First Impression: Mac Brew
Date toured: December 2008
Mac Brew is a 2002 Heesen motoryacht that started out as A’Khaliq, which was never available for charter. She got her current owner in 2007 and he, too, kept her for private use until summer 2008, when he allowed one charter onboard. The current owner decided to offer the yacht properly for charter beginning with the winter 2008 season in the Caribbean, and will make Mac Brew available for charters in the Mediterranean during summer 2009—except during the Monaco Grand Prix in May, when he will be aboard himself.
The yacht has a couple of interesting layout features that are atypical for a 133-foot design. For starters, the entire aft deck is enclosed in glass and air conditioned, a feature that I found quite refreshing in the Caribbean heat. There is a children’s playroom (see the photo above) forward on the main deck, filled with comfy sofas, games, and toys such as Xbox and PlayStation. And the master stateroom, which on most yachts this size is on the main deck, is actually one level up, where most other yachts would have a sky lounge. It includes an office and a marble bathroom, plus a private outdoor deck.
Mac Brew’s five other guest cabins are all on the bottom deck. Two have king-size beds, and one has a queen-size bed plus two Pullman berths. The remaining two guest cabins, which share a bathroom, have twin-size beds plus Pullman berths. Ideally, Capt. Gary Sproul told me, Mac Brew is organized to accommodate three couples and eight children—with crew who are great at dealing with kids. (Which makes sense, given that the owner has four children between the ages of 6 and 12.)
Also worth noting is that Mac Brew underwent a fairly extensive refit from September 2007 until February 2008. According to Sproul, the work included servicing the main engines, repainting the hull, upgrading furniture and soft goods, adding a hot tub to the top deck, and purchasing new tenders.
Sproul also said the owner plans to install zero-speed stabilizers before the summer 2009 charter season, when the yacht will be based in the South of France.—Kim Kavin
Mac Brew is part of the Yacht Zoo fleet. She takes 12 guests with eight crew at a lowest weekly base rate of $110,000. Special rates are available for charters of three to four days. Any reputable charter broker can help you book a week onboard.