We have been waiting for Karelia, a Beneteau 50, to join us in Gibraltar for the last few weeks. And now, she’s arrived!
Crossing the Bay of Biscay and cruising the West coast of Portugal with ease, Karelia arrived in Queensway Quay in June. As a proper blue water cruiser capable of easily accommodating 8 comfortably in four large double cabins with ensuites plus a converting saloon and one forepeak with bunk and heads, she is a great option for skippered or bareboat yacht charter in the Mediterranean.
Karelia is a modern cruising classic with many fans worldwide. Whether at anchorage in the far flung Marquesas or closer to home amongst the Balearics, the Beneteau 50 is regularly to be seen draped in bronzed bikini-clad sun worshippers enjoying the best that sailing can offer. Unfortunately, the latter are not included in the charter fee - you’ll need to bring your own.
She’s well laid out both on deck and below with four ensuite heads with showers, a spacious and well-planned saloon and midships galley and a forward bunk and heads in the forepeak. The yacht comes with all the essentials including a bathing platform with ladder and deck shower and a bimini (for those blazing hot Mediterranean afternoons) where some respite from the midday sun might be welcome.
Of course, larger yachts cost more to buy, maintain (and charter) but the great benefit is that you can accommodate more in comfort - and style, making the charter costs per person surprisingly attractive.
If handling 16 tonnes of big boat is a little challenging first time out, don’t worry. We offer a skippered yacht charter option and / or tuition to suit your needs. Ask us for a quote.
Karelia has sufficient draft to make challenging upwind sailing a breeze but it’s still modest enough to make access to most marinas simplicity itself. Her bow thruster makes coming alongside much less challenging for the novice skipper and helps keep everyone calm, even in more challenging crosswind conditions.