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28 Passenger Superyacht To Make St. Martin Yacht Charter Debut This Winter

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The 82.50 meter motor yacht O’MEGA, one of the very few private luxury yacht charter vessels in the world with the capacity for over 12  guests, is heading to the Caribbean for the very first time this winter.

Re-launched in 2004 after a complete remodel from a near-bare hull, super yacht O’MEGA underwent a major refit in 2009, and has had continuous upgrades every year since.  With an excellent crew-to-guest ratio, there are 30 crewmembers onboard to attend to 28 guests in 14 guest staterooms.

O'Mega superyacht underway

While in the Caribbean from early December, 2016 through April 2017, her weekly charter rate is  €525,000 + running expenses.  There is a two week minimum fee for charters during Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

The only other +12 passenger superyacht considering relocation to the Caribbean for the winter is the 36 passenger motor yacht CHRISTINA O, as her owner has expressed interest in the emerging Cuba yacht charter marketplace (now that travel restrictions between the governments of the United States and Cuba have been eased).

Christina O Motoryacht underway

With so few large-capacity yachts in the Caribbean this winter, we expect strong demand for both of these vessels in the area of St. Martin, particularly for St Barts yacht charter clients who invade the small island to celebrate the New Year.

1-800 Yacht Charters has dozens of luxury yachts available in the Caribbean this winter.  Let us Deliver the Superyacht Experience to you and your family and friends this winter.  For more information on yacht charter vessels and destinations, email the yacht charter professionals at

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3 Jaw Dropping Yachts At the Monaco Yacht Show

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From September 28 through October 1, some of the most expensive and largest yachts for charter will come together at Port Hercules, Monaco for the 2016 installment of the Monaco Yacht Show.

Three of the largest private yacht charter vessels offered for hire by 1-800 Yacht Charters will be in attendance.  Here’s a quick glimpse (please try not to drool):

Tankoa motor yacht SUERTE


SUERTE superyacht underway

Imagine any over-the-top amenity, and chances are this 227 foot superyacht has it.  The penthouse master stateroom offers 180 degree views, a private study, and private deck with a hot tub (of course).  Other guests who wish to soak shouldn’t feel snubbed – there’s another hot tub with a waterfall located on the aft sundeck.   [Rates from €525,000 per week; Caribbean in winter and Mediterranean in summer.]


International Shipyard Ancona yacht OKTO

OKTO superyacht aerial running shot showing swimming pool on back deck

At nearly 218 feet, this vessel is more luxury day spa than yacht.  Built for wellness yacht charters, she features a massage/beauty/therapy room (a beautician and massage therapist are part of the crew), guest elevator, indoor cinema room, and a 20ft swimming pool (salt or/ fresh water, heated or cooled, with contra flow current). [Rates from $400,0000 per week; Caribbean in winter and Mediterranean in summer.]


Lurssen motor yacht MARTHA ANN

MARTHA ANN superyacht

Make sure your feet are clean when you walk across the interior carpets – they’re silk and valued at $17 million dollars. This 230 foot yacht offers 7 guest cabins, and a classical-style interior by famous designer Francois  Zuretti. A large Jacuzzi “Swim Spa” on the upper aft deck double as a lap pool, with an adjacent wet bar with 11 stools – 4 of which are underwater in the spa. [Rates from €600,0000 per week; Caribbean in winter and Mediterranean in summer.]


For further information on these or any other yachts listed for rental by 1-800 Yacht Charters, please email Jim at

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Build Team, Owner Reflect On Motor Yacht JOY, New Feadship Yacht Charter

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What do you get when you merge the vision of a new yacht owner who has never owned a boat, with the talents of Europe’s leading design studios and Holland’s premier yacht builder?

The answer is the radically-styled 70 meter Feadship motor yacht JOY.

Launched in July,  the latest creation by the craftsmen at Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyards, superyacht JOY was built for a young American owner from New York. Amazingly, it is not only the first yacht he has ever built – it is the first yacht he has ever owned.

Joy yacht aft


Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, commented on how the owner’s lack of involvement in the yachting industry led to the creation of a unique vessel, unlike any other yacht in the 70 meter range: “You take an ambitious, youthful person, who has no pre-conceived bias as to what is expected when you design and build a superyacht, and you open the door to a fresh perspective on how a yacht can reflect the owner’s vision of what The Superyacht Experience can be.”

At the commencement of the project, the owner’s brief was simple and clear, and brimming with the optimism of youth:  “Create something totally different to every other yacht.”

Recognizing the need to bring a fresh approach to the entire project, Feadship reached out to designers never before retained.  For the avant-garde exterior, they turned to the design studio of Bannenberg & Rowell.  Interior architecture was assigned to Studio Indigo. Visually, superyacht JOY looks like no other. The wide walkways and flow between the interior and exterior spaces are without precedent on superyachts of this size. Dickie Bannenberg commented, “You will see there are a lot of sculpted and rather complex surfaces that give the design a very unique look.”

Feadship JOY in the factory on launch day


Of course, crafting the  fascinating concave shapes in the yacht’s superstructure presented challenges to the builder.  At the launch ceremony, Feadship director Jan-Bart Verkuy said, “(motor yacht ) JOY was an incredibly complicated boat to build with so many shapes and lines. We are very grateful to the fairing gods at Feadship and all the other craftsmen who have showcased their skills on such a unique boat.”

The proud new owner was equally pleased by the results of the challenging build.  “Studio Indigo has worked amazingly hard to produce such a gorgeous design with an incredible focus on detail. I’m also delighted with Bannenberg & Rowell’s sleek and progressive profile that reflects my desire to go forward into the future.”

With a yacht name reflecting the owner’s joyous enthusiasm for life and the opportunities for self-growth and exploration that only time aboard a yacht can bring, the owner reflected on a recent visit he made to New York’s Central Park. “When I saw the statue of Columbus it reminded me of how much joy this explorer felt when he first saw land. Today is my moment of joy as something I have long dreamt about has come to light. I’m incredibly happy and sincerely grateful to Feadship and all the other team members who made this happen.”

For her part, Sheeder is thrilled to have the opportunity to promote this yacht to her clients seeking wellness yacht charters. “The mix of spa-like amenities is amazing, from the Jacuzzi sun deck, to the massage room, to the ocean-level beach club. Where else can you exercise in a gym with panoramic views of the sea, and then rest and reflect in a minimalist interior with textures and colors designed to invoke feelings of tranquility and wellness?”

 “In a sea of cookie-cutter designed boats, this is a transcendent yacht that will quickly set a new standard in the charter market.”


Rates for a St Martin yacht charter in winter start at $600,000 per week.  Rates for summer, 2017 Monaco yacht charters start at €600,000 per week.  Charter superyacht JOY through 1-800 Yacht Charters at

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Ibiza Yacht Charter – Unbelievable 30% Discount

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If saving 30% on a Balearic Island superyacht experience sounds too good to pass up, it probably is!

Award-nominated Sunseeker 131 motor yacht THUMPER is running an exceptional 30% discount for charters taking place as of the 7th of September to the 27th of September, 2016 in the Balearics, starting from Ibiza.   She offers accommodations for 10 guests in 5 staterooms.

The tourists have all gone home, but the weather is still warm and sunny in Spain.  Save over €46,000 Euros.

…and YES – superyacht Thumper IS the motoryacht in the 2016 film, “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,” featuring Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield, Mo Gaffney, Christopher Ryan, Stella McCartney, Kate Moss, Jerry Hall, Bruno Tonioli, Jon Hamm, Perez Hilton, Joan Collins, and others.

Ibiza yacht charter Spain western mediterranean

Chic beach clubs, iconic sunsets, fabulous Mediterranean food and stunning scenery await you in Ibiza, Palma, and Mallorca.

Super yacht THUMPER is a magnificent combination of performance and custom design with a cool & relaxing interior. Sumptuous textures, stylish art features and a clever layout including side balconies, create spacious living areas. Her vast sundeck with Jacuzzi, sun loungers and seating areas is the perfect place for relaxation and entertaining. When not enjoying the exquisite cuisine and service onboard, guests will be kept active by her plethora of watersports toys.

Luxury yacht charter Sunseeker THUMPER offering special rate for Ibiza yacht charters


  • Spanish Charter license
  • Chic Hamptons beach design
  • Side balconies maximizing sense of space
  • Ingenious layout to optimize service and guest comfort
  • Plethora of water toys to entertain kids of all ages
  • 2015 World Super Yacht Awards finalist

Yacht charter THUMPER superyacht rental

For further information about yacht charter vessel Thumper, contact Jim in the yacht charter department at

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Is Newest Palmer Johnson 170 SportYacht Destined for Luxury Yacht Charter Market?

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The third hull in the Palmer Johnson PJ 170 SportYacht range, motor yacht SANAM, was recently delivered to her new owner in the Mediterranean.

Is it wishful thinking to hope the yacht will enter the Monaco yacht charter market in the summer of 2017?

For Jana Sheeder and her team at 1-800 Yacht Charters, it certainly doesn’t hurt to ask, and even beg a little…

SANAM Palmer Johnson 170 Sportyacht profile

“There are many Palmer Johnson yachts currently available for hire, but none as new, large, and striking as motor yacht SANAM,” states Sheeder. “Her sleek profile and aggressive stance make her instantly recognizable as a PJ Sportyacht, and we feel there will be great demand among our European clients to experience the largest Palmer Johnson on the market.”

Not leaving the opportunity to chance, Sheeder’s charter team reached out to the yacht’s captain and made a pitch (more like a plea) to convince the owner to place the yacht in charter when not in use by the owner’s family.

The captain responded by saying, “At the moment the boat is still very new to (our owner), and he does not want to charter – just yet.  He is considering building a larger vessel, and I think once he gets a new build underway, he will charter this vessel to help with the costing.”

A smiling Sheeder said, “That’s the answer we wanted to hear.

Palmer Johnson has created the ultimate sportyacht.  It’s an iconic design with cutting edge styling – one that Sheeder knows will appeal to a few special clients.

Sheeder says, “We’ll continue to work with the captain and owner to introduce motor yacht SANAM to the charter marketplace.”


Interested in a Palmer Johnson yacht charter?  For more information, contact Jim at

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Most Anticipated Private Yacht Charter Sunseeker To Make Debut at Cannes Yacht Show

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Get ready for the next generation of sport yachts from Britain’s most famous builder – Sunseeker.

The brand new Sunseeker 116 motor yacht FLEUR will make her world debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival (September 6-11, 2016), highlighting the Brit yard’s bold, muscular vision of the future of mid-size megayachts built for the Côte d’Azur yacht charter marketplace.

FLEUR sunseeker yacht charter motoryacht profile

Forged from the hull of the popular 115 Sport Yacht, Sunseeker yacht FLEUR is full of eye-catching angles, held in check by a few soft curves.  A reconfigured main deck is both spacious and bright – thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows in the salon, a raised center ceiling, and an open floor plan.

Fleur Sunseeker main salon interior grey blue beige

Careful not to let her relaxed elegance fool you.  Sunseeker 116 models like motoryacht FLEUR can hit a top speed of 26 knots, placing ports far south of Cannes within easy reach.

Dinner in Porto Cervo tonight, anyone???


Be the very FIRST to charter this 2016 luxury yacht.  For more information, contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters team here.

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Rio Rumination: Why Chartering a Yacht Sucks in Brazil

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Ok, we know the title of the blog is a bit curt. It’s meant to be.

With the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in the rearview mirror (the Paralympic Games run Sept 7-18), we can step back and look at the state of the Brazil yacht charter market, specifically as it relates to Rio de Janeiro, the seaside jewel of this magnificent country.

In  a nutshell – when it comes to private luxury yacht charters:  “Rio Ain’t Ready…”

Gorgeous Rio de Janiero Brazil with port full of sailboats

You would think Rio de Janeiro is a slam-dunk as a popular yachting destination. The second largest city in Brazil, Rio boasts two of the world’s most famous beaches, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, and plays host to the world’s largest annual Carnaval festival.

Yet, during the recent Olympic Games in July, only two superyachts arrived in the region – the 171 foot Amels motor yacht DENIKI, a popular charter vessel in the Med each summer, and the 303 foot TATOOSH.  Compare that to 2012, when more than a dozen superyachts and luxury private yacht charter vessels descended upon London for the summer Olympic games.

Yacht charter motoryacht DENIKI 171 foot Amels running

So what’s the problem?  We see three contributing factors: distance, weather, and infrastructure (aka government blockheads).

Distance – Rio is a long, long way from the primary cruising grounds for megayachts: more than 3600 nautical miles from South Florida and almost 4900 nm from Monaco.

Weather – Most Europeans and Americans take their family vacations in the summer months of July and August.  Unfortunately, Rio is far below the equator, and the seasons are reversed – it’s winter in Brazil and the weather is less than ideal for yachting in terms of wind conditions.

Infrastructure – What’s the greatest deterrent to more foreign yachts traveling to Brazil and Rio for charter? Answer: Government indifference as to the logistical needs of the superyacht industry.

For some reason, the Brazilian government treats superyachts as if they were cruiseships. Case in point – pilotage.  In Rio, expensive harbor pilots are mandatory, even though water hazards are minimal, and navigation in the region is well within the qualifications of superyacht captains.  Can you say, “Shakedown???”

Additionally, while private yachts can enter the country for 90 days, Brazil yacht charters are not economically viable for foreign flag vessels due to a tax of 1% of the yacht’s hull value per month, plus the related administrative costs.  That’s a lot of dinheiro, meu amigo ([money, my friend] sorry, couldn’t resist at least one Portuguese reference…)

The issues of distance and weather can be managed.  The big boys regularly cross the pond on their own bottoms between Europe and North America to reposition for the season, and yachts could choose the most favorable months to visit Brazil.  Unfortunately, until the Brazilian government steps up and addresses the logistical needs of foreign flagged superyachts, Rio will continue to suck as a charter destination.

What’s your opinion? Do you agree Brazil is less than favorable for charter yacht vacations?  Share your comments with us and we’ll send you a complimentary Eco-tote bag.  Send your comments to

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Thank You For Your Generosity

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Today, September 15, 2016 is National Thank You Day.  It strikes us that something so ubiquitous creates the perfect opportunity to reach out to you, our clients and friends, and express our appreciation.


Fountain pen with writing of words, Thank you

Your continued patronage and confidence in our services is deeply appreciated.

We remind ourselves everyday how blessed we are to Deliver the Superyacht Experience to you and your families.

Over the years, we have witnessed how you are driven by sustainability and the greater social good.  We’ve come to learn that your chartered yacht serves as a platform to an eco-friendly adventure – a chance to reconnect with your family and friends, embrace diverse cultures, and rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.

Most importantly, we are humbled by your kindness.  You have fully embraced our mission to build our business for generosity.  As we have made donations to charities around the world in your name, we  never expected so many of you to further participate and add, and in many cases match, our donations with additional donations of your own…


You are the backbone of the 1-800 Yacht Charter community. Your support helps us flourish, and in return, we have been able to touch the lives of so many people and animals in need –  from helping school children’s charities in remote villages, to installing buoys to protect coral reefs and marine life.


Little girl smiling at camera - seated at table for meal at school

Our vision statement is, and remains simple:  Charter a Yacht And Change the World.  Thank you for never letting us lose sight of that dream…

As we end each of our email messages, we’ll close this blog with our standard valediction,

“With Appreciation…”


Find out how much better a yacht charter company can be! Put our +35 years’ expertise, passion for yachting, and compelling sense of purpose to work for you. Come enjoy The Superyacht Experience as only 1-800 Yacht Charters can deliver.


Thanks to WFP and photo of little girl in Bolivia by Boris Heger.

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What To Wear: The Season’s Hottest Nautical Fashions – On Sale!

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As summer draws to a close, the month of September serves as the unofficial kick-off to the boat show season.  From the Newport International Boat Show, to the glitz of the Cannes Yachting Festival and Monaco Yacht Shows, superyachts will be on display for perusal by interested buyers, as well as private luxury yacht charter clients.

It’s not just the yachts that will “look” their best at the shows. For the well-heeled, attending a boat show is a fun opportunity to dress the part, and wear the latest designer trends in nautical clothing, resortwear, and accessories.

The ladies in the charter department at 1-800 Yacht Charters put their heads together and came up with their favorite must-have nautical fashions for this season  (and since there’s no shame in saving money to look great, they focused on items offering, “Faaabulous discounts, dah-ling…”).


Balmain Double Breasted Wool Twill Blazer ( save 50% – was $2375, now $1188)

Nautical blazer for boat show fashion

Timeless blazer crafted from navy wool-twill in Balmain’s signature sharp silhouette. Features padded shoulders (hey, retro 90’s styles are back!), a nipped-in waist, and a double-breasted front, adorned with gold lion-embossed buttons. It’s fully satin-lined for a smooth finish. Wear jeans over a simple tee and boat shoes.  All aboard!


Boardwalk Shuffle Heel ( 25% off – was $50, now $36.99)

Navy and white striped chunky heel sandals

It’s hard to look feminine and sexy in a flat pair of boat shoes, right ladies? When flat boat shoes just won’t do, the wide heel by Chinese Laundry is great for walking on boat docks.  Love the nautical stripes!


Men’s Micro Fish Print Slim Murray Shirt (Vineyard Vines:  was $98.50, now $69.99)

Yacht charter boat show fashion for me - button-down collared shirt with miniature fish all over it

Let’s face it, guys love fish – fish logos on their hats, their cars, and everywhere else.  Here’s a shirt that at least gives your guy a sharp, “dressy-casual” look on the docks.  Made from cool 100% cotton poplin, this micro fish (Computer gurus get it?  “microfiche!”) print shirt displays an ocean of diminutive fishes in a slim fit sport shirt.


Keepall Bandoulière 45 Regatta Travel Bag  (Louis Vuitton: was $2220, now $2220!!!)

Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandouliere 45 monogram canvas travel bag in cobalt blue for boat show fashion nautical style

OK, so this bag is not on sale.  Who cares…it’s LV!!!  Part of the designer’s collection for the upcoming America’s Cup races, this Damier Cobalt canvas travel bag is perfect for carrying yacht brochures and a bottle of Fiji water while walking the boat show docks.  Emblazoned with the V Gaston logo, this iconic bag exudes timeless style and easy elegance – and sale or no sale, we want it!


For the dates and locations of the season’s upcoming shows, including a list of attending yachts offered for charter by 1-800 Yacht Charters, email Jim at

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Yacht Charter Pros Answer – Will New Rules In British Virgin Islands Impact Private Yacht Charter Guests?

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In what appears to be a case of “Security versus Tourism,” the British Virgin Islands (BVI’s) have initiated a new policy wherein everyone coming into the territory by sea is now required to present himself/herself IN PERSON to immigration authorities.  This includes guests on both bareboat yacht charter and superyacht charter vessels.

The policy takes effect immediately…

New immigration rules in BVI require yacht charter travelers to check in with security in person

According to a government spokesperson, Her Majesty Customs of the Virgin Islands has, “…taken this step to minimize the potential entry of criminals, firearms and illegal substances into the territory.”

Will the revamped policy affect charter passengers?  Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, explains how the new procedure differs from prior requirements: “In the past, only the captains of yachts were required to disembark and take with him or her all of the passports of the onboard guests. Now everyone is required to present themselves with their passports and their belongings.”

No one disputes the sovereignty of the local authorities to safeguard their islands and residents. Still, for an island economy that depends heavily upon charter yacht tourism, the new policy seems a bit draconian, especially when there is little evidence to suggest tourists, and not local residents of the US and British island chains, are responsible for any uptick in criminal activity.

So, are local authorities barking up the wrong tree?  Sheeder thinks so.  She questions the necessity to impose upon well-heeled travelers who have already been “pre-screened” through the yacht charter reservation process. “The idea that firearms and illegal contraband will be brought ashore by luxury yacht charter guests is misplaced,” says Sheeder.  “Clients sign a charter agreement that clearly outlines firearms, narcotics, and contraband are not permitted onboard.  Furthermore, being in possession of such contraband can lead to the immediate termination of the charter – without refund.”

If any illicit materials are discovered by the crew, the yacht will proceed to the nearest port, where the guests will be escorted off the yacht. With so much at stake, there seems little need to further screen these guests and their crews upon entry into the BVI.

How will the new regulations impact yacht charter tourism in the BVI?   It’s too soon to tell, as the new rules went into effect September 1st.  It is possible charter vessels will simply bypass the British portion of the Virgin Islands and modify their itineraries to focus solely on the US and Spanish Virgin Islands, where captains can still clear the passports for all onboard guests.

British Virgin Islands government administration building where cyacht charter guests must check in


In the the short-run, Sheeder is confident the impact upon charter clients can be minimized.  “We pride ourselves in delivering the superyacht experience. We will offer our clients alternative destinations in the US and Spanish Virgin Islands, and throughout the Caribbean.  For those clients who still wish to explore the BVI, we know we can rely on the captains and crew.  If they need to carry the luggage and escort the guests into the immigration office and back to the yacht, we know that they will do so in the most efficient, professional, and friendly manner.”

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