Our Crew

At V.I.B.E. Charters, we know you have a lot of choices when it comes to planning your USVI or BVI boat charter.  For us it isn't just about the boat or the beautiful caribbean waters and amazing islands.  We know this is about creating the best experience possible for our guests.  Our crew is not only highly experienced and trained in the charter business, they also have years of experience in the service industry and focus all of their energy on making your entire V.I.B.E experience something that you will remember for a lifetime.  In fact, many of our guests come back year after year and truly become part of the V.I.B.E. Charters family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Query - Captain

 

For Jim, the azure waters of the Caribbean were love at first sight.  Having spent all of his life boating the crystal clear waters of Glen Lake, in Northern Michigan, he thought he has seen the most beautiful water on earth.  Then, he made his first trip the the Caribbean   and his life was changed forever.  After that fateful first trip, Jim escaped to the Caribbean as often as a busy work and parenting schedule would allow while always having the dream of someday making the Caribbean his home.

 

In 2012, Jim purchased a sailing catamaran, Being Nauti, that he based on Tortola, BVI and quickly became aware of the incredible sailing area made up of the US and British Virgin Islands.  After one trip, Jim knew he had found the place he would make his home.  It was no longer a vague goal of "The Caribbean".  It was the Virgin Islands!

 

After many wonderful adventures in the Virgin Islands over the next few years,  Jim was finally able to make the move to St Thomas, VI in 2015.  While initially falling in love with the islands on a sailing catamaran, it became immediately apparent that a power catamaran was another great way to explore the islands for a day trip.   When the highly successful V.I.B.E. Charters business became available, Jim moved quickly to purchase the company, taking over management and captaining duties.

 

After years of cruising the Virgin Islands, Jim has an intimate knowledge of the area and loves to share his love of the water and the islands with our guests.

 

Contact Jim at jim@vibe-charters.com or 340-626-2875

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristi Chapman - Operations Manager/Mate 

 

Kristi initially fell in love with the island of St Thomas during her numerous layovers here during her 14 year career as a flight attendant for American Airlines.  At one point, she was even offered the option to relocate to the island but starting a family and continuing her career made that option impossible.  Her passion for the Virgin Islands and boating was refueled as she and Jim sailed together on their many voyages onboard Being Nauti.  And this time when the opportunity arose to make a move, she pounced!

 

From the moment you talk to her, Kristi's vivacious personality and obvious love for all things Virgin Island will begin building your excitement about your day on the water with V.I.B.E. Charters.  Her extensive knowledge of the entire Virgin Islands combined with her years of customer service training will leave you feeling confident that you have chosen the right charter company.

 

Kristi is also an accomplished sailor and power boat driver and is usually found at the helm on our numerous pleasure trips.  She has all of the necessary certifications to act as mate on even the largest excursion boats the Virgin Islands have to offer and I wouldn't be too surprised to see the title "Captain" added to her list of accomplishments very soon!

Kristi also operates our sister company, Virgin Islands Yacht Charters, a bareboat and term charter business based on St Thomas.

 

Kristi takes great pleasure in helping our guests design the perfect day on the water with V.I.B.E. Charters!

 

Contact Kristi at kristi@viycstthomas.com


​