Weekly rates begin at $200,000 per week, plus all expenses.
Moran Yacht & Ship has announced the sale of the 68 meter motor yacht KISMET, a staple in the French yacht charter marketplace. Lürssen yacht Kismet was built in 2007, and features the charter-friendly layout of Espen Oeino International.
As the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season draws to a close, a number of sleek, stylish, and modern sailing charter vessels are making their way from ports around the world - to take their positions in the islands for the upcoming Caribbean yacht charter season.
It's hard to beat the outright indulgence of a Virgin Islands crewed yacht charter - every detail is managed by a trained crew, from operating the yacht, to preparing your customized meals, to keeping the vessel tidy and shipshape.
But what about those times you feel the need to escape - to be alone with loved ones - a chance to trade polite intrusiveness with no-frills quality family time?
Families who routinely enjoy luxury yacht charter vacations with a full-crew compliment can now opt to go boating in total privacy, onboard a bareboat yacht charter.
The concept is simple - just as you would rent a car to drive yourself, with some basic training, you can rent a bareboat and take the helm yourself!
A, "bareboat" is just as the name sounds - a boat with just the bare essentials onboard. It comes to you with no food, no beverages, and most noticeably, no crew. You do your own cooking and cleaning, and you operate and sail the yacht, yourself.
Fleets of bareboats can be found in nearly every location you would expect to find a fully-crewed yacht charter vessel. Virgin Islands bareboat vacations are perhaps the most common, with hundreds of boats available for rent in both St. Thomas, USVI, and Tortola, BVI.
Other top-rated destinations include Bahamas bareboat vacations in the Abaco island chain, and Florida yacht charter holidays, primarily in the Florida Keys.
Both sail yachts and motor yachts can be rented, with room for 2 to 8 passengers. A small handful of bareboat catamaran yachts can even accommodate up to 10 passengers.
Companies such as 1-800-BAREBOAT, the Moorings, and Sunsail specialize in arranging self-skippered charters in destinations around the world; for example, Bahamas, Florida Keys, Greece, Corsica, Sardinia, France, Cote d'azur, Tortola, Tortolla, St. Thomas, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Tonga, Miami and South Florida.
Customers can choose from a global network of monohull sailboats with brands like Beneteau, Sun Odyssey, Dufour, or Jeanneau - and multihull catamarans with brands like Fountaine Pajot, Lagoon, and Sunreef.
Basic rental prices tend to be less much expensive than those of luxury crewed yacht charter vessels, but customers need to remember they are responsible to purchase and prepare their own meals. The cost to provision the yacht must be considered when comparing this bare bones charter option to the price of a crewed yacht.
Another important factor - the customer's qualification to operate a boat.
Just as it takes skill and normally a license to operate a motor vehicle, similar rules apply to bareboats. While formal licenses are not usually necessary, a solid level of competency is necessary. The ability to read basic charts, navigate, and to set the anchor are the most important skills required to rent a bareboat.
Luckily, these skills can easily be mastered, either through formal boating courses, or simply by garnering casual boating experience with your own boat or the boat of a friend or neighbor.
Popular ideas for bareboat yacht charter vacations are anniversary celebrations, family reunions (with boats sailing in tandem), couples getaways, and snorkeling adventures.
So before you plan your next tropical odyssey, give some thought and compare bareboat vacations to crewed charters - one of them will surely be the right choice for you, your family, and friends!
Ready to become the master of your destiny, or at least your sailing journey? Taking the helm as the skipper of your own bareboat yacht charter is truly a rewarding experience for anyone who wants the challenge of guiding your own vessel in the world's most exotic island destinations. To charter a bareboat sailboat or powerboat, contact SailAway Yacht Charters at http://www.1800sailaway.com/contact_us.html. Smooth sailing!
"We live in the USA. I've been told crewed catamaran charters are the best way to enjoy a yachting vacation in the Virgin Islands. Do you have any suggestions as to the most convenient, best airports? Jenny S."
Hi Jenny. We are thrilled to hear about your plans - a travel writer once described a Caribbean sailing yacht charter as, "One of the top five vacations in the world!"
If you wish to explore the US Virgin Islands (USVI), then the Cyril E. King International Airport (airport code: STT), in St.Thomas is your best bet.
This month families everywhere are carving pumpkins and making scary costumes for their children, in preparation for All Hallow's Eve on Oct 31st. Keeping with this theme, we thought it fitting to profile a French yacht charter vessel with the perfect name - sailing yacht, HALLOWE'EN.
Hallowe’en is a classic sailing yacht designed and is as fast as any spooky goblin or ghost. She finished in 4th place overall, in a field of 68 yachts, on the 2011 AFYT racing circuit.
The yacht is available for both classic regattas (Trophée Panerai, Régates Royales de Cannes, les Voiles de Saint Tropez) as well as day charter for up to 12 guests.
With her uncluttered deck and timeless mahogany interior furnishing, SY Hallowe’en combines outstanding performance – up to 11 knots under sails – with gracious living.
Charter the ex Norwegian Racing Clubs official yacht and enjoy a unique sailing experience.
"My family is planning a Caribbean yacht charter vacation on a crewed sailboat. We're going to start in St. Lucia and are curious how we should pack, based on the weather. Thanks, Terry K."
Thank you for your question.
While most customers focus on St Thomas yacht rentals in the Virgin Islands, we are excited to hear that you and your family are headed further south, to enjoy a Windward Islands yacht charter. The scenery is quite different from that in the Virgin Islands -- there are tall mountains, waterfalls, and rainforests - it's truly a subtropical wonderland!
We checked with the crew of sail yacht CERULEAN, a crewed catamaran yacht charter vessel that spends the winter in the Windward Islands (also known as The Grenadines). Here are their suggestions for you:
When it comes to yachting, the words, "Fast" and "Displacement" are rarely uttered in the same sentence. In part, displacement yachts tend to be built heavier and wider, to achieve maximum comfort. The tradeoff for this stability at sea has traditionally been speed.
However, one builder continues to throw convention to the wind.
Italy's Benetti Yachts, has unveiled a third generation of fast yachts, rounding out an extensive range of vessels which currently includes class range semi-custom displacement vessels from 93' to 145', and custom-built megayachts starting at 45 meters.
In 2010, we took a look at efforts to control the invasion of lionfish in the Florida Keys. Recent reports paint a disturbing picture - efforts to control the population have not been successful.
According to Oregon State scientist Stephanie Green, “There is strong evidence that the lionfish is having negative effects on the native population. We don’t see any signal that anything is controlling lionfish population.”
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.
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.
Hoping to lure interest in a year end Caribbean yacht vacation, the classic replica schooner GERMANIA NOVA has announced a special price offer.
Book an Antigua yacht charter vacation before October 31, 2013 and receive a 16% discount off the regular high season winter price.
Guests will pay $80,000 per week for either a Christmas or New Year's booking. Her regular rate is $95,000 per week (all rates are plus running expenses).
After October 31st, the rates will return to the standard, published prices:
$95,000 per week (High Season)
$75,000 per week (Low Season)
A replica of a classic racing schooner, sail yacht GERMANIA NOVA entered the Mediterranean yacht charter market in 2011. The original schooner was built in 1908 by Krupp shipyards and designed by Dr. Max Oertz. The modern version, the 55 meter sailing yacht GERMANIA NOVA was built in Pontevedra, Spain by Factoria Naval de Marin, and designed by Matthias Oertz and Ingo Oliver. A crew of 13 attends to a maximum 10 guests in 5 staterooms.
A true sailing yacht, guests are encouraged to pitch in to hoist the sails and assist the crew on deck!
The yacht is currently based in Antigua, at the famous Nelson’s Dockyard marina.
Come enjoy an exhilarating experience at sea. Be sure to secure your reservation before October 31st, to secure the maximum price discount.
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!
Today we shine the spotlight on the Abeking & Rasmussen yacht EXCELLENCE V, the 5th vessel in an eponymous line of highly successful superyachts.
German-built, this 60 meter lady combines elegant design with a sense of space that seems to stretch far beyond her physical dimensions. Indeed, the interior volumes of motoryacht EXCELLENCE V are far more common on Mediterranean yacht charter vessels in the 70 to 75 meter range.
For his 5th yacht, the owner turned to London based Reymond Langton Design to develop a design approach where space is optimally utilized to meet the charter guests' needs. This approach is most evident within the guest staterooms. Other than the master located on the upper deck, all charter accommodations are situated on the main fore deck. These sleeping quarters offer large windows, spaciousness, and easy accessibility.
The exterior of the yacht embodies the sense of space provided in the interior. Her sleek lines, navy blue hull, and white superstructure portray a classic style with a contemporary feel.
Architecturally, major design amenities include:
● Beach club to starboard
● Port-side gym and massage room
● Aft swimming and dive platform
A further example of the yacht's reverence to flexibility and comfort is the tender launching area, which can be directly accessed from the double suite aft of the master stateroom [perfect for discreet getaways, without disturbing other onboard guests].
Overall, her interior style is sophisticated and grand. A central elevator connects all five decks, while a spiral staircase provides access to each interior level. Glossy dark wooden wall panels frame the staircase, and natural stone floors complete the elegant feel.
Throughout the saloon and living spaces, soft upholstery and cushions, and curvy furniture are blended together in colors of grays, light beige and hints of red.
The same colors, warmth, and intimate feel of the interior flow outward to the exterior lounge areas. Here L-shaped couches actually face outward, allowing guests to enjoy the sweeping panorama from the uncluttered deck areas.
A favorite deck area is the privacy deck directly outside the master stateroom. Here, the guests can enjoy impressive views from either the large cockpit or the private Jacuzzi tub. Adjacent lounge pads turn this oasis into a private sun deck for the lead charter guests.
For social gatherings, the yacht offers a wonderfully-appointed sun deck featuring a Jacuzzi tub, wet bar, sun pads, and intimate cockpit area.
For active charterers, the yacht holds 4 sets of SCUBA gear (for rendezvous diving), waverunners, SUPs (Stand Up Paddleboards), kayaks, SeaBob, a water trampoline, and many other water sports toys.
Possibilities are endless onboard Abeking & Rasmussen superyacht, EXCELLENCE V. Charterers will simply be amazed by the space, elegant design, and the variety of options for fun and relaxation.
Thinking about a year-end vacation in the Caribbean? For more information on how to arrange a Christmas or New Year's Eve St Barts yacht charter vacation onboard this luxury megayacht, contact SailAway Yacht Charters at http://www.1800sailaway.com/contact_us.html
In July, we informed our readers about the new regulations imposing French VAT on yacht charters taking place in that country.
The new regulations will apply from 15 July 2013 to charter agreements for yachts for the purposes of leisure travel.
Why rent a private yacht to attend the world's preeminent film festival when you can stay onboard your own superyacht?
That's exactly what Steven Spielberg did - opting to stay aboard his 282' luxury yacht charter vessel, motor yacht SEVEN SEAS, during the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival, which took place in Cannes, France.
The legendary film producer and director spent most nights onboard the Oceanco motor yacht SEVEN SEAS, along with wife, Kate Capshaw.
Spielberg served as the President of the film jury for the main competition.
When asked about his role as head of the jury, Spielberg replied, "It is an honor and a privilege to preside over the jury of a festival that proves, again and again, that cinema is the language of the world.”
While other A-list celebs were forced to navigate the crowded streets of Cannes and the endless sea of paparazzi, Spielberg and his guests escaped each evening to the privacy of a, "floating villa." Spielberg yacht SEVEN SEAS offers accommodations for 12 guests and is loaded with amenities.
The infinity swimming pool on her aft deck can conveniently be transformed into a full helipad, or used as a screen for viewing movies while on deck or in the pool, itself.
Some of our readers may remember first reading about yacht SEVEN SEAS in June, 2011, while Leo DiCaprio and then-steady Blake Lively were onboard. Later that same summer, the Mediterranean yacht charter vessel was again in the news when the Steven Spielberg yacht ran afoul of the Italian Coast Guard while guest Gwyneth Paltrow was visiting.
You are the chef onboard a St. Barts yacht charter vessel, and your guests have asked you to create a lavish meal at sea with hard-to-find ingredients. Where do you turn?
The answer is a specialty food supplier such as The Grateful Palate.