Sail Pepper

Sail Pepper out of Coral Bay

The Pepper is a wooden island sloop built on St. John, USVI. She is modeled after the traditonal sloops used by islanders long ago throughout the Caribbean. Join us on a one-of-a-kind sail for a taste of St. John's history while exploring beautiful island waters.

This vessel is a perfect blend of traditional wooden boat design with the ease of maintenance that modern materials provide. Pepper has a large open deck plan with comfortable bench seating to port & starboard with yellow cushions.

Dreamy Day

She conducted day sail charters out of Maho Bay Campground for 14 years, until the campground closed in May of 2013. She currently conducts day sail charters out of Coral Bay, and continues to provide guests with a unique and memorable sail on beautiful St. John waters.

Captain Lance  Davies and First Mate Kim Sammartano
Lance Davies: Captain - Kim Sammartano: First Mate

Lance Davies was born in upstate New York, but moved to Georgia at age 12. Lance has a background in photography and was a professional photographer for over 20 years. He has always had a love of the water and spent much of his time boating or SCUBA diving. Lance moved to St. John in 2010 and began working as a dive master at Caneel Bay. He is still passionate about photography, and spends his free time capturing the island’s beauty above and under the water.

Kim Sammartano is originally from Chicago, IL. She has been coming to St. John since 2002, and became a permanent resident in 2010 to work for Maho Bay Camps. Before moving to St. John, she worked as an art director for various magazines in Chicago and Atlanta. Her background is in art and music, and when she’s not sailing on Pepper, she does wheel pottery. Kim also teaches flute at the St. John School of the Arts.

Kim and Lance were married in August of 2012, on a sailboat in Newfound Bay, along St. John’s north shore. They live in Coral Bay with two cats, Jovie and Neko. Both kitties were adopted from St. John’s ACC



Full Day sail on Pepper

Full Day Sail

A full day sail is an educational and fun day on the waters of St. John’s east side. Sail to one of the island’s best snorkeling spots. Enjoy a guided snorkel, and a gourmet picnic lunch on the boat. Water, soft drinks, and cocktails are also provided.

Price per person: $95
Times: 9:30AM – 2:00PM

Late Afternoon Sail on Pepper

Sunset Cocktail Cruise

A late afternoon sail that offers views of Coral Bay, Ram Head & Leduck Island.
Hors d’oeuvres are paired with wine, beer & cocktails.
This 2-hour sail is a relaxing & romantic way to kick off your evening.

Price: $65
Times vary, please email for more information and to book your trip.

Private Charter on Pepper

Private Charter

A private charter on the Pepper is sure to be the highlight of your vacation! We can take your group of up to 6 people on a customized sail to a destination of your choice. We have plenty of options to make your trip a memorable experience. We can even prepare a custom lunch for you. Please Email for prices and more information!

Snorkel the Virgin Islands

Snorkel with Pepper and see Starfish

The sailing vessel Pepper is a custom built traditionally-designed native island sloop built in Coral Bay St. John in 1998 by boat builders Jody Colbert & Kevin Block. She features Spanish Cedar planking with stem & horn timber mahogany, marine plywoood bulkheads and cockpit sole. The hull is also sheathed in bi-axial fiberglass in epoxy resin. Pepper features a full keel with 2,000 lbs of internal ballast and an outboard rudder with tiller steering. She features hollow Hemlock Fir spars and modern stainless steel standing rigging.

Join new owners Lance and Kim and enjoy sailing and snorkeling in the beautiful VI.

Sail Pepper and Snorkel in in the US Virgin Islands

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Sail Pepper Out of Coral Bay
Coral Bay St John US Virgin Islands