|What yachts have caught your attention as the summer charter season approaches?|
|Three Brokers Say|
Janet Bloomfield, International Yacht Charter Group
For the Mediterranean, I have two favorites that for me are surefire winners. One is D'angleterre de Copenhague, a 136-foot motoryacht that is an older boat. I have a client going out on her for the third year in a row. The reason he likes this boat so much—and he’s a savvy charterer who has chartered for many years—is that the owner is in the hospitality industry, so the crew know how to perform top-notch service.
Another charter yacht I love in the Mediterranean is the 178-foot Benetti motoryacht Starfire. That crew knows what they’re doing. Two brokers in our company have had clients request repeat charters aboard this yacht. The captain is excellent, the yacht is well maintained, it has zero-speed stabilizers—it’s what people want.
In the Bahamas, I like the 111-foot Inace motoryacht Sudami. The boat’s décor is interesting, and it’s not everybody’s taste, but that boat and crew blew one of my clients away in terms of outstanding service. The owner is very keen on making sure his boat is successful for charter.
In New England, Campai is a 72-foot sailing yacht that I adore. I’ve had friends charter it, and they repeated aboard the same boat, and every time I see her, she looks very good. The crew is excellent, and the boat is just so sweet and lovely.
Editor's note: Details about all the yachts that Bloomfield mentions are also posted at the International Yacht Charter Group website.
Sharon Bahmer, Boatbookings
The 145-foot Intermarine motoryacht Balaju has been on my radar since I viewed her at the Sint Maarten Charter Show in December. She has cool, soothing colors inside and out , and an excellent, experienced crew that does not miss a beat. She will be Bermuda this May before heading to the Mediterranean for the summer.
The 103-foot Johnson motoryacht Diamond Girl, which is new to the charter market, also dazzled me at the Sintt Maarten Charter Show. Our team at Boatbookings was able to secure a holiday charter onboard, and the outstanding crew ensured that this first-time charterer would be back for more.
I’ve also been pleased with the new crew aboard the 102-foot Azimut motoryacht Texas Star. This yacht is undoubtedly the best value for money in the Caribbean at the moment.
I was inspired at both the Antigua and Sint Maarten boat shows in December while aboard the 70-foot Sunreef powercatamaran Damrak. The design, layout and interior finishing of this innovative yacht are a pleasant surprise. Her crew kept smiling without complaint no matter what came their way, despite having just crossed an ocean to prepare for back-to-back boat shows. Our team at Boatbookings has since booked two charters onboard Damrak, and we feel the crew will not let clients down.
Last but by no means least, I really like the 50-foot Lagoon sailing catamaran Soul’s Calling. I wish I could keep this boat a secret, but I keep finding myself talking about her! She is based in the British Virgin Islands and has become one of the most popular catamarans in the Caribbean. She is offered at a competitive price, too. I can entrust charter clients to the Soul’s Calling crew without concern.
Editor's note: Details about all the yachts that Bahmer mentions are also posted at the Boatbookings website.
Michael Sawyer, Infinity Yacht Charters
It would take me an entire website to share all the yachts I like for various charter regions this summer! As an idea of what's out there for clients who are interested in different yacht styles, here are my favorites listed by cruising location.
Among motoryachts in the Mediterranean, I like the 234-foot Feadship Utopia, the 198-foot CMN Slipstream, the 198-foot CMN Cloud 9, the 196-foot CRN Blue Eyes, the 190-foot Abeking adn Rasmussen Lady Sheridan, the 180-foot Benetti Altitude, the 160-foot Christensen Odessa, the 156-foot Cornellisen Va Bene, the 151-foot Delta Katya, the 177-foot classic motoryacht Seagull II, the 120-foot custom design Touch, and the 144-foot Palmer Johnson Four Wishes. As a great sailing yacht option in the Mediterranean, I recommend the 98-foot Performance Yachts build called Liara.
In New England, my favorites include the 142-foot Trinity motoryacht Big Zip and the 123-foot Palmer Johnson motoryacht Muse.
For charters in the South Pacific, I recommend the 165-foot Mondomarine motoryacht Tribu and the 146-foot expedition motoryacht Big Fish.
In the Bahamas, I like the 135-foot Christensen motoryacht Atlantica, the 124-foot
Broward motoryacht Coco Loco, and the 94-foot Hargrave motoryacht Golden Times.
And for Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, where I am based, there are too many choices to list! One noteworthy, new-to-charter option for this summer, though, is the 117-foot motoryacht Crystal II.
Editor's note: You can learn more about the yachts that Sawyer recommends by contacting him through the Infinity Yacht Charters website.