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MARAE, 'pronounced ‘Mar-eye’,   108' Pilothouse Sloop, "Best Sailing Yacht", International Super Yacht Design Award, 2004

The name Marae has origins from the native Maori tribe in New Zealand meaning a special meeting place for family and friends. With Marae's New Zealand construction by Alloy Yachts, the name is a natural fit.

MARAE Built by the world-renowned New Zealand super yacht builder Alloy Yachts in 2004, the award-winning Marae has proven herself to be one of the finest luxury sailing yachts afloat today. Her Ted Fontaine design captures the essence of a classic sailing yacht with timeless lines while incorporating the spaciousness and the engineering of a much larger yacht, delivering the whole with superb guest areas and sailing performance that enraptures and excites in equal measure.

Refitted in 2009 and in 2017, she features new paintwork,the latest in entertainment systems, new guest amenities and toys, and new systems to ensure a faultless and unsurpassed luxury yacht charter. From her elegant interior to her inviting deck spaces, and from her vast array of water toys to the unparalleled service from her experienced crew, she provides the ultimate getaway to share with family and friends. Better than the best luxury hotel. Finer than the finest full service villa. Your private paradise awaits.

  • Vessel Info
    Year Built:
    Year Refittted:
    United States
    Fontaine Design Group
    Alloy Yachts
    Captain Frank Ficken, Chef & 2 crew
  • Dimensions, Speed, & Specifications
    107 ft (32.9 m)
    Max Speed:
    10 kts (18 kph)
    Cruise Speed:
    10 kts (18 kph)
    2x 300hp Lugger Diesel engines
    25 ft (7.9 m)
    Min. Draft:
    7 ft 10 in (2.4 m)
    Max. Draft:
    7 ft 10 in (2.4 m)
  • Accommodations

    Sleeps 6 in 3 Cabins

    MARAE welcomes a maximum of 6 guests in three en suite staterooms. The Master suite comprises a full-width bedroom with a centerline queen bed, an office and en suite bathroom with a roomy stall shower with built-in seat. There is direct access to the private aft cockpit which has a collapsible spray hood. 

    The VIP stateroom has a double bed and en suite bathroom with a stall shower and built-in seat.  The Guest stateroom has 2 single beds, a pullman berth and en suite bathroom with a stall shower.  MARAE is fully air conditioned through out. Crew has separate companionway, heads and shower. 

  • Ammenities
    Cell phone, DVD library, DVD player saloon, Indoor audio system, iPod dock, Satellite phone, Satellite TV, TV saloon, Wi-Fi, 16ft / 4.90m 110hp Williams, 0ft / 0.00m 0hp Laser, 0ft / 0.00m 0hp Laser, Kayak, Paddleboards multiple, Tube - towable, Wakeboard, Water skis - adult, Deck shower, Fishing gear - light, Special diets
  • Diving
    Not Insured, Diving by arrangement, Snorkelling gear
  • Crew Profile
    Captain: Frank FickenCaptain: Frank Ficken

    Captain: Frank Ficken

    Frank grew up in Vermont, boating on Lake Champlain most weekends with his family (when the ice was out!). He began sailing out of Newport, RI in the 1980s and began his professional yachting career decades ago. Frank brings many years of experience running large sailing yachts, including SY GEORGIA and the classic schooner TREE OF LIFE. He is also a former skipper of MARAE.

    Frank is very easy going and loves teaching guests about sailing MARAE. If you feel like dragging yourself away from comfort of the cockpit settees, you might get a chance to help sail her! Frank has both MCA and USCG Master’s licenses with commercial sailing endorsements. A passionate maritime history buff, one of his favorite sailing accomplishments was racing a wooden gaff-rigged schooner from Newport, RI to Bermuda using only a sextant and chronometer for navigation.

    He is a certified Rescue Diver, a certified Ship’s Medical Officer and also serves as the Race Committee for any guests who feel like racing the twin Laser sailboats that Marae carries. When he’s not sailing, he enjoys water sports, reading and photography.

    Frank has a great team working with him to ensure that guests always receive unparalleled service, whether you are relaxing in an anchorage or playing with MARAE’s armada of water toys.

    Stewardesss: BriannaStewardesss: Brianna

    Bri comes from Abita Springs, Louisiana. She picked up a love of fine dining and mixing cocktails from growing up near the city of New Orleans. Bri has been in the yachting industry for two years, cruising areas from the Bahamas to New England before joining the crew of S/Y Marae. For fun she enjoys cooking, exploring new cocktail combinations and snorkeling. Bri's attention to detail and passion for her job will ensure your every need is met and your trip is one to remember.

    First mate/Engineer: Susie WeaverFirst mate/Engineer: Susie Weaver

    Susie grew up in Santa Barbara, CA, with a father who was a yacht captain/engineer for 40 years and a mother who was a yacht chef. She spent the majority of her childhood holidays sailing aboard her father’s ketch, stopping in the Caribbean and South Pacific, where they visited French Polynesia, The Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands. At a young age, she experienced what the world has to offer.

    After spending over a year in the yachting industry as a mate/engineer, she enrolled at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, RI studying marine systems. She also holds a USCG 100GT masters license and is a PADI open water certified scuba diver.

    Susie is onboard to keep Marae in ship shape and ensure smooth sailing. Susie is also the person in charge of Marae’s many toys. Whether you wish to race around in the Lasers, kayak, paddleboard, or use one of the towable tubes, wakeboards, or water skis, she will make sure everything is prepared for a fun, safe time.

    Chef: Steven StrenkertChef: Steven Strenkert

    Steven is a trained chef from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. He has 10 years of experience in 5-star restaurants in New York, California and 15 years as a personal/private chef on estates, motor and sailing yachts on charter and passage in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and the Panama Canal. His approach and love of serving people delicious food is demonstrated through his philosophy of servant leadership.

  • Menu


    Please note that these are samples. 
    All menus will be designed with your personal taste, 
    dietary requirements as well as local and seasonal availability in mind.


    Day One


    Cinnamon French toast served with orange syrup

    Potatoes Lyonaise

    Yogurt, coffee, fresh juice




    Pan seared Salmon served on black olive focaccia

    with garlic aioli and lentil salad

    Beverages and a selection of cookies




    Wild mushroom strudel served with a twin pepper coulis

    roasted breast of Chicken served with a black bean

    corn relish and handmade tortillas

    mango ginger tart with a citrus salsa



    Day Two


    Banana pancakes

    Corn bread, Ham and Eggs

    A selection of coffee and juices




    Potato Chive soup

    Lobster Club served on sourdough bread

    with flash fried vegetable chips

    Beverages and an offering of petit fours




    Roasted garlic and Tomato Brie tart served with a fresh herb vinaigrette

    Grilled Pork Chops with an apple ginger chutney

    Starfruit sorbet in a almond tuile


    Day Three


    Roasted pepper and cheese omelets

    Hash browns, cottage cheese

    Toast, coffee and fresh juice



    Tangine of vegetables served over lemon basil couscous

    with pita bread spikes and a spiced olive oil

    Beverages and small tarts



    Sautéed Sea scallops served in a carrot broth with herb potato chips

    Pan seared N.Y. Strip served atop garlic mashed potatoes

    With a brandy pepper sauce

    Crème Brule with fresh berries


    Day Four


    Ginger Waffle with orange mango sauce

    Double Cream and berries

    Coffee, Tea and juices



    Shrimp and Chicken dumplings served in an Asian puddle sauce

    Seaweed salad with crispy noodles

    Beverages and sweet dim sum



    Grilled Pork strips served with a chili peach chutney and cornbread spikes

    Asian Spiced Tuna with wasabi ponzu sauce

    Served over stir fried vegetables

    Chocolate Terrine with a raspberry chambord sauce


    Day Five


    Spanish Omelets with Mancego cheese

    Smoothies and whole grain toast

    Coffee, Tea and juices



    Chicken and Chili Tamales with salsa fresca and lime crema

    Caesar Salad with a citrus yogurt dressing

    Beverages and Churros



    Sake cured Salmon gravlox with seaweed confit and a 

    Coriander spiced mayo 

    Sweet roasted vegetable Ravioli served in a hazelnut cream sauce

    Lemon apricot cream gateau

    Additional option:

    Oysters on the half shell with champagne foam and a wakame seaweed salad

    Grilled sugarcane skewered shrimp and octopus with avocado mousse and green mango slaw

    Beef tenderloin sous vide served with a black bean cake, rum demi glaze and plantain spikes

    Banana fritters served with toasted coconut and crème caramel sauce


  • Testimonials

    With tears in our eyes and hugs all around we sadly had to take leave of Marae and her crew today. What an amazing holiday we have had! Frank, as I am sure you know, is a truly professional charter skipper who knows exactly how to run a charter for the maximum enjoyment of your charter guests. 

    Penny surpassed our wildest dreams in terms of her culinaryskills; creating special dishes to meet our tastes and preferences. Indeed inher presentation for dinner on Chinese New Year's Eve she showed just how farshe had researched Chinese traditions but also amazed us with hand madedumplings that surpassed the best to be found in China! If you ever have needof a relief Chef again you should ask for Penny, if she is available.

    Jeremy has a maturity and professionalism way beyond hisage. He not only so ably supports Frank but also is able to teach guests in allthe water sports and toys to be found on board. He is a huge asset aboardMarae.

    Your hostess, Lizzie, has just the right attitude and senseof humour to be able to keep your guests happy. My wife and guests lovedher! 

    Altogether your crew make Marae excel as the Super Yachtthat she is and I would not hesitate to heartily recommend Marae as the firstchoice they should make when contemplating a charter of this class.

    Thank you for sharing your dream with me. I consider it aprivilege to have been allowed to enjoy your beautiful yacht.

    -Charter Guest January 2017


     I just wanted to take a minute to state my appreciation for you and your crew.  You all made what was a great reunion of friends, a great trip of fun and learning.  What a wonderful group of people commanding an unbelievable vessel! 
    I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about sailing and all of the systems and challenges from you and Dylan.  Sue’s cooking and wonderful smile (no I am not flirting with your wife) was so exceptional and engaging.  Randy mentioned he cannot get is wife to announce dinner like Sue did.  Unrealistic expectations on Randy’s part?  Dylan’s depth of understanding of the many systems required to keep all things smooth and efficient is unbelievable!  I hope to get to learn more from him in future trips (if I am so lucky).  Kendall’s service was great and it was fun to see her loosen up and get more comfortable and show more of her personality as the weekend went on.  I think all four of us saw a bit of our daughters in Kendall.  Please pass my appreciation on to all! 
    Lastly, Frank the amount of knowledge you have at your command related to the ship (systems, tactics, management, etc.) and the world in general is fantastic!  I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations on all manner of subjects.  Thank you again for making a great reunion even better!
     Safe travels.
     With admiration and appreciation,
    Chesapeake Bay, October 2014

    Oh my, Marae! What a wonderful time!  From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for inviting us to join you on your fabulous yacht for a week of Bahamian paradise.  Blue waters, white sands, sunny skies, delicious meals and laughter with friends all blended together to make a perfect cocktail of memorable fun. Oh, and might I add swimming pigs, sharks, lobsters and iguanas. And paddle boards, lasers, tubes and dinghy adventures make the list as well.  
    Your kindness and warm hospitality, along with Marae's stately beauty made for a week we will long cherish.  To the crew we extend deepest thanks for the first-rate treatment we received.  The meals were legendary, the mate's limericks delightful, and  attention to detail - perfection.  Re-entry to real life on land will be difficult after such pampering. 
    We know a fine yacht called Marae
    Whose soaring mast touches the sky
    Her sails catch the breeze
    As she cuts through the seas
    And her beauty will just make you sigh
    With deep appreciation,
    Joe and Tracy
    March, 2013
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