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Planning your Summer Charter?

Published on March 7, 2014 by   ·   No Comments


Dominator 780

It may not look it outside your window right now, but summer is on its way, and in elite yachting circles that means only one thing – Mediterranean charter season.  The big boys will soon be making their way back from a winter soaking up the Caribbean sunshine and doing the ‘milk run’ across the Atlantic to pick up their European business.  Here’s a couple of ideas to seduce you.


First up, Sascha, a very desirable Dominator 780.  Sleek sporty and white on the outside, light contemporary and chic on the inside. This 24-metre yacht can sleep eight guests in four cabins with space for three crew to cater to your every whim (and drive the thing of course).


Dominator 780


Boasting wide rooms and high levels of comfort, the main salon is a highlight for Sascha with endless stretches of lateral glazing and unimpeded panoramic sea views thanks to cleverly designed outer hand rails.  The theme continues below with two wide horizontal windows in the mid-ships owner’s cabin making it possible to gaze starboard or port, depending on which offers the best vista at the time.

As the Mediterranean mercury rises, the flybridge will certainly become a focal point for dining and dillydallying away the hours.  A small crane hoists the tender astern giving way to a large living area with generous settee, a table to seat eight, a large sunbathing deck and the essential bar with bar stools – you’ve got to keep those liquid levels topped up in the heat.

Moving down a level, a further sunbathing section is found at the bow, alongside an ample settee, and you can even order in a Jacuzzi tub for the voyage if that takes your fancy.  Meanwhile, as night falls, the cabins are all en-suite with a handy linen store and fridge in the lobby so the crew can grab what you need without disturbing the others.

So enough of the fluffy stuff, what about the nuts and bolts?  Sascha is a very fast mover thanks to two MAN V12-1550 engines and her top speed is 30 knots, cruising speed 25 knots, making for fast transfers between Mediterranean stopovers.  A week in high season, July and August, will cost 34,000 euros, and at all other times, 30,000 euros – excl fuel, food and beverage, laundry and other expenses.

If you’re the sort who would like to combine some Grand Prix action with your flybridge G&T, then Norman Foster has just the thing for you – designer duo Ocean Pearl and Ocean Sapphire.  The double Stirling Prize winner made a detour from bridges and buildings to conceive these identical twin 41 metre superyachts that are immediately recognizable by their dramatic grey structures arching from bow to stern.  Arranged across four decks, the ‘Ocean’ series have five suites for up to 12 guests and cruise with seven crew at your disposal.  If you want to have track-side action, gather together 11 seriously wealthy friends as you’ll need 130,000 euros for Monaco Grand Prix week – G&T is extra.  Cheers.4_3

Ocean Pearl


Ocean Pearl

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