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“Having the Best Time…” on Motor Yacht ‘H – [Video]

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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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10 Reasons for Luxury Yacht Charter Customers to Purchase Travel Insurance

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Anyone who has booked a Benetti yacht charter or a Feadship yacht charter vacation knows that charter agents heavily promote trip cancellation insurance.For mega yacht charter agents, trip cancellation insurance is a substantial profit point.  Commissions of 20% of the insurance cost for selling this product for a Feadship yacht charter or a Benetti yacht charter are common.

Charter brokers often offer this coverage to their Caribbean yacht charter customers who fear trip delays due to summer tropical weather disturbances.   Mediterranean yacht charter customers also hear the pitch to purchase this coverage, as concerns for lost baggage are common with long, international flights.

Putting aside the fact that someone “profits” from the sale of these policies, a luxury yacht charter customer should give serious consideration to this coverage option.  Whether you rent a private yacht, a megayacht, or a superyacht, for a Caribbean yacht charter or elsewhere, or whether you plan crewed catamaran charters or sail boat charters – the facts remain the same: you are spending a lot of money and you may wish to protect your investment!

There are hundreds of circumstances that could cause you to cancel your trip, return home early, or force you to seek emergency medical treatment while traveling.  What if you booked a MIPIM yacht or a Monaco Grand Prix yacht for the yearly event in Cannes and Monte Carlo, and suddenly you could not attend?

To demonstrate the importance of purchasing travel insurance, and emergency travel services, here are 10 common examples of what could go wrong.

  1. CANCELED FLIGHTS — It’s 10 p.m. and you and your immediate family arrive at the airport for a connecting flight, only to find that your flight has been cancelled. Who can assist you with finding new flights to get everyone home?
  2. INSULIN IN LOST LUGGAGE — Your bag is lost with your insulin inside. You need help to locate your bag as soon as possible and have your emergency prescription filled. Who do you call?
  3. PASSPORT AND WALLET STOLEN — It’s your first visit to Europe, and your passport and wallet are stolen before you board your Monaco Grand Prix yacht. Where do you turn for emergency cash, and how will you get your passport replaced?
  4. MEDICAL EVACUATION NEEDED — You’re involved in an accident during your Benetti yacht charter, and adequate medical treatment is not available. Who will help arrange and pay for a medical evacuation?
  5. ILL CHARTER PARTY MEMBERS — Your sister-in-law becomes seriously ill and you must cancel your MIPIM yacht trip. What happens to your non-refundable deposits or pre-payments?
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6.  LOST LUGGAGE — You arrive for your Feadship yacht charter in Jamaica, and your luggage doesn’t. If it’s lost, who will help you find it? If it’s delayed, who will pay for your necessities? If it’s stolen, who will pay to replace it?
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7.  BANKRUPTCY OF TOUR OPERATOR — Your luxury sailing charter tour operator goes bankrupt. Who will pay for your non-refundable expenses? Who will help get you to your destination?

8.  MEDICAL HELP NEEDED — You’re walking down a street in Rio and twist your ankle. Who can help you find an English-speaking physician?

9.  TERRORISM — Three weeks before your scheduled arrival for your Croatia yacht charter, a terrorist incident occurs in the city that you are planning to visit. Who will pay if you want to cancel your trip?
10. HURRICANE — You are at a beach resort in the Florida Keys during your luxury sailing charter vacation, and you are forced to evacuate due to an approaching hurricane. Who will help you evacuate and who will reimburse your lost vacation investment?
There are so many circumstances where your vacation may be interrupted.  It’s important to understand your options to safeguard your holiday investment.  Remember travel insurance is optional and should be analyzed before each vacation begins.

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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.

GREY GOOSE OF ANTIBES Fairline luxury motoryacht charter south of france cote de azur mediterranean fast charteryacht

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 https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now/ 

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30 Meter Luxury Sailing Charter Vessel Slashes Rates

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Photograph of the back of sailing yacht NOSTROMO during a sailing race. She has a white sail and a shiny blue hull, and there are multiple sailors on deck who are helping race the boat. There is a large wave behind her, indicating fast speed

Looking forward to a strong Mediterranean yacht charter season, the 30 meter sail yacht NOSTROMO cruises into 2012 with highly-competitive, reduced rental rates.

Beginning with the upcoming summer high season (July and August), rates have been slashed by 23% – from €45,000 per week to an attractive €35,000 per week. Rates are plus expenses.

 

Launched in 2009, the sleek, modern sloop was designed by Dubois Yachts and built by British superyacht builder Pendennis.  Since her arrival on the charter scene, Dubois sail yacht NOSTROMO quickly became a popular sailing yacht in France and Italy before crossing the Atlantic for service as a Caribbean yacht charter vessel. 

Photograph of the cockpit of sailboat NOSTROMO. Photo taken from the back of the yacht. Photo shows two sailboat ship's wheels in the foreground, with cockpit dining table in the background, covered by white awning. The table is set for dining.

 

Pendennis yacht NOSTROMO boasts a beautiful interior, designed by Redman Whitely Dixon.  There are four cabins that can be converted to offer 3 modern double cabins and 1 single cabin with a bath.

Available in the Eastern Mediterranean, her experienced crew is keen to charter.  With attractive new rates, expect prime summer dates to be booked quickly. 

Similar yachts available this summer in the Eastern Mediterranean include  the 43 meter sail yacht  CLEAR EYES, 38 meter gulet yacht ESMA SULTAN, 34 meter sail yacht ANNAGINE, and the 32 meter crewed catamaran charters superstar sail yacht IPHARRA.

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For further information or to plan the superyacht experience, contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters mediterranean destination specialists at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ 

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60 meter Mediterranean Yacht Charter Vessel Offers Sublime Luxury

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UPDATE:    LYANA is now named SWAN.  (Click to access her profile and to book this gorgeous Benetti!)

 

Entering her third season in the Mediterranean, motor yacht LYANA looks as fresh and inviting as the day she launched. 

LYANA motor yacht charter luxury superyacht mediterranean
The Benetti yacht charter vessel is the epitome of elegance, and someone has effectively blended contemporary style with classic touches.  The 60 meter Benetti yacht LYANA and her crew are now seasoned veterans, ready to deliver a highly satisfying summer charter.  Capable of cruising at 14 knots,  Western Mediterranean destinations, such as the Amalfi Coast, Corsica, Sardinia, Monaco, St Tropez and the Côte d’Azur are within easy reach.Let’s take a closer look at M/Y LYANA – Her interior was designed by Paris-based Pierre-Yves Rochon and offers classic shapes, set in a color scheme of beige and crème for furnishing and upholstery, all framed by dark lacquered wood for cabinets and joinery. A collection of fine artwork by Botero, Dali, and others is spread about the interior.

Starting on the main aft deck, a large U-shaped sofa offers a comfortable welcome, effortlessly seating 12.  A set of white upholstered wooden armchairs and two additional semicircular sofas give the aft deck ample seating.  This is the perfect setting for entertainment.
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From the aft deck, you enter the main salon through large sliding glass doors.  Warm and welcoming, the saloon highlights the yacht’s sublime delivery of  classic design couples with modern shapes.  One charter guest described this area as, “Tasteful, with an overall calm and hospitable feel.”Forward of the main salon is the formal dining area.  Again, classic elegance has been embellished with a contemporary color palette. What a perfect location for a sophisticated dinner party.

rainforest shower aboard luxury motoryacht lyana

A central spiral staircase connects all interior decks.  Adjacent to this central area is the owner’s office which serves as the entrypoint to the master suite.  Lavishly spacious, this room has the look and feel of a fully-equipped spa.   The massive bathroom features a rainforest shower area with hydro-therapy jets. The stateroom itself is bathed in natural light via a circular central skylight, and a semicircular array of windows that turn this room into a luxurious private observation lounge with panoramic views beyond the yacht’s bow.Motor yacht LYANA can accommodate up to twelve guests, with additional staterooms found on the upper and lower decks. Located on the lower deck, two doubles and two twins can be found, all adjacent to the central staircase. Each cabin has sumptuous ensuite bathrooms.

On the upper deck, a VIP suite doubles as both an extra stateroom as well as a massage and wellness area. A licensed  masseuse is onboard and at the guests’ disposal.

The aft section of the upper deck features an open-air saloon where a bar, games table, and multiple seating arrangements can be found.  The large space allows for both intimate dinner parties as well as elegant cocktail parties.

Upper deck of superyacht LYANA with jacuzzi hot tub, sun beds, bar, and guest seating

Last but not least is the sumptuously-sized sun deck.  Primary features include the Jacuzzi area, with tub, big sun pads, and an extended lounging sofa. The central section offers shade from the sun under a hard top and an area to use the onboard gym equipment (including rowing, running and Pilates machines and a trainer bicycle). For guests preferring to get their exercise in the water, there’s a large beach club deck, located at the yacht’s stern.Simply put, this is an amazing yacht and her collection of amenities, combined with her sense of style, make her a perfect choice for any charter.

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Charter rates from €320,000 per week.

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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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Amendment to Italian Yacht Tax Applauded By Luxury Yacht Charter Industry

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Photograph of Portofino, Italy marina. Green mountain in the background. Colorful red, yellow, and orange houses along the shoreline. Classic Portofino photograph. Dark turquoise water in harbor. Multiple sailboats and motoyachts anchored in the harbor.

In January we informed our readers of a new Italian yacht tax signed into law in December 2011.  Effective May 1, 2012, the tax will assess a fee for each day a yacht is in service in Italian waters.

Superyacht industry experts, like Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters and 1-800 Yacht Charters, and others, urged Italian authorities to analyze the economic impact of the pending legislation.

“Our concern was the quest for increased tax revenue might have a far-reaching effect on both the charter industry, and ancillary businesses that support yachting such as marinas, fuel brokers, shipyards, and tourism offices,”  said Sheeder. “Even if you exclude charter revenues, support-related industries on their own generate  €200,000,000 in annual revenue.”

To their credit – the Italian lawmakers listened…

Photograph of the Italian government. Photo shows 6 levels of seating, as if an orchestra audience, full of men and women in dark-colored suits.

On Tuesday, February 21, the 10th Commission of the Italian Senate for Industry, Commerce, and Tourism passed the Grillo and Cutrufo amendment to the Italian berth tax legislation.  The amendment stipulates the berthing tax will only be applied to Italian citizens who own a vessel, even if the yacht flies a foreign flag.   Foreign citizens who own a boat or Mediterranean yacht charter vessel are exempt from this tax, regardless of their length of stay in Italian waters.

Fulvio Luise, President of Federagenti Yacht Division, expressed his satisfaction:  “The passing of this amendment is an important recognition to the economic impact the yachting industry has in Italy and we look forward to welcoming new and returning megayacht clients to Italian waters this summer.”

Sheeder echoed Luise’s sentiments:

“This amendment will allow Italy to continue to compete on an equal playing field with neighboring countries for the charter sector of the Mediterranean yachting market.  We’re hopeful that the Italian yacht charter market will continue to flourish for many more years.”

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To hire a yacht in France, Italy, Spain or elsewhere in the Mediterranean, contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters destination experts at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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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.

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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 info@1800yachtcharters.com

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BLISSful: Mediterranean Yacht Charter Sailboat Offers Gr8 Rates

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The owner of a beautiful 3 meter sailing yacht is offering two specials to encourage summer charters in the Western Mediterranean.

Sail yacht BLISS, launched in 2009 is offering 7 days for the price of 6 or 10 days for the price of 8 on any charters booked by August 15th.
Regular readers of our blog are certainly familiar with BLISS.  Her owner understands the challenges of the current global economy and regularly offers great deals to encourage new customers.
Led by Captain Andrew Sheltrum and a crew of 4, the 37-meter (121’) luxury sloop BLISS was  designed by Dubois Naval Architects and constructed by Yachting Developments NZ.  S/Y BLISS is considered one of the finest vessels built in her category in recent years.The yacht features an ideal blend of comfort, style and speed, making her suitable for both racing and sail boat charters.
  • Summer 2012 rates:
    EUROS 70,000 August
    EUROS 65,000 September, October
  • Bookings:
    Firm         31 Jul – 15 Aug      Calvi / Pta Ala

    Option        1-8 Oct                 Slovenia / Croatia
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To charter Mediterranean luxury #yachtcharter sail boat BLISS or any other private yacht, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters by clicking HERE.

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BUNTY (formerly RED ANCHOR, Claudia of MC)

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BUNTY profile underway (ex-Red Anchor, Claudia of MC)

Updated 1/8/2018

For those who want to charter a boat to Turkey for a special holiday, BUNTY (formerly, Red Anchor, Claudia of MC) is just the boat for you. She is currently available as part of the famous Benetti Yacht Charter luxury fleet in the Mediterranean. This luxury motor yacht is 37 meters (121 feet 4 inches) and exudes elegance and timeless beauty. BUNTY has a tastefully-designed interior with a very modern look and feel, and she offers spacious areas on the exterior deck where you can sunbathe and be entertained while cruising in the high seas.

Water sports enthusiasts will have plenty to do aboard BUNTY,  as she carries a wide selection of water toys available onboard.

To book your private luxury yacht charter vacation aboard Benetti motoryacht, BUNTY (ex-RED ANCHOR and CLAUDIA OF MC) or any other super yacht in the luxury yacht charter fleet, click here at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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