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Best Yacht Charter – Commitment to Generosity & Clients Defines Company

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RECOMMENDED BY FORBES

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.

 

COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENTS

So how does the company continue to attract active, well-traveled clients when many of their competitors offer the same yachts?  According to 1-800 Yacht Charters company President, Jana Sheeder, it’s all about “Focus.”

We don’t charter yachts,” says Sheeder, “we deliver The Superyacht Experience™ to our clients.”

Photograph of Jana Sheeder sitting on a yacht

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.”

 

HOW A YACHT CHARTER INQUIRY IS PROCESSED

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.” 

Furthermore, Sheeder says the clients hope to immerse themselves and participate in unique cultural events and #voluntourism.  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, “Besides, we often don’t even discuss particular yachts until our second or third conversation.”

SHEEDER CONTINUES

Sheeder admits some clients are puzzled at first.  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 also to make a difference in the world.”  

Jana Sheeder poses with Guy Harvey representative. Both hold mooring reef buoys that are placed above reefs in the ocean to protect reefs from anchor damage from boats. The round buoys reflect a horizontal line in the photo, as the photographer flash hits them. Best karma for generosity in yacht charters

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 Meet or Beat ALL Competitors’ Rates

Best Brands:  The Most Exclusive Yacht Builders

For instance, Benetti, Trinity, Lürssen, and Feadship

In addition, Oceanco, Heesen, Perini Navi, and more

Best Yacht Charter Destinations

Yachts in Dozens of Popular, and Exotic, Locales

 

For example, Caribbean, Mediterranean, South Pacific and Asia, and Florida, Bahamas, and North America

Further, South America, South Pacific, New England, Thousand Islands, NY, 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 by Forbes.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 (now “IYBA”)

-Caribbean Yacht Brokers Association

 

Choose the Best Yacht, the Best Price, and Best Environmental Sustainability!

Make the BEST choice — choose 1-800 Yacht Charters

In conclusion, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ to plan The Superyacht Experience™ for you today.

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Popular Website Recognizes 1-800 Yacht Charters for Outstanding Blog

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Top 30 Yacht Blogs on the Internet Award

TOP 30 BLOG

Feedspot, a 4-star rated RSS Reader, has selected the luxury yachting lifestyle blog of 1-800 Yacht Charters as one of the Top 30 Best Yacht Blogs on the Planet.  The company joins a distinguished list that includes Reddit, and the boating magazines, Yachting and Yachting World.

In recognizing 1-800 Yacht Charters, Anuj Agarwal, founder of Feedspot said,

“This is the most comprehensive list of best Yacht blogs on the internet and I’m honoured to have you as part of this!” 

THE SELECTION PROCESS

According to Agarwal, the top 30 sites are selected and ranked based on the following criteria. For instance,

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts
  • Feedspot’s editorial team’s and experts’ reviews

 

THE COMPANY PRESIDENT’S REACTION

In responding to the award, Jana Sheeder, the President of 1-800 Yacht Charters thanked Feedspot for the recognition.

“There are hundreds of yachting-oriented websites and blogs, and to be selected for this award is truly an honor,” said Sheeder.  “Our goal was to go beyond just describing the yachts in our fleet, in order to share the joys of the yachting lifestyle with our readers.  We make it a point to cover diverse topics such as nautical fashion trends, travel tips, and last-minute vacation specials.  Our USP is ‘Delivering the Superyacht Experience™,’ and that process begins with reliable information.  Our blog is integral to that process.  We work hard on our content for our readers. We welcome their comments and suggestions as to topics for us to cover.”

 

ABOUT FEEDSPOT

Feedspot is a modern RSS Reader.

“If you’re trying to keep up with news and content on multiple web sites, you’re faced with the never ending task of visiting those sites to check for new content,” says Agarwal. “Feedspot allows you to put all of your reading in one location.”  Feedspot arranges their blog feeds in master categories such as Fashion, Education, Business, Health, Sports, and Culture.

 

FEEDSPOT GOLD

For advertisement-free reading, Feedspot offers their premier service, Feedspot Gold.  According to their website, this subscription-based service includes:

  • Realtime Updates in your Inbox — Get instant updates from your favorite sites right in your email inbox. You can even select specific sites for instant email notifications. This way you will never miss any important updates.
  • Search Inside Sites — Search for articles only within the sites you’ve added to your Feedspot account. It’s like your own personal search engine – unlike Google, which shows results from the entire web. Advanced search filters is an amazing way to find the content that matters to you.
  • Saved Searches — Use saved search features to find articles on specific subjects. Create special searches to find articles about your business, brand, and products, and save them for easy reuse.

Additionally,

  • Ad-free Feedspot — Advertisements are not shown to Feedspot Gold members.  Get an awesome reading experience – almost as good as The Superyacht Experience at 1-800 Yacht Charters!
  • Fast Updates — Get fast news updates from sites and blogs that update less frequently.
  • News Topics — Get latest relevant news articles based on topics you care about.
  • Local News — Read local news by simply typing in a city name or zipcode. You can create a local section for any city, state or country in the world and include thousands of sources.
  • Your Twitter Timeline on Feedspot — Lets you Read, Archive, and Search Your Personal Twitter Feed on Feedspot
  • Top Priority support

 

MOREOVER GOLD

  • Faster support response
  • Google Alerts — Google Alerts now support RSS feeds so that you can receive and view alerts right from your Feedspot account. Until now, alerts have been delivered via email only, but those days are over. Now your News, Web, Blog, Video, and Groups alerts are more easily accessible than ever.
  • Dropbox — Automatically backup all your Feedspot data including your feeds, favorite, and tagged articles to your Dropbox account so that you don’t have to worry about data loss.
  • Evernote — One-click save any article to your Evernote notebook.
  • RSS Feeds — Combine multiple RSS or atom feeds into one new RSS feed. Get RSS feed for your favorites, shared items, tags, and folders.
  • Facebook — One-click share any article to your Facebook account.  Come visit 1-800 Yacht Charters on Facebook, too! 
  • Twitter — One-click share any article to your Twitter account.
  • Pocket — One-click save any article to Pocket. Also lets you save to Instapaper and Readability
  • Buffer App — One-click add any article to your Buffer app queue.
  • YouTube Subscriptions — You can add all your favorite Youtube Channels or subscriptions into your Feedspot account and keep track of all your favorite videos from one place.
  • Customize Homepage — Lets you customize what you want to see by default on your Feedspot homepage. You can opt to see updates only from selected important sites on your homepage so that you read them first whenever you visit Feedspot.

 

HOW TO RENT A YACHT FROM A TOP COMPANY

In conclusion, it’s time to plan your private yacht charter vacation!  Do the warm waters of the Caribbean or the Bahamas sound intriguing?  Charter from 1-800 Yacht Charters today. The award-winning yacht charter company with a Best Price Guarantee and 6 Star Customer Service.  Contact us today to plan your Superyacht Experience!

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Q & A With A Luxury Yacht Charter Chef

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Profile photograph of motoryacht SOLO underway. She has a grey hull and white superstructure. She is headed toward the right side of the photograph.

Superyacht SOLO

 

What makes a luxury yacht charter memorable

It’s hard to find a consensus among charterers.  For some, it’s all about the destination.  Others appreciate the chance to reconnect with family and friends.

Yet almost all returning yacht charter clients comment about the Michelin menus and the jaw-dropping talents of their yacht’s onboard chef.

Great meals, dazzling presentations, and the infusion of local ingredients and cultural components. These are trademarks of the superyacht chefs in the yacht-for-hire industry.

 

SUPERYACHT EXPERIENCE

A great chef can elevate a charter from a “vacation on a boat,” to a true “Superyacht Experience.”

 

INTERVIEW WITH A YACHT CHEF

Our associate Nicolas Fry sat down with Gionata Rossi, Executive Chef onboard the 72 meter Tankoa yacht SOLO.  This vessel is one of our newest rental luxury yachts. She can accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 staterooms.  Her cruising grounds include France, Italy, and the Western Mediterranean.

We share more information about super yacht SOLO at the bottom of this blog.  Here is Nicolas’ interview with Chef Rossi.  Foodies enjoy!

THE CHEF – Gionata Rossi

 

Collage of photographs of Chef Gionata Rossi. Top left photo is a knife on a stainless steel table. The photo at top right is chef Rossi cutting something. The bottom left photograph is Chef Gionata Rossi leaning forward. Bottom right side photo is a white cutting board with sliced vegetables on it and a squiggly pile of creamy beige paste.

Chef Gionata Rossi

 

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 

1. Why did you decide to become a chef and to work as a yacht chef?

Cooking has always been my passion. I started at a very early age.  Earned my master at the hotel school in Massa and started working immediately.  A Chef for 25 years and I have worked in some of the best restaurants in the world. I have received a Michelin star at casa del nonno 13 and have been reviewed in the best gourmet guides. Joined yachting because it combines my primary passions: cooking and travelling”.

 

 

2. What is your favorite cuisine and can you prepare different styles of cooking?

I cook different styles but the contemporary one based on traditional cuisine is what I consider the most interesting. As a Chef on a superyacht charter vessel I believe that the cuisine served is not only a show but a nutritional experience as well. My passion for food varies from creating the perfect roast dinner to a 7-course degustation where I can display a whole range of different cooking techniques and products. My main talent is Italian and French cuisine whilst still offering Asian and Japanese menus.”

 

3. Is there a chef you admire above all others and why?

If I have to mention only one, then it is Raffaele Vitale, an important Italian chef, as I had definitely the best experience working with him. I have many friends but the research of taste and knowledge of raw materials with Raffaele were essential for me. Which nationalities tend to be the best charter guests? Gionata: I am lucky, I have always had good relationships with guests from many different nationalities. Having said that, I have worked a lot with Russian yacht charter guests and they generally love my food.”

 

The Interview Continues

4. Which is your favorite destination and why? 

“Greece and Turkey are always in my heart for the quality of fruit and vegetables you can find on the markets”

 

 

5. How are trends driving guest expectations and how do you stay up to date?

In my kitchen and galley I take pride that everything is made from scratch with fresh products. Stocks, sauces & dressings are always made on board, ice creams are churned to order, pastas and gnocchi rolled fresh, fresh bread baked daily and our meats and seafood are always fresh. I also specialize in vegan, vegetarian and low-calorie diets”.

 

 

6. What trends are you noticing in wine and food pairings?

I drink only biodynamic wines and I think that this trend is on the increase therefore also the combination must go in that direction even if I consider fundamental to combine food and wine. By the way, my favorite wine is the Pinot Nero!”

 

The Interview Concludes

7. Can you share with us a spring menu you would prepare for affluent charter yacht guests?

Marinated spring onion and tomato with lime sorbet, cold tomato soup with fresh spaghetto garlic oil and chilli, cold english cream with berries and apple crumble.”

 

 Photo of a chef in white clothing standing over a black shiny table. He has a silver spoon over a plate of food. There is red juice dripping off of the spoon down onto the plate. The chef is Tankoa yacht Solo gourmet chef.

8. When are you happiest at work?

Cooking demonstrations with the guests either at the table or in the kitchen! This is a special touch I like to offer to luxury yacht rental guests. I wish to share my passion for food with my clients and create an amazing atmosphere for their dining experience. When I can establish a good relationship with the guests, the rest is easy.”

 

 

9. BONUS: What are the strengths that make you a great superyacht chef?

In order to offer a great superyacht experience, a huge amount of organization needs to be in place. My organizational skills allow me to present food the way that it is intended. I am also up to date with all the latest cooking techniques, methods & equipment so that as a private chef I can still rival the best and most fancy restaurants.”

 

THE COMBINATION CONTINUES

  • THE YACHT – Tankoa motor yacht SOLO

 

Regular readers remember our blog about three Jaw-Dropping New Yachts at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show.  We highlight 228 foot motor yacht SUERTE, built by Tankoa Yachts in that blog post.  Two years later, Tankoa Yachts unveiled Suerte’s, “Big sister,” the 236 foot SOLO.  Our inspection of this beautiful lady left us in awe.

Our associate, Nicolas Fry, has spent numerous hours onboard the yacht.  Here is his overview:

“SOLO is the perfect combination of performance and luxury designed by Francesco Paszkowski and built by Tankoa. Her contemporary interior, designed by Margherita Casprini, will sleep up to 12 guests in six well-appointed staterooms. The master suite features an independent office, a king size bed with panoramic views, a private terrace with a Jacuzzi and lounge beds offering complete privacy.

He continues…

Guests can be accommodated in a large VIP, two double and two convertible twin staterooms. SOLO features impressive living spaces, with a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor areas. Guests will love the vast beach club with for example, a lounge/bar area, a hammam, a sauna with its own fold-out terrace and a chilled water shower. This wellness center is complete with the gym & massage room equipped with the latest Technogym equipment and its private terrace on the sea. On the main deck, the 7m infinity pool is another great area to spend time with your guests. The sky lounge aft feature a Jacuzzi. In addition, a touch-and-go Helipad that be converted into a dance floor (is there, as well).

 

Finally

The sundeck offers never ending views from its sun loungers. SOLO also offers several options for entertaining and dining including all-weather alfresco table on the upper deck aft, the main salon or upper deck salon.

 

  • THE ULTIMATE COMBINATION:
    Tankoa M/Y SOLO + Chef Gionata Rossi =  THE SUPERYACHT EXPERIENCE!!!

 

The yacht’s rates are from €650,000 per week.  To check availability for your favorite dates, please call the team at 1-800 Yacht Charters at 305-720-7245 or email info@1800yachtcharters.com today.  Rather send your inquiry online? Go to https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ .  Talk to you soon!

 

Enjoy a few more interesting blog pages, with our compliments!

Top 5 Luxury Yacht Charter Hot Tubs at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/take-a-soak-top-5-luxury-yacht-charter-hot-tubs

UPDATED!  Passengers!  Too many can make your yacht charter illegal

Feel like a kid again on superyacht Amarula Sun at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/feel-like-a-kid-again-on-yacht-amarula-sun/

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Review – Our 2nd great charter Motoryacht NAMOH

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REVIEW OF REPEAT YACHT CHARTER

Hi Jana and Jim,

A great trip. Thank you for everything.

(And) thank you for a wonderful trip (Captain) Greg. We all returned safely, but miss being back there on Namoh. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Name: S Gordon

Review. Quarter profile photograph of motoryacht Namoh. She is heading toward the bottom right side of the photo. The yacht is all white. There is an island in the background. There are people lying on the deck of the yacht.

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Superlatives for Yacht Sea Bass and Crew

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There simply are not enough superlatives in the English language to describe an experience on motor yacht SEA BASS. Our week in the BVI provided a much needed escape, and we will return to Michigan rested, restored, slightly sunburned and happy. Kai and Alan, thank you for making our trip so special. We enjoyed every minute with you on “Sassy Bassy.” We know you worked really hard to make our trip perfect, and you succeeded and we are so grateful. We will miss you!
-Matt & Michelle

Editor’s note

A 2009 launch, Sunreef 70 power catamaran SEA BASS accommodates 8 guests in 4 queen berth cabins.  In addition, all cabins have ensuite bathrooms. Onboard amenities are many.  For instance, individual climate control and DirecTV HDTV in all cabins and wireless Internet.  Additionally, a Harmon-Kardon sound system with iPod dock, and a hot tub on the flybridge.

Photograph of a woman in a hot tub on the yacht named Sea Bass. She is wearing a turquoise bikini. It is sunset. There is a dark mountain behind the yacht.

Available for a Virgin Islands yacht charter, her rate is $32,000 per week, plus expenses. If you prefer a Mediterranean yacht charter, a nearly identical sistership named motor yacht DAMRAK II  is available at a rate of €42,000 per week, plus expenses.

For more information about either yacht, contact our charter desk at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Wonderful time sailing in the Caribbean

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CHARTER REVIEW

Wonderful time sailing in the Caribbean. We were very happy with our sailing charter onboard (82′) CLEVELANDER. The charter went very well and we are interested to hear about Clevelander’s summer cruising area in Croatia. Capt. Simon was great! Thank you for directing us to Clevelander!

Name: M.R.

Wonderful time sailing. Profile photograph of sailboat Clevelander, under sail.  She is headed toward the left side of the photo.  Her hull is dark blue, and her superstructure is white.  The sail is white with a large red angled design on it. The sail is full and is bulging toward the photo.

 

Reviews like this one make us so thrilled to create The Superyacht Experience™ for our clients.  In business since 1976, and loving every minute of it.  There is no better feeling that happy customers. Helping others to make memories.  Making a difference with charitable donations with every charter. Giving back.  Random Acts of Kindness.  Special touches on charter.

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Yacht Charter Report Ranks US Air Carriers

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HOW TO FLY TO YACHT CHARTER DESTINATION?

Sometimes, the toughest part of planning a luxury yacht charter vacation is getting there.  Unless you live within driving distance, for example, traveling from another state to enjoy a Florida yacht charter requires a flight on a major domestic air carrier. With airlines slashing in-flight services and amenities, and increasing ticket prices to battle higher fuel prices and rising operating cost, customer complaints seem to rise year after year.

BEST AIRLINES

So which airlines have the best record of performance?

Aerial profile photograph of a white jet flying over puppy white clouds. The sky is bright blue. The plane is white with red letters reading, Virgin America. The plane is flying toward the right side of the photograph. The tail of the plane is red, as are the wing tips and engines underneath the plane. The tail reads the word, Virgin, in white script lettering.

AIRLINE QUALITY RATING REPORT

According to the just-released 2013 Airline Quality Rating report, Virgin America is the highest-quality major airline in the United States.  The lowest-rated? United Airlines.The Airline Quality Rating report is a statistical report of major airline operations in the United States.  It’s prepared Dr. Dean Headley, a professor at Wichita State University, and Dr. Brent Bowen, a professor at Purdue University.  The study  focuses on four criteria: on-time arrivals, denied boardings, misplaced/lost baggage, and customer complaints.

VIRGIN AMERICA

Virgin America posts strong numbers in most of the AQR’s criteria, with Jet Blue, AirTran Airways, Delta Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines rounding out the top five.

DOMESTIC AIRLINES

Here’s good news for luxury mega yacht charter customers, flying commercial versus private this season – Industry-wide,  domestic airlines actually IMPROVED their performance in two of the four analyzed categories from 2012 to 2013.  On-time arrivals increased to 81.8% from 80%, and mishandled bags fell to 3.07 from 3.35. 

AIRLINE BOOKINGS

Unfortunately, the number of denied boardings rose to 0.97 per 1,000 passengers from 0.78, and customer complaints climbed to 1.43 from 1.19 per 1,000 passengers.

The report’s authors believe industry belt-tightening resulted in more altered flight schedules and confusion among airline employees, causing overbooked flights and upset passengers.

HOW TO RENT A YACHT

The charter experts at 1-800 Yacht Charters can help you select the right yacht.  They help you select the right airline. Fly domestic or Caribbean yacht charter international.  Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Yacht Charter Review: NewVida in St. Martin

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MY SEANNA superyacht 2 jetskis in action next to yacht

We were truly impressed by the crew onboard NewVida (160′ motoryacht). They met all of our requests, including anchoring right off the beach of my brother’s villa in St. Martin. It was wonderful to have the entire extended family onboard for lunches, etc.

Thank you for selecting this yacht for our holiday.

Name: K.D.

Another happy customer!  It is an honor to make memories happen for wonderful families like this one. The Superyacht Experience™, created by 1-800 Yacht Charters.

Editor note.  Superyacht NewVida is now named Seanna

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