June 2019 Chartering Update

Monthly news and notes from the charter and vacation sailing industry.

Lagoon Cat
Lagoon’s 424 and 464 sailing cats are now available through Sunsail in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Belize.Courtesy of Sunsail

Lagoon Cats Join Sunsail Fleet

Sunsail has added the Lagoon brand of catamarans to its Caribbean charter fleet in 2019. The new Sunsail 464 (Lagoon 46) and Sunsail 424 (Lagoon 42) complement the existing fleet of Leopard catamarans by Robertson and Caine. Vacation sailors can book these yachts immediately; charter-yacht ownership opportunities are also available.

The Sunsail 424 is a four-cabin, four-head sailing catamaran. It is outfitted with a generator, air conditioning and watermaker and is available in the Bahamas, St. Lucia, Grenada, St Martin, the British Virgin Islands and Belize.

The Sunsail 464—also a four-cabin, four-head configuration with skipper cabin, generator, AC and watermaker—is a brand-new design. Featuring a fly-level sun pad, front cockpit seating and generous interior, the Sunsail 464 is available for charter in the BVI. For details contact the company.

Vive La Martinique with the Moorings

Martinique, in the Caribbean’s Windward Islands, is the newest Moorings destination. Bareboat and skippered charters aboard midsize Beneteau monohulls, sailing catamarans from Robertson & Caine, including the award-winning Moorings 4500, and the flagship 514 power catamaran are available.

Located in the heart of the Lesser Antilles, the volcanic island is an overseas region of France, making it a mecca for French-Caribbean culture, maritime history and world-class sailing.

The Moorings base is situated at La Marina du Marin, which offers a range of services and amenities—including supermarket, bakery, laundromat, post office, tobacco shop, currency-exchange office, medical center, car rental, tourism office, ferry service to Saint Lucia, shops, restaurants and bars. It's about 45 minutes from the international airport. For details contact the company.

French Polynesia Sailing Cats

Charter Maui offers owner's versions of two fully crewed catamarans, a Catana 50 and a Bahia 46, in the Society Islands of French Polynesia. Custom cruises, including diving and surfing itineraries, are offered. One-way charters to other South Pacific island groups are possible. For details contact the company.

Horizon Adds Powercat

Horizon Yacht Charters in the British Virgin Islands has added a new Nautitech Powercat 47 to its fleet. The cat has a cruising speed of 15 knots, an efficient hull shape, wave-piercing bows and twin 300 hp engines.

Quiet and comfortable underway, the powercat's upper deck has a hard top Bimini, wet bar and refrigerator, and room for 10. Below, the open cockpit concept and saloon complement each other to make one open living area. Accommodations include four double cabins, four heads and showers, plus two additional separate shower cubicles. Contact Horizon for details.

Sail New England

Navtours offers sailing charters departing from Newport, Rhode Island, as of the 2019 summer season. From the company's base at 3 Christies Landing, charterers are ideally situated to explore the islands of Southeastern New England as well as Long Island. For details contact the company.