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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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Air Wars – Will Seaplanes Replace Helicopters on Superyachts?

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Photograph of a seaplane sitting on a concrete floor, as if in a showroom. The front headlights are on.  The back tail has red trim.  The plane is silver with grey windows and is very sleek and modern-looking

YACHT HELICOPTER BLOG

We profiled the new Mercedes Benz-style helicopter, the EC145.   Its use as an air tender on mega yacht charter vessels is popular. 

Several readers contacted us.  They said the future air tender might be a plane, and not a helicopter.  We decided to investigate further.

As we stated in June,

In the rarified air of multimillion dollar superyachts and gigayachts, helipads on luxury mega yacht charter vessels like motor yacht AIR and motor yacht MOONLIGHT II  commonplace…” 


Photograph of a solid white motoryacht running. Boat is heading toward the bottom 1/3 of the photograph. There are 2 mountains in the background.

4 REASONS FOR SEAPLANES

To illustrate, there are four compelling reasons behind the seaplane advantage.  Specifically, acquisition cost, maintenance cost, payload, and range outweigh helicopters.

Similarly, it is often more affordable to buy and maintain a seaplane.  Compared to a helicopter; we found payload comparisons vary.  This is because of the type of airship.  Seaplanes far exceed the range of typical helicopters.

Seaplane photo. Picture of seaplane in the water behind the swim platform of yacht. The swim platform has is wet in the center, and it has 2 blue and white striped sunpads on it.


SPECIAL LIGHT SPORT AIRCRAFT

The new generation of planes, specifically, Special Light Sport Aircraft, are the new item.   

 

FAA CATEGORY

These aircraft are relatively new to general aviation. In 2004, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) created a new category for sport aircraft.

COST ADVANTAGE

In general, sports aircraft are cheaper to build than most helicopters.   With fewer training hours required, it is also easier and less expensive for people to get a sport pilot license as compared to a traditional pilot’s license.
 

ICON A5 PLANE

As a tender to a luxury yacht charter vessel, the most interesting new sports plane is the Icon A5, slated for full production later this year.  The A5 is a 2-seat composite amphibian. Weighing just 1000 pounds, the plane features folding wings, allowing the aircraft to be stored onboard a yacht in a space no larger than 28 by 9 feet. 
 
With a price of just $135,000, the Icon A5 could prove to be the low cost air tender of the future.


HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER WITH SEAPLANE

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Air | Largest Feadship Yacht Arrives Soon

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Air superyacht. Photograph of the yacht profile. Underway. Black hull and white superstructure. Heading toward left side of photo.

 

AIR – FEADSHIP MOTORYACHT

Readers ask for more information on superyacht Air – the largest Feadship offered for rent – so we deliver!   In the past, we profiled the launch of motor yacht AIR, which prompted discussion.

Superyacht AIR surpassed all expectations during her sea trials and her owner is scheduled to take delivery in just under two weeks.  Shortly after, she will depart Holland and head straight to Monte Carlo to undertake her July Mediterranean yacht charter booking commitments.

WHERE IS SHE LOCATED?

Joining a fleet of the largest yachts for hire, the gigayacht still has open charter dates in the months of August and September.  At the conclusion of the summer season, the yacht will re-position across the Atlantic and join the St. Martin yacht charter fleet.

 

WHAT MAKES AIR SPECIAL

Feadship yacht AIR is helmed by co-captains Stephen Warren and Mark Finch and boasts a young and enthusiastic crew, including an excellent young British chef, new to the industry.  They are all looking forward to a spectacular season.

The yacht features a sleek, elegant exterior with a unique matte black steel hull. The minimalist interior, created by Remi Tessier, is stunning.  Amenities include an  8 meter-long pool located on the main deck forward, and a sun deck with full gym and Jacuzzi.  Other features include an elevator to all decks, massage and steam rooms, and a fully-certified commercial helicopter pad (helipad).

 

HOW TO RENT MOTORYACHT AIR FOR CHARTER


BE THE FIRST to charter this beautiful new yacht this summer. The weekly rental rate is €750,000 plus expenses.  Contact our office for photos and additional details at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/.

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Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyards

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Photograph of Feadship yacht underway. Solid white boat. Headed toward the lower right side of the photo.
FEADSHIP

A friend, unfamiliar with yachting asked me, “What makes a Feadship so special?”   I simply said,

Feadship is the Rolls Royce of the yachting world.

 

PEDIGREED

Aficionados of premium brand jewelry, cigars, furniture, and automobiles understand.  Enthusiasts draw to the brand’s pedigree and reputation of excellence.  It dates back to 1949.

 

WHY CHARTER ONE?

These yachts are synonymous with quality craftsmanship and the finest building materials.  Ironically, the builder embraced state-of-the-art construction technology.  It is now renown for modern superyacht designs and naval architecture.

 

PARTIAL LISTING FOR CHARTER

Here is a partial listing of the newest yachts built by Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyard and available for super yacht charters throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean:

81 meter 2011 motor yacht AIR:  
Photo of black hulled motoryacht, Air, running toward the right side of the photo

 

 

 

 

 

63 meter 2011 motor yacht LADY BRITT:  
Photograph of a large white superyacht at launch. She is anchored and has colorful banner flags having across the length of the ship. There is a large building behind her

 

 

 

 

 



53 meter 2009 motor yacht HURRICANE RUN:
Photograph of large white motoryacht running towards the right side of the photo

 

 

 

 

 


HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

For a complete listing of available yachts for hire, just ask.  To book your own private luxury yacht charter aboard a magnificent name brand superyacht, contact our destination specialists at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Global Superyacht Charter Maven Closes 2011 with 40 New Luxury Yachts

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Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, stands on superyacht deck at yacht show

Jana Sheeder

As the year draws to a close, luxury yacht charter maven Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants and 1-800 Yacht Charters, is beaming. 

MAVEN COMMENTS

“We’ve closed our year with the addition of 40 brand new 2011 models to our global network of yacht charter vessels.  The largest of our new offerings is the 81 meter Feadship motor yacht AIR, followed by Proteksan Turquoise yacht TALISMAN MAITON (ex-Talisman C) and Rossi Navi motor yacht HIGH POWER III (ex-Numptia), both 70 meters in overall length.”

 

NEWEST AND LARGEST YACHTS

Sheeder’s companies have a reputation of offering the newest and largest yachts in the world’s best destinations.  She and her teams spend countless hours identifying potential charter yachts.

“Rarely do we add any yacht to our fleet that is more than two to three years old, “ says Sheeder.  “Even when we consider classic-styled yachts, we prefer to promote modern reproductions of famous yachts.  Clients know they can turn to us for yachts that are on the cutting edge of new technology and styling.”

 

CLASSIC SAILBOAT

Profile photograph of classic sailboat, Germania Nova, underway

Germania Nova classic saiilboat replica

An example of Sheeder’s pursuit of modern yachts is the newly launched 47 meter sail yacht GERMANIA NOVA, a replica of a classic racing schooner first launched in 1908. Says Sheeder,

“Turn of the century guests onboard the original yacht would marvel at the technological comforts onboard this modern vessel. From satellite televisions to 5.1 Dolby surround sound, the only thing ‘old’ on this yacht is the classic design.”

 

 

AWARD-WINNING YACHTS

Important to realize, many of the new yachts are award winners in global design competitions. Competitions, for instance, the annual ShowBoats Design Awards. 

“We pay close attention to these competitions,” reports Sheeder.  “The best designers and naval architects in the world judge these yachts.  Odds are great that if the best minds in the industry like a boat, our clients will, too.”

 

SUPERYACHT EXUMA

superyacht of the week Exuma eco-friendly green motoryacht

Superyacht EXUMA

 

Recent award winners promoted by SailAway to their clients include late 2010 launch Perini Navi motor yacht EXUMA (Best Exterior Design & Styling Award: Displacement Motor Yachts 100-199).  Also, the 42 meter Holland Jachtbouw motor yacht CALLIOPE (Best Exterior Design & Styling Award: Semi-displacement Motor Yachts).

 

WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE NEW YEAR

In conclusion, as to the new year, Sheeder is even more optimistic. 

Our research indicates that 72 new megayachts were ordered in 2011, the largest at 100 meters, and an average length of almost 43 meters. Eighty per cent of these newly-built yachts will be launched in 2012 or 2013, and we’ll surely have an entirely new inventory of yachts-for-hire to present to our discriminating clientele!”

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER VACATION


To charter a newly launched yacht, contact SailAway’s charter department at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Motoryacht AIR Largest Charter Feadship

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Air motoryacht photo underway. Yacht headed to the center of the right side of the picture.

PRESENTING AIR

On Saturday, March 26, 2011, Feadship motor yacht AIR, the largest Feadship ever available for luxury mega yacht charter was launched and christened at the builder’s Aalsmeer shipyard in Holland.

ARCHITECTS

The 81-meter yacht AIR features the styling of De Voogt Naval Architects.  She is in full safety compliance with the large yacht commercial code (MCA) and to Lloyds Register class.
 

WHERE DOES SHE CHARTER?

Here’s the best news for Feadship yacht charter enthusiasts.  This magnificent Dutch-built behemoth is available  for hire in the Mediterranean.  Dates are August 2011, at the rate of €750,000 per week, plus expenses.

 

DETAILS

She is the largest yacht ever to be built at the Koninklijke De Vries yard.  Motor yacht AIR has sleek and elegant exterior with modern lines.  She has a matte black steel hull.  Her aluminium superstructure measures 265.7 feet in length and has a beam of nearly 39 feet.

INTERIOR

Remi Tessier Design studio created the yacht’s minimalistic interior.  Furnishings include impressive artwork, panoramic windows, and wide doorways. The main materials used include sycamore accented with leather, as well as palladium leaf, back-lit white onyx, off-white and black limestone, and  hand-etched glass.
 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Extremely spacious, the vessel can accommodate 12 guests in 7 roomy staterooms including an impressive split level owner’s suite, two guest cabins on the upper deck, one cabin on the main deck, and three on the lower deck.  The owners’ observation lounge offers a breathtaking view over the eight-meter long pool on the main deck’s forward area.

EXTERIOR

The spacious sun deck features a workout gymnasium and lounging areas both aft and forward.  The forward area offers a Jacuzzi, as well as  an outdoor cinema with a 102-inch pop-up movie screen.

 

HELICOPTER

Transportation to and from the super yacht by air is facilitated by a certified helicopter pad, which can be used to accommodate commercially-operated helicopters.  Other onboard features include an elevator to all decks, massage and steam rooms, and a large swimming platform with bar.

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

Come explore the French Riviera one one of the newest and largest yachts in the Mediterranean.  Be the first to charter this amazing yacht in 2011 by clicking https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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New 72m St. Martin Yacht Charter Vessel Nominated For Design Awards

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The finalists for the 2014 ShowBoats Design Awards have been announced, and one of the world’s largest yachts, the 72 meter motor yacht AXIOMA, has been nominated for two awards.

New to the charter market, yacht AXIOMA – Ex Red Square, is competing in the categories of:

Best Interior Design – Displacement Motor Yachts, 60 meters and larger.

Best Exterior Design and Styling – Displacement Motor Yachts, 60 meters and larger.

AXIOMA motoryacht side profile

Built by Dunya Yachts in 2013, and designed by Alberto Pinto, the St. Martin yacht charter vessel AXIOMA  affords charter guests enormous volume. Featuring six decks, the builders have created a superyacht with over 30,000 square meters of space.

This magnificent yacht is available this winter at a rate of  EURO 490,000 per week plus running expenses.

Current Bookings:

22 Dec – 01 Jan 2014 St Maarten
02 – 12 Jan 2014 St Maarten
13 – 18 Jan 2014 St Maarten
23 – 30 Mar 2014 T/B/A
01 – 21 Apr 2014 Transit to Europe

The ShowBoats Design Awards are now in their 5th season, and shine the spotlight on the yachting industry’s most talented designers and builders. The international list of nominees – superyacht owners, designers, and industry leaders will gather for a gala event on Monday, February 24, at Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens, Austria.  The awards ceremony will take place on the first evening of the Superyacht Design Symposium – a two-day affair for superyacht owners and industry professionals.

Other yachts that might be of interest in terms of similar size and capacity include 2011 Fincantieri motor yacht SERENE, 2011 Feadship motor yacht AIR, and SYCARA V.

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

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Ride a Banana and Other Toys

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Photograph of banana boat with 9 people riding it. All are wearing orange life preservers. Banana boat is yellow.  Ocean is turquoise.

YACHT CHARTER ACTIVITIES

The deckhand approaches the charter of guests.  He says, “would anyone care to ride the banana?

 

BANANA

Surprisingly, not an eyebrow was raised nor a snicker made by any of the guests at the funny name.  These were repeat charterers, and they knew.  A”banana”  is one of the reasons that they chose to charter this Feadship yacht.

 

NEWEST WATERTOYS

A banana is one of many popular watertoys available on most Caribbean yacht charter vessels.  It is a towable toy that is a giant, yellow, floating cylindrical tube, with room for 3 or more fun-loving adventurists.

Charter skippers add more new toys to their onboard inventory every season.  Yachts used to only carry a couple of fishing poles, snorkel gear, and a windsurfer.  Now, you find waverunners, underwater scooters, and multiple towable toys onboard the typical vessel for hire.

 

COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENTS

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, maven of an international private yacht charter agency, comments.

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.

TYPICAL TOYS

The onboard toy inventory of Oceanco motor yacht SEVEN SEAS reads like a Hammacher Schlemmer catalog.  The yacht carries multiple watertoys.  Just a few, for instance, are 3 tenders, 4 waverunners, windsurfers, paddleboards, kiteboard, kneeboard, wakeboard, snorkel gear, and multiple Aqua Slides.

 

BLADEFISH, ANYONE?

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.

Photograph of bladefish watersports toy.  Man in yellow and black wetsuit riding behind it.

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.

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

Are you ready to charter a mega yacht with onboard toys like the banana, Bladefish underwater scooters, segways, and submarines?  Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters HERE to book your vacation now!

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Superyacht save: Crew of Yacht Ice Rescue 9

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Aerial photograph of motoryacht ICE.  She is headed toward the lower right side of the picture.  She has a dark hull and a white superstructure

Lurssen yacht charter boat ICE

According to local reports in Mexico, the crew of the 90 meter Lürssen motor yacht, ICE, assisted in a rescue operation off the coast of Cozumel in mid-February.Apparently a local dive boat was enroute with divers on board to a dive site in Playa Del Carmen known for attracting bull sharks.  After taking on water in rough seas, the vessel sank, leaving all hands in the water, adrift for approximately 4 hours.

Superyacht ICE picked up the dive boat’s distress signal, calculated to where the divers would have drifted, and located all 8 divers and the boat’s operator alive in the water. 
Built by Lürssen in Germany in 2005, the 90 meter motor yacht ICE (launched as motor yacht AIR) offers accommodations for 14 guests, and features a crew compliment of 27.   While not currently available for hire, many other yachts by the fabled German builder are in service as Lürssen yacht charter vessels, including 2009, 60 meter motor yacht ARKLEY and 2010, 60 meter motor yacht SOLEMATES.

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