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March 2011

CharterWave eNews

 

CharterWave motoryachtCharterWave Wins Second Major Marine Journalism Award

For the second year in a row, CharterWave has been named one of the best marine journalism websites in the world.

Boating Writers International presented its 2010 awards for excellence in marine journalism at the Miami International Boat Show in February. CharterWave earned second place in the Original Online Content Category.

In 2009, CharterWave earned first place in the same category. First place for 2010 went to Panbo, a marine electronics website produced by Yachting magazine Electronics Editor Ben Ellison. Other awards went to Superyacht World contributor Diane Byrne for her site MegayachtNews and SAIL magazine Executive Editor Charles Doane for his site WaveTrain.

“I am truly honored to see CharterWave recognized among such an excellent group of online leaders,” says CharterWave editor Kim Kavin. “CharterWave has been online since October 2006 and now has more original editorial content about luxury yacht charter than any other resource in the world, print or digital. Our readers can be sure that we will continue to provide award-winning news and information that they can trust every single day.”

 

Yacht Chef’s Murder Adds to Concerns about Sint Maarten Crime

Thirty-seven-year-old Ludovic Guillevin, a French national who was working as the chef aboard the 126-foot motoryacht Cheetah Moon, was killed on the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten in late February.

Reports and local sources state that Guillevin left the Simpson Bay marina area with two other yacht crew to visit a bar on Friday, February 25, and that after the three returned, Guillevin left again on his own around midnight and got into a taxi, his destination unknown. Authorities found him Saturday, February 26, on Mullet Beach, which is to the west of the Simpson Bay Bridge. He was alive but badly injured, with some reports and local sources stating that he had been tortured by having his eyes gouged out, his teeth pulled out, his nipples cut off, and his body set on fire.

A Cheetah Moon crew member told The Daily Herald that news reports of the injuries were exaggerated, and that the yacht’s captain personally saw Guillevin before he was flown to Martinique, where doctors were unsuccessful in trying to save his life. The crew member said that while Guillevin was badly beaten and stabbed, the torture details were inaccurate based on what the captain said to the crew.

No matter the severity of injuries, Guillevin’s death was the latest, and by far most horrific, incidence of recent violence to strike the yachting community in and around Simpson Bay. While no charter guests have been named as victims of crime, the crew magazine The Triton reported in January that several yachts suffered burglaries this winter. One captain was so incensed about what he sees as a lack of response by marina owners and local authorities that he personally posted the following video of a robbery from his yacht’s security camera to YouTube:

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The Sint Maarten Marine Trades Association is calling for action to protect the island as a leading yacht charter hub.

“We don’t have the resources on-island to resolve these heinous crimes,” association treasurer Lorraine Talmi told The Daily Herald. “We need help from abroad and we need to demand that it be provided, and that there is more police presence in our neighborhoods, that something be done to deter crime at all levels. Citizens and residents must demand immediate support for expanding and enhancing the police force. They need training and high-tech labs so that they can more often do simple crime-fighting techniques like fingerprinting.”

No yacht charter guests have been reported as victims in any of these recent crimes. However, common sense urges that if you are meeting a charter yacht in Sint Maarten this winter, and in particular in the Simpson Bay area, then you should be aware of your surroundings at all times and consider working with the captain to arrange an itinerary that keeps you out of the local marinas at night. There are plenty of beautiful beaches and harbors on Sint Maarten where you can safely anchor under the stars and enjoy the best of what this Caribbean island has to offer.

 

 

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MYBA Withdraws New YachtFolio System, Plans Autumn Re-Launch

On March 3, the Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association took its new Yachtfolio database offline and instructed charter brokers worldwide to use the former MYBAnet system for booking charters until at least the end of the summer 2011 season.

Yachtfolio was introduced in early January as a replacement for MYBAnet, which charter brokers have long used to determine yachts’ features, locations, and availability. By late January, nearly 100 brokers had signed a petition asking that MYBAnet be kept online until flaws in the Yachtfolio system and questions about pricing for access to the system could be resolved. By mid-February, at least one leading central agency had contacted brokers directly to offer information about the yachts in its charter fleet, citing confusion created by Yachtfolio as the reason for the e-mail.

“We envisage by the autumn we will be ready to present Yachtfolio again, this time with a phased rollout where [central agency] managers will be given access first to check their yachts and yacht material, prior to retail brokers starting to use the system,” MYBA President Toby Maclaurin stated in a March 3 e-mail.

For anyone booking a charter vacation, the upshot is that any confusion about availability dates for specific yachts should now be resolved. Working with a reputable charter broker is, as always, your best option for ensuring that you have a proper contract for the charter yacht of your choice.

 

 

Monaco Grand PrixAvailability Remains High for Cannes Film Festival, Monaco Grand Prix

The deadline for yachts to secure dockage at the Monaco Grand Prix was pushed back again this year, just as it was in 2010, with several sources in Europe saying that the marina still has space available for the spring event. In the years before the global recession, those marina slips would have been snapped up as much as a year in advance of the Formula 1 race.

As further evidence that charter availability remains high for the 2011 summer season’s premier events, Ocean Independence sent an e-blast in early March featuring 19 yachts—about one-fifth of the company’s total fleet—that are still open for bookings during the Monaco Grand Prix (May 26-29) and the Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22). OceanStyle announced that eight of the 20 yachts in its charter fleet are still available for the events, and Edmiston and Company said that it still had 18 charter yachts available as of early March.

See this blog post and this blog post from the CharterWave Daily Editor’s blog for more on specific yachts from those companies with availability.

If you are interested in the Monaco Grand Prix or the Cannes Film Festival, now is the time to call a reputable charter broker and take advantage of what appears to be a buyer’s market.

 

 

charter yacht Mondango main salonEarly-Booking Discounts Becoming a Trend for Summer 2011 Charters

Early-booking discounts are becoming a trend as multiple management companies seek to get charters on the calendar for the upcoming summer season.

Camper and Nicholsons International recently announced discounts aboard three of the motoryachts in its charter fleet. The most substantial early-booking discount is for the 205-foot Codecasa Apogee, whose normal weekly base rate is $450,000. If you book before March 15 for the Mediterranean, however, you can get Apogee at a weekly base rate of $395,000. That’s a savings of $55,000, or about 12 percent.

Edmiston and Company announced a similar early-bird special for the 169-foot Alloy sailing yacht Mondango (shown in the photograph at right). For charters that will take place in June, you save 20 percent if you book before March 31, or 15 percent if you book before April 30. For charters that will take place in July or August, you save 15 percent if you book before March 31, or 10 percent if you book before April 30. For charters that will take place in September, you save 20 percent if you book before April 30, 15 percent if you book before May 31, or 10 percent if you book before June 30.

Ocean Independence announced an early-booking discount for the 164-foot Benetti motoryacht Cuor Di Leone. The regular weekly base rates are €185,000 during peak weeks and €161,000 during low weeks. If you book before March 31 for a charter this summer, you can save 15 percent on a seven-day charter, 20 percent on a 10-day charter, or 25 percent on a fourteen-day charter.

Other charter yachts continue to offer discounts without booking deadlines, but early-bird specials are becoming more common. Check the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog for additional specials as they are announced.

 

 

On Deck Racing in AntiguaChance to Charter, Race against Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert

On Deck Racing, which recently established operations in the United States by opening a base in Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the organizers of this year’s Charleston Bermuda Race. The 777-mile race, which begins May 21, is getting some extra publicity this year thanks to an announcement that Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert will participate aboard one of the On Deck yachts.

That means that if you charter one of the remaining On Deck yachts for the race, you will be able to tack and jibe against one of the most popular satirists in the world.
A native of Charleston, Colbert is taking the race with his trademark seriousness, telling the local Post and Courier newspaper: “I can’t believe my wife is letting me go.”

On Deck has several sailing yachts available for the event. A Farr 65 and Shipman 63 are both available for full-yacht charters at base rates of $31,000 and $34,000, respectively. Rates include a professional skipper and mate, race entry fees, two training days, entry into all shoreside events, and more.

Any reputable charter broker can tell you more about this spring’s Charleston Bermuda Race. In addition to the On Deck yachts that are still available, other options are possible as well.

 

Camper and Nicholsons International Releases iPad App

Camper and Nicholsons International has released an application for iPhone, iPad, and iTouch.

The new app lets users download, for free, the company’s luxury lifestyle magazine Sea & I. CNI (get it?) says the downloads have been optimized for viewing on the smaller iPhone screens as well as the larger iPad screens. The iPad version lends itself to what Camper calls “a richer viewing experience” in which users can zoom into pages, browse photo galleries, and view text-only pages.

Once users download the app from the iTunes store, they will have access to all new issues of Sea & I upon publication. Users also can browse the catalog of back issues at any time.

To download the new Sea & I app, visit this page at the iTunes store.

 

 

Best of the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog

Hijacked Yacht in Oman Has Nothing to Do with Charter. News media in the United States are focused almost constantly on the story of four Americans whose yacht has been hijacked off the coast of Oman. Ironically, the story broke just a couple of days after a Somali pirate was sentenced to 33 years in prison for hijacking the commercial ship Maersk Alabama. I remember the Maersk Alabama incident vividly because, at the time, I received several e-mails from readers who worried that pirates might attack charter yachts, too. In April 2009, I posted this explanation of how rare it is for pirates to attack charter yachts. That remains true today. What’s happening aboard the private sailing yacht Quest has nothing to do with what charter guests can expect to experience… Read More …

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Best of the CharterWave Sponsored Blogs

From the Interpac Yachts sponsored blog on CharterWave: New Chef on the Turkish Gulet Papa Joe. This week popular charter yacht Papa Joe announced the appointment of chef Ibrahim Cakir. “Ibo’s” cuisine is bound to delight charter guests mouth watering appetizers such as “mezes,” healthy Mediterranean specialties, and seductive desserts… Read More …

 

charter yacht Kai crew with Susan HarrisMotoryacht of the Month

CharterWave editor Kim Kavin had her cruising experience aboard the 120-foot Benetti motoryacht Kai drastically altered because of an engine malfunction. Just as she was supposed to leave Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua for a few days of cruising in and around Sint Maarten, a part that connects the yacht’s helm controls to the engine room went on the fritz. Because it was a digital part, it required a technician from the engine manufacturer to fix it—and when something like that breaks down on a Saturday morning on a Caribbean island, there’s just no way to get help from a mainland manufacturer until at least Monday afternoon.

Thus, Kim ended up spending a few days aboard Kai at the dock on Antigua. The breakdown gave her a chance to get to know Kai’s crew, along with charter manager Susan Harris of Fraser Yachts Worldwide (in the photo at right), and to see how well they performed when things did not go as planned.

Read more in our newly posted review of the charter yacht Kai.

 

 

charter yacht This is UsSailing Yacht of the Month

The 141-foot sailing yacht This is Us was built by the renowned Holland Jachtbouw shipyard in 2005. Originally named Skylge, she got a new owner in June 2010 who changed her name as well as her flag state, which is now Belgian.

“He’s Belgian, and he wanted to keep everything aboveboard,” Capt. Robin Winn told CharterWave. “This is his first boat, which he bought after chartering several sailboats. All I can say is, my God, the man can really pick a winner.”

We wholeheartedly agree. This is Us is an Andrew Hoek design with a history of sailing beautifully, and her interior oozes the kind of classic elegance that would make anyone feel at home at the world’s most storied ports and harbors. Read more about this beautiful sailing yacht in our First Impression review of This is Us.

 

 

charter yacht Captain Keith MooreCaptain of the Month

Capt. Keith Moore was the build captain for the 190-foot Abeking and Rasmussen motoryacht Lady Sheridan, which is one of the most luxurious charter yachts available in the world today. Even still, Moore never takes charter clients’ finances for granted.

“We really pride ourselves on this yacht with looking after the client’s provisioning allowance,” he says. “We try to buy direct instead of using agencies, to keep costs down. Before every charter, myself, the chief stewardess, and the chef all try to speak with the client directly. That eliminates guesswork spending. We are able to have everything the guests want, as exactly as possible, to keep quality high and spending down.

“I feel there is a lot of wasted money in this industry,” he adds. “I feel that can be avoided with extra crew effort. We take the time to do our due diligence. We don’t settle on the easy way out, which I think is unfair to owners and clients. They’re not cash cows. We shouldn’t look at them as nothing more than rich people with big, open pockets.”

Learn more about the charter program aboard Lady Sheridan in our exclusive interview with Capt. Keith Moore.

 

charter yacht chef Kai Daehnke appetizerChef of the Month

Kai Daehnke brings her experience working in the galleys aboard megayachts to the cuisine that guests enjoy aboard the 70-foot Sunreef powercatamaran Sea Bass.

“I used to work aboard the 150-foot motoryacht Dreamseeker in the Mediterranean as an assistant chef,” she says. “I really learned how to turn out megayacht-quality food that charter guests enjoy. Dreamseeker’s chef was my mentor, and I bring the skills I learned on that boat to our program aboard Sea Bass today.

“I don’t really have a specialty like French or Thai, but I will say that I like to cook with fresh herbs,” she adds. “To me, if you incorporate fresh herbs, it adds so much to any meal. But if you force me to choose a specialty dish, I’d tell guests to ask for my mango-pork ribs. They always get rave reviews.”

Learn more about the charter program aboard Sea Bass in our newly posted interview interview with chef Kai Daehnke.

 

 

charter yacht broker Lynne CampbellBroker of the Month

Lynne Campbell spent more than a decade running charter yachts in the Caribbean before opening Carefree Yacht Charters in 2006.

“My husband and I did more than 300 week-long charters, and to actually have the client standing in front of you day in and day out, it gives you such an insight into what people want and expect on vacation,” she says. “I am able to get to know people quickly, understand what will make them happy, and know which boat and crew to put them with.

“I also think my scuba diving experience sets me apart,” she adds. “I have kept my license current as a PADI-certified instructor, so if you are a charter client who wants to dive, I understand exactly what needs to happen in order to make the vacation as safe and as fun as possible.”

Learn more about the types of yachts that Carefree Yacht Charters handles in our exclusive interview with broker Lynne Campbell.

 

Fleet and Management Company News

37 South says the 100-foot motoryacht Huntress will be available in northwestern Australia’s Kimberley region from mid-June through July…

Atalanta Golden Yachts welcomes the 82-foot Nautor’s Swan sailing yacht Polytropon II to the charter fleet. She will take six guests in Greece at a lowest weekly base rate of €87,500…

Athens Yachts says the 90-foot Aicon motoryacht Amon is available this summer in Greece. She takes 10 to 12 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of  €40,000, with a home port of Athens… The 132-foot motoryacht Sirius will take 14 guests this winter in Greece at a lowest weekly base rate of €84,000… The 148-foot CRN motoryacht Bella Stella is available for handicapped-accessible charters throughout the Eastern Mediterranean. See additional details on the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog

BCR Yachts has launched new websites for several of the sailing yachts in its charter fleet. See further details on the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog

Bernard Gallay says the 60-foot racing trimaran Sopra is available for event charters this summer in the Western Mediterranean. Half-day and whole-day charters are available aboard this sailing yacht, whose speed can exceed 40 knots. Base rates start at €3,500 per day…

Bradford Marine Yacht Charter says the 92-foot Cheoy Lee motoryacht Yoly is available in the Bahamas at a weekly base rate of $25,000. Use of the owner’s 24-foot center console tender is also an option, at an additional rate of $2,500 per week… The 120-foot Heesen motoryacht Sun Ark is currently available in the Caribbean at a weekly base rate of $60,000…

Burgess Yachts welcomes the 177-foot Proteksan Turquoise motoryacht Talisman C1 to the charter fleet. She will take 12 guests in the Mediterranean this summer at a lowest weekly base rate of €210,000…

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C U Yacht Charters welcomes the 105-foot motoryacht Ciao Bella to the charter fleet. She is based in Miami, Florida, and can take 12 guests by day or eight guests overnight, with four crew. The weekly base rate is $52,500, or Ciao Bella may be chartered at a per-day rate of $8,750. All-inclusive rates are also available… Also new to the fleet is the 130-foot Westport motoryacht Mary Alice II. She takes 10 guests with six crew in Florida or the Bahamas at a lowest weekly base rate of $100,000…

 

 

Camper and Nicholsons International welcomes eight yachts to the charter fleet. The 196-foot CRN motoryacht Darlings Danama will debut in July, taking 12 guests in the Eastern and Western Mediterranean at a weekly base rate of €365,000. The 121-foot sailing yacht Marflow is a 1982 build that was refit in 2006 to take nine guests at a weekly base rate of €50,000. The 120-foot Intermarine motoryacht Chosen One will take eight to 10 guests this summer in the Caribbean at a weekly base rate of $65,000. The 121-foot Broward motoryacht D.O.A., formerly known as Java, has just completed a refit and will take 10 guests in the Mediterranean this summer at a weekly base rate of $59,000. The 117-foot AOS motoryacht Margaux will be available in Bora Bora, taking six guests at a weekly base rate of $59,000. The 103-foot Hakvoort motoryacht Sealion is a 1992 build that was recently refit to charter this summer in the Western Mediterranean at a weekly base rate of €55,000. The 100-foot motoryacht Georgiana, built in 1980, has just been refit and will take 11 guests in the Bahamas at a weekly base rate of $32,000. The 85-foot Benetti motoryacht Farfallina will take eight guests in the Western Mediterranean this summer at a weekly base rate of €55,000… The 205-foot Codecasa motoryacht Apogee is offering a summer Mediterranean weekly base rate of $395,000, down from the usual $450,000, for any charters that are confirmed before March 15… The 139-foot motoryacht Never Enough is offering 10 days for the price of seven in the Bahamas through mid-March… The 112-foot motoryacht Symphony II is offering a $4,500 discount off the regular $49,500 weekly base rate this summer in New England, as long as you book before March 31…

CharterPortBVI fleet yacht Viking Dream, a 46-foot sailing catamaran, has announced new availability dates in the British Virgin Islands. They include May 15 through June 15, June 24-29, and July 17-29…

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Churchill Yacht Partners welcomes two yachts to the charter fleet. The 161-foot Trinity motoryacht Destination Fox Harb’r Too will be available in the Caribbean this spring, and then in Nova Scotia this summer, at a lowest weekly base rate of $230,000, while the 130-foot Westport motoryacht Arioso will be available this spring in the Bahamas at a lowest weekly base rate of $98,000… The announcements come less than a month after the addition of the 112-foot Crescent motoryacht Shear Fantasea to the fleet… The 80-foot Palmer Johnson motoryacht Volterra is available for regatta charters this spring in the Caribbean… The 116-foot Holland Jachtbouw sailing yacht Whisper has lowered her weekly base rate from $80,000 to $69,000 for the remainder of the winter charter season…

 

CSO Yachts says the 100-foot Couach motoryacht Mayama, whose regular weekly base rate is €54,000, is being offered at €38,000 for charters in April… New to the fleet is the 154-foot Amtec motoryacht Out, taking 12 guests this summer in the Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €140,000…

Edmiston and Company welcomes the 90-foot Nautor’s Swan sailing yacht Nefertiti to the charter fleet. She will be available in the Western Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €44,000… Also new to the fleet is the 98-foot Performance Yachts sailing yacht Liara. She will be in the Western Mediterranean as of July at a lowest weekly base rate of €46,000… The 262-foot classic motoryacht Talitha will be available in Greece beginning July 15. Her lowest weekly base rate is €280,000… The 169-foot Alloy sailing yacht Mondango is offering as much as a 20-percent discount off the yacht’s regular weekly base rate of €185,000 for charters of at least seven days in the Eastern Mediterranean during June, or in the Western Mediterranean from July through September. See all the details on the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog… The 235-foot Feadship motoryacht Utopia will be available from May through July in Norway’s fjords as well as in St. Petersburg, Russia… The 161-foot Feadship motoryacht Teleost is available in Bonaire at a weekly base rate of $240,000, but, Edmiston says, “the owner is flexible” on the rate for charters of at least one week…

Fraser Yachts Worldwide welcomes six yachts to the charter fleet. The 147-foot Hakvoort motoryacht Pamela V will take 10 guests in the Caribbean at a lowest weekly base rate of $220,000. The 131-foot Hakvoort motoryacht Solaia will take eight guests this summer in the Western Mediterranean and Croatia at a weekly base rate of $88,000. The 130-foot Gambol motoryacht Sojourn will take eight guests this summer in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska at a lowest weekly base rate of $75,000. The 127-foot Baglietto motoryacht Bellissima will take eight guests year-round in the Caribbean at a lowest weekly base rate of $50,000. The 120-foot Crescent motoryacht Impetuous will take nine guests this summer in New England at a lowest weekly base rate of $60,000. The 117-foot Crystal motoryacht Crystal II will take eight guests this summer in California at a lowest weekly base rate of $70,000…

Infinity Yacht Charters says the 114-foot classic motoryacht Pacific Yellowfin will be available this summer in her home waters of British Columbia. She takes eight to 12 guests with five crew at a lowest weekly base rate of $65,000, which includes meals and fuel…

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International Yacht Charter Group welcomes Tracy Gulbranson as a retail charter broker in Florida. Gulbranson previously was with Rikki Davis Worldwide Yacht Charters at Churchill Yacht Partners…

 

International Yacht Register welcomes the 265-foot Feadship motoryacht Air to the charter fleet. The yacht is currently under construction in Holland. When she launches, she will become the largest Feadship ever made available for charter, taking 12 guests in seven staterooms at a weekly base rate of €750,000… Also new to the fleet is the 119-foot Amels motoryacht Secret Love. She will take eight guests this summer in the Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €50,000…

Neptune Group Yachting says the 102-foot Palmer Johnson motoryacht Banyan is currently available in the Turks and Caicos Islands at a lowest weekly base rate of $29,900 for six guests… The 84-foot Palmer Johnson motoryacht Captivator will be available this summer in the Great Lakes at a weekly base rate of $23,000 for six guests… Five motoryachts in the fleet will be available this summer in New England. They are the 112-foot Westport New Moon II, the 102-foot Palmer Johnson Banyan, the 87-foot Johnson 4Mal, the 97-foot Hargrave Gigi, and the 85-foot Pacific Mariner Seas the Moment, which is new to the fleet… Also new to the fleet is the 850foot Symbol motoryacht Andiamo. She will take six guests in Florida and the Bahamas at a weekly base rate of $25,000…

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Nicholson Yachts tells us the 72-foot sailing yacht Pacific Wave is available until July 31 at a $1,500-per-week discount, and then again at the full weekly rate beginning in late October, in the British Virgin Islands or Grenadines. Pacific Wave just got a new boom awning that protects charter guests from the sun and rain, as well as a new 15-foot tender… The 104-foot sailing yacht Oceans 7 (squared) is offering 10 percent off all charters for the rest of the winter season in the Caribbean. That’s a $6,000 discount off the regular weekly base rate of $60,000 for eight guests… The 72-foot sailing yacht Bonnie Lynn will offer seamanship courses for adults and kids alike this summer, in addition to being available for week-long charters throughout New England. See details on the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog

 

 

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Northrop and Johnson says the 198-foot Feadship motoryacht Blue Moon, whose regular weekly base rate is $475,000 for 12 guests, is now available at a rate of $395,000 in the Caribbean and this summer at a rate of $325,000 in New England…The 154-foot Delta motoryacht Mr. Terrible is being offered at a weekly base rate of $198,000 for 10 to 12 guests, down from a regular rate of $220,000… Charter guests can book the 122-foot Flagship motoryacht Shogun in Alaska at a 50-percent discount if they also book a week-long charter at full price aboard the 154-foot Admiral Marine motoryacht Ohana in the Bahamas, Florida, or New England. To receive the Shogun discount, both bookings must be signed before April 1, and the Shogun charter must be completed before September 31… The 115-foot Crescent motoryacht Kapalua is offering eight nights for the price of seven at a weekly base rate that has been reduced from $44,000 to $39,000 for eight or nine guests in the Caribbean, including use of a towed tender… The 75-foot Marlow motoryacht Miss Kulani is available in the South Pacific at a weekly base rate of $31,500…

 

Ocean Independence welcomes the 80-foot Mangusta motoryacht Four Friends to the charter fleet. She will take six guests this summer in the Norwegian fjords at a lowest weekly base rate of €35,500… Seven additional yachts have joined the charter fleet. The 176-foot Admiral motoryacht Sea Force One will take 10 guests this summer in the Western Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €280,000… The 154-foot Heesen motoryacht Seadweller, a 1999 build that was refit in 2010, will take 12 guests this summer in the Mediterranean. The 114-foot classic motoryacht Polycarpus will also take 12 guests this summer in the Mediterranean. The 104-foot sailing yacht Adesso will take eight guests this summer in the Western Mediterranean. The 98-foot Pendennis sailing yacht Nostromo will take seven guests this summer in the Eastern Mediterranean. The 91-foot Holland Jachtbouw sailing yacht Aeolian will be available in the Western Mediterranean as well as in Spain, taking six guests. The 85-foot Inace motoryacht Fortaleza will take 10 guests this summer in the Western Mediterranean… The 120-foot Broward motoryacht Sovereign is being offered at a 20-percent discount in the Bahamas through April. The new weekly base rate for 12 guests is $50,000… The 171-foot Benetti motoryacht Quantum of Solace is waiving all delivery fees and offering a $25,000 discount for charters in the Bahamas through April. The new weekly base rate for 12 guests is $250,000…

OceanStyle tells us the owner of the 136-foot ISA motoryacht Ti Voglio Tanto Bene is “keen to charter” and “open to offers” this summer in the Western Mediterranean. The lowest weekly base rate being advertised s €120,000… The 116-foot Azimut motoryacht La Dea has availability in the Bahamas until May 5. Her lowest weekly base rate is $72,000… The 115-foot Maiora motoryacht Paris A is offering 15 percent off her lowest weekly base rate of €70,000 for all charters signed by the end of March. That’s a savings of €10,500… The 108-foot Notika motoryacht Momentum has been withdrawn from the charter market…The 110-foot Evolution motoryacht Benita Blue has an owner who is willing to be “flexible with the rate,” which is usually €70,000 for eight to 10 guests… The 105-foot Akhir motoryacht Elisa will be available in Montenegro and Croatia beginning this May…

Primo Yacht has a new office in Greece, in partnership with Athens-based Marina Management… New to the fleet is the 162-foot classic motoryacht RS Eden. She will take 11 guests this summer in the Western Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of  €91,000… Also new to the fleet is the 147-foot CRN motoryacht Stella Bella, taking as many as 14 guests this summer in the Eastern Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €105,000…

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Regency Yacht Vacations says the 51-foot sailing yacht Phaedrus is offering eight nights for the price of seven for any charter between March 13 and March 28 in the British Virgin Islands. The all-inclusive rate for two guests is $5,900…

 

Select Yachts sends word that the 47-foot sailing catamaran Nemo is offering an Easter special in the Virgin Islands. Eight nights will be given for the price of seven for a charter beginning on April 23. The yacht takes eight guests, and the base rate is $18,000…

Sunreef Yachts Charter has a new office in the United States. The company is now located at 2800 W. State Road 84, Suite 118, Dania, Florida, 33312. The telephone number at the new office is (954) 602-9399…

Superyachts Monaco welcomes the world’s largest motoryacht, the 535-foot Blohm + Voss Eclipse, to the charter market. No details are being publicized about the yacht’s weekly rate…

Yacht Marine Management and Consulting Services welcomes the 114-foot motoryacht M&M to the charter fleet. The yacht will take 10 guests when construction is completed. Delivery from the shipyard in Turkey is currently scheduled for May.

 

New Crewed Yacht Features Posted on CharterWave

Kai, 120-foot Benetti motoryacht, in Antigua

 

New First Impression Reviews Posted on CharterWave

Freedom, 124-foot Perini Navi sailing yacht
Icarus, 89-foot Jongert Sailing Yacht
JeMaSa, 164-foot Hakvoort motoryacht
Kimberly II, 140-foot Mondomarine motoryacht
Perle Noire, 119-foot Heesen motoryacht
Sea Bass, 70-foot Sunreef powercatamaran
This Is Us, 141-foot Holland Jachtbouw sailing yacht

 

New Crew Interviews Posted on CharterWave

Kai Daehnke, chef, 70-foot powercatamaran Sea Bass
Keith Moore, captain, 190-foot motoryacht Lady Sheridan

 

New Broker Interviews Posted on CharterWave

Lynne Campbell, Carefree Yacht Charters

 

New Helpful Article Posted on CharterWave

How to Negotiate a Yacht Charter Rate

 

New “10 Best” Lists Posted on CharterWave

10 Best Reasons to Book the 114-Foot Sunreef Sailing Catamaran Che (based on our editor’s recent charter aboard)
10 Best Charter Yachts for Outdoor Dining
10 Best Charter Yachts for Formal Dining

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