A megayacht where the captain is known as Conchy Mo among the locals has got to be a fun charter experience.
That’s what I thought when I read a press release from YachtZoo regarding the 108-foot Illusions joining its charter fleet. Based in the Bahamas for the summer and the Bahamas and Caribbean later this year, Illusions naturally puts plenty of watertoys at the eight guests’ disposal, some of which you can see above. They include a four-seater SeaDoo jetboat, three SeaDoo PWCs that seat two apiece, snorkeling and fishing gear, and a 15-foot Novurania RIB. But Capt. Ernest Lumpkin’s nickname intrigued me.
Turns out, his father was also nicknamed Mo, according to Jessica Althoff, one of YachtZoo’s charter brokers, who spoke with the owner of Illusions on my behalf. After extensively cruising the islands over the years, Capt. Mo has come to know many Bahamians, who consider him family “and adopted him as a native by proudly naming him Conchy Mo,” the owner relates.
The owner and Althoff also note that Conchy Mo and his crew like to take charter guests off the beaten path when it comes to exploring the Bahamas. Guana Cay, for example, is a favored spot for diving and its general seclusion. They also like heading to the little-visited Preacher’s Cave in the Out Islands, for its history (it’s where the first settlers of Eleuthera were shipwrecked in 1648) and plentiful hidden spots.
Illusions is available for $35,000 per week, plus expenses. Contact YachtZoo for further details.