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Competition Announced for Best Superyacht Crew

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While there are numerous awards for megayacht designers and builders of the largest luxury yacht charter vessels, the crews of these floating works were often overlooked – until now.

A new competition has been organized by yacht management company, Krystal Yachts, and the search is on for the world’s best yacht crewmembers. 

Supercrew 2012 is designed to allow superyacht captains to recognize outstanding members in their employ.  Presented quarterly, and based on the exclusive nominations of captains, the award goes to the individual that best demonstrates the qualities of ability, attitude and going the extra mile.

Photograph of logo for Krystal Yachts Supercrew Awards 2012

Each quarter a panel of judges will determine the winner.  The winner will receive an engraved iPad and be included on the guest lists of all future Krystal Yachts events.

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The competition is open to professional crew members who work on any luxury yacht.

Nominations for Supercrew 2012 open in January, 2012.

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Come experience the service of a highly-trained, professional crew on your own yachting holiday.  Contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters specialists at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ 
for further vacation details.

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Construction Underway on Motor Yacht Project Barracuda, Turquoise Yachts

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Turkey’s Proteksan Turquoise Yachts Inc and London-based H2 Yacht Design, the team that produced the popular Miami yacht charter vessel, yacht SEQUEL P, and the award-winning motor yacht VICKY, are joining forces once again.

The new build currently named Turquoise Yachts Project Barracuda is expected to splash down in 2019.

Project Barracuda at anchor with underwater lights

 

With 74 meter yacht Barracuda, Turquoise Yachts and H2 will reprise the collaboration known for practicality and spaciousness.  The proven 70-meter platform gained international notice in 2013 at the Showboats Design Awards, where Proteksan Turquoise charter yacht VICKY won multiple awards for “Best Interior Layout” and “Best Recreational Area for Guest Use.”  

Interior spaces will again be designed by H2’s Ken Freivokh.  Freivokh’s clean conception will include his signature triple-deck high atrium amidships that will be the source of much of the natural light that will flow throughout the superyacht’s interior.

Charter guest accommodations will include a large master suite, two VIP staterooms and four additional guest cabins. Amenities will include a full beam sky lounge, beach club with spa features to accommodate wellness yacht charter clients, and an onboard cinema.

Project Barracuda artist rendering Turquoise Yachts and H2 Yacht Design project

The Turkish yard and London designers also collaborated on the 70 meter motor yacht TALISMAN C, and the 54 meter motor yacht TURQUOISE, both launched in 2011.

To charter a yacht like Project Barracuda in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Bahamas, Southeast Asia, New England, or other ports of call, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters on our 24 hour hotline at 305-720-7245 or use our convenient booking form. 

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Exuma Offers Discount for French Polynesia Cruise

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We first profiled motor yacht EXUMA, and we were skeptical of a builder known for launching luxury sailing charter vessels.  Other yachts built by this manufacturer are MELEK and PANTHALASSA.

 

MOTORYACHT EXUMA

All doubts were erased about designer once the project was completed.  Firstly, motor yacht EXUMA is award-winning.  She earned the Motoryacht of the Year at the World Superyacht Awards 2011.    Secondly, the 50 meter poweryacht was also named Best Displacement Motoryacht under 500 gross tons.  Her builder? The Perini Navi Group, typically known for sailing yachts.

The yacht accommodates 8 to 9 guests, and she is currently in Tahiti.  She is available for charter until early August. After some use by her owner, she will again be available from mid September to late October in Fiji.

WHAT MAKES YACHT EXUMA SPECIAL?

Exuma has a very low draft.  She can access anchorages too shallow for most large yachts.  Moreover, her shallow draft enables her to explore the reefs of French Polynesia.

Unique onboard toys include a Hovercraft, underwater Seabob scooter, an electric moped, and Amphibious jeep.  Unique, indeed!

Photograph of the side of yacht Exuma.  Tender garage on the side of boat is open, and Amphibious Jeep is visible.

 

HOW TO BOOK EXUMA YACHT CHARTER VACATION

In conclusion, are you looking for an unforgettable vacation experience?  Are you interested in a unique vacation destination this summer?  Come explore French Polynesia on a yacht.  Motoryacht Exuma’s owner negotiates rates for last minute bookings!  Contact us at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ for more booking details.

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Feadship Dazzles Caribbean Yacht Charter Kickoff

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LUXURY CARS

High-end car buffs will tell you there are varying degrees of luxury, from Cadillac at one end of the spectrum to Bentley and Rolls Royce at the other.

 

SUPERYACHTS

As it is with automobiles, the same range of sophistication also is seen in the megayacht market.  While, high-end US-built Trinity yacht charter vessels are drop-dead gorgeous, for example, purists will point to the century-old Dutch yards that build the Rolls-Royce of the yachting world – the Feadship yacht charter vessels.

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FEADSHIP

Feadship is renowned for exquisite craftsmanship and elegant layouts.  The finest materials are used to handcraft these vessels, each a unique statement of an owner’s personal taste and style. 

CARIBBEAN INSPECTIONS

One of the finest modern Feadships was recently on display last week in the Caribbean, during the annual charter broker gathering in Antigua – a prelude to the Caribbean winter/spring charter season.  Motor yacht HARLE first hit the charter market in 2007. The team at 1-800-YACHT CHARTERS was among the very first to inspect this yacht and interview her crew as she began her maiden charter season from the Miami Beach marina in South Florida.

 

SUPERYACHT HARLE – STANDOUT

 

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Feadship Superyacht HARLE

Fast-forward 5 years, and Feadship yacht HARLE is still making waves and drawing rave reviews in the industry.  During the Antigua showcase, M/Y HARLE and her crew earned the following awards:

  • The Andreas Liveras “BEST YACHT PARTY” Award
  • First Place for his dessert for yachts in the 101′-150′ range won by Chef James Catling

 

RATE AND ACCOMMODATIONS

She is priced at $225,000 per week, and yacht HARLE accommodates up to 12 guests.

 

HOW TO RENT A YACHT

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Finest Yacht Charter Vessels Shine at Gala

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SIXTH ANNUAL WORLD SUPERYACHT AWARDS

Some of the newest and largest yachts for hire win awards.  They starred at the sixth annual World Superyacht Awards. This was in London, May 7, 2011.

 

MOTOR YACHT OF THE YEAR

Sixteen new yachts were honored.  Nine are available for hire.  These are in popular vacation destinations around the world.  The 50 meter EXUMA was co-winner of the prestigious,”Motor Yacht of the Year,” with yacht, Eclipse.

 

OSCARS OF YACHT INDUSTRY

The Neptune awards are considered the “Oscars of the yacht industry.”   The evening ceremony took place at London’s historic Guildhall.  The glittering gala was attended by a distinguished guest list.  For instance, over 500 yacht owners and naval architects.  Also included were designers, their families, and friends.  With this in mind, it was an amazing event.

 

NEPTUNE TROPHIES

Silver Neptune trophies went to owners of sail and motor yachts delivered in 2010.  For instance, Kokomo (sailboat) and Sycara V (motoryacht).

Photograph of Neptune trophies. There are 4 stairs, and one trophy per stair

COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENTS

Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway and 1-800 Yacht Charters beamed as the final award was announced. 

“We are so proud to represent for charter nine of the winning yachts,” said Sheeder.  “This is a great testament to the talents and keen eye of our charter department. Our team spends countless hours identifying potential yachts for hire.  We look at nearly one hundred vessels each year, hoping to discover 10 to 20 new yachts that exemplify elegant design and luxurious amenities. It is these yachts – the best of the best – that we present to our clients for their yachting vacations.”  


AWARD WINNERS

Here is the list of winners, with click-for-brochure charter yachts highlighted in yellow:

BEST DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHT – 3,000 Gross Tons (GT) and Above
Winner: Eclipse
Judges’ Special Award: Palladium
BEST DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHT – 1,300 GT to 2,999 GT
Winner: SYCARA V

Judges’ Special Award: Lady Christine
Judges’ Commendation: Pacific
 

BEST DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHT – 500 GT to 1,299 GT
Winner: MARY-JEAN II

BEST DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHT under 500 GT
Winner: EXUMA
Judges’ Commendation: BIG FISH

THREE DECK SEMI-DISPLACEMENT OR PLANING MOTOR YACHT
Winner: CALLIOPE

 

TWO DECK SEMI-DISPLACEMENT OR PLANING MOTOR YACHT
Winner: Framura 2

 

MOTOR YACHT OF THE YEAR
Joint Winner: Eclipse
Joint Winner: EXUMA

BEST SAILING YACHT – 45 meters and up
Winner: Zefira
Judges’ Special Award: ATLANTIC
Judges’ Special Award: KOKOMO
Judges’ Commendation: TWIZZLE

 

BEST SAILING YACHT – 30 meters to 44.99 meters
Winner: IMAGINE

Judges’ Commendation: Lady B


SAILING YACHT OF THE YEAR
Winner: Zefira

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

In conclusion, isn’t it time you embarked on a cruise on a private yacht?  Contact our destination specialists HERE for a summer getaway.

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Head East – Luxury Yacht Charter Vessels To Be Feted in Istanbul

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Istanbul, Turkey

The ancient city of Istanbul will play host to the seventh annual World Superyacht Awards
at the luxurious Ciragan Palace Kempinski on 5 May, 2012.

Photograph of Ç?ra?an Palace Kempinski, Istanbul

Ç?ra?an Palace Kempinski – Istanbul


Combining a glittering awards ceremony with a gala dinner/dance, the Awards , often dubbed the “Oscars” of the superyacht industry, will be attended by an elite guest list of megayacht owners from around the globe.

World Superyacht Awards logo

While the nominations include private yachts as well as charter vessels, it’s the newest and largest yachts for hire that seem to steal the show each year.  Some of the winners at the six annual installment in London, May 7, 2011 include:


Aerial photograph of motoryacht SYCARA V.

SYCARA V

BEST DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHT – 1,300 GT to 2,999 GT
Winner: SYCARA V

BEST DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHT – 500 GT to 1,299 GT
Winner: MARY-JEAN II

BEST DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHT under 500 GT
Winner: EXUMA 

Judges’ Commendation: BIG FISH  


THREE DECK SEMI-DISPLACEMENT OR PLANING MOTOR YACHT
Winner: CALLIOPE 

 

MOTOR YACHT OF THE YEAR
Joint Winners: Eclipse and EXUMA 


BEST SAILING YACHT – 45 meters and up
Winner: Zefira
Judges’ Special Award: ATLANTIC

Judges’ Special Award: KOKOMO

Judges’ Commendation: TWIZZLE 


BEST SAILING YACHT – 30 meters to 44.99 meters
Winner: IMAGINE 


Straddling the Bosphorus Strait separating Europe and Asia, Istanbul embodies the best of both cultures. The city has been the capital of three empires, each leaving a heritage of amazing architecture and monuments.

Once an Ottoman palace, the Çiragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is located on the European shores of the Bosphorus with spectacular views over the strait. A 5-star resort, it is a registered member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Its 313 luxurious rooms include 20 suites in the hotel and 11 suites in the historical palace.

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To attend the superyacht awards ceremony, contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters special events department at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Ibiza Yacht Charter – Unbelievable 30% Discount

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If saving 30% on a Balearic Island superyacht experience sounds too good to pass up, it probably is!

Award-nominated Sunseeker 131 motor yacht THUMPER is running an exceptional 30% discount for charters taking place as of the 7th of September to the 27th of September, 2016 in the Balearics, starting from Ibiza.   She offers accommodations for 10 guests in 5 staterooms.

The tourists have all gone home, but the weather is still warm and sunny in Spain.  Save over €46,000 Euros.

…and YES – superyacht Thumper IS the motoryacht in the 2016 film, “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,” featuring Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield, Mo Gaffney, Christopher Ryan, Stella McCartney, Kate Moss, Jerry Hall, Bruno Tonioli, Jon Hamm, Perez Hilton, Joan Collins, and others.

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Chic beach clubs, iconic sunsets, fabulous Mediterranean food and stunning scenery await you in Ibiza, Palma, and Mallorca.

Super yacht THUMPER is a magnificent combination of performance and custom design with a cool & relaxing interior. Sumptuous textures, stylish art features and a clever layout including side balconies, create spacious living areas. Her vast sundeck with Jacuzzi, sun loungers and seating areas is the perfect place for relaxation and entertaining. When not enjoying the exquisite cuisine and service onboard, guests will be kept active by her plethora of watersports toys.

Luxury yacht charter Sunseeker THUMPER offering special rate for Ibiza yacht charters

Highlights:

  • Spanish Charter license
  • Chic Hamptons beach design
  • Side balconies maximizing sense of space
  • Ingenious layout to optimize service and guest comfort
  • Plethora of water toys to entertain kids of all ages
  • 2015 World Super Yacht Awards finalist

Yacht charter THUMPER superyacht rental

For further information about yacht charter vessel Thumper, contact Jim in the yacht charter department at jaraiza@1800yachtcharters.com

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Leo Fun Award-Winning Finalist

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LEO FUN YACHT

She is just one of the luxury motor yachts available for your Croatia Yacht Charter vacation this year.

 

YACHT DETAILS

At 53.85 meters (176’ 8”), this is one of the largest yachts cruising the Mediterranean. For instance, she can accommodate up to 12 charter guests in her six spacious, luxurious cabins.

 

LEO FUN INTERIOR

The interior of this motoryacht is decorated with luxurious soft furnishings.  For the technologically-inclined, she also features state-of-the-art electronic equipment.

 

YACHT DECK

The yacht has a huge deck,  It features an adjacent Jacuzzi hot tub that can comfortably accommodate six.  There is also ample space for sunbathing.  Additionally, a gym area and al fresco dining area are on the deck.  Finally, there is a spacious sheltered lounge area as well.

 

TOYS

Did someone say toys?  Basically, Leo Fun has a huge variety of water toys available for water sports enthusiasts on charter.

 

YACHT NEWS

Leo Fun was selected as a finalist for Boat International’s World Superyacht Awards 2010.

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

If you are ready for the vacation of a lifetime, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ right now!

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Luxury Superyacht Offers 15 Per Cent Caribbean Discount

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Superyacht Siren

Available in the Caribbean from 21 January to 21 February 2012, motor yacht SIREN is offering a special discounted rate to lure charter customers.

With permission of the yacht’s owner, 1-800 Yacht Charters is extending a 15% price break for any 7-night charter between January 21 and February 21, 2012.   The special rate is €400,000 per week, plus running expenses – a savings of €76,000, based on the published rate of €476,000 per week.

One of the largest luxury mega yachts available for hire, this vessel can accommodate 12 guests in 6 suites.


At 73 meters in overall length, this 2008 yacht was built by one of Germany’s most renowned shipyards – Nobiskrug. Motor yacht SIREN is certainly one of the most important mega yachts in the world today. Her design and build quality are second to none. The yacht’s deck spaces are a marvel in terms of style and usability.

Power and Motoryacht Magazine ranks this yacht at #53 on their annual list of the World’s 100 Largest Yachts.

The motoryacht has many key features. For instance,

  1. Minimalist design creates a feeling of balance and harmony
  2. Generous deck spaces provide an inspired platform for outdoor living, including an outdoor cinema
  3. Vast array of water sports equipment
  4. Main stateroom’s private balcony
  5. Full Gym
  6. Ondeck Jacuzzi

 

HOW TO RENT A YACHT


For a list of all yachts offering winter and spring discounts, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ today.

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Message to Caribbean Yacht Charter Fleet: Go Green to Save the Blue!

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An association of charter brokers has announced an award to recognize luxury sailing charter vessels who adopt eco-friendly practices.
The  Charter Yacht Brokers Association International (CYBA) has launched the 2012 “Save the Blue” awards, as a continuation of the organization’s green initiative to reduce plastic water bottle waste by encouraging yachts to produce their own onboard purified drinking water.    Logo for Going Green To Save the Blue CYBA yacht charter association
Vessels available for charter can qualify for the award by meeting at least seven of the thirty criteria that CYBA has listed in an online survey.  Many of the criteria are simple to implement and include green practices such as using biodegradable cleaners, buying sustainable seafood, and using recyclable shopping bags. 
“By undertaking a few simple eco-friendly practices, the fleet of yachts for hire in the Caribbean can make a dramatic impact on the island environment.  Our Team commends the CYBA organization for their efforts.”        
CYBA is hopeful these awards will inspire captains, crews and owners to take more steps toward going green.  Vessels that qualify will be recognized at the upcoming charter industry winter shows in St. Thomas, Tortola, and Antigua. 
Special mention will be given to the “Most Eco-friendly Sailing Yacht”     

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