Next Stop: Antarctica

The 220-foot Alloy Vertigo is planning extreme charter itineraries for 2015.

Alloy sailing yacht Vertigo

Alloy sailing yacht Vertigo

The lowest weekly base rate to charter Vertigo is about $277,000 (€225,000).Professional Photo Rental

Since she launched in 2011, the 220-foot Alloy Vertigo has cruised more than 100,000 miles, with her owner exploring regions from the South Pacific and Southeast Asia to the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Now, he has his sights set on Patagonia and Antarctica, where Vertigo is expected to be available for charter from November 2015 through February 2016.

"We are asking interested clients to inquire sooner rather than later, because chartering in Antarctica takes planning," said Tom DeBuse of Y.CO, which manages Vertigo for charter. "There will be owner use while the yacht is there, and the season is very limited, so it's important to start thinking now about charter dates and itineraries."

Vertigo is a Philippe Briand design built for a yachtsman who previously owned, among other things, a Perini Navi sailing yacht in the 160-foot range. The owner spent a great deal of time cruising on his previous yacht and thinking about smart design features, which is why Vertigo has a toe-friendly flush deck (not even the anchoring equipment sticks up), swim platforms not only aft but also to port and starboard (so there's a wind- and current-free entry point at all times) and a door from the master cabin's head that opens directly to the yacht's garage, allowing the primary charter guest to return from water sports and enjoy a hot rainshower in privacy without having to traipse through the rest of the yacht.

Christian Liagre handled Vertigo's interior décor, which is contemporary with neutral tones and industrial accents, such as metal mesh overheads on the bottom deck.

The lowest weekly base rate to charter Vertigo is about $277,000 (€225,000). Premiums may apply for Antarctica itineraries. Learn more at