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.”
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.
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:
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:
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!
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When it comes to owners choosing unique names for their yachts, there’s no lack of inspiration. From the obvious ( LADY SARA, LISA IV, et al) to the sublime (e.g. CLOUDBREAK, PARADISE, et al), the only limit to a creative name for a yacht is the owner’s imagination.
While we’ve seen yachts named after famous movies, animals, and people, we have to admit – a yacht named after a candy bar is unique and rare!
So, our team had to chuckle when a beautiful new yacht recently entered the luxury yacht charter marketplace, sporting a name inspired by a popular candy bar found in your neighborhood grocery store.
The Sunseeker 131 motor yacht TAKE 5 shares a name with the well-known Hershey Company candy bar.
The candy bar (per Hershey) is, “…five layers of sweet and salty goodness that doesn’t ask you to compromise. It’s crunchy pretzels, smooth peanut butter, salty peanuts and sweet caramel—all wrapped in silky milk chocolate.”
The eponymous yacht (per Sunseeker) is, “A sublime example of design and engineering, every detail, feature and interior space is nothing short of extraordinary.”
Seems both manufacturer are equally proud of their creations!
Since her launch in 2016, yacht TAKE 5 Sunseeker 131 was strictly used for the personal enjoyment of the owner and his family and friends. Now that the yacht is available for luxury yacht charter, it will be based in the Caribbean during the winter/spring, and in the Western Mediterranean in the summer.
With the candy bar featuring five layers of flavor, it’s only fitting to present five unique charter features about the yacht:
By the way, in case you thought it was just a coincidence that the yacht and candy bar share a name – individual snack sized Take 5 candy bars fill crystal candy bowls throughout the superyacht!
The Superyacht Experience… Nothing blends the chance to experience new cultures and reconnect with friends and family like a luxury yacht charter vacation. For more information or to arrange your own superyacht experience, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at +1-800-922-4824 or +1-305-253-7245 today.
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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.
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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If saving 30% on a Balearic Island superyacht experience sounds too good to pass up, it probably is!
Award-nominated Sunseeker 131 motor yacht THUMPER is running an exceptional 30% discount for charters taking place as of the 7th of September to the 27th of September, 2016 in the Balearics, starting from Ibiza. She offers accommodations for 10 guests in 5 staterooms.
The tourists have all gone home, but the weather is still warm and sunny in Spain. Save over €46,000 Euros.
…and YES – superyacht Thumper IS the motoryacht in the 2016 film, “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,” featuring Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield, Mo Gaffney, Christopher Ryan, Stella McCartney, Kate Moss, Jerry Hall, Bruno Tonioli, Jon Hamm, Perez Hilton, Joan Collins, and others.
Chic beach clubs, iconic sunsets, fabulous Mediterranean food and stunning scenery await you in Ibiza, Palma, and Mallorca.
Super yacht THUMPER is a magnificent combination of performance and custom design with a cool & 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.
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Everyone knows that picking house paint colors isn’t just difficult, it’s terrifying! Pick colors that are blah, and your house will seem featureless and flat. But if the colors you pick are too bold, they might overwhelm the architecture…and upset your neighbors.
The best colors will highlight the most beautiful features of your home. Skillful use of color can even disguise design flaws, boosting the, “curb appeal” and market value of your home.
Finding that magic color combination also holds true for luxury mega yacht charter vessels.
The first thing a potential client sees when preparing to rent a private yacht is the exterior. The “dock appeal” must catch the attention of the prospect and pique his curiosity to see the interior as well.
Traditionally, yachts were painted simply – clean, bright white. With modern technology, new paints and colors that resist fading and the harsh marine environment have been developed. Now, the only limit to the exterior color scheme of a yacht is the owner’s imagination.
Here’s a sampling of unique paint schemes and colors on some of the newest and largest yachts around the world:
QUINTA ESSENTIA – With a striking color scheme of Oyster White and Merlot Red, developed by the owner in close collaboration with Dobroserdov Design, Heesen motor yacht Quinta Essentia will certainly not pass unnoticed in the Mediterranean yacht charter fleet. It is said the red color was inspired by the owner’s love for Merlot wine!
SLIPSTREAM – celebrity owner, former American Idol judge, and X-Factor creator Simon Cowell, is known for wearing simple, dark colored T-shirts against pale blue jeans. The classic deep blue hull and gun-blue superstructure of Cowell’s yacht Slipstream sets the scene for a truly nautical and contemporary super yacht.
BLACK and WHITE – the distinctive black and white theme onboard motor yacht BLACK and WHITE is based on the ancient yin yang symbol, a Chinese sign for the mixing of complementary opposites. Launched in 2010, this magnificent Sunseeker 34 yacht mixes not only color, but also high-end amenities and comfort with performance and power.
MISTER JINGLES – the global debt crisis has focused great attention on the value of gold. The color gold draws nearly as much attention, especially on a yacht painted stem to stern in this shiny, metallic palette. Designed and built by Italy’s Fashion Yachts, motor yacht Mister Jingles debuted as a luxury yacht charter vessel in 2009. The metallic performance yacht boasts a 35 knot cruising speed – perfect for quickly getting from one famous port to another.
AURELIA – recently, we profiled yachts named after race horses by their loving owners. It seems another type of race fan – Formula 1 cars – is just as proud to display his passion on a yacht. The 37-Meter Heeson motor yacht Aurelia boast an unusual color scheme from Dobroserdov Design, inspired by the owner’s passion for racing cars. Zoom Zoom Zoom!
Know of any other yachts with cool paint jobs? Email us a picture (to email@example.com ), along with your name, the name of the yacht, and where you saw it. We’ll post and share your pics with our readers!
Get ready for the next generation of sport yachts from Britain’s most famous builder – Sunseeker.
The brand new Sunseeker 116 motor yacht FLEUR will make her world debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival (September 6-11, 2016), highlighting the Brit yard’s bold, muscular vision of the future of mid-size megayachts built for the Côte d’Azur yacht charter marketplace.
Forged from the hull of the popular 115 Sport Yacht, Sunseeker yacht FLEUR is full of eye-catching angles, held in check by a few soft curves. A reconfigured main deck is both spacious and bright – thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows in the salon, a raised center ceiling, and an open floor plan.
Careful not to let her relaxed elegance fool you. Sunseeker 116 models like motoryacht FLEUR can hit a top speed of 26 knots, placing ports far south of Cannes within easy reach.
Dinner in Porto Cervo tonight, anyone???
Be the very FIRST to charter this 2016 luxury yacht. For more information, contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters team here.
The brand new 2016 Sunseeker 155 model named motor yacht PRINCESS AVK has been launched and her experienced charter-friendly crew and owner are keen to secure a South of France yacht charter right out of the gate.
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.”
In the water for less than a month, the yacht has already 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 – the yacht is fully-licensed for Spanish waters – and will be one of the largest yachts legally available for 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.”
The unmatched connection with the sea is evident with balconies unfurling from either side of the main deck saloon, and French doors in the skylounge open onto a fold-down terrace. The result is a soothing beach house vibe, where the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces are beautifully blurred.
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 are tucked under the radar arch of the open-air sun deck, and a spa tub is forward, allowing for unparalleled views while moored stern-to along the quay in Cannes or Monaco.
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. For further information, contact the charter team at 1-800 Yacht Charters right away. HURRY! Her calendar will book up completely!
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If Spain is hoping to entice more private luxury yacht charter business in the Balearic Islands, they have a funny way of showing it.
Regular readers of our blog might recall the controversy surrounding Spain’s 13.7% yacht charter Matriculation Tax (blog September 14, 2013). Heavy lobbying by the Spanish yachting and marina industries saw that tax removed. Spain, however, is still imposing far greater taxes on charters than fellow European Union countries like France, Italy and Malta.
Case in point – a specific yacht that is legal for charter in both Spain and France will incur TWICE as much VAT liability in Spain, even though the tax percentages are nearly identical!
A yacht charter example:
Formula 1’s Eddie Jordan often keeps his Sunseeker 155 motor yacht BLUSH in the Balearic Islands for the summer charter season. When there is demand, the yacht can easily reposition to the South of France for clients who prefer a French yacht charter vacation, even dipping into the coastal areas of Italy and nearby islands of Sardinia and Corsica. The weekly charter rate remains the same between both destinations (€220,000 per week in high season), and the VAT rates are almost identical: 20% in France and 21% in Spain.
A client who charters Sunseeker 155 yacht BLUSH in Ibiza, however, will see a tax of €46,200 on his charter agreement, while a client chartering the yacht in Cannes, will incur a charge of just €22,000.
If you’re the client taking the yacht in Spain, one word comes to mind (well, maybe a few words…), most notably, “OUCH!”
So what is the explanation? Why the drastic difference if the tax rates are nearly identical? The answer can be found in Article 58 of European Union Council Directive 2006/112/EC.
We’ll let our company President, Jana Sheeder, explain why this is the case:
“The European Union directive on VAT, as it relates to private yacht charter revenue, has a clause entitled, ‘criterion of effective use and enjoyment.’ This clause allows member states to implement a VAT reduction scheme. However, it is not compulsory. Popular cruising destinations like France, Italy, and Malta all take advantage of this opportunity to reduce VAT. Unfortunately, Spain does not.”
In our example above, the client who charters motor yacht BLUSH in France, ends up with an effective tax rate of 10%. The client who charters this yacht in Spain pays the full rate of 21%.
Note – the tax savings only kicks in when the chartered yacht cruises beyond 12 nautical miles – in essence, into international waters and out of the borders of the European Union. This is a simple task and almost all charter yacht captains will implement this strategy in order to save the charter customer 50% of the VAT rate. However, even if a yacht in Spain sails beyond the 12 nautical mile boundary, the Spanish government still insists on collecting the full VAT fee.
The Member States of the European Union include:
For those readers who enjoy the technical details, here is the verbiage of the directive:
In order to avoid double taxation, non-taxation or distortion of competition, Member States may, with regard to the supply of the services referred to in Article 56(1) and with regard to the hiring out of means of transport:
Alex Chumillas, the director of Tax Marine explains the directive and the result of Spain’s decision: “As is clearly defined in paragraph (a), the provision seeks to minimise VAT taxation applicable to certain services, among them the hiring out of means of transport (for instance charter),” “However, the provision has not been implemented in Spain. Therefore, chartering in Spain is subject to a flat VAT rate which does not benefit from any reduction, even when sailing beyond 12 nautical miles.”
Paragraph (b) allows Spain to levy VAT charges on certain services that have been provided outside of Spain – if the services are enjoyed inside of Spain. Let’s say a charter starts in Gibraltar. The yacht will need to register for VAT and pay VAT on the length of the charter in Spain (and of course, pass then expense on to the charter customer).
By choosing to implement paragraph (b) only, the Spanish government has chosen to only apply the more burdensome element of the directive. Is this the right thing to do to people wanting to experience travel in your country?
Like they did with the repeal of the oppressive matriculation tax in 2013, let’s hope the legislators in Spain come to realize a reduction in VAT will make the Ibiza yacht charter market competitive with neighboring France and the rest of the European Union states that derive strong financial benefits from the private luxury yacht charter industry.
VISIT https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/yacht-charter-monaco/ for a sampling of private yachts for hire in the Balearic Islands and throughout the Mediterranean this summer, courtesy of 1-800 Yacht Charters.We will be happy to create The Superyacht Experience for you.
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