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282 Foot Spielberg Yacht SEVEN SEAS For Sale

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BIGGER BOAT

Call it, “Life imitating art.”  They were 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.’

 

SPIELBERG

Obviously the film’s director, Steven Spielberg, took that sentiment to heart.  His 282 foot superyacht is up for sale.  It will be replaced with an even larger vessel.

 

SEVEN SEAS

Oceanco 2010 Spielberg yacht SEVEN SEAS lived up to its name.  The famous director, his wife Kate Capshaw, and their seven children made it happen. They took the yacht on a 30,000-mile round-the-world cruise.

Profile of Spielberg yacht Seven Seas from the bow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CELEBRITY GUESTS

Over the years, many famous Hollywood celebrities have been guests onboard the yacht. For instance, Gyneth Paltrow and Leonardo DiCaprio.  The UK’s Daily News wrote an article.  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.”

 

COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENTS

The yacht is sometimes 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.

steven spielberg, his dog, and family members onboard dinghy during yacht charter

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.

Lucky pooch!

 

HOW TO CHARTER A SUPERYACHT

In conclusion, for charter information, please contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at info@1800yachtcharters.com or https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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3 Hidden Yacht Charter Costs to Avoid

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IT IS SAID

For the nouveau riche, the idea of taking a private yacht charter vacation is both casual and routine: “Honey, should we go to the chalet in the Alps this weekend, or spend a few days boating around St Barts?”

For the rest of us working-class types, a boating holiday is something we plan far in advance.  Specifically squirreling away our pennies to pay for this special experience. Regardless of crewed yacht in the islands of the Caribbean or a do-it-yourself Florida Keys bareboat charter.

 

AFFORDABILITY AND VALUE MATTER

When affordability and value matter, it’s important to lock in a great charter price and not get blindsided by unexpected cash outlays.

 

3 PITFALLS TO AVOID

Here are three pitfalls that can put a crimp on your charter budget – along with some helpful advice from Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters.  Avoid or mitigate these expenses, and it will be smooth sailing.

 

COMMUNICATION FEES

The idea of an “all-inclusive” charter rate is a bit of a misnomer.  Many Caribbean-based charter yachts offer all–inclusive rates, but carefully read the small print on your charter agreement.  One item that is rarely included is the cost associated with using the yacht’s onboard communications system.  This includes cellular phones and internet connectivity.

man on wooden boat talking on cellphone

Unlike back home, cellular and internet service is very expensive in the Caribbean – often $1 or more per minute.  With the whole family logging on to check emails, staying in touch with the office, friends, and family adds up quickly – you can easily incur communication fees of $500 or more in a week’s time.

 

 

 

Jana’s Tip“Limit everyone’s online time to a few minutes a day. Better yet, turn off the cellphones, laptops, and get ‘un-connected.’  The whole point of a yachting vacation is to spend quality time with one another and to become immersed in the local culture and nature. Take a break from technology and enjoy your vacation!” 

 

SPECIAL ALCOHOL REQUESTS

Many all-inclusive yachts offer a “ship’s bar” in the cost of the charter.  This means the yacht will provide beer, house-quality wine, and some hard alcohol.  But beware – if you request certain top-shelf brands or vintage wines and champagnes, you could be in for a rude awakening when your skipper hands you an invoice for, “special requests” at the conclusion of your charter.  While some islands offer duty-free alcohol, this is not for local consumption, and premium brands in the islands are often 3 to 4 times as expensive as the same brands back home.

Crew member pours a drink for a woman seated at a table

 

 

Jana’s Tip“Unless you absolutely must have your hand-brewed artisan ale, or a special single malt whiskey from some remote bog in Scotland, enjoy the house brands for a few days – especially the local island concoctions like Rum Runners and Pina Coladas.”

 

 

 

 

DELIVERY FEES

One of the great joys of a Virgin Islands yacht charter vacation is the flexibility – you can come and go as you please, when you please – all at your own pace.  Sometimes, charterers decide to conclude their charter in a different place than where they started.  Your trip might commence in St. Thomas, USVI, for example, but you’ve looked at a map and feel an adventurous cruise concluding in St. Martin sounds like fun.  It is YOUR yacht for the charter – everything’s up to you!

Most yacht owners and crews are more than happy to accommodate your wishes for everything – after all, this is your fully-customized vacation.  However, there could be a hefty cost to end in a port other than where you began your odyssey, and if you’re not careful, you could be left footing a “delivery” bill.

 

REPOSITIONING CONTINUED

The technical term is “re-positioning” – the cost of fuel and crew salary to return the yacht, after the charter has concluded, back to its home port.  Depending upon how many days it takes the crew to return the yacht to its homeport, you could be looking at a fee as low as $500 to as high as $1000 for a sailboat, and double that for a motoryacht.

Jana’s Tip“ask your charter broker before signing your charter agreement if there will be any delivery fees if you end in a port other than where you began your trip.  If there is a fee, ask your broker to approach the yacht owner and see if the fee can be reduced, or even waived.  Oftentimes, owners will absorb the cost of re-positioning, in order to secure your business.”

 

In conclusion, avoiding these budget-blowing pitfalls can save hundreds of dollars.  This keeps your trip as it should be.  It is a memorable experience to cherish for a lifetime.

 

HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON YACHT CHARTERS?

Want more money-saving yacht charter tips?  Contact the team at 1-800 Yacht Charters at 1-800-922-4824 or via our 24 hour hotline at 305-720-7245.

What questions do you have about the costs of yacht charter vacations?  We’d also love to hear about your experiences when chartering!  Please comment below!

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3 Things to NEVER Do (and 1 to ALWAYS Do) During Thailand Yacht Charter Vacation

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RECENT BLOG POST ABOUT THAILAND

Recently, we blogged about the Thai government’s efforts to lift the restrictions that kept superyacht charter vessels away from Thailand.  Now that the door has been opened for foreign-flagged yachts. In addition, American charterers and tourists are welcome.  Here are some cultural taboos that could save you from being branded an “Ugly American.”

Woman making shocked face - black and white

 

BUDDHIST RULES

Keep in mind almost 95% of the Thai population is Buddhist. As in much of southeast Asia, there are cultural taboos that non-Buddhists would not know, some of which are considered religiously offensive.

 

DO NOT DO THIS

Three things NOT to do on your yacht charter Thailand:

  • Avoid touching or passing any object over the top of anyone’s head, as a person’s head is viewed as the most sacred body part.  Related to this  – Do not touch anyone’s head.
  • Don’t point your foot at any person, and don’t use your foot to move anything, as the foot is viewed as the lowliest body part.  Remember to never put your feet up on a table or any furniture. [I thought my mother-in-law was Italian, but now I’m thinking she was Thai, as she always scolded her son for putting his feet on the coffee table while watching TV!!!]

Baby between two adult feet with traditional no symbols on the feet

  • Try never to point, especially with your index finger, as it is considered extremely rude. [Think of President Bill Clinton – he always used his thumb to point, never his index finger.  Funny, he doesn’t strike me as a Buddhist!]

 

ALWAYS DO THIS!

Always use your right hand to pass or receive an object.  [Sorry left-handed charterers.]

Right hand thumbs up

In conclusion, one of the great joys of a yachting vacation is The Superyacht Experience™.  It is the chance to embrace diversity, participate in unique cultural events, and rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit. By avoiding these taboos, think how much more enjoyable your Phuket yacht charter vacation will be.  You won’t offend the wonderful people of Thailand, and your mother won’t scold you for putting your feet up on the yacht’s furniture!

 

HOW TO CHARTER A YACHT IN THAILAND

For more information on chartering a yacht in Thailand, contact us today.  The team at 1-800 Yacht Charters +1.800.922.4824 / toll-free in North America or +1.305.253.7245 stands by to educate and assist you.  Feel free to use our convenient online contact form, if you’d rather. #knowbeforeyougo #yachtcharter

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3 to Watch: Luxury Yacht Charter Maven Shares Hottest Yacht Construction Trends for 2017 & Beyond

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WHAT TO WATCH IN YACHT CHARTER INDUSTRY

With her repeat clients pushing for the newest yachts with unique amenities, Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, understands the need to keep her finger on the pulse of the latest yachting design trends.

 

JANA SHEEDER, PRESIDENT, 1-800 YACHT CHARTERS ANALYSIS

Sheeder shares with us three over-the-top design trends she has noticed on upcoming new builds and recently-launched superyachts.

 

BALCONIES

 

OKTO superyacht balcony terrace

 

Balconies are features of upscale villas and resort suites.  The use of balconies (or “terraces”) is the ideal way to integrate interior  and exterior areas.  This amenity has now caught a foothold in superyacht design.  Builders are adding balconies adjacent to interior dining rooms, beach clubs, and most impressively, off of master cabins. 66m ISA motor yacht OKTO, for example, incorporates a private balcony in her full beam master suite.  The hydraulic balcony is  controlled by the guests. Specifically, simply push a button. This is a distinct advantage over earlier generation balconies on older yachts.  They require the assistance of the crew to open and close. The balcony comes with an air curtain to keep the interior spaces cool, while having the balcony open to the ocean.

 

POOLS

OKTO aerial running shot showing pool and decks

No, not Jacuzzi-style spa tubs – they are still an important superyacht amenity as well.  We’re talking about cool, fresh water pools, large enough to frolic with the kids on a warm summer day (or swim in place with the aid of current-generating waterjets).

When you’re anchored in a cove near Ibiza on a hot July afternoon, a dip in cool freshwater is a pleasant alternative to the salty, warm ocean.  Great examples of Balearic island yacht charter vessels with pools are 67.5m motor yacht ICON, and 108m Pride Mega Yachts 2018 motor yacht TOMORROW.

 

 

WELLNESS AREAS

 

Wellness massage room on yacht SOLANDGE

The interest in wellness yacht charter vacations continues to grow, with more and more clients requesting yachts that offer amenities for mind, body, and soul.  Saunas, steam rooms, gymnasiums, quiet yoga areas, as well as onboard nutritionists, beauticians, and massage therapists are a big draw.  Sheeder believes yachts that cater to mindfulness and overall wellness will be in great demand in 2017 and beyond.  Examples are the 85m Lurssen yacht SOLANDGE and  Tankoa yacht SUERTE (69m).

 

In conclusion, it is time to rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.  Let 1-800 Yacht Charters deliver The Superyacht Experience™ to you, your family and friends. Click https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ now. 

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3 Ways To Avoid Getting Ripped Off on Yacht Charter

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Whether on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube or the web, just about everyone has seen ads for luxury yacht charter vacations.  Gourmet meals, white glove service, and Ri¢hie Ri¢h toys are the benchmark of these lavish floating resorts. The essence of The Superyacht Experience™ is a passion for discovery, and a longing to reconnect with family and friends – fueled by a generous budget.  We bring you three ways to avoid being ripped off on your yacht charter.

Four children jumping off of a diving board at the back of a superyacht while parents look on from the back of the boat

How do you know the rate quoted for a superyacht holiday is legitimate.  In specific, not an arbitrary, marked-up price. Further, designed to take advantage of your affluence?  Beyond the accuracy of the price, how do you know if it’s a good deal as well?

We have outlined three steps to take to guarantee your charter rate is accurate, fair – and a great value for the money invested.  Following these steps will help you avoid price gouging and rip-offs  by unscrupulous merchants.

Note:  We’ve also included helpful advice from our company President, Jana Sheeder (1-800 Yacht Charters).

FIRST STEP

First, UNDERSTAND  who sets the rate for a yacht for hire.

The first step to ensure you are quoted a legitimate price for your yacht charter adventure is to understand who determines the price.  In the world of ultra-luxury yachts available for hire, the charter rate is set by the yacht OWNER.   Luxury charter yacht owners typically hire a company referred to as a “Central Agent”  to serve as their representative. The central agent (CA) maintains the yacht’s charter calendar, administers the charter paperwork, and collects the charter funds.  Many CA’s will offer guidance to an owner to help establish a fair price for charter (often based on comparisons to similar yachts), but ultimately it is the owner who sets the rate, and the CA publishes that rate.

 

SECOND STEP

Secondly, CONFIRM the rate quoted is the rate set by the yacht owner.

Luxury yacht owners rarely make themselves or their CA available to the public – preferring to leave the business of chartering in the hands of professional Charter Brokers.  These brokers perform much the same role as real estate agents – serving as the go-between for the Buyer (Charterer) and the Seller (Owner).  Charter brokers have access to the CA’s and are responsible to confirm rates and date availability with the CA’s.

Once you have narrowed down your options to a specific yacht, ask your charter broker to provide a written cost proposal from the CA – ensuring the rate quoted is the rate established and set by the yacht owner.

JANA SHEEDER ADVICE

“Some charter brokers will balk at the request of a written cost proposal from the CA, fearing the client will attempt to contact the CA directly to secure a better deal.  If you sense hesitation on the part of your broker, tell your broker to ‘register’ your name and inquiry with the CA.  To do this, send your charter broker a short, written note (via email) naming your broker as your authorized charter representative for the purpose of securing the charter of the specific yacht for specific dates.  Your broker then shares that note with the CA and registers you as their client.   Now the broker will feel protected and will be more inclined to seek written confirmation from the CA as to authenticity of the rate quoted.”

THIRD STEP

Thirdly, MAKE an offer!

Once your broker has communicated the published rate to you, and you have verified the rate is accurate, consider making an offer below the published rate.  Again, think in terms of the real estate marketplace.  Sometimes (but not all of the time), a property owner will accept an offer to purchase his or her real estate for an amount below the published selling price.

Unless you feel the published rate is fantastic, we can’t think of any reason not to ask for a discount!  Think the owner is gouging a bit in high season?  Ask for a discount.   The owner may accept your offer, make a counter-offer, or simply say no.  The point is – it’s your money, and you just might end up keeping more of it in your pocket!

MORE ADVICE FROM JANA SHEEDER

“Before you make an offer, ask your broker if they have ever secured a discount from this owner in the past, and how much (%).  The answer might surprise you.  At the very least, it will help you formulate an offer based on the owner’s prior willingness (or lack thereof) to negotiate below the published rate.”

 

SUMMARY

In conclusion, by following these three steps, you are safer.  You ensure the charter rate quoted is not only accurate and fair, but also the best deal available.  The Superyacht Experience™ includes honest, ethical advice from a yacht charter company serving discriminating clientele since 1976.

 

WE OFFER A BEST PRICE GUARANTEE

Take the promise of a great rate to a whole new level – only 1-800 Yacht Charters offers a “Best Price Guarantee.”  

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

When you are ready to book your yacht charter, we are here for you. Simply click https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ to fill out a convenient online inquiry form.

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4 Reasons to Charter a Sailing Yacht

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Dubois naval architects sailboat photograph. Blue-hulled performance sailboat underway. View of the yacht headed toward you. Photo from the water line.

 

SAILBOAT OR MOTORYACHT

Do you prefer a sailboat or a motoryacht?

YACHT CHARTER BROKER ASKS

That is typically the first question a charter broker asks a prospective new customer when approached with an inquiry for a mega yacht charter vacation.
The answer is often a request for a motor yacht.   Yachting aficionados routinely inquire by motoryacht brand.  They ask specifically, for example, for a Benetti or Trinity yacht charter vessel.

The pendulum, however, seems to be swinging as more clients express interest in luxury sailing charter holidays.

We are witnessing a shift in our sense of priorities when it comes to the world around us,” says Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, an international yacht rental agency.  “The focus on sustainable lifestyles goes beyond how we live at home.  Many travelers feel compelled to seek out an eco-friendly vacation, and sailboats are the perfect alternative to fossil-fuel powered motoryachts.

But what about luxury and comfort? For years, sailboats were considered small and cramped, with far fewer amenities than their power-driven counterparts.  “That’s all in the past,” says Sheeder.

Advances in technology have come a long way.  Naval architects have found ways to add upscale amenities to sailboats without compromising the yacht’s performance capabilities.

 

KOKOMO SAILING YACHT

Sail yacht KOKOMO is indicative of this direction.  The 58 meter sailboat reflects new heights of excellence in terms of design, technology, engineering, performance, and quality.

FOUR REASONS TO CHOOSE A SAILBOAT

With so much to offer, here are 4 great reasons to rent a sailing yacht:

1. Sailboats offer you the chance to experience and enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

2. Sailing yachts are more environmentally-responsible (“green“) than motor yachts.

3. Sailboats offer greater fuel economy and less fuel consumption than motor yachts.

4. Sailboats can offer a more tranquil, relaxing experience than a cruise on a motor yacht.

 

FIFTH REASON – FEEDBACK?

What is the 5th great reason to choose a sailing yacht charter vacation?  Click HERE to tell us why you think sailboats are the best way to experience a holiday on the sea.

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70 Meter Motor Yacht Martha Ann to Cruise Adriatic

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SUPERYACHT MARTHA ANN

To the delight of Lurssen yacht charter fans everywhere, the owner of motor yacht MARTHA ANN has agreed to position the 70 meter superyacht in the Adriatic as of 1 June 2013.   At this writing, the yacht will return to the Western Mediterranean for a booking in mid-July.

Martha Ann superyacht underway

 

WESTERN MED YACHTS

Rarely do the world’s largest yachts venture from the standard and uber-popular Western Med cruising grounds such as the Amalfi Coast and the south of France.

 

STANDARD

Lürssen yacht MARTHA ANN is maintained to a high standard inside and out.  She features many upgrades.  For instance, 2 new SeaDoo GTX 260’s and the addition of a 44 foot / 13.41 meter Nautica towed tender.

 

COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENTS

According to Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters and SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants, she is a special superyacht. 

“With her massive beam of nearly 13 meters, she boasts extraordinary volumes for a yacht of this length. With 7 wet bars and a beautiful glass elevator that services all 5 decks, this is the ideal entertainment yacht for a Mediterranean yacht charter in the summer or a Caribbean yacht charter in St. Barts to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

 

ACCOMODATIONS AND RATE

Motoryacht MARTHA ANN offers accommodations for 12 guests in 7 staterooms.  Her weekly rate is Euro 600,000 per week. Running expenses are in addition.

READY TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

For more information or to reserve your charter aboard motor yacht MARTHA ANN, contact us today.  Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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90M motoryacht NERO and other luxury yacht charter vessels lauded for green practices

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THE AWARD

The Charter Yacht Brokers Association is CYBA.  They announce 2017 winners of their campaign.  This is the annual “Going Green To Save The Blue” cause.  The crew onboard superyacht NERO places in the “Designer Water” contest.  The contest recognizes crews of luxury yacht charter vessels.  This award goes to crews acknowledging their “yacht-made” water. This is an effort to reduce.  Disposable plastic water bottle use on yachts must decrease.

three round glasses containing water infused with strawberries blueberries pomegranate orange cucumber

 

 

THE MESSAGE

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters and a CYBA member, explains the program. The underlying message is unquestionably urgent

“Importantly, the campaign is designed to encourage yacht owners and crews to reduce, and eventually forego, the use of plastic water bottles by both the crews and the onboard luxury yacht charter guests.  The goal is to raise awareness as to the massive volume of water bottles that are consumed during charters, and the impact disposable plastic has in our landfills and more importantly, our oceans.”

 

THE WINNERS

The “Designer Water” contest is annual.  It occurs at the opening of the Caribbean yacht charter winter/spring season.  At this time, the season sees more than a dozen private yacht charter vessels.  In addition, crews showcase their “flavored” waters.  Specifically, the waters generate from onboard watermakers that convert seawater into clean, safe drinking water.

This year’s winners are  first, 111 foot sailing yacht REE for Hibiscus Martini Water.  Second, 183 foot sailing yacht ROSEHEARTY wins for Moranga-infused Detoxifying Water.  Third, 265 foot mega yacht NERO wins for Coriander and Passionfruit Water.

 

THE PROGRAM

It should be noted that the CYBA campaign, “Going Green To Save The Blue,” strategizes dually .  It encourages yacht owners and crews to offer eco-friendly options.  Private yacht charter guests participate in this sustainable initiative.  Hopefully, the guests return home with a clearer understanding of the impact of plastic pollution. In addition, how they can incorporate simple changes in their daily lives.  They can make a difference in safeguarding our environment for future generations.

“The ‘Going Green’ campaign highlights the numerous opportunities and options available to our private yacht charter clients, yacht owners, and crews – from avoiding plastic water bottles, to using green cleaning products, reef-friendly sunscreens, and solar panels for energy,” says Sheeder. “We congratulate motor yacht NERO and her owner and crew and all of the other Caribbean yacht charter teams for their commitment to the long-term health of our oceans and the marine environment.”

 

HOW TO RENT A YACHT

In conclusion, turn to 1-800 Yacht Charters for yacht rentals.  We are the company with the industry-leading Best Price Guarantee.   In addition, we charter a fleet of Eco-friendly yachts around the world. Call us toll-free in North America at +1.800.922.4824 or local and international at +1.305.253.7245 to plan your yachting vacation. 

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Adios! Spain To Abolish Private Luxury Yacht Charter Tax

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HOW MUCH IS A TRIP TO THE BALEARICS?

The cost to enjoy a Balearic Island yacht charter vacation should soon be going down.  The Spanish government announced that they have ceased implementation of the IEDMT (Impuesto Especial sobre Determinados Medios de Transporte).  In other words, better known in the yachting industry as the Matriculation Tax.
 Aerial photograph of Ibiza, Spain.  Photo shows rocky cliffs and green trees on the left side, dark blue water in the center of the photo, and rocky cliffs on the opposite side. There is a powerboat in the water.

COST OF TAX 

First introduced in 1992, the tax equaled up to 13.7% of a vessel’s value.  It applied to all yachts over 15 meters used commercially. For instance, charter vessels.
In addition to the standard VAT imposed on charters, the cost to own a superyacht or rent a yacht in Spanish waters became prohibitive.  This is when compared to other European Union countries. 

PROTESTS BY THE MARITIME INDUSTRY

Protests by the Spanish and Mediterranean maritime industry have been ongoing ever since.  Numerous reports outlined how the tax was causing economic harm, not benefit, to employment and economic activity in Spain.  Some studies showed losses to the economy of 10 million euro per weekend alone, in high season.

RESCINDING THE TAX

For years, Spain ignored the calls to rescind the matriculation tax .  In 2011, the European Union Court of Justice declared the Spanish Boat Tax an “unlawful practice,” yet Spanish authorities ignored the guidance laid down by the EU.
Fortunately, the Spanish government finally listened.

THE MINISTRY COMMENTS

According to a statement released by the Spanish Ministry of Finance and Public Administrations in July, the Ministry will, “…cease the application of  Matriculation Tax to vessels of 15m+ engaged in commercial activity.”
While the news is widely heralded as positive, many hurdles remain before chartering in Spanish waters becomes competitive with other regions in the European Union. 
“Spanish IVA (VAT) remains at 21% – nearly double the typical fees found in other EU countries,” states Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters and 1-800 Yacht Charters. Sheeder adds, “A myriad of permits and registration requirements makes it difficult for charter vessels to commit to cruising in Spain.Without Spanish registration, these yachts cannot begin and end a charter within Spanish waters.  So the combination of  administrative burdens and high IVA keeps most charter yachts out of Spain.”     

THE TAX REMAINS

It should also be noted the matriculation tax has not been eliminated.  
Sheeder explains,
“The tax has not been eliminated. The Ministry was careful to use the words, ‘Ceased to be applied.’   While we expect the Spanish Parliament to vote in favor of the Ministry’s position on the matriculation tax, there is no guarantee that a future administration won’t vote to reinstate it.”

STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

Still, the abolishment of the matriculation tax is a step in the right direction.  Parliament’s approval is expected within the next few months and the new exemption should be in place in time for the summer 2014 charter season.

 

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Airport Body Scanners – Are They a Risk?

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THE ISSUE

You’ve been looking forward to this day for months.  You’re at the airport, and you are ready to board a flight that will take you to your rented yacht.  You finally proceed to begin your Virgin Islands yacht charter vacation.  As you pass through the new airport body scanner, it crosses your mind that you may be concerned about the radiation and what this exposure could mean for you.
 
Some researchers agree.

ARE AIRPORT BODY SCANNERS SAFE?

We are very concerned about that being imposed on travelers,” says Dr. Robert Stroud, a  professor of biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  In a letter sent to the White House, Stroud and his researchers shared their concerns.  “I don’t think we do know what risk we are taking. X-rays are intrinsically ionizing radiation. They damage human tissue,” says Stroud.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Government assure the public that passing through the body scanner is safe. A TSA spokesperson even stated, “We consider it a miniscule amount of radiation.”
 

SCIENTISTS DISAGREE

The scientists at UCSF  believe that it is time for outside scientists to take a closer look at airport body scanners and their risk.

I do think it is time for an independent investigation that really allows people to understand what the risk is that they take going through the scanner,” says Stroud.

COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENT

If you have a concern about the exposure to x-rays coming from the body scanner, simply opt for the pat down,” says Sheeder.  “When you are on your way to enjoy a luxury yacht charter in the islands, the last thing you need is more travel-related stress!

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In conclusion, do you believe airport body scanners pose a risk to you when you travel?  Please share your comments with us at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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