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Even in St. Barts, the capital of see-and-be-seen, Inspiration lures charter guests back to the boat.

By Richard Thiel — October 2004


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It was only 10:30 in the morning, and we were already moored stern-to at the colorful Gustavia Harbor town dock. We’d an entire day to tour St. Barts, the smallest and most French member of the French West Indies. Since the island measures just six miles long and two and a half miles wide, it was no problem to visit all its enticing spots, including the infamous airport. It has an approach so precipitous, you can stand a couple hundred yards off the end of the runway and nearly touch the airplanes as they pass overhead.

Of course, we also had to visit a couple of the island’s famous beachfront bars—especially Eden Rock, which sits just east of the runway—in the hopes of seeing the rich and famous who make St. Barts their winter playground. And how could we pass up sampling the superb snorkeling at La Petite Anse and Lorient? By the time we returned to Inspiration, our charter yacht, there was just enough time to clean up, change clothes, and watch the spectacular sunset over Fort Oscar. The evening cooled, people ventured out from the 15 or so other yachts moored along the quay, and we enjoyed the fragrance of the island’s many species of flowers as we dined on seared scallops over leek fondu, grouper with coral butter, saffron potato, and, for dessert, blueberry mousse with a chocolate crown.

We began to hear the music drift down from the island’s tony discos and nightclubs. St. Barts comes alive at night, but alas, we did not. After sipping port in the top-deck hot tub, we drifted off to our respective staterooms. There was no place else any of us really wanted to be and really nothing else we needed to help us slip into pleasant dreams.

That’s because Inspiration is the kind of charter yacht that, despite her proud profile and gorgeous interior, feels very much like a comfortable home. She’s a 156-foot Broward—one of only two this size—with a separate dining room that seats ten (a feature not often found on charter yachts in this range). She also has a mahogany-accented, enclosed sky lounge that has all the big-screen, surround-sound trappings of other yachts her size but that looks like it could double as a yacht-club meeting room.

Next page > Part 2: Tired from our long flight, we were all appreciative of Inspiration’s comfortable accommodations. > Page 1, 2, 3, 4

This article originally appeared in the September 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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