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15 Meter Mediterranean Yacht Charter Vessel Right Size For Couples

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Our agents in Antibes report a brand new 50-foot crewed yacht has been delivered to the South of France, in time to participate in the summer charter season.Launched in 2012, motor yacht GREY GOOSE OF ANTIBES is a Fairline Targa 50, featuring accommodations for 2 to 6 guests.

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The France yacht charter vessel GREY GOOSE OF ANTIBES will operate as a “skipper-only” boat – there will be just one crew member aboard to drive the yacht.  Typically, drinks & canapés are served throughout the day, and guests can dine ashore in one of the Cote d’Azur’s many gastronomic restaurants.Fairline Targa 50 yacht GREY GOOSE OF ANTIBES can zip along at 24 knots and can hit a top speed of 33 knots, while fuel consumption is quite economical at 8 liters per nautical mile (approximately 175 liters per hour).

Onboard watertoys include a Williams 325 tender, snorkel gear, water skis, and a towable donut.Built by Britain’s Fairline Yachts, this spacious Targa 50 has the feel of a luxury apartment, with sliding roof and sweeping, panoramic windows.

Both daily rentals ( € 3,000 per day plus expenses) and term charters (€ 18,000 per week plus expenses) are available.  Prices include the rental of the boat and the captain.

========================To charter luxury motor yacht GREY GOOSE OF ANTIBES, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at 

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Famous Roberto Cavalli Yacht Available for Charter

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Seen for years cruising the Med, the sleek black-hulled superyacht owned by Roberto Cavalli was only enjoyed by the Italian designer, his family, and a handful of his closest friends – until now.

Cavalli ended up selling her (originally named motor yacht RC) and after a two year major interior refit, the vessel has re-emerged as Baglietto motor yacht ABILITY.  The summer 2016 season will mark the first time the well-known yacht is available for private luxury yacht charter rental.

ABILITY Baglietto superyacht yacht charter vessel

The new owner pays homage to Cavalli with a signature refit by interior design artist Mary Georgiou. Known for exotic prints, the fashion designer’s former yacht now radiates modern Italian style. Décor borders on excess, with flamboyant textiles, gold leaf lamps, and African tribal and Grecian art.  A touch of abstract art here and there ties the scheme together as sophisticated and modern.  Rich wood floors and furniture, along with the abundant use of animal prints and faux fur offer warmth to the yacht’s sleek, angular lines.

Yacht charter vessel ABILITY

Accommodations for 10 guests are offered in 5 cabins, including a master stateroom on the main deck, and 4 guest cabins below deck.

Quickly zipping from port to port is a breeze on yacht ABILITY. How about breakfast in Genoa, and lunch at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Sardinia?  While itineraries like this are beyond the same-day reach of most superyachts,  powerful waterjet drive engines propel this bullet-looking yacht at speeds in excess of 30 knots.

If exotic couture is your thing, the Cavalli-inspired motor yacht ABILITY is the perfect vessel for your upcoming summer Italy yacht charter adventure.


With over 100 private luxury charteryachts available this summer, 1-800 Yacht Charters has an option for every budget.  To plan your Côte d’Azur getaway, contact us at 305-720-7245, email, or submit our online form here.

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Is Newest Palmer Johnson 170 SportYacht Destined for Luxury Yacht Charter Market?

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The third hull in the Palmer Johnson PJ 170 SportYacht range, motor yacht SANAM, was recently delivered to her new owner in the Mediterranean.

Is it wishful thinking to hope the yacht will enter the Monaco yacht charter market in the summer of 2017?

For Jana Sheeder and her team at 1-800 Yacht Charters, it certainly doesn’t hurt to ask, and even beg a little…

SANAM Palmer Johnson 170 Sportyacht profile

“There are many Palmer Johnson yachts currently available for hire, but none as new, large, and striking as motor yacht SANAM,” states Sheeder. “Her sleek profile and aggressive stance make her instantly recognizable as a PJ Sportyacht, and we feel there will be great demand among our European clients to experience the largest Palmer Johnson on the market.”

Not leaving the opportunity to chance, Sheeder’s charter team reached out to the yacht’s captain and made a pitch (more like a plea) to convince the owner to place the yacht in charter when not in use by the owner’s family.

The captain responded by saying, “At the moment the boat is still very new to (our owner), and he does not want to charter – just yet.  He is considering building a larger vessel, and I think once he gets a new build underway, he will charter this vessel to help with the costing.”

A smiling Sheeder said, “That’s the answer we wanted to hear.

Palmer Johnson has created the ultimate sportyacht.  It’s an iconic design with cutting edge styling – one that Sheeder knows will appeal to a few special clients.

Sheeder says, “We’ll continue to work with the captain and owner to introduce motor yacht SANAM to the charter marketplace.”


Interested in a Palmer Johnson yacht charter?  For more information, contact Jim at

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Nomadic Chef Joins Heesen Yacht Aurelia for Balearic Island Yacht Charter Season

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Yacht Charter Chef Jason Carruthers

Yacht Charter Chef Carruthers

Freelance chef  Jason Carruthers has joined the crew onboard the 37 meter Formula 1 inspired motor yacht AURELIA for the upcoming Balearic Island yacht charter season.  Jason has spent the last 15 years traveling and honing his culinary skills, both on land an onboard private yacht charter vessels. His travels have helped him develop an extensive knowledge of international cuisine.  Now living in Palma Mallorca, Carruthers joins the 6-person yacht charter crew on board the sleek superyacht, whose home port is also Palma.
Carruthers explains how he developed his talents for cooking:

“As a private chef I have worked on land and water and cooked in some incredibly remote places where sourcing ingredients can be a daily challenge.  With extensive catering and consulting throughout Europe and working with chefs of all origins, I have been able to absorb a great knowledge of international cuisine.”

Aside from his culinary talents, Carruthers also holds an endorsement in Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (SCTW Maritme), as well as certificates in hygiene, and firefighting, and sea survival.


As he has previously worked on yachts, Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters sees Carruthers as a natural fit to serving onboard motor yacht Aurelia – one of her most popular Balearic Island yacht charter vessels.

“Sometimes, chefs with limited experience on a yacht have difficulty with the transition from working in a restaurant or private home to serving onboard a superyacht,” says Sheeder.  “Jason has a solid boating background, having served as both a chef and deckhand on motor yacht HUSH [38m] and motor yacht Osiana [25m].  He can drive a tender, take a turn on watch, and assist with safety issues.”



Jason’s new home at sea, Heesen yacht Aurelia (priced from €105,000 per week), is well-known in the Balearics.


Yacht charters in Spain require the vessel secure a Spanish charter license in order to begin an conclude charters within Spanish waters.  Possessing this license gives Aurelia a distinct advantage over other charter vessels.  Without this license, a yacht can either start or end a charter in Spain – but it cannot do both. This forces unlicensed yachts to spend part of the charter period in far-away France – adding additional fuel costs to the charter customer’s tab (not to mention the loss of precious charter time in Spain).

Motoryacht Aurelia with inflatable slide deployed into the water


Aurelia offers accommodations for eight guests in four staterooms.  With her non-traditional paint scheme inspired by Formula 1 racing team colors, the yacht is instantly recognizable.  And just like a F-1 race car, this yacht is fast – hitting speeds of over 30 knots, while similar-sized motoryachts cruise at no more than 12-15 knots.  Charting a yacht with such impressive speed capabilities means Balearic island yacht charter clients can explore the entire chain of islands – from Ibiza to Mallorca, within a week-long getaway.




Round white plate with asparagus puree with sea bass and courgette garnish



sea bass with pomegranate, red onion, and mango salsa on a white plate



lamb canon miso aubergine with carmelized onions


Smile, stop drooling, pick up your phone, and TEXT:  I WANT TO CHARTER to 305-720-7245 to start planning your Balearic Island yacht charter vacation onboard Aurelia, or one of over a dozen yachts with Spanish charter licenses, represented by 1-800 Yacht Charters.

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Owner of Superyacht Pays Homage with James Bond Luxury Yacht, Diamonds Are Forever

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John Staluppi, the luxury yacht charter world’s archetypical yacht owner is at it again. Driven by imagination and pride, Staluppi has taken possession of his 16th megayacht. 

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Launched on Saturday 26th November 2011 at the state-of-the-art Benetti shipyard in Livorno, Italy the 60 meter Benetti FB253 is the boat’s official identification, but like so many of his earlier yachts, the vessel has been christened to honor another James Bond classic novel and film – motor yacht DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER.

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Based on the shipyard’s famed naval architecture and engineering, the elegant external line of the new Benetti FB253 M/Y (Motoryacht) DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER is characterized by compact forms and dynamic slender lines.  This balanced combination of traditional design elements and modern innovative stylistic solutions has become the benchmark of Benetti’s distinguishing mark throughout the world.

Long a fan of the James Bond 007 saga,  Staluppi’s earlier creations included the aptly named motor yacht OCTOPUSSY, motoryacht MOONRAKER, motor yacht THUNDERBALL, M/Y THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, and the popular Bahama yacht charters mega yacht CASINO ROYALE, a fixture at the posh Atlantis Resort and Marina on Paradise Island.

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Although M/Y CASINO ROYALE and his latest effort M/Y DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER were built for true luxury at sea, Staluppi’s earlier James Bond boat creations were built with a singular focus – SPEED.  Setting records as some of the fastest superyachts in the world, it was the 43.5 meter motor yacht OCTOPUSSY which broke the 50-knot speed barrier 20 years ago and brought the name of New York-born John Staluppi to the attention of yacht aficionados.

With a background that is now well-known, the self-made millionaire left school when he was 16 and worked as a mechanic in Brooklyn before going on to develop one of the most successful car dealerships in North America — a business that enabled him to indulge his passion for racing fast boats, and then later for building megayachts.

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While many charter yacht owners prefer to remain anonymous, Staluppi’s vision and passion bring fervor and excitement to a very conservative industry. After all, there aren’t many yachts aboard which guests are greeted by frosted-glass panels delicately etched with the silhouettes of Bond girls

The customized, whimsical James Bond boat themes are a refreshing breath of fresh air in an industry of white, cookie-cutter production boats.  Let’s hope Staluppi doesn’t run out of 007 movie titles, or his passion, any time soon.


Live the adventure – come explore an exotic destination on a James Bond boat.

Contact us HERE to make life-changing plans!



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The Next James Bond Boat Might Be a Hybrid

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Hybrid propulsion motorboat powered by diesel and electric jet skis
Every few weeks we like to glimpse into the future of sustainable yacht design.  We’ve profiled designers who tout a future of green superyachts and builders who hope to lead the way with zero-carbon emission mega yacht charter vessels.This week, we take a look at the efforts of German grad student, Stefanie Behringer. Stefanie has designed a hybrid propulsion trimaran motorboat powered by diesel and electric jet skis.Behringer’s creation, if it makes it off the drawing board, would be the ultimate James Bond boat. The sleek, futuristic design is a real head-turner!The green-designed vessel is simple and efficient. A jet ski attaches to each side of the hull.  While the jet skis are electric-powered, the 49 foot yacht is also powered by two Audi turbo-charged diesel engines.  Audi’s concept design team assisted Behringer on the project.

The motoryacht is designed to cruise above 20 knots, with a top end of nearly 30 knots. The vessel can be operated using just the jet skis for a 100-horsepower emission-free cruise. At high speeds, the diesel engines will kick in as well as recharge the jet skis’ batteries.

Twelve passengers can move about comfortably on the deck, designed to feel like a lounge. A tinted glass panel above will shield passengers from the wind and sun.

Audi trimaran hybrid motoryacht for 12 guests
Alas, don’t expect to see this vessel pop up anytime soon in the Mediterranean yacht charter market.  Audi has not announced any plans to move the multi-hulled motoryacht beyond the concept phase.  Still, innovative designs like this bode well for the future of the yachting industry and talented young designers like Stefanie Behringer.


Why wait for the future?  Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters HERE and ask to arrange a charter on a yacht committed to reduced emissions and sustainable operations.

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Yacht Maven Tours James Bond Yacht Octopussy after $7M Refit

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Take an iconic former world-record holding yacht launched in the 80’s, add the allure of James Bond Agent #007, toss in wads of dough for refinements and upgrades, and the result is the spectacular, all-new Heesen motor yacht OCTOPUSSY.

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters took advantage of an invitation to privately preview the “NEW” vessel near the owner’s winter home in Palm Beach, Florida, before the yacht enters the Bahamas yacht charter market.

We received an invitation to see the yacht at the conclusion of a 7 million dollar refit,” beams Sheeder.  “To be the first in the charter industry to see this yacht in person as it returns to the market is so exciting – we can’t wait to share our report and photos with our clients!

jana sheeder and captain laugh on top deck of motoryacht octopussy

Boarding to starboard, amidships and entering the interior passageway, visitors immediately catch a glimpse of the spectacular new décor by Jeff Lincoln of New York. Looking aft, the salon and dining area boast sumptuous fabrics and textures.  Sheeder notes how the designer stayed true to a classic yachting theme.  “The clean lines defined by white-on-navy color patterns add a great, crisp nautical flair, similar to the classic nautical clothing designs of Ralph Lauren.  You know you’re in a yacht but you feel like you’re in a modern New York City apartment. I also love how the blue highlights allow the interior areas to melt into the exterior decks and the dark blue hull.

OCTOPUSSY main salon and dining salon entrance with blue and white geometric carpeting, light wood walls, and white furniture

As Sheeder continues her tour of the yacht, crew members point out the numerous highlights of the refit.

You can tell every mechanical system and all interior surface areas – from the headliner to the flooring and wallcovering, and all of the furniture – have been renewed or replaced,” says Sheeder.  Heesen yacht OCTOPUSSY further benefits from a remodeled stateroom plan – with a combination of Queen and Twin berths as well as two Pullman berths for small children.

Additional highlights of the refit include the addition of a new sundeck, including extension of the uppermost deck, complete with raised sunpads and Jacuzzi-style hot tub.  “Adding the small sundeck with a hot tub is a great idea,” says Sheeder.  “Clients love to spend a day swimming and exploring the James Bond Thunderball Grotto in the Exumas in the Bahamas.  After a day at play, there’s nothing like soaking sore muscles in a ‘Jacuzzi’ as the sun sets over the ocean…

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Built by Dutch shipyard Heesen in 1988, this iconic yacht was true to the James Bond theme that underlines all of the famous films – whether a plane, car, or boat, it had to go FAST!  When first launched, the 143 foot vessel set a world record as the fastest superyacht in the world, hitting a top speed of 53.17 knots.  “The added renovations, and extensions have slowed her down a bit,” says Sheeder, “but not by much.”  Currently, the yacht can cruise at 25 knots, with a top speed of 35 knots.

The combination of speed in a setting of comfort and panache makes this an ideal yacht for exploring the Bahamas,” explains Sheeder. “Other yachts are stuck offering the traditional charter itinerary in the general area of Nassau, but this incredible yacht can get to remote islands far removed from the tourist areas.  After all, the idea is to enjoy a private yacht charter vacation – and this yacht can certainly deliver on that promise.


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Take the “James Bond Yacht Challenge” and win a prize!

Tell us the names of three 007–inspired yachts currently available for charter.  These are yachts named after actual James Bond movies. 

Need a hint? The yacht “Octopussy” is named after the 1983 film of the same name starring Roger Moore as James Bond.  Now you only need to name two more!   

Need another hint?  Go to and use the SEARCH box in the top right corner of the homepage to search on names of James Bond movies.   

Email the names of three charter yachts named after Bond 007 flicks to, and we’ll mail you a special gift! 

[Note:  actual spies and secret agents are not eligible to play! LOL!!!]


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