At The SailAway Group, 1-800 Yacht Charters has a mission to understand and work with the ever-changing needs of our clients FIRST. Second, we are dedicated to improving and providing top-notch experiences and service. As humanitarians with a passion for boating and the ocean, and we want to hear your stories, too!
Jana Sheeder, President and Co-owner of The SailAway Group and 1-800 Yacht Charters is humbled by the incredible feedback received from clients, both new and repeat.
“My company and The Superyacht Experience has been referred to as, ‘the best yacht charter broker,’ ‘the only brokerage I would work with or refer to my friends,’ and ‘the best experience I’ve ever had.,’ Those words and sentiments push us to make every experience better. We are so grateful to be in this amazing industry, and are humbled to be able to give back to charity with each charter. Words cannot express how grateful we are to our wonderful clients and friends!”
We know how memorable a boating trip can be, and we want to hear about it (and so does the rest of the world). How can we improve without your feedback? We also want to hear and share your VACATION PERFECTION!
Please contact us to let us know how you feel about your yacht charter vacation and about our service. First, did it meet all of your desires? Second, how could it have been better? Third, when do you want to charter again? Let’s get started on the planning NOW!
When people see your selfies of your enjoyment during your yacht charter vacation, they can’t wait to do it, also. We’d love to be a part of your vacation! Bring on the selfies!
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We reflect upon the continued expansion of business from sailing yachts to motor yachts. Things change so much, and so do we. SailAway now cross-promotes its private yacht rental brand as 1-800-YACHT CHARTERS. To illustrate, all names are a part of The SailAway Group.
We began in the 1970’s as a business focused on luxury sailing charter vacations in the Virgin Islands. For instance, smaller boats (mostly sailboats), typical itineraries between the islands, smaller selection of watersports toys. SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants has grown into a web-based network of the newest and largest yachts, in the world’s best destinations, with charter personnel worldwide.
Company President, Jana Sheeder, has witnessed the change.
As a result, Sheeder explains,
“Our industry has not just grown – it has evolved. In the early years, the term ‘yacht charter‘ was synonymous with sailboat charters in the Virgin Islands. As the global economy expanded in the 90’s, the penchant for yacht owners to build larger and larger vessels reached a fevered pitch, especially in the motoryacht sector. These larger vessels had far greater capacity to carry more fuel and supplies and to cruise further than their predecessors.”
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The rush is on to book a last minute Monaco Grand Prix yacht!
As the dates draw closer for Europe’s premier Formula 1 Grand Prix and similar special events such as the Cannes Film Festival, charter customers are cautioned to first concentrate on where they will dock their rental yacht.
“When a customer contacts us to rent a Monaco Grand Prix yacht, we immediately focus on securing a berth in Port Hercules, the only marina adjacent to the race course,” says Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters and The SailAway Group. “The only way to view the race from the deck of a yacht is to be moored in the marina, preferably in Zone 1, closest to the track and Jumbotron.”
Dock space in the port is reserved via a written application. It can take up to 5 weeks to process, unless you are a race team sponsor.
“It doesn’t matter if you want to attend the Grand Prix in Monaco or the Film Festival in Cannes, you must make it a priority to secure a berth many weeks, if not months, prior to the event,” reports Sheeder. “We hear horror stories where people have rented a yacht only to find their charter broker did not secure dockage at the marina closest to the special event location.”
Nearly all available dockage is already reserved for the Grand Prix. Sheeder and her team found yachts available for the race AND have secure dockage.
“We have several yachts, such as the 26 meter JACKIE ONE, available for the race and with a secured berth in Zone 1, right next to the race course,” claims Sheeder.
The 82 foot Amer motoryacht JACKIE ONE has event dockage.
She combines elegance with comfort and space. Maiora gave her a refit in 2007 to add features. For instance, the yacht now has a large hydro-massage Jacuzzi.
SALON – Her salon features comfort, entertainment, width, and home theatre. It has large windows and refined furnishings. Meal service alternates betwen the dining table in the salon, inside the cockpit, at the back on the aft deck, and above, on the upper deck.
The yacht can host up to 30 passengers for watching the race or for evening cocktail parties. She has four spacious cabins with accommodations for 8 overnight guests.
Motoryacht JACKIE ONE is offering a reduced rate for the Grand Prix of Monaco. She lowered her rate from €25,000 EUROS. Her 4-day rate for Monaco Grand Prix is now €20,000 EUROS. This includes secured berth for the race. The yacht is VAT exempt. Her running expenses, such as food and bar, are additional.
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Can you believe it’s almost March?
Now is the perfect time to set the wheels in motion for a spring or summer luxury mega yacht charter holiday.
The specialists at 1-800 Yacht Charters and The SailAway Group sat down and came up with a short list of the top cruising destinations for 2011. They reviewed the “hot spots” from 2010, as well as the list of new locations that some mega yacht owners hope to visit this year.
The team compiled the list of the top 4 desirable yacht charter destinations for 2011 and the ultimate yachts to rent for the experience.
1. Explore the Indian Ocean, on CLOUD 9.
The beautiful islands of the Seychelles and Maldives await visitors in the Indian Ocean. Explore the area aboard yacht CLOUD 9, a 196-foot motor yacht built specifically for charter.
Visitors to 1-800 Yacht Charters’ website and blog page are quite familiar with this vessel. The winner of two design Awards, the superyacht is outfitted with a gym and comes with lots of water toys. Her rates begin at €315,000 per week.
2. Go Down Under, with luxury yacht GALAXY
Last month, Oprah Winfrey spent a day sailing Sydney’s famous harbor with Russell Crowe, as part of her “Ultimate Australian Adventure Tour.” There is little wonder why she chose this part of the world for her odyssey – from the vast Great Barrier Reef, to New Zealand’s scenic, craggy coastline, this is a yachtman’s paradise.
Indulge in luxury down under aboard the 183-foot GALAXY. Six cabins offer a party of 12 guests the ultimate in luxury accommodations. Her rates begin at $235,000 per week.
Come back tomorrow and we’ll share destinations 3 and 4 with you!
Do you have your own, “favorite destination” in which to rent a private yacht? Leave us a comment about your top spot, and we will share it with our readers. As our thanks, we will send you a special gift!
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Did you know? Your fully-executed yacht charter agreement is not guaranteed. It’s not guaranteed that your yacht will be delivered to your desired port of embarkation on the start date of your vacation. Many charterers understand about mechanical problems or acts of nature, like hurricanes. These things can force the cancellation or the delay of a planned yachting holiday. Few realize the sale of the yacht can also result in a cancelled charter. Unfortunately, there is minimal recourse for the customer.
This is similar to many segments of the receding global economy. Sales of the largest yachts are in a major slump. Financial woes push increasing numbers of yacht owners to put their vessels up for sale. The result is a glut of yachts for sale with prices dropping each month.
“The fact that owners are actively marketing their yachts for sale, means charter clients must be keenly aware of whether or not their chosen yacht for their vacation is for sale,” states Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters and The SailAway Group. “Most charter contracts have an escape clause for owners if they sell their yachts before the charter. Of course funds are returned to the customer, but there is no guarantee a suitable replacement yacht can be provided for the same price and the same desired charter dates.”
To hedge the odds in favor of the charterer, Sheeder and her team try to promote newer-model yachts to their prospective clients. “Statically, owners will want to enjoy their new yachts for a year or two before considering their sale. We try to take advantage of this situation and promote newer yachts to our clients, to minimize the exposure to the potential sale of a yacht.”
Sheeder encourages charterers to ask their charter brokers about the sales status of any yacht that they consider renting. Ideally, they should seek a yacht that is not listed for sale. Says Sheeder, “If considering a yacht that is for sale, ask your broker for an analysis of how actively the owner is trying to sell, and see if there have been numerous or recent price reductions. Try to avoid any charter yacht that is actively for sale – or you could end up high and dry for your vacation.”
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