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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.



Do you prefer a sailboat or a motoryacht?


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.



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.


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.



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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All-Inclusive Rate Sets Megayacht Apart in Virgin Islands Yacht Charter Market

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Aerial photo of LADY DIA underway

Small to mid-sized luxury sailing charter yachts often offer all-inclusive charter packages. Specifically in the Virgin Islands.  Their larger megayacht counterparts are hesitant to do the same.  Superyachts opt for a la carte pricing.  They simply charge customers for each and every expense incurred. For instance food, alcohol, dockage, etc.  

This summer, Captain Bernard Calot and his crew of 5 buck that trend.  They offer all-inclusive mega yacht charter vacations in the Virgin Islands onboard the 121′  motor yacht OLGA!

From May 15 through September 1, 2011, an all-inclusive rate of $69,900 per week will be offered.  In addition, a price of $55,000 per week for shorter 5 day odysseys.

Rates are valid for up to 8 persons. They include fuel, food, soft drinks, ship’s bar, and selective dockage.  Specialty items such as vintage wines and premium spirits are available.  Subsequently, at extra cost.

This special rate even includes spa treatments.  In addition, manicures. More importantly, from the yacht’s onboard certified massage therapist!  (What a perfect wedding anniversary vacation!)


Photograph of massage therapist and client (who is on massage bed) on the back of a superyacht. There is another motoryacht anchored behind them, in the distance.


Launched in 2003, Crescent motor yacht OLGA is an incredibly clean and well-maintained yacht.  She is a Jack Sarin design.  The yacht features a beautiful hard wood interior. In specific, Sapele and Pomele Mahogany.  The woods are complimented by tasteful, upscale furnishings.

The yacht’s full-time chef, Claire, is Cordon Bleu-trained.  Captain Bernard, Mate Clem, and deckhand Rafael can help you burn off the extra calories.  Specifically, through water activities including Scuba diving from the yacht for certified divers.  In addition to SCUBA, this well-equipped yacht is set up for fun on the water.  It carries an extensive inventory of toys. For instance, snorkel gear, kayaks, and a Hobie Wave catamaran.  In addition, waterskis, towable toys, fishing equipment, and a 22’ highspeed tender.


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Benetti Motoryacht Offers Discounts

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Cuor di Leone motoryacht photograph. The yacht is underway and headed toward the center of the right side of the picture

The 164′  Benetti motoryacht CUOR DI LEONE giving a discount for Mediterranean yacht charter reservations confirmed by April 30, 2011. 

 The longer your charter, the greater the discount.
Charters of 7 days in duration receive a  Ten day receive 20%.  Reserve the yacht for a two-week vacation, and as a result, receive a 25% price break.
This popular Benetti yacht charter vessel has undergone a full repaint this winter, as well as other improvements. She is in bristol condition and features accommodations for 12 guests.  

Formerly named motor yacht LIONHEART, yacht CUOR DI LEONE is a fine example of  Italian flair and elegance in design. Her interior styling is by Stefano Natucci and features the use of exceptional materials and highly original details.  Vibrant honey-colored oak burl has been used for the yacht’s furniture and paneling, and the bathrooms display complimentary honey onyx marble.

The yacht also features a spacious sundeck, plus two large sunbathing areas with sun beds and mattresses both fore and aft, as well as an ondeck Jacuzzi, wet bar, two settees, and a dining table positioned in the shade of the yacht’s radar arch. She offers sweeping deck spaces, separated as either entertainment or relaxation areas.

Accommodations are provided in a full beam master suite with “his and hers” bathroom on the main deck. On the lower deck are four guest staterooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. A day room on the upper deck can be converted into an additional guest room.

Mega yacht CUOR DI LEONE has a state-of-the-art audio-visual entertainment system and carries an extensive list of water sports toys to ensure an enjoyable time aboard.

Her charter rates begin at €161,000 per week in May, June, and September, and €185,000 per week in July and August.  All expenses are additional.


Mega yacht CUOR DI LEONE is ready to take you on the adventure of a lifetime!  Are you ready?  Take advantage of this or any of a number of summer discounts available.  Contact a charter specialist HERE right now.

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Charter Sail Yacht ON LIBERTY Draws Raves

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Yachting World magazine cover with photo of sailboat On Liberty on it.

It’s one thing to hear a charter broker tell you the sailboat you are considering for your St. Marten yacht charter is a great performance vessel with plenty of creature comforts.  More reassuring are the critical comments of a seasoned sailor who has been onboard while the yacht is underway.

There’s no substitute for a hands-on review of a yacht’s performance under sail.

Recently, sailing journalist Toby Hodge had the opportunity to join the luxury sailing  charter vessel Oyster 575 ON LIBERTY for a 220 nautical mile passage from Palma, Mallorca to Cartagena, Spain.  Hodge’s review appeared between the covers of the February 2011 issue of Yachting World magazine.

ON LIBERTY is a new entry into the charter market. Her pure hull lines will ensure this yacht is a fast passage maker.  Imagine planning a Virgin Islands yacht charter holiday on a blue water cruiser with exhilarating performance.

But hey – no need to take our word – read some of Toby Hodge’s comments:

“The 575 proved easy to handle…She’s another slippery yacht…with an easy motion that will be greatly appreciated at sea”

“Thanks to the twin wheels, the helmsman has unhindered views forward from both sides and I love what happens when you go through waves – nothing – she’s as well mannered as a royal butler.”

“Oyster has a winning recipe for internal layouts, thanks to the center cockpit which creates sumptuous aft cabins, large passageway or U-shaped galleys and spacious saloons set low down to maintain privacy, but enjoying plenty of daylight from the coach roof windows.”


ON LIBERTY is available this spring in the Caribbean at a weekly rate of $14,000 for 4 passengers, inclusive of food and non-alcoholic beverages.  This summer, the yacht will be based in the Western Mediterranean and offered for a rate of €11000 per week, plus all expenses.


To charter this yacht, click HERE  right now.  Hurry!    She is brand new and is already VERY popular! 

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Close To Home – Cruising the Bahamas for Easter

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Catamaran at anchor in front of an island in the Bahamas. Gorgeous photo has turquoise water in ocean


The memories from a family yacht vacation last a lifetime.  But how long does it take to get to our favorite cruising destinations?



Whether flying commercial or private, it can be tedius.  It can be a long, sometimes grueling endeavor to get to the Caribbean, for instance, if you are going for Easter or Spring break.    


Is there an alternative closer to home – a destination that offers warm waters, plenty of sunshine, and a chance to reconnect with family and friends, away from the crowded tourist traps?  The answer is, “Yes” and it’s less than an hour away from mainland USA – it’s the Bahamas.

In the time that it take for commuters in Miami to drive to their jobs in Fort Lauderdale, you can catch a flight from South Florida to this tropical paradise.   


The 16 major islands that make up the Bahamas are an exquisite mix of breathtaking natural beauty.  Blinding white sand beaches curl around the edges of almost every island, and the shallow waters reflect a turquoise hue found in few places around the world.


Unlike the crowded anchorages visited in the Caribbean’s Virgin Islands, you can cruise for days in the Bahamas, without seeing more than a handful of people.  Many of the islands are sparsely populated, while the only inhabitants on some islands are large iguanas and friendly wild pigs that will swim out to your boat to beg for treats!


If you do come across the human residents, you will encounter genial, native Bahamians, known for their laid-back attitude, along with the vibrant Goombay/Calypso island culture.  Life is a celebration to these warm people, and hardly a week goes by without a parade or festival, celebrating their English colonial heritage and deep religious traditions.The recreational opportunities are endless as the Bahamas are a true sportsman’s paradise.  Outdoor activities include championship golf and tennis on the larger islands,  while the smaller Keys feature long stretches of  beaches, alluring underwater caves for diving, and coves where you can freely swim among dolphins and scores of fish.
A tropical paradise, close to home – what more could you ask for this Spring?


During April and May, 1-800 Yacht Charters has over a dozen yachts in position for Bahama yacht charters, both large like 157′  yacht SCOTT FREE suitable for 12 guests, to smaller vessels like the 85′ yacht ANDIAMO with room for 4 to 6 passengers.

Best of all, there are plenty of EASTER specials available for last-minute getaways.


Are you ready to book your Bahamas yacht charter family vacation? Contact your 1-800 Yacht Charters destination experts at 

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Cloud 9 Yacht Summer Availability

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Cloud 9 motoryacht photograph underway


Welcome, April.  Great news.  Open charter dates on award-winning CMN yacht CLOUD 9  are nearly sold out for the 2011 summer Mediterranean yacht charter season.

With Indian Ocean yacht charters behind her, the yacht’s owner is keen to fill the last remaining calendar weeks for summer. 

In July, the yacht is in Naples, Italy.  Open dates remain between July 12 and 22, 2011


She moves to Croatia in August, with available dates from August 16 in the area of Split, to September 7 in Athens, Greece.  Clients travel anywhere in Croatia and Greece during this period – with no delivery fees.

The weekly rental rate in July and August is € 357,000, plus all expenses.


Cloud 9 motoryacht aerial photo. Yacht is underwayA CMN 2009 yacht, she has the classic blue hull and white superstructure.  Yacht CLOUD 9 sets the scene for a truly nautical and contemporary superyacht. Her interior is enriched with warm woods and subtle blue and cream tones.  The yacht interior also combines natural materials and textures into a formal but relaxing environment. 

The yacht has modern communications systems and an extensive watertoys list.  The most discerning charter clients love this yacht. 


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Corinth Canal Crossing on LAZY Z

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Lazy Z motoryacht photo. Picture of yacht from behind. Her inflatable slide is deployed from the top deck. It is yellow with a blue base.
Looking for a unique itinerary for your summer Mediterranean yacht charter vacation? 

The 51 meter Oceanco motor yacht LAZY Z has an opening in her calendar from July 24 to August 3, and is offering the opportunity to enjoy a 10 day cruise from Turkey through the Aegean islands, and transit the Corinth Canal to Corfu, or Montenegro in the Adriatic.

Satellite photo of the Corinth Canal

Built in 1997 and refit in 2007, the 168ft yacht accommodates 12 guests in 6 cabins.

First among this yacht’s amenities are her exquisite good looks and powerful performance.  Her exceptional crew’s services place her in a class above the rest. This yacht is equal parts luxury, and fun in the sun. Charter clients can choose an extremely sophisticated setting or a very casual atmosphere.
Staterooms have every amenity, including state-of-the art communications and entertainment systems.

Also available are an array of water toys (including a water slide off of the side of the yacht), complete setup for beach parties, and exercise equipment.

The weekly charter rate for superyacht LAZY Z is $299,000, plus all running expenses.


To book your own Mediterranean yachting holiday and to rent your own private yacht, contact our charter specialists HERE.

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Crewed Sailing Yacht Croatian Off-Season Discount

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Mrs. Seven sailboat photograph. underway. Sailboat headed toward right side of photo. Back of yacht is in front of photo. People standing on the sailboat. Full white sails.


Stop the focus on Spring Caribbean yacht charter vacations. It is time to change it up.  For example, we have a special option for springtime sailing close to Europe.



The team at 1-800 Yacht Charters is ready to plan your vacation.  Why not try Croatia on a sensational and gorgeous crewed sail boat?



Sailing yacht MRS. SEVEN is offering a 33% discount off high-season rates for sailing vacations in Croatia. This special is for now through May 15, 2011.

During this time period, MRS SEVEN is priced at Euro € 33,000 per week.  Her regular high season rate (July/August) is € 52,000 per week.  All running expenses such as food, bar, and dockage are additional.



Launched in 2008, this sporty 30-meter sailing yacht accommodates up to 8 guests in two double and two twin-bedded cabins.  All cabins have private, ensuite bathrooms.



Mrs. Seven was built by Southern Wind yachts in Capetown, South Africa.  She was designed by Bruce Farr and features aggressive, sporty lines.  She promises exciting sailing – perfect for zipping along the picturesque Dalmatian coastline.



The interior layout follows a classic configuration.  The guest accomodation comprises two twin guest cabins, both ensuite, and further forward a VIP cabin with double bed and separate bathroom with shower. The master cabin is forward of the mast and accessible via a studio. The master cabin offers a double bed with separate bathroom and shower.



The roomy, well lit salon is located amidships and features a comfortable conversation area to starboard and a dining area to port. The interior is highlighted with the use of white fabrics,  contrasted by teak furniture. The salon, master cabin, and galley have flat screen SAT TVs, and there is a music system in all cabins and the salon. WiFi is also available. For sun protection, the yacht is equipped with a dodger over the guest cockpit and a bimini over the steering cockpit.



Croatia’s Dalmatian islands are among the most famous in the Mediterranean. For example, wild, rugged, and mostly uninhabited, many are protected.  There is National Park land throughout.  It offers diverse cruising grounds for a sailing odyssey. The sailing is splendid, as a result, encompassing long and short passages.  The area features charming anchorages amid rocky islets. It also has ancient villages steeped in history.  Last, the waters are translucent.



Are you ready to charter the mysterious, magical Dalmatian coast of Croatia? Come charter an unforgettable sailing adventure in Croatia this spring.  Finally, contact our destination specialists HERE right now!

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HOT Wheels Monster Tender

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Reel Wheels tender photograph. Picture is of a large solid white yacht and a fishing boat racing along next to it

Good times in the Bahamas just got even better, with the addition of the world’s largest tender to a luxury mega yacht charter vessel.

Motor yacht WHEELS, a 50 meter behemoth in her own right, has just added a 24-meter (80′) sportfish tender to her already impressive inventory of watertoys. 


Far too large to be carried or towed, the tender, named REEL WHEELS, will follow closely along during charters, ever available for the use of the charter guests.


Amazingly, the yacht’s current tender, a large, Yellow Fin 36 is still in tow.  With two high performance sportfish tenders, there’s no excuse for any guests to be left behind when its time to hit the water for fishing, diving, and snorkeling excursions.


The envy of any deep-sea angler, REEL WHEELS is a 2007 Merritt 80 Sportfish yacht, fully-rigged with state-of-the-art fishfinder electronics and fishing gear.  


Yacht named Reel Wheels underway

The “REEL” advantage of adding this sportfish yacht to the charter package is the capacity to bring more charter guests.  REEL WHEELS has a master cabin with room for two guests.  This means the total charter party for a vacation onboard WHEELS is 14 passengers.  This is great news considering most megayachts can accommodate no more than 12 guests. 


The addition of this 80′ tender rounds out a watersports inventory that includes:


  • 36′ Yellow Fin Tender with 3 x 275hp engines
  • 20′ Nautica RIB tender
  • 17′ Wide Body Rescue Boat with 115hp engine
  • Two 3-seat Yamaha waverunners
  • Twelve sets of scuba gear
  • Brownie’s Third Lung
  • Underwater scooters
  • Elliptical machine
  • Snorkel gear
  • Assorted towable toys
  • Fishing gear
  • Board games
  • Crestron Central Movie/Music System
  • Kaleidescape Music/Movie Library
  • iPod docking stations
  • XBox

 Just reading the list of onboard toys is exhausting!


There is NO extra charge, to bring REEL WHEELS along, in tandem with Trinity motor yacht WHEELS 164.  The charter price remains as before:  $200,000 per week plus expenses. 


To book your own Bahamas yacht charter vacation, click to contact us immediately!  Enjoy The Superyacht Experience with us!

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Last Minute Monaco Grand Prix Charters

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Monaco Grand Prix racetrack photo with yachts docked next to it. Yachts and water are to the center and right side of the photo. Racetrack at left and front of photo.



The biggest race on the F1 circuit is just six weeks away, but there is still time to score a yacht and a berth in the heart of the action.



Rivaling the Super Bowl as a top-tier corporate hospitality venue, dockage at the Monaco Grand Prix is now at a premium, but there is still a great selection of Mediterranean yacht charter vessels available for this ultimate racing experience.


Baglietto yacht APACHE II  holds a confirmed berth on the T-Jetty, with excellent views of the course and JumboTron giant video screen.

Sleek and sophisticated, 44 meter motor yacht APACHE II  boasts a contemporary interior that comfortably accommodates up to 12 guests in five well-appointed cabins.  Her roomy sun deck offers 360 degree panoramic views – and the best seat in the house.  While at dockside, the crew is happy to welcome up to 40 guests onboard for formal dining, and up to 100 guests for cocktails.  Race event rate:  €155,000 for 6 days, including berth (fuel, food and drinks extra).



The spacious Proteksan Turquoise super yacht COSTA MAGNA  is also available, with dockage on the prestigious Quai des Etats Unis. The 44.5 meter yacht can entertain up to 70 guests for race viewing and 130 guests for cocktail parties.  Sleeping accommodations are available for 10 guests in five spacious cabins.

Motor yacht COSTA MAGNA is available for a minimum rental of  five days at the rate of €13,700 per day, plus berth (fuel, food and drinks extra).




Taking place since 1929, the Monaco F1 GP is widely considered to be one of the most significant and famous automobile races in the world.  The race is held on a narrow course laid out in the streets of Monaco, with several elevation changes, tight corners and a tunnel, making it one of the most challenging tracks on the Formula One circuit. Although average speeds are quite low, the city street circuit remains a dangerous place to race.


Monaco Grand Prix dockage still available!    Come experience the most glamorous and exciting Grand Prix in the World, Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, May 29, 2011.  Contact our charter specialists HERE today!

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