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June 2010

CharterWave eNews

 

2010 Genoa charter yacht showComplete Coverage of Spring Charter Yacht Shows in Italy, Greece, Turkey, U.S. Virgin Islands, and British Virgin Islands

The charter yacht industry remains in flux as the global economy continues to struggle, according to reports from leading brokers and managers who attended key charter yacht shows last month in Europe and the Virgin Islands.

In general, the number of charter inquiries appears to be higher than at this time in 2009, but brokers continue to report heavy negotiations between yacht owners and potential clients, as well as a lower-than-usual percentage of inquiries translating into actual bookings.

“I think the good news out of the spring shows is that some very high-quality brokers and yachts have managed to remain in business following a massively challenging 18-month period,” says CharterWave editor Kim Kavin. “Virtually every yacht that I saw at the show in Genoa, for instance, was polished to the nines with eager, ambitious crew. Almost every broker I saw was an established expert with a verifiable track record in the industry. The silver lining from this difficult economic period may turn out to be a more professional, more refined yacht charter industry in general.”

Kavin’s daily reports from the Genoa show appeared live on the CharterWave Daily Editor’s blog. You can review them via these links: Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, and Day Five.

For a firsthand review of the show in Poros, Greece, see this interview with charter broker Missy Johnston of Northrop and Johnson Worldwide Yacht Charters. She clarifies the recent confusion about how much VAT charter clients will be expected to pay this summer in Greece, and she talks about how she perceives the nation’s economic woes affecting yachts that are available in the Greek Isles.

For an insider’s report from the show in Marmaris, Turkey, see this interview with charter broker Beverly Parsons of Interpac Yachts. She talks about the overall quality of yachts in Turkey continuing to improve, and about how more and more yacht owners are moving toward central-agency booking systems.

For an expert assessment of the shows in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, see this interview with charter broker Kathleen Mullen of Regency Yacht Vacations. She discusses how the lackluster economy is affecting charter yachts in this region differently than in other cruising locales, and about the unique challenges charter clients will face when trying to find discounts in the Virgin Islands this summer.

 

Italian Authorities Seize Charter Yacht Force Blue, Citing Tax Evasion; Report says More Yachts Being Investigated

On May 21, Italian authorities seized the 207-foot expedition motoryacht Force Blue. A 13-page report accuses the yacht’s owner of failing to pay about €4 million in taxes and at least another €250,000 in fuel taxes. Authorities released the following video of the yacht being seized near La Spezia:

 

At issue is whether Force Blue operates as a charter yacht, or whether the owner merely claims that the yacht charters in order to gain financial advantages.

Force Blue has been part of the Fraser Yachts Worldwide charter fleet since 2005 and is currently marketed as taking 12 guests at a weekly base rate of €255,000 in the Mediterranean. The MYBAnet database that charter brokers use stated in late May that Force Blue has four charters booked for this summer, from June 24 to July 2, July 15-25, July 26 to August 1, and August 3-13. It is unclear as of this writing whether authorities will release the yacht in time to perform those charters.

Fraser Yachts released this statement on May 23 saying that that the problem with the yacht appears to be confusing and inconsistent regulations, as opposed to wrongdoing by the yacht’s owner.

“Our immediate priority is to address this problem with the Italian authorities and to offer our client full support in order to secure the release of the yacht as quickly as possible,” the release states. “The vessel is a renowned charter yacht, it is actively marketed and has been extremely popular among charter clients over the past few years with a minimum of 14 weeks of charter per year.”

The Force Blue seizure may be the first of more to come from Italy’s Guardia di Finanza. The Financial Times reported on May 25 that three similar cases of superyacht tax evasion are currently being investigated.

That report also quotes Quentin Bargate, senior partner with the London-based law firm Bargate Murray, as saying: “Our advice to clients has been to be very wary of Italy and to check carefully with advisers before engaging in charter activity there. We hear of other cases in the offing, so it just is not worth taking risks.”

 

charter yacht Victoria crewCharter Yacht Victoria Sinks off Puerto Rico; Owner-Operators Rescued More than 24 Hours Later

On May 29, the popular British Virgin Islands charter yacht Victoria, a 48-foot Swan sailboat, sank about 100 miles southwest of Mona Island, Puerto Rico, after striking a submerged object while en route from St. Thomas to Panama, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Owner-operators Martha Cabada and her husband, Klaus, were at sea in a life raft for several hours before being rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, the agency reports.

“I don’t know how we are,” Cabada told CharterWave editor Kim Kavin by telephone from Tortola on June 1. “We are trying to be all right. We are alive, and we have each other. I mostly just feel sick.”

Our initial report about the sinking of Victoria was posted on the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog June 1, with additional and corrected details from the U.S. Coast Guard as they became available on June 2.

 

2010 BP oil spill in Gulf of MexicoFlorida Keys on Alert, Wildlife in Danger as Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Spreads, Hurricane Season Starts

As of this writing on June 1, British Petroleum CEO Tony Hayward had acknowledged that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is “clearly an environmental catastrophe. There is no two ways about it. It is clear that we are dealing with a very significant environmental crisis and catastrophe.”

Officials in Florida, including in the popular Florida Keys yacht charter region, were on high alert with the oil still spewing uncontrollably from the earth’s crust, and with the slick spreading substantially both above and below the water’s surface. Scientists estimated that some 18 to 39 million barrels of oil had spewed into the Gulf, and that the spill was at least twice as large as the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, formerly the largest in U.S. history.

News reporters have begun to file stories from beneath the water’s surface, where oil appears to be forming miles-long floating columns and where dispersants dropped from airplanes appear to be remaining intact as opposed to disintegrating, despite official statements to the contrary. One such report appeared in late May on the U.S. news program “Good Morning America”:

 

Meanwhile, scientists are uncertain how a hurricane might affect the spill as storm season begins June 1. Some experts say the oil may prevent Gulf waters from evaporating into the air, thus weakening a storm, while others say the oil may produce a heating effect that makes storms stronger.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States is projecting a busy hurricane season with 70 percent probability of 14 to 23 named storms; eight to 14 hurricanes with maximum winds of 74 mph or higher; and three to seven major hurricanes that are Category 3, 4 or 5, with winds of at least 111 mph.

 

Iceland volcano eruptionIceland Volcano Continues to Affect Charter Industry; 2nd Volcano Shows Signs of Eruption

Many charter brokers were delayed while trying to return home after last month’s yacht shows in Europe, with the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland continuing to produce an ash cloud that closed E.U. as well as transatlantic air travel routes. Countless reminders have since been sent to yacht charter clients suggesting the purchase of travel insurance for charters scheduled to take place this summer.

Those reminders seem all the smarter following reports in late May that the larger, more powerful Katla volcano in Iceland was also showing signs of eruption. Experts say there has been a 200 percent increase in Katla’s volcanic activity, with four earthquakes detected nearby in just 12 hours on a single day.

Any reputable charter broker can help you secure travel insurance at the time you book a yacht charter vacation.

 

Ocean Independence logoTrend Continues toward Multi-Week Discount Pricing

Management company Ocean Independence announced early last month that the 140-foot Astilleros de Mallorca motoryacht Berzinc was offering discounts of up to 60 percent for multi-week charters that were booked before the end of May, with travel dates this summer in the Mediterranean.

The announcement, which was reported on the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog, was the latest example of an increasing trend among yacht owners to charge clients full price for a first week of charter, with rates that reduce further and further if the charterer also books a second and third week aboard the same yacht. CharterWave first reported on this trend in March 2010.

In the case of Berzinc, a charter client booking an entire month onboard could have saved €100,000 compared with the yacht’s regular rates, or about 35 percent overall.

 

New Vidcast: Soundproofing Demonstration aboard 295-foot Motoryacht Nero

CharterWave editor Kim Kavin took her video camera aboard the 295-foot motoryacht Nero in May for a firsthand demonstration of the much-touted soundproofing in the guest cabins.

As you can see in the following clip, the marketing claims are true:

 

 

charter yacht Blind Date, 161 Trinity, master cabinCharter Yachts Win at World Superyacht Awards

On May 23, Boat International Media held its 2010 World Superyacht Awards ceremony in London. Four charter yachts were singled out by the judges: the 107-foot Lurssen motoryacht Arkley, the 202-foot Viareggio Super Yachts motoryacht CandyScape II, the 161-foot Trinity motoryacht Blind Date, and the 105-foot sailing catamaran Necker Belle.

Arkley was a co-winner in her class for best motoryacht, with Candyscape II as the other co-winner. Blind Date (whose master cabin is shown in the photograph) received a special judges commendation as a series yacht showing “improvements in layout, level of equipment, and build quality” compared with her sisterships. Necker Belle earned a special judges commendation for her recent refit, which judges said “transformed her from the mundane into a special craft.”

Arkely is managed for charter by Imperial Yachts, Candyscape II is part of the Edmiston and Company charter fleet, Blind Date is managed for charter through Peter Insull’s, and Necker Belle is part of the Burgess Yachts charter fleet. Any reputable charter broker can help you book a week onboard any of these award-winning yachts.

 

Charter Yacht Olga Appears on Popular U.S. Reality Television Show

Management company Churchill Yacht Partners announced last month that the 121-foot Crescent motoryacht Olga, whose weekly base rate is $70,000 for eight guests with six crew, was the focus on a recent episode of “The Real Housewives of New York City.”

The reality-based television show follows the lives of Manhattan socialites. In this particular episode, they enjoy a yachting vacation in the Virgin Islands, where Olga is based for 2010 with options for Caribbean charters:

charter yacht Mi Sueno, 191 TrinityBest of the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog

Details on 190-foot Trinity motoryacht Mi Sueno. Management company International Yacht Collection announced that the newly launched, 190-foot Trinity motoryacht Mi Sueno has joined its charter fleet. Now come some details about the yacht from interior designer Patrick Knowles … Read More …

 

Ed Hamilton and Company logoBest of the CharterWave Sponsored Blogs

Tour of the Eastern Mediterranean. From the Ed Hamilton and Company sponsored blog on CharterWave. Charter broker Ed Hamilton uploaded a half-dozen blog posts in May from his tour of the cruising grounds in Croatia, Greece, and Turkey, including the historic site Ephesus and the popular islands of Santorini and Mykonos … Read More …

 

charter yacht IconMotoryacht of the Month: Icon

The 205-foot motoryacht Icon is a prototype from Icon Yachts in Holland, which currently has two sisterships under construction. Icon boasts a “beach club” all the way aft on the yacht’s bottom deck, where most yachts have a lazarette for stowing tenders, water toys, and crew gear. Aboard Icon guests can enjoy a large, open space with comfortable seating, a television, a bar, a gymnasium, a guest bathroom with shower, and a scuba gear room. Beyond that, where the yacht would normally “end,” the entire stern folds out to become a massive swim platform at water level.

Our First Impression review of Icon, including exclusive photographs of the yacht, is posted here.

 

charter yacht Jazz Jr. guest cabinSailing Yacht of the Month: Jazz Jr.

The 107-foot Jazz Jr. launched in August 2009 from an Istanbul shipyard, built as the personal yacht for the owner of the Proteksan Turquoise shipyard in Turkey.

That yard is known for turning out large motoryachts with elegant interiors. Jazz Jr. is of course different in that she’s a sailing yacht built elsewhere, but the owner’s experience is clear in Jazz Jr.’s stunning interior, which is a veritable sea of mahogany craftsmanship featuring teak and wenge wood accents.

Our First Impression review of Jazz Jr., including comments from the captain, is online here.

 

charter yacht Captain Barry CrossCaptain of the Month: Barry Cross

Barry Cross was the build captain aboard the 111-foot Kingship motoryacht China when she was in the shipyard, on course to become the first-ever motoryacht built in China to MCA and Lloyd’s construction standards. After several years of cruising the world’s waters with the yacht’s owner aboard, Capt. Cross and his crew are now looking forward to performing their first-ever charters.

Our exclusive interview with Capt. Cross is posted here.

 

charter yacht Trust main courseChef of the Month: Hilbert Sluiter

Yes, this pan-fried duck breast tasted as good as it looks during a lunch prepared by Chef Hilbert Sluiter aboard the 147-foot Hakvoort motoryacht Trust. Sluiter, who has extensive training in catering large events such as Volvo Ocean Race parties, works with Trust’s sous chef and chief stewardess to create not just exceptional meals, but also memorable wine pairings.

Our exclusive interview with Chef Sluiter is online here.

 

charter broker Gayle PattersonBroker of the Month: Gayle Patterson

Gayle Patterson spent three years working in the Monaco office of Edmiston and Company as a central agency manager of charter yachts. She recently became a retail charter broker within the company, where she hopes to find more diversity in her work and the chance to use her knowledge of destinations to help charter clients plan memorable vacations.

Our exclusive interview with Patterson is posted here.

 

Fleet and Management Company News

37 South sends word from Auckland that the 112-foot Alloy motoryacht VvS1 still has availability for charters this year in New Zealand and Fiji… The 147-foot expedition motoryacht Big Fish has booked its first charter, for 10 days in Tahiti this August. Ultra Marine Yacht Charters brought the booking, and broker Cindy Brown donated part of her commission toward Big Fish’s charity…

Atalanta Golden Yachts says the 90-foot Maiora motoryacht Sefira has returned to the charter market in Greece. She takes eight or nine guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €42,000…

Athens Yachts sends word that the 121-foot Couach motoryacht Dragon is offering a 20-percent discount on charters in Greece through June 23. Dragon’s regular weekly base rate is €100,000, and with the discount the rate is €80,000… The 108-foot Maiora motoryacht Ramina is offering a 20-percent discount through June 17. Her regular weekly base rate is €80,500, and she is now being offered at €64,400… New to the fleet in Greece are the 130-foot Westport motoryacht Endless Summer at a lowest weekly base rate of €90,000 and the 120-foot Heesen motoryacht AA Absolute at a lowest weekly base rate of €55,000…

BCR Yachts welcomes three yachts to the charter fleet: the 64-foot Swan sailing yacht Constanter, taking six guests in Spain at a lowest weekly base rate of €18,000, the 85-foot Swan sailing yacht Aspiration, taking six guests in the Western Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €26,500, and the 91-foot CNB sailing yacht Bristolian, taking six to eight guests in the Western Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €27,500…

Blue Latitude Yachting welcomes Ian and Polly Phillips, formerly of the sailing catamaran ReAction in the British Virgin Islands, as new crew aboard the 58-foot sailing catamaran Sagaponack in the Eastern and Western Mediterranean. Sagaponack has a lowest weekly base rate of €19,000…

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C U Yacht Charters welcomes the 104-foot Cheoy Lee motoryacht Yia Sou to the charter fleet. Built in 1989 and refit in 2007, Yia Sou takes up to 12 guests with four crew and is available in the Bahamas until the end of July, when she will move to the Northeast United States. The lowest weekly base rate (for eight guests) is $28,000… Also new to the fleet is the 68-foot Azimut motoryacht Allegria V. The 2007 build will charter this summer in New York’s Long Island and the greater Northeast, taking eight guests with two crew at a lowest weekly base rate of $24,000…

 

Camper and Nicholsons International has created a radio program called Top Yachts. It will broadcast every Tuesday until summer’s end at Riviera Radio… New to the fleet is the 124-foot Moonen motoryacht Northlander, which plans to charter this summer in Northern Europe…

CEO Expeditions is waiving its usual $50,000 to $80,000 charter fees aboard the 100-foot motoryacht Katania and the 120-foot motoryacht Kayana this summer in the San Juan Islands, in a repeat of a popular promotion last summer…

CharterPortBVI fleet yacht Viking Dream, a 46-foot sailing catamaran in the British Virgin Islands, is offering a 20-percent discount for charters June 20-26, July 17-26, August 15-22,  November 7-19, and November 28 through December 17. You can receive the discount as long as you book at least three nights within any of those date ranges… The 44-foot sailing catamaran Oteka is available this summer in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Day charters and captain-only charters are available in addition to regular weekly charters… The 55-foot sailing catamaran Breanker has a new dinghy and has been working on maintenance heading into the summer season, as has the 57-foot sailing catamaran Quest…

Churchill Yacht Partners welcomes the 98-foot Hargrave motoryacht Tiger’s Eye to the charter fleet. The 2008 build will take up to nine guests this summer in the Bahamas at a weekly base rate of $38,000…

Edmiston and Company welcomes the 164-foot Proteksan Turquoise motoryacht Odessa to the charter fleet. She will take 10 guests this summer in the Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €200,000… The 263-foot classic motoryacht Talitha, a 1929 build, is “in the best shape ever” and available this summer in the Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €280,000 for 12 guests…  If you book the 112-foot Leopard motoryacht Anita before June 11, you can save 20 percent off the yacht’s weekly base rates all summer in the Mediterranean. That makes the lowest possible weekly rate €72,000 for up to nine guests… The 185-foot Feadship motoryacht Hampshire has limited availability this summer in the Mediterranean, but is “keen to fill the gaps in her calendar.” Hampshire’s lowest weekly base rate is €250,000 for 12 guests… The 100-foot San Lorenzo motoryacht Solona will take eight guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €45,000 this summer in the Mediterranean… The 178-foot Alloy sailing yacht Tiara has renewed its partnership with Dive Butler International, turning Tiara into a floating PADI dive center… The 124-foot Benetti motoryacht Lady Ellen is available in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean, taking 10 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €60,000…

Fraser Yachts Worldwide reports that charter yacht rates are not expected to rise until at least 2011 because the number of luxury yachts available for charter has increased 15 percent in the past 12 months. Fraser also reports that last-minute bookings are becoming the norm instead of the exception…

Horizon Yacht Charters in the British Virgin Islands is now charging $2 instead of $1 per person for charter client donations to Virgin Island Search and Rescue

International Yacht Collection welcomes the 190-foot Trinity motoryacht Mi Sueno to the charter fleet. She will take 12 guests with 14 crew this summer at a lowest weekly base rate of €280,000…

International Yacht Register sends word that the 192-foot Lurssen motoryacht Capri, whose high-season weekly base rate is €290,000 for 12 guests, has lowered its rate to €150,000 for the last week of June and early July. The itinerary must begin in Taormina, Sardinia, or Corsica and end in the South of France…

Luxury Yacht Group welcomes the 196ft Lurssen motoryacht Solemates II to the charter fleet. The yacht is expected to become available for charter later this summer in the Mediterranean…

Monaco Yacht says the 85-foot Princess motoryacht Princess Lily is available this summer in the South of France, taking 10 guests with five crew at a lowest weekly base rate of €59,000… The 120-foot ISA motoryacht Junie II is also available this summer in the South of France, taking 10 guests with six crew at a lowest weekly base rate of €90,000…

Neo Yachting tells us the 85-foot Benetti motoryacht Malandrino has a permanent berth in Monaco until June, and will become available for charter from Sicily to Croatia from July through September…

 

Nicholson Yachts logoNicholson Yachts says the 62-foot sailing yacht Anahita will soon complete a transatlantic charter from the Caribbean to the Azores, and will be available for charters this summer in the Eastern and Western Mediterranean, including Croatia… The 80-foot sailing yacht Melinka has arrived in New England and still has charter availability in June, early July, and September… The 72-foot sailing yacht Bonnie Lynn is offering a special five-day charter base rate of $6,200 for six guests beginning June 23 in Newport, Rhode Island, and ending in Rockland, Maine. Bonnie Lynn’s regular weekly base rate for six guests is $12,000… The 80-foot sailing yacht Coconut is completing substantial refit work and will return to the Caribbean in time for the 2010-11 winter charter season…Congratulations to the 64-foot sailing yacht Satori, which took line honors and finished third in her class at Antigua Sailing Week…The 138-foot sailing catamaran Douce France will be available for winter 2010-11 in Thailand and the Andaman Islands… The 54-foot sailing yacht The Dove has arrived in the Azores, where she will offer “adventure charters” this summer… The 108-foot sailing yacht Quasart is offering a three-day, two-night Fourth of July holiday package in New England for 12 guests at a base rate of $23,500… The 250-foot sailing yacht Stad Amsterdam will return to the Caribbean for the winter 2010-11 charter season…The 88-foot sailing yacht Demoiselles is available for charter this summer in Malaysia…

 

Northrop and Johnson’s BVI office sends word that the 50-foot sailing catamaran Entrepreneurship will be available in New England this summer, the yacht’s second summer season in the region… The 60-foot Hatteras motoryacht Analisa has reduced her weekly base rates by more than $2,000 for four to six guests in the Virgin Islands… The 57-foot sailing catamaran Aldebaran has a new chef, Crystal Dauth, who has managed restaurants in Greece and South Africa… the 44-foot sailing catamaran Silver Moon will be available for charter beginning in September in the Grenadines and Grenada…

 

Northrop and Johnson logoNorthrop and Johnson in Fort Lauderdale welcomes the 154-foot Delta motoryacht Mr. Terrible to the charter fleet. She takes 10 to 12 guests at a weekly base rate of $220,000 and is available this summer in the Bahamas and New England… The 136-foot, J-Class sailing yacht Ranger still has availability for charters this summer in the Mediterranean. Winner of the 2010 St. Barth’s Bucket, Ranger is offered at a weekly base rate of €90,000… The 122-foot Flagship motoryacht Shogun and the 198-foot Feadship motoryacht Blue Moon are available for charters this summer in Alaska. Blue Moon has a weekly base rate of $475,000, while Shogun has a weekly base rate of $69,000… The 161-foot Trinity motoryacht Destination Fox Harb’r Too is available this summer in Nova Scotia at a weekly base rate of $230,000 (see this recent article by CharterWave’s editor about the Nova Scotia charter experience, in Yachting magazine)… Shawn Laird, formerly of Fraser Yachts Worldwide, has joined the company as a central agency charter yacht manager…

 

Ocean Independence welcomes the 297-foot motoryacht Sunrise to the charter fleet. She will take 36 to 100 guests in 50 cabins this summer in the Mediterranean at weekly base rates that range from €448,000 to €693,000… The 139-foot Feadship motoryacht Masquerade of Sole is offering “huge discounts” for charters all summer in the Mediterranean and Croatia as long as bookings are completed before June 9. The discounts are 15 percent off seven days, 25 percent off 10 days, and 35 percent off 14 days. The yacht’s lowest weekly base rate is €105,000… The 124-foot Feadship motoryacht Monaco has altered its cruising plans and will be available for charter this summer in Croatia, Greece, and Turkey… New to the fleet is the 80-foot Falcon motoryacht Ellinia, taking eight guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €26,000 in Greece… The 177-foot motoryacht Seagull II is available this summer in Croatia at a new high-season base rate of €105,000 per week for 12 guests… The 120-foot Broward motoryacht Sovereign is offering reduced rates in early July in New England, including the July Fourth holiday. The new base rates for up to 12 guests are $58,500 for seven nights or $70,000 for 10 nights… The 82-foot San Lorenzo motoryacht Salal has reduced its weekly base rate from €33,000 to €28,000 for eight guests during July and August in the Western Mediterranean… The 110-foot Hakvoort motoryacht Spada has reduced her high-season weekly base rate from €77,000 to €57,000, and her low-season weekly base rate from €69,000 to €49,000, for 10 guests this summer in the Mediterranean…  The 141-foot Holland Jachtbouw sailing yacht Skylge is returning to charter. She will be available July 24 through September 18 in the Western Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €52,000…

Ocean Partners International sends word that the 108-foot sailing yacht Shanti has returned to the charter market in Turkey. She takes eight guests at a base rate of €28,000 per week, which includes food and fuel…

 

Paradise Yacht Charters logoParadise Yacht Charters is promoting the 198-foot Feadship motoryacht Blue Moon this summer in Alaska, telling clients “it is extremely rare to find a megayacht the caliber of Blue Moon cruising in Alaska.” The yacht is available from mid-June through mid-September…

 

Primo Yacht says the 144-foot motoryacht H2OME is now available for charters in the South of France and along Italy’s west coast…

 

Seascape Yacht Charters logoSeascape Yacht Charters says the 110-foot Cantieri di Pisa motoryacht Pollux is available until June 10 out of Athens at a special weekly base rate of €59,000. The 2000 build was refit in 2008 and takes eight to 10 guests with six crew…

 

Southwest Florida Yachts states emphatically in its most recent e-newsletter that “the oil spill in the Gulf has not affected the waters or beaches in Southwest Florida”…

Sunreef Yachts has opened an office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Martha Lukasik, the director of Sunreef Yachts Charter, will now be based there…

Sunseeker Charters has three motoryachts available this summer in the South of France: the 111-foot Jiva taking 10 guests at a weekly base rate of €105,000, the 90-foot In All Fairness taking eight guests at a weekly base rate of €52,500, and the 70-foot Lazy P taking eight guests at a weekly base rate of €29,000…

Tachyon Yachting tells us the 47-foot sailing catamaran Tachyon will move to from the Virgin Islands to Grenada beginning in August. Owner-operator Eric Stahl will run captain-only charters in the Grenadines while his wife and Tachyon’s former chef, Jacque Stahl, attends veterinary school…

The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals welcomes three motoryachts to the charter fleet: the 106-foot Lazzara Stop the Press at a weekly base rate of $44,000, the 81-foot Ferretti Osiana at a weekly base rate of $26,500, and the 72-foot Ferretti Fortunata at a weekly base rate of $21,000. All will be based in the Bahamas this summer…

YCO Group says that it is now profitable following financial losses in 2008 and the beginning of 2009. New CEO Charlie Birkett is credited with the turnaround. See full details in this blog post on CharterWave’s sister website, BrokerageBoss.

 

New First Impression Reviews Posted on CharterWave

China, 111-foot Kingship motoryacht
Icon, 205-foot Icon motoryacht
Jazz Jr., 107-foot sailing yacht
My Space, 111-foot Baglietto motoryacht
Nero, 295-foot Corsair motoryacht
Trust, 147-foot Hakvoort motoryacht

 

New Crew Interviews Posted on CharterWave

Barry Cross, captain, 111-foot Kingship motoryacht China
Hilbert Sluiter, chef, 147-foot motoryacht My Trust

 

New Broker Interview Posted on CharterWave

Gayle Patterson, Edmiston Yachts

 

New “10 Best” Lists Posted on CharterWave

10 Best charter yachts for fuel efficiency
10 Best charter yacht gymnasiums
10 Best lessons learned at the 2010 MYBA Charter Show in Genoa, Italy
10 Best yacht charter newsletters

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