Still more than a month away from completion and delivery, 45M Big Fish, has already booked its first yacht charter. The booking, for a 10-day charter in Tahiti in August, originated with Cindy Brown of Ultra Marine of New York and Allan Jouning of 37S, Big Fish’s listing agent.
Three years in construction at New Zealand’s famous McMullen & Wing shipyard, Big Fish is a luxury expedition vessel combining the best attributes of a safe, strong and capable long-range motor yacht with the comfort, stability and amenities of a traditional ‘white’ yacht.
Big Fish is a five-stateroom vessel and carries a crew of 10. She features floor-to-ceiling windows in salon, dining area and master suite, opening bulwarks port and starboard for an infinityview dining experience, and opening port and starboard stern bulwarks that create the widest swim platform of any yacht under 65 meters. Big Fish carries a 29-foot custom aluminum long-range dive/exploration/fishing tender, offers active hull stabilization, and a full complement of water ‘toys’ including a pair of matched Laser sailboats.
Big Fish will be based in the South Pacific for the coming Northern Hemisphere summer, and then will visit Fort Lauderdale for the international yacht show, after which she will embark on an extraordinary and historic cruise to be the first vessel in history to complete a Polar Circumnavigation, including the first yacht crossing of the famed Northeast Passage over the top of Russia. Big Fish will be offering 10-day luxury expedition charters in the Antarctic (Dec. – Feb.), the Amazon (Mar. – April), Cuba (May – June) and Northern Europe/Arctic Circle/Northeast Passage (July – Sept.) before returning to the Pacific in late September 2011.
In announcing Big Fish’s first charter, Allan Jouning was also pleased to make public that Cindy Brown had generously agreed to donate 2.5% of her share in the charter commission to the Cruise For Change charity being started by Big Fish and her crew. The charity will look at the specific needs of remote islands and communities it will be visiting to provide such items as tools, medical supplies and educational materials. “We are very excited by our first charter,” said Capt. Winston Joyce-Clarke, “and the crew and I are very pleased at Cindy’s support in our effort to ensure that wherever we go and whoever we meet on our historic maiden voyage, will be better off for the experience.”
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