PARADISE is a strikingly handsome yacht, a new and exciting option on the Caribbean charter circuit. The Dutch shipyard Wim van der Valk’s largest build to date, PARADISE is a custom designed totally steel, semi-displacement yacht that was delivered in 2010 and has been in private service until today. PARADISE is perfect for charter families with children seeking an active adventure cruise through the islands of the Bahamas.
The Captain on luxury yacht PARADISE, Nic Edmonds, says his favorite cruising grounds are
the Exumas and Abacos. This is likely because he is an avid fisherman who loves all kinds of fishing; from bottom fishing to bone fishing, trolling to spear fishing. Here, world class fishing grounds offer unparalleled excitement to fishing enthusiasts. “I’ve spent a lot of time in the Exumas and Abacos” says Nic. “There it’s all about reading the water, your GPS means nothing. Where the rocks, the water, the seaweed is, knowing when and what time to cross currents, critical things you learn from experience.”
Captain Nic’s ideal itinerary is “pick-up in Nassau and head for the Exumas, make a straight run all the way down and spend each day off one island fishing it out. There are loads of things to do in the Bahamas and some awesome shore excursions, visiting towns and seeing how the people live, their beliefs, the whole cultural feel, you will never ever be bored.”
From the aft deck throughout the yacht the aura of PARADISE is calming. The main salon is soothingly minimal and monochromatic, an excellent choice of décor that compliments the dark wooden sole and pale cabinetry. A custom designed oversized couch extends along the starboard length while to port the sizeable TV conveniently disappears into the cabinet to create a buffet space. Oversize windows wrap around the entire main deck and in the ceiling a retractable roof allows for fragrant sea breezes and the multitude of stars to shine in at night.
On the lower deck of PARADISE, the spacious master aft has lovely large portholes with snap on mosquito screens for balmy weather when fresh air is preferred over air conditioning. The VIP in the bow features a walk around queen bed and ample storage. Two additional guest cabins have twin single berths that are perfect for children. Three of the four guest cabins are ensuite while the fourth has direct access to the day head.
Outside, the aft deck is equipped with a hard bimini that fully extends to protect guests from the sun and is also equipped with side and aft shades in the event of foul weather. The bimini, barbeque, fridge and sink located here are extremely convenient, especially when fishing.
Proceeding to the bow we notice that the wide walk around decks feature hand rails above the meter mark thoughtfully installed so as to protect and assist younger guests as well as adults. Up front the on-deck Jacuzzi has more jets per inch than we’ve ever seen before. This is the prime place for a bit of relaxation and sun worship, equipped with a state-of-the-art stereo system and an enticing expanse of sun pads.
Captain Nic Edmonds is from New Zealand and has been on boats “since he was a whippersnapper”. In addition to long term industry experience as crew and captain on numerous yachts, from day charters to private superyacts, Nic has open water dive certification and enjoys snorkeling and free diving.
Latvian Stewardess Agnes Bolsevica studied and worked in London in the hospitality industry prior to succumbing to the lure of the sea. She was delighted with the opportunity to spend last summer and autumn on board PARADISE cruising the Mediterranean and anticipates an excellent charter season in the Bahamas and the Caribbean this year. Agnes speaks Latvian, Russian, English and French and enjoys surfing and photography.