Chartering a classic motoryacht is like stepping back in time to the Golden Age of Yachting. Motoryachts built prior to the 1970s have an almost otherworldly feel to them, a type of elegance that is simply unmatched by today’s builds. Some classic yachts have been restored or rebuilt to modern standards while retaining their original charm—meaning that charter clients get the best of both worlds.
That’s the case with Menorca, a 159-foot Botje Ensign motoryacht that just joined the Edmiston charter fleet. Built in 1961, she has undergone a substantial refit that just finished for 2017, giving her a fantastic, Hamptons-style interior decor, modern onboard systems and more.
Menorca was on display at the 2017 MYBA Charter Show in Barcelona, Spain, where she showed quite well. I spent some time aboard chatting with the captain, and everywhere I looked was in beautiful condition. The main salon, in particular, is now a sparkling relaxation space, with oversized windows installed all along the port and starboard sides, a contemporary staircase as an artistic focal point forward and a classic baby grand piano aft, lending a romantic touch.
I also thought the open-air cinema was a great modern detail, allowing charter guests the chance to watch films on a big screen without having a huge flat-screen television that could seem out of place on a build of Menorca‘s vintage and style.
Menorca will charter this summer in Spain’s Balearic Isles, taking 12 guests in their choice of seven staterooms. The lowest weekly base rate is €85,000.
Any reputable charter broker can tell you more or help you book a week on board.