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Monthly Archives: March 2011

50 Meter Picchiotti Motor Yacht EXUMA is our Superyacht of the Week

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EXUMA motor yacht Perini Navi yacht charter through SailAway Yacht Charter ConsultantsWe were a bit skeptical when we first learned the Perini Navi Group would tackle a project to build a 50 meter motor yacht. The Picchiotti built yacht EXUMA, is the first motor yacht of the Vitruvius series built by the Perini Navi – better known for launching luxury sailing charter yachts such as MELEK, and PANTHALASSA.
Now that the project is complete, and motor yacht EXUMA is fully operational and available for hire, the results speak for themselves.      

By taking his cue from the streamlined principles of sailboat hulls, naval architect Philippe Briand, optimized this yacht’s lines of design, weight, and volume distribution.  Adding two zero speed roll stabilizers gave the hull exceptional cruising stability.  When combined with the installed power system, Briand created a yacht fully capable of long range cruising in total safety and comfort.
 
The yacht is unparalleled in terms of interior space design and deck organization. There are large spaces dedicated to ensuring privacy among guests, and plenty of room to store the yacht’s sizable watertoy equipment inventory.  Unique onboard toys include a Hovercraft, underwater Seabob scooter, and electric moped and an amphibian jeep.

The bridge deck was conceived to offer a full view of the surrounding scenery. This area offers a spacious saloon with L-shaped sofa, armchairs and an entertainment area. The outdoor living area features two, comfortable chaise lounges for relaxing and a large Jacuzzi.

Amphibious jeep tender on motor yacht EXUMA
The Main deck features a typical sailing yacht setting as the aft cockpit offers two C-shaped sofas with two connectable  tables for al fresco meals. The aft area of the cockpit offers two comfortable sun pads for sunbathing.

The open-space main saloon features large glass windows offering excellent visibility and luminosity. The living area is equipped with a state-of-the-art audio visual entertainment system, as well as three C-shaped sofas.  The adjacent dining area is capable of seating up to 10 people. 
 
Five guest cabins, including the master stateroom on the main deck, offer accommodations for a charter party of nine.Exuma is currently available for summer 2011 charter in the South Pacific.  Weekly rates begin at €175,000 plus expenses.  Click HERE for more information or to book your own island escape.

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Catamaran RAFOLY to Offer Sail and Golf Packages in Spain

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SailAway offers a unique catamaran charter vacation - golf and sail in Spain aboard RAFOLY 

During the upcoming Mediterranean yacht charter summer season, the Blubay 92 catamaran yacht RAFOLY will cruise the waters of Spain’s Balearic Islands.  The largest of these islands, Mallorca, is home to some of Europe’s finest championship golf courses.

During a 6 night crewed catamaran charter vacation, the yacht’s own golf pro will help guests select courses and make all arrangements.  The package includes 3 complimentary green fees.    

In addition to the golf component of the trip, the package also includes airport transfers, all food and beverages (including ship’s bar), and use of the yachts onboard watersports inventory.

Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters, feels this package will have great appeal to golfers and non-golfers, alike.  "Most golf-oriented vacations focus primarily on the golfer,"  says Sheeder.  "By adding a golf element to a yachting vacation, the non-golfers can have just as much fun as the golfers. We envision a group of 3 or 4 heading to the links, while others in the charter party go for an afternoon sail, or stop and anchor for a swim."

Sheeder emphasizes that the location is what makes this package special.  "The Balearics are to Spain what the Côte d’Azur is to France.  There are numerous cafes, upscale boutiques, and nightclubs, and plenty of small coves where you can anchor and be away from the crowds."

Golfers can hone their skills on any of 7 courses:

● Son Muntaner 

● Vall d’Or

● Pula Golf 

● Alcanada 

● Son Antem 

● Son Vida 

Launched in 2008, RAFOLY is a 92-foot luxury yacht charter catamaran, with accommodations for up to 8 passengers in 4 staterooms. She is a high class sail mega yacht, elegant and refined, and made for cruising with one’s friends and family on a vacation of a lifetime

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The rate for the 6 day golf package is €47,000 for 2 to 8 passengers.  Click HERE
for more information, or to reserve prime summer dates. HURRY!
    

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Classic-styled Schooner Offers Special Rate in July

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Schooner THIS IS US offers 22 per cent discount for charters in the Med

The 141′ schooner, THIS IS US, is offering a 22% discount for a luxury sailing charter in the Mediterranean.

For a 7-night odyssey, July 4 through 11, 2011, the yacht is reducing its rate from €60,000 per week to €54,000 per week – a huge savings of €16,000!

Sail yacht THIS IS US offers accommodations for up to 8 guests in 4 cabins.

Holland Jachtbouw launched this 141′ schooner in late 2005, as both a high-performance yacht, rigged for regatta racing, as well as a comfortable yacht charter vessel.  Built to MCA safety standards, the sailing yacht has an ideal layout for chartering, with an owners’ stateroom, VIP suite, two guest cabins, and generous amounts of deck space. Her lifting keel gives the vessel access to shallow waters – a rarity on megayachts of her size.

For additional photos, crew profiles, and more information regarding availability and any of our super yacht charters, please contact our charter specialists HERE

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Designer Touts New Generation of Green Superyachts

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Green star awards for eco-friendly super yachts
 
The push for sustainability in the yacht industry continues.

Recently, we profiled  the use of eco-friendly salmon skin upholstery in superyacht interiors, as well as the first self-sufficient zero carbon vessel.

Now comes word a design studio is crafting the next generation of hybrid propulsion green luxury yacht charter super yachts.

Touting increased energy efficiecy and lower noise and CO2 emissions, Guido de Groot Design and Intec Marine are proposing two revolutionary concepts for propulsion.  The Intec Marine hybrid propulsion concept makes use of the an electric propulsion setup powered by two generators. An additional smaller generator is installed for calm water/harbor conditions or at anchor.

Guido de Groot Design for yacht charters

Take for example a Monaco Grand Prix yacht, rented to be dockside for the race, then out for day cruising along the Côte d’Azur.  At cruising speed, one generator is able to generate power for the two propulsion pods and the load of the interior (cabin lights, televisions, galley, etc.). This results in very low noise levels, estimated at 35 dBA.

Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter ... Cannes Film Festival special event yacht

Cruising the yacht out of the marina at 6 knots can be done using the batteries. The second generator is in place for redundancy purposes and needs to be started for the yacht to reach maximum speed. When at anchor, the smaller, third generator is used.

According to the designers, when compared to a conventional setup with three diesel engines continuously running  (two for propulsion and one for interior load), a 30% reduction of use in energy can be achieved. 

Yachts featuring Intec Marine hybrid propulsion will have a RINA marine green star design certificate for environmental excellence.


RINA Green Star Award

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Is the yachting industry keeping pace with other transportation manufacturers, like the automotive industry?  What do you think?  Share your comments with us
HERE.  

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Discounts Galore on Luxury Yacht Charter Vacations

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What are you planning for your next vacation?

Luxury yacht charter vacation discounts available

A survey by USA Today found most people rank spending time with friends and family at the top of their wish list, followed by the urge to see new places, and the desire to kick back and relax.

There’s a great vacation option that gives you the chance to do all these things – a crewed luxury mega yacht charter.

Charters offer the exclusivity of yacht ownership, without its costs and responsibility.

There are more yachts available for hire than ever before, and great deals abound – from discounted prices to extra free days.

Take advantage of one of these great destinations and offers:

Bahamas
140′ motor yacht NEVER ENOUGH (12 passengers) – save over $42,000 and enjoy 10 days for the price of 7.  Available all spring.  $100,000 per week, plus expenses.

Amazon River
147′ motor vessel   ARIA  (32 passengers) – $10,000 savings on all 2011 charters. Embark on the voyage of a lifetime, sailing the Earth’s mightiest river – the Amazon.  Reduced rate is $161,280 per week, plus some expenses.

Mediterranean
98′  motor yacht SALU
(8 passengers) – Save 21% for charters in May, June, and September 2011. Was €70,000 per week, plus expenses – now €55,000 per week, plus expenses.

Caribbean
SailAway offers discounts on CATAMARANSNow through June 30, take 5% off ANY crewed catamaran charters.  Any boat…any dates.

Suggested boats:

65′ catamaran WORLDS END (2011 model; 10 passengers) –  €23,400 per week, plus expenses.

62′  catamaran IN THE WIND (2011 model; 8 passengers) –  $27,000 per week, plus expenses.

50′ catamaran NUTMEG (2008 model; 8 passengers) – $13,000 per week, ALL-INCLUSIVE.

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There are MANY more yacht charter specials available at destinations around the globe.  Contact your 1-800 Yacht Charters specialists 
HERE with your desired dates and destination to check for last minute savings.  We’ve got you covered!

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Do Airport Body Scanners Pose a Risk to Travelers?

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Do airport scanners pose a risk to travelers?

You’ve been looking forward to this day for months.  You’re at the airport, ready to board a flight that will take you to your rented yacht, to begin your Virgin Islands yacht charter vacation. 

As you pass through the new X-ray full body scanner, should you be concerned about the radiation and what this exposure could mean for you?

 
Some researchers say yes.

We are very concerned about that being imposed on travelers,” says Dr. Robert Stroud, a  professor of biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  In a letter sent to the White House, Stroud and his researchers shared their concerns.  “I don’t think we do know what risk we are taking. X-rays are intrinsically ionizing radiation. They damage human tissue,” says Stroud.

For many months, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the federal government have been assuring the public that passing through the body scanner is safe. A TSA spokesperson even stated, “We consider it a miniscule amount of radiation.”
 
But the scientists at UCSF aren’t so sure and believe it’s time for outside scientists to take a closer look.

I do think it is time for an independent investigation that really allows people to understand what the risk is that they take going through the scanner,” says Stroud.

Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters, reminds her clients that they do have an option.  "If you have a concern about the exposure to x-rays coming from the body scanner, simply opt for the pat down," says Sheeder.  "When your on your way to enjoy a luxury sailing charter in the islands, the last thing you need is more travel-related stress!"


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Do you believe x-ray scanners pose a risk to you when you travel?  Please share your comments with us HERE.

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Easter Caribbean Yacht Charter Specials – From $161 per person

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Easter and spring break vacations on yachts

Are you ready to escape with the family on a luxury sailing charter?

 
Easter is fast approaching but if you act fast, you can still plan a fun-filled family getaway.

We’ve rounded up some affordable last-minute Virgin Islands yacht charter vacations for you and your clan. Rates start at just $161 per night, and include special custom menus, watersports and more!

Crewed catamaran charters offer the hottest vacation options in the islands.  Kids love the built-in trampolines and watertoys, while parents like the stable ride and roomy comfort of these ultra-wide yachts.  Unlike traditional sailboats that “heel” to the side when under sail, cats stay level and flat when underway.

8 days for 7:

NEMO (2009 model; 47′) – the Nautitech 47 catamaran NEMO leads the way this Easter with an offer of 8 days for the price of 7.  With room for a family of 10, this special offer equates to a price of $161/pp per night.

Catamaran sail yacht NEMO for Virgin Island yacht charter

Guests can board the 47-foot yacht on Saturday, April 23rd, in Tortola, BVI at 5 pm.  The charter will conclude in Tortola on Sunday, May 1st in the morning.  The price includes the Skipper,  Hostess/Cook, all meals, beverages and ship’s bar, and an assortment of water toys (e.g. snorkelling equipment, kayak, fishing rods, wake board, etc.).


10% Discounts:
We’ve gathered our newest model cats in the Caribbean and have tagged them with a one-time, 10% DISCOUNT for Easter and Spring Break!  Take at look at these great yachts and rates:
 
    • IPHARRA (2010 model;  102′) – a luxury mega yacht charter vessel beyond compare. The Sunreef 102 sail catamaran IPHARRA is one of the largest cruising catamarans of the world.   Regualr rate is $68,000/wk with room for 10 adults and 2 children. Enjoy a $6800 discount for March, April and Easter.

IPHARRA catamaran sail boat for yacht charter

  • KING’s RANSOM (2008 model; 76′) – Built by Matrix Yachts, the futuristic Silhouette 760 catamaran KING’S RANSOM sailboat catamaran charter vessel, offers unrivaled luxury.  Regular price is $43,800/wk with accomodations for 10 guests. Take a $4300 discount in March, April and Easter.

    Catamaran sail boat KING'S RANSOM yacht charter by SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants

  • NIRVANA (2009 model;  60′) – the Fountaine Pajot Eleuthera 60 catamaran NIRVANA offers a level of comfort, spacious accommodation and quality of finish more commonly found in custom-designed motor yachts.  Her regualr rate for 8 to 10 passengers is €13,300 per week, plus food, bar and running expenses.  Save €1,330 for April and Easter bookings. 
    EXTRA SPECIAL – charter in March and the discount increases to 15%!

    NIRVANA catamaran sail yacht for charter by SailAway

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    To book a Spring Break or Easter getaway, contact our destination experts HERE.  HURRY!  These yachts will book quickly!

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HURRY! Take Advantage of Deep Discounts for Crewed Catamaran Charters in the Bahamas

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Discounted sailing catamaran SPARROW yacht charter in the Bahamas

For years, the tourism ads have claimed, "It’s Better in the Bahamas."  The crew and owner of Sunreef 62 sail catamaran SPARROW believe it is true and are ready to put their money where their mouth is!

To increase interest in Bahama yacht charters, catamaran SPARROW is offering a $2000 discount off regular rates for any charters in March, 2011 in the Bahamas. 

To further sweeten the deal, the team at SailAway is offering an additional $2000 discount for any charters on Sunreef 62 catamaran SPARROW in the Bahamas in March. 

This brings the  total savings to $4000 – a discount of nearly 18% off of catamaran Sparrow’s regular rate of $23,000 per week!!!

Rates in the Bahamas are all-inclusive except for special requests (wines, champagne, special alcoholic drinks, excessive alcohol consumption), air fares, transfer airport/yacht/airport, dockage fees if any, use of communications onboard, and crew gratuity. Also included is fuel for 4 hours on engine operations.

 
To enjoy the discount, charters must take place in March, 2011 and must be for a minimum of 7 nights.

Just 50 miles from Florida, the Bahamas form an archipelago that extends over 500 miles of the clearest water in the world.

Bahama yacht charter vacations

The Bahamas offers some of the most gorgeous and sheltered yachting grounds in the world. Islands and cays interspersed among brilliant white beaches and coves – adventure lies around every corner as you navigate your luxury yacht charter through the Eleuthra, the Abacos, Exuma, Nassau, the Berry Islands, Paradise Island, Grand Bahama, Cat Island, and all of the Bahamian Cays.



Bahamas - 50 miles from Florida

Launched in 2010, Sunreef 62 sail catamaran SPARROW offers a unique experience to her guests. Charterers can indulge in the elegance of a yacht while savoring the adventure of sailing. The sailing yacht comfortably accommodates up to 8 adult guests. Privacy onboard is ensured as all 4 staterooms feature their own ensuite bathrooms.

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Take advantage of this $4000 discount
and come find out for yourself if it truly is Better in the Bahamas!  Click
HERE to reserve your adventure onboard SPARROW now. 

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Leave Your Clothes Behind – Top 2 Clothing Optional Caribbean Yacht Charter Destinations

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Clothing optional nude nake yacht charters in the Caribbean

It has been said a great vacation is all about escaping. For many, that means escaping the confines of their homes and the rigors of their work.  For others, it is best achieved by escaping the confines of their clothes.
 
For vacationers looking for that all-over tan, our yacht charter destination specialists have come up with a the top 2 clothing optional Caribbean destinations, along with 2 fabulous yachts to take you there.
 
ST. MARTIN – Snow-white beaches and an annual influx of liberal-minded European tourists seems to leave visitors feeling uninhibited in St. Martin. As one recent charter client put it, "Sailing around St. Martin is as close to heaven as you can get without dying! Nudity feels so natural that even first timers have no problem shedding their clothes.

The island’s Orient Beach is one of the most popular and well-attended clothing optional areas in the world. You can even eat in the area’s restaurants totally naked. 

Crewed catamaran charters have become a popular way to cruise St. Martin and nearby islands like Anguilla and the Prickly Pear Cays.  Lagoon 620 sailing catamaran CROCODILE DADDY (€ 23,000 per week, plus expenses) features exceptional living space below deck for 8 guests, and a roomy flybridge ideal for sunbathing.  

EXUMA CAYS –  300-plus tiny islands, set in a sea of aquamarine and sapphire, form this archipelago, 35 miles southeast of Nassau, Bahamas.  With very few residents and hidden coves and bays everywhere, the Exumas are a magnet for clothing optional yacht charters. One charter guest told us, "It’s a place where you can feel totally comfortable shedding your stress, worries, and cares right along with your clothes. The shallow bays makes swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling a delight.

With so many islands to explore, motoryachts are the suggested mode of transportation for Bahama yacht charters. The 85′ Pacific Mariner yacht SEAS THE MOMENT ($37,000 per week, plus expenses) features a spacious, well-appointed four stateroom arrangement for a party of 8. Watertoys include a brand new 29′ Sea Hunter towed tender, two brand new waverunners, and plenty of fishing and snorkeling equipment. After a day of recreation, guests can soak sore muscles in the ondeck Jacuzzi tub.


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Is there a THIRD BEST clothing optional Caribbean charter destination???  Did we miss your favorite island getaway?  Click *HERE* to tell us about your favorite Caribbean naturist hot spot and we’ll share it with our readers!  
 

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Luxury motor yacht Amevi – heated pool, masseuse, salon

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Luxury motor yacht AMEVI yacht charter

If you are dreaming of a summer vacation this year, why not rent a private Mediterranean yacht such as the Amevi for a cruise.

Amevi is a very impressive 80m (262.48 ft) luxury motor yacht that is currently available for Mediterranean yacht charters. Built with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, Amevi also has a very sleek interior design that makes her a sight for sore eyes wherever she docks. Some of her highlights include the state-of-the-art cinema, heated pool, gymnasium, massage room, pool table, and hair salon. Super yacht Amevi can comfortably accommodate up to twelve guests in suites that are nothing short of royal.

To book your private luxury yacht charter vacation, contact SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants HERE.

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