Peter Branning and Martha Boston are the owners and operators of Lightheart Sailing, based in Green Cay Marina on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Originally from Florida and Texas respectively, they found s/v Lightheart, their Hanse 400 sailboat, during the summer of 2008 in Marblehead, Massachusetts. From there, they spent five months cruising the Eastern Seaboard, including Long Island Sound and Chesapeake Bay, finally arriving in Miami where Lightheart was put into service for charters and sailing instruction. On Lightheart, Peter and Martha sailed throughout the Florida Keys and the Bahamas for several years. They then turned south and cruised the Caribbean island chain as far south as Tobago, exploring most of the islands along the way. They came north to the Virgin Islands in 2012, where they have made their home among some of the best sailing and cruising grounds anywhere.  Lightheart Sailing has been named "Best Charter Boat on St. Croix" for 2014, 2015, and 2017.

Captain Peter Branning
Captain Martha Boston

Peter Branning is a U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Master. He's also a multi-level sailing instructor certified by the American Sailing Association and named an Outstanding Instructor. He has over 40 years racing, cruising and coaching sailing teams. He is also a commercial pilot, avid freediver and former Miami Beach lifeguard. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Florida and Nova Southeastern University. LEARN MORE.

Martha Boston is a U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Master.  She's also an internationally-known facilitator of personal development and leadership experiences.  She is the scheduler for Lightheart Sailing and often serves as first mate.  She leads Lightheart's Specialty Sails, including sunset meditation sails and the unique personal growth adventures known as Captains Courageous.  LEARN MORE.


Lightheart is a 2007 Hanse 400e, a modern performance cruiser that is extremely responsive and light to the touch.  She's also a comfortable cruising vessel with an elegant European interior - light, airy and spacious with wood and leather appointments.  She sleeps six in three staterooms:  forward king, aft queen and aft over-sized double.  Her generous head has a full separate shower, and there is a stern shower as well.  The galley is well-equipped and easy to use.  Lightheart has beautiful teak decks, comfortable cockpit cushions, and awnings to keep you shaded at anchor.  Add in her barbeque, snorkel gear, floats, and optional paddleboards - and you are all set for a wonderful and memorable vacation.

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