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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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40 Meter Greek #Yacht Charter Vessel Takes Advance Reservations Prior To Launch

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THE NEWS

She’s not scheduled to splash down until 2018, but that’s not keeping eager Greek yacht charter clients from placing deposits for vacations next summer on this new 40 meter yacht.

The Sunseeker 131 motor yacht AQUA LIBRA 131 is still in her build shed in Dorset, but the buzz surrounding the opportunity to secure a brand new yacht to explore the Greek islands has prospective customers stepping forward to secure prime dates.

“Two reservations have already been secured for summer 2018,”  says a smiling Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters“One client has secured 4 nights in late June and another grabbed the first 14 days of July.  It’s always so great to see dates locked down a full year in advance.”

 

THE REASON

While it is true that affluent travelers are not inclined to secure private luxury yacht charter vacations so far in advance, they will pony up early when they see a unique opportunity.  Motor yacht AQUA LIBRA 131 presents such a scenario.

For years, Greece has remained one of the most popular summer cruising destinations –  dozens of islands can be visited, and the number of historical points of interest dated to the beginning of civilization are in the hundreds.   Oh yeah – the warm weather in the summer is spectacular!

But for all the destination’s allure, the yachts that offered charters in Greece were often considered inferior in overall comfort and quality to those yachts HNWI’s could charter in France and Monaco, along the Côte d’Azur.

Greek yacht operators, in a testament to their seafaring heritage, often offered wooden ships, called motorsailers (or “gulets” as they are known in neighboring Turkey) to the charter market.  As charming as these traditional vessels are, they simply lack the sophistication of ultra-modern superyachts.  Whereas you are hard-pressed to find a motorsailer with an open-air Jacuzzi-style tub on the deck, it is nearly impossible to find a superyacht that doesn’t have at least one hot tub on deck – as well as other luxury amenities like onboard cinemas, spas, beauty salons, and helipads.

Yacht owners in Greece, and indeed the Greek people themselves, are a wonderful and proud lot – and they should be!  They live in the cradle of civilization, and so much of our modern technical gains in math and the sciences can be traced back to the Hellenic culture.  It is understandable to see why they have held to their traditional ways – and their traditional yachts.

Still, HNWI’s want what they want – and for the well-heeled, a superyacht filled with modern amenities is the preferred mode of transport during an ultraluxury holiday.

THE YACHT

That leads us to Sunseeker motoryacht AQUA LIBRA 131, now accepting charter reservations a full year before her build is completed.  The British-built tri-deck Sunseeker 131 epitomizes everything that HNWI’s seek in their superyacht experience: accommodations in sublime surroundings, immense scale, and a layout that lends to relaxing and socializing with friends and special guests.

Here’s how Sunseeker describes their own 131 model:

“Expertly finished using ultra-modern materials and techniques, the 131 Yacht is one of the finest examples of modern day superyacht building. The main deck features a lounge, separate dining area and full galley, while on the upper deck you’ll find the sky lounge, cocktail bar and access to the skydeck; where comfort and lavishness reach new levels. As impressive out in open water as it is in the harbour, this icon of design is unlike any other.”

Guest accommodations are available for up to 10 passengers in 5 staterooms:

  • Master cabin – situated on the main deck, with king size bed, private dressing room, and his and hers bathrooms
  • Two VIP cabins – each with queen sized beds
  • Two twin cabins – convertible to double cabins with king size bed.  One cabin also features a Pullman berth.

As you would expect, all staterooms offer ensuite facilities.

For indoor entertainment , the yacht offers a Sonos AV System, with video on demand, as well as Apple TVs, and full satellite services.  Of course, the yacht offers Wi-Fi on all decks.

Don’t plan on staying indoors too long, because Greece is all about the scenery and the warm Aegean sea.  To enjoy the ocean, this new yacht will have a complete inventory of watersports equipment, including:

  • 6.25 metre Williams tender
  • 4.5 meter RIB tender
  • 2 SeaDoo personal watercraft
  • SeaBob
  • Water skis for adults
  • Waterskis for children
  • Wakeboard
  • Towable Tubes
  • Towable Banana
  • SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard)
  • Inflatable 2-person kayak
  • Inflatable 3-person water sofa
  • Fishing equipment
  • Snorkel gear

 

AQUA LIBRA motoryacht aft deck with young mother speaking to little girl and young father reading to little boy

 

THE BRAND

There are many other Sunseeker models currently in charter in the Mediterranean.  While builders with classical style yachts such as Lurssen and Benetti tend to attract older charterers, Sunseeker yacht charters appeal to young entrepreneurs and their families.  There’s a modern, contemporary “Vibe” onboard a Sunseeker.  No shot at Lurssen and the classic models – Sunseeker simply offers a different feel, and for a different charter client.

Other Sunseeker vessels currently available include:

Sunseeker 116 motor yacht FLEUR

Sunseeker 130 yacht THUMPER

Sunseeker 155 superyacht PRINCESS AVK

As the new AQUA LIBRA 131 Sunseeker continues to attract attention – and bookings, it is likely that more and more owners of new-build yachts will forgo the traditional Western Med ports of France and Monaco, and position for the summer in the Eastern Med in Greece – Opa!!!

Even the little Kallikantzari hobgoblins will crawl out from the underground when this beautiful, new yacht is delivered to Greece next summer — like a Christmas gift during the summertime!

For more information, or to reserve your own Greek yacht charter odyssey, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters by texting “OPA!” to 305-720-7245 or email us at info@1800yachtcharters.com

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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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Add Moonlight to your Private Yacht Charter Vacation in 2016

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Planning a yachting holiday this year?  If you haven’t selected your specific dates yet, here’s a great idea to add a little extra, “Pizzazz” to your superyacht experience:  Select your charter dates to coincide with the cycle of the full moon!

full moon over the water

 

There’s just something extra special about being anchored in a protected cove with a sea of stars above, when suddenly, a rust-colored orb begins to appear on the distant horizon, pushing slowly into the air.  As it rises, the color changes from rust to white, growing brighter and brighter by the minute.  Finally, the bright full moon ascends to its lofty place among the stars above, casting lunar light across your yacht’s deck.  You sit with your family and friends, mesmerized by the natural beauty of the night – grateful to be at sea enjoying this special experience together.

BEWARE HIDDEN YACHT CHARTER COSTS – AVOID THESE THREE PITFALLS

To help you plan a moonlit yacht charter holiday, here is the full moon calendar for 2106.  Keep in mind that you’ll have nights both before and after the full moon that will add plenty of moonlight to your adventure.

24 January

22 February

23 March

22 April

21 May (Blue Moon)

20 June

20 July

18 August

16 September

16 October

14 November

To maximize the opportunity for clear skies and great weather, match your full moon dates with a seasonal destination.  For example, if you are considering a Florida yacht charter vacation, March and April offer warm (but not hot) weather, and minimal chances for rain.  The same idea holds true for a Greek yacht charter in summertime, as August and September usually offer clear skies, fewer winds, and smooth sailing…

Which full moon date from our calendar would you most like to experience this year? Please leave a comment below!

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Let a yacht charter specialist help you organize a true superyacht experience – from choosing the right destination, to selecting the right wine for dinner!  Contact the team at 1-800 Yacht Charters today.  Call 305-253-7245 (Florida and international) or 1-800 922-4824 (toll free North America).

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Blazing Fast Tender Added to Yacht Double Down Watertoy Inventory

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Our Monegasque friend, James Graham-Cloete of Thompson Westwood and White Yachts, managers of motor yacht DOUBLE DOWN, dropped us an email last week.  Knowing we’re big fans of this 65 meter Codecasa and her amazing captain, Charles Dugas-Standish, James seemed excited to share the news about the superyacht and her newest watertoy.

We were certainly intrigued, as a multi-repeat client of ours enjoyed 10 days exploring Greece onboard this spectacular yacht and raved about the vessel’s condition, amenities, and the crew’s outstanding silver-service.

“DOUBLE DOWN has a magnificent new towed tender for the Mediterranean season – a 42ft (12.8m) MTI with centre console and 4 x 300 HP engines,” wrote James.

“Wow!” we emailed in response. “What year and what does she look like?”

James replied, “She is in fact a 2015. Silver with black highlights on the hull. Black Mercury outboards. White radar dome is now painted grey.”

center console tender with black and silver hull racing across the ocean

James was correct – we ARE excited!   Performance-style tenders have replaced on-deck Jacuzzi tubs as the “must-have” amenity for many of our private luxury yacht charter clients.   The days of hopping in the “dinghy” are long gone.  As one of our clients explained to us, “I don’t pull up with my wife to Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant on South Beach in a Kia, so why would I come ashore in St. Tropez in an inflatable RIB tender?”

The MTI V-42 center console tender added to the stable of watertoys onboard Codecasa motor yacht DOUBLE DOWN is simply a beast.  With quad 300hp power, this 42 ft tender can cruise at 40mph, and hit top speeds in excess of 70mph. The tender’s unique hull design yields straight, stable handling at all speeds.

Jana Sheeder, our company President, explains why this matters:

“A fast tender is an important component of a private yacht charter vacation, especially in remote areas, like the Ionian islands of Greece. If the seas get rough while taking charter guests sightseeing, the MTI V-42 design keeps the bow high in both head and following seas, and the tender can easily knock down big swells.  In simple terms, this means a dry ride in extreme conditions.”    

Indeed ride and performance are important, but so are luxurious amenities and comfort.  The seats are quite comfy for long-range cruising with the double-wide forward lounge the most comfortable.  Speakers seem to be everywhere on this tender, so listening to your favorite tunes is a breeze, even with the engines at full throttle.

Captain Charles and his crew of 17 are currently enjoying yacht DOUBLE DOWN in the summer Monaco yacht charter season.  To kick off the season, the yacht secured a berth in Monaco at the Monaco Yacht Club for client who were interested in a Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter.  They are on the ball! With 8 large guest staterooms, this 65 meter superyacht boasts excellent flexibility for guest sleeping arrangements.

DOUBLE DOWN superyacht behind Jana Sheeder on superyacht docks

GUEST FACILITIES and AMENITIES

  • 12 guests sleeping in 8 staterooms (6 king & 2 twin staterooms)
  • 18 crew
  • Zero-speed stabilizers
  • Elevator
  • Gym
  • Cinema
  • Beach Club
  • Jacuzzi
  • On demand movies and music
  • Satellite TV
  • Karaoke equipment
  • WiFi internet
  • Large wind-protected outside dining area on the upper deck with bar
  • Massage facilities

It’s hard to imagine, but the perfect yacht for glamorous special events and summer private luxury yacht charter cruising in the Mediterranean is now even more appealing thanks to her newly-added 42ft high performance tender…

Come enjoy The Superyacht Experience in the Mediterranean as only 1-800 Yacht Charters can deliver.  Text DOUBLE DOWN to 305-720-7245 or email us at info@1800yachtcharters.com for information on how to charter this incredible yacht.

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Book This Virgin Islands Yacht Charter Vessel And We’ll Give You OUR Bonus!

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INSATIABLE motoryacht running

 

SPECIAL OFFER – EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU!

The manager of 100 foot superyacht INSATIABLE reached out to us today.  Seems the owner of this super-popular Virgin Islands yacht charter vessel wants to shore up a gap in his reservation calendar and has offered us an incentive to secure a booking during the last two weeks of January, 2017.

Per the yacht’s manager, the owner of Broward yacht INSATIABLE has graciously offered us $1000 for any 7-night yacht charter Virgin Islands reservation we can deliver, to close his calendar for January.

 

We’ve got a better idea!!!

 

In the spirit of Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters and her Team’s belief in Generosity and Giftivism, AND to start your year off right, if you charter yacht INSATIABLE through 1-800 Yacht Charters, for either the third or fourth week of January, 2017, in the British and/or US Virgin islands, we’ll pass our $1000 bonus on to you – in the form of an instant rebate.

This is an exclusive offer – only available from 1-800 Yacht Charters – with our compliments.

Insatiable anchored off of the beach with watertoys in the foreground on the sand

 

LUXURY YACHT CHARTER SPECIAL FEATURES

Built by Broward Marine, the 100 foot yacht INSATIABLE  offers affordable luxury for up to 6 guests in 3 staterooms.  She recently received a brand new paint job, and underwent a refit, with many interior upgrades.  Her special features make her the ultimate Virgin Islands luxury yacht charter option for small families or three couples:

 

  • 32′ Intrepid center console towed tender, with twin 225 horsepower Mercury engines – great for fishing or exploration
  • A second tender, a 14′ Novurania with 50 mph – excellent for towing a wake board or water-skiing.
  • Wave runner
  • 2 single-person kayaks
  • Lots of snorkeling gear
  • Three double guest cabins

 

THE YACHT CHARTER PRICE

Caribbean Rate: $29,500 USD per week + running expenses (items such as food, fuel, bar, dockage, etc.)

You’ll receive an instant rebate of $1000 off the rate of $29500, and pay only $28,500 – a savings of 3%

 

HER VIRGIN ISLANDS YACHT CHARTER CALENDAR

BOOKED: December 23-January 2 (BVI)

BOOKED: January 7-14 (BVI)

OPEN:  January 16 – 31 (BVI)

 

HOW TO BOOK INSATIABLE FOR YOUR CHARTER

You can only get the special $1000 offer by making your reservation with us!  For further information, text “INSATIABLE” to 3057207245.  Hurry and take advantage of this great offer – compliments of your charter specialists at 1-800 Yacht Charters or fill out our online inquiry form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Calling yacht charterers and guest bloggers!

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Have you chartered a new private luxury yacht?

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Have you been on a superyacht at the Monaco Grand Prix or relaxed at the Cannes Film Festival aboard a chartered Feadship yacht?

Have you chartered a bareboat (yacht without crew) anywhere in the world and want to share your experience with others?

Was your luxury sailing charter in St Martin the most incredible vacation you’ve ever taken?

 

Private luxury yacht charter sailboat Maltese Falcon

 

If you have NOT yet done these things, yet have ideas for blogs you’d like to read about super yacht charters, crewed catamaran charters, yacht charters in the Bahamas, or anything related to the luxury yacht charter industry, please let us know!  We will be happy to write about them (and will give you credit AND send you a special gift as a token of our appreciation for your interest)!
Skopelos island, Greece

We’d also love for YOU to submit a guest blog to educate the internet about yacht chartering or boat rental destinations like Greece, Italy, France, The Bahamas, the Florida Keys, New England, The Intracoastal Waterway, The Virgin Islands, St. Kitts, Nevis, Tortola, the British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, The Thousand Islands, Canada, Alaska, Sardinia, Corsica, Turkey, Thailand, Turks and Caicos, Miami, South Beach?

 

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 Join us, Guest Bloggers! Tell the world about the luxury super yacht charter industry or your vacations at sea!

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Want to write a guest blog post about yacht charter vacations? Want to tell the world about the Bahamas or the Greek Islands?  Want to share your experiences swimming with wild dolphins in the Bahamas aboard your yacht charter?  Contact us
HERE to blog with us!

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Discounts Galore on Luxury Yacht Charter Vacations

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What are you planning for your next vacation?

Luxury yacht charter vacation discounts available

A survey by USA Today found most people rank spending time with friends and family at the top of their wish list, followed by the urge to see new places, and the desire to kick back and relax.

There’s a great vacation option that gives you the chance to do all these things – a crewed luxury mega yacht charter.

Charters offer the exclusivity of yacht ownership, without its costs and responsibility.

There are more yachts available for hire than ever before, and great deals abound – from discounted prices to extra free days.

Take advantage of one of these great destinations and offers:

Bahamas
140′ motor yacht NEVER ENOUGH (12 passengers) – save over $42,000 and enjoy 10 days for the price of 7.  Available all spring.  $100,000 per week, plus expenses.

Amazon River
147′ motor vessel   ARIA  (32 passengers) – $10,000 savings on all 2011 charters. Embark on the voyage of a lifetime, sailing the Earth’s mightiest river – the Amazon.  Reduced rate is $161,280 per week, plus some expenses.

Mediterranean
98′  motor yacht SALU
(8 passengers) – Save 21% for charters in May, June, and September 2011. Was €70,000 per week, plus expenses – now €55,000 per week, plus expenses.

Caribbean
SailAway offers discounts on CATAMARANSNow through June 30, take 5% off ANY crewed catamaran charters.  Any boat…any dates.

Suggested boats:

65′ catamaran WORLDS END (2011 model; 10 passengers) –  €23,400 per week, plus expenses.

62′  catamaran IN THE WIND (2011 model; 8 passengers) –  $27,000 per week, plus expenses.

50′ catamaran NUTMEG (2008 model; 8 passengers) – $13,000 per week, ALL-INCLUSIVE.

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There are MANY more yacht charter specials available at destinations around the globe.  Contact your 1-800 Yacht Charters specialists 
HERE with your desired dates and destination to check for last minute savings.  We’ve got you covered!

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Electrolysis – Good for People…Bad for Yachts

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At the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, FLIBS, we had the pleasure of taking a few of our best private luxury yacht charter clients (and dear friends) for a stroll along the docks.  The couple had recently completed the construction of another home on a lot overlooking the ocean, and they wanted to purchase a boat for weekend family outings.

We looked at the latest offerings from Germany’s Fjord Yachts, the innovative expandable-deck boats by Italy’s Evo Yachts, and the trendy Holland-designed boats of VanDutch.

However, the model that really caught the attention of our friends was a sleek, aluminum-hull day cruiser built by Vanquish Yachts – the Vanquish VQ54.  The boat is simply stunning – there’s no other way to describe it.

Vanquish54 yacht with white hull and red cushions

 

As we stood on the dock discussing the boat and the available color options, a passerby stopped and gazed at the boat.  “Beautiful,” he exclaimed. “Too bad it’s made out of aluminum – electrolysis is bad for boats.”   

As the man walked away, our friends seemed a bit confused.  “What’s wrong with electrolysis?” asked the wife.  “It’s a great way to remove unwanted hair!” 

“It’s a little different with boats,”  we said, and then we explained marine electrolysis, and the possible damage it can cause to a boat or yacht.

For humans, Medical Electrolysis is a clinical method of removing individual hairs from a person’s face or body. A device is used to destroy the growth center of hair with chemical or heat energy.

For boats, Marine Electrolysis is the result of potential current existing between two different objects. It is often caused by stray electrical current, and can be extremely destructive (causes corrosion) on boats made out of aluminum.

The results generated by medical electrolysis are all positive – people can remove unwanted hair, and it is a permanent fix.  With marine electrolysis, the results are not so good –  and if not caught quickly, the corrosive effects to an aluminum boat can cause great damage (holes, water leaking into the boat, etc.), and require expensive repairs.

corroded boat prop from marine electrolysys

Aluminum boats are also susceptible to another related culprit – Galvanic Corrosion.  This can occur when two dissimilar metals come into contact with an electrolyte and create a natural electrical current. Salt water can work as the perfect catalyst for galvanic corrosion.

Some examples of galvanic corrosion include:

  • Using dissimilar metals on the vessel that come into contact with the salt water, like steel bolts or copper-based bottom paint on an aluminum hull.
  • Mixing different types of bottom paint on the same vessel.
  • Mooring boats with incompatible hull construction next to each other, such as a steel vessel moored immediately next to aluminum vessel.

 

Our experienced clients and friends then asked, “If aluminum has so many problems, why are expensive private luxury yacht charter vessels like Feadship and Heesen yachts built out of aluminum?”

The answer is simple – aluminum is light, but strong (think of airplanes), and unlike yachts built from molds, aluminum yachts can be built to any size, allowing great flexibility and customization that can’t be as easily achieve with fiberglass and other composite materials.  As to the corrosion issues, manufacturers can take preventative steps to reduce and even eliminate the threats of marine electrolysis.  Yachts are fitted with monitoring systems which constantly check for stray electrical current, as well as anti-corrosion anodes to negate electrical issues below the waterline.

So, while someday you may want medical electrolysis to look and feel your best, you most definitely do not want marine electrolysis – ever…

Thinking about buying a yacht?  Consider our, “Try Before You Buy” program and rent the yacht for an extended “test drive” – on your own private luxury yacht charter vacation.  Up to 50% of the charter fee can be applied toward the purchase of the same yacht model.

For more information about private luxury yacht charters or purchasing a yacht through the 1-800 Yacht Charters’ Try Before You Buy Program, email 1-800 Yacht Charters at  info@1800yachtcharters.com or call us at 305-720-7245.

 

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

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THE DEAL

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.

 

THE YACHT

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.

 

SUNSEEKER 130 SPECS & RATES

  • 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

 

KEY FEATURES

  • 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

 

CURRENT BOOKINGS

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

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To take advantage of this special rate, text THUMPER to 305-720-7245 or contact us through our convenient contact us form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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