Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Cruising at the Other End of the Spectrum

Nice inflatable water slide on Teleost
How big is Hemisphere? Look at the guy on the bike on the dock
 For us, cruising is an inexpensive lifestyle relative to living on land, or living on the boat at a dock. And in an anchorage, we see all kinds of boats, large and small. Recently in Grenada we’ve shared anchorages with a few megayachts. I looked a couple up online, and it’s enough to blow your mind. One was Teleost, a 161-foot motor yacht with all the toys, including jet skis, water skis, underwater scooter, SCUBA gear, and a huge, inflatable water slide. Check it out here. The other was Hemisphere, a 145-foot, brand-new (launched in 2011) luxury catamaran, also with all the toys. Check it out here. Despite her size, which makes everything around her look out of scale, she’s a really beautiful boat. (And her crew was friendly, waving when we went by.) The price of a luxurious week in the Caribbean on these vessels? Well, Teleost goes for $240,000. Yes, that’s for a week, not a year. Hemisphere’s price is even more dear, ranging from $245,000 during the low season to $266,000 during the high season. I’ve got to say, even if I had that kind of money, I don’t know if I could make myself blow it in a week, regardless of how nice the boat is. So we’ll stay on our cozy boat, walk or take public transportation, and eat at the street vendors, and stretch our money so we can cruise much longer than a week.

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