Nov 18, 2010

Necker Belle: The Ultimate Catamaran Experience [25 Pics]

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If you want to cruise the Caribbean in style, Virgin’s Necker Belle, a 32-meter (105 ft) Catamaran might be your answer. That is, if the $100,000 a week cost doesn’t make you curl into the fetal position sucking your thumb…

Keep in mind the Necker Belle can accommodate up to 12 guests and includes access to the coolest toy ever, the Necker Nymph, a 3-person aero submarine. Think of scuba diving on auto-pilot and no need for scuba certification! So cool. Check out the pics and details below for the ultimate catamaran experience.

Anybody got a $100K? The Sifter loves the water 😀

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WHAT DOES $100,000 GET ME?

– 7 nights accommodation for up to 12 guests
– 24-hour driver service at every port
– Full-service crew of seven to charter you around the Caribbean
– Full use of the 3-man submarine, the Necker Nymph
– Laundry

*There is also an advanced charge of approximately $25,000 which covers all food, liquor, fuel, port fees, dues, customs etc. Whatever the difference is at the end of the trip is settled (in either party’s favour)

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THINGS TO DO ON BOARD

Watersports

– The portside deck is set up for game fishing equipped with a proper game fishing chair
– Dive into the warm waters from the 6 ft diving board on the top of the aft deck or ease your way in by the built in swimming platforms
– Necker Belle has a 12 person fast boat, waterskis, a wakeboard, plus scuba diving equipment for 4 divers

Relaxation

– For those types who prefer to just kick back, there are numerous places to sunbathe
– The trampoline between the forward beam and the deckhouse is a great place to take in those 360 degree views
– If you’re looking for a little peace and quiet during the day, you’ll find the large upper cockpit the ideal place to get away. And if you want a little shade, the awning is ready to go

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SLEEPING

– With space onboard for up to 12 guests, choose from one of four stylish cabins, each with an en-suite bathroom, flat screen TV and iPod docking station
– There is also the saloon area with double bed and a privacy screen at night
– If you’re feeling a little adventurous… you can sleep outdoors on the upper deck under the stars

DINING

– Whether you prefer formal or informal dining, fine cuisine onboard Necker Belle is a given
– Dining can be on the aft or upper deck outside, themed or traditional – or a mixture
– A fine range of wines stored in the vessel’s own temperature controlled stores, top quality spirits, beers and excellent house champagne are always available

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TECHNICAL SPECS

• Dimensions – 32m long (105 ft)
• Beam width – 14m wide (46 ft)
• Tonnage – 171 tons
• Mast height – 38m high (124.5 ft)
• Year built – First delivered April 2003 / Extensive refit 2009
• Engines – 2 X 425 HP caterpillar engines
• Speed – Maximum cruising speed under power – 14 knots; maximum speed under sails – 20+ knots
• Range – 1,500 nautical miles under cruising speed

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OFFICIAL SITE OF THE NECKER BELLE

 

 

 

If you enjoyed this article, the Sifter highly recommends: INSIDE PAUL ALLEN’S $160 MILLION YACHT ‘TATOOSH’

 

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