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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Keys to Hybrid Sports Car

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Ah, life is good for film star Leonardo DiCaprio.  Dating “Gossip Girl” actress Blake Lively, we first caught a glimpse of Leo relaxing onboard motoryacht SEVEN SEAS, Steven Spielberg‘s multi-million dollar superyacht, during the recent Cannes Film Festival 2011.

Now we hear di Caprio is about to take delivery of a 2012 Fisker Karma hybrid luxury sports sedan.  And not just any Fisker Karma – the very first one ever built.

The actor is known for leading the green enviro movement in Hollywood, and his latest toy, like his Toyota Prius is built with sustainability in mind. The Karma is designed by Henrik Fisker, formerly of Aston Martin, and has been developed around an aluminium chassis. 

The plug-in Karma is driven by a a pair of electric motors totaling 403hp, powered by a 22 kWh lithium ion battery, or a 175kW generator turned by a 2.2L gas engine.

Even with its eco-friendly background, the Karma features a 125 mph top speed and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds.

Also waiting in line for his own hybrid is Al “An Inconvenient Truth” Gore.

Just imagine the buzz if Leo were to invest in a hybrid mega yacht charter vessel?!

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Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/
to learn more about the newest generation of green superyachts and to charter your own eco-friendly yacht for vacation.

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Air Wars – Will Seaplanes Replace Helicopters on Superyachts?

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YACHT HELICOPTER BLOG

We profiled the new Mercedes Benz-style helicopter, the EC145.   Its use as an air tender on mega yacht charter vessels is popular. 

Several readers contacted us.  They said the future air tender might be a plane, and not a helicopter.  We decided to investigate further.

As we stated in June,

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  commonplace…” 


Photograph of a solid white motoryacht running. Boat is heading toward the bottom 1/3 of the photograph. There are 2 mountains in the background.

4 REASONS FOR SEAPLANES

To illustrate, there are four compelling reasons behind the seaplane advantage.  Specifically, acquisition cost, maintenance cost, payload, and range outweigh helicopters.

Similarly, it is often more affordable to buy and maintain a seaplane.  Compared to a helicopter; we found payload comparisons vary.  This is because of the type of airship.  Seaplanes far exceed the range of typical helicopters.

Seaplane photo. Picture of seaplane in the water behind the swim platform of yacht. The swim platform has is wet in the center, and it has 2 blue and white striped sunpads on it.


SPECIAL LIGHT SPORT AIRCRAFT

The new generation of planes, specifically, Special Light Sport Aircraft, are the new item.   

 

FAA CATEGORY

These aircraft are relatively new to general aviation. In 2004, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) created a new category for sport aircraft.

COST ADVANTAGE

In general, sports aircraft are cheaper to build than most helicopters.   With fewer training hours required, it is also easier and less expensive for people to get a sport pilot license as compared to a traditional pilot’s license.
 

ICON A5 PLANE

As a tender to a luxury yacht charter vessel, the most interesting new sports plane is the Icon A5, slated for full production later this year.  The A5 is a 2-seat composite amphibian. Weighing just 1000 pounds, the plane features folding wings, allowing the aircraft to be stored onboard a yacht in a space no larger than 28 by 9 feet. 
 
With a price of just $135,000, the Icon A5 could prove to be the low cost air tender of the future.


HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER WITH SEAPLANE

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Exuma Offers Discount for French Polynesia Cruise

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We first profiled motor yacht EXUMA, and we were skeptical of a builder known for launching luxury sailing charter vessels.  Other yachts built by this manufacturer are MELEK and PANTHALASSA.

 

MOTORYACHT EXUMA

All doubts were erased about designer once the project was completed.  Firstly, motor yacht EXUMA is award-winning.  She earned the Motoryacht of the Year at the World Superyacht Awards 2011.    Secondly, the 50 meter poweryacht was also named Best Displacement Motoryacht under 500 gross tons.  Her builder? The Perini Navi Group, typically known for sailing yachts.

The yacht accommodates 8 to 9 guests, and she is currently in Tahiti.  She is available for charter until early August. After some use by her owner, she will again be available from mid September to late October in Fiji.

WHAT MAKES YACHT EXUMA SPECIAL?

Exuma has a very low draft.  She can access anchorages too shallow for most large yachts.  Moreover, her shallow draft enables her to explore the reefs of French Polynesia.

Unique onboard toys include a Hovercraft, underwater Seabob scooter, an electric moped, and Amphibious jeep.  Unique, indeed!

Photograph of the side of yacht Exuma.  Tender garage on the side of boat is open, and Amphibious Jeep is visible.

 

HOW TO BOOK EXUMA YACHT CHARTER VACATION

In conclusion, are you looking for an unforgettable vacation experience?  Are you interested in a unique vacation destination this summer?  Come explore French Polynesia on a yacht.  Motoryacht Exuma’s owner negotiates rates for last minute bookings!  Contact us at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ for more booking details.

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Family Fun: A Bahamas Vacation at 15% off

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IT’S BETTER IN THE BAHAMAS

They say, It’s Better in the Bahamas, and MCP motor yacht Eagle’s Nest hopes to prove that saying true. 
 

CHARTERYACHT EAGLE’S NEST

Effectively immediately, the 98′ Bahama yacht charters vessel has a reduced weekly high season rate, from $45,000/wk to $38,000/wk – a savings of over 15%. Rates are plus running expenses (food, bar, fuel, etc.). 
 

WHY GO TO THE BAHAMAS?

Sure, a Mediterranean yacht charter vacation is fun, but what if you’re looking to stay closer to home this summer?   The Bahamas  are less than 50 miles away from Florida.  In the time it takes to commute to work, you and your family can be in the sun-drenched islands, far from the overcrowded anchorages of the Mediterranean. 
 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Built in 2007, motor yacht Eagle’s Nest can accommodate 6 to 10 guests in 4 cabins, making her ideal for a family vacation.

Her master stateroom, located on the main deck, features a walkaround queen bed, satellite TV, and ensuite bath. Below deck, two guest staterooms offer walkaround queen beds, while a third cabin features twin beds plus two built-in bunks – a perfect room for 4 children.

STATEROOM FEATURES

Each stateroom has many features. For example, a Crestron audio entertainment system with surround sound, reading lights next to the beds, complete blackout blinds, hairdryers, and port holes allowing plenty of natural light.

 

EXTERIOR

Of course, motor yacht charters in the Bahamas are all about the sun and the sea, and yacht Eagle’s Nest is the perfect platform to explore the islands.  Her semi-shaded aft deck is ideal for al fresco dining with seating for 8-10 guests, as well as access to the cockpit, forward, and large swim platform, aft.  Moving up a level, the bridge deck is also semi-shaded and features a large Jacuzzi tub with sun pads, plus a barbeque BBQ and ice maker.  
 

TOP DECK

Need even more space to worship the sun?  A third top deck, the sun deck, offers semi-shade, an al fresco dining table, cushioned seating areas, and a wet bar.
 

WATERSPORTS TOYS

For active guests, Eagles Nest carries an assortment of aquasports equipment – from snorkeling gear to fishing poles and scuba gear (for certified divers only).

 

HOW TO BOOK A BAHAMAS YACHT CHARTER


Take advantage of this great deal HERE …and learn more about other special rates on summer yachting vacations, contact
  our destination specialists today!

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Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyards

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FEADSHIP

A friend, unfamiliar with yachting asked me, “What makes a Feadship so special?”   I simply said,

Feadship is the Rolls Royce of the yachting world.

 

PEDIGREED

Aficionados of premium brand jewelry, cigars, furniture, and automobiles understand.  Enthusiasts draw to the brand’s pedigree and reputation of excellence.  It dates back to 1949.

 

WHY CHARTER ONE?

These yachts are synonymous with quality craftsmanship and the finest building materials.  Ironically, the builder embraced state-of-the-art construction technology.  It is now renown for modern superyacht designs and naval architecture.

 

PARTIAL LISTING FOR CHARTER

Here is a partial listing of the newest yachts built by Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyard and available for super yacht charters throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean:

81 meter 2011 motor yacht AIR:  
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63 meter 2011 motor yacht LADY BRITT:  
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53 meter 2009 motor yacht HURRICANE RUN:
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HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

For a complete listing of available yachts for hire, just ask.  To book your own private luxury yacht charter aboard a magnificent name brand superyacht, contact our destination specialists at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Floating Office | Working Vacations on Large Yachts

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The working vacation: one report estimates that 30% of employees do office work while on vacation.

Sure, you can call it an oxymoron, but in reality, many corporate executives mix business with pleasure when spending time away from the office.

Increasingly, the largest yachts available for luxury mega yacht charter are being designed with the  business traveler in mind – whether it’s via a small desk to check emails, or a complete media room for meetings and conferences.

The most common design is an area adjacent to the master cabin, which can serve as both an office or a sitting room.

The least common, but starting to appear in more and more superyachts is the dedicated meeting center.  Normally not part of the master suite, these dedicated media spaces are often on a separate deck, with room for conducting business and holding meetings or small conferences.

Whether formal or casual in design, most office spaces onboard yachts feature built-in internet connections, video screens, storage space, and most importantly – privacy.

Let’s look at some modern onboard office areas:

Motoryacht MI SUENO –  the study is part of the owner’s suite and features comfort, privacy, and the latest in technology.

Photograph of the study on private yacht charter boat, AQUILA

Motoryacht SIREN –  situated forward on the yacht’s main deck is the master suite. Attached is a private office which can be converted into a nanny’s stateroom with a double Pullman berth.

Motoryacht TURQUOISE – connected to the owner’s cabin, the office seems small in comparison to other yachts.  What makes the room with desk so charming is the upright piano.

Photograph of owner office on a yacht. It has a piano inside.

WELLNESS

Remember to always focus on wellness.  Take a technology break on vacation. You owe it to yourself to rest, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your labors!

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER WITH OFFICE

Plan your next corporate retreat on a private yacht.  Contact  our executive meeting specialists HERE today.

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Nude No More | Airport Body Scanner Update

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While questions may remain as to whether or not airport scanners pose a health risk to travelers, there’s good news for airline passengers uncomfortable with screeners viewing their naked image. 

New software for screening passengers at U.S. airports will do away with naked images, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

After hundreds of complaints from travelers, the TSA began testing software for uses a generic body outline and highlights the area where any anomaly is detected during a full body scan. Now, as you prepare to board your flight, your body image will not appear in this new scanning software.

We often hear our clients express their concerns about the body scanning process,”  says Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters.  “While we appreciate the importance of airport security, we are hopeful the new software will effectively address the privacy issues of our luxury yacht charter customers.”

Made by L-3 Communications, scanners at the 40 domestic airports that currently use the equipment will be upgraded over the next several months, the TSA said.

This software upgrade enables us to continue providing a high level of security through advanced imaging technology screening, while improving the passenger experience at checkpoints,” said TSA Administrator John Pistole.

The agency also plans to test similar software later this year for the 247 backscatter scanners that are in 38 airports and made by OSI Systems Inc’s Rapiscan Systems unit.

Later this year, the TSA will unveil a pilot program that will allow some frequent fliers at four hub U.S. airports to go through expedited screening.

Now if we can just get airline food and service to be half as good as the meals and crew service found onboard mega yacht charter vessels…  

 

 

HOW TO GET THROUGH AIRPORT SECURITY QUICKLY

Want to save time at the airport?  Read our quicktips for hassle-free airport screening HERE.

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Rules for Using Waverunners On Yacht Charter

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WATERSPORTS FUN

Rules are inevitable. They are for your safety. Kayaks, skis, towable wakeboards, and bananas are great toys to have on a mega yacht charter.  The most requested aquasport equipment is the personal watercraft (PWC).  Jetskis and waverunners are fashionable on yachts for hire, particularly the newest yachts available for charter.

 

KNOW THE RULES FOR WATERCRAFT

Firstly, charter clients can end up frustrated and disappointed if they are not aware of the rules regarding the use of PWC’s in certain cruising grounds. Waverunners not allowed in certain protected bays and coves, some governments require the operator of the PWC to have a license – and please note: an automobile driver’s license is NOT sufficient.

Secondly, before you sign your rental yacht agreement, look for a very standard clause similar to this:

“Use of personal water craft is only permitted subject to the operator having the appropriate license and meeting with local operating regulations.  Any liability arising from noncompliance is entirely at the operator’s risk.”

Bottom line, just because your yacht carries waverunners onboard does not mean you can legally use them.

 

HOW TO GET A PWC LICENSE TO FOLLOW RULES

Thirdly, get a license!   One way to obtain a PWC license is via one of many online boating safety courses.  Courses may vary from state to state and from country to country.  Fortunately, many PWC licenses are recognized and accepted in major charter destinations like the Western Med.

 

ONLINE  SAFETY COURSES

Here are two well-known online safety courses –
  1. PWC Safety School
  2. Boat U.S. Foundation 

 

IN-PERSON TRAINING

For students who prefer hands-on training, there are many accredited boating safety training centers and schools around the world, such as:

  1. Guardian Marine (UK)
  2. Riviera Sea School (France)

 

 

FINALLY, YOU HAVE YOUR LICENSE, NOW WHAT?

Once you obtain your PWC license, be sure to discuss with your crew your desire to use the yacht’s personal watercraft.  You might be surprised to find your cruising ground does not permit the use of PWC’s – license or not!  

This is especially true in areas with sensitive eco systems.  British Virgin Islands yacht charters, for example, are not allowed to use PWC’s anywhere in the island chain.

In conclusion, knowing the rules for operating personal watercraft before your charter will help make your vacation safer and memorable for all the right reasons!  

 

LEARN THE RULES AND BOOK YOUR TRIP

From waverunners to mini submarines, click https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ and let our experts help you select the perfect yacht with watertoys for you and your family.

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Spend a Week Yachting with a Princess

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PRINCESS – Lady or Yacht?

When we think of a “Princess,” we often envision a beautiful young lady with charm, grace, and the finest heritage.  The same holds true in the world of yachting. 

UK-based Princess Yachts has become synonymous with that which is the finest in design of luxury yacht charter vessels.

 

PRINCESS YACHTS

The company has a strict dedication to the highest standards of design and craftsmanship. This British builder has become one of the most respected names in the marine industry.  They offer flybridge models from 42 to 90 feet.  In addition, they build mega yacht charter vessels from  32 to 40 meters.  

 

WHAT MAKES HER SPECIAL

The 72 model displays every characteristic that defines a Princess: clean flowing lines, elegant styling, and effortless power swelling to a cruising speed of 34 knots.

The Princess 72 Motor Yacht perfectly combines the comfort and elegance of a motor yacht with the performance of a sports cruiser, making her a most desirable yacht for hire.

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER FOR A WEEK

Come spend a week on a Princess. The 2011 motor yacht FLOREVA 2 is available in Rosas, Spain.  The yacht accommodates 8 guests and is priced at €36,000 per week, plus expenses.  Contact our consultants HERE for reservation details.

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The Next James Bond Boat Might Be a Hybrid

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FUTURE YACHT DESIGN

Every few weeks we like to glimpse into the future of sustainable yacht design.  We’ve profiled designers who tout a future of green superyachts and builders who hope to lead the way with zero-carbon emission mega yacht charter vessels.

JAMES BOND BOAT

German grad student, Stefanie Behringer, is getting notice.  Stefanie designed a hybrid propulsion trimaran motorboat. It is powered by diesel and electric jet skis. Behringer’s creation, if it makes it off the drawing board, would be the ultimate James Bond boat.  The sleek, futuristic design is a real head-turner! The green-designed vessel is simple and efficient. A jet ski attaches to each side of the hull.  While the jet skis are electric-powered, the 49 foot yacht is also powered by two Audi turbo-charged diesel engines.  Audi’s concept design team assisted Behringer on the project.

SPEED AND PERFORMANCE

The motoryacht is designed to cruise above 20 knots, with a top end of nearly 30 knots. The vessel can be operated using just the jet skis for a 100-horsepower emission-free cruise. At high speeds, the diesel engines will kick in as well as recharge the jet skis’ batteries.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Twelve passengers can move about comfortably on the deck, designed to feel like a lounge. A tinted glass panel above will shield passengers from the wind and sun.

Aerial drawing of layout of trimaran concept motoryacht. The drawing shows 3 white images of people's bodies on the yacht and on the tender.

 

LAUNCH DATE FOR BOND BOAT

Alas, don’t expect to see this vessel pop up anytime soon in the Mediterranean yacht charter market.  Audi has not announced any plans to move the multi-hulled motoryacht beyond the concept phase.  Still, innovative designs like this bode well for the future of the yachting industry and talented young designers like Stefanie Behringer.

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

Why wait for the future?  Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters HERE and ask to arrange a charter on a yacht committed to reduced emissions and sustainable operations.

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