Charter a yacht this summer

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By SETH LEVINE

It’s midwinter, which means it’s time to start planning your midsummer night dreams. But before you book one of your go-to vacations on land, consider chartering a different course: A private, fully staffed yacht for you and your most nautical comrades.

What makes a yacht charter so special, beyond its self-evident fabulousness, is its customizability. You determine who you’ll bring, when you’ll set sail, where you’ll go, and what you’ll do. You’re the captain of your own destiny, without the actual captain’s license.

We recommend The Excellence V. It’s 196 feet of private luxury on the open water, courtesy of Sapphire Seas, whose stunning Abeking & Rasmussen vessel is meticulously tended to by a dedicated 15-member crew. It sleeps up to 12 and provides all the comforts of home, including spacious quarters, satellite TV, wi-fi, workout equipment and a Jacuzzi, plus recreation equipment: kayaks, paddleboards, wakeboards, water skis and wave runners. You won’t be bored, unless you want to be.

If chartering a yacht seems out of your budget this season, you might be surprised. Although The Excellence V starts at $650,000, Sapphire Seas has more than 1,000 yachts in its charter fleet to match your budget, including some as low as a few thousand dollars a week.

Explore the options at www.sapphireseas.com or call 954-208-9045.

 

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