History

The origins of Topsail Yachts International go back many years to the late 1940’s, when Capt. Walter Boudreau started Yankee Windjammer Cruises in the Bras d’Or Lakes of Nova Scotia. With the venerable schooner Yankee, of Irving Johnson fame, he began carrying passengers for hire.

Shortly after this, Walter and his wife Terry, decided to head south into warmer climes and what followed was a life of pioneering the yacht charter industry in the early 1950’s down in the Caribbean; first in the Bahamas and then to the islands further south. Captain Boudreau and his growing young family eventually settled on the island of St. Lucia. Operating two beautiful Herreshoff schooners “Mariette” and “Ohankara” out of magical Marigot Bay, the Boudreau family continued in the charter industry for many years, and even opened and ran the first hotel in Marigot Bay, the Yacht Haven Hotel (now the Capella Marigot).

Like all the Boudreau children, Walter and Terry’s eldest son, Lou, spent his childhood growing up on the island of St. Lucia and, under the guidance of his father, spent these early years exploring the decks of his father’s schooners, climbing the ratlines and learning about life at sea as a young boy. Later, he became a skipper in his own right and continued the tradition of operating and managing some of the finest yachts in the world. Today, he is the owner and manager of Topsail Yachts International.

All of the yachts featured on this page have been owned or operated, managed, and captained by the Boudreau family.

Schooner "Yankee"

Schooner “Yankee”

Doubloon

Doubloon

Caribbee

Caribbee

Mariette

Mariette

Mariette II

Mariette II

High Barbaree

High Barbaree

Electra

Electra

Ramona

Ramona

Harbinger

Harbinger

Shere Khan

Shere Khan

Website Design and Development by Mumford Connect Web Design