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Buon appetito – San Lorenzo Yacht TAKARA Adds New Chef to Crew

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Bon appetit!  Motoryacht TAKARA will begin the 2017 Balearic Island yacht charter season with a new chef in the galley.

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“Available in the Balearic Islands, M/Y TAKARA begins (the) 2017 season with a new super experienced Chef in her crew,”
reports the yacht’s manager.  “Chef Daniel Wilbor begins a new professional venture on board…With over 10 years of experience  in the yachting industry he has already worked as a chef in 11 different yachts and has sailed all across the Atlantic Ocean! Born in Great Britain, he describes himself as a creative, competent and talented cooker with an special interest in Thai cuisine.”

She then gave us more information about him:  “He also has a wide repertoire and can produce excellent meals from Mediterranean to Japanese, Indian and Asian Fusion, or North American and English dishes, all to a very high standard. His style is fresh and innovative combining a respect for quality products and a good arsenal of both classical and modernist cooking techniques.”

Delicious, well-plated meals are integral to the overall Superyacht Experience, and it’s always good news when a chef like Daniel joins a professional superyacht team.

profile of motoryacht TAKARA






The San Lorenzo 126 yacht TAKARA is one of our newest additions to the Ibiza yacht charter fleet. This is a brand new, 2016 model, 38 meters in length, with comfortable accommodations for 12 guests in 5 staterooms (1 Master, 1 VIP, 1 Double and 2 Twins – with a Pullman berth in each)

Chef Wilbor will be part of a 6 person crew.



Motoryacht TAKARA is fully licensed to charter in Spain.  This is extremely important and often overlooked by charter brokers and charterers.  Without this special registration, a yacht cannot begin and end a charter in Spanish waters;  furthermore, local Spanish workers like massage therapists, are precluded from coming aboard and providing services for the charter guests.  Without having a Spanish yacht charter license, a superyacht needs to begin and end the charter in a remote location, like France, which adds wasted time and increased fuel costs to the overall charter.  That is not the Superyacht Experience we envision for our clients!



  • Castoldi 4.87 meter main tender
  • Zodiac 4 meter second tender
  • 4 complete SCUBA diving sets (for certified divers only)
  • Wakeboard
  • Water skis for kids and adults
  • Donut Towable Watertoy
  • Aquapark
  • 2  Stand Up Paddleboards SUP’s
  • Snorkeling gear



July and August = 24.000€ per day — 145.000€ per week + 21% VAT

Rest of the year = 21.500€ per day — 130.000€ per week + 21% VAT

(The price includes a berth in Palma Mallorca in the summer season)



  • 21-28 July
  • 07-14 Aug


Come experience the talented menus of newly-welcomed Chef Daniel Wilbor onboard yacht TAKARA this summer.  Plan a private luxury yacht charter in the Balearic Islands of Spain.  Text “TAKARA” to 305-720-7245 for more information or complete our online inquiry form at , and we will contact you right away!

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Competition Announced for Best Superyacht Crew

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While there are numerous awards for megayacht designers and builders of the largest luxury yacht charter vessels, the crews of these floating works were often overlooked – until now.

A new competition has been organized by yacht management company, Krystal Yachts, and the search is on for the world’s best yacht crewmembers. 

Supercrew 2012 is designed to allow superyacht captains to recognize outstanding members in their employ.  Presented quarterly, and based on the exclusive nominations of captains, the award goes to the individual that best demonstrates the qualities of ability, attitude and going the extra mile.

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Each quarter a panel of judges will determine the winner.  The winner will receive an engraved iPad and be included on the guest lists of all future Krystal Yachts events.

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The competition is open to professional crew members who work on any luxury yacht.

Nominations for Supercrew 2012 open in January, 2012.


Come experience the service of a highly-trained, professional crew on your own yachting holiday.  Contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters specialists at 
for further vacation details.

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Monitoring International Laws Keeps Yacht Charter Maven On Her Toes

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Digging Deeper

You would think Delivering the Superyacht Experience to boating clients would be pretty straightforward:  A client expresses interest in a yacht for a family vacation; the charter broker presents several options; and the client makes a selection.

In reality, it’s not nearly so clean and to the point  – at least not for the handful of super-brokers who handle the world’s elite travelers.   Just ask luxury yacht charter maven Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters.

According to Sheeder, matching a yacht to the client’s budget is just the starting point.

“While our clients are most interested in a yacht’s layout, amenities, and price, we dig deeper – into the yacht’s registration, the nationalities of the crew, and any governmental regulations and laws that might impact the success of the charter and comfort and respect of our clients.”


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El Método Español

As an example, Sheeder mentioned the rules affecting yachts for hire in Spanish waters.  “We’ve seen a significant increase in interest in Spain, particularly Balearic Islands yacht charter vacations,” says Sheeder.  “Many yachts based in the South of France and Monaco are willing to deliver to the Balearics to accept theses charters.  However, yachts not in possession of a Spanish charter license are at a significant disadvantage, and face restrictions as to where the charter can begin and end, and what nationalities are permitted in the crew.  Something as simple as bringing on a Spanish resident to offer therapeutic massages to the charter guests could be a problem if the yacht is not licensed for charter in Spain.”

Other licensing and legality issues Sheeder and her staff monitor are:

  • Local regulations regarding the charter guests’ use of watertoys such as waverunners.
  • VAT implications of chartering in certain European Union countries.
  • Advance entry requirements prior to arrival in certain ports of call.


“Not understating these regulations and laws can result in a negative experience for the charterer and  guests, and in some cases increase the overall cost of the charter by 10% or more – a significant sum considering many charters are priced in the €500,000 to €1,000,000 per week range.”                 


La Manière Française

Currently, Sheeder is monitoring the possible impact of French social security tax responsibilities on yacht crews.  In March 2017, a decree was passed to require crewmembers and their non-French employers (the yacht owners) to make contributions to ENIM – the French mariners’ social security agency. Any yachts and crews spending more than 90 consecutive days in France or French waters are subject to the tax.  The decree was suspended Sept 13, following a disastrous summer tourist season that saw France luxury yacht charter revenues plummet by 40%.

Sheeder is waiting to see if the decree is actually overturned in 2018, or if it will come back in a modified form. “These increased costs associated with crew wages end up being are passed on to the charterer, in the form of higher rates for yacht rentals,” says Sheeder.    If the decree is reinstated, Sheeder plans to either offer her clients yachts with French crew, or to convince them to bypass French waters and charter elsewhere in the region.


Going The Extra Mile

Do affluent charter clients realize the level of detail involved in orchestrating a vacation on a superyacht?  Sheeder chuckles at the question: “Probably not, but that’s fine with us. It’s like an attorney getting your traffic ticket dismissed in court.  You don’t care how he or she does it –  as long as you don’t have to pay the ticket!  It’s a similar scenario for us – we obsess over the small details in order to deliver a memorable vacation experience to our clients.  A pat on the back is nice, but a satisfied charterer who becomes a repeat customer is even better!”


A luxury yacht charter is the ultimate vacation for today’s elite travelers.  Wired, connected, and driven by sustainability and the greater social good, they want to immerse themselves and participate in unique cultural events. 1-800 Yacht Charters understands that their chartered yacht must serve as a platform to an eco-friendly adventure – a chance to reconnect with family and friends, embrace diverse cultures, and rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.  If this sounds like your next vacation, CONTACT our charter consultants at:  1.800.922.4824 (North America) or 305-253-7245 (local South Florida and international) today.


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