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The Solita

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The Solita is a premium 42 feet motor yacht in white with teak accents. Classic in style, in operation since the early 90’s, its arrival pioneered the concept of yacht charter in Goa. Managed by a professional crew since its inception, guests’ needs and desires onboard are catered to in all respects. The Solita, which accommodates up to 27 guests, can be chartered on an hourly or daily basis. October to April each season.

THE YACHT

The Solita is a 42 feet classic Grand Banks-style motor yacht. It has comfortable and easy seating on the flybridge, rear and front decks. Twin 145 hp diesel engines from John Deere propel the yacht, with a cruising speed of 8 to 10 knots.

Beneath the spacious deck is a large lounge room with entertainment facilities, a fully equipped pantry and two bedroom cabins with en-suite baths. Handcrafted teak wood enhance the classic interiors.

The yacht which accommodates up to 27 guests, comes with a fully qualified crew of four including the captain, an engineer and two stewards. She can be chartered on an hourly or daily basis with customised itineraries.

CRUISE IDEAS AND ITINERARIES

Dolphin Discovery
Early mornings, cruise out to sea passing by Reis Magos Fort, Miramar Beach, the Governor's Residence and the historical Aguada Jail. One is bound to sight dolphins jumping out of the water. Drop anchor in front of a palm-fringed beach to swim, lap up the sun and savour a meal on the yacht deck.

Backwater Cruise
In the afternoon, journeys can be made on Mapusa and Mandovi rivers providing you a glimpse of village life along the Goan backwaters. An area of rich flora and fauna, birdlife abounds here. As sundown approaches, cruise out to sea towards the setting sun. When darkness sets in, anchor in a quiet bay to enjoy a light dinner under the stars.

Exclusive Business Entertainment
Away from heavy suits and claustrophobic boardrooms, host business meetings, cocktail soirées, press conferences et al in a different ambience. Absolutely private, with a expanse of sea and a sweeping horizon, business would be a pleasure on-board The Solita.

Bachelorette Party

Fancy a really exciting evening for the closest of friends before getting hitched? A cruise on The Solita will be an unique experience for hosting a party. Away from rituals, this would be the way to let your hair down in style!

Sunset Cruise
Goan waters and landscape are ideal for a cruise during sundown. Guests are spoilt for choice - savouring cocktails, wine and a sumptuous dinner with beautiful churches and forts as the backdrop.

Dinner for Two
Celebrate any occasion - birthday, anniversary; surprise your loved one or spend a romantic evening with soft jazz and murmur of waves. With sky and sea being your companions, there would be enough privacy on-board The Solita.

Romantic Overnight Stay
For a truly romantic experience, spend the night aboard the luxurious Solita with Penha de França church as your backdrop. Enjoy a seafood dinner on-board as you watch the stars.
 

THE STORY

Hans Tuinman and Sucheta Potnis pioneered the concept of luxury cruises in India. Back in 1992, they commissioned the yacht from Bristol Boats, Cochin. A year later the yacht was launched and it sailed from Cochin to Goa. The arrival of The Solita in Goa in April 1993 created a huge sensation as she was the first luxury yacht in India which was made available for charter.

Since its inception and operations in Goa, The Solita has drawn an exclusive clientele from all over the world. The Solita has been written about extensively in Indian and international magazines and she has hosted an incredibly large number of dignitaries and celebrities.

A cruise on The Solita is a must on the itinerary of the more affluent and discerning travellers to Goa. In fact, the `Solita' has become somewhat of a legend in Goa with a song written about her by India's premier rock star, Remo Fernandes on his album 'India Beyond’.

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RECOMMENDED FOR:

  • Goa's first charter yacht
  • Classic Grand Banks style
  • Coast and backwater cruises
  • Private charters
  • Special celebrations
  • Very experienced crew
  • Authentic Goan cuisine

 

CONTACT

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Address:

Currently docked at Britona jetty on Mandovi river near Penha de França church.

Phone:

+91 73500 82224

Odyssey Tours & Travels Pvt Ltd
286 Boa Viagem Road
Naikavaddo, Calangute
Goa - 403 516

Nora Fernandes
Yacht reservations

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THE CREW

Both Captain Jim and engineer Danny have been with The Solita since she sailed into Goa way back in 1993. This has given them the experience and training who take pride in being the best qualified crew in Goa. They are assisted by two Deck Officers, Devanand and Rajat, who are both trained mariners as well as skilled stewards.

SPECIFICATIONS

The Solita has a range of 600 nautical miles. Built by Bristol Boats, she was designed by American marine architect Douglas Railton.
- 42 feet, fibreglass and teak
- Fully qualified crew of 4
- All life saving, navigational and fire-fighting equipment
- Twin John Deere engines on 145 hp x 2
- Three separate decks offer 360 degree views
- Platform for swimming off the yacht

INTERIORS & FACILITIES

Classic design with retro touches, The Solita is an elegant yacht made for gracious cruising.
- Two cabins, both with en-suite toilets and showers
- Large central lounge with galley
- Elaborate entertainment system
- Large collection of Ambient, Jazz and Retro music
- Spacious sofa style seating
- Handpicked fabrics and paraphernalia

TRIBUTE TO SOLITA

“From the gentle murmur of a purring engine - to the sounds of water lapping at her snow white sides - to a playful dolphin teasing and inviting you to swim - to a sunset, a moon rise, a star set - to a huge white washed church suddenly bursting into view and reminding you of 450 years of Portuguese guitars – to a most unexpected cremation taking place on a river bank where cremations have taken place forever, evoking the strains of a thousand-year-old raag - all these and more are the gifts of `Solita'.” - Remo Fernandes

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