April 2008

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    Taxes and Rebates

    There is just no escaping them–taxes seem to be everywhere, even the Caribbean! The island of Nevis has just implemented a historic tax act. The Nevis Island Assembly has passed this piece of legislation that will see properties on the island being taxed based on market value. The Nevis Property Tax Ordinance 2008 will modernize […]

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    Taylor’d Yacht Charters

    “ The folks in the above photo are Sandy and Tom Taylor, who announced this week that they are officially opening a booking agency called Taylor’d Yacht Charters. I’ve known Sandy for quite some time now, most recently in her capacity as the head of retail charter and crew placement for Northrop & Johnson. She […]

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    Name That Festival!

    “Carnival season is just around the corner, and the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee is holding a unique contest for Festival 2008. How would you like to be the person coming up with the theme and slogan for Festival 2008? Members of the public are invited to compete to come up with a theme […]

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    Unusual Option in Turks & Caicos

    “ The photograph above is of the recently renovated (look at that gorgeous wood!) galley onboard the 115-foot Trinity motoryacht Watercolours. She’s currently in the British Virgin Islands, as are a good number of charter yachts, but I’ve learned from management company Northrop & Johnson that Watercolours is heading to the unusual destination of the […]

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    “Dollar for Dollar, Ships vs. Yachts”

    “There’s a heck of a lot of buzz on the Internet right now about the new 951-foot-long cruise ship Ventura, which P&O Cruise Lines launched this weekend in England–proudly hailing her as “the largest superliner ever built for the British market.” This is a whopper of a cruise ship, taking more than 3,000 passengers at […]

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    10 Best Charter Yacht Chefs in the British Virgin Islands

    April 28, 2008 Broker Ann-Wallis White—one of the original charter yacht culinary competition judges from years ago—responded to our inquiry about favorite BVI yacht chefs with nearly an entire Top 10 list of her own. First up is Sarah Munro on the 67-foot catamaran Marmot. “She is absolutely wonderful. We have guests who have chartered […]

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    Flammia Joins International Yacht Charter Group

    “Charter broker Sue Flammia–the last remaining retail broker in the Fort Lauderdale office of Merrill-Stevens following the division closings in early March–has left the company to join International Yacht Charter Group. Flammia’s move leaves Merrill-Stevens without any retail charter brokers in the United States, where the company had both a retail charter division as well […]

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    New Podcast: Yacht Charter Basics

    “ As part of the marketing campaign for the second edition of my how-to-charter book, Dream Cruises, I have been doing my fair share of radio interviews. Most recently, I was featured on a show called AuthorTalk with a host who asked a lot of general questions about the basics of booking a first charter […]

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    The Refit of Lauren L

    “ The biggest European charter show of the year will begin in less than two weeks, in Genoa, Italy, where one of the motoryachts I’m most looking forward to seeing is Lauren L. Previously known as Constellation, she just completed a refit that, among other things, added a helideck, a new deck for tender stowage, […]

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    New Track Opening in the BVI

    On Thursday, April 24th, a new rubberized track is set for a grand opening at the A.O. Shirley Recreation Grounds on Tortola. Receiving a Class II certification by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), the opening of the multi-million dollar facility marks a significant milestone for the government and people of the BVI. The […]

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