Captain, 120-foot Sovereign motoryacht Lady Diane II
Date interviewed: June 2013
Please tell me about Lady Diane II.
She used to be called Donna C III, and she had a private owner out on the West Coast of the United States. Now she is with her second owner, who bought her about five and a half years ago. She’s been in charter for a year now.
That’s a big change for you and the crew. How do you like chartering?
I like it. I’ve chartered on other boats before, and we have a lot of good features for charter. We have a Steinway player piano in the salon, a 60-inch drop-down screen in the dining room, and it’s connected to a new AV system that was put in during a 2010 refit. We also got new soft goods during that refit. So we have that, BluRay, 3D-TV, VSAT Wi-Fi, all kinds of good things for charter.
What type of guests are you hoping to book?
I think we’re ideal for families or for couples. We have a king-bed cabin, two queen-bed cabins, and a real office for anybody who needs to work a few hours a day. Plus, my wife’s our chief stewardess, and she’s a clean freak. The boat always looks great.
Do you carry lots of fun toys?
We have a 21-foot Novurania plus a 30-foot Intrepid tender that is included in the charter rate. We have extensive fishing gear, from tournament to light. I love to fish. I’ve caught a 425-pound tuna and a 700-pound marlin. For people who don’t want to fish, we have snorkeling gear, two Hobie kayaks that can also be sailing dinghies—really we’re hoping to get charter clients who just like to have a good time.
Does your chef have any specialties?
Seafood is his specialty. He knows Mediterranean cuisine, fusion, sushi, and he studied nine years of Italian so can also do that well.
Where is Lady Diane II available for charter?
We do summers in New England and Maine, and then winters in the Caribbean. We’re hoping for some charter inquiries in the Grenadines. That would be a fun place to cruise.