A week from today, the Tampa Bay area will be jamming in preparation for Super Bowl XLIII, which, for you fans of that “other” type of football, is Sunday, February 1. Sadly, my New York Giants blew their opportunity to be there (thanks, Plax), but I’ll still tune in.
For those of you who want to enjoy the sights and sounds of the game up close, and in a way most people won’t, there’s still time to charter a yacht. Last week CharterWave ran this story about a handful of yachts of various sizes that will be in the area. Yesterday I contacted Sharon Bahmer, the broker for the USA and Caribbean for Boatbookings, and learned that megayachts are indeed still available, including some not listed on their site.
Two yachts I’ve been aboard that Boatbookings can reserve for you include the 97-foot Hooter Patrol IV and the 116-foot Serenity. Built by Hargrave, Hooter Patrol IV (top) has a beautiful, high-gloss interior (above) with sleeping accommodations for 10, but for Super Bowl week she can host a dockside party for 40 and includes limo transportation for eight. She’s also a kid-friendly boat, both stateroom-wise and crew-wise. (And yes, “hooter” in her name refers to the famous eatery chain; the company logo is echoed on her transom, too.)
As for Serenity (above, at her christening in October 2007), she’s the largest to date from Lazzara Yachts, and as I explained in this story, she permits anyone in a wheelchair full access on the main deck and lower deck. Another thing that makes her stand out: The wall between two of the staterooms can be opened up to let them form one giant suite. All of the rooms are serenely appointed (note the master below).
To inquire about Hooter Patrol IV, Serenity, or any other yacht charter during the Super Bowl, click here.