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Enjoy A Luxury Yacht Vacation Without Leaving The Country

By Rob Bowman | Posted On Feb 04, 2021 | Charter News
Updated On Feb 05, 2021

Planning a tropical vacation has certainly changed in the last year! New restrictions on international travel have uprooted everyone's confidence when it comes to visiting the Bahamas or Caribbean islands. Luckily, United Yacht Charter Agent Mare Kidd has the solution to your wintertime blues with a luxury Florida yacht charter on DARK HORSE, a 78' Hargrave Motor Yacht with an exceptional captain.

"A lot of my clients are worried about gaining entry back into the U.S. if they were to travel abroad," said Mare. "I've been suggesting a yacht charter vacation right here in South Florida. You have the tropical water, the sun, the shopping, the restaurants, and best of all, you get total privacy and comfort on DARK HORSE. The captain and crew are phenomenal."

If you're interested in booking a charter on this luxury motor yacht for the vacation of a lifetime, we invite you to reach out to Mare at 1-954-849-3709 or by email at

Cruise from sunny Fort Lauderdale south to Miami Beach, and beyond in total luxury with one of the friendliest captains you'll ever meet. The seasoned crew will ensure every expectation is met and every detail is shown the proper attention. 

Beginning with the accommodations, DARK HORSE features three spacious and comfortable cabins with the ability to sleep up to 6 guests. The master bedroom is privately located at the end of a hallway, boasts a king-sized berth, and has a beautiful en suite bathroom worthy of a five-star resort. Multiple portholes allow for plenty of natural light and fresh ocean air to circulate. A full-sized wardrobe and ample drawer storage provide more than enough room for all of your belongings while on extended trips. With all of the soft goods completely replaced in 2021, DARK HORSE feels like a brand new yacht throughout her interior.

master stateroom on florida yacht charter

The VIP suite for your guests includes lavish woodwork, a queen-sized island berth, and multiple portholes for natural light. Again, storage spaces are plenty should your guests choose to join you for an extended cruise. The wooden valances will keep the light out for a restful night's sleep. The VIP also features its own en suite bathroom with beautiful countertops and full shower.

VIP cabin on florida yacht charter

The third guest cabin features side-by-side bunks, perfect for kids or grandkids who may be along for the trip. There are multiple hanging lockers and drawers for storage, as well as an en suite bathroom.

twin beds in guest cabin

The salon is open, bright, and inviting thanks to a pleasant color palette and large, picture windows that line the walls. Portside is a large sofa with two ottomans that also double as coffee tables. Starboard is a retractable flatscreen television with an additional loveseat. Moving forward on the portside is the open galley that has gorgeous countertops and top of the line appliances. The galley also acts as a barrier between the inside helm station and dining area farthest forward on the main deck.


salon on florida yacht charter


galley on florida yacht charter

The exterior main deck of DARK HORSE offers some spectacular lounging and seating options with views. Wide side decks lead to the bow lounge area that features an extra-large loveseat with drink holders on each side. We highly recommend grabbing a cocktail and enjoying a cruise from this spot down the intracoastal.

The aft deck features gorgeous teak flooring and a shaded dining space. A large couch, with a pedastal table, and multiple chairs provides the perfect al fresco dining experience. Recessed lighting and ceiling speakers add to the ambiance. A tender is farthest aft on the transom platform and can be easily hoisted into the water, leaving you free to go exploring. A portside staircase leads to the flybridge.

Bow Lounge Area:

bow lounge area on florida yacht charter

Aft Cockpit Dining Area:

aft cockpit on florida yacht charter

Don't be surprised if you find yourself spending the majority of your time onboard DARK HORSE hanging out on the flybridge. Split into two sections by an enclosure, the flybridge on this Hargrave Yacht takes full advantage of the wide beam. Farthest aft on the flybridge deck is an open space with chairs, a table, and great views from this elevated position. A multi-person sunpad is found on the starboard side. Port, a BBQ grill completes the ultimate entertainment area.

As you move forward on the bridge and through the enclosure, a large sofa has seating for multiple guests, an outdoor dining table provides an excellent dinner spot, and the flat screen television completes the experience. Handrails are conveniently positioned to help with moving about the yacht while underway. Additionally, there is an upper helm station that is separated by the enclosure for complete privacy with your friends and family.

Flybridge Sun-Bathing Area:

flybridge sunpad

Flybridge Enclosed Bar & Dining Space:

flybridge bar

Captain John has 20 years of experience as a Captain, holds many licenses and has a personable, friendly personality. He knows the waters of South Florida well and is enthusiastic to plan special itineraries for his guests. He prides himself on upholding a high standard and expects the same from his crew. Keeping the guests laughing and having a great time is what he is known for. He also takes safety seriously and keeps all equipment up to date. DARK HORSE also ventures to the Bahamas and New England. 

About Mare Kidd, United Yacht Charter Agent:

mare kidd yacht charter agent

A Florida native, Mare has lived in Fort Lauderdale for over twenty years. Having worked as a chief stewardess onboard private and charter mega yachts, she brings first-hand knowledge to charter experiences. Taking some time to raise a family while her yacht captain husband traveled, Mare re-entered the yachting industry as a charter specialist and knew this was her true passion. Bringing a high level of service and eye for detail, Mare addresses every question and inquiry and is delighted to assist clients in creating their luxury charter experience. Assisting yacht owners in bringing their vessels into her fleet is also a specialty, from inspecting every vessel, providing guidance throughout the planning process to placement of a floral arrangement. If a detail matters to an owner, it matters to Mare.

As a member of United Yacht Sales, Fort Lauderdale Charter Yacht Division, Mare is committed to making unforgettable charter experiences a lifetime experience and reality. No dream is too big or desires too unattainable in the design of any ideal yacht charter. Email Mare at