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10 Best Charter Yachts for Food Lovers

(Actually, this week, we got so many recommendations that we give you a baker’s dozen…)

Broker Gail Hartman of V.I. Sailing has two recommendations this week. First up is the 53-foot sailing catamaran Can Can, which has a wide open galley that is “very social” for guests who want to chat with the chef and learn new recipes.

Gail also recommends the 85-foot Hatteras motoryacht Obsession for food lovers because chef Petra Hess has been wowing charter clients and brokers alike in the Virgin Islands for years. She makes all her breads and pastas from scratch, and takes great pride in offering guests unique homemade sauces.

The team at Edmiston & Company suggests the 193-foot Austal motoryacht Outback, which has an open galley plan that lets charter guests watch, learn from, and chat with the yacht’s top-notch chef.

Churchill Yachts recommends the 121-foot Crescent motoryacht Olga, whose country kitchen-style galley includes a table with guest seating in addition to bar stools along the island where the chef prepares most of the meals. 

The team at Viacolvento suggests the 84-foot Maiora motoryacht Jackie One, whose chef has trained in Italy’s restaurants and whose captain has trained in top Italian hotels. They share the duties of finding the freshest fish, mozzarella cheese, and other ingredients when provisioning for charters in and around Italy.

Broker Reia Stannard of CharterWorld.com has two recommendations. First is the 115-foot motoryacht Harmony, which has an open, country kitchen-style galley where charter guests can interact with the chef. Reia describes him as “an Australian with over 20 years’ experience and one of the most passionate and awarded chefs in the industry.  He loves guests getting involved with meals and is happy to teach them a thing or two in the process.”

Reia also recommends the 100-foot motoryacht Powder Monkey, which makes the most of Mediterranean charters for food fanatics. “Not only do they have a brilliant chef,” Reia says, “but the captain and chief stewardess are also mad about food.  The captain is also a qualified chef and loves to engage guests in discussions about food and wine.”

The team at Ocean Independence suggests the 107-foot motoryacht Paolyre, a 2008 launch that will be displayed to the charter industry for the first time at the Genoa charter show this coming May. The yacht has an open galley that is designed to let charter guests interact with the chef.

Broker Trish Cronan of Ocean Getaways sends her food-loving clients to the 57-foot sailing catamaran Aldebaran. “The cuisine is creative and lovely,” Cronan says. “Chef Cayley introduces each meal with great enthusiasm and detail, including a handwritten menu.  She is also a yoga instructor and loves to offer people yoga instruction combined with healthy eating.  The galley is nestled in a corner of a bright saloon with wraparound windows.  Guests enjoy sitting on the barstools at the galley counter, chatting as Cayley makes the food preparation look easy.  Her menu can be found online, too.”

The team at The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals suggests the 100-foot Inace motoryacht Unforgettable: “Chef Gerry Pond has been on board for more than five years.  He has a very bubbly and colorful personality, and it shows with his food.  He worked at a great bakery in Ft. Lauderdale that specialized in muffins and scones, so all the baked goods are freshly made during charters.  He is super gregarious with the guests and lets them join to explain the process of the meal. “

The Sacks Group also recommends the 97-foot Hargrave motoryacht Hooter Patrol IV for food lovers: Chef Murray is Australian and has cooked on the yacht for well over a year.  The galley is open to the saloon with four stools for guests to sit, chat, and drink while he works his magic. He gets great reviews and loves to pass along recipes to the guests.  He even took the time a few months ago to write down a delish chocolate chip peanut butter brownie recipe in response to a special request.”

Last but not least, the team from Burgess Yachts recommends two yachts for food lovers. First is the 132-foot Horizon motoryacht Miss Rose, which has a large, open galley plan designed to let guests watch and interact with the chef during charters.

Burgess Yachts also recommends the brand-new, 196-foot CMN motoryacht Slipstream, which “always has fantastic chefs.” That’s quite a claim, but it’s true in the case of Geoffrey Fisher, whom we profiled here on CharterWave after he won the biggest annual chef’s competition among Caribbean charter yachts in late 2006.