So many superyachts are coming to New England this summer that it’s challenging to pick the 5 Best New England Yacht Charters for 2018. So let’s give you our best picks for certain categories.
One of our favorite summer yacht charter destinations is southern New England. The ports are abundant with seafaring spirit, unique and enriching tourist attractions, and exquisite coastal beauty. Newport, RI, reputedly the sailing capital of the U.S., is an idyllic place to start your yacht vacation. It’s only a half hour from the Providence, RI airport or 90 minutes from Boston. From Newport, it’s a leisurely sail to Cape Cod and the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Quaint fishing villages, historic seaports, lobsters, strawberry festivals, lighthouses and Yankee charm will fill your long lazy days.
On a private yacht charter, you can be in the heart of the attractions in the morning and anchored off a deserted beach in the late afternoon perhaps “gunkholing” through the salt marshes in a kayak exploring a tidal pool or fishing for the catch of the day.
Our Top 5 Picks for Best New England Yacht Charters This Summer
Best Toys on a New England Yacht Charter – Far Niente
Gorgeous 130′ Westport built in 2014; 10 guests in 3 kings and 2 twins – one of the twins can convert to a king; fun-loving and professional crew of seven; 32’ Scout towed tender with twin 300s rigged for offshore fishing; Yamaha V8’s, 17’ tender with single 115 hp and ski pole; 2 waverunners, 3 kayaks, 3 paddle boards, skis, wakeboard, tube, kneeboard, beach set-up including a cabana, and an ondeck jacuzzi. Have they got you covered?
The chef is amazing – he has been an Executive Chef on yachts for over 15 years, previously working with fine chefs throughout the world including a Michelin star restaurant in Tokyo. He graduated from the Integrative Nutrition School of New York with a specialty as a professional coach for improving health and happiness through nutrition. So if healthy eating is your thing, his talents will be a vacation bonus.
He’s on top with today’s diet trends of today and can handle gluten-free, vegetarian, and raw diets. He will also entice you with his homemade super foods such as chocolate, healthy preserves and protein bars.
$130,000/wk. plus expenses. Book a week between July 20 and August 4, 2018 and get an 8th night for free – the itinerary is Newport, RI to Bar Harbor, Maine. Check out possible ports of call
Also available for Fourth of July with confirmed dockage in Nantucket.
Best New England Yacht Charters on a Classic – Bonnie Lynn
A 57′ gaff rigged topsail schooner which was built in Maine by its owners and crew Captains Earl and Bonnie MacKenzie. They are welcoming charter hosts. Guests always feel like they become part of the family. Their attention to detail and fine craftsmanship is superb – it is like sailing on a casually elegant country inn. Plus on those chilly Maine mornings, they have a wonderful deck enclosure which allows guests to enjoy meals on the deck and be warm.
Bonnie and Earl are Maniacs – that’s what you call someone from Maine – and know every little cove and hideaway along the coast.
A great boat for families at the very attractive rate of $12,500/6 guests/week plus expenses. Since 2011, they have only raised their rats by $500 – what a deal! And if you are a family, they can squeeze in an extra 2 people.
“Earl and Bonnie could not have been more hospital, friendly and warm to all of us. We had delicious healthy food, fantastic weather, beautiful scenery, memorable conversations and best of all lots of laughs as we sailed together”.
Best Priced New England Yacht Charters on a Mid-Range Motor Yacht – Maggie II: With its rich woodcrafted interior and traditional decor, Maggie II matches the cruising area – understated and elegant , exuding an Old World charm/ But don’t let the hush of the interior fool you – once on deck, it is full speed ahead with a 42′ Invincible Tender with triple 350 hp Yamaha Outboards and 2nd Crow’s Nest helm station, fully outfitted for fishing or water sports. 4 paddle boards, skis, kayak, wake board, kneeboard, 2 wave runners and the list goes on.
MAGGIE sleeps 8 guests in 4 staterooms. The VIP guest stateroom is located forward of the galley with a queen bed and en suite bathroom with shower. The Master stateroom is below deck with a king bed, en suite His and Her bathroom with large shower. One queen and one twin stateroom with en suite baths complete the cabin list.
A veteran crew of 5 led by Captain Robb Shannon and his wife Chef Tami Stewart is ready to cater to your whims and fulfill your dreams.
$55,000/week for 8 guests plus expenses
Best New England Yacht Charters on a Sailing Yacht Over 100′ – Marae
Marae is a word from the Maori tribe in New Zealand means a special meeting place for family and friends. Well-named, we’d say! Timeless elegance and excellent views from raised pilothouse/bar area; toys include 16′ Williams tender with 110 hp engine, wakeboard, water skis, Kayak, paddle boards, tubes, and snorkel gear. The chef trained at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. His osso bucco with saffron risotto and zucchini ribbons is a “must have” . Where you sail in the sophisticated ports of southern New England or the rugged outposts of Maine, one thing on Marae is guaranteed. She’s a show-stopper in every port, $59,000/week plus expenses
Best New England Yacht Charter on a Sailing Yacht Under 100′ – Dama de Noche: Luxuriously appointed, this contemporary Oyster 82 is exhilarating to sail. With a queen master cabin plus another queen and a twin, this is a great layout for a family. Sensational crew, and we can personally attest to the chef’s talents. You have to ask him for his slow roasted pulled pork sandwiches on a freshly baked roll. Now, I know that does not sound gourmet, but we can promise it will be the best pulled pork sandwich you have ever had.
We have a special fondness for this crew – Grant and Tara have always delivered rave reviews from our charter guests – they are professional, funny, engaging, interesting and enthusiastic.
This is the yacht for foodies and adventurers. $30,000/week plus expenses. Special: 10% off in June and July, 2018