Yachts Offer Summer Deals, Discounts
The trend of charter yachts offering bonus days and price breaks is beginning to spill over from the current winter season to the upcoming summer season.
Until recently, publicly advertised deals and discounts have been for a limited time only, with yacht owners trying to drum up some business before the end of the current Caribbean charter season. The hope among industry insiders has remained that the global economy will stabilize enough to allow for a strong summer charter season that does not require similar rate reductions.
However, as of mid-February, one leading charter company manager said that fully half of the crewed charter yachts expected to move from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean for the summer had not yet committed to doing so—because there simply had not been enough requests for bookings. Then, early this month, offers of summer season bonus days and discounted rates began to appear for yachts as prominent as the 154-foot Perini Navi Andromeda la Dea.
“There has not been a wholesale reduction in prices for the Mediterranean season, and publicly announced offers for discounts in the Western Med still are few and far between,” CharterWave editor Kim Kavin says. “However, with the global economic condition continuing to remain tenuous and lots of price negotiations going on behind the scenes, signs are pointing to the kinds of publicly offered deals we’ve seen on charter yachts in the Caribbean this winter becoming available for at least some charter yachts in the Western Med this summer.
"Right now, the best summertime deals appear to be in the Eastern Mediterranean, including Croatia and Turkey, as well as in the Bahamas and New England," Kim says, "but I’m keeping my eye on the Western Med, too, as a handful of similar offers have just started to pop up.”
Broker Report: The Southern Caribbean
Charter broker Sue Flammia of International Yacht Charter Group recently cruised from Grenada to St. Vincent aboard the 120-foot motoryacht Touch.
Flammia gave CharterWave this exclusive interview about the trip, which included a stop at the brand-new Port Louis Grenada marina (shown in the beautiful nighttime photograph at right, courtesy of the marina itself). If you’re thinking about chartering in the Southern Caribbean, our interview with Flammia is well worth a read for tips about what to see and do.
Charter Brokers are Twittering
The micro-blogging site Twitter is all over the news these days, with about 55 million people subscribing to the short “tweets” that other people write all day long. Now, two international charter brokers have joined the 6 million or so people who regularly Twitter.
Boatbookings.com, which is a premier sponsor here on CharterWave, just started Twittering and has issued about 20 Tweets so far. Northrop and Johnson Worldwide Yacht Charters, another of our sponsors, has been at it a little longer and already has nearly 60 people following its Twitter stream.
Here's the link to check out the Boatbookings.com Twitter feed, and here's the link for the Northrop and Johnson Worldwide Yacht Charters Twitter feed.
CharterWave's Editor is Twittering, Too
This recent post on the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog elicited a bunch of requests for editor Kim Kavin to begin Twittering herself. You can now follow her Tweets by clicking here.
Edmiston & Company Opens New Headquarters
Charter yacht management firm Edmiston & Company hasopened a new headquarters in Monaco. The more that 10,000 square feet of office space is on the ninth floor of the Panorama, overlooking the Port of Monaco. Creating the new space took more than 18 months of design and construction work, Edmiston says.
To see more of the photographs that the company released from the new location, check out this recent post from the CharterWave Daily Editor's Blog.
New Websites for Ocean Independence, Churchill Yachts
Two new websites recently came online from companies that manage charter yachts in addition to offering retail booking services.
The new Ocean Independence website includes a section about charter contract terms and conditions, as well as new charter yacht pages that sometimes feature video.
The new Churchill Yacht Partners website is far more elegant than the company’s previous offering, with a "destinations" section that gives you sample itineraries in Alaska, New England, the Bahamas, Florida, the Caribbean, Central America, the Mediterranean, and the South Pacific.
Three Brokers Say: How to Tell Good Crew from Bad
Most reputable charter brokers will tell you that the yacht is important, but it’s the crew who can truly make or break a charter vacation. That’s why for the March edition of Three Brokers Say, we asked Missy Johnston of Northrop and Johnson Worldwide Yacht Charters, Gail Hartman of V.I. Sailing, and Sharon Bahmer of BoatBookings.com what they feel is the best way to tell good crew from bad.
Best of the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog
Unusual Itinerary to Jamaica, Cuba and Beyond. The 54-foot sailing yacht The Dove is a longtime charter yacht whose owner/captain has been receiving requests from his clients of more than 20 years to travel to unusual cruising grounds. As much as the repeat clients enjoy chartering the boat, it seems, they want some different scenery during their vacations… Read more …
Best of the CharterWave Sponsored Blogs
From the Charter Experience sponsored blog: Let's go racing in ANTIGUA! Here's an opportunity to fulfill your dream to participate in one of the most prestigious Caribbean regattas. FORTUNA is offering an Antigua Race Week Special "by the berth" … Read more …
Motoryacht of the Month: Elle
Don’t let the original build year of 1993 fool you. The owner of the 150-foot motoryacht Elle has invested a lot of time and money making this motoryacht into a modernized version of her former self.
Check out our exclusive First Impression review, which takes you from the main saloon (shown in the photograph at right) all the way through the yacht, including a beautiful, formal dining room for elegant dinners during charter vacations.
Sailing Yacht of the Month: Zig Zag
The 82-foot Oyster sailing yacht Zig Zag has a chef who trained at Le Cordon Bleu and wowed our editor with her oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies.
And, oh yes, the boat is pretty darn nice too—and a good one for anyone who loves to sail fast. Zig Zag is also a good choice for mature couples interested in charter, since the captain and chef are in their 40s and 50s. Here’s our exclusive First Impression review.
Captain of the Month: Brett Clark
Captain Brett Clark of the 75-foot sailing catamaran Matau doesn't usually have such long hair. We snapped the photograph at right just before the start of the Caribbean season, when he lets the first kids aboard for a charter shave his head however they like. (Last year, he ended up with a Mohawk--and got some interesting looks when trying to clear customs.)
It's not every charter captain who puts himself so selflessly into the job of making guests of all ages happy. Read more about all that he and the Matau team offer in our exclusive interview with Capt. Clark.
Chef of the Month: Chani Mare
Chani Mare of the 93-foot sailing yacht Sea Shuttle isn't just an award-winning charter chef (yes, that was her collecting an award in December at the Antigua charter show). She's also the proud owner of a successful French restaurant in her native South Africa.
Our editor had the pleasure of enjoying a three-course luncheon that Mare prepared aboard Sea Shuttle in Antigua--and oh yes, that bread shown in the photograph at right tasted just as delicious as it looks. After digesting, we nabbed this exclusive interview with the chef.
Broker of the Month: Reia Stannard
Reia Stannard helped to found the booking agency CharterWorld.com in 2004 after spending several years working as crew onboard superyachts--and learning how important good service really is. She has helped to build the agency into one of the most frequently visited charter yacht sites on the Web, in addition to building a successful charter yacht booking business.
Stannard gave us this exclusive interview in between her trips around the world to inspect charter yachts and meet crew.
Fleet and Management Company News
37 South tells us the 86-foot powercatamaran Bel’Mare has a new owner who has decided to offer her for charter year-round in Fiji… The 100-foot motoryacht Huntress is headed to the Solomon Islands…
BCR Yachts welcomes the 92-foot Nautor Swan sailing yacht Crackerjack to the fleet. She takes eight guests and is expected to be in the Adriatic Sea this summer at a lowest weekly base rate of €35,000… The 75-foot sailing yacht Aglaia will be returning to the Mediterranean in May. She takes six guests at a lowest weekly base rate of $25,000…
Blue Latitude Yachting tells us that the 76-foot sailing yacht XTC is now available for charters in the Grenadines… The 67-foot Perle Noire is now available in the Bahamas… The 60-foot Disco Inferno and 50-foot Naej are now available in the Northern Caribbean… The 59-foot Tiputa is now available in the Virgin Islands…
Churchill Yacht Partners welcomes the 84-foot Trumpy motoryacht Wishing Star to the fleet. She takes six guests and will be in New England this summer, with a chance for a short charter in Charleston, South Carolina, as well… The 154-foot Perini Navi sailing yacht Andromeda la Dea has reduced its summer base rate in the Western Mediterranean to €99,000 to €119,000, depending on the dates of your charter… The 121-foot Crescent motoryacht Olga is available in the Caribbean until the end of April, and then will move to the Bahamas in May. She now offers the option of a tandem charter with the owner’s 61-foot Garlington sportfishing yacht…
C U Yacht Charters says the 90-foot Christensen motoryacht Yianoula is offering eight days for the price of seven in Florida and the Bahamas. The lowest weekly base rate is $18,000 for eight guests with three crew… The 74-foot Hatteras motoryacht Two Honeys is offering charter itineraries along the Intracoastal Waterway as she moves from Florida to New England for the summer season. The lowest weekly base rate is $17,500 for six guests…
Ed Hamilton & Company has posted this excellent article on its website about chartering a yacht with children…
Fraser Yachts Worldwide has released a beautiful new charter catalog for 2009… The Monaco-based charter team has moved to larger offices in the Gildo Pastor Center. Their new phone number for retail charter bookings is +37 90 100 490… New to the fleet is the 150-foot Oceanfast motoryacht Moecca, taking 12 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of $155,000 in the Indian Ocean ... New to the fleet and based in the Western Mediterranean are the custom 145-foot motoryacht Ariete Primo at a lowest weekly base rate of €110,000, and the 131-foot Heesen motoryacht Brazil at a lowest weekly base rate of €115,000… New to the fleet and based in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska are the 115-foot Christensen motoryacht Ocean Pearl at a lowest weekly base rate of $60,000, and the 100-foot North Star motoryacht Besame at a lowest weekly base rate of $35,000… New to the fleet and based in Southern California is the 110-foot Broward motoryacht Panache at a lowest weekly base rate of $27,000… The 193-foot motoryacht Seawolf will be available this summer in the South Pacific at a newly reduced weekly base rate of $180,000… The 155-foot ISA motoryacht Axioma is offering two weeks for the price of 10 days in the Caribbean… The 111-foot Inace motoryacht Sudami is offering 10 days for the price of seven in the Bahamas… The 82-foot Sunseeker motoryacht Lady Zehava will be available for charters in April in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt…
Hargrave Yacht Charters tells us the 115-foot motoryacht Missy B is offering an all-inclusive rate of $40,500 for a four-day getaway from south Florida to Grand Bahama Island. The rate is for eight guests and includes food, wine, and more… The brand-new 100-foot motoryacht King Baby is offering no delivery fees for Bahamas charters. Her weekly base rate is $45,000… (See this column that our editor wrote about King Baby for Boats.com...)
Hoa Yachting says the 75-foot Maiora motoryacht Princess Gio II will be available for charters this summer out of Venice, Italy, at a lowest weekly base rate of €21,600 for eight or nine guests with two crew…
International Yacht Collection welcomes Capt. Mauricio Orozco to the 116-foot Broward motoryacht Muchos Mas. Previously, Orozco was engineer/co-captain aboard Muchos Mas… New to the fleet is the 104-foot Destiny motoryacht Sharon Ann, which takes eight guests at a lowest weekly base rate of $65,000. She is based in the Bahamas…
Magnum Nautica, a charter management company in Croatia, is offering six motoryachts for charter in that area this summer, ranging from a 46-foot Azimut to a 100-foot Azimut…
Neptune Group Yachting tells us the 170-foot expedition motoryacht Latitude is available for charters in Costa Rica and western Panama at a lowest weekly base rate of $125,000 for 12 guests…
Nicholson Yachts says the custom 72-foot sailing yacht Pacific Wave will offer charters in the Southern Caribbean between July and October. The yacht’s base will be the new Port Louis Marina on Grenada… The owner of the 90-foot Doggersbank motoryacht Tivoli is “considering all reasonable offers” in keeping with the yacht’s listed weekly base rate of $35,000 for six guests. Tivoli will be in New England this summer… The 80-foot sailing yacht Coconut is offering eight days for the price of seven for the remainder of the Caribbean season. Her weekly rate is $21,000 for two guests or $22,000 for four guests… The 80-foot sailing yacht Lelanta is available for a charter during the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta at a lowest weekly base rate of $25,000 for four guests… The 82-foot Maxi sailing yacht Fortuna is offering by-the-berth bookings for Antigua Race Week, an unusual opportunity to enjoy a prestigious regatta without chartering the whole boat…The 54-foot sailing yacht The Dove will be offering charters beginning in April in Guadeloupe, Sint Maarten, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba… The 54-foot sailing yacht Magpie is offering eight days for the price of seven, or 10 percent off a seven-day charter, for any bookings that are completed before the end of April…
Northrop and Johnson tells us the 100-foot Burger motoryacht AR-DE is offering nine nights for the price of seven with no delivery fees for Bahamas charters that are confirmed before the end of March. The yacht takes six guests at a weekly base rate of $30,000… The 153-foot NAYS motoryacht Argyll (one of the only handicapped-accessible charter yachts in the world) has just announced availability for 2009 charter dates in New England, the Bahamas, and the Virgin Islands. The lowest weekly base rate is $150,000 for 10 guests with nine crew… The 161-foot Trinity motoryacht Destination Fox Harb’r Too will be available in the Bahamas during April and May at a lowest weekly base rate of $230,000… The 145-foot Christensen motoryacht Aghassi has lowered its weekly base rate from $170,000 to $150,000 for Bahamas charters. She takes 10 guests with eight crew…The 122-foot Flagship motoryacht Shogun is offering nine nights for the price of seven and no extra taxes for charters completed before the end of April in Western Mexico. The lowest weekly base rate is $69,000 for eight guests with five crew… The 115-foot Trinity motoryacht Watercolours has reduced its weekly base rate from $49,500 to $42,000 for Bahamas and Virgin Islands charters. She takes eight guests with four crew…
Northrop and Johnson Worldwide Yacht Charters has opened a Swan division in its Newport, Rhode Island, office, drawing on the experience of in-house broker Carolyn Titus, who previously spent 15 years as a Nautor’s Swan manager…
Ocean Independence welcomes the 105-foot motoryacht Alila to the fleet. She takes eight guests with five crew at a lowest weekly base rate of €50,000 and is expected to be in the Western Mediterranean this summer… Also new to the fleet are the 114-foot motorsailer LIR and the 98-foot Benetti motoryacht Carlamaria, both of which are expected to be in the Eastern Mediterranean this summer (including Croatia)…
Primo Yacht says the 147-foot Feadship motoryacht Secret Life is lowering its weekly base rate from €90,000 to €65,000 for charters during the month of June. The boat will be in the Western Mediterranean, taking 10 to 12 guests with 10 crew… The 85-foot Fashion motoryacht Mister Jingles is scheduled to be launched (with a black-and-gold hull) this month, and will be available for charters in the Mediterranean beginning on April 10… The 94-foot Peri motoryacht Bibich is seeking summer charter bookings for eight guests in the South of France…
Seascape Yacht Charters tells us it will have nine motoryachts available for charter in the Eastern Mediterranean and Greece this summer. They include the 111-foot Rena N, 108-foot Pollux, 108-foot Xiphias, 90-foot Erato, 90-foot Pouaro, 88-foot Rena N, 78-foot Sahara, 78-foot Hanja, and 64-foot John John…
Sunreef Yachts Charter welcomes the 70-foot sailing catamaran Mamma Mia to the fleet. She takes 10 guests and will be available in Greece beginning this spring at a lowest weekly base rate of €30,000… The first Sunreef powerboat, the 70-foot Anna II, will join the fleet this summer. Her base will be the Western Mediterranean, taking eight guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €45,000… Discounts are currently being negotiated for charters aboard the 70-foot sailing catamaran Seazen II, whose listed weekly base rate is $39,500 in the Caribbean and Bahamas… the 62-foot sailing catamaran Zahora will be chartering in French Polynesia this summer, with destinations including Bora Bora, Tahiti, and Moorea. She takes as many as 12 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €21,500… The 62-foot sailing catamaran Mauni is available for charters until April in Mexico’s Yucatan, Belize, and Guatemala, after which she will move to Cuba, Santo Domingo, Sint Maarten, and Venezuela. Her weekly base rate for six guests is $26,000… The 62-foot sailing catamaran Argonauta V will be available for charters from June through September in Spain. Her weekly base rate is €24,000, which includes Spanish taxes…
Tachyon Yachting, a new management company created by former Virgin Islands owner-operators Jacque and Eric Stahl of the 47-foot sailing catamaran Tachyon, has added a second boat to its fleet. It’s the 50-foot sailing catamaran Charme, which recently underwent a $15,000 refit and got new crew, an experienced BVI charter couple named Matt and Michelle Rose-Innes…
The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals welcomes the 75-foot Hatteras motoryacht Sheer Bliss to the fleet. She takes six guests at a lowest weekly base rate of $18,000 in Florida and the Bahamas… The 121-foot Benetti motoryacht Quivira is available for springtime charters on the western coast of Panama and Costa Rica. The yacht will then move to the Pacific Northwest for the summer season…
Yachting Partners International welcomes the classic replica Eleonora to the fleet. The 162-foot beauty takes eight guests with nine crew and is expected to be in the Mediterranean this summer at a lowest weekly base rate of €53,000… Also new to the fleet is the 140-foot Baglietto motoryacht Macalulu, a 2008 build that takes 10 guests with eight crew. She is also expected to be in the Mediterranean this summer, at a lowest weekly base rate of €126,000…
Yates Yachts, which is owned by longtime charter broker Sherry Yates, has acquired the Sailing Vacations charter-booking agency from broker Don McNair, who recently retired.
New First Impression Reviews Posted on CharterWave This Month
Aurore, 163-foot Perini Navisailing yacht
Christine, 100-foot Broward motoryacht
Elle, 150-foot Tacoma motoryacht
Matau, 75-foot Privilege sailing catamaran
Matira, 58-foot Privilege sailing catamaran
Sea Shuttle, 93-foot Jongert motoryacht
Xanadu, 197-foot Benetti motoryacht
Zig Zag, 82-foot Oyster sailing yacht
New Crew Interviews Posted on CharterWave This Month
Brett Clark, captain, sailing catamaran Matau
Chani Mare, chef, sailing yacht Sea Shuttle
New Broker Interview Posted on CharterWave This Month
Reia Stannard, CharterWorld.com
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