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Monthly Archives: October 2015

63 meter Turkish Superyacht Is Latest Espen Oeino Masterpiece

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The naval architects at Espen Oeino International S.A.R.L. continue to raise the bar of superyacht design with their latest offering – 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 is scheduled to make her official debut at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show this month.

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

Based in Monaco, Espen Oeino International is considered one of the leading design studios of private yacht charter vessels, especially 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.

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

[After her owner spends some time onboard, our fingers are crossed in the hopes we will see this beautiful yacht enter the charter marketplace]

Interested in chartering a yacht like this one?  Here is a sampling of some of the newest yachts for hire.

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Award-Winning Superyacht Offers Discount for France Yacht Charter Events

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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.

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.


When it comes to corporate hospitality, a Cannes Film Festival yacht charter is the ideal venue for both social gatherings, and conducting business. Being docked within feet of the entrance to the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, the primary building where films are screened and studio execs meet with prospective buyers.  Many attendees choose yachts to hold private business meetings in a more intimate setting. In the evenings, the yachts are often the site of sponsored 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.

Built in 2013 by Dunya Yachts, with interior design by Albert Pino, the 236ft motor yacht AXIOMA offers charter guests enormous 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.

For a sampling of yachts available for corporate hospitality charters, call 1-800 Yacht Charters at 1-800 YACHTCHARTERS (that’s 922-4824) or +1-305-253-7245, email us, or submit our convenient online form, and we’ll be in touch with you right away to plan your yacht charter special event.


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Porto Cervo Hosts Perini Navi Yacht Charter Race & Regatta

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The 6th edition of the Perini Navi Cup has concluded, and once again several Perini Navi yacht charter vessels have participated and made a strong showing…

Competing in this year’s event were Perini Navi yacht PERSEUS 3 along with yacht MALTESE FALCON and Perini yacht SEAHAWK, and this year’s winner, sail yacht ROSEHEARTY – all currently available for rental through 1-800 Yacht Charters.

Also in attendance as spectator yachts were motor yacht EXUMA and  sailing yacht FIDELIS and sail yacht MELEK.

Maltese Falcon Perini Navi sailboat racing seen from back of yacht - sails up - boat leaning left

Held September 2 through 5 in Porto Cervo at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the 2015 Perini Navi Cup featured three days of spirited racing along challenging courses through the islands of the La Maddalena archipelago.  The intense sailing competition was punctuated by social gatherings and nightly soirees, all leading up to the gala dinner with entertainment by Andrea Bocelli.

Aerial night view of Porto Cervo yacht club docks for night entertainment after sailboat race - many sailboat masts - lit pool

Italy’s Perini Navi shipyard is renowned for the massive dimensions of the yachts they produce, as well as their commitment to cutting edge technology and luxurious finishes.  In terms of deck space and interior amenities, they are unrivaled as charter yachts, and can be rented in the Caribbean in the winter and throughout the Mediterranean in the summer.


1-800 Yacht Charters’ offering of a sampling of Perini Navi yachts for hire . We’d love to charter one for your special vacation. Contact us for availability.

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Superyacht | Private yacht perfect for James Bond Villain

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Thanks to The Robb Report and writer, Viju Mathew for sharing this unique luxury yacht.

Profile of huge futuristic-looking concept yacht

<< The beauty behind Sander Sinot’s 590-foot Symmetry yacht concept is its sophisticated sense of balance. The Netherlands–based founder of Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design named the bespoke behemoth after its symmetrical hull and stern, allowing for equal maneuverability in both directions. The design duality carries over into the lavish living spaces, where interior and exterior boundaries become exquisitely blurred.

The dedicated owner’s deck, for example, will feature a stateroom that can be opened up to flow onto its private outdoor lounge and infinity pool. And on the Beach Deck, a floating lounge with a seawater pool will be able to extend out across the ocean. In all, Symmetry will provide over 10,700 square feet of usable exterior deck space, including a glass-bottom pool on the Guest Deck and another 56-foot-long pool on the Hotel Deck.

Inside, the yacht’s six decks of indulgence house a spa, a garden, a gym, and a selection of dining and bar venues. For young ones, a theater and playroom provide distraction on the Lower Deck. Aquatic amenities will include two 33-foot tenders, a 46-foot day boat, and six personal watercraft.

Accommodations for up to 34 guests comprise four en suite VIP rooms—each with a personal lounge and balcony—and 12 cabins. Within the owner’s inner sanctum is a private spa, an office, a library, and a skylounge.

Environmentally balanced as well, the steel-hulled yacht will benefit from an electric Azipod propulsion system—making possible a top speed of 20 knots—controlled from twin navigation stations on the Wheelhouse Deck. Sinot introduced Symmetry at the Monaco Yacht Show last month and is ready to take the helm on its construction if a buyer—or Bond villain—commissions it. ( >>

Spiral staircase on yacht

There will always be a Bond film that’s ready for her!

We hope that a buyer commissions this high-caliber, impressive yacht and enters her in the superyacht charter industry in the future.

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Under the Sea: Top 3 Snorkel Spots in Florida

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Ask anyone who has enjoyed a yachting vacation what activity they enjoyed the most, and chances are they will tell you, “the snorkeling.”  Indeed, there is something magical about donning a pair of fins, strapping on a mask and snorkel, and exploring the world below the waves.

It is this opportunity to explore first-hand the undersea world that draws so many travelers to South Florida, to enjoy a Florida yacht charter vacation, and spend part of the time off the boat – and in the water.

With so many areas easily accessible and filled with interesting sights, we asked our charter department to put their heads together and come up with their favorite snorkeling spots in South Florida.  In no particular order, here are their top 3:


1.  PEANUT ISLAND (Rivera Beach)

peanut island underwater riviera beach florida turquoise water full of fish with coral reefs on each side

Above the waterline, it’s hardly a remote, tropical oasis. This unique eighty acre public park is a man-made island situated in the Intracoastal Waterway near the Lake Worth Inlet in close proximity to the City of Riviera Beach, and the Port of Palm Beach. Locals take small boats, kayaks and rafts and float out to the park for picnics – and it can be super crowded on weekends.  The real reason to visit this destination during a private yacht charter is the opportunity to snorkel around the island and the see the sea life. The list of creatures you can encounter is a long one – squid, rays, octopus, and thousands of brilliantly-colored tropical fish. If you’re lucky, you might even see a Florida manatee!

Tip:  The best time for snorkeling is around high tide. The waters here are a bath-like 85 degrees well into September.



The further south you head in Florida, the warmer the water gets, even in winter.  It’s the warmth, both air and sea that draws boaters to the Florida Keys.  Many charter yacht vacations begin in Miami. Key Largo, about a 2-3 hour cruise from Miami, is often the first night’s destination.   This island is a snorkeler’s dream – shallow coral reefs, tropical sea life, and oh yeah – really warm water!!!  In the summer, the water temp can climb to nearly 90 degrees – ahhhh…

Tip:  A snorkel outing to John Pennekamp Coral Reef (underwater) State Park is a must.

girl snorkeling in key largo florida - holding a large starfish

statue of christ at john pennekamp underwater state park in key largo florida - christ looking up with outstretched arms


3.  DRY TORTUGAS (Key West)

At the southernmost tip of the chain of islands that make up the Florida Keys, is the island of Key West. 70 miles to the west lies Dry Tortugas National Park. 100-square miles of mostly open water with seven small islands makes this a great snorkeling destination.  Rarely crowded, its accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of the Civil War’s Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, and abundant coral reefs and marine life.

Tip:  After snorkeling, take a tour of the old fort, hosted by National Park Rangers.

dry tortugas national park off of key west florida - a fort surrounded by ocean with multiple yachts anchored around one side of it


Did we overlook your favorite snorkel site???  Tell us where you like to snorkel in South Florida, and what makes it special.  As a thank you, we’ll send you an Eco-tote bag that you can use to carry your towels and your snorkel gear.   Leave us a comment below, fill out our convenient online form, or email us at

We’ll see you below the waves…

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Yacht Charter: Jetson’s Jet Pack Takes Flight

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It was always fun to watch the famous space cartoon, The Jetsons, and imagine what it would be like in the future — transporting in rapidly moving little flying vehicles, getting ready in the morning by hopping on a conveyor belt and being automatically coiffed and dressed, and racing around wearing rocket-powered backpacks.

If you think about it, some of those wild cartoonish theories are seemingly becoming realities!

Flying cars DO now exist, although they are not yet mass produced.

flying hybrid car terrafugia tf-x flying over green trees and grass - blue sky in background

Conveyor belts DO now exist, although they have not been perfected to prepare us in the mornings.

Man in suit - standing - and woman with basket - going opposite directions on moving conveyor belt in airport

…and jetpacks DO now exist, although they were first seen in James Bond 007 movies as gadgets…and they now appear on Mediterranean yacht charter superyachts as the latest and greatest watersports toy!

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  Person on the ocean wearing jetpack and shooting up into the air next to white yacht


Move over, Elroy!    elroy jetson cartoon boy wearing jetpack and flying upward

The future I dreamed of as a child is finally here!

Excuse me, but I have to go feed my dog, Astro…


What futuristic item are you most looking forward to seeing and experiencing?  Please leave us a comment to join Team 1-800 Yacht Charters on this fantastic voyage!

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