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74m Motor Yacht MOGAMBO Available for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yacht Charter, Nov 25-27, 2016

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Yas Island Marina at Abu Dhabi



The excitement of Formula 1 racing comes to Abu Dhabi this month.  The best seat in the house is undoubtedly onboard private luxury yacht MOGAMBO.

She is moored at Yas Marina.  That is directly adjacent to the race course.  The 74m Nobiskrug yacht MOGAMBO is available for an Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yacht Charter.  Her weekly rental rate is $650,000, plus running expenses.  With a 5-night minimum reservation  required and spanning the actual race dates of November 25-27, it is an exceptional opportunity.



Built in 2012, super yacht MOGAMBO looks better than ever, having undergone a partial refit.  She’s been fully repainted, and he now has a 7th cabin for added flexibility for charter guests and/or occasional workers.  The sundeck Jacuzzi has been significantly enlarged, and the gym has been redesigned.

Bow of yacht Mogambo



The yacht’s key features include a master suite on main deck including office and balcony ensuite, as well as an exterior cinema viewing and indoor gym on sun deck.  Additionally, this yacht has an elevator from lower deck to bridge deck and a large deck and interior spaces.  She also features creature comforts, for instance, a hair/beauty salon and massage room.  What makes her specifically stand out are her large floor to ceiling windows.  If you desire additional supernumeraries onboard, she has a 7th cabin for occasional workers.



The 2016 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX is the Middle East’s biggest international sporting event and the only twilight race on the F1® calendar.  The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is just one of two Formula 1 circuit races that directly encompass a marina where guests can enjoy the action from the deck of a superyacht.  The other is Monaco.





Grand Prix yacht charter vacations in Monaco are famous for their celebrity parties and many racing sponsors hire yachts to serve as private, secure viewing platforms. Much of the course in the Abu Dhabi race hugs the Yas Marina Circuit and viewing the action from a yacht is unobstructed by bleachers or buildings.



Fireworks overhead at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Circuit


The post-race fireworks extravaganza is truly amazing as well!!!

Catch all the action from the deck of your own private yacht charter vessel.  COntact 1-800 Yacht Charters at  today for The Superyacht Experience™ of a lifetime!

See you on the Circuit!

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Destination Caribbean: Where is St Barts?

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Photograph of Jay Z and Beyonce on a boat ride. JayZ is wearing a blue and white horizontally striped short sleeved shirt and white pants. Beyonce is wearing a white tank top and her long hair is down. Jay-Z is waving to the camera. Beyonce is smiling.

Pop superstars Beyonce and Jay Z enjoy a boat ride during a yacht charter



Want to experience a Caribbean yacht charter like a celebrity?  Then look no further than the exclusive island of Saint Barthélemy, better known as St Barts.

Aerial view of the island of St Barts in the Caribbean. There are many sailboats and motoryachts at anchor and in the marina.

Aerial view of beautiful St Barts in the Caribbean


Why is St Barts so popular?  It is always sunny with very little rain. The tiny island has become famous for celebrity sightings. In specific, especially during the year-end holidays. This is where all-night New Year’s Eve yacht hops and parties capture the attention of the global newswires.  


Photograph of Gwen Stefani talking on the telephone while standing at the back of a yacht. She is wearing a long flowing skirt and a bikini top. Her blonde hair is up on top of her head, and she is wearing white sunglasses

Singer Gwen Stefani talks on telephone at the back of yacht



A playground for billionaire superyacht owners and pop culture icons, the scene in St Barts between Christmas and New Years is unlike anywhere else in the world.  From Mariah Carey and Sean “P Diddy” Combs, to Beyonce , Jay Z and Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore. All have spent time lounging on the sundeck of a multi-million dollar luxury mega yacht charter vessel dockside in the island’s Gustavia marina.


Photograph of motoryacht A from the back. Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are leaving the yacht to go to St. Barts. The yacht is facing away in the photograph. You can read the large "A" on the back lower left side of the yacht., in grey script.

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore seen leaving unique motor yacht A to go ashore in St Barts



So just where is St Barts, the island paradise dubbed, “Hollywood South?”




The island of St. Barts is popular. Specifically, where is it located?  St. Barts is a tiny island situated in the French West Indies.  Located 17°55’ north and 62°50’ west, just below the Tropic of Cancer, and north of the chain of the Lesser Antilles.  Puerto Rico is 240 km (about 160 miles) to the west. 

Map of the Caribbean. Drawing.

St. Barts – Caribbean map




St. Barts lies 35 km southeast of Saint Martin, separated by the Saint-Barthélemy Channel. It lies northeast of Saba and St Eustatius, and north of St Kitts. Some small satellite islets belong to St. Barts including Île Chevreau, Île Frégate, Île Toc Vers, and Île Tortue. A much bigger islet, Île Fourchue, lies to the north of the island, in the Saint-Barthélemy Channel. Other nearby islets include Coco, the Roques (or little Turtle rocks), and Sugarloaf.  

Seven thousand kilometers separate St Barts from Paris, but it is just 2500 from New York (about a 4 hour flight).



Why not rent a private yacht and join your favorite celebrities this winter for a week in a tropical paradise?  Contact the SailAway and 1-800 Yacht Charters destination professionals at for more information.

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Megayachts – Cyprus to Open First Superyacht Marina in March

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Hoping to take advantage of the growing popularity of non-traditional cruising grounds for Mediterranean yacht charters, the €350 million Euro Cyprus Limassol Marina is nearing completion and will be fully-operational in the first half of 2014.

Aerial photograph of Limassol Marina in Cyprus


The first yachts set to arrive in March.  The commercial area will open its doors to the public in June, 2014.

This is special because a superyacht marina is desperately needed in this area.  Both owners and charter guests benefit from the marina.


Jana Sheeder, President and Owner of SailAway Yacht Charters and 1-800 Yacht Charters is eager to offer a new port of call to her repeat clients. 


“This is the first superyacht marina in Cyprus, a country located at the crossroads of three continents,” says  Sheeder.  “Limassol is a city with international panache, and the marina is located in the heart of this community.  The berths are directly attached to adjacent villas, making this an ideal location for a shore-and-sea holiday.”


The marina will have 650 berths. In specific, for vessels up to 115 meters (377 feet) in length.

“We hope to see some of our more popular Eastern Mediterranean yachts now pass through Cyprus,” says Sheeder.  Yachts often seen in this region include 2011 Benetti yacht charter vessel motor yacht DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, and 2010 sail yacht KOKOMO.


Cyprus is located in the eastern Mediterranean, off the southern coast of Turkey.  In conclusion, for information about Turkey or Greek yacht charters, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at

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Miami Superyacht Charter Marina Rebrands

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Photograph of marina full of large yachts. There are tall buildings in the background. The sky is bright blue with puffy clouds.


Miami’s premier superyacht marina, Island Gardens Deep Harbour, is under new management. The “upgrade” in management, in our opinion, is long overdue.



The new name for the Miami Superyacht Marina is Yacht Haven Grande Miami at Island Gardens.  The marina opened in 2016 and is the annual home of the SuperYacht Miami Show each February.



Island Global Yachting (also known as IGY Marinas) will operate the rebranded Miami marina.  This destination offers 50 superyacht berths – for yachts up to a maximum length of 550ft.  In-slip fueling is available. High-power electrical service is also available.



The marina is located on Watson Island.  The island is ideally located between Miami Beach to the east and downtown Miami to the westIndeed, the views of the Miami skyline are postcard-perfect.  The proximity to trendy area hotspots is unbeatable. This deep-water marina is always our first choice for our Miami yacht charter clients.  Nevertheless, the marina was less than ideal for the yacht crews as they awaited the arrival of our charter guests.  Specifically, the marina lacked a captain and crew lounge.  Furthermore, customs and immigration assistance was sketchy at best.



IGY has resolved these issues.  There is now a crew lounge, as well as a conference room.  Additionally, concierge services are available including valet and laundry/dry cleaning.  On-site dining is also available.   In fact, the newly re-opened dock-side café, aptly named, “The Deck” is described by Forbes as “Miami’s Hottest New Restaurant.”



We’re excited to take advantage of the new services and amenities.  Apprehension gives way to anticipation, as we await the upcoming Superyacht Miami show (February 2021).  We are unsure as to whether the show will go on or be well-attended in 2021.  In specific, Covid, the pandemic, the Coronavirus changed the landscape of events.  What’s exciting about the show? As an example, in the past, we transported prospective clients to the show via yacht tenders.  The car parking lot was poorly maintained.  We found it simpler, cleaner, more in tune with the theme, AND more fun to arrive via boat.  Arrival by car is once again an option, with IGY concierge services in place.


Many of the Miami superyacht charter vessels we represent attend this yacht show.  In fact, February weather is ideal for our company President Jana Sheeder to shoot yacht inspection videos of our favorite superyachts [such as Benetti yacht 11.11 and Lurssen yacht Martha Ann.]

We’re excited to welcome IGY Marinas to Miami.  Moreover, we look forward to commencing more Miami superyacht charter vacations from this rebranded location.



In conclusion, book a superyacht with us for your own private luxury yacht charter vacation today!  Contact your yacht charter brokers at 1-800 Yacht Charters at 305-720-7245. If you prefer, complete our online inquiry form at .

We will be in touch with you right away to plan The Superyacht Experience™ for you!

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Superyacht Marina Costa Rica To Attract Private Yacht Charter Vessels

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UPDATE  October 10, 2019  

It seems the dream of a deep water marina for megayachts in Costa Rica is still that – just a dream. 

Three years ago (2016), our blog (see below) touted the anticipated opening of a new facility to service Costa Rica yacht charter vessels, and other private megayachts. 

 Golfito Marina Village was designed to offer 50 slips. Slips were to include 9 superyacht berths for yachts up to 500 feet.  


  • Fitness Center
  • WiFi Connectivity
  • On-Site Dining



  • Customs & Immigration Assistance
  • Fuel Services On-Site
  • On-Site Provisioning
  • Transportation Arrangements
  • Yacht Transport Services Available
  • Laundry Services Nearby


Fast forward to October 2019 – nada, nothing – just a dock with no dockmaster, and no water or electric service…

Onshore, the story is the same – no restaurants or stores.

We reached out to IGY Marinas, the management firm responsible for the operation of the marina.  A spokesperson choosing her words carefully says, “The owners of the property encountered some issues.”   She stays silent on what those issues might be. For example, financial,  environmental, governmental issues.   We do not know.

What we DO know is the western coast of Costa Rica is still in need of a superyacht facility.

Hopefully, the “issues” at Golfito Marina Village can be worked out.  

To learn the original story, continue reading from here…

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In less than a year, the demand for a marina to accommodate large private luxury yacht charter vessels in Costa Rica becomes a reality.


Golfito Marina Village is a 40-acre development and marina under construction in the ocean-side town of Golfito, Costa Rica.  Completion date is 2017.

Costa Rica Golfito superyacht marina next to a beach which will be used by yacht charter guests





“Our industry has been clamoring for a deep water marina for megayachts in Costa Rica,” states Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters. “The Golfito marina will offer the largest superyacht berths on the entire West Coast of Central America. It exposes the nature-oriented tourism of Costa Rica to a whole new demographic. That demographic is HNWI (high net worth individuals) who prefer the privacy and security of yacht-based accommodations while on vacation.”



Much of the main pier is installed via phase one of construction. In the coming weeks, 52 finger piers’ completion is imminent.  Berths for yachts in the 13-46 meter range are on the schedule. An additional four 100 meter finger piers schedule phase two.

waterfall in Costa Rica where yacht charter guests will visit

“Soon, this facility will be able to accommodate two 100 meter yachts on the main pier. It will also welcome three or four 50 meter vessels on the finger piers,” says Sheeder. “Some of our popular vessels like (Lurssen yacht) SOLANDGE and (Abeking & Rasmussen yacht) AMARYLLIS will offer eco-friendly yacht charters to our clients in the winter and spring. This will be a welcome departure from the repetitive trips many charterers take in the traditional cruising grounds of the Caribbean, like St. Martin and the Virgin Islands.”



In conclusion, select a luxury yacht for your next vacation.  Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at 1-800-922-4824 , 305-253-7245, or use our online contact form at

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Top Trends in Superyacht Marina Design

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Superyacht Marina


Here is a staggering statistic.  The number of megayachts worldwide has more than doubled in the last decade.  This is welcome news for the luxury mega yacht charter market.  However, the development of new marinas sufficient in size is poor.  Accommodating the largest yachts has not kept up with demand. 



The yachting community is still talking about this summer’s incident in Antibes.  In specific, when a Saudi prince docked his 265-foot yacht.  This in the last available slip at Millionaire’s Quay in Cap d’Antibes.  Why was this an issue?  It left Russia’s most prominent yachtsman, Roman Abramovich. in the cold.  He moored his 533-foot motor yacht ECLIPSE offshore. 

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Fortunately, the international marina industry is capitalizing on things. For example, cutting-edge trends to make sure modern new facilities are built to accommodate these yachts.

The latest trends in new megayacht marina construction follow.

Aerial photograph of a superyacht marina in Porto Montenegro.

Porto Montenegro Superyacht Marina

Quiet Waters

It was always good enough to build a marina anywhere along the coast.  For new, large superyachts, calm waters are a mustJana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters and 1-800 Yacht Charters comments.  

“As a superyacht owner, you don’t invest millions of dollars in the construction and design of a comfortable vessel to end up rocking and rolling in an unprotected marina all night.  New marinas must put great emphasis in large slips in calm water areas.”


Elbow Room

Sufficient space must accommodate larger vessels.  Current trends are to provide no less than 1.5 times maximum LOA (length overall) fairways.  This allows new facilities to anticipate. In addition, to compensate for bigger and bigger yachts.



Floating docks are another trend in modern dock design.  Megayachts always needed to be moored at fixed piers with high freeboard.  Floating dock systems have higher freeboard capacity to accommodate the larger vessels.

Yachts and Watts

Adequate power is a real challenge for new marinas. Sheeder explains. 

“As the yachts continue to get bigger their appetite for more power increases as well.  This puts a large burden on the marina developer and the locality to provide sufficient electricity for these yachts.  New facilities will need to bring power to the finger piers to minimize line drop (a loss of electricity in the line as it travels over any distance), and deliver power in varying phases and cycles.


Other Trends

According to industry analysts other top trends include:

  • In-slip fueling and sanitary pump outs –  “Speed and efficiency are important issues,” says Sheeder “Moving yachts is expensive and can be very time-consuming.”
  • Vehicle-friendly piers  –  Accommodating vehicular traffic and convenient boarding.
  • Shoreside Facilities & Amenities –  Onshore facilities and amenities at modern megayacht marinas has become a major focal point.   Pools, fitness centers, crew lounges, and computer facilities will be the norm.  On-site concierge services will give crews, owners, and yacht charter clients access to entertainment options, restaurants, doctors and health clinics and more.
  • Wireless Technological Advances  –  With larger yachts come larger crew complements.  Wi-Fi bandwidth at new marinas must be large enough to accommodate the demands of more crew members when they arrive in port and jump on Skype and the Internet.  Look for marinas to turn to emerging technology such as WiMAX 4G.  No hard wiring or link to the marina’s IT infrastructure is required.

Future Expectations

What can we expect to see in megayacht marinas in the future?  Sheeder is confident that the industry will remain committed to eco-friendly technological advances. “We expect a continuing emphasis on unique destinations. As we look for incremental growth beyond traditional Caribbean yacht charter destinations, we must push for green technology in all new marinas. Energy efficiency, waste reduction, and environmental stewardship must be the norm in the future.”



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