Firebird's Crew
Captain Jim and Vicki Punter have been actively chartering in the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean since 1988, and are looking forward to having you as their guests aboard Firebird. They are well-known among the charter brokers for their professionalism, and are well-versed in all the special touches that will make your cruise an extraordinary experience. They are both USCG 100-Ton Licensed Captains and members of The Virgin Islands Charteryacht League, an organization dedicated to upholding the standards of quality chartering, and the Seven Seas Cruising Association.

Jim and Vicki have lived in the Virgin Islands for over 20 years and they are eager to share with you their love for the excitement and beauty found in the islands and the sea. Come join them on Firebird for the magnificent vacation you so richly deserve!

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    Jim, a native of California, opened one of the first restaurants on St. Thomas. Since then he has run various restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions, both in the Virgin Islands and Florida. Jim has been involved in sailing all his life and has owned many boats including a 72' Trumpy and a 77' Rhodes design motor-sailor. Though most of his recent years have been in the Caribbean, he has also sailed the South Pacific. He will customize your cruise, discussing with your expectations and preferences, then establish an itinerary that will be unique to your voyage. He will always find the right spot to drop the anchor, over the prettiest water, close to shore and near the best snorkeling.  
    Vicki is dedicated to making sure every aspect of your charter is superb, from the well-balanced menu plans to unobtrusive service and perfect timing. She and Jim are superior cooks and will treat you to meals of the highest quality, beautifully presented and irresistibly delicious. She loves to bake, and will plan your meals to suit your preferences, including delectable island dishes as well as excellent renderings of traditional favorites. She has worked with Jim in all of their business enterprises, including chartering their 66' Cheoy Lee trawler Mustique, and Phantom a 72' Burger motoryacht.  
    Dylan is a native of South Africa and has spent most of his 24 years on the beach and in the sea. His love of the sea started at a young age with his involvement in 'Nippers', a junior lifeguard program. Since his inclusion in the program he has gone through the ranks of the movement including becoming the Provincial (State) Inflatable Rescue Boat Officer and obtaining his Sea Rescue Helicopter Crewman's certificate. Dylan also has his BAA Paramedic qualification and initially studied Landscaping and Horticulture. With associations to the sea through becoming a Lifeguard Contracts Manager, and the Club Captain of the local voluntary Lifesaving Club, he made his way to the USA for the World Championships hosted in Daytona. Shortly thereafter Dylan met Jim and Vicki and before he knew it he was on his way to St. Thomas to join them as first mate! The rest, as they say in the classics, is history and can be followed in our website. Enjoy!