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Where to Cruise in 2016 – Three Amazing Off-the-Beaten-Path Yacht Charter Destinations

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THE COMPLAINT

The most common “complaint” we hear from our repeat North American clients, is not really a complaint, but rather a pleading for, “More, more, more!”  “We love the superyacht experience™, they say, “and we want MORE…find us more unique places to see, closer to home, and more things to do…”  Where to cruise?

 

3 FAVORITE DESTINATIONS

Private yacht charter aficionados seeking new places to cruise and explore in 2016.  Our charter department has selected their 3 favorite “Under-the radar” cruising grounds in the western hemisphere.

Aerial view of Brewster Island

 

Boston, Massachusetts

Bet you didn’t know there are 34 islands off of Boston that are open for exploring?  Yep, Beantown is a great stopover for anyone planning a New England yacht charter vacation.  The Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina is world-class and a great place for megayachts to dock.  Have kids in your group?  Take them to the Boston Children’s Museum (kids love this place – lots of interactive exhibits).  Adults enjoy cocktails at ultra-upscale Strega Waterfront’s dockside bar. It overlooks Boston Harbor on Fan Pier in the beautiful Seaport district.  Try the Silviano, made with Stoli and muddled blueberries.  Make sure a crewmember drives your tender back to your yacht.

 

Photograph of Bute Inlet in British Columbia

Bute Inlet, British Columbia

Any island or inlet north of Seattle is mesmerizing.  We like the isolation of this rugged fjord on the Canadian side of the border.  This place is all about mountains, wilderness and nature.  Take note-  this is not a destination for small boats.  Strong winds can swirl down from the mountains into the inlet. Large yachts with stabilizers (think expedition yacht charter destination) are a must in our opinion.  Putting up with the wind is well worth the natural beauty of this locale.

 

Photograph of white sandy beach in Cuba with a yacht anchored in the distant ocean

Cuba

Don’t even to try to say, “Been there, done that” ‘cause we know you’re probably fibbing!  A decades-old embargo between the USA and Cuban governments virtually shut off this island destination from the yacht charter marketplace.  The proud, resilient Cuban people are eager to meet North Americans and share their beautiful country, artwork, and crafts. As travel regulations continue to loosen up, we anticipate charter questions.  Charterers will want to explore the many bays and protected anchorages this island nation offers.  Importantly, a well-stocked and provisioned megayacht is essential.  The island’s marine infrastructure is nonexistent.  The country’s economy, quite sadly, is a trainwreck.

 

HIDDEN GEM CHARTER DESTINATIONS

What’s your favorite hidden gem dream yacht charter destination for a vacation in the western hemisphere?  Share your favorite spot with us in the comment section below, and we’ll send you a complimentary eco–friendly tote bag – courtesy of 1-800 Yacht Charters.   In conclusion, email your contact information to us at info@1800yachtcharters.com for your tote bag!

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Yacht Maven Shares Secret Bahamas Yacht Charter Island With her Clients

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KEEP IT FRESH AND UNIQUE

Keep it Fresh” – that’s the challenge charter brokers face when dealing with repeat customers.

Cruising in the Bahamas is no exception – after all, how many times can charterers circle around Grand Bahama, or make the milk run from Nassau to the Exumas and back before finally saying, “Been there…Done that…”

 

IRONY OF THE BAHAMAS

The irony of cruising in the Bahamas is the fact that there are HUNDREDS of unique islands and protected coves.  The challenge –  the Bahamas encompass 180,000 square miles of ocean space – and charterers can only visit a handful of islands during a typical week-long yachting holiday.

 

COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENTS

But Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters has come up with the perfect solution to keeping her clients excited and their trips to the Bahamas unique and fresh:  SPEED and a SECRET island.

Sheeder addresses the “speed” component by means of one of the fastest mega yachts for charter anywhere in the world – the iconic James Bond yacht OCTOPUSSY.  Once the world record holder as the fastest luxury yacht on the planet, a $7 million dollar refit has this 12-passenger yacht looking better than the day she was launched in 1988.

jana sheeder 1800yachtcharters president stands on dock beside motoryacht octopussy before inspection

 

All of her upgrades – extending the sun deck, adding a Jacuzzi-style hot tub, etcetera, have added some weight, and have slowed her down – just a bit” says Sheeder, “but she can still cruise 2 to 3 times faster than similar-sized luxury yachts.”

 

 

SUPERYACHT OCTOPUSSY INSPECTION

A recent private inspection of Octopussy and a meeting with her captain and crew gave Sheeder an idea on a unique charter itinerary, built around visiting a secret, uninhabited island.  “Heesen yacht Octopussy is not just fast – she also has a shallow draft – much shallower than most megayachts.  This means she can get into shallow, protected coves and achorages in the Bahamas that are off limits to most superyacht charter vessels,” says Sheeder.

 

CAPTAIN COMMENTS

With the help of the captain, Sheeder identified a special island – far from the typical cays visited by yachts based in Nassau.

“We located a beautiful, remote island, protected by the Bahamian government. The island and the surrounding water park have one of the healthiest ecosystems in all of the Bahamas.  It’s truly one of the loveliest islands in the Bahamas, and rises out of the deep ocean about 15 miles east of the closest inhabited major island. There are miles of pink sand beaches, gorgeous sandstone cliffs, and an extraordinary abundance of wildlife, both on the island and in the surrounding waters.”

Sandy beach with white sandy cliffs on right side, blue water in front, and continuing u-shaped beach on left

KEEPING IT SECRET

Sheeder will not reveal the location of the secret island.  NOPE.  She keeps that information private for charter clients.  “We work hard at creating a point of difference. Specifically, between our services and those of our competitors.  We continually look for an edge.  Important proprietary info allows us to deliver The Superyacht Experience™ to our clients, since 1976.”

 

SHEEPISH GRIN

She does get a sheepish grin when she talks about this special place and the role motor yacht Octopussy plays. “Other yachts cannot offer you this secret island destination.  It is simply too far to travel and return to Nassau in a week’s time.  Octopussy has the ability to cruise at 25 knots or even faster, and can easily reach this destination and get back in a timely fashion to Nassau.  Plus, her shallow draft means OUR clients can enjoy quiet anchorages that few yachts can normally enter.

Sheeder explains some wildlife clients can expect to encounter at this protected island and the surrounding sea park. For instance, many threatened and endangered species. The Bahamian government reports long tail tropic birds, sooty terns, oyster catchers, and osprey nest on the island and surrounding cays. At the center of the island is a large mangrove and creek habitat that serves as a nursery for fish, sharks, conch, and crawfish. Green turtles have been seen foraging off the southwestern shore of the island, and in the northern bay. The coral reefs and grass flats in the surrounding sea are very healthy and offer a home to an abundance of sea life.

Bahamas animals include swimming pigs, great blue herons, green sea turtles, and iguanas

SHEEDER CONTINUES

“It’s an amazing ecosystem,” says Sheeder, “Worthy of visiting, and more importantly, protecting for future generations.  We are so excited to share this fresh and secret destination with our Nassau yacht charter clients.” #protectmarinelife

 

OCTOPUSSY SCHEDULE

Octopussy is based year-round in Lyford Cay (Nassau), Bahamas.  Weekly charter rate begin at $120,000 per week plus running expenses (items such as food, fuel, bar, dockage, etc.). For additional information, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters toll-free in North America at +1.800.922.4824, or internationally by calling +1.305.253.7245.

 

HOW TO BOOK A BAHAMAS YACHT CHARTER

Pssst!  Want to Share a Secret???   Do you have a favorite place you like to go in the Bahamas?  For example, some little oasis or slice of heaven away from the noise and the tourists? 

Tell us about your favorite destination in the Bahamas.  Why do you like it?  We will send you a gift. With your permission, we will possibly share your secret with our readers.  Email us at info@1800yachtcharters.com

 

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