Horizon Opens Annapolis Base

The latest news and notes on sailing-vacation opportunities from Horizon, Le Boat, Sunsail and the Moorings. From our September 2011 Chartering Notes.

Bavaria Yachts

Courtesy of Bavaria Yachts

Horizon Yacht Charters, with bases throughout the Caribbean islands, has added a U.S. base in Annapolis, Maryland, at Yacht Haven Marina. As the charter arm of Bavaria Yachts U.S.A., it offers bareboat and crewed charters, learn-to-sail programs, and yacht-management services.

Bavaria Yachts U.S.A. opened in May 2011 as the sole U.S. importer, distributor, and dealer for Bavaria on the U.S. East Coast and across to the Great Lakes and Texas.

Horizon Yacht Charters, operating since 1998, has been the Caribbean importer of Bavarias since 2000 and manages more than 50 Bavarias in a fleet of 100 charter yachts at its bases in the British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Sint Maarten, and Grenada.

The Bavaria Yachts brand in the United States includes the Cruiser models, designed by Farr Yacht Design and BMW DesignworksUSA, and the Vision series. Yachts from the 2011 Cruiser range are available for charter on Chesapeake Bay.

Bavaria Yachts U.S.A. is co-owned by managing director Kenny Feld and directors Andrew Thompson and Sylvia Driver. Thompson and Driver are the founding directors of Horizon Yacht Charters in the Caribbean and have combined experience of 40 years in the sailing industry. Geoff McCord is the general manager for Bavaria Yachts U.S.A. and Horizon Yacht Charters, Annapolis. McCord was previously the regional sales manager for Beneteau U.S.A. for 25 years. For more information, consult the Bavaria website.

Le Boat Adds to European Fleet
The first 29 Le Boat 1500 series boats are ready for charter at the company's bases across France and Germany. The series offers a host of features for inland-waterway cruising, from easy maneuvering via joystick to hybrid (diesel/electric) power, bow thrusters, and spacious top-deck space.
Built by Groupe Bénéteau in France, two models of the new Le Boat 1500 Series join the Le Boat fleet, the Le Boat 15-03 and the Le Boat 15-04. For details about rates and destinations, contact Le Boat.

Premier Plus Program Offers Newest in Sunsail Fleet
Sunsail's Premier Plus program guarantees that bareboaters will set out on yachts with less than a year of service that are also equipped with the newest amenities and electronics.

With over 230 new yachts arriving in the fleet in 2011, charterers can select from a wide range of boats, including the Sunsail 384, the Sunsail 41, and the Sunsail 53. For details, contact Sunsail.

Moorings Adds Crewed-Yacht Destinations in the Med
The Moorings has opened two crewed-yacht charter destinations, in Nice, France, and Orhaniye, Turkey.

The crewed charters are available aboard Moorings 4600 catamarans. Amenities include the services of a professional captain and chef aboard a private yacht, gourmet meals, full bar, and water toys. For more information, contact The Moorings.