charter yacht True NorthI love it when a well-known charter yacht moves out of the normal cruising areas and into exotic locales. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it's a chance for charter clients to enjoy the best of both worlds. You get a yacht whose program has been well-honed in competition for charter business over the years, and you get it in a setting where few, if any, proper yachts are ever available for charter.

Recent examples span the gamut from the smallest to the largest yachts, with destinations all over the globe. The 45-foot sailing catamaran Two if by Sea, a longtime fixture on the Virgin Islands market, is now offering charters in Tonga. The 228-foot motoryacht Sherakhan, which is well known in Caribbean and Mediterranean waters, will charter this winter in Antarctica.

And now comes word from management company Nicholson Yachts that the 65-foot sailing catamaran True North--for years one of the most respected charter yachts in the Virgin Islands--will be available for charters in Belize and Panama during the summer 2011 season.

Belize dates will be available from mid-May through the end of July, while charter dates in Bocas del Toro and the San Blas Islands will be open from August through October.

Even better, Capt. John White and chef Maxine White, who have helped to keep True North's reputation sparkling in the Virgin Islands, already have local knowledge of the cruising grounds in Belize and Central America. They previously chartered their own yacht there, including stops at Ambergris Caye, where True North is expected to be based.

And, as if that's not enough, True North is keeping its Virgin Islands policy of offering free scuba to certified divers as it cruises areas like Belize's famous Blue Hole.

Nicholson says that some dates for next summer's charters are already taken. Any reputable charter broker can help you snap up the week of your choice while the getting is still good.


Editor's Note: Nicholson Yachts is a sponsor of CharterWave, where this blog originates.