How can they contribute to furthering the cause of green, eco-friendly vacations?
HOW TO TAKE GREEN APPROACH TO TRAVEL
It’s not hard, and taking a “green approach” to vacations goes hand-in-hand with being a responsible traveler. With a little effort, charter passengers can help reduce the negative environmental impact on the places they visit.
Green travel begins with the understanding and respect for the cruising destination’s culture and an effort to bring benefit the local economy.
Lastly, you do not have to pay more to go green!
A FEW WAYS TO GO GREEN
Let’s look at three simple ways to travel greener on your next sailing vacation:
1. Save Energy a) Re-use towels and linens during your charter. Crews on yachts scramble to clean and change linens throughout a charter. After all, they are dedicated to the highest level of customer service. Simply tell your crew that you are willing to reuse your towels and bed linens more than once or twice during your stay. It is estimated this simple act can save 5 percent on utilities!
YET ANOTHER WAY TO GO GREEN ON A YACHT
b) turn off the air conditioning and lights in your cabin when leaving the room.
MORE WAYS TO GO GREEN
2. Reduce Carbon Output Plan a trip that will reduce carbon emissions. Sometimes it is as simple as considering the distance from the arrival airport to your awaiting yacht. Ask your crew if there is a marina or sandy beach close to the airport. If there is, you can save the cost of a taxi and the related carbon emissions of the vehicle.
HOW TO REDUCE CARBON OUTPUT AND GO GREEN?
For instance, many people arriving for a charter in Tortola, BVI first fly into St. Thomas, USVI. After that, they take a 30 minute taxi to the ferry docks. They then ride a ferry to Tortola. Lastly, they take another quick taxi to a marina, where their yacht and crew await. As a green alternative, you can fly to Beef Island airport in Tortola, adjacent to a large, sandy beach. Your crew can take a dinghy up to the beach to pick you up, and you can literally walk over from the airport!
LAST WAY TO GO GREEN
3. Support the Local Economy You can easily travel greener by learning about your destination. Research the culture, food, and environment of the places you visit. Prior to your charter, ask your crew to cook using native cuisine versus foods and goods that need to be shipped in. When going ashore to shop and sightsee, buy souvenirs and handmade crafts that benefit the local community. Do not buy imported goods. Lastly, Do not purchase souvenirs made from local endangered animals or plants.
Remember, responsible travel habits will reduce the negative environmental impact on the places you visit. These impacts matter long after you and your sailing companions have returned home.
That is typically the first question a charter broker asks a prospective new customer when approached with an inquiry for a mega yacht charter vacation.
The answer is often a request for a motor yacht. Yachting aficionados routinely inquire by motoryacht brand. They ask specifically, for example, for a Benetti or Trinity yacht charter vessel.
The pendulum, however, seems to be swinging as more clients express interest in luxury sailing charter holidays.
“We are witnessing a shift in our sense of priorities when it comes to the world around us,” says Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, an international yacht rental agency. “The focus on sustainable lifestyles goes beyond how we live at home. Many travelers feel compelled to seek out an eco-friendly vacation, and sailboats are the perfect alternative to fossil-fuel powered motoryachts.“
But what about luxury and comfort? For years, sailboats were considered small and cramped, with far fewer amenities than their power-driven counterparts. “That’s all in the past,” says Sheeder.
“Advances in technology have come a long way. Naval architects have found ways to add upscale amenities to sailboats without compromising the yacht’s performance capabilities.”
KOKOMO SAILING YACHT
Sail yacht KOKOMOis indicative of this direction. The 58 meter sailboat reflects new heights of excellence in terms of design, technology, engineering, performance, and quality.
FOUR REASONS TO CHOOSE A SAILBOAT
With so much to offer, here are 4 great reasons to rent a sailing yacht:
1. Sailboats offer you the chance to experience and enjoy the journey as much as the destination.
2. Sailing yachts are more environmentally-responsible (“green“) than motor yachts.
3. Sailboats offer greater fuel economy and less fuel consumption than motor yachts.
4. Sailboats can offer a more tranquil, relaxing experience than a cruise on a motor yacht.
FIFTH REASON – FEEDBACK?
What is the 5th great reason to choose a sailing yacht charter vacation? Click HERE to tell us why you think sailboats are the best way to experience a holiday on the sea.
The odyssey of a lifetime is about to unfold. Luxury sailing charter clients are invited along for the ride.
SAILBOAT CLEAR EYES
The 43 meter sail yacht CLEAR EYES is ready. She starts a 19-month journey, and soon sails around the world. Charter reservations are being accepted for all legs. Guests enjoy 7 night traditional Virgin Islands yacht charter holidays. They also experience multi-week open ocean passages.
The sail starts and ends in Bodrum, Turkey. The voyage takes passengers and crew to multiple destinations. For example, the Canary Islands, Curacao, Aruba, San Blas, Panama, Galapagos, Gambier, Tahiti, Niue, Tonga, Fiji, Darwin, Bali, Mauritius, South Africa, St. Helena, Ascension Island, Cabo Verde and Malta. So many wonderful experiences. For instance, seeing beautiful islands and experiencing vibrant local culture. Other things, such as interacting with people from around the world in their own environment are also included.
Sail yacht CLEAR EYES offers a spacious interior. She also comfortably accommodates up to 10 guests in five cabins. Rates from €65,000 per week, plus all expenses.
The Charter Yacht Brokers Association is CYBA. They announce 2017 winners of their campaign. This is the annual “Going Green To Save The Blue” cause. The crew onboard superyacht NERO places in the “Designer Water” contest. The contest recognizes crews of luxury yacht charter vessels. This award goes to crews acknowledging their “yacht-made” water. This is an effort to reduce. Disposable plastic water bottle use on yachts must decrease.
“Importantly, the campaign is designed to encourage yacht owners and crews to reduce, and eventually forego, the use of plastic water bottles by both the crews and the onboard luxury yacht charter guests. The goal is to raise awareness as to the massive volume of water bottles that are consumed during charters, and the impact disposable plastic has in our landfills and more importantly, our oceans.”
The “Designer Water” contest is annual. It occurs at the opening of the Caribbean yacht charter winter/spring season. At this time, the season sees more than a dozen private yacht charter vessels. In addition, crews showcase their “flavored” waters. Specifically, the waters generate from onboard watermakers that convert seawater into clean, safe drinking water.
This year’s winners are first, 111 foot sailing yacht REE for Hibiscus Martini Water. Second, 183 foot sailing yacht ROSEHEARTY wins for Moranga-infused Detoxifying Water. Third, 265 foot mega yacht NERO wins for Coriander and Passionfruit Water.
It should be noted that the CYBA campaign, “Going Green To Save The Blue,” strategizes dually . It encourages yacht owners and crews to offer eco-friendly options. Private yacht charter guests participate in this sustainable initiative. Hopefully, the guests return home with a clearer understanding of the impact of plastic pollution. In addition, how they can incorporate simple changes in their daily lives. They can make a difference in safeguarding our environment for future generations.
“The ‘Going Green’ campaign highlights the numerous opportunities and options available to our private yacht charter clients, yacht owners, and crews – from avoiding plastic water bottles, to using green cleaning products, reef-friendly sunscreens, and solar panels for energy,” says Sheeder. “We congratulate motor yacht NERO and her owner and crew and all of the other Caribbean yacht charter teams for their commitment to the long-term health of our oceans and the marine environment.”
HOW TO RENT A YACHT
In conclusion, turn to 1-800 Yacht Charters for yacht rentals. We are the company with the industry-leading Best Price Guarantee. In addition, we charter a fleet of Eco-friendly yachts around the world. Call us toll-free in North America at +1.800.922.4824 or local and international at +1.305.253.7245 to plan your yachting vacation.
Solar sunbed. It rotates. It mists. Ahhhh. With much of the northeast United States buried under a blizzard of snow, here’s a new superyacht amenity guaranteed to give you a “sunny” outlook!
LMV’s Lasy Solar sun bed self-orientates according to the position of the sun. How neat is that??
Imagine you are onboard your Lurssen Yacht Charter somewhere off the coast of Capri. Your solar-powered sun bed slowly rotates to keep the heat on your body. What’s that you say – it’s starting to get a little too hot? No worries – there’s a built-in Mist Breeze cooling system to cool you down!
Of course, total comfort is a must, so the bed is covered in marine-grade luxury leather.
Thanks to its solar power source, the Lasy Solar sun bed doesn’t need connecting to a yacht’s power supply.
The manufacturer plans to have the product website for Lasy Solar sun beds up and running soon.
Now we hear di Caprio news. He is about to take delivery of a 2012 Fisker Karma hybrid luxury sports sedan. And not just any Fisker Karma – the very first one ever built.
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO HYBRID CAR
The actor leads the green enviro movement in Hollywood. His latest toy, like his Toyota Prius, is built with sustainability in mind. The Karma is designed by Henrik Fisker, formerly of Aston Martin, and has been developed around an aluminium chassis.
ABOUT THE KARMA
A pair of electric motors totaling 403hp powers The plug-in Karma. The first is a 22 kWh lithium ion battery. The second is a 175kW generator via a 2.2L gas engine.
Even with its eco-friendly background, the Karma features a 125mph top speed. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds.
WHO HAS HYBRID CARS?
Also waiting in line for his own hybrid is Al “An Inconvenient Truth” Gore.
An association of charter brokers has announced an award to recognize luxury sailing charter vessels who adopt eco-friendly practices.
SAVE THE BLUE
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.
YACHTS GO GREEN
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 CYBA’s efforts.”
CYBA is hopeful these awards inspire others. For instance, captains, crews and owners. The association wants them to take more steps. In specific, to go green. Qualifying vessels are recognized at the upcoming charter industry winter shows in St. Thomas, Tortola, and Antigua.
Special mention will be given. Specifically, to the “Most Eco-friendly Sailing Yacht”
The requirement for cutting-edge watertoys onboard private yacht charter vessels is nothing new. There’s an ongoing battle between charter yacht owners to make sure their yacht has better toys than their competitor; hence the inclusion of jet packs, personal submarines, waterslides, and flying saucer-style waverunners.
PRESENTING THE WATER BIKE
now, a piece of exercise equipment found in nearly every superyacht gym – the stationary exercise bicycle – has crossed over to join the long list of “must-have” watertoys.
THE SCHILLER S1 – SOCIALLY-RESPONSIBLE TOY
Engineered for the water, the Schiller S1 water bike merges modern design, technology, and engineering, to deliver a stationary workout bicycle in an aquatic environment. Why stay cooped-up in a yacht’s gym, riding a stationary bike, when you can do your biking outdoors, on the water?
Fans of television’s, “The Amazing Race” on CBS, saw the Schiller S1 in action in the season premiere, as contestants peddled from Marina del Rey to Burton Chase Park in Los Angeles, California.
HOW DOES THE S1 WORK?
Upon first glance, the S1 looks large and bulky, until you realize the pontoons that keep it afloat and provide stability are inflatable. In fact, the unit folds down to 3 cubic feet and only weighs 60 pounds – compact and light enough for any deckhand to carry and place the S1 near the swim platform for the use of the charter guests.
A drive train attached to the pedals connects to a small propeller. The company reports a good rider can achieve a speed of 5 miles per hour.
“We’re committed to increasing the eco-friendly yachting options we can offer our clients,” says Sheeder. “So many travelers are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint both at home and while on vacation.” Sheeder continues, “The Schiller S1 waterbike is quiet, sustainable, and human-powered. It’s part of a new generation of watertoys that merge the pleasures of a yachting vacation with the responsibilities of protecting our marine environment.”
Sheeder concludes with a smile,
“…and as we saw on the season premiere of The Amazing Race, it’s a lot of fun!”
A SOCIALLY-RESPONSIBLE GREEN VACATION
Enjoy the ultimate green vacation on a fully-crewed Virgin Islands catamaran yacht charter this winter. Catamaran sailboats are roomy, stable, loaded with watertoys. They also utilize the clean energy of the wind to cruise through the water.
Charters offer the exclusivity of yacht ownership, without its costs and responsibility.
There are more yachts available for hire than ever before, and great deals abound – from discounted prices to extra free days.
Take advantage of one of these great destinations and offers:
Bahamas 140′ motor yacht NEVER ENOUGH(12 passengers) – save over $42,000 and enjoy 10 days for the price of 7. Available all spring. $100,000 per week, plus expenses.
147′ motor vessel ARIA(32 passengers) – $10,000 savings on all 2011 charters. Embark on the voyage of a lifetime, sailing the Earth’s mightiest river – the Amazon. Reduced rate is $161,280 per week, plus some expenses.
98′ motor yacht SALU(8 passengers) – Save 21% for charters in May, June, and September 2011. Was €70,000 per week, plus expenses – now €55,000 per week, plus expenses.
1-800 Yacht Charters offers discounts on CATAMARANS! Now through June 30, take 5% off ANY crewed catamaran charters. Any boat…any dates.
65′ catamaran WORLDS END(2011 model; 10 passengers) – €23,400 per week, plus expenses.
62′ catamaran IN THE WIND(2011 model; 8 passengers) – $27,000 per week, plus expenses.
There are MANY more yacht charter specials available at destinations around the globe. Contact your 1-800 Yacht Charters specialists HERE with your desired dates and destination to check for last minute savings. We’ve got you covered!
Motor yacht EXUMA profile from mid-March. Above all, the Perini Navi Group, famous for sailboats, built an award-winning 50 meter motoryacht.
EXUMA received World Superyacht Award Motoryacht of the Year. Additionally, she was named Best Displacement Motoryacht under 500 gross tons.
Yacht EXUMA wasco-designated the winner at the sixth international ceremony in London. Specifically, awarded with 162.5 meter yacht ECLIPSE. The latter was built by Blohm and Voss. In addition to styling by Terence Disdale Design. Similarly, the yacht is owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.
“unparalleled in terms of interior space design and deck organization. There are large spaces dedicated to ensuring privacy among guests, and plenty of room to store the yacht’s sizable watertoy equipment inventory.“
Unique onboard toys are numerous. For instance, a Hovercraft, underwater SeaBob scooter, an electric moped, and an Amphibious Jeep.
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