Our charter experts were invited to go aboard and experience the magnificent luxury charter yacht TOP FIVE, a 157′ Christensen available for charter in the Caribbean and the Bahamas. We were extremely impressed with everything about TOP FIVE, from her meticulous craftsmanship to her delightful crew. This is a superyacht with a stately, understated elegance that will enchant her charter guests while easily meeting all of the requirements of a discriminating clientele.
TOP FIVE (ex: Nice ‘N Easy, Liquidity) was built in 2005 by US builder Christensen Shipyards and was originally designed for the shipyard owner himself. Thus, although Christensen is renowned for launching magnificent yachts, TOP FIVE has design elements that launch her cleanly over the top.
Exterior design and naval architecture by the Christensen in-house team endowed TOP FIVE with the powerful and imposing profile that distinguishes the brand in any port of call. Recently the yacht has had an extensive soft goods refit to update interiors that are sophisticated, soothing and subtle. The broad appeal of understated elegance is perfectly suited to the diversity of charter clientele. Regardless of whether charter guests prefer Mozart or Madonna, they will feel comfortable and at home aboard TOP FIVE.
Superb joinery and intricate stonework are distinguishing features of luxury yacht TOP FIVE. Meticulous attention to detail is evident in the raised-panel joinery of American walnut with high gloss finish and perfectly matched wood panels and veneers. Deep earthen tones create a stunning balance against creamy white carpeting with a delicately undulating pattern. Exotic stone materials, including malachite and Juparana persa granite, are beautifully inlaid throughout the foyers, bathrooms and hallways. Contemporary furnishings in a light color palette derive sophistication from a simplicity of form.
Luxury yacht TOP FIVE accommodates 12 guests in six staterooms. The full beam master compartment is located on the main deck and includes stunning his and her facilities with Jacuzzi tub and large shower. A walk-in cedar closet provides ample storage for longer charters. At the entrance, a private study with comfortable sofa and desk allow guests to stay in touch with the office if necessary. On the lower level amidships is the full beam VIP king suite that has an exquisite bathroom with Jacuzzi and separate shower. The 50 inch TV opposite the bed is cleverly concealed behind a pleasant painting. Also on this level are two queen guest staterooms and two guest staterooms each with double, twin and Pullman beds.
We met Chef Bradley David in his spotless galley on our visit. He surprised us with servings of delicately flavored tomato gazpacho, and what he described as “a sandwich”, (far to common a description of this remarkable crab delicacy), and a signature chocolate mousse creation. He is charming, talented, and a very experienced yacht chef quite capable of pleasing any palate. He said his favorite recipes to prepare are new ones, both his own creative dishes as well as those of other chefs.
Captain Johannes, despite expecting a new group of charter guests within the hour, graciously spent quite a bit of time chatting with us about TOP FIVE and some of his favorite Caribbean itineraries. Not only is he extremely knowledgable about the region, he is also enthusiastic about creating custom itineraries suited to repeat charter clients who are seeking alternative Caribbean ports of call. The Chief Stew and Second Stew were continually smiling, gracious and extremely attentive. This highly professional crew works together harmoniously and seems flawlessly adept at pleasing charter clients.
It was a great pleasure to be on board luxury superyacht TOP FIVE, and to have the opportunity to experience firsthand the elegant interiors, expansive deck spaces and first rate crew. TOP FIVE will undoubtedly be an exceedingly popular charter yacht in the Caribbean and the Bahamas this season.