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Julia Nova and James Cognito

Meet Julia & James

We're the Cognitos; a married couple from the USA who loves to dance, travel, and live life on our terms.


After 2 years of living & traveling aboard our catamaran, 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, special events, and live-aboard 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!



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.


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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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