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Larger Than Life Vacations

Life is short; live large. We bring you a selection of megayachts, sail and power, which will allow you to live large on the high seas.
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Life is short; live large. We bring you a selection of megayachts, sail and power, which will allow you to live large on the high seas. These yachts, which are new to charter or about to re-enter the market after a substantial refit, all have luxurious accommodations and professional crews. The variety, however, caters to nearly every need: family vacations, romantic getaways or even corporate events. Classic, modern, green or speedy, these luxurious vessels fit nearly every taste if not every budget. There is a price to pay for a mega-style vacation. But a few very beautiful yachts are available from $20,000 a week plus expenses.

While we included prices, these rates are not inclusive and are somewhat flexible. In general, the rates amount to charter fees only (excluding food and beverages for charter guests, fuel for the yacht and the toys, dockage and a smattering of other fees). They do not include a one-way pickup fee, if the yacht and crew need to meet you in a port other than the one where the last charter ended, for instance. However, there may be room for negotiation, and we advise you to contact your charter agent for pricing and, of course, availability.

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Pocket performance sailing yacht
Aiyana

If you plan to set sail with a large family or group of six friends, the 81' (24.68m) composite lift keel sloop Aiyana from Turkey’s Alia Yachts could be for you. Penned by New Zealand-based Warwick Yacht Design, the compact performance sailing superyacht features a roomy, uncluttered interior dressed in satin mahogany, light fabrics and warm leather. Aiyana accommodates six guests in three staterooms, including a luxurious master suite with king bed, plus four crew. The cockpit dining table, panoramic deck salon and a lower salon with TV and a bar provide many options for entertaining a group, while guests can connect to the yacht’s AMX system from their own cabins. The transom door doubles as a tender-launching pad and swim, dive or sunning deck. A 260-hp Volvo D4 engine backs up the 3,213-sq.-foot sail area. All necessary communications equipment keeps guests in touch with the “real world.”

Contact:
Luxury Charter Group +6421777173, charter@luxurychartergroup.com
luxurychartergroup.com
syaiyana.com

Charter price per week:
from $37,500 to $40,000

Cruising area:
Caribbean/Mediterranean

For sun worshipers
Andreas L

Formerly known as Amnesia, this 197' (60m) Benetti, launched in 2008, was recently renamed Andreas L, in memory of Liveras Yachts’ founder Andreas Liveras. Built with charter in mind, the yacht caters to guests with a massage room, full gym and a great hot tub with panoramic views. For active guests, watersports diversions include two tenders and a sailing cat, Jet Skis, water skis, dive gear, a water trampoline, an inflatable slide, beach volleyball gear and more. Designers Redman Whiteley Dixon created the contemporary interior that accommodates 12 guests in six staterooms plus 16 crew. Sun worshippers will love the ample bronzing opportunities on the yacht’s multiple pads and loungers.

Contact:
Liveras Yachts, +377 97 97 45 10, info@liverasyachts.com
liverasyachts.com

Charter price per week:
$400,000 (Caribbean)

Cruising area:
Caribbean/Mediterranean

Families who sail together…
Annagine

Elegant in her simplicity, this 111' new Dutch-built sloop with naval architecture by Dijkstra & Partners will bring joy to classic sailing-yacht lovers. Her owner built her to take part in races, so performance is one of her hallmarks. Her traditional deckhouse opens onto a comfortable salon and dining room. Ideal for three couples, Annagine is friendly to families as well thanks two twin cabins featuring extra Pullman beds. A well-equipped galley is the entryway to the crew quarters for three or four. The yacht will be chartering in the Western Mediterranean in Summer 2011 and plans to cross to the Caribbean for winter 2011–12.

Contact:
Ocean Independence, 954.524.9366, usa@ocyachts.com
oceanindependence.com

Charter price per week (high/low):
€43,000/€39,000, plus expenses

Cruising area (2011):
Western Mediterranean

Landowner’s floating estate
Baton Rouge

The Tim Heywood-styled 205' (62.5m) Baton Rouge is an imposing 1,423-GT six-deck mansion built at Icon Yachts in Holland. The Redman Whiteley Dixon interior walks the line between townhouse elegance and beach-house chic. The huge on-deck master suite exemplifies the décor’s eclectic mix of rich textures, comfort and original art. Six additional staterooms accommodate a total of 12 guests. While spacious, the outdoor decks preserve guests’ privacy from prying eyes. The party/sun deck features an enormous sun pad and Jacuzzi with jet stream. Active guests will also appreciate the beach club, gym and full complement of water toys. The brand-new Baton Rouge, which made an appearance at the 2010 Monaco Yacht Show, makes her charter debut in the Mediterranean this summer.

Contact:
Burgess, 305.672.0150, miami@burgessyachts.com
burgessyachts.com

Charter price per week (high/low):
€455,000/€420,000, MYBA terms

Cruising area:
Mediterranean

Yacht Safari
Bistango

If animal prints and gold leaf fondly take you back to last year’s South African safari, you will love the brand-new 203' (62m) Benetti Bistango. The yacht boasts a range of 5,000 nm at 12 knots, but the onboard helipad makes catching up a breeze. Twelve guests fit quite comfortably in six sophisticated staterooms, all attended to by a crew of 14. Entertainment options include a baby grand piano, multiple TVs and video-on-demand, plus iPod docking stations for personalized ambiance. While the yacht caters to active guests, it does have an elevator. For above-water fun, water skiing and wakeboarding, two speedy tenders tow all manners of toys while snorkeling gear invite underwater exploration. After vigorous exercise in the gym, the yacht’s Turkish bath is a tempting option.

Contact:
Burgess, 305.672.0150, miami@burgessyachts.com
burgessyachts.com

Charter price per week:
€329,000 to €350,000

Cruising area:
Caribbean/Mediterranean

For the history buff
Calisto

Built in 1944 by Astoria Marine Construction as a YMS-1 minesweeper for the US Navy, Calisto was reincarnated as a luxury yacht in 1954. Original owner and Irish tycoon Thomas Loel Guinness, who supervised the conversion, also owned Calisto’s sistership Calypso, which became Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s well-known exploration ship. A recent refit gave Calisto a bright and tastefully designed décor and a complete system update, ensuring guests stay connected while they are away. The yacht accommodates 12 guests in seven staterooms, and the crew of nine includes a Thai massage therapist. A couple of tenders, water skis, and kayaks give guests a chance to get close to the water.

Contact:
Asia Yacht Agency, +62 81 237972259 (Bali), +66 84 3080375 (Phuket), contact@asiayachtagency.com
asiayachtagency.com

Charter price per week:
$45,000

Cruising area:
Thailand

Lucky draw
Casino Royale

This 163' (49.7m) Christensen was dubbed “Millennium Edition” as a nod to the very experienced owner who had her built and a few years ago started Millennium Yachts. All his vessels have had a Bond–James Bond–tie. While there is a casino theme playfully replicated throughout the Carol Williamson interior, charter guests are not taking chances. This voluminous tri-deck built by a reputable American shipyard is utterly comfortable and fun, from the LED-lit Bond Girls etchings on glass panels surrounding the staircase to the marble roulette in the foyer. The five lower-deck staterooms don’t pale in comparison to the on-deck master suite, although the marble master bath is one of a kind. And even if mechanics is not your thing, make a point of leaving the Jacuzzi to visit the engine room. Don’t expect the kind of speed that made Millennium Yachts’ reputation in the late 1990s; Casino Royale favors a comfortable cruising speed and range so as not to stir up your martini.

Contact:
International Yacht Collection, charter@iyc.com
iyc.com

Price per week:
about $250,000 (winter)/ €250,000 (summer) MYBA terms

Cruising area:
Caribbean/Mediterranean

Classic with a modern twist
Cinderella IV

Sailing-yacht lovers will want to climb aboard. Launched in 2009, this 128' (39m) Tripp-designed modern yacht built by Vitters is based on a classic dual-deckhouse plan. A generous sail plan, lifting keel and an eye toward weight savings give this yacht excellent sailing performance and blue-water capabilities. Donald Starkey took care of the interior, which accommodates eight guests in a master, two doubles and a twin, plus a crew of six. A 15' Castoldi jet tender and inflatables cover the watersports activities, while in-room iPod docking stations and DVDs entertain inside. Cinderella IV cruises at 10.5 knots, and in addition to her sails carries a 430-hp MAN engine.

Contact:
Burgess, 305.672.0150, miami@burgessyachts.com
burgessyachts.com

Charter price per week:
€77,000 to €91,000

Cruising area:
Mediterranean

Fun for Foodies
Clevelander

It’s not that 99.9 percent of charter yachts out there don’t feature top-notch chefs, but the recently refit and refreshed 82' (25m) Swan sailing yacht Clevelander seems to especially tout its delectable fare. The yacht’s Website lists mouth-watering entrees such as espresso-rubbed rare beef tenderloin, miso-glazed sea bass and fresh grilled fish over coconut rice, but the chef will adapt the menu to guests’ tastes. Other onboard amenities include three ensuite staterooms for six guests, plus a bonus small cabin for a nanny or a child, all of them decked out with fine linen sheets and down pillows. A hydraulic swim platform delivers guests to water level where they can board a 15' “Pure” tender, wakeboards, paddleboards and a Sea Biscuit for on-water fun, while scuba and snorkeling equipment allow exploring below the water. A handy freshwater deck shower removes all traces of salt.

Contact:
Churchill Yacht Partners, 954 527 2626, els@churchillyachts.com
churchillyachts.com
clevelanderyacht.com

Charter price per week (summer):
€260,000/€275,000

Cruising area:
Caribbean/Greece/Turkey/Croatia

Make a statement
Exuma

The Picchiotti-built Exuma is not just another motoryacht. Fuel-sipping consumption gives this explorer with sailing credentials amazing range, which means that guests with an environmental bend can cruise the world with a clear conscious without giving up too much if anything. The décor may appeal to your inner Zen but it is far from sparse. The 163' (50m)yacht features comfortable staterooms for nine guests, including a master suite with two separate sleeping rooms, a movie room, a Jacuzzi, Wi-Fi and carries a full complement of toys from tenders to scooters. After New Year’s in the Caribbean, Exuma embarks on a world tour. On the early part of the schedule are the delightful and seldom seen San Blas and Pearl Islands off Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico. Then Exuma points its knife-edge bow toward French Polynesia and worlds beyond.

Contact:
Fraser Yachts, 954 463 0600, florida@fraseryachts.com, or monaco@fraseryachts.com
fraseryachts.com

Charter price per week (in Caribbean):
€196,000

Cruising area:
Caribbean, Central American and South Pacific

Props to the sun gods
Illusion

Delivered in 2010, the graceful 153' (46.5m) Benetti Illusion offers up all kinds of exterior space for sunning. Forward on the aptly named sun deck, worshippers will find a mosaic pool surrounded by welcoming cushions while a full-beam sunspace aft provides the perfect altar. The huge beach deck rounds out the sunning options and provides easy water access for cooling off. The attractive radar arch offers seating and a bar on the shady side, and the bridge deck’s dining table for 12 delivers another undercover respite. Inside, Illusion accommodates 10 guests in three double and two twin staterooms in an inviting interior created by London’s Argent Design and Rome’s Carlo Galeazzi. A couple of tenders, water ski equipment, SeaBobs, plus snorkeling and fishing gear round out the whole deal.

Contact:
CNI Palm Beach, 561 655 2121, sm@pal.cnyachts.com,
camperandnicholsons.com

Charter price per week:
from €160,000

Cruising area:
Mediterranean

Rock ’n’ roll yacht
King Baby

Hargrave’s 100' (30.48m) King Baby will appeal to those irreverent rock ’n’ rollers in the cruising crowd. Every room on board displays outstanding photos of rock legends, such as Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Madonna and Bruce Springsteen. Yacht Interiors by Shelley worked closely on the yacht’s appealing décor with King Baby jewelry-line President Mitchell Binder, whose signature accessories can be found on the likes of Aerosmith members and Usher. King Baby offers up accommodations for eight in four staterooms, including a full-beam amidships master with his-and-hers bathrooms and an enormous rain shower. The top-notch entertainment system may keep guests rocking but stabilizers and a heavy-duty sound insulation package keep everything else quiet and comfortable. King Baby tows a 31' Jupiter high-performance tender.

Contact:
International Yacht Collection, 954 522 2323, charter@iyc.com
iyc.com

Charter price per week:
$45,000 (six guests)
$47,500 (eight guests)
$52,250 (holiday)

Cruising area:
Florida/Bahamas

Classic sailer
Lady Thuraya

Built in 1982 by the German yard Lubbe Voss and relaunched in 2009 after a meticulous 18-month refit by Verkerk Yachting Projects (see also Sherakhan), the 102' (31m) sailing yacht Lady Thuraya features classic good looks and modern convenience and technologies. Her contemporary interior accommodates eight guests in a master stateroom, double cabin and two twin cabins, one with bunks. A crew of five keeps it all running smoothly. For fun, Lady Thuraya carries a Novurania tender (only in the Med), a RIB, water skis, a donut, plus dive and snorkeling gear. She cruises at 8 knots, and sports a 300-hp John Deere engine.

Contact:
CNI Palm Beach, 561.655.2121, bd@pal.cnyachts.com
camperandnicholsons.com

Charter price per week:
from €45,000

Cruising area:
Caribbean/Mediterranean

Seascapes escape
La Mirage

Netherlands-based Amels launched the 171' (52m) La Mirage in 2007 but she is just now entering the charter market. With exterior styling by Tim Heywood and a beautiful contemporary interior by Rome-based designer Laura Sessa Romboli, La Mirage is well worth the wait. Her interior is filled with natural light and a Mediterranean color scheme of cream, terracotta and blue reflect the seascapes and views that are just beyond the windows. La Mirage further blurs the line between outside and indoors, with a skylounge opening onto a wide alfresco dining area. A spacious open-plan sun deck offers plenty of sunbathing space, a hot tub and workout equipment. All six cabins for 12 guests feature sleek modern bathrooms, fluffy white monogrammed towels and immaculate fine linens, entirely in keeping with the impeccable standards of service provided by her experienced crew and British Captain John Masters.

Contact:
Burgess, 305.672.0150, miami@burgessyachts.com
burgessyachts.com

Charter price per week:
from €217,000

Cruising area:
Mediterranean

Sailors, singers and pirates
Marie

A modern classic, this stunning 181' (54.64m) Andre Hoek sailing yacht newly launched from Vitters Shipyard in the Netherlands is for real sailors. Stunning and luxurious, she is not a motorsailer; she is a yacht designed to sail fast. She has ample accommodations for eight guests who will be attended by a crew of eight. The master suite situated aft has its own cockpit for private morning coffees. The main salon features a Steinway baby grand piano for soloists and sing-alongs and is the perfect venue for late-night jazz and cognac. Incorporated into the décor are antique armaments and weapons, safely unloaded and nestled in display cases. At anchor you can make use of a magnificent antique bronze telescope on the foredeck to survey the neighborhood. A vast ye matey! An exquisite gaff-rigged sailing dinghy named Marietta can be launched for sailing fun when the big boat is at anchor.

Contact:
Fraser Yachts, 954.463.0600, florida@fraseryachts.com, monaco@fraseryachts.com
fraseryachts.com

Charter price per week:
Winter in Caribbean: $200,000 Christmas/New Year: $215,000 (10-day minimum)
Summer 2011 (Medi): $215,000

Cruising area:
Caribbean/Mediterranean

Italian bombshell
Mary-Jean II

Mary-Jean II is a 197' (60m) beauty from Italian builder ISA, whose hallmarks are style and design, available for charter in the Eastern Caribbean this winter. Mark Berryman’s contemporary interior appeals to European sensibilities certainly. But the full-beam master stateroom’s décor recalls a number of renowned luxurious international hotels heavily influenced by New York-loft chic. Six additional staterooms with the latest in TV viewing and music-listening technology give charter guests many options. The spacious decks are free of tenders and toys (all stowed out of sight) and are entirely dedicated to dining, relaxation and sunbathing. The Jacuzzi is forward of the sun deck so that sunbathers can soak in the panorama while cruising at a comfortable 14 knots. American Captain Scott Lindstrom leads an experienced crew of 14.

Contact:
YPI Charter, +33 4 93 34 01 00, charterfleet@ypigroup.com
ypigroup.com

Charter price per week:
From €310,000,

Cruising area:
Caribbean/Western Mediterranean

Need for speed
Mayama

Speed demons and friends will appreciate this 2007-launched Couach 3000FLY. The recently refit 100' (30.27m) Mayama boasts a top speed of about 32 knots and a cruise speed of 26, thanks to two 2,400-hp MTU engines. Everyone cruises in comfort though, with the help of Couach’s stellar soundproofing and excellent seakeeping abilities. Up to eight guests, housed in four staterooms with two Pullmans for two additional children, can share in the fun. Newly installed PlayStation and iPod docking stations will keep the indoor entertainment under control. The flydeck offers a great vantage point and, at the yacht’s long-range cruise of 20 knots or at mooring, is an outstanding spot for dining and sunbathing. Other highlights include a 16' tender, a wakeboard, water skis and other towables, plus a WaveRunner and snorkeling equipment.

Contact:
CSO Yachts, +33 619 783 730 (GSM), adrien@csoyachts.com
csoyachts.com

Charter price per week:
from €54,000 to €59,500

Cruising area:
Mediterranean

Child-friendly sailing
Melek

A child-friendly and patient crew of 10 attends to the needs of this recently launched sailing yacht. The 184' (56m) Melek with design by Perini Navi in collaboration with Ron Holland (exterior) offers up a Jacuzzi that can double as a kid-friendly swimming pool plus lots of toys, including wakeboards, water skis, a banana, donuts, snorkeling, diving and fishing gear. Two 21' Castoldi Jet Tenders round out the on-water fun. Perini Navi’s Turkish facilities constructed the yacht, which features a contemporary-classic interior of cherry wood with walnut inlays, as well as leather and parchment. She accommodates 10 guests in five suites and features ample deck space for alfresco lounging and dining. Melek’s two aluminum masts and carbon-fiber booms give her a sail plan of about 16,145 square feet (1,500m2).

Contact:
Perini Navi USA, 401.683.5600, rana@perininaviusa.com
perininavi.it

Charter price per week:
€200,000/€180,000

Cruising area:
Caribbean/Mediterranean

The hedonist’s choice
Mi Sueño

What’s life without simple pleasures? A fabulous glass of wine and a fine cigar before a restful night in a luxurious room with shades opening onto a new harbor every day can easily be part of the routine aboard the speedy 190' (58m) Trinity Mi Sueño. Patrick Knowles, who created the appealing décor, set the tone from the entryway. Stepping into the salon from the huge aft deck, guests enter a foyer lined with wine coolers atop humidors. The duplex master stateroom, forward on the main deck, is truly spectacular. But guests won’t feel left out in five spacious staterooms with shoji screens, comfortable king- or queen-size beds and full entertainment systems with Crestron controls. For added flexibility, a bridge-deck room, used as a gym or massage room, converts into a seventh stateroom with four bunks. Expansive decks with attractive teak loungers can be set and reset according to the whim of the moment. With its wide beam and expansive decks, the yacht caters perfectly to formal events or outdoor barbecues.

Contact:
International Yacht Collection, 954.522.2323, charter@iyc.com
iyc.com

Charter price per week:
from $390,000

Cruising area:
Caribbean/Mediterranean

Looking for adventure in all the right places
Mr. Terrible

The 154' Delta Mr. Terrible gave its owners much joy for the past three years. Now this Polynesian fantasy wrapped in a stylish and sporty envelope built at reputable Delta Marine is set to take charter guests to faraway places. No need to go very far; the décor itself, exquisitely crafted, is a departure from the mundane. Experienced Captain Todd Lee, who was not only the build captain but navigated extensively on this appealing five-stateroom tri-deck, and his crew of six, however, can certainly take you places. The yacht, with expansive decks for fun in the sun, enters her first charter season in the Caribbean.

Contact:
Northrop & Johnson Yachts Ships, 954.522.3344, charter@njyachts.com
northropandjohnson.com

Charter price per week:
available upon request

Cruising area:
Caribbean/Bahamas/New England

Where the heart is
Northlander

This yacht may have a bit of a macho side but it has a big heart. A 124' (38m) Moonen, Northlander can handle a small crowd. The party spills outside from the skylounge to a spacious aft deck, partially protected with windbreakers. A huge sun deck with a Jacuzzi in a sea of sun beds is accessible from the interior staircase topped by a skylight mounted on a hydraulic arm. Wheat, caramel and copper tones make the Art Line-designed interior inviting. The private on-deck master suite has a great bathroom with a tub bathed in natural light. A hammock swinging by the portholes quickly induces relaxation. The lower deck features four cabins. Pack your best linen wear, toss a few flip flops in a soft travel bag, and invite the whole family for a real getaway.

Contact:
CNI Palm Beach, 561.655.2121, bd@pal.cnyachts.com
camperandnicholsons.com

Charter price per week:
from $90,000

Cruising area:
Caribbean/Mediterranean

All in the family
Nostromo

If cruising with kids is the plan, the 98' (30m) sailing yacht Nostromo designed by Dubois and built at Pendennis could be a good fit. She welcomes nine guests in a double, two twin-bedded and one single stateroom, all ensuite and equipped with flat-screen TVs, DVD players, phones and iPod docking stations. Redman Whiteley Dixon designed her tasteful and bright interior. The roomy cockpit accommodates 10 for dining, and the salon is great for casual meals. A huge deck offers up plenty of space for sunning, and a bathing platform makes getting in and out of the water a snap. Toys include a 14' Williams Jet Tender, a wakeboard, a donut and snorkeling gear. Nostromo performs well under sail and power, and her large range allows her to cross the Atlantic without refueling.

Contact:
Edmiston, +377 93 30 54 44, vp@edmiston.com
edmistoncompany.com

Charter price per week:
€45,000/€50,000

Cruising area:
Tyrrhenian Sea/Southern Italy/Ionian Sea

Metrosexuals, look no further
Panthalassa

Not just another 56m from Perini, Panthalassa has an ultra-modern, super-chic interior by Foster + Partners. An elliptical central staircase is pure-form sculpture. Light-reflecting acrylic rods capture different hues at various times of the day and make the whole interior shimmer. This is a go-fast Ron Holland design with a new super-dynamic, ultra-light streamlined aluminum hull. The interior maximizes on the trend toward minimal. This interior is sleek and sensual. Unusually, instead of having a classic owners’ suite, this yacht has six similar-sized cabins, perfect for couples chartering who all want to feel equal. There are four queen-size cabins and two convertible twins. Super ergo-dynamic loungers are found in each cabin; they may look hard and uninviting, but they are surprisingly comfy. Smooth leather wall paneling and silk rugs are inviting to the touch.

Contact:
Barbara Dawson of CNI Palm Beach, 561.655.2121, bd@pal.cnyachts.com
camperandnicholsons.com

Charter price per week:
€200,000

Cruising area:
Indian Ocean

You’ve got the power
Perle Noire

One of the latest iterations of the Heesen’s successful 3700 series, the 121' (37m) Perle Noire owes her name to her jet-black hull. She does not just look fast, she is. Top speed, maxing her twin MTUs (4000 series), is about 31 knots. A lower speed will yield a more palatable fuel consumption and equally enjoyable experience. Perle Noire is sophisticated inside and out with a décor by Cootehill Bernardi that resonates with echoes of post-WWI Art Deco (dark glossy veneers, white leathers and colorful art). Utterly comfortable, she has five staterooms, including a gorgeous on-deck master suite. As a sport yacht, she features a huge sun bed on the foredeck, a great spot to feel any kind of speed and as any tri-deck, a great sun deck with Jacuzzi and bar. The aft deck can accommodate an outdoor cocktail, and docked stern-to in a Mediterranean marina, you will no doubt make the statement that you have style.

Contact:
Oceanstyle Charter, +377 97 97 8120, charter@osyachting.com
osyachting.com

Charter price per week:
$133,000/$122,500 (high/low)

Cruising area:
Caribbean

Cruising back in time
Sarita-Si

Launched in 1973 by CRN and refit in 2009, the 127' (38.6m) Sarita-Si sports vintage motoryacht lines and an incredible amount of deck space, including an enormous aft deck, a sun deck and another deck beyond that, which boasts a huge sun pad, plus a spacious swim platform. A Jacuzzi and an alfresco eliptical trainer complete her well-thought-out sun deck, which also offers a removable sun shade. Open-air dining options abound. Her traditional interior houses 12 guests in six staterooms, two of which include bathtubs. For toys, Sarita-Si provides a couple of RIBs, personal watercrafts, water skis and kayaks.

Contact:
Fraser Yachts, +377 93 100 450, marketing@fraseryachts.com
fraseryachts.com

Charter price per week:
$100,000/€70,000 to €80,000 (winter/summer)

Cruising area:
Caribbean/Mediterranean

Seriously entertaining
Solemates II

Just because you enjoy a good party does not mean you cannot approach it seriously. One of the most recent born in the
197' (60m) Lürssen Espen Øeino series, Solemates II will appeal to practical, tasteful partygoers. Urban chic tendencies mark the Glade Johnson interior. The owners’ stateroom is a full-beam private retreat. Guest staterooms of equal and high comfort ensure everyone is happy. For added flexibility, a fifth cabin is available on the bridge deck. The fabulous sun deck with forward Jacuzzi in its nest of sun pads precedes a semi-enclosed teak-laid area that converts into a gym or a lively disco. There is room aft for loungers that would seem right at home on the deck of a Swiss spa. Ideally laid out for discreet and efficient service, the yacht has all the necessary credentials to cater to a range of discriminating guests.

Contact:
Rupert Connor, Luxury Yacht Group, 954.525.9959, rc@luxyachts.com
luxyachts.com

Charter price per week:
Caribbean (low/high): €345,000/€395,000;
Mediterranean (low/high): €450,000/€520,000

Cruising area:
Caribbean/Mediterranean

A blast from an ideal past
Sycara IV

She is truly one of a kind, not a refit, not a replica of one single boat. With her fantail, bowsprit and faux stack, Sycara IV will take you back in time, yes, but without turning back the clock on comfort or safety. Launched in 2009 at Burger Boat Company and with naval architecture by Bruce King, she is built to today’s highest standards and has zero-speed stabilizers for comfort at anchor. Her delightful wood interior, designed by Ken Freivokh and Burger, accommodate eight guests and a crew of six. The wheelhouse is a yachtsman’s delight. The casual sun deck has a bar, Jacuzzi and comfortable sun beds. The 151' (46m) yacht cruises at 12 knots and carries a charming tender. Sycara IV is a must for time travelers and connoisseurs.

Contact:
International Yacht Collection, 954.522.2323, charter@iyc.com
iyc.com

Charter price per week:
from $225,000

Cruising area:
Caribbean/Bahamas

Grandparents to grandchildren
Sycara V

At 223' (68.15m), this new yacht—launched in September at Nobiskrug in Germany with an interior by Craig Beale from Pure Detail Design—is fresh and contemporary with lots of wow and oodles of space. The yacht is like an accordion with walls that move. A cinema room can be an extra guest room with a hidden Murphy bed, and the dining room can be closed off. The bridge deck houses a private master suite and outdoor dining area. The sun deck has it all: a gym, massage room/beauty parlor, a bar, barbecue, sun loungers and a Jacuzzi that can seat eight. Guest cabins have Pullmans for kids and, talking about kids, they can even sleep in the beach club if they want to get away from their parents. With a 30-sq.-meter swim platform and umpteen water toys, options for dining, dipping and diving; Sycara V provides flexibility and fun galore for everyone from grandparents to grandchildren.

Contact:
International Yacht Collection, 954.522.2323, charter@iyc.com
iyc.com

Charter price per week:
€595,000

Cruising area:
Caribbean/Mediterranean

Greeen envy
Twizzle

Twizzle recently emerged from the Royal Huisman shipyard. Built for an experienced owner, with naval architecture by Ed Dubois, this 189’ (57.7m) flybridge ketch blends technology and green credentials. Her superstructure recalls the shape of a polished rock, well worn by years of ocean currents, part of sleek interior styling by Redman Whiteley Dixon. With a top speed of 12 knots under sails, deployed in minutes, she’ll dazzle from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean. Eight guests will enjoy beach-house chic accommodations and a rare swim platform, making boarding the kayak or diving much easier. Did we mention the flybridge? Let your hair down and enjoy this carbon-neutral and positively beautiful yacht.

Contact:
Burgess, 305.672.0150, miami@burgessyachts.com
burgessyachts.com

Charter price per week (high/low):
$273,000/$245,000 (Caribbean)
€224,000/€203,000 (Summer)

Cruising area:
Caribbean/Mediterranean

American classic
Volterra

Recently updated (with refits in 2006 and 2010), this classic 80’ (24m) German Frers and John Alden-designed Palmer Johnson built in 1990 asks nothing more than to boldly go. Her John Mumford cherry interior features three cabins (the master has twin beds—one of which converts into a queen berth—and two additional twin cabins). She also carries toys for fun in the sun and, of course, is iPod-and Blu-ray compatible. A DVD library, fishing rods and an inflatable kiddie pool ensure the entire family can have some fun but this is a sailors’ yacht. The cockpit has ample room for the crew of three to operate alongside guests.

Contact:
Churchill Yachts, Els Bucknell, 954.527.2626, eBucknell@ChurchillYachts.com
churchillyachts.com

Charter price per week:
from $20,000

Cruising area:
Caribbean (Not available in summer)

Danielle Wallin contributed to this report

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