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Celebrity NFL Owners’ Superyachts

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KEEPING IT LIGHT

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!!!].

 

GAME ON!

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!!!

 

Photograph of a white yacht. It is facing the right side of the photograph. There is a large headshot photo of the yacht owner superimposed over the top portion of the photo and resting on the yacht

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,

“This billionaire NFL owner just paid $100M for a ‘superyacht’ with its own iMax theater. I’m pretty sure he can pay my new #UltraMillionaireTax to help the millions of yacht-less Americans struggling with student loan debt.”

Is the owner:

  1. Stephen Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins #miamidolphins
  2. Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins #washingtonredskins
  3. Stan Kroenke, owner of the Los Angeles Rams
  4. Patrick Bowlen, owner of the Denver Broncos

 

The answer is…

 

 

 

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  1. 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…

 

 

 

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TRUE

 

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.”

 

 

QUESTION

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 Owner                      Name of Yacht

 

Daniel Snyder                        Kismet

 

Shad Khan                              Bravo Eugenia

 

Arthur Blank                         DreAMBoat

 

Jerry Jones                            Lady S

 

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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

 

 

THE CLUB

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 info@1800yachtcharters.com, and we’ll send you a Eco-Hero tote bag and a luxurious champagne-colored computer stylus pen.  Thanks for playing!!!

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

In conclusion, it is time to plan your family or friends yacht charter.  No time like the present to get started and plan for wonderful things in the future. Please contact us today at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/.  We are standing by.

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Covid-19 UPDATE. Yacht Charter Maven Policy

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QUESTION

“When these difficult times return to normal, our family is interested in booking a yacht charter for late summer in Greece.

We’re worried if unforeseen coronna (sp) virus issues could arise we might be forced to cancel, and we don’t want to lose our deposits.

Is there anything we can do to protect ourselves?”

-Vanessa A, East Fallowfield, PA

 

Photograph of Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters

ANSWER

“Hi, Vanessa.  The short and simple answer is:

‘YES.  There are things 1-800 Yacht Charters can do to protect you should you need to cancel your charter due to Covid-19 issues.’  

There are insurance products available for trip cancellations, but they are not uniform in their coverage options.  I have developed and implemented a 2-part strategy to protect our clients.

 1.  FREE Cancellation Policy (penalty-free Covid-19 refund policy) 

2.  Modified Charter Contracts with a Covid-19 protection addendum    

 You can stop reading here, and know we’ve got your back.  Please read on, if you want a more in-depth explanation…”

Jana L Sheeder, President, 1-800 Yacht Charters

 

 

CHARTER CANCELLATIONS – THE PROBLEM

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.

Understanding Force Majeure in Yacht Charter Agreements

 

 

HOW DOES FORCE MAJEURE PROVISION WORK?

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.

 

OUR OPINION

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 info@1800yachtcharters.com 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.

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Equestrian Lifestyle Meets The Sea

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Photograph of a rider on horseback. The horse is jumping toward the right side of the photograph. The horse is brown with a black mane (hair on its neck). The rider is dressed in professional riding clothing and helmet. There is a company name and mission statement below the horse that reads, 1-800 Yacht Charters Where Equestrians Go To Unwind

THE LIFESTYLE

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.

THE DESTINATION

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.

Silhouette photograph of a boy on the right side of the picture, bending down to feed his horse (left side and center of picure). They are on a beach. The ocean is behind them. The sun reflects off of the ocean. There is a cliff to the left side of them. Very picturesque. From the movie, The Black Stallion

 

Just look at the color of the water!!!!
Photograph of a black horse running on the beach. The horse is in the foreground, on sand. It is running toward the left side of the photo. The ocean is in the background and ranges from light blue to turquoise to dark blue 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

Please click here to fill out our online inquiry form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ .  We will research details for you, monitor the Covid-19 situation, and look for specials for you and anything new in the industry — for whenever you are ready.

#superyacht.  #yachtcharter #equestrianlife

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Where Are They Now? Below Deck Yachts

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IN THE BEGINNING

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.

 

Photograph of 9 members of the Below Deck television series. Everyone is standing with their hands on their hips. All are white or khaki shorts or skirts and navy blue shirts. The chef in the photo is wearing all black. The words, Below Deck, with a yellow anchor (the Below Deck logo) is above the crew members. The background of the photo is blue sky and white puffy clouds

BELOW DECK CREW – BRAVO TV – REALITY SHOW

 

LUCKY SEVEN

Seven power (not sail) superyachts have appeared in the Below Deck series.

 

Motor Yacht HONOR

OHANA superyacht

Motor Vessel MUSTANG SALLY

Power Yacht VALOR

Motor Yacht IONIAN PRINCESS

Superyacht SIROCCO

Motor Yacht TALISMAN MAITON

 

LOOKING BACK

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,

 

HONOR

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

OHANA

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.

 

 

EROS

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

VALOR

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.

 

 

IONIAN PRINCESS

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.

 

AND ANOTHER

 

SIROCCO

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,

 

Corsica

French Riviera

Monaco

Italy – North (mainland), Sardinia, Sicily, and South (mainland)

Provence Coast & Marseilles

 

 

FINALLY

TALISMAN MAITON

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.

 

 

LOOKING FORWARD

Aerial photograph of sailboat PARSIFCAL III underway. She is sailing toward the left lower part of the photograph

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.

 

HOW TO BOOK A BELOW DECK YACHT

In conclusion, start planning your yacht charter on a Below Deck superyacht.  Our team stands by ready to arrange The Superyacht Experience™.  Contact us at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ today to start.

 

#yachtcharter #belowdeck #bravotv

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