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Yearly Archives: 2011

100 Meter Sloop Next Project for Dubois Designs

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Aerial photograph of a Dubois sailboat underway. Yacht is heading toward the lower left corner of the photo. The yacht has a dark hull, wooden deck, and white modern superstructure. Her white sails are full.

Dubois Designs

MONACO YACHT SHOW CONTRACTS

Following discussions at the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show, the fabled team at Dubois Designs has entered a contract with an existing client for the construction of a 100m sloop.  

 

BUILDER COMMENTS

“We are pleased to announce the design contract for a 100m sloop,” says Ed Dubois

“This will demand a 30 month design programme with construction expected to commence mid 2013 with completion 2016. Further information will be available late 2012.”

She is expected to exist as one the most spectacular private yachts.  Her main mast will tower 125 meters above the water.  The yacht is designed as an explorer vessel.  Much of her volume is dedicated to storage (stowage) space for tenders and equipment. This sailboat holds a maximum draft of 12.8m. She has accommodations for 20 crew in single cabins.  There is a unique hard top over the flybridge.

 

INTERIOR DESIGNER

No shipyard has yet to be chosen for the construction, but Josep Juanpere Miret in onboard as the interior designer.

Ed Dubois was recently in the news for establishing a cancer fund for children.  Yachts designed by Dubois and his team have swept numerous superyacht awards in the past year.

 

RENT A PRIVATE YACHT

For a luxurious winter vacation on the water, charter a Dubois-designed yacht such as sail yacht KOKOMO or sail yacht TWIZZLE.  Contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters desk at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ for further details. 

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110′ Yacht Gets Makeover for Sail Boat Charters in Caribbean

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130 Foot Luxury Yacht Charter Vessel Offers Bahamas Special

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Profile photograph of Westport brand yacht, Mary Alice II. She is a solid white motoryacht. She is facing the right side of the photo.

Bahamas Yacht Charter Boat – Mary Alice II

MARY ALICE II SPECIAL

The owner of the 130′ Westport motor yacht MARY ALICE II has announced a special rate. This is for Bahama yacht charters this winter!

The special is offered for now through April 30. Book a regular 7-night charter for $100,000 per week ($120,000 per week for 2011 year-end holidays).  Motor yacht MARY ALICE II welcomes you!  Receive an additional 3 nights for free!

 

 

ADDITIONAL SAVINGS

As if that weren’t generous enough!  There is an addition to the special rate of 10 nights for price of 7.   Her owner will waive all delivery fees to move the yacht from South Florida to the Bahamas. This is a savings of approximately $4000.

ALSO!  The yacht has hard-to-come-by dockage at the famous Atlantis resort and marina in Nassau (Paradise Island), for the year-end holidays!!

Photograph of motoryacht Checkmate heading towards Atlantis in the Bahamas. The yacht is on the right side of the photo. All that you see is the black hull of the yacht and white superstructure. The yacht is facing approximately 11 o'clock in the photo, if the photo were the face of a clock. Atlantis, the resort, is at the top left corner of the photograph.

Atlantis, Bahamas – Superyacht Checkmate

 

INTERIOR FEATURES AND ACCOMMODATIONS

The immaculately-kept 130′ Westport yacht MARY ALICE II boasts brand new interior soft goods and AV equipment.  She accommodates 10/12 guests in 5 staterooms and will allow 2 more children to sleep on air mattresses in sky lounge.

 

CABINS

Her ondeck Master suite has opening windows for fresh air, and blackout blinds for total privacy. Four guest cabins are located belowdeck and feature King beds, two of which can convert to twins.

 

 

SKYLOUNGE AND WATERTOYS

Other amenities include a skylounge with satellite TV and an 8-person hydrotherapy hot tub.  Active guest will enjoy two waverunners, kayaks, underwater Seabobs, and a high performance 34′ Regulator-brand towed tender.

 

 

CREW

Captain Kelly Esser and his crew of 5 look forward to treating their guests to the time of their lives in the Bahamas or Florida!

CHARTER A YACHT IN THE CARIBBEAN

For further information about chartering in the Bahamas, contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters destination specialists at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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28m Yacht Whirlwind Offers Sailing in Caribbean

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Aerial photograph of sailboat WHIRLWIND in the Caribbean. The yacht has a dark blue hull with white superstructure. Her sails are full and solid white.

Whirlwind sailboat in the Caribbean


The 28 meter sailing yacht WHIRLWIND has joined the growing list of sailboats heading to the Caribbean for the winter and spring seasons, and is offering reduced rates to entice vacationers. 

 

Currently accepting reservations for Christmas and New Years, sailing yacht WHIRLWIND

is the ultimate Virgin Islands yacht charter sailboat for family of 6 to 8, with generous accommodations available in 3 guest staterooms. 

The sailing yacht offers three double cabins, two with a Pullman berth (thus the yacht can accommodate 6 adults + max 2 kids). One double cabin is located forward port side, and two identical cabins are positioned aft at either side of upper saloon stairway. Each cabin is equipped with its own en-suite bathroom and shower.

Onboard amenities include a Crestroncontrolled multi-media entertainment system, a PlayStation game station for the kids, and iPod docking stations throughout the yacht.

Launched in 1988 by the fabled Holland Jachtbouw shipyard, the yacht features the classic styling of interior designer Andrew Winch who oversaw a major interior refit this year (2011).

The yacht is available for the year-end holidays at a rate of  € 32,760 per week.  At the conclusion of the holidays, special winter and spring rates will take effect, with the price dropping to € 19,950 per week (regular winter/spring rate is € 26,600 per week). All rates are plus expenses.

For availability and further details, please contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters reservations department at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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3 Best Celebrity Owned Yachts

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photograph of yacht Seven Seas and owner Steven Spielberg. Photo collage of Spielberg and the yacht areas like hot tub, salon, and aft deck.

Whether as an effort to diversify investments, ego or challenge – many international celebrities have spent millions of dollars for the opportunity to own a superyacht.  Unlike athletes who splash their names on a restaurant and cover the walls in memorabilia as a shrine to their athletic glory, celebrity yacht owners rarely view their vessels as a tool for self-promotion. Instead, these yachts serve as a private oasis, a retreat from the constant pressures of the high-profile world of business and entertainment.

 Aerial photograph from bow of yacht, SlipStream. Boat is heading into the photograph, towards the bottom. Superstructure is silver. Hull is black.

 

When not in use by their owners or families, many of these yachts are available for hire as luxury mega yacht charter vessels.


While a celebrity’s name might pique your interest in considering his or her yacht, it’s the onboard amenities, professional crew, and overall design of the vessel that ultimately lead a client to rent a specific private yacht.  
 
Still, for many people (especially the charterer’s children), it’s fun to say,
We just spent a week on P. Diddy’s private yacht!
 
To that end, we’ve compiled a list of our three favorite celebrity-owned yachts for hire:
 
1. VAJOLIROJA
private yacht charter owner Johnny Depp charters luxury yachts
 
Sailing the high seas as the lead character in the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise might explain why actor Johnny Depp has a passion for fine yachts.

Motor yacht VaJoLiRoJa — the boat’s clever name comes from combining the first few letters of each family member’s name, partner Vanessa Paradis, Johnny, and their kids, Lily-Rose and Jack — is a 156′  Mediterranean yacht charter vessel of distinctive character, inspired by the classic gentleman’s yachts of the 1930’s.

The lavishly-styled interior evokes the romance and glamour of a bygone era (with a few pirate-themed hints throughout). Available for hire in the Mediterranean for € 98,000 per week in July and August, and € 84,000 per week the other months.

 
2. VA BENE


Photograph of yacht VA BENE profile. There's a mountain in the background.

According to the story, legendary rock star Eric Clapton (“Layla,” “Tears in Heaven,” “Cocaine“) chartered motor yacht Va Bene in 2005 and loved the yacht so much, he purchased it from then owner, F1 motor racing CEO Bernie Ecclestone. The 157 ft (47.8m) yacht can accommodate 12 guests in six separate sleeping cabins and has a crew complement of 13 when under charter.

The yacht’s interior is best described as calm and informal, with neutral tones in the décor and an Art Deco theme running through the main guest areas. Clapton, a collector of modern art, has filled the yacht with paintings, sculptures, and ceramic vases. 

Motor Yacht Va Bene is available for Caribbean yacht charter hire in the winter and spring at a rate of  $189,000 per week.  In the summer, the yacht is based in the Mediterranean and is priced at $210,000 per week in July and August, and $189,000 per week all other months.

3.  SEVEN SEAS

Aerial view of motoryacht with blue hull and white superstructure underway

After her launch in 2010, speculation swirled around Steven Spielberg’s motor yacht SEVEN SEAS as to whether or not she would enter the charter market.  At first – she did.  Recently, however, Spielberg withdrew the yacht from charter for extended personal use.  Hopeful that the superyacht will one day return to charter, we have selected her for our list of the best celebrity-owned (charter) yachts.  

At 86 meters in length, her size, shape, and style ensure that motor yacht Seven Seas is one of the most impressive yachts in the world.  Built by Oceanco, the megayacht features an infinity swimming pool on her aft deck which can conveniently be transformed into a full helipad or used as a screen for viewing movies while on deck or in the pool. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we will soon see the return of Seven Seas to the rental marketplace!

HOW TO BOOK A CELEBRITY-OWNED YACHT CHARTER

Do you know any other celebrity-owned yachts worthy of mention?  Help us expand our list and see if we can come up with the top ten celebrity-owned yacht, even if they are not for hire.  Contact us with your nominations HERE

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3 Simple Ways to Go Green on Sail Boat Charters

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Save the Earth. Cupped hands holding a blue, white, and orange round globe of the planet. GO GREEN ON YACHT CHARTER

Much attention has been focused on the efforts of the superyacht industry to embrace sustainability and green building practices.  But what about the travelers – the people who rent, for example, a private yacht for a Virgin Islands yacht charter holiday?

How can they contribute to furthering the cause of green, eco-friendly vacations?

 

HOW TO TAKE GREEN APPROACH TO TRAVEL

It’s not hard, and taking a “green approach” to vacations goes hand-in-hand with being a responsible traveler. With a little effort, charter passengers can help reduce the negative environmental impact on the places they visit.

Green travel begins with the understanding and respect for the cruising destination’s culture and an effort to bring benefit the local economy.

Lastly, you do not have to pay more to go green!

 

A FEW WAYS TO GO GREEN

Let’s look at three simple ways to travel greener on your next sailing vacation:

1.  Save Energy
a)  Re-use towels and linens during your charter.   Crews on yachts scramble to clean and change linens throughout a charter.  After all, they are dedicated to the highest level of customer service.  Simply tell your crew that you are willing to reuse your towels and bed linens more than once or twice during your stay.  It is estimated this simple act can save 5 percent on utilities!

 

YET ANOTHER WAY TO GO GREEN ON A YACHT

b)  turn off the air conditioning and lights in your cabin when leaving the room.

 

MORE WAYS TO GO GREEN

2.  Reduce Carbon Output
Plan a trip that will reduce carbon emissions. Sometimes it is as simple as considering the distance from the arrival airport to your awaiting yacht.  Ask your crew if there is a marina or sandy beach close to the airport.  If there is, you can save the cost of a taxi and the related carbon emissions of the vehicle.

 

HOW TO REDUCE CARBON OUTPUT AND GO GREEN?

For instance, many people arriving for a charter in Tortola, BVI first fly into St. Thomas, USVI.  After that, they take a 30 minute taxi to the ferry docks.  They then ride a ferry to Tortola.  Lastly, they take another quick taxi to a marina, where their yacht and crew await.  As a green alternative, you can fly to Beef Island airport in Tortola, adjacent to a large, sandy beach. Your crew can take a dinghy up to the beach to pick you up, and you can literally walk over from the airport!

LAST WAY TO GO GREEN

3.  Support the Local Economy
You can easily travel greener by learning about your destination.  Research the culture, food, and environment of the places you visit. Prior to your charter, ask your crew to cook using native cuisine versus foods and goods that need to be shipped in.  When going ashore to shop and sightsee, buy souvenirs and handmade crafts that benefit the local community.  Do not buy imported goods.  Lastly, Do not purchase souvenirs made from local endangered animals or plants.

Go green on charter. Photograph of woman selling avocados at a Farmer's Market. Photo shows her holding a large plastic bag full of avocados

Remember, responsible travel habits will reduce the negative environmental impact on the places you visit.  These impacts matter long after you and your sailing companions have returned home.

 

DO YOU HAVE TIPS TO SHARE?

Do you have any tips to share on how to travel and cruise by yacht with less of an environmental impact?  Contact us with your suggestions at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ now.

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30 Meter Luxury Sailing Charter Vessel Slashes Rates

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Photograph of the back of sailing yacht NOSTROMO during a sailing race. She has a white sail and a shiny blue hull, and there are multiple sailors on deck who are helping race the boat. There is a large wave behind her, indicating fast speed

Looking forward to a strong Mediterranean yacht charter season, the 30 meter sail yacht NOSTROMO cruises into 2012 with highly-competitive, reduced rental rates.

Beginning with the upcoming summer high season (July and August), rates have been slashed by 23% – from €45,000 per week to an attractive €35,000 per week. Rates are plus expenses.

 

Launched in 2009, the sleek, modern sloop was designed by Dubois Yachts and built by British superyacht builder Pendennis.  Since her arrival on the charter scene, Dubois sail yacht NOSTROMO quickly became a popular sailing yacht in France and Italy before crossing the Atlantic for service as a Caribbean yacht charter vessel. 

Photograph of the cockpit of sailboat NOSTROMO. Photo taken from the back of the yacht. Photo shows two sailboat ship's wheels in the foreground, with cockpit dining table in the background, covered by white awning. The table is set for dining.

 

Pendennis yacht NOSTROMO boasts a beautiful interior, designed by Redman Whitely Dixon.  There are four cabins that can be converted to offer 3 modern double cabins and 1 single cabin with a bath.

Available in the Eastern Mediterranean, her experienced crew is keen to charter.  With attractive new rates, expect prime summer dates to be booked quickly. 

Similar yachts available this summer in the Eastern Mediterranean include  the 43 meter sail yacht  CLEAR EYES, 38 meter gulet yacht ESMA SULTAN, 34 meter sail yacht ANNAGINE, and the 32 meter crewed catamaran charters superstar sail yacht IPHARRA.

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For further information or to plan the superyacht experience, contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters mediterranean destination specialists at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ 

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4 Reasons to Charter a Sailing Yacht

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Dubois naval architects sailboat photograph. Blue-hulled performance sailboat underway. View of the yacht headed toward you. Photo from the water line.

 

SAILBOAT OR MOTORYACHT

Do you prefer a sailboat or a motoryacht?

YACHT CHARTER BROKER ASKS

That is typically the first question a charter broker asks a prospective new customer when approached with an inquiry for a mega yacht charter vacation.
The answer is often a request for a motor yacht.   Yachting aficionados routinely inquire by motoryacht brand.  They ask specifically, for example, for a Benetti or Trinity yacht charter vessel.

The pendulum, however, seems to be swinging as more clients express interest in luxury sailing charter holidays.

We are witnessing a shift in our sense of priorities when it comes to the world around us,” says Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, an international yacht rental agency.  “The focus on sustainable lifestyles goes beyond how we live at home.  Many travelers feel compelled to seek out an eco-friendly vacation, and sailboats are the perfect alternative to fossil-fuel powered motoryachts.

But what about luxury and comfort? For years, sailboats were considered small and cramped, with far fewer amenities than their power-driven counterparts.  “That’s all in the past,” says Sheeder.

Advances in technology have come a long way.  Naval architects have found ways to add upscale amenities to sailboats without compromising the yacht’s performance capabilities.

 

KOKOMO SAILING YACHT

Sail yacht KOKOMO is indicative of this direction.  The 58 meter sailboat reflects new heights of excellence in terms of design, technology, engineering, performance, and quality.

FOUR REASONS TO CHOOSE A SAILBOAT

With so much to offer, here are 4 great reasons to rent a sailing yacht:

1. Sailboats offer you the chance to experience and enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

2. Sailing yachts are more environmentally-responsible (“green“) than motor yachts.

3. Sailboats offer greater fuel economy and less fuel consumption than motor yachts.

4. Sailboats can offer a more tranquil, relaxing experience than a cruise on a motor yacht.

 

FIFTH REASON – FEEDBACK?

What is the 5th great reason to choose a sailing yacht charter vacation?  Click HERE to tell us why you think sailboats are the best way to experience a holiday on the sea.

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43 Meter Charter Sailboat to Circle the Globe

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Photograph of sailboat CLEAR EYES underway.  It has white sails with black trim.  The boat hull is white, and the deck is chestnut brown. The boat is leaning toward the front of the screen, and it is sailing toward the lower center of the left side of screen.

PREPARE FOR AN EPIC SAILING JOURNEY

The odyssey of a lifetime is about to unfold.  Luxury sailing charter clients are invited along for the ride.

 

SAILBOAT CLEAR EYES

The 43 meter sail yacht CLEAR EYES is ready.  She starts a 19-month journey, and soon sails around the world.  Charter reservations are being accepted for all legs.  Guests enjoy 7 night traditional Virgin Islands yacht charter holidays.  They also experience multi-week open ocean passages.

TRAVEL ROUTE

The sail starts and ends in Bodrum, Turkey.  The voyage takes passengers and crew to multiple destinations. For example, the Canary Islands, Curacao, Aruba, San Blas, Panama, Galapagos, Gambier, Tahiti, Niue, Tonga, Fiji, Darwin, Bali, Mauritius, South Africa, St. Helena, Ascension Island, Cabo Verde and Malta.  So many wonderful experiences. For instance, seeing beautiful islands and experiencing vibrant local culture.  Other things, such as interacting with people from around the world in their own environment are also included.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Sail yacht CLEAR EYES offers a spacious interior.  She also comfortably accommodates up to 10 guests in five cabins.  Rates from €65,000 per week, plus all expenses.

Photograph of the master stateroom of sailboat CLEAR EYES.  Light colored carpet, chestnut brown walls, bed with rust-colored throw pillows.

RENT A SAILBOAT

Looking for a greener vacation?  Learn 3 simple ways to enjoy a earth-friendly sailboat vacation at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/half-board-option-makes-crewed-catamaran-charters-more-affordable/.

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46-meter Feadship Joins Growing Yacht Charter Fleet in the Maldives

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Photograph of motoryacht JANA, from the waterline, up to the bow. She is solid white. She is at anchor. She is facing the right side of the photo.

JANA – Feadship motoryacht

MOTORYACHT JANA

After this weekend’s 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Feadship motor yacht JANA will hoist her anchor and reposition for the winter season in the Maldives. 

 

AVAILABLE FOR CHRISTMAS CHARTER

Expected to arrive in mid December, the classic 46-meter Feadship yacht charter vessel is currently available for a Christmas reservation. 

 

YACHT CHARTER – DESTINATION MALDIVES

Motoryacht JANA will remain in the Maldives through mid April and joins a growing list of yachts for hire in this Indian Ocean paradise. 

 

OTHER YACHTS FOR CHARTER IN MALDIVES

Other megayachts committed to the winter season in the Maldives include the 64 meter Benetti motoryacht SILVER ANGEL, sail yacht PERLA DEL MARE, the 60 meter motor yacht ARKLEY, and the 150 foot motoryacht MOECCA.

 

JANA AT FORMULA 1 RACE

Serving as a privately-chartered spectator yacht at this year’s Formula 1 race in Abu Dhabi, Feadship yacht JANA will complete one more charter in Abu Dhabi in November before embarking for the Indian Ocean. 

 

 

JANA SHEEDER COMMENTS

The prospect of offering alternative destinations for winter charters is exciting for JANA Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters.  “Our team is committed to expanding the destination options available to our clients,” says Sheeder.  “A winter holiday in the warm waters of the Maldives is an excellent alternative to the traditional Caribbean yacht charter vacation.” 

 

 

THE MALDIVES

The Maldives offer visitors the chance to enjoy crystal clear water and sugar white, sandy beaches.   Located in the Indian Ocean,  the Republic of Maldives is an island nation formed by a double-wrapped chain of twenty-six (26) atolls. The winter water temperature is amazingly warm, about 31 degrees celsius (87 degrees fahrenheit), and the opportunities for snorkeling and watersports seem endless. There are hundreds of reefs, many in the shallow waters of enclosed lagoons.

We hope to add even more megayachts to the growing list available this winter in the Maldives.

BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

For more information about yacht charters in the Maldives, contact us at 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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