We're just back from the Miami Boatshow, our knees are killing us and, mercifully, we can’t feel our feet. Lots of walking, but some fascinating news, too.
MarineMax Vacations showed off plans and renderings for their new 46-foot power catamaran that will be available in the British Virgin Islands for bareboat charters. They have ordered 30 of the cats, which will be called the MarineMax 464, and charters will start as early as December of this year at their Tortola base.
The MarineMax 464 will have some innovative features and a list of equipment not found on most bareboats. One that appealed to us is the easy access to the foredeck from the flybridge. Stairs on each side of the bridge lead forward to the foredeck, making it easy for the skipper to help with anchoring or picking up a mooring buoy without having to go aft to the cockpit and then along the side deck to the bow.
A second innovation we liked is the high-low cockpit sole. The entire after section of the cockpit can be lowered electrically to water level, creating a solid “beach” for swimming and snorkeling, and vastly simplifying retrieval of the tender.
Another great feature is the forward cockpit. Shaded by the overhang of the bridge and reached by a very civilized door from the salon, it has wrap-around seating and a table. This, in our opinion, is the perfect place on the yacht to enjoy a sundowner at anchor.
Other niceties on the 464 are a Spectra watermaker (no stopping every day to buy water!), Kenyon electric barbecue (no messy charcoal!), full Raymarine electronics including radar, GPS and chartplotter, and Northern Lights air conditioning with generator.
While there is a three-cabin “owner’s” version, the 464s in charter service will have four double cabins, each with ensuite heads with showers.
For info, MarineMax Vacations or 888-461-5497.