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Monthly Archives: October 2011

100 Meter Sloop Next Project for Dubois Designs

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Aerial photograph of a Dubois sailboat underway. Yacht is heading toward the lower left corner of the photo. The yacht has a dark hull, wooden deck, and white modern superstructure. Her white sails are full.

Dubois Designs

MONACO YACHT SHOW CONTRACTS

Following discussions at the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show, the fabled team at Dubois Designs has entered a contract with an existing client for the construction of a 100m sloop.  

 

BUILDER COMMENTS

“We are pleased to announce the design contract for a 100m sloop,” says Ed Dubois

“This will demand a 30 month design programme with construction expected to commence mid 2013 with completion 2016. Further information will be available late 2012.”

She is expected to exist as one the most spectacular private yachts.  Her main mast will tower 125 meters above the water.  The yacht is designed as an explorer vessel.  Much of her volume is dedicated to storage (stowage) space for tenders and equipment. This sailboat holds a maximum draft of 12.8m. She has accommodations for 20 crew in single cabins.  There is a unique hard top over the flybridge.

 

INTERIOR DESIGNER

No shipyard has yet to be chosen for the construction, but Josep Juanpere Miret in onboard as the interior designer.

Ed Dubois was recently in the news for establishing a cancer fund for children.  Yachts designed by Dubois and his team have swept numerous superyacht awards in the past year.

 

RENT A PRIVATE YACHT

For a luxurious winter vacation on the water, charter a Dubois-designed yacht such as sail yacht KOKOMO or sail yacht TWIZZLE.  Contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters desk at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ for further details. 

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75 Meter Superyacht Commits to London Games

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Profile photograph of Leander G, a yacht with a dark blue hull and red stripes. She has a white superstructure. She is at anchor in front of some old brick buildings.

LONDON OLYMPICS

It’s hard to believe the 2012 London Olympic Games are less than one year from now.  As the games draws closer, it’s expected more than a dozen luxury mega yacht charter vessels will be available for hire along the fabled Thames river.

 

SUPERYACHTS AVAILABLE 

One of the first yachts to commit to the London games is the 75 meter motor yacht LEANDER. The massive superyacht will be available from the evening of the 27th July.

Yacht Leander accommodates twelve guests. She has ten luxurious staterooms, including two master suites on the main deck. In addition, accommodations exist for up to four staff members (nannies, bodyguards, etc.). White glove service is provided.  In specific, by the yacht’s highly-trained crew of 25.  Captain Julian Cope leads the crew.

 

LEANDER G DETAILS

She has multiple roomy saloons. In addition, spacious deck areas throughout.  An assortment of amenities are available. For instance, a fully-equipped gym.  Additionally, a swimming pool with counter current and Jacuzzi-style jets.  A 2003 launch, Leander G maintenance is to highest standards. Her equipment is updated.

 

RATE

Leander’s weekly rate during the London Olympics is €455,000 plus all expenses.

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

For a list of available yachts for hire during the Olympic games, contact us.  Click https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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An Angel in the Indian Ocean

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Photograph of motoryacht SILVER ANGEL at dock beside a large yellow apartment complex. Yacht is facing the lower left side of the picture.

Silver Angel Benetti yacht charter boat

Motor yacht SILVER ANGEL has announced plans to relocate to the Indian Ocean this winter. The 64 meter superyacht will be available for Benetti yacht charter vacations in the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, the Seychelles, and Madagascar.

Built by Benetti and launched in 2009, the 211 foot yacht offers accommodations for 12 guests in 7 staterooms. A crew of 21 are onboard to attend to the guests.

The Indian Ocean is an idyllic paradise.  Here you will experience white-sand beaches lapped by aquamarine waters, bright blue skies, and year-round sunshine. 

Opportunities for diving and snorkeling abound in this pristine eco-tourism region.

Memories of your time aboard Benetti yacht SILVER ANGEL in the Indian Ocean will stay with you long after your tan fades!

Photograph of the deck of motoryacht Silver Angel. The photo shows a staircase leading up to the hot tub on deck.

Deck of Benetti superyacht SILVER ANGEL

The winter rate is set at USD $450,000 per week, plus all expenses (items such as food, fuel, and dockage).

Several other luxury yachts will depart the Mediterranean and re-locate  to the Indian Ocean this winter, including motor yacht MOECCA and sail yacht PERLA DEL MARE.  For more information on this exotic locale, contact our 1-800 Yacht Charters destination experts at   https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/.

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Best Family Yacht Offers Caribbean Yacht Charters this Winter

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PRESENTING JO

Motor yacht JO, the 164-foot Benetti yacht charter vessel makes announcement.  She plans to spend the winter season in the Caribbean.

superyacht world magazine cover featuring motoryacht joAWARD-WINNING YACHT

Voted Best Family Charter Yacht 2011 by Superyacht World magazine.  The 2004 Benetti motoryacht JO accommodates 12 guests in 6 staterooms.

 

CAPTAIN COMMENTS

Captain Ian Robertson reflects on this yacht.  She is unique in the industry. For instance, the combination of a tranquil environment, and modern amenities. 

“There is an atmosphere that radiates calmness, and you feel it from the moment you step aboard,” says Robertson. “The yacht as a whole is meticulously maintained, participating in two yard (maintenance) periods per year.  Our owner understands the importance of updating tenders, watersports equipment, and the onboard entertainment equipment on a regular basis.”

 

COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENTS

“There are plenty of watertoys both for children and adults,” says Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters and 1-800 Yacht Charters.  “The 12 crew members onboard motor yacht JO are among the best family-friendly professionals in the industry.”

a white plate with veal zurich and white potatoes and broccoli on it

FOODIE CELEBRATION

Foodies appreciate the talents of chef David Beltran. He cooks with both passion and flare. His signature dish is “Veal Zurich.”  At mealtime, Beltran explains his menus to the guests.  To make it fun, he speaks in rhyming couplets. He often interjects a few words in Italian, Spanish, German, and French!

SIMILAR SUPERYACHTS FOR RENT

There are similar yachts available for hire in the Caribbean. For example, 50 meter motor yacht WHEELS and 58 meter yacht SKYFALL.   In addition, 45 meter motor yacht ILLUSION.

 

RATES

Rates for motor yacht JO range.  They vary from $175,000 per week for non-premium periods to $225,000 per week for year-end holidays.  Running expenses are extra. 

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

To reserve yacht JO, click HERE at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us

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Catamaran Crew To Serve Thanksgiving Meal with Danish Twist

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Thanksgiving on catamaran yacht charter vacation


THANKSGIVING WITH A TWIST

We have word from the crew of sail yacht catamaran BREANKER that they are also offering a special Thanksgiving charter – one with a unique twist.

 

DANISH THANKSGIVING

Captain Kristian Søndergård and Chef/First Mate Marianne Rasmussen are Danish citizens with over 25 years of sailing experience.  Their plan for a Thanksgiving charter is to prepare a traditional American-style turkey but serve authentic Danish side dishes for a bi-cultural holiday feast.

 

MENU DETAILS

Marianne recently contacted us with the basic menu details.  She said,

We will serve Hassel baked potatoes with roasted sesame seeds, pickled cucumber salad, beet salad with walnuts, and warm sweet and sour red cabbage.  These are all traditional Danish specialties.   For dessert, we will serve Danish almond and rice pudding. It’s made with chopped almonds and one single whole almond in the bowl.   The one who gets the almond wins a prize.  This is a common dessert and game played in Denmark.

 

SWEETER DEAL

To further “sweeten” the deal, Kristian and Marianne are offering a 10% price reduction off the regular charter rates for any full-week charter over the Thanksgiving holiday. 

 

RATE

Sail catamaran BREANKER is priced at $14,500 per week for 2 to 4 passengers, $14,700 per week for 5 passengers, $14,900 per week for 6 passengers, $16,500 per week for 7 passengers, and finally, $17,500 per week for 8 guests. Charterers can take 10% off these rates.   Price includes the yacht, crew, and all meals and ship’s bar and all local taxes. 

 

SCUBA, ANYONE?

What an incredible bonus!   SCUBA is included in the price and offered for up to 6 passengers (must be certified divers).  Gear is available for rent for just $150 per week per diver.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS AND WATER TOYS

The sailing catamaran BREANKER is 55′  in length and features 4 queen cabins, each with ensuite bathroom. Onboard watertoys include a dinghy with 40 horsepower, water skis for children and adults, kneeboard, tube, and wakeboard, two kayaks, and snorkel gear.

Treat your family to a unique, sunny-weather yachting vacation this winter.  Contact our destination specialists at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ today for more special offers. 

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Couple Charter Yacht to Discover Meaning Of Life

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Catamaran yacht charter sailboat, The Meaning of Life…

“Dear Captain Terry,

Apologies for not replying before. A big work backlog on my return. Just to say that we absolutely loved the holiday. We would recommend 42…THE MEANING OF LIFE, THE UNIVERSE, AND EVERYTHING to anyone and would hope to go again ourselves. John and Kath were completely brilliant. Nothing was too much trouble for them. They were fantastic hosts working I have to say extraordinarily hard. The sailing, the food and all the other features on the boat were so good. And John even got me diving for the first time which I loved. The whole experience was just amazing. So thanks to you for suggesting “42.” I am quite sure we could have done no better.

Best wishes,
David P.”

 

Editor’s note: Launched in 2006, crewed catamaran sailing yacht 42 THE MEANING OF LIFE, THE UNIVERSE, AND EVERYTHING certainly has the longest name of all vessels offering crewed catamaran charters.  Affectionately called 42 for short, this Virgin Islands yacht charter vessel offers accommodations for 6 guests in 3 cabins with ensuite bathrooms.

Onboard watertoys include towable toys such as a wakeboard, kneeboard, and a ski-tube, and fishing and snorkel gear.

Available for Caribbean yacht charters, the yacht is based in the British Virgin Islands but will go south to St Martin, St Barts, Antigua and even into the Grenadines and St Lucia. Her published rate is $12,000 per week for 2 passengers, $14,000 per week for 4 passengers, and $16,000 per week for 6 guests. Rates are inclusive of meals and ship’s bar.

Similar yachts available in the Caribbean include the 56′ catamaran sail yacht BACCHUS
(€ 20,000 per week all inclusive), the 62′ catamaran sail yacht AVALON  ($26,000 per week, all inclusive), and the 65′ sail catamaran WORLD’S END (€ 23,400 per week, plus expenses).

For more information about any of these yachts or yacht charter cruises in the Caribbean or the nearby Bahamas, contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters desk at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Endangered Species: 3 Gadgets You Won’t See In 2020

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Gadgets

TOYS, GADGETS, AND YACHTS

There’s no denying it – megayacht owners love their toys and gadgets.  If it’s new and trendy in 2011, you’ll find it on a luxury yacht charter vessel – everything from Mercedes Benz-styled helicopters  to the latest Crestron touchpad-controlled CD/DVD players, and video game consoles.

Deep pockets and a zest for staying ahead of the pack keeps these owners in the hunt for the hottest gadgets on the market.  That same quest for the newest gadgets also means the owner’s yachts are the perfect barometer for not only what is new, but also what gadgets are destined to go the way of the dinosaur.

THREE GADGETS PHASED OUT

Based on purchasing whims of the owners of some of the largest Caribbean yacht charter vessels.  Expect to see these three tech gadgets phased out this decade.

 

Photograph of a TomTom GPS system next to a Garmin GPS system. They are both sitting up so that you can compare the screens and features.

TomTom vs. Garmin GPS systems

Standalone GPS Systems

At sea, megayacht skippers rely on radar and a whole host of maritime equipment to navigate.  But when the yachts arrive in a new port of call, the crews use standalone GPS navigation systems to use for shore excursions.  “Fewer yachts are carrying portable navigation devices like those sold by TomTom and Garmin,” says Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters and 1-800 Yacht Charters.

“Every crewmember has a mobile phone and many skippers have smartphones provided by yacht owner.  These modern phones all feature interactive maps and built-in navigational systems.”

 

Digital Cameras

Digital cameras are common on yachts.  While at seas, crews use the cameras to take photos of mechanical issues, which can be downloaded and emailed to a shore-based engineer for analysis. With the recent unveiling of the Apple iPhone 4S, digital camera makers have much to be worried about. Apple’s newest phone has an impressive 8-megapixel camera that takes in more light than earlier models and records HD video at 1080p. Until recently, such impressive specs were unique to digital cameras.  Increasingly, smartphones are taking over the low-end camera market.

 

Profile photograph of superyacht ISLAND TIME at anchor. She is facing the right side of the photo.

Superyacht ISLAND TIME

Captain Peter Vasquez and his 118-foot motoryacht ISLAND TIME are regulars on the Bahama yacht charters circuit. Vasquez points out the appeal of one device that can perform multiple tasks.

“Camera functions are being taken over by smartphones,” says Vasquez.

“There’s little incentive to carry around a camera when I already have a phone in my pocket that takes quality pictures.”


Video Game Consoles

From the largest yachts like Steven Spielberg owned 282′ motor yacht SEVEN SEAS, to the newest yachts  like 2011 motor yacht NUMPTIA, popular video game systems such as the Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation® and Microsoft Xbox are installed in many of the staterooms for the use of onboard guests.

 

Smart TVs and tablets replace gaming consoles. 

“We’ve already witnessed the emergence of an iPad controlled boat app on motor yacht HUNTRESS,” says Sheeder. 

“The captain hands each guest their own iPad when they board.  These tablets offer control of all shipboard entertainment systems.  Yacht owners tell us they plan on shifting from video gaming consoles to more comprehensive systems with other entertainment options such as movies.”

 

WHICH GADGET IS OBSOLETE FOR YOU?

What other electronic gadget do you think will be obsolete in the near future? DVD players?  E-readers?   Contact us at 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Escape Winter’s Chill On SnowbirD Superyacht

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Photograph of SnowBird, a big white yacht, underway. It is running toward the lower right side of the photograph.

Hakvoort superyacht SnowbirD

Since her coming-out party at the Cannes Film Festival 2011, motor yacht SnowbirD has continued to turn heads along the Côte d’Azur.  Now, the spectacular 39 meter luxury ocean-going superyacht is heading across the pond to the warm waters of the Caribbean.  Offering fabulous accommodation for up to 10 guests, motor yacht SnowbirD will be the ideal St Barts yacht charter vessel for the winter and spring.

Built in Holland, Hakvoort motor yacht SnowbirD features an interior both traditional and modern in style. The full-beam owner’s suite includes a study, plus a stateroom with a king-size bed and a large walk-in closet.  There are four guest cabins on the lower deck, two double VIP staterooms, and two twin-bed guest rooms. All feature ensuite bathrooms.

The entertainment areas onboard the yacht are equally impressive, and boasts an open plan main lounge/dining area arrangement. The bridge deck sky lounge opens onto a charming aft area with built-in seating and a teak dining table.

The sun deck features plenty of open area for sunbathing as well as two large sofas and teak tables. A large Jacuzzi whirlpool tub accommodates up to six people, with an adjacent granite-topped wet bar.

Similar yachts available this winter in the Caribbean include Feadship motor yacht GO, Moonen motor yacht NORTHLANDER, and Sunseeker motor yacht BLACK and WHITE

To book a winter escape of your own, contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters destination professionals at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Experience Serenity this Thanksgiving in the Bahamas

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Photograph of white Lazzara motoryacht SERENITY underway. She is headed toward the center of the right side of the photo.

Motoryacht SERENITY

BAHAMAS YACHT CHARTER HOLIDAY

The owner of a 116′  Bahamas yacht charters motoryacht wants to encourage you to experience true serenity this Thanksgiving, and is offering an incentive sweeter than pumpkin pie. 

MOTORYACHT SERENITY

Lazzara motor yacht SERENITY is offering a choice of TWO fall specials to coincide with the Thanksgiving holidays:

 

SPECIAL RATES

Book a 7-day luxury yacht charter vacation beginning November 28th or 29th, and get 1 DAY FREE (a savings of  over 15%)

or…

Book a 3-day vacation beginning November 28th or 29th and pay $22,000 (save $7,000
But wait…there’s more!

 

DELIVERY FEE?

based in South Florida. The round-trip fuel cost for yachts to be “delivered” to the Bahamas for a charter averages between $3000 and $5000.

Book a Thanksgiving charter on Lazzara 116 yacht Serenity and the owner will
WAIVE the delivery fee!

 

YACHT DETAILS

SERENITY is the newest and largest yacht built by Lazzara to date.  She features an open flybridge arrangement with an integrated hard top offering plenty of shade, tables for dining al fresco, and a large Jacuzzi for plenty of relaxation. Her interior is comprised of a light pecan finish, comfortable modern furniture and there is a beautiful wood floor throughout the salon.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

The 116′  yacht accommodates up to ten guests in a five stateroom layout and has the option to convert one of her staterooms from a queen to twin arrangement. The open and inviting galley features a skylight allowing warm natural light to shine on the large settee.

Photograph of the handicapped-accessible chairlift on motoryacht SERENITY.

Chair lift on handicapped-accessible yacht


SHE HAS A CHAIR LIFT FOR GUESTS!

The other custom feature of this yacht is her chair lift that assists guests with difficulties in getting from the main salon deck to the stateroom level.

All of these assets, combined with a friendly, outgoing and adventurous charter crew, make SERENITY the perfect choice for a Thanksgiving yachting holiday.

 

RENT A THANKSGIVING YACHT CHARTER

To take advantage of this offer, the charter contract must be signed by November 10, 2011.  Please contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ for further details.

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Family Finds Serenity on Bahamas Yacht Charter

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Yacht charter on motoryacht SERENITY

 

CLIENT LETTER

 

“Dear Captain Scott,

I wanted to thank you and your crew for the wonderful charter we had on board motor yacht Serenity.  The yacht is of course absolutely beautiful, the food was spectacular but the service is what impressed us most.

We were so very thrilled with the level of attention your crew gave to us and our guests. To travel with children from the ages of 10 to 21 and find activities that everyone enjoys is certainly difficult, but you and your crew managed it effortlessly. The kids are still raving about the trip and are anxious to do it again.

Please thank your crew for making this one of our most memorable vacations. You will be our first call when we’re ready to book our next charter.

Sincerely,

SS”

 

 

YACHT DETAILS

Editor’s note: Launched in 2008, Lazzara motor yacht SERENITY offers accommodations for 10 guests in 5 cabins with ensuite bathrooms. Onboard amenities include a 27 foot Intrepid tender, two waverunners, two SeaBob underwater scooters, and paddleboards, fishing and snorkel gear, and a water trampoline.

 

CHARTER RATE

Available for Florida yacht charters as well as vacations in the Bahamas, her published rate is $53,000 per week, plus expenses.

 

SPECIAL PRICING

A FALL SPECIAL is available for the Thanksgiving holiday: Book a 7-day vacation starting Nov 28 or 29, and get 1 extra day free (a savings of over 15%) … or book a 3-day trip beginning Nov 28 or 29 and pay $22,000 (save $7,000). PLUS all delivery fees waived!

 

BAHAMAS YACHTS FOR CHARTER

Other yachts available in the Bahamas include the 85′ motor yacht SEAS THE MOMENT priced at $37,500 per week plus expenses, the 100′ motor yacht PICNIC ($39,500 per week, plus expenses), and the 80′ Lazzara motor yacht LA DOLCE VITA ($27,500 per week, plus expenses).

 

YACHT RENTALS IN THE BAHAMAS

For more information about any of these yachts or yacht charter cruises in the Bahamas, contact the SailAway and 1-800 Yacht Charters yacht charter desk at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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