Growing up on Long Island, New York, Austen was a shoe in-for the sailing life.
At the age of eight, he would sail across Northport Bay to visit the town’s general
store as he was too young to drive. At the age of ten, he became involved with
competitive sailboat racing and soon became an Optimist class national
champion. Since then, he has gone on to many other classes of sailboats and filled
skipper, crew and coaching roles. After graduating from Hobart William Smith
College, where he captained the sailing team, he decided to work and live in the
Virgin Islands for a year. There he learned the ins and outs of island life — as well
as the best sailing, mooring and dining options. After a year learning the charter
trade, he moved back to New York to work in his family’s tool manufacturing
business. While running the company’s operations, he spent any extra time he
had, including vacation days, professionally racing Etchells sailboats in all parts
of the world. But his days in the Virgin Islands would stay with him, and the
pristine beaches and eclectic life on the islands would always find a way back into
his daydreams. Little did he expect, in 2018 the family would decide to move its
business to Florida where he would meet Philomena, a happy go lucky water
woman who also had dreams of island life.
Philomena grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she spent her weekends
cooking, snorkeling and learning to free dive with her father. At age seven, she
was diving in the Bahamas for sunken airplane wrecks as deep as 60 feet.
Eventually, she learned to surf overhead waves and became obsessed with being
an all-around water woman. While in high school she became interested in
photography and spent a good portion of four years in the dark room. She
followed this with a semester working in a California color dark room, an
education at Daytona State and internships with four very different
photographers. During this time, she also became interested in where her food
came from and arranged to spend her summers doing a work internship on a
small organic farm in Colorado. As she became a passionate foodie, she
experimented with all kinds of diets — from grass fed elk to raw vegan cuisine,
she grew it, cooked it, photographed it, served it and lived it. In 2018 she moved
to New Smyrna Beach to continue surfing and diving while also climbing the
ladder from food prep cook to bartender. She also became a full time wedding
and event photographer. Austen had tried asking her out one night while she was
bartending, but was turned down — little did she know, almost a year later they
would become a couple. Not only would Austen help convince her to go back to
school for a culinary arts degree, but they would also agree to a life on the water
showing guests the beauties of the ocean and food.
Today, Austen and Philomena run the Charter Vicarious business together.
Whether you want complete silence or an outgoing adventurous island
experience, these two are your crew!
Why the boat name:
Vicarious- adj: experienced or realized through imaginative or sympathetic participation in the experience of another.
We believe that aside from water, food, shelter, exercise, and nature the most important necessity in human existence is connection. On our boat we strive to not only provide the best water, food, and shelter but most importantly we love to build community and opportunities for you to connect with your loved ones and friends. When you join us on an adventure through the Caribbean you will experience storytelling between the crew, your guests, eat local food, and an eco-friendly off grid living experience. All of which is designed to bring you Vicariously closer to nature, yourself, and most importantly your loved ones.
Filet mignon ChimiChurri served with roasted carrots over a bed of polenta
Air fried sweet and sour Pumfu or chicken served over black rice with steamed broccoli
Boat made artisional pizzas
Late Night Sweets
The best gooey chunky chocolate chip cookies
Chocolate covered strawberries
Almond flour cupcakes with home made coffee buttercream
Cheesecake topped with berry medely
Drink of the day
Jalapeno and cilantro mezcal margarita
Melon and Mint Mojitos
Pimm's cup with lemon and mint
*Menu is subject to change based on availability, preferences, and food allergies.
Standard Ship's Bar Crew are happy to accommodate requests and stock bar based on guest's preferences. Availability may be limited on island, and will make substitutions as necessary.
=Liquor= Cruzan light rum | Cruzan dark rum | Cruzan flavored rums | Titos or Stoli Vodka | Bombay Gin | Bullet whisky | Milagro tequila silver =Wine= Oyster Bay or Kim Crawford Chardonnay and Savion Blanc | Josh or la Crema pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon | Manon Rose | LaMarca prosecco | Veuve Champagne (1 bottle per charter) =Non Alcohol= Coke | Diet Coke | Ginger Ale | Sprite | Fresca | Club Soda | Tonic Water | Lemonade mix | Ice Tea Mix | La Croix seltzer various flavors | Perrier or San Pellegrino =Water= Our yacht is equipped with a reverse osmosis water maker and the tap water is highly purified. Help us reduce plastic use and enjoy unlimited drinking water. If you prefer bottled water please indicate. =Beer and Seltzers= These are provisioned based on preference, there are no stock items. It’s important to indicate quantities. Most major brands and styles are available however I find craft beer has poor selection. Look to Leatherback or STJ brewery for craft varieties. My recommendation is stick with the lighter beers and avoid the heavier stuff, the Caribbean is hot… Corona | Corona Light | Coors | Miller | Ultra | Heineken | Blue Moon | Red Stripe
Winter 2023 to 2024
Winter 2024 to 2025
**Vicarious is available to charter from The Grenadines to St. Vincent 10/21/2023 to 10/28/2023. Inquire for details**
GENERAL NOTES: MINIMUM NIGHTS: 5 for USVI, 7 for BVI For 6 nights divide by 7N X 6N. For less than 6 nights, divide by 6N X number of nights.
BVI CHARTERS -Yacht and crew are BVI compliant. -BVI taxes and fees are INCLUDED in the rate. -7 night minimum for BVI charters.
SLEEP ABOARD: $300 per cabin. 2 cabin minimum. Sleep aboard the night before charter dates. Boarding after 4PM, welcome cocktails, then dinner to be taken ashore at client expense. Includes breakfast the next morning. Sleep aboard may be on a mooring. EXCLUDES: Christmas and New Year's weeks.
HALF-BOARD: Includes 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 3 dinners, happy hour canapes, standard ships bar and snacks. Other meals ashore at client expense. THROUGH SUMMER 2023: 2/$18,200 3/$18,550 4/$18,900 5/$19,250 6/$19,800 WINTER 2023/2024: 2/$18,700 3/$19,050 4/$19,400 5/$19,750 6/$20,300
LOCAL FARE: Includes 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 6 dinners, happy hour canapes, standard ships bar and snacks. Other meals ashore at client expense. THROUGH SUMMER 2023: 2/$18,350 3/$18,775 4/$19,200 5/$19,625 6/$20,250 WINTER 2023/2024: 2/$18,850 3/$19,275 4/$19,700 5/$20,125 6/$20,750
CHRISTMAS/NEW YEARS 2023/2024: 7 night minimum. CHRISTMAS: $25,000 1-6 pax, must end by 12/26 NEW YEARS: $27,100 1-6 pax, may not start prior to 12/28
All Inclusive.Cruising Permit: Paid by BoatLicenses: Paid by Boat
April 2022 Charter Guests on Vicarious: it was a fantastic and beautiful adventure Definitely on our plans againIt sad when it all ends Had a GREAT TIME I recommend this to everyone! Captain Austin and Chef Philamena are No 1 EXCELLENT
My God that was one of the BEST Trips EVER!!! Depressed I couldn’t be on it for a lifetime….they truly make a great team.
Vicarious recent charters guests we had on board:
“We had an incredible week on Vicarious, the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. Each day different from the one before. All the meals were incredible and we enjoyed getting to try different cuisine throughout the week. The service and experience that Austen and Philly provided have us already looking to book with them again next year.
Please let me know if you need anything else. We really enjoyed this trip and met or exceeded all previous charters we have done in the past.” MATT
Vicarious Catamaran is based in the Virgin Islands/Leewards for Winter and New England for Summer.