With so many toys and electronic devices available to enhance a week’s vacation at sea, our charter professionals take a look back at their favorite gadgets for 2012:Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 ($470)
With battery life almost equal to the iPad, and a memory-card slot not found on Apple’s iconic tablet, the 10-inch, 16GB Galaxy Note offers capabilities that no other tablet currently offers.
Nikon Coolpix S800c ($327)
What’s a Caribbean yacht charter vacation without a boatload of photos to share with family and friends? The 16 megapixel point-and-shoot camera can run Google’s Android operating system and all the apps that go with it, enabling users to edit an image, and quickly post it to Facebook, etc…
Samsung Galaxy S III ($280)
We’ll admit the Apple iPhone 5 has a better camera, and new features place it head and shoulders above previous iPhones. Still, our choice for the best smartphone in 2012 is the Galaxy S III . The Android-driven Galaxy has a bigger screen than the iPhone 5 and lots of features you can’t get on Apple ‘s smartphone. The sensor-based tools are great for social networking.
Earlier today, Europe's most peculiar-named superyacht announced plans to relocate to the western hemisphere for the upcoming Caribbean yacht charter season.
60 meter motor yacht DARLINGS DANAMAis on her way to the Leeward Islands, where she will attend the annual Antigua charter show, December 2nd through 8th, in preparation for the winter charter season.
Built by CRN and designed by Zuccon International Project Studio, yacht DARLINGS DANAMA boasts a winning combination of vast open areas and light airy interiors. The ultimate entertainment yacht, every inch of this Euro beauty has been meticulously finished, including her interior, which has been styled to perfection by designers Alexandre and Cristina Negoescu. The overall feel is minimalistic, although Art Deco touches inject warmth and color throughout the clean interior.
Don't let this yacht's pristine finish fool you. The 196 foot vessel is surprisingly inviting and relaxed. The sense that she has been primarily built for comfort and entertainment is reinforced by her outdoor areas. The impressive main and upper decks offer multiple lounging and dining areas for both formal and casual occasions.
The entertainment theme continues up to her spacious sundeck, featuring a large Jacuzzi, lounging areas, wet bar, and a fully-equipped Gym.
Physically-challenged guests can reach each deck at the push of a button – courtesy of a glass elevator.
Motoryacht DARLINGS DANAMA accommodates 12 guests in six cabins. Fantastically-equipped and beautifully-decorated, each cabin is both luxurious and secluded, although one cabin does outshine the rest – the full-width owner’s suite located on the main deck, featuring a private balcony.
This gorgeous yacht will frequently been seen in such Caribbean hot spots as St. Barts and St. Martin this season. If you see her, please take photos and send them to us to be featured in a guest blog!
In ancient Greek mythology, Calliope (k-l-p) was the beautiful Muse of epic poetry. Fast forward two-thousand years, where that classic beauty and spirit can be enjoyed onboard motor yachtCALLIOPE.
Launched in 2010 by fabled Dutch builders Holland Jachtbouw, the 42.28m (138ft 8in) yacht has left the confines of the Mediterranean yacht charter fleet for new adventures in the Pacific Ocean, where she will be based this winter in the yachting capital of Auckland, New Zealand.
Currently, motor yacht CALLIOPEis available for a year-end yachting holiday at theattractive rate of $160,000 per week plus running costs, for up to ten guests in five staterooms!
As multi-repeat charterers scramble to find new destinations for their winter vacations, New Zealand has emerged as the hot spot for 2013. With easy international flight access, Auckland is the perfect embarkation port, and a short cruise away from the stunning nearby Hauraki Gulf islands, including Rangitoto, home to the largest volcano in the region.
A new polymer that might help luxury mega yacht charter vessels keep marinas free from leaking oil, could have an even greater impact on major oil spills, like the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Scientists from Pennsylvania State University (PSU) have come up with something that shows great promise – a polymer that soaks up 40 times its weight in oil.
When applied to body of water where an oil spill has occurred, the Polyolefin Oil Superabsorbent Polymer reportedly transforms the floating crude oil into “a soft, solid oil-containing gel.” The PSU scientists claim that one pound (453 grams) of the polymer can soak up around five gallons (19 liters) of oil, without absorbing any water. The gel can subsequently be collected, transported, and refined to recover the trapped oil.
Practical applications are being analyzed for the yachting industry, but the hope of the researchers is the new polymer can also be employed to fight large-scale oil cleanup projects. Currently, more traditional oil-absorbing materials are employed, such as corn cobs and straw which only absorb about five times their weight in oil.
Read how a Prince encourages the Superyacht industry to go green – click here.
The superyacht rental market is highly competitive and owners are constantly looking for new aquasport toys to add to their onboard inventory. At a recent boat show, one of our readers noticed a unique toy that just might catch the attention of the yacht-for-hire industry.
Foiljet MR1 is a new personal watercraft that combines the features of a motocross bike and a jetski. Built on a two hydrofoil platform and featuring a silent, energy efficient electric motor, this wacky new toy looks to be a surefire recipe for outrageous fun.
The design looks like a motocross bike, but instead of motorcycle wheels there are thin beams with hydrofoil wings mounted at the ends that can be raised or lowered. The Foiljet employs a 15 kW (20 hp) electric motor housed at the end of the rear beam to deliver the electric torque that lifts the craft out of the water.
Since most charter clients prefer the relative safety of playing in shallow water, the Foiljet beams can be raised at the flick of a switch, allowing the rider to stay closer to the water's surface.
The electric motor runs off a 48V battery that delivers about three hours of full load running. After that, it's back to the mothership for lunch and cocktails while the Foiljet battery recharges for another run!
Still in the prototype stage, the designers are hopeful the toy will catch on – especially with eco-friendly yacht owners. Hydrofoils produce relatively no wake and the electric propulsion system is nearly silent.
While many bays and harbors visited during Mediterranean yacht charter holidays restrict the use of noisy personal watercraft such as waverunners, the developers of the Foiljet MR1 are confident there silent, eco-friendly new toys will be permitted in most waterways.