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Chew On This – Yacht TAKE 5 Enters Luxury Yacht Charter

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When it comes to owners choosing unique names for their yachts, there’s no lack of inspiration.  From the obvious ( LADY SARA, LISA IV, et al) to the sublime (e.g. CLOUDBREAK, PARADISE, et al), the only limit to a creative name for a yacht is the owner’s imagination.

While we’ve seen yachts named after famous movies, animals, and people, we have to admit – a yacht named after a candy bar is unique and rare!

So, our team had to chuckle when a beautiful new yacht recently entered the luxury yacht charter marketplace, sporting a name inspired by a popular candy bar found in your neighborhood grocery store.

The Sunseeker 131 motor yacht TAKE 5 shares a name with the well-known Hershey Company candy bar.

The candy bar (per Hershey) is, “…five layers of sweet and salty goodness that doesn’t ask you to compromise. It’s crunchy pretzels, smooth peanut butter, salty peanuts and sweet caramel—all wrapped in silky milk chocolate.”


Image of a Hershey Take 5 candy bar wrapper


The eponymous yacht (per Sunseeker) is, “A sublime example of design and engineering, every detail, feature and interior space is nothing short of extraordinary.”

Seems both manufacturer are equally proud of their creations!


View of back of yacht TAKE 5 with jetskis and watertoys in the water behind it


Since her launch in 2016, yacht TAKE 5 Sunseeker 131 was strictly used for the personal enjoyment of the owner and his family and friends.  Now that the yacht is available for luxury yacht charter, it will be based in the Caribbean during the winter/spring, and in the Western Mediterranean in the summer.



With the candy bar featuring five layers of flavor, it’s only fitting to present five unique charter features about the yacht:


  • Five stylish and seductive staterooms accommodating up to 12 guests
  • Fantastic Sundeck with large forward Jacuzzi
  • Chic beach club at water level
  • Toy free decks (more space for entertaining and socializing)
  • Zero speed stabilization system (for maximum comfort while cruising and at anchor)


By the way, in case you thought it was just a coincidence that the yacht and candy bar share a name – individual snack sized Take 5 candy bars fill crystal candy bowls throughout the superyacht!



The Superyacht Experience…  Nothing blends the chance to experience new cultures and reconnect with friends and family like a luxury yacht charter vacation. For more information or to arrange your own superyacht experience, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at +1-800-922-4824 or +1-305-253-7245 today.

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Did She Really Offer That???

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What could be better than a Phuket yacht charter odyssey for a full week?   The answer is a glorious TEN nights in Thailand, onboard a luxury yacht charter vessel for the price of SEVEN nights!


Imagine saving a whopping 30% off your next superyacht experience in one of the world’s most desired cruising destinations – Southeast Asia.


LAMIMA sailboat at the back of a cove with a girl on stand up paddleboard in the foreground



We were a bit surprised as well, yet that’s the offer that was tendered to us today, by Gayle of Camper & Nicholsons.  Gayle is the luxury yacht charter manager for the world’s largest wooden sailing yacht, LAMIMA, based in Southeast Asia.


Gayle’s email to us read in part:


“…Dont (sic) miss out on the super 10 days for the price of 7 deal being offered on LAMIMA for a charter between 04-20 January 2018 . Based in Phuket this winter they are able to cruise Thailand and/or Myanmar at the weekly rate of 106,000 USD +APA (running expenses such as food, bar, fuel, and dockage).” 


She went on to remind us to why our clients should choose sail yacht LAMIMA for their Thailand yacht charter vacation:


“…enjoy the warm Indonesian hospitality, a plethora of watersports , two SPA therapists offering a selection of massages, facials and pedicures and the professional dive team ready to take you to the best dive spots.”



Readers of our blog know we have profiled this unique vessel as perhaps the most exclusive luxury yacht charter sailing vessel in service in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.   The yacht’s owner has been known to bring a celebrity anthropologist onboard to serves as a special tour guide for the charter guests, and occasionally offers special rates and spa/wellness packages .


The custom built yacht is nearly 214ft in overall length, sails with a crew compliment of 20, and can accommodate up to 14 guests in 7 staterooms.



  • World’s largest wooden sailing yacht
  • Seven staterooms, all with ensuites sleeping 14 guests
  • Padi-diving certification and instructors
  • Onboard SPA therapists
  • Contemporary Asian design
  • Shaded relaxation areas
  • Large Alfresco outdoor cinema screen


masseuse giving massage to person on massage bed on deck of sailboat Lamima



IF saving 30% on a luxurious vacation in an exotic destination appeals to you, then this yacht and mystical Thailand are the right match for you and your travel companions.  To check availability and learn more about chartering private luxury yacht Lamima, CLICK

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Motor Yacht TAIL LIGHTS & Crew Impress Multi-Repeat Luxury Yacht Charter Family

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After some shipyard time in Georgia, the popular and highly successful charter yacht TAIL LIGHTS headed to the Bahamas in charter ready and Bristol condition.  The 116ft Azimut yacht TAIL LIGHTS looked amazing and had lots of new toys and goods onboard to start her first charter in Nassau on November 21st.

Yacht Tail Lights running next to her tender - aerial view


A recent charter guest took the time to share her thoughts about her family’s superyacht experience onboard Azimut yacht TAIL LIGHTS.  What lends credence to her comments is the fact she has chartered three times prior.  In her own words,


“We just got off the boat this morning. This was my fourth trip on a (luxury yacht) charter vessel and found it to be at least equal to but in many ways better than the previous trips I had taken. Captain Steve Kemp was awesome. He was extremely organized and looked after every detail of the trip. When we needed to adjust he was quick to respond and very accommodating. The crew was fantastic and also very accommodating. The girls were all Johnny-on-the-spot with food, drinks, and any other need we had. The staterooms were always looked after and kept pristine during our trip. Very pleasant personalities and fun to talk to. Jeff made sure the boat and tender were operating perfectly and was also very accommodating when we wanted to tour the engine room. The boat itself was appointed very nicely and it was obvious that she had been upgraded recently. It looked brand new. I would highly recommend (yacht) Tail Lights and its crew, particularly Steve the captain. I certainly would look into chartering her again.”


Built in 2011, the yacht underwent an extensive $1.5M refit in 2016.  Here’s a list of the improvements made:

  • Full paint job: Two tone dark and light gray in Stoppani Metallic acrylic paint
  • Interior wood and floor refinishing
  • All new exterior and interior soft goods e.g. upholstery, cushions, decorative throw pillows, bed covers, linens, towels, etc.
  • All new serviceware e.g. china, crystal, silver ware, table settings
  • New Murray teak deck chairs on Fly bridge and Aft Deck
  • New Westminster sun lounge beds on Fly bridge
  • All varnished tables refinished
  • Teak cap railing refinished
  • Teak decks all sanded and sealed
  • New ice makers
  • Appliances:  New washer/dryer and refrigeration/freezer in the garage area
  • New Atlas power conversion system
  • 32′ Scout towed tender painted same color to match the yacht


The yacht accommodates up to 10 guests in 5 staterooms — 8 beds – 2 doubles, 2 twins, and 1 convertible configured as 2 Pullmen, 1 King, 2 Queens, 1 Double, and 4 Singles.


Watertoys include:

  • 32′ Scout towed tender w/ twin 350 Yamaha engines. Fully rigged and walk-in bathroom in console.
  • 2-person Yamaha jet ski 1800cc
  • New water skis
  • 2 Bote Inflatable Paddle boards
  • 2 person ski tube
  • Knee board
  • Wake board
  • High quality fishing gear (bottom and trolling), plus 1 electric reel for deep dropping 1200 feet
  • 2 Spear fishing poles
  • 6 sets of snorkel gear (Getting 6 more sets)
  • Large 8×10 beach sun tent with six beach chairs (Getting 6 more)
  • Beach umbrella and folding table for beach picnics
  • 2 Floating lounge mats and noodles
  • Largo floating island
  • 2 NEW Yamaha Sea Scooters


Rates for TAIL LIGHTS are from $75,000 per week, plus all running expenses and any applicable taxes.


For more information, or to secure yacht TAIL LIGHTS for your Superyacht Experience on your preferred dates, VISIT

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Top 3 Luxury Yacht Charter Amenities for 2018

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As the world’s largest yachts continue to grow larger and larger each year, so too do the ideas of superyacht owners as to what features and amenities will make their, “floating villas” stand out from the crowd.  This demand for over-the-top luxury pushes high-profile yacht designers to continually “reinvent” the ultimate onboard amenities.


No longer is an ondeck Jacuzzi style spa satisfactory. Now, the hot tub must double as a wave-generating swimming pool – with a backlit waterfall cascading over the edge of the spa into a smaller reflection pool. Along a similar innovation path, our company President, Jana Sheeder, recently toured a new build megayacht with designer Evan Marshall.  The Marshall-designed yacht features a sundeck with a sunken-floor lounge area that can be flooded with several inches of water, to create a faux beach atmosphere – with the legs of the chaise lounges in the cool water!

Company President, Jana Sheeder, and our charter team returned from the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show where many manufacturers and designers displayed their latest innovations and concepts.  They took notes of the latest trends that are becoming more and more popular with superyacht owners and designers.  Here are the top three amenity design trends seen for 2018:




Oversized wet bar on a yacht deck

In prior years, most sundeck bars were intentionally undersized, to make room for the storage of watertoys on deck.  With the advent of more yachts keeping the tenders and toys in garages, the ability to expand ondeck amenities has seen an increase in large outdoor wetbars, built with luxurious stones, polished finishes, and mood lighting.   The bars have become focal points ondeck – places where families and friends gather for extended periods to socialize and enjoy the fresh air and seaviews.

One of the most magnificent outdoor bars is located on the sundeck of Lurssen yacht SOLANDGE.  The large curved bar is positioned to the port side and boasts an opaque lighting design that creates a glamorous evening hang-out.   This 85 meter Lürssen superyacht was designed by Espen Øeino and has many other notable design features, including a spectacular superyacht fireplace.



yacht wellness room that looks out on the ocean - wooden floors and glass doors

Fun, unusable rooms are now popping up on the largest superyachts – from superyacht gyms and spas to cinemas and nightclubs, all designed around the owner’s passions and what they think will appeal to yacht charter guests.  Designer Tim Heywood reflects on the trend:

“Lifestyle-specific rooms — from casinos to underwater viewing rooms to other ideas such as snow rooms, meditation spaces, art galleries or anything designed to meet an owner’s particular needs — have all featured in my designs. In fact, our first cryotherapy room is in production, and it won’t be the last.”

Interior designers Redman Whiteley Dixon created an amazing wellness area onboard the 63 meter Feadship motor yacht LADY BRITT.  The standout room in this area is the Finnish sauna, which opens on to the ocean.  Namaste …  Charter guests can literally heat up, then take a plunge into the cool ocean. The wellness area features space for massage and hairdressing, and the gym’s panoramic sliding glass doors open to the large spa pool on the sundeck.



Spa pool in beach club of a luxury sailboat

With more designers relegating tenders and watertoys to side-opening garages on superyachts, prime aft areas that once housed these items are being redesigned with hydraulic balconies and decks to serve as open–air beach clubs.  First generation beach clubs were little more than extended swim platforms with tender garages emptied of their contents to make room for a lounge chair or two.  Newer designs offer bars, lounges, and spa access points.  The best of the new generation clubs serve as all-round waterfront entertaining venues.


Rarely do you find beach clubs on sailboats, yet sail yacht AQUIJO is anything but an ordinary sailboat.  The editors of Boat International magazine described her club area:  “As the world’s largest ketch, she has more than enough room to accommodate a spacious beach club, complete with a hammam [turkish steam bath], sauna and a spectacular spa pool that is illuminated by a large skylight. As if all that wasn’t impressive enough, the watertight aft doors mean that (sail yacht) Aquijo’s beach club can still be used when she’s sailing along at her brisk top speed of 20 knots.”  Amazing…


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Which Color Is Best?   Motor Yacht Sherakhan Gets Makeover

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If you owned a 228 foot luxury yacht charter vessel, would you paint it deep blue or polar white?


If you owned the massive motor yacht SHERAKHAN the answer is:  BOTH!


Originally built in 1965, the current owner bought the commercial vessel in 2005 and undertook a massive refit – basically gutting the entire ship from bow to stern and rebuilt her into a yacht charter vessel with accommodations for 26 guests (most yachts are limited to 12 or fewer). The full rebuild featured all new plumbing, electrical systems, air conditioning, and generators.


It also included a beautiful new paint job – a deep blue hull, with a white superstructure…   


Profile of yacht SHERAKHAN with blue hull and white superstructure



Fast forward to 2017, and the owner decided it was time for another refit. All new decks were installed, along with new soft fabrics throughout the guests areas and cabins, and a complete overhaul of all major equipment in the engine room.


As he did in 2005, the owner completely repainted the superyacht charter vessel – this time a clean, crisp white, with subtle grey accents..


 Sherakhan motoryacht profile with white hull and superstructure and caribbean mountain in background


The expedition style yacht is available in the Caribbean and will remain there through April.  In the summer, the yacht will relocate to the Mediterranean (e.g.  Monaco yacht charter or Grand Prix formula 1 races, etc.) for the summer of 2018.


So what do you think?   Do you think she looks better in blue or in white???

To check availability or get more information about this yacht, visit

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