Back in June 2014, I told you about the 185-foot Alloy sailing yacht Mondango 3, which had recently launched from the New Zealand shipyard and joined the charter fleet at Burgess Yachts. She was one of the most talked-about new yachts for charter in the world, even though precious few people had ever seen her in person. The owner kept her on that side of the world for more than a year, cruising aboard personally and offering her for charter in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia.
Mondango 3 is now enjoying her debut charter season in the Caribbean, and I had a chance to get aboard at the recent Antigua Charter Yacht Show. Let me tell you: She’s worth the wait. She is every bit as beautiful and smartly built as would be expected from a charter yacht with this experienced owner.
The name Mondango 3 may seem familiar to you, as this yacht was built for the same owner who had the 169-foot Alloy Mondango in charter during the past several years. The new build was designed to enhance everything that worked well for charter aboard the original yacht, only in an even bigger and more luxurious package.
Mondango 3 is a Dubois design with an aft cockpit that can be enclosed for all-weather cruising, a flybridge for relaxing or dining in the fresh air, and a spa pool on the aft deck for days when the ocean waters are too cool. I loved the cockpit in particular, and could see myself lounging in its comfortable seating for hours on end underway.
As many as 11 guests are accommodated in five staterooms including a full-beam master, a VIP suite, a queen-bed cabin and two twin-bed cabins (one with a bunk-style Pullman berth). All of them were beautifully finished during my tour, and easily just as luxurious as what I’ve seen aboard plenty of megayachts.
Mondango 3 is expected to complete the current Caribbean season and then make her debut in the Mediterranean for summer 2016. The lowest weekly base rate for charters is €196,000. Any reputable charter broker can tell you more or help you book a week aboard.