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Half Board Saves Money on Catamaran Charters

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Photograph of a catamaran sailboat at anchor. Four people enjoy sitting in the sun. There is an island in the background. The water below the yacht is turquoise. The yacht is solid white, and it has stairs down the back of the boat.

Catamaran for Caribbean Yacht Charter


Presenting the creative crew of a popular Virgin Islands yacht charter vessel. They are greener and eco-friendly.  They also save their customers money.



Many guests eat a meal or two ashore during a week-long yachting vacation.  Therefore,  sail catamaran SILVER MOON  announced a half board food option.



A typical all-inclusive charter features 3 meals a day.  The half board option exists. It includes all breakfasts. It also includes 3 lunches and 4 dinners with beverages, the standard ship’s bar, and snacks.  That said, all other meals are taken ashore at the guest’s expense.



Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway and 1-800 Yacht Charters, comments. She explains the benefits of a half board option:

“Part of the attraction of a yachting vacation is the chance to indulge in local customs and foods.  Sometimes, fresh food on the yachts goes to waste as the clients tend to eat ashore two or three times a week in the various ports of call.   The half board option cuts down on waste, preparation materials, and cleanup,” explains Sheeder.



Clients save money.  The overall cost of the boating vacation can be reduced.  It can then reflect the fewer meals and food served onboard.



Here’s the price breakdown on S/Y SILVER MOON:

Passengers        Half-Board   All-Inclusive
2                        $  8,000       $  8,600
3                            8,560           9,200
4                            9,115           9,800
5                            9,775         10,500
6                           10,325        11,100



The sailing yacht SILVER MOON is a 44′  catamaran that launched in 2002.  She has 3 guest cabins. Each includes a queen berth and private bathroom. The yacht has wind scoops to limit the need for air conditioning.  The crew buys earth-friendly paper products, biodegradable cleaning products, and local organic produce when available. #eco-friendly


Other catamarans available in the Caribbean this winter include the world’s largest catamaran, the 145′  sail yacht HEMISPHERE, the 75′ sail catamaran LADY ALLIAURA, and the 65′ sail catamaran WORLD’S END

In conclusion, contact the SailAway and 1-800 Yacht Charters catamaran sailing charter experts at

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How Do You Get To St Barts?

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Aerial photograph of the island of St. Barths in the Caribbean. Large island surrounded by blue water.

Where is Caribbean yacht charter island, St. Barts?


“Dear SailAway – I love reading the blogs about the big yachts and all of the celebrities that hang out in St Barts during the holidays. I will be in St Martin for a hotel-based vacation, and while I can’t afford a luxury yacht charter, I would love to see St Barts. What’s the best way to get there?



Thanks, Terry. You have several options:


There are daily flights from Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) located in St Maarten (Netherlands, Antilles). It’s a short 10-12 minute flight to St Barth’s Gustave III Airport, located on the island’s north coast. The descent is a real nail biter for the fainthearted, necessitating a pass through a narrow break in a hilltop and a landing on the 280 meter runway that ends on St Jean beach.
Call +590 590 276541 for flight info.


If you would rather avoid the short flight, several inter-island high-speed ferry services operate regularly between St Maarten and St Bart’s. It’s a 45 minute ride.

Voyager Ferry (daily travel between St Martin, St Barts and Saba)

+590 590 275410

Master Ski Pilou (private water taxi transfer from St Barth’s to St Maarten Juliana Airport and Anguilla)

+590 590 279 179



Photograph of a catamaran sailboat at anchor, while charter guests sit with feet in the water or dive off and swim from the boat.

Rent a sailboat catamaran with crew



As to not being able to afford a yacht charter, Terry, you might be surprised. Megayachts are certainly very expensive, but many travelers prefer smaller, more intimate crewed catamaran charters for their yachting vacations.



A family or group of 8 passengers can rent a crewed catamaran for under $15,000 per week, inclusive of all meals, alcohol, crew, and LOTS of onboard watersports toys like bananas, wakeboards, snorkel gear, underwater scooters, SCUBA diving, etc.



For pricing, specials, and more general information to rent private yacht, contact the SailAway Caribbean experts at

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Lagoon 620 ultraluxury catamaran charter

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Lagoon 620 catamaran.  Photograph from the back of the boat, underway. Sail is full.  Waves kicking up behind the sailboat, showing that she is moving.

The Lagoon 620 is one of the new mega catamarans now available for luxury crewed catamaran charters. This option is a great choice for those looking for the perfect Bahamas yacht charters, as this cat goes to the Caribbean and the Bahamas!

This unique model is available in both 4 and 5 cabin configurations, and it comes with a very large living area. There is also room for lounging between the cockpit, transom, flybridge, and the salon.

You can access the Lagoon 623’s well-stocked galley from either the transom or the salon, or you can also have your professional crew serve you some gourmet meals while dining outside or inside.  The choice is yours!

To book your private luxury yacht charter vacation, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at right now.

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Luxury Catamaran Promotes Exotic Destinations

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DOUCE FRANCE sailing catamaran

Sail yacht DOUCE FRANCE, a 138-foot crewed catamaran charters vessel, is presently cruising the beautiful Marshall Islands until September, then on to Indonesia through mid-October and Thailand for the winter.   S/Y DOUCE FRANCE offers  6 staterooms with convertible beds of queen size or twins.

Prices begin at Euro 90,000 per week, plus all expenses.

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Pay It Forward: Celebrity Explorer Donates Submarine To Science

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The Pay It Forward and Random Acts of Kindness are critical and a part of everyday life to the team at 1-800 Yacht Charters, led by Jana Sheeder, President

“It’s wonderful to be a part of a huge Kindness effort,” says Sheeder.



That said, Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron has bequeathed his DEEPSEA CHALLENGER submarine.  T lucky recipient is The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts.  The sub helps researchers there better understand life in Earth’s last unexplored frontier.

Photograph of James Carmeron sitting in a small green submarine that is sitting on a ship. He has a huge open smile.




Last January, we profiled the profiled the epic attempt by three teams of modern-day explorers to reach the ocean’s deepest point – the first attempt in over 50 years.  One team was lead by Cameron, another by British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, owner of the 32 meter (111 foot) luxury yacht charter vessel NECKER BELLE, and a third team by a Florida sub manufacturer, Patrick Lahey.


In March, 2012, Cameron bested Branson  and the underdog Lahey in a race to be the first explorer of the ocean deadliest trench in half a century.  Cameron plunged about seven miles to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific ocean.  Specifically where temperatures are near freezing and the bone-crushing pressure is one thousand times greater than that at sea level.


Cameron donated the sub.  But that’s not all.  Additionally, Cameron will give nearly $1 million to help WHOI scientists and engineers.  The funds enable them to avail the sub’s technology for deep-sea exploration.

“We’ve been sure to fund this enough that there are enough people and resources available to write this up, publish it, and therefore have it available,” Cameron said during a recent roundtable discussion in New York City with WHOI scientists. “To me, that’s an infinitely better outcome than [the sub] sitting dormant until I’m done with my next two movies, and maybe it comes to the tech community five or six years down the line when it’s already obsolete.”


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Ready for Adventure! Catamaran Yacht SPIRIT New to Australia Yacht Charter Market

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This gorgeous power catamaran is refit.  The 115 foot (35 meter) wave-piercing New Zealand Yachts Limited power catamaran SPIRIT is amazing.  Spirit is a new yacht to charter in Australia.  She is based in Cairns. Spirit is available for $90,000 per week (plus expenses).  Her schedule starts January 17, for charters in multiple areas. For instance, along the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays, Kimberley, and the Solomon Islands.



She has a nearly 36 foot (11 meter) beam.  This tri-deck motor yacht offers impressive space.  Spirit accommodates 10  guests in 5 staterooms.  In addition, Spirit has an upper deck master suite with private balcony.  An exciting inventory of toys satisfies active adventure-travel guests.

Spirit yacht running



  • Huge volume yacht – equivalent to a 45 meter yacht
  • The full beam Owner’s Suite is located on the upper deck with private balcony
  • Hydraulic main deck lowers below the water for diving and watersports
  • 2016 refit completely upgraded interior, paint, and engineering
  • 10 meter beam provides incredible stabilization and smooth cruising
  • One of the most impressive toy cupboards available including SCUBA gear (for certified divers) and dive compressor, wake board, kite board, tenders, fishing, Stand Up Paddleboards SUP’s
  • FYI:  Dive master and kiteboarding instructors onboard



If the idea of a Great Barrier Reef yacht charter odyssey sounds exciting, please contact us.  Power catamaran SPIRIT, the New Zealand Yachts Limited wave-piercing catamaran is ready for you. Contact us online at

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Sailboat charter: 42 meter Catamaran to Reality TV

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Aerial photograph of catamaran DOUCE FRANCE. There is an island at the back of the photo.  There are two standup paddleboards in use next to her. There is a motorized tender zooming by in front of her, leaving a wake.

Douce France catamaran

Joining a growing list of luxury yacht charter vessels migrating to the Orient for the winter season, the 42 meter performance sailing catamaran DOUCE FRANCE will be available is Southeast Asia this winter.  Destinations will include Malaysia, Myanmar, the Andaman Islands, and most notably Phuket Island in Thailand – the “pit stop” on this week’s installment of the reality TV show, The Amazing Race.


Logo for The Amazing Race reality tv show.

The Amazing Race – reality tv show

Viewers of this week’s installment (episode 4) of the hit CBS reality TV show were treated to a glimpse of the beaches and cruising grounds near Phuket Island, off the coast of Thailand.  Teams struggled with an underwater “detour” to help restore coral reefs, then raced by boat to a tackle a tough climbing challenge on a rocky pinnacle.

After struggling on the rock climb, the teams raced by boat back to a tiny fishing village on Phuket.  The frequent cutaway shots showing the nearby beaches were breathtaking. 

Swaying palms, coral reefs, stunning rock pinnacles, shimmering emerald-colored seas, and charming island villages – these are just some of the attractions that await luxury yacht charter guests onboard sail yacht DOUCE FRANCE.  Captain Pascal and his professional crew have cruised these waters for many seasons and look forward to welcoming guests onboard to explore these stunning locations. 

The superyacht features accommodations for 12 guests in 6 identical cabins.  All are convertible and can display either a queen bed or two twin beds.   For active travelers, there is a great selection of aquasport toys including eight sets of SCUBA diving equipment.


Douce France carries many watersports toys. For instance,

21′ Zeppelin semi-rigid tender
2 Laser Sailing Dinghies
4 Sea Kayaks
Waterskis (adult, slalom, and skis for children & for acrobatics)
2 Donuts (single and double)
1 Flying Manta
Snorkeling equipment
Fishing equipment



Rates begin at 90,000 EUROS per week plus all expenses.



For more information contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters destination specialists at

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Save 50% on Last Minute Greece Yacht Charter

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Photograph of a catamaran sailoat at anchor. Photo taken from back left side of boat. Photo taken in Greece.

Here’s the deal:  Pay just €6,000 per week for crewed catamaran charters in Greece on the 47 foot sail catamaran NEMO for select dates in September.

Here’s the story:  The owner of Nautitech 47 catamaran NEMO is anxious to fill the remaining available charter dates on his booking calendar, to close out the summer Mediterranean yacht charter season.   As an incentive to potential customers, he is offering his yacht at a discounted rate of €6,000 per week — a 54% savings off the regular, published rate, which is €13,000

Launched in 2009, this twin-hulled yacht is designed with comfort and relaxation in mind. Four queen-berth cabins offer roomy, private accommodations for 8 passengers. Each cabin has its own ensuite bathroom, for total privacy from the crew and other guests. For active travelers, the yacht carries watertoys such as snorkel gear and two sea kayaks.

Available dates are:

17 to 24 September
24 September to 1 October.

There are two itineraries available for Greece yacht charters onboard Nemo:

– The Cyclades islands (starting and ending in Athens),
– The Ionian islands (starting and ending in Lefkas).

The offer includes the yacht with skipper and hostess, all bed linens and towels, and use of the onboard watertoys.

Items not included are food and beverage provisioning, fuel, port fees, and any special requests.

Don’t delay!  Take advantage of the deepest seasonal discount offered by any crewed catamaran this summer.  Book now at

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Sleek Sail Catamaran Yacht ALLURES – Speed And Comfort In Same Package

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Sail yacht ALLURES

30 meter catamaran

One of the largest and fastest, all-carbon cats in the world


Accommodates 8 guests in 4 cabins

Available for South of France or Monaco yacht charter

€50,000/wk (June/Sept) and €60,000/wk (July/Aug)


Catamaran allures - black hull and white superstructure with white sails



We secure a private luxury yacht charter reservation on the 37m motor yacht ELENA NUEVE this week.  We receive the charter contract, and management sends us an email touting a big, beautiful new catamaran in his fleet .  She is sailing yacht ALLURES.



Management writes:

“Dear Jana, Jim, and Team 1-800 Yacht Charters,

 ALLURES is getting ready for a successful charter season in the West Med. Based in the South of France, she is still available in April, May, June and September 2017.

 Luxurious charter yacht with impressive deck space and comfort, ALLURES is one of the largest and fastest, all carbon-sail catamaran in the world. She provides a high level of comfort and safety with access to shallow waters.

Bookings 2017:

-24 June to 1 July, Naples/Catania,

-9 to 16 July, Naples/Palermo,

-20 July to 14 August, Bonifacio/Bonifacio,

-16 to 30 August, Bonifacio/Saint-Tropez.


I look forward to receiving your enquiries.






Nicolas knows many of our clients prefer motoryachts for the luxury yacht charter vacations.  We are excited to promote high-quality sailing yachts whenever the chance arises.  Sail yacht ALLURES is at the top end of sailing yachts in the charter market.  Built by Composite Works in France, this is a performance yacht that really, “gets up and goes” when the wind is blowing.  If you’re wondering if that means a bumpy ride – put your worries to bed.  Catamarans have two hulls which gives them an enormous beam (width).  The wider the yacht the more stable the vessel, especially when at anchor.

Of course, at 100 feet, she is a superyacht. Her overall design reflects this pedigree.  Allures’ chic Italian interior is brimming with beautiful wood and leather furnishings.  She accommodates eight guests in four impressive staterooms. Furthermore, every stateroom has a direct view to the sea.



Our favorite onboard features are the two convertible staterooms. These double cabins can easily become twins (each with single berths).  In addition, this unique flexible layout comfortably accommodate charter parties of families, friends and/or couples.


yacht charter sailboat allures double to twin convertible stateroom




First, she is a performance sailing catamaran with an experienced and friendly crew.  Second, Allures has sleek lines, the latest sailing equipment, and Italian interiors with wood and leather.  Third, as a catamaran, she has access to very shallow anchorages.  Fourth, she is the ultimate in safety and performance.  In addition, she features 2 convertible staterooms. Lastly, multiple water toys keep it fun!



For the summer 2017 cruising season, the yacht is offered at different rates. For instance, €60,000 per week plus running expenses for high (July/August), and €50,000 per week for low (June/September) season



In conclusion, how to book a yacht charter.  To reserve catamaran superyacht ALLURES for your favorite dates, click

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Smartphone App Promising For Yacht Charters

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Smartphone app, PositionIt


Researchers at the University of Missouri develop a smartphone app that determines location, speed, and direction of distant objects. 



The PositionIt app combines a smartphone’s GPS, compass, and imaging capabilities to calculate the exact location of distant objects and track their speed and direction.



Practical uses might include a single off-the-shelf device to replace various pieces of equipment carried by soldiers on the battlefield, or even by golfers to judge the distance to the green when playing golf.


Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, sees both fun and practical applications in her industry. 

“We envision crews using this app to track other vessels during Mediterranean yacht charter regattas, like the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta,” says Sheeder. 

“Can you imagine children on crewed catamaran charters in the Caribbean using the app to track a pod of dolphins or whales in the distance?  The advantage of a smartphone is that it provides so many tools in a single, affordable package.”



The researchers say the PositionIt app can calculate the exact location of distant objects, both when the size of the object is known and when it isn’t.  Additionally, the software can also track the direction and calculate the speed of a moving target, like a luxury sailing charter vessel underway, from a short video captured on the smartphone.


A prototype version of the targeting and tracking software is currently undergoing testing. Advances in smartphone hardware are also expected to improve the accuracy of the new app. Improvements in GPS accuracy, battery life, and camera resolution will allow the app to make even more accurate observations.



The next LORO PIANA SUPERYACHT REGATTA is scheduled for June 4-8, 2013 in Porto Cervo,  Sardinia. First launched in 2008, this regatta kicks off the Mediterranean cruising season and attracts an ever-increasing fleet of sailing yachts. For instance, 34 meter sail yacht ANNAGINE and the 57 meter Royal Huisman yacht TWIZZLE.


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