by Kim Kavin
So many glossy brochures and websites advertise eight- to 12-guest megayachts these days that you might think they are the only kinds of yachts available for a crewed charter. In reality, though, quite a few crewed yachts take just two couples at a time.
Two-cabin yachts also tend to be very reasonably priced compared with larger options, which you of course could use for two people—but why pay for more boat than you actually need? When a charter yacht has two guest cabins, there are usually two crew onboard to care for the four guests. That’s a great level of service for everything from five-star cuisine to local knowledge of the best anchorages.
Charter industry insiders were reminded of this concept recently at the Newport Charter Yacht Show, where a beautifully restored, classic 56-foot motoryacht called Mugsy turned a lot of heads. She was on display with Northstar Yachts.
Another two-cabin charter yacht that can sometimes be booked in New England waters in season, as well as the Bahamas or Caribbean, is the 75-foot Friendship Isabel. I wish I could show you this sailing yacht’s stunning interior woodwork, but no photography is allowed for security reasons, as she is owned by a prominent U.S. senator. Suffice it to say that Isabel is a top-end option among two-cabin charter yachts. She is available through Churchill Yacht Partners.
In the Virgin Islands, one of the most popular two-cabin charter yachts is the 54-foot Jeanneau Sayang. She actually has three guest cabins, but two of them can be combined into one large suite. Sayang is for charter with Regency Yacht Vacations.
In the broader Caribbean, a popular crewed sailing yacht with two cabins is the 61-foot Gulfstream Sudiki. She underwent a refit this past spring and now has all new upholstery, linens, and more. Sudiki is part of the charter fleet at Nicholson Yachts.
A number of other two-cabin crewed charter yachts are out there—as well as a few more yachts that have additional cabins but are willing to discount their weekly base rates if you use only two of the cabins (thus making less work for the crew). The 82-foot Sunseeker Serenity is offering that kind of deal right now on the beautiful coast of Turkey through Ocean Independence, as is the 86-foot CNB Spiip in stunning French Polynesia through Blue Latitude Yachting.
The bottom line is that in pretty much any charter destination you can find great yachts with crew that are ideal for just two couples. Most professional charter brokers can tell you about even more options, as the seasons change and the yachts move with the weather.