The Moor­ings Cel­e­brates 50

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It’s one of the world’s best­known char­ter com­pa­nies and to cel­e­brate its 50th an­niver­sary The Moor­ings adds a new 50-footer to its fleet of cata­ma­rans.

It was a bliz­zard that cre­ated The Moor­ings. In the late 1960s, Char­lie Cary, an avid sailor, was of­fered a pro­mo­tion. His new job would take him from New Or­leans—where he and his wife, Ginny, loved to sail their Al­berg 35—to an of­fice in the North­east. But on an early visit to his new lo­cale he watched a bliz­zard out­side his ho­tel room. He took one look at the weather and turned down the pro­mo­tion. He and Ginny sailed to the Car­ib­bean, and when they got to the Bri­tish Virgin Is­lands, bought six 35-foot Pear­son yachts. On July 4, 1969, they started a lit­tle char­ter com­pany called The Moor­ings.

Soon, they col­lab­o­rated with yacht builders Mor­gan, Gulf­s­tar and Beneteau to build cus­tom char­ter boats for The Moor­ings. To­day, The Moor­ings’ char­ter fleet in­cludes more than 400 sail­ing and power yachts at more than 20 des­ti­na­tions around the world.

The Moor­ings’ lat­est yacht, the Moor­ings 5000, de­buted at the 2018 United States Sail­boat Show in Annapolis, Mary­land, where the com­pany an­nounced a year­long 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion that will cul­mi­nate in an event in Novem­ber of 2019—in the Bri­tish Virgin Is­lands, where it all be­gan.

The new Moor­ings 5000 cata­ma­ran can ac­com­mo­date up to 11 guests. It fea­tures four en-suite cab­ins and a “master” suite cabin that may have one of the largest show­ers ever in­stalled on a 50-foot yacht. Five-cabin ver­sions will also be built for the char­ter mar­ket. A far cry from those first bare­boat Pear­sons the Carys bought in 1969, the 5000 has a gen­er­a­tor, so­lar pan­els, elec­tric flush heads, an in­verter for pow­er­ing elec­tronic de­vices, an on­board wa­ter­maker, a flat-screen TV with DVD, Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity and com­pli­men­tary Wi-Fi. Char­lie Cary died in 2007, but he prob­a­bly could have com­fort­ably weath­ered one of those north­east­ern bliz­zards in­side a Moor­ings 5000. moor­ings. com —Pim Van Hem­men

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