Beaufort & Blake: 5 Yachts Every Gentleman Should Charter (Or Purchase) This Summer
It’s safe to say that all gentlemen have, at some point in their life, envisaged their summers spent gallivanting across the Mediterranean or Caribbean on a luxurious yacht with a fresh gin and tonic in hand. For some this will become a reality, but for the majority this dream may only be fulfilled once in a lifetime.
To help ensure the correct boat is chartered when this time arrives, we recently caught up with the team from Camper & Nicholsons to see which yachts may be best suited for a sun-seeking gentleman. Forget your gaudy ‘buoy racer’ gin palaces, here’s a selection of yachts best suited to the more refined individual.
From Sir Winston Churchill to Marilyn Monroe, Christina O has played host to some of history’s most notable figures. She has long offered escape, privacy and unabashed luxury to the who’s who of global jet setters and is one of the finest classic motor yachts available for charter at the moment.
Up to 34 guests can step on board at any one time with the run of five decks and 16 staterooms, accompanied by 39 crew members. Days on board can be spent in the onboard spa, dining on Michelin-starred cuisine, sipping a cocktail in the famous Ari’s bar or following in the fingerprints of Maria Callas as you play the piano in the lounge that takes her name.
Christina O boasts vast deck space with sun loungers and a number of al fresco wining and dining areas. If that doesn’t wet your appetite then there’s the bronze-edged swimming pool/ dance floor (yes, that is a thing), Jacuzzi deck and an abundance of watertoys, including classic mahogany tenders, windsurfers, jet skis and snorkelling equipment.
Everywhere you turn on this charter yacht, there’s a story of a silver-screen legend or glamorous king or queen who made this yacht so famous. Best suited to a gentleman that owns a suitably smart panama hat.
Orient Star is one of our favourite examples of modern yacht building. Specifically designed to host friends, families and parties, this motor yacht has two saloons with the main consisting of a sociable seating area and a suitably sized adjacent bar.
Offering luxury accommodation for up to 10 guests, Orient Star’s fore main deck is home to the full beam master suite. Boasting stunning views thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows, the owner’s quarters comprise a study area, walk-in wardrobe and a spacious en-suite. Her remaining four en-suite staterooms, in the form of two doubles and two twins, are located around the central lobby on the lower deck.
Moving outside, Orient Star has an outdoor bar, a large seating area and an inviting Jacuzzi surrounded by comfortable sunpads, essentially the ultimate hub for entertaining, relaxing and lounging. This yacht also offers guests endless entertainment and fun with a plethora of watertoys including jetskis, a paddleboard and diving gear. She also boasts a gym, complete with the latest equipment for those exercise fanatics. Best suited for a gentleman that likes to host the odd party or two on the Cote D’Azur.
This magnificent ketch-rigged sailing yacht was originally built for extensive bluewater cruising and offers the perfect combination of performance sailing and sophistication. Following a recent refit, Q’s spacious cockpit has been designed with a spectacular system of fully retractable windows that offers guests uninterrupted views in a climate controlled area – all at the touch of a button.
The main saloon offers 360-degree panoramic views and is a stylish and modern space with a subtle oriental twist, all thanks to the Reymond Langton designed interior. On the lower deck is accommodation for up to 12 guests spread across five luxurious staterooms.
Outside, Q boasts a flybridge with a comfortable seating and dining area along with a large Jacuzzi on the foredeck that is surrounded by sunpads, ideal for entertaining and relaxing. What’s more, Q houses a small armada of water toys, from kayaks and water skis to snorkelling gear and inflatables. Best suited to a gentleman whose sailing experience extends further than an honorary corporate slot at Cowes week.
Having only ever had 3 owners in 85 years, Marala is now up for sale for the first time in 53 years. First launched in 1931, she is regarded as one of the most beautiful classic motor yachts surviving today.
With exterior styling and engineering by naval architect, Charles E. Nicholson, she was custom-built to an incredible high specification. Her immaculately preserved interior is a classic, art deco design with Italian undertones throughout and remains largely unchanged today. Marala benefits from multiple lounging areas and has been furnished with traditional but sumptuous seating.
There is accommodation for 13 guests in the form of seven en-suite cabins - a master suite with a dressing room, two double staterooms, two twins and three single cabins. Outside, Marala has al fresco dining on the upper deck and on the semi-covered main aft deck (as well as a formal dining room in front of her main deck). Best suited to a gentleman that prefers luxury over speed.
Built by William Fife & Sons at their Fairlie shipyard in Scotland, and delivered to her owner in 1911, Mariquita is one of ‘The Great 19’s’ – a famous series of four 19-metre sailing yachts: Mariquita, Octoavia, Norada and Corona.
Following a tumultuous past, Mariquita was recently restored back to her former glory and is once again one of the stars of the classic sailing circuit. Originally designed and built as a race boat, her new owners didn’t want to solely rescue a classic yacht; they wanted to reinstate her former glory, back to the race boat she once was in 1911.
In 2004, she eventually set sail again, starring in regattas throughout Europe. Delivered as a gaff rigged cutter, she marked the return of the historic Big Class and J-Class. Regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful classic yachts sailing today, this rare yet iconic vessel is best suited to a gentleman that knows his jibes from his tacks.