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Edmiston's New Amazon River Charter PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kim Kavin   
Friday, 05 September 2008 03:06
"aqua.jpg Edmiston & Company has just added a boat to its charter fleet unlike any I've seen before, anywhere else in the world. She's called Aqua, and she's being billed as a river expedition vessel. The 130-footer is in the Peruvian Amazon, offering charters for as many as 24 guests with 15 crew plus three English-speaking nature guides (an important element for any expedition-style charter experience). As Robert Shepherd, Edmiston's director of charter for the Americas, explained it to me, the vessel has been doing by-the-cabin bookings in the area and now is working with Edmiston to create a proper charter program in which you can book the whole vessel, as you would any crewed charter yacht. Shepherd, who was instrumental in the construction and operation of the 197-foot Feadship Paraffin (one of my favorite charter yachts of all time), told me that he personally flew to South America to inspect Aqua and ensure the 2007 build would be up to charter guests' standards. There are itineraries for both the dry season (June through November) and the flooded season (December through May), combining exploration of the Amazon basin and its tributaries with other nearby rivers and lakes. Think jungle walks, fishing trips, monkey and dolphin expeditions, giant water lilies, and remote villages. Aqua itself is an interesting design, with six cabins on the main deck and six on the deck below, all either 230 or 240 square feet in size with panoramic windows (the large rectangular ones in the photo above) for views of the jungle surroundings. There are sitting and dining areas all the way aft on the main and bottom decks, as well as a top deck designed for observation with lounge chairs, tables, and other indoor/outdoor sitting areas. Here's a look at the top-deck sitting spaces, and one of the guest cabins: aqua-deck.jpg aqua-master.jpg As you can see, Aqua isn't what you'd call ornate or super-sized, but she certainly looks comfortable with great views--which is really all you need in a location like this as long as you have a good crew and guides. I haven't seen the weekly base rate yet, but I'm guessing it will be fairly competitive given the fact that this is the first charter operation of its kind in this exotic destination. Any reputable charter broker can help you learn more. Just keep in mind that most brokers probably haven't visited this destination themselves, and will likely need some extra time to do research before booking your charter."