Even more exciting than the unveiling of the sensible Sunsail 384 catamaran at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis last month was news of the introductory discount of $30,000 off the $369,000 cost, which includes charter base delivery and charter package amenities. The 384, produced exclusively for the Sunsail charter fleet, is designed by Morrelli and Melvin and built by Robertson and Caine. The result? It's a cruising cat optimized for performance but that also offers tons of comfortable outdoor space to maximize the fun of chartering.
Is it heresy to use the words sensible and charter cat in the same sentence? Not if your goal in a 38-foot sailing space includes four cabins, two heads, and amenities such as electric windlass, a dinghy davit with electric winch, and twin 29hp diesel engines for motoring performance. The 384 also carries a generous sail plan that's straightforward to operate, solar panels, more than six feet of headroom throughout and shore-powered air- conditioning.
The galley-up design incorporates a spacious saloon area and aft-facing galley with a serving window overlooking the adjoining cockpit area, according to a Sunsail release.
Owners who buy and place the boat in the fleet are guaranteed monthly revenue; up to 12 weeks of annual use; no operating, insurance, or dockage charges; free maintenance; and use of other boats in the Sunsail fleet at bases worldwide.
The 384 is ready for charter and purchase at these Sunsail bases:
Tortola, British Virgin Islands-December 2009
St. Vincent and the Grenadines-May 2010
Abaco Island, Bahamas-May 2010
Göcek, Turkey-December 2009
Kremik, Croatia-May 2010
For details about ownership, contact Sunsail (800-817-0807, www.sunsailyachtsales.com).
The Moorings has redesigned its website to show sailors all the charter options available, from bareboat sailing to power and crewed yacht offerings.
The new Moorings.com (www.moorings.com) includes a collection of user-friendly travel tools designed to advance charter planning and reservations. Potential clients can review destination details, including sample itineraries with key points of interest, interactive maps, current weather, cruising conditions, travel notes, customer reviews, images, and videos. To get a better idea, log on-the site really is sharper and more comprehensive.