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164 Foot Superyacht Relocates to St Martin for Winter Holidays

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The 164ft tri-deck Trinity yacht charter vessel yacht AMARULA SUN will set her course for the Caribbean this winter and will be in place in St. Martin in time to accept year-end inquires for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  The superyacht will remain in the islands throughout spring 2016.

Her weekly charter rate is $220,000 plus running expenses.

Amarula Sun white boat motoryacht profile underway

The news comes on the heels of the recent relocation announcement by Feadship yacht HURRICANE RUN to the Caribbean for year-end, 2015.

The 50 meter motor yacht AMARULA SUN is truly a one of kind.  Her many unique amenities include a split-level Master Stateroom with panoramic views, fully body massage chair, grand player piano, and a cozy fireplace.

There are accommodations for 10 adults in 5 staterooms, plus two Pullman berths each suitable for a small child.

Adventurous travelers take note – this yacht is packed with a wide array of sports equipment and water toys.  Here’s a partial list:

  • 32 foot Everglades towed tender
  • 21 foot custom Brigs tender with a killer six speaker sound system, GPS, and underwater lights
  • 4 Personal watercraft includes 2 Yamaha 3-person supercharged wave runners (VERY fast!!!) and 2 SeaDoo Sparks wave runners (painted Hot Pink!)
  • 2 SeaBobs (yes, just like James Bond 007 rode in Thunderball, only smaller and faster!)

…and my personal favorite toys:

  • Giant inflatable waterslide
  • High-flying Jet Lev backpack!!!

Back of yacht with inflatable slide set up and person flying over the water with a backpack like James Bond wore in the movie Thunderball

Look out below!!!

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For additional information call our 24 hour yacht charter hotline at 305-720-7245, email info@1800yachtcharters.com, or use our online form to submit your yachting questions or suggestions here. We look forward to hearing from you!

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3 LUXURY YACHTS TO CHARTER AND BUY

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HOW MUCH DOES SHE COST? 

Surprisingly, this question often comes up when our clients return from a memorable luxury yacht charter vacation.

Charter clients seem mesmerized by The Superyacht Experience. We’re thrilled!  : )   Indeed, it’s hard to imagine any other vacation on par with yachting.  It’s an experience where the superyacht serves as a platform for an eco-friendly adventure. Most of all, it’s a chance to reconnect with family and friends, embrace diverse cultures, and rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.

 

A BRIDGE TOO FAR?

But is it a “bridge too far” to transition from luxury yacht charter guest to superyacht owner?  Actually, it’s fairly common for charterers to become superyacht owners.

Some people purchase a specific automobile make and model after renting one for a long trip.  They like how the car looks and handles.  Of course, they celebrate how the vehicle whisked them to a new destination, in style and comfort.

Similarly, charterers become enthralled with the creature comforts of a yacht.  Certainly, the idea of arriving in an exotic destination on a floating villa is pretty darn appealing.

From there, the intrigue and hunger continue to grow.  After all, why limit your family’s enjoyment of cruising to just one or two weeks a year?

The yachting lifestyle is addicting!

 

IMPORTANT INFO!

GREAT NEWS!

WE AT 1-800 YACHTCHARTERS CAN HELP YOU CHARTER OR PURCHASE A YACHT!  You win with us because a portion of everything that we earn goes to the charity of your choice!  We know the yachts.  In addition, we know management.  We charter these yachts.  Our company knows Captains and professional crew.  Most important, we know clients!  YOU are important to us.  We LOVE our job.  1-800 Yacht Charters cares about the ocean.  We care about YOU.  Our company works to make a difference every day.  We give back.  We’d love to be on your team!

 

THREE SUPERYACHTS FOR SALE AND CHARTER

Let’s take a look at three, popular superyacht charter vessels currently available for hire, and also available for purchase.

 

QUANTUM OF WHA???

We never quite understood the meaning of Quantum of Solace as the title of the James Bond film.  It doesn’t matter – naming superyachts in homage to Bond films is very popular.  There are many James Bond boats as we like to call them. For instance, Octopussy, Skyfall, Casino Royale, and others.

There is even a superyacht named after the 2008 Bond film, Motoryacht QUANTUM OF SOLACE.  The 72.6m superyacht was built in 2012 and refit in 2017.  Here’s our description of the yacht on our charter website.

“Award-winning Proteksan Turquoise motor yacht QUANTUM OF SOLACE is noteworthy for a few reasons. Specifically, her spectacular lines and enormous volume.  Charterers enjoy many entertainment and relaxation areas.  For instance, her salons, bars, decks, and terraces.  She is a Turkish build.  The yacht features both interior and exterior design by H2 Yacht Design.  QUANTUM OF SOLACE accommodates up to 12 guests in seven beautiful cabins.”

 

Aerial photograph of motoryacht Quantum of Solace. She is headed toward the lower left side of the screen. She is a solid white motoryacht

 

Her weekly charter rate is €560,000.

Her listed purchase price is $58,000,000.

 

  

A MASTER NUMBER

Finally, a yacht with a name we can understand!  Well…not really.  We cheated and looked up the meaning.  In numerology, the number 11 is considered a master number, and it signifies enlightenment.  If you pair the number with itself, 11.11, it represents a message from the universe to become aware.

Cosmically, we’ve got a ways to go. However, even we’re aware that Benetti yacht 11.11 is stunning.  Here’s a little history from our website on how this yacht came to be.

Benetti yacht 11.11 is a winner from the 2016 World Superyacht Awards.  She is only the second plumb-bowed boat built by the fabled Italian yard.  This beautiful lady was originally commissioned to look like a Russian Czar’s palace.  Her first owner walked away when the yacht was just 40% complete.  A new owner stepped in to transform the yacht into an award-winning monochromatic masterpiece.  What a fortunate owner!  The current trend is to build yachts with hard, minimalistic edges.  This yacht’s main living areas onboard yacht 11.11 offer suppleness and comfort.”

 

Here is a link to our video by company President, Jana Sheeder, for superyacht 11-11.  Enjoy!

 

Motoryacht 11-11 at anchor at sunset

The weekly charter rate is €650,000.

The listed purchase price is €59,500,000.

 

 

NINTH ROCK FROM THE SUN

Back in grade school, we were taught Pluto is the ninth planet in the solar system. Now, it’s referred to as a dwarf planet.  It’s ok, Pluto – we‘ll still call you the ninth planet!

Avoiding the naming controversy is the 73.2-meter superyacht PLANET NINE.  Forget outer space – there’s plenty to explore on earth.  This yacht is built for ocean adventure.  Our website notes describe this superyacht as a

“…Long-range high-quality luxury explorer yacht with serious go anywhere sea keeping characteristics, heavy build specification and suitable for sailing in ice conditions in accordance with its class notation. Dynamic positioning and suitability for global cruising. Commercially approved helideck suitable for an Augusta Grande dimensionally or larger helicopter in weight, up to 8 tons, with enclosed below-deck hangar.”

 

 

Profile photograph of a motoryacht underway. She has a grey hull and a white superstructure. There is a small ribbed dinghy traveling at her side. The yacht and dinghy are facing the right side of the photograph. There is a helicopter coming in for a landing on the back of the yacht

 

The weekly charter rate is €650,000.

The listed purchase price is €85,000,000.

 

Are you ready to charter or purchase a yacht?  Please count on us.  Let’s make a difference together. We created to term and the concept, The Superyacht Experience(tm), so we KNOW yachts, and we KNOW what you want to experience!  Call, text, WhatsApp, snail mail, or email us today!  Put us to work on your behalf!  We stand ready.  

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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

 

LIFE IS GOOD

Ah, life is good for film star Leonardo DiCaprio.  He is dating “Gossip Girl” actress Blake Lively.  First, we see 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 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 125 mph 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.

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

 

HOW TO BOOK A GREEN YACHT CHARTER
 

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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Italian Builder – New Fast Displacement Megayacht

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SUPERYACHT WITH SPEED AND DISPLACEMENT

The words, “fast” and “displacement” rarely appear in sentences about yachts.   In the first place, displacement yachts tend to be built heavier and wider.  This is to achieve maximum comfort.  Trade-off for this stability at sea is traditionally speed.  However, one builder continues to throw convention to the wind.

Aerial view of a motoryacht underway.

 

BENETTI YACHTS

Italy’s Benetti Yachts, unveils a third generation of fast yachts.  This rounds out an extensive range of vessels.  For instance, class range semi-custom displacement vessels from 93′ to 145′ and custom-built megayachts starting at 45 meters.

WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL?

This new fast displacement line of composite vessels includes two models.  Not only Benetti F-140 (2012), but also brand new Benetti F-125.  As with other models, the new line Benetti F-125 is designed to be truly versatile.  In addition, it offers speed when needed, but also offers fuel efficiency and comfort.

 

 

BENETTI CEO COMMENTS

In a recent press release, Benetti CEO Vincenzo Poerio touted the new line.  

“Many of our clients have requested faster, more versatile, and efficient boats, while maintaining the same level of comfort and customization found in our existing yachts. The new Fast Displacement line is designed precisely in response to these requests, and it rounds out our current offering in the Class Range. We haven’t just created a new series; we have invested time and resources – combining the Benetti’s 140 years of experience in super yachts with the technological know-how of Azimut Benetti Group – to create a new way of heading out to sea.”

 

EUROPEAN STYLING

Comfortable luxurious European styling make Benetti yachts popular.  Equally important, yacht charter customers often request Benetti yachts by name.

 

BENETTI YACHTS IN OUR FLEET

There are many popular Benetti motoryacht charter vessels.  For example, SILVER ANGEL,  CHECKMATE, and DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER.  Diamonds Are Forever is the latest James Bond boat to honor the film franchise. Silver Angel is designed specifically for long-range cruising.  Checkmate is a 2013 addition to the #Monaco yacht charter marketplace.

HOW TO RENT A YACHT

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James Bond Boat, Sailing Yacht Regina, Offers Reduced Rate in December

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GULET YACHT CHARTER SPECIAL

The 56 meter Turkish gulet yacht REGINA makes an announcement.  In specific, she offers a special rate for select dates this December.

 

CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS DEAL?

She offers full-week Caribbean yacht charter vacations between December 11 and December 25.  Her weekly base rate is reduced to $80,000.  Specifically, that is a savings of $10,000.

 

Daniel Craig as James Bond on sailing yacht Regina also known as Chimera on movie Skyfall sailing yacht regina underway

BOND, JAMES BOND

007 movie enthusiasts remember the 183 foot Pruva sailing yacht REGINA.   She stars in an appearance in the James Bond 007 thriller, “Skyfall.”  In the film, she is “Chimera.”

The modern Turkish sailing yacht accommodates 12 guests in six staterooms.

In conclusion, looking for a great deal on your next yacht charter vacation?  Check out our current money-saving private luxury yacht charter specials!!!

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

You decide to take a yacht to an amazing destination. We are your Team.  Moreover, fill out our convenient online inquiry form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ .  We stand ready to plan The Superyacht Experience™ for you!

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London-based Exhibition Company Acquires Three US Luxury Yacht Charter And Sales Shows

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Aerial view of Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show

 

THE HEADLINE

Informa’s British-based global exhibition division makes an announcement.  It acquired Yachting Promotions Inc.  Yachting Promotions is doing business as (d/b/a) Show Management. They produce three of the world’s largest in-water boat shows.  For instance, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Yachts Miami Beach, and the Palm Beach International Boat Show.   Yachting Promotions Inc. owners are Active Interest Media.  AIM is a magazine publishing company. It is co-headquartered in El Segundo, CA and Boulder, CO, USA

 

THE PLAYERS

ACTIVE INTEREST MEDIA

  • Headquarters: El Segundo, CA
  • Number of employees: 400
  • Founded: 2003
  • Type of business: Private

 

INFORMA PLC

  • Headquarters: Zug, Switzerland
  • Number of employees: 6500
  • Founded: 1998
  • Type of business: Public

 

THE PRICE

Informa paid $133 million for Yachting Promotions Inc. (YPI). It was purchased specifically from AIM – Active Interest Media.

 

THE STORY

Show Management produced the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. It is held at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center in perpetuity. The company also produced the Palm Beach International Boat Show. In addition, they produce the Miami yacht and Brokerage Show. The Miami yacht show recently renamed Yachts Miami Beach.  Other shows include St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show and Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota, Florida, additionally.

In 2006, Active Interest Media (AIM) purchased Show Management.  Show management was formally renamed Yachting Promotions, Inc.

A prepared statement by Andrew Clurman, AIM’s president and CEO follows. Moreover, the sale of Show Management to Informa is part of the company’s long-term strategic plan to accelerate their growth.

“AIM will reinvest the proceeds from this sale to grow our digital video, online education, marketing services, and events in our other verticals.”

 

Informa’s acquisition of Show Management equals the company’s plans. Specifically,  to expand its global exhibitions business in the U.S.A.   They also produce the Monaco Yacht Show. This acquisition consequently makes Informa Exhibitions unique. It is the world’s leading yacht show organizer.  How will shows change with the new purchase?  Will the yacht shows now have red carpets?  Specifically like the Dubai International Yacht Show (DIBS)?  Sheiks in white gowns (and 1 in a blue gown) walking red carpet between yachts at Dubai International Boat Show

 

 

THE YACHT CHARTER PERSPECTIVE

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters

Our company president, Jana Sheeder, recently attended the 2017 edition of Yachts Miami Beach.  She and  Team 1-800 Yacht Charter team inspected several private luxury yacht charter vessels. For example,  Lurssen motor yacht MARTHA ANN, James Bond yacht  SKYFALL, and the brand new Benetti motor yacht 11.11.  Jana comments on the acquisition of Show Management by Informa.

“Informa operates over 200 trade and consumer exhibitions around the world annually.  With their global resources, I believe Informa is positioned to focus on the continued growth and success of the world’s finest boat shows.  In terms of exposure of charter yachts to prospective clients, this should be a good opportunity for cross promotion; for example, we should be able to promote a winter/spring Florida yacht charter vacation to a client while a particular yacht is here in Miami at Yachts Miami Beach – then bring that client to Monte Carlo in September and host them on the same yacht during the Monaco Yacht Show.   I’m excited by the chance to extend customer relationships across multi-show platforms and destinations.”

 

HOW TO BOOK A LUXURY YACHT CHARTER

In conclusion, learn how a private yacht charter vacation can help you.  You reconnect with others.  Family and friends joyfully spend time with you.  Embrace diverse cultures.  Rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit.  We call it “The Superyacht Experience™.”  We want to share it with you!  

Moreover, for more information click here.  To charter your own private luxury yacht charter vessel, fill out our online form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ .  We will be in touch with you right away! 

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Superyacht Owner Pays Homage to James Bond

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John Staluppi, notably the luxury yacht charter world’s archetypical yacht owner, is at it again. He is driven by imagination and pride. As such, Staluppi takes possession of his 16th megayacht. 

Aerial photograph of the profile of motoryacht, Diamonds Are Forever. Solid white yacht. Heading toward the lower left side of screen. Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas is in the backrground.

Diamonds Are Forever Staluppi yacht

Launch took place on 26th November 2011 in Benetti shipyard in Livorno, Italy.  The 60 meter Benetti FB253 is the boat’s official identification.  Like his earlier yachts, the vessel has been christened to honor another James Bond classic novel and film.  Presenting motor yacht DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER.

Profile photo of motoryacht Casino Royale at anchor in the sunset. She is facing the left side of the screen. Big white boat.

Staluppi’s Casino Royale

BENETTI TRADITIONS

The boat is based on the shipyard’s famed naval architecture and engineering.  Elegant external line of the new Benetti FB253 M/Y (Motoryacht) DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER uses compact forms and dynamic slender lines.  She has traditional design elements and modern innovative stylistic solutions.  These features are the benchmark of Benetti’s throughout the world.

 

Photograph of a man in a purple suit sitting behind a desk. His hands are folded in front of him, and he's smiling at the camera. He is Italian. He is John Staluppi, car dealer and superyacht owner.

John Staluppi, Superyacht Owner

STALUPPI YACHTS

As a matter of fact, this man has long been a fan of the James Bond 007 saga.  To emphasize, Staluppi’s earlier creations include:

  • motor yacht OCTOPUSSY
  • motoryacht MOONRAKER
  • superyacht THUNDERBALL
  • M/Y THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
  • mega yacht CASINO ROYALE  (A fixture at Atlantis Resort and Marina on Paradise Island)

 

SINGULAR FOCUS OF BUILDS

CASINO ROYALE and DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER are built for true luxury at sea.  Staluppi’s earlier Bond boats had a singular focus – SPEED.   They were 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. This yacht brought the name of New York-born John Staluppi to the attention of yacht aficionados.

 

YACHT OWNER’S BEGINNINGS

He has a well-known background, but the self-made millionaire left school when he was 16 and worked as a mechanic in Brooklyn.  Due to this, he developed one of the most successful car dealerships in North America. It was a business that enabled him to indulge his passion for racing fast boats. He then started building megayachts for himself.

In conclusion, many charter yacht owners prefer to remain anonymous. Staluppi’s vision and passion bring fervor and excitement to a very conservative industry.  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.  It must be remembered. Let’s hope Staluppi doesn’t run out of 007 movie titles, or his passion, any time soon.

BOOK A BOND BOAT

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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Superyacht | Private yacht perfect for James Bond Villain

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UNIQUE YACHT FOR COMMISSION

Thanks to The Robb Report and writer, Viju Mathew for sharing this unique luxury yacht.

Profile of huge futuristic-looking concept yacht

<< The beauty behind Sander Sinot’s 590-foot Symmetry yacht concept is its sophisticated sense of balance. The Netherlands–based founder of Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design named the bespoke behemoth after its symmetrical hull and stern, allowing for equal maneuverability in both directions. The design duality carries over into the lavish living spaces, where interior and exterior boundaries become exquisitely blurred.

THE OWNER’S DECK

The dedicated owner’s deck, for example, will feature a stateroom that can be opened up to flow onto its private outdoor lounge and infinity pool. And on the Beach Deck, a floating lounge with a seawater pool will be able to extend out across the ocean. In all, Symmetry will provide over 10,700 square feet of usable exterior deck space, including a glass-bottom pool on the Guest Deck and another 56-foot-long pool on the Hotel Deck.

THE YACHT INTERIOR

Inside, the yacht’s six decks of indulgence house a spa, a garden, a gym, and a selection of dining and bar venues. For young ones, a theater and playroom provide distraction on the Lower Deck. Aquatic amenities will include two 33-foot tenders, a 46-foot day boat, and six personal watercraft.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

She accomodates up to 34 guests. Specifically, in four ensuite VIP rooms.  Each with a personal lounge and balcony.  In addition, there are 12 cabins. Within the owner’s inner sanctum is a private spa, an office, a library, and a skylounge. >>

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The steel-hulled yacht is environmentally-balanced.   It benefits from an electric Azipod propulsion system.  Subsequently making possible a top speed of 20 knots.  It is controlled from twin navigation stations on the Wheelhouse Deck.  Sinot introduced Symmetry at the Monaco Yacht Show last month.  A new owner, or Bond villain, is welcome to commission it.

Spiral staircase on yacht

There will always be a Bond film that’s ready for her!

We hope that a buyer commissions this high-caliber, impressive yacht.  Subsequently entering her in the superyacht charter industry. Fingers crossed!

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

In conclusion, contact us at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ to discuss The Superyacht Experience™!

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The Next James Bond Boat Might Be a Hybrid

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Aerial drawing of futuristic trimaran concept motoryacht

FUTURE YACHT DESIGN

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.

JAMES BOND BOAT

German grad student, Stefanie Behringer, is getting notice.  Stefanie designed a hybrid propulsion trimaran motorboat. It is 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.

SPEED AND PERFORMANCE

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.

ACCOMMODATIONS

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.

Aerial drawing of layout of trimaran concept motoryacht. The drawing shows 3 white images of people's bodies on the yacht and on the tender.

 

LAUNCH DATE FOR BOND BOAT

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.

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

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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Top 3 Must-Have New Gadgets for 2012

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Blurry photograph of a man wearing mirrored sunglasses. He is sitting at a computer screen and has a flat hand up and facing the monitor.  There's another man standing behind him and to the left. Both men are wearing dark suits and white shirts. There are colorful butterflies in the back of the photograph. They are obviously using tech toys

Anyone who reads our blog on a regular basis knows we love our gadgets.  Let’s face it, going on a Virgin Islands yacht charter is loads of fun, but getting there can be tedious.  Waiting for flights, standing at the luggage carousel, taking long taxi rides, etc. can be long and boring.  Having a cool new gadget on hand is a great way to kill some time – and have some fun.

The world’s largest trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, the IFA just wrapped up in Berlin. Here are our three favorite new gadgets for 2012 from the show:


1. Samsung Galaxy Note

If you’ve been waiting for a smartphone with a big screen, this is your phone!  The Samsung Galaxy Note offers a 5.3 inch display, the largest screen size available among smartphones. This means less scrolling and screen transitions.  Imagine viewing web pages, news apps, and e-books with minimal scrolling or zooming – how cool is that?  The device also utilizes “pen-input technology,” and comes with an S Pen that allows users to draw and send handwritten images and notes via text message, email, and instant messaging.


2. LG Smartscan Mouse

As luxury yacht charter brokers, we’re constantly scanning client documents – from bareboat charter contracts to food and beverage preference sheets.  Scanning saves our clients’ time and allows us to share their information with yacht crews around the globe.  The latest mouse from LG has a built-in scanner, which the company says will “open a new era for scanners.”  Simply click the Smart Scan button on the left side of the mouse, then swipe it over the material to be scanned.

The scanned image can then be saved in a variety of file types, or dragged and dropped into a document or application. LG’s Optical Character Recognition technology converts scanned text into a Microsoft Word document that can then be edited as required. The 2-in-1 device can scan page sizes up to A3, which is larger than most conventional portable scanners.


3. Sony Cyber-shot DSC TX55 – The World’s Slimmest Digital Camera

Imagine going on a Croatia yacht charter and not having a camera with you.  Who will believe you when you say you saw a whale swimming by an island with a Medieval castle?  Most digital cameras are small, but bulky and heavy in your pocket.  Not the Cybershot TX55.  Just 12.2mm slim, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC TX55 is the world’s thinnest camera. It can capture 16.2 megapixel still images as well as full HD video.

The camera’s back panel has an 8.3cm/3.3 inch touch-screen for showing off photos and movie clips. It also features 3D shooting options. By pressing the shutter button once, the camera will grab a pair of frames in fast succession, estimating depth to create a 3D still image. This is a MUST for a bareboat yacht charter in the Caribbean or Mediterranean, also!

Do you have a favorite new gadget that you can’t live without?  Tell us about it HERE, and we’ll share it with our readers.

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