A Catamaran, Beautiful Blondes & a Life on St. John – EX-PATS, Episode 3

I caution you, reading further and watching the accompanying video will make you want to quit your job. Viewer discretion is advised.

The third episode of the EX-PATS show takes us back to the island of St. John. Host Savannah Jane Buffett introduces us to Jamison Witbeck–Vermont native, boat builder, boat captain and family man. It really seems like he is living the castaway life on one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. Let’s learn how and why he made the move to the Caribbean.

Jamison, his crew (3 beautiful blonds) and his family charter KEKOA, a 55 foot catamaran, around the Virgin Islands — but it was not always easy. A family business of boat building quickly took a different turn when KEKOA, one of their master pieces, was abandoned at sea after a strong storm by it’s new owners. Reclaimed and fixed up, Jamison grabbed his family of 5, moved to St. John and gave that boat the life he dreamed for it. Chartering all around the islands, Jamison supports his amazing family and business while nestling his way right into local life. – EX-PATS

This video is about 24 minutes long, so be prepared to spend a little time with it. Once you start watching though you’ll be sucked in. You’ll wish those 24 minutes would last forever.

EX-PATS, Episode 3 – Jamison Witbeck of St. John USVI

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, chances are your imagination is fifth gear and pushing to sixth after watching that episode. I can hear your minds cranking over right now. What will it take to move to the Caribbean? Can really do something like that? What would I do for work? You’re not along, my mind is toiling away on the very same questions.

Expats Kekoe

Kekoa charter boat St. John

Kekoa Charter Crew

Like Jamison said, you just have to do it. It’s not going to be easy but the payoff in the end just might be the reward of a lifetime.

I don’t want to overload you, but you can watch the first two episodes of the EX-PATS show here and here.

If you have plans to head down to St. John and are looking for a catamaran cruise, why not sail on the Kekoa and meet Jamison and his beautiful crew. You can check out their website here: blacksailsvi.com

Cheers to living a life in the islands.


(All photos are screen shots of the EX-PATS show on The Reserve Channel)

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By |2016-12-31T11:57:43-04:00October 11th, 2012|Islands, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands|7 Comments

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  1. Shawn October 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Like I needed more motivation to move….

  2. mm
    RumShopRyan October 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I know right! This was more of a push than a nudge. Cheers!

  3. I Heart the Beach October 12, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Hi Ryan,

    OMG! I just got back from Bermuda and spent some time on a boat there and came home and told the hubby that I wanted to buy a boat and live on the water! This was fantastic and I am happy to see it is working out for his family. Very jelly {in a good way}.

    Thanks for the post!

  4. mm
    RumShopRyan October 12, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Definitely a romantic lifestyle. Cheers!

  5. dean October 13, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Stop pushing me Ryan!!

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