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63 meter Turkish Superyacht Is Latest Espen Oeino Masterpiece

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The naval architects at Espen Oeino International S.A.R.L. continue to raise the bar of superyacht design with their latest offering – Sunrise Yachts motor yacht IRIMARI.

superyacht Irimari side profile solid white boat at anchor on calm sea

Delivered to her owner in July, the 63 meter yacht is currently cruising in the Greek islands.  So far there is no word if the vessel will be entering the Greek yacht charter fleet.

Sunrise 63 yacht IRIMARI is scheduled to make her official debut at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show this month.

Per our friends at Boat International, one exciting “superfeature” to be expected inside motoryacht Irimari is “…a video wall spanning two decks!

Based in Monaco, Espen Oeino International is considered one of the leading design studios of private yacht charter vessels, especially in the category of Superyachts.  Their portfolio includes Lurssen motor yacht MARTHA ANN, and the world’s largest yacht available for charter, Fincantieri yacht SERENE.

The launch of yacht IRIMARI marks the first of the Sunrise 63 series to splash down for the Turkish builder.  The Espen Oeino designed yacht features interiors by Focus Yacht Design and naval architecture by Unique Yacht Design. Built with a high tensile steel hull and aluminum superstructure, the yacht has a transatlantic range of 5,000 miles, and a top speed of 17 knots.

Yacht Irimari three quarter profile showing back of yacht - boat facing left - sun setting

[After her owner spends some time onboard, our fingers are crossed in the hopes we will see this beautiful yacht enter the charter marketplace]

Interested in chartering a yacht like this one?  Here is a sampling of some of the newest yachts for hire.

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Big VAT Increase For Greece Yacht Charter Fleet Takes Effect

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A new, higher VAT (Value Added Tax) rate went into effect for all charters that commenced after July 20, 2015 in Greek waters.

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The new legislation [N.4334 (??? ?’ 80/16-07-2015)] raised the overall VAT from 13% to 23%, however, lower rates apply to certain charters, based upon the duration of the hire.

There are two VAT categories for charters lasting 3 days or longer:

  • Category I – vessels licensed to perform international cruises: 9.2% (previously 5.2%).
  • Category II – vessels licensed to perform long range cruises within Greek waters: 11.5% (previously 6.5%).

For short term charters, up to 48 hours, there are no discounted rates, and full VAT of 23% is due (previously 13%).

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, points out the new VAT rates affect ALL charters taking place after July 20, 2015 – even if the charter agreements were signed in prior months.  “With the current economic crisis in Greece, we’ve been anticipating  some form of VAT austerity,” says Sheeder. “With each charter agreement we prepare, we add a clause indicating that the charterer is responsible for any increase in VAT – this way, there are no surprises.  The more details we cover with our clients, the smoother their Superyacht Experience will be.


QUESTION TO YOU:  How will the increase in VAT on private luxury yacht charter vacations in Greece effect the number of yacht charters?  Will clients seek alternate destinations or, “grin and bear it” to enjoy a Greek yachting holiday?

Let us know your thoughts, and we will share your comments with our readers AND send you a free complimentary Eco-tote bag!  Email your comments (and your mailing address!) to

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Glorious Greece – The Perfect Summer Cruising Destination

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As a destination, Greece is a sensory celebration. It’s a dance with history and ancient gods, and a courtship between natural beauty and modern luxuries. It’s also an invitation to indulge in a slower pace and simpler pleasures, like savoring a taverna meal complemented by a fantastic local wine you’ve most likely never heard of.

Of course, the ideal way to explore the myriad of small Greek islands is to rent a private yacht.    

For travelers with experience at the helm, a bareboat charter is the most affordable option for exploration.  Similar to renting a car, you do the “driving” by serving as your own skipper.  Yes, you and your travel companions must also do the cooking and cleaning, but when it comes to saving money, it is hard to top the appeal of a bareboat charter, especially sail boat charters as compared to power boats.

If you are not qualified to operate your own boat, or simply desire a hire level of comfort and amenities, some of the largest yachts in the world can be rented in the land of the gods.  

The famous yacht CHRISTINA O calls Greece home.  The private vessel of the late Greek shipping tycoon, Aristotle Onassis, this yacht offers huge deck spaces and the indulgence of an original mosaic-tiled swimming pool. In addition to the Jacuzzi, there are three public lounges, a gym, and a game room – and the famous bar where Sir Winston Churchill first met Jackie Kennedy.

Motor yacht CHRISTINA O Greece yacht charters

When to go to Greece?  Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters recommends visiting Greece between May and  October. “We prefer the so-called “shoulder season” (May and September/October), since the weather is generally good, and you’ll enjoy more elbow room and often better prices in restaurants and gift shops.”

When to book a yacht charter in Greece?   NOW is the time to make your 2011 Greece yacht charter reservations.

For help in identifying the right yacht for your style and budget, call our specialists, toll-free at 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS (800-922-4824), visit our website at, or CLICK HERE.

Opa (Get down and party, or Dance)!

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Our Favorite Three Islands On Earth

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Caye Caulker, Belize - a favorite Caribbean island
As mega yacht charter vessels get larger and larger, the yachts, themselves, have become the “destination” for charter guests. Onboard amenities from home theaters, spas, and helicopters, to personal submarines, coupled with a “boat-load” of watertoys means guests rarely feel the need to leave the safe, comfy, pampered confines of their floating resort.
According to Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters, that is not necessarily a good thing.  “Sometimes we have to remind our clients and ourselves why we first fell in love with yachting,” says Sheeder.  “Initially, you rent a private yacht to escape in comfort and privacy, then  you want to explore a remote area or an island and immerse yourself in its culture.”

Sheeder laments some modern travelers are missing the wonders of exploration by spending too much time onboard their yachts.  “So much beauty awaits ashore, in terms of people, nature, and culture.” 

In the spirit of recapturing that sense of wonder and adventure, our intrepid team in our charter department has picked their top three island destinations.  Certainly, there are bigger, more famous islands, but for white sand beaches, salty breezes, freshly caught seafood, and no crowds, head to one of these 3 “World’s Best” secret islands:

  • SKOPELOS, Greece –
    Mention Greece yacht charters and everyone will tell you the islands of Mycanos and Santorini are a “must.” Yes, they are beautiful, but where did Hollywood scouts end up when they sought a location to shoot the movie, Mamma Mia?  It was not Myconos or Santorini – it was Skopelos!  This secret little island is just a short distance from tourist-crazed Skiathos.  As you anchor in a hidden cove and arrive by tender on Kastani beach, you’ll be wowed by the view of the shimmering Aegean Sea, the island’s tile-roofed tavernas, and the noticeable absence of tourists.After dinner, take a stroll to the open-air Mercurius Bar & Café (Skopelos Town; 30-24240/24593), or up to the hillside Ouzeri Anatoli, for live rebetika music. This is Greece and Greek yachting at its best – Opa! 
  • CAYE CAULKER, Belize –
    If you’re looking for a change of pace from the traditional Virgin Islands yacht charter, head to Caye Caulker in Belize.  Shallow waters make crewed catamaran charters the popular choice for yachting.  Anchor in Shark Ray Alley and snorkel among nurse sharks and stingrays or go scuba diving at the underwater caves of Blue Hole. Back onshore, the curried lobster at the roadside Jolly Roger’s Grill is “to die for.”  Speaking of lobster, try to visit during the annual Lobster Festival, when the main road turns into a lively street party. 
  • SAMPSON CAY and the EXUMA CAYS, Bahamas –
    Avid sailors like actor and yacht owner Johnny Depp know all memorable Bahamas yacht charters should pass though the Exumas and Sampson Cay. Here, sailors have access to thriving patch reefs, isolated islets, and miles of secluded white sand.  The snorkeling is amazing, especially in the country’s only underwater national park, and we can’t think of a better place on earth to get a suntan.


    Where is YOUR favorite island getaway?  Tell us your best island yachting story, and we’ll post it in our blog and share it with the world!  Send us photos!

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