I had a chance today to catch up with Michael Sawyer at Infinity Yacht Charters, which books vacations worldwide and specializes in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. He tells me the 98-foot Broward motoryacht Reflections got a new owner at the end of last year and will be offered for Alaska charters this summer under the new name Midsummer Dream.
Midsummer Dream was built in 1982 and underwent a $1.25 million refit during the past few years, with the previous owner. The new owner is a lifelong resident of Sitka, Alaska, who has had a captain’s license since age 18 and is extremely knowledgeable about the local waters.
Sawyer says the new owner is leaving the yacht exactly as she was last summer, when she had a busy season with clients who are now available as references. “There’s nothing to be done. She’s perfect,” he says. “We’re keeping the same program. The only difference is a rate change to $50,000 to $59,000 per week, which includes almost everything for six guests.”
A Midsummer Dream website has been built to showcase the charter program, which includes a 30-foot Osprey tender. A section of the website details optional add-ons such as halibut fishing and tours by seaplane and helicopter.
Anyone needing more than the three staterooms aboard Midsummer Dream can consider a tandem charter, Sawyer says. The 130-foot Westport motoryacht Serengeti and the 122-foot Flagship motoryacht Talos are expected to be in Alaska this summer as well, and Sawyer has arranged tandem bookings in the past with Serengeti.
“It works well,” he says. “Whether you want to have adults on one yacht and kids on the other, or mix and match, these boats are the most luxurious available for charter in Alaskan waters.”