Like David Jamieson in Fiji, visitors to French Polynesia could well consult long-resident Etienne Boutin of Tahiti Ocean. He and David have recently linked up with the Asia-Pacific Superyachts network, and Etienne, who plans stepping back a little, recently also opened Noumea Ocean in French-speaking New Caledonia.
A casual inquiry about the current crop of charter vessels elicited information about the sport fisher Ultimate Lady, Miss Kulani, Cosmos II, Senses, Ethereal, Ohana et al, but he also mentioned not to overlook the stately 33 metre motor yacht Askari, for which he is the port agent.
“Captain Claude Aker, and his chef and wife Emma received the Fraser Yachts award for Best Charter Crew Under 50m at Monaco Yacht Show last year”, he said. “She is a successful charter yacht in Tahiti since 2006, and has had record bookings for the South Pacific in the past decade.
“She is the perfect exploration yacht for French Polynesia, accommodating ten guests in comfort, and she has plenty of toys and diving gear to help explore remoter islands of the Tuamotus. Their central agent is Patricia Codere at Fraser Yachts in Fort Lauderdale”.
Fraser Yachts confirms that indeed Askari is available for charter in the Society Islands or Les Isles Sous Le Vent, where Raiatea and Bora Bora are located, and in the Tuamotus. In fact, says marketing executive Marie-Léa Dubourg, Askari is very open to cruising other unique South Pacific waters.
Although built in 1971, she has been kept in very good condition, as the photos show. Principal tender is a 17 foot 100 HP Caribe Jet, and there is also a 20 foot Caribe diesel jet RIB. Toys include double and single kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, snorkel and fishing gear, waterskis, wake board, kite boards, and jet skis only on request. A dive guide is required at the charterer’s expense, and the vessel carries a Capitano compressor.
For more information, do visit Fraser Yachts.