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10 Reasons for Luxury Yacht Charter Customers to Purchase Travel Insurance

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Anyone who has booked a Benetti yacht charter or a Feadship yacht charter vacation knows that charter agents heavily promote trip cancellation insurance.For mega yacht charter agents, trip cancellation insurance is a substantial profit point.  Commissions of 20% of the insurance cost for selling this product for a Feadship yacht charter or a Benetti yacht charter are common.

Charter brokers often offer this coverage to their Caribbean yacht charter customers who fear trip delays due to summer tropical weather disturbances.   Mediterranean yacht charter customers also hear the pitch to purchase this coverage, as concerns for lost baggage are common with long, international flights.

Putting aside the fact that someone “profits” from the sale of these policies, a luxury yacht charter customer should give serious consideration to this coverage option.  Whether you rent a private yacht, a megayacht, or a superyacht, for a Caribbean yacht charter or elsewhere, or whether you plan crewed catamaran charters or sail boat charters – the facts remain the same: you are spending a lot of money and you may wish to protect your investment!

There are hundreds of circumstances that could cause you to cancel your trip, return home early, or force you to seek emergency medical treatment while traveling.  What if you booked a MIPIM yacht or a Monaco Grand Prix yacht for the yearly event in Cannes and Monte Carlo, and suddenly you could not attend?

To demonstrate the importance of purchasing travel insurance, and emergency travel services, here are 10 common examples of what could go wrong.

  1. CANCELED FLIGHTS — It’s 10 p.m. and you and your immediate family arrive at the airport for a connecting flight, only to find that your flight has been cancelled. Who can assist you with finding new flights to get everyone home?
  2. INSULIN IN LOST LUGGAGE — Your bag is lost with your insulin inside. You need help to locate your bag as soon as possible and have your emergency prescription filled. Who do you call?
  3. PASSPORT AND WALLET STOLEN — It’s your first visit to Europe, and your passport and wallet are stolen before you board your Monaco Grand Prix yacht. Where do you turn for emergency cash, and how will you get your passport replaced?
  4. MEDICAL EVACUATION NEEDED — You’re involved in an accident during your Benetti yacht charter, and adequate medical treatment is not available. Who will help arrange and pay for a medical evacuation?
  5. ILL CHARTER PARTY MEMBERS — Your sister-in-law becomes seriously ill and you must cancel your MIPIM yacht trip. What happens to your non-refundable deposits or pre-payments?
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6.  LOST LUGGAGE — You arrive for your Feadship yacht charter in Jamaica, and your luggage doesn’t. If it’s lost, who will help you find it? If it’s delayed, who will pay for your necessities? If it’s stolen, who will pay to replace it?
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7.  BANKRUPTCY OF TOUR OPERATOR — Your luxury sailing charter tour operator goes bankrupt. Who will pay for your non-refundable expenses? Who will help get you to your destination?

8.  MEDICAL HELP NEEDED — You’re walking down a street in Rio and twist your ankle. Who can help you find an English-speaking physician?

9.  TERRORISM — Three weeks before your scheduled arrival for your Croatia yacht charter, a terrorist incident occurs in the city that you are planning to visit. Who will pay if you want to cancel your trip?
10. HURRICANE — You are at a beach resort in the Florida Keys during your luxury sailing charter vacation, and you are forced to evacuate due to an approaching hurricane. Who will help you evacuate and who will reimburse your lost vacation investment?

There are so many circumstances where your vacation may be interrupted.  It’s important to understand your options to safeguard your holiday investment.  Remember travel insurance is optional and should be analyzed before each vacation begins.

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5 Amazing Caribbean Yacht Charter Cocktails To Try Right Now

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“I’m looking forward to my first St. Martin yacht charter vacation, and my travel companions and I are having a Caribbean themed party to get super psyched about our trip.  Any suggestions for traditional island cocktails to put us in the proper frame of mind?”

Angel A., Miami

 

Now that’s the spirit, Angel!  What a fantastic idea to get pumped about your Caribbean escape.

We’re not too embarrassed to admit enjoying a libation or two (or three) during our own yachting excursions in the islands. Local specialties can be found throughout the Caribbean, but we’ve narrowed down the choices to our fav five (in no particular order).

As you sip these drinks, keep in mind you can heighten your experience by throwing on a pair of flip-flops, hiding behind a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses, and swaying to a little “Havana Daydreamin” with Jimmy Buffet.

Smooth sailing, Angel…

 

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Mojito – Cuba yacht charter

Some things are quintessential Cuban – hand-made cigars, guayabera linen shirts, and minty Mojitos. The history of Cuba’s signature drink dates back to the 16th century, when Sir Francis Drake and his comrades drank a mixture of crushed mint leaves, lime and unrefined rum. Locals say Hemingway drank them at Le Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, and James Bond enjoyed one in 2002’s Die Another Day.

 

 

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Painkiller – British Virgin Islands yacht charter

Made with Pusser’s Rum, The Painkiller cocktail originated at the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke island in the BVIs.  The drink was once made with a secret rum recipe by Daphne Henderson, the owner of the Soggy Dollar.  Charles Tobias, the founder of the Pusser’s rum distillery, persuaded Henderson to share her recipe. We’re glad she did, as Painkiller cocktails are now readily available throughout the Caribbean.

 

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Ti Punch – Martinique yacht charter

More an aperitif than cocktail, this simple mix of white rum, cane sugar and lime is usually served straight and is popular in all of the French Caribbean islands – Martinique, Guadeloupe, and the French side of St. Martin. Easy to make, it’s usually  served “to taste” – drinkers are presented with a glass of rum, a lime, and some syrup to make it up as they wish.

 

 

 

We know what you’re thinking – we promised five killer cocktails but only named three.  You caught us!

Submit our contact form (here) requesting the other 2 great drinks, and we’ll send you the names AND the recipes to make all 5 of our favorite island-themed Caribbean yacht charter cocktails.  Look forward to hearing from you and sharing some cocktails!

What’s your favorite tropical cocktail to drink while on your yacht charter?  Leave a comment below!

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A Year in the Life of a Superyacht

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The yachting industry has long held to the belief that a successful luxury yacht charter vessel can expect 12 weeks of charter business a year.  This expectation included both Caribbean yacht charter and Mediterranean yacht charter business.

Excluding the small sail boat charters that dominate the Caribbean market, in the world of megayacht and superyacht vessels, there are about 830 yachts 80 feet and larger available for a luxury yacht charter worldwide.  What might be surprising to many is this fact: some 600 of these vessels do no more than 3 or 4 weeks of chartering each year.

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Thus, the upcoming Mediterranean yacht charter summer season has a lot riding on it for boat owners and captains who have — perhaps ill-fatedly from the start — factored 12 weeks of megayacht charter business into their calculations.

So what does a 52 week year in the life of a superyacht look like?  A recent industry survey breaks it down like this:
*Owner’s personal use – 6 weeks.
*Yard time (for repair and maintenance) and crossing time to reposition (Caribbean to the Mediterranean, etc.) – 26 weeks.
*Undesirable charter dates – 14 weeks
*Actual Possible Charter Time:  14 weeks.

With these facts in mind, charter fleet managers now believe a realistic goal for a luxury mega yacht charter vessel is no more than 8 weeks per year…

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Ask the Yacht Charter Pros: How to Pay Less VAT (Tax) on a France Yacht Charter Vacation?

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“I’m planning a 10 day private yacht charter in St. Tropez and the South of France in July. My broker say VAT is 20%. That’s seems a lot. Is there way to not pay this?”
Xavier E, Barcelona, Spain

Answer provided by Jana Sheeder, President 1-800 Yacht Charters:

“The bad news, Xavier, is all charters that take place in a European Union (EU) country are subject to VAT (Value Added Tax). However, we have good news as well – there is a simple, legal strategy that can cut your VAT expense in half.

Instead of paying 20%, this strategy will reduce your VAT to 10% of your base charter fee – a significant savings!

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Each EU country can set their own level of VAT on commercial yachts for hire. In France, if the yacht undertakes a coastal cruise in French territorial waters, the VAT is 20% of the base charter fee (the base fee is the cost to rent the yacht before factoring in other running expenses such as food, dockage, etc.). So, for example, if you began your charter in Saint Tropez, and cruised along the Côte d’Azur and concluded your trip in Antibes, you would incur a VAT expense of 20%.

However, IF you plan a portion of your charter to cruise in international waters, your legal responsibility for VAT drops to 10% – a savings of 50%!

So how do you do this? Here’s how: When you are planning your itinerary with the yacht’s captain prior to the commencement of your charter, let the captain know that you would like to, “visit a port that requires you to cruise in international waters and beyond the coast of France.”

You could, for example, leave the French coast and cruise to the island of Sardinia. This is approximately a 5-7 hour cruise from the South of France.

{TIP: ask your captain to undertake this crossing overnight, while you and your guests are sleeping. Then, when you rise in the morning, you’ll be able to spend a full day, or longer along the coastline of this fabled Italian island before heading back to France}.

So there you have it – with a little strategic planning, a slight deviation in your St Tropez yacht charter can result in big savings; possibly thousands of Euros depending upon the cost of your charter.”

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

Have a question about a yacht charter vacation?

Submit your question to me, and our team will help you.

If we print your question in our blog, we’ll send you a complimentary Eco-tote bag.

Email me at info@1800yachtcharters.com.

Thank you and keep those questions coming!!!

 

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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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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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Electrolysis – Good for People…Bad for Yachts

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At the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, FLIBS, we had the pleasure of taking a few of our best private luxury yacht charter clients (and dear friends) for a stroll along the docks.  The couple had recently completed the construction of another home on a lot overlooking the ocean, and they wanted to purchase a boat for weekend family outings.

We looked at the latest offerings from Germany’s Fjord Yachts, the innovative expandable-deck boats by Italy’s Evo Yachts, and the trendy Holland-designed boats of VanDutch.

However, the model that really caught the attention of our friends was a sleek, aluminum-hull day cruiser built by Vanquish Yachts – the Vanquish VQ54.  The boat is simply stunning – there’s no other way to describe it.

Vanquish54 yacht with white hull and red cushions

 

As we stood on the dock discussing the boat and the available color options, a passerby stopped and gazed at the boat.  “Beautiful,” he exclaimed. “Too bad it’s made out of aluminum – electrolysis is bad for boats.”   

As the man walked away, our friends seemed a bit confused.  “What’s wrong with electrolysis?” asked the wife.  “It’s a great way to remove unwanted hair!” 

“It’s a little different with boats,”  we said, and then we explained marine electrolysis, and the possible damage it can cause to a boat or yacht.

For humans, Medical Electrolysis is a clinical method of removing individual hairs from a person’s face or body. A device is used to destroy the growth center of hair with chemical or heat energy.

For boats, Marine Electrolysis is the result of potential current existing between two different objects. It is often caused by stray electrical current, and can be extremely destructive (causes corrosion) on boats made out of aluminum.

The results generated by medical electrolysis are all positive – people can remove unwanted hair, and it is a permanent fix.  With marine electrolysis, the results are not so good –  and if not caught quickly, the corrosive effects to an aluminum boat can cause great damage (holes, water leaking into the boat, etc.), and require expensive repairs.

corroded boat prop from marine electrolysys

Aluminum boats are also susceptible to another related culprit – Galvanic Corrosion.  This can occur when two dissimilar metals come into contact with an electrolyte and create a natural electrical current. Salt water can work as the perfect catalyst for galvanic corrosion.

Some examples of galvanic corrosion include:

  • Using dissimilar metals on the vessel that come into contact with the salt water, like steel bolts or copper-based bottom paint on an aluminum hull.
  • Mixing different types of bottom paint on the same vessel.
  • Mooring boats with incompatible hull construction next to each other, such as a steel vessel moored immediately next to aluminum vessel.

 

Our experienced clients and friends then asked, “If aluminum has so many problems, why are expensive private luxury yacht charter vessels like Feadship and Heesen yachts built out of aluminum?”

The answer is simple – aluminum is light, but strong (think of airplanes), and unlike yachts built from molds, aluminum yachts can be built to any size, allowing great flexibility and customization that can’t be as easily achieve with fiberglass and other composite materials.  As to the corrosion issues, manufacturers can take preventative steps to reduce and even eliminate the threats of marine electrolysis.  Yachts are fitted with monitoring systems which constantly check for stray electrical current, as well as anti-corrosion anodes to negate electrical issues below the waterline.

So, while someday you may want medical electrolysis to look and feel your best, you most definitely do not want marine electrolysis – ever…

Thinking about buying a yacht?  Consider our, “Try Before You Buy” program and rent the yacht for an extended “test drive” – on your own private luxury yacht charter vacation.  Up to 50% of the charter fee can be applied toward the purchase of the same yacht model.

For more information about private luxury yacht charters or purchasing a yacht through the 1-800 Yacht Charters’ Try Before You Buy Program, email 1-800 Yacht Charters at  info@1800yachtcharters.com or call us at 305-720-7245.

 

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For Some, the Yacht, Not the Charter Location, IS the Destination

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Christina O famous superyacht

There’s nothing more important than selecting a memorable destination for your first luxury yacht charter.  It sets the tone for dreaming about future adventures in exotic locales.  “Will it be a St. Lucia yacht charter this spring, or should we wait till summer and plan a Greece yacht charter vacation?”

But what about your fifth charter – or your sixth?  You’ve “been there…done that…got the t-shirt.”

At that point, the focus shifts from destinations to accommodations – and the opportunity to experience the creature comforts of the newest and largest yachts in the world.

The preferred “brand” of superyacht now comes into play, and multi-repeat charterers find themselves daydreaming about a week “anywhere” on, perhaps, a brand new Perini Navi yacht charter.

At this point, selecting the right vessel for an odyssey at sea becomes a matter of personal tastes and expectations.  But with dozens of yachts seeking rental business, how does a person choose?

Enter the professional charter broker.

More than a destination specialist, the charter broker knows the yachts and the crews that operate them.  A good broker will work to identify a yacht and crew most compatible to a client’s lifestyle.

To do this, brokers attempt to delve into the customer’s personality and background by asking key questions:  Where do you live?   What are your hobbies?  Do you like to entertain at home?

The answers to these type of queries helps the broker understand the overall lifestyle of the charterer.   From this point, the broker can glean his or her records to identify yachts and crews that might be compatible with the charterer and his or her guests.

Sleek fast motoryacht Zeus

Jana Sheeder, the President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, explains the strategy.  “If a client lives in a world of white-glove service and refined style, the broker must identify a crew that can deliver that same level of service.”  She continues, “Crew, however, is only part of the equation, as the vessel’s decor and amenities must also be reflective of the client’s tastes.

Many American clients prefer the style of a US-built ship, such as a Trinity or a Westport.  European customers often prefer the old world elegance of a Feadship or Benetti.

For many multi-repeat customers, destination remains secondary to the pedigree of the yacht and the subsequent talents of the crew. Says Sheeder, “The key to success is understanding the client’s lifestyle before you begin to promote one yacht over another.”  Sheeder concludes, “You don’t promote a yacht with an onboard spa and a masseuse to a client who doesn’t get manicures.”

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To arrange a private getaway at sea, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at 1-800-922-4824 or click https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/now!

 

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Girl Power – Women Make Splash As Luxury Yacht Charter Skippers

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It seems the commonly-used term, “Able-bodied seaman”  might need to be amended to, “seaman and seawoman”  to reflect what might become a trend in the yachting industry – the emergence of female captains on mega yacht charter vessels.

Female yacht charter captains private luxury yachts Mediterranean and Caribbean

In an industry long dominated by men, a handful of skilled women are stepping to the forefront and taking the helm, and the responsibility, of operating both sail and motor yachts for hire.
According to Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters, today’s yacht owners look beyond gender when hiring a skipper.  “Megayacht owners look for experience and professionalism, first and foremost,” says Sheeder.  “Skippers must be experts in navigation and safety, and considering many yachts have large crew complements, they must be equally-adept at  personnel management.  A skilled captain is a multi-talented person, regardless of gender.  Hiring the best and brightest is the goal.”Three women leading the ranks of females at the helm are Captain Sandra Yawn (motor yacht DEFIANCE), Captain Danielle de Vere (motor yacht MARY JEAN), and Captain Carol Benbrook (motor yacht SEDATION).

Yawn has recently taken the helm on Mangusta motor yacht DEFIANCE, a stunning 72′ speedster currently available for Bahamas and Florida yacht charters.  Yawn brings years of experience to her new position onboard DEFIANCE, and was the former captain of the 148 foot motor yachts TUSCAN SUN and 142 foot yacht, LADY J.

De Vere leads a crew of 12 onboard the 163 foot Caribbean yacht charter vessel, MARY JEAN.  De Vere earned her stripes crewing at her family’s daysail business in Australia, as well as operating luxury live-aboard dive vessels on the Northern Great Barrier Reef.

Before the sale of the 143 foot Heeson motor yacht SEDATION, Benbrook was the skipper of the popular Virgin Island yacht charter vessel for three years.  In a 2010 interview with yachting journalist Kim Kavin, Benbrook was asked how it feels to be one of the only female

 

motoryacht captains.  “I think there are five or six of us now on motoryachts. I think it’s fine. People respect me. I’ve never had any problems,” she said.  
Is there added pressure on these women to be their gender’s pathfinders in the yachting industry? 
Benbrook doesn’t think so and says the real pressure is on the ship’s mate. “It’s harder, actually, as a first mate. There’s more prejudice there. You have to be physically strong as a first mate to move lines and such. It’s different than being a captain, where there’s absolutely no strength involved. It’s all about moving levers at the helm.”
We wonder – will we ever see the ranks of women skippers swell and match the number of male captains at the helm of yacht charter vessels?  Are yacht owners truly open to hiring, “the best and brightest?” 
Only time will tell…  
================Have you ever rented a private yacht or plane with a female captain in charge?  How was the experience?  Why do you think there are so few women to date at the helm of superyacht vessels?  Share your comments and testimonials with us below! 

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Glorious Greece – The Perfect Summer Cruising Destination

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As a destination, Greece is a sensory celebration. It’s a dance with history and ancient gods, and a courtship between natural beauty and modern luxuries. It’s also an invitation to indulge in a slower pace and simpler pleasures, like savoring a taverna meal complemented by a fantastic local wine you’ve most likely never heard of.

Of course, the ideal way to explore the myriad of small Greek islands is to rent a private yacht.    

For travelers with experience at the helm, a bareboat charter is the most affordable option for exploration.  Similar to renting a car, you do the “driving” by serving as your own skipper.  Yes, you and your travel companions must also do the cooking and cleaning, but when it comes to saving money, it is hard to top the appeal of a bareboat charter, especially sail boat charters as compared to power boats.

If you are not qualified to operate your own boat, or simply desire a hire level of comfort and amenities, some of the largest yachts in the world can be rented in the land of the gods.  

The famous yacht CHRISTINA O calls Greece home.  The private vessel of the late Greek shipping tycoon, Aristotle Onassis, this yacht offers huge deck spaces and the indulgence of an original mosaic-tiled swimming pool. In addition to the Jacuzzi, there are three public lounges, a gym, and a game room – and the famous bar where Sir Winston Churchill first met Jackie Kennedy.

Motor yacht CHRISTINA O Greece yacht charters

When to go to Greece?  Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters recommends visiting Greece between May and  October. “We prefer the so-called “shoulder season” (May and September/October), since the weather is generally good, and you’ll enjoy more elbow room and often better prices in restaurants and gift shops.”

When to book a yacht charter in Greece?   NOW is the time to make your 2011 Greece yacht charter reservations.

For help in identifying the right yacht for your style and budget, call our specialists, toll-free at 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS (800-922-4824), visit our website at www.1800yachtcharters.com, or CLICK HERE.

Opa (Get down and party, or Dance)!

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