An introduction to Charisma
Charisma is a Vagabond 47 designed by William Gardner and build by Blue Water Yacht with GRP material in Taiwan in September 1990. I purchased her in Phuket in May 2005 and thus became the third owner. She went through a couple of refit in 2005 and 2006 and she is pretty much under constant maintenance and improvement, the last one was a complete deck refit in 2012. Charisma is 54 feet LOA, 47 feet deck length and 36 feet at the water line for 6 feet draft. That does not make her a racer but she sails truly and well at 6 knots under sail and has been through squalls up and above 60 knots; I felt perfectly safe even under those conditions.
Charisma has a full sail wardrobe in good condition and a new Main Sail. She is powered by a 100 HP Volvo Penta and cruise economically at 6 knots. She is equipped with a 7 KVA Onan generator, water maker, fridge, freezer, air conditioner, hot water, dive compressor. There are also a large number of spare parts and tools in order to fix problems just about anywhere. She is a true live aboard that would go anywhere. A good stereo with a large and eclectic music bank blends sound and sight in just about any circumstances; an open sea or a Gin & Tonic in a peaceful tropical anchorage at sunset.
The Owner & Skipper
My name is Francis Maubé. I was born and raised in France but worked and lived overseas since 1979. I regained my freedom from the corporate world in 2005, purchased Charisma and lived on board since. I started sailing at the age of 12 but working life took its toll on the sailing so now is a good time to fill the gap. I tend to be relaxed but like to keep high standard as far as safety is concerned as well as cleanliness and keeping the boat in proper order. Exploring is my passion, that includes nature above and below the water line, culture, people and why events unfold in a particular way. I suppose the quest is to answer the ethereal question: why. As social as I can be there is no compromise about safety on board; if the boat is safe we are all safe on board. I particularly enjoy exchange of idea, different way to look at events or idea which is sometimes known as lateral thinking and above all learning as life is nothing but bettering oneself.
Experience is great but can be empty. I’ve seen too many people boasting 20 years or so experience but in fact barely mastered 20 times one year. Yet, some experience is good but a willingness and capability to learn and help is even better. The crew should feel free to ask as many questions he/she wish in order to share knowledge, by the same token she/her should also feel free to share his/hers.
A crew is required, not a passenger, the difference should be appreciated, in case of doubt, please feel free to ask. The Crew is expected to share the chores on board, in particular, keeping the deck clean and uncluttered of loose equipment as well as in the cabins. Cooking and washing is to be shared amongst the crew and skipper. Personal hygiene is most important; there is a water maker on board so showering is not a problem. The crew is also expected to hold its own watch day or night with the adequate amount of coaching. Although I do not expect a crew to help a refit, lending a hand is required for any unexpected repairs that are bound to happen from time to time.
In terms of cost the crew will solely shoulder the following:
Cost of transportation from point of origin to point of embarkation and from point of disembarkation to point of origin or wherever the crew wishes to travel to.
Cost of visa and ancillary cost which are agent fees if applicable and generally any government fees directly related to the individual. All cost directly related to the boat are to be borne by the owner.
Any cost generated by the crew as a result of its own action; read doing something stupid. For example entering into a dodgy deal whether onboard or ashore.
By the way, the boat is strictly drug free. Any illegal substance brought onboard by the crew will result in an immediate disembarkation on first terra firma.
This introduction is relatively short in comparison to actual life on board so feel free to ask any questions that might spring to mind.