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“Having the Best Time…” on Motor Yacht ‘H – [Video]

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WHICH YACHT TO RECOMMEND?

When your clients are accustomed to +70 meter superyachts for their private luxury yacht charter vacations, you should probably think twice about recommending a 40 meter yacht for their next getaway…

 

MOTORYACHT ‘H

Unless that 40 meter vessel is motor yacht ‘H with Captain Phil Frost at the helm.

 

BEYONCE AND JAY-Z

About three weeks ago, good friends of ours called.  They were taking a short trip from their home in the states to visit their daughter who is spending a college semester in France.  During the visit, they planned to catch the “On The Run II: Beyonce & Jay-Z” concert in Paris, then spend a few days exploring.  They asked, “Since we’re not taking the whole family, is there a smaller, contemporary-designed yacht that you would recommend for a quick getaway in France?”  Without hesitation, we said, “Yes, the best available option is the 42 meter Benetti motoryacht ‘H.”

 

WHO IS SUPERYACHT ‘H?

Built in 2015, motor yacht ‘H is a shining example of the Italian builder’s Fast 140 series, with exterior styling by Stefano Righini, and interiors by HJH Studios.  The yacht has it all – a massive sundeck, an impressive skylounge, and a fantastic, young, energetic crew led by can-do skipper, Australian Phil Frost.  Phil’s motto is, “Say yes, then figure out how to make it happen!”

 

GUEST RESPONSES

With just hours to prepare, Phil and his team provisioned and prepared for our clients’ arrival in Bonifacio.  Less than 2 hours after getting onboard, our clients sent us two, short, but telling texts.  First, the husband wrote, “Having the best time.”  Then, his wife wrote, “Oh man, this crew is awesome!”

 

CLIENTS CALL US

Once back home, the family called us to say the yacht was beautiful and surprisingly comfortable for a 40 meter yacht, and the crew made everyone feel as if they were onboard a 70 meter vessel.

They were so impressed, plans are already underway for a repeat trip in September…

 

WOULD YOU RATHER…

If you’re considering a private yacht charter vacation in the Med in August or September (or the Caribbean this winter), it’s hard to overstate the value, luxury, and comfort you’ll find with Captain Phil Frost, onboard Benetti motor yacht ‘H…

 

KISMET

[Side note – Beyonce and Jay-Z decided to do a little boating after the concert as well.  They loaded the family onboard motor yacht KISMET (video) before returning to the next leg of their world tour…]

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT

Are you considering chartering a yacht for a vacation or special event?  Call or text us at 305-720-7245, and with our Best Price Guarantee in hand, you’ll be on your way to making memories in style!  Let us know that you are interested in chartering, and we’re on it!

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100 Meter Sloop Next Project for Dubois Designs

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Aerial photograph of a Dubois sailboat underway. Yacht is heading toward the lower left corner of the photo. The yacht has a dark hull, wooden deck, and white modern superstructure. Her white sails are full.

Dubois Designs

MONACO YACHT SHOW CONTRACTS

Following discussions at the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show, the fabled team at Dubois Designs has entered a contract with an existing client for the construction of a 100m sloop.  

 

BUILDER COMMENTS

“We are pleased to announce the design contract for a 100m sloop,” says Ed Dubois

“This will demand a 30 month design programme with construction expected to commence mid 2013 with completion 2016. Further information will be available late 2012.”

She is expected to exist as one the most spectacular private yachts.  Her main mast will tower 125 meters above the water.  The yacht is designed as an explorer vessel.  Much of her volume is dedicated to storage (stowage) space for tenders and equipment. This sailboat holds a maximum draft of 12.8m. She has accommodations for 20 crew in single cabins.  There is a unique hard top over the flybridge.

 

INTERIOR DESIGNER

No shipyard has yet to be chosen for the construction, but Josep Juanpere Miret in onboard as the interior designer.

Ed Dubois was recently in the news for establishing a cancer fund for children.  Yachts designed by Dubois and his team have swept numerous superyacht awards in the past year.

 

RENT A PRIVATE YACHT

For a luxurious winter vacation on the water, charter a Dubois-designed yacht such as sail yacht KOKOMO or sail yacht TWIZZLE.  Contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters desk at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ for further details. 

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12-Passenger Yacht Ice 5 To Offer Summer New England Yacht Charter Opportunities

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CLAM CHOWDER, ANYONE?

Not sure you want to traipse the kids and the in-laws all the way to the Med this summer for your annual Superyacht Experience?

Maybe an action-packed adventure closer to home is what you need — onboard the Proteksan Turquoise yacht ICE 5, in beautiful New England.  There is so much to see and do in this lovely area, not to mention all of the amazing amenities and activities onboard your private yacht!

 

Photo of boat with jetskis and 2 tenders running alongside

 

 

ROOM FOR 12

The 140ft yacht, built in 2002, completed a major refit several months ago, and she looks as good as the day she was launched.

Easily rivaling the volume of larger vessels, yacht ICE 5 boasts a spacious interior and has sprawling decks and outdoor spaces. Her roomy layout offers something for every charter guest, making her an ideal choice for large groups, families, even corporate events.

Accommodations are offered for up to 12 guests in six staterooms, including a master suite and two VIP staterooms.

A large assortment of watertoys will keep you and the family busy for hours every day.

 

RATE

The New England yacht charter summer rate for motoryacht Ice 5 is $130,000 per week + running expenses.

 

SPECS

  • Length:  140′ (42.67 meters)
  • Beam:  27′ (8.23 meters)
  • Draft:  6′ (1.83 meters)
  • Year Built/Refit:  2002 / 2017
  • Builder:  Turquoise
  • Number of Cabins: 6
  • Total Guests: 12
  • Cabin Configuration: 2 Kings, 3 Queens, 2 Singles
  • Total Crew: 8

 

TENDERS & TOYS

–  2018 Aoxpar T-Top 37′ towed tender

–  (2) 3-seat 2017 Yamaha VRX Waverunners

–  2017 Yamaha Superjet Stand-Up Waverunner (SUW)

– Snorkel Gear (12 sets)

– Kneeboard

– Wakeboard

– WaterSki

– Inflatable water toys

– Motorized Surf Board

– Two Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP’s)

– Two Inflatable Paddleboards (SUPs)

– Fishing Equipment

– SCUBA Diving Equipment (certified divers only)

 

HOW TO BOOK

Come explore historic New England and The Superyacht Experience, as only 1-800 Yacht Charters can provide, this summer.  Let 1-800 Yacht Charters secure prime dates for you, today.  Email info@1800yachtcharters, or call 1.800.922.4824 to check availability.  We stand by, at your service.

Photo of yacht anchored in a quiet harbor - aerial view

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2012 in Review: Luxury Yacht Charter Top Three Gadgets

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TOP 3 GADGETS

With many toys and electronic devices that enhance a week’s vacation at sea, we choose 3. 
Our charter professionals take a look back at their favorite gadgets for 2012.

FIRST – Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 ($470)

Photograph of a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 phone on its side. The picture shows a collage of different screens available on the phone. Top left is a clock feature with the time over a lovely pasture setting and blue sky with puffy clouds. The other 3 images are dark action shots, as though videos of action game screens.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

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.

Second, 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…

 

Third, Samsung Galaxy S III ($280)

Photograph of a white Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone.  The screen saver is blue with a white fluffy dandelion seed pod on it. A few of the fluffy blooms have launched into the air.

Samsung Galaxy SIII S3

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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28m Yacht Whirlwind Offers Sailing in Caribbean

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Aerial photograph of sailboat WHIRLWIND in the Caribbean. The yacht has a dark blue hull with white superstructure. Her sails are full and solid white.

Whirlwind sailboat in the Caribbean


The 28 meter sailing yacht WHIRLWIND has joined the growing list of sailboats heading to the Caribbean for the winter and spring seasons, and is offering reduced rates to entice vacationers. 

 

Currently accepting reservations for Christmas and New Years, sailing yacht WHIRLWIND

is the ultimate Virgin Islands yacht charter sailboat for family of 6 to 8, with generous accommodations available in 3 guest staterooms. 

The sailing yacht offers three double cabins, two with a Pullman berth (thus the yacht can accommodate 6 adults + max 2 kids). One double cabin is located forward port side, and two identical cabins are positioned aft at either side of upper saloon stairway. Each cabin is equipped with its own en-suite bathroom and shower.

Onboard amenities include a Crestroncontrolled multi-media entertainment system, a PlayStation game station for the kids, and iPod docking stations throughout the yacht.

Launched in 1988 by the fabled Holland Jachtbouw shipyard, the yacht features the classic styling of interior designer Andrew Winch who oversaw a major interior refit this year (2011).

The yacht is available for the year-end holidays at a rate of  € 32,760 per week.  At the conclusion of the holidays, special winter and spring rates will take effect, with the price dropping to € 19,950 per week (regular winter/spring rate is € 26,600 per week). All rates are plus expenses.

For availability and further details, please contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters reservations department at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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3 Best Celebrity Owned Yachts

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photograph of yacht Seven Seas and owner Steven Spielberg. Photo collage of Spielberg and the yacht areas like hot tub, salon, and aft deck.

Whether as an effort to diversify investments, ego or challenge – many international celebrities have spent millions of dollars for the opportunity to own a superyacht.  Unlike athletes who splash their names on a restaurant and cover the walls in memorabilia as a shrine to their athletic glory, celebrity yacht owners rarely view their vessels as a tool for self-promotion. Instead, these yachts serve as a private oasis, a retreat from the constant pressures of the high-profile world of business and entertainment.

 Aerial photograph from bow of yacht, SlipStream. Boat is heading into the photograph, towards the bottom. Superstructure is silver. Hull is black.

 

When not in use by their owners or families, many of these yachts are available for hire as luxury mega yacht charter vessels.


While a celebrity’s name might pique your interest in considering his or her yacht, it’s the onboard amenities, professional crew, and overall design of the vessel that ultimately lead a client to rent a specific private yacht.  
 
Still, for many people (especially the charterer’s children), it’s fun to say,
We just spent a week on P. Diddy’s private yacht!
 
To that end, we’ve compiled a list of our three favorite celebrity-owned yachts for hire:
 
1. VAJOLIROJA
private yacht charter owner Johnny Depp charters luxury yachts
 
Sailing the high seas as the lead character in the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise might explain why actor Johnny Depp has a passion for fine yachts.

Motor yacht VaJoLiRoJa — the boat’s clever name comes from combining the first few letters of each family member’s name, partner Vanessa Paradis, Johnny, and their kids, Lily-Rose and Jack — is a 156′  Mediterranean yacht charter vessel of distinctive character, inspired by the classic gentleman’s yachts of the 1930’s.

The lavishly-styled interior evokes the romance and glamour of a bygone era (with a few pirate-themed hints throughout). Available for hire in the Mediterranean for € 98,000 per week in July and August, and € 84,000 per week the other months.

 
2. VA BENE


Photograph of yacht VA BENE profile. There's a mountain in the background.

According to the story, legendary rock star Eric Clapton (“Layla,” “Tears in Heaven,” “Cocaine“) chartered motor yacht Va Bene in 2005 and loved the yacht so much, he purchased it from then owner, F1 motor racing CEO Bernie Ecclestone. The 157 ft (47.8m) yacht can accommodate 12 guests in six separate sleeping cabins and has a crew complement of 13 when under charter.

The yacht’s interior is best described as calm and informal, with neutral tones in the décor and an Art Deco theme running through the main guest areas. Clapton, a collector of modern art, has filled the yacht with paintings, sculptures, and ceramic vases. 

Motor Yacht Va Bene is available for Caribbean yacht charter hire in the winter and spring at a rate of  $189,000 per week.  In the summer, the yacht is based in the Mediterranean and is priced at $210,000 per week in July and August, and $189,000 per week all other months.

3.  SEVEN SEAS

Aerial view of motoryacht with blue hull and white superstructure underway

After her launch in 2010, speculation swirled around Steven Spielberg’s motor yacht SEVEN SEAS as to whether or not she would enter the charter market.  At first – she did.  Recently, however, Spielberg withdrew the yacht from charter for extended personal use.  Hopeful that the superyacht will one day return to charter, we have selected her for our list of the best celebrity-owned (charter) yachts.  

At 86 meters in length, her size, shape, and style ensure that motor yacht Seven Seas is one of the most impressive yachts in the world.  Built by Oceanco, the megayacht features an infinity swimming pool on her aft deck which can conveniently be transformed into a full helipad or used as a screen for viewing movies while on deck or in the pool. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we will soon see the return of Seven Seas to the rental marketplace!

HOW TO BOOK A CELEBRITY-OWNED YACHT CHARTER

Do you know any other celebrity-owned yachts worthy of mention?  Help us expand our list and see if we can come up with the top ten celebrity-owned yacht, even if they are not for hire.  Contact us with your nominations HERE

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3 Yacht Charter Must See Destinations | Luxury yacht charter

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Our friends at Trip Advisor recently sent us an email with some stunning images of 20 awe-inspiring places you must see.  The locations were selected by their members.

Several of the spots were accessible by yacht or could easily be accessed by land during a luxury yacht charter vacation.

From the locations submitted by the members, we’ve selected our favorite three for you to see:

1.  PULPIT ROCK – Ryfylke, Norway.
The Pulpit Rock (“Preikestolen” in Norwegian) soars 604 meters over the Lysefjord. This flat mountain plateau, was most likely carved and formed from melting ice over 10,000 years ago. 

 

Aerial photo of Pulpit Rock in Norway. Multiple people sitting on top of the giant rock that overlooks water far below
Fjord yacht charters in the summertime remain a popular choice, especially among European customers from neighboring Soviet countries. 
The Schooner sail yacht MONTIGNE  often offers Norway yacht charter vacations in the summertime. Built by Aegean Yachts, the 2009 super yacht MONTIGNE is a 57 meter (187 foot) three-masted staysail schooner with accommodations for 12 guests.

Her yacht charter rates start at $140,000 per week, plus expenses.

2.  PLITVICE LAKES – Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia.
Founded in 1949, Plitvice is the largest national park in Croatia, drawing more than 1,200,000 visitors annually.  Situated in the mountainous area of central Croatia, the national park connects the Croatian inland with the Adriatic coastal region – a highly popular yachting destination.
The interest in Croatia yacht charters continues to grow each summer, as clients look for alternatives to the crowded anchorages and overpriced marinas in France and Italy.Aerial photograph of mountains, green trees, turquoise water, and waterfalls flowing from the lakes
Motor yacht AIR, Benetti yacht charter vessel MINE GAMES, and James Bond inspired boat, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, have all spent time recently cruising the calm waters of the Adriatic yacht charter coastline.
3.  SANTORINI – Cyclades, Greece.
If you’ve ever seen a photograph of blinding-white buildings with blue roofs, juxtaposed against a backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea, chances are you saw a photo of Santorini.  The views of the sea from the terraces of the ancient towns along the cliffs are mesmerizing.
Arguably the most famous island in Greece, Santorini is easily reachable by yacht – just 120 miles southeast from Greece’s mainland.

Photograph of the Greek island of Santorini, showing a row of white homes with rounded blue roofs, a boat moving along in the harbor below, and a mountain in the distance

Popular Greek yacht charter vessels include motor yacht LADY BRITT  and super yacht EXCELLENCE V.
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33 Meter Crewed Catamaran Charter Vessel Launched By Curvelle Yachts

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In February we added the brand new 33 meter catamaran yacht QUARANTA to our website, in anticipation of her launch and christening.

We are proud to report motor yacht QUARANTA, the largest carbon hybrid composite power catamaran in the world, was successfully launched in February.

At 3.30am, the Turkish-built superyacht was pulled from her Tuzla shipyard shed on to the public road by a huge trailer. From there, she was towed 3 kilometers to the RMK shipyard for launching.

Photograph of profile of power catamaran at anchor. Sunset reflection on the side of the boat. Photo taken at "the golden hour."
The following day, on Sunday morning at 10:45am, the yacht was officially christened and launched.

The vessel features a flexible layout. Six double cabins offer room for 12 guests, and be converted into three VIP suites, six twins, doubles, or any combination thereof. All guest cabins are located on the main deck and fitted with large windows.

Interior and exterior styling was provided by UK’s Lila Lou Studios, with Incat Crowther serving as the naval architects.

With four decks and a nine (9) meter beam, the catamaran provides nearly 50 per cent more space than a comparable 30 meter monohull.

She is available this summer for Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter vacations at a rate of €125,000 per week, plus all expenses.
A similar vessel, the Sunreef 70 power catamaran DAMRAK II is also available for hire in the Mediterranean in the summer months.=======================

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4 Reasons to Charter a Sailing Yacht

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Dubois naval architects sailboat photograph. Blue-hulled performance sailboat underway. View of the yacht headed toward you. Photo from the water line.

 

SAILBOAT OR MOTORYACHT

Do you prefer a sailboat or a motoryacht?

YACHT CHARTER BROKER ASKS

That is typically the first question a charter broker asks a prospective new customer when approached with an inquiry for a mega yacht charter vacation.
The answer is often a request for a motor yacht.   Yachting aficionados routinely inquire by motoryacht brand.  They ask specifically, for example, for a Benetti or Trinity yacht charter vessel.

The pendulum, however, seems to be swinging as more clients express interest in luxury sailing charter holidays.

We are witnessing a shift in our sense of priorities when it comes to the world around us,” says Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, an international yacht rental agency.  “The focus on sustainable lifestyles goes beyond how we live at home.  Many travelers feel compelled to seek out an eco-friendly vacation, and sailboats are the perfect alternative to fossil-fuel powered motoryachts.

But what about luxury and comfort? For years, sailboats were considered small and cramped, with far fewer amenities than their power-driven counterparts.  “That’s all in the past,” says Sheeder.

Advances in technology have come a long way.  Naval architects have found ways to add upscale amenities to sailboats without compromising the yacht’s performance capabilities.

 

KOKOMO SAILING YACHT

Sail yacht KOKOMO is indicative of this direction.  The 58 meter sailboat reflects new heights of excellence in terms of design, technology, engineering, performance, and quality.

FOUR REASONS TO CHOOSE A SAILBOAT

With so much to offer, here are 4 great reasons to rent a sailing yacht:

1. Sailboats offer you the chance to experience and enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

2. Sailing yachts are more environmentally-responsible (“green“) than motor yachts.

3. Sailboats offer greater fuel economy and less fuel consumption than motor yachts.

4. Sailboats can offer a more tranquil, relaxing experience than a cruise on a motor yacht.

 

FIFTH REASON – FEEDBACK?

What is the 5th great reason to choose a sailing yacht charter vacation?  Click HERE to tell us why you think sailboats are the best way to experience a holiday on the sea.

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40 Meter Sailboat Keen for Balearic Island Yacht Charters

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Profile photograph of sailboat named Philanderer, underway. She is sailing toward the bottom right corner of the picture.  She has a blue hull and white superstructure, with a tan teak deck and white sails.  Her sails are full, and the waves are lapping at the hull.

PHILANDERER sailing yacht

Sail yacht PHILANDERER  is the largest sailing vessel licensed to legally charter in Spanish waters. She wants bookings in the Spanish Balearic Islands this summer!

Philanderer is currently booked from 28th July to 04th August (Palma/Palma).  The sailboat is offering special rates for reservations secured before 31st May 2012.

  • 51,000 per week for charters in July and August.  (Regular rate is 56,000 per week)

  • 45,000 per week in June and September.  (Regular rate is 49,000 per week)

 

Philanderer comes from Thailand, built by Concorde Yachts.  This sailboat is well-known in the luxury yacht charter market.  She boasts multiple features. For instance, large interior volume, a great layout for entertainment, and 5 guest cabins.  Her onboard amenities include a sauna and a well-furnished gym.

Philanderer completely refit from 2009 through 2011.  She is in bristol condition, from top to bottom.

There are an estimated 300 days of sunshine per year.  The Balearic Islands offer wonderful beaches and rich culture.  They are a preferred holiday destination in Spain. More passengers pass through the Palma de Mallorca airport than any other in Spain.

Her cruising ground is off the eastern side of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea.  It is a beautiful group of islands that is is divided into 2 territories.  The first is Gimnesias.  For instance, Mallorca, Menorca and Cabrera in the North.  Second is Pitiusas. For instance, Ibiza and Formentera in the Southwest.  Numerous coves and protected anchorages make the Balearics an ideal yachting destination. She is especially desirable during warm summer months.  

HOW TO BOOK A SAILBOAT CHARTER

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