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saildoggie
Link to this postPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:31 am    Post subject:  Charter boat Review Voyage 440 Premiere Plus

Just returned from an 8-day charter with Voyage aboard Dream Cat.

After 11 previous charters, 6 of them on cats, all I can say is WOW!!!

The Staff at Voyage is excellent and the briefing, while extremely lengthy and detailed was the best I have ever experienced, Bruce performed our briefing, he has a lifetime of experience delivering yachts and we learned a lot by just talking with him.
His tips on sailing the Voyage 440 Plus were spot on, after leaving the base we beat up the Sir Francis Drake channel from Soper's to Great Harbor, Peter Island at incredible speed and pointing angles.
We were immediately very impressed with the windward performance of the boat.
This is the first charter cat I have sailed that you can actually feel the acceleration on!!

All systems functioned perfectly; there was never any question that we would have a trouble free charter as far as the boat goes.

The refrigeration is excellent, the freezer kept tubs of ice cream all week for the teens, it is very large, we added life jackets to take some volume, very helpful in keeping the items frozen SOLID!!

The ventilation in the cabins is so good, we ran the genset and AC all of 2 hours the entire 8 days and used only 19 gallons of fuel the whole trip.

Open any interior access hatch and marvel at the cleanliness and organisation of the electrical and plumbing systems, everything very clean.
You could literally eat off the surfaces of any of these areas including the bilge, engine, anchor or genset compartments.

The galley is a chef's dream, sharp knives, great appliances, microwave, toaster, anything you would ever want!!! Nina prepared some incredible meals, even surprised us with chili-cheese pancakes, to die for!!!

The dinghy launch and recovery system is very well thought out, as are many features aboard these yachts. After a bit of practice, we were launching and recovering the dink as a team with not a word spoken.

The helm is very responsive and also gives you feedback like no other cat, more like a mono, you can feel exactly when your sails are over trimmed and also when they load up allowing you to feather to weather very efficiently. We saw pointing angles as close as 30 degrees with over 8 kt. boat speeds with moderate chop, incredible!!

The electric winch for the dinghy launch system that is also the primary port winch that raises the main is fantastic. Raise the main be keeping her head to wind, load the self tailing winch and push the button, about as effortless as you can get.

The sailing performance off the wind was also fantastic, we had George's spinnaker aboard but only flew it once.
We saw great speeds at even DDW wing and wing sailing and wow, get her on a reach, she screams!!

We absolutely smoked a Pro Skipper aboard a Festiva Lagoon 440 that was taunting us to race to Anegada while docked at Leverick, more on that later.

The Voyage 440 Plus has been voted best yet by every member of our crew!!!

The de-brief was uneventful and very quick, as Kemo was the only one on duty and he had some other groups to attend to.

I found Voyage the best choice yet in my experience and have already booked our next trip with a discount offer of an aditional 15% for immediate booking to the already 20% Owner referral discount we already had. Great deal, no way to pass this up!
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HillsideView
Link to this postPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:03 pm    

Maybe you should hire a captain next time out. I hear there may be a few looking for work....
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saildoggie
Link to this postPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:16 pm    

HillsideView wrote:
Maybe you should hire a captain next time out. I hear there may be a few looking for work....


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MrBombastic
Link to this postPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:34 pm    

I heard a rumor that captain I think your referring to is in Beijing - part of the BVI boxing team. I also heard a rumor that Saildogs favorite charter Company has hired him as VP - Public Relations. shocked
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