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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 at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ 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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Endangered Species: 3 Gadgets You Won’t See In 2020

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Collage photograph of gadgets like cellphones. The number 2011 is written in big yellow letters across the top of the photo.

Gadgets

There’s no denying it – megayacht owners love their toys and gadgets.  If it’s new and trendy in 2011, you’ll find it on a luxury yacht charter vessel – everything from Mercedes Benz-styled helicopters  to the latest Crestron touchpad-controlled CD/DVD players, and video game consoles.

Deep pockets and a zest for staying ahead of the pack keeps these owners in the hunt for the hottest gadgets on the market.  That same quest for the newest gadgets also means the owner’s yachts are the perfect barometer for not only what is new, but also what gadgets are destined to go the way of the dinosaur.

If the purchasing whims of the owners of some of the largest Caribbean yacht charter vessels are any indication, expect to see these three tech gadgets phased out this decade:

 

Photograph of a TomTom GPS system next to a Garmin GPS system. They are both sitting up so that you can compare the screens and features.

TomTom vs. Garmin GPS systems

Standalone GPS Systems

At sea, megayacht skippers rely on radar and a whole host of maritime equipment to navigate.  But when the yachts arrive in a new port of call, the crews use standalone GPS navigation systems to use for shore excursions.  “Fewer yachts are carrying portable navigation devices like those sold by TomTom and Garmin,” says Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters and 1-800 Yacht Charters.

“Every crewmember has a mobile phone and many skippers have smartphones provided by yacht owner.  These modern phones all feature interactive maps and built-in navigational systems.”

 

Digital Cameras
Digital cameras are common on yachts.  While at seas, crews use the cameras to take photos of mechanical issues, which can be downloaded and emailed to a shore-based engineer for analysis. With the recent unveiling of the Apple iPhone 4S, digital camera makers have much to be worried about. Apple’s newest phone has an impressive 8-megapixel camera that takes in more light than earlier models and records HD video at 1080p. Until recently, such impressive specs were unique to digital cameras.  Increasingly, smartphones are taking over the low-end camera market.

 

Profile photograph of superyacht ISLAND TIME at anchor.  She is facing the right side of the photo.

Superyacht ISLAND TIME

Captain Peter Vasquez and his 118-foot motoryacht ISLAND TIME are regulars on the Bahama yacht charters circuit. Vasquez points out the appeal of one device that can perform multiple tasks.

“Camera functions are being taken over by smartphones,” says Vasquez.

“There’s little incentive to carry around a camera when I already have a phone in my pocket that takes quality pictures.”


Video Game Consoles
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largest yachts like Steven Spielberg owned 282′ motor yacht SEVEN SEAS, to the newest yachts  like 2011 motor yacht NUMPTIA, popular video game systems such as the Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation® and Microsoft Xbox are installed in many of the staterooms for the use of onboard guests.

In the near future analysts predict consumers will forgo game consoles and instead buy smart televisions with a gaming system built into it, or tablets with gaming apps and options

“We’ve already witnessed the emergence of an iPad controlled boat app on motor yacht HUNTRESS,” says Sheeder. 

“The captain hands each guest their own iPad when they board.  These tablets offer control of all shipboard entertainment systems.  Yacht owners tell us they plan on shifting from video gaming consoles to more comprehensive systems with other entertainment options such as movies.”


What other electronic gadget do you think will be obsolete in the near future? DVD players?  E-readers?   Contact us at 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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iPhone App Creates Custom Itineraries On The Fly

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Yahoo Time Traveler App

Tired of spending layovers in an airport?  Yahoo! now offers an app for iPhone users that lets you create custom itineraries based on your location and amount of time you have to spend.
Yahoo! TimeTraveler™ creates on-the-fly time-based itineraries with a selection of popular points of interest.
You are on your way to enjoy a Virgin Islands yacht charter vacation.  The flight from New York is delayed for 4 hours for mechanical issues. Just open the app and type in your location.  Yahoo! TimeTraveler™ will show you what you can see and do around The Big Apple in 4 hours.
  
With just a few clicks, Yahoo! TimeTraveler™ helps you find the most popular places.  You save the info for easy access while on the go.  You can also publish your itinerary online to share with friends and family.
Yahoo! TimeTraveler™ is available on iTunes

HOW TO PLAN A YACHT CHARTER

In conclusion, choose fantastic savings on last-minute summer luxury yacht charter vacations.  Contact the destnation pros at 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Luggage Finder with Flashing LED Lights

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We’ve all done it.  You race off of a flight to get to the baggage claim area and stake out a spot near the carousel door. Your heart rate climbs as you wait…and wait…and wait for your luggage to pop out through the conveyor belt doors and onto the carousel.

Wasn’t the whole point of taking a Caribbean yacht charter vacation was to leave the stress of the real world behind? Yet here you are, hours from boarding your crewed catamaran charter vessel in the Virgin Islands, and your eyes are glued to the carousel at Cyril E. King airport in St. Thomas.  You watch the bags of other passengers go by, with your bag nowhere in sight.

You think, “Did my luggage make it? Is it still in good shape? Did someone grab my bags???”

Fortunately, the Easy2Pick Wireless Luggage Finder System and the L.E.D. IT BE Easy2Pick Luggage Finder can make it easy and stress-free to quickly locate your bags upon arrival.

The Easy2Pick Wireless Luggage Finder System has two parts – a luggage tag (transmitter) and a remote receiver. It beeps and flashes a red light when your bag is within 100 feet. The L.E.D. IT BE Easy2Pick Luggage Finder, on the other hand, uses 4 LED lights that flash only after your luggage has arrived.

Photograph of the Easy2Pick Wireless Luggage Finder System. All of the pieces are sitting on a table. There are 6 pieces.

Easy2Pick Wireless Luggage Finder System

The flashing LED tag has a photo electric sensor that senses when your tagged luggage is in the cargo of the plane. It measures factors such as light, altitude, and noise. You get up to 16 different combinations of colors with the 4 LED’s, so you can set the color of the flashing lights to your own preferences.

The suggested MSRP for Easy2Pick is $24.95 for one tag and is available on Amazon.

FREE GIFT WITH RENTAL

Reserve your next luxury yacht charter with 1-800 Yacht Charters, and we’ll send you an Easy2Pick Wireless Luggage Finder, with our compliments. Charters must take place prior to December 31, 2012.

HOW TO RENT A YACHT

For further details, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Luxury Yacht Charter Gadget Has Wings

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Underwater photograph of a person using a subwing. It is a watersports toy pulled by a boat. It looks like this person is holding onto a manta ray and being pulled underwater. He is wearing a lime green mask and clear snorkel. He is headed toward the bottom front of the photo, coming towards you.

Yacht charter gadget – fly under water

UNDERWATER FLYER

Yacht charter guests — keep an eye out for a new watertoy that’s sure to be seen on luxury yacht charter vessels in the future.   Have you always wanted to ride on the back of a sea turtle?  Do you dream of skindiving and holding onto a manta ray who glides you through the water?   As exciting and dreamy as those images seem, they equate to harrassing marine life.  Flying underwater, then, has to be done without marine creatures.  The solution?  Norwegian inventor Simon Sivertsen’s Subwing!

 

I BELIEVE I CAN FLY

Designed with two hydrodynamic wings that join in the center with a swivel made of rubber and steel, the Subwing’s “arms” pivot independently of one another.  “Flyers” can ride the Subwing by holding onto rubber grips at the front of the wings or by grasping a rubber grab loop in the rear. Heavy-duty Dyneema fiber ropes attached to the top surface of both wings connect to your yacht charter tender tow rope.

 

HOW TO STEER THE SUBWING

Ready, set, FLY!  Riders can steer the Subwing up, down, left, or right, and they can perform spins, simply by angling or twisting the wings.  The Subwing is only recommended for use by skin divers (without scuba tanks). This is because sudden depth changes and compressed air don’t mix. Scuba tanks are also heavy and create a lot of drag for the tow boat.  Boats towing “subwingers” only travel at two knots.

WHERE DO I BUY ONE?

The Subwing is available in three versions. The fiberglass model sells for US $700, the carbon fiber matte model sells for $850, and the carbon gloss model will set you back $895. 

 

IN CONCLUSION

Isn’t it time that you experienced a new thrill?  Ready to soar underwater?  Contact us at 1-800 Yacht Charters.  We will plan the yacht charter trip of a lifetime for you. https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Luxury Yacht Charter Gadget: MP3 Player Could Be 2013’s Hottest Yacht Charter Toy

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The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the largest consumer technology tradeshow in the world, is underway.  Last year, we fell in love with the Kodak PlaySport Video Camera.  This year, it’s a new Sony Walkman Sports MP3 Player that has us excited.

You’re probably thinking, “Big deal, another MP3 player…”  Well, this one is different: 

It’s WATERPROOF, which makes it the perfect companion for a Virgin Islands yacht charter vacation, AND it combines a pair of earbuds with the MP3 player in a single unit – with no external device required to play tunes!Photo of two sets of headphones floating on a wave. The left side earbuds are pink and yellow. The right side earbuds are navy blue and mint green
Yes, it does look like a pair of large earbuds, but the two boxes on the sides actually house the entire MP3 player.

Designed with fitness in mind, it should prove to be more comfortable to wear while working out or jogging.  With its waterproof construction, charterers can wear it while swimming and snorkeling (imagine moving through the boulders at the Baths on Virgin Gorda, perhaps listening to Enya’s, Orinoco Flow???).  SailAway, SailAway, SailAway…
The two earbuds are also held together with a tension band that wraps around the back of the wearer’s head.  Controls on the bottom of each side adjust the volume, plus skip/pause/play songs. You can download up to 4GB of your favorite tunes, and enjoy up to 8 hours of playtime on a full charge.
Sony claims the earbuds will produce exceptional audio – even while underwater!
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Movie Director Beats Branson Yacht Owner

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UNDER THE SEA 

A famed Hollywood filmmaker has bested an equally famous celebrity explorer as well as an underdog submariner in a race to be the first explorer of the ocean deadliest trench in half a century.

 

JAMES CAMERON VS. RICHARD BRANSON

James Cameron plunged about seven miles to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific ocean, where temperatures near freezing and the bone-crushing pressure is one thousand times greater than that at sea level.

Photograph of James Cameron in a green and black submarine that is sitting on the deck of a boat. He is wearing a black beanie hat and a black short-sleeved t-shirt.  He has a white beard and a huge smile.

James Cameron, submarine, National Geographic

 

FIRST RACE

In January, we profiled the epic attempt by three teams of modern-day explorers to reach the ocean’s deepest point – the first attempt in over 50 years. 

 

SECOND RACE

Cameron, the director of Avatar, Titanic and The Abyss, was up against British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, owner of the 32 meter (111 foot) luxury yacht charter vessel NECKER BELLE.  The third team was headed by Patrick Lahey.  Lahey and his team, Triton Submarines, were heavy underdogs to their wealthy competitors.

 

CAMERON COMMENTS

Speaking after the dive, Cameron described the ocean bottom as a “completely alien world” – similar to the surface of the moon. 

It was a “very lunar, very desolate place. Very isolated,” Cameron said.

 

COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENTS

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters weighs in on this epic challenge.  She believes in accomplishing bucket list items while on yacht charter.

“How often do you get an opportunity to explore the bottom of the ocean? I don’t mean via reality television shows provide this option. I mean, charter a yacht and take the onboard submarine below the surface of the sea. It’s an amazing experience.”

 

RENT A YACHT AND HAVE AN ADVENTURE

Plan your own adventure aboard Bahama yacht charters motor yacht MINE GAMES is one of the first charter vessels to carry an onboard submarine as part of the yacht’s watertoy inventoryContact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ to schedule your luxury yacht charter.

 

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