A New Chapter for Charter

Take advantage of this exciting time with a look at our new Charter Partner and boats available to put into charter.

We are proud to announce our yacht charter partnership with Barefoot Yacht Charters in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, in the Southern Caribbean.

Barefoot Yachts is St Vincent’s premier and longest-established bareboat yacht charter company, is owned and operated by the Barnard family who have been sailing the waters of the Grenadines for 7 generations. This background gives them the distinct and unusual advantage of insight and local knowledge that most charter companies, no matter how experienced, simply cannot offer.

Our partnership ensures more ways that we can help you reach all of your charter dreams!

We are the Lagoon Catamaran dealer for the Gulf Coast of Texas and are currently adding Lagoon Catamarans to the Barefoot Yacht Charters’ fleet like our new Lagoon 42 on order and thats not all!

Maybe a catamaran is not your style.. well you don’t have to miss out on any ownership opportunities because we have a monohull available to put into charter as well, an Elan Impression 50.

 

Catamaran vs Monohull

Want the skinny on whats better…a catamaran or a monohull? Although we can’t say for sure, we can however give you some contrasting points to help you understand what best fits your needs for your upcoming yacht charter vacation!

 

Safety

Catamaran: Catamarans are known as being unsinkable due to their maximum stability and natural buoyancy. Although they can capsize in extreme cases, but it’s better to be floating on the surface than sinking to the bottom. Also catamarans are known for their flat decks which makes moving around on deck easier and safer.

Monohull: Monohulls are know to be “self-righting”, meaning that even in extreme knockdown situations a monohull will flip back right side up allowing to access to safety equipment.

 

Speed

Catamaran: Sailing a Catamaran typically sails 25-30% faster than Monohulls which gets you to your destination faster and also allows you to race any bad weather that could pop up.

Monohull: Because monohull sits deeper in the water than a catamaran they work more harmoniously with the water. You don’t get the slapping and uncomfortable ride like one would in a catamaran.

 

Fuel

Catamaran: Due to their reduced wetted surface area on their hulls, they are more fuel efficient.

Monohull: In heavy weather the higher efficiency of a monohull design presents less resistance.

 

Layout

Catamaran: A Catamaran provides tremendous amounts of space that is nearly all livable and comfortable. Due to the increases interior volume it not only provides comfort and space but also added privacy.

Monohull: Monohull have much more space in the cabins and allow for walk around double and queen berths. In an emergency, communication with crew members is much easier without double or triple hulls.

 

Stability

Catamaran: Due to lack of heeling there is increased stability allowing for ease to walk around on deck or in the interior.  The stability also allows for ease of cook because everything remains more level because Catamarans don’t rock as much as Monohull. This decreases the chance of seasickness as well due to little beam to beam motion.

Monohull: Exhilarating to heel, sailing a monohull gives you the full sailing experience. Healing is quite exhilarating and is only experienced on a monohull. A Catamaran sails flat and never heels.  Healing is not only exhilarating but also provides stability.

 

Comfort

Catamaran: Due to its stability it makes for a comfortable ride and very family friendly. Also seasickness is slim to none on a catamaran. Catamaran’s living space is located above the waterline allowing for increases the flow of ventilation which reduces your need for a/c during the day. This also provides beautiful views outside your windows that a monohull doesn’t have.

Monohull: Monohulls have an ease of cutting through the water. Monohulls move through the water easily without slapping or pounding the water like that of a Catamaran making for a more enjoyable ride.

 

Docking

Catamaran: Catamarans have twin engines and twin rudders which provide an ease of docking without the need for bow thrusters. Although it’s easy to dock a catamaran, its unique size doesn’t always fit into a standard slip. There is always anchoring or mooring out, you then would take a dingy to shore.

Monohull: A monohull takes up less space, is cheaper to dock, haul and slip plus its super easy to dock.

The Love of Sailing for a Good Cause

A regatta is a series of boat races. The term typically describes racing events of rowed or sailed watercraft, although some powerboat race series are also called regattas. A regatta often includes social and promotional activities, which surround the racing event, and, except in the case of boat type or class championships, is usually named for the town or venue where the event takes place.

The local regatta for The Bay Area of Houston is called The Harvest Moon Regatta. Their philanthropic initiative is The Bay Access Foundation in cooperation with Lakewood Yacht Club. Its purpose is to promote youth sailing in the Galveston Bay Area for youth aged seven to eighteen. Those who participate are exposed to basic sailing skills, water safety, seamanship, best practices, and team building exercises.

Although regattas are typically amateur competitions, they are usually formally structured events, with comprehensive rules describing the schedule and procedures of the event. Regattas may be orga- nized as championships for a particular area or type of boat, but are often held just for the joy of competition, camaraderie, and general promotion of the sport.

That’s what happened for John Scherer when he decided to enter the Harvest Moon Regatta in October of 2016 with his new Lagoon 42, the Chaton Noir. John hadn’t run the Harvest Moon Regatta before. His entry the previous year didn’t count because the race was can- celled. In 2016, however, he couldn’t have been happier because he won his division with the beauty.

At first, Scherer had been a bit skeptical of the Lagoon 42 because of the jib and boom. But after taking it for a sail with Jonathon Davis of The Yacht Sales Company, he had a complete change of heart. “I was so impressed with the knowledge, experience, and overall genuine interest that Jonathon had with me, I knew it was the right t,” states Scherer. He says that doing “half boats” is well-known, but going on a “cat” was always his dream and it didn’t disappoint. “My friends know that I enjoy teasing them about their tippy half boats and enjoy sailing with them, but my dream was always to win the Harvest Moon Regatta on my whole boat (one with two hulls),” laughs Scherer.

Jonathon Davis of The Yacht Sales Company wasn’t just a sponsor of the Harvest Moon Regatta, he was also thrilled to be part of John Scherer’s team on the Chaton Noir. “The team that was put together for the race was great, and the experience could not have been better for me. I was glad to see John win and I loved seeing how the Lagoon 42 responded under these racing conditions,” says Davis.

Scherer proudly stated that he gives The Yacht Sales Company and his team as many stars as you can get for the attention to detail, responsiveness, and overall care everyone took to make the win hap- pen. “The Harvest Moon Regatta met my expectations, but the Lagoon 42 exceeded my expectations by handling magni cently as she slid and felt strong underneath us on the water! I will de nitely do it again and look forward to sailing under more leisurely circumstances,” John excitedly commented. He was also delighted to not only be racing, but to be sailing for a good cause.

John Scherer’s vessel, the Lagoon 42, won in Division C against eight other boats in the Harvest Moon Regatta, 2016.