Date toured: February 2008
The 60-foot powercatamaran Slumber Venture was built in 2000. Her current owner bought her in 2005 and kept her for private use until October 2007, when she began being marketed for charter. At the time of my tour, she had yet to perform her first charter, which was scheduled for March 2008 through management company Moretti Yachts. (The photo above is courtesy of the company's website.)
“I keep the boat in Staniel Cay, in the Bahamas, except for two months during hurricane season, when I move it to Port Charlotte, Florida,” the owner told me as he showed me around. “It’s a casual boat, and it fits the Bahamian lifestyle. This is not white-gloved silver service. This is fun. And the space—it lives like a 90- or 100-footer. I used the boat six or seven months last year. I love it and know it well.”
Slumber Venture didn’t look hard-worked to me, having been through what the owner described as a million-dollar refit in 2007. It included a paint job, new appliances, new electronics, and new equipment like a water maker and generator.
It also included what the owner described as $30,000 in fishing gear, since he is an angling fanatic. To that end, Slumber Venture carries a 15-foot Maverick flats-fishing boat and tows a 34-foot Venture for baiting hooks in places where the larger yacht can’t fit. Use of both tenders, along with a pair of Sea Doo jet skis, is included in the $20,000 per week base rate for six guests, the owner said.
Before you think “six buddies going fishing,” note that each of the three cabins onboard has a California king-size bed, making the yacht a good choice for couples who want to split the bill. The owner considers the forward starboard cabin the master because it’s the biggest, but the cabin one level down has a bigger bathroom.
Contact any reputabe charter broker to find out how the yacht’s first charter went, and to get further information about her upcoming availability.—Kim Kavin