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Amels Brews Magical Elixir 4You…Yacht Charters Will Never Be the Same

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Thinking about a St Barts yacht charter this December on a comfortable, head-turning megayacht?  If you are, we have great news.

Two Amels Limited Editions 180 superyachts have just announced plans to head to the Caribbean this winter, and both will remain in the area through Spring 2017.

Amels motor yacht ELIXIR and yacht 4YOU, Limited Editions 180 models will be available this December, 2016 through April, 2017 for British Virgin Island yacht charter reservations, or further south in the area of St. Martin and St Barts.

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Built in 2012, Amels yacht 4YOU features a stunning contemporary Laura Sessa interior and sleeps 10 to 12 in 6 guest cabins.  The newer yacht ELIXIR, Amels 180 offers accommodations for 10 guests in 5 cabins, and also boats a Laura Sessa interior with a bit more eclectic look than 4YOU.

ELIXIR superyacht

The Limited Editions AMELS 180 series is designed by naval architect Tim Heywood.  Ever-evolving, it is considered one of the most refined and smooth-functioning yachts in the 55-meter range. The Master suite is fitted with a folding balcony, with two more balconies attached to the main desk salon.  The roomy Sun Deck is 25 meters long with a luxury space of 155 square meters – quite possible the largest sun deck you’ll find on any 55 meter charter vessel this winter and spring in the Caribbean…

Rates begin at €275,000 per week — up to €310,000 per week for holiday dates…

To plan your own yacht charter vacation on 4You, Elixir, or any other yacht, contact yacht charter specialist Jim at info@1800yachtcharters.com

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Award-winning Superyacht AXIOMA Offers Caribbean Yacht Charter Special

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AXIOMA motoryacht side profile

 

THE SPECIAL

Due to a last-minute cancellation, motor yacht AXIOMA is now available for a year-end reservation over the New Year’s Eve holidays and is offering a deeply reduced rate to secure a new booking.

Normally priced at Euro €550,000 per week for holiday dates, the owner has reduced the price to €490,000 per week – a savings of €60,000 (about 11%).

THE YACHT

Winner of the 2014 World Superyacht Award for Design Excellence, the 72 meter (236 foot) superyacht will be cruising the Windward islands of the Caribbean in December (St. Vincent and the Grenadines). She is currently booked 17 – 26 December, beginning in St Maarten and concluding in St Lucia.

One of the world’s largest rent a yacht vessels in the market, motor yacht AXIOMA offers charter guests enormous volume. With six decks, the builders at Dunya Yachts have created a superyacht with over 30,000 square meters of space.

THE KEY FEATURES

  • Stunning beach house-style interior by Alberto Pinto
  • Double-level main salon with an open mezzanine
  • Infinity swimming pool on the main deck
  • Jacuzzi with a swim-in bar
  • Fully equipped gym, massage room, and steam room
  • 3D cinema on the lower deck
  • Great crew to guest ratio – 1.6:1 (professional crew of 20)!

THE ACCOMMODATIONS

Perfect for 5-6 couples, motoryacht AXIOMA accommodates 12 guests in a master suite, VIP suite, and four double guest cabins (two of which are convertible into twins).

THE INTERIOR

The stunning beach house-style interior by the legendary late Alberto Pinto contrasts natural woods and luxurious flourishes. On the main deck, the infinity swimming pool is an outstanding exterior feature, while the open mezzanine in the main salon creates a real ‘wow effect‘ with its double-height and space.

A large round table on the owner’s aft deck offers an amazing all’aperto dining option. The media lounge on the owner’s deck is a friendly socializing area with plenty of interesting books and a large screen television. The bridge aft deck boasts a large Jacuzzi with a swim-in bar, which is surrounded by large sun pads. Also located on the bridge deck are a fully equipped gym, massage room, and a steam room for wellness.

The sun deck features lounging and intimate seating and sunbathing areas with a shower and day bathroom, and a BBQ.

The yacht also swags a 3D cinema for 8 persons situated on the lower deck.

THE BOOKING PROCESS

To take advantage of this special offer, text AXIOMA to 305-720-7245 for more details, or email info@1800yachtcharters.com

Reserving your yacht charter with 1-800 Yacht Charters makes a difference to the world and to the environment, as a portion of commissions from EVERY charter goes to charity, in the charterer’s name. We also offer 6 star customer service and a BEST PRICE GUARANTEE. We are at your service!

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Book This Virgin Islands Yacht Charter Vessel And We’ll Give You OUR Bonus!

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INSATIABLE motoryacht running

 

SPECIAL OFFER – EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU!

The manager of 100 foot superyacht INSATIABLE reached out to us today.  Seems the owner of this super-popular Virgin Islands yacht charter vessel wants to shore up a gap in his reservation calendar and has offered us an incentive to secure a booking during the last two weeks of January, 2017.

Per the yacht’s manager, the owner of Broward yacht INSATIABLE has graciously offered us $1000 for any 7-night yacht charter Virgin Islands reservation we can deliver, to close his calendar for January.

 

We’ve got a better idea!!!

 

In the spirit of Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters and her Team’s belief in Generosity and Giftivism, AND to start your year off right, if you charter yacht INSATIABLE through 1-800 Yacht Charters, for either the third or fourth week of January, 2017, in the British and/or US Virgin islands, we’ll pass our $1000 bonus on to you – in the form of an instant rebate.

This is an exclusive offer – only available from 1-800 Yacht Charters – with our compliments.

Insatiable anchored off of the beach with watertoys in the foreground on the sand

 

LUXURY YACHT CHARTER SPECIAL FEATURES

Built by Broward Marine, the 100 foot yacht INSATIABLE  offers affordable luxury for up to 6 guests in 3 staterooms.  She recently received a brand new paint job, and underwent a refit, with many interior upgrades.  Her special features make her the ultimate Virgin Islands luxury yacht charter option for small families or three couples:

 

  • 32′ Intrepid center console towed tender, with twin 225 horsepower Mercury engines – great for fishing or exploration
  • A second tender, a 14′ Novurania with 50 mph – excellent for towing a wake board or water-skiing.
  • Wave runner
  • 2 single-person kayaks
  • Lots of snorkeling gear
  • Three double guest cabins

 

THE YACHT CHARTER PRICE

Caribbean Rate: $29,500 USD per week + running expenses (items such as food, fuel, bar, dockage, etc.)

You’ll receive an instant rebate of $1000 off the rate of $29500, and pay only $28,500 – a savings of 3%

 

HER VIRGIN ISLANDS YACHT CHARTER CALENDAR

BOOKED: December 23-January 2 (BVI)

BOOKED: January 7-14 (BVI)

OPEN:  January 16 – 31 (BVI)

 

HOW TO BOOK INSATIABLE FOR YOUR CHARTER

You can only get the special $1000 offer by making your reservation with us!  For further information, text “INSATIABLE” to 3057207245.  Hurry and take advantage of this great offer – compliments of your charter specialists at 1-800 Yacht Charters or fill out our online inquiry form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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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.”

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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 info@1800yachtchartrers.com

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Calling yacht charterers and guest bloggers!

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Have you chartered a new private luxury yacht?

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Have you been on a superyacht at the Monaco Grand Prix or relaxed at the Cannes Film Festival aboard a chartered Feadship yacht?

Have you chartered a bareboat (yacht without crew) anywhere in the world and want to share your experience with others?

Was your luxury sailing charter in St Martin the most incredible vacation you’ve ever taken?

 

Private luxury yacht charter sailboat Maltese Falcon

 

If you have NOT yet done these things, yet have ideas for blogs you’d like to read about super yacht charters, crewed catamaran charters, yacht charters in the Bahamas, or anything related to the luxury yacht charter industry, please let us know!  We will be happy to write about them (and will give you credit AND send you a special gift as a token of our appreciation for your interest)!
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We’d also love for YOU to submit a guest blog to educate the internet about yacht chartering or boat rental destinations like Greece, Italy, France, The Bahamas, the Florida Keys, New England, The Intracoastal Waterway, The Virgin Islands, St. Kitts, Nevis, Tortola, the British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, The Thousand Islands, Canada, Alaska, Sardinia, Corsica, Turkey, Thailand, Turks and Caicos, Miami, South Beach?

 

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 Join us, Guest Bloggers! Tell the world about the luxury super yacht charter industry or your vacations at sea!

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Want to write a guest blog post about yacht charter vacations? Want to tell the world about the Bahamas or the Greek Islands?  Want to share your experiences swimming with wild dolphins in the Bahamas aboard your yacht charter?  Contact us
HERE to blog with us!

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Cancellation Frees 77m Expedition Yacht LEGEND for Antarctica Adventure In January

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LEGEND expedition ice breaker yacht seen through the hole in an iceberg

 

NEWLY OPENED DATES FOR ANTARCTICA YACHT CHARTER ESCAPE

Due to a last-minute cancellation, 1-800 Yacht Charters is pleased to announce a special opportunity to discover Antarctica this January on the world’s largest ice-breaking yacht, the 77 meter (254 ft) motor yacht LEGEND.

 

THE ULTIMATE LUXURY EXPEDITION

We first introduced our readers to expedition yacht charter vessel LEGEND and her upcoming schedule for Antarctica in a blog in October, when owner Jan Verkerk gave the green light to accept reservations in Antarctica through mid February, 2017.  The ship was built as a commercial vessel in 1973, then purchased by Verkek and outfitted in 2015-2016 as the ultimate luxury ice-breaker (enabling charter clients the unique opportunity to explore one of the last great frontiers on the planet earth, from the comfort of a luxury yacht charter vessel).

 

ABOUT CHARTER YACHT LEGEND

The yacht is packed full of features – from a helicopter to a 3-man submarine. Super yacht LEGEND allows her guests to explore this rare, frozen world from an entirely new angle (think of the early explorers who trekked across the frozen tundra in snowshoes and slept in tents…brrrrr…!!!

Intimate gatherings and relaxation can be found in the cinema, the Balinese-themed spa, or bubbling away on deck in the heated Jacuzzi.  There’s even a real fireplace in the saloon where you can cozy up and enjoy a good book.

Active guests can get their hearts pumping with a workout in the gym, exploring the ice packs on snow scooters, or hiking and coming face-to-face with the wildlife.

 

YACHT KEY FEATURES

  • Commercially-certified helipad
  • 3-man submarine
  • Ice-breaking hull
  • Snow scooters
  • Balinese spa
  • Cinema
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym
  • 26 guests in 13 staterooms

 

THE PRICE AND WHAT’S INCLUDED ON YOUR YACHT CHARTER

The weekly rate for up to 26 guests is $460,000 plus running expenses – items such as food, fuel, dockage, bar, etc. (+ Commercial Passenger Ship local taxes only when applicable). The charter fee includes personal laundry, normal communication costs, hotel supplies and basic internet (248/512 internet speed). Higher internet speed is possible, but not included in the charter fee.

Further details of seasonal rates:

  • WEEKLY: € 460,000 per week
  • DAILY:  € 76,667 per day – minimum 5 days
  • Delivery and re-delivery fees:
    -Winter, Port of departure in the South, Falkland Islands
    – Summer, Port of departure in the North, Bergen (Norway)
    First 3 days at €20,000 per day; Extra days at €15,000 per day
    These prices are plus fuel (450 liters/hr main engine + 70 ltr/hr per generator)
    Delivery and re-delivery prices are fixed prices and don’t include fuel. Delivery fees are nonrefundable.
  •  Helicopter (optional)Helicopter details: 4-5 Guests + 1 pilot / €260,400 per week including pilot insurance.
    This is an estimated price, depending on the type of required helicopter and destination.
  • Submarine (optional)
    Submarine: 2 guests + 1 pilot / €85,000 per week, including pilot, and insurance.Submarine: 2 guests + 1 pilot / €55,000 for 3 days, including pilot, insurance.
  • Discounts:
    10% discount – 2 week charter
    15% discount – 3 week charter
    20% discount – 4 week charter


LEGEND BOOKINGS AND YACHT CHARTER CRUISING SCHEDULE

After spending time in Antarctica, the yacht will head to South America and the Caribbean, then on to the Mediterranean for the summer.  Here are her current, confirmed expedition yacht charter vacations, and her schedule:

 

Bookings

  • 21st December 2016 – 1st January 2017 / King George Island to King George Island, Antarctica
  • 2nd – 9th January 2017 / King George Island to King George Island, Antarctica
  • 10th – 17th January 2017 / King George Island to King George Island, Antarctica
  • 12th – 19th February 2017 / King George Island to King George Island, Antarctica
  • 18th – 28th March 2017 / Antigua to St Maarten
  • 10th -17th June 2017 / Kangerlussuaq to Disko Bugt , Greenland
  • 8th-15th July 2017 / Nice to Portofino
  • 23rd – 30th July 2017 / Athens to Corfu (Option)

 

Cruising Schedule

  • December 2016 to February 2017: Antarctica & Patagonia (based in Falkland Islands)
  • March and April 2017: Patagonia & South America (based in Falkland Islands)
  • May to mid-June 2017: Greenland and Norway (based in Bergen)
  • July, August & September: Mediterranean

 

HOW TO BOOK SUPER YACHT LEGEND

Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at 305-720-7245 or via our convenient online booking form to enjoy the ultimate superyacht experience onboard motor yacht yacht LEGEND.

LEGEND ice breaker yacht underway

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Commitment to Generosity & Clients Defines Best Private Yacht Charter Company

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After 30+ years in the business, 1-800 Yacht Charters is still doing the things that earned them the title of  “World’s Best Private Cruise” as recognized by Forbes.com.

So how does the company continue to attract active, well-traveled clients when many of their competitors offer the same yachts?  According to company President, Jana Sheeder, it’s all about “Focus.”

We don’t charter yachts,” says Sheeder, “we deliver The Superyacht Experience to our clients.”

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

Sheeder goes on to explain her company’s philosophy:  “Our mission began with a simple question – ‘What would happen if we built our business for #generosity?’ Instead of assuming that people want to simply maximize self-interest, our decision to focus on generosity allowed us to cater to our clients’ deeper motivations to make the world a better place.”

“This focus has propelled us to move beyond the basic rental of yachts and to deliver a true Superyacht Experience. While our competitors focus on finding the customer the “right boat,” we choose to take a more holistic approach.”

When a #luxury yacht charter inquiry comes in, Sheeder and her team of consultants interview the potential clients to learn what makes them tick.

“Today’s affluent world travelers are looking for more than just a static vacation on a yacht, says Sheeder.  “They’re wired, connected, and driven by sustainability and the greater social good.” 

Sheeder says the clients hope to immerse themselves and participate in unique cultural events and #voluntourism, and their chartered yacht serves as a platform to an eco-friendly adventure.  “It’s a chance to reconnect with family and friends, embrace diverse cultures, and rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit,” says Sheeder.  She chuckles and adds, “Sometimes, we don’t even discuss particular yachts until our second or third conversation.”

Sheeder admits some clients are puzzled at first, as most charter brokers immediately try to match the client to a particular yacht and crew.  “At some point, they realize our entire focus is on them,” says Sheeder.  “We share with them our sense of purpose, our commitment to promoting yachts and crews dedicated to protecting our environment, and how we created our business for generosity.  Then, we explain our ‘Best Price Guarantee’ – something no other yacht charter brokerages offer in our industry.”

For Sheeder, focusing on generosity, sustainability, and taking the time to learn what motivates her clients is a recipe for success and fosters a deep sense of fulfillment. “We create a bond where we and the client work together [holding her hands together with fingers entwined] – synergistically – not only to create a special experience, but to make a difference in the world.”  

Jana Sheeder poses with Guy Harvey representative - both holding mooring reef buoys

1-800 Yacht Charters  – Delivering Your Superyacht Experience Since 1976(TM)

Best Selection:   Global Database of over 1400 Yachts.

  • LARGEST Yachts – 182 yachts bigger than 50 meters (164 feet)
  • NEWEST Yachts – 99 yachts newer than 3 years old; 49 BRAND NEW yachts (under 1 year old)…numbers updated daily

Best Guarantee:   We Will Meet or Beat ALL Competitors’ Rates

Best Brands:  The Most Exclusive Yacht Builders.

  • Benetti
  • Trinity
  • Lürssen
  • Feadship
  • Oceanco
  • Heesen
  • Perini Navi
  • …and more

Best Yacht Charter Destinations: Yachts in Dozens of Popular, as well as Exotic, Locales

  • Caribbean
  • Mediterranean
  • South Pacific and Asia
  • Florida, Bahamas, and North America
  • South America • South Pacific
  • New England
  • Thousand Islands, NY and Canada
  • …and more

Best Events: Corporate Hospitality and Special Event Charters

  • International #FilmFestivals – Cannes, Venice, New York
  • #Formula1 Grand Prix – Monaco, Abu Dhabi
  • #FIFA World Cup
  • ICC Cricket World Cup
  • #Olympic Games
  • NFL Superbowl
  • Fashion Weeks — Paris, Milan, Miami, New York – #fashionweeks
  • Drone Grand Prix – #dronegrandprix
  • …and more

Best “Karma”

  • Most Eco-Friendly Yachts #eco #sustainability
  • Industry-leading Programs To Reduce Ocean Pollution
  • Charitable Aid Through “Giftivism” Program #giftivism
  • Entire Company Focused on Giving Back and Making a Difference #makeadifference
  • Free Gifts for Charter Guests #freegifts

Best Reputation

    • Recognized for greatness —  1-800 Yacht Charters rises above the competition and was recognized byForbes.com as the “World’s Best Private Cruise”
    • Over 30 Years – Delivering Your Superyacht Experience Since 1976™
    • Nominated, Sponsored, and Voted Member of:

-International Superyacht Society

-Florida Yacht Brokers Association

-Caribbean Yacht Brokers Association

 

Choose the Best Yacht, the Best Price, and Environmental Sustainability!

Make the BEST choice — choose 1-800 Yacht Charters.

Call 1-800 Yacht Charters today to plan your super yacht experience or use our convenient online inquiry form!

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Construction Underway on Motor Yacht Project Barracuda, Turquoise Yachts

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Turkey’s Proteksan Turquoise Yachts Inc and London-based H2 Yacht Design, the team that produced the popular Miami yacht charter vessel, yacht SEQUEL P, and the award-winning motor yacht VICKY, are joining forces once again.

The new build currently named Turquoise Yachts Project Barracuda is expected to splash down in 2019.

Project Barracuda at anchor with underwater lights

 

With 74 meter yacht Barracuda, Turquoise Yachts and H2 will reprise the collaboration known for practicality and spaciousness.  The proven 70-meter platform gained international notice in 2013 at the Showboats Design Awards, where Proteksan Turquoise charter yacht VICKY won multiple awards for “Best Interior Layout” and “Best Recreational Area for Guest Use.”  

Interior spaces will again be designed by H2’s Ken Freivokh.  Freivokh’s clean conception will include his signature triple-deck high atrium amidships that will be the source of much of the natural light that will flow throughout the superyacht’s interior.

Charter guest accommodations will include a large master suite, two VIP staterooms and four additional guest cabins. Amenities will include a full beam sky lounge, beach club with spa features to accommodate wellness yacht charter clients, and an onboard cinema.

Project Barracuda artist rendering Turquoise Yachts and H2 Yacht Design project

The Turkish yard and London designers also collaborated on the 70 meter motor yacht TALISMAN C, and the 54 meter motor yacht TURQUOISE, both launched in 2011.

To charter a yacht like Project Barracuda in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Bahamas, Southeast Asia, New England, or other ports of call, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters on our 24 hour hotline at 305-720-7245 or use our convenient booking form. 

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Deadline Soon for Monaco Grand Prix Yacht Charter Berth Applications

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While plenty of vessels remain available for the Grand Prix as well as Cannes Film Festival yacht charter, the window to secure prime dockage is rapidly closing.

Each spring, the dock masters in both Cannes and Monaco set deadlines for acquiring a slip due to heavy demand for the best berths.  In Cannes, that means along the quay in the Port de Cannes, directly adjacent to the entrance to the film festival.  In Monaco, the ideal berths are stern-to along the quay that borders the street track at Port Hercule de Monaco.

 

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Monaco Grand Prix Superyacht Charter Venue and F1 Race Track

“First-time special event charterers often don’t realize that Port Hercule blocks the coming and going of Superyachts during the multiple days of the Monaco Grand Prix,” says Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters. “We let our clients know it is more important to secure dockage early than it is to select a yacht.  Renting a yacht and being forced to anchor in the bay and use the tenders to get ashore to watch the race or attend the film festival is time-consuming and hampers the true superyacht experience of being right next to the action.”   

Berth application deadlines for 2016 include:

  • Monaco Grand Prix: deadline for filing a berth application – 29 February, 2016.
  • Cannes Film Festival:deadline for berth applications – 4 March, 2016.

If you’re considering a special event Côte d’Azur yacht charter this spring, 1-800 Yacht Charters offers complimentary paperwork processing of all berth filings and applications. It’s a complicated process and best left to yachting experts.  For more information, contact your 1-800 Yacht Charter team at specialevents@1800yachtcharters.com 

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Debunked – 3 Common Myths About Hiring A Private Yacht Charter Broker

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While direct booking of a self-drive bareboat is common and the norm, the same cannot be said for renting a crewed yacht. Organizing vacations on crewed yachts, especially ultra-expensive superyacht charter vessels, requires the assistance of an intermediary since few owners have the time, patience, or interest in dealing directly with prospective charter customers.  After all, few yacht owners became billionaires by chatting with strangers on the phone!

It’s hard to dispute the important role retail brokers play in arranging crewed private yacht charter vacations. Most have an extensive understanding of the industry, including the first-hand experience of inspecting charter yachts, interviewing the crews, and preparing charter agreements.  A good broker is key to a successful and unforgettable superyacht experience.

Using a retail yacht charter broker, however, is not a guarantee of a great yachting vacation.  There are many misconceptions – some promulgated by the brokers themselves.  Exposing these fallacies can save headaches and money.et’s look at, and debunk, three common myths associated with the services of a retail charter broker:


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MYTH #1:  Every Broker will get you the Same Exact Price.

This is the most common misconception, and many brokers will quickly use this line to encourage a prospective client not to call other competitors. While it’s true there is a published “rack” rate available to all retail brokers, just like upscale resorts, villas, and jets, sometimes there are multiple pricing options.

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters explains: “In situations where we have delivered multiple charters to a particular yacht owner, we are in a unique position to secure ‘best column pricing’ for our preferred clients – prices that other retails brokers cannot obtain.

Jana Sheeder photo

Sheeder goes on to explain how relationships and reputations also play a role in securing preferred pricing.  “If you’re honest and respectful, over the years, you build relationships with captains and yacht managers.  I can’t tell you how many times we have reached out to a captain to ask for a professional courtesy discount for one of our clients.  The captains have the ear of the owner and often can encourage an owner who would normally not offer any discounts, to give our client a special rate.”

The bottom line  – the best brokers can, on occasion, secure rates not available to other brokers.  When considering the hiring of your charter broker, directly ask the broker if all brokers gets the same prices.  If he or she says “Yes,” move on and find another broker!

 

MYTH #2:  The Charter Broker’s Commission is Paid by the Yacht Owner, and not by the Charterer.

While it serves as a great marketing phrase for many brokers, saying “My advice to you is free,” it’s simply not true.  Yes, the commission check received by the broker comes from the yacht owner’s account, but just as in real estate, the list prices have been adjusted to account for the fees earned by brokers.

Sheeder bristles at the notion of free advice. “Many brokers are quick to state their services are free, and you’ll see this marketing slogan prominently displayed on their websites.  We have greater respect for our clients.  While there is great value in the services we offer – nothing is free, and an educated consumer is aware that the prices offered by a yacht owner include the cost of the retail charter broker’s services.” 


This is even more evident when booking a bareboat yacht charter, as bareboat companies take in direct reservations and will often give customers discounts of 10 to 15%  – the amount they save if no charter broker is involved.

Sheeder feels complete transparency is the best course of action.  “We tell our clients exactly how much our services cost in terms of a commission.  We don’t apologize for what we earn, and we bend over backwards to deliver killer customer service.  I believe our clients appreciate our confidence and our candor.”

Sample luxury yacht charter competitors’ promises to you:

“Our advice is free…”
“…provide you with free advice…”
“…THAT GIVES YOU FREE INDEPENDENT CHARTER ADVICE”


The bottom line
– don’t fall for flashy marketing terms and buzzwords.  Nothing is for free, and you, the buyer, are paying the cost of the charter reservation services rendered to you.

 

two hands, palms up, holding a green post-it not that reads, ADVICE

 

 

MYTH #3:  Charter Brokers Offer Unbiased Advice.

Many brokers are employees of large yacht management companies.  These companies, sometimes called “Central Agents,” handle crew placement, yacht sales, and charter management.

Sheeder explains how this multi-service model can lead to bias on the part of a retail broker:  “A retail broker who is employed by a central agency is in a position to present a potential charterer with yachts that are managed in-house.  Not only is a commission generated when an in-house managed yacht is booked for a charter, but an additional ‘management’ fee is earned by the central agency.” 

In other words, a central agency makes more money when their own retail brokers book yachts in their own fleet. Those yachts are not necessarily the best choice for your customized charter.

 

The bottom line – To minimize bias, Sheeder recommends retaining an independent retail yacht charter broker.  Similar to hiring an independent insurance agent who represents multiple product lines, an independent charter broker is more likely to present prospective clients with yacht selections from a multitude of Central Agency fleets.

 

Understanding the myths and misconceptions of the role of a retail yacht charter broker is fundamental to any successful yachting vacation.  Having a full-time industry expert to offer objective, transparent advice can be invaluable in creating your ultimate superyacht experience.

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