239 Feet of Charter Excellence

Picchiotti plans to deliver Grace E this summer, and charters are available.

239-foot Picchiotti motoryacht Grace E

Grace E will be one of the largest new launches into the global yacht charter fleet for summer 2014.Courtesy Perini Navi USA

The recently launched 239-foot Picchiotti Grace E will become available for charter when she is delivered to her owners this summer. Picchiotti sister company Perini Navi has issued a handful of marketing details, and Burgess Yachts has been appointed charter manager for the yacht.

Sea trials are complete on the third build in Picchiotti’s Vetruvius series, including tests on the Dynamic Positioning System and diesel-electric propulsion system. The latter is a first on a Vetruvius, and both systems should greatly enhance the charter experience.

"Recent sea trials have confirmed that the use of electrical Azipods for the propulsion of Grace E has made for exceptional quietness and comfort while navigating," Capt. Eddie Cooney stated in a shipyard press release. "This result is due to the fact that the yacht does not have traditional shafts but a system that does not create propeller noise. There is little evidence that the boat is underway unless you are looking out the windows and actually witnessing the changing landscape. We expect that this will be a very much appreciated asset to guests cruising aboard."

Grace E will accommodate 12 guests in seven staterooms, and there will be 20 crew on board. The yacht is expected to be an RYA Training Centre (which means the crew can issue personal watercraft licenses). Amenities will include an elevator, a gymnasium, a beauty salon, a hydrotherapy room and an array of tenders and toys including four jet tenders ranging from 10 to 30 feet LOA.

The weekly base rate to charter_ Grace E_ will be €560,000 (about $760,000), and qualified clients can get more information through www.perininaviusa.com or www.burgessyachts.com.