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New Yachts Join the Grenada Fleet!

October 31, 2011

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Horizon Grenada is very pleased to announce some of the new yachts joining our fleet!

Chez Nous is an award-winning Leopard 4000 Catamaran, for comfortable cruising for up to 4 couples. The yacht is great fun either under sail or power with a fully battened mainsail, 120% roller furling genoa and powerful Volvo engines. The cockpit is well designed with 360 degree visibility from the helm and a hard top bimini for added protection.  A fully opening salon door creates a very large living space combining the galley and the saloon. The spacious galley is well-equipped with fridge and freezer, 2 burner stove and oven.  Accommodation includes 2 double cabins in each hull sharing a full head with a separate shower. Having a crew join you? A small forepeak berth is located in front of each of the forward cabins. This elegant Catamaran provides loads of storage, plenty of ventilation and light. Click to see photos:  Chez Nous

 

The Mucho Gusto is an owner’s version of the  Lagoon 410 Catamaran,  with 2 double cabins sharing a head in the port hull and a wonderfully spacious owner’s cabin & en suite head on the starboard side. In addition, there is a small captain’s cabin at the front of the port hull should you decide to travel with a skipper! Fantastic ventilation in the cabins provided by the large hatches, and ample saloon and cockpit space with seating outside for the whole crew shows why this is such a popular Catamaran.  Under   power or sail the 410 really performs! Click to see photos: Mucho Gusto

Onde Calor, a Beneteau 373,  is an economical option  for up to 3 couples travelling together in three double cabins with large shared head & stall shower, and an ideal design for sailing in the Caribbean! With its bright, airy interior &  great ventilation, it has a generous cockpit and seating area. The boat is fantastically easy to sail as all control lines lead back to the cockpit it has a self-stacking mainsail with lazy jacks and roller furling genoa.  This yacht has an L-shaped galley below decks, with a double sink, cooker with oven and loads of storage space. Click to see photos: Onde Calor

Pandora, a fabulous Hanse 470, is a stunning luxury yacht with an almost Bauhaus design by Judel/Vrolijk, a very rare charter boat, that we are very proud to add to our fleet.  Surprisingly easy to sail – even shorthanded – this stunning craft combines a modern extra stiff epoxy hull with a low deck profile and a powerful fractional rig with a self-tacking jib, which is more commonly seen on super-yachts. Her light hull and deep keel means she points into the wind better than most.  With twin wheels in the spacious cockpit, all control lines lead under deck to the cockpit winches. Retractable cleats and flush hatches keep the decks clutter free. Inside, the interior is a very modern living space with 3 double cabins and 2 heads that is with sleek, contemporary fittings throughout the glamorous living space.  Click to see photos: Pandora

La Vida – a Beneteau 51-  has loads of space, with genset for additional power if needed and Air Conditioning. A very popular charter boat design, both  easy to sail and with  fantastic performance.  For safety, all lines lead back to the huge cockpit where the dual helm positions provide great  visibility, and the chart plotter, autopilot and instruments  are all closeby.   The large table with drop leaves in the spacious cockpit are great for socializing!  Below deck is the galley with  2 refrigerators and loads of counter top and storage in this roomy space.  Sleeping up to 4 couples plus a single,  each of the 4 well-ventilated cabins has head and shower en suite, as well as the single bunk cabin up forward with its own head. It’s no wonder this yacht is already in such demand! Click to see photos: La Vida

For more information on booking a Caribbean holiday to remember in Grenada & the Grenadines, contact us on info@horizongrenada.com

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Spoil yourself with a crewed yacht vacation from our Antigua base – it sure beats weaving!

September 1, 2011

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Chatting to a friend of mine during Legs, Bums and Tums today I suddenly realised that I am not a camping kind of girl. Strangely, my friend was so excited to have found a family to stay with in some exotic place for US$5 per night and was looking forward to helping the matriarch of the family with her weaving. Admittedly, it is not sleeping under the stars or under canvas, but I bet it’s not going to be far off. All kudos to her! As a famous, sea-faring relative once said “All experiences do not have to be pleasant, just make sure you are having an experience”. Now, I enjoy a bit of weaving with the best of them, but the idea of sitting in a very hot and humid climate, covered in hairy wool, just does not do it for me.

So, my mind turned to our fully crewed yachting vacation that we offer from Antigua. How different is this to your run of the mill weaving holiday. It’s perfect because you get all of the benefits of a sailing vacation without having to know anything at all about sailing; stunning scenery, a different anchorage each night, more beach time than you can handle and you get looked after. I am constantly amazed at the bonding that takes place on board our yachts from when guests first arrive, hot and bothered and still stressed from City life, to the day they return with our crew as their new best friends, exchanging emails and promising to keep in touch.

What a great way to spend a lazy week or 10 days in the tropics? Our Catamarans tend to book quickly for our crewed charters; plenty of space, a stable platform for non-sailors and ideal for serious sunbathers. For example, we have a stunning Orana 44 called “Sara” (affectionately known as George by the dock team). Here she is in all her glory:

The great thing about this yacht is that there are three double cabins and 2 extra cabins for your Captain and Chef. That way, if you want to sing Abba songs until the sun rises, you go ahead, as your crew are tucked away.

Speaking of cabins, here is a flavour of the type of cabin you would retire to at the end of a busy day sunbathing, snorkelling, kayaking….

With one of our Chefs, you just have to sit back and relax whilst they prepare a healthy dinner for you after you’ve enjoyed your sundowners:

Speaking of sundowners, Antigua & Barbuda offers the perfect spot for sunsets… I am never without my camera each evening; ready to snap that most gorgeous sunset from our deck – every night is different and every night is perfect.

Are you ready to experience something new? Email me at info@antiguahorizon.com and let’s put that weaving vacation on the back-burner for another year.

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Set Sail on the Tiando!

August 24, 2011

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Lagoon 380 Catamaran

One of the most popular charters  in the Grenadian fleet at Horizon Yacht Charters is Tiando, a Lagoon 380 Catamaran.  We were thrilled to stumble upon a blog on www.wavetrain.net by one of our recent guests, none other than Charles (Charlie) Doane, Executive Editor for Sail Magazine:

“…my personal ultimate goal whenever I’m sailing in the Caribbean is to avoid stress as much as possible. I did not want to be bound hand and foot to an over-ambitious itinerary, and I certainly didn’t want to have to present my motley crew for four different immigration inspections. Fortunately, they heartily endorsed my announcement on day two that our cruise would be limited to Grenadian waters.

As it was we had a perfectly fine time sailing from True Blue Bay, at the south end of Grenada, all the way up to the islands of Carriacou and Petit Martinique and back again. We checked out the local boatbuilding scene on both the smaller islands, got in some snorkeling at various locations, and still had enough time to spend a whole day touring the main island by taxi.

The sailing itself was quite vigorous. The tradewinds here blow continually from the northeast at 20 knots or more, which meant we had a boisterous beat up to Carriacou and a nice sleighride of a broad reach coming back from Petit Martinique. Outside the lee of the islands the seas were very full size, but our Lagoon 380, I have to say, performed like a champ. No, it was not terribly closewinded (though for a while we did suffer from a delusion that we were sailing at a 30 degree AWA, thanks to some optimistic instrumentation), but it handled the lumpy stuff with aplomb. With a 110 percent jib and one reef in the main (most of the time) we felt quite secure and had the old girl screaming along at speeds up to 9 knots.”

To read more and see photos from Charlie’s trip, click here:

http://www.wavetrain.net/news-a-views/228-grenada-cruise-der-skipper-uber-alles

For some background on this fantastic catamaran, the popular and elegant Lagoon 380 holds the cruising catamaran world production record with more than 600 units built. Tiando offers the owners layout with 3 double cabins and 2 heads. In this version, the starboard hull is dedicated exclusively to the owners’ suite with office and library, queen size bed, separate large shower.  In fact, the owners head might just compete in size with your bathroom at home! Tiando’s original interior layout features a panoramic saloon and a galley connecting directly with the spacious cockpit and table seating for 6. The sail plan and seaworthy hull design means a great sailing performance without compromising safety.

In fact, the Lagoon 380 is the result of many years’ experience from VPLP, the architects, and the Lagoon R&D department. It shows in the way the boat has been thought out: access to engines from the transoms, large cockpit with table and bench seat, electric windlass, rigid walkway on the trampoline, wide sidedecks.

Her simple, efficient deck layout, security and comfort on board make even a small crew will find the Lagoon 380 a fast and easy to manoeuvre boat.

The bright and well laid out galley is the strategic link between the saloon and the cockpit.

The curved saloon offers a 360˚ view through the portholes and large bay windows. The chart table is directly accessible from the cockpit, a real “summer lounge” with its table and comfortable bench seats are immediately adjacent to the galley.  Space, volume, light, ergonomics, the warmth of wood, soft upolstery, all these characteristics have been taken into account to ensure that you truly enjoy cruising onboard this Lagoon 380.

Tiando is still available throughout September until October 21st 2011 for the special rate of US$3195.00 for 10 nights or US$2715.00  for 7 nights! Email info@horizongrenada.com for more information on chartering Tiando, or call Skype. horizonbookings
Tel: 1 473 439 1000 or 1 473 415 2022

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Orana 44 Catamaran “Sara” joins Horizon fleet in Antigua

May 24, 2011

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We are delighted to announce that we have a new Orana 44 Catamaran in our Antigua fleet. The yacht is a 2010 model and boasts sleeping accommodation for 8 – 10 people. She has 3 double cabins, a convertible saloon and 2 single berths accessed via the deck.

She will be on our website soon but, in the meantime, if you would like to view this yacht please email Jackie at info@antiguahorizon.com and we can send you full specification and charter fees.

Email Jackie: info@antiguahorizon.com

Happy sailing!

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Catamaran sailing at its best…. in Antigua & Barbuda

January 31, 2011

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See our lateest movie – OK it won’t win as many awards as The King’s Speech, but let me know what you think!  It’s a perfect boat for your next yacht charter cruising the islands of Antigua and Barbuda.  I also have availability in March on this boat…  What are you waiting for?!

Horizon Antigua Lavezzi 40.

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