UFO Sighting in Italy Yacht Charter Marketplace

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by Good Times SailAway
When it comes to innovation and design, leave it to the Italians to turn the yachting industry on its head.
 
Looking more like a UFO than a boat, Italian design studio Lazzarini launched its first "mini yacht" during the 2013 Monaco yacht charter show.
 
The Lazzarini Jet Capsule is a compact water craft measuring just 7.5 meters (24.6 feet) in length and 3.5 meters (11.5 feet) wide - about the same dimensions of a megayacht tender.
 
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The company feels the futuristic looking vessel can be customized to suit multiple uses - including a water taxi, scuba diving vessel, or elite yacht tender.
 
The Lazzarini Jet Capsule is made with a fiberglass hull, and powered by a hydro-jet system, offering from 315 to 740 hp. The capsule offers a deck protected from the elements, and seating for eight passengers.
 
Amenities include automatic closing doors, a rooftop sunbed, rear diving platform, and a convertible bedroom with head.  The interior can even be customized to include a kitchen.
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The Sardinia yacht charter crowd will be in for an out-of-this-world surprise when anchored at night next to this vessel.  The Jet Capsule's interior and exterior lights are designed to give the impression that the vessel is a UFO spacecraft, as it appears to hover over the water!
 
Prices for the Lazzarini Design Jet Capsule are yet to be released...

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The Italian yacht charter season runs each summer from early June through September. Popular ports of call include Positano, Rome, and the island of Sardinia.  To book your Italy yacht charter, contact SailAway Yacht Charters at http://www.1800sailaway.com/contact_us.html

Builder of Boats For Crewed Catamaran Charters Turns 30

Monday, January 6, 2014 by News SailAway
While the recent Paris boat show was an opportunity for bareboat yacht charter lovers to discover the new Lagoon catamaran 39, a more important milestone was celebrated - the 30th birthday of Lagoon Catamarans.
 
The builder celebrated their shipbuilding birthday at the French show, which ran from December 7 to 15.
 
The first Lagoon catamaran model was delivered in 1987.  Now, over 3,000 Lagoon catamarans have splashed down around the world. 
 
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For three decades, the company has been a leader in design innovation. A few examples:

1997
Lagoon invents vertical windows for the Lagoon 410 catamaran, adding welcoming light and a feeling of more volume.

2004
No one had ever seen or heard of a flybridge on a sailing catamaran.  That is, until Lagoon installed one. Now, a decade later, all Lagoons 45’ and larger are equipped with a flybridge.

2006
The first hybrid-powered cruising catamaran is introduced to the market - the Lagoon 420.

2009
The
Lagoon 620, the benchmark for crewed catamaran charters was introduced. Ask any charter broker their preferred vessels for a Virgin Islands yacht charter vacation, and they will probably point to Lagoon 620 sail catamaran AVALON and luxury sailing catamaran CROCODILE DADDY

2013
The new Lagoon 39 and 52 models, featuring innovation by VPLP naval architects, have the masts pushed back aft for comfort, performance, and easy handling. 
 
Happy 30th birthday, Lagoon!  Thank you for all that you've done for the catamaran charter industry -- here's to another 30 years.

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Come explore the Virgin islands this winter from the comfort of the wide deck of a crewed catamaran yacht.  For more information, contact SailAway Yacht Charters at http://www.1800sailaway.com/contact_us.html

New 72m St. Martin Yacht Charter Vessel Nominated For Design Awards

Saturday, January 4, 2014 by Special Events SailAway

The finalists for the 2014 ShowBoats Design Awards have been announced, and one of the world's largest yachts, the 72 meter motor yacht AXIOMA, has been nominated for two awards.

New to the charter market, yacht AXIOMA - Ex Red Square, is competing in the categories of:

Best Interior Design - Displacement Motor Yachts, 60 meters and larger.

 

Best Exterior Design and Styling - Displacement Motor Yachts, 60 meters and larger.

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Built by Dunya Yachts in 2013, and designed by Alberto Pinto, the St. Martin yacht charter vessel AXIOMA  affords charter guests enormous volume. Featuring six decks, the builders have created a superyacht with over 30,000 square meters of space.

This magnificent yacht is available this winter at a rate of  EURO 490,000 per week plus running expenses.

Current Bookings:

22 Dec - 01 Jan 2014 St Maarten
02 - 12 Jan 2014 St Maarten
13 - 18 Jan 2014 St Maarten
23 - 30 Mar 2014 T/B/A
01 - 21 Apr 2014 Transit to Europe


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The ShowBoats Design Awards are now in their 5th season, and shine the spotlight on the yachting industry's most talented designers and builders. The international list of nominees - superyacht owners, designers and industry leaders will gather for a gala event on Monday, February 24, at Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens, Austria.  The awards ceremony will take place on the first evening of the Superyacht Design Symposium - a two-day affair for superyacht owners and industry professionals.

Other yachts that might be of interest in terms of similar size and capacity include 2011 Fincantieri motor yacht SERENE,
2011 Feadship motor yacht AIR, and SYCARA V.

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For further information, please contact SailAway Yacht Charters at http://www.1800sailaway.com/contact_us.html today
 

Luxury yacht charter vacationers? What's in Store for 2-0-1-4??

Friday, January 3, 2014 by News SailAway

Trends for 2014:

  • Smartphones, tablets, and any handheld computers are the norm (versus desktop computers). Even people resistant to change in their personal and professional lives are changing to adopt technology. Everyone has access to computers and smartphones...regardless of his/her "station in life."

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  • The "personal touch" between family, friends, businesses, and clients must receive direct focus in order to stay an important aspect of life.  The "use it or lose it" belief is alive and well.
  • Handwritten communication is fading into the past, without direct use and practice.  Schools no longer teach personalization in life. Technology has center stage, which is a blessing (technological medical advances move closer to cures ever day...diagnosis, treatments, and surgeries are complete different than they were in the past)...and a curse (what happened to handwritten communication and face-to-face meetings).
  • Society in general is moving more toward caring for others (think: Pay It Forward, Practice Random Acts of Kindness) and for animals.

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  • People are stepping up to help others (and to keep others – and animals – from harm) in my experience.  Companies are making more sustainable products and being more environmentally responsible.
  • All aspects of life are being directed toward recycling, reducing, and reusing….just loving the Earth and caring about our surroundings.

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  • There's a dramatic shift toward “Making a Difference.”

 

Here's to another wonderful year ahead!  Thank you for making a difference with SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants!


 

Planning a Croatia Yacht Charter? Expect To Pay More.

Friday, January 3, 2014 by Destinations SailAway
In November, the Croatian government voted on a fiscal consolidation package to reduce the country's deficit. One of the measures included an increased intermediate Value Added Tax (VAT, or PDV, as it is called in Croatia) rate from 10% to 13%.
 
Travelers organizing a yacht charter vacation in Croatia need to be aware of this increase, as the costs will certainly be passed along by the yacht owner to the charterer.
 
According to Jana Sheeder, a luxury yacht charter industry expert, other increases should be expected as well. "In each of the past three summer seasons, we have seen an increase in interest in Dalmatian yacht charter adventures in Croatia," says Sheeder.  "We are advising our clients to budget not only for the increase in VAT, but also for the higher excise taxes on fuel that were approved in November.  In short, the cost to enjoy both a Croatia bareboat rental or a fully crewed yacht vacation will cost about 5% more in the summer of 2014."
 
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Trips to the Dalmatian Islands in Croatia now challenge locations in Italy and France as the most popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination. Wild and mostly uninhabited, many of the islands are environmentally protected as national parklands and offer a varied and diverse cruising ground for sail boat charters.
 
"Must-see" itinerary stops in Croatia include
  • Kornati National Park
  • The Town of Split, a UNESCO City
  • The Islands of Hvar, Brac, and Vis
  • Trogir, a World Heritage Organization City
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park
 

Luxury Yacht Charter Maven Reflects on Industry in 2013

Thursday, January 2, 2014 by News SailAway

With many of her clients still onboard their yachts enjoying their 2013 year-end St Barts yacht charter vacations, Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters, takes a few minutes to reflect on the year that was (and offers us a glimpse of what's to come in 2014).
 

Q:  The charter industry still seems to be recovering from the global economic downturn of the past couple years.  Did 2013 represent an uptick in the volume of charter business?

Sheeder:  "Our research indicates 2013 showed significant improvement in charter revenues when compared to both 2011 and 2012.  Many newly-built yachts entered the  charter marketplace in 2013.  These are builds that had stalled while under construction during the height of the downturn.  As the global economy began to pick up, delayed construction projects commenced.

The result is a beautiful new fleet of superyacht charter vessels that hit the seas in time for the 2013 summer Mediterranean charter season."


Q:  Did the year end on an uptick?

Sheeder:  "We haven't seen any industry data yet, so we can't speak for our competitors.  We can tell you in terms of the Caribbean yacht charter marketplace,  SailAway had its strongest December in over 3 years. While the inquiries for smaller vessels did not grow, our bookings of superyachts - some of the
largest yachts in the world -  increased significantly.

Presently, we have the two largest charter vessels currently docked in St Barts for 9 night charters - motor yacht LAUREL (240 feet, $525,000 per week) and the Lurssen yacht charter motoryacht
MARTHA ANN
(230 feet, 600,000 EUROS per week)."

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Q:  What was the biggest change you witnessed in 2013 in the charter industry?

Sheeder:  "I would have to say the ending of VAT exempt charters in France. For many years, our clients enjoyed St. Tropez yacht charters and summer vacations along the Cote d'Azur, free of the burden of VAT.  That all changed in the summer of 2013 when the
French yacht charter VAT went into effect.   As of July 15, 2013, charterers can expect to pay an additional 9.8% for their Côte d'Azur yacht charter."


Q:  Are you optimistic as you look ahead to 2014?

Sheeder:  "Our team is extremely optimistic as we focus on incremental growth in 2014. During the economic downturn, while many of our competitors hunkered down to ride out the storm, we took a contrarian approach.  We focused our efforts on increased marketing. Our strategy was simple - stay in touch with existing clients and prospects. We wanted to be "easy to find" once the economy turned around.

Internally, we call it our "Tip of the Tongue" project.  Clients had "tightened their belts" during the downturn and we were committed to be the brand they remembered (always on the tip of the tongue) when they were ready to loosen their discretionary income belts!


 

Now that 2014 is here, we are excited to announce that:

  • Our newly-designed website is nearing completion
  • We are launching a new subsidiary to provide luxury yacht tenders to megayacht owners
  • We are opening additional satellite offices
  • We are focused on charitable causes -- helping others, helping marine life, and helping the environment -- Paying it Forward and Making a Difference for all that's been given to us! 

The sky's the limit!  It will be an exciting, challenging, and awe-inspiring year!"

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For more information about yacht vacations around the world, please visit SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants at http://www.1800sailaway.com/ and share our information with your friends, family, and associates!

Happiest of Holidays to our Luxury Yacht Charter "Family"

Thursday, December 26, 2013 by Good Times SailAway
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At this wonderful time of the year, we at SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants would like to wish our "yacht charter family" of discriminating clients, megayacht owners, professional crew members, management professionals, vendors, corporate and special event attendees, personal assistants, agents, concierges, and EVERYONE with whom we've had the privilege and honor to work and spend time with this year a very happy holiday season. 

We are eternally grateful to you for your patronage, readership, comments, suggestions, and interest in what we offer, be it super yacht charters, renting a private yacht,
bareboat charter, or yacht charters in locations such as Greece, the Virgin Islands, St. Barts, the French or Italian Riviera, Ibiza, the Bahamas, New England, or anywhere else in the world. 

Thank you for being in our lives, for helping us to make a difference in this world, and for being valuable members of Team SailAway.  Here's to a wonderful year and future ahead for all.

 

*  Happy Holidays  *  Merry Christmas  *  Happy Winter Solstice  *  Happy Kwanzaa  * 

*  Feliz Navidad  *  Happy Hanukkah and Thanksgivukkah *  Buone Feste   *  Joyeuses Fêtes  *  Hag Sameach  *

*  Felices Fiestas  *  Trevlig Helg  *  Boas Festas  *  Mutlu Bayramlar  *  Sarbatori Fericite  *

*  Jie Ri Yu Kuai  *  Bones Festes  *  Tanoshii kurisumasu wo  * Ii holide eximnandi  *

*  Forhe Feiertage  *  Prettige feestdagen  *  Hau'oli Lanui  *  Beannachtaí na Féile  *

*  Vesele Praznike  *  Selamat Hari Raya  *  Sretni praznici  *  QISmaS DatIvjaj  *

*  Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto  *   веселых праздников  *

*  veselykh prazdnikov  *  Gozhqq Keshmish  *  shèngdàn kuàilè  * 

*  Kalá hristúyenna  *  メリークリスマス  *  merī kurisumasu  * 


*  Ya'at'eeh Keshmish  *  S Roždestvom Khristovym  *     Bonu nadale  *   Feliz Natal  *


 

Sincerely yours,


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President
SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants
...since 1976

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

Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Destinations SailAway
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.
 
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 BISTANGO, 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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Yacht Kismet II Announced As Lurssen Yacht Charter Kismet Sold

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by News SailAway

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.

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The Mediterranean yacht charter superyacht boasts an Art Deco inspired interior by Reymond Langton Design, which includes black granite floors, mirrored ceilings, spiral staircase, and glass elevator. Talk about opulence. All baths feature Baccarat crystal and Sardinelli fixtures and fittings, and the sinks have gold leaf scrolling.
 
Accommodations are offered for 12 guests in 1 master stateroom, a VIP cabin, and 4 double guest cabins.
 
Motoryacht Kismet, will be replaced in the charter market by the new 94 meter (308ft) Lürssen yacht Kismet II, scheduled to be available in 2014.
 
Other Lürssen yachts available for hire include:
 
Motor yacht TV (ex motor yacht Mad Summer) 
 
Motor yacht LADY KATHRYN V
 
Motor yacht MARTHA ANN 
 
Motor yacht SOLEMATES
 
Motor yacht ACE

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Stunning Sail Yachts Prepare For Virgin Islands Luxury Yacht Charter Season

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Destinations SailAway

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.

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November is the month many yachts make the "Milk Run," sailing across the Atlantic Ocean from Europe to the Caribbean.

As in years past, the Virgin Island yacht charter fleet is expected to dominate the market in terms of the number of available yachts for hire, especially in the category of crewed catamaran charters.  Yachts such as Lagoon 620 catamaran yacht
THE CURE, and Sunreef 62 catamaran, TAHAA II are already in position to accept reservations (how does a Welcome to 2014 yacht charter vacation sound???).

While the St. Thomas yacht charter market in the USVI, and the Tortola yacht charter market in the BVI are quite sizeable in terms of small to mid-size yachts, a large contingent of sail superyachts will choose the deeper water of the Leeward Islands for their winter base.  The St Martin yacht charter fleet and the St Barts fleets are expected to include these mega yacht charter stalwarts:

203 foot sail yacht
ATHOS

198 foot sail yacht KOKOMO
 
183 foot Perini Navi yacht PANTHALASSA
 

Center Stage Belongs To Florida Luxury Yacht Charter Vessels at Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show - 1800sailaway

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Special Events SailAway
The  2013 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 31-Nov 4, 2013, has drawn to a close.  Picture-perfect weather brought out record numbers of boating enthusiasts.
 
The 54th installment of the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, FLIBS, covers six locations and over 3 million square feet of space. Exhibits range from yacht builders and designers, to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A variety of boats are on display, both in water and on land - runabouts, center consoles, cabin cruisers, skiffs, sailing yachts, tenders, superyachts, megayachts, powerboats, catamarans, and monohull sailboats.
 
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Of course the star attractions each year remain the extraordinary superyacht vessels that dominate the Caribbean yacht charter marketplace each winter.  
 
"For us, FLIBS represents the launch of the winter charter season," says Jana Sheeder , President of SailAway Yacht Charters"This is our chance to introduce our clients to the winter season's best options for Florida yacht charter vacations.  Additionally, many of these yachts will consider relocating to the nearby islands to accept Bahamas yacht charter bookings."
 
Among the charter yachts on hand at FLIBS were: 
 
♦  2009 187ft sail yacht MONTIGNE 
 
♦  2010 224ft Nobiskrug motor yacht SYCARA V
 
♦  2010 190ft Trinity super yacht MI SUENO 
 
In addition to the hundreds of yachts on display, Sheeder points out the show is the perfect venue for inspecting and testing the hottest new watertoys "If we see a 'must have' toy that we feel will enhance the charter experience for our clients, we'll be the first to promote it to the charter yacht owners.  There is truly something for everyone at FLIBS."

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Bareboat Sailboat Vacation Lets You Take The Helm - 1800sailaway luxury yacht charter

Monday, November 11, 2013 by Good Times SailAway

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!


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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!

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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!


 

Getting There - Best Airport for Caribbean Catamaran Yacht Charter - 1800sailaway

Saturday, November 9, 2013 by Destinations SailAway

"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. 

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Note -  there is also an airport in St. Croix, the Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport, St. Croix (STX). However, very few catamaran and sailboat rental companies operate from St. Croix, as there are very few calm anchorage areas.

So who flies into STT?  As to major airlines flying from the United States to Saint Thomas, Delta has flights to Saint Thomas Cyril E King, American Airlines has flights to STT Cyril E King, and US Airways has flights to Saint Thomas Cyril E King International Airport.  You'll find both direct flights as well as connecting flights through San Juan, Puerto Rico in the Spanish Virgin Islands.

Now that you know HOW to get there, here are three crewed catamaran sailing yachts available for charter in the Virgin Islands:

Sunreef 70 catamaran
MUSE 

Fountaine Pajot Galathea 65 catamaran WORLD'S END 

Lagoon 62 luxury yacht charter catamaran GO FREE 
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To charter your own private luxury yacht, contact SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants at http://www.1800sailaway.com/contact_us.html
 

Classic St. Tropez Yacht Charter Sailboat is Spooky Fast | Luxury Yacht

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Yacht of the Week SailAway

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.

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Yacht Specs: 

  • SHIPYARD: William Fife
  • MODEL: Bermudan Cutter
  • YEAR: 1926
  • LENGTH: 68.9ft – 21m
  • BEAM: 14.5ft – 4.42m
  • ENGINES: 1x80hp
  • TOP SPEED: 11kts (20km/h.)
  • CRUISING SPEED: 8kts (15km/h.)
  • CONSUMPTION: 8L/h. (cruising speed)
  • CREW: 3

ON BOARD 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.

  • Hallowe’en is a coded vessel (SCV2) with all necessary safety requirements updated and certified annually.
  • On board cuisine catering to personal tastes with an emphasis on fresh Mediterranean produce.
  • Mediterranean Racing circuit covering French Riviera, Italy, Sardinia, Corsica, Barcelona, Majorca, Mahon, Monaco.
  • CD/IPOD stereo system with deck speakers
  • Zodiac tender with 15hp 4 stroke engine.
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Easy access to and from water via swimming ladder
  • New race sails 2010/2011

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Other classic yachts for hire include sail yacht GERMANIA NOVA and Jackie Onassis famous yacht CHRISTINA O.  

For charter rates and more information, please contact SailAway Yacht Charter at http://www.1800sailaway.com/contact_us.html

 

Your Saint Lucia Yacht Charter - Packing Tips

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Good Times SailAway

"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." 


Caribbean yacht charter Grenadines St. Lucia Barbados sailboat vacation tropical sailing tripHi Terry,

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: 

  • Lightweight clothing is suitable as the climate is tropical. Perhaps a pullover for the evening.
  • When venturing ashore for the evening, smart casual is widely acceptable in the Grenadines.
  • Bring along your favorite hat. Polarized sunglasses are a must! 
  • Water tolerant shoes or flip flops that are comfortable, easily worn, and easily removed are best.
  • A lightweight UV skin guard for snorkeling is of comfort to yourself.
No need to pack toiletries since items such as shampoo, toothpaste, shaving cream and sunblock.  Those items are readily available on almost every charter vessel in the Caribbean.
 
Have a great trip, and don't forget to take lots of pictures!

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Italian Builder - New Fast Displacement Megayacht | SailAway

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by News SailAway

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.

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The new Fast Displacement line of composite vessels built by Benetti in Viareggio, Italy includes two models -- the Benetti F-140, first introduced in 2012, and the brand new Benetti F-125.

The new line Benetti F-125 is designed to be truly versatile, offering speed when needed, but at the same time fuel efficiency and comfort.

In a recent press release, Benetti CEO Vincenzo Poerio touted the new line:  "Many of our clients have requested faster, more versatile, and efficient boats, while maintaining the same level of comfort and customization found in our existing yachts. The new Fast Displacement line is designed precisely in response to these requests, and it rounds out our current offering in the Class Range. We haven't just created a new series; we have invested time and resources - combining the Benetti's 140-years of experience in super yachts with the technological know-how of Azimut Benetti Group - to create a new way of heading out to sea."

Comfort and luxurious European styling make Benetti yachts popular rental vessels.  Italian yacht charter customers often request Benetti yachts by name.


 
 
Some of the popular Benetti yacht charter vessels include:

Motor yacht
SILVER ANGEL - designed specifically for extensive long-range cruising
 
Motor yacht CHECKMATE  - a 2013 addition to the Monaco yacht charter marketplace
 
Motor yacht DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER - the latest James Bond boat to honor the heralded film franchise

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To plan an Italian Riviera yacht charter vacation onboard one of these fine yachts, contact SailAway at http://www.1800sailaway.com/contact_us.html

Lionfish Havoc - Florida Yacht Charter Grounds |Yacht Charter

Monday, October 28, 2013 by News SailAway

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.”

 

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The problem is simple - lionfish, native to the western Pacific Ocean, have no natural predators in the Atlantic Ocean. They live up to 15 years, and one female can produce as many as 2 million eggs in one year.
 
"Many of our Florida yacht charter clients are avid divers," reports Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters. "We are hearing more and more tales of multiple lionfish in the reefs in the Florida Keys, as well as the in the cruising grounds in the nearby Bahamas."
 
So far, the only viable option to attempt to control the invasion remains the same - eat them!  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association continues to exotic lionfish continue invading florida yacht charter cruising grounds - ideal remedy is to eat themrecommend aggressive efforts to harvest and consume lionfish.
 
So, next time you are at your favorite seafood restaurant, instead of ordering an overfished item like tuna, see if lionfish is on the menu! Enjoy a delicious meal AND make a difference!

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Affordable airfare from just about anywhere in the United States makes Miami and the Florida Keys an excellent venue for a domestic yachting holiday.   Learn more by contacting SailAway at http://www.1800sailaway.com/contact_us.html
 

3 Yacht Charter Destinations You Must See | Luxury yacht charter

Saturday, October 26, 2013 by Destinations SailAway

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. 

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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.


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Motor yacht AIR, Benetti yacht charter vessel BISTANGO, 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.

 
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Popular Greek yacht charter vessels include motor yacht LADY BRITT  and super yacht EXCELLENCE V.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Classic Schooner Offers Discount for Antigua Yacht Charter at Christmas | Luxury Yacht

Friday, October 25, 2013 by Special Offers SailAway

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).

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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.
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German Builder Holds Record for World's Largest Yachts | Yacht Charter

Thursday, October 24, 2013 by News SailAway
A quick look at the top ten world's largest yachts puts to bed any doubt which shipyard can lay claim to the most superyachts on the seas. 
 
Of the ten largest yachts in service today, Germany's Lürssen Yachts has built 5 of them, including 3 of the top 5.
 
With the recent launch of the world's largest yacht, motor yacht AZZAM, Lürssen also lays claim to the top spot.  Lürssen Yachts launched the 180 meter yacht AZZAM in early 2013, wrestling the top spot away from the Roman Abramovich owned motor yacht ECLIPSE, a 162.50 meter Blohm & Voss GmbH vessel launched in 2010.
 
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Founded by Friedrich Lurssen in 1875, Fr. Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co. remains a family-run yard, now in its fourth generation of private ownership.  With headquarters in Bremen-Vegesack, Lurssen Yachts is renown for building some of the world’s finest luxury yachts between 33 and 200 metres, and can also lay claim to building the world’s first motor yacht in 1886.

Lürssen operates 5 yards in northern Germany and employs more than 1000 craftsmen and 200 engineers.
 
The company lends its name to some of the charter industry's largest yachts, including:
 
♣  Motor yacht TV  (ex motor yacht MAD SUMMER ex GEKKE ZOMMER)
 
♣  Motor yacht MARTHA ANN    
 
♣  208ft yacht POLAR STAR
 
♣  2009-built yacht ARKLEY
 
♣  60 meter yacht SOLEMATES

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