, 2022-11-12 18:01:00,
Just try to stay on!” is the last thing I hear shouted in my direction as I motor away from the safety of our yacht and cling white-knuckled to an e-foil. The £12,000 piece of kit — a sort of levitating electric surfboard — is the hottest toy on the yachting circuit right now. It uses the same technology as the America’s Cup boats to lift the rider above the waves and “fly” across water. Mark Zuckerberg was pictured riding one in Hawaii in 2020, arms flailing like an albatross trying to take flight.
It seems I don’t have the required balance or dexterity either. Careering around in circles, I narrowly avoided garrotting myself on the rope that tethers our 50m yacht, Freedom, to a tree on the Croatian island of Vis.
Rope is not the most orthodox way of securing a £4.7 million yacht (though it does prevent the anchor from smashing the shallow seabed). But then Freedom is not your typical charter yacht. Fresh from a 2022 refit, the boat offers a beguiling slice of superyacht life at a fraction of the usual cost. Alongside a cinema, sauna, treatment rooms, pool, gym and a sundeck hot tub, the fully crewed yacht has 11 en suite cabins (including two master suites) and sleeps up to 22 charter guests — that’s ten more people than most 50m yachts can accommodate. But it doesn’t feel crowded, and although £87,700 for a week’s rental might not sound like most people’s idea of a bargain, Freedom does cost virtually half what a similarly sized superyacht…
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