Hire a Crewed Boat in the Maldives or Med

The latest news and notes on sailing-vacation opportunities from the Moorings, Footloose Sailing Charters, Southwest Florida Yachts, and more. "Chartering Notes" from our February 2012 issue.

Charter News 0212

Footloose adds 46-foot catamaran to its fleet in Tortola.Courtesy Of Footloose Sailing Charters

The Moorings has added crewed-yacht vacations in destinations including the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean. As of April 2012, crewed charters aboard 46-foot catamarans are available in the Republic of the Maldives, off the southwest coast of India. Clients can book by the cabin or reserve the full boat.

The Moorings has also launched three more crewed-yacht charter destinations in the Mediterranean. They include Nice, on the southeast coast of France; Turgutreis, west of Bodrum in Turkey; and Lavrion, southeast of Athens, Greece. Charters start as of the Mediterranean summer season in June 2012.

Some 200 of the islands of the Maldives, which run north to south, are inhabited, with Male Atoll the tourism hub. Charter grounds include the area of Male and South Male atolls. The waters are home to a spectacular panorama of colorful fish, massive lagoons of infinite shades of turquoise blue, and isolated beaches. Diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing are part of the charter itinerary. The country’s marine preserves are populated with diverse and rare species of birds, lizards, and turtles. Year-round climate is consistently tropical, with an average temperature of 84 F.

For details about crewed charters in the Maldives or in Mediterranean waters, contact The Moorings.

Footloose Adds 46-Foot Cat
Footloose Sailing Charters has added a four-cabin catamaran custom-built by Robertson and Caine to its fleet in Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands.

Amenities include a 24-foot beam that accommodates a dozen people for meals, with numerous seating options provided by reversible settee and aft seats. The forward deck with trampoline offers a large area for relaxation and reading.

Belowdecks, the configuration features four air-conditioned private staterooms, each with an en suite head and shower. A fully fitted modern galley is located adjacent to the spacious saloon and full-size navigation station.

An Incentive to Learn
As part of its 30th-anniversary celebration, Southwest Florida Yachts will give students who graduate by December 31, 2014, from either the company's sail or power school a free navigation tool by Weems & Plath. Some restrictions apply. For details, consult the company's school website. -Elaine Lembo

Learn to Sail Online
The Great Lakes Cruising Club School has expanded its webinar curriculum to include over 30 tutorials for 2011-2012. Each tutorial is a 60- to 90-minute live presentation with visual aids and opportunities to interact with the instructor as well as other students. Among topics covered are an introduction to Great Lakes cruising areas, navigation skills, boat and engine maintenance, energy management, provisioning, cruising with pets, and marine photography. For more details, log on to the club's school website. -Sydney Rey