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TOP 3 Best UAV’s For Luxury Yacht Charter Vessels

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Drone in upper right corner of phone with ocean, a marina full of yachts, and land below - also a cargo jet flies horizontally into left side of center of photo

There’s no escaping them, drones are everywhere – from sporting events, to backyard parties, and even battlefields.   These UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles) are evolving quickly (and considering they might deliver my groceries to my front door someday soon, I’m hoping they’re here for good). #UAV inventors are amazing…

Of course, it doesn’t take long for the latest technology and toys to find their way into the world of luxury yacht charter.   It only makes sense.

As yacht charter brokers, we constantly tout the advantages of private yacht charter vacations and the opportunity to go where others can’t go.  The reality is this – there are places that even a yacht (or the yacht’s tender) can’t take you – such as exploring deep in hidden caves along the Amalfi Coast, or uncovering new coves to drop the anchor before nightfall rolls in.

There’s also the simple, fun aspect of small UAV’s – like flying them from the sundeck and filming your kids as they frolic in the ocean alongside your yacht.

Our charter department sat down this week, and after consulting with several superyacht captains, came up with our 3 favorite drones to use and enjoy on a luxury yacht charter vacation.  So before you turn in your guest preference sheets to your charter broker, make sure to jot down your request for one of these UAV’s to be added to the yacht’s inventory of guest toys!

In no particular order:

OUR TOP THREE UAV’s

GoPro Karma drone


1. GoPro Karma
– Many drones are bulky, but the Karma drone has foldable arms and a long flat body that can tuck in tightly inside a tote bag or backpack.  This makes it easy to take on the tender to the beach, or fly from the yacht’s sundeck. Works with the GoPro Hero 4 or Hero 5 cameras.  The video game-style controller makes this model a breeze to use by first timers.

 

Openrov Trident UAV drone underwater and surrounded by fish and seaweed

2. OpenROV Trident – Thought all drones are for “flying?” Guess again.  Ok…technically this is not a UAV, but it does “fly” along – under the waves.  The Trident by OpenROV is an underwater drone that can cruise at 4 knots and dive as deep as 100 meters.  It comes with a built-in high def (1080 pixel) camera configured for low-light environments.  Considering how much time you spend in the water during a yacht charter vacation, this is a great toy to use to capture sea life and have fun while the gang is swimming and snorkeling.

 

Airdog UAV drone hovering over 2 people kitesurfing on the open ocean

3. Airdog – Just the name alone tells you this a cool, must-have toy.  Forget the controller – the Airdog flies itself, completely unaided from takeoff to landing. The aim of this UAV is to film you while you are moving (e.g. paddling along on a SUP, bouncing along on a towable toy pulled behind the yacht’s tender, or zipping by the yacht’s beach club deck on a waverunner).  The drone films your every move, by tracking a small, waterproof device called the AirLeash, attached to your wrist.  The manufacturer calls it, “the only drone built for action sports.

 

So there you have it – from high above, to deep below, and as fast as you want to go – there’s a perfect UAV drone for your next superyacht experience.

Few vacations compare to the luxury and privacy of a superyacht charter by 1-800 Yacht Charters.  Let our consultants help you select a great destination and the perfect yacht for your friends and family. Click 1800yachtcharters.com/superyacht-charter for a sampling of 1-800 Yacht Charters superyachts ready for your luxury vacation.

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Unique Name/Look Helps Benetti Yacht 11-11 [Video] Stand Out  

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GO AHEAD AND ASK…

Hardly a week goes by that someone doesn’t ask us one of two common questions about charter yacht 11-11:

 

What does the name mean?

 

or…

 

Why is the bow flat?

 

 

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

As to the first question, the name has a dual meaning.  Primarily, motor yacht 11-11 is named for the birthday of the yacht owner’s daughter.  The secondary meaning relates to numerology, where some believe that events linked to the time 11:11 appear more often than can be explained by chance or coincidence.  With some New Age philosophers assigning mystical powers to the numbers, seeing 11:11 pop up on a clock has morphed into a whimsical moment to simply, “make a wish.”

 

BOW DOWN!

Explaining the reason for the yacht’s unique bow is quite pedestrian and far less ethereal.  It is simply a matter of physics.  Measuring 63-meters,  Benetti yacht 11-11 is part of the Italian manufacturer’s  custom line of superyachts.  The distinctive plumb bow, also referred to as an axe bow, was added for hydrodynamic efficiency.  In laymen’s terms,  the vertical bow avoids upward push from waves when the yacht is underway.  By keeping the bow down, this result is a surprisingly stable ride, as compared to yachts with traditional, angled bows…

The award-wining yacht (she took home top honors at the 2016 World Superyacht Awards as Best Displacement motor yacht of 500 GT to 1,299 GT) with the cute name and unique look, accommodates up to 12 private luxury yacht charter guests.  Her layout boasts not one, but two owner suites – a full beam cabin on the main deck, as well as a second on the upper deck.

 

TAKE A TOUR

Join Jana Sheeder, our company President, as she takes us on a video tour of this spectacular vessel:

 

 

BOOK THIS YACHT

This beautiful yacht is a frequent visitor to our home town of Miami, and is available for Bahamas yacht charters in the winter and spring.  In the summer, her 16-member crew takes her across the pond to the Mediterranean, where she is available for charters in Italy and France.  Now that her owner has secured a Spanish charter license, the yacht can also offer charters in the Balearic Islands (e.g. Palma, Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca, et al).

Her weekly charter rate is €650,000 plus running expenses.  For further information, click HERE.

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