|Paraffin Gets New Owner, Joins Fraser Fleet|
|Written by Kim Kavin|
|Wednesday, 09 September 2009 08:36|
I can still remember, quite vividly, the first time I went aboard the 197-foot Feadship Paraffin. It's a memory that was stirred yesterday when Fraser Yachts Worldwide announced that the motoryacht has been sold to a new owner and will remain available for charter as part of the Fraser fleet.
My experience was the better part of a decade ago at the industry-only Antigua charter yacht show, where I typically tour at least 40 yachts in less than a week's time. That I can recall Paraffin from that long-ago week--and after all the many weeks and years of boat tours that have followed--is really saying something. This yacht made an incredible impression on me.
It's not just that Paraffin was beautifully constructed, as are so many Feadships, but that her original owners had put so much thought into details that would take the charter experience up a notch from what I've seen on some of the finest yachts afloat.
For instance, the main dining room is adjacent to the galley, with a door that crew walk through to provide service. Paraffin's original owners felt that ambience was paramount during meals, so the yacht has a built-in system that automatically dims the galley lights when the service door is opened, so as not to disturb guests at the table.
A similar sensibility was brought to design of the master suite, where the curtains have been programmed to open at the timing of a guest's choosing. No alarm buzzer will shock you from your slumber; instead, you will be treated to natural morning light.
In the master closet, the owners asked the shipyard to place small lights inside the drawers so that guests will have an easier time separating blue socks from black. It's an idea, the crew told me, that came from a top-name fashion outlet in Manhattan.
And in the main saloon, where so many other yacht designers stuff furniture clear up against the walls, Paraffin had loose furniture arranged specifically so that crew would be able to serve hors d'oeuvres and drinks to guests without having to walk in front of them and interrupt their conversations.
It's these kinds of design details that, when combined with a well-trained crew, can separate the good charter yachts from the best charter yachts. Bear that in mind when you realize that Paraffin's lowest weekly base rate is one of the highest in the world: $400,000 for 12 guests.
Paraffin will be available in the Caribbean starting in November. Any reputable charter broker can help you book a week onboard.