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$1M Refit Has Bahama Yacht Charters Superyacht Ready for Business

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yacht charter vessel Claire - 150 foot Trinity yacht that charters in the Bahamas

A 45 meter luxury yacht has just completed a $1 million dollar refit and is keen to secure bookings this winter and spring in the Bahamas.

Motor yacht CLAIRE, a 150 foot Trinity yacht charter vessel is currently available for hire in the pristine waters of the Bahamas, after undergoing weeks of maintenance and remodeling.  

motoryacht Claire's newly refit aft deck that converts to a cinema

Launched in 2003, the 2011 million dollar “facelift” included new décor and furniture, a new audio/visual entertainment system, installation of large screen TV’s on all exterior decks, and a new aft deck and dining area that converts to a cinema lounge.  In essence, everything on board is either new or renewed, top to bottom.

Trinity motor yacht CLAIRE offers accommodation for 10 guests in 5 staterooms.

The weekly charter rate is $150,000 per week, plus running expenses.


For further information about motor yacht CLAIRE and chartering in the Bahamas, please contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters destination experts at

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Benetti Vision 145 Selects Bahamas Yacht Charter Arena for Winter – luxury yacht charter

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Newly built Benetti motor yacht CHECKMATE, fresh from her inaugural stint in the summer 2013 Mediterranean yacht charter market, has arrived in Fort Lauderdale, in preparation for the upcoming winter season.
Unlike similar-sized yachts that relocate to the Caribbean to offer Virgin Island yacht charter vacations, M/Y CHECKMATE will be based in Nassau and seek Bahamas yacht charter bookings through May, 2014. Profile of yacht CHECKMATE, facing left. Yacht has black hull with white superstructure
Launched earlier this year in Italy, she is the 15th vessel built in the fabled shipyard’s Vision series of semi-custom yachts.  The Benetti Vision 145 yacht CHECKMATE  now joins the many Benetti yacht charter vessels currently in service, such as motor yacht MINE GAMES, and James Bond yacht, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER .

Five guest staterooms are available onboard, including a master cabin on the main deck, featuring a King bed, and ensuite baths featuring his and hers bathrooms. Below deck are four spacious cabins with accommodations for 8 additional passengers, plus two Pullman berths, suitable for small children.

The 45 meter yacht made her public American debut at the 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, with newly-appointed Captain Phillip Nash onboard for the winter season.  At the conclusion of the show, the Italian superyacht repositioned to the Bahamas.  

Her owner then plans to send her north, next summer, to participate in the New England Martha’s Vineyard yacht charter market.   

Weekly rates begin at $200,000 per week, plus all expenses.

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Celebrity’s Luxury Yacht Charter Vessel Might Need New Name

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Yacht owner Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis break up yacht charter

If reports are to be believed, there’s trouble in Paradis for Captain Jack Sparrow.     

People Magazine is reporting Hollywood A-list star Johnny Depp and his inamorata of 14 years, singer Vanessa Paradis are calling it quits.  According the the mag’s cover story, Depp, 48, and the Chanel model, 39, have not appeared together at a public event for more than a year.

To the movie-going public, Depp is best known for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, the central protagonist of the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise.  In the yachting industry, the actor is more familiar as the celebrity owner of a mega yacht charter vessel often seen cruising the pristine waters of the Bahamas.

This week’s office water-cooler question: will the split lead Depp to rename his Bahama yacht charters motor yacht, VaJoLiRoJa?

Vajoliroja motoryacht Johnny Depp luxury yacht charter caribbean yacht charter

The boat’s clever name comes from combining the first few letters of each family member’s name, partner Vanessa Paradis, Johnny, and their kids, Lily-Rose and Jack. 

If Johnny drops Vanessa, can we assume the multi-syllabic boat name will shed its current first syllable – leaving us with JoLiRoJa?  We kind of like that – if you say it fast enough it sounds like, “Jolly Roger”  — a perfect name for this 156 foot yacht of distinctive character.

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But wait, what if it’s Vanessa forcing Johnny to, “Walk the plank?”  If she keeps custody of the yacht, the new name could be VaLiRoJa.   Has a nice sound to it – kinda rolls off the tongue…

Perhaps the best name for the yacht is RANSOM, as in Depp’s reported $300 gross profit sharing booty from Disney’s Pirates movie franchise.  


View our favorite celebrity-owned mega yacht charter vessels, then contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at to plan your own adventure at sea.

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Expect Tax Hike On Your Virgin Islands Yacht Charter Vacation

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Doing any boating this spring in the Virgin Islands?  If you are, plan on bringing a few extra bucks with you (or…take a money-saving tip from our company President, Jana Sheeder).


Photograph of Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters

This will be the first spring yachting season since the BVI enacted new legislation in 2017, increasing cruising taxes.

Here’s a breakdown of both the previous and current fees:

  • OLD (Seasonal Rates):  $.75 – $2 USD per person per day
  • NEW (Flat, Year-Round Rate): $6 USD per person per day

These rates apply to Virgin Islands yacht charter vessels registered and based in the British side of the territory.  “Foreign”  based yachts – meaning charter yachts coming in from other bases such as the US Virgin Islands and elsewhere — will also see an increase – from $4 to $16 per person per day.

HELPFUL TIPJana Sheeder, our company President, suggests,

“When planning your Virgin Islands yacht charter vacation, ask your charter broker to present yachts ‘based’ in the British (BVI) side of the territory if possible, as opposed to those based in St . Thomas (USVI) or elsewhere.  This small tip can save you 63% in extra cruising fees!!!”

A complete explanation of the tax increase is available on the official  British Virgin Islands website.


This Spring, grab the family, leave the stress of work and school behind, and set sail for adventure in the nearby Bahamas or the Virgin Islands – both a short flight from the USA mainland.  Let 1-800 Yacht Charters Deliver the Superyacht Experience to you and your family.

CLICK HERE for a sampling of our Caribbean-based yachts…

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Hargrave Yacht SEAFARER Joins Bahamas Yacht Charter Market

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There are many production 100-foot motoryachts in the Bahamas yacht charters market, but owners Dr. and Mrs. Emmons of luxury charter yacht SEAFARER didn’t want a cookie-cutter boat, particularly one costing $6 million. They wanted something that they could personalize to reflect their taste, their love of literature and the arts.

As a result, you will see throughout the boat bookcases built specifically for the Emmons, and nooks created especially to fit their fine collection of marine artwork.

Seafarer yacht

Luxury charter yacht SEAFARER motor yacht is a 30-meter megayacht available for a Bahamas yacht charter vacation. Yacht SEAFARER has accommodations for eight (8) guests in four (4) cabins. This new mega yacht was built by superyacht builder Hargrave and was launched in 2008.

Bahama yacht charters are all about outdoor adventure in the sun, so a large inventory of waytertoys are important. This mega yacht charter vessel carries a 15′ widebody Nautica tender with 90hp Yamaha engine, two 2-person kayaks, snorkel gear, towable toys and tubes such as Boogie Boards, plus beach toys such as volley ball, Frisbees, and 4 bicycles.

Click to view luxury motor yacht SEAFARER’s online brochure.

You, your family, and friends can enjoy a week-long odyssey in the Bahamas onboard this yacht for only $42,500 for 8 guests. Running expenses (items such as food, fuel, and dockage) are extra. For more information, contact Jana Sheeder, CEO of 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS at

1-800-YACHTCHARTERS – providers of the Newest and Largest Yachts in the World’s Best Destinations.

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HOT Wheels – Owner Adds Monster Tender to 50 Meter Charter Yacht

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Mega yacht WHEELS and tender REEL WHEELS

Good times in the Bahamas just got even better, with the addition of the world’s largest tender to a luxury mega yacht charter vessel.

Sailfish catch from motor yacht Wheels and sportfish tender Reel Wheels
Motor yacht WHEELS, a 50 meter behemoth in her own right, has just added a 24-meter (80′) sportfish tender to her already impressive inventory of watertoys. 


Far too large to be carried or towed, the tender, named REEL WHEELS, will follow closely along during charters, ever available for the use of the charter guests.


Amazingly, the yacht’s current tender, a large, Yellow Fin 36 is still in tow.  With two high performance sportfish tenders, there’s no excuse for any guests to be left behind when its time to hit the water for fishing, diving, and snorkeling excursions.


The envy of any deep-sea angler, REEL WHEELS is a 2007 Merritt 80 Sportfish yacht, fully-rigged with state-of-the-art fishfinder electronics and fishing gear.  


Yacht named Reel Wheels underway

The “REEL” advantage of adding this sportfish yacht to the charter package is the capacity to bring more charter guests.  REEL WHEELS has a master cabin with room for two guests.  This means the total charter party for a vacation onboard WHEELS is 14 passengers.  This is great news considering most megayachts can accommodate no more than 12 guests. 


The addition of this 80′ tender rounds out a watersports inventory that includes:


  • 36′ Yellow Fin Tender with 3 x 275hp engines
  • 20′ Nautica RIB tender
  • 17′ Wide Body Rescue Boat with 115hp engine
  • Two 3-seat Yamaha waverunners
  • Twelve sets of scuba gear
  • Brownie’s Third Lung
  • Underwater scooters
  • Elliptical machine
  • Snorkel gear
  • Assorted towable toys
  • Fishing gear
  • Board games
  • Crestron Central Movie/Music System
  • Kaleidescape Music/Movie Library
  • iPod docking stations
  • XBox

 Just reading the list of onboard toys is exhausting!


There is NO extra charge, to bring REEL WHEELS along, in tandem with Trinity motor yacht WHEELS 164.  The charter price remains as before:  $200,000 per week plus expenses. 


To book your own Bahamas yacht charter vacation, click to contact us immediately!  Enjoy The Superyacht Experience with us!

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How To Checkmate in One Move…Rent This Luxury Yacht Charter Vessel

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A brand new Benetti yacht charter vessel has entered the market, ready to checkmate the competition.
The stunning, brand new 145’ Benetti Vision motor yacht CHECKMATE has been delivered to her proud owner, in time to capture the late summer season in the Med.  Accommodations are offered for 10/12 guests in 5 staterooms.
luxury yacht charter benetti 145 CHECKMATE superyacht newest yachts sleek sexy corporate special events monaco mediterraneanLike a wide angle camera lens, the on-deck Master Suite of Benetti yacht CHECKMATE offers 180 degree panoramic views, bathed in natural light.  In fact, all guest accommodations feature massive windows to enjoy the beautiful scenery while underway or at anchor.
The yacht’s elegant interior was designed by Italy’s Francois Zuretti and is best described as “contemporary chic.” The décor blends Cherry and Burr-Madrona woods with beautiful Italian marble throughout. 

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Per Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters

Our yacht charter fleet heartily welcomes superyacht CHECKMATE as a beautiful addition for discriminating clientele. 

No watertoys are stored on the massive Sun Deck, which makes this a great area for sun worshippers.  The nearby bridge deck Skylounge boasts one of the most impressive features –  aft doors that recess to create an incredible 270 degree al fresco dining experience! 

The inaugural rental rate for the summer 2012 season is $145,000 – not only a good value, but a rarity in the Med, where most yachts are priced in Euros….===============

For more information about motor yacht CHECKMATE, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters today.

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It’s A Grand ILLUSION V: Benetti Yacht Charter Vessel Relocates To Caribbean For Winter  

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The owner of motor yacht ILLUSION V has announced the repositioning of his 58m Benetti to the Caribbean and the Bahamas for winter 2016, and spring 2017.

illusion v benetti yacht charter vessel



Elegant, contemporary and offering unparalleled luxury, Benetti  ILLUSION V yacht is a masterpiece from celebrated design duo Green and Mingarelli. She has an abundance of dining, entertainment and relaxation areas, a full bar and beach area on her lower deck, and a toy garage bursting with the latest toys including a Jetovator, flyboard and Inflatable slide.

Built in 2014, she features accommodations for up to 12 guests in 6 staterooms.


  • The perfect sundeck layout with large Jacuzzi, sunpads, shaded dining, full bar and BBQ
  • Several dining options indoors and al fresco
  • 6 full bars on 4 decks
  • Luxurious beach club set-up
  • Cinema and media room on the bridge deck (converts into 7th stateroom)
  • Impressive inventory of watersports equipment and recreational gear
  • A blazing-quick 31’ tender
  • Wine cellar & humidor

Rates for Caribbean yacht charter start at $350,000 per week (higher for holiday dates).


To check available dates for superyacht ILLUSION V, contact yacht charter specialist 1-800 Yacht Charters team member, Jim at 305-720-7245, 24 hours, or fill in our convenient online inquiry form at

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Motor Yacht TAIL LIGHTS & Crew Impress Multi-Repeat Luxury Yacht Charter Family

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After some shipyard time in Georgia, the popular and highly successful charter yacht TAIL LIGHTS headed to the Bahamas in charter ready and Bristol condition.  The 116ft Azimut yacht TAIL LIGHTS looked amazing and had lots of new toys and goods onboard to start her first charter in Nassau on November 21st.

Yacht Tail Lights running next to her tender - aerial view


A recent charter guest took the time to share her thoughts about her family’s superyacht experience onboard Azimut yacht TAIL LIGHTS.  What lends credence to her comments is the fact she has chartered three times prior.  In her own words,


“We just got off the boat this morning. This was my fourth trip on a (luxury yacht) charter vessel and found it to be at least equal to but in many ways better than the previous trips I had taken. Captain Steve Kemp was awesome. He was extremely organized and looked after every detail of the trip. When we needed to adjust he was quick to respond and very accommodating. The crew was fantastic and also very accommodating. The girls were all Johnny-on-the-spot with food, drinks, and any other need we had. The staterooms were always looked after and kept pristine during our trip. Very pleasant personalities and fun to talk to. Jeff made sure the boat and tender were operating perfectly and was also very accommodating when we wanted to tour the engine room. The boat itself was appointed very nicely and it was obvious that she had been upgraded recently. It looked brand new. I would highly recommend (yacht) Tail Lights and its crew, particularly Steve the captain. I certainly would look into chartering her again.”


Built in 2011, the yacht underwent an extensive $1.5M refit in 2016.  Here’s a list of the improvements made:

  • Full paint job: Two tone dark and light gray in Stoppani Metallic acrylic paint
  • Interior wood and floor refinishing
  • All new exterior and interior soft goods e.g. upholstery, cushions, decorative throw pillows, bed covers, linens, towels, etc.
  • All new serviceware e.g. china, crystal, silver ware, table settings
  • New Murray teak deck chairs on Fly bridge and Aft Deck
  • New Westminster sun lounge beds on Fly bridge
  • All varnished tables refinished
  • Teak cap railing refinished
  • Teak decks all sanded and sealed
  • New ice makers
  • Appliances:  New washer/dryer and refrigeration/freezer in the garage area
  • New Atlas power conversion system
  • 32′ Scout towed tender painted same color to match the yacht


The yacht accommodates up to 10 guests in 5 staterooms — 8 beds – 2 doubles, 2 twins, and 1 convertible configured as 2 Pullmen, 1 King, 2 Queens, 1 Double, and 4 Singles.


Watertoys include:

  • 32′ Scout towed tender w/ twin 350 Yamaha engines. Fully rigged and walk-in bathroom in console.
  • 2-person Yamaha jet ski 1800cc
  • New water skis
  • 2 Bote Inflatable Paddle boards
  • 2 person ski tube
  • Knee board
  • Wake board
  • High quality fishing gear (bottom and trolling), plus 1 electric reel for deep dropping 1200 feet
  • 2 Spear fishing poles
  • 6 sets of snorkel gear (Getting 6 more sets)
  • Large 8×10 beach sun tent with six beach chairs (Getting 6 more)
  • Beach umbrella and folding table for beach picnics
  • 2 Floating lounge mats and noodles
  • Largo floating island
  • 2 NEW Yamaha Sea Scooters


Rates for TAIL LIGHTS are from $75,000 per week, plus all running expenses and any applicable taxes.


For more information, or to secure yacht TAIL LIGHTS for your Superyacht Experience on your preferred dates, VISIT

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New Superyacht Toy Not For Faint Of Heart | Luxury Yacht

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Just in time for the winter rental season, Trinity yacht charter vessel Motoryacht CARPE DIEM has added a new toy to her watersport equipment list – a Jetovator.”

Be warned – this toy is for designed strictly for adrenaline junkies!

The Jetovator is a water sports accessory that extends the ability of an existing personal watercraft (PWC). It redirects the water thrust from the propulsion unit of a waverunner or jetski along a forty foot hose to the Jetovator body. This water thrust is then used to propel and elevate the Jetovator up into the air…or down into the water!
person in air on jetovator watersports toy

The rider can also redirect the water thrust of the two front nozzles in order to maneuver the Jetovator in all directions (read between the lines – spin wildly in the air).The Jetovator can go vertical straight up to a dizzying 20-25 feet at speeds of up to 25 mph. For a wetter experience, you can take a nose-dive and actually cruise underwater (to approximately 4-5 feet deep).

A stalwart in the Bahamas yacht charter marketplace, the 191 foot Trinity motor yacht CARPE DIEM already hosts an extensive array of watertoys before adding the Jetovator to her inventory.  Other onboard recreational gear includes:
  • 7 meter Novurania Chase tender with 260 hp engine
  • 6.7 meter Nautica Landing Craft with 260 hp jet drive engine
  • 4 wave runners
  • Trampoline
  • Waterskis
  • Wakeboard
  • Snorkel gear
  • Six sets of SCUBA gear and compressor (for certified divers only)
  • Spin bike
  • Pull-up machine
  • Weight bench
  • Free weights
  • Kaleidescape entertainment system
  • iPod docking stations throughout interior and exterior of yacht
  • Xbox
  • Wii
Staying active with so many watertoys will certainly leave guests hungry for some great food.  Fortunately, the onboard menu is as extensive and exciting as the yacht’s watertoy list.  Peter Williams, the executive chef onboard Trinity yacht CARPE DIEM was kind enough to pass along some samples from his galley.  Email us today for a copy of them at 
Yacht Carpe Diem underway

Luxury motor yacht CARPE DIEM 191 can sleep 10 to 12 guests in a full-beam master stateroom on the main deck, four double guest staterooms, and a convertible gym on the lower deck.  Weekly charter rates begin at $395,000 per week, plus all expenses.=============================

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