About Us

Meet the Crew of Fat Bottom Girl, husband and wife team of David and Jackie Kettering. They both hold their 100 Ton Masters License and have been boating their entire lives. David, a native of Baltimore spent his early years cruising the Chesapeake Bay; while Jackie, a native of Swans Island Maine grew up in the islands lighthouse and spent time on her families lobster boat. Together they own and operate a commercial construction company and have been business partners for over 20 years. However, the draw to return to a less stressful lifestyle has led them to chartering. “Why not do what we love to do and share the experience with others?” They’ve spent the last few years extensively cruising the Bahamas and South Florida. The Kettering’s are not just the crew, but the Owners of Fat Bottom Girl so you can rest assured they know the boats systems inside and out.


Their philosophy on cruising is to take one day at a time, slow down and enjoy the peace and serenity the Islands have to offer. Cruising is the experience of swinging on the hook, enjoying dinner on the cockpit while watching the sunset, having a night cap on the fly bridge while counting stars, and watching dolphins swim in your bow wake while exploring the beauty of the out islands.


To reserve your charter, please visit the Calendar / Rates page to check availability, then call us at (678) 794-1302 or Contact Us and one of the Crew will get back to you as soon as possible.

Dear Jackie and David,


Sherri and I both want to thank you again for the absolutely fantastic time we had with you on the Fat Bottom Girl cruising the Exuma’s last month.  What an adventure!

We particularly enjoyed dining at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, snorkeling the “Thunderball”, feeding the pigs AND the iguanas, each on their own islands, and the days we spent exploring all of the other great points of interest.  (It’s not every day one gets to float over a submerged aircraft!)


Your Kadey-Krogen 58 yacht was magnificent!  We enjoyed exceptional comfort not only in our cabin, but everywhere else on the craft.  Luxuriously appointed, loaded with all the most up-to-date equipment, gear, and accessories, we lacked for nothing at any time.  We were impressed by the yacht’s stability in “weather”, and the remarkable ease of handling she continually exhibited…although I must credit both of you, in part, for your expert skills and knowledge as her Captains.


We looked forward to every meal on board and were always surprised and delighted when you sometimes allowed us to help prepare the meals in the spacious galley.  Your recipes were awesome!


We have told all of our friends all about our adventure with you, and everybody has been very impressed with  the pictures of the beautiful yacht, the kick-butt tender, the islands, and, of course, the incredible water.  Don’t be surprised if you hear from some of them about booking a trip or buying a yacht!


So thanks again for everything, and I know we feel as if we have made a couple of very great new friends in you both.



Steve and Sherri

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