This custom-designed, 72-foot sailing yacht aims to offer the most luxurious charter option in its size and price range.
First Impression: Pacific Wave
Date toured: December 2008
2011 Editor’s Update: Pacific Wave is now part of the charter fleet at CharterPortBVI.
The first thing I noticed after stepping onboard the 72-foot sailing yacht Pacific Wave was that she’s a really, really pretty boat. And I’m not only talking about the design of the boat itself, but also about the general style onboard. Usually, when I tour charter yachts in this size range, I think they’re nice. When I walked around Pacific Wave, I felt a distinct air of elegance that I more typically associate with larger sailing yachts and even some motoryachts.
After interviewing Lynn Griffiths, I came to realize that she is the reason why. Griffiths is not just Pacific Wave’s captain, but is also its owner—and she has put a great deal of time and effort into making her yacht the type of vacation environment that she, herself, would enjoy.
I’m talking about Villeroy & Boch china onboard a boat whose competitors typically serve meals atop Fiestaware. Not that there’s anything wrong with Fiestaware, of course (I rather like the colors, actually). It’s just that I don’t typically find fine china—or Molton Brown spa products, or Egyptian-cotton linens—onboard charter yachts in Pacific Wave’s size range.
“I’ve bought the best quality of everything I can,” Griffiths told me. “We may be the same size sailboat with similar rates to our competitors, but we’re trying to offer what I would expect on my own holiday. We’re trying to offer a better experience.”
Pacific Wave itself is ideal for that challenge, with a staggering 7 feet, 10 inches of headroom in the main saloon and almost as much in the guest cabins. She simply feels more spacious and elegant than many other boats her size, which of course adds to the ambience of being “better.”
The yacht takes six guests, with Griffiths and her boyfriend serving as the two crew. They had yet to perform their first charter during my visit, but have boated extensively in the Caribbean, where Pacific Wave is based, and thus were looking forward to showing their first guests as good a time as they have had over the years.
Nicholson Yachts is the management company, and lists the weekly base rate as $13,500. Any reputable charter broker can help you book a week onboard, and give you more information about feedback from Pacific Wave’s first charter clients.—Kim Kavin