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On Board: Charter Yacht Odessa

The 164-foot Proteksan-Turquoise motoryacht has convertible guest staterooms

There are a few yachts available for charter that go by the name Odessa. This review is of the 164-foot Proteksan-Turquoise motoryacht that launched in 2007. She was easily one of the Top 3 superyachts featured at the 2013 MYBA Charter Show in Genoa, Italy, where brokers from all around the world raved about her charter-friendly décor, accommodations, and guest amenities.

I can also say, based on my tour, that she looked pretty darn good for a yacht with six years of cruising under her keel.

The first thing Bosun Peter Marr told me as we walked around is that the owner is affiliated with Warner Music Group, so Odessa’s Crestron-controlled, Kaleidescape digital entertainment server always has the newest movies and music in the world. The owner also has young children, so the yacht is prepared for charter clients with them, too; everything from baby gates to outer-deck netting can be put up to keep little tykes safe while the yacht is under way.

What impressed most industry insiders most about Odessa was her guest staterooms, which are not only spacious and comfortable, but also are flexible in the way they can be arranged for different groups of guests.

The master is on the main deck with a king-size bed as well as nice touches like closets sized for women’s full-length gowns (think “film festival charter”). The master suite also has a lounge/office with a sofa that pulls out into a queen-size bed for young kids or security.

On the bottom deck are four staterooms that can be arranged in multiple ways. Two of the cabins can be set up with either twin or queen beds, and there is a pass-through between them that turns them into one giant suite. It’s ideal, say, for a bunch of kids who need four twin beds and want to hang out together for the week.

The other two staterooms on the bottom deck also can convert into a single suite. One side has a king-size bed and the other has a queen-size foldout sofa. I saw these cabins arranged as a single suite, and it felt like a private apartment to me.

In fact, all around Odessa, I felt like I was in the comfort of a private home. The sky lounge opens to alfresco dining on deck, the sundeck featured big, cushy seating, and the hot tub forward looked like a place that most charter guests would never want to leave. There also is a wide array of water-sports toys aboard for fun, everything from SeaDoos to Seabobs to a sailing Laser dinghy to standup paddleboards. The Castoldi jet tender is outfitted with water skis and other tow toys in both adult and children’s sizes.

Given the focus on family, I asked Marr about chef Jean-Charles Ladreyt, who has an impressive resume working in private villas as well as aboard yachts. “The chef is French, and he is divine,” Marr said, “but he keeps the kids happy, too.” Good to know.

Odessa spends summers chartering in the Mediterranean. Her winter destination was uncertain as of my visit in 2013. The lowest weekly base rate is $200,000, and Edmiston & Company is the management firm. Any reputable charter broker can tell you more or help you book a week onboard.—Kim Kavin

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