Report from the 2011 Genoa Yacht Charter Show
The 2011 Genoa Charter Yacht Show was held May 2-6, with dozens of yachts on display for brokers and press. CharterWave Editor Kim Kavin was on the docks all five days interviewing industry professionals as well as inspecting yachts.
“It’s fair to say that the state of charter yacht pricing and availability is mixed,” Kim reports. “Everyone seems to be coming to terms with the current global economy as ‘the new normal.’ While some yachts are still having to get creative in order to secure bookings, most brokers are reporting far more inquiries and overall optimism going into this summer than they were at this time in 2009 and 2010.”
The majority of charter managers said 10- to 15-percent discounts are now the maximum that most yacht owners will offer, while a handful are still giving the far deeper discounts that were so prominent at this time last year. A few charter managers also said some yachts in their fleets are no longer offering discounts at all, having already reduced their weekly rates permanently to account for overall market decline of the past couple years.
“I think it’s too soon to say that the crewed yacht charter industry has entered a certain recovery,” Kim says, “but it’s fair to say that the market is the most stable that I’ve seen it since the fall of 2008.”
The most talked-about motoryachts on the docks this year included three new launches from the Proteksan-Turquoise shipyard in Turkey—the 204-foot Yogi, the 191-foot Baraka, and the 181-foot Turquoise—as well as the new 205-foot Icon Baton Rouge and the 127-foot Hakvoort Snowbird. Among sailing yachts, many brokers said they thought the 153-foot Su Marine Roxane was one of the most beautiful new boats available for charter in the Mediterranean.
For more details, see our recently posted list of 10 Best Lessons Learned at the 2011 Genoa Charter Yacht Show.
Broker Report: 2011 Poros Charter Yacht Show
Charter broker Ali Kaufmann of Denison Yacht Sales in Fort Lauderdale recently returned from Greece and the 2011 Poros Charter Yacht Show.
“The market itself seems to be doing okay. The bigger boats in Greece are filling up,” Kaufmann says. “The smaller boats still have availability, but I went on some bigger boats that had no availability left for summer. Not a single day left. That tells me that some market segments have actually recovered just about completely.”
Kaufmann also says that charter yacht pricing appears to have stabilized in the Greek Isles.
“In general, I would say that there is still some negotiating of prices, but not on the level we’re seeing in some other destinations where there is less demand,” she says. “People are interested in booking charters in Greece right now, so the yacht owners don’t have to discount all that much.”
Learn which yachts Kaufmann liked best at the Poros show in our exclusive interview.
(Photograph at right is courtesy of Katerina Nomikou and the Poros show organizing committee.)
Broker Report: 2011 Marmaris Charter Yacht Show
Charter broker Gina Robertson of Yachtstore in Fort Lauderdale recently returned from Turkey and the 2011 Marmaris Charter Yacht Show.
“There were 56 boats in the show, and the quality really surprised me,” says Robertson, who was visiting Turkey for the first time. “Of the o
nes that I saw, maybe 36 of them, they were almost all four-star and five-star. I found way more boats than I thought I could recommend to clients. I expected the quality to be far, far lower, but it was really quite high.”
As with Kaufmann and the Greek market, Robertson got a sense that the Turkish market is doing better this summer than in the recent past.
“Overall, demand seems to have returned for charter in Turkey, especially for those newest, nicest boats,” Robertson says. “One of my favorite boats in the show, the 126-foot Blue Eyes, already had a good half-dozen or so weeks of charter booked. The other nicer, newer boats weren’t talking very much about discounting, which means they also have client interest already.”
Learn more about Robertson’s take on the current state of the Turkish charter market in our exclusive interview.
Welcome New Sponsor: Bernard Gallay
We are pleased this month to welcome the newest sponsor of CharterWave: Bernard Gallay Yacht Brokerage.
Bernard Gallay was founded in 1994, became a member of the professional organization MYBA International in 1998, and added yacht charter as one of its divisions in 2005. The company now has offices in France, Monaco, Russia, Spain, and Hong Kong.
“One of the things I like best about this company’s website is the section on charter packages http://bernard-gallay.com/packages,” says CharterWave editor Kim Kavin. “Whether you’re looking for a corporate event charter or a golf-and-yachting getaway, Bernard Gallay has suggested itineraries online and ready to go.”
Bernard Gallay will be contributing a sponsored blog to CharterWave beginning in June.
We’re Scouting for You in New England
CharterWave editor Kim Kavin will be attending New England’s largest charter yacht show later this month in Newport, Rhode Island.
About 20 charter yachts are expected to be on display, ranging in size from the 154-foot motoryacht Ohana to the 62-foot sailing yacht Glisse.
Edmiston and Company Names New CEO
Edmiston and Company has named Mark Cornell as its new chief executive officer. He will succeed Nicholas Edmiston, who after 15 years of running the company will move into the role of chairman.
Cornell has more than a decade’s worth of experience working with LVMH, an international group of luxury brands. Most recently, Cornell was president and CEO of Moet Hennesey USA. Prior to 2006, he served as CEO of Krug Champagne. He holds an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland.
“After more than ten happy and successful years working on some of the most prestigious brands within the LVMH portfolio, I am eager to embark on a more entrepreneurial role with a new set of challenges,” Cornell said in a press release. “With burgeoning global wealth, Edmiston remains a premier business in an industry that is poised for even greater growth. I look forward to expanding the company’s footprint and burnishing its brand internationally.”
Edmiston founded the company that bears his name in 1996 in Monaco. It now has offices supported by some 80 staff members in in Monte Carlo, London, New York, Moscow, Mexico City, Antibes, Dubai, Athens, St. Petersburg, Sau Paulo, Shanghai, Malta, and Madrid.
Fraser Yachts Worldwide Announces The Diamond Collection
Fraser Yachts Worldwide has announced the creation of The Diamond Collection—an initiative designed to stem the current trend of price discounts across the charter market and instead give charter clients a quality-rating system for the best available yachts.
During the past few years, in addition to pricing discounts with the recession, the number of charter yachts marketed as available has skyrocketed. However, not all of these yachts are seriously for charter. Some owners claim their boats are in charter to get the associated tax breaks, but in reality the yachts are rarely available or are intentionally priced so high that nobody ever books them. These coinciding trends have left the top-notch, appropriately priced, regularly available charter yachts in a very tough spot.
“We wanted a way to distinguish the serious charter boats from the rest of the boats that are advertised,” said Fraser Yachts marketing director Patrick Coote, who equates The Diamond Collection designation with a Michelin or AAA rating system. “We think if a true luxury yacht with a great crew is priced correctly, it should not have to battle for business against lower-level boats that are discounting heavily or are not serious about charter.”
Details are available on the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog about how charter yachts can apply for The Diamond Collection designation. Currently, only charter yachts in the Fraser fleet are being invited to apply, but the company designed the Diamond Collection logo without Fraser branding so that it can expand industry-wide if the program is successful.
Charter Yachts Take Top Honors at World Superyacht Awards
Boat International Media recently held the 2011 World Superyacht Awards in London. Among the list of winners are several well-deserving charter yachts.
In the category of Best Displacement Motoryacht from 1,300 to 2,999 gross tons, the winner was recent CharterWave motoraycht of the month Sycara V, a 223-foot Nobiskrug available for charter through International Yacht Collection. (That’s her sundeck hot tub on the photograph at right.)
The award for Best Displacement Motoryacht from 500 to 1,299 gross tons went to the 202-foot ISA motoryacht Mary-Jean II, which made an outstanding impression and was much discussed by brokers on the docks at the recent Genoa Charter Yacht Show. She is part of the charter fleet at YPI Group.
Best Displacement Motoryacht below 500 gross tons was a tie for first place, with honors going to two previous CharterWave motoryachts of the month: the 163-foot Picchiotti motoryacht Exuma and the 147-foot McMullen and Wing Big Fish. Both of these yachts are offering expedition-style charters in remote locations during the upcoming summer and winter seasons. Exuma –which also tied for best overall Motoryacht of the Year–is part of the charter fleet at Fraser Yachts Worldwide, while Big Fish is managed by 37 South.
In the category of Best Three-Deck Semi-Displacement Motoryacht, the top award went to the 138-foot Holland Jachtbouw motoryacht Calliope. She, like Mary-Jean II, was on display at last month’s Genoa charter yacht show and was much-discussed among brokers. Calliope’s charter management company is Camper and Nicholsons International.
In the sailing yacht categories, judges gave a special commendation to the 188-foot Royal Huisman sailing yacht Twizzle. She is available for charter through Burgess Yachts.
Best of the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog
Unusual Charter Option: Hebrides Islands Near Scotland. An interesting charter opportunity is being presented by management house Edmiston and Company. It’s for charters in the Hebrides archipelago west of Scotland, where the 128-foot Feadship motoryacht Kathleen Anne will be available between June and August.
This chance to charter in the Hebrides is truly rare in the world of yacht charter. I can’t recall ever having seen a motoryacht advertised there in more than a decade of covering the industry, and certainly not a motoryacht of Kathleen Anne‘s quality and caliber.
The Hebrides are generally described as having two regions: The Inner Hebrides and the Outer Hebrides. The Inner Hebrides are closer to Scotland and comprise about 75 islands, while the Outer Hebrides include more than 100 islands about 40 miles west of Scotland. Tourism is a main industry, with lots of ferries running back and forth to Great Britain. There are crumbling ancient castles to explore, as well as whale- and dolphin-watching at sea. The Hebrides also are a prime area for whisky distilleries, some of which can be toured as part of a yacht charter vacation… Read More …
Best of the CharterWave Sponsored Blogs
From the Northrop and Johnson Worldwide Yacht Charters sponsored blog on CharterWave: The Mystical Greek Island of Patmos. One of the northernmost islands in the Greek Dodecanese Island chain, Patmos has played an important part in history for centuries—and is a very compelling island to visit on a crewed yacht charter… Read More …
Motoryacht of the Month: Audacia
Charter broker Tom Collins of Burgess Yachts recently spent several days onboard the 159-foot Feadship motoryacht Audacia in the Western Mediterranean.
Collins spoke exclusively with CharterWave about the yacht’s condition, the standard of crew service, and the overall experience that Audacia provides as part of the Fraser Yachts Worldwide charter fleet.
“She’s a great value as well as a fantastic operation,” he says. “Her upper deck had all new furniture, so we know that the owner is continuing to make investments. Her captain and crew did an outstanding job. The boat herself looked terrific. I really had a great time onboard, and I’m certainly going to tell my clients about her.”
Sailing Yacht of the Month: Atalanta II
Atalanta II is an 82-foot CNB sailing yacht that launched in 2002. She still had her original owner as of spring 2011—the same woman who owns the 112-foot McMullen and Wing sailing yacht Nephele. Both sailing yachts are based in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and are legal for charter in the Balearic Isles as part of the Ocean Independence fleet.
“We’re really slick and fast,” says Capt. Damon Moore. “Our typical sailing speed is 10 to 12 knots. We also have a 4-meter (13-foot) tender, which is quite a big tender for our size boat. The guests never feel like they have to squeeze when we take them ashore.”
Learn more in our newly posted First Impression review of Atalanta II.
Captain of the Month: Frédéric Castaignos
Frédéric Castaignos was the build captain aboard the 204-foot Proteksan-Turquoise motoryacht Yogi, which was one of the most talked-about new launches at the 2011 Genoa Charter Yacht Show.
Long before he joined Yogi, though, Castaignos was learning his way around megayachts.
“I am originally from Brittany, France, but my family moved to the South of France because my father was a captain aboard a 140-foot motoryacht,” he recalls. “By the time I was 2 years old, I was on the yachts. I was there after school every day, during all of my holidays, really all of the time.
“In school I studied accounting, but then I realized that a career in accounting would force me to sit at a desk inside every day,” he continues. “So I quit school and spent two seasons working as a deckhand for my father. He gave me all the worst jobs. I was always cleaning the bilge.”
Learn more about Castaignos and the charter experience he hopes to provide during Yogi’s first season of charter in our newly posted interview.
Chef of the Month: Andrew Graham
Andrew Graham joined the 130-foot CRN motoryacht Parvati in 2007 after discovering the yacht charter industry by accident.
“I’m a native of Wellington, New Zealand, and even as a boy I always jumped into the kitchen with my mom,” he recalls. “I went on to study cooking formally in New Zealand. I covered all the basics of French cuisine and international fare. That was in 2003. Then a friend of mine went to Europe to cook at a ski resort, and I followed him. I didn’t want to go to some restaurant in London and pour drinks. I wanted to go to France and learn more about that food. At the ski chalets, I started talking to chefs who worked there, and they told me that during the summers they sometimes got jobs cooking on yachts. So I went to Antibes.”
Learn more about Graham and the specialty dishes that charter guests can expect from Parvati’s galley (like that yummy one in the photograph at right!) in our newly posted interview.
Broker of the Month: Ali Kaufmann
As mentioned above, charter broker Ali Kaufmann recently returned from the 2011 Poros Charter Yacht Show in Greece. It was her first international assignment with Denison Yacht Sales in Fort Lauderdale, where she was recently hired to create an entirely new charter division from scratch.
“In terms of management, in the beginning our goal will be to build a fleet of charter yachts 100 feet and smaller that are available in Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean,” she says. “I’ve always been frustrated trying to book those size boats because they can get lost in some of the bigger companies that have much larger boats available, too. I want to give these boats more attention and make them a more serious charter product.”
The company will also offer retail charter bookings aboard all sizes and styles of yachts worldwide.
Learn more about the plans for a new charter division at Denison Yacht Sales in our newly posted interview with Kaufmann.
Fleet and Management Company News
37 South congratulates the 147-foot McMullen and Wing motoryacht Big Fish on being named Most Innovative Motor Yacht of 2010 at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show… The 108-foot motoryacht Askari has just completed a substantial refit. See the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog for full details and photography…
AqvaLuxe welcomes the 100-foot Sanlorenzo motoryacht Aria to the charter fleet. She has just completed a six-month refit and will be based this summer in Rome. She takes 10 guests with five crew at a lowest weekly base rate of €42,000…
Atalanta Golden Yachts sends word that the 175-foot motoryacht O’Rama has only one week of availability remaining in July. It’s from July 14-21, going from Athens in Greece to Kusadasi on Turkey’s Aegean coastline. The weekly base rate for these dates is €220,000 for 14 guests… The 118-foot Perini Navi sailing yacht Gitana is available in Greece from July 19-30, taking as many as nine guests in three cabins at a weekly base rate of €59,000… The 104-foot Maiora motoryacht Marnaya is offering one free day with every week of charter booked in Greece through June 9…
Athens Yachts welcomes the 130-foot Westport motoryacht Endless Summer to the charter fleet in Greece. She takes 10 guests with six crew at a lowest weekly base rate of €90,000…
BCR Yachts says three of its sailing yachts are available for racing and regatta charters this summer. The yachts are the 78-foot Baltic sailing yacht Lupa of London, the 107-foot Wally sailing yacht Wally B, and the 72-foot Alan Andrews sailing yacht Safara, which is new to the charter fleet…
Bradford Marine Yacht Charter tells us the 45-foot Regal motoryacht Dark Star is now available for day charters in South Florida. Half-day and full-day rates are available…
Burgess Yachts welcomes three yachts to the charter fleet. The 240-foot Delta motoryacht Laurel will take 12 guests with 24 crew in the Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €476,000; the 163-foot Mangusta motoryacht Force India will take 10 guests in the Western Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €196,000; and the 184-foot Perini Navi sailing yacht Salute will take 12 guests with 11 crew in the Western Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €195,000…
Camper and Nicholsons International says the 100-foot Broward motoryacht Insatiable is available for a Florida or Bahamas yacht charter during the Fourth of July holiday. She takes eight guests with five crew at a weekly base rate for that timeframe of $29,500… The 196-foot CMN motoryacht Cloud 9 is available in the Western Mediterranean from July 13-20, and then in Greece and Turkey beginning August 15. The lowest weekly base rate is €315,000 for 12 guests with 15 crew… New to the fleet is the 137-foot Baglietto motoryacht Oxygen. She will be in the Western Mediterranean this summer at a lowest weekly base rate of €149,000… Also new to the fleet is the 86-foot Yarrow & Co. motoryacht Ocean Glory. She takes eight guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €34,000… The 121-foot Broward motoryacht D.O.A. is offering 10 days for the price of seven during June in the Mediterranean. The lowest weekly base rate is $80,000… The 112-foot Westport motoryacht Symphony II is offering discounts on northbound charters up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. See the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog for full details…
Churchill Yacht Partners tells us that the 130-foot Westport motoryacht Arioso is available in the Bahamas during June and July, then will cruise north for charters during the rest of the summer season in New England. She takes 10 guests with seven crew at a lowest weekly base rate of $98,000… The 154-foot Perini Navi sailing yacht Andromeda la Dea is being offered in the Mediterranean this summer with a U.S. dollar rate. The low-season weekly rate is $125,000 for as many as nine guests in four staterooms…
CSO Yachts says the 170-foot Golden Yachts motoryacht Victory is available for charters in Sicily from June 6-30. In July and August, the yacht will become available in Croatia. The lowest weekly base rate is €240,000 for 12 guests… New to the fleet is the 154-foot Amtec motoryacht Out. She will take 12 guests with 10 crew in the South of France at a lowest weekly base rate of €140,000…
C U Yacht Charters tells us the 65-foot custom motoryacht Wanderbird will be available in New England through the end of September. She takes six guests with two crew at a lowest weekly base rate of $18,000. Day-charter rates are also available…
Edmiston and Company says the 164-foot Codecasa motoryacht Mariu is offering a 15-percent discount on all charters of at least seven days during the month of June in the Mediterranean. The regular weekly base rate is €185,000 for 12 guests… The 151-foot Feadship motoryacht Northern Light has charter availability this summer between St. Petersburg, Russia, and the coast of Norway… The 144-foot Baglietto motoryacht Apache II is dropping its weekly base rate for 10 guests from €130,000 to €100,000 for charters of five days or longer during June and September in the Western Mediterranean… The owner of the 125-foot Ocean Pacifico Services motoryacht Ligaya is “open to offers” for bookings this summer in the Mediterranean, with advertised deals including 10 days for the price of 7 as well as 14 days for the price of 10. The yacht’s lowest weekly base rate for 10 guests is €70,000… The 193-foot Austal motoryacht Idol is based in the South of France but will consider Eastern Mediterranean charters of at least 12 days with negotiable delivery fees… The 155-foot Mondomarine motoryacht Princess Iolanthe is offering 10 days for the price of seven during June in Croatia, at a weekly base rate of €135,000 for 10 guests…
Flagship welcomes four yachts to the Virgin Islands charter fleet. They are the 44-foot Lagoon sailing catamaran Miss Kitty, the 46-foot Fountaine-Pajot sailing yacht Magic Inspiration, the 58-foot Pearson sailing yacht Sea Witch, and the 43-foot Catana sailing catamaran Marolanga…
Fraser Yachts Worldwide says its charter brokers are keeping a close eye on VAT regulations in France, where expected changes may affect charter clients in the future. Thus far, the company states, there are no implications for the VAT rates on charters already booked this summer…
Kappa Yachting tells us the 46-foot Fairline motoryacht Glafki has availability in Greece for honeymooners or at a lowest weekly base rate of €8,000… New to the fleet is the 85-foot Royal Denship motoryacht Amnesia. She takes as many as 10 guests with four or five crew at a lowest weekly base rate of €40,000 in the Eastern Mediterranean… The 50-foot Sea Ray motoryacht Sea Hawk is available in Greece at a lowest weekly base rate of €8,800…
Monaco Yacht says the 68-foot Azimut motoryacht Blooms is available this summer out of Monaco at a lowest weekly base rate of €28,500 for six guests with two crew… The company has four motoryachts available in the South of France this summer. They are the 68-foot Dominator Lady Isabel, the 95-foot Princess Lily, the 114-foot Over the Rainbow (a classic 1930 build), and the 120-foot ISA Junie II…
Neptune Group Yachting has six motoryachts available for charter this summer in New England and Maine. They are the 112-foot Westport New Moon II, the 102-foot Palmer Johnson Banyan, the 97-foot Hargrave Gigi, the 85-foot Pacific Mariner Seas the Moment, the 83-foot Marlow Alexandra Bear, and the 75-foot Hatteras Avanti… New to the fleet is the 122-foot Azimut motoryacht Andiamo, taking 10 guests in the Bahamas at a lowest weekly base rate of $35,000, which includes use of a 29-foot Jupiter tender…
Newport Yacht Management welcomes the 53-foot Amel Super Maramu sailing yacht It’s Good to the charter fleet. She will take four guests for captain-only charters this summer in New England at a weekly base rate of $6,500…
Nicholson Yachts sends word that there is new availability aboard the 72-foot custom sailing yacht Pacific Wave. She is available until July 31 in either the British Virgin Islands or the Grenadines, then in the Grenadines only from September 3 through October 31, and then back in the British Virgin Islands or other Caribbean locations from November 1 through July of 2012. A $1,500 discount is available through the end of July… There is a new chef onboard the 70-foot Norlin/Sweden sailing yacht Mira. Chef Athene Macrae is a British native who cooks in the cuisines of Italy, France, Spain, the Middle East, India, and Asia…
North Star Yachting welcomes the 101-foot Baia motoryacht Mirage to the charter fleet in Greece. She will take 10 guests with six crew this summer at a lowest weekly base rate of €74,970…
Northrop and Johnson tells us the 160-foot Delta motoryacht NewVida has availability this summer in the Mediterranean. She takes as many as 12 guests in five staterooms at a lowest weekly base rate of €175,000… New to the fleet is the 112-foot Westport motoryacht Sea Loafers III, taking eight guests this summer in New England at a lowest weekly base rate of $44,000… Also new to the fleet is the 164-foot Feadship motoryacht Inevitable. She will be available in the Caribbean this winter at a lowest weekly base rate of $190,000… The 154-foot Admiral Marine motoryacht Ohana is available in New England this summer, taking 10 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of $130,000. See the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog for details about tandem availability… The 98-foot MCP motoryacht Eagle’s Nest has dropped its weekly base rate from $45,000 to $38,000 for charters this summer in the Bahamas… The 154-foot Delta motoryacht Mr. Terrible is available in the Bahamas at a weekly base rate of $198,000, down from the original $220,000…
Ocean Independence welcomes the 104-foot Elegance motoryacht Harmony I to the charter fleet in Spain. She takes eight guests in the Balearic Isles… Also new to the fleet are the 100-foot Monte Fino motoryacht Picnic, chartering year-round in the Bahamas and Caribbean at a lowest weekly base rate of $39,500; the 195-foot Baglietto motoryacht Vicky, taking 10 guests in the Western Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €230,000; and the 111-foot RMK motoryacht Cornelia, taking nine guests in the Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €43,000… The 147-foot motoryacht Prometej has just completed a refit that will give charter clients access to WiFi on all decks. She is available this summer in Greece and Croatia at a lowest weekly base rate of €85,000… The 90-foot Holland Jachtbouw sailing yacht Aeolian has been rechristened Whirlwind. She will take six guests this summer in the Western Mediterranean upon completing a refit. The weekly base rate will be €19,950…
Ocean Partners International says the 111-foot motoryacht Mirage is available in her home waters of Croatia, with a local crew, taking 10 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €39,000…
OceanStyle says the owner of the 100-foot Sanlorenzo motoryacht Solona is willing to be “very flexible” with the advertised weekly base rate of €45,000 for eight to nine guests this summer in the Western Mediterranean… The 107-foot Cantieri di Pisa motoryacht Elisa has dropped her weekly base rate from a high of €70,000 to a year-round of €59,000. She is available this summer in Greece and Croatia, taking as many as 10 guests… New to the fleet are the 120-foot Palmer Johnson motoryacht Vanquish, taking eight guests in the Western Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €101,500; the 105-foot Sunseeker motoryacht Beachseeker, taking eight guests in the South of France at a lowest weekly base rate of €49,000; and the 130-foot Mangusta motoryacht Ability, taking as many as nine guests in the South of France at a lowest weekly base rate of €112,000…
Peter Insull’s welcomes the 88-foot Maiora motoryacht IFA Cannes to the charter fleet. She will take eight guests in the Western Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €35,000…
Primo Yacht sends word that the 130-foot Mangusta motoryacht African Cat has dropped its lowest weekly base rate from €150,000 to €120,000 for charters during June in the Western Mediterranean… The 148-foot Feadship motoryacht Secret Life has lowered its weekly base rate from €89,000 to €63,000 for charters during June out of St. Tropez. She takes 12 guests with 10 crew… Two yachts from the fleet are available this summer in Croatia: the 109-foot Lloyd’s Ship motoryacht Daniella and the 101-foot Ferretti motoryacht Maria II of London…
Regency Yacht Vacations tells us that the 44-foot sailing catamaran Catalyst has just opened two new weeks of availability this summer in the Virgin Islands. They are July 24-29 going round-trip from St. Thomas, and July 24-30 going from St. Thomas to Vieques, in the Spanish Virgin Islands… The 54-foot Jenneau sailing yacht Sayang is offering eight nights for the price of seven during June and July in the Virgin Islands…
RJC Yachts sends word that the 112-foot Broward motoryacht Lady Sharon Gale will remain in the Caribbean this summer and is seeking charters throughout the entirety of the season. She is based in Sint Maarten with a lowest weekly base rate of $38,000 in the Northern Caribbean and Virgin Islands. The base rate includes guest use of a 38-foot Jupiter tender…
Sunreef Yachts Charter says the 102-foot sailing catamaran Ipharra has several weeks of availability this summer in the Mediterranean, between August 29 and September 23. She takes 12 guests and is willing to travel to both Western and Eastern Mediterranean ports… The 114-foot sailing catamaran Che is available in Croatia and Montenegro from August 3-10 at a weekly base rate of €74,000 for as many as eight guests… New to the fleet is the just-launched, 70-foot sailing catamaran Muse. She will be available starting in July in the Mediterranean with accommodations for 10 adults and two children… The 62-foot sailing catamaran Sparrow is being offered at a weekly base rate of €22,000, down from €24,000, for any seven-day charter in the Western Mediterranean between July 26 and August 10…
Voyage Charters is offering discounts of as much as 20 percent on crewed charters through July in the Virgin Islands.
New First Impression Reviews Posted on CharterWave
Anna J, 120-foot Palmer Johnson motoryacht
Atalanta II, 82-foot CNB sailing yacht
D’Angleterre II, 135-foot W.A. Souther & Son motoryacht
Heritage M, 110-foot Perini Navi sailing yacht
Parvati, 130-foot CRN motoryacht
True North, 112-foot Westport motoryacht
Yogi, 204-foot Proteksan-Turquoise motoryacht
New Crew Interviews Posted on CharterWave
New Broker Interviews Posted on CharterWave
Tom Collins of Burgess Yachts aboard the 159-foot Feadship motoryacht Audacia
Ali Kaufmann of Denison Yacht Sales at the 2011 Poros Charter Yacht Show
Gina Robertson of Yachtstore at the 2011 Marmaris Charter Yacht Show
New “10 Best” Lists Posted on CharterWave
10 best charter yachts heading to New England for summer 2011
10 best charter yachts heading to the Eastern Mediterranean for summer 2011
10 best lessons learned at the 2011 Genoa Charter Yacht Show
10 best charter yacht water toys