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Capt. Brad Marquart

Brad Marquart grew up in a small Mississippi river town in Missouri. After completing a degree in Biology at a liberal arts college it was time for some adventure, and he left the Midwest for a new life on the ocean. He joined a commercial fisheries management consultancy in Alaska, working on fishing vessels to provide precise and timely data regarding fishery health directly to NOAA. After working aboard 12 large fishing and fish processing vessels operating out of Dutch Harbor and Juneau, he traded the Bering Sea for the Rocky Mountains and moved to Denver, Colorado. There he started as a bioenergy researcher developing alternatives to mining coal, before switching gears and becoming an environmental scientist liaising between the oil and gas industry and state regulatory bodies. However, his previous life on the ocean had left a mark.

Upon meeting Kristi, the new team set out to reconnect with previous careers on the water. Denver provides perhaps the most landlocked American Sailing School in the USA, and Kristi and Brad took every class they had time for. They left Denver for the east coast where they assisted with a sailboat delivery, and then took to new careers aboard a 74 foot charter ketch here in the Virgin Islands, which led to Brad earning his USCG 100-ton Master Captain’s license and moving on to operate charter catamarans. Now starting his fifth year in the term charter industry, Brad has also earned a advanced scuba certification and enjoys sharing chef’s and guide duties with his wife. An innate naturalist, he loves identifying fish and watching their behavior. He loves life most when guiding snorkel and hiking excursions in the beautiful Virgin Islands and when winding down with our always-interesting guests after a memorable day.

Chef Kristi Marquart

Kristi Marquart has a diverse background within the charter boat and restaurant industries. Her culinary interest sparked at an early age in her family’s restaurant and brewery in Kansas, where she worked every position throughout high school and college. Eager to grow in the hospitality industry after graduating from KU, Kristi went on to manage three successful restaurant openings across the country with a company that believed in serving real food sourced from American farmers. She has always loved to cook for friends and family but it was her experience working alongside talented chefs and restaurateurs that ultimately groomed Kristi for her role as the chef aboard Sea Esta. Her cuisine style utilizes fresh ingredients that bring both color and flavor to the plate. She obtains high quality cuts of meat and locally sourced eggs, produce and seafood (when available). Her menus are made with her guests preferences in mind, and she loves the creative freedom of serving beautiful meals that become a conversation piece over the table.

Kristi also holds a USCG 100-ton Master Captain’s license, a bachelor's degree in environmental science, an advanced diver certification, and ten years of experience handling various boats along the coasts of California, Georgia, South Carolina, and throughout the entire Eastern Caribbean. This is her eighth season operating charter boats out of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Kristi & Brad are honored to call Sea Esta home and will ensure your vacation is the kind you smile about for years to come.



All served with fresh fruit, coffee, hot tea & juice

Banana pancakes with toasted coconut and pecans

Orange cream french toast served with breakfast sausage

Caprese omelet with prosciutto, mozzarella, tomato, basil & balsamic glaze over local greens

Avocado toast topped with a poached egg, fresh cilantro & sweet smoked paprika

White cheddar, bacon & bell pepper egg boats and coffee cake

Raspberry puff pancake, vanilla yogurt and a side of bacon

Locally made bagels & smoked salmon platter with veggie cream cheese


Cajun crab cakes with sriracha aioli and a fresh citrus spinach salad

Cheeseburgers in paradise, grilled pineapple, rosemary french fries

Seared scallops with a caesar salad & tomato, basil, bell pepper soup

Grilled panini with turkey, prosciutto, brie, thin-sliced pear, mango chutney, arugula

Shrimp tacos with spicy slaw, queso fresco, cumin black beans

Chef salad with chicken, bacon, chèvre, avocado, heirloom tomatoes, honey dijon

BBQ Pulled Pork sandwiches, apple cabbage slaw, crispy fried onions, baked beans


Cheese and charcuterie board

Tuna poke stack

Honey-pistachio baked brie

Mango summer rolls

Mediterranean spread

Fresh catch ceviche

Smoked trout with crème fraîche


Caribbean lobster tail | filet mignon | roasted garlic truffle mash | local microgreens

Jamaican jerk mahi | coconut rice | honey grilled starfruit | mango-bell pepper salsa

NY strip | buffalo shrimp | french onion risotto | gorgonzola cream sauce | heirloom carrots

Honey-dukkah lamb chops | traditional tabbouleh | warm boule bread

Grilled grouper | mushroom tortellini | sage brown butter | prosciutto-wrapped asparagus

Sweet and spicy salmon | vegetable fried rice | cucumber wakame salad

Tacos carne asada | pico de gallo | chipotle crema | grilled mexican street corn


Flourless chocolate torte with raspberry coulis

Lemon shortcake with fresh berries and lemongrass cream

Key lime mousse with ginger snap crumble

Dark chocolate bacon brownie with salted caramel sauce

Mango-mint sorbet topped with a chocolate-dipped strawberry

Orange Tea crème brûlée made with Grand Marnier and Earl Grey



*New For This Season*

Island Style Mojito with Cruzan light rum, Cruzan coconut rum, fresh squeezed lime, local passionfruit, and homemade mint simple syrup

Award Winning Thai One On with ginger infused Grey Goose, Thai basil & lemongrass simple syrup, fresh lemon and grapefruit

Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita with spicy infused Cuervo reposado, fresh lime, puréed watermelon and organic agave nectar

Mermaid Punch with Cruzan dark rum, Cruzan coconut rum, Blue Curaçao, pineapple juice and fresh lime

Classic Painkiller with Cruzan light rum, pineapple juice, orange juice and creamy coconut

Also Available:
Tito's | Deep Eddy Ruby Red
Tanqueray | Bombay
Cruzan Dark | Cruzan Light | Cruzan Coconut | Cruzan Banana | Goslings Black Seal | Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
Sauza Silver | Cazadores Reposado
Jim Beam | Evan Williams | Dewars White Label | Crown Royal
Cointreau | Grand Mariner | Peach Schnapps | Bailey’s | Kahlua | Triple Sec | Amaretto | Angostura Bitters

Coke | Diet Coke | Club Soda | Sprite | Ginger Ale | Ginger Beer | Ting | Orange Juice | Pineapple Juice | Cranberry Juice | Coco Lopez

April 2021

Brad & Kristi,

Goodbyes are never easy, especially when you’ve connected with the people you are with, even for a week! You’ve made us all feel like family, welcomed us into your home, pampered us, tolerated us, all the while with smiles and love. This was a second charter for most of us…not to compare, but we will; this by far surpassed our prior charter by a mile! The food, the comfort, the hospitality, we never felt like we needed anything. You’ve become our lifelong friends and always have a place to visit with any of us!! Thank you for the best week EVER!! Love, Monique, Johnny, Aiden, James, Jadyn & Frank

April 2021

Thank you so much for this once in a lifetime week. Everything was fabulous and it’s clear you both have such a God given talent of hospitality. Please come visit “Post Call” anytime - our door is always open and the surfboards will be waiting. Thanks again and we love you guys! Love, Johnny & Kaylis

April 2021

Brad & Kristi,

This was the most amazing trip ever! Thanks for being the best hosts, cooks, pirates, captain and friends ever! You guys made this trip perfect. I’ll miss your happy smiles every day and I will be back someday! We love you! Ryan & Sarah

March 2021

Brad & Kristi, 

This has been the best vacation we have taken. Seriously, a once in a lifetime opportunity. Both of you are so kind, so calm, so knowledgable. The food was amazing, the spots chosen for our days - so great. Thank you so much and we hope to keep in touch! Love, Matt & Allison

March 2021

Brad & Kristi,

Thank you so much for an unforgettable week. It was the first vacation we had taken in the 7 years we have been together! Your talent as a chef, captain, and hosts were one of a kind! Thank you for your grace and patience and hope we can keep in touch! We cannot wait to see how the two of you continue to influence the people you meet for the better! Love, Rupal & Jason

March 2021

Brad & Kristi,

This was my dream vacation for so long and you guys made my dream come true. Everything was incredible! From the food to the activities, every detail was spot on. The food was so delicious! You guys are warm, kind, knowledgeable, funny, patient and caring. Thank you for tolerating and participating in our 12-year-old-boy humor:) I don’t think I’ve laughed this much in a long time. We are so grateful for everything you did to make this trip special and grateful to have met you both. My birthday cake was amazing! Sincerely, Joe & Courtney

March 2021

After 15 months at home during COVID, and the last 2 months inside during a CT winter, spending the week with you was a gift. Your hospitality, care, amazing food and endless hours dragging the kids around on the tender were AWESOME! We will look forward to hearing how things evolve for you both. With much gratitude, Liz, Michael, Ella, & Mason

March 2021

Dear Kristi and Brad,
To add to Molly's note- best vacay ever! We couldn't imagine it with anyone else. You exceeded all our expectations- food was off the charts and we can't wait to buy the cookbook. The activities and all the great spots you found were fantastic. We loved every minute. Love,
Susan, Mike, JB, Katie & Molly (again)

February 2021

To: Kristi and Brad,
Thank you so much for the best vacay ever! We all lucked out with you both as crew. This trip would not be safe or fun without you! From,

February 2021

From the moment we stepped onto this sailing vessel, we felt at home. The beautiful beaches, the great food, snorkeling, delicious dinners, landscapes, yummy meals, blue water, desserts, paddle boarding, appetizers, the great boat accommodations, food, tilt the glass game, cookies, pulling up anchor, food, sailing lessons, and more food. All of these are memories we will cherish forever, but you taught us much more than sailing. Your grace, patience, hospitality, and generosity did not go unnoticed and are qualities you should both be proud of. They are traits we will look to emulate a little more in our marriage and with our children. 

Thank you for everything you gave us this week. It’s a once in a lifetime trip where everything and everyone came together to create a vacation we will never forget. Heartfelt thanks, Megan & Drew (“I’m Starving!”)

February 2021

This trip has exceeded all of the lofty expectations the 8 of us had been talking about for close to a year. 2020 was a trying time for everyone and the thoughts of joining you both on this amazing trip kept us smiling and laughing. The care and attention to detail you have both shown in every aspect of every day has been incredible, whether it was the amazing food or the quiet confidence you both were able to exude to make us all feel safe, comfortable and relaxed. Anne Marie and I could not picture ourselves having such a good time without the two of you. This has truly been the trip of a lifetime made all the more better by the two of you. When we are gone and back at home we will ALWAYS have you guys in our thoughts and will have smiles on our faces as we remember this amazing trip. With so much love and affection, you both are very special and now hold a forever place in our hearts. XOXO Eric & Anne Marie

February 2021

Thank you guys so much for a better week and vacation than we ever could have imagined. It really was a dream all week from drinks to toys to food. Thanks for being amazing sports dealing with our motley crew and super mature senses of humor. Really hope to see y’all again in this lifetime! Love, Haleigh & Jenny

February 2021

We can’t even believe the week is over already. Truly one of the best trips we have ever taken. Not going to lie when I say when Eric brought up the idea last year of spending a week aboard a boat/yacht/catamaran to celebrate the dreaded 5-0, I definitely hesitated. I couldn’t imagine wanting to celebrate turning “old” at all, much less out on the ocean with nowhere to run when the reality of acknowledging extra wrinkles, loose skin, and a possible extra pound or two set in. So many good things about turning older but also so many regrets about not learning earlier to embrace life, love myself, make more friends, and to truly enjoy each moment we have here on earth. 

This week has brought so many laughs and good times, and added you all into not just our “friends” circle but actually into our “family.” From the minute we stepped on board you have fed us, loved us, and reminded us to “make good choices” every step of the way. Jeff couldn’t be any more excited about his gold dual stripe status and his duties of watching for the pirates daily. 

As a family member now, we want you all to continue to enjoy all the crazy, laughs and fun we have to offer. So just know that when the invitations start rolling in, we from the bottom of our hearts will be praying you can join us in the near future. 

Love, your whale-sighting, funeral stalking, rainbow searching, shark freaking, two gold-striped birthday guests, Jeff & Pam

P.S. Thanks for making 50 fab!!

February 2021
Brad & Kristi,
Thank you for making our 1st (of many) sailing trips such an amazing experience. We have fallen in love with this kind of travel because of you two! Your kindness, patience and fantastic service has been fabulous! We appreciate your attention to detail and care the entire trip. We wish you all the best! Much love, sail on! Erika & Randy

January 2021

Kristi & Brad, you are one of the cutest, nicest couples I have ever met. Thank you so much for all your efforts & compassion…the best service ever! I wish you much prosperity & abundance in your journeys. I so appreciate you both. My life is much richer by having the opportunity to have spent this last week with you! Love & Blessings,

January 2021
Not even sure what to write that could ever express all the fun, adventure, care, smiles, passages, anchoring, environmental learning, mermaiding, views, deep sleep, delicious meals, protection, all the questions answered, and friendships made - but that would just be impossible. Absolutely lucked out for my first voyage and it being with you both. All the best! Rose
January 2021
A week aboard Sea Esta is better than I could have ever imagined. The best part? Making new connections with the best hosts on land or sea! Brad & Kristi - thank you first for putting up with our antics. But thank you most for making us feel like family, putting our wishes first and in general just being awesome people! I had such an incredible time unwinding and relaxing. It’s hard to imagine going back to everyday life. You two are wonderful! Thank You, Jessica
January 2021

Thank you for making this birthday (for me and Ben) by far, the BEST!! This was a dream vacation for us both and it actually became the absolute most incredible week ever! From the AMAZING food you fed us all day, everyday, to the cocktails and scenery…you two are the best hosts. Thank you for making us feel so welcome and at home from day 1. We would love to host you both on land if you make your way to D.C. Until then, I’m working on trip#2 with you guys! Much love to you both! Ben & Kristine xoxo

January 2021

Brad & Kristi,
It’s tough to describe the level of awesomeness that is a week on Sea Esta with the two of you. I’ve sailed before but nothing like this…your balance of fun with professionalism is unmatched. Thank you for everything…hope to see you guys in D.C. for more merriment with the #shadesofK crew. Until we can sail together again, take care!! Peace & love, Kristen & Wendy
P.S. I keep thinking about that island Cobb salad!

January 2021

Saying this week was incredible or amazing or the best does not do it justice. If anything, we would say it was life changing to have you both hosting us, cooking for us, piloting the boat for us, telling us stories and being our overall guides and friends for the week. You both have not only turned into our friends, but you have become our point of reference to what a wonderful week in the Virgin Islands means. Keep in touch and always remember to keep it chill -Livinchill
(Kurt & Sarah)

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