Lagoon 51ft - 2008, Refit 2016


Yacht description

Gambit is a 51ft Lagoon with three queen cabins and one twins. If you have all couples in your group then you can make a request for the crew to take the bunk beds, leaving four queen cabins – there is an extra charge for this. Décor is contemporary with pastel upholstery and plenty of uncluttered space. Panoramic windows let in an abundance of light and allow you to view the ever changing scenery from air conditioned comfort. There is an adjustable table for either dining or coffee.

On decks, the signature Lagoon forward seating area is the perfect dolphin lookout or stargazing with the addition of sun pads on either side. “Upstairs” is a great flybridge – perfect for evening cocktails whilst watching the sunset. Finally, the cockpit will probably be the place you’ll spend the most time, and it’s wonderful with shaded, comfortable seating and a dining area for 8 people.

Our personal opinion

Why book Gambit – FLEXIBILITY – Four cabins are rare on a Lagoon 51 and it is really a super layout for families or couples alike. If you would like to request four queen cabins instead of 3 queens and bunks, Doug and Val will move – there is an additional charge for this.

Yacht layout


  • Yacht
    • Fully air conditioned
    • Salon TV
    • Device hookups
    • Onboard wi-fi
    • Hair dryers
    • Water maker
    • Ice maker
  • Water Toys
    • 13ft RIB w/60hp
    • Snorkel gear
    • Adult waterskis
    • Kid's waterskis
    • Towing tube
    • Kneeboard
    • Wakeboard
    • SUP x 2
    • Kayak x 2
    • Dbl kayak
    • Floating mats
    • Beach games
    • Fishing gear

Onboard experience

Crew profile
Capt. Doug and Chef Valerie offer the perfect blend of warmth, hospitality and adventure. A husband and wife team from South Africa, with many years combined cruising, travel and charter experience. To date, Doug and Val have successfully completed over 200 charters in the Caribbean making them one of the most experienced charter crew in the region.
Sample menu
This is a sample menu only to give you an idea of your chef’s cooking style. Your menu will be personalised for you - designed around your food and drink preferences. Most chefs are able to adapt to different dietary requirements such as vegetarian or gluten free but please let us know at the time of booking so we can check for you.

Rental rates

7 nights
6 nights
5 nights
2 $ 21,000 $ 18,000 $ 17,500
3 $ 21,000 $ 18,000 $ 17,500
4 $ 21,000 $ 18,000 $ 17,500
5 $ 22,000 $ 18,857 $ 18,333
6 $ 23,000 $ 19,714 $ 19,167
7 $ 25,000 $ 21,429 $ 20,833
8 $ 27,000 $ 23,143 $ 22,500

Rates are inclusive of all meals, snacks and standard bar prepared to your preferences. Standard bar consists of house wines, beers, sodas, mid-shelf spirits.
Please enquire for 5 night rates

2 $ 21,000 $ 18,000 $ 17,500
3 $ 21,000 $ 18,000 $ 17,500
4 $ 21,000 $ 18,000 $ 17,500
5 $ 22,000 $ 18,857 $ 18,333
6 $ 23,000 $ 19,714 $ 19,167
7 $ 25,000 $ 21,429 $ 20,833
8 $ 27,000 $ 23,143 $ 22,500

Rates are inclusive of all meals, snacks and standard bar prepared to your preferences. Standard bar consists of house wines, beers, sodas, mid-shelf spirits.
Please enquire for 5 night rates

2 $ 21,000 $ 18,000 $ 17,500
3 $ 21,000 $ 18,000 $ 17,500
4 $ 21,000 $ 18,000 $ 17,500
5 $ 22,000 $ 18,857 $ 18,333
6 $ 23,000 $ 19,714 $ 19,167
7 $ 25,000 $ 21,429 $ 20,833
8 $ 27,000 $ 23,143 $ 22,500

Rates are inclusive of all meals, snacks and standard bar prepared to your preferences. Standard bar consists of house wines, beers, sodas, mid-shelf spirits.
Please enquire for 5 night rates

$30,000/6 guests, $32,000/8 guests

1-8 guests. 7 nights minimum
Charters during Christmas week are required to finish by Dec 27

$33,000/6 guests, $34,800/8 guests

1-8 guests. 7 nights minimum
New Year charters commence no earlier than Dec 28

Half the daily rate - Inquire for availability

Board after 4pm, dinner to be taken ashore at guests’ expense but includes snacks, cocktails and Continental breakfast the following morning. Not available during Christmas and New Year weeks.

Inquire for rates

Half-board rates include 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners, snacks and standard bar; all other meals to be taken ashore at guests’ expense

3 dives a week included for certified divers

Diving only offered in the British Virgins.
3 Dives per week included in the rate for certified and current divers based on a 7 night charter.
Maximum amount divers are 6.
Maximum of 1 dive per day.
Extra dives available at a cost of $115 and dependent on guest itinerary.
Diving is for CERTIFIED and CURRENT divers only. If divers have not dived within the last 3 years, a refresher course must be done before diving. This can be done before through a certified dive operator or onboard GAMBIT at a cost of $150 per diver.
Guests rent or bring their own wet suits, specialized gear and dive computers.

Charter information

  • A crew gratuity, based on your level of satisfaction, but typically 15-20% of the charter rate is not included
  • Tandem charters, add $1500 to 8-pax rate
  • Crew are fully vaccinated. All guests must be fully vaccinated.
  • Information and rates quoted on this website are believed to be correct but are subject to change without notice.


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  • Dan and Alexa
    Six decades celebration

    The adage ‘the third time is the charm’ certainly applies here. In spite of our early exit it was the perfect five days! Your hospitality is warm and welcoming, the food delicious, the drinks cold and plentiful, but the very best of all is the friendship we have formed. cherished and treasured! We will only say ‘until next time’ and hope that time comes very soon! Thank you for making Frank’s 60th so special! ~ Meg and Frankie

    What an amazing experience… the perfect five days! Dan and I loved every single moment! You both are exceptional as charter crew but mostly as the most welcoming and fascinating people I have ever known. I’d love to have this experience again!

  • Devin, Linda, Jason, Nico, David & Robin

    Boat living was the great unknown…

    LOVED IT!!!

    Thank you Doug and Val for showing us the hidden wonders of the wind and sail. It is with heavy hearts that we leave you both and the beauty of the Virgin Islands that you showed us. But we take amazing memories and lessons home with us, as well as the possibility of being guests on Gambit once more. It was a Spring Break for the books.

  • Beth, Lance, Gavin, Dick, Alice, Ashlyn

    While our week has come to a close, the memories will last a lifetime. You are two very special people with the gift of making everyone feel comfortable and welcome aboard Gambit. We have waited a long time to share this experience with our children, and it was perfect. From diving, snorkeling, cliff jumping, the swim thru, tubing, paddle boards and kayaks to our land adventures it was all amazing. It was very special to be able to include my parents as well, I know this is not something they would have done on their own.

    Val – you pour yourself into those incredible meals and the family time spent around the table enjoying them was good for the soul. Thank you! We truly appreciate you both & very much hope to see you again very soon!!! Much love to your growing family and have a fun year ahead

  • Three words that describe our week… peaceful, uplifting, heaven! Thank you for your gracious hospitality! Thank you for your knowledge! thank you for being the perfect hosts! We are blessed to have met you both and that one day our paths will cross again
    ~ Sean and Michele

    As Michele said… thanks so much!!! What a wonderful week with wonderful hosts. A great captain, fantastic chef… just a wonderful time
    ~ Peter and Elizabeth

    Jim and I feel like we’ve gained two wonderful friends. You really made our week comfortable, fun, adventurous and the food was superb. Thank you friends
    ~ Jim & Lynne

    Thank you for an amazing time. Val, thank you for all the wonderful food and stories. Doug, thank you for getting me to go snorkel and taking us to the wonderful hidden pool. I believe I will snorkel again!
    ~ Dale and Dan

  • Don, Vickey & the gang

    Doug! Val! WOW!!

    IT WAS AN AMAZING TRIP – TRULY AMAZING! Always the food – it couldn’t be better. The dives… so much fun for the gang. Anegada was unbelievable! The beaches and swimming so enjoyable. but the best of all is the two of you! You are perfect hosts. We love you so much and thank you for being such a fun part of our family, some of the best memories. We can’t wait until next time

  • Barry & Linda

    Thank you for providing us with a vacation that will be part of our family memories forever. The time with you was incredible, even with having to deal with Covid protocols. Your hospitality, guidance and friendship were so appreciated. You felt like family from the beginning and we look forward to seeing you in the not too distant future!

  • Kayci & Jeremy

    Thank you for such an amazing trip, you both are an awesome team. We made so many memories that we will always cherish. We hope to cross paths with you again soon.

  • The Gerbers

    I can’t imagine any way that this trip could have been better without the two of you being part of it. Your friendliness, knowledge and flexibility are part of what made my time here as amazing as it was. Thank you for all you’ve done and for helping me make these memories that will last a lifetime – Ben

    Thank you for everything you did for us and for being such amazing hosts. We all had a fantastic time and will cherish all the memories. It was truly an honor to meet you and hopefully we will see each other again in the near future. All the very best to you! – Mike and Lynn

  • Elise and Jeff

    We are ever so grateful our lives have intersected – your gracious hospitality speaks wonders to who you are. We have thoroughly enjoyed the ride – beyond our expectations, and look forward to meeting again sometime. Our very best to you always.

  • Thank you for an amazing trip! You guys were so attentive to every detail and were exceptional hosts. I must say this was the best trip of my life and I look forward to a return visit. We loved all the jokes, stories and knowledge of the area, and Val, your cooking and presentation was fabulous.

  • Jamey and Denise

    Thank you for a wonderful week fun of adventure, activity, laughter, delicious meals and great company! You two are so simpatico! It was a total pleasure being with you and feeling safe in your capable hands.

  • Zinkl Voelkel McGlynn

    WOW! what an amazing vacation. We really appreciate you welcoming us into your home and taking us to the best places in the BVI. We will never forget the yellow flag of honor being the only boat in each bay and having two islands to ourselves. You are the best! – Sherri and Steve

    Thank you for a wonderful, wonderful, tremendous charter! It was a challenge to get here (1 year delayed) but well worth the wait. So fun to stay at anchorages that we have never seen before – thank you for that! We can’t wait for our next charter with you… Grenadines?? Susan & Ray

    From two non boat people, we had an amazing time. We can not say enough about our fantastic charter. The food, hospitality, knowledge of the area and everything else, truly spectacular. Thank you for an awesome trip of a lifetime – Tracy and Chris

  • Our Missouri friends

    We had a wonderful time! I didn’t think it would be better than the first time ‘cos that was so amazing… but it was! The dives, the food, the games – everything was perfect! Can’t wait ’til next time – D & Vi

    I have enjoyed getting to spend these nine days with you. Thank you so much for the stories and laughs. Doug, I appreciate the time taken to take us on dives, and Val for the chats and amazing food. You two are one of a kind and such a joy to be around, thank you so much for allowing us into your home – Andy

  • The Andy Clan

    Thank you for an amazing adventure! Top notch accommodation and fantastic meals. Thank you for the journey, memories and knowledge will stay forever, ‘bad luck zone’, ‘rummikub lessons’ – we look forward to another voyage in the future. This was one of the most relaxing vacations we have ever had – Scott and Whitney

    Another sail is on the books, thanks for celebrating my 45th with me – Andy and Kristie

    Thank you for a fabulous vacation and so many memories we will enjoy forever! Not to mention the fabulous food! – Dan and Wendy

  • Family Renunion Charter

    Excellent trip – fantastic attention to detail made it all so wonderful. With many thanks, and see you soon! ~ Raymond

    Leaving Gambit this morning after 8 nights aboard being spoiled by the best hosts ever: Doug & Val. Took hundreds of pictures with my brother, Raymond who invited me all the way from London! ~ Joyce

  • Mick and Rhonda

    What a great adventure with you guys! Thanks so much for offering to let us crew the rest of the season so we don’t have to go back to Iowa!!! The stories of your adventures are awe-inspiring… the places you’ve been paint a vivid picture. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Sharing your love of this place, sharing your kindness and laughter and sharing these memories.

  • Jill and Bill, Frank and Meg

    Another wonderful trip, we cannot thank you enough for your kindness and hospitality. Enjoyed every second. Beautiful beaches, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets… until next time.

    The only problem on Gambit is the time passes too quickly. We loved every speedy, sun filled minute. Thank you for another week of extraordinary hospitality, laughs, puzzles, delicious food, and left, right, centre. Much love until next time.

  • Ed

    This was planned as a special family event. The crew made it an especially GREAT event ~ 60th Anniversary with all 7 family members enjoying the whole experience from 80 year old senior to 20 year old grandson. I’m sure this trip will remain in our conversations for a long time. Thanks for a great trip.

    Food fantastic, route amazing, crew… was the bonding feature!!!

  • JF

    You two are such an inspiration to me, the way you live and enjoy the beauty of nature and the world is enlightening. I love meeting people like you who have adventurous souls and genuine hearts. The last 8 days have been calming, healing and brought my connection to the ocean closer. Val, thank you for the nourishing food and treating us like family. Dougie, thanks for taking me back under the sea and being patient with me diving. I hope we meet again someday.

  • Joyce

    It was so amazing to sail with you again and though we miss Katlyn, we love Gambit now too! The food, hospitality and friendships feel like we are one big family. Thank you for putting up with us and we will see you again without kids! (PS – we left the kids in the locker with the scuba gear – train your new deck hands well!)

  • Kim

    Cruising through the BVI’s was a truly wonderful experience especially having you to take such good care of us. Your warmth and genuine interest in making sure we were never left wanting for a single thing was very much noted and appreciated!

    Val – the food! On my, you can create wonders in that kitchen! I’m still thinking of the grilled tuna! Captain ‘Ron’ – you managed to keep one step ahead of us with the beer and wine cooler – not an easy feat with us Canadians. Until we meet again…

  • GE

    What an amazing trip! You both have such a warm and welcoming way. Any nervousness about a week at sea were quickly washed away from the get go. The many adventures will stay in our hearts for years to come. All meals were delicious – even with one of the most picky children – Val made wonderful meals and snacks. You both have such patience and experience that Mike and I truly appreciate! Thanks for helping make this our best spring vacation.

  • Michael W

    Doug is a fascinating guy and very personable. He did a great job on the dives we went on and having scuba on board was a special treat. Doug and Val both guided us on shore. Val took us to the bubbly pool which was super cool and Doug took us to the bat cave and the Baths.

    Val is a chef and was very flexible on how and when meals and snacks were served which was important to us. All the food was well prepared and presented. My favorite time of the day was cocktail hour.

    My children liked playing games on board. Uno, shut the box, Rummikub and liars dice. My wife liked not having to run everything and tidy up after the children (Thanks again to Val). We put the trip in their capable hands and they hit a home run!

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