Familiar Faces Take Over Popular Charter Company

Captain Jay Rushing  on the new and improved Power Play boat earlier this week
Captain Jay Rushing on the new and improved Power Play boat earlier this week

Some familiar faces recently took ownership of a popular charter business and lots of great changes are in store.

Captain Jay Rushing and his wife Stephanie, along with Ted and Kathee Kramm recently purchased Ocean Runner, a small fleet of powerboats located in Cruz Bay harbor. Captain Jay and Stephanie live aboard their sailboat in Cruz Bay with their two daughters. Ted and Kethee live in Overland Park, Kansas, but own Isla Vista, a popular rental villa on St. John. Ocean Runner has been a fixture in St. John waters for nearly 20 years.

The sale occurred after Steve Crum and his wife Kathy, who owned the business for the past three years, decided to leave island.

Ocean Runner’s fleet, which currently consists of two 33-foot Power Plays, two 25-foot Makos and a 34-foot sailboat, has already undergone a pretty sweet little makeover that includes fun new decals, new motors and new upholstery on the two larger boats. The fleet is expected to expand even further, according to Captain Jay, and will soon include a larger boat that can bring people to Anegada and Culebra.

For those of you interested in renting through Ocean Runner, boats can be taken out with a captain or bareboat. For those interesting in bareboating, a screening process will occur and a cash deposit must be left prior to taking out the vessel.

And for those of you looking for the ultimate convenience, Ocean Runner has also been working with St. John Beach Bum, which is located right next to the ferry dock, so guests can easily rent snorkel gear, GoPro cameras, fishing poles and other accessories.

Ocean Runner is holding a meet and greet event on Sunday,. December 21st from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at High Tide. Everyone is invited to meet the new owners and check out the boats while enjoying great food, drinks, company and live entertainment.

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