Peter Jones from VOYAGE Charters talks to Erin Paviour-Smith about building award-winning cruising catamarans.

For almost 30 years VOYAGE Yachts have built beautiful, international award-winning yachts well known for their strength and quality craftsmanship.

VOYAGE Charters is based in Sopers Hole Marina and incorporates the West End Boat Yard, owned and operated by the same family.

Shared ownership of the yacht manufacturer in South Africa has allowed VOYAGE Charters to grow a fleet of purpose-built and equipped charter yachts, all privately owned by people who enjoy sailing the BVI, as well as the full-service management of VOYAGE Charters.

The company’s management programme combines the owner’s personal time on board with income-generating crewed and bareboat charters, providing revenue for all the yacht’s operating expenses and a return to the owners, who have the option for more or less time on board their yacht, determining the return available from chartering. For most owners, it’s a balance between a few weeks of vacation each season and a return equal to +/- 10% of their yacht’s purchase price.

The current production includes the stunning VOYAGE 590, winner of Cruising World magazine’s Boat of the Year Award for Best Charter Boat. This year VOYAGE Yachts adds the VOYAGE 510, featuring four identical ensuite, walk around queen berth cabins and two ensuite double berth crew/guest cabins.

While both the VOYAGE 590 and VOYAGE 510 maximise accommodation for optimal charter performance, each model also features alternate cabin configurations with larger master suites and spaces dedicated for laundry, workshops and additional storage.