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The Moorings & Sunsail announce they’re open for business after hurricanes.

The Moorings and Sunsail, two of the most trusted names in yacht chartering, are pleased to announce the grand reopening of their British Virgin Islands charter base on December 9th, 2017, just three months after the Caribbean’s record-breaking hurricane activity.

Over the past few months, BVI staff members exhibited tremendous strength and dedication, working tirelessly to help restore operations in Road Town, Tortola, and they are eager to invite visitors back to this world-famous sailing destination.

The Moorings and Sunsail are also glad to report a combined fleet of more than 100 yachts ready for chartering. Additionally, an investment of $66.5 million will bring new fleet shipments for both brands with over 130 boats scheduled to arrive in the British Virgin Islands in early 2018.

According to Josie Tucci, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, “The road to recovery has not been easy, but we simply couldn’t be more thrilled about reopening our base in the British Virgin Islands, and in such a timely manner. Tucci goes on to say:

“The humanitarian response from customers, partners, and employees following September’s hurricanes was overwhelming, and the tenacity of the local communities has been nothing short of inspiring. We believe it is this heartfelt combination of commitment and resilience that has helped us come back so strong.”

To continue supporting the future of the tourism industry and to assist with long-term hurricane relief efforts, The Moorings and Sunsail recently joined forces to establish the Caribbean Comeback fundraiser. Created in the spirit of uniting sailors everywhere, 100% of all monetary contributions go toward the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin and Puerto Rico employees, delivering supplies that are needed such as generators, gas stoves, and miscellaneous building materials.

Please consider joining The Moorings and Sunsail in this massive effort. Every contribution, no matter the size, is immensely appreciated. To donate or to learn more about this ongoing campaign, please visit

To learn more about best-in-class Sail, Power, and all-inclusive Crewed yacht charter vacations in over 20 dazzling destinations across the globe, visit and The world is waiting and new adventure beckons around every corner. Come aboard, embrace the wind and water, and create your own unforgettable passage.

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Leslie Montenegro

Georgia: Savannah vs. Tybee

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Port City Showdown: Georgia Edition

“I said, Georgia, oh Georgia. No peace I find. Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.” 
Ray Charles said it best about the sweet Peach State, but we say a showdown is necessary. These two coastal destinations are just thirty minutes by land, a couple hours by sea, but they’re a world away from each other.
Who will win this Port City Showdown? Savannah or Tybee Island?

Savannah, GA is a charming coastal city that sits on the edge of the Savannah River, just 20 miles upriver from the Atlantic.

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EAT: Vic’s on the River (26 East Bay Street) Check out the hand-drawn map of General Sherman’s march through Georgia made by Union soldiers in the main dining room, and order the jumbo crab cakes.

DRINK: Five Oaks Taproom (201 W Bay Street) Beer lovers, rejoice. Five Oaks has a drink menu that focuses exclusively on Georgia Brews. Grab some brews and go (literally you can! Savannah has an open container policy)or stay for some grub.

DOCK: Isle of Hope Marina  A full-service marina located directly on the intercoastal waterway. Yachting services are available, as well as unique overwater pavilion rentals.

DO: Bonaventure Cemetary (330 Bonaventure Rd, Thunderbolt ) It sounds strange, but this gorgeous and historic cemetery is a must-see on any cruisers’ itinerary.

Tybee Island, GA  is bustling barrier island in the east. In fact, it is the easternmost point of the state. Rich in history and gorgeous beaches.

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EAT: Coco’s Sunset Grille (1A Old US Highway 80) The aptly named Coco’s is the place to be at the end of the day. The freshest seafood and the best evening views. Did we mention the sunsets?

DRINK: Tybee Island Fish Camp (106 S. Campbell Avenue) A rustic location serving up high-end charm along with delicious cocktails. If you want to do more than have a few drinks, you’ll need reservations.

DOCK: Tybee Island Marina (4 Old Tybee Road)  What this marina lacks in size, it more than makes up for it in service and extra amenities, including unique tours, charters, and other events. 

DO: Lighthouse Station (30 Meddin Dr) Built in 1736, the Tybee Lighthouse is the tallest in Georgia. If you’re willing to climb the 178 steps to the top, you’ll be treated to a spectacular view.

Who should win the battle of Georgia? Let us know in the comments!

Cheoy Lee Bravo 72


The only answer to any question about the brand new Cheoy Lee Bravo 72? ‘Let’s go on a sea trial.’

The SOG reads 27 knots when the captain goes in for a tight 360 outside Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades. Cushioned in the Stidd helm chair up top, I grip the armrests and brace myself. Surprisingly, I feel nothing. We barely lean into the curve as we make a neat, smooth turn in the choppy three-foot seas. We’re cruising on the first hull of Cheoy Lee’s Bravo 72, and while it may be just a few feet longer than the shipyard’s popular Bravo 68, it’s not an evolution or an updated model. This baby is all brand new.

“We started from scratch,” says Panu Virtanen, vice president of yacht sales and new construction for Cheoy Lee Shipyards North America. Designed around the concept of easy boating for the owner-operator, Cheoy Lee opted for the joystick-controlled Volvo Penta IPS drives for Hull No. 1.

“Volvo Penta is very strict when it comes to hull design and lamination, so they were a part of the process from the get-go,” says Virtanen. Working with Volvo, naval architect Howard Apollonio drew the optimal hull for the 800-hp IPS 1050s, which give a 28-knot top speed and 23-knot cruise.

The power plants’ petite footprints leave plenty of room for maintenance in the large engine room, but the real bestseller, according to Virtanen, is the fuel economy. Volvo-led sea trials showed some impressive figures, particularly at low speeds where a 7.5-knot cruise sips only 4.5 gallons per hour total, and that’s including both engines. At 2,000 rpm, about 22 knots, the engines burn 54 gallons per hour.

IPS also negated the need for thrusters since the pods can move the boat in any direction. “Traditional thrusters have 30 or 40 horsepower; here, we have 1,600 horsepower at your fingertips,” says Virtanen. “People never believe it. They think they can’t move sideways without a bow thruster. I have only one answer: ‘Let’s go on a sea trial.’”

Volvo Penta supplied a comprehensive system from the electronics up top to the props below, so if there is ever an issue it takes only one phone call to resolve, greatly simplifying repairs for the owner. And that’s what this yacht is all about — bringing the fun back to boating by making it easy to run and maintain. That was some of the feedback Cheoy Lee received when querying owners of the 68 and clients interested in this size range. They used their responses to craft the 72. “We tried to put in everything. We really listened to what people were looking for,” says Virtanen.

For the interior, the wish list included an open-plan main deck with 360-degree views. Counter-balanced doors lead from the congenial aft deck inside, where the salon flows seamlessly into the country galley and forward to the helm station. It is all on a single level surrounded by windows. The galley even includes refrigerator and freezer drawers instead of the traditional tall appliance that would have blocked the clear view.

With the aim of opening up each area visually, interior designer Sylvia Bolton took a less-is-more contemporary approach and employed subtle details. For example, a glass table fronts the country galley’s settee, and a streamlined helm console eschews the oversized cabinetry of the past. She also pushed bulkheads out wherever possible and masked some structural elements between the galley and salon to look like cabinets. “My most important task in this project was to truly manipulate each space to its maximum. As I jokingly say, the most expensive commodity in a yacht’s interior is air and open space,” says Bolton. She was aided by a nearly 20-foot beam, which is wider than most in this size range.

The all-around views are only briefly interrupted by a dayhead opposite the galley, but it is a convenience that was a must-have for nearly everyone Cheoy Lee consulted. There are no interior stairs to the flybridge hogging precious space. Instead, Cheoy Lee opted for one substantial staircase from the aft deck.

Below-decks, four was the magic number of staterooms that most clients requested, including—no surprise—a roomy master. Cheoy Lee came through with a full-beam king master suite. One of Bolton’s coolest tricks to increase interior volume was to open the twin sinks in the starboard-side bathroom to the stateroom, or they can be closed off with walnut-clad counter-balanced doors. The toilet compartment is private opposite the spacious shower. On the suite’s port side, a cedar loset reveals its surprising capaciousness when one peeks inside. Just outside the stateroom’s entrance is a stacked washer and dryer. For guests, there is a forward double-berth VIP with a nice-sized ensuite, and a twin and a bunk cabin that share a head.

While most owners of a 72-footer intend to drive themselves, many told Cheoy Lee that they wanted the possibility of having a day captain on occasion. Buffering the engine room and master suite, the crew quarters is a pleasant spot finished to similar standards as the guest area with a bunk, mini-galley and head.

Other bells and whistles on board include a TNT hydraulic tender lift on the swim platform, which comes standard.  It lowers to launch the tender and rises to protect it when underway. Hull No. 1 is fitted with the optional TRAC zero-speed stabilizers, but it’s also gyro-ready to accept the Seakeeper SK-16 if one desires. This hull is also home to twin Kohler generators with the Decision Maker 3500 for auto transfer and auto parallel load share—another standard feature.

The Bravo 72 is the first boat in this size range to have the sophisticated system that takes the place of expensive power management systems. The top and aft decks are well-protected from the elements and for more coverage, optional sun shades can be fitted on carbon fiber poles to canopy the foredeck lounging area.

At the end of our cruise, the captain shows off the incredible maneuverability of the pod drives as we approach the marina, deftly moving the boat sideways. But  I would be remiss if I didn’t caution would-be owners: It’s so simple, your kids will think they deserve a turn at the controls!

Cheoy Lee Bravo 72 Specifications:

LOA (exc. stern platform): 72′ Beam: 19′ 10″
Draft: 5′
Weight: 94,000 lbs.
Fuel/Water: 1,060/280 U.S. gals. Power: 2x 800-hp Volvo IPS 1050 Cruise/Top Speed: 23/28 knots Range: 400 nm @ 22 knots, 1600 nm @ 7.5 knots
MSRP: $3,850,000 base, $3,980,000 as tested
Contact: Cheoy Lee Shipyards N.A. 2955 W. State Road 84
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 (954) 527-0999

By Kate Lardy, Southern Boating October 2017

Caribbean Charters

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The Virgin Islands, both the U.S. and British, are the top destinations for  Caribbean charters and yacht vacations, followed by the cruising grounds around St. Maarten-St. Martin, Anguilla and St. Barths. However, if you’re ready to explore less common waters and are eager to embrace the exhilaration of blue-water sailing, then head to the southern Caribbean.

The 40-some islands that include St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada are a great stepping-stone-style venue full of the charm found in off-the-beaten-track destinations. For example, in this 85-nautical mile stretch, stop at Mustique for a drink at Basil’s Bar.

Celebrities like Mick Jagger and Tommy Hilfiger have all enjoyed a toes-in the-sand rum punch here. Other great stops are a visit to the Turtle Sanctuary on Bequia, the Tobago Cays marine park and the picture-perfect mostly deserted Paradise Beach on
Carriacou. To charter, check out Horizon Yacht Charters’ base in Grenada.

“We have a brand-new Lagoon 420 coming from France this winter and will be offering it for charter starting in February,” invites Jacqui Pascal, who with husband, James, directs the base.

By Carol Bareuther Southern Boating, December 2017
Photos: Hank George and Claueren Morel

The World’s Toughest Row

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Four intrepid Antiguans will put their oars in the water in La Gomera, the Canary Islands on December 12th for what is billed as “The World’s Toughest Row ” and paddle nearly 3,000 miles across the Atlantic to Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua, in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

“Our plan is to complete the race in the top five teams and make the crossing in under 40 days,” says Eli Fuller, captain and owner/operator of watersports excursion company, Antigua Adventures, whose three teammates are John Watt, Scott Potter and Nico Psihoyos.

Fuller is following in the wake of his grandfather, Nick Fuller. In 2015, the senior Fuller was captain of Antigua’s Team Wadadli who completed the race and earned a Guinness World Record for being the oldest team of four to row across any ocean.

This year, Team Antigua will make a trek aboard a self-righting Rannoch 45 row boat, which measures 24′ long x 6′ wide, and has two cabins—front and stern. To track and root for Team Antigua, visit or

By Carol Bareuther Southern Boating, December 2017
Photos: Hank George and Claueren Morel