Select Yachts toured DENRAE while she was docked in Fort Lauderdale. We were WOWed. This Oceanfast 87′, the smallest Oceanfast ever built, exudes all the presence and prestige of her larger siblings, but on a delightfully intimate scale.
Throughout DENRAE, clever design features create flexible spaces. So, DENRAE feels equally as comfortable for large parties as for small celebrations. The charming salon suggests a Cape Cod seaside cottage. The surround of windows above a custom, semi-circular sofa is a welcoming space, perfectly proportioned for conversation.
In the main dining room, the dining table for 10 guests can be folded into a storage bag and stowed. In its place, two hi-lo pedestal tables serve to create a very spacious, comfortable lounge area. Move up to the helm. Here everyone can gather on comfy, sofa seating to view the rapid approach to a new port of call.
Making a Splash
The Owner plans to augment the yacht’s toy chest with a giant slide, and add more professional equipment for Jennica in the galley. DENRAE will also tow a new 33-foot Contender with top-quality fishing gear, perfect for Captain Matthew who loves to fish. Jennica and Matthew always catch their own food; lobsters, conch, tuna and Mahi. Having caught dinner in these waters for many years, Matthew knows some top fishing spots.
Matthew is also an avid spearfisherman, but he doesn’t do it with guests. Instead, he says, “I run what I call the safety boat. When we go spearfishing we take out the inflatable, not the Contender. The biggest thing about spearfishing from a safety standpoint is when you actually catch a fish. You need to get it out of the water as soon as possible.”
“The person in the chase boat needs to get over there quickly, safely, and without hitting anybody else spearfishing. You always need to be watching. You grab the fish, you put it in the boat, you give them the spear back, and they can keep fishing.”
“A fantastic experience, every single time, is swimming with the turtles at Little Farmers Cay. They’re always there, they’re huge, and they’re always amazing. It’s in waste deep water, in a very shallow bay, right by the dock. So, you don’t actually need to know how to swim. There’s a local guy selling great conch salad there. If we aren’t finding lobster we can buy it from the locals. It’s a really cute little town.”
“Rachel’s Bath is beautiful. It’s this bubbly bath. As the ocean waves hit a rock ledge they flow over like a waterfall into a small lagoon. It’s really easy to hike there. The water is crystal clear – like it is everywhere. It’s only five or six feet at the deepest, but shallows up like a beach, so great for kids. It’s an experience that’s really out of this world.”
Nearby is Rocky Dundas, another grotto, right on the edge of the Exuma Land and Sea Park. It’s a fairly well-hidden little gem. Not many people know about it. You can only go to it in settled weather. If there’s any breeze at all the waves are crashing into it.
About the Chef
Chef Jennica also loves the Bahamas. In 2010 she left Sweden, tired of the dark, cold and small-town life. She set off to see the world, beginning with India. For two years she traveled across the country, in the mountains and on the beaches, finding her true self. Then she traveled around Southeast Asia for another year. Eventually, needing money, she applied for a working holiday visa in Australia. There she landed a wonderful job working on a farm with horses, something she had been doing since childhood.
Jennica says, “I have two elements: animals and water. I’m doing the water element right now. I love being on the water, it’s awesome and I’ve learned so much from it.”
But, honestly, Jennica needs to add food as her third element. Throughout her travels she was learning recipes and techniques from the locals, mastering exotic spices and condiments, adding a dash of her own creativity and incorporating it all into a sumptuous repertoire.
“As a chef you’re always learning and growing.” Jennica explains, “You can’t stop it. If you have a passion for it, it will be a never-ending career. I’m 28 now, with the passion that I have for cooking, I will be a renowned chef in five years. I will publish and sell my own cookbook.” In the future, once they have kids, Matthew and Jennica plan to open a restaurant beach bar. But for now, only the privileged charter guests aboard DENRAE get to sample her menu.
DENRAE accommodates 10 guests in four staterooms, two queen bed staterooms and two twin bed staterooms with Pullmans. The yacht is great for families with kids and is pet-friendly with dog bed and bowls on board. DENRAE is based in Staniel Cay and charters in the Exumas. Guests are encouraged to fly directly into Staniel Cay. Alternatively, they can be picked up in Georgetown or Nassau.
Contact Select Yachts for more information and to book DENRAE.