Brand-new in 2017 (in fact, we are still awaiting photographs), this elegant yacht was crafted by a team of British Columbia boat builders headed by legendary Forbes Cooper, who has completed some 8,500 yachts. At 83 feet long, the Island Solitude is 30 percent larger than our previous sailboat used for this trip (the Island Roamer), with a faster hull speed and greener, more efficient operations—yet the passenger capacity is still capped at just 12, meaning lots more room for guests.
A host of improvements defines the increased comfort aboard the Island Solitude: All six cabins have en suite bathrooms and are double the size of the previous cabins. All beds are floor-level (no upper berths) with a standard single mattress. A second stairway aft leads up to the deck, in addition to a stairway up to the wheelhouse. The spacious wheelhouse provides sit-down dining space for the entire group, with sweeping views. An additional stairway leads down to the stern boarding platform and aft-facing seats for those who are waiting to disembark for shore excursions. Headroom everywhere has been increased.
Owned and operated by a company that has set the standard for marine ecotourism along the B.C. coast for 40 years, the Island Solitude provides even higher levels of environmentally conscious operation. The engines exceed EPA emission standards, while the yacht’s new design allows for more efficient travel under sail. Sewage is treated organically with a combination of electricity and salt.