Are you a Trinity, Benetti, or Feadship enthusiast? How about Abeking & Rasmussen? FLIBS 2009 cites a record number of luxury yacht charter superyachts attending. FLIBS stands for Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Andrew Doole of Show Management reports that this year’s FLIBS Golden Anniversary attracts an amazing 149 superyachts over 30m to be displayed. Thousands of people attend the show, and the internet buzzes with uploaded photos of one gorgeous yacht after another.
WHAT IS A SUPERYACHT?
The standard definition of a superyacht is a luxury yacht over 24 meters long. The FLIBS show attendance increases from 149 to 209 yachts to celebrate the anniversary.
WHICH SPECIFIC YACHTS WILL ATTEND THE SHOW?
Among many others, the list is headed by Feadship’s mighty 65m TRIDENT. Another is the 62m FORTUNATO. Finally, Trinity’s 54m KATHERINE and Heesen’s 50m MAN OF STEEL are also in attendance.
There is a Prime Time preview on Thursday, October 29th from 10 am EST to 7 pm EST, and the show is open to the general public at the same times from Friday, October 30th to Sunday, November 1st. The show closes at 5 pm EST on Monday, November 2nd, with all superyachts bidding farewell with the blowing of their horns. It reverberates in the air!
We first brought 2011 motor yacht HURRICANE RUN to our readers’ attention as a yacht named after a famous race horse.
Now, the owner of this 54 meter Feadship yacht charter vessel wants to encourage you to race forward and claim a $55,000 discount on a Caribbean yachting holiday this winter(between December 1, 2011 and April 30, 2012)!
On behalf of the owner of megayacht HURRICANE RUN, we are pleased to extend a special offer of $295,000 per week for the next two charters booked in the Caribbean. This represents a savings of $55,000 from the regular winter season rate of $350,000.
(Note – all running expenses, items such as food, fuel bar, and dockage, are extra)
WHERE IS THE YACHT LOCATED?
Currently booked December 21 to 29, 2011, Feadship yacht HURRICANE RUN can be available for a New Year’s celebratory charter starting December 31st, 2011, in St. Maarten.
As the year draws to a close, luxury yacht charter maven Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants and 1-800 Yacht Charters, is beaming.
“We’ve closed our year with the addition of 40 brand new 2011 models to our global network of yacht charter vessels. The largest of our new offerings is the 81 meter Feadship motor yacht AIR, followed by Proteksan Turquoise yacht TALISMAN MAITON (ex-Talisman C) and Rossi Navi motor yachtHIGH POWER III (ex-Numptia), both 70 meters in overall length.”
NEWEST AND LARGEST YACHTS
Sheeder’s companies have a reputation of offering the newest and largest yachts in the world’s best destinations. She and her teams spend countless hours identifying potential charter yachts.
“Rarely do we add any yacht to our fleet that is more than two to three years old, “ says Sheeder. “Even when we consider classic-styled yachts, we prefer to promote modern reproductions of famous yachts. Clients know they can turn to us for yachts that are on the cutting edge of new technology and styling.”
Germania Nova classic saiilboat replica
An example of Sheeder’s pursuit of modern yachts is the newly launched 47 meter sail yacht GERMANIA NOVA, a replica of a classic racing schooner first launched in 1908. Says Sheeder,
“Turn of the century guests onboard the original yacht would marvel at the technological comforts onboard this modern vessel. From satellite televisions to 5.1 Dolby surround sound, the only thing ‘old’ on this yacht is the classic design.”
Important to realize, many of the new yachts are award winners in global design competitions. Competitions, for instance, the annual ShowBoats Design Awards.
“We pay close attention to these competitions,” reports Sheeder. “The best designers and naval architects in the world judge these yachts. Odds are great that if the best minds in the industry like a boat, our clients will, too.”
Recent award winners promoted by SailAway to their clients include late 2010 launch Perini Navi motor yacht EXUMA(Best Exterior Design & Styling Award: Displacement Motor Yachts 100-199). Also, the 42 meter Holland Jachtbouw motor yacht CALLIOPE (Best Exterior Design & Styling Award: Semi-displacement Motor Yachts).
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE NEW YEAR
In conclusion, as to the new year, Sheeder is even more optimistic.
“Our research indicates that 72 new megayachts were ordered in 2011, the largest at 100 meters, and an average length of almost 43 meters. Eighty per cent of these newly-built yachts will be launched in 2012 or 2013, and we’ll surely have an entirely new inventory of yachts-for-hire to present to our discriminating clientele!”
In catching up on technical reading, I studied the launch of the 96 meter Feadship yacht VERTIGO.
For many of our clients, the epitome of luxury is a Feadship yacht charter vacation. These fabled Dutch builders have placed a number of their award-winning vessels into the superyacht charter market. Vessels like yacht HURRICANE RUN, motor yacht JOY, and the the 81 meter yacht AIR, the second largest Feadship currently available for charter, hold a coveted ranking among the most popular luxury yachts for hire in the world.
As I reviewed photos of yacht VERTIGO, Feadship hull 1066, I was floored by her massive size. At 96 meters in length (about 315 feet), she is longer than an NFL football field, from bow to stern. Even her onboard amenities are grand – like the 9 meter x 4 meter swimming pool and the below-deck helicopter hangar.
I thought to myself, “Our charter clients will be amazed when they see this yacht.”
AMAZED — BUT WILL clients be????
Is it possible vessels like Feadship yacht VERTIGO and similar sized yachts are too big for a superyacht charter, no matter how impressive their onboard amenities might be. Too ostentatious? An appropriate size to maneuver? Is sher affordable?
IS THERE A BEST SIZE FOR A CHARTERYACHT?
So just how big is too big – and is there an optimal size yacht for charter?
As a person might expect, there is no simple yes or no answer. More importantly, there IS a correct answer – and it comes from understanding not so much what the charterer wants, as what the charterer needs!
While the charter rate and yacht’s appearance and amenities are important, those details initially take a back seat to the primary factors used to determine the optimal size of the yachts we recommend to our clients.
Our charter consultants focus on two primary criteria when determining the right yacht. For instance, destination and intended use.
DESTINATION DICTATES YACHT SIZE
“Where” the client wishes to charter is the first factor in determining how large a yacht they can enjoy. Simply stated, some yachts are too large, and draft too deeply in the water to safely navigate certain destinations.
COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENTS
Jana Sheeder, our company’s President best explains the challenge:
“A client who enjoyed a 175ft Feadship yacht charter vessel in the Mediterranean in the summer, might ask for a similar yacht to explore the Bahamas in the winter. However, the Bahamas are a shallow destination and many of the best beachfront anchorages are too shallow to be enjoyed by a Feadship with a typical 12ft draft. Instead of quoting a Feadship, we would probably recommend a yacht like the 164ft Mangusta MOONRAKER. She’s just 10 feet shorter in length than a comparable Feadship, but drafts just 6ft – half the draft of a Feadship!”
USE DICTATES YACHT SIZE
“What” the charterer wishes to do during the rental period is the second factor in recommending a yacht based on size. If the yacht is to be used for a corporate event, like the Cannes Film Festival, accessible dockage is crucial to the success of the charter. Our friend Hansel describes the importance of analyzing dockage requirements in relation to the yacht’s size.
“For a static charter, the yacht is normally positioned stern-to (perpendicular to) the quay so VIP guests can come and go. If the yacht is too long, it will have trouble docking stern-to, and it’s bow will jut out, and possibly restrict the passage of yachts entering and exiting the marina. It is far better to provide the client with a yacht shorter in overall length, but greater in volume via multiple decks for entertainment and socializing.”
Once the destination and use issues have been addressed, we can present the largest yachts that won’t compromise the needs of the client. At this point, the focus shifts to cost and amenities, with many clients seeking the biggest yacht in line with their budget, as well as a vessel with unique watertoys.
THE SUPERYACHT OWNER’S PERSPECTIVE
As an interesting side note, the owner’s perspective on what is the ideal size for a superyacht for charter differs from that of the charterer and charter broker. With many owners, bigger is better. Driven in part by ego, yacht owners continue to build larger and larger yachts. In a recent interview with Superyacht Times, John Rosatti, the owner of 65m yacht DOUBLE DOWN, commented on the growing trend to build bigger yachts:
“Everyone’s going bigger now, just look around. In 1988, I had a 34m Thunderball and it was in the top 100 largest yachts. Now I have a 65m, which may have just slipped out of the top 250. These boats get bigger and the ports get smaller. Where do you put them? It’s tough. If you look around there’s virtually nothing under 150 feet now.”
MANAGEMENT WEIGHS IN
Yet even when ego seems to dictate the size of yachts, there is still some semblance of reason for a few yacht owners. Paolo Casani, managing director of C&N, believes new-build growth in charter yachts will be in the 45-65m sector. Casani told Superyacht Times:
“They’re (45-65m yachts) easier to manage and you have more berthing options. Yachts this size are the most appealing for charter. We had a 60m that did 96 days of charter in one season. The owner offset his running costs and actually made a profit. The pricing for charters becomes far less attractive for the market when you get above 65 meters.”
FINAL YACHT SIZE THOUGHT
While affluent owners will continue to push the bar and build yachts in the 100 meter range, and larger, for most charterers, the ideal charter vessel will be the yacht that is best suited for the client’s desired cruising destination and specific use. Whether that yacht is 50 meters or 100, should remain a secondary factor in selecting the right yacht for the ultimate superyacht experience.
After extended summer use by her owner, Feadship yacht HURRICANE RUN has committed to the upcoming winter 2015 Caribbean charter season.
As of the date of this post, the yacht’s calendar is wide open for bookings in St. Martin, St Barts, and the Virgin Islands. For year-end reservations over the Christmas or New Year’s holidays, the yacht requires a minimum 10-night reservation. Charters of 5 nights or longer will be accepted for all other open dates.
Her weekly rental rate is $350,000 for the holidays, and $295,000 for all other winter dates. Rates are plus all running expenses – items such as food, fuel, dockage, etc.
Built in 2009, Feadship yacht HURRICANE RUN was the recipient of the 2010 world Superyacht Award for “Best Interior Layout and Best Interior.” Her bright, contemporary interior was designed by the famous Terence Disdale.
Onboard amenities include:
Excellent sundeck layout
Large swim platform
Mini gymnasium which can be converted into a guest cabin for a nanny or security staff
Zero-speed stabilization for comfort while at anchor
Fast, reliable WIFI internet
Full-beam master suite with private study
Her crew received an excellent testimonial from a charterer last December:
“It is not possible to have another New Year celebration experience like we had on Hurricane Run! No words can describe the Hurricane Run crew. Our children, grandchildren, nanny and I have made lifetime friends with each one. We can never thank you enough for such a special week!”
On Saturday April 14, 2012, Feadship fans around the world celebrated. They learned of the launch of the 78.5 meter motor yacht HAMPSHIRE II. It occurred at the fabled builder’s Kaag yard.
SPECIAL FEATURE ABOUT THE YACHT
Her owner is an experienced owner and active sportsman. HAMPSHIRE II features a helicopter landing platform on the foredeck. This area is transformed into a playing “field” for basketball, tennis, baseball, badminton and football. A giant net can be placed around the deck to keep the ball in play.
THRILLS FOR GUESTS
Guests can ride the elevator to the top of the crow’s nest. When they get there, they take a fast ride down and into the water on a zip line. Bucket list!
Her contemporary exterior design is by Redman Whiteley Dixon. It is a split-level design. This maximizes interior roominess and deck space. This Feadship also has an impressive beach club area. It has side platforms in addition to the swim platform at the transom.
The classically-styled interior features an English pub-style bar in place of the traditional lounge.
Accommodations are provided for 12 to 14 guests in six cabins.
WHERE WILL SHE CHARTER?
Our fingers are crossed in the hopes the impressive superyacht becomes available to the public soon. We’d love to have her here for the Mediteranean yacht charter summer season!
HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER
Similar yachts available for charter include 81 meter Feadship motor yachtAIR, the 63 meter motor yacht LADY BRITT, and the Feadship classic motor yacht JANA.
Watching an auto race is exhilarating. The elements of speed and danger seem fused together by the power of high-torque engines and the drivers with nerves of steel. But let’s be honest – sitting in the hot grandstands with thousands of strangers is less than the ideal way to view the glamour, the cars, and the grid girls of a Formula 1 event.
Thus, it’s little wonder why the Port Hercule marina in Monaco is filled to capacity in May for the annual running of theMonaco Grand Prix. With the cars zipping by the marina, there’s no doubt the best seat in the house is on a luxury yacht.
Unfortunately, the rest of the 2011 Formula 1™ races take place on tracks far removed from the oceanside. That is, all but one other – the 2011 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
YACHTS HEADED TO ABU DHABI FOR RACE
It’s rare for a Mediterranean yacht charter vessel to make the sojourn to the Middle East, but one superyacht is anxious to secure a reservation for the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – motoryacht JANA.
The classic 46 meter Feadship is actively seeking a booking for the November 11-13 racing event.
Built in 1986, the yacht has received several refits throughout her charter career, the most recent being in 2009, in which she had the majority of her hull and superstructure repainted and most of her of soft furnishings replaced. The Dutch-built masterpiece accommodates 10 – 12 guests in 5 cabins. With a large sun deck, motor yacht JANA can easily host race day soirees for 20 to 40 guests.
COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENT
According to Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters and 1-800 Yacht Charters,
“This yacht offers the best in accommodations, cuisine, amenities, and service, plus she has a wide array of aquasport toys for guests to enjoy in the warmth of the Middle Eastern sun.”
The yacht is available for the Grand Prix at the rate of €100,000 for 5 days, plus running expenses (items such as food, bar, dockage, etc.).
Sheeder says her office will assist in securing a premium berth to view the race.
“We have a first-class team in place to handle all concierge-related requests, from dockage – to ground transportation – to catering a cocktail reception on the yacht.”
RACE DETAILS IN ABU DHABI
The race takes place on the Yas Marina Circuit, located on Yas Island, about 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Approximately 50,000 spectators can view the action on the circuit from permanent, covered grandstands that protect visitors from the desert sun. Of course, the best viewing areas are the most secure and private – the decks of the yachts in the Yas Marina.
The circuit is 5.55 kilometers long, with a total of 21 corners with 9 right turns and 12 left turns. The track features a lot of hairpins and long straights, and there are few potential overtaking places. The pit lane entry is very challenging, as is the exit, which runs underneath the track in a tunnel.
The world’s largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, is also located on Yas Island. The park hosts more than 20 rides and attractions. One of the attractions, Formula Rossa, has the same G force one would feel driving in an F1 car and braking at maximum speed. It is the world’s fastest roller coaster, powered through the 2.07 km track at speeds up to 240 km/h, reaching 0-100 km/h in less than two seconds.
Sheeder believes the popularity of Abu Dhabi is on the rise, and a Grand Prix yacht charter is a great opportunity to explore the area by yacht. “In addition to the race and related social events onboard motoryacht JANA, there is so much to see and do in Abu Dhabi,” says Sheeder. “The people are warm and hospitable and the weather in November feels like the summer in the Med.”
European luxury yacht charter customers tend to request superyachts built in Italy, Holland, and France. Their counterparts in America prefer a Trinity yacht charter vessel.
TRINITY – BENETTI – FEADSHIP – LURSSEN
The Trinity yacht charter fleet stands toe-to-toe with the Benetti yacht charter vessels. It also rivals Lurssen yacht charter and Feadship yacht charter fleets. It’s all about luxury amenities and interiors.
Trinity Yachts earns its place as one of the world’s elite builders of custom superyachts. It has an emphasis on European quality, and steel and aluminum constructions. Trinity’s goal is to build a truly custom yacht that fulfills all of your unique cruising desires.
TYPICAL SUPERYACHT CONSTRUCTION
Most superyacht construction is a semi-production basis. Trinity Yachts creates the largest yachts available for mega yacht charters. Vessels up to 400 feet (123 meters) prevail in the industry. They work with many of the world’s most renowned naval architects and interior designers.
YACHT CHARTER PLANNING ON A TRINITY
Now planning a Caribbean yacht charter or Mediterranean yacht charter holiday on one of these magnificent yachts has never been easier. Currently, there are 17 rent private yacht Trinity-built models available.
The deckhand approaches the charter of guests. He says, “would anyone care to ride the banana?“
Surprisingly, not an eyebrow was raised nor a snicker made by any of the guests at the funny name. These were repeat charterers, and they knew. A”banana” is one of the reasons that they chose to charter this Feadship yacht.
A banana is one of many popular watertoys available on most Caribbean yacht charter vessels. It is a towable toy that is a giant, yellow, floating cylindrical tube, with room for 3 or more fun-loving adventurists.
Charter skippers add more new toys to their onboard inventory every season. Yachts used to only carry a couple of fishing poles, snorkel gear, and a windsurfer. Now, you find waverunners, underwater scooters, and multiple towable toys onboard the typical vessel for hire.
“When it comes to toys on today’s charter vessels, the rule of thumb is simple – go extreme,” says Sheeder. “We now see yachts carrying high performance waverunners, segway scooters for playing ashore, and even small submarines for exploring reefs.“
The onboard toy inventory of Oceanco motor yacht SEVEN SEAS reads like a Hammacher Schlemmer catalog. The yacht carries multiple watertoys. Just a few, for instance, are 3 tenders, 4 waverunners, windsurfers, paddleboards, kiteboard, kneeboard, wakeboard, snorkel gear, and multiple Aqua Slides.
The 81 meter Feadship motor yacht AIR keeps pace with yacht SEVEN SEAS by including among her toys: 2 Laser sailing dinghies, 4 Kayaks, SCUBA gear (certified divers only), and 4 BladeFish underwater scooters.
Sheeder is grateful her yacht owners continue their pursuit of bigger, faster, more unique toys.
“In the end, it’s the charter customers who benefit from the childlike enthusiasm of yacht owners willing to spend whatever it takes to have the newest toys and techno-gadgets onboard their luxury yachts.“
HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER
Are you ready to charter a mega yacht with onboard toys like the banana, Bladefish underwater scooters, segways, and submarines? Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters HERE to book your vacation now!
Sail and motor yachts over 100′ gather this December in Thailand. They attend the annual Asia Superyacht Rendezvous. It takes place December 16-18 in Phuket. For instance, mega yacht charter vessels and private sailboats will rendezvous for three days. It happens on and off the waters of the Andaman Coast.
PRESTIGIOUS EVENT IN PHUKET
The event is Asia’s most prestigious superyacht rendezvous. It is a fixture on the calendars of wordwide owners. Many boats attend. For example, a diverse fleet of classic yachts and newest builds attend this year.
There is plenty of action on the water. Sailing yachts participate in two days of racing. These races accompany a spectator fleet of motor yachts. This allows owners to enjoy spectacular views. The racing happens at the Royal Phuket Yacht Club. The yachts sail from Nai Harn Bay to Surin Bay. The courses are set by long-serving Race Officer Andy Dowden.
Feadship yacht charter enthusiasts revel in the Feadship Challenge. It is a model boat building contest. Nearby are other parts of the social program. These include the Boat International Media Owners’ Dinner. The meal is aboard a yacht at one of the finest beaches in Phuket.
The yacht is located adjacent to the Surin Hotel. The Surin will present a choice of foods from East and West. Therefore, the meals overlook the beauty of Thailand’s coastline. Live music and dancing continue into the night. The launch of Chinese lanterns draw the dinner to a close.
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