Sailing catamarans are so ubiquitous in the Virgin Islands that, on some nights, they almost seem to outnumber the stars in the sky. It’s a wholly different view in the Mediterranean, where the largest superyachts and monohull sailing yachts dominate the charter scene from Spain to Sardinia. Finding even a dozen sailing catamarans for charter can be difficult some seasons—which is all the more reason to be excited about a new option called LIR.
LIR’s lowest weekly base rate of €25,000 for eight guests makes her a solid entry-level option in the Med’s crewed yacht marketplace, where some yachts charter at more than a million bucks a week, and her availability starting in early August gives clients the chance to experience all the Mediterranean has to offer during its peak cruising time. (LIR is fully air conditioned, too, so no need to worry about the summer heat.)
Further adding to her entry-level charms is the accommodations plan aboard LIR. She has a queen-bed master cabin plus three double-bed guest cabins, all en suite, making her an ideal choice for a group of four couples who want to charter together and split the weekly rate. Yes, yes, the master is slightly bigger than the other three cabins, but with all of the rest being doubles, nobody is going to feel like they’re in a “kiddie cabin” with twins and Pullman berths. You can make up the difference by having the master-cabin guest pay a slightly larger share of the week’s bar tab.
Other guest spaces aboard LIR include covered outdoor dining on the aft deck (great in just about any weather), a salon with a fantastic view of all the chef is doing in the galley, and sundeck seating that includes a wet bar for quenching your thirst during a spinnaker sail from Antibes to Corsica. My guess is that the favorite spot to hang out at night will be on the aft deck overlooking the water, because LIR is equipped with megayacht-style underwater lights that create a dazzling visual effect.
Also noteworthy is that LIR charters with three crew who speak English, French and Spanish. That means all the comforts of conversation at home along with all the benefits of having a local voice in various Mediterranean ports.
Given that LIR is only opening for charter as of August, her Mediterranean yacht charter season for 2014 is going to be limited by the change of seasons into autumn. If you’re interested, give a call to a reputable charter broker soon. I have a feeling this new option among catamarans is going to become very popular, and fast.