Julia Nova and James Cognito

Meet Julia & James

We're the Cognitos!  A married couple from CA & TX who love to dance, travel, and live life on our own terms.


After 2 years of living aboard our catamaran, sailing the USA and Caribbean islands, we are now residents of Bonaire and make a living operating a charter business. We cater exclusively to small groups for day trips, sunset cruises, and liveaboard experiences. We love to host Americans...we get your jokes and movie quotes!

Get to know us on YouTube and JOIN US for a sailing adventure aboard Lost Cat!



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James is a USCG licensed Captain and certified PADI Master Scuba Diver trainer. He has trained divers for 20+ years, and enjoys showing the ropes to aspiring sailors. He is also an amazing cook!  If you fancy, grab a guitar and jam with James.

Julia serves as First Mate and Stewardess. She keeps the boat's interior in tip-top shape and enjoys planning charters her guests will never forget! A life long dancer, she loves to Salsa & Cha-Cha with the Captain every chance she gets.

SV Lost Cat


SV Lost Cat is definitely the star of our show!  She is a beautiful 43' Voyage Yachts Sailing Catamaran. With 3 cabins, she is a sought-after owners' version that gives us plenty of space and our guests plenty of privacy!

Kirby Cat


Meet Lost Cat's mascot - Kirby!  He's a tough little guy that has fully embraced life as a boat cat. He's toiled trained, which means no stinky kitty litter on board.

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Experience life at sea...

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