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Baglietto yacht NATORI ready for Film Festival

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Natori yacht photo. Boat is underway, headed to the right of your screen. Hull is black. Superstructure is white.


The 42 meter motor yacht NATORI is ready.  She happily joins the festivities at the Monaco Grand Prix and the Cannes Film Festival 2011.
In port, 60 lucky guests are allowed on board at any time.  She is one of the newest and one of the largest yachts


Natori boasts a distinctive and avant garde exterior by Francesco Paszkowski.  Her beautiful interior is by Bannenberg Design. 


The interior is a combination of Italian cabinetry and African materials. This creates a sophisticated and unique décor.  Guests enjoy fantastic accommodations for 10 passengers in five cabins.  Natori has a full width master suite on the main deck with its own private ensuite full beam his and hers bathroom. She also features two VIP cabins and two cabins (one Pullman) on the lower deck.  All of her staterooms have ensuite bath. The roomy interior areas are enhanced by a large bridge deck.  This deck offers room for sun loungers, and a shaded dining area for 12 guests.


The sun deck features a large Jacuzzi and ample sunbathing spots, along with wet bar and a sitting area. The main deck has plenty of space for shaded dining, and exercise buffs can stay fit and trim in the yacht’s gym.The vessel boasts a full array of watersports equipment and all the latest entertainment systems.



Click to book a special event yacht charter.  Yachts are available for MIPIM, MIPCOM, Festival du Film Publictaire, and other special events in Europe. #yachtcharter

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Deadline Soon for Monaco Grand Prix Yacht Charter Berth Applications

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Plenty of vessels remain available for the Monaco Grand Prix. In addition, Cannes Film Festival held around same time.  The window to secure prime dockage for The Superyacht Experience™ is rapidly closing.



Dock masters in Cannes and Monaco set deadlines for acquiring a slip due each Spring.  This is due to heavy demand for the best berths.  In Cannes, dockage requests are for the quay of the Port de Cannes.  Particularly, directly adjacent to the entrance to the film festival.  In Monaco, ideal berths are stern-to along the quay. This area borders the street track at Port Hercule de Monaco.


Aerial photograph of monaco grand prix race track. To the left of the photo are people in the bleachers, track in the middle (no cars on it in picture), and to the right are large yachts docked next to the race track, behind barricades

“First-time special event charterers often don’t realize that Port Hercule blocks the coming and going of Superyachts during the multiple days of the Monaco Grand Prix,” says Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters. “We let our clients know it is more important to secure dockage early than it is to select a yacht.  Renting a yacht and being forced to anchor in the bay and use the tenders to get ashore to watch the race or attend the film festival is time-consuming and hampers the true superyacht experience of being right next to the action.”   



Berth application deadlines for 2016 are early.

  • Monaco Grand Prix.  Deadline for filing a berth application – 29 February, 2016.
  • Cannes Film Festival.  Deadline for berth applications – 4 March, 2016.



Finally, consider a special event Côte d’Azur yacht charter this spring. Subsequently, 1-800 Yacht Charters offers complimentary paperwork processing of all berth filings and applications. It is a complicated process. We gladly handle it on your behalf.   This is all about relaxation for you and yours.  For more information, contact your 1-800 Yacht Charter team at

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Fill The Gap, and Save 20% on Sunseeker 130 yacht Thumper in Monaco

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sunseeker yacht Thumper aerial view


Hoping to fill her last remaining Monaco yacht charter availability in June, the owner of Sunseeker yacht THUMPER is running an exceptional 20% discount for a 5-7 day superyacht experience, 01-08 June, 2017. This brings the weekly low season base rate down from €155,000 per week to €124,000 per week for these specific dates.

The special only applies to this window of dates, as motor yacht THUMPER, Sunseeker 131 model is so popular – almost all of the rest of June is already booked.



THUMPER is a magnificent combination of performance and custom design with a cool and relaxing interior. Sumptuous textures, stylish art features and a clever layout including side balconies, create spacious living areas.

Her vast sundeck with Jacuzzi, sun loungers, and seating areas is the perfect place for relaxation and entertaining. When not enjoying the exquisite cuisine and service onboard, guests will be kept active by her plethora of watersports toys.



  • Builder: Sunseeker
  • LOA: 40.05 meters (131 feet 4 inches)
  • Built: 2014
  • Maximum Charter Guests: 10
  • Guest Cabins: 5
  • Crew: 9
  • Summer: Western Med (Monaco yacht charter base)
  • Rate (July & August): €165,000 per week
  • Rate (May, June & September): €155,000 per week



  • Spanish Charter license
  • Chic Miami Beach design
  • Side balconies that maximize the sense of space
  • Unique artwork by famed design firm, Based Upon
  • Ingenious layout to optimize service and charter guest comfort
  • Lots of water toys to entertain kids of all ages
  • Exceptional crew led by incredible Captain James Harbord



Start date            End date              Status

13 Mar 2017        17 Mar 2017        Booked: Cannes to Cannes

24 May 2017       29 May 2017       Booked: Monaco to Monaco (Grand Prix Yacht Charter)

30 May 2017       31 May 2017       Booked: Monaco to Monaco

09 Jun 2017         16 Jun 2017       Booked: Monaco to Cannes

17 Jun 2017         24 Jun 2017        Booked: Cannes to Cannes

01 Jul 2017          15 Jul 2017          Option: Monaco to Ibiza

16 Aug 2017        31 Aug 2017        Flexible use: Ibiza to Ibiza


To take advantage of this special rate, text THUMPER to 305-720-7245 or contact us through our convenient contact us form at

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Foreign phrases you should know for your Monaco Grand Prix Yacht Charter

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Yachts docked in the marina next to the Monaco Grand Prix racetrack. At least 100 yachts in the photo

You are planning a Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter on one of the largest yachts in the world.  You speak English, but you’d like to be polite to the people of the area.

Here are some tips:

Monaco’s official language is French, so a few basic French phrases will be most helpful.

The people of Monaco also speak English and Italian, but they also speak Monegasque and Occitan (the southern French dialect) within their areas, although they are becoming more rare as the population changes.

Basic phrases to know:

English = hello
French =  bonjour

English = goodbye
French =  au revoir

English = please
French =  s’il vous plat


English = Thank you
French =  merci

English = you are welcome
French =  de rien

English = excuse me
French =  pardon

English = good morning
French =  bonjour

English = good night
French =  bonne nuit

English = Do you speak…?
French =  Parlez-vous…?
English = anglais
French  = francais

English = How are you ?
French =  Comment allez-vous?

English = yes
French = oui 

English = no
French = non
English = passport
French =  le passeport
English = post office
French =  la poste

English = bank
French =  la banque

English = postcard
French =  la carte postale

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Getting a US Passport Has Never Been Easier

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Photograph of a dark blue US Passxport laying on a beige carpet.

US Passport

Whether you’re planning a Bahamas bareboat charter, or a Monaco Grand Prix
yacht charter on a fully-crewed superyacht, as an American traveling abroad,
you’ll need a US passport.


Once a tedious process, new efforts by the U.S. State Department have been implemented to improve customer service and create a more accessible approach to passports.

The State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs now has nearly 8,000 acceptance offices, and promises a 4 to 6-week turnaround on all passports.  The passport fee for a first-time adult applicant is $135.  For an extra fee, express service can bring the wait down to 2-3 weeks, perfect for planning a last minute island escape.


Additionally, the Bureau has created a, “Passport Saturdays” program, when parents can register children under 16 on a day that is not a workday, since both parents must be present.



The State Department’s passport website offers a wide range of resources – from country by country guides, warnings, regulations and background information, to passport forms that can be downloaded. 



The Bureau has also introduced a Smartphone enrollment notification system created for travelers headed for hot spots or people caught in countries experiencing emergencies or natural disasters. The system can track those who are enrolled and try to reach them in countries undergoing a developing crisis.  

Recently, the system proved useful for US citizens in Libya during the current political uprising.  The Bureau created a system of tweets to feed trapped US citizens information about the best ways to flee the dangers, such as the schedules and locations of ferries to take them out of the country.

In another instance, the Bureau was able to locate an airplane run by a Canadian company to lift several citizens to safety. In those situations, costs go to the passengers assisted but never exceed the cost of what a full fare commercial ticket would be to manage the same action, no matter how few passengers are carried by that charter.

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A 24-hour State Department number – answered by a human – is available for emergencies and questions: 202-647-1512.  The State Department’s passport website is:

If you are planning a yachting vacation and are not a US citizen, contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters destination experts at to determine any special entry Visa requirements. We’ll be happy to assist you.

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Last Minute Monaco Grand Prix Charters

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Monaco Grand Prix racetrack photo with yachts docked next to it. Yachts and water are to the center and right side of the photo. Racetrack at left and front of photo.



The biggest race on the F1 circuit is just six weeks away, but there is still time to score a yacht and a berth in the heart of the action.



Rivaling the Super Bowl as a top-tier corporate hospitality venue, dockage at the Monaco Grand Prix is now at a premium, but there is still a great selection of Mediterranean yacht charter vessels available for this ultimate racing experience.


Baglietto yacht APACHE II  holds a confirmed berth on the T-Jetty, with excellent views of the course and JumboTron giant video screen.

Sleek and sophisticated, 44 meter motor yacht APACHE II  boasts a contemporary interior that comfortably accommodates up to 12 guests in five well-appointed cabins.  Her roomy sun deck offers 360 degree panoramic views – and the best seat in the house.  While at dockside, the crew is happy to welcome up to 40 guests onboard for formal dining, and up to 100 guests for cocktails.  Race event rate:  €155,000 for 6 days, including berth (fuel, food and drinks extra).



The spacious Proteksan Turquoise super yacht COSTA MAGNA  is also available, with dockage on the prestigious Quai des Etats Unis. The 44.5 meter yacht can entertain up to 70 guests for race viewing and 130 guests for cocktail parties.  Sleeping accommodations are available for 10 guests in five spacious cabins.

Motor yacht COSTA MAGNA is available for a minimum rental of  five days at the rate of €13,700 per day, plus berth (fuel, food and drinks extra).




Taking place since 1929, the Monaco F1 GP is widely considered to be one of the most significant and famous automobile races in the world.  The race is held on a narrow course laid out in the streets of Monaco, with several elevation changes, tight corners and a tunnel, making it one of the most challenging tracks on the Formula One circuit. Although average speeds are quite low, the city street circuit remains a dangerous place to race.


Monaco Grand Prix dockage still available!    Come experience the most glamorous and exciting Grand Prix in the World, Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, May 29, 2011.  Contact our charter specialists HERE today!

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New Sunseeker 155 Launches in Time for Cannes Film Festival Yacht Charter

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Brand new 2016 Sunseeker 155 model named motor yacht PRINCESS AVK launched.  Her experienced charter-friendly crew and owner make an announcement.  They want to secure a South of France yacht charter right out of the gate.

Princess AVK superyacht in water



Having great success with the owner’s first charter yacht, the 40 meter Sunseeker yacht Princess K, the team at 1-800 Yacht Charters could barely contain their excitement, awaiting the launch of  this newest “Princess.”

“Last summer, as the conclusion of a super-successful charter onboard Princess K, Captain Julian Sincock informed us that his boss was quietly building a brand new and larger Sunseeker, and was eager for us to promote her for charter upon her launch,” reports Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters“We immediately spread the word to our preferred clients and set up an online brochure.”



This Sunseeker 155 is the largest model built to date by the British shipbuilder.  “Mega yacht PRINCESS AVK is prepared to take her place next to her sister-ship, the Sunseeker yacht BLUSH as the two highest profile tri-deck charter yachts in the 45 to 50 meter size category,” says Sheeder“Their contemporary styling is rivaled by no other builder, with the possible exception of the Dutch-built Heesen yachts.”

More Sunseeker models currently available for charter



The yacht is in the water for less than a month.  She secured bookings for 17-24 July (Cannes – Ibiza) and 01-21 August (Ibiza – Cannes).  Yes, you read that correctly – she CAN legally go to Spain for Balearic islands yacht charter.   Fully-licensed for Spanish waters. she is one of the largest yachts legally able to charter in Spain this summer.



Captain Sincock, however, is itching to get started sooner, and the yacht and his team are ready and in position in the South of France to accept a Monaco Historic Grand Prix charter or a Cannes Film Festival charter in May.

At 47.24 meters (154 feet 11 inches), the yacht offers accommodations for 12 guests in 6 cabins including an ample full beam master, two VIP double staterooms and three additional cabins that easily convert from twins to doubles offering greater flexibility during charter. The master and VIP cabins boast floor to ceiling windows, giving a new meaning to a “room with a view.”



Her unmatched connection with the sea is evident.  Unfurling balconies on either side of the main deck saloon are majestic.  Additionally, French doors in the skylounge open onto a fold-down terrace.  The soothing beach house vibe undulates.  The lines between indoor and outdoor spaces beautifully blur.



The yacht is the ideal platform for a corporate event – like hosting a film festival party or watching the race cars scream by during the Grand Prix. The main aft deck features a relaxed seating area with coffee tables – perfect for relaxing at cocktail hour. A glamorous bar and dining area tuck under the radar arch of the open-air sun deck.  A spa tub forward allows unparalleled views while moored stern-to.


Princess AVK aft cockpit seating area underway

Come enjoy The Superyacht Experience™ on what Sheeder calls, “The hottest superyacht on the Med charter market this summer!”








Rates from €225,000 per week.  Moreover, hurry and contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at right away.  She is in demand!

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ODYSSEY (ex-Motoryacht Cloud 9) yacht charter

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Cloud 9 motoryacht. Photo taken from the front left side of the yacht as it is running. Waves lapping at the hull. Mountain in background. Black hull. White superstructure.


Incredible superyacht Cloud 9 is now named ODYSSEY.



One of the yachts available for a Monaco Grand Prix Yacht charter this year is the spectacular and elegant superyacht, Cloud 9.



One of the largest yachts in its fleet, Cloud 9 can comfortably accommodate up to 12 yacht charter guests. She has a master full beam duplex suite complete with office, his and her bathrooms, and separate dressing rooms.

She also features a VIP cabin on the bridge deck which has its own private balcony where guests can relax.



In addition, stairs lead up to a raised private observation lounge which allows guests panoramic views of the sea ahead.



In conclusion, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters by phone at 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS (800-922-4824) or click  We stand ready to book your private vacation today.

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Perfect Espresso Machine For Monaco Grand Prix Yacht Charter Fans

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OK, it’s time for all of our gearhead buddies to come clean. We know the only reason you call us each year to book a yacht for the Monaco Grand Prix.  Your wives have zero interest in sitting in the stands with hundreds of strangers, watching F1 racers zip by. 


We understand.  A yacht docked along the quay with amenities like ondeck hot tub and luxurious sun lounges gives your ladies what they want and deserve.  It also gives you and your friends unobstructed views of the street track. 


It’s that spirit of “compromise” when it comes to racing that caught our attention with this new item.


Our editor walked in this morning with a photo of the Espresso Veloce Machine.   It is an espresso machine billed as a tribute to the 1990’s Grand Prix race car engines.   These machines powered racing legends like Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.

VELOCE – means “fast” in Italian

Photograph of the Espresso Veloce coffee maker. It looks like a red and silver race car engine.


The Espresso Veloce Machine construction of race-world alloys includes magnesium, titanium, and aluminum.  It is about half the size of a real-life 3-liter racing engine.  The machine comes in both a V10 and V12 configuration.   The oil-filler doubles as a grappa reservoir.  Coffee serves through the exhaust tubes.
And get this.  The mug designs complement the overall theme!


Production is limited to just 500 numbered units worldwide.  No word yet on the price or anticipated shipping dates.


Now the real trick – getting your wife to toss the LavAazza.  Replace it on the kitchen counter with this bad boy!!!  😉


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Say Goodbye To Traveler’s Checks

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Travelers check photo. Picture of female hands holding a stack of travelers checks.  They are VISA travelers checks with visa logo in the center

Don’t leave home without them.”  That was the warning that actor Karl Malden shared with TV viewers in the 70’s in a series of ads for traveler’s checks.  At the time, these checks were the safest way to carry money while traveling.

If you are planning a Mediterranean yacht charter holiday this summer, don’t bother bringing any traveler’s checks.  It seems traveler’s checks, just like those commercials, are becoming a distant memory. 
After last season, we noticed many retail outlets in Europe have ceased to accept traveler’s checks, ” states Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters.  “Travelers who have relied on these checks for years are finding themselves in a cash-flow limbo.”

For years, travelers turned to traveler’s checks as a way to carry something close to cash safely. For a small fee, companies such as American Express promised quick replacement if the checks were lost or stolen.

Most retailers accepted the checks as cash, but that began to change with the use of electronic payments, primarily via debit and credit cards. A report by the U.S. Federal Reserve of St. Louis states the use of traveler’s checks has been on a steady decline since the 90’s.

According to Sheeder, 
The few places that still accept them are charging large commissions to change them. Compounding the problem are the exchange rates, often 10% less than the rate you can get through an ATM machine.”
To keep fees to a minimum, Sheeder encourages Mediterranean yacht charter customers to purchase prepaid travel cards instead of traveler’s checks. Sheeder says, “The most efficient way to pay for goods and services, particularly when traveling overseas, is by using prepaid travel cards and credit or debit cards.”

Brian Kelly, an expert who blogs about awards points while traveling, concurs.  In a related interview, Kelly said, “People should get a credit card that works for them. Many credit cards offer fraud protection, awards points and some even provide rental car insurance at no additional cost.

Before you pack your bags for your Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter holiday, Sheeder has some final thoughts regarding the use of  debit or credit card overseas.  She offers these guidelines:

• Make sure your bank is aware that you will be traveling. Many banks will shut down a card if they see suspicious purchases, such as charges outside of  the country.

• Check on the exchange rate fees. While many banks will not charge an ATM fee, there are sometimes large exchange rates for using an ATM overseas. For this reason, use the ATM as little as possible, and consider a prepaid travel card.  (You can purchase prepaid travel cards through banks and credit card companies. They are safe and secure.) If you do use an ATM, use the one at the bank, rather than the independent ones on street corners.

• If you plan on leaving a gratuity for your luxury mega yacht charter crew, consider a bank wire transfer.  Make arrangements with your charter broker to wire the tip to the captain at the conclusion of the charter. “Most crews are not in a position to accept credit or debit cards,” says Sheeder. “In today’s world, it doesn’t make sense to carry large sums of cash for the purpose of leaving a tip.  Wire transfers are simple, fast and safe.


What do you consider the safest way to pay for good and services when you travel?  Share your tips and comments with us at

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