For the first time, customers of The Moorings can explore the U.S. East Coast by chartering boats from new bases in Annapolis, Md., and Miami, Fla.
“Year on year, The Moorings continues to push boundaries, leading the way with the very best in sail, power and crewed yacht vacations around the world,” said Chief Operations Officer Cheryl Powell. “Our 2013 fleet investment is unrivalled in the industry with millions invested in over 45 new yachts, including four new extraordinary sail and power yacht models.”
Other expansions for the Clearwater, Fla.-based company in the past year include crewed yacht charters from St. Thomas, USVI, and a new base in Corfu, Greece, bringing the total number of bases to 27. The Moorings became a pioneer in the charter yacht industry when it began operations in the British Virgin Islands in 1969.
The Moorings is part of the marine division of TUI Travel Group, which also includes the Sunsail and Footloose charter companies, Le Boat (a European canal boat charter company), and the Leopard Catamarans line of bluewater cruising catamarans built by Robertson & Caine in South Africa.
The Chesapeake base launched in May at Annapolis Landing Marina, 900 Awald Rd., with a fleet of sail monohulls built by Beneteau in Marion, S.C., and catamarans from Robertson & Caine. A full range of bareboat and crewed options are available from weekend getaways to prolonged explorations of the largest estuary in the United States, stretching 200 miles from the Susquehanna River down to the Atlantic Ocean.
“We are very excited to offer a new cruising grounds in North America, The Moorings Annapolis our first location on the Eastern seaboard,” Powell said. “Chesapeake Bay is literally the ‘back yard’ for so many of our customers. … The Annapolis Landing Marina was our first choice because of its excellent proximity to many itinerary highlights and because the property presented the most inviting venue for The Moorings customers with a wonderful host of yacht club-style amenities, including a pool, restaurant and picnic area.”
Monohulls available for charter include the Moorings 40.3 (40-foot, three-cabin/two-head) and Moorings 42CC (42-foot, four-cabin/two-head center cockpit), both by Beneteau. The Moorings 3900 catamaran joins the Annapolis fleet, featuring three cabins and two heads, generator, and air conditioning.
If the Chesapeake is the back yard of Southeast boaters, then the waters surrounding Miami could be considered the front yard.
The Florida base is located at the Miami Beach Marina, 300 Alton Rd., adjacent to Government Cut, which provides easy water access to the Atlantic and ICW. Ashore, visitors can explore the Art Deco District and trendy South Beach before cruising on to the famed Florida Keys.
Charter customers can plot any number of itineraries with stops in places such as Key Biscayne, known for some of the nation’s best beaches and fishing spots; Islamorada, the Sport Fishing Capital of the World; Key Largo, a diving destination with numerous wrecks and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary nearby; or Marathon, a snorkeling wonderland with America’s only living coral barrier reef just offshore.
Or just hang out in the Miami area and enjoy the trendy nightlife and incredible views of downtown Miami and South Beach from the deck of your Moorings yacht.
The first two boats available at the location are the 393 PC power catamaran the new Moorings 3900 sailing catamaran, both built by Robertson & Caine. The vessels are equipped with a full suite of Raymarine navigational electronics, anchoring system with electric windlass, convenient dinghy davit with electric winch, twin diesel engines and generator, a wide stepped transom for easy boarding and vertical front windscreens for panoramic visibility.