Here’s an interesting option being advertised by Nicholson Yachts: The 108-foot Alloy sailing yacht Marae is now accepting inquiries for charters this autumn on the Chesapeake Bay.
Currently, Marae is in New England with availability there starting in mid-August. She’ll be transiting down to the Caribbean at the end of the summer season, and the owner is making her available for itineraries along the mid-Atlantic en route. The Chesapeake Bay is a great place to poke around by boat, with ports that run the gamut from big-city Baltimore to salty little Oxford (home of charming naval architects who still draft hull lines by hand).
Even better, the current open dates in all locations are being offered at a reduced weekly base rate. Previously, Marae was listed at $54,000. That weekly base rate is now $49,900 for the rest of the summer and into autumn.
Marae is a 2004 build that accommodates six guests in three staterooms. One has a queen bed, one has a double and the third has twins, making the yacht great for family charters. Four crew are on board.
I toured Marae in spring 2013, and I had lunch aboard with chef Sue Ficken this past December. The yacht is in stunning condition, and the food is quite good. Marae is a classic sailing yacht through and through, with rich woodwork and traditional charm. She has enjoyed excellent upkeep and to my eye looked outstanding nearly a full decade after launching.
Any reputable charter broker can tell you more about Marae or help you book a week on board in New England this summer or in the Chesapeake this autumn.