Passion for sailing and a commitment to excellence
Drumbeat 1 is crewed by the professional team of owners, Vince and Linda Stracener. They have a passion for sailing and a commitment to excellence. The beauty of the ocean will be shared through their stories and lived through experience. Their attention to detail will ensure a spectacular vacation. Whether or not your desire is to kick up your heels, dive till you drop, or just relax at a secluded palm lined beach, Vince and Linda will make all your dreams come true.
If they aren’t in the Virgin Islands, you can almost bet they are camping. Vince and Linda have a true love of the outdoors. In the summer they spend time all over the US camping and riding their Honda dirt bikes.
Obviously you can’t live on a boat if you don’t like to travel. Vince and Linda have sailed Drumbeat 1 to places such as Venezuela, St. Lucia, Granada and much more.
They look forward to sharing their experience and love of life with you.
Captain: Vince Stracener
Holds a US Coast Guard 100-ton masters license and is a certified dive instructor. Raised in California, he attended Long Beach State University where he won several golden glove awards for boxing. After moving to Arkansas (where did the ocean go?) he owned a construction business for several years. His desire for the sea drew him even further east to the Virgin Islands. He has sailed the waters here since 1993 and found his true home. As an Outdoors man, Vince enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for diving, fishing, and underwater photography with his guests.
Certifications & Titles
- 100 Ton US Coast Guard Captains License
- PDIC Certified Scuba Instructor
- 12 Time Golden Glove Boxing Champion! Don’t mess with Capt. Vince!
Chef / First Mate: Linda Stracener
Moved to the Virgin Islands from her home state of California, where she graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Marketing. During her college years, she was captain of her water-ski team and was voted helmsman of the year at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club. Her culinary history is filled with awards and it abounds with cuisine to be remembered forever. Her specialties include Caribbean dishes, upscale Continental and seafood. She has been a charter yacht chef since moving to the Islands in 1994.
When not sailing the open seas Vince and Linda enjoy family time, camping, and traveling.
Linda has 4 sisters and loves her girl time with them. Vince is the proud father of two girls and even prouder grandfather of one granddaughter. Family is very important to them and it shows.