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A Bug’s Life – Potential Luxury Yacht Charter Building Material Inspired by Tiny Insect

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That all may change – thanks to a bug…

Aerogels are among the lightest solid materials in existence. Created by replacing the liquid component of a gel with a gas, aerogels are extremely low in density, and hence, fairly buoyant. Now scientists have created a new aerogel, inspired by the feet of an insect – the tiny “water strider.”

The new aerogel is so buoyant, a yacht made from one pound (454 grams) of it could carry about 1,000 pounds (454 kg) of cargo.

Created by a team of professors and scientists at the Helsinki University of Technology, the new aerogel contains tiny fibers – nano-fibrils – derived from cellulose in plants. These fibers allow the aerogel to float by using the same physics principles evidenced by the water strider’s long, skinny feet. The water strider’s feet are covered in tiny hairs that trap air, and each air bubble helps distribute the insect’s weight across the water, keeping it from breaking the surface tension.

In addition to commercial boat-building aspects, the bug-inspired aerogel could find use in environmental pollution sensors, children’s water toys, and beach floats.   Even more promising is the potential application in environmental protection.  It seems the gel is able to absorb large amounts of oil – making it well-suited for oil spill cleanups.


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Aussie Boaters Raise $80,000 For Kids through luxury yacht charters

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Australian yachtsmen raise thousands for homeless children through yacht charters
Here's a quick "shout-out" to our bareboat and mega yacht charter comrades Down Under.
More than $80,000 was raised for homeless children by the members of the Royal Brighton Yacht Club at the second annual Property Industry Foundation Charity Sailing Challenge.
Thirty-five yachts both from the private sector and the charter industry set out on the bayin Melbourne to participate in an event that brings together businesses from the real estate and construction industries.
Funds raised from the March 30 event will be used to hire a youth worker for Open Family Australia, a homeless children's advocacy group based in Wyndham.


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Bear Market Takes New Meaning In Luxury Yacht Charter Industry

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The Bulls may be running the past week or so on Wallstreet, but in Europe, it's a BEAR MARKET that's catching attention in the yachting community.

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Motor yacht BEAR MARKET is a Mangusta 92 – a high-performing luxury sport yacht brimming with Italian style and explosive speed – the perfect combination for a fast-paced Mediterranean yacht charter odyssey.

To entice A-personality adventure buffs, the Mangusta 92 motoryacht BEAR MARKET has announced a special offer for the month of May — 33% off all charters. 

Pay just €30,000 per week plus running expenses for an all-out speedfest along the Côte d'Azur    beark market yacht charter mangusta superyacht speed fast sexy mediterranean yacht charter boat

Built in 2003 by Italian shipyard Mangusta (Overmarine), this open-style superyacht has a sleek exterior complemented by a warm and inviting interior décor.
The 28 meter Mangusta motor yacht Bear Market accommodates eight to nine guests in four cabins.


To reserve yacht BEAR MARKET, contact SailAway Yacht Charters at

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Caribbean Yacht Charter Classic Schooner Offers Great Food, Spirited Sailing DEEP DISCOUNT

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Ever dream of just sailing away…?  
An award-winning classic schooner based in a tropical paradise is ready to help you live that dream – in style and comfort.   
Sail yacht JAMBALAYA is a 73′  classic sailing schooner based in the Caribbean’s Grenadine islands, a destination renown for tropical rain forests, exotic wildlife, and clear turquoise waters. 
Recently, schooner JAMBALAYA and her crew won two awards at the 2012 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta.  The luxury sailing charter vessel was awarded 1st Prize in the Concours d’Elegance competition, and came in 1st place in a race of traditional sailing yachts.  luxury sailboat charter vela jambalaya grenadine yacht charter yacht sailing charter
For charter guests, yacht JAMBALAYA has something for everyone. Captain Peter and First Mate/Chef Sylvie have made a laid-back list of ingredients for a perfect vacation at sea:
● Relax in a hammock and take in the scenery as it slips by
● Relish the delicious fresh, local food and linger over sunset cocktails
● Enjoy the light and airy Master Suite with a 9 foot high ceiling

● Sail and discover new islands each day and snorkel over magnificent coral reefsjambalaya sail yacht sailing yacht charter a sailboat grenadines caribbean yacht charter

Come journey back in time to sailing as it used to be.  Join Peter and Sylvie on their award-winning yacht for a week or more of forever memories…
Yacht JAMBALAYA features accommodations for 6 guests in three staterooms.
NEW DISCOUNTED rates in effect for summer 2012:
May and June –
$7,110 per week for 2 passengers – ALL-INCLUSIVE*
$9,000 per week for 4 passengers – ALL-INCLUSIVE*
$10,350 per week for 6 passengers – ALL-INCLUSIVE*

*Inclusive except fine wines, government taxes/fees, communications, and dockage.  Rates are subject to change without notice.  To book sailing yacht Jambalaya, contact SailAway Yacht Charters at

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Get This Week’s Hottest Deals For Luxury Yacht Charters

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Several yacht owners have contacted us to promote their current charter specials.  Take a look and find a deal that’s right for your next getaway:

  • Motor yacht MARY ALICE II10 nights for the price of 7 This Westport 130 is offering Bahama yacht charters for the special rate of $94,900 + expenses, for 10 nights for a charter commencing between April 22 and April 27, in Nassau.  Accommodations for 10 guests.

  • Sail Yacht NEPHELE 10% off  low season rate for all bookings (both high and low season) confirmed prior to May 31, 2012. Available for Mediterranean yacht charters, the 34 meter sailing yacht offers accommodations for 6 guests in three cabins. Her usual charter rate is 52,000 – 58,000 EUR per week plus expenses.

  • Motor Yacht FREEDOM10% off any 7 night charter (excluding Christmas and New Year’s). That’s a savings of $6,450 off the standard all-inclusive (yacht, crew, fuel, meals, ship’s bar) rate of $64,500 for 1-9 guests.  This 120′  Broward is based in St. Thomas,USVI, the perfect starting point for a Caribbean yacht charter.


For more great specials this spring and summer, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at

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Launch of Luxury Motor Yacht HAMPSHIRE II Celebrated By Feadship Yacht Charter Fans

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Built for an experienced owner who is also an active sportsman, Feadship yacht HAMPSHIRE II features a helicopter landing platform on the foredeck, which can be transformed into a playing "field" for basketball, tennis, baseball, badminton and football.  A giant net can be placed around the deck  to keep the ball in play.

Additional thrills are available for guests who ride the elevator to the top of the crow’s nest for a fast ride down and into the water on a zip line.

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The classically-styled interior features an English pub-style bar in place of the traditional lounge.  
Accommodations are provided for 12 to 14 guests in six cabins.
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Our fingers are crossed in the hopes the impressive superyacht becomes available to the public in time for the Mediteranean yacht charter summer season!

Similar yachts available for charter include 81 meter Feadship motor yacht AIR, the 63 meter motor yacht LADY BRITT, and the Feadship classic motor yacht JANAContact JANA Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters at   to book your private luxury yacht charter

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Luxury Yacht Charter: New Riva Zips Into Luxury Yacht Charter Market

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A new beast has entered the herd of yachts congregating in the South of France prior to the Mediterranean yacht charter season – Riva motor yacht RHINO
Glistening in gray, and powerful like her animal kingdom namesake, the striking new Riva 86’ Domino yacht RHINO should prove to be a blur on the horizon this summer – her twin MTU 2435hp engines churning out a top speed of 38 knots.
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Our associates in Cannes have prepared a quick list of the new Riva's best features and amenities:
• Fabulous interior with contemporary lines and minimalist style
• Sleeps 8 in 4 cabins: 2 double, adjustable twin/double, twin – all ensuite
• Stunning light and airy master stateroom with lounge area
• Fantastic deck spaces, with an abundance of sun pads
• Large retractable glass frontage between the saloon and aft deck
• “At anchor” stabilizers
Offered for charter this coming season at  € 56,000/week + all, motor yacht RHINO will make her home port along the Côte d'Azur in Golfe Juan.


In addition to yacht RHINO, a number of high performance yachts will be available in the Mediterranean this summer through SailAway Yacht Charters, including Riva motor yacht MY SILVER BREEZE, Royal Denship 82 yacht LOUISE, and  Mangusta motor yacht KAWAI

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Mediterranean Yacht Charter Vessel Secures 10th Summer Booking

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While we're only a few days into Spring, one popular motoryacht has already secured their 10th early reservation for the upcoming summer season in the Med.

Palmer Johnson 120 motor yacht ANNA J has confirmed their 10th booking and is looking to blow away the competition with an enticing May special.

Clients looking for a May getaway can reserve motoryacht ANNA J for just € 55,000 EUROS per week –  a 17% discount off the regular weekly rate!

The 36 meter Palmer Johnson 120 was built in 2000 and recently completed a € 1,500,000 refit, including an all-new interior, new audio/visual entertainment systems, and the installation of zero speed stabilizers for maximum comfort at sea.

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Available for charters throughout the Mediterranean, with delivery fees from Monaco, motoryacht ANNA J accommodates 9 guests in 4 staterooms.  Outdoor amenities include a Jacuzzi tub and sunbeds on the flybridge.

A wide assortment of watertoys are carried onboard for guests' use, including two waverunners, two underwater scooters, a water trampoline, hamster ball, and a huge inflatable waterslide dropping down to the ocean from the flybridge.

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After a complete interior rebuild in 2010-2011, this Palmer Johnson 120 is practically a new yacht. Every area of the interior has been attended to. The new interior color schemes are gray and silver, and creams with high gloss rare obecchi and moabi woods and metallic charcoal paint.  The visual look gives this luxury yacht charter vessel a modern, sophisticated feel.

Take advantage of this deeply discounted price and be the 11th party to book a week in paradise onboard motoryacht ANNA J.motor yacht anna j mediterranean yacht charter caribbean yachting yacht anna j


To charter yacht ANNA J or any other yacht, please contact SailAway at

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New Delta Motor Yacht Arianna Prepares to Enter Luxury Yacht Charter Market

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Delta Marine, a US-based shipbuilder, has announced the launch of its latest custom superyacht, motor yacht ARIANNA.  Designed and engineered by the Delta Design Group, motor yacht ARIANNA is said to be the world’s largest all composite 50 meter full-displacement motoryacht.Launched in April 2012, M/Y ARIANNA, formerly Project 164041, has more than 780 gross tons ITC, a beam of nearly 34 feet, and over 7,500 square feet of living area, giving her more interior volume than any other yacht her length.

The Delta Design Group was commissioned by the yacht owner to create a Polynesian-inspired interior that is elegant, comfortable, and suitable for a family at home on the seas. The interior design is adorned with tropical hardwoods including Mascassar ebony, Wenge, and Koa. Balinese inspired touches such as a solid slab dining table and colorful blown glass lighting complete the design elements. Other unique details include inlaid silk carpets, organic fabrics, woven leather, and natural stone.

One design element worthy of mention is the large master stateroom on the upper deck.  This cabin features a lounge as well as a private outdoor deck and dining area.  Forward on the main deck, where the master stateroom is traditionally located, is a fully-equipped gym with a sauna, and a private office.

Per 1-800 Yacht Charters President, Jana Sheeder:

It is exciting to welcome another Mediterranean yacht charter vessel into our fleet. Her blown glass lighting, organic fabrics throughout, and sauna are special touches for a spectacular superyacht.

Roomy external seating areas are perfect for all’aperto dining or lounging in the sun. There is a large aft seating area on the main deck and the sun deck features a bathroom, hot tub, sun chairs, and a large island-style bar. Guests can escape the sun under a lightweight carbon fiber bimini cover.

An elevator provides access to all four decks.


To charter luxury yacht Arianna or any other private luxury superyacht, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at

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Out to Sea: Beyonce, Blue Ivy, & Jay-Z Enjoy Luxury Yacht Charter at Easter

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While this mommy and daddy are well-known for enjoying numerous week-long mega yacht charter vacations at sea, a simple day excursion on the water was a great introduction for their infant daughter to the yachting lifestyle.

Beyonce, husband Jay-Z, and three month-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter spent the Easter holidays in one of the family’s favorite vacation enclaves – the island of St Barts

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The local paparazzi captured the parents boarding a small day charter vessel, with Blue Ivy in her mother’s arms, as they prepared to spend a lazy afternoon on the water.

Locals on St Barts are used to seeing the media power couple once or twice a year, their chartered superyacht docked along the quay.  For the short Easter weekend, the family elected to stay in shoreside accommodations.  But the yachting “itch”  is powerful, and the couple took a perfect-weather day as an opportunity to go boating in the afternoon – and to take along their daughter for her first boat ride.

Perhaps we’ll see the family back in St Barts at year-end, enjoying another New Year’s Eve yachting vacation. 


To reserve your yachting vacation in St Barts, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at

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