Southern Charm Description

Southern Charm features 4 different social gathering areas which include the forward cockpit seating area, the Sky lounge the aft cockpit and salon area. Guests will enjoy the ability to sit with friends, family and guests in an area that accommodates 12 people at a time or a cozy 3-4 people for a more private setting. All cabins feature oversized queen beds with added comfort topper with high quality linen sheets. Each cabin has its own private head, bathroom with toilet (head), sink and walk-in shower with platseak comfort, non-slip flooring. Cabins also include a closet and drawers for storage. DIVING: Offered via rendezvous only

Cruising Area of Southern Charm

Pref. Pick-upVillage Cay, BVI
Other Pick-upNanny Cay, Tortola, BVI
Summer PortBVI
Winter PortBVI
Summer OperationsCaribbean Virgin Islands
Winter OperationsCaribbean Virgin Islands

Accommodations

Guests6
Cabins3
Crew2
Queen3
Showers3
Wash Basins3
TP in HeadsYes
Electric Heads3
Accommodation Details
Southern Charm features 4 different social gathering areas which include the forward cockpit seating area, the Sky lounge the aft cockpit and salon area. Guests will enjoy the ability to sit with friends, family and guests in an area that accommodates 12 people at a time or a cozy 3-4 people for a more private setting. All cabins feature oversized queen beds with added comfort topper with high quality linen sheets. Each cabin has its own private head, bathroom with toilet (head), sink and walk-in shower with platseak comfort, non-slip flooring. Cabins also include a closet and drawers for storage.

Specification

Length50 Feet
Beam26.5 Feet
Draft5.5 Feet
Built2020
A/CFull
A/C NightYes
HammockYes
DeckshowerYes
Bimini TopYes
Sailing InstructionsYes
HairdryerYes
Num HatchLots
Children AllowedYes
Min Child AgeWater safe
Inverter6000W 110V & 5000W 220V
Voltages110 & 220
Water Maker40 GPH
Water Capacity180 gal plus water maker
Ice MakerYes
Internet AccessOnboard WIFI
Generator9KW
Max Speed12-13 knts
Cruising Speed7-8 knts
Fuel Consumption.6-1 US Gall/Hr
Range2,000+
Turnaround48 hrs preferred, Inquire for
Engines2 - 80HP Yanmar diesels 9 KW Northern Lights 6000W 110V inverter plus 5000W 220V inverter 2,000 watts of solar panels

Water Sports

Dinghy (Feet)13´ Highfield RIB
Dinghy Hp25hp
Dinghy Pax8
Sea ScootersYes
Snorkel GearYes
Floating MatsYes
Standup Paddle3
Swim PlatformsYes
Boarding LadderS/S ladder of scoop steps
Beach GamesYes
Fishing GearYes
Gear Typeheavy trolling and lightweight
Fishing RodsYes
Deep Sea FishingYes
Fishing PermitInquire
Other Toys
1 Circular Mesh 8´ Floating Dock
2 SUPs
1 XL SUP (holds 5-6 people)
Sub-wing
4 Fishing Rods
2 Sublue Sea Scooters
Onshore Games
Starlink internet

Scuba Diving Scuba Diving Symbol

ScubaYacht offers Rendezvous Diving only
Air CompressorNot Onboard

Entertainment

Salon Tv/DvdYes
Salon StereoYes
iPod/Device HookupsYes
CDsYes
Board GamesYes
Other Entertainment
-Boat has projector TV which can be set up anywhere

-Please note the onboard WIFI is USVI only. WIFI is via Starlink.

-4 zone premium audio system w/ Bluetooth connectivity.
-universal plugs with additional plug-ins and USB connections beside each bed.
-Linen sheets and pillow cases with super-lightweight down comforters for the ultimate in sleep comfort.
-Individually controlled thermostat in each berth.
-High-end “Molten Brown” bath gel, shampoo, conditioner as well as hand soap and lotion.
-Dimmable cabin lights and individual reading lights.
-Lightweight “Turkish Towels” provided for guests beach towels in addition to all bath linens
-Guest Smokes: no

Cuisine

Din-in8
Special DietsInq
BBQYes

Green Initiatives

Make Purified Drinking WaterYes
Re-Usable Water BottlesYes
Other Green Initiatives
Reef Friendly Sunscreen

Southern Charm Crew Profile

Crew Number2
Crew SmokeNo
Captain
CaptainKevin King
NationalityUSA
Born1972
SpeaksEnglish
LicenseUSCG - Master
Chef/mate
Chef/mateElizabeth King
NationalityUSA
Born1972
LicenseSTCW


If ever a couple was built for the close-quarters intimacy of full-time cruising, it’s Kevin and Elizabeth King. These Leopard 50 owners have walked through life side-by-side since infancy. “Elizabeth and I met in church in Fort Smith, Arkansas, when we were about two-years-old,” says Kevin. “Our families were close. We went to church together, and our fathers eventually became business partners. Elizabeth and I even have the same birthday - day, month and year.”

After attending the University of Arkansas and working for their families’ telecom company, the energetic, ambitious couple decided to go into business for themselves. They did so in their usual way, together and full throttle. “In 2005, we decided to start our own real estate brokerage,” says Kevin. “It took off like mad. With Elizabeth´s marketing skills and my sales and recruiting experience, everything just exploded. We became the number one volume real estate office in our region in just our third year.”

Of course, that success came at a price. As much as they loved their work, Kevin and Elizabeth knew they needed both a way to occasionally escape the demands of entrepreneurship and a plan for their long-term future, i.e., retirement. As it turns out, there was a one-word answer for both: Sailing. “Elizabeth came up with an idea to go sailing,” says Kevin. She found a crewed charter in the BVI, and we went and absolutely loved it.” Loved it a lot.

Kevin, who never goes along for the ride, spent much of that first cruise learning the basics of sailing from the crew. Over the next three years, the Kings immersed themselves in their new passion. They took ASA courses and went on more cruises. Kevin even volunteered to crew on passages up and down the East Coast. The couple was pleasantly surprised by the welcome and support they received from their fellow cruisers. “The sailing community is made up of a lot of good, caring people,” says Kevin. “They´re like-minded. They enjoy sailing, obviously, but they also enjoy the sense of community and helping others. It’s amazing how quickly you can make friends even during a pandemic.”

In 2019, the Kings put their seamanship to a life-changing test. They successfully crossed the Atlantic via the Azores with their three kids on a friend’s Leopard 45. The trip sealed their decision to go full-time and validated their 2018 decision to purchase a Leopard 50. Kevin and Elizabeth took delivery of their 50 earlier this year and say it checks every box on their design and performance list. “We liked the Leopard a lot because of the forward hatch and the forward seating area,” says Kevin. “We love the flybridge, too. The heavy displacement is important to us. The boat is solid, like a tank. We´ve been in some pretty high winds being offshore, and it handles great. We´ve never felt unsafe with the Leopard. Taking the option of the larger engine was a good call. We use that added power a lot coming in and out of some inlets in Florida.”

The Kings’ Leopard, Southern Charm, is now pretty much home for Kevin, Elizabeth and their daughter, who is finishing up high school remotely from the Leopard’s lounge area. While the couple must occasionally spend time in Fort Smith as they wrap up the sale of their business, they hurry back to Southern Charm as soon as possible. The COVID pandemic has had a mixed impact on the King’s new-boat experience. On the downside, the couple was forced to cancel a planned maiden cruise to the Bahamas, a cruise to Acadia National Park in Maine, and visits by friends and family. But the corona-caused acceptance of remote meeting options reduced the need for those trips back to Arkansas.

Once the all-clear sounds, the Kings would like to explore the Bahamas and circumnavigate the world. Closer in, they look forward to introducing their friends and family to Southern Charm and the world of sailing. “Fort Smith is a border town with the Arkansas River wrapping around half of it, “ says Kevin. “We have lakes all around the city, so lots of our friends grew up skiing and wakeboarding and all that kind of stuff, but nobody´s really been on a big sailboat.” The couple also plans to offer crewed cruises on Southern Charm. Kevin says they might do ten or fifteen cruises a year, “just enough to cover some of our cruising costs.” And scratch their entrepreneurial itch, no doubt.

When exactly all this might happen is still up in the air, given the continued health concerns. And that’s fine with the Kings. “We´ve kind of quit planning with COVID,” says Elizabeth. “We have a general idea of what we´re going to do, and then we´re just pretty loosey-goosey from there.” Adds Kevin: “We were on a treadmill with work for a long time. We want to spend some quality time enjoying the slow route. Not hurrying on an agenda to get anywhere, but enjoying the places we visit and taking the time to meet locals and enjoy the local food, and get to know people a little bit instead of hurrying to get the next spot.”

One thing is certain, even in these crazy times. Whatever the future holds for Kevin and Elizabeth, they’ll experience it hand-in-hand.

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Southern Charm Reservations & Port Locations

Start DateEnd DateDetails (Holds can be challenged)
May 24, 2024May 31, 2024Booked: British Virgin Islands* to British Virgin Islands*
Jun 06, 2024Jun 10, 2024Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI
Jun 12, 2024Jun 19, 2024Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI
Jun 22, 2024Jun 29, 2024Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI
Jun 30, 2024Jul 06, 2024Unavailable: Unavailable to Unavailable
Jul 07, 2024Jul 12, 2024Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI
Jul 13, 2024Jul 19, 2024Unavailable: Unavailable to Unavailable
Jul 20, 2024Jul 27, 2024Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI
Aug 01, 2024Oct 04, 2024Unavailable: Unavailable to Unavailable
Nov 08, 2024Nov 15, 2024Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI
Nov 18, 2024Nov 25, 2024Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Dec 10, 2024Dec 28, 2024Unavailable: Unavailable to Unavailable
Jan 12, 2025Jan 18, 2025Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI
Jan 20, 2025Jan 25, 2025Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI
Mar 16, 2025Mar 20, 2025Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI
Mar 22, 2025Mar 29, 2025Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI
Apr 13, 2025Apr 18, 2025Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI
May 04, 2025May 16, 2025Unavailable: Unavailable, Crew Holiday to Unavailable, Crew Holiday
May 24, 2025May 31, 2025Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI
Jun 14, 2025Jun 21, 2025Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI
Jun 22, 2025Oct 31, 2025Unavailable: Unavailable to Unavailable

Southern Charm Rates / week

The prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter. Inquire for lowest rate.
Low price: $21,200

High price: $27,000

Season2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax
2024 Summer$23,000$24,000$25,000$26,000$27,000
2024/25 Winter$23,000$24,000$25,000$26,000$27,000

Yacht terms: All Inclusive
An all-inclusive charter covers all provisioning and running expenses. This includes a captain and crew that is fully trained and committed to your safety and enjoyment of your trip. A chef will provide the kind of exceptional, personalized meal preparation that you would expect of a five-star restaurant. The listed rate may not include all local taxes, cruising permits, premium beverages and scuba activities. Inquire for more information.

ADDITIONAL RATE DETAILS


This vessel is legal to conduct charters in the BVI

**Charters over 7 nights are half board only**

MINIMUM NIGHTS: 5, inquire for less
For 6 night charters, divide weekly rate by 7 nights X 6 nights. For 5 nights or less, divide weekly rate by 6 nights X number of nights.

BVI PORT FEE: BVI customs and cruising permit fees are included in the rate, but guests would be responsible to get their own personal license if they want to fish

SLEEP ABOARD: Sleep aboard the night before charter dates. Available for $500 per cabin, per night with a 3 cabin minimum. Includes boarding after 4pm & light breakfast. Dinner is to be taken ashore at client expense. Please select option upon booking. EXCLUDES: Christmas and New Year´s weeks.

HALF BOARD MEAL PLAN: Includes: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 3 dinners. Requires 3 lunches & 4 dinners ashore at client expense.
2@$22,700 | 3@$23,550 | 4@$24,400 | 5@$25,250 | 6@$26,100

LOCAL FARE MEAL PLAN: Includes: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 6 dinners. Requires 2 lunches and 1 dinner ashore at client expense.
2@$22,850 | 3@$23,775 | 4@$24,700 | 5@$25,625 | 6@$26,550

CHRISTMAS/NEW YEARS: 7 night minimum
CHRISTMAS: Unavailable
NEW YEARS: 1-6 guests @ $34,000 - may not start prior to 12/29

NOTES
Pickup and Drop off at Village Cay in Road Town, BVI

CAPTAIN ONLY: 1-6 guests $19,500 plus all expenses.
Includes: Captain, linens/towels/ dishes, flatware, cookware & toys.
Excludes: fuel, water, customs, food, liquor, ice, trash, mooring and dock fees & gratuity.

Southern Charm Guest Reviews

June 2022

How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?

The charter was equal parts invigoration with snorkeling and paddle boarding along with rest and relaxation. The gourmet cuisine for each meal was such a treat.

How is the yacht? Is she clean and well- maintained? Were your cabins comfortable? Was the cockpit comfortable? Was there enough shade?

The charter was perfect. The yacht was clean and comfortable. The cabins were tranquil for slumber as we spent every waking moment we could exploring and cruising. There was also some shade somewhere on the boat at all times.

Did you use all the water toys? We snorkeled at several locations and paddled boarded.

The meals were beyond out expectations with homemade dressings for salads and snacks mid day. Our preference sheets were followed perfectly.

My family feels like we made life long friends with Capital Kevin and Elizabeth. They are engaging in our lives and they shared their love of sailing with us. Their southern hospitality warmed our hearts with our first step on the boat.

Was it easy to get to your yachts Yes destination?

How did you find the pace and the itinerary of your vacation?

We wish we could have extended our stay and are looking forward to our next trip. It was extremely laid back and relaxing.

We feel so blessed to have experienced such an impactful vacation. With every trip, we can´t wait to plan the next one but this one was so very different. I can not imagine anything topping our week on Southern Charm.

Clay and Susan Pruitt

´Almost 10 years ago my husband and I went on first sailing trip with Kevin and Elizabeth King to the British Virgin Islands. This trip opened up our eyes to a whole new way of traveling. We had so much fun exploring a new island everyday. We were able to snorkel through beautiful reefs, eat at fabulous restaurants, fish for our dinner, and even learn how to sail. We owe this all to our fabulous hosts, Kevin and Elizabeth. Through the years we have sailed numerous times with Kevin and Elizabeth manning the helm. We have traveled to the Leeward Islands, Spanish Virgin Islands, British Virgin Island, and the Exumas. Thanks to them we are currently looking for our own boat. They have instilled in us a love for sailing for which we will be forever grateful. I encourage you to discover what true southern hospitality is on their beautiful 2020 Leopard 50, Southern Charm. You will find everything you are looking for in an adventurous yet relaxing vacation, whether it is a family vacation or an adults only getaway. This 4 cabin, 4 head, luxurious catamaran is well appointed.´ - Clay & Susan Pruitt

St Thomas Work Friends

AMAZING DAY CHARTER with Southern Charm! Loved the all-inclusive nature of the trip with food, drinks, and water toys. Thank you so much for the wonderful day. Snorkeling, swimming, and paddle boarding. Your hospitality was infectious and we hope to see you again.

Guy and Hope

I honestly think the best part of the trip was the atmosphere you guys created. You were fun, kind and went out of your way to make this trip super awesome. This may be the first vacation where I gained weight. The meals were fabulous! We were spoiled rotten with all the comforts of home. The boat is gorgeous, the hospitality definitely Southern, and the activities top notch!

Mike and Caitlin

Thank you for an amazing experience. From the beautiful new boat, to the incredible food to the stunning islands - we had such a blast! Thank you for your patience with picky eaters and the fishing obsessed - you truly made the trip so special for our friends and us! HIGHLIGHTS - tuna nicose salad, banana pudding, all the paddle boards, breakfast crepes, shipwreck snorkeling, fishing, and a dance party karaoke to end 2020. Complete with costumes! It was a lovely and restful week aboard a boat that brought peace to our souls. This was truly such a special experience with dear friends after an insane year. Thank you for taking such good care of us. We hope to join you for another adventure!

Robert, Sheila, and Eric

Can´t recall a time that I have been more relaxed. No better way to welcome in 2021 and our hopes for a less chaotic, less stressful, and healthy year. Thank you for the unique experience and for showing us land-loving Midwesterners what we´re missing.