$24,300 9@$24,650(1)
WINTER 2021 ONWARDS: 2@$23,700 3@$24,300 4@$24,900 5@$25,500 6@$26,100 7@$26,700 8@$27,300 9@$27,650 10@$28,000 11@$28,350 12@$28,700
CHRISTMAS/NEW YEARS: INCLUSIVE Virgin Islands. 7 night minimum. CHRISTMAS: 1-8 pax @ $30,000 Must end no later than Dec 26th NEW YEARS: 1-8 pax @ $32,000 Must begin no sooner than Dec 27th
Inquire for other dates or large group.
*****USCG CAPTAINS COURSE OFFERED USCG APPROVED CAPTAINS LICENSE COURSE - $600 per student***** Captain’s license (Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels) This requires a minimum 7 night charter, charter may be either inclusive, half-board, local fare or captain only.
August Maverick is a Coast Guard approved testing facility! Students complete an online module prior to their charter, and test with Captain Shawn once onboard! This USCG approved course serves in place of testing at the Coast Guard Regional Exam Center. Upon successful completion, mariners qualify for near coastal or inland commercial captain's licenses up to 100 or 200 gross registered tons. Topics include navigation, chart plotting, deck seamanship, deck safety, vessel administration, and rules of the road. The level of license is commensurate with sea time and experience. There are 5 tests to complete during your charter - Captain Shawn will work with you to make sure you complete them all and fit them in around your “busy” vacationing schedule.
***SPECIAL OFFERS ***
None at this time.
Captain Only Rates:
CAPTAIN ONLY: 1-6 guests @20,000 (Summer 2021 @ $18,000) plus all expenses. Includes captain and first mate as crew of two is required for this size yacht. Guests provision and prepare meals (crew is happy to help with the large galley).
NOTE: Captain Only is not an available option for holiday weeks (Christmas and New Years). Captain Only is available in the summer season in New England and winter season in the Virgin Islands.
All Inclusive.Cruising Permit: Paid by BoatLicenses: Paid by Boat