When your clients are accustomed to +70 meter superyachts for their private luxury yacht charter vacations, you should probably think twice about recommending a 40 meter yacht for their next getaway…
Unless that 40 meter vessel is motor yacht ‘H with Captain Phil Frost at the helm.
About three weeks ago, good friends of ours called. They were taking a short trip from their home in the states to visit their daughter who is spending a college semester in France. During the visit, they planned to catch the “On The Run II: Beyonce & Jay-Z” concert in Paris, then spend a few days exploring. They asked, “Since we’re not taking the whole family, is there a smaller, contemporary-designed yacht that you would recommend for a quick getaway in France?” Without hesitation, we said, “Yes, the best available option is the 42 meter Benetti motoryacht ‘H.”
Built in 2015, motor yacht ‘H is a shining example of the Italian builder’s Fast 140 series, with exterior styling by Stefano Righini, and interiors by HJH Studios. The yacht has it all – a massive sundeck, an impressive skylounge, and a fantastic, young, energetic crew led by can-do skipper, Australian Phil Frost. Phil’s motto is, “Say yes, then figure out how to make it happen!”
With just hours to prepare, Phil and his team provisioned and prepared for our clients’ arrival in Bonifacio. Less than 2 hours after getting onboard, our clients sent us two, short, but telling texts. First, the husband wrote, “Having the best time.” Then, his wife wrote, “Oh man, this crew is awesome!”
Once back home, the family called us to say the yacht was beautiful and surprisingly comfortable for a 40 meter yacht, and the crew made everyone feel as if they were onboard a 70 meter vessel.
They were so impressed, plans are already underway for a repeat trip in September…
If you’re considering a private yacht charter vacation in the Med in August or September (or the Caribbean this winter), it’s hard to overstate the value, luxury, and comfort you’ll find with Captain Phil Frost, onboard Benetti motor yacht ‘H…
[Side note – Beyonce and Jay-Z decided to do a little boating after the concert as well. They loaded the family onboard motor yacht KISMET, before returning to the next leg of their world tour…]
Are you considering chartering a yacht for a vacation or special event? Call or text us at 305-720-7245, and with our Best Price Guarantee in hand, you’ll be on your way to making memories in style!
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Not sure you want to traipse the kids and the in-laws all the way to the Med this summer for your annual Superyacht Experience?
Maybe an action-packed adventure closer to home is what you need — onboard the Proteksan Turquoise yacht ICE 5, in beautiful New England. There is so much to see and do in this lovely area, not to mention all of the amazing amenities and activities onboard your private yacht!
The 140ft yacht, built in 2002, completed a major refit several months ago, and she looks as good as the day she was launched.
Easily rivaling the volume of larger vessels, yacht ICE 5 boasts a spacious interior and has sprawling decks and outdoor spaces. Her roomy layout offers something for every charter guest, making her an ideal choice for large groups, families, even corporate events.
Accommodations are offered for up to 12 guests in six staterooms, including a master suite and two VIP staterooms.
A large assortment of watertoys will keep you and the family busy for hours every day.
The New England yacht charter summer rate for motoryacht Ice 5 is $130,000 per week + running expenses.
– 2018 Aoxpar T-Top 37′ towed tender
– (2) 3-seat 2017 Yamaha VRX Waverunners
– 2017 Yamaha Superjet Stand-Up Waverunner (SUW)
– Snorkel Gear (12 sets)
– Inflatable water toys
– Motorized Surf Board
– Two Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP’s)
– Two Inflatable Paddleboards (SUPs)
– Fishing Equipment
– SCUBA Diving Equipment (certified divers only)
Come explore historic New England and The Superyacht Experience, as only 1-800 Yacht Charters can provide, this summer. Let 1-800 Yacht Charters secure prime dates for you, today. Email info@1800yachtcharters, or call 1.800.922.4824 to check availability. We stand by, at your service.
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Call it, “Life imitating art.” When under siege by a great white shark in the 1975 film, JAWS, actor Roy Scheider’s character exclaimed, ‘We’re gonna need a bigger boat.’
It seems the film’s director Steven Spielberg has taken that sentiment to heart, as his 282 foot superyacht is up for sale, and it is scheduled to be replaced with an even larger vessel.
The Spielberg yacht SEVEN SEAS, built in 2010 by Dutch yard Oceanco, has lived up to its name. In 2013, the famous director, his wife Kate Capshaw, and their seven children took the yacht on a 30,000-mile round-the-world cruise.
Over the years, many famous Hollywood celebrities have been guests onboard the yacht, including Gwyneth Paltrow, and Leonardo DiCaprio. According to the UK’s Daily News, a friend of the director said, “Steven didn’t realize how much he’d enjoy cruising the ocean. Now he’d like to spend more time exploring the seas, and bring a few friends along for the ride. So he’s upgrading to a bigger yacht.”
When not in use by Spielberg and his family, the Monaco yacht charter vessel is available for hire. This season’s charter rate in the Mediterranean is $1.2 million per week. “She has always been a favorite charter yacht,” says Jana Sheeder, President and yacht charter Maven of 1-800 Yacht Charters.
If you’re considering renting the yacht this summer, you might have to wait until September, as the legendary director and his family have spent a considerable portion of their summer vacation onboard, and were recently spotted taking in the sites of Portofino, Italy. Even the family dog is along for the ride.
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She’s not scheduled to splash down until 2018, but that’s not keeping eager Greek yacht charter clients from placing deposits for vacations next summer on this new 40 meter yacht.
The Sunseeker 131 motor yacht AQUA LIBRA 131 is still in her build shed in Dorset, but the buzz surrounding the opportunity to secure a brand new yacht to explore the Greek islands has prospective customers stepping forward to secure prime dates.
“Two reservations have already been secured for summer 2018,” says a smiling Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters. “One client has secured 4 nights in late June and another grabbed the first 14 days of July. It’s always so great to see dates locked down a full year in advance.”
While it is true that affluent travelers are not inclined to secure private luxury yacht charter vacations so far in advance, they will pony up early when they see a unique opportunity. Motor yacht AQUA LIBRA 131 presents such a scenario.
For years, Greece has remained one of the most popular summer cruising destinations – dozens of islands can be visited, and the number of historical points of interest dated to the beginning of civilization are in the hundreds. Oh yeah – the warm weather in the summer is spectacular!
But for all the destination’s allure, the yachts that offered charters in Greece were often considered inferior in overall comfort and quality to those yachts HNWI’s could charter in France and Monaco, along the Côte d’Azur.
Greek yacht operators, in a testament to their seafaring heritage, often offered wooden ships, called motorsailers (or “gulets” as they are known in neighboring Turkey) to the charter market. As charming as these traditional vessels are, they simply lack the sophistication of ultra-modern superyachts. Whereas you are hard-pressed to find a motorsailer with an open-air Jacuzzi-style tub on the deck, it is nearly impossible to find a superyacht that doesn’t have at least one hot tub on deck – as well as other luxury amenities like onboard cinemas, spas, beauty salons, and helipads.
Yacht owners in Greece, and indeed the Greek people themselves, are a wonderful and proud lot – and they should be! They live in the cradle of civilization, and so much of our modern technical gains in math and the sciences can be traced back to the Hellenic culture. It is understandable to see why they have held to their traditional ways – and their traditional yachts.
Still, HNWI’s want what they want – and for the well-heeled, a superyacht filled with modern amenities is the preferred mode of transport during an ultraluxury holiday.
That leads us to Sunseeker motoryacht AQUA LIBRA 131, now accepting charter reservations a full year before her build is completed. The British-built tri-deck Sunseeker 131 epitomizes everything that HNWI’s seek in their superyacht experience: accommodations in sublime surroundings, immense scale, and a layout that lends to relaxing and socializing with friends and special guests.
Here’s how Sunseeker describes their own 131 model:
“Expertly finished using ultra-modern materials and techniques, the 131 Yacht is one of the finest examples of modern day superyacht building. The main deck features a lounge, separate dining area and full galley, while on the upper deck you’ll find the sky lounge, cocktail bar and access to the skydeck; where comfort and lavishness reach new levels. As impressive out in open water as it is in the harbour, this icon of design is unlike any other.”
Guest accommodations are available for up to 10 passengers in 5 staterooms:
As you would expect, all staterooms offer ensuite facilities.
For indoor entertainment , the yacht offers a Sonos AV System, with video on demand, as well as Apple TVs, and full satellite services. Of course, the yacht offers Wi-Fi on all decks.
Don’t plan on staying indoors too long, because Greece is all about the scenery and the warm Aegean sea. To enjoy the ocean, this new yacht will have a complete inventory of watersports equipment, including:
There are many other Sunseeker models currently in charter in the Mediterranean. While builders with classical style yachts such as Lurssen and Benetti tend to attract older charterers, Sunseeker yacht charters appeal to young entrepreneurs and their families. There’s a modern, contemporary “Vibe” onboard a Sunseeker. No shot at Lurssen and the classic models – Sunseeker simply offers a different feel, and for a different charter client.
Other Sunseeker vessels currently available include:
Sunseeker 116 motor yacht FLEUR
Sunseeker 130 yacht THUMPER
Sunseeker 155 superyacht PRINCESS AVK
As the new AQUA LIBRA 131 Sunseeker continues to attract attention – and bookings, it is likely that more and more owners of new-build yachts will forgo the traditional Western Med ports of France and Monaco, and position for the summer in the Eastern Med in Greece – Opa!!!
Even the little Kallikantzari hobgoblins will crawl out from the underground when this beautiful, new yacht is delivered to Greece next summer — like a Christmas gift during the summertime!
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At the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, FLIBS, we had the pleasure of taking a few of our best private luxury yacht charter clients (and dear friends) for a stroll along the docks. The couple had recently completed the construction of another home on a lot overlooking the ocean, and they wanted to purchase a boat for weekend family outings.
We looked at the latest offerings from Germany’s Fjord Yachts, the innovative expandable-deck boats by Italy’s Evo Yachts, and the trendy Holland-designed boats of VanDutch.
However, the model that really caught the attention of our friends was a sleek, aluminum-hull day cruiser built by Vanquish Yachts – the Vanquish VQ54. The boat is simply stunning – there’s no other way to describe it.
As we stood on the dock discussing the boat and the available color options, a passerby stopped and gazed at the boat. “Beautiful,” he exclaimed. “Too bad it’s made out of aluminum – electrolysis is bad for boats.”
As the man walked away, our friends seemed a bit confused. “What’s wrong with electrolysis?” asked the wife. “It’s a great way to remove unwanted hair!”
“It’s a little different with boats,” we said, and then we explained marine electrolysis, and the possible damage it can cause to a boat or yacht.
For humans, Medical Electrolysis is a clinical method of removing individual hairs from a person’s face or body. A device is used to destroy the growth center of hair with chemical or heat energy.
For boats, Marine Electrolysis is the result of potential current existing between two different objects. It is often caused by stray electrical current, and can be extremely destructive (causes corrosion) on boats made out of aluminum.
The results generated by medical electrolysis are all positive – people can remove unwanted hair, and it is a permanent fix. With marine electrolysis, the results are not so good – and if not caught quickly, the corrosive effects to an aluminum boat can cause great damage (holes, water leaking into the boat, etc.), and require expensive repairs.
Aluminum boats are also susceptible to another related culprit – Galvanic Corrosion. This can occur when two dissimilar metals come into contact with an electrolyte and create a natural electrical current. Salt water can work as the perfect catalyst for galvanic corrosion.
Some examples of galvanic corrosion include:
Our experienced clients and friends then asked, “If aluminum has so many problems, why are expensive private luxury yacht charter vessels like Feadship and Heesen yachts built out of aluminum?”
The answer is simple – aluminum is light, but strong (think of airplanes), and unlike yachts built from molds, aluminum yachts can be built to any size, allowing great flexibility and customization that can’t be as easily achieve with fiberglass and other composite materials. As to the corrosion issues, manufacturers can take preventative steps to reduce and even eliminate the threats of marine electrolysis. Yachts are fitted with monitoring systems which constantly check for stray electrical current, as well as anti-corrosion anodes to negate electrical issues below the waterline.
So, while someday you may want medical electrolysis to look and feel your best, you most definitely do not want marine electrolysis – ever…
Thinking about buying a yacht? Consider our, “Try Before You Buy” program and rent the yacht for an extended “test drive” – on your own private luxury yacht charter vacation. Up to 50% of the charter fee can be applied toward the purchase of the same yacht model.
For more information about private luxury yacht charters or purchasing a yacht through the 1-800 Yacht Charters’ Try Before You Buy Program, email 1-800 Yacht Charters at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 305-720-7245.
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There’s no denying it – megayacht owners love their toys and gadgets. If it’s new and trendy in 2011, you’ll find it on a luxury yacht charter vessel – everything from Mercedes Benz-styled helicopters to the latest Crestron touchpad-controlled CD/DVD players, and video game consoles.
Deep pockets and a zest for staying ahead of the pack keeps these owners in the hunt for the hottest gadgets on the market. That same quest for the newest gadgets also means the owner’s yachts are the perfect barometer for not only what is new, but also what gadgets are destined to go the way of the dinosaur.
If the purchasing whims of the owners of some of the largest Caribbean yacht charter vessels are any indication, expect to see these three tech gadgets phased out this decade:
Standalone GPS Systems
At sea, megayacht skippers rely on radar and a whole host of maritime equipment to navigate. But when the yachts arrive in a new port of call, the crews use standalone GPS navigation systems to use for shore excursions. “Fewer yachts are carrying portable navigation devices like those sold by TomTom and Garmin,” says Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters and 1-800 Yacht Charters.
“Every crewmember has a mobile phone and many skippers have smartphones provided by yacht owner. These modern phones all feature interactive maps and built-in navigational systems.”
Digital cameras are common on yachts. While at seas, crews use the cameras to take photos of mechanical issues, which can be downloaded and emailed to a shore-based engineer for analysis. With the recent unveiling of the Apple iPhone 4S, digital camera makers have much to be worried about. Apple’s newest phone has an impressive 8-megapixel camera that takes in more light than earlier models and records HD video at 1080p. Until recently, such impressive specs were unique to digital cameras. Increasingly, smartphones are taking over the low-end camera market.
Captain Peter Vasquez and his 118-foot motoryacht ISLAND TIME are regulars on the Bahama yacht charters circuit. Vasquez points out the appeal of one device that can perform multiple tasks.
“Camera functions are being taken over by smartphones,” says Vasquez.
“There’s little incentive to carry around a camera when I already have a phone in my pocket that takes quality pictures.”
Video Game Consoles
From the largest yachts like Steven Spielberg owned 282′ motor yacht SEVEN SEAS, to the newest yachts like 2011 motor yacht NUMPTIA, popular video game systems such as the Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation® and Microsoft Xbox are installed in many of the staterooms for the use of onboard guests.
In the near future analysts predict consumers will forgo game consoles and instead buy smart televisions with a gaming system built into it, or tablets with gaming apps and options “We’ve already witnessed the emergence of an iPad controlled boat app on motor yacht HUNTRESS,” says Sheeder.
“The captain hands each guest their own iPad when they board. These tablets offer control of all shipboard entertainment systems. Yacht owners tell us they plan on shifting from video gaming consoles to more comprehensive systems with other entertainment options such as movies.”
What other electronic gadget do you think will be obsolete in the near future? DVD players? E-readers? Contact us at 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/, and let us know what you think and we’ll share your predictions with our readers.
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Don’t ask me to accurately describe the new exterior color scheme of super yacht POLAR STAR. All I can tell you is, “I love it!”
For the past 12 seasons, the 63 meter yacht has traveled around the Mediterranean each summer (and the Caribbean in the winter), instantly recognizable with her striking deep blue hull. Now, after an extensive 6-month refit in Spain, including a 3 meter swim platform extension, the Lürssen private yacht charter vessel has turned her image on its head.
The blue color is no more…replaced with a shade of white…or is it grey…?
Immediately after the refit, Charl van Rooy, editor of Superyacht Times described the new exterior colors as, “…military light-grey.” Fast-forward to this week, and van Rooy now says it’s a, “…light sand coloured paint scheme.” In fairness to van Rooy, it’s not his fault – the colors are subtle and faint, and depending upon the sunlight, and refection of the water, it does appear to be different shades of off-white.
That, of course, is the point. The owner was looking for something fresh – a new image for an iconic yacht that has visually dominated the Monaco yacht charter market for more than a decade.
If you’ll be in the South of France this summer, keep an eye open for Lürssen yacht POLAR STAR as she charts a new course and showcases her new colors!
We’ll revisit the yacht’s refit in another blog – coming soon. Until then, if you are interested in your own Superyacht Experience in the Med on this or another Lürssen (or Benetti or Feadship or Abeking & Rasmussen or…) yacht charter vessel, visit our selection of Mediterranean yachts for charter at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/monaco-yacht-charters/ today!
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When it comes to yachting, the words, “Fast” and “Displacement” are rarely uttered in the same sentence. In part, displacement yachts tend to be built heavier and wider, to achieve maximum comfort. The tradeoff for this stability at sea has traditionally been speed.
However, one builder continues to throw convention to the wind.
Italy’s Benetti Yachts, has unveiled a third generation of fast yachts, rounding out an extensive range of vessels which currently includes class range semi-custom displacement vessels from 93′ to 145′, and custom-built megayachts starting at 45 meters.
The new Fast Displacement line of composite vessels built by Benetti in Viareggio, Italy includes two models — the Benetti F-140, first introduced in 2012, and the brand new Benetti F-125. The new line Benetti F-125 is designed to be truly versatile, offering speed when needed, but at the same time fuel efficiency and comfort.
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.”
Comfort and luxurious European styling make Benetti yachts popular rental vessels. Italian yacht charter customers often request Benetti yachts by name.
Some of the popular Benetti yacht charter vessels include:
Motor yacht SILVER ANGEL – designed specifically for extensive long-range cruising
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FREE LIMO (details below)!
Back in September, we reported on the great values being offered for a Virgin Islands yacht charter during the Thanksgiving holidays.
Then, motor yacht SERENITY jumped on the band wagon and offered a fall special for a Thanksgiving charter in the Bahamas.
Not to be left at the dock, Trinity yacht charter motor yacht MI SUENO wants everyone to know she is also available for a Thanksgiving cruise, November 24 – 28, 2011. Bookings will be accepted for either the Bahamas or the Caribbean.
Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters and SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants is very pleased that superyachts entrust her company with such special pricing and first class amenities to share with clients. She says, “clients who enjoy upscale travel on private luxury yachts deserve and expect the finest treatment and amenities, and we are more than happy to accommodate them. Even if yachts are not offering specials or extra benefits, we do additional research and make connections to get them the best of the best. We’ve been doing this since 1976, and that’s why we are known for our 6 star customer service.”
The 190′ (57.92 meter) motor yacht Mi Sueno was launched in 2010 by US-based Trinity Yachts. The vessel accommodates 12 guests in 6 staterooms.
Onboard amenities and special features include a large open air Jacuzzi on the sun deck, wheelchair accessible elevator, gym/massage room, and WiFi and Kaleidescape central movie/music service throughout the yacht.
Her weekly rate of 280,000 EUROS (plus running expenses) will be pro-rated for a long Thanksgiving weekend cruise.
As an incentive to book yacht Mi Sueno for Thanksgiving, 1-800 Yacht Charters is offering roundtrip limousine service to/from your home to your nearest major airport.
Come celebrate the holidays onboard a private yacht and leave the driving to us! Contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters special event planners at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ for further details.
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