Our Story

THE CAPTAIN

‘Stevie’ Mendes is the main captain and owner of the boat. He is a seasoned waterman and has been out on the ocean since the day he was born. He has gained invaluable knowledge about the waters of Antigua and Barbuda, passed down from his father and grandfather. He has been a boat captain for 20 years and is fully certified/qualified with his 200 Tons Yacht Masters. Stevie’s crew members are also fully qualified with all necessary certifications to keep you safe. Whether it be wakeboarding, kitesurfing, fishing, diving or even exploring all the best nooks and crannies that Antigua and Barbuda has to offer, you couldn’t be in better hands. Stevie and his crew will share their knowledge and passion for the ocean with you, while keeping you safe. Between the captain and the crew’s experience on the ocean, your day will be nothing but memorable and unforgettable!

THE BOAT

‘Barefoot’ is a classic, ‘one of a kind’, fully customized 27 foot Boston Whaler Outrage. It is powered by brand new twin 200 Yamaha Outboard Engines and fitted with a top notch JL Audio Stereo System. It has an extended ‘T-top’ and Tuna tower for extra shade and top side cruising. The shallow hull design, in addition to and local, expert knowledge from the captain allows Barefoot to explore nooks and crannies off the beaten path that most boats aren’t able to do. Our boat is equipped with all safety equipment and fully certified to the “ADOMS International Safety Standards". We are also fully stocked with all the gear needed for your charter:

Fishing: We have all equipment for light tackle spin fishing; in-shore trolling; bait fishing; casting; deep sea trolling; offshore FAD fishing; offshore deep dropping.

Wakeboarding: We have options between Tona and Ronix wakeboards, Ronix impact vests and boots.

Snorkelling: We have Cressi masks, snorkels and flippers.

Kiteboarding: We do not provide the equipment for kiteboarding; however, if you do wish to rent gear we do have all the high quality kiteboarding gear available. If you would like kiteboarding lessons, we do have an instructor available (Pro-kitesurfer Andre Phillip) that you can hire for the day (who provides equipment for you).

OUR MISSION

Growing up in Antigua and having the ocean as our backyard, it was our ‘go to place’ to discover and learn. As very young children, we were fortunate to have access to a boat, which opened up a world of opportunity to explore.

These experiences have been memorable and rewarding and have shaped us into the people we are today. Stevie decided to purchase Barefoot so that we could carry on living our best lives, just as we did as children. The memories made have been invaluable and we felt that we needed to share this incredible journey with others and give people the opportunity to experience Antigua and Barbuda like we have. This is how Barefoot was born.

The boat has been fully tailored around the activities we love doing most. We specialize in completely customized tours designed around our guests’ ideal day. If you are the type who wants to get out and be active, learn a new sport or go on a fishing adventure, we have you covered. If you would rather a more relaxing day, going to lunch at a restaurant by boat and hanging out at an untouched, secluded beach, we got you! If you would like to get a few friends together and maybe celebrate your birthday, partying at your own private island, we have the best sound system and can guarantee you a day for the memory bank.

So, come along for the ride!