Crewed Sailing Yachts for Charter
There is a range of crewed sailing yachts on the charter market to suit all budgets, and I chose three very different ones to give you a personal insight into.
The Moody 54 DS, Mojeka, which was built in 2014, is the entry level of sailing boats to charter with crew. This new design incorporates the saloon and galley being on the same level as the cockpit.
With skylights and windows allowing light to flood into the salon, and expansive side windows which create a 360-degree panoramic views, they have managed to combine the advantages of the catamaran design, into a monohull, but without compromising on the beauty and style of a sailing boat. With the saloon and galley now light and airy, the living space on this sailing yacht has been reinvented. Moody have created something truly unique. The cockpit area on a sailing boat, often the main socialising area, can often be cramped and uncomfortable, but I found this area on Mojeka to be spacious and comfortable. The yacht also benefits from having a large sun pad on the foredeck, with sunshade, to deliver an additional space to relax. The raised bulwark delivers a protected walkway around the boat, which also has the added benefit of both high and low-level hand rails, providing an extra level of safety and comfort when moving around the boat. This can be especially useful when travelling with children, or those less steady on their feet.
Daniel testing out the sun beds on the foredeck. Note the high bulwarks.
Stepping down below, Mojeka can accommodate 6 guests in 3 cabins. The master is spacious, has an en-suite, and has great views afforded by a delightful skylight that is positioned above the king size bed. The VIP cabin is roomy, also benefiting from an en-suite, and a further third double which shares the day head/shower. Crew quarters are located to the left as you come through the saloon doors. ensuring as much privacy as possible for guests on a boat this size.
So, has this new design compromised the sailing performance of this yacht? This is the question I posed to Tristan, Captain of Mojeka. He reassured me that the Moody 54 DS has lost none of its sailing performance. Whether you have the genoa out to power you along, or the gennaker to give you some speed in the lighter wind conditions, you are sure to not be disappointed by its sailing performance.
Large and comfortable cockpit area, leading into the saloon and galley which are on the same level.
Tristan and Logan seem to make a great team, complimenting each other with their skills and talent. I found them both to be friendly, enthusiastic, and welcoming, showing a real passion for the boat. I’m have every confidence that they would make every charter special. Logan is the chef, and will be sure to have your taste buds going with her culinary talents, creating menus to suit everyone’s taste and requirements. Those that are qualified to dive can burn off excess calories with her, as she has completed her Dive Master Qualification. There 6 scuba tanks, 3 regulators, 3 buoyancy compensators, and a compressor on board, as well as snorkeling equipment, so there really is no excuse for not exploring the beautiful seas of the Caribbean. With fishing equipment, a kayak, as well as paddle boards, there is enough to keep everyone entertained.
Discussing some of their past charters aboard, it was reassuring to hear the diversity of clients that they have catered for. They recently accommodated a family of three generations. Keeping such a diverse age group happy can sometimes be challenging, but Tristan and Logan said everyone had a brilliant time. With grandparents retiring to the fore deck for siesta, and the children finding a passion for sailing, everyone had a fantastic time. A great testament to Tristan and Logan, and their hospitality skills.
With Mojeka basing herself all year round in the Caribbean, she charters from between $13000-$18000, all in, she is great value for money.
By Laura Barber