First Impression: Sorana
Date toured: December 2008
My introduction to the 67-foot Princess motoryacht Sorana was also my introduction to the charter company Windward Islands. Its principals told me the company is based in Martinique and is about 10 years old, but only started managing charter yachts about three years ago. Its fleet includes less than a dozen crewed yachts in the Caribbean, and most are sailing catamarans in the 60- to 75-foot range. Sorana is the only motoryacht in the fleet.
She’s a good start, based on the quick tour I made of the boat. Built in 2007, she still has her original owner, and her captain, Guevara Jean-Marc, has been aboard since October of that year. The boat looked nicely maintained during my brief look around.
Jean-Marc told me that he’s been on charter boats for nearly 15 years, but that Sorana is his first motoryacht. He works with chef Laurent Le Nay, a Frenchman who cooks French, Italian, and Asian cuisine. “I’m from the country of fishing,” he said, “and I love to cook fish. I also do good sushi.”
Sorana is unusual in that there aren’t a lot of Princess-built motoryachts in the Caribbean. They tend to be in Europe. Jean-Marc told me the owner bought the boat to try to develop a charter business, which bodes well for flexibility in contract negotiations. The yacht is frequently listed as taking six guests, but Jean-Marc told me that four are five are ideal, especially if they are members of the same family.
Any reputable charter broker can tell you more about Sorana, whose lowest weekly base rate is €18,000.—Kim Kavin