Sweet and Suspenseful Surprises

Sweet and Suspenseful Surprises

A Bahamian charter aboard the recently refitted, 115-foot Leda offers a big dose of the unexpected.

By Elizabeth A. Ginns - October 2003


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I felt like I was somewhere deep in the Amazon as I kayaked through endless mangroves, spotting fish and hearing nothing but the din of birds chirping and water brushing up against the shoreline. I finally reached the end: a beautiful sight of nothing but endless, white sand beach, which looked like a scene straight out of a James Bond movie (turns out, it was the beach where parts of the movie 10 were filmed). I felt like I had discovered some hidden treasure.

Water never looked so inviting. With only aqua-colored ocean as far as my eyes could see, I beached my kayak and dove in. Then came my next treat: I found myself caught in what I’m pretty sure was the only current in the area, which carried me down “stream” about 30 feet, making this the most effortless, refreshing, and soothing swim I’d ever had.

Only here’s the catch: I wasn’t in the Amazon. I wasn’t even in what most people would consider a remote part of the world. I was in the Bahamas, just 30 miles south of Nassau, in the Exuma Islands.

The memories of just 24 hours earlier, when I was sweating in an un-air-conditioned taxi on my way from the Nassau airport to the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, were long-since forgotten. At that time, though thrilled to be out of New York City for four days, I had no idea that a three-hour boat ride would take me to a world full of surprises onboard a vessel equally surprising, both inside and out.

Such was my experience aboard Leda, a 1990 Trinity that had been launched as Big Don Carlos, a 98-footer, then stretched by Trinity last year to 115 feet. At the 2003 Miami International Boat Show, Leda debuted as a charter vessel; Big Don Carlos had always been privately used. Thanks to The Sacks Group, a Florida-based charter company with appromimately 35 yachts in its fleet, I was the first member of the press to cruise Leda, headed for a four-day, three-night charter to the Exumas.

Among her numerous surprises is the fact that, despite being 13 years old, Leda features many characteristics common in newer yachts. Trinity decided the best way to make her competitive with other charter yachts was to extend her aft deck and cockpit—hence the stretch. Her deck now not only features a completely shaded L-shape settee and table, but a new additional table and settee, also shaded, so guests have more seating options. (There’s plenty of space to catch rays on the sundeck.) As part of the refit, Trinity added other luxury features that most of today’s top-end charter yachts tout, like an extended swim platform, Jacuzzi on the sundeck, PWC, and cockpit fighting chair.

Next page > Part 2: The 650-plus thread count sheets were hands-down the softest I’d ever slept in. > Page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

This article originally appeared in the September 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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