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Yesterday, Ulf posted on his FB page that they have a new boat.

 

It is a catamaran, with some shade available, and the original Woodwind will be retired.

 

No exact date was given, but it appears to be coming soon.

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That's good to hear, especially about the shade part. We are booked with Woodwind in January and from what I've read the only downside to their excursions is that there isn't any escape from the sun...this should solve that. I'm not on FB could you post a pic of the new boat if there's one? Thx

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Someone with more tech ability will need to copy and paste a photo here. Someone on FB asked him if it will be running in October, and he said yes, so you will be on it in January for certain. It looks quite nice.

 

It's a typical looking cat that one sees all over the islands. It's not huge, so they probably will not increase their passenger count by much - I think plus or minus 20 is the max now.

 

In addition to ladders on the back of both sides, there are steps up into the boat, which will alleviate another complaint of the aging cruiser population, ease of access in and out of the water. There is also a nice dive platform back there so you can toss your flippers up before you climb in.

In the existing boat, if there does not happen to be a crew member right there to assist, you are on your own to struggle in.

 

The galley is roomy and bright, which I'm sure the crew will appreciate - no more lunch prep in that dark hole.

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Dee & Ulf and their crew work so hard to ensure everyone has a great time on Woodwind and I'm sure the new boat will be a big hit with everyone. We've sailed with them 5+ times and it is ALWAYS great. One thing that we appreciate (versus similar operations elsewhere in the Caribbean) is that they sincerely appreciate the business from cruise ship passengers and you will never hear the subtle dissing of cruise ships that we've heard more than a few times on sailing/snorkeling excursions we've taken off about 15 islands. Dee and her crew are always respectful, friendly and totally professional and this is one of the reasons we will always book with them when we return to Bonaire. And of course, the snorkeling is the absolute BEST we've ever experienced.

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Does anyone know if they are using the new boat yet? It looks great.

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Does anyone know if the passenger capacity increased with the new Woodwind? I believe that it was previously 25.

 

 

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Good news. As much as I liked their old boat the new one should be good to go. We will be on it next February with the whole family.

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Good news. As much as I liked their old boat the new one should be good to go. We will be on it next February with the whole family.

 

We go in Feb too, wonder if it is the same time. Feb 26th?

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We go in Feb too, wonder if it is the same time. Feb 26th?

 

No, we're on the Freedom on the 10th.

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Yet another reason to return to Bonaire. I long to be in that place, and our Woodwinds snorkel was a highlight!

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Dee & Ulf and their crew work so hard to ensure everyone has a great time on Woodwind and I'm sure the new boat will be a big hit with everyone. We've sailed with them 5+ times and it is ALWAYS great. One thing that we appreciate (versus similar operations elsewhere in the Caribbean) is that they sincerely appreciate the business from cruise ship passengers and you will never hear the subtle dissing of cruise ships that we've heard more than a few times on sailing/snorkeling excursions we've taken off about 15 islands. Dee and her crew are always respectful, friendly and totally professional and this is one of the reasons we will always book with them when we return to Bonaire. And of course, the snorkeling is the absolute BEST we've ever experienced.

I couldn’t agree with you more. We sailed with them in January and are looking forward to doing so again next month.

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I couldn’t agree with you more. We sailed with them in January and are looking forward to doing so again next month.

Please report back on how the new boat is.

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No, we're on the Freedom on the 10th.

We are also sailing on the 10th. We are doing the morning tour with Windwood, how about you, am or afternoon?

We have a family group of 12.

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We are also sailing on the 10th. We are doing the morning tour with Windwood, how about you, am or afternoon?

We have a family group of 12.

 

 

We're in the morning also. Group of 6. See you then.

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For those who have done the tour as cruise ship guests, the Woodwind website says the meeting point is about 3 or 8 minutes walk from the docking piers, depending on which one you are at. (under a "Casino" sign by a gate)


Would you say that is accurate? And was it easy to locate?

Thanks in advance!

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It is easy to locate - just follow the waterfront. 

3 to 8 minutes seems  optimistic to me, tho, maybe more like 10 to 15 (unless one speed walks.) 

Certainly doable. 1479393237_BonaieMapWoodwind.thumb.jpg.915689455f0af503c62aceb6dc333886.jpg

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