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Best Airport for Caribbean Catamaran Yacht Charter

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“We live in the USA.  I’ve been told crewed catamaran charters are the best way to enjoy a yachting vacation in the Virgin Islands.  Do you have any suggestions as to the most convenient, best airports?     Jenny S.

Hi Jenny.  We are thrilled to hear about your plans – a travel writer once described a Caribbean sailing yacht charter as, “One of the top five vacations in the world!”

If you wish to explore the US Virgin Islands (USVI), then the Cyril E. King International Airport (airport code:  STT), in St.Thomas  is your best bet. 

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Note –  there is also an airport in St. Croix, the Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport, St. Croix (STX). However, very few catamaran and sailboat rental companies operate from St. Croix, as there are very few calm anchorage areas.
So who flies into STT (St. Thomas)?  As to major airlines flying from the United States to Saint Thomas, Delta has flights to Saint Thomas Cyril E King, American Airlines has flights to STT Cyril E King, and US Airways has flights to Saint Thomas Cyril E King International Airport.  You’ll find both direct flights as well as connecting flights through San Juan, Puerto Rico in the Spanish Virgin Islands.Now that you know HOW to get there, here are three crewed catamaran sailing yachts available for charter in the Virgin Islands:

Sunreef 70 catamaran MUSE 

Fountaine Pajot Galathea 65 catamaran WORLD’S END 

Lagoon 62 luxury yacht charter catamaran GO FREE 
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To charter your own private luxury yacht, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Nautical phrases – yachtspeak – for charter guests

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NAUTICAL TERMINOLOGY

Taking a vacation by automobile doesn’t require any particular vocabulary skills.  However, when you go on a private yacht charter, it is sometimes nice to know some of the terminology used when onboard.

SAMPLE NAUTICAL TERMS

  • BOW – The forward part of a boat
  • STERN – The back of the boat
  • BEAM – The greatest width of the boat
  • BUOY – An anchored float used for marking a position on the water or a hazard or a shoal and for mooring
  • CABIN (or “stateroom”) – A compartment (bedroom) for passengers or crew
  • CATAMARAN – A twin-hulled boat, sometimes referred to as a multihull, with hulls side-by-side.  Can be sail or power, but is usually sail
  • CHART – A map for use by navigators
  • HELM (or “Navigation Station”) – The area from where the Captain steers the boat
  • CLEAT – A fitting to which lines are tied.  They are usually in somewhat of a “figure 8 shape.” Cleats are located on the dock and on the boat. (They are often tripped over, if you don’t watch your step!)
  • COCKPIT – An opening in the deck from which the boat is handled. (Visualize a large sailboat – the “steering wheel” of the boat is located in the cockpit)
  • DINGHY (also known as a “tender”) – A small open boat
  • “T/T BOATNAME” – Means “Tender To…[boatname].”   NOTE: Most yachts only have 1 tender.  Those with more than 1 tender (aka, dinghy) often have “TTT’s….or tenders for/to their tenders”
  • FENDER (also known as a “bumper”) – A cushion, placed between boats, or between a boat and a pier, to prevent damage

nautical terms - photograph of fenders, protection, hanging on the side of yachts that protects the boats from hitting against each other

 

 

  • GALLEY – The kitchen of a boat
  • SAILBOAT – A boat powered by wind through sails (with ancillary engine)
  • POWERBOAT – A boat powered by engine and fuel
  • STINKPOTTER – A powerboat enthusiast
  • HEAD – A marine toilet/bathroom
  • DAY HEAD – The bathroom that is used by all guests, usually in main area of the boat and not located within a stateroom
  • INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – Also known as “The ICW.”  Bays, rivers, and canals along the coasts (such as the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts), connected so that vessels may travel without going into the sea.  Evening charters in Florida often cruise along the ICW to see the holiday lights of the condos lining the waterway, for example
  • KNOT (relating to speed) – A measure of speed equal to one nautical mile (6076 feet) per hour
  • LOG – A record of courses or operation, kept by the captain/crew. (Charter guests often fill out an entry in a “guestbook” or “logbook” after a charter, as well, to describe their trip)
  • PLANING (“on a plane”) – As a boat evens out above the water when it is moving/underway, as opposed to still being partially underneath the water, as in before it starts moving
  • PORT – The left side of a boat looking forward. (Also refers to a docking location)
  • STARBOARD – The right side of a boat, looking forward
  • SCREW – A boat’s propeller.  (A “twin screw” is a boat with 2 propellers.)
  • UNDERWAY – Vessel in motion (also known as “running”)
  • WAKE – Moving waves, track, or path that a boat leaves behind it, when moving across the water
  • YACHT – A boat used for pleasure

These are just a few of the many nautical phrases used by yachties.

PRACTICE NAUTICAL PHRASES WITH US

To book your private luxury yacht charter vacation (and practice your “yachtspeak”), contact 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS by phone via 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS or 305-253-7245, by email via info@1800yachtcharters.com, via twitter @yacht_charters (follow us!), or finally, contact us via our online form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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New Lagoon 620 Catamaran Charter for 2012

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Photograph of a catamaran sailboat underway. The sails are full. The boat and sails are solid white.

Lagoon 620 Catamaran Yacht Charter

With the demand for luxury sailing charter catamarans on the rise, the team at Lagoon recently introduced the all-new 2012 Lagoon 620 catamaran at the Cannes Boat Show.  Designed by the architects Van Peteghem and Lauriot Prévost (VPLP), the Lagoon 620 is an innovative solution to the needs of today’s discerning Caribbean yacht charter client.  The  yacht seamlessly blends strength, comfort, and performance in a charter-friendly cabin layout .


The 2012 version of the Lagoon 620, features luxurious and comfortable interiors by Nauta.  In the dining room, the settees have been redesigned, as well as the ceiling, enabling more indirect lighting.  On the starboard side, the master cabin has also been modified, with a washroom now placed aft on either side of the cockpit access stairs.  This modification creates more storage space in the bedroom fro the charterer’s luggage.  The forward starboard cabin, can now be called a true V.I.P. suite, with additional volume created by the repositioning of the master cabin’s washroom.

The Lagoon 620 catamaran will be built in 4, 5 and 6 cabin versions, all featuring Nauta interior layout packages and incorporating wood finish, upholstery, inner liners, and more…

Photograph of the back of a large catamaran sailboat.  There are a few people seating. They are smiling. The sun is setting on the left side of the photo. The photo was taken at Golden Hour.  Beautiful reflections and sunlight.

Lagoon Sail Catamaran


Exceptional living space, both above and below deck will continue to define Lagoon catamarans for years to come as the sophisticated choice for multi hull yacht vacations.

Catamaran multihull sailboats are also available for bareboat vacations (yachts without crew).  1-800 Yacht Charters offers bareboat charter, also.

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Several newer-model Lagoon catamarans are already in service and available for hire, including the Lagoon 560 sail catamaran BACCHUS and the Lagoon 450 sail catamaran OKEANOS

Contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters charter department at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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Popular Crewed Catamaran Charters Vessel Slashes Rates

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Photograph of sailboat catamaran from the front. Anchored on a calm ocean.

An award-winning chef and his catamaran have introduced a special, reduced rate for early spring in the Caribbean.

The spectacular luxury sailboat catamaran WORLD’S END has slashed her price, from $36500/wk to $24000/wk, plus all expenses.  The special applies to charters commencing in either February or March, 2012.

At 20 meters, the Fountaine Pajot Galathea 65 model catamaran WORLD’S END is the largest cruising vessel ever built by this manufacturer.   She marks a new flagship for sail boat charters in the Caribbean.    

Luxury catamaran yacht charter chef WORLDS END Fontaine Pajot multihull

Readers may recall our December 17 profile of chef Renee Kappetein as he bested over a dozen talented luxury yacht charter chefs in the 50th annual Antigua Charter Yacht Show culinary competition. Renee, the live-aboard chef on the Fountaine Pajot Galathea 65 catamaran took first prize in the division for yachts under 100 feet.

An outstanding creation from architects Berret Racoupeau and Coste Design, the Fountaine Pajot catamaran sail boat WORLD’S END has been carefully designed with all of the safety, performance, and comfort elements to satisfy the most discerning guests.  Safe and exhilarating sailing performance is generated from its mastered displacement, powerful sail plan and expanded waterline length.

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The generous cockpit of the Galathea 65 is fully protected from the elements and features a deck lounge and sun-bridge for relaxing. The extraordinarily spacious interior features a panoramic saloon, dining room and gourmet galley.

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The Master Cabin sets new standards in decadence and style with a study area, lounge and large bathroom with dual vanity sinks. Each guest cabin features an ensuite bathroom, king size beds, large portholes and a style that rivals the world’s top luxury hotels.

The yacht also includes an office/library, dressing rooms and laundry.

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Plan a family escape to the Caribbean this spring.  Contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters destination experts at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ for a list of special offers!

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

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IN TEN SECONDS: 

Sail yacht ALLURES

30m catamaran – one of the largest and fastest, all-carbon cats in the world

Eco-friendly

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

 


THE STORY

We had just secured a private luxury yacht charter reservation on the 37m motor yacht ELENA NUEVE this week – a yacht managed by Nicolas Fry at Camper & Nicholsons International.  No sooner had we turned in the charter contract, then Nicolas sent us an email touting a big, beautiful catamaran in his fleet – the sailing yacht ALLURES.  I guess Nicolas hopes we’ll put more emphasis on booking SAILING yachts in the Med!

 

Nicolas writes:

“Dear Jim,

 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 FRY”

 

 

WHAT WE LIKE

Nicolas knows many of our clients prefer motoryachts for the luxury yacht charter vacations, but we are certainly excited to promote high-quality sailing yachts whenever the chance arises.  Sail yacht ALLURES is certainly 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 100ft, this is indeed a superyacht, and her overall design reflects this pedigree.  Her chic Italian interior is brimming with beautiful wood and leather furnishings.  She accommodates eight guests in four impressive staterooms. Every stateroom with 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). This unique (and oh-so-flexible) layout ensures the yacht can comfortably accommodate charter parties of families, friends and/or couples.

 

yacht charter sailboat allures double to twin convertible stateroom

 

KEY FEATURE SUMMARY

  • Performance sailing catamaran
  • Experienced and friendly crew
  • Sleek lines with the latest sailing equipment
  • Chic Italian interiors with wood and leather
  • Access to very shallow anchorages
  • The ultimate in safety and performance
  • Two convertible staterooms
  • Multiple water toys

 

THE RATE

For the summer 2017 cruising season, the yacht is offered at €60,000/wk plus running expenses – for high (July/August) and €50,000/wk for low (June/September) season

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To reserve catamaran superyacht ALLURES for your favorite dates, click https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/explore-our-yachts/allures/book-now/

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