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December 2020 Chartering Update

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

December 8, 2020
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Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
Virgin Charter Yachts, known for its power fleet, takes the plunge into sail with the addition of Destiny, a 2019 Voyage 480 catamaran, available from the base in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Courtesy Virgin Charter Yachts

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Virgin Charter Yachts, in ­operation for more than 20 years in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, has expanded its fleet to include sailboats. The ­company, which built its business by offering power catamarans and motoryachts at its Nanny Cay Marina base, has added Destiny, a 2019 Voyage 480 catamaran.

Amenities aboard Destiny include a generator, air conditioning, watermaker, ice maker and swim platform. Sailing ­features include a fully battened mainsail, electric furling genoa and electric winches. Destiny can be chartered as a bareboat or with a professional captain and/or chef. For details, contact the company.

Sunsail Adds Lagoon 505

The latest addition to Sunsail’s fleet of sailing catamarans is the Sunsail Lagoon 505, which offers a five-cabin, five-head layout for up to 10 guests. Areas for lounging include a spacious aft cockpit with a wet bar, a dual-access flybridge with sunbathing area, an ergonomic helm station, and a ­forward-facing, cushioned lounge area by the trampoline.

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Other features include a self-tacking jib, three electric winches and an electric dinghy hoist system. The Sunsail Lagoon 505 is available for charter holidays in the British Virgin Islands beginning in December 2020. Sunsail.com

Reserve Now, Play Later

Boatyball, an online booking and payment tool for reserving moorings in the British Virgin Islands, gives sailors access to 80 member moorings throughout territorial waters. The moorings are ­professionally installed and actively maintained by owners. Since its launch in December 2018, 15,000 reservations have been made with the app. The cost to reserve through the online tool is $40. For more details, consult the website.

New Florida Base

Dream Yacht Charter and Navtours have teamed up again, adding Stock Island Yacht Club & Marina in Key West, Florida, to their bases in the United States. The facility, which is the hub of the partnership’s Florida operations, opened in September 2020.

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One-way charters for ­vacation sailors can now start and end at the partnership’s destinations in Key West, Key Largo and Miami. Sailors can explore the coast and the Florida Keys; Bimini, Bahamas; or head to the Dry Tortugas National Park.

Available for bareboat and skippered charters are an Astrea 42, a Bali 4.5 and a Fountaine Pajot 37-foot motoryacht.

Other continental US bases for the partnership include Burlington, Vermont, and Newport, Rhode Island. Contact the companies for details (dreamyachtcharter.com, navtours.com).

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Atlantic Cruising Yachts in Texas

James Tiernan is the new president of Atlantic Cruising Yachts in Kemah, Texas, the heart of Gulf Coast cruising. Tiernan, a former Dufour yacht owner with a strong reputation in the local sailing community, will handle development of the ACY’s Dufour dealership as well as the expansion of its Waypoints yacht-charter program. Tiernan’s plans include opening new Waypoints yacht-charter bases and placing new catamarans in bareboat and private charter.

One of the largest ­sailing-yacht dealerships in North America, ACY ­represents Fountaine Pajot power and sailing catamarans and Dufour monohulls. Contact the company for details.

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