One of my favorite superyachts of all time, the 197-foot Feadship Paraffin, has had a change of plans and is now taking inquiries for holiday charters in the Caribbean, according to management company Fraser Yachts Worldwide.
Paraffin is being offered under the command of Capt. Watson da Silva, whom Fraser named its charter captain of the year for 2013 based on broker recommendations and charter client feedback.
Paraffin is a 2001 build that most recently was refit in 2010. I can still remember, quite vividly, the first time I went aboard her the better part of a decade ago. It’s not just that Paraffin was beautifully constructed, as are so many Feadships, but that her original owners had put so much thought into details that would take the charter experience up a notch from what I’ve seen on some of the finest yachts afloat.
For instance, the main dining room is adjacent to the galley, with a door that crew walk through to provide service. Paraffin‘s original owners felt that ambiance was paramount during meals, so the yacht has a built-in system that automatically dims the galley lights when the service door is opened, so as not to disturb guests at the table.
A similar sensibility was brought to design of the master suite, where the curtains have been programmed to open at the timing of a guest’s choosing. No alarm buzzer will shock you from your slumber; instead, you will be treated to natural morning light. In the master closet, the owners asked the shipyard to place small lights inside the drawers so that guests will have an easier time separating blue socks from black. It’s an idea, the crew told me, that came from a top-name fashion outlet in Manhattan.
And in the main saloon, where so many other yacht designers stuff furniture clear up against the walls, Paraffin had loose furniture arranged specifically so that crew would be able to serve hors d’oeuvres and drinks to guests without having to walk in front of them and interrupt their conversations.
It’s these kinds of design details that, when combined with a well-trained crew, can separate the good charter yachts from the best charter yachts. Bear that in mind when you realize that Paraffin‘s weekly base rate is $410,000 for 12 guests during the holidays.
Any reputable charter broker can tell you more about Paraffin or help you book her during the upcoming winter holidays in the Caribbean.