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Bareboat Sailboat Vacation Lets You Take The Helm – 1800sailaway luxury yacht charter

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It's hard to beat the outright indulgence of a Virgin Islands crewed yacht charter – every detail is managed by a trained crew, from operating the yacht, to preparing your customized meals, to keeping the vessel tidy and shipshape.

But what about those times you feel the need to escape – to be alone with loved ones –  a chance to trade polite intrusiveness with no-frills quality family time?

Families who routinely enjoy luxury yacht charter vacations with a full-crew compliment can now opt to go boating in total privacy, onboard a bareboat yacht charter.

The concept is simple – just as you would rent a car to drive yourself, with some basic training, you can rent a bareboat and take the helm yourself!

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A, "bareboat" is just as the name sounds – a boat with just the bare essentials onboard.  It comes to you with no food, no beverages, and most noticeably, no crew.   You do your own cooking and cleaning, and you operate and sail the yacht, yourself.

Fleets of bareboats can be found in nearly every location you would expect to find a fully-crewed yacht charter vessel.  Virgin Islands bareboat vacations are perhaps the most common, with hundreds of boats available for rent in both St. Thomas, USVI, and Tortola, BVI.
 

Other top-rated destinations include Bahamas bareboat vacations in the Abaco island chain, and Florida yacht charter holidays, primarily in the Florida Keys.

Both sail yachts and motor yachts can be rented, with room for 2 to 8 passengers.  A small handful of bareboat catamaran yachts can even accommodate up to 10 passengers.

Companies such as 1-800-BAREBOAT, the Moorings, and Sunsail specialize in arranging self-skippered charters in destinations around the world; for example, Bahamas, Florida Keys, Greece, Corsica, Sardinia, France, Cote d'azur, Tortola, Tortolla, St. Thomas, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Tonga, Miami and South Florida.
 

Customers can choose from a global network of monohull sailboats with brands like Beneteau, Sun Odyssey, Dufour, or Jeanneau – and multihull catamarans with brands like Fountaine Pajot, Lagoon, and Sunreef.

Basic rental prices tend to be less much expensive than those of luxury crewed yacht charter vessels, but customers need to remember they are responsible to purchase and prepare their own meals.  The cost to provision the yacht must be considered when comparing this bare bones charter option to the price of a crewed yacht.

Another important factor – the customer's qualification to operate a boat. 

Just as it takes skill and normally a license to operate a motor vehicle, similar rules apply to bareboats.  While formal licenses are not usually necessary, a solid level of competency is necessary.  The ability to read basic charts, navigate, and to set the anchor are the most important skills required to rent a bareboat. 

Luckily, these skills can easily be mastered, either through formal boating courses, or simply by garnering casual boating experience with your own boat or the boat of a friend or neighbor.

Popular ideas for bareboat yacht charter vacations are anniversary celebrations, family reunions (with boats sailing in tandem), couples getaways, and snorkeling adventures.

So before you plan your next tropical odyssey, give some thought and compare bareboat vacations to crewed charters  – one of them will surely be the right choice for you, your family, and friends!

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Ready to become the master of your destiny, or at least your sailing journey?   Taking the helm as the skipper of your own bareboat yacht charter is truly a rewarding experience for anyone who wants the challenge of guiding your own vessel in the world's most exotic island destinations.  To charter a bareboat sailboat or powerboat, contact SailAway Yacht Charters at http://www.1800sailaway.com/contact_us.html. Smooth sailing!

 

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Benetti Vision 145 Selects Bahamas Yacht Charter Arena for Winter – luxury yacht charter

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Newly built Benetti motor yacht CHECKMATE, fresh from her inaugural stint in the summer 2013 Mediterranean yacht charter market, has arrived in Fort Lauderdale, in preparation for the upcoming winter season.
Unlike similar-sized yachts that relocate to the Caribbean to offer Virgin Island yacht charter vacations, M/Y CHECKMATE will be based in Nassau and seek Bahamas yacht charter bookings through May, 2014. Profile of yacht CHECKMATE, facing left. Yacht has black hull with white superstructure
Launched earlier this year in Italy, she is the 15th vessel built in the fabled shipyard’s Vision series of semi-custom yachts.  The Benetti Vision 145 yacht CHECKMATE  now joins the many Benetti yacht charter vessels currently in service, such as motor yacht MINE GAMES, and James Bond yacht, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER .

Five guest staterooms are available onboard, including a master cabin on the main deck, featuring a King bed, and ensuite baths featuring his and hers bathrooms. Below deck are four spacious cabins with accommodations for 8 additional passengers, plus two Pullman berths, suitable for small children.

The 45 meter yacht made her public American debut at the 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, with newly-appointed Captain Phillip Nash onboard for the winter season.  At the conclusion of the show, the Italian superyacht repositioned to the Bahamas.  

Her owner then plans to send her north, next summer, to participate in the New England Martha’s Vineyard yacht charter market.   

Weekly rates begin at $200,000 per week, plus all expenses.
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Center Stage Belongs To Florida Luxury Yacht Charter Vessels at Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show – 1800sailaway

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The  2013 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 31-Nov 4, 2013, has drawn to a close.  Picture-perfect weather brought out record numbers of boating enthusiasts.
 
The 54th installment of the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, FLIBS, covers six locations and over 3 million square feet of space. Exhibits range from yacht builders and designers, to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A variety of boats are on display, both in water and on land – runabouts, center consoles, cabin cruisers, skiffs, sailing yachts, tenders, superyachts, megayachts, powerboats, catamarans, and monohull sailboats.
 
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Of course the star attractions each year remain the extraordinary superyacht vessels that dominate the Caribbean yacht charter marketplace each winter.  
 
"For us, FLIBS represents the launch of the winter charter season," says Jana Sheeder , President of SailAway Yacht Charters"This is our chance to introduce our clients to the winter season's best options for Florida yacht charter vacations.  Additionally, many of these yachts will consider relocating to the nearby islands to accept Bahamas yacht charter bookings."
 
Among the charter yachts on hand at FLIBS were: 
 
♦  2009 187ft sail yacht MONTIGNE 
 
♦  2010 224ft Nobiskrug motor yacht SYCARA V
 
♦  2010 190ft Trinity super yacht MI SUENO 
 
In addition to the hundreds of yachts on display, Sheeder points out the show is the perfect venue for inspecting and testing the hottest new watertoys "If we see a 'must have' toy that we feel will enhance the charter experience for our clients, we'll be the first to promote it to the charter yacht owners.  There is truly something for everyone at FLIBS."

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Getting There – Best Airport for Caribbean Catamaran Yacht Charter – 1800sailaway

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"We live in the USA.  I've been told crewed catamaran charters are the best way to enjoy a yachting vacation in the Virgin Islands.  Do you have any suggestions as to the most convenient, best airports?     Jenny S."

Hi Jenny.  We are thrilled to hear about your plans – a travel writer once described a Caribbean sailing yacht charter as, "One of the top five vacations in the world!"

If you wish to explore the US Virgin Islands (USVI), then the Cyril E. King International Airport (airport code:  STT), in St.Thomas  is your best bet. 

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Note –  there is also an airport in St. Croix, the Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport, St. Croix (STX). However, very few catamaran and sailboat rental companies operate from St. Croix, as there are very few calm anchorage areas.

So who flies into STT?  As to major airlines flying from the United States to Saint Thomas, Delta has flights to Saint Thomas Cyril E King, American Airlines has flights to STT Cyril E King, and US Airways has flights to Saint Thomas Cyril E King International Airport.  You'll find both direct flights as well as connecting flights through San Juan, Puerto Rico in the Spanish Virgin Islands.

Now that you know HOW to get there, here are three crewed catamaran sailing yachts available for charter in the Virgin Islands:

Sunreef 70 catamaran MUSE 

Fountaine Pajot Galathea 65 catamaran WORLD'S END 

Lagoon 62 luxury yacht charter catamaran GO FREE 
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To charter your own private luxury yacht, contact SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants at http://www.1800sailaway.com/contact_us.html
 

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Stunning Sail Yachts Prepare For Virgin Islands Luxury Yacht Charter Season

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As the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season draws to a close, a number of sleek, stylish, and modern sailing charter vessels are making their way from ports around the world – to take their positions in the islands for the upcoming Caribbean yacht charter season.

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November is the month many yachts make the "Milk Run," sailing across the Atlantic Ocean from Europe to the Caribbean.

As in years past, the Virgin Island yacht charter fleet is expected to dominate the market in terms of the number of available yachts for hire, especially in the category of crewed catamaran charters.  Yachts such as Lagoon 620 catamaran yacht THE CURE, and Sunreef 62 catamaran, TAHAA II are already in position to accept reservations (how does a Welcome to 2014 yacht charter vacation sound???).

While the St. Thomas yacht charter market in the USVI, and the Tortola yacht charter market in the BVI are quite sizeable in terms of small to mid-size yachts, a large contingent of sail superyachts will choose the deeper water of the Leeward Islands for their winter base.  The St Martin yacht charter fleet and the St Barts fleets are expected to include these mega yacht charter stalwarts:

203 foot sail yacht ATHOS

198 foot sail yacht KOKOMO

 
183 foot Perini Navi yacht PANTHALASSA
 

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Yacht Kismet II Announced As Lurssen Yacht Charter Kismet Sold

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Moran Yacht & Ship has announced the sale of the 68 meter motor yacht KISMET, a staple in the French yacht charter marketplace. Lürssen yacht Kismet was built in 2007, and features the charter-friendly layout of Espen Oeino International.

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The Mediterranean yacht charter superyacht boasts an Art Deco inspired interior by Reymond Langton Design, which includes black granite floors, mirrored ceilings, spiral staircase, and glass elevator. Talk about opulence. All baths feature Baccarat crystal and Sardinelli fixtures and fittings, and the sinks have gold leaf scrolling.
Accommodations are offered for 12 guests in 1 master stateroom, a VIP cabin, and 4 double guest cabins.
Motoryacht Kismet, will be replaced in the charter market by the new 94 meter (308ft) Lürssen yacht Kismet II, scheduled to be available in 2014.
Other Lürssen yachts available for hire include:
Motor yacht TV (ex motor yacht Mad Summer) 
Motor yacht LADY KATHRYN V
Motor yacht MARTHA ANN 
Motor yacht SOLEMATES
Motor yacht ACE
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