May 2007

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    Twin Bed Tryouts

    “So many yachts these days have brochures that list “twin-bed cabins,” but what does that really mean? During my recent boat tours at the European charter shows, I realized just how different some twin-bed cabins are from others. Take a look at these shots from four different motoryachts and see for yourself: The “twin” beds […]

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    One Fat Fee

    “I spent some time onboard the beautiful 86-foot powercatamaran Bell’Mare during the recent Genoa charter show, chatting with the captain and crew about the differences between chartering “regular” powerboats and catamarans. The captain mentioned that Bell’Mare is often charged one and a half times the regular dockage fees at some marinas simply because as a […]

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    The Name Game

    “As I look through my notes from the recent Mediterranean charter yacht shows, I realize that I am now familiar with no fewer than three motoryachts that go by the name Charisma. One, of course, is the 130-footer built by Hatteras whose captain blogs for us here on CharterWave from the Caribbean and Bahamas. The […]

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    Pirates of the Caribbean

    “There’s a huge amount of hype here in the States right now for the third installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie trilogy starring Johnny Depp. Even the usually sedate History Channel is getting in on the action with a special about real-life pirates, like Blackbeard, and their lives in the Caribbean. I caught […]

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    Saving Money in Sardinia

    “In the world of big-money, Western Mediterranean charters, there’s a lot of talk right now about a luxury tax being charged to guests onboard charter yachts that visit Sardinia. The tax is in the neighborhood of 10,000 euros, or about $13,400, for a single visit to the upscale Italian island. Several charter brokers I trust […]

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    Bigger Isn’t Always Bigger

    “I’m reviewing my notes about a few of the charter yachts that I toured during my recent trip to the Mediterranean, and more than a few times, I noted that certain boats “feel bigger than their LOA.” LOA, a term you’ll see in standard charter yacht brochures, stands for “length overall.” If you’re new to […]

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    Mega Demand for Summer 2008

    “Four or five brokers who attended the recent Genoa charter show came up and asked me, with great concern, to write something here on CharterWave about how competitive the market has gotten for summertime charters in the Western Mediterranean. These brokers were all frustrated because they’re getting calls now, during the spring, from people who […]

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    “Bad, Bad Broker”

    “I met a new charter broker at the recent boat show in Greece. She invited me to lunch onboard a yacht she represents, so that I could see for myself just how fabulous the food and service were. When I arrived, I took out my notebook and asked her to tell me about the chef’s […]

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    Generating Some Real Heat

    “I found myself asking a question at last week’s charter yacht show in Turkey that I have never felt the need to ask at any other show, anywhere in the world: “How many generators does this yacht have?” I must admit, I usually look at things like “number of staterooms” and “number of crew” when […]

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    Charter Book Wins Again!

    “I was all set to be cranky today following what turned out to be an arduous 26-hour return to the States full of flight cancellations, missed connections and airport terminal 100-yard dashes, but a quick look through the stack of mail on the kitchen table has turned my jetlagged mood right around There is a […]

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