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SailDiveTonga.comI received an e-mail this morning from Stu and Fran Rattle, the intrepid owner-operators of the 45-foot sailing catamaran Two if by Sea. They sent word from somewhere between Panama and the Galapagos Islands, where the wind has apparently died down long enough for them to launch a new website promoting their soon-to-be new home in the South Pacific: SailDiveTonga.

The Rattles, you see, are en route to Tonga after many years of being a popular crewed charter yacht in the Virgin Islands. They hope their longtime charter clients (and new ones, too) will follow them to Tonga, where they plan to offer charters beginning in September 2010. Their current schedule is to stay in Tonga through fall 2012, and then move on to offer charters in Fiji and New Caledonia.

"Hopefully, our success in chartering in undiscovered places such as Belize (2001) and Panama (2009) will be very useful in the future," they wrote in the e-mail I received today. "It seems that we are currently the only boat [headed to Tonga] which can offer a full-time professional crew, a self-sufficient dive boat with two PADI instructors onboard, and a wealth of water toys for the guests. Add to this our extensive experience in the industry and the expected standards, and we feel that we are in a unique position to fill a void in the area."

Their new website, which is Tonga-specific, includes everything from rates to itineraries to information about getting to and from Tonga. I think it offers a good overview of what you can expect should you book a charter aboard Two if by Sea in the region later this year.

To do that, you'll need the help of a reputable charter broker. And though September seems long in the distance, it's actually only five months from now. Definitely not too early to book today.

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