5.0/5 stars 26 reviews
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About Sandy

“Dirk is a USCG certified 100 Ton Master Captain and lifelong sailor with a love for all things nautical and a special talents in the field of Technology. He started sailing solo at 5 years old and has been leading yacht charters around the world for over 25 years! Some of his favorite destinations are French Polynesia and the British Virgin Islands. Sandy began sailing in college and has never looked back! She loves entertaining and introducing people to the seafaring lifestyle! She likes to get creative in the galley and serve up tasty snacks and treats to the guests. In 2007, Dirk and Sandy founded Cool Cat Charters LLC, in the Virgin Islands, where S/V Catatonic is the flagship of the fleet. She enjoys a reputation as one of the most popular, most fun and busiest charter sailing yachts in the US and British Virgin Islands. After sailing Catatonic from the Caribbean to New York in 2010, they decided to expand their charter service to their home waters in New York City and Long Island Sound and introduced Knotty Kitty into their fleet. Knotty Tigress joined the fleet in 2015.”

Aboard since 2015

From Greenwich, CT

Reviews of Sandy (26)

  • what a wonderful (half) day on Dirk's board on a tour around Manhattan! A very clean and safe boat, a lot of fun and marvelous views from all the different angles of the City! Dirk was a great host, timing to enjoy the sunset a lady liberty was perfect. Thanks!

  • We had such a nice experience! I strongly recommend it!
    Both the owner and the captain were great.

  • Fantastic day on the water with captain dirk. Perfect day and wonderful service. Couldn’t have asked for anything more. Will definitely rent again

  • Everything from booking to the actual trip was more than wonderful. DOES NOT DISAPPOINT!!!!! Thank you so much Sandy and Dirk! We will definitely do it again next summer.

  • We had an amazing time. Captain Dirk was professional and extremely courteous. Sandy was an absolute joy to make logistics and planning easy for our family day. I will definitely be in touch for future charter experiences.

  • This was our first time on a boat. Captain Dirk was absolutely amazing. The Knotty Kitty was a stunning boat. He took us to the Jersey Shore for some swim time. It was the experience of a life time, all possible due to Captain Dirk and Sandy. All future events will definitely be with them. Thank you so much.

  • Sandy was awesome! So easy to communicate with, and our boat day was amazing. Would definitely rent from Sandy again in the future!

  • Wow! What an amazing time. Sandy, who facilitated the booking was very patient and fast to respond. Dirk, the boat captain, was easy going, understanding, fun and enjoyable. I am very excited to continue renting this boat from Sandy. I just hope that I can also rent a 12 person boat from Sandy as more of my friends want to experience this awesome journey! Cheers!

  • Captain Patrick was AWESOME! We had a wonderful time aboard the Knotty Tigress for my husband’s 50th birthday! We saw beautiful sights and anchored for a bit to paddle board and relax. Couldn’t ask for a better day, boat, or captain to assist in making the day special for my husband. We will definitely be return customers! Thank you to Sandy, Dirk, and Captain Patrick for making the booking and day great!

  • Our first time using Boatsetter and we were lucky to have our first experience with Sandy and Captain Dirk. We had a terrific time. Professional, friendly and knowledgeable. Dirk grew up in Greenwich and knows the waters like the back of his hand. Made great suggestions and was a terrific host. Thank you.

  • We had a great experience with Sandy and Captain Dirk. Everything was organized clearly and the Catamaran was an incredible boat, perfect for large groups. We had a great time on the water and would definitely use them again!

  • This was an amazing experience and the proposal came out better than I would have ever imagined!!! I wish I could shares these photos so other can see!!! Captain Dan was great and thank you so much sandy for helping me through all of it!!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!!

  • Fantastic boat and service was equally good!

  • Incredible day on the Long Island Sound aboard the Knotty Tigress! Sandy (owner) was helpful and responsive in arranging the logistics of the day. Captain Dirk picked us up on time and was an incredible host throughout -- professional, knowledgeable, fun and accommodating of the crew's appetite for 80s/90s rock and hip hop. The Knotty Tigress is a gorgeous vessel, with plenty of room for 6 adults, as well as access to sun on both the stern and bow. Highly recommend the trifecta (Knotty Tigress, Sandy and Dirk). They won't disappoint.

  • Great rental. Fletcher was a wonderful captain. A perfect night. Thank you!

  • This past weekend was my first experience with Boatbound and I was extremely pleased with the process and trip. My rental was out of Norwalk, CT and the whole experience was excellent. The crew (Dirk & Piper) were very knowledgeable and attentive and Sandy made the trip very simple from a planning perspective. Being a boat owner myself I certainly appreciated the ability for everyone in my party to sit back and leave everything to the crew. I highly recommend the experience and crew to those wanting to just relax and explore. I look forward to using the service and crew again (I am considering a Caribbean and Amalfi coast rental). Thanks again for a great time.

  • This was our second voyage on the Knotty Kitty and it was just as amazing as the first! I highly recommend the Knotty Kitty to anyone looking for an unforgettable experience on the Hudson!

  • Great experience
    Sandy and Dirk are very professional, and lovely folks
    We all thoroughly enjoyed the trip!!

  • We had a fantastic day on the boat. Sandy and Dirk were amazing - highly responsive on the booking, very helpful on equipment (helping us source kid's life jacket last minute; allowing us to use our own wakeboard), and super nice and welcoming during the trip itself. We are aiming to charter again very soon.

  • Sandy and Dirk were fantastic hosts and made our morning and lunch trip very special.

    All our guests has a great time and Sundancer was an easy boat to swim from and very luxurious.

    Thank you Sandy and Dirk. We'll be back to spend another day out on the water with you.

    Charles K.
    New Canaan, CT

  • Dirk and Sandy were fantastic! They put together an awesome itinerary for my wife's 30th birthday, coordinated brunch and lunch catering on the boat, and went above and beyond to make it the best birthday ever – one we won't ever forget. Thanks again!!

  • Smooth transaction, good communication, great people, great time!

  • Awesome boat! Captain and crew were absolutely amazing. Definitely plan on doing future business. Thanks sandy for making my 30th birthday one to remember !!!

  • The captain and first mate were excellent -- very professional, welcoming, and attentive. The boat was beautiful -- spacious and comfortable. We had a perfect day. I highly recommend both the boat and the crew!

  • Sandy was kind enough to coordinate a last minute trip for our CEO & Chairman here at International Flavors & Fragrances a few weeks ago. Her professionalism, flexibility and patience in helping us maneuver payment via Boatbound are boundless. Our CEO and his guests had a memorable experience and we look forward to working together again in the future.

  • We requested the Knotty Kitty for a very special occasion (a proposal) and our cruise on the boat made the evening even more amazing! First off, Sandy and Dirk were very accommodating and went to great lengths in making sure everything was perfect for the event. They took care of everything! The itinerary, the food, the drinks, and the reservations for dinner after the trip. The trip! The trip around Manhattan was simply amazing! We left out of pier 25 and first cruised up the Hudson River passed the Intrepid taking in the views of the Manhattan skyline. Then we made our way back down to the Statue of Liberty to enjoy some food and champagne while watching the sunset on the water while lounging on the bow of the boat. This made for an excellent photo opportunity. After dark, we headed up the East River cruising under the three bridges and taking in the views of the City at night. At the end of the trip, we were dropped off at Newport Marina in Jersey City to enjoy dinner at Battello. Door to door service! Sandy and Dirk truly made this a night to remember! I highly recommend them and the Knotty Kitty! We look forward to booking with them in the future!