2020 50’ LEOPARD “SOUTHERN CHARM”
- From :
- $ 19,167
LEOPARD 50 CATAMARAN VIRGIN ISLANDS
Southern Charm features 4 different social gathering areas which include the forward cockpit seating area, the Sky lounge the aft cockpit and salon area. Guests will enjoy the ability to sit with friends, family and guests in an area that accommodates 12 people at a time or a cozy 3-4 people for a more private setting. All cabins feature oversized queen beds with added comfort topper with high quality linen sheets. Each cabin has its own private head, bathroom with toilet (head), sink and walk-in shower with platseak comfort, non-slip flooring. Cabins also include a closet and drawers for storage.
CRUISING GROUNDS: British Virgin Islands & U.S. Virgin Islands. IMPORTANT: Southern Charm will not cross US/BVI borders with guests. Guests must arrive in BVI to be picked up for charter. Charter guests will be responsible for entry and exit fees to the BVI. Inquire for details.
TOYS: 1 Circular Mesh 8′ Floating Dock, 2 SUPs, 1 XL SUP (holds 5-6 people), Sub-wing, 4 Fishing Rods, 2 Sublue Sea Scooters, Onshore Games
BOOKING OPTIONS & AVAILABILITY
*To book a charter we have a few 5-night minimum, but feel free to inquire for less.
Captain Only Rates:
CAPTAIN ONLY: 1-6 guests $17,500 plus all expenses.
Includes: Captain, linens/towels/ dishes, flatware, cookware & toys.
Excludes: fuel, water, customs, food, liquor, ice, trash, mooring and dock fees & gratuity.
Includes 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners, happy hour canapes, standard ships bar and snacks. Meals ashore are additional.
7 night minimum
Full-board option only
Guests: 1-6 @ $32,000
Must end on or before 12/26
Please contact us for more information.
7 night minimum
Full-board option only
Guests: 1-6 @ $34,000
May not start prior to 12/27
Please contact us for more information.
Sleep aboard the night before charter dates. Available for $500 per night, with a 3 cabin minimum. Includes boarding after 4pm, snacks, welcome cocktails & continental breakfast. Dinner ashore is additional. Select option upon booking.
EXCLUDES: Christmas and New Year’s weeks.
Enjoy all that this yacht has to offer with a detailed and guided walkthrough by the crew!
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MEET YOUR CREW
Captain Kevin & Elizabeth King
If ever a couple was built for the close-quarters intimacy of full-time cruising, it’s Kevin and Elizabeth King. These Leopard 50 owners have walked through life side-by-side since infancy. “Elizabeth and I met in church in Fort Smith, Arkansas, when we were about two-years-old,” says Kevin. “Our families were close. We went to church together, and our fathers eventually became business partners. Elizabeth and I even have the same birthday – day, month and year.” After attending the University of Arkansas and working for their families’ telecom company, the energetic, ambitious couple decided to go into business for themselves. They did so in their usual way, together and full throttle. “In 2005, we decided to start our own real estate brokerage,” says Kevin. “It took off like mad. With Elizabeth’s marketing skills and my sales and recruiting experience, everything just exploded. We became the number one volume real estate office in our region in just our third year.” Of course, that success came at a price.
As much as they loved their work, Kevin and Elizabeth knew they needed both a way to occasionally escape the demands of entrepreneurship and a plan for their long-term future, i.e., retirement. As it turns out, there was a one-word answer for both: Sailing. “Elizabeth came up with an idea to go sailing,” says Kevin. She found a crewed charter in the BVI, and we went and absolutely loved it.” Loved it a lot. Kevin, who never goes along for the ride, spent much of that first cruise learning the basics of sailing from the crew. Over the next three years, the Kings immersed themselves in their new passion. They took ASA courses and went on more cruises. Kevin even volunteered to crew on passages up and down the East Coast.
The couple was pleasantly surprised by the welcome and support they received from their fellow cruisers. “The sailing community is made up of a lot of good, caring people,” says Kevin. “They’re like-minded. They enjoy sailing, obviously, but they also enjoy the sense of community and helping others. It’s amazing how quickly you can make friends even during a pandemic.” In 2019, the Kings put their seamanship to a life-changing test. They successfully crossed the Atlantic via the Azores with their three kids on a friend’s Leopard 45. The trip sealed their decision to go full-time and validated their 2018 decision to purchase a Leopard 50. Kevin and Elizabeth took delivery of their 50 earlier this year and say it checks every box on their design and performance list. “We liked the Leopard a lot because of the forward hatch and the forward seating area,” says Kevin. “We love the flybridge, too. The heavy displacement is important to us. The boat is solid, like a tank. We’ve been in some pretty high winds being offshore, and it handles great. We’ve never felt unsafe with the Leopard. Taking the option of the larger engine was a good call. We use that added power a lot coming in and out of some inlets in Florida.”
The Kings’ Leopard, Southern Charm, is now pretty much home for Kevin, Elizabeth and their daughter, who is finishing up high school remotely from the Leopard’s lounge area. While the couple must occasionally spend time in Fort Smith as they wrap up the sale of their business, they hurry back to Southern Charm as soon as possible. The COVID pandemic has had a mixed impact on the King’s new-boat experience. On the downside, the couple was forced to cancel a planned maiden cruise to the Bahamas, a cruise to Acadia National Park in Maine, and visits by friends and family. But the corona-caused acceptance of remote meeting options reduced the need for those trips back to Arkansas. Once the all-clear sounds, the Kings would like to explore the Bahamas and circumnavigate the world. Closer in, they look forward to introducing their friends and family to Southern Charm and the world of sailing. “Fort Smith is a border town with the Arkansas River wrapping around half of it, “ says Kevin.
“We have lakes all around the city, so lots of our friends grew up skiing and wakeboarding and all that kind of stuff, but nobody’s really been on a big sailboat.”
The couple also plans to offer crewed cruises on Southern Charm. Kevin says they might do ten or fifteen cruises a year, “just enough to cover some of our cruising costs.” And scratch their entrepreneurial itch, no doubt. When exactly all this might happen is still up in the air, given the continued health concerns. And that’s fine with the Kings. “We’ve kind of quit planning with COVID,” says Elizabeth. “We have a general idea of what we’re going to do, and then we’re just pretty loosey-goosey from there.” Adds Kevin: “We were on a treadmill with work for a long time. We want to spend some quality time enjoying the slow route. Not hurrying on an agenda to get anywhere, but enjoying the places we visit and taking the time to meet locals and enjoy the local food, and get to know people a little bit instead of hurrying to get the next spot.” One thing is certain, even in these crazy times. Whatever the future holds for Kevin and Elizabeth, they’ll experience it hand-in-hand.
DINING WITH CHEF ELIZABETH
All breakfasts served with fresh fruit, assorted juices, and your choice of cafe style coffee’s.
Artichoke and Ham Strata
Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich with Avocado Aioli Pan Fried Italian Breakfast Gnocchi
Crispy Breakfast Potatoes with Chili Garlic Oil and Herbs Captain Kevin’s Made To Order Omelettes Mushroom and Brie Strata
Traditional Eggs Benedict
Creamy Scrambled Eggs, Crispy Bacon, and Fluffy Pancakes
Maple Bacon Brioche French Toast Margarita Frittata
Sweet or Savory Crepes
Mexican Cobb Salad with Chipotle Lime Vinaigrette Tuna Poke Bowl
Cheese Burger in Paradise
Classic Niçose Salad
Caribbean Roti with Mango Chutney
Ahi Tuna Nachos
Mahi Reuben Sandwich
Chicken Caesar Salad Pasta
Bang Bang Mahi Tacos
Summer Salmon Salad
Baked Brie Crostini
Anti Pasta Tray Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice Stuffed Mushrooms Crostini Blistered Shisito Peppers Buffalo Cauliflower
Coconut Crusted Mahi with Pina Coloda Sauce Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Salsa BBQ Pork Sliders
Tippee’s Crab Cakes with with Maque Choux Perfect Pork Tenderloin Medallions Chilean Sea Bass
Maple Bourbon Braised Short Ribs Southern Charm Shrimp & Grits
Salmon Skewers with Herbed Viniagrette
Surf and Turf
Captains Creme Brûlée Bananas Foster Southern Banana Pudding Rum Cake
Homemade Ice Cream
Grilled Pineapple with Buttery Rum Glaze
Affagato Poundcake with Strawberries Key Lime Pie
Chocolate Mousse Lemon Posset
Assorted Dessert Cocktails
GIN: Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire
TEQUILLA: Milagro, Jose Cuervo
RUM: Cruzan and Mt Gay Rum
CHAMPAGNE: La Marca, Prosecco
WINES: Mid Range Red and White wines on request
Wide range of juices and mixers