March 2020 Chartering Update

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

February 26, 2020
Andromeda charter in St. Maarten
Luxury crewed charters by Andromeda in St. Maarten offer diving, yoga and personal training. Courtesy Andromeda Yachts

Andromeda Crewed Charters

Marking its 30th anniversary as a dealer of Lagoon and Hanse boat brands, among others, Andromeda Yachts has opened a base on the island of St. Maarten, offering luxury crewed diving charters in Caribbean destinations including the British Virgin Islands.

Andromeda offers a fleet of sailing catamarans for charter, including a Sunreef 62, Fountaine Pajot Eleuthera 60 and Lagoon 620; a 92-foot monohull is also available.

Aboard the Sunreef 62, eight guests are accommodated in four air-conditioned cabins with en suite heads. Amenities in airy common areas include smart TV and Bose home-theater systems, relaxation areas in the forward cockpit and in the flybridge, and double swim platforms. Scuba diving and snorkeling equipment include six dive cylinders and an air compressor; the captain is a PADI-certified dive instructor. Rounding out the water amenities is a 15-foot dinghy with a 70 hp outboard for water skiing, wakeboarding and other activities.


Andromeda’s fleet offers all-inclusive five-star service by a captain and chef. French and Italian gourmet cuisine; on-demand vegan, gluten-free and special menus; custom wine lists; personal trainer and yoga trainer; and concierge services for guests are also available.

First-time clients are offered a 5 percent rate discount. Contact Andromeda for details.

Cruise the Exumas with Sunsail

Sunsail offers itineraries for sailing the Exumas with the opening of a new base at Palm Cay Marina in Nassau, Bahamas.


This gives bareboat sailors access to a pristine destination stretching 100 miles north to south through the heart of the Bahamas. The archipelago features anchorages along untouched beaches, year-round sailing conditions, and one of the largest protected marine parks in the world: Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.

Choose among the newest four-cabin additions to the Sunsail fleet: the Sunsail Lagoon 424 and Sunsail Leopard 454W. For availability, visit Sunsail’s website.

First Charter?

Eager to charter but don’t want to go it alone? MarineMax Vacations offers first-timer ­flotillas in the BVI in 2020.


The company, which in 2019 was named a Certificate of Excellence winner by TripAdvisor, is offering the flotilla so vacation sailors can explore the BVI in a group. An itinerary stressing maximum fun, relaxation and adventure is led by the experienced MarineMax Vacations team and a local guide. Guests will cruise aboard power catamarans. The inaugural first-timer flotilla was set to run from February 29 to March 6, 2020; the second is from May 2-8, 2020. Experienced mariners are also welcome. For details, visit MarineMax Vacations.

Moorings Adds a Power Cat

The Moorings has added a new luxury power cat to its fleet. The Moorings 534PC, built by Robertson & Caine, features a watermaker, solar panels, blue underwater lights, electric grill, dinghy lift platform and expansive lounging pads. It accommodates up to nine guests in four air-conditioned en suite cabins. The cat is ready for charter in the BVI in May 2020, and in the Exumas, Bahamas, in fall 2020. For details, contact the Moorings.


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