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164 Foot Superyacht Relocates to St Martin for Winter Holidays

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The 164ft tri-deck Trinity yacht charter vessel yacht AMARULA SUN will set her course for the Caribbean this winter and will be in place in St. Martin in time to accept year-end inquires for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  The superyacht will remain in the islands throughout spring 2016.

Her weekly charter rate is $220,000 plus running expenses.

Amarula Sun white boat motoryacht profile underway

The news comes on the heels of the recent relocation announcement by Feadship yacht HURRICANE RUN to the Caribbean for year-end, 2015.

The 50 meter motor yacht AMARULA SUN is truly a one of kind.  Her many unique amenities include a split-level Master Stateroom with panoramic views, fully body massage chair, grand player piano, and a cozy fireplace.

There are accommodations for 10 adults in 5 staterooms, plus two Pullman berths each suitable for a small child.

Adventurous travelers take note – this yacht is packed with a wide array of sports equipment and water toys.  Here’s a partial list:

  • 32 foot Everglades towed tender
  • 21 foot custom Brigs tender with a killer six speaker sound system, GPS, and underwater lights
  • 4 Personal watercraft includes 2 Yamaha 3-person supercharged wave runners (VERY fast!!!) and 2 SeaDoo Sparks wave runners (painted Hot Pink!)
  • 2 SeaBobs (yes, just like James Bond 007 rode in Thunderball, only smaller and faster!)

…and my personal favorite toys:

  • Giant inflatable waterslide
  • High-flying Jet Lev backpack!!!

Back of yacht with inflatable slide set up and person flying over the water with a backpack like James Bond wore in the movie Thunderball

Look out below!!!

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For additional information call our 24 hour yacht charter hotline at 305-720-7245, email info@1800yachtcharters.com, or use our online form to submit your yachting questions or suggestions here. We look forward to hearing from you!

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282 Foot Spielberg Yacht SEVEN SEAS For Sale

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BIGGER BOAT

Call it, “Life imitating art.”  They were under siege by a great white shark in the 1975 film, JAWS.  Actor Roy Scheider’s character exclaimed, ‘We’re gonna need a bigger boat.’

 

SPIELBERG

Obviously the film’s director, Steven Spielberg, took that sentiment to heart.  His 282 foot superyacht is up for sale.  It will be replaced with an even larger vessel.

 

SEVEN SEAS

Oceanco 2010 Spielberg yacht SEVEN SEAS lived up to its name.  The famous director, his wife Kate Capshaw, and their seven children made it happen. They took the yacht on a 30,000-mile round-the-world cruise.

Profile of Spielberg yacht Seven Seas from the bow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CELEBRITY GUESTS

Over the years, many famous Hollywood celebrities have been guests onboard the yacht. For instance, Gyneth Paltrow and Leonardo DiCaprio.  The UK’s Daily News wrote an article.  A friend of the director said, Steven didn’t realize how much he’d enjoy cruising the ocean. Now he’d like to spend more time exploring the seas, and bring a few friends along for the ride. So he’s upgrading to a bigger yacht.”

 

COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENTS

The yacht is sometimes available for hire. This season’s charter rate in the Mediterranean is $1.2 million per week.

“She has always been a favorite charter yacht,” says Jana Sheeder, President and yacht charter Maven of 1-800 Yacht Charters.

steven spielberg, his dog, and family members onboard dinghy during yacht charter

If you’re considering renting the yacht this summer, you might have to wait until September, as the legendary director and his family have spent a considerable portion of their summer vacation onboard, and were recently spotted taking in the sites of Portofino, Italy.  Even the family dog is along for the ride.

Lucky pooch!

 

HOW TO CHARTER A SUPERYACHT

In conclusion, for charter information, please contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at info@1800yachtcharters.com or https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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3 Things to NEVER Do (and 1 to ALWAYS Do) During Thailand Yacht Charter Vacation

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RECENT BLOG POST ABOUT THAILAND

Recently, we blogged about the Thai government’s efforts to lift the restrictions that kept superyacht charter vessels away from Thailand.  Now that the door has been opened for foreign-flagged yachts. In addition, American charterers and tourists are welcome.  Here are some cultural taboos that could save you from being branded an “Ugly American.”

Woman making shocked face - black and white

 

BUDDHIST RULES

Keep in mind almost 95% of the Thai population is Buddhist. As in much of southeast Asia, there are cultural taboos that non-Buddhists would not know, some of which are considered religiously offensive.

 

DO NOT DO THIS

Three things NOT to do on your yacht charter Thailand:

  • Avoid touching or passing any object over the top of anyone’s head, as a person’s head is viewed as the most sacred body part.  Related to this  – Do not touch anyone’s head.
  • Don’t point your foot at any person, and don’t use your foot to move anything, as the foot is viewed as the lowliest body part.  Remember to never put your feet up on a table or any furniture. [I thought my mother-in-law was Italian, but now I’m thinking she was Thai, as she always scolded her son for putting his feet on the coffee table while watching TV!!!]

Baby between two adult feet with traditional no symbols on the feet

  • Try never to point, especially with your index finger, as it is considered extremely rude. [Think of President Bill Clinton – he always used his thumb to point, never his index finger.  Funny, he doesn’t strike me as a Buddhist!]

 

ALWAYS DO THIS!

Always use your right hand to pass or receive an object.  [Sorry left-handed charterers.]

Right hand thumbs up

In conclusion, one of the great joys of a yachting vacation is The Superyacht Experience™.  It is the chance to embrace diversity, participate in unique cultural events, and rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit. By avoiding these taboos, think how much more enjoyable your Phuket yacht charter vacation will be.  You won’t offend the wonderful people of Thailand, and your mother won’t scold you for putting your feet up on the yacht’s furniture!

 

HOW TO CHARTER A YACHT IN THAILAND

For more information on chartering a yacht in Thailand, contact us today.  The team at 1-800 Yacht Charters +1.800.922.4824 / toll-free in North America or +1.305.253.7245 stands by to educate and assist you.  Feel free to use our convenient online contact form, if you’d rather. #knowbeforeyougo #yachtcharter

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58 Meter Charter Yacht Makes Deals

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Hoping to fill the remaining gaps in her charter calendar, the owner of the 58 meter Trinity motor yacht MI SUENO will consider all offers for

  • 3 – 14 June
  • 2 – 15 July
  • 15 August on...
Profile photo of motoryacht Mi Sueno with jetski running beside it. The boat is heading to the right side of the screen. There is a hilly tree-covered island behind it.

MI SUENO motoryacht

 

Built in the USA in 2010, the 190 foot yacht MI SUENO offers accommodations for 12 guests in  staterooms. 

Trinity yacht charter enthusiasts will recognize the upscale amenities synonymous with this famed American shipyard. She has many features. For instance,

  • Massive Split-Level Master Stateroom 
  • Wheelchair Accessible Elevator
  • Zero Speed Stabilizers
  • Jacuzzi and Splash Pool  
  • Two Wine Cellars
  • Raised Aft Deck  
  • Patrick Knowles Interior Design    

RATES

Published summer rates for Mediterranean yacht charters €325,000 per week in July and August and €280,000 per week in June and September.

HOW TO MAKE A DEAL TO CHARTER A YACHT

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63 meter Turkish Superyacht Is Latest Espen Oeino Masterpiece

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WELCOME IRIMARI

The naval architects at Espen Oeino International S.A.R.L. continue to raise the bar of superyacht design.  Their latest offering is Sunrise Yachts motor yacht IRIMARI.

superyacht Irimari side profile solid white boat at anchor on calm sea

Delivered to her owner in July, the 63 meter yacht is currently cruising in the Greek islands.  So far there is no word if the vessel will be entering the Greek yacht charter fleet.

 

Sunrise 63 yacht IRIMARI makes her official debut at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show.

Per our friends at Boat International, one exciting “superfeature” to be expected inside motoryacht Irimari is “…a video wall spanning two decks!

Espen Oeino International is considered one of the leading design studios of private yacht charter vessels.  They base in Monaco.  Their specialty is in the category of Superyachts.  Their portfolio includes Lurssen motor yacht MARTHA ANN, and the world’s largest yacht available for charter, Fincantieri yacht SERENE.

 

TURKISH BUILDER

The launch of yacht IRIMARI marks the first of the Sunrise 63 series to splash down for the Turkish builder.  The Espen Oeino designed yacht features interiors by Focus Yacht Design and naval architecture by Unique Yacht Design. Built with a high tensile steel hull and aluminum superstructure, the yacht has a transatlantic range of 5,000 miles, and a top speed of 17 knots.

Yacht Irimari three quarter profile showing back of yacht - boat facing left - sun setting

 

Her owner initially plans spending time onboard. We hope to see this beautiful yacht enter the charter marketplace.

 

 

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

In conclusion, interested in chartering a yacht like this one?  Here is a sampling of some of the newest yachts for hire.

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67M Sailboat Prepares for Antarctica Yacht Charter in February

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NEWS FROM SAIL YACHT

Word comes from sail yacht VERTIGO.  The yacht will accept charters in some exotic areas. Specifically, Patagonia and Antarctica yacht charter vacations, starting February 2016.  Rates are set at Euro 295,000 per week plus running expenses for maximum 12 guests.

Monaco yacht charter season is complete, therefore the luxury sailing yacht enjoyed the month of October in Singapore for maintenance work. Immediately prior to her journey to the southern hemisphere in November.

Vertico sail yacht

ALL ABOUT SUPERYACHT VERTIGO

She is built by Alloy Yachts and designed by Philippe Briand.  The 67 meter yacht VERTIGO is the largest sailing yacht built in the southern hemisphere.

 

FEATURES AND AMENITIES

Vertigo carries and affords multiple features and amenities.  For instance, loft-style interiors, custom-designed by Christian Liaigre and an oversized Jacuzzi hot tub with retractable sunpads.  In addition, there are bimini covers, and glass screens on the air-conditioned deck.  Additionally, she has a midarette gymnasium with direct sea access and an open-air cinema screen.  Ready for some fun?  Watertoys include 4 tenders, and importantly, an 8 meter Limo tender with removable roof.  Not to be outdone, sailing dinghies, kayaks, paddleboards, scuba equipment, inflatables, and towable toys join the fun.

Patagonia

PATAGONIA YACHT CHARTER

We find the idea of a Patagonia yacht charter immensely intriguing.  It is a sparsely populated area. Specifically located at the southern tip South America.  The western coastline belongs to Chile, and the eastern side is part of Argentina. The opportunities for exploration and adventure are numerous, as this region comprises the southernmost portion of the Andes mountains.  Just east of the mountains, there is great bio-diversity with deserts, steppes, and grasslands. The western coast of Patagonia borders the Pacific ocean, and the eastern coast borders the Atlantic ocean.

 

HOW TO RENT A YACHT CHARTER

In conclusion, we stand by to chat with you.  Call us at +1-800-YACHTCHARTERS (922-4824) or +305-720-7245 — 24 hours. #sailingyacht #patagonia #yachtcharter

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Ask the Pros: Are Private Yacht Charter Boats As Safe As Cruise Ships?

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“My neighbor recently rented a boat with a crew for a family vacation in the Virgin Islands. It sounds like fun but I wonder if it’s safer to take a cruise on a big ship.  Any thoughts that might sway me? Thanks.”

Marilyn W, Miami, FL

Great question, Marilyn. In our opinion, private yachts are actually safer.

Cruise ships visit numerous ports of call (often referred to as, “tourist traps”).  It’s no secret that pickpockets and other petty-theft criminals prey on unsuspecting tourists in these busy tourist areas.  Private yachts tend to stay away from these hot spots, and since the yachts are smaller, they can anchor in small, quiet, uncrowded coves.

Speaking of crowds, there are hundreds, sometimes thousands, of strangers onboard a cruise ship. We’ve all seen the news reports about Norovirus breakouts on cruise ships. In their defense, the cruise lines are diligent in cleaning their vessels, but with so many people onboard, it’s a tough task.  That’s not the case on a Virgin Island yacht charter vessel – the only people onboard are you and your private crew.

Children jumping off of the back of a sailboat into the ocean

In terms of training, both the crews on cruise ships and private yachts are trained to international standards in case of the rare chance of an onboard emergency.  Remember – the crew on a private yacht has to attend to the yacht’s owner when charter guests are not onboard. It is a safe bet that most yacht owners want the finest professionals operating their yachts!

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What do you think?  Do you agree with our opinion?  Are private yachts safer than cruiseships?  Please comment below.  We’d love to hear from you!

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

 

Contact us at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ to rent your own yacht charter. We happily provide The Superyacht Experience™ to you!

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Ask the Yacht Charter Pros: How to Pay Less VAT (Tax) on a France Yacht Charter Vacation?

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QUESTION

“I’m planning a 10 day private yacht charter in St. Tropez and the South of France in July. My broker say VAT is 20%. That’s seems a lot. Is there way to not pay this?”
Xavier E, Barcelona, Spain

ANSWER

Answer provided by Jana Sheeder, President 1-800 Yacht Charters:

“The bad news, Xavier, is all charters that take place in a European Union (EU) country are subject to VAT (Value Added Tax). However, we have good news as well – there is a simple, legal strategy that can cut your VAT expense in half.

Instead of paying 20%, this strategy will reduce your VAT to 10% of your base charter fee – a significant savings!

VAT EU logo yacht charter france
Each EU country can set their own level of VAT on commercial yachts for hire. In France, if the yacht undertakes a coastal cruise in French territorial waters, the VAT is 20% of the base charter fee (the base fee is the cost to rent the yacht before factoring in other running expenses such as food, dockage, etc.). So, for example, if you began your charter in Saint Tropez, and cruised along the Côte d’Azur and concluded your trip in Antibes, you would incur a VAT expense of 20%.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT VAT

However, IF you plan a portion of your charter to cruise in international waters, your legal responsibility for VAT drops to 10% – a savings of 50%!

So how do you do this? Here’s how: When you are planning your itinerary with the yacht’s captain prior to the commencement of your charter, let the captain know that you would like to, “visit a port that requires you to cruise in international waters and beyond the coast of France.”

 

HOW CAN I SAVE TAX?

You could, for example, leave the French coast and cruise to the island of Sardinia. This is approximately a 5-7 hour cruise from the South of France.

 

SPECIAL TIP

Ask your captain to undertake this crossing overnight, while you and your guests are sleeping. Then, when you rise in the morning, you’ll be able to spend a full day, or longer along the coastline of this fabled Italian island before heading back to France.

So there you have it.  With a little strategic planning, a slight deviation in your St Tropez yacht charter can result in big savings; possibly thousands of Euros depending upon the cost of your charter.”

ASK US A YACHT CHARTER QUESTION

Photograph of Jana Sheeder sitting on a yacht

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters and 1-800 BAREBOAT

 

Have a question about a yacht charter vacation?

Submit your question to me, and my team will help you.

If we print your question in our blog, we’ll send you a complimentary Eco-tote bag.

 

Email me at jsheeder@1800yachtcharters.com

 

Thank you, and keep those questions coming!!!

 

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Award-Winning Superyacht Offers Discount for France Yacht Charter Events

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WHAT TO DO IN CANNES?

Planning on walking the red carpet at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival?  Or sitting front row at the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix?  If you are, the owner of one of the world’s largest yachts for hire has put forth an enticing offer for participating and spectating at these fabled Côte d’Azur special events.

 

SUPERYACHT SPECIAL

The 72 meter super yacht AXIOMA has announced a 15% discount for any static, special event yacht charter booked by the end of 2015.  That equates to a savings of €73,500 off the winter weekly rate of €490,000.

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A Cannes Film Festival yacht charter is the ideal venue for both social gatherings and conducting business. Docking within feet of the entrance to the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès is perfect.  It is the primary building where films are screened. In addition, studio execs meet with prospective buyers here.  Many attendees choose yachts to hold private business meetings in a more intimate setting. In the evenings, yachts often sponsor product-placement cocktail parties.

Monaco Grand Prix with yachts docked along the quay

Just a few miles down the road, the principality of Monaco holds the annual Formula 1 race through the streets of Monte Carlo, and along the quay (docks) of the Port Hercules marina. A spectacular venue for watching one of the world’s most famous auto races, guests onboard yachts are just feet away from the action on the course.

The yacht is a 2013 build by Dunya Yachts.  Interior design by Albert Pino.  The 236 foot superyacht AXIOMA offers volume for hosting corporate events.  The yacht boast six decks and more than 30,000 square meters of space. Amenities include a private outdoor cinema and lounge area, infinity swimming pool, and helipad.  In 2014, the yacht received a World Superyacht Award for design excellence.

 

HOW TO BOOK A CANNES FILM FESTIVAL YACHT

In conclusion, call 1-800 Yacht Charters at 1-800 YACHTCHARTERS (800-922-4824) or +1-305-253-7245 for corporate sponsorship yacht charter info.  Email us at info@1800yachtcharters.  Submit our convenient online yacht charter form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ .  We await your communication.  We stand by to prepare The Superyacht Experience™ by 1-800 Yacht Charters.

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Big VAT Increase For Greece Yacht Charter Fleet Takes Effect

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HIGHER VAT RATE

A new, higher VAT (Value Added Tax) rate went into effect.  All charters that commenced after July 20, 2015 in Greek waters are subject to the tax.

Photograph of a private cove. There is a rocky mountain in the background, and turquoise water in the foreground. There is a sandy beach on the left side of the photo.  There is a white yacht at anchor in the water of the cove.

Greek yacht charter vessel at anchor

 

LEGISLATION

The new legislation raised the overall VAT from 13% to 23%. Specifically, lower rates apply to certain charters, based upon the duration of the hire.

There are two VAT categories for charters lasting 3 days or longer:

  • Category I – vessels licensed to perform international cruises: 9.2% (previously 5.2%).
  • Category II – vessels licensed to perform long range cruises within Greek waters: 11.5% (previously 6.5%).

 

 

SHORT-TERM CHARTER APPLICABILITY

For charters up to 48 hours, there are no discounted rates.  Full VAT of 23% is due (previously 13%).

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, points out the new VAT rates affect ALL charters taking place after July 20, 2015 – even if the charter agreements were signed in prior months.  “With the current economic crisis in Greece, we’ve been anticipating  some form of VAT austerity,” says Sheeder. “With each charter agreement we prepare, we add a clause indicating that the charterer is responsible for any increase in VAT – this way, there are no surprises.  The more details we cover with our clients, the smoother their Superyacht Experience will be.

 

QUESTIONS FOR VISITORS

How will the increase in VAT on private luxury yacht charter vacations in Greece effect the number of yacht charters? 

Will clients seek alternate destinations or, “grin and bear it” to enjoy a Greek yachting holiday?

 

 

FREE GIFT WITH YOUR ANSWER

Let us know your thoughts.  We will share your comments with our readers AND send you a free complimentary Eco-tote bag!  Email your comments (and your mailing address!) to info@1800yachtcharters.com

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