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On Board: Charter Yacht Clevelander

The 82-foot Swan sailing yacht is preparing for a South Pacific adventure

Clevelander is an 82-foot Swan sailing yacht that was built in 2004 and originally christened Atlantica. She was used privately in Italy for a number of years and got her current owner in 2009. He put her into charter in 2010, which is also when the current captain, Simon Hughes, came on board. During winter 2011, Hughes oversaw a refit that included upgrading upholstery and equipment inside and out.

“The owner also owns the Clevelander Hotel in South Beach, Miami, so he wants us to keep the boat up to hotel standards at all times,” Hughes told me.

That would explain why Clevelander looked so great during my tour, especially since she is almost a decade old. She accommodates a maximum of eight guests, but Hughes says six is ideal because then all the charter guests are in aft cabins while all the crew sleep in forward cabins, with a nice separation for privacy. The three aft cabins include a queen-bed master and two twin-bed cabins. The fourth possible guest cabin forward has a double bed.

“We’ve had families, we’ve had three adult couples, we really can take just about any type of charter group,” Hughes told me. “We have enough toys to keep kids happy.”

There are three crew aboard Clevelander, including Hughes, and together they speak quite a few languages: English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian. That also should make Clevelander a great charter option for different types of charter groups.

In addition, Hughes says Clevelander will consider charter inquiries for regattas, something that many sailing yachts decline to do. He’s had her up to about 18 knots in prime conditions and says she could be a real competitor.

Clevelander is expected to be in the Caribbean through March 2013, when she will begin a journey to the South Pacific. She will be available for charter in Tahiti, the Society Islands, and the Tuamotus beginning in autumn 2013.

The lowest weekly base rate to charter Clevelander is $35,000. Churchill Yacht Partners is the management company, and any reputable charter broker can help you book a week onboard. You also can learn more at the official Clevelander website.—Kim Kavin

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