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On Board: Charter Yacht Ganesha I

The 138-foot Fitzroy sailing yacht originally launched as Zulu

Date toured: May 2013

Ganesha I is a 138-foot sailing yacht that launched from the Fitzroy shipyard in New Zealand in 2006 with the name Zulu. Her current owner is her second owner, having bought her in 2008. He undertook a sizable refit in 2011 that included new sails, new hull paint, and more—and that refit had Ganesha I looking great when I stepped onboard in spring 2013.

“Ganesha is the Hindu god of prosperity,” first mate Ian Heseltine told me as we toured the yacht. “This boat has done well. She’s a Dubois design, and she won the Dubois Cup in 2009 She also won the 2010 and 2012 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta.”

The first thing I noticed about Ganesha I was her smart exterior layout. The cockpit with seating and dining is covered, so charter guests will be comfortable even when the sun is bearing down midday. The crew steering area is behind the guest seating area, which means the crew can run the boat without interfering with guests who are chatting, reading, or napping. It’s a perfect setup for enjoying an afternoon cruise.

Inside Ganesha I, it was hard to feel like I had completely left the outdoors, since the windows are quite large and really bring the outside views in. There’s indoor dining, a salon, and a bar, all surrounded by walnut woodwork with wenge trim. The cream-colored fabrics make the spaces look nice and contemporary.

All of the crew cabins are forward, and the guest staterooms are aft for privacy. The master has a king-size bed, the VIP has a queen, the third cabin has beds that can be either twins or a queen, and the fourth cabin has twin beds with a bunk-style Pullman berth.

Interestingly, Heseltine told me that the owner was about to take delivery on a new Vitters sailing yacht, also to be called Ganesha, that is being built in the style of the popular Vitters charter yacht Lady B. Heseltine told me the new Ganesha will remain for private use by the owner until at least summer 2014, but that it’s possible the new yacht could go into charter after that. Stay tuned.

Ganesha I is part of the charter fleet at McMaster Yachts and charters during summers in the Mediterranean. Her lowest weekly base rate is €80,000. Any reputable charter broker can tell you more or help you book a week onboard.—Kim Kavin

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