Have you ever watched a group of happy people wistfully enjoy a sunny summer afternoon on an elegant powerboat and thought to yourself “I want to be on that boat.”? Or, maybe you’ve always dreamed of owning an elegant powerboat of your own, but been soured on the idea once you learned how much time, money, logistics and knowledge conventional boat ownership requires?
Well, you’re not alone. In fact, there are lots of ways to get out on the water that bypass some of the hassle of boat ownership. But, when it comes to easy-exclusivity and pure on-the-water enjoyment in the most sought-after spots such as Nantucket, NYC, East Hampton, Palm Beach and over 20 other destinations including the Bahamas, nothing quite compares with the exclusive on-the-water-experience Barton And Gray Mariners Club members enjoy.
And that’s no accident. Tim Barton and Doug Gray founded the club back in 2006 because they wanted to make the joys of being on the water—on an elegant boat—available to a larger group of people. They’ve been successful because they were smart enough to listen to their members and develop the technology needed to manage a fleet of boats all over the country as the “sharing economy” was just getting started. They’ve also worked hard to build and maintain a significant service infrastructure that makes it easy for members to enjoy impeccable service and exclusive access to elegant boats in exclusive destinations.
“We know our members cherish their time on the water, says company co-founder Doug Gray. “And we know what works after running tens of thousands of outings on our fleet of well-maintained Hinckley’s,” he continues.
“But, when people started asking us for a bigger and more open boat, we decided to put all we know about helping our members have amazing on-the-water experiences into designing a new boat that could be even better than what we’ve offered before. But we aren’t yacht designers or builders, so we turned to the best in the business to bring our ideas to life.”
As a result, Barton worked closely on the design—that became the Daychaser 48—with Zurn Yacht Design. Meanwhile, the luxury yacht construction experts at Boston BoatWorks are building the first Daychaser 48 at their facility on the historic Boston waterfront as I write this now.
“At Zurn Yacht Design, we focus on every single detail to ensure that the end result is not only beautiful and safe, but also the full realization of our clients’ idea,” Zurn says. “For the Daychaser 48, we’re bringing the Barton & Gray lifestyle to life.”
As you can see, the lines Zurn gave Daychaser are modern and classic without being radical or even worse, stale. And since it measures just under 50-feet-long and 15-feet feet wide Daychaser is a perfect dayboat with ample space for socializing in four separate zones. The lounge in the bow is the spot to catch some sun. The bar is ideal place to eat and drink. The aft deck’s chaise lounges are for…lounging. And the large beach club on the stern is maximized for watersports and beach access.
Belowdecks you there’s a roomy head with a full shower and a daybed for the occasional nap. At the helm, the captain has complete control with all the leading technology and our custom-built joystick control system.
Meanwhile, thanks to Boston BoatWorks’ 25-years of experience working with designers and customers to create their ultimate yacht by combining high-tech composite construction with artisan-level craftsmanship, the Daychaser 48 is built to be fast, luxurious, durable and comfortable, while also being approved by the Coast Guard to meet the highest safety standards.
“We’re honored and excited to be building the Barton & Gray Mariner Club’s innovative new Daychaser 48,” says Boston Boatworks Founder and CEO Scott Smith. “The combination of Doug Zurn’s design, Boston Boatworks’ high-tech, high-quality construction and Barton & Gray’s exclusive ability to offer members unforgettable experiences is the best.”
Another cool aspect of the Daychaser 48 is that you don’t need to be a current member to buy one (you do get a membership with your purchase) and various ownership packages are available.
Early adopters can buy a Daychaser outright and use it whenever they want while Barton and Gray provides all maintenance, transport and care. This package also gives Daychaser owners membership privileges to the entire a fleet Barton & Grey yachts along with potentially significant tax benefits.
Owners can also invest in a Barton & Gray Mariners Club managed yacht. The upfront costs of this package are less than purchasing a specific boat outright. And managed fleet investors can also enjoy income and a club membership as well. The only drawback is managed yacht owners don’t have quite the freedom to book their Daychaser that outright owners have.
Watch this space! The first Daychaser 48 is scheduled to launch this spring.
And that’s only the beginning.