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Global Superyacht Charter Maven Closes 2011 with 40 New Luxury Yachts

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Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, stands on superyacht deck at yacht show

Jana Sheeder

As the year draws to a close, luxury yacht charter maven Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants and 1-800 Yacht Charters, is beaming. 


“We’ve closed our year with the addition of 40 brand new 2011 models to our global network of yacht charter vessels.  The largest of our new offerings is the 81 meter Feadship motor yacht AIR, followed by Proteksan Turquoise yacht TALISMAN MAITON (ex-Talisman C) and Rossi Navi motor yacht HIGH POWER III (ex-Numptia), both 70 meters in overall length.”



Sheeder’s companies have a reputation of offering the newest and largest yachts in the world’s best destinations.  She and her teams spend countless hours identifying potential charter yachts.

“Rarely do we add any yacht to our fleet that is more than two to three years old, “ says Sheeder.  “Even when we consider classic-styled yachts, we prefer to promote modern reproductions of famous yachts.  Clients know they can turn to us for yachts that are on the cutting edge of new technology and styling.”



Profile photograph of classic sailboat, Germania Nova, underway

Germania Nova classic saiilboat replica

An example of Sheeder’s pursuit of modern yachts is the newly launched 47 meter sail yacht GERMANIA NOVA, a replica of a classic racing schooner first launched in 1908. Says Sheeder,

“Turn of the century guests onboard the original yacht would marvel at the technological comforts onboard this modern vessel. From satellite televisions to 5.1 Dolby surround sound, the only thing ‘old’ on this yacht is the classic design.”




Important to realize, many of the new yachts are award winners in global design competitions. Competitions, for instance, the annual ShowBoats Design Awards. 

“We pay close attention to these competitions,” reports Sheeder.  “The best designers and naval architects in the world judge these yachts.  Odds are great that if the best minds in the industry like a boat, our clients will, too.”



superyacht of the week Exuma eco-friendly green motoryacht

Superyacht EXUMA


Recent award winners promoted by SailAway to their clients include late 2010 launch Perini Navi motor yacht EXUMA (Best Exterior Design & Styling Award: Displacement Motor Yachts 100-199).  Also, the 42 meter Holland Jachtbouw motor yacht CALLIOPE (Best Exterior Design & Styling Award: Semi-displacement Motor Yachts).



In conclusion, as to the new year, Sheeder is even more optimistic. 

Our research indicates that 72 new megayachts were ordered in 2011, the largest at 100 meters, and an average length of almost 43 meters. Eighty per cent of these newly-built yachts will be launched in 2012 or 2013, and we’ll surely have an entirely new inventory of yachts-for-hire to present to our discriminating clientele!”


To charter a newly launched yacht, contact SailAway’s charter department at

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Superyacht Award Attendees To Visit Shipyards

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Attendees of the upcoming 2012 WORLD SUPERYACHT AWARDS, May 5, 2012, will enjoy an exclusive opportunity to visit the shipyards of two of the top builders of luxury yacht charter vessels.

Photograph of a neptune award statue.

Neptune Award Statue

Builders Proteksan Turquoise, and Perini Navi are offering yacht owners, designers and VIP guests a guided tour of their shipyards in Istanbul, Turkey.

Charter vessels launched by these famous yards include:

Proteksan Turquoise motor yacht YOGI
Perini Navi sail yacht FIDELIS
Proteksan Turquoise motor yacht TALISMAN C


Perini Navi sail yacht BARACUDA
Proteksan Turquoise motor yacht BARAKA
Proteksan Turquoise motor yacht TURQUOISE

Of special note, 70.54m megayacht TALISMAN C, 50m ultraluxury sailing yacht FIDELIS, and 55.4m motor vessel TURQUOISE are 2012 World Superyacht Awards finalists.



For further event information or to rent one of these private luxury yachts, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at

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Where Are They Now? Below Deck Yachts

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Can you imagine a reality-based TV show that chronicles the lives of crew members who live aboard a luxury yacht charter vessel?  The cameras follow the shipmates as they prepare the yacht for the arrival of their charter clients.  Of course, like all intriguing reality shows, there needs to be plenty of personal conflict.  Maybe the drama could come from the challenges of living together in tight quarters, for weeks at a time?

Creators Rebecca Taylor-Henning and Doug Henning imagined just such a show.  They pitched their idea to the executives at cable network, Bravo. They named their show, Below Deck.

Bravo liked what they saw.  Television audiences did as well.


Below Deck is now in its seventh season.  A spin-off show, Below Deck – Mediterranean is in its third season.  A second spinoff is premiering its first season in 2020: Below Deck – Sailing Yacht.


Photograph of 9 members of the Below Deck television series. Everyone is standing with their hands on their hips. All are white or khaki shorts or skirts and navy blue shirts. The chef in the photo is wearing all black. The words, Below Deck, with a yellow anchor (the Below Deck logo) is above the crew members. The background of the photo is blue sky and white puffy clouds




Seven power (not sail) superyachts have appeared in the Below Deck series.


Motor Yacht HONOR

OHANA superyacht


Power Yacht VALOR


Superyacht SIROCCO




Let’s look back at the seven luxury yacht charter vessels.  These boats helped propel Below Deck to the top of the cable TV ratings. For instance,



First and foremost is HONOR.  The real name of this gorgeous Benetti yacht is CUOR DI LEONE.  This 164 foot superyacht build is Italian company, Benetti Yachts.  It has been seven years since the yacht appeared on Below Deck.  In December, 2013, the yacht was sold and her name changed to LUMIERE.  Many websites show the yacht as active in charter, however this is not correct.  In April , 2019, the yacht was once again sold.  Her name is now SOTAVENTO.  The current owner keeps the yacht for personal use only.  She is not for charter.


Point of Interest – When LUMIERE was sold, her owner replaced her with a larger Benetti yacht.  LUMIERE II  (ex-Mine Games) is 62 meters (203 feet) and is available for charter at a rate of €345,000 to €365,000/week




This 154 foot yacht builder is Admiral Marine Works, from 1998.  She was sold shortly after season 2 filming was completed in 2014.  Her new name is motor yacht RHINO.  Furthermore, the yacht is based in West Palm Beach.  She is offered for charter at a weekly rate of $140,000 to $150,000.




Trinity yacht MUSTANG SALLY was “cast” in the role of EROS for season three.   The 161ft yacht was sold in July, 2017.  Her name is now HUNTER,  and contrary to some company reports, she is no longer available for charter.


Point of Interest – You can uniquely own a piece of TV history.  MUSTANG SALLY is currently for sale. Asking price:  $12,900,000.





The role of VALOR was played by motor yacht CHARADE. This yacht appeared in both seasons four and five.  The yacht was built in 1990 in Holland by Feadship.  The yacht owner changed her name in October, 2017.  Specifically, she is now named BG.  The yacht is based in Miami and charters primarily in the Bahamas.  Her weekly rate is $169,500.


Point of Interest – “BG” are the initials of the yacht’s owner, Bobby Genovese.  Genovese owns BG Signature, a collection of 12 luxury retreats in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, and the Bahamas.  Genovese operates a second yacht for charter, a 78 foot Lazzara named, BG Jr.




This 151 foot yacht was selected to launch the premier season of Below Deck Mediterranean in 2016.  The episode was filmed in Greece.  In addition, the yacht has the same name and same owner since her launch in  2005.  The vessel is no longer based in Greece.  Now, she is based in Nassau and is available for Bahamas yacht charters.  The weekly rate is $160,000.





The second yacht to appear in Below Deck Mediterranean (season two) is the 154 foot SIROCCO. The yacht launched in 2006 and completely remodeled in 2013.  She is still an active charter yacht, and is based in the western Mediterranean.  The weekly charter rates starts at €180,000/wk.   Thus yacht is willing to accept charters in a broad area within the overall Mediterranean.  Charters may begin in any of these following destinations. For example,



French Riviera


Italy – North (mainland), Sardinia, Sicily, and South (mainland)

Provence Coast & Marseilles





Last but not least, Talisman is the largest superyacht to appear to date on either Below Deck or Below Deck Mediterranean.  The yacht was built in Turkey by Proteksan Yachts.  She was launched in 2006, and refit in 2012.  The vessel is nearly 176 feet long (about 54 meters). Her home port is the South of France, and she remains an active charter yacht.  The weekly rate starts at €231,000


Point of Interest – This yacht is popular for special events such as a Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter.  Many yachts only allow 12 passengers onboard.  This yacht can have up to 60 guests onboard – as long as the yacht is at the dock and not in motion.




Aerial photograph of sailboat PARSIFCAL III underway. She is sailing toward the left lower part of the photograph

Below Deck Sailing yacht, Parsifal III (“Par 3”)


The third version of Below Deck is now airing. Specifically, Below Deck – Sailing Yacht.  The new season premiered in February, 2020.  It is still too soon to tell if viewers will gravitate to a sailing yacht as the center of activity.  All past episodes of this series have taken place on motoryachts.

The yacht for this new spin-off is PARSIFAL III.  She is a 176 foot sailing yacht, and it should be noted that she is as large as the largest yacht ever on the show.  “Par III” is a Perini Navi Italian build.  The vessel’s launch date is 2005, with a refit in 2012.  There are 5 guest cabins for 10 passengers.  Charters are accepted in the western Mediterranean.  Her weekly rental rate ranges between €195,000 and €205,000.



In conclusion, start planning your yacht charter on a Below Deck superyacht.  Our team stands by ready to arrange The Superyacht Experience™.  Contact us at today to start.


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