***NOVEMBER 2022 - MID JANUARY 2023***
BRAD & KRISTI
Brad Marquart grew up in a small Mississippi river town in Missouri. After completing a degree in Biology at a liberal arts college it was time for some adventure, and he left the Midwest for a new life on the ocean. He joined a commercial fisheries management consultancy in Alaska, working on fishing vessels to provide precise and timely data regarding fishery health directly to NOAA. After working aboard 12 large fishing and fish processing vessels operating out of Dutch Harbor and Juneau, he traded the Bering Sea for the Rocky Mountains and moved to Denver, Colorado. There he started as a bioenergy researcher developing alternatives to mining coal, before switching gears and becoming an environmental scientist liaising between the oil and gas industry and state regulatory bodies. However, his previous life on the ocean had left a mark.
Upon meeting Kristi, the new team set out to reconnect with previous careers on the water. Denver provides perhaps the most landlocked American Sailing School in the USA, and Kristi and Brad took every class they had time for. They left Denver for the east coast where they assisted with a sailboat delivery, and then took to new careers aboard a 74 foot charter ketch here in the Virgin Islands, which led to Brad earning his USCG 100-ton Master Captain’s license and moving on to operate charter catamarans. Now in his fifth year in the term charter industry, Brad has also earned an advanced scuba certification and enjoys sharing chef’s and guide duties with his wife. An innate naturalist, he loves identifying fish and watching their behavior. He loves life most when guiding snorkel and hiking excursions in the beautiful Virgin Islands and when winding down with our always-interesting guests after a memorable day.
Kristi Marquart has a diverse background within the charter boat and restaurant industries. Her culinary interest sparked at an early age in her family’s restaurant and brewery in Kansas, where she worked every position throughout high school and college. Eager to grow in the hospitality industry after graduating from KU, Kristi went on to manage three successful restaurant openings across the country with a company that believed in serving real food sourced from American farmers. She has always loved to cook for friends and family but it was her experience working alongside talented chefs and restaurateurs that ultimately groomed Kristi for her role as the chef aboard Sea Esta. Her cuisine style utilizes fresh ingredients that bring both color and flavor to the plate. She obtains high quality cuts of meat and locally sourced eggs, produce and seafood (when available). Her menus are made with her guests preferences in mind, and she loves the creative freedom of serving beautiful meals that become a conversation piece over the table. Chef Kristi recently expanded her culinary repertoire while attending a two-week Yacht Chef course at the Ashburton Cookery School in England, where she trained under talented chefs with Michelin star backgrounds. Her cuisine style utilizes fresh ingredients that bring both color and flavor to the plate, and her menus are made with the guests’ preferences in mind. Kristi loves the creative freedom of serving beautiful meals that become a conversation piece over the table.
Kristi also holds a USCG 100-ton Master Captain’s license, a bachelor's degree in environmental science, an advanced diver certification, and ten years of experience handling various boats along the coasts of California, Georgia, South Carolina, and throughout the entire Eastern Caribbean. This is her eighth season operating charter boats out of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Kristi & Brad are honored to call Sea Esta home and will ensure your vacation is the kind you smile about for years to come.
***MID JANUARY 2023-JULY 2023***
SY & KARA
Originally from Atlanta, Ga, Sy was born in 1987 to a family rooted in hospitality and travel. His passion for the ocean began early during his summers on the shores of Amelia Island, Fl. After college he spent nearly a decade in hospitality management. Prior to finding his passion as a Merchant Marine he managed an event venue and Historic Bed and Breakfast in Amelia Island. In early 2017, Sy stumbled upon the beautiful islands of the Florida Keys. Although initially a three month sabbatical from work sailing on a friends Cheoy Lee, the journey quickly changed his life forever. The crystal clear waters and fruitful life offered in Key West captured his heart. Three of the past four years he has spent sailing catamarans for FURY Water Adventures.
Specializing in snorkeling, backcountry mangrove tours, and parasailing.
Born in Perth, Western Australia in 1988 and raised in the harbor city of Darwin, Northern Territory. Kara is the oldest of eight adventurous children raised in the bush of the Outback. Her father inspired the love of the sea with regular sails along the coast of northern Australia and throughout neighboring Indonesia. After a career driving haul trucks in the mines of Australia she set off to explore the world. Living throughout Indonesia, Thailand, and Europe she eventually found her way to the US. After a two year stay in New York City she found her way to eclectic Key West, Fl in 2016, soon there after taking work as a crew member with FURY Water Adventures.
Sy and Kara’s love for each other started with their mutual love for the ocean. They met while working with FURY and living on neighboring boats in the mooring field of Key West. They have spent the last 3 years together growing as a couple as well as individuals. Kara worked as chef and mate for a charter spearfishing company as well as working during the summers as ground support and chef for a TP52 Series Team in Europe. Sy has grown from mating on 65’ catamarans to becoming a proficient captain of the vessels, and eventually becoming fluent with all the catamarans in the FURY portfolio. Together these guys have driven across two countries and circumnavigated the continent of Australia in their faithful LandCruiser. They are a polished well rounded duo who aren’t afraid to roll their sleeves up in the name of adventure.
***CREW THROUGH JULY 2022***
JEFF & DANI
Jeff is originally from California and spent most of his childhood as Freestyle skier and snowboarder in Lake Tahoe. In the summers, he would enjoy the waters of the lake parasailing, jet skiing and boating. He found his true calling was watersports. In search of warmer weather and salt water, he moved to Key West. He got his foot in the door with the boating world with boat building which progressed quickly into becoming a chief mate and ultimately the worldwide Captain he is today. Jeff established himself as an exceptional Motor Yacht and Sailing Yacht delivery Company working all over the world including Trans-Atlantic crossings. Captain Jeff finally discovered the USVI and BVI for term charter operations, one of his favorite places in the world. Jeff followed his thirst for the ocean and developed his passion for spear fishing, scuba and snorkeling, sailing, free diving, lobstering, and enjoying marine life.
Captain Jeff has sailed all over the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Wherever you want to sail to find your dream vacation Jeff will know the perfect spot, whether you want to be in the mix of the island, hiding with the locals, or even on a private island.
Sail away and Island hop with Captain Jeff.
Chief Danielle "Dani" Andrews
Born and raised in Florida, Dani grew up with a tremendous love for the ocean and the outdoors, which continue to bring her joy and a sense of comfort. From an early age, curiosity and excitement were instilled as her father began teaching her the way around the kitchen. Her later career in hospitality industry throughout her college years helped mold her understanding of the ins and outs of the restaurant world.
After obtaining her Associate in Arts from Valencia College she embarked on her first adventure to Hawaii while working on cruise ships. This was where she got her first taste and joy for life on the water. Living and working on the beautiful islands only deepened her passion for people and cooking abroad. Traveling and experiencing new cultures is a life-changing experience she dreams of offering to others.
The following year, she decided to trade the big ship life for a more fulfilling pursuit, where she could connect on a deeper level with her guests and let her true passion for the culinary arts come to life, playing with her creativity in food menus and toying with new delicious experiments. After her first trip as a chef aboard a sailing yacht in Portugal she knew she’d found this opportunity, and for the last 3 years she has been working on sailing yachts in Portugal, Croatia, and the Virgin Islands; this has allowed her to travel to over 20 different countries increasing her knowledge of alternative cuisines and her love of sailing.
****CREW HAS BEEN FULLY VACCINATED FOR COVID-19****