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How to choose a sunscreen to bring on your yacht charter vacation

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Your summer plans involve a week-long luxury yacht charter in the Bahamas. You have fair skin that burns easily, and you want to make sure to bring the right skincare product to protect you from the sun on your yacht charter vacation.



Important terms to consider are SPF, UVA, UVB, waterproof, and water resistant.



SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor.  The higher the number, the more protection you are offered from the sun’s harmful UVB rays.  The SPF number shown on the bottle is equal to the amount of time you can stay in the sun without burning.  If a sunscreen is SPF 30, you can stay in the sun 30 times longer without burning than you could if you weren’t wearing any.  This is particularly helpful for Bahamas yacht charters, where you are enjoying the beach and the water sports toys, and you don’t realize that you are burning.


SPF 30 or 50?

SPF sunscreen ratings go above 50.  The difference between an SPF 30 and an SPF 50 is only 1 to 2%, so save your money and don’t purchase the highest SPF you can find. Just be diligent about making sure that you’re always wearing your SPF 30 on your Bahama yacht charters.

Photograph of a mother applying sunscreen to her little boy

UVA and UVB?

Do the UVA and UVB ratings on the sunscreen matter?  YES!

UVA rays are primarily responsible for the aging effects of the sun on your skin (UVA rays break down the collagen in your skin, which causes wrinkles), and UVA rays can cause skin cancer.

UVB rays, on the other hand, are responsible for sunburns and skin cancer.

Always choose a sunscreen product that has both UVA/UVB protection or is a “broad spectrum” protectant.


Since you’ll be jet skiing, water skiing, snorkeling, and likely spending a lot of time in the water on your Caribbean yacht charter, make sure to select a sunscreen that is either waterproof or water resistant.  Waterproof sunscreens provide longer protection in the water than do their water resistant counterparts.

Bottom line – choose at least an SPF 30 sunscreen that is waterproof or water resistant and provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays, and you’ll be all set for your superyacht vacation!

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Jana Sheeder, CEO of 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS Balances Work with Animal Rights

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Arranging luxury yacht charter vacations for celebrities and corporate titans requires Jana Sheeder to mix and mingle with the rich and famous. She frequently attends exclusive cocktail parties and special events. She can be seen, for example, at the Super Bowl and the Sony Ericsson Miami Open tennis tournament. While it sounds glamorous, Sheeder is quick to tell you she is happiest in work boots and gloves, cleaning a horse stable at an animal sanctuary.

Arranging  a Caribbean or Mediterranean yacht charter vacation on a superyacht is my vocation, but my passion is animal welfare,” says Sheeder, President and CEO of 1-800-YACHT CHARTERS.

Photograph of Jana Sheeder behind the steering wheel of a motoryacht at anchor. She is wearing black pants and red shirt.



Hers is a balancing act that requires tight scheduling and unwavering commitment to protecting abused and homeless animals. A typical day begins with releasing butterflies that Jana has raised to help pollinate the environment.  A bit later, business meetings and emails to prospective megayacht charter customers are underway.  Throw in the occasional personal inspection of a newly built superyacht.  Later in the day, Sheeder exchanges her business suit for denim, as she heads to the local animal shelter to assist in a pet adoption event.



Weekends are a blur, as Sheeder often volunteers to help transport 5 to 25 rescued dogs and cats to a sanctuary 100 miles away. When not transporting animals, Sheeder spends time at a horse sanctuary, feeding and caring for abused and abandoned horses.  Sanctuaries also have other livestock, for instance, goats, chickens, cows, and pigs, all of which add to the work life balance for Jana.

Photograph of Jana Sheeder kissing the nose of a white horse. Jana is sitting in front of the horse photo backdrop and is facing the horse



Recently, Sheeder drew the attention of TV’s Animal Planet as well as radio, news media, and newspapers.  A serial cat killing spree left over two dozen dead and mutilated cats in South Florida.  Sheeder worked with local animal rights advocates to arrange a safety seminar for hundreds of residents. A suspect was arrested just three days before the seminar. Sheeder cancelled the seminar and used the allocated time to spend the day volunteering at the county animal shelter!

It’s all about making a difference in others’ lives – human AND animal.

Photograph of Jana Sheeder standing next to the ocean during a beach cleanup. She is holding a grabber in one hand and a trash bag in the other. She is wearing a visor, gloves, and high boots.

Book your private luxury yacht charter through 1-800 Yacht Charters to make a difference together.

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Les Voiles de Saint Barth to Attract Perini Navi Yacht Charter Sailboats

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For hundreds of years, sailors have been drawn to the Caribbean.  For the Perini Navi yacht charter aficionado, that lure continues to this day.  Superyacht builder Perini Navi can proudly boast that a large number of Caribbean yacht charter megayacht vessels were launched from their acclaimed Italian shipyard.

Now, with the advent of a new sail event in 2010, the Perini Navi yacht charter experience will be enhanced by the opportunity to participate in a superyacht race event.

A new regatta, “Les Voiles de Saint Barth,” will be held between April 6 and April 11th, 2010. The event is organized by the Saint Barth Yacht Club and Comité Territorial du Tourisme, with the support of Saint Barthélémy’s Collectivité.

Maltese Falcon stern

While classic boats and multihulls will race in this new event, the undoubted stars of the show will be in the superyacht category.  The megayacht Caribbean yacht charter vessels, will be led by a flotilla of Perini Navi sailboats.

Expected to participate are MALTESE FALCON, SALUTE, and SELENE.

Up to 10 more Perini Navi sailboats are considering participation.

The inspiration for “Les Voiles de Saint Barth” is to create a regatta for beautiful sailboats to navigate in the local waters in a festive spirit. In the idyllic setting of Saint Barth Island, residents, storekeepers, and water sport professionals are getting ready to welcome these mega yachts and their crews (and the fortunate Caribbean yacht charter customers who participate) to help them discover or rediscover this unique island. There is no better time to plan sail boat charters in the Caribbean than late spring.  From sail boat charters to crewed catamaran charters, a St Barts yacht charter during “Les Voiles de Saint Barth” will bring memories to last a lifetime.

Book your luxury sailing charter by contacting 1-800-Yacht Charters or by emailing

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MINE GAMES Yacht for Sale Price Cut

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MINE GAMES.  Photograph of the yacht underway. Headed toward left side of screen.  Waves lapping at the side of the yacht.



She represents one of the major challenges in yacht design, for instance, creating a look that is distinctive but not outlandish. Trinity yacht MINE GAMES, a trideck superyacht, has just the right balance. Her deck house side windows nest in elongated ovals to create a sleeker superstructure.  Her prominent bow and raised bulwarks make her look much larger.


At last news of a $1.5 million price reduction for the 49.9m superyacht.  St. Martin yacht charter enthusiasts need not worry – MINE GAMES remains available for luxury yacht charter.  She is available in both the Bahamas and the Virgin and Leeward islands of the Caribbean.



MINE GAMES is a 2007 build – conforming to ABS class and MCA compliance.  She accommodates up to 12 guests.  Her accommodations include a master, three doubles, and a twin.  Her twin includes a Pullman berth.  The yacht cruises at a swift 18 knots. 



Mine Games is helicopter-capable, and she has a very large swim platform/beach deck. To sweeten the deal, a Triton two-person submarine (a favorite toy for yacht charter guests) is included in the new asking price of $31.45 million.


Jana Sheeder, President and Co-owner of 1-800 Yacht Charters and SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants says of the yacht,

“MINE GAMES has always been a favorite in the yacht charter marketplace.  Her submarine, in particular, has made her a standout, and it has been a huge draw for people interested in a new experience during their vacations. Unique toy + gorgeous yacht = winning combination.”



In conclusion, we welcome your yacht charter or yacht purchase inquiries at   We have yacht owner expertise and charter experience as well at 1-800 Yacht Charters.  Delivering the Superyacht Experience Since 1976.

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Moonlight Madness on a Virgin Island Yacht Charter at Bomba’s Shack

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What luxury sailing charter is complete without a little silliness and merriment with friends?

Although full moon parties take place in different corners of the world, any Virgin Island yacht charter enthusiast will tell you the parties that take place in the British Virgin Islands (aka, the BVI) are some of the most renowned – celebrating both lunar madness and traditional island culture.

The rowdiest of these takes place at Bomba’s Shack in Capoons Bay.
It may not look like much, but Bomba’s Shack is a happening bar set alongside the beach on Apple Bay, at the West End of Tortola, BVI. Each month, the legendary Full Moon Party draws loads of locals and visitors, especially luxury sailing charter passengers looking to experience real island life.

Held monthly on the night of the full moon, moonlight madness spills into the street, the beach, and everything in between.
Bomba Shack in the British Virgin Islands

Enjoy live entertainment while you dance the night away, try a Bomba Punch (rum punch) or sip on a Bomba “mushroom tea.”

If you are planning a Caribbean getaway on the water, the lunacy on Tortola, BVI takes place on the following days:
August 5, 2009
September 4, 2009
October 4, 2009
November 2, 2009
December 2, 2009
December 31, 2009 (What a perfect way to ring in the New Year!)

For more information, please call your 1-800 Yacht Charters luxury yacht charter specialists at 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS (800) 922-4824 or visit the interactive yachting website at

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Motoryacht PARTY GIRL 146 Ready for Caribbean Yacht Charter Action

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At the end of the Caribbean yacht charter season, most megayacht vessels like Christensen Motor yacht PARTY GIRL 146 leave the confines of the island life behind, and begin the three-week migration “across the pond” (the Atlantic ocean). Once there, they prepare for the popular Mediterranean yacht charter season. Super yacht PARTYGIRL 146, however, is not like other luxury yacht charter vessels. 

PARTY GIRL motoryacht profile

The owner of this 2008 Christensen motoryacht prefers the warmth and privacy found only in the Caribbean. While the other owners take their lavish toys to see and be seen in Monte Carlo, this 146′ megayacht nearly has the entire Caribbean to herself (and her fortunate few yacht charter customers).

Based in the warm waters of St. Lucia, this wonderful charter yacht and her crew are ready to share their rainforest island home with anyone intrigued by the slow-paced lifestyle of the Grenadine chain of the Caribbean.

Water-oriented travelers will love the toy inventory found aboard this 44.50 meter luxury megayacht. The list includes a 37′ Intrepid tender, two 18 foot tenders, a three-person waverunner, and towable toys such as a Banana and a kneeboard. For onshore activity, the yacht offers an assortment of beach games, along with volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, kites, and a football.

The onboard amenities are amazing – so impressive that the megayacht was selected as the 2008 “Best of the Best” by the luxury lifestyle magazine, Robb Report.

Super yacht PARTY GIRL 146 can accommodate 12 guests in 6 luxurious staterooms.

Christensen yacht PARTY GIRL’s online brochure.

For further details or to book your own private luxury yacht charter vacation aboard PARTY GIRL 146 or any other luxury yacht, please contact the charter specialists at 1-800 Yacht Charters

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Nautical phrases – yachtspeak – for charter guests

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Taking a vacation by automobile doesn’t require any particular vocabulary skills.  However, when you go on a private yacht charter, it is sometimes nice to know some of the terminology used when onboard.


  • BOW – The forward part of a boat
  • STERN – The back of the boat
  • BEAM – The greatest width of the boat
  • BUOY – An anchored float used for marking a position on the water or a hazard or a shoal and for mooring



  • CABIN (or “stateroom”) – A compartment (bedroom) for passengers or crew
  • CATAMARAN – A twin-hulled boat, sometimes referred to as a multihull, with hulls side-by-side.  Can be sail or power, but is usually sail
  • CHART – A map for use by navigators
  • HELM (or “Navigation Station”) – The area from where the Captain steers the boat
  • CLEAT – A fitting to which lines are tied.  They are usually in somewhat of a “figure 8 shape.” Cleats are located on the dock and on the boat. (They are often tripped over, if you don’t watch your step!)
  • COCKPIT – An opening in the deck from which the boat is handled. (Visualize a large sailboat – the “steering wheel” of the boat is located in the cockpit)
  • DINGHY (also known as a “tender”) – A small open boat




  • “T/T BOATNAME” – Means “Tender To…[boatname].”   NOTE: Most yachts only have 1 tender.  Those with more than 1 tender (aka, dinghy) often have “TTT’s….or tenders for/to their tenders”
  • FENDER (also known as a “bumper”) – A cushion, placed between boats, or between a boat and a pier, to prevent damage

nautical terms - photograph of fenders, protection, hanging on the side of yachts that protects the boats from hitting against each other



  • GALLEY – The kitchen of a boat
  • SAILBOAT – A boat powered by wind through sails (with ancillary engine)
  • POWERBOAT – A boat powered by engine and fuel


  • STINKPOTTER – A powerboat enthusiast
  • HEAD – A marine toilet/bathroom
  • DAY HEAD – The bathroom that is used by all guests, usually in main area of the boat and not located within a stateroom
  • INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – Also known as “The ICW.”  Bays, rivers, and canals along the coasts (such as the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts), connected so that vessels may travel without going into the sea.  Evening charters in Florida often cruise along the ICW to see the holiday lights of the condos lining the waterway, for example


  • KNOT (relating to speed) – A measure of speed equal to one nautical mile (6076 feet) per hour
  • LOG – A record of courses or operation, kept by the captain/crew. (Charter guests often fill out an entry in a “guestbook” or “logbook” after a charter, as well, to describe their trip)
  • PLANING (“on a plane”) – As a boat evens out above the water when it is moving/underway, as opposed to still being partially underneath the water, as in before it starts moving
  • PORT – The left side of a boat looking forward. (Also refers to a docking location)
  • STARBOARD – The right side of a boat, looking forward
  • SCREW – A boat’s propeller.  (A “twin screw” is a boat with 2 propellers.)


  • UNDERWAY – Vessel in motion (also known as “running”)
  • WAKE – Moving waves, track, or path that a boat leaves behind it, when moving across the water
  • YACHT – A boat used for pleasure


Finally, to book your private luxury yacht charter vacation (and practice your “yachtspeak”), contact us today.  Contact us via our online form at

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ODYSSEY Relocates for Western Med Events

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Odyssey.  Aerial photograph of motoryacht, Odyssey, underway.  She has a dark blue hull and a white superstructure. She is heading toward the lower right hand side of the screen.

The owner of mega yacht ODYSSEY has relocated this Mediterranean yacht charter vessel to attend events in Monaco and the South of France.

At last, MIPIM yacht and Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter enthusiasts have another superyacht for their consideration.

The 38m super yacht ODYSSEY is now based in San Remo, Italy.

Her new close proximity to Monaco makes this one of the largest yachts available for Monaco Grand Prix charters, as well as static event charters in Cannes, France, such as the 2010 MIPIM.

Built in 2008 by Italy’s Rodriquez yard, she sleeps up to 11 guests in five cabins and has proven her worth as a Mediterranean yacht charter megayacht.

Asking 11 million Euros, superyacht ODYSSEY is now available for inspection by prior appointment for both sale and charter.

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Petsitter information needed for yacht charter

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petsitter photograph of 5 dogs and cats sitting in a row.
Ahhh….you are going on a St. Barts and St. Martin yacht charter over the holidays on one of the largest yachts in the fleet.  Only a few weeks before you’ll be relaxing on the deck of your yacht while being served tropical drinks and exotic appetizers.  Because this is a fun trip for a group of girls from college, your two dogs will stay at home, and you need to make sure that they are taken care of while you’re away.  No problem!  

Here is information to leave for your petsitter as you ready to journey aboard your private yacht.


Veterinary Information

Your petsitter will need your veterinarian’s name, address, phone number and office hours. If your veterinarian does not handle off-hours emergencies, be sure to also include the same information for the closest veterinary emergency clinic. If you subscribe to pet insurance for your pets, make sure the policy packets are together with your dogs’ health records, in the event emergency care is needed in your absence.

Letter of Authorization for Emergency Veterinary Treatment

Write up a simple “To Whom It May Concern” letter authorizing your petsitter by name to seek emergency care for your dogs. Also either leave signed blank checks (write “for veterinary care only” in the check memo), or make arrangements in advance with your veterinarian, either by leaving a credit card authorization, or by asking them to bill you upon your return. Understand that not all veterinarians will agree to the latter; a lot depends on your previous relationship with them.

Your Itinerary and Cell Phone Number

Encourage your pet sitter to call you if she has any questions about your dogs’ care in your absence, and particularly if she sees something amiss healthwise. Your 1800yachtcharter broker is available  24 hours a day for your calls, texts, or emails, and your broker will also furnish you with communication information for your yacht so that you can leave it with your petsitter.


A List of Your Dogs’ Medications

If your pets are on daily medications, it is imperative that you have your pet sitter come to your home before your trip, so that s/he can practice giving your dogs their daily medications. If you have any doubts at all about your petsitter ability or dedication to giving these medications, it would be wise to consider boarding your cat at a veterinary clinic, instead, during your St. Martin yacht charter.


A List of Your Dogs’ Food — and instructions for their feeding

Make sure your pet sitter also understands the importance of providing fresh, clear water for your dogs at all times. An automatic water dispenser is the best way of ensuring fresh water for pets while you’re away on your St. Martin yacht charter or sail boat charters.

A List of Your Pets’ Information

Microchip numbers
Rabies tag numbers
Immunization records
Medical histories
Phobias (like thunder), and how you deal with it when away from home (i.e., turn on radio or television for them) 


Getting Your Home Ready

Stock up on everything the pet sitter will need (i.e., food, medication, treats)

Have all toys, treats, food, medications, and cleaning equipment set out so that the pet sitter will have everything close at hand

MICROCHIP INFORMATION IS CURRENT!  (Most of the pets who end up at animal shelters are not wearing collars or tags and are not microchipped. Those that ARE wearing tags and are microchipped have inaccurate information on file, and their families are never found.)

Have a neighbor, relative, or friend who knows your pets well on standby just in case pet sitter needs advice or needs to drop your pets by for any reason. Write down that information for the pet sitter and keep it with the pets’ food, etc.

As long as you provide enough information for your pet sitter, then there should be no problems. Have a WONDERFUL yacht charter vacation – your pet sitter will make sure that your pets enjoy their home vacation, too!

To book your private luxury yacht charter vacation,
contact 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS
by phone via 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS or 305-253-7245
by email via
via twitter @yacht_charters (follow us!)
or via our contact form at

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Popular Bareboat Marinas Struggle

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marina foreclosures are the reference here. Drawing of a For Sale sign. It is white with red outlines around letters. On the top of the sign is the word, foreclosure.


Bareboat charter enthusiasts understand that two Florida docks are the latest to fall victim to tough economic times.


This is a popular overnight anchorage for bareboat sailors.  It foreclosed in what is one of the largest commercial foreclosure amounts in the city this year.  This report comes from a local report by TCPalm.

The owner, Damien Gilliams,  also owns the Paradise Marina and the No Name Sports Bar.  These enterprises are all located in Indian River County. As of last Friday, Gilliams was trying to sell both Flagship and Paradise marinas.



The Hideaway Marina Limited Partnership at Pompano Beach, Florida, filed for Chapter 11 last Friday, according to a report on

If you are planning an upcoming bareboat charter in the Pompano beach area – don’t panic.  This mooring is operating, and the bankruptcy petition states the business has been in the hands of a receiver since June.



To book your bareboat power or sailing charter, contact 2-800 Yacht Charters at

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