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2012 in Review: Luxury Yacht Charter Top Three Gadgets

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With so many toys and electronic devices available to enhance a week’s vacation at sea, our charter professionals take a look back at their favorite gadgets for 2012:Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 ($470)
Samsung Galaxy Note quick processor s-pen AT&T provider smartphone tablet
With battery life almost equal to the iPad, and a memory-card slot not found on Apple’s iconic tablet, the 10-inch, 16GB Galaxy Note offers capabilities that no other tablet currently offers.
Nikon Coolpix S800c ($327)
What’s a Caribbean yacht charter vacation without a boatload of photos to share with family and friends?  The 16 megapixel point-and-shoot camera can run Google’s Android operating system and all the apps that go with it, enabling users to edit an image, and quickly post it to Facebook, etc… 

Samsung Galaxy S III ($280)

Samsung Galaxy SIII smartphone tablet Android big screen sensors social network

We’ll admit the Apple iPhone 5 has a better camera, and new features place it head and shoulders above previous iPhones.  Still, our choice for the best smartphone in 2012 is the Galaxy S III .   The Android-driven Galaxy has a bigger screen than the iPhone 5 and lots of features you can’t get on Apple ‘s smartphone.  The sensor-based tools are great for social networking.
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A Sunny Outlook is Guaranteed with New Yacht Solar Beds

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With much of the northeast United States buried under a blizzard of snow, here’s a new superyacht amenity guaranteed to give you a “sunny” outlook!

LMV’s Lasy Solar sun bed self-orientates according to the position of the sun.  How neat is that??

 

rotating yacht sun bed with misters spritzing water

Imagine you are onboard your Lurssen Yacht Charter somewhere off the coast of Capri.  Your solar-powered sun bed slowly rotates to keep the heat on your body.   What’s that you say – it’s starting to get a little too hot?  No worries – there’s a built-in Mist Breeze cooling system to cool you down!

 

Of course, total comfort is a must, so the bed is covered in marine-grade luxury leather.

solar-powered circular suntan sunbed with head and pillows lifted up on yacht deck

Thanks to its solar power source, the Lasy Solar sun bed doesn’t need connecting to a yacht’s power supply.

The manufacturer plans to have the product website for Lasy Solar sun beds up and running soon.

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Experience the luxury of a private luxury Lürssen yacht like MARTHA ANN or HUNTRESSContact the yacht charter specialists at 1-800 Yacht Charters to plan The Superyacht Experience for you!

 

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CBS Amazing Race Showcases Latest Private Yacht Charter Watertoy

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The requirement for cutting-edge watertoys onboard private yacht charter vessels is nothing new.  There’s an ongoing battle between charter yacht owners to make sure their yacht has better toys than their competitor; hence the inclusion of jet packs, personal submarines, waterslides, and flying saucer-style waverunners.

Now, a piece of exercise equipment found in nearly every superyacht gym – the stationary exercise bicycle – has crossed over to join the long list of “must-have” watertoys.

Engineered for the water, the Schiller S1 water bike merges modern design, technology, and engineering, to deliver a stationary workout bicycle in an aquatic environment. Why stay cooped-up in a yacht’s gym, riding a stationary bike, when you can do your biking outdoors, on the water?

Fans of television’s, “The Amazing Race” on CBS, saw the Schiller S1 in action in the season premiere, as contestants peddled from Marina del Rey to Burton Chase Park in Los Angeles, California.

Two girls pedaling water bikes in a marina

Upon first glance, the S1 looks large and bulky, until you realize the pontoons that keep it afloat and provide stability are inflatable.  In fact, the unit folds down to 3 cubic feet and only weighs 60 pounds – compact and light enough for any deckhand to carry and place the S1 near the swim platform for the use of the charter guests.

A drive train attached to the pedals connects to a small propeller.  The company reports a good rider can achieve a speed of 5 miles per hour.

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, believes eco-conscious travelers will appreciate this “green” watertoy.  “We’re committed to increasing the eco-friendly yachting options we can offer our clients,” says Sheeder. “So many travelers are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint both at home and while on vacation.”  Sheeder continues, “The Schiller S1 waterbike is quiet, sustainable, and human-powered.  It’s part of a new generation of watertoys that merge the pleasures of a yachting vacation with the responsibilities of protecting our marine environment.

Sheeder concludes with a smile, “…and as we saw on the season premiere of The Amazing Race, it’s a lot of fun!

Enjoy the ultimate green vacation on a fully-crewed Virgin Islands catamaran yacht charter this winter. Catamaran sailboats are roomy, stable, loaded with watertoys, and utilize the clean energy of the wind to cruise through the water.  For more information, email info@1800YachtCharters.com, submit an online inquiry form, or call us at +1-800-YACHTCHARTERS (922-4824) or +305-720-7245, 24 hours.

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Don’t Eat It – Ride It!  Luxury Yacht Charter Watertoys With Tasty Names

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The myriad of recreational toys offered by private yacht charter vessels continues to grow each year, as more and more yachts continue to battle for the same handful of HNWI for whom yachting is a lifestyle, not a once in a lifetime adventure.

Gone are the days when a yacht only carried a windsurfer and some snorkel gear. Today, the onboard watertoy inventory sheet on most superyachts reads like a wish list from the Hammacher Schlemmer Christmas catalog.   Jetlev hover boards, giant waterslides, even mini submarines are now the norm.

While most of the toys have straightforward names that define their intended use (for example, stand up paddleboards, water skis, etc.), some have downright funny names, associated with foods that come to mind when looking at the toys.

Here are our favorite food-inspired charter toys, found on many Virgin Islands yacht charter vessels:

DONUT – There are actually several types of donut watertoys. The most common ones look like giant tire inner tubes, hence the term, “donut.”  A totally new “spin” on the water donut is the BBQ Donut, where several people can sit inside a floating donut-shaped vessel, complete with sun awning and bbq grill.

BBQ Donut towable watertoy

 

 

BANANA – This colorful towable toy is pulled along by the charter yacht’s tender.  It’s all about a fast, bumpy ride. Bananas aren’t typically “fast food,” but this banana fits the bill!  Depending upon the size of the banana, some carry 2 riders, and some six or more.  Hang on tight – falling off at high speed can sting a bit when you splash into the water!

Banana towable watersports toy

 

HOT DOG – Take a towable banana, paint it red, and add a couple “buns” to the sides and voila, you’ve got a towable hot dog watertoy.  The inflatable buns actually perform a purpose – by adding extra stability to the toy.  In other words, you don’t fall off as much as you do on the banana…but hey, falling off is part of the fun!

hot dog towable watersports yacht toy

 

BROWNIES THIRD LUNG – ok, so you don’t really “ride” this one.  Work with me, here – it’s a watertoy, and its name sounds like food!  This is basically an air compressor situated in a floating donut.  (If you’d like, we can refer to it as YET ANOTHER TYPE OF DONUT WATERTOY!)  The compressor pumps air into long tubes that tie into a snorkel mask.  Swimmers wear the mask and breathe fresh air, allowing them to do very shallow dives, while safely tethered to the floating compressor. It’s a great way for novices to experience the sensation of SCUBA diving while snorkeling in shallow water.

Brownies Third Lung yacht toy

 

South Florida is a great winter destination. Take a look at some of the yachts offered in South Florida and the nearby Bahamas by 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/yacht-charter-florida/

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TOP 3 Best UAV’s For Luxury Yacht Charter Vessels

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Drone in upper right corner of phone with ocean, a marina full of yachts, and land below - also a cargo jet flies horizontally into left side of center of photo

There’s no escaping them, drones are everywhere – from sporting events, to backyard parties, and even battlefields.   These UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles) are evolving quickly (and considering they might deliver my groceries to my front door someday soon, I’m hoping they’re here for good). #UAV inventors are amazing…

Of course, it doesn’t take long for the latest technology and toys to find their way into the world of luxury yacht charter.   It only makes sense.

As yacht charter brokers, we constantly tout the advantages of private yacht charter vacations and the opportunity to go where others can’t go.  The reality is this – there are places that even a yacht (or the yacht’s tender) can’t take you – such as exploring deep in hidden caves along the Amalfi Coast, or uncovering new coves to drop the anchor before nightfall rolls in.

There’s also the simple, fun aspect of small UAV’s – like flying them from the sundeck and filming your kids as they frolic in the ocean alongside your yacht.

Our charter department sat down this week, and after consulting with several superyacht captains, came up with our 3 favorite drones to use and enjoy on a luxury yacht charter vacation.  So before you turn in your guest preference sheets to your charter broker, make sure to jot down your request for one of these UAV’s to be added to the yacht’s inventory of guest toys!

In no particular order:

OUR TOP THREE UAV’s

GoPro Karma drone


1. GoPro Karma
– Many drones are bulky, but the Karma drone has foldable arms and a long flat body that can tuck in tightly inside a tote bag or backpack.  This makes it easy to take on the tender to the beach, or fly from the yacht’s sundeck. Works with the GoPro Hero 4 or Hero 5 cameras.  The video game-style controller makes this model a breeze to use by first timers.

 

Openrov Trident UAV drone underwater and surrounded by fish and seaweed

2. OpenROV Trident – Thought all drones are for “flying?” Guess again.  Ok…technically this is not a UAV, but it does “fly” along – under the waves.  The Trident by OpenROV is an underwater drone that can cruise at 4 knots and dive as deep as 100 meters.  It comes with a built-in high def (1080 pixel) camera configured for low-light environments.  Considering how much time you spend in the water during a yacht charter vacation, this is a great toy to use to capture sea life and have fun while the gang is swimming and snorkeling.

 

Airdog UAV drone hovering over 2 people kitesurfing on the open ocean

3. Airdog – Just the name alone tells you this a cool, must-have toy.  Forget the controller – the Airdog flies itself, completely unaided from takeoff to landing. The aim of this UAV is to film you while you are moving (e.g. paddling along on a SUP, bouncing along on a towable toy pulled behind the yacht’s tender, or zipping by the yacht’s beach club deck on a waverunner).  The drone films your every move, by tracking a small, waterproof device called the AirLeash, attached to your wrist.  The manufacturer calls it, “the only drone built for action sports.

 

So there you have it – from high above, to deep below, and as fast as you want to go – there’s a perfect UAV drone for your next superyacht experience.

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Top Three Hottest Gadgets for 2012 useful on luxury yacht charter vacations

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Anyone who follows our daily nautical blogs knows we love two things  – the world’s largest yachts…and gadgets (especially gadgets that can be utilized and enjoyed during a luxury yacht charter).

With the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show underway in Las Vegas, it’s time to pick our favorite new gadgets for 2012.  Here are our top three new gadgets of CES 2012:

Griffin Twenty streaming audio through iphone ipad or computer luxury yacht charter gadgets

GRIFFIN TWENTY
Megayachts like Feadship yacht charter vessel LADY BRITT
and the themed James Bond boat Benetti motor yacht DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER feature iPod docking stations integrated into a ship-wide audio system.   For yachts without a centralized audio system, the Griffin Twenty should prove to be a popular addition to onboard entertainment options. 

The Griffin Twenty streaming audio device turns any Apple AirPort Express into a full stereo system.

The device has a simple, elegant design, just a plug for the AirPort Express and a large dial for volume. As its name implies, the Twenty has an internal 20-watt amp and outputs for left and right stereo speakers, plus a kickin’ subwoofer. The concept is simple – the dial controls the volume, while the rest of the interface is taken care of through your iPhone, iPad or computer.

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ROKU STREAMING STICK
Many Caribbean yacht charter vessels offer satellite TV as well as WiFi while dockside.  What’s often missing is the charter guests favorite online content. 

Using the new HDMI MHL standard, the Roku Streaming Stick plugs into a port on newer TVs. The stick instantly gives any compatible set access to all of Roku’s online content, from providers such as MLB, Netflix, and Pandora. The stick requires no dedicated power, features built-in WiFi, and is set to  launch in 2012 for under $100.

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GO PRO Wi-Fi BACPAC
Whether enjoying a bareboat charter or a vacation on a fully-crewed yacht, waterproof cameras are a must.  YouTube is saturated with amateur vids of adrenaline junkies riding waverunners, bananas
, and zipping along with underwater scooters.

The Go Pro name has become synonymous with adventure/sports photography, and the Wi-Fi BacPac and remote combo kit will users even more control over their favorite cameras.  Just snap the BacPac onto an HD Hero2 and you can control the camera from a durable, waterproof wrist-ready remote.  Using the Go Pro app, you can also control the camera from a smartphone, tablet, or computer via a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection. 

The BacPac also lets you stream a live view from the camera to your mobile devices, making sure you’re getting just the right shot.

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Seen any great new must-have gadgets?  Contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters tech geeks athttps://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/
with your favorite new gadgets and apps, and we’ll share your comments with our readers.

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Yacht Charter: Jetson’s Jet Pack Takes Flight

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It was always fun to watch the famous space cartoon, The Jetsons, and imagine what it would be like in the future — transporting in rapidly moving little flying vehicles, getting ready in the morning by hopping on a conveyor belt and being automatically coiffed and dressed, and racing around wearing rocket-powered backpacks.

If you think about it, some of those wild cartoonish theories are seemingly becoming realities!

Flying cars DO now exist, although they are not yet mass produced.

flying hybrid car terrafugia tf-x flying over green trees and grass - blue sky in background

Conveyor belts DO now exist, although they have not been perfected to prepare us in the mornings.

Man in suit - standing - and woman with basket - going opposite directions on moving conveyor belt in airport

…and jetpacks DO now exist, although they were first seen in James Bond 007 movies as gadgets…and they now appear on Mediterranean yacht charter superyachts as the latest and greatest watersports toy!

Back of yacht with inflatable slide set up and person flying over the water with a backpack like James Bond wore in the movie Thunderball  Person on the ocean wearing jetpack and shooting up into the air next to white yacht

 

Move over, Elroy!    elroy jetson cartoon boy wearing jetpack and flying upward

The future I dreamed of as a child is finally here!

Excuse me, but I have to go feed my dog, Astro…

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What futuristic item are you most looking forward to seeing and experiencing?  Please leave us a comment to join Team 1-800 Yacht Charters on this fantastic voyage!

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