Discovering the Dalmatian Coast aboard Metsuyan IV
After a recent cruise along the Dalmatian coast on board the motor yacht Metsuyan IV, Camper & Nicholsons charter broker, Eduardo Valfre, gives his expert opinion on the sought after motor yacht and shares his thoughts on these azure waters.
What was Metsuyan IV like as a vessel?
Outstanding. One thing that really stands out is how quiet she is and her stability when cruising. Every night's sleep was peaceful.
Where did you cruise?
We cruised the Dalmatian Coast from Cavtat to the unspoilt island of Sipan; on to Croatia's greenest island, Mljet; and to the medieval walled city of Dubrovnik. It is a coastline that offers something for everyone, from cultural hotspots and fabulous hiking trails ashore to deserted secluded bays and clear, azure waters on board.
What was the food like on board?
Excellent and appropriate for the season and locality: we ate lots of delicious salads and fresh seafood. My favourite menu was the Asian inspired dishes that the chef served up on our final night.
What are Metsuyan IV's watersport offerings?
Exceptional - she offers wide array of tenders and toys, including waterskis and wakeboards. I had a great afternoon exploring nearby coves on a paddleboard and I have no doubt children, big and small, will love to plunge into the water from the 4m-dive board.
What is the scenery like?
There is an enigmatic charm to this coastline where you can still feel the legacies left by the Romans, Venetians and Hapsburgs. Hundreds of islands along the Croatian Adriatic remain beautifully preserved where glorious remnants of the past, including the Benedictine monastery dating back to the 12th century on the island of Saint Mary which I saw as we cycled to the Great Lake.
What was your favourite moment from the trip?
Lobster catching off Mljet Island. Just thirty minutes after we finished Chef Dylan served up our efforts for a delicious lunch.
What is Metsuyan IV's crew like?
Incredibly welcoming, friendly and professional. Their attention to detail was extraordinary and little touches such as personalised notes on the day ahead were fantastic.
What is Croatia like as a cruising ground?
Diverse, with excellent marinas as well as secluded, deserted anchorages. Much of Croatia is a long narrow strip of coast, with over 1,400 islands floating in the azure waters of the Adriatic, and a coastline 200 miles long. Charterers can either start or end their charters in Italy or Montenegro, and cruise across the Adriatic to explore the Dalmatian coastline, stretching from Brioni in the north to Korcula in the south.
Who would you recommend Metsuyan IV to?
Someone looking for the highest levels of service, but with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Her long list of toys make her perfect for families too.
Metsuyan IV is available to charter in the Eastern Mediterranean this summer, at a weekly rate starting from €98,000. For more information please contact your Camper & Nicholsons charter broker.