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Captain's Corner: Life on board a charter superyacht

Captain's Corner: Life on board a charter superyacht

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Captain Alexander Aslou

Bacchus, 44.5 metre

My favourite thing to do on board would have to be exploring new destinations. Being a young captain, there are more than a few places that I have yet to explore. I find it extremely rewarding to compile an extensive itinerary and dropping anchor on a new section of sand. All of the time and effort pays off when not only is the location better than I could have imagined but that the entire trip itself turns out to be better than the last unforgettable trip.

I must say that the best feature on board our yacht has to be the newest addition to Bacchus, our swim step staircase which unfolds into the ocean. Shortly after joining the vessel, I was informed by ownership that we were going to increase the length of the vessel by 1.2 metres. The extension, along with a number of other great improvements, was an extremely well thought-out addition to making her a fantastic charter yacht. Initially, I thought this would benefit some of our less active charter guests but in fact it has proven to be a valuable asset for the variety of guests that we have entertained.

I have to say that the best meal that I’ve had on board was when I first joined my vessel and I was invited to sit with the owner, his wife and their kids for dinner. The chef had worked diligently to prepare a fantastic meal, which consisted of a seared octopus appetiser and the main course was a rack of lamb with a red wine and mint jus. For dessert, the chef coincidentally made my favourite, a perfectly prepared Tiramisu, which was the icing on the cake for the entire experience.

My fondest charter memory comes from a recent seven-day charter cruising from St. Maarten to Antigua. We were tucked away nicely in my favourite anchorage near St. Kitts. Here my zero speed stabilisers could be rested as no matter the weather, there was only the slightest ripple on the water. While at anchor, everything that Bacchus had to offer was out and in use and our charter guests were taking full advantage. Everything was as it should be, the crew were at their best and nothing mechanically “had an issue”. Everything that could go right for us was, there is something to be said about a day on charter without any “surprises”.

Bacchusis managed for charter by Fraser and has a weekly rate starting from €160,000 in the summer season and $150,000 in the winter.

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