Island Vibes Charter: Come Sail Away!

If you’re ready to steal away and leave your stress and worries at the dock, come check out Island Vibes Charter in Sherrills Ford, NC.

Owner Dustin Keith knows your first cruise with them certainly won’t be your last, and he’s happy to offer clients a little slice of paradise!

“One year for our anniversary my wife, Andrea, and I went to Jamaica and stayed at a little resort there,” Dustin shares. “The highlight of that trip for me was getting out on the water on a group charter. The reggae was playing, everyone had something delicious in their hand, and it was truly one of the most relaxing experiences I had ever had at that point in my life.”

He remembers thinking how cool it would be to bring a similar experience to Lake Norman!

“We’ve  offered the boat club and rental boats for 15 years now, but I’ve always dreamed of running a charter business that would allow people to forget all their worries, kick back, relax and enjoy the company of their friends and family — while we take care of everything else!” he adds.


The only decision you’ll need to make at Island Vibes Charter is choosing between the super classy “Le Bon Vie” or the slightly sassier tiki barge, “Island Girl” — depending on your group or the occasion. After that, the main goal here is good times, good music, and an ambiance of pure relaxation.

Le Bon Vie — which literally means “The Good Life” is a beautifully maintained Azimut Atlantis Italian sport yacht, at just over 41 feet of sleek design. She provides ultra comfortable, open-air seating for up to 12 guests — along with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large salon and galley, three air conditioners, and last but not least — an incredible sound system! Le Bon Vie checks every box if you’re looking for a romantic sail, an anniversary celebration, or even a company outing.

On the flip side, join your friends to be whisked away on the Island Girl, a 400-square-foot floating tiki boat that can accommodate up to 18 guests, with a full tiki bar complete with under-bar lighting, Adirondack chairs for some sacred sun time, Bluetooth sound system for your party tunes, and yes, onboard bathroom facilities! Slightly more unconventional than a cruise on the sport yacht, the Island Girl is perfect for bachelor or bachelorette parties, birthday parties, reunions, or just a sunset cruise with friends. It’s definitely the setting to let your hair down, and enjoy the ride!


With Island Vibes Charter, you can choose from two options: A private charter allows you to rent the entire boat, with a basket of snacks and complimentary ice chest full of water and soft drinks, and where you go is 100% customizable.

A public charter gives you a front row seat to making some new friends on the lake! With both, you’re allowed to bring your own beverages or purchase them at our tiki bar before you board — including beer, wine, and champagne.

“All of our charters have you in the capable hands of a U.S. Coast Guard certified master captain, with years of experience boating on Lake Norman,” adds Dustin.


You can also arrange for the Island Vibes Charter’s own steward, Robin, to be onboard your yacht. With over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry, she can be available to serve meals or assist with beverages for an additional fee, and she is CPR and AED trained, for medical emergencies.

Of course Island Vibes Charter is fully licensed and insured, and you’ll find being aboard a professionally maintained vessel makes all the difference. The crew here is fully focused on comfort and quality, and the property also offers a fully stocked tiki bar, local favorite The Landing Restaurant and hotel, and restrooms for your convenience before and after you sail.


Now that we’ve tempted you, gather your group and reserve a charter online at or by calling 704-310-7186, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram @island_vibes_charter_lkn. Island Vibes Charter is located at 4491 Slanting Bridge Road in Sherrills Ford, NC, and operates from the Lake Norman Landing Marina. They offer a 5% discount for all police and active or retired military, and a 10% discount for guests staying at The Landing Hotel.


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