Cherokee is an absolute joy to cruise! Asides from the well known Grand Banks integrity, she is frequently known as the yacht that entices seasoned sailors to give up their rags for a stink pot and enjoy the good life of cruising in a straight line in an upright position. Although the straight line is typically at sail boat speed or 8 knots, she is very economical burning approximately 1 1/2 to 2 gallons of diesel per hour. How good does it get?
A typical charter from Hamburg Cove, Connecticut to the Shelter Island, New York area is approximately 24 nautical miles and requires about 3 1/2 hours from mooring to hook http://www.shelter-island.org/. However, charters frequently spend a few days in Essex enjoying her amenities and cruising the river . Norman Crampton, author of The 100 Best Towns in America, ranked Essex #1 of all small towns http://www.essex.com/bstia.htm. Must sees in the area include the Connecticut River Valley Museum, Essex Steam Train and River Boat, http://www.essexsteamtrain.com/valley.html; 200+ year old Griswold Inn for lunch or dinner including live entertainment on selected evenings and the adjacent award winning wine bar, the Black Seal for drinks or casual dining in a truly authentic nautical setting with food to die for http://www.ctnow.com/dining/search-venues.front?attributeType=hc-cuisine®Comm=C%3Ahc-essex; and the 100+ year old Goodspeed Opera in East Haddam, where Annie originated, for a play http://www.goodspeed.org/. Also, on a first come, first serve basis dock spaces are available if you are attending a play or eating next door at the Gelston House before a play. The swinging bridge adjacent to the theater opens on the hour. Block Island also seems to be a frequent destination for couples with adolescent children to entertain although Cherokee has had more than one crib in her aft cockpit http://www.blockisland.com/. The final standard cruise is the guys week out which seems to include hanging out, fishing, cruising, and whatever. Regardless, a host of activities exist for the lifestyle that fits your needs in the upper Long Island Sound area.
The typical charter is a week or Friday to Thursday or a weekend Friday to Sunday although whenever possible accommodations are made to work with more desirable dates for your convenience. Also, many charters elect to pay an extra $175 to board Cherokee that night before their departure.
Cherokee is the most comfortable sleeping with 2 adults although the space is far more than adequate for 4 adults or even better with 2 adults and 2 children. Here is the layout and other specifications:
You are provided with assistance to board the charter and the process requires approximately 2 hours including a demonstration of the yacht's operating procedures. However, you are required to use the dinghy provided or whatever means available at the end of the charter to un-board. Typically, the pickup is at the Pettipaug Yacht Club and Sailing Academy established in 1934 in Essex, CT http://www.pettipaug.com/
Finally, Connecticut state law requires that pump out facilities be used for the holding tank and bilge. The Town of Lyme Pump Out Boat provides free services and may be contacted on VHF Channel 68 or telephone 860.463.9753 http://www.dep.state.ct.us/olsip/cva/depboat.htm
The method for securing a charter is to call or email with questions to determine available dates.
Contact may be made by any of the following means; however, email is probably the best method for the initial contact to express an interest and determine available charter dates.
Classic Yacht Charter
Dr. James C. Griffin
56 Winterberry Road
Deep River, CT 06417
Toll Free Fax 888.401.1858
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