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3 Yacht Charter Must See Destinations | Luxury yacht charter

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Our friends at Trip Advisor recently sent us an email with some stunning images of 20 awe-inspiring places you must see.  The locations were selected by their members.

Several of the spots were accessible by yacht or could easily be accessed by land during a luxury yacht charter vacation.

From the locations submitted by the members, we’ve selected our favorite three for you to see:

1.  PULPIT ROCK – Ryfylke, Norway.
The Pulpit Rock (“Preikestolen” in Norwegian) soars 604 meters over the Lysefjord. This flat mountain plateau, was most likely carved and formed from melting ice over 10,000 years ago. 

 

Aerial photo of Pulpit Rock in Norway. Multiple people sitting on top of the giant rock that overlooks water far below
Fjord yacht charters in the summertime remain a popular choice, especially among European customers from neighboring Soviet countries. 
The Schooner sail yacht MONTIGNE  often offers Norway yacht charter vacations in the summertime. Built by Aegean Yachts, the 2009 super yacht MONTIGNE is a 57 meter (187 foot) three-masted staysail schooner with accommodations for 12 guests.

Her yacht charter rates start at $140,000 per week, plus expenses.

2.  PLITVICE LAKES – Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia.
Founded in 1949, Plitvice is the largest national park in Croatia, drawing more than 1,200,000 visitors annually.  Situated in the mountainous area of central Croatia, the national park connects the Croatian inland with the Adriatic coastal region – a highly popular yachting destination.
The interest in Croatia yacht charters continues to grow each summer, as clients look for alternatives to the crowded anchorages and overpriced marinas in France and Italy.Aerial photograph of mountains, green trees, turquoise water, and waterfalls flowing from the lakes
Motor yacht AIR, Benetti yacht charter vessel MINE GAMES, and James Bond inspired boat, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, have all spent time recently cruising the calm waters of the Adriatic yacht charter coastline.
3.  SANTORINI – Cyclades, Greece.
If you’ve ever seen a photograph of blinding-white buildings with blue roofs, juxtaposed against a backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea, chances are you saw a photo of Santorini.  The views of the sea from the terraces of the ancient towns along the cliffs are mesmerizing.
Arguably the most famous island in Greece, Santorini is easily reachable by yacht – just 120 miles southeast from Greece’s mainland.

Photograph of the Greek island of Santorini, showing a row of white homes with rounded blue roofs, a boat moving along in the harbor below, and a mountain in the distance

Popular Greek yacht charter vessels include motor yacht LADY BRITT  and super yacht EXCELLENCE V.
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40 Meter Greek #Yacht Charter Vessel Takes Advance Reservations Prior To Launch

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AQUA LIBRA white Sunseeker motoryacht profile

 


THE NEWS

She’s not scheduled to splash down until 2018, but that’s not keeping eager Greek yacht charter clients from placing deposits for vacations next summer on this new 40 meter yacht.

The Sunseeker 131 motor yacht AQUA LIBRA 131 is still in her build shed in Dorset, but the buzz surrounding the opportunity to secure a brand new yacht to explore the Greek islands has prospective customers stepping forward to secure prime dates.

“Two reservations have already been secured for summer 2018,”  says a smiling Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters“One client has secured 4 nights in late June and another grabbed the first 14 days of July.  It’s always so great to see dates locked down a full year in advance.”

 

THE REASON

While it is true that affluent travelers are not inclined to secure private luxury yacht charter vacations so far in advance, they will pony up early when they see a unique opportunity.  Motor yacht AQUA LIBRA 131 presents such a scenario.

For years, Greece has remained one of the most popular summer cruising destinations –  dozens of islands can be visited, and the number of historical points of interest dated to the beginning of civilization are in the hundreds.   Oh yeah – the warm weather in the summer is spectacular!

But for all the destination’s allure, the yachts that offered charters in Greece were often considered inferior in overall comfort and quality to those yachts HNWI’s could charter in France and Monaco, along the Côte d’Azur.

Greek yacht operators, in a testament to their seafaring heritage, often offered wooden ships, called motorsailers (or “gulets” as they are known in neighboring Turkey) to the charter market.  As charming as these traditional vessels are, they simply lack the sophistication of ultra-modern superyachts.  Whereas you are hard-pressed to find a motorsailer with an open-air Jacuzzi-style tub on the deck, it is nearly impossible to find a superyacht that doesn’t have at least one hot tub on deck – as well as other luxury amenities like onboard cinemas, spas, beauty salons, and helipads.

Yacht owners in Greece, and indeed the Greek people themselves, are a wonderful and proud lot – and they should be!  They live in the cradle of civilization, and so much of our modern technical gains in math and the sciences can be traced back to the Hellenic culture.  It is understandable to see why they have held to their traditional ways – and their traditional yachts.

Still, HNWI’s want what they want – and for the well-heeled, a superyacht filled with modern amenities is the preferred mode of transport during an ultraluxury holiday.

THE YACHT

That leads us to Sunseeker motoryacht AQUA LIBRA 131, now accepting charter reservations a full year before her build is completed.  The British-built tri-deck Sunseeker 131 epitomizes everything that HNWI’s seek in their superyacht experience: accommodations in sublime surroundings, immense scale, and a layout that lends to relaxing and socializing with friends and special guests.

Here’s how Sunseeker describes their own 131 model:

“Expertly finished using ultra-modern materials and techniques, the 131 Yacht is one of the finest examples of modern day superyacht building. The main deck features a lounge, separate dining area and full galley, while on the upper deck you’ll find the sky lounge, cocktail bar and access to the skydeck; where comfort and lavishness reach new levels. As impressive out in open water as it is in the harbour, this icon of design is unlike any other.”

Guest accommodations are available for up to 10 passengers in 5 staterooms:

  • Master cabin – situated on the main deck, with king size bed, private dressing room, and his and hers bathrooms
  • Two VIP cabins – each with queen sized beds
  • Two twin cabins – convertible to double cabins with king size bed.  One cabin also features a Pullman berth.

As you would expect, all staterooms offer ensuite facilities.

For indoor entertainment , the yacht offers a Sonos AV System, with video on demand, as well as Apple TVs, and full satellite services.  Of course, the yacht offers Wi-Fi on all decks.

Don’t plan on staying indoors too long, because Greece is all about the scenery and the warm Aegean sea.  To enjoy the ocean, this new yacht will have a complete inventory of watersports equipment, including:

  • 6.25 metre Williams tender
  • 4.5 meter RIB tender
  • 2 SeaDoo personal watercraft
  • SeaBob
  • Water skis for adults
  • Waterskis for children
  • Wakeboard
  • Towable Tubes
  • Towable Banana
  • SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard)
  • Inflatable 2-person kayak
  • Inflatable 3-person water sofa
  • Fishing equipment
  • Snorkel gear

 

AQUA LIBRA motoryacht aft deck with young mother speaking to little girl and young father reading to little boy

 

THE BRAND

There are many other Sunseeker models currently in charter in the Mediterranean.  While builders with classical style yachts such as Lurssen and Benetti tend to attract older charterers, Sunseeker yacht charters appeal to young entrepreneurs and their families.  There’s a modern, contemporary “Vibe” onboard a Sunseeker.  No shot at Lurssen and the classic models – Sunseeker simply offers a different feel, and for a different charter client.

Other Sunseeker vessels currently available include:

Sunseeker 116 motor yacht FLEUR

Sunseeker 130 yacht THUMPER

Sunseeker 155 superyacht PRINCESS AVK

As the new AQUA LIBRA 131 Sunseeker continues to attract attention – and bookings, it is likely that more and more owners of new-build yachts will forgo the traditional Western Med ports of France and Monaco, and position for the summer in the Eastern Med in Greece – Opa!!!

Even the little Kallikantzari hobgoblins will crawl out from the underground when this beautiful, new yacht is delivered to Greece next summer — like a Christmas gift during the summertime!

For more information, or to reserve your own Greek yacht charter odyssey, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters by texting “OPA!” to 305-720-7245 or email us at info@1800yachtcharters.com

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63 meter Turkish Superyacht Is Latest Espen Oeino Masterpiece

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The naval architects at Espen Oeino International S.A.R.L. continue to raise the bar of superyacht design with their latest offering – Sunrise Yachts motor yacht IRIMARI.

superyacht Irimari side profile solid white boat at anchor on calm sea

Delivered to her owner in July, the 63 meter yacht is currently cruising in the Greek islands.  So far there is no word if the vessel will be entering the Greek yacht charter fleet.

Sunrise 63 yacht IRIMARI is scheduled to make her official debut at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show this month.

Per our friends at Boat International, one exciting “superfeature” to be expected inside motoryacht Irimari is “…a video wall spanning two decks!

Based in Monaco, Espen Oeino International is considered one of the leading design studios of private yacht charter vessels, especially in the category of Superyachts.  Their portfolio includes Lurssen motor yacht MARTHA ANN, and the world’s largest yacht available for charter, Fincantieri yacht SERENE.

The launch of yacht IRIMARI marks the first of the Sunrise 63 series to splash down for the Turkish builder.  The Espen Oeino designed yacht features interiors by Focus Yacht Design and naval architecture by Unique Yacht Design. Built with a high tensile steel hull and aluminum superstructure, the yacht has a transatlantic range of 5,000 miles, and a top speed of 17 knots.

Yacht Irimari three quarter profile showing back of yacht - boat facing left - sun setting

[After her owner spends some time onboard, our fingers are crossed in the hopes we will see this beautiful yacht enter the charter marketplace]

Interested in chartering a yacht like this one?  Here is a sampling of some of the newest yachts for hire.

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Add Moonlight to your Private Yacht Charter Vacation in 2016

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Planning a yachting holiday this year?  If you haven’t selected your specific dates yet, here’s a great idea to add a little extra, “Pizzazz” to your superyacht experience:  Select your charter dates to coincide with the cycle of the full moon!

full moon over the water

 

There’s just something extra special about being anchored in a protected cove with a sea of stars above, when suddenly, a rust-colored orb begins to appear on the distant horizon, pushing slowly into the air.  As it rises, the color changes from rust to white, growing brighter and brighter by the minute.  Finally, the bright full moon ascends to its lofty place among the stars above, casting lunar light across your yacht’s deck.  You sit with your family and friends, mesmerized by the natural beauty of the night – grateful to be at sea enjoying this special experience together.

BEWARE HIDDEN YACHT CHARTER COSTS – AVOID THESE THREE PITFALLS

To help you plan a moonlit yacht charter holiday, here is the full moon calendar for 2106.  Keep in mind that you’ll have nights both before and after the full moon that will add plenty of moonlight to your adventure.

24 January

22 February

23 March

22 April

21 May (Blue Moon)

20 June

20 July

18 August

16 September

16 October

14 November

To maximize the opportunity for clear skies and great weather, match your full moon dates with a seasonal destination.  For example, if you are considering a Florida yacht charter vacation, March and April offer warm (but not hot) weather, and minimal chances for rain.  The same idea holds true for a Greek yacht charter in summertime, as August and September usually offer clear skies, fewer winds, and smooth sailing…

Which full moon date from our calendar would you most like to experience this year? Please leave a comment below!

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Let a yacht charter specialist help you organize a true superyacht experience – from choosing the right destination, to selecting the right wine for dinner!  Contact the team at 1-800 Yacht Charters today.  Call 305-253-7245 (Florida and international) or 1-800 922-4824 (toll free North America).

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Exercise to prepare you for Greece yacht charter

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VACATION IN GREECE

You’ve decided to charter a motor yacht in Greece for a week. What an exciting idea!  You can’t decide whether you want to go on a Trinity Yacht Charter or a Feadship Yacht Charter, and you’re also thinking that sail boat charters are also a romantic way to vacation.

 

Planning the Trip

Thoughts go through your mind.

  • Do I need exercise to go yachting? 
  • How do I prepare for the vacation? 
  • Is a yacht charter physically difficult?

Regardless, all Greece yacht charters are fun, educational, and adventurous – no matter what kind of private yacht you enjoy.

EXERCISE BEFOREHAND – GET IN SHAPE

If you haven’t exercised in a long time, you’ll want to prepare your body with some basic exercises before heading to the Aegean.

Since you’ll be hiking up rocky hills and exploring historic landmarks like the Parthenon and the Acropolis, do a series of ankle stretches, ankle rolls, and knee bends to prepare.

greece. Photograph of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Will I need to exercise before being able to walk around this huge location?

 

STAIRS IN GREECE

Since all megayachts have stairs that you’ll descend and ascend each day on your boat, practice climbing stairs with a stairmaster, walking manual stairwells in your area, or just simply walking an inclined area where you live.

WALKING AT LANDMARKS

Visiting landmarks is wonderful, but it does entail a lot of walking.  To maximize your cardio (heart) and overall fitness, just walk. Park your car far from a store when you grocery shop.  Walk around the block and enjoy nature. Take your dog for a long overdue walk. Hop on the treadmill and go for a stroll.

 

GREECE DOES NOT REQUIRE EXERCISE…

No worries.  The best thing is that you really don’t NEED exercise for your Mediterranean yacht charter event – it is just good for your heart, your mind, and your overall attitude!  Your crew will do the majority of the exercising during your yacht charter, but you will also be exercising for fun in your daily activities onboard!  The food on your yacht charter will be amazing, too, and it will be based on your desires!

 

YACHTING IS GOOD FOR THE MIND

Mega yacht charter vacations, whether on a sail boat charter or a superyacht, are a great way to travel – they are good for the mind as well as the body!

 

HOW TO BOOK YOUR YACHT CHARTER VACATION

For more information and to book your Mediterranean yacht charter, call 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS or email info@1800yachtcharters.com

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Greece – Perfect Bareboat Destination

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Greece photo. Picture taken from the water. There is a beige mountain with a temple on top of it, and below and to the right, is a sailboat at anchor, on a bareboat vacation.

Greece.  The perfect vacation.  Ideal for yacht charter.  Although it is great to escape the cold weather for a few days with a Caribbean yacht charter, the exotic calls. For instance, you want to experience new and different locations.  But where?  Greece is the word.   (See what we did there?)

Just imagine.  Summer vacation.  School’s out.  The kids are home for several weeks.  The chance to bask in the sun for an extended stay is the epitome of total relaxation beckons.  You want to show the kids an exotic destination.  One with education combined with family time.  .

Nowhere is the idea of extended rest and relaxation more evident than in the Greek islands. Here, in the ancient land of the Gods, it sometimes seems as if time stands still.

A Greek yacht charter adventure features a wide array of itineraries with a heavy emphasis on the sheer pleasure of sailing in a locale so steeped in history and yet so amenable to the sailor looking for all the luxuries and convenience of the modern world.

The shimmering waters, superlative beaches, and intriguing towns and villages make Greece a must-visit summer destination.

If you are ready to enjoy the magical beauty of a charter in Greece and the Greek Isles, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Greece Increases VAT — Will Greek Yacht Charters Cost More?

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First the bad news – recent legislation in Greece has led to an increase in the country’s VAT rates.

Now for the good news – the increase is small, and depending upon the duration of your superyacht experience, the “effective rate” should have a minimal effect on most Greek yacht charters this summer.

A new VAT rate of 24% has been announced for Greece, and it will affect all yacht charters commencing on or after June 1st, 2016.  The old rate was 23% – making the maximum increase 1%.

Drawing of magnifying glass with Greek numerical characters and the word VAT underneath

 

While 24% VAT sounds sky-high, don’t fall out of your chair just yet:  there are significant built-in discounts that can reduce the effective VAT rate by up to 60% – depending upon the duration of your charter vacation.

 

 

 

Here’s the math:

 

I)  Charter duration of 3 days or more.

Luxury yacht charter vessels performing international cruises have a discount of 60%.  This makes the effective VAT rate 9.6% (up from 9.2%).

Charter vessels cruises within Greek waters will earn a discount of 50%, setting the effective VAT rate at 12% ( previously 11.5%).

 

II)  Charter duration up to 48 hours.

This is where you get hammered as a charterer for taking a day excursion or a trip shorter than 48 hours.  There is NO discount, regardless of where the vessel cruises.  A full VAT of 24% is due (instead of the previous 23%).

 

Picture of Rhodes Greece with a superyacht cruising by in front of the island

 

 

 

 

 

In summary – avoid short-term charters in Greece if you can.  As long as you can extend your charter beyond 48 hours, the impact of the effective change in VAT is less than 1%.  Mykonos and Santorini here we come – Opa!!!

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For information about renting a luxury charter yacht in Greece, or anywhere else in the Mediterranean this summer, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at  +1.800.922.4824 (toll-free North America) or +1.305.253.7245 (international), use our online inquiry form here, or email info@1800yachtcharters.com

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Iraklis L Gulet Greece Yacht Charters

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Iraklis L gulet yacht. Photo taken of profile.  Blue hull and multiple sails. Calm cove with an island in the background.

IRAKLIS L

Motor sailor gulet yacht IRAKLIS L  was an instant success story when she entered charter.  She is the perfect platform for a luxury sailing charter holiday.

Within 2 months of entering charter, she secured 90 days of charter reservations!

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Six spacious cabins accommodate up to 14 passengers.  Her master stateroom is on the main deck and has a double bed.  Her VIP cabin, located on the lower deck, also offers a double bed.  Two guest cabins have double beds and one single bed/sofa, making them perfect for children, a couple, or kids and a nanny.  There is one cabin with a double bed and the last guest cabin has two twin berths.

 

INTERIOR DESIGN

Designed by Lally Poulias, each cabin features en suite bathrooms. These bathrooms have hydro-jet showers and marble appointments. Some feature double sinks for added convenience.  All cabins offer flat screen TV with satellite programming, including DVD, CD, and MP3 players.

 

SALON AND DINING AREA

The salon and the dining area create a large open area.  The panoramic windows throughout offer breathtaking views. Rich red-tone woods exist throughout the vessel.  For musical fun, there is a Glavinova karaoke piano in the salon.

 

 

DECK

The deck includes a large, elevated area for sun-worshipers.  Forward of this, there is room for sitting and enjoying the views.

 

SPECIAL FEATURE

Zero speed stabilizers ensure total comfort in rough seas. This feature is rarely found on similar traditional Greek motor sailors and Turkish gulets.

 

ACTIVITIES

The yacht carries a 5.5-meter tender with a 150 hp engine.  It has enough power to pull guests on waterskis.  There are watersports toys onboard, for instance, a three-seat 210 hp Yamaha waverunner, a windsurfer, snorkeling equipment, and fishing gear.  Iraklis L carries a full complement of SCUBA gear and an air compressor.

 

 

AVAILABLE CHARTER DATES

Here are her remaining available dates for charter:

May – available May 1 through 7 in Naples, Italy, Amalfi Coast
June – no available dates
July – available July 4 through  12 in Athens, Greece
August – available all month
September – available Sept 1 through 10, Athens, Greece

 

CHARTER RATE

The yacht is priced at €49,000 per week, plus expenses.  Similar gullets available in both Greece and Turkey include G-FORCE and ESMA SULTAN.

 

HOW TO BOOK A GULET CHARTER

To book your own Eastern Mediterranean holiday, click https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/to visit our site.

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Luxury Sailing Charter Catamaran Offers Discounted Rates in Greece

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Nemo catamaran picture. Photograph of back of catamaran at anchor in Greece.  People standing on the deck, and one girl sitting close to the water, as if she's ready to go swimming.

On the heels of the $161/pp Virgin Islands yacht charter special offered by Nautitech 47 catamaran NEMO comes this new offer for NEMO charters in Greece:

  • Take 10% off any week-long (7 night) Greece yacht charters booked before April 30, 2011.
  •  Reserve a 2-week (14 night) or longer charter and take an additional 5% discount.


The discounts apply to charters taken June, July, August, or September, 2011.  Reservations must be completed prior to April 30, in order to secure the discounts.

The regular charter rates, for 2 to 8 passengers are €13,500 per week, plus expenses in June and September (low season), and €14,500 per week, plus expenses in July and August (high season).

Thus, early reservations prior to April 30 will result in savings of €1,350 per week in low season and €1,450 per week in high season!

 

The crew’s favorite area in Greece to explore by yacht is the Ionian archipelago.  Reachable through international flights to Preveza, good weather and sea conditions are a constant in the summer.  There always seems to be a breeze for sailing, and there are plenty of secluded bays in which to anchor and swim in clear, green waters.  Small villages with traditional tavernas dot the coastline.

Andrea and Valentina, the Italian crew on NEMO, recommend an Ionian cruise for novices and seasoned sailors, alike.  Says, Andrea, “(the Ionian appeals to) Every kind of guests – for those who are at their first experience on a boat, for those who loves the sea all day long, for those who like to print in their memories windmills, sunsets, colorful villages and unspoiled anchorages, for those who like to discover new dishes and new drinks, for those who like shopping.”


Rates include:

  • Accommodations onboard the Nautitech 47 catamaran NEMO
  • Skipper  (captain)
  • Hostess/Cook
  • All meals and beverages (ship’s bar)
  • Towels
  • Linens
  • Biodegradable soaps
  • Daily cleaning
  • Access to the yacht’s watertoys – for example, snorkel gear, kayak, fishing rods, boogie board

 

Items not included in the price are:

  • Fuel
  • Port charges
  • Local taxes (VAT)
  • Permits
  • Visas
  • Vintage or premium alcohol requests

 

You owe it to yourself and your family to relax and enjoy a relaxing and unique vacation.  Enjoy an exotic destination!  Come explore the home of the gods.  Click https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ to contact our destination specialists at 1-800 Yacht Charters to arrange your own Greek odyssey on a sailing vessel or powerboat.

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Luxury yacht charter: Report on Sinking Of Superyacht Yogi Due Soon

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UPDATE

Last February, we reported on the sinking of motor yacht YOGI, a 62 meter Mediterranean yacht charter vessel, that sank off the coast of Greece.

Photograph of superyacht underway

Built in Turkey by Proteksan Turquoise, motor yacht YOGI sank between the islands of Skyros and Psara, 19 nautical miles off the Greek coast. All on board were safely evacuated from the yacht by helicopters.
Now, a year later, the French Bureau d’enquetes sur les événements de Mer, has confirmed that the report on the sinking of superyacht Yogi will be published by the end of the week or early next week.
While the cause of the sinking is still unknown, the Hellenic Coast Guard will launch a criminal investigation into the incident after the issuance of the accident report.
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