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Southern Charm Catamaran charters the Virgin Islands and Bahamas! Six guests sail in 3 spacious queen cabin. Book your yacht charter now!

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.

Year Built:
50.00 Ft
26.5 Feet
5.5 Feet

Boat Details

Engine Details

2 – 80HP Yanmar diesels
9 KW Northern Lights
6000W 110V inverter plus 5000W 220V inverter
2,000 watts of solar panels

Fuel Consumption:

Winter Area:
Caribbean Virgin Islands (US/BVI), Caribbean Virgin Islands (US), Caribbean Virgin Islands (BVI)
Summer Area:
Caribbean Virgin Islands (US/BVI), Caribbean Windwards, Caribbean Virgin Islands (US)
110 & 220
Internet Access:
Onboard WIFI

Other Amenities:

-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

Other Toys:

1 Circular Mesh 8′ Floating Dock
2 SUPs
1 XL SUP (holds 5-6 people)
4 Fishing Rods
2 Sublue Sea Scooters
Onshore Games
Starlink internet

2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
Winter 2023 to 2024 $23,000 $24,000 $25,000 $26,000 $27,000
Summer 2024 $23,000 $24,000 $25,000 $26,000 $27,000
Winter 2024 to 2025 $23,000 $24,000 $25,000 $26,000 $27,000
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 $500.00 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

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


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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.
All Inclusive.Cruising Permit: Paid by BoatLicenses: Paid by Boat

(15 December -30 April)
Caribbean Virgin Islands (US/BVI), Caribbean Virgin Islands (US), Caribbean Virgin Islands (BVI)
(1 May - 14 December)
Caribbean Virgin Islands (US/BVI), Caribbean Windwards, Caribbean Virgin Islands (US)


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