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Emily - May 2009

The coastline of New England offers stunning scenery, sleepy fishing villages and scores of galleries, shops and restaurants. What better way to explore this area than by your own private charter yacht?

Bonnie Lynn is one of the first yachts that springs to mind when I think of a New England charter. This 57 foot Topsail Schooner was built in 1998 in Isleboro, Maine - home of her crew Bonnie and Earl MacKenzie. When it comes to local knowledge, this couple has it down, particularly the Maine coast. The MacKenzie's can not only give you knowledgeable tours of some of the lesser known areas and islands but can also arrange for lobsters fresh from the boat and other exciting perks. The Bonnie Lynn can accommodate up to 6 guests and week-long charters start at $2000 per person plus expenses.

If a classic yacht is what you have in mind, the Alden 'Lelanta' is sure to turn heads. This schooner was launched in 1929 and her owner has restored her beautifully. Though she is 80' feet she sleeps only 4 guests overnight. 'Lelanta' is available for term charters and will also consider day charters. Her weekly charter rate is $14,000 for 2 guests and $16,000 for four guests, plus expenses.

The 116' Ted Hood 'Whisper' is another stunning example of a New England yacht. She features a large entertaining cockpit and a panoramic wheelhouse. She can accommodate six guests and is a stunning combination of performance and luxury. The charter fee for this modern classic is $80,000 per week plus expenses.

'Aurora' is a lovely 67 foot Belliure, taking up to four guests in two cabins. The master aft is spacious with a lovely private head with corian counters and marble floors. Your hosts, Sam and Rich pair gourmet food and stellar service with a crew who knows how to show guests a good time.

'Elysian' is an 84' Bowman able to take six guests and is a very comfortable cruising yacht. This summer, the yacht is offering a spectacular charter incentive of $12,000 per week (+ expenses) if booked before June 1st. This an $8,000 savings!

The power yachts in New England are also varied in the sizes, shapes and amenities. For example there is the 55' Fleming 'Fabiola' who caters to 4 guests for a remarkable $9,500 plus expenses.

'Wanderbird' is a 90 foot converted North Seas Trawler who offers ecologically minded tours by the cabin or also charters the whole boat privately with a maximum guest capacity of 12. She is generally found along the New England coast from Belfast, Maine north through Newfoundland.
Inquire for current rates.

In the classic category, the Trumpy is the make of choice. In New England you will find the classics 'Sea Tabby', 'Windrush', 'Wishing Star' and 'Enticer'. The 1938 Trumpy 'Sea Tabby' charters for just $12,000 per week for up to 4 guests.

Another notable yacht offering a summer incentive is the 123' Palmer Johnson 'Muse'. This 3 year old mega-yacht cruises at 14 knots and offers an on deck jacuzzi and plenty of sunning room. She is offering 7 days for the price of five or 10 days for the price of 7!

These are just some of the yachts available for charter in New England this summer
. Tell us your plans. and we would be happy to describe many other boats and crews and help you narrow down your choices.

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