- 44.2m | Cheoy Lee | 1996 (2019)
Built by Cheoy Lee in 1996 and refitted in 2019, the 44m Island Heiress prides herself on offering an intimate home from home environment which particularly suits family groups of all ages. Boasting spacious, comfortable and uncluttered staterooms and clean, casually elegant lines, she is the ideal yacht for a laidback sunshine escape with family and friends.
With a cruising speed of 12 knots and a top speed of 18 knots, Island Heiress’s four decks, Crestron technology programming and hugely imaginative offering of toys including a climbing wall, inflatable submarine, wet-sub and giant water slide, will ensure a memorable and active vacation for all who sail in her.
Based in the Bahamas all year round and offering a fully certificated scuba programme, Island Heiress is the most exceptional base for a vacation which looks to combine deep sea dives in pristine waters and varied ocean-based sporting activities with cosy familial style entertaining.
With a fabulous crew of 10, she accommodates 12 guests in six en suite cabins - a full beam master king suite, three queen staterooms and two twins. There’s dining for 12 on the covered aft deck and a super well equipped flybridge complete with spacious seating area, reading nooks, a large jacuzzi with a swim-up bar as well as a full wet bar and barbecue area perfect for al fresco lunches and sunset aperos.
The beautiful sky lounge is another favourite spot for casual lunches or intimate dining, and for family entertainment there’s a games table, karaoke and a home cinema style flat-screen TV for cosy movie nights.
Guests will love the abundant space on board, state of the art entertainment system, welcoming and warm vibes and relaxed ambience which will make everyone from small family groups to serious divers feel instantly at home.
With 15 years’ experience in yachting, Cape Town-born John Gaffley heads up a stellar crew on Island Heiress.
An adventurous spirit and a keen motorcyclist who has crossed the US on two wheels, he once worked as an air traffic controller and has a private pilot’s licence although yachting remains his abiding passion.
His long tenure on Island Heiress has bestowed on him many entertaining stories to tell and alongside the friendly crew he’ll ensure your trip is an experience to remember.
Chef & Cuisine
With Chef LoQuisha Beasley at the helm, Island Heiress prides herself on offering a five-star dining experience across every service. The American-born chef headed up the kitchens at a plethora of luxury restaurants before moving on board, and is a proud champion of healthy American comfort food with a southwest flair.
Her mouth-watering breakfast menu including classic eggs benedict, traditional Canadian bacon with hollandaise sauce, pancakes with maple syrup, filled omelettes and delicious French toast will give you plenty of energy for the activity-packed day ahead
Typical lunch choices offer a grilled peach and strawberry salad served with vegetable risotto and marinated grilled chicken with garlic shrimp. You won’t be disappointed by her dazzling dinner menu either: a typical menu kicks off with cranberry apple salad with red wine balsamic dressing, followed by creamy Chardonnay chicken or pan fried sole with lemon cream, alongside herb roasted potatoes and pasta primavera. Just be sure to save room for her delectable sweet and tangy key-lime pie