Charter on the Coastal South

From the picture-perfect Colleen — one of 10 surviving vessels of its kind left in the world. This rare, stunning relic of American maritime design history sets sail in Charleston Harbor and its surrounding islands in timeless nautical fashion.

Farm Rio top from Bennie & Coco / $115
Mara Hoffman bikini bottoms from Hampden Clothing / $165
Crystal glassware pedestal from Terrace Oaks Antiques / $25

Photographer / Caroline Knopf
Wardrobe Stylist / Alexandra Munzel
Hair & Make-up Artist / Cory King
Retouching by Camera Works / Mark Stetler
Directions USA Model & Artist Management +
Ursula Wiedmann Models & Talent / Models
Jon Ramaci, Charleston Classics Charters / The motor yacht “Colleen”
production /
Words / Lauren Flemming


From the picture-perfect Colleen — one of 10 surviving vessels of its kind left in the world. This rare, stunning relic of American maritime design history sets sail in Charleston Harbor and its surrounding islands in timeless nautical fashion.

Based in Isle of Palms, SC, Colleen is captained by Jon Ramaci of Charleston Classics Charters. Colleen turns heads along the South Carolina coast, in and around the Charleston Harbor with her exceptional, historic craftsmanship. With a capacity for up to six guests, Colleen is an ideal venue for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, engagements and more. This rare example of American maritime history makes a magnificent vessel for a day or evening cruise, or elegant transport to special events, including weddings. The motor yacht is only one of 25 Blanchard Raised Deck Cruisers ever built by Blanchard Boat Works in Seattle. There are less than 10 surviving vessels in existence today and Colleen is the only Blanchard in the Southeastern United States. Her unparalleled craftsmanship is a pillar of elegance on the Charleston Harbor, and elevates any cruise along the coast.

Colleen’s furnishings and design evoke the American nautical motif that remains classic and elegant, and the fashion elements aboard this timeless vessel are no different. Ivory and navy, stripes and polka dots, collars and tortoise-shell buttons, breezy linen and soft cotton — details that tell the story of summers gone by and those yet to come. Designer Carolina Herrera, featured on the Colleen, has dressed American First Ladies, including Jacqueline Onassis, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama and Melania Trump. Charleston boutique, Hampden Clothing, is known for their luxury brands and keenly curated collections – always with timelessness in mind, carrying brands like Carolina Herrera, GANNI, Aspesi and Ulla Johnson. Guests transform to American royalty with amenities including a heated deck, state-of-the-art sound system, stunning 360-view conservatory, experienced captain and option for a chef or catering.

Colleen was first launched in 1929 at the Blanchard yard on Lake Union in Seattle, Washington. She was commissioned by Stanford University Physics Professor D.L. Webster II and built by the N.J. Blanchard Boat Company. Mr. Webster selected the Blanchard 36, designed by Naval Architect Leigh Coolidge, for its handsome, well-proportioned lines and sea keeping capabilities. Leigh Coolidge was an accomplished designer and talented Naval Architect of the period. From Colleen’s launch in 1929 until the declaration of War in 1941, Mr. Webster, his wife and four children cruised aboard Colleen every summer on the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska. The family would journey from San Francisco to Seattle where they would board Colleen, kept at the Blanchard boatyard. This West Coast vessel is now based on the East Coast with Charleston Classics Charters, cruising the Atlantic instead of the Pacific.

Although this historic yacht originated in the Pacific Northwest, it has effortlessly transitioned to fit seamlessly into the coastal Southeast. Outfitted with local purveyors, the model’s clothes and accessories embody elements of Southern nautical style. The grandiose sombrero from Norton + Hodges protects from the strong South Carolina sunshine. Pops of color in the Silvia Tcherassi dress combined with the feminine silhouette flatter Charleston Harbor revelers. The perfect cover-up shirt doubles as protection from the relentless rays, as well as the perfect accent to your cutest bathing suit. These designs from local boutiques, including Norton + Hodges, Hampden Clothing and Goldbug portray that effortless, dressed-up-yet-dressed-down style perfected by Southerners over countless boat rides, beach excursions and strolls down King Street.

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Ganni dress from Hampden Clothing / $205
Carolina Herrera skirt from Hampden Clothing / $1,490
Aspesi stripe linen pant from Hampden Clothing / $540
Ulla Johnson top from Hampden Clothing / $225
Crystal glass plate from Terrace Oaks Antiques / $24
Crystal glass cup from Terrace Oaks Antiques / $12

South African sombrero from Norton + Hodges / $395
Silvia Tcherassi dress from Hampden Clothing / $780
Buldano towel from Goldbug / $48
Xiren Nessa top from Hampden Clothing / $122
Xiren Nessa bottom from Hampden Clothing / $88
Marni flounce dress from Hampden Clothing / $1,490

Aspesi linen dress from Hampden Clothing / $575
Nili Lotan crochet cami from Hampden Clothing / $450
Xirena Nessa bikini bottom from Hampden Clothing / $67

Photographer Caroline Knopf off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, exclusively for South magazine.
Sacai poplin zipper skirt from Hampden Clothing / $730
Alex Mill stripe shirt from Hampden Clothing / $115
L’Space bikini top from Bennie & Coco / $99
Hat / stylist owned

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