October 2006

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    Building a Better Charter Yacht

    “I just had the pleasure of touring the brand-new 123-foot Palmer Johnson motoryacht Muse at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. She’s a sexy yacht, to be sure, with a luscious Italian interior by Nuvolari Lenard that brings modern style to a classic layout. (CharterWave members can see the very interesting photos in November when […]

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    “Burn, Baby, Burn”

    “Fuel burn rates are not what I would call “sexy” details when it comes to charter yachts, but a conversation I had with an experienced captain here at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show reminded me of just how important fuel burn rates can be to your overall charter expenses. Joaquin Freire is the captain […]

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    Good Crew and You

    “It’s hard for me to get onboard so many gorgeous charter yachts. It really is. At a place like this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, there are literally wall-to-wall marinas jam-packed with wall-to-wall yachts of all shapes and sizes. My job as a journalist is to figure out what makes each charter yacht different […]

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    The Little (Big) Things that Make a Difference

    “I attended a luncheon buffet today sponsored by the boatbuilder Hargrave, and I ended up sitting with the owners of the 97-foot charter motoryacht Gigi, which is part of the charter fleet at Merrill-Stevens. I haven’t been onboard the yacht yet personally, but its connection to both Hargrave and Merrill-Stevens tells me it’s more than […]

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    Fractional Ownership

    “In my wanderings around the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show today, I saw three or four giant advertisements for fractional ownership programs. The idea is similar to timeshares: You buy a share of an entire boat, to use during the fraction of the year when you have vacation days to go cruising. I checked out […]

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    More on Mickey

    “A few more details on Carnival Cruise Corp. honcho Mickey Arison’s personal yacht, for those of you keeping track of where the REAL relaxation can be found while cruising on vacation at sea: It’s a 200-foot-long motoryacht, making it one of the biggest personal yachts in the entire world. It’s called Mylin IV, should you […]

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    “Oh, What a Tangled Web…”

    “I learned an interesting factoid today. Mickey Arinson, the man who owns and runs Carnival Cruise Corp. (the biggest cruise ship company in the world) owns his own yacht. Even though he owns several fleets of cruise ships, he chooses a private yacht when he wants a truly relaxing vacation at sea. At least now […]

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    Interesting Idea

    “I’m in Fort Lauderdale this week, scouting new yachts and crew for CharterWave members, all as part of the city’s massive annual boat show. I found myself this afternoon in the offices of Ocean Independence, chatting with the company’s USA point person, Ray “Rags” Weldon, when the owner of an 84-foot motoryacht wandered in the […]

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    We Must Be Onto Something…

    “My husband and I had dinner recently with a friend of his from the golf business and the golfer’s wife. It seems my hubby spent half the day on the course telling the golfer all about CharterWave and my new book about cruising vacations, and so when I joined the group for dinner later in […]

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    “So far, So good”

    “For those of you keeping track, CharterWave has been up and running for the general public for about a week now. We seem to have worked out all the remaining bugs in the system, and we’re already receiving subscriptions and requests for advertising placements. Those of us here at CharterWave who have been working on […]

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