Captain, 149-foot motoryacht Perfect Persuasion
Date interviewed: May 2011
It’s interesting that a man of your experience level has only ever worked aboard a single yacht.
It’s true. I’m from Cornwall, England, and I first went to sea in 1970. I spent the next 16 years working on big oil tankers. Then I became a captain on cruise ferries, where I drove these big ships three times a day. I was doing another job like that in 2005 when a friend of mine told me that he was getting ready to leave his job as captain aboard the 149-foot Oceanfast motoryacht Perfect Persuasion. He offered me his job, and I came aboard in 2006.
So she’s my first and only yacht. It’s a completely different experience. I had all of my sea skills, but this charter job is about seamanship and service.
Perfect Persuasion was built in 1997, and she had a strong charter reputation when you arrived.
Not only that, but my first season was in 2006, which was before the recession at the height of the charter industry. We had 10 or 12 charters that first season alone. The boat was already well known, it had a strong management company behind it, and the clients came.
Has she remained that busy for charter ever since?
No. I think we did only one charter in 2009, after the recession started, and then about five charters in 2010. We’ve used the down time to virtually rebuild the yacht from the inside out. Every year, we do some kind of major refurbishing. This year it was a €300,000 rebuild of the sundeck. We even rebuilt the hot tub up there.
I’ve heard several charter brokers who have known her since she launched say that Perfect Persuasion looks especially good at this year’s charter show.
She’s a lovely yacht for families and friends. She’s not a party boat. She’s timeless and immaculate. We have a very good owner who lets us keep her in excellent condition. She belies her years, for sure.
I’m also hearing a lot of brokers say that they really like the crew who are onboard with you.
We have a very solid core crew. Our chief stewardess has been here for three years. Our mate has been aboard for six years. The chief engineer is here three years now. This is the second year for our bosun and our second stewardess.
They all have wonderful personalities, and to me, that’s the most important thing. We’re in the people business. There’s no point in having people aboard who don’t smile.
Perfect Persuasion is part of the charter fleet at Camper and Nicholsons International. She takes 10 guests with 11 crew at a lowest weekly base rate of €100,000. Any reputable charter broker can tell you more or help you book a week onboard.