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Monthly Archives: December 2010

A Sunny Outlook is Guaranteed with New Yacht Solar Beds

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Solar sunbed.  It rotates.  It mists.  Ahhhh. With much of the northeast United States buried under a blizzard of snow, here’s a new superyacht amenity guaranteed to give you a “sunny” outlook!

LMV’s Lasy Solar sun bed self-orientates according to the position of the sun.  How neat is that??

 

rotating yacht sun bed with misters spritzing water

Imagine you are onboard your Lurssen Yacht Charter somewhere off the coast of Capri.  Your solar-powered sun bed slowly rotates to keep the heat on your body.   What’s that you say – it’s starting to get a little too hot?  No worries – there’s a built-in Mist Breeze cooling system to cool you down!

 

Of course, total comfort is a must, so the bed is covered in marine-grade luxury leather.

solar-powered circular suntan sunbed with head and pillows lifted up on yacht deck

Thanks to its solar power source, the Lasy Solar sun bed doesn’t need connecting to a yacht’s power supply.

The manufacturer plans to have the product website for Lasy Solar sun beds up and running soon.

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Experience the luxury of a private luxury Lürssen yacht like MARTHA ANN or HUNTRESSContact the yacht charter specialists at 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ to plan The Superyacht Experience for you!

 

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London International Boat Show Offerings

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London Boat Show January 2011 Watersports Action Pool 1800yachtcharters

LONDON BOAT SHOW

If you are considering a Caribbean Yacht Charter in 2011, you can get into the superyacht groove by attending the London International Boat Show, January 7 – 16, 2011.

This is a must-see marine experience for yacht lovers.  All the old show favorites will be there, plus a whole host of improvements.

Come enjoy exclusive new features and attractions, plus more exhibitors, boats, and products than ever before.

Crewed catamaran charters are all the rage these days in the islands, primarily due to the large inventory of watersport toys carried onboard the yachts.

With an emphasis on toys, the centerpiece of the show is an all-new Watersports Action Pool.  Measuring a massive  70m x 24m, this huge pool will host a wide selection of activities including canoeing and kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, wakeboarding,  dinghy sailing, and windsurfing .

Visitors have the opportunity to “have a go” at these activities – free of charge. In addition, visitors will be able to see demos by the experts including wakeboarding and kayaking.

 

Don’t miss the Sunset Rum Beach Bar situated right next to the pool. It’s the ideal place to chill out and watch the action!

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To rent a private yacht, turn to the professionals with more than 35 years of experience and click https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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New Strategy to Halt Lionfish Invasion – Eat ‘Em!

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WHAT IS WITH THE LIONFISH INVASION?

 

Lionfish photograph. The fish is swimming toward the left of the screen. The blurred background is coral rock on a bed of sand.

 

THE LIONFISH 

We see great menus on Caribbean yacht charter boats.  We are not sure this next recipe hits with yacht charter chefs, however.

Florida marine conservationists have a simple “recipe.”   They say, EAT the lionfish!

 

WHERE ARE LIONFISH  FOUND?

With few natural predators, Lionfish rapidly spread throughout the Caribbean and Atlantic.  They voraciously prey on many things. For instance, local fish, shrimp, and crab populations across the region and in Florida are targets.  Lionfish are a huge risk to world-famous coral reefs of the south.

Bahamas yacht charter clients constantly see these venomous creatures.  

 

REEF CONSERVATION HAS A SOLUTION

The Key Largo-based REEF conservation organization released “The Lionfish Cookbook.”  It is a  collection of 45 recipes to combat the red lionfish.

There are no government funds available to provide bounties or removal programs.  Conservationists hope to therefore create a commercial demand for the fish.

“It’s absolutely good eating — a delicacy. It’s delicately-flavored white meat, very buttery,” boasts Lad Akins.   In fact, he directs special projects for the Reef Environmental Education Foundation.  Akins authored the cookbook. He co-authored with professional chef, Tricia Ferguson.

 

HOW DID LIONFISH GET HERE?

Hurricane Andrew in 1992 – and as a result, an aquarium.   Researchers believe that Hurricane Andrew caused red Lionfish to invade Florida waters.  Specifically, an aquarium broke.  At least six lionfish spilled into Miami’s Biscayne Bay.  With no known predators, they freely breed and decimate sea creatures and corals.  It seems like such a small thing to happen.  It just goes to show you that 6 fish can destroy the ecology. Please be mindful of releasing exotic species.

The cookbook shares useful tips on collecting, handling, and preparing lionfish.  Furthermore, it provides expert background on its ecological impact.

 

HOW TO RENT A YACHT — AND EAT GOURMET MEALS

Are you ready to explore the Caribbean? Want to taste some delicious lionfish menu items?  Click https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ today.  We look forward to planning your Superyacht Experience!

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Oprah Sails Sydney Harbour with Russell Crowe

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OPRAH AND RUSSELL HIT THE HARBOUR

 

Photograph of Russell Crowe and Oprah Winfrey on the deck of a sailboat. They are waving.

 

Winfrey, on the left, enjoys the famous harbor’s glittering waters on board the bareboat sailboat charter yacht “Eagle Rock.”   She joins Russell Crowe, a Sydney local, tailed by a flotilla of some 20 other yachts.

Oprah Winfrey and Russell Crowe photograph, laughing on a sailboat

 

OPRAH WEAR 

On the right, Oprah wears a white cap given to her by Crowe and emblazoned with the logo of his South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league team.  She beams as she sits at the stern of the bareboat yacht, talking sport with the “Gladiator” star.

I’m having the time of my life,” Winfrey said.

 

SYDNEY HARBOR CRUISE

The harbor features heavily on the megastar’s weekend itinerary.  For instance, the glittering waterfront reception Saturday night, complete with fireworks, then later, Sunday morning, feature of a climb of the Sydney Harbor Bridge and a visit to Bondi Beach.

OPRAH TOUR ON TV

Finally, Oprah’s whirlwind tour of Australia will be broadcast as a four episode “Ultimate Australian Adventure” in January 2011.

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

To rent a private yacht in Sydney, Australia, contact a charter specialist at 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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PlanetSolar Changes Yachting

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Planetsolar catamaran yacht photo. Aerial picture of the top of the catamaran yacht.  There are multiple people on the top of the yacht.

PRESENTING PLANETSOLAR

The largest solar-powered boat in the world is MS TÛRANOR. She is a phenomenal sun-loving vessel, and she just arrived in Miami, FL, our sunny hometown.

As I gaze at the deck of MS TÛRANOR, covered in solar panels, I wonder how and if the yacht charter industry will embrace solar powered luxury yachts.

 

ABOUT MS TURANOR

The MS TÛRANOR, also know as yacht PLANETSOLAR, is a pioneer for sustainable energy technology on water. She is on an around-the-world tour.  She is unlike any current luxury mega yacht charter vessel,  This amazing catamaran is a 31-meter multihull. She is topped by a large array of photovoltaic solar panels. Built in 14 months, the biggest solar boat ever built has impressive dimensions and is yet both silent and clean.

HOW DOES SOLAR POWER CHANGE YACHTING?

Imagine a charter in the sunny Mediterranean, cruising from port to port without burning expensive fuels and oils.

Solar enables you to slide along like a sailboat, for example, versus the constant drone of engines and some nauseating odors of diesel fuel.  Being propelled by pollution-free electrical engines is a dream.

In addition, eliminating fossil fuel greatly reduces carbon dioxide CO2 emissions.  This is an important step for this industry.  Yachting needs to project a greater commitment to protecting our oceans and environment.

WHAT DOES PLANETSOLAR INTEND?

The solar catamaran PLANETSOLAR employs the leading-edge technology available on the market. The intention is to demonstrate that by innovative use of existing materials and technology, high-performance solar mobility can be realized today.

In conclusion, we are truly witnessing a new era in sustainable energy technology on the seas.

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Popular Charter Destination Belize to Ban Trawling

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Belize in the Caribbean. Photo of the back a blue trawler boat in the ocean. It has giant arms extending on each side of the boat At the end of those arms are nets. The nets are full of fish.

The tiny nation of Belize took a giant step today in a global effort.  It decided to safeguard the oceans by banning all forms of trawling in the country’s waters.

At first, Belize ignored international calls to ban the destructive fishing gear.  But when the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently threatened to strip the Belize Barrier Reef of its World Heritage Site status, the government finally took notice. 

Facing UNESCO repercussions, Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s administration took action.  He negotiated the buy-out of the country’s commercial shrimp trawlers.  He also initiated a ban on all future trawling.

Shrimp trawls are notorious for the amount of bycatch they haul in. Thousands of sea turtles, marine mammals, and untargeted fish are caught in shrimp trawlers around the world every year. Meanwhile, bottom trawlers’ weighted nets effectively bulldoze the ocean floor with every pass.  This destroys sensitive corals and anything else in their way.

Particularly at risk is the Belize Barrier Reef, which is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System.  This is the second largest coral reef system in the world after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The reef is a destination for sailors, divers, and snorkelers around the world.

Both bareboat and crewed catamaran charters have increased significantly in recent years along the coast of Belize.  Seasoned sailors and vacationers seeking less-crowded anchorages have discovered the unspoiled charm of the Belize Barrier Reef.

In conclusion, the stoppage goes into effect December 31st.  Belize then becomes one of the first countries in the world to institute a complete and permanent ban on trawling in all its waters.

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To book your own yacht charter odyssey along the Belize Barrier Reef, contact a charter specialist at 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Yacht Charter Vacations: How is the Food?

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Photograph of a white plate with gourmet meal in the center, surrounded by swirled syrup around the meal.

 

CHARTER QUESTION MOST ASKED

Some clients choose a vacation on a crewed catamaran in the Caribbean.  Other clients choose a static event on a MIPIM yacht in Nice, France.  The question we are most often asked is, “How is the food?”

We have over 30 years’ experience in the luxury mega yacht charter industry.  We honestly answer questions about the food with a resounding, single word, “amazing!”

The reason that private yacht charter vacation food is so amazing is quite simple.  With the largest yachts in the world competing for a handful of clients, the onboard meals and presentation is critical. It must rival the fare of the finest 3-star Michelin restaurants.

THE SCENARIO

Wake up on your Monaco Grand Prix Yacht in Monte Carlo. A full day of sightseeing and F1 racing awaits you.  You are hungry!   Step into the galley and ask the chef what meals he or she has planned for the day.

We asked that of Chef Selina Stansfield onboard 180 foot superyacht MARIE.  She responded with this decadent, Race Day sample dinner menu.

 

Photograph of a table covered in miniature key lime pies in parfait cups with cucumber slices on the edges. The table is covered with a white tablecloth.  There are green key limes between the parfait cups.

DINNER

Salad of balsamic marinated Italian figs with mozzarella di buffalo.
Grilled Mediterranean Sea Bass, macadamia nut pesto, asparagus risotto.
Slow-baked hazelnut meringues with Valhrona chocolate mousse.

 

 

 

Do you like privacy, picturesque settings, and gourmet food?  Does your dream vacation include these items?  If so, contact a charter specialist at 1-800 Yacht Charters today. Book now here at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Yacht Menu – Chefs Dazzle Guests with Meals

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IT IS ALL ABOUT THE FOOD

Our charter consultants receive many comments about our blogs.  Specific questions surface regarding our recent blog about yacht menus.  That blog, “Yacht Charter Vacations: How is the Food?”, is tasty!

Readers request additional menu samples.  It is great that readers want more menus!  The meals shown during a Caribbean yacht charter vacation can be truly amazing.

ANTIGUA YACHT CHARTER SHOW

The recent Antigua Charter Yacht Show welcomes some yachting professionals aboard superyacht DIAMOND A (x-ULTIMA III).  They get the opportunity to sample Chef Duncan Thomson and Chef Adam Rice’s menu.

Photo of a plated yacht menu item - seared spanish mackerel with tomato vinaigrette

 

 

WHAT IS ON THE MENU?

First, Captain Owen Jones welcomes guests onboard with a glass of champagne.  He serves this in the main saloon.  Second, guests then enjoy a tour of the yacht.   Third, guests walk to the large, round main dining table. The table is beautifully set by Chief Stewardess Lana Greenwood and her team.

The first course is Seared Spanish Mackerel with Tomato Vinaigrette, Celery Seed, and Micro Celery.  Next comes the main course. It is a Whole Roasted Sea Bass. In addition, endive braised in orange juice, almonds, saffron, and champagne-infused green grapes.

The last, [ of ] course, is the dessert.  The incredible dessert is a lemon Tartlette, Bruleed Meringue, Cardamom and Coconut Ice Cream with Pine Nut Praline.

In conclusion, the food, prepared by chefs Duncan and Adam, is delicious.  Not only that, but all present report the quality of the service as outstanding as well! 

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

Book your own Caribbean odyssey, complete with gourmet meals and breathtaking views.  Book now at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ to plan your luxury yacht charter vacation.

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