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Monthly Archives: June 2011

76 Meter Superyacht is "Reborn" for Charter after Major Refit

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Motor yacht REBORN enters the Mediterranean yacht charter market after refit

 After a major multi-million dollar refit completed in late 2010, the mighty motor yacht REBORN  bulls its way into the 2011 Mediterranean yacht charter season. Built by Amels, the 76 meter super yacht REBORN features accommodations for 12 guests plus 2 supernumeraries, such as a bodyguard and nanny, in 8 cabins.

Vast deck space onboard motor yacht REBORN leads into interiors with immense volume and every possible amenity, from cinema and theater, to a spa and beach club. There’s even a doctor’s cabin and medical treatment room.

REBORN mega yacht main salon

In the impressive main salon,  a huge double-height atrium and gallery features a ceiling height of over five meters. Adding emphasis to this large space are floor-to-ceiling windows along the entire length of the salon. 

In the enormous full-beam master suite, a silk printed headboard frames a California king-sized bed, with the space defined by full-height windows and an adjacent full-beam private terrace. Additional guest cabins include the VIP suite located on the main deck,  and six large suites on the lower deck, all with marble bathrooms, handmade Italian leather and raw silk. 

All decks of the gigayacht are accessible by elevator.
 
The ultimate corporate entertainment yacht this season in the Western Mediterranean, deck space is more than ample for relaxation and cocktail parties. For al fresco meals, the aft deck offers not one, but two, ten-person dining tables.  Additionally, there are extensive dining and sunbathing areas, as well as a six meter, resistance-flow pool on the sun deck.

 
Guests can come and go via one of four transportation tenders, or by aircraft via the aft deck’s touch and go helipad.  The Vikal Limousine Covered Tender is perfect for transporting guests wearing evening gowns and cocktail attire, while the Vikal Explorer Glass Bottom Tender is capable of shallow water beach landings.

Did we forget to mention the beach club and spa on the lower deck, and the upper deck with live garden plants???

The unending list of aquasport equipment makes this yacht the kingpin of watersports activity in the Med.  The toy inventory includes two Sea-Doo
waverunners, three Windsurfers (for all skill levels, including children), a Laser sailing dinghy, towable wakeboards and inflatables, SCUBA gear for certified divers, and on and on and on…
 
For beach fun, there are shallow water inflatable armchairs, beach sun beds, children’s beach toys, and a gazebo.

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Bring your family and friends, and come be “Reborn”  this summer.  Weekly rental rates begin at €570,000 per week plus expenses. For more information, contact our specialists HERE.

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Benz-inspired Luxury Helicopter – Coming to a Superyacht Near You

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Charter yacht with Mercedes Benz-inspired helicopter on board

In the rarified air of multimillion dollar superyachts and gigayachts, helipads on luxury mega yacht charter vessels like motor yacht AIR and motor yacht MOONLIGHT II are commonplace, perhaps even de rigueur.While an ondeck helipad may no longer turn heads at the quay in Monaco, the type of helicopter adorning the pad can still garner the envious gaze of fellow yachties.

Just one year after unveiling the EC145 Benz concept airship at last year’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Eurocopter has premiered the first finished aircraft at this month’s EBACE 2011.
 
Inspired by the German car builder’s new R-class high-end vehicles, the twin-engine Mercedes Benz-style helicopter features a versatile interior enabled by a modular approach that allows the aircraft to be tailored to suit a range of travel needs for the well-heeled – be it taking the family for a weekend getaway in the Alps, or ferrying celebrity clients to and from a St Barts yacht charter vessel in style.

Mercedez Benz-inspired helicopter for yacht charter motoryachts
 
The EC145 interior showcases Mercedes’ knowledge of luxury materials and lighting to offer both luxury ambiance and German practicality. It’s all the work of the newly formed Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Como, Italy.
 
Cockpit and cabin upholstery is available in a range of the usual top-shelf Benz materials and colors, plus a choice of elegant woods to provide luxury underfoot and paneling on the ceiling. Ambient lighting is also available in various colors to complement the decor – a technique borrowed from the automaker’s E and S-Class cars.

The EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style aircraft is not just about luxury but the effective and flexible use of space. It is the only he-lo in its class that can seat up to eight passengers. For the cabin layout, all seats are mounted on rails and can be quickly and easily reconfigured/removed for additional room for luggage. There are also multi-function boxes with features such as a mini-frig, cup holder and table, and 15-inch TV monitor and DVD player.

EC145 Luxury Mercedes Benz-inspired Helicopter with configurable seating

The aft-cabin features a high-capacity luggage compartment with room for baggage, golf clubs, even bicycles.

Like the R-Class models that inspired it, the Eurocopter EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style is the most versatile and spacious helicopter in its class.  Available from the fourth quarter of 2011, expect to see this model onboard Virgin Island yacht charter vessels in November and December.

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Rugby World Cup 2011 New Zealand starts this September. Contact our destination experts HERE to charter a yacht for this special event.

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Blake Lively and Leonardo DiCaprio SailAway Onboard Steven Spielberg Yacht

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Luxury yacht charter guests Leonardo DiCaprio and Blake Lively join Steven SpielbergApparently, actress Blake Lively is not letting the internet rumor-mill ruin quality time with new beau, Leonardo DiCaprio.

While gossip websites circulated a series of photographs purporting to show the “Gossip Girl” actress posing naked, Blake and Leo were seen relaxing and laughing onboard motoryacht SEVEN SEAS, Spielberg’s multi-million dollar superyacht, during the recent Cannes Film Festival 2011.

Lively’s spokeswoman issued a statement saying the photos aren’t real.  “The photos of Blake Lively which have just surfaced on various websites … are 100 percent FAKE,” the spokeswoman said. “Blake has never taken nude photos of herself.

The Internet was abuzz last week, as the five photos of a naked, busty blond taking snapshots of herself with an iPhone in front of a bathroom mirror spread among major celeb-watcher websites.  Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton wrote, “Blake Lively won’t be happy about this,” while site Zap2It, suggested the pictures were several years old.Lively will take legal action against any outlets that publish the photos, the spokeswoman added.

Lively rose to fame in the teen television soap “Gossip Girl.” Earlier this year she was hired as the new face of Chanel’s Mademoiselle handbag ad campaign.

Leonardo DiCaprio - Blake Lively - Steven Spielberg aboard motor yacht Seven Seas

The actress had a chance to take a break from the hustle of the film fest and relax at sea with Leo and his good friend Lukas Haas onboard Steven Spielberg’s 282 foot vessel.  At one point, Lively was seen enjoying a big laugh with Di Caprio before getting a warm hug from the Hollywood leading man.The former Mediterranean yacht charter vessel, motor yacht SEVEN SEAS was originally put into charter after her launch in late 2010.  At the time, she was on of the largest yachts available for hire.  Since then, her famous owner had a change of heart and decided to keep the yacht for private use only…at least for now.

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Company Hopes Yacht Designers Will Turn to Sustainable Bamboo

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Lamboo Inc. hopes yacht designers start using sustainable bamboo onboard mega yachts

Back in March, we took a look at a new, eco-friendly superyacht decor made of salmon skin.  Now comes word of a new product line of sustainable bamboo for interior design projects on superyachts, crewed sailing yacht charter vessels, even cruise ships.

Salmon skin furnishings on mega yachts

 
Lamboo, Inc. has released this new product line in the hopes the yachting industry’s premier designers like Dubois Naval Architects and others will incorporate the sustainable material into their work.
 
The "Elite" product series by Lamboo includes engineered bamboo panels and veneers fabricated specifically for the marine industry. These products offer a sustainable alternative to woods currently used in yacht designs, plus superior weathering properties and resistance to fire.  Lamboo Elite panels can be stained or dyed to match most colors and can be coated in matte and high gloss finishes. 
 
No special equipment or tools are needed, as the panels can be sanded and cut using conventional woodworking equipment.  This ease of use should convince designers to switch to sustainable bamboo since there is little to no cost to integrate this material into the product fabrication process.
 
Lamboo Elite products also boast anti-microbial and moisture resistant attributes, making them ideal in high use environments such as luxury sailing charter vessels, megayachts and cruise ships.
 
Three cheers to Lamboo, Inc. and similar companies who continue to lead the way to a greener future in the yachting industry.

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Want to enjoy a greener charter experience?  Read our three simple ways to go green blog HERE.  Please leave a comment to let us know what you think!

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Designer of Mega Yacht Charter Vessels Launches Child Cancer Fund

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Ed Dubois, daughter Minna, and wife, Honor, and Dubois Child Cancer Fund DCCF

 
Normally, you associate the name, “Ed Dubois” with the launching of a luxury mega yacht charter vessel. This month, Dubois, one of the world’s leading yacht designers, launched his greatest project to date – a cancer fund for children.
 
The Dubois Child Cancer Fund (DCCF) has been has been created in conjunction with Sparks, a charity formed by European sports superstars to funds medical research into childhood diseases.

Dubois Child Cancer Fund - DCCF  - Ed Dubois Naval Architects Ltd.

We first profiled Dubois in May when a handful of the designers yachts swept the World Superyacht Awards.   Some of the world’s largest yachts, especially luxury sailing charter vessels like TWIZZLEKOKOMO, and  RED DRAGON trace their pedigree to the studio of Dubois Naval Architects Ltd.


The aim of the DCCF is to increase the survival rate for infants and young children with neuroblastoma.  Researchers are optimistic this goal can be reached, and site as proof the survival rate for childhood leukemia, which has increased over the last twenty years from 10% to 90% due to increased funding.  For Ed and his wife, Honor, the mission to find a cure for childhood cancer hits close to home.  “Most people who organize charitable donations have a good reason to do so,” explains Ed Dubois.  “In our case, our second daughter, Minna, was diagnosed with the rare form of childhood cancer – neuroblastoma – in July 2005. Her chances of survival, statistically, were about 40%.
 
Six years after her initial diagnosis, doctors report Minna is doing well, as her chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments have been effective.

Minna Dubois - child cancer victim - doing great - horse jump - equestrian

All funds raised will go directly to Sparks, for specific projects in the area of childhood cancer research agreed by Ed and Honor Dubois.

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Make your donation:

To pledge a donation and for further information about the Dubois Child Cancer Fund (DCCF), please contact us HERE, and we will direct you to the proper people. Thank you for #makingadifference with us.

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Fresh "AIR" – Largest Feadship Yacht Charter Vessel Arrives Soon

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Motoryacht AIR - largest Feadship

Back on April 1, readers will recall we proudly hailed the launch of motor yacht AIR, the largest-ever Feadship offered for charter.

No, it was not an April Fool’s trick – the behemoth vessel is real.

Superyacht AIR surpassed all expectations during her sea trials and her owner is scheduled to take delivery in just under two weeks.  Shortly after, she will depart Holland and head straight to Monte Carlo to undertake her July Mediterranean yacht charter booking commitments.

Joining a fleet of the largest yachts for hire, the gigayacht still has open charter dates in the months of August and September.  At the conclusion of the summer season, the yacht will re-position across the Atlantic and join the St. Martin yacht charter fleet.

Feadship yacht AIR is helmed by co-captains Stephen Warren and Mark Finch and boasts a young and enthusiastic crew, including an excellent young British chef, new to the industry.  They are all looking forward to a spectacular season.

The yacht features a sleek, elegant exterior with a unique matte black steel hull. The minimalist interior, created by Remi Tessier, is stunning.  Amenities include an  8 meter-long pool located on the main deck forward, and a sun deck with full gym and Jacuzzi.  Other features include an elevator to all decks, massage and steam rooms, and a fully-certified commercial helicopter pad (helipad).

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BE THE FIRST to charter this beautiful new yacht this summer. The weekly rental rate is €750,000 plus expenses.  Contact our office for photos and additional details
HERE.
 

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Lurssen Motor Yacht Lady Kathryn V Set to Launch

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Lurssen motor yacht LADY KATHRYN V launch

The Lürssen shipyard is preparing to launch motor yacht LADY KATHRYN V, previously known as Project Coco. The fifth in a line of luxury Mediterranean yacht charter vessels of the same name, motor yacht LADY KATHRYN V is the successor of a 164′  Wesport.

The  first photos of the superyacht, taken this week by photographer Claus Schaefe for Boat International, show the vessel after leaving the shed – ready to launch at the shipbuilder’s Bardenfleth facility. Espen Oeino International is credited with her exterior lines, while Adam Lay Studio gets the nod for the interior.

 

Built in steel with an aluminium superstructure, Lürssen motor yacht LADY KATHRYN V is an evolution of the Linda Lou series begun in 2006. At 61 meters in overall length, she is slightly longer than her predecessors. Significant build evolutions are evident, such as her bridge deck.  There is no full-beam section to this deck, giving the yacht a sleeker, more classic appearance. Another noted difference is the addition of a crow’s nest above the sundeck, affording a panoramic view of the sea.

The Adam Lay interior features accommodations for 12 charter guests.  The master suite is situated on the main deck, with a VIP stateroom on the bridge deck, and four double cabins positioned on the lower deck.

Other yachts built by this esteemed builder and available for charter include motor yacht KISMET, motor yacht
SOLEMATES,  motor yacht TV, and motor yacht MARTHA ANN.

After he owner takes delivery this Summer, the Lürssen yacht charter vessel will be immediately available for hire in the Mediterranean,  followed by her first winter season in the sunny, tropical Caribbean.

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Luxury Yacht Charter Vessels Lead Design Award Nominations

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Golden Neptune ShowBoats Design Awards


The final nominees for the 2011 ShowBoats Design Awards have been announced, and a group of mega yacht charter vessels lead the way.  
 
59 finalists were culled from a record 250 nominations for the second annual competition, sponsored by Boat International Media.   At stake, is a coveted  "Golden Neptune" to be presented at a gala awards evening in Palm Beach, Florida, on October 25, 2011.
             
Anyone planning to rent a private yacht for a luxury, sea-based vacation need look no further than the list of nominees
for this year’s program.  Leading the way are some of the newest
yachts available for hire.
 
Dubois Naval Architects, fresh from running away with a number of honors at the recent World Superyacht Awards is in the spotlight again.  Their yachts KOKOMO (finalist – naval architecture; interior layout; interior design) and TWIZZLE (finalist – naval architecture; exterior design and styling; interior design; recreational area for guest use) are early favorites to win again.
 
Other notable charter vessels nominated for awards are:
 
CALLIOPE (interior design)
 
BARAKA (interior design)
 
EXUMA (interior design)
 
BATON ROUGE (interior design)
 
SYCARA V (interior design)
 
MARIE (interior design)
 
PANTHALASSA (interior design)
 
MI SUENO (exterior design)
 
BIG FISH (exterior design)
 
The finalists will be scrutinized by an independent panel of judges, including superyacht owners and renowned designers from outside the yachting industry.  
 
The award gala will take place at Mar a Lago Club, Donald Trump’s exclusive private club in Palm Beach.  Held on the final day of the Superyacht Design Symposium, the ceremony concludes two days of design-focused events in Florida prior to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS).

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Purchase tickets to the ShowBoats Design Awards Gala before August 19, 2011,
and receive a special discount off the regular price:
 
Table of 12 – Early Bird Price: $5670 (savings of $630).
Table of 10 – Early Bird Price: $4725 (savings of $525). 
Individual Ticket – Early Bird Price: $535 (savings of $60)

Contact our Special Events department HERE for ticket information. 

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Motor yacht ANDREAS L Ready for Mediterranean Yacht Charter Summer Season

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Motor yacht ANDREAS L (ex-Amnesia) Benetti yacht charter megayachtAfter an extensive Caribbean yacht charter cruise, superyacht ANDREAS L pulled into Barcelona for a little, “cosmetic surgery.” 
 
The 60 meter vessel, one of the largest yachts for hire in the world, checked into a Spanish shipyard for something akin to a Restylane® beauty treatment.  A half-million Euros later, her touch-up is complete, and the star of the luxury yacht charter fleet is ready for the summer charter season.  New paint, including antifouling, has her looking sharp and ready to slide smoothly and efficiently through the Med’s azure waters.
Captain Mauro (formerly the master onboard the 90 meter motor yacht, Lauren L) will be at the helm this season, bringing his extensive local knowledge and experience of the Med. A new Italian chef and a new chief stewardess have been added to the crew – filled with energy and ready to welcome charter guests aboard. Formerly named AMNESIA, the 196 foot Benetti motor yacht charter ANDREAS L accommodates 12 guests in six elegant staterooms and features top audio-visual entertainment and communications systems.Onboard, guests are pampered in the massage room and hair salon by Joanne, a full-time masseuse/therapist/stylist.

Massage spa therapy room aboard motoryacht ANDREAS L (ex-Amnesia)

A well-equipped gymnasium (with a unique ocean vantage point on this magnificent yacht) awaits heath buffs, while sore muscles can be soothed in the large Jacuzzi tub on the sun deck.

Gymnasium aboard superyacht ANDREAS L
For active guests, the aquasports inventory includes a Sea-Doo Bombardier jet boat, four Polaris waverunners, scuba gear, towable toys such as Tubesters, Thrashers and Bananas, flyfishing equipment, windsurfers, and waterboards. 
 
Oh…we almost forgot to mention the helipad for easy access – away from watchful eye of the paparazzi!

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Priced from 315,000 EUROS per week plus all expenses, click HERE to book your summer escape onboard this amazing yacht.  Make any offer, and we’ll submit it to her owner on your behalf!

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New Sunscreen Labels to Protect Consumers

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The Food and Drug Administration outlines new rules for labeling of sunscreen and sunblock products - truth in labeling

For most of us, the last thing we pack in our duffle bag before a Virgin Islands yacht charter is sunscreen.  At this point, we’ve all heard the warnings about skin cancer and the need to lather on the protection.
 
What remains less clear is the amount of protection we need.  The confusing jumble of sun protection numbers, symbols, and claims on the sunscreen bottles can be daunting.
 
Soon, simplified labeling standards will help consumers cut through the confusion.   Starting next summer, consumers can look for SPF 15 sunscreens with the words, “broad spectrum” on the label, and feel confident they’re being protected from an increased risk of cancer.
Currently, protection standards only to ultraviolet B rays, which cause sunburn. Under the new rules outlined by the Food and Drug Administration, sunscreens will also have to protect against ultraviolet A rays, often associated with skin cancer.
The new guidelines are designed to enhance the effectiveness of sunscreens and make them easier to use.
Sunscreens with less than an SPF of 15 or that aren’t “broad spectrum” will have to carry a warning label that reads, “This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.” 

Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters, says the clarification is good news.  “Whether on a luxury sailing charter in the Caribbean, or sitting in port watching the action at the Monaco Grand Prix, it seems every client wants the same thing – a sun tan,” says Sheeder.  “Until now, most people judged sunscreen by one factor – the SPF number.  Avoiding sunburn is important; thereby reducing cancer risk is critical.”  (NOTE: Did you know that you can get melanoma – skin cancer – in your eyes?  Make sure to always wear polarized sunglasses!)

 
“These changes to sunscreen labels are an important part of helping consumers have the information they need so they can choose the right sun protection for themselves and their families,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s drug division.


Under the new rules:

• Sunscreen marketing claims like “waterproof” and “sweatproof,” will be prohibited.  The FDA says such claims, “are exaggerations of performance.”
• The FDA seeks to cap the highest SPF value at 50, unless companies can provide results of further testing that support a higher number.
• A four-star system currently used by some companies to rate UVA protection must be phased out.  The
FDA decided the star system was too confusing to consumers.  Instead, protection against UVA should be proportional to protection against UVB, which is already measured using SPF.

The SPF number indicates the amount of sun exposure necessary to cause sunburn on skin protected by sunscreen, as compared with unprotected skin. For example, an SPF rating of 30 means it would take a person 30 times longer to burn wearing that sunscreen than with no sunscreen at all.

Although the new guidelines do not take effect until next summer, many companies have already adopted the some of the labeling outlined by the FDA.   Coppertone as well as Neutrogena sunscreens already boast “broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.”


According to the National Cancer Institute, last year about 68,00 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with melanoma — the most dangerous form of skin cancer.  An estimated 8,700 died from the disease. Almost $2 billion is spent each year treating the disease.

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When booking your luxury yacht charter vacation, ask one of our specialists
for a COMPLIMENTARY BOTTLE of Neutrogena Spectrum+ Advanced SPF 100+ Sunblock Lotion.  Offer good on all yacht charters booked though SailAway before December 15, 2011. 

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