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

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WHICH YACHT TO RECOMMEND?

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…

 

MOTORYACHT ‘H

Unless that 40 meter vessel is motor yacht ‘H with Captain Phil Frost at the helm.

 

BEYONCE AND JAY-Z

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.”

 

WHO IS SUPERYACHT ‘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!”

 

GUEST RESPONSES

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!”

 

CLIENTS CALL US

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…

 

WOULD YOU RATHER…

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…

 

KISMET

[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 (video) before returning to the next leg of their world tour…]

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT

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!  Let us know that you are interested in chartering, and we’re on it!

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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?
Marina of yachts
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?
Woman sitting on an empty baggage carrousel holding head - lost luggage

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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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 NAME CHANGE

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

 

THIRD SEASON IS A CHARM

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

Profile photograph of motoryacht Swan by Benetti. She is facing the center left side of the photo. There is a large rock mountain in the background. The yacht hull is dark, and the superstructure is white.

SWAN luxury Benetti superyacht

 

ABOUT THE YACHT

The Benetti yacht charter vessel is the epitome of elegance.  Someone effectively blended contemporary style with classic touches. 

 

DESTINATIONS

Sixty meter SWAN and her crew are now seasoned veterans.  They are ready to deliver a highly satisfying summer charter.  This yacht is capable of cruising at 14 knots.  She shares Western Mediterranean. Her itinerary includes destinations such as the Amalfi Coast, Corsica, Sardinia, Monaco, St Tropez and the Côte d’Azur. 

CLOSER LOOK

Let’s take a closer look at M/Y SWAN.  Interior by Paris-based Pierre-Yves Rochon design.  It offers classic shapes, set in a color scheme of beige and crème for furnishing and upholstery.  Everything is framed by dark lacquered wood for cabinets and joinery. Uniquely, a collection of fine artwork by Botero, Dali, and others spreads throughout the interior.

MAIN DECK

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.

MAIN SALON

First, 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.”
Second, 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.

 

SPIRAL STAIRCASE

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.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Motor yacht SWAN 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.

UPPER DECK

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.

 

AFT

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

SUN DECK

Last but not least, 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.

SUMMARY

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.

RATE

Charter rates from €320,000 per week.

 

HOW TO CHARTER A YACHT

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60 Meter Yacht Sinks Off Greek Coast

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Double photograph of motoraycht Yogi. The top left diagonal photo is the yacht underway. The bottom right diagonal photo is a picture of the boat on its side, as it is sinking.

Yogi Superyacht Sinks

YOGI IN THE NEWS

The Greek Coast Guard reports motor yacht YOGI sank.  She is a 62 meter Mediterranean yacht charter vessel.  When she sank, she was cruising off the coast of Greece.  No one was injured.  All crew rescued.

PROTEKSAN TURQUOISE

Built less than a year ago in Turkey by Proteksan Turquoise, motor yacht YOGI was reported to be in trouble Friday morning in the area between the islands of Skyros and Psara, 19 nautical miles off the coast.

 

WHAT CAUSED THE YACHT TO SINK?

A “mechanical failure”  is blamed for the incident.  It occurred in strong seas and Force 8 winds. There were no reports of injuries as all 8 French crewmembers were rescued by three Greek Coast Guard helicopters, supported by a frigate from the Hellenic Navy.  The crew was transferred to Skyros Health Center as a precautionary measure.

 

WARRANTY WORK

Motoryacht YOGI had just completed warranty work in Turkey, and was en route to her berth in the south of France. Capt. Jean Louis Carrel told Greek authorities that although the weather was rough, he believed the sinking was due to a mechanical failure with the exhaust system.

 

BUILDER SPEAKS

On Saturday, Mehmet Karabeyoglu, head of Proteksan Turquoise, the yacht’s builder, commented. 

“What I find surprising is that [from] the first mayday call to the boat sinking was nearly seven hours.  They had power as you can see lights on [in the photos and video shot by the Hellenic rescue team].”

 

Ask whether any warranty work was done on the engines or exhaust systems,  Karabeyoglu said, 

“She was just repainted, but we did no work in the engine room as it was perfect. No mechanical work other than routine service of the Cat engines. Perhaps they took bad fuel when they refueled in Istanbul.”

 

 

YACHT DETAILS

Proteksan Turquoise yacht YOGI was built in 2011 to ABS +A1, +AMS standards and was classed as Commercial Yachting Service (E). Her stunning profile and interior was designed by Jean Guy Verges, who has designed six other builds by the Turkish-based yard. This was the second of three superyacht vessels delivered by Proteksan in 2011.

 

OTHER YACHTS BY PROTEKSAN TURQUOISE

Other yachts offered for charter by this builder are motor yacht BARAKA and motoryacht SEQUEL P.

 

1-800 YACHT CHARTER LEARNS FACTS

Editor’s note.  In conclusion, 1-800 Yacht Charters’ sources learned today that a purchase offer had been made just days before the incident and had been expected to be presented to the owner…

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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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Amevi Luxury Yacht Has Heated Pool

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Amevi superyacht photograph.  Solid white yacht is underway. Heading toward lower center of right side of photo. Waves are lapping at bow and sides of boat.

VACATION PLANS

If you are dreaming of a summer vacation this year, why not rent a private Mediterranean yacht Amevi for a cruise.

 

YACHT

Amevi is a very impressive 80m (262.48 ft) luxury motor yacht that is currently available for Mediterranean yacht charters. Built with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, Amevi also has a very sleek interior design that makes her a sight for sore eyes wherever she docks.

FEATURES

Some of her highlights include the state-of-the-art cinema, heated pool, gymnasium, massage room, pool table, and hair salon.

 

ACCOMMODATION

This incredible superyacht can comfortably accommodate up to twelve guests in suites that are nothing short of royal.

 

HOW TO BOOK A SUPERYACHT CHARTER

To book your private luxury yacht charter vacation, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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APOGEE Motoryacht Offers Summer Special

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Apogee yacht photograph. Profile photo. Large white yacht. Facing the right side of the picture.

PRESENTING APOGEE

APOGEE is a stunning 62 meter Italian built and designed motor yacht. She is ready to jump-start the 2011 Mediterranean yacht charter season with an exciting new rate! 

Her rate for luxury vacation in the summer is $460,000 per week.  Now thorough April 15, 2011, save $65,000 by reserving her for the rate of $395,000 per week.

ABOUT THE YACHT

APOGEE is a Italian-crafted Codecasa yacht.  For instance, she boasts a classically rich mahogany interior. She has four large luxurious decks for interior and outdoor pleasure. 

 

A superyacht by any definition, this Italian masterpiece is impressively grand at over 62 meters in length and 11 meters in beam. Accordingly, she offers a vast array of amenities and entertaining areas through out and an elevator connects the levels. With her size she also offers superior cruising and comfort as well as stability when anchored with her zero speed stabilizers. The megayacht has a magnificent sun deck where there is an air-conditioned gymnasium. A highly-trained, professional captain and crew of 16 will create the ultimate yacht charter vacation aboard the finest super yacht built by Codecasa.

INTERIOR

Apogee’s classic interior of dark mahogany and exotic marbles offset by sumptuous pale soft furnishings convey a sophisticated style, yet the yacht has the sea going capabilities of a world cruiser.

 

CREW

Motor yacht APOGEE is in super condition and has a highly professional, top notch crew, led by Captain John Fleckenstein. 

 

RATE

This special offer is the best deal in the Mediterranean right now on any 60 meter vessel.

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HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER 


Do not miss this opportunity to book one of the most well respected yachts in the industry today.  CLICK https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ TO BOOK YOUR YACHT CHARTER ABOARD APOGEE NOW.

 

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Award-Nominated Yacht Lowers Rates For Summer

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Profile photograph of solid white yacht, Harbour Island. She is headed toward the lower right side of the photograph.

Harbour Island superyacht

 

GREAT NEWS FROM SUPERYACHT OWNER

The owner of the newly-built 54.87 meter motor yacht HARBOUR ISLAND has lowered the yacht’s charter rates for her inaugural Mediterranean yacht charter season. 

SPECIFICATIONS AND RATE

Launched in late 2011, the Newcastle yacht HARBOUR ISLAND is available this summer at a rate of Euro 375,000 per week, plus all running expenses.  Originally, the published rate was Euro 425,000 per week plus expenses.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Custom built for her owner, yacht HARBOUR ISLAND offers a unique stateroom layout.  The yacht features 2 king master suites (main deck and skylounge deck forward) and four guest cabins on the guest accommodation deck below, including a VIP king stateroom.  Onboard amenities include a combination infinity pool Jacuzzi on the split-level sundeck, a raised “veranda” on the main aft deck, a private area Beach Club with easy access to the ocean, and an elevator that travels from the guest accommodation deck to the immense skylounge far above.

INTERIOR DESIGN

With interior design by Claudette Bonville Associates and naval architecture credited to Murray & Associates, the yacht has drawn high praise and notice from the international yachting community.  

AWARDS

The yacht is a finalist for 2 prestigious awards:
  • The World Superyacht Awards 2012 | Displacement Motor Yacht of 500GT to 1,299GT
  • ShowBoats Design Awards 2012  |  Naval Architecture Award – Motor Yachts

 

MAGAZINE ARTICLES

Current media attention includes the following magazine spreads.

  • Feature article: Yachting ( Russia) | May/June 2012
  • Feature article: SuperYacht World  | May/June 2012
  • Cover feature: ShowBoats International  | May 2012
  • Cover feature: Yachts International  | May/June 2012

 

HOW TO RENT A PRIVATE YACHT

We are happy to plan your wonderful vacation for you. Simply contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ today.

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