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4 Reasons to Charter a Sailing Yacht (and NOT a Motor Yacht)

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Do you prefer a sail boat charter or a motor yacht charter?

"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, asking specifically, for example, for a Benetti yacht charter or Trinity yacht charter vessel.

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

"I believe we are witnessing a shift in our sense of priorities when it comes to the world around us," says Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway, 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. 

Sail yacht KOKOMO luxury sail boat charter
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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50 meter Benetti Motoryacht Offers Generous Summer Discounts

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Mega yacht CUOR DI LEONE (formerly LIONHEART) at anchor

The 164′  Benetti motor yacht CUOR DI LEONE is offering a tiered discount program for all Mediterranean yacht charter reservations confirmed by April 30, 2011. 

The longer your charter, the greater the discount.
For charters of 7 days in duration, the discount is 15%.  For 10 day charters, the discount increases to 20%.  Reserve the yacht for a standard, two-week vacation and receive a price break of 25%.
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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6-Passenger Luxury Sailboat Offers Discount for June Charters in Croatia

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Croatia sail yacht MATELOT offers 20 per cent discount for 6 passenger charters in June, 2011

As sail boat charters continue to gain in popularity, sail yacht MATELOT announces a 20% discount for June, 2011 bookings.

The 80′ sailing yacht MATELOT is joining the Croatia yacht charter fleet and is offering a € 5,000 discount for all weekly rentals confirmed for June that are confirmed between now and April 30, 2011.  The yacht’s regular weekly rate is € 25,000 plus all running expenses.

Combining the expert Italian styling of Nauta Design and the superb architecture of Farr Yacht Design, the Southern Wind 80 yacht MATELOT offers 3 comfortable guest staterooms plus performance sailing.  The full beam Master Stateroom located forward of the panoramic deck salon has a walkaround king bed, settee and vanity / writing desk, and ensuite bath with stall shower. Two identical guest cabins amidships, aft of the salon each have twin lower single beds with ensuite heads & stall showers. Crew quarters and galley are fully aft with separate companionway. 

Built in 2005 and refit in 2010, the sailboat is in “like new” condition following her winter spent in the shipyard in New Zealand.  Charming veteran British crew are Captain Angus Fuller & chef Jessie Fuller (+1) who have several seasons of luxury sailing charter activity in Croatia and the Adriatic.

Joining MATELOT in offering outstanding value in Croatia is sail yacht MRS. SEVEN, a 30 meter vessel with room for 8 guests.  MRS. SEVEN is offering a 33% discount off high-season rates for sailing vacations in Croatia between now and May 15, 2011. 


What do you think of yachting sailing in Croatia? For itinerary suggestions and to book a discounted sailing vacation in Croatia, contact our destination specialists at 1-800 Yacht Charters at

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

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Aerial photograph of big white boat, Olga, underway. Headed toward the right side of photo

While it is common for small to mid-sized luxury sailing charter yachts to offer all-inclusive charter packages in the Virgin Islands, their larger megayacht counterparts have been hesitant to do the same.  Opting for ala carte pricing, most megayachts simply charge customers for each and every expense incurred (i.e., food, alcohol, dockage, etc) – as an additional expense to the actual rental of the yacht.

This summer, Captain Bernard Calot and his exceptional crew of 5 will buck that trend and 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, as well as a price of $55,000 per week for 5 day odysseys aboard the luxury yacht.

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

This special rate even includes spa treatments and manicures 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.  Designed by Jack Sarin, she features a beautiful hard wood interior of Sapele and Pomele Mahogany, 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 with a multitude of 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 and carries an extensive inventory of toys including snorkel gear, kayaks, a Hobie Wave catamaran, waterskis, towable toys, fishing equipment, and a 22’ highspeed tender.


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Close To Home – Cruising the Bahamas for Easter

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Bahamas yacht charter vacations

It goes without saying – the memories from a luxury mega yacht charter family vacation can last a lifetime.  What we try to forget much sooner, is the time it takes to get to our favorite cruising destinations. 

Let’s face it, whether flying commercial or private, it can be a long, sometimes grueling endeavor to get to the Caribbean for an Easter or Spring break escape.    

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!
Iguanas in the Bahamas that are tame and can be hand fed by yacht charter guests

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, SailAway 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.

Motor yacht SCOTT FREE yacht charter in the Bahamas
Motor yacht ANDIAMO 85 motor yacht for charter in the Bahamas

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 SailAway Yacht Charter destination experts HERE. 

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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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Crewed Sailing Yacht Offers Off-Season Discount in Croatia

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Sail yacht charter Mrs Seven Croatia sailboat for rent

With so much focus on Spring Caribbean yacht charter vacations, it seems the good folks in Europe have few options for springtime sailing close to home. 

The team at SailAway is ready to change that, with a terrific offer for a Croatia yacht charter on a sensational and gorgeous crewed sailing yacht.

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

From now until May 15, 2011, 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 can accommodate up to 8 guests in two double and two twin-bedded cabins, all with private, ensuite bathrooms.

Built by Southern Wind yachts in Capetown, South Africa, MRS SEVEN was designed by Bruce Farr and features aggressive, sporty lines.  A high-performance boat with built-in racing features, this yacht promises exciting sailing – perfect for zipping along the picturesque Dalmatian coastline.

Dalmatian coastline Croatia craggy rocky steep Split Dubrovnik

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 separte 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 Dalmation islands are among the most famous in the Mediterranean. Wild, rugged, and mostly uninhabited, many are protected as national parkland and offer a varied and diverse cruising ground for a sailing odyssey. The sailing is splendid, encompassing long and short passages to charming anchorages amid rocky islets, ancient villages steeped in history, and translucent waters.


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

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Explore the Maldives aboard the 42-meter S/Y Perla del Mare

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Perla Del Mare sail yacht charter in the Maldives

Looking for a unique destination to enjoy a luxury sailing charter next winter?

If you’re tired of the same-old Virgin Islands yacht charter itinerary, come spend a week onboard PERLA DEL MARE in the fabulous Maldives.

The Maldives are an island nation in the Indian Ocean, formed by a double chain of 26 atolls.  Truly a tropical paradise, all the islands are low-lying, with sandy beaches, lagoons, and a luxuriant growth of palms and tropical bushes.

Maldives tropical islands lagoons lush vegetation yacht charter Perla Del Mare

Perla Del Mare is a 42 meter sailing yacht, launched in 2010.   She offers accomodations for 12 in 6 guest cabins, and she is affordably priced from €50,000 per week, plus expenses.
Do not miss the opportunity to explore a unique, tropical destination with your family and friends.

Interested in learning more about luxury sail yacht PERLA DEL MARE?  Click HERE to view her online brochure.

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HOT Wheels – Owner Adds Monster Tender to 50 Meter Charter Yacht

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Mega yacht WHEELS and tender REEL WHEELS

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.

Sailfish catch from motor yacht Wheels and sportfish tender Reel Wheels
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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How a Florida Yacht Charter Evolves into a Weekend in New England

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SYMPHONY II motor yacht charter New England South Florida

It’s time to plan your 2-week summer vacation.  You want to head down to the sunshine state and cruise along the coast, but your spouse just heard Barry Manilow’s "Weekend in New England" on the radio.  Now, the talk turns to a New England yacht charter.  Which destination do you pick?

That’s easy – pick BOTH and enjoy a 50% discount to boot!!!    

The 112′  Westport motor yacht SYMPHONY II will be transiting from South Florida to Newport, RI this summer and is offering a 50% discount for any northbound charters after August 1, 2011.

You can go all the way from Key West, Florida to Canada with a yacht as the only means of transportation.  The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (often called the ICW) is akin to a "highway" for boats and yachts.  Avoiding the rough seas of the open ocean, you can travel this system of rivers, and protected coastal waters up and down the East Coast in safety and comfort.

Intracoastal Waterway (ICW or AIWW, for Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway)

Cruising the ICW offers charterers a chance to explore ports of call in Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.  There are plenty of wonderful stops along the way which will enable you to sample the different cuisine and experience the beautiful scenery of the U.S. Atlantic coast.

The lovely 112 ft. Westport motor yacht SYMPHONY II is the epitome of elegance and comfort, with four spacious staterooms all featuring ensuite facilities. The mega yacht charter vessel accommodates eight guests in sheer luxury and offers a wide variety of amenities usually found only on larger yachts.

The regular weekly charter rate is $49,500 plus expenses.  All northbound charters along the ICW after August 1 are priced at $24,750 per week plus expenses – a whopping savings of 50%!


Take advantage of this affordable, unique opportunity to cruise the ICW and explore the Atlantic states by luxury yacht.  Contact our destination experts HERE NOW

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