Perseverance on Charter
WORDS: Jack Gifford | IMAGES: Stella Gommans
The price put on superyacht charters is famously opaque, with unexpected add-ons making it hard to predict how much you’ll spend. Bypassing brokers and agents, the owners of Perseverance are taking a different approach, bringing bespoke yet all-inclusive packages to the ultra-luxury sphere.
40 metre sailing Superyacht Perseverance is not your regular charter. She is the latest in a long line of successful collaboration between Dykstra, Baltic and Doyle Sails, which has produced a rig that is easy to handle and adaptable to a range of conditions. Completed in 2021, it was immediately crowned Sailing Yacht of the Year at the World Superyacht Awards. Perseverance has been designed with an emphasis on speed and the lowest possible emissions to give you an unparalleled sailing experience. Her lightweight carbon hull and electric propulsion system make this superyacht able to operate in ‘silent’ mode for long periods, leaving nothing but the sounds of the ocean.
This latest project sees a focussed effort that pulls together the experience of shipyard, designer and owner teams to offer a charter yacht experience with a difference. Max Apotowski, who is responsible for managing charters and liaising between customers and crew, explains his vision: “There are no hidden bills to worry about at the end like with some private charters; you can just relax and enjoy yourself. I wanted to apply that to yachting.” It’s a simple enough proposition: all-inclusive yacht charters, with everything agreed upfront. But how does that work in the ultra-luxury sphere, when myriad choices and a completely personalised experience are required from dawn ‘till dusk?
The Charter Experience
The yacht is offered as a private venture. Pricing is transparent, listed on the website with no hidden extras or caveats. From La Roche-Posay sun care products to an onboard cocktail bar, an exquisite wine collection to gourmet dining with the chef, everything has been thought of. Even tips are included. Why? “Because it makes your charter so much more relaxing, and that is what sailing onboard Perseverance is all about.”
This different approach aims to relieve the stress so many of us seek to avoid when on holiday: uncertainty. The approach is simple, offering the best experience possible without going through a charter broker or agent. From destinations to dining to off-boat experiences, charters are tailor made. As Max says; “with only one yacht to manage, we give you and your guests all of our attention.”
Sailing takes a leading role in the charter experience, making it ideal for those wanting to enjoy the journey as it was meant to be, under sail. As soon as your booking is made, you will have direct contact with the management and crew, so that by the time you step on board it feels familiar already. The yacht can accommodate up to 8 guests across four staterooms, with a crew of six talented and experienced sailors.
Returning to Dykstra Naval Architects to undertake the design, the owner wanted to build on the success of the previous yacht, while employing the lessons learnt in the construction of the new custom classic sloop. Although the design takes traditional queues with a plumb bow and counter stern, she is very much a modern yacht, with particular attention given to emissions and the environment. As with many Dykstra designs, hydrogeneration has become almost a standard feature of their output. Enabling the onboard lithium-ion battery bank to be charged whilst under sail has huge advantages: the energy generated under sail alone is sufficient to take care of hotel loads, with any excess used to boost the range of the electric propulsion system. ‘Smart Cabins’ reduce the consumption of energy for uses such as lights and air conditioning, any excess heat from which contributes to the onboard hot water system.
Such energy savings make a very real dent in the overall impact of operating the yacht, but the benefits are not just environmental; as Apotowski relates from sailing the yacht after her delivery, ‘It’s really amazing, everything is so quiet. Sailing at night or being at anchor you hear nothing but the waves and the motion of the boat.’ Stripping back anything which impedes the experience and thus enabling sailors to better enjoy their environment, Dykstra and Baltic are mastering the art of simplicity through the use of modern electrical systems. The premium Doyle Sails Stratis 1100 was chosen for long term durability and reduced stretch, and includes a structured luff staysail and Number 3 Asymmetric spinnaker with cableless technology. The goal here is constantly striving towards better performance, speed and handling.
It’s still early days for Perseverance, but feedback is immensely positive. Efforts to create a yacht that is both capacious and comfortable for her guests, yet spritely enough to make use of Mediterranean zephyrs, seem to have succeeded. For those wanting a true sailing experience in hassle free luxury, they are able to enjoy a carefree without the uncertainty of a surprise bill looming at the end of the trip. Whether this business model will flourish amongst the established norms of yacht chartering remains to be seen, but when all you really want to do is get on board and enjoying the sailing, it certainly seems appealing.
Perseverance is offered at 7 nights on board with a maximum of 8 guests from €124.950.