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Award Ceremony Celebrates Superyachts

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Photograph of World Superyacht Award trophies. They look like little men holding King Neptune pitchforks. Multiple figurines sitting on a tiered table. Background in red, black, and blue.


The finalists for the 2011 World Superyacht Awards have been selected, and many of the newest and largest yachts available for crewed yacht charter have been nominated.



The awards honor the finest new vessels delivered to their owners in the past twelve months.   They are hosted by the editors of Boat International Media.



The awards are considered the “Oscars” of the megayacht industry.  The ceremony is attended by an elite guest list.  For example, attendees include owners from around the globe and the most influential players in the business of boats.




Photograph of superyacht MARY JEAN II


Sixty meter ISA
MARY JEAN II  is nominated for Best Displacement Motor Yacht of 500GT to 1,299GT (approximately 50m – 59m).  She is sure to be a star of the 2011 Croatia yacht charter season. 



The vessel was built, designed, and engineered by International Shipyard Ancona (ISA).  She accommodates up to 12 guests in 7 cabins.  This yacht works with a crew of 14.  MARY-JEAN II features the latest technology and design.  She has a light and spacious interior, and she maneuvers well.  MJ II excels in comfort, interior, and on-deck entertainment. Not only that, but she excels in toys and tenders, and finally, overall efficiency.



The vessel sports a striking Aristo blue hull and Oyster white superstructure.  She utilizes the latest technology, design, and Italian craftsmanship, boasting elegant lines with an impressive stern.  With a beam of 12 meters, M/Y Mary-Jean II offers generous interior volume and comfortable living spaces.



Her contemporary interior was designed by Mark Berryman and features split bamboo paneling and rustic limestone mosaics. She also features classical elements onboard, notwithstanding, a teak backdrop and contrasting wenge wood.  Neutral fabrics are contrasted by more vibrant colors in the owner’s artwork and in colored scatter cushions.



Subsequently powered by twin Caterpillar engines, motor yacht Mary-Jean II can reach a top speed of 16 knots and cruises comfortably at 15 knots.



Contact our 1-800 Yacht Charters reservation team at to secure prime summer holiday dates on this yacht or any other in our inventory.


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Award-Nominated Luxury Yacht Charter Vessel Offers Deep Winter Discounts

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If you’re looking to escape the winter chills and head to the Caribbean with the family, motoryacht TURQUOISE has a warm offering waiting for you.

How does a whopping 30% discount sound for your next luxury yacht charter vacation?


The 182 foot (55.4m) motor yacht TURQUOISE is offering:

14 DAYS FOR THE PRICE OF 10, for Christmas and/or New Year’s charters…


A 30% discount off low-season rates for any charters in November and up until December, 20th


Luxury yacht Turquoise at anchor with 2 jetskis playing beside the yacht


A finalist for the World Superyacht Awards for best refit in 2014,  Proteksan-Turquoise motor yacht TURQUOISE was elegantly styled by the award-winning team at H2 Design.  Elegantly styled with the benefit of an experienced eye for luxury service, the superyacht is crammed with watersports toys and well-appointed with the latest entertainment systems.


Outstanding features and amenities include:

  • Full paint job (2016-17)
  • Multi-award-nominated refit (2014)
  • Full beam master suite, with adjoining private study
  • VIP guest cabin on the main deck
  • Superb sundeck Jacuzzi (12-person) and lounging area
  • Bar
  • BBQ
  • Gym equipment including; concept 2 rower, cross trainer, exercise bike, free weights, yoga and Pilates accessories
  • WiFi
  • SKY/Direct TV
  • Kaleidescape Movie Server System
  • Aft Deck Cinema with 92” Screen
  • Stabilizers at anchor & underway
  • Extensive watersports toys selection including waverunners, Seabobs, towed toys and a Boomswim (protected pool) with connecting trampoline and waterslide



Make your next superyacht experience a true holiday of a lifetime.  Come experience yacht TURQUOISE at the deepest discounts offered this year…  Available in the Bahamas and further south as a Caribbean Yacht Charter Vessel (in St. Barts, Antigua, St. Marten, etc.).  For more information or to book superyacht TURQUOISE for your warm and discounted vacation, visit to access our convenient  24 hour online booking form.


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Dubois Sailing Charter Vessels Win Awards

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Award-winning sailboat designer Ed Dubois photograph. It is just his head, and he is smiling at the camera.


Envision the World Superyacht Awards 2011’s runaway sweep of every major sailing yacht category.   



Ed Dubois and his team of designers at Dubois Naval Architects, Ltd. historical award-winning night.  Winners of the coveted Neptune Trophy in five categories, including Sailing Yacht of the Year, as a result.









  • Sailing YACHT of the YEAR – 49.7 meter Fitzroy sloop sail yacht ZEFIRA
  • BEST Sailing Yacht over 45 meters – sail yacht ZEFIRA
  • BEST Sailing Yacht from 30 to 44.99 meters:  Alloy sloop sail yacht IMAGINE   
  • Judges’ SPECIAL Award:  58.40 meter Alloy sloop sail yacht KOKOMO


  • Judges’ COMMENDATION:  57.5 meter Royal Huisman ketch sail yacht TWIZZLE

Dubois sailboat photo from the back. Yacht name is Twizzle,. Photo of her under sail. Sun shining brightly overhead















Sailboat KOKOMO, Best Sailing Yacht over 40 meters at the 20th annual International Superyacht Society Design Awards in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is no stranger to awards.  Above all, the accolades just keep accumulating.



Dubois speaks of Kokomo, a Mediterranean yacht charter vessel, as,

“…quite simply, the most advanced yacht of her type in the world today.”


Sail yacht TWIZZLE was our “Yacht of the Week.”  She is the first Dubois-designed sailing superyacht to be built at the Royal Huisman Shipyard and at 57.5m, therefore, the largest Dubois-designed ketch built to-date.

Founded in 1977, Dubois Naval Architects has been at the center of world yacht design for many years.  As a result, the team seems superbly adept at creating yachts well-suited for sail boat charters. Saturday’s clean sweep of all major categories is a testament to the company’s ability to partner great design and excellence in naval architecture.
Sailing yachts win awards, plain and simple Dubois-designed mega yacht charter vessels include 54.30 meter Alloy sail yacht TIARA, 51.70 meter Alloy sail yacht RED DRAGON, and 37 meter sail Yachting Developments sail yacht, BLISS.


at and enjoy the tranquility of a sailing holiday!

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Leo Fun Award-Winning Finalist

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Leo Fun motoryacht. Photograph of the yacht underway.  Dark hull with white superstructure.  Headed toward lower right side of photo.


She is just one of the luxury motor yachts available for your Croatia Yacht Charter vacation this year.



At 53.85 meters (176’ 8”), this is one of the largest yachts cruising the Mediterranean. For instance, she can accommodate up to 12 charter guests in her six spacious, luxurious cabins.



The interior of this motoryacht is decorated with luxurious soft furnishings.  For the technologically-inclined, she also features state-of-the-art electronic equipment.



The yacht has a huge deck,  It features an adjacent Jacuzzi hot tub that can comfortably accommodate six.  There is also ample space for sunbathing.  Additionally, a gym area and al fresco dining area are on the deck.  Finally, there is a spacious sheltered lounge area as well.



Did someone say toys?  Basically, Leo Fun has a huge variety of water toys available for water sports enthusiasts on charter.



Leo Fun was selected as a finalist for Boat International’s World Superyacht Awards 2010.



If you are ready for the vacation of a lifetime, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at right now!

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Luxury Yacht Charter Vessels Lead Design Award Nominations

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Photograph of a row of golden neptune yacht charter design awards. The first one is clear, and the next one is blurred, as if far behind.

The final nominees for the 2011 ShowBoats Design Awards have been announced, and a group of mega yacht charter vessels lead the way.  

59 finalists were culled from a record 250 nominations for the second annual competition, sponsored by Boat International Media.   At stake, is a coveted  “Golden Neptune” to be presented at a gala awards evening in Palm Beach, Florida, on October 25, 2011.

Anyone planning to rent a private yacht for a luxury, sea-based vacation need look no further than the list of nominees
for this year’s program.  Leading the way are some of the newest
yachts available for hire.
Dubois Naval Architects, fresh from running away with a number of honors at the recent World Superyacht Awards is in the spotlight again.  Their yachts KOKOMO (finalist – naval architecture; interior layout; interior design) and TWIZZLE (finalist – naval architecture; exterior design and styling; interior design; recreational area for guest use) are early favorites to win again.
Other notable charter vessels nominated for awards are:
CALLIOPE (now NINKASI, interior design)
BARAKA (interior design)
EXUMA (interior design)
BATON ROUGE (interior design)
SYCARA V (interior design)
MARIE (interior design)
PANTHALASSA (interior design)
MI SUENO (exterior design)
BIG FISH (exterior design)
The finalists will be scrutinized by an independent panel of judges, including superyacht owners and renowned designers from outside the yachting industry.  
The award gala will take place at Mar a Lago Club, Donald Trump’s exclusive private club in Palm Beach.  Held on the final day of the Superyacht Design Symposium, the ceremony concludes two days of design-focused events in Florida prior to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS).


Purchase tickets to the ShowBoats Design Awards Gala before August 19, 2011,
and receive a special discount off the regular price:

Table of 12 – Early Bird Price: $5670 (savings of $630).
Table of 10 – Early Bird Price: $4725 (savings of $525).
Individual Ticket – Early Bird Price: $535 (savings of $60)

Contact our Special Events department at for ticket information.

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Popular Caribbean Yacht Charter Superyacht Sets Course for Asia

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After two years of service in the traditional cruising grounds of the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, the 2010 Royal Huisman sail yacht TWIZZLE has embarked upon an ambitious Far Eastern cruise.Commencing with her recent appearance at the 2012 Asia Rendezvous, the 57.5 meter yacht TWIZZLE is now in Phuket – in position for exploring the Andaman Sea through April 2013.  The skipper’s planned itinerary includes Thailand, Burma, Andaman Islands, Malaysia and Singapore yacht charter options.

Photo of sailboat Twizzle underway. View from side profile, with 3 sails deployed. Mountains in background. Dark blue water. Waves lapping at side of yacht.

We first introduced S/Y TWIZZLE to our readers in January 2011 as part of a blog about her British Interior design team, Redman Whiteley Dixon.

In May that year, we saw this magnificent luxury sailing charter vessel with her towering and graceful lines win a judge’s commendation in London at the sixth annual World Superyacht Awards.In addition to her numerous awards for design and construction, she has impressed scores of charter guests as a fast, yet comfortable passage-maker. No doubt, Asian yacht charter enthusiasts will reach the same conclusions this spring.========================

Her weekly luxury yacht charter rates are from $266,000.  For additional yacht charter information, please contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at, at your service, 24 hours a day.

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Reduced Rates Announced For Yacht Carpe Diem For Bahamas Yacht Charter Adventures

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Three adults jumping into the water off of the swim platform of yacht CARPE DIEM


Whoo hoo!  The yacht’s representative contacted us to announce newly reduced rates. These are for the popular 191 foot motor yacht CARPE DIEM.  The rates are for the remainder of the spring in the Bahamas. Her weekly rate has been reduced from $395,000 per week to $375,000 per week.

Additionally, the yacht is now accepting advanced reservations for the summer in the Med.

Motoryacht Carpe Diem underway - facing right

The 191′ (58.23 meter) Trinity yacht CARPE DIEM is well known. She is instantly recognizable in the Bahamas.  Captain Ryan Butterwick has a crew of 11.  They offer Bahamas yacht charter vacations to affluent travelers for the past three seasons.  Most yachts of this size are based further south in the Caribbean during the winter. For instance, St. Martin and St Barts.  Captain Butterwick and the yacht’s owner saw an opportunity to be one of the very few large private yacht charter vessels to choose the Bahamas as their home port for the winter and spring.



The representative describes the yacht as,

“…an objet d’art all her own. Her signature interior by Carol Williamson and Associates simultaneously creates a sense of both drama and balance. There is a marvelous display of juxtaposition of design elements, joining opposing materials of Madagascar ebony wood with white onyx stone, varying textures of velvet, satin, and embossed Paltrona Frau leather. Showcased throughout the yacht are vintage fashion photographs, art deco antiques, and lavish furnishings.”



She accommodates 12 guests.  This acclaimed charter yacht was a finalist for 2012 World Superyacht Awards for Best Tri-Deck Semi-Displacement Yacht.  In addition, she  finalized for the 2012 Showboats Design Awards for Best Interior Design.



  • Sundeck Jacuzzi with huge sunbed
  • Alfresco dining on main and skylounge aft decks
  • 6 staterooms including 3 full width king suites
  • Interior by Carol Williamson & Associates
  • Exercise equipment (sundeck aft)
  • 4 wet bars
  • Kaleidescape movie/music server, Xbox, iPod
  • Surround sound / 70″ HD TV in Skylounge



  • 32 foot / 9.75 meter Boston Whaler with 2 x 275 hp engines (Bahamas/Caribbean only)
  • 23 foot / 7 meter Novurania Chase tender with 220 hp diesel engine
  • 19 foot / 5.79 meter Zodiac Proluxe tender with 170 hp jet drive engine
  • 4 Waverunners
  • 2 SeaBobs
  • Jet Surfski
  • Flyboard
  • Waterskis
  • Wakeboard
  • Snorkel gear
  • 6 sets of SCUBA gear
  • SCUBA compressor
  • Custom Freestyle pool with jellyfish net
  • Exercise equipment (sundeck aft) includes: elliptical machine  fold-up treadmill, spin bike, pulley system, weight bench, free-weights, yoga mats



In conclusion, she is perfect for active, well-traveled families seeking a warm-weather getaway this winter or spring.  We highly recommend Trinity motor yacht CARPE DIEM.  We have personally inspected the yacht on several occasions and know Captain Butterwick and his team will Deliver The Superyacht Experience of a lifetime to you and your guests.  For further details and to check availability, please contact us at

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Swim With Whales on Spring Yacht Charter

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Photograph of a whale breaching next to a catamaran sailboat. The whale is on the right side of the screen. The catamaran is on the left side of the screen. The whale is breaching toward the left side of the screen. The water is dark.

Breaching whale on yacht charter vacation


The biggest highlight of snorkeling during a Caribbean yacht charter is usually swimming among schools of fish, or seeing sea turtles and sting rays from afar. However, one charter yacht hopes to offer visitors the chance to frolic with a much larger marine animal.



Richard Branson’s yacht, the sail catamaran NECKER BELLE, is offering two humpback whale watching charters this spring in the Silver Bank, a region in the Atlantic midway between Turks and Caicos and the Dominican Republic.

Collage of photographs. To the left is the catamaran, Necker Belle. She is headed toward the lower left side of the photo. Top right is a man wearing snorkel gear and seated on the back of the sailboat, as if ready to go into the water. Below right is an aerial photo of Necker Belle Island in the Caribbean.

Necker Belle catamaran whale watching


From January to March, humpback whales mate and calve in the Silver Bank, before migrating to colder waters.  According to Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters,

“you can slip into the water and snorkel with the calves as their mothers watch from a safe distance below.”



Two weeklong expeditions are scheduled on the 105′ catamaran NECKER BELLE, owned by adventurer and business tycoon Sir Richard Branson.  Charterers may choose either 16 – 23 February or 8 – 15 March, 2012.  



Launched in 2003 and rebuilt in 2009 at Azzura Yachts, Australia, the sail yacht NECKER BELLE was a finalist in the World Superyacht Awards 2010 in the “Best Refitted Yacht” Category.  The yacht received a Judges’ Special Commendation.



Four guest cabins accommodate for 8 guests.  The master cabin features a queen bed on the back wall.  Two VIP staterooms can convert from double to twin berths. The fourth cabin offers a double bed. 

All staterooms offer ensuite bathrooms. 

Two more guests can be accommodated in the saloon, where the sofa converts to a double bed. 


The two aft deck sun pads can be transformed into outdoor berths, which are removable tent-style structures with outdoor element protection.  A shower is available in the day head for those using the outdoor berths or saloon.



The price per week is $130,000 and includes the yacht, professional crew, and the guidance of whale expert Tom Conlin of Aquatic Adventures.   Running expenses such as food, bar, and fuel are extra.    



When whales are sighted, charterers leave the yacht on an inflatable raft, led by naturalist guide Tom CONLIN, to go closer.  Snorkeling is not possible sometimes. For instance, when two males are fighting for territory or a few males are trying to impress a female whale.  Calves are curious and non-aggressive.  Snorkelers approach them using slow, gentle movements.

Underwater photograph of a woman in black and white wetsuit and black mask swimming with a whale beside her. She is wearing black flippers. The whale is above her and to the right. They are swimming toward the right side of the photo. The woman is looking at the camera (front of photograph).

Swimming with Whales on yacht charter


“Being in the water and seeing a whale is a life-changing experience,” says Sheeder.  “You’ll never forget it.”


Where to Swim With Whales?

For reservation information to swim with whales in the Caribbean, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at

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Top Award for Luxury Sailboat

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Profile photograph of sailing yacht, VERTIGO, underway. She is headed toward the right side of the photograph. She has a dark hull, teak deck, and white superstructure. Her full sails are white.

VERTIGO sailing yacht


The winners of the 2012 ShowBoats Design Awards ammouncements are here.  A “ragbag” knocked out a slew of luxury “stinkpots” to score the top award.


The gala at the Monaco Opera House welcomed winners.  Alloy Yachts’ 67.2 meter sail yacht VERTIGO was declared the evening’s big winner.  This was in front of a VIP audience. For instance, megayacht owners and the industry’s leading designers and naval architects.


Designers Philippe Briand and Christian Liaigre took home three Neptune Awards for multiple items. For instance, Exterior Design & Styling, Interior Layout and Best Recreational Space for Guest Use.


Built in New Zealand, and launched in 2011, yacht VERTIGO, at 837GRT, is the largest luxury sailing charter vessel to be built in the Southern Hemisphere.   It took 29 months to design and build the 5-stateroom cruiser. 


Weekly rental rates begin at € 200,000, plus expenses.


Other charter sailboats similar to sailing yacht VERTIGO and built by Alloy include


The ShowBoats Design Awards, now in their third year, denote a symbol of distinction.  The the yachting industry’s designers approve.  Twenty-one “Neptunes” awarded to the winners during the evening. Event sponsors include Boat International Media,  Lürssen, Benetti, Feadship, and Trinity.


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Yacht Designer Launches Child Cancer Fund

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Photograph of yacht designer, Ed Dubois, and his wife and daughter


People associate the name, Ed Dubois with luxury mega yacht charter vessels. This month, Dubois, one of the world’s leading yacht designers, launched his greatest project to date. He created a cancer fund for children.


The Dubois Child Cancer Fund (DCCF) is created in conjunction with the charity, Sparks.  European sports superstars created Sparks to fund medical research into childhood diseases.


We first profiled Dubois in May when a handful of the designers yachts swept the World Superyacht Awards.   Some of the world’s largest yachts, specifically luxury sailing charter vessels like TWIZZLEKOKOMO, and  RED DRAGON.  These yachts trace their pedigree to the studio of Dubois Naval Architects Ltd.

Dubois Child Cancer Fund DCCF logo


The aim of the DCCF is to increase the survival rate for infants and young children with neuroblastoma.  Researchers are optimistic this goal can be reached. They cite as proof the survival rate for childhood leukemia. It has increased over the last twenty years from 10% to 90%.  Specifically due to increased funding.  For Ed and his wife, Honor, the mission to find a cure for childhood cancer hits home. 
Most people who organize charitable donations have a good reason to do so,” explains Ed Dubois.  “In our case, our second daughter, Minna, was diagnosed with the rare form of childhood cancer – neuroblastoma – in July 2005. Her chances of survival, statistically, were about 40%.


Six years after her initial diagnosis, doctors report Minna is doing well, as her chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments have been effective.
Photograph of a little girl on a white horse. The horse is jumping over a multicolored banner




All funds raised go directly to Sparks. They will fund specific projects in the area of childhood cancer research. This was agreed upon by Ed and Honor Dubois.


Make your donation:

To pledge a donation and for further information about the Dubois Child Cancer Fund (DCCF), please contact us HERE.  We will direct you to the proper people. Thank you for #makingadifference with us.

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