From time to time, we like to take a light-hearted look at the world of yachting. Yacht names inspired by love is always a hoot. We still chuckle at the comments we get about our salmon skin blog [Yes, some luxury yacht charter vessels DO use salmon skin for upholstery. NO, it doesn’t smell fishy!!!].
Let’s have some fun and play a game about well-known NFL owners and their personal superyachts. For every correct answer give yourself 1 to 5 points, depending upon the degree of difficulty. At the end of the blog, we’ll tell you what you win based on your total points. Let’s get started!!!
Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys owner and his superyacht
MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTION
This is a multiple choice question (3 points):
In January, 2020, presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren takes aim and calls out an NFL owner and his purchase of a superyacht. On Twitter she says,
Stephen Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins #miamidolphins
Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins #washingtonredskins
Stan Kroenke, owner of the Los Angeles Rams
Patrick Bowlen, owner of the Denver Broncos
The answer is…
Daniel Snyder is the target of Warren’s ire. Warren wants to impose a 2% surcharge on personal fortunes of $50 million or more, and a 3% fee at $1 billion. Mr. Snyder is probably happy to know Ms. Warren is no longer a candidate for president of the United States!
TRUE OR FALSE QUESTION
True or False (2 points)
Arthur Blank the owner of the Atlanta Falcons built two tenders to shuttle passengers to and from his superyacht. True of False? Blank named the tenders, “Molly” and “Max,” the names of his parents?
The answer is…
Blank actually built three tenders for his superyacht. Here is his explanation as to the names he selected for his tenders:
“I personally, carefully chose the names of our three beautiful custom Compass tenders. ‘Soul Purpose’ reflects how being at sea stirs the soul to dream of peace and happiness and a higher purpose in life. The other two tenders, ‘Max’ and ‘Molly’ were named in honor of my parents, which is my way of revering their memory and keeping them forever close to me wherever I travel. They both loved the ocean. I am sure they would have gotten a kick out of knowing I lent their names to such worthy recipients.”
Match Game (4 points)
This game is fairly straightforward, but easy to get incorrect. Match the name of the yacht owner with the name of the yacht he owns:
Name of OwnerName of Yacht
Daniel Snyder Kismet
Shad Khan Bravo Eugenia
Arthur Blank DreAMBoat
Jerry Jones Lady S
The answer is…
Daniel Snyder owns motor yacht LADY S
Shad Khan owns motor yacht KISMET
Arthur Blank owns motor yacht DreAMBoat
Jerry Jones owns motor yacht BRAVO EUGENIA
Now, let’s take a look at the NFL Owners Superyacht Club.
YACHT LADY S. Daniel Snyder is the owner of the Washington Redskins. He now takes a seat at the table in the NFL superyacht clubhouse as the owner of the 305 foot Feadship yacht LADY S. The luxury yacht charter vessel is a 2019 model and is built by Feadship. The striking exterior is a Michael Leach design and the interior is crafted by Reymond Langton. Amenities include a one-of-a-kind IMAX theater, fully-certified helipad, and four VIP suites with 8k TVs.
YACHT KISMET. This is the 312 foot yacht of Shad Khan. Khan is the owner of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars. Lurssen Shipyard in Germany is the builder of the yacht. Espen Øeino International is the exterior designer and Reymond Langton Design is responsible for the interior. Notable features include not one but two helicopter pads, a private observation platform with an outdoor bed created for stargazing.
THE CLUB CONTINUES
YACHT DreAMBoat. This is another yacht in the 90 meter range. The 295 foot yacht is a 2019 model, built by Oceanco in the Netherlands. Arthur Blank, the owner of the Atlanta Falcons, built this yacht for his family’s personal use. Espen Oeino is the exterior designer, and Terence Disdale is the designer of the interior. Note the middle letters in the yacht’s name spell, “AMB” – the initials of the owner, Arthur M Blank. The owner has a large family of children and grandchildren, and this yacht has accommodations for up to 23 passengers.
YACHT BRAVO EUGENIA. The final member of the 90 meter NFL Owner’s Superyacht Club is this 357 foot yacht. Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys owns this 2018 yacht. Oceanco is the builder, and Nuvolari & Lenard is the designer of the exterior. Reymond Langton Design is responsible for the interior. There are two helicopter landing pads. Specifically, one is on the foredeck, and another on the main deck aft. There is also a wellness center with sauna, as well as a steam room and plunge pool.
WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER!
Did you answer all three questions correctly? If yes, you have 9 points and clearly know way too much trivial information about yachts and NFL yacht owners!!!! Just kidding! At 1-800 Yacht Charters, EVERYONE is a winner! Send an email to us at email@example.com, and we’ll send you a Eco-Hero tote bag and a luxurious champagne-colored computer stylus pen. Thanks for playing!!!
As a general rule, yacht charter contracts are written to protect the yacht owner and his/her asset (the yacht). This is in the event of damages or cancellations. The rationale is simple. Specifically, the client may be paying thousands of dollars to enjoy a vacation on a yacht. However, the owner’s exposure is far greater. Moreover, many yachts are worth millions of dollars. Owners wisely use a well-crafted, legal charter agreement to protect themselves.
One example of how owners protect themselves is known as the “Force majeure provision.” This clause is inserted into most luxury yacht charter agreements. It gives the owner the right to cancel a charter due to “Acts of God.” These are acts/events that prohibit the yacht and crew from proceeding with the charter.
This relates to the Covid-19 virus situation. Under the force majeure provision, a yacht owner has to return the charter money to the customer. This is if the yacht cannot perform due to marina closures, virus-infected crew members etc. That’s good news for the charter customer. However…
IF THE CHARTERER CANCELS
IF the charterer is the one who cancels, things work differently. Even due to Covid-19 issues (for instance, due to a quarantine or flight cancellation), the Owner has the right to claim ALL of the installments paid and due from the Charterer. In other words, the Charterer forfeits any and all monies paid to date for the charter! The owner is not obligated to reschedule or to give the funds back.
We believe that the force majure provision is the main reason potential charterers withdrew their inquiries for spring and early summer. Some clients willingly canceled their trips. They know they would lose their initial deposits. They wanted to stop the bleeding now. Stop it before second and third deposits were due as the charter dates draw closer.
CHARTER CANCELLATIONS – THE SOLUTION
1-800 Yacht Charters now offers a penalty-free Covid-19 refund policy* on a large selection of luxury charter yachts. To insure the yacht owners comply, we prepare an addendum to the standard charter agreement. This addendum clearly states the owner of the yacht agrees to a full refund. This is if the charterer is forced to cancel due to Covid-19 issues.
Now charterers can protect their deposits in 2 ways. They can either reschedule their trip(s) to a future date or receive a complete refund.
WANT MORE INFO?
Would you like to review the Covid-19 charter addendum? Send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org today. Please include your full name and phone number in your email. In conclusion, we have your back. Our team at 1-800 Yacht Charters values your business and vacations. We protect you.
TO WHAT DOES THE * (ABOVE) APPLY?
*This new policy does not apply to all yachts. It also may depend upon the charter destination and charter dates. Certain restrictions apply. Please check with your yacht charter consultant before proceeding with your reservation. More importantly, clarify this before making any deposits or payments.
Janet Winters is the author of The Barn Goddess Chronicles, a blog celebrating the equestrian lifestyle. Winters refers to the lifestyle as, “…a journey of adventure, discovery and community…We never know what any particular ride will be like.”
That spirit of adventure bonds the equestrian and yachting lifestyles together. Indeed, each time we “climb aboard” – whether it’s a steed or a luxury yacht – we have the chance to immerse ourselves in adventure. Moreover, it’s an opportunity to rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.
It’s hard to imagine a luxury yacht charter destination that beckons to equestrian travelers more than the Mediterranean. The Eastern “Med” includes Greece and the Aegean Sea. The Western Med covers the French Riviera and Italy’s western coast, as well as the islands of Corsica and Sardinia. The scenery is breathtaking. In fact, everywhere you turn, you see hills and mountains that look down on uncrowded beaches and turquoise-green waters.
Remember the classic film, The Black Stallion? (Oh, who could forget!!??) The young, shipwrecked boy and his newfound equine friend are inseparable. It is a magnificent friendship. They spend much of the first part of the film exploring an uninhabited beach and frolicking in the sea.
Those mesmerizing scenes take place on the beautiful island of Sardinia.
Just look at the color of the water!!!!
GO, GO, GO – FEI MONACO
Are you familiar with the places to see and the things to do during a yacht charter in the Med? Please don’t worry if your answer is “no.” Our team will create a bespoke itinerary for you. It will be based on the activities you enjoy.
For example, we created a Equestrian-Friendly yacht charter itinerary that kicks off in Monaco at the annual FEI Monte Carlo, Port Hercules Standard Show (June 25-25).
Day 1: Monaco
The FEI show jumping arena is set up right in front of the marina! Your superyacht will serve as your floating hotel while you attend the event.
Try to envision the sequence of your day.
First, you wake up and enjoy an open-air breakfast, on deck. Everywhere you look you see beautiful yachts, docked side by side. Second, you take the short walk to the FEI arena for an exciting day of world-class show jumping. When you need a break, your crew is standing by – ready to serve you a freshly-prepared lunch. No one but you and your family and friends are onboard. Third, when the jumping is over for the day, you and your guests return to your luxury yacht. After all, it’s time for an impromptu and oh-so-casual cocktail hour!
Without a doubt, it’s hard to imagine a more convenient vacation arrangement for watching the FEI show… This is the Equestrian Lifestyle at its best…
Now, its time to explore Monaco and then set off for adventure. Let’s look at the rest of your 7-night itinerary:
Day 2: Monaco
Monaco is the second smallest state in Europe. The only city, Monte-Carlo, is synonymous with all things luxury – casinos, resorts, superyachts, exclusive parties, and exotic cars. You and your family and guests can enjoy activities such as:
-Helicopter rides over the city
-A test drive in a F1 race car
-Lunch at Le Vistamar, at Hotel Hermitage*
-Dancing the night away at the exclusive nightclub, Jimmy’z.
*Additionally, other beautiful lunch options include Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Au Grand Inquisteur
Finally, the dining experience at 3-Michelin star restaurant, Louis XV is not to be missed. This fine establishment features the unique food interpretation of international renowned executive-chef Alain Ducasse.
Day 3: Pampelonne Beach, St.Tropez
Pampelonne Beach is the sandy locale that fuels St Tropez’s fame. Over 20,000 people a day visit this beach in the peak of the summer (July/August). Even so, you’ll never feel overwhelmed as your private superyacht is at anchor, just a few yards from the beach. You decide how much interaction, if any, you want with the local community and tourists. The top beach clubs/restaurants worthy of a visit are Nikki Beach, Bagatelle, Cap 21, Les Murenes, and Le Club 55.
WHAT AWAITS YOU…
Day 4: ????
Are you wondering, “What’s in store for day four?” Just what is on the horizon for the rest of the week?
Adventure awaits, and it all starts with a click of your computer mouse.
In other words, we need to hear from you!
Please CLICK HERE and send us an email. We will send you the complete 7-night sample itinerary.
Our sample itinerary begins your charter in Monaco and ends in picturesque Portofino. That is along the Italian Riviera. Use the comment box below to simply request our “Sample Mediterranean itinerary for Equestrians on Vacation.”
HOW TO BOOK YOUR EQUESTRIAN YACHT CHARTER
In conclusion, we paraphrase fellow blogger Janet Winters. “Let your equestrian lifestyle lead you to the warm waters of the Mediterranean. Here, a journey of adventure and discovery awaits.” Indeed it does – onboard your own private charter. Enjoy The Superyacht Experience™ by 1-800 Yacht Charters
Can you imagine a reality-based TV show that chronicles the lives of crew members who live aboard a luxury yacht charter vessel? The cameras follow the shipmates as they prepare the yacht for the arrival of their charter clients. Of course, like all intriguing reality shows, there needs to be plenty of personal conflict. Maybe the drama could come from the challenges of living together in tight quarters, for weeks at a time?
Creators Rebecca Taylor-Henning and Doug Henning imagined just such a show. They pitched their idea to the executives at cable network, Bravo. They named their show, Below Deck.
Bravo liked what they saw. Television audiences did as well.
Below Deck is now in its seventh season. A spin-off show, Below Deck – Mediterranean is in its third season. A second spinoff is premiering its first season in 2020: Below Deck – Sailing Yacht.
BELOW DECK CREW – BRAVO TV – REALITY SHOW
Seven power (not sail) superyachts have appeared in the Below Deck series.
Motor Yacht HONOR
Motor Vessel MUSTANG SALLY
Power Yacht VALOR
Motor Yacht IONIAN PRINCESS
Motor Yacht TALISMAN MAITON
Let’s look back at the seven luxury yacht charter vessels. These boats helped propel Below Deck to the top of the cable TV ratings. For instance,
First and foremost is HONOR. The real name of this gorgeous Benetti yacht is CUOR DI LEONE. This 164 foot superyacht build is Italian company, Benetti Yachts. It has been seven years since the yacht appeared on Below Deck. In December, 2013, the yacht was sold and her name changed to LUMIERE. Many websites show the yacht as active in charter, however this is not correct. In April , 2019, the yacht was once again sold. Her name is now SOTAVENTO. The current owner keeps the yacht for personal use only. She is not for charter.
Point of Interest – When LUMIERE was sold, her owner replaced her with a larger Benetti yacht. LUMIERE II (ex-Mine Games) is 62 meters (203 feet) and is available for charter at a rate of €345,000 to €365,000/week
BELOW DECK YACHTS CONTINUED
This 154 foot yacht builder is Admiral Marine Works, from 1998. She was sold shortly after season 2 filming was completed in 2014. Her new name is motor yacht RHINO. Furthermore, the yacht is based in West Palm Beach. She is offered for charter at a weekly rate of $140,000 to $150,000.
Trinity yacht MUSTANG SALLY was “cast” in the role of EROS for season three. The 161ft yacht was sold in July, 2017. Her name is now HUNTER, and contrary to some company reports, she is no longer available for charter.
Point of Interest – You can uniquely own a piece of TV history. MUSTANG SALLY is currently for sale. Asking price: $12,900,000.
THE YACHTS CONTINUE
The role of VALOR was played by motor yacht CHARADE. This yacht appeared in both seasons four and five. The yacht was built in 1990 in Holland by Feadship. The yacht owner changed her name in October, 2017. Specifically, she is now named BG. The yacht is based in Miami and charters primarily in the Bahamas. Her weekly rate is $169,500.
Point of Interest – “BG” are the initials of the yacht’s owner, Bobby Genovese. Genovese owns BG Signature, a collection of 12 luxury retreats in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, and the Bahamas. Genovese operates a second yacht for charter, a 78 foot Lazzara named, BG Jr.
This 151 foot yacht was selected to launch the premier season of Below Deck Mediterranean in 2016. The episode was filmed in Greece. In addition, the yacht has the same name and same owner since her launch in 2005. The vessel is no longer based in Greece. Now, she is based in Nassau and is available for Bahamas yacht charters. The weekly rate is $160,000.
The second yacht to appear in Below Deck Mediterranean (season two) is the 154 foot SIROCCO.The yacht launched in 2006 and completely remodeled in 2013. She is still an active charter yacht, and is based in the western Mediterranean. The weekly charter rates starts at €180,000/wk. Thus yacht is willing to accept charters in a broad area within the overall Mediterranean. Charters may begin in any of these following destinations. For example,
Italy – North (mainland), Sardinia, Sicily, and South (mainland)
Provence Coast & Marseilles
Last but not least, Talisman is the largest superyacht to appear to date on either Below Deck or Below Deck Mediterranean. The yacht was built in Turkey by Proteksan Yachts. She was launched in 2006, and refit in 2012. The vessel is nearly 176 feet long (about 54 meters). Her home port is the South of France, and she remains an active charter yacht. The weekly rate starts at €231,000
Point of Interest – This yacht is popular for special events such as a Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter. Many yachts only allow 12 passengers onboard. This yacht can have up to 60 guests onboard – as long as the yacht is at the dock and not in motion.
Below Deck Sailing yacht, Parsifal III (“Par 3”)
The third version of Below Deck is now airing. Specifically, Below Deck – Sailing Yacht. The new season premiered in February, 2020. It is still too soon to tell if viewers will gravitate to a sailing yacht as the center of activity. All past episodes of this series have taken place on motoryachts.
The yacht for this new spin-off is PARSIFAL III. She is a 176 foot sailing yacht, and it should be noted that she is as large as the largest yacht ever on the show. “Par III” is a Perini Navi Italian build. The vessel’s launch date is 2005, with a refit in 2012. There are 5 guest cabins for 10 passengers. Charters are accepted in the western Mediterranean. Her weekly rental rate ranges between €195,000 and €205,000.
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