Surprisingly, not an eyebrow was raised nor a snicker made by any of the guests at the seemingly sexual euphemism. These were repeat charterers, and they knew, the "banana" was one of the reasons that they chose to charter this yacht.
For novice charterers, a banana is one of many popular watertoys available on most Caribbean yacht charter vessels. Being pulled in a round inner tube behind a tender has been replaced with a ride on a giant, yellow, floating cylindrical tube, with room for 3 or more brave riders.
Every season, charter skippers are eager to add more and more new toys to their onboard inventory of recreational gear. Gone are the days when a typical yacht only carried a couple of fishing poles, some snorkel gear, and a windsurfer. Now, it is common to find waverunners, underwater scooters, and an wide assortment of towable toys onboard the typical vessel for hire.
According to Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway, an international private yacht charter agency, the wilder the toy, the better. "When it comes to toys on today’s charter vessels, the rule of thumb is simple – go extreme," says Sheeder. "We now see yachts carrying high performance waverunners, Segway scooters for playing ashore, and even small submarines for exploring reefs."
The onboard toy inventory of Oceanco motor yacht SEVEN SEAS reads like a Hammacher Schlemmer catalog. A partial list of the 86 meter yacht’s watertoys includes 3 tenders, 4 waverunners, windsurfers, paddleboards, kiteboard, kneeboard, wakeboard, snorkel gear, and multiple towable toys called Aqua Slides.
The 81 meter Feadship motor yacht AIR keeps pace with yacht SEVEN SEAS by including among her toys: 2 Laser sailing dinghies, 4 Kayaks, SCUBA gear (certified divers only), and 4 BladeFish underwater scooters.
Sheeder is grateful her yacht owners continue their pursuit of bigger, faster, more unique toys. "In the end, it’s the charter customers who benefit from the childlike enthusiasm of yacht owners willing to spend whatever it takes to have the newest toys and techno-gadgets onboard their luxury yachts."Are you ready to charter a mega yacht with onboard toys like the banana, Bladefish underwater scooters, Segways, and submarines? Contact SailAway HERE to book your vacation now!
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