Best of the Best 2007: Charter Yachts: Kogo
Luxury yachts, though custom-built, often are decorated with neutral tones and designed with similar layouts that will encourage charter bookings and future brokerage sales. It can be difficult, then, to find one that is truly distinct—and harder still to locate such a yacht that is available for charter and well suited for guest use.
For these reasons, the 235-foot Kogo, the first yacht from the commercial French shipyard Alstom Marine, is a welcome addition to the charter market. Naval architect Tim Heywood and interior designer Terence Disdale have filled the vessel with features and equipment that provide comfort no matter where she cruises. Zero-speed stabilizers complement a GPS-based dynamic positioning system that keeps Kogo virtually roll-free whether under way or at anchor, which means that guests can take advantage of the sundeck’s swimming pool at any time. Aft on the sundeck, an alfresco dining area comfortably seats 18 while providing enough additional space to host a live band.
Inside, the vessel’s main-deck layout includes a dining room to port and a movie-screening room to starboard. The master suite, located forward on the same deck, has a spacious bathroom and dressing area. Two VIP cabins also occupy this section of the yacht, instead of belowdecks as is more common. The configuration ensures that the primary charterer’s key guests receive proper attention.
Four additional guest cabins are situated below, along with a massage room, a hammam (Turkish bath), and a gymnasium with individual guest lockers. The same guest companionway that leads to the gym also will take you to the exterior swim platform for a postworkout dip.
The yacht has 21 crew members, and given that Kogo accommodates a maximum of 12 guests, the vessel has one of the charter industry’s best crew-to-guest ratios. The yacht, which is managed by Nigel Burgess, is available only during the summer season and only in the Mediterranean. Its beginning weekly rate is about $560,000.
Nigel Burgess, +44.20.7766.4300, www.nigelburgess.com