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3 Simple Ways to Go Green on Sail Boat Charters

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Save the Earth. Cupped hands holding a blue, white, and orange round globe of the planet. GO GREEN ON YACHT CHARTER

Much attention has been focused on the efforts of the superyacht industry to embrace sustainability and green building practices.  But what about the travelers – the people who rent, for example, a private yacht for a Virgin Islands yacht charter holiday?

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.

Go green on charter. Photograph of woman selling avocados at a Farmer's Market. Photo shows her holding a large plastic bag full of avocados

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.

 

DO YOU HAVE TIPS TO SHARE?

Do you have any tips to share on how to travel and cruise by yacht with less of an environmental impact?  Contact us with your suggestions at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ now.

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4 Reasons to Charter a Sailing Yacht

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Dubois naval architects sailboat photograph. Blue-hulled performance sailboat underway. View of the yacht headed toward you. Photo from the water line.

 

SAILBOAT OR MOTORYACHT

Do you prefer a sailboat or a motoryacht?

YACHT CHARTER BROKER ASKS

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 KOKOMO is 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.

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43 Meter Charter Sailboat to Circle the Globe

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Photograph of sailboat CLEAR EYES underway.  It has white sails with black trim.  The boat hull is white, and the deck is chestnut brown. The boat is leaning toward the front of the screen, and it is sailing toward the lower center of the left side of screen.

PREPARE FOR AN EPIC SAILING JOURNEY

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.

TRAVEL ROUTE

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.

ACCOMMODATIONS

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.

Photograph of the master stateroom of sailboat CLEAR EYES.  Light colored carpet, chestnut brown walls, bed with rust-colored throw pillows.

RENT A SAILBOAT

Looking for a greener vacation?  Learn 3 simple ways to enjoy a earth-friendly sailboat vacation at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/half-board-option-makes-crewed-catamaran-charters-more-affordable/.

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90M motoryacht NERO and other luxury yacht charter vessels lauded for green practices

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THE AWARD

The Charter Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA) has announced the 2017 winners of the “Going Green To Save The Blue” campaign, and the crew onboard superyacht NERO have been recognized in the “Designer Water” contest.  The contest recognizes the crews of private luxury yacht charter vessels for their “yacht-made” water, as an effort to reduce the use of disposable plastic water bottles on yachts.

three round glasses containing water infused with strawberries blueberries pomegranate orange cucumber

 

 

THE MESSAGE

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, and a CYBA member, explains the program – and the urgency of the underlying message

“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 WINNERS

The “Designer Water” contest is held annually at the opening of the Caribbean yacht charter winter/spring season.  The season, which has just concluded for 2017, saw more than one dozen private yacht charter vessels and their crews showcase their “flavored” waters, all generated from onboard watermakers that convert seawater into clean, safe drinking water.

This year’s winners are:

  • 111 foot sailing yacht REE – for Hibiscus Martini Water
  • 183 foot sailing yacht ROSEHEARTY – for Moranga-infused Detoxifying Water
  • 265 foot mega yacht NERO – for Coriander and Passionfruit Water

 

THE PROGRAM

Now in its fifth year, the CYBA “Going Green To Save The Blue” campaign has a dual-fold strategy.  By encouraging yacht owners and crews to offer eco-friendly options, private yacht charter guests can participate in this sustainable initiative.  Hopefully, the guests return home with a clearer understanding of the impact of plastic pollution, as well as how they can incorporate simple changes in their daily lives that 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.”

 

If you’re considering a private yacht charter vacation, turn to 1-800 Yacht Charters, the company with the industry-leading Best Price Guarantee, and 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. 

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A Sunny Outlook is Guaranteed with New Yacht Solar Beds

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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??

 

rotating yacht sun bed with misters spritzing water

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.

solar-powered circular suntan sunbed with head and pillows lifted up on yacht deck

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.

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Experience the luxury of a private luxury Lürssen yacht like MARTHA ANN or HUNTRESSContact the yacht charter specialists at 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ to plan The Superyacht Experience for you!

 

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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Keys to Hybrid Sports Car

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Collage of 3 photographs of Leonardo diCaprio. Left photo is of Leo in a grey suit and standing in front of a white banner at a special event. Top right is a silver sportscar. Bottom right is Leo standing next to a silver sportscar in a showroom

Ah, life is good for film star Leonardo DiCaprio.  Dating “Gossip Girl” actress Blake Lively, we first caught a glimpse of Leo relaxing onboard motoryacht SEVEN SEAS, Steven Spielberg‘s multi-million dollar superyacht, during the recent Cannes Film Festival 2011.

Now we hear di Caprio 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.

The actor is known for leading the green enviro movement in Hollywood, and 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. 

The plug-in Karma is driven by a a pair of electric motors totaling 403hp, powered by a 22 kWh lithium ion battery, or a 175kW generator turned by a 2.2L gas engine.

Even with its eco-friendly background, the Karma features a 125 mph top speed and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds.

Also waiting in line for his own hybrid is Al “An Inconvenient Truth” Gore.

Just imagine the buzz if Leo were to invest in a hybrid mega yacht charter vessel?!

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Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/
to learn more about the newest generation of green superyachts and to charter your own eco-friendly yacht for vacation.

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CBS Amazing Race Showcases Latest Private Yacht Charter Watertoy

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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.

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.

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.

Two girls pedaling water bikes in a marina

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.

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, believes eco-conscious travelers will appreciate this “green” watertoy.  “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!

Enjoy the ultimate green vacation on a fully-crewed Virgin Islands catamaran yacht charter this winter. Catamaran sailboats are roomy, stable, loaded with watertoys, and utilize the clean energy of the wind to cruise through the water.  For more information, email info@1800YachtCharters.com, submit an online inquiry form, or call us at +1-800-YACHTCHARTERS (922-4824) or +305-720-7245, 24 hours.

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Discounts Galore on Luxury Yacht Charter Vacations

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Photo of girls lying on the back of a motoryacht. They are raising peace signs in the air.What are you planning for your next vacation?

A survey by USA Today found most people rank spending time with friends and family at the top of their wish list, followed by the urge to see new places, and the desire to kick back and relax.

There’s a great vacation option that gives you the chance to do all these things – a crewed luxury mega yacht charter.

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.

Amazon River
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.

Mediterranean
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.

Caribbean
1-800 Yacht Charters offers discounts on CATAMARANSNow through June 30, take 5% off ANY crewed catamaran charters.  Any boat…any dates.

Suggested boats:

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.

50′ catamaran NUTMEG (2008 model; 8 passengers) – $13,000 per week, ALL-INCLUSIVE.

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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!

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EXUMA Yacht Named Yacht of Year

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Exuma motoryacht. Aerial view from the front. Solid silver yacht.

MOTORYACHT EXUMA

Motor yacht EXUMA profile from mid-March.  Above all, the Perini Navi Group, famous for sailboats, built an award-winning 50 meter motoryacht. 

 

AWARD-WINNING

EXUMA received World Superyacht Award Motoryacht of the Year.  Additionally, she was named Best Displacement Motoryacht under 500 gross tons.

PERINI NAVI

Yacht EXUMA was co-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.
 

 

ARCHITECT

Furthermore, EXUMA was designed by naval architect Philippe Briand.  The vessel is,
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.
 

EXUMA TOYS

Unique onboard toys are numerous.  For instance, a Hovercraft, underwater SeaBob scooter, an electric moped, and an Amphibious Jeep.
 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

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Green Star Superyachts Welcomed

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Green Star logo for RINA marine design certificate for environmental excellence.

SUSTAINABILITY IN YACHTING

Sustainability means avoiding depletion of natural resources to maintain an ecological balance.  The push for sustainability in the yacht industry is a result. 

Green yachting in the use of eco-friendly salmon skin upholstery in superyacht interiors, and the first self-sufficient zero carbon vessel are examples.

A design studio is now building hybrid propulsion green luxury yacht charter super yachts.

GREEN STAR DESIGN

Guido de Groot Design and Intec Marine are proposing two revolutionary concepts for propulsion; as a result, they tout increased energy efficiency, lower noise, and CO2 emissions in boats.  The Intec Marine hybrid propulsion concept uses electric propulsion; therefore using two generators. An additional smaller engine is used for calm water or at anchor.

 

Green star design photograph of profile of Intec Marine 90 hybrid yacht underway.

GREEN STAR DESIGN IN USE

Take for example a Monaco Grand Prix yacht, rented to be dockside for the race.  The boat then goes out  cruising the Côte d’Azur.  At cruising speed, one generator creates power for the two propulsion pods.  It also powers the interior (cabin lights, televisions, galley, etc.). This results in very low noise levels, estimated at 35 dBA.

 

Aerial photograph of monaco grand prix race track. To the left of the photo are people in the bleachers, track in the middle (no cars on it in picture), and to the right are large yachts docked next to the race track, behind barricades

 

The batteries enable the yacht to cruise out of the marina at 6 knots.  Simply start the redundant second generator for the yacht to reach maximum speed. The smaller, third generator runs at anchor.

 

 

HOW DOES GREEN STAR WORK?

Designers expect a 30% reduction of energy use as compared to a conventional setup. The setup uses three diesel engines continuously running  (two for propulsion and one for interior load).

AWARD FOR GREEN STAR COMPLIANCE

Yachts featuring Intec Marine hybrid propulsion receive the RINA marine green star design certificate for environmental excellence.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON HYBRIDS?

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