World’s First-Ever $1 Million-Per-Week Charter Yacht
Sapphire Seas in September welcomed the 282-foot Oceanco motoryacht Seven Seas to its charter fleet—at a weekly base rate of $1 million for 12 guests beginning this winter in the Caribbean.
As we first reported on the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog, there have been charter yachts in the Mediterranean with high-season summer rates in the €850,000 range, which, with the exchange rate, is more than $1,000,000. But never before has there been a charter yacht advertised with a seven-figure weekly base rate for 12 guests, especially in U.S. dollars during the winter Caribbean season, when rates are typically lower than during high season in the Mediterranean.
The parent company of Sapphire Seas, Wright Maritime, has been overseeing the yacht's construction for the past three years as the owner's representative. Seven Seas is on schedule to be delivered to the owner from the shipyard in Holland next month, then head straight to the Caribbean to begin chartering in January.
She will instantly become the decisively impressive flagship of the Sapphire Seas charter fleet, which also includes the 180-foot Feadship motoryacht Huntress, the 157-foot Christensen motoryacht Lady Joy, and the 130-foot Westport motoryacht My Colors.
More details about Seven Seas, including multiple interior renderings, are posted on the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog.
Megayacht Offers 35-Percent Mediterranean Discount—for Summer 2011
Charter industry insiders are coming off a summer Mediterranean season that was filled with substantial discount offers. Hopes are that the tide of discounts will ebb going into next summer, but already, one megayacht is offering a 35-percent discount a full year in advance.
Primo Yacht says the 148-foot Feadship Secret Life is being made available at a weekly base rate of €62,500, as opposed to the regular €95,000, for any week-or-longer charter in 2011 as long as the contract is signed before October 20, 2010.
Secret Life has, for some time, been a yacht that offers deals. Back in July 2008, the owner tried to drum up business by giving charter clients free fuel as part of the yacht's weekly base rate. In June 2009, the weekly base rate was dropped €30,000 for charters during that month. In March of this year, the €95,000 base rate was lowered to €79,000, and earlier this month, the rate was lowered to €63,000 with free fuel for specific charter dates in Sicily.
So while it’s not surprising that this particular yacht owner is offering a substantial new incentive, it is newsworthy that the incentive is being promoted a full year ahead of next summer’s prime months in the Western Mediterranean. Secret Life's owner has become the first to publicly acknowledge that deep discounting will continue, at least aboard one luxury charter yacht, well into the 2011 summer West Med season.
Charter Yacht Savarona Raided on Prostitution-Ring Charges
Multiple news agencies are reporting that on Monday, September 24, Turkish officials raided the 446-foot motoryacht Savarona off the coast of Goçek on allegations that the yacht was being used to house a prostitution ring.
According to reports from MegayachtNews, the Los Angeles Times, and other reputable sources, 14 people were detained aboard Savarona. They included businessmen from nations other than Turkey, a consultant to the prime minister of Kazakhstan, and underage girls from Russia and Ukraine who were allegedly offered at $3,000 to $10,000 per night.
The charter operator told Hurryiet news in Turkey that the bust was a fabrication by the media.
Savarona was built in 1931 and at one time was the personal yacht of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish republic. The yacht remains government property and has chartered since 1989 through a Turkish company, most recently at a lowest weekly base rate of $210,000.
After the raid, Turkey’s finance minister ordered cancellation of the charter lease. It has since been reported in Turkish media that Savarona will be turned into a museum.
Welcome New Sponsor: Ultimate Yacht Vacations
We are pleased to welcome Ultimate Yacht Vacations as the newest sponsor on CharterWave.
The company, which is a member of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, specializes in booking individual cabins aboard luxury yachts at all-inclusive prices. Ultimate Yacht Vacations is also a partner of C U Yacht Charters, another sponsor here on CharterWave and a member of the professional yachting organization CYBA International.
The Ultimate Yacht Vacations website offers Bahamas and Caribbean videos that provide a good overview of the locations where the company operates. (The Virgin Islands are included in the Caribbean video.) The yachts section of the company’s website displays per-person pricing for multiple types of yachts, including sailing catamarans and motoryachts. Several of the yachts being promoted are among the most respected in the charter industry, including the 76-foot sailing catamaran King's Ransom and the 116-foot Lazzara Serenity.
If a by-the-cabin booking aboard a proper yacht interests you, then we hope you will consider working with our newest sponsor, Ultimate Yacht Vacations.
Charter Megayachts Take Center Stage at 2010 Monaco Yacht Show
A number of leading charter yachts turned heads at the Monaco Yacht Show in September, including three megayachts that are new to the market.
YPI Group displayed Mary-Jean II, the newly launched, 200-foot ISA motoryacht that will charter this winter in the Caribbean (that's Mary-Jean II in the photograph at right). Liveras Yachts presented Andreas L, the 196-foot Benetti motoryacht named for company founder Andreas Liveras, who died in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks (see our guest blog post by Diane Byrne of MegayachtNews about lunch aboard Andreas L). And Luxury Yacht Group offered the 196-foot Lürssen motoryacht Solemates, which also will be in the Caribbean this summer.
All three megayachts received praise from brokers and media who got onboard for tours.
Other notable charter megayachts that were presented at this year’s Monaco show include the 203-foot Benetti Bistango, the 198-foot CMN Cloud 9, the 183-foot Benetti Four Aces, the 151-foot Delta Katya, the 295-foot Corsair Nero, the 203-foot Viareggio Superyachts Roma, and the 214-foot Feadship Trident.
Digital Advances: New Website for YPI Group, iPad App and New Website for YCO Yacht
YPI Group launched a new version of its website, claiming more than 14,000 visitors per month and a new back-end system that makes the site ideal for viewing not only on computer screens, but also on devices such as iPads and smart phones.
The charter section of the new site (whose content was largely written by CharterWave editor Kim Kavin) lets users search for charter yachts by power or sail, destination, number of guests, weekly budget, or yacht name. Users also can get a taste of different charter styles by reviewing sections titled "glitterati," "nature and wildlife," "regattas," "sport and fitness," and the like. The "life onboard" section introduces users to amenities, personal chefs, and other fineries that can be expected aboard a luxury charter yacht, while the "destinations" section provides an overview of nine popular charter regions, including the Western Mediterranean and Caribbean.
Not to be outdone, YCO Yacht launched its own new website and became the first yacht charter company to begin beta testing an iPad application for charter clients.
YCO says the app, which premiered at the Monaco Yacht Show, is designed to be a portable, interactive catalogue of superyachts. It is intended to let yacht brokers, buyers, and charterers search available yachts, toys, tenders, and more.
“When the iPad was launched, we immediately saw the potential to create portable sales and charter catalogs," said Gary Wright, managing partner at YCO. "It’s greener than printing off reams of paper and less cumbersome; it’s interactive and easy to keep fully up-to-date.”
Experienced Charter Agents Move to New Management Companies
In early September, YPI Group announced that Fiona Maureso, formerly of Peter Insull’s, is now YPI’s head of charter. The 25-year industry veteran (who is shown in the photograph at right) got her start as a deckhand and went on to represents charter yachts as significant as the 246-foot motoryacht Leander.
“I’ve been very lucky,” Maureso said in a press release. “Over the years I’ve gained some excellent experience right across the industry that has made a big difference to my understanding of how everything works and how it all fits together.”
Maureso will be based in the YPI Group office in Antibes.
Meanwhile, in London, three leading charter agents from Camper and Nicholsons International have moved to the local offices of YCO Yacht.
“We’re pleased that our reputation is now attracting key industry players to YCO,” Gary Wright, co-founder of YCO, said in a press release.
Charter Index Launches New Website Features
Charter Index, a resource for yacht captains, retail brokers, and central agents, has launched a new version of its website.
New features include an easy-to-use system that lets anyone with a yacht’s Charter Index code ascertain the boat’s availability, a new system that lets yacht owners determine whether their yacht is included in the Charter Index database, and information about how brokers can use the Charter Index database to enhance search-engine optimization on their own websites.
“The new site now offers a much more fun, interesting, and eye-opening explanation of all that we do, to any members of the yachting community interested in learning more about how the charter industry operates and how Charter Index provides services to it,” said company Managing Director Chris Webley.
Fraser Yachts Teams with Yacht Carbon Offset
“Almost by definition, yacht owners and charterers are passionate about the world’s oceans,” said Patrick Coote, marketing director at Fraser Yachts. “We can now offer them the possibility of balancing their enjoyment by offsetting the carbon footprint of their boats. Fraser Yachts is at the leading edge of green yachting and is currently working on a number of innovations with naval architects, engineers, and shipyards.”
The Yacht Carbon Offset system quantifies the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by any yacht during a charter vacation. An equivalent amount of greenhouse gas savings are then assigned to balance those emissions, through what Yacht Carbon Offset calls “verified green energy projects." The company offers significant detail about how it assesses those projects on this page of its website.
"We are delighted to be working with Fraser Yachts, who have for many months been making individual clients aware of how they can take practical steps to do something about their yacht's carbon footprint," said Mark
New Regatta Aims to Draw Superyachts to the British Virgin Islands
Boat International Media, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, and Victor International will host the inaugural Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous from March 16-20 in the British Virgin Islands. The four-day event will mark the launch of a new Superyacht Marina and Yacht Club in North Sound, Virgin Gorda.
The regatta will include on- and off-the-water activities, cocktail receptions, beach parties, and gala dinners with entertainment. The schedule will also include superyacht racing.
Any reputable charter broker can help you book a superyacht in time for this new event.
We’re Scouting for You at the 2010 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
CharterWave editor Kim Kavin will be on the docks in late October at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, where several new charter yachts, including the 138-foot McMullen and Wing motoryacht Big Fish, are expected to be on display.
Best of the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog
A Great Resource: Charter Client Reviews. The current installment of "This Week's 10 Best" on CharterWave is titled "10 Best Charter Yacht Client Reviews." It’s a new version of the weekly feature that lets charter yacht brokers and managers share the thank-you notes and written reviews that their clients provide after completing charter yacht vacations. I have to tell you: I take these client reviews quite seriously… Read More …
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From the Northrop and Johnson Worldwide Yacht Charters blog on CharterWave: 163-foot Christensen Casino Royale for Charter
Launched in 2008, this 163-foot Christensen motor yacht, Casino Royale, has just become available for crewed yacht charter in the Caribbean for this coming winter and for crewed yacht charter in the Mediterranean for this coming summer. Here at Northrop and Johnson Yacht Charters, we were just on board Casino Royale for an in depth tour of the yacht and spent time with the Captain, Chef and all of the crew… Read more …
Three Brokers Say: How are Bookings Shaping Up for Christmas and New Year’s Charters?
The 2009-10 Caribbean charter season was a disappointment to many charter yacht owners and brokers, with bookings slumping as a result of the global recession. How are things looking going into the winter season for 2010-11?
For the October edition of Three Brokers Say, we ask brokers Shannon Webster of Shannon Webster Yacht Charters, Ed Hamilton of Ed Hamilton & Co., and Trina Howes of CharterWorld.
Motoryacht of the Month: Mayama
The 100-foot Couach motoryacht Mayama was originally built in 2007 as a personal yacht for the owner of the Couach shipyard. In September 2009, Mayama got a new owner—a man in his 70s who wanted to go cruising with his children and grandchildren. The man made a few adjustments to Mayama for the little ones’ safety and his own comfort, and then began offering the boat for charter to families.
“He is very concerned about safety onboard,” says Adrien Camellini of CSO Yachts. “There is no place where children can fall into the water. He has been adding safety rails everywhere.”
Our exclusive First Impression review of Mayama is online here.
Sailing Yacht of the Month: Cinderella IV
Cinderella IV is a 128-foot Vitters sailing yacht that was built for two purposes: to satisfy the owner’s desire for serious offshore sailing, and to be one of the top charter yachts in her class.
In terms of engineering, those purposes were both satisfied by serious attention to weight reduction. The Bill Tripp design—whose interior woodwork is spectacular—has already achieved speeds in the low 20-knot range thanks in part to shrouds made from cutting-edge carbon-fiber material, as opposed to the more common (and far heavier) stainless steel.
“For charter guests, that means she can sail like a banshee,” said Tom Collins, a charter broker with management company Burgess Yachts. “She’s fast, but she’s comfortable. It’s the best of both worlds.”
Our exclusive First Impression review of Cinderella IV is online here.
Captain of the Month: Phil Lacca
Known for many years as the captain aboard the busy, 121-foot Broward motoryacht Java, Phil Lacca recently returned to the charter industry as captain of the 112 Westport True North. The yacht is part of the RJC Yachts fleet, and is now preparing to begin its charter program under a U.S. flag in Florida and the Bahamas.
“I’ve been on sabbatical during the years when the recession hit,” he says, “and I’m coming back feeling strong about our chances to be one of the busiest charter yachts around. We have a great boat, an enthusiastic crew, and the can-do attitude that will make charter bookings possible.”
Read more in our exclusive interview with Lacca.
Chef of the Month: Severino Contu
Severino Contu was raised on the Italian island of Sardinia before beginning his formal culinary training everywhere from London to Mexico. Those experiences, plus a recent half-world cruise aboard the 151-foot Picchiotti motoryacht Golden Compass from the Bahamas to South America, have taught him a great deal about producing gourmet cuisine using only the freshest, local ingredients.
“For me, the expectation is that people on charter expect the best,” Contu says. “I find that exciting. Guests can ask for whatever they want. It is a great challenge for me to make them happy. I love doing it.”
Our exclusive interview with Contu includes photographs from a dramatic six-course luncheon that he prepared for charter brokers and media who were guests of management company International Yacht Collection at the 2010 Genoa charter show.
Broker of the Month: Nicole Haboush
Allied Yacht Charters became Nicole Haboush’s full-time business in 2002, after she spent a good number of years working for Allied Marine and Broward Yachts.
“I had done charter bookings with both of those companies,” she says, “including having started the charter division at Allied Marine. What I’ve created in Allied Yacht Charters is a boutique-style company. I like to provide the yacht owners with personal service, and I like to really know the captains and owners well so that I can offer better service to our charter clients.”
Learn more about Haboush in our exclusive interview.
Fleet and Management Company News
Atalanta Golden Yachts sends word from Greece that 16 yachts in its charter fleet, ranging from 60 to 176 feet long, are available for autumn charters. Weekly base rates range from €19,600 for six guests to €167,000 for 12 guests…
Blue Latitude Yachting says six of its yachts are still available for Thanksgiving holiday bookings in the Caribbean. They are the 62-foot sailing yacht Motu, taking eight guests at a weekly base rate of $23,000; the 76-foot sailing yacht XTC, taking eight guests at a weekly base rate of $22,000; the 59-foot sailing yacht Tahuata, taking eight guests at a weekly base rate of $21,500; the 58-foot sailing yacht Matira, taking eight guests at a weekly base rate of $21,500; the 67-foot motoryacht Sorana, taking six guests at a weekly base rate of $20,000; and the 49-foot sailing yacht Naej, taking seven guests at a weekly base rate of $13,500…
Boatbookings is hoping to soon surpass 700 fans on the company’s Facebook page… Boatbookings sent word in late August that the 152-foot Feadship motoryacht Jana is offering a €40,000 through the end of October in the Western Mediterranean… The 55-foot Trumpy motoryacht Windrush will begin cruising south along the Intracoastal Waterway around October 15, heading from Annapolis, Maryland, to Islamorada, Florida, with charter availability along the way…
Bradford Marine Yacht Charter welcomes the 106-foot Lazzara motoryacht Secret Spot to the charter fleet. She takes eight guests with four crew at a lowest weekly base rate of $47,000 in the Bahamas and Caribbean…
Burgess Yachts is currently accepting applications for charter broker positions in its New York City and Miami, Florida, offices…
C U Yacht Charters has formed a partnership with Ultimate Yacht Vacations to offer fully crewed, all-inclusive, private yacht vacations by the stateroom. Available yachts range in size from 44 feet long to 150 feet long… The 68-foot Azimut motoryacht Allegria V will be relocating in late October from New York’s Long Island to Florida and is available for charter along the cruise south. The weekly base rate is $24,000 for eight guests with three crew…
Camper and Nicholsons International confirms that the 197-foot Benetti motoryacht Xanadu has been sold to a new owner, but will continue to be made available for charter as part of the CNI fleet… New to the fleet is the 149-foot Benetti motoryacht Illusion, which takes 10 guests and will remain in the Western Mediterranean throughout the winter season, as well as in summer 2011… Also new to the fleet is the 138-foot Holland Jachtbouw motoryacht Calliope, which will remain in the Mediterranean this winter and debut at the 2011 Genoa charter yacht show ahead of her first charter yacht season…The 135-foot sailing yacht Mirabella III is completing an extensive refit designed to make her environmentally friendly. She will be available this winter in the Caribbean… The 148-foot Perini Navi sailing yacht Helios still has Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s availability in the Caribbean. The holiday weekly base rate is $210,000 for 10 guests… Matt Emerson, previously head of the company’s charter marketing division in the United States, has been promoted to president of Camper and Nicholsons USA…
Carol Kent Yacht Charters welcomes the classic gentleman’s motoryacht Belle, a 77-footer, to the Boston area. The yacht is available for large-group charters, taking as many as 40 guests for events lasting a few hours to an entire day…The company participated in a cleanup of the Marblehead beaches in mid-September…
CharterPortBVI fleet yacht Oteka, a 44-foot sailing catamaran, is now offering captain-only charters at a weekly base rate of $7,000 for four guests, or $7,500 for six guests. Oteka is available in the British Virgin Islands through June, then will move to the Turks and Caicos Islands in July and August… The 45-foot sailing catamaran Two if By Sea has a new website and is available for charters in Vava’u, Tonga…
Churchill Yacht Partners welcomes the 80-foot Palmer Johnson sailing yacht Volterra to the charter fleet. She will take six guests with three crew this winter in the Caribbean…The 145-foot Heesen motoryacht At Last previously had a lowest weekly base rate of $125,000 for 10 or 11 guests. That rate is now the high-season holiday rate for At Last, while the new lowest weekly base rate is $110,000. The difference is a savings of more than 10 percent… The 114-foot Hatteras motoryacht previously known as Camille has been re-christened Lady Dorothy and will return to the charter market following a refit. Lady Dorothy is expected to be in Florida and the Bahamas this summer, taking eight guests at a lowest weekly base rate of $39,000… The 116-foot Holland Jachtbouw sailing yacht Whisper will undergo a “major rig refit” this autumn before returning to charter this winter in the Caribbean at a lowest weekly base rate of $80,000 for six guests…
Edmiston and Company says the 130-foot river expedition Aqua and her larger sistership in the Peruvian Amazon, called Aria, will only be available for seven-day charters during limited date ranges into 2011 charter season. Those date sets for Aqua are June 4-11, August 6-13, October 22-29, January 12-19, April 7-13, and October 13-20. For Aria, the available dates are July 1-8, August 26 through September 2 , June 1- 8, and August 17-24…
Fraser Yachts Worldwide congratulates Capt. Butch Vogelsang of the 170-foot Feadship motoryacht Dream on being named the company’s charter yacht captain of the year. Also receiving honors were the crew of the 174-foot Rossi Navi South and the 120-foot Louisbourgh Touch. More details are available on the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog… The 130-foot Gambol motoryacht Sojourn will be available for charters this winter in Central America. Sojourn takes eight guests at a lowest weekly base rate of $70,000… The 110-foot Inace motoryacht Beyond will be available in the Bahamas, this winter, taking eight guests at a lowest weekly base rate of $55,000… The 111-foot Inace motoryacht Sudami is offering one week of free charter to anyone who books another week at the base rate of $68,500 for 10 guests. The first week of charter must be taken before the end of October, and the second must be used through May 2011… New to the fleet are the 247-foot Arsenal sailing yacht Phocea, taking 12 guests this winter in the Caribbean at a lowest weekly base rate of €184,000, and the 131-foot Concorde sailing yacht Philanderer, taking 10 guests in Spanish waters at a lowest weekly base rate of €49,000…
Horizon Yacht Charters has announced from its British Virgin Islands office that stand-up paddleboards will now be available to yacht charter clients as an added amenity…
Infinity Yacht Charters sends word that the 47-foot sailing catamaran Solstice is being offered for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays without a rate increase, and at a five-day minimum booking requirement as opposed to the industry standard two-week holiday requirement. Solstice is based in the Bahamas, where the owner-operators have managed her as a charter yacht for six years. Weekly base rates are $10,000 to $16,000 for two to six guests, with the rate including all major expenses. Extras billed separately include a 4-percent tax, liquor and wine from the bar, and scuba diving… Infinity is also recommending the 51-foot sailing yacht Scorpio, whose crew received excellent client feedback following a monthlong charter for a couple in the Grenadines last winter...
International Yacht Collection welcomes the 163-foot Christensen motoryacht Casino Royale to the charter fleet. She will take 12 guests in the Caribbean this winter at a lowest weekly base rate of $250,000…
Liveras Yachts welcomes the 196-foot Benetti motoryacht Andreas L to the charter fleet. The 2008 build, which takes 12 guests, is named for company founder Andreas Liveras, who was killed in the November 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India…
Luxury Charter Group welcomes the 82-foot Alia sailing yacht Aiyana to the charter fleet. The 2010 build takes six guests and will be available in the Caribbean starting in mid-November at a lowest weekly base rate of $37,500…
Neptune Group Yachting tells us the 87-foot Johnson motoryacht 4Mal has returned to Fort Lauderdale for the winter season, and is available for charters in Florida or the Bahamas at a lowest weekly base rate of $30,000 for eight guests…The 170-foot expedition motoryacht Latitude, whose weekly base rate is regularly $125,000 for 12 guests, is now available at a base rate of $99,000 in Panama, Central America, or Costa Rica… The 76-foot Hatteras motoryacht Temptation is offering eight days for the seven-day weekly base rate of $19,500. Temptation takes six guests and is in the Bahamas…
Newport Yacht Management says the 80-foot sailing yacht Eliza is available this winter from the Spanish Virgin Islands all the way south to the Grenadines. The weekly base rate ranges from $18,500 for four guests to $23,000 for eight guests… The 53-foot sailing yacht Sea Witch will be in Martha’s Vineyard until early October, after which she will become available for charter in the Virgin Islands at a weekly base rate of $6,500 for two guests or $7,500 for four guests… The 51-foot sailing catamaran Endless Pleasure is available for weekend charters out of Narragansett Bay throughout October. Two-day rates are available for two to six guests… The 48-foot sailing catamaran Surprise is available for eco-charters as well as tandem charters in Florida and the Bahamas… The 46-foot sailing yacht Airielle welcomes families, children, and artists who want charters with itineraries that are ideal for scenic painting…
Nicholson Yachts sends word that the 72-foot MacKenzie sailing yacht Bonnie Lynn is currently in Maine and is available for charters anywhere in New England through early November. Bonnie Lynn takes six guests at weekly base rates that range from $9,500 for two guests to $12,000 for six guests…The 80-foot Southern Wind sailing yacht Matelot is en route to Tonga with charter availability the first two weeks of October. Matelot takes six guests at a weekly base rate of €29,500… The 112-foot S&S Derecktor sailing yacht Gitana is available for autumn 2010 and spring 2011 charters in the Mediterranean. She takes six guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €44,000… The 70-foot Norlin sailing yacht Mira is available for autumn charters in Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean. She takes six guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €16,500… The 138-foot Prevost sailing catamaran Douce France will be available for charters in the Maldives and Southeast Asia beginning in December. She takes 12 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €90,000… The 75-foot sailing catamaran Matau is offering special winter base rate of $37,400 for six guests or $39,900 for eight guests in the Caribbean…
Northrop and Johnson says the 198-foot Feadship motoryacht Blue Moon will be based in Sint Maarten from mid-December through April. Her weekly base rate will be $475,000 for 12 guests with 15 crew, and includes use of the yacht’s 28-foot classic Riva tender as well as her 24-foot Cris-Craft tender… The 115-foot Crescent motoryacht Kapalua is offering eight nights for the price of seven from December 18 through 26 in the Virgin Islands area. The base rate is $44,000… The 130-foot Christensen motoryacht Lady Zelda will be available this winter in the Caribbean at a lowest weekly base rate of $73,000 for 10 guests… The 150-foot Trinity motoryacht Vita is available this winter in the Caribbean at a lowest weekly base rate of $150,000 for 10 guests… The 122-foot Flagship motoryacht Shogun will be available in Mexico this winter at a lowest weekly base rate of $69,000 for eight guests… Three motoryachts are currently available in the Bahamas: the 165-foot Oceanfast Mystique, the 116-foot Intermarine Kipany, and the 115-foot Trinity Watercolours… The 154-foot Delta motoryacht Mr. Terrible is available this winter in the Caribbean at a weekly base rate of $198,000, which is reduced from the regular rate of $220,000…
Primo Yacht sends word that the 96-foot Princess motoryacht Mimi La Sardine has dropped her weekly base rate from €59,000 to €50,000 through December 2010. The yacht takes eight guests with five crew and is based in Cannes, France… The 74-foot Ferretti motoryacht Debra One is available for winter bookings out of Monaco, taking eight guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €25,000…
Regency Yacht Vacations tells us the 36-foot sailing catamaran Caribbean Soul, which specializes in nude charters, has dates available this summer in the Virgin Islands for individual-cabin or whole-boat bookings… The 60-foot motoryacht Analisa is offering a 10-day inclusive rate of $21,400 for as many as six guests during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays in the British Virgin Islands… The 55-foot Lagoon sailing catamaran ReAction has a new crew who will present the yacht at this fall’s BVI charter yacht show…
RJC Yachts tells us that the 111-foot Broward motoryacht Lady Sharon Gale, previously known as Strait Jacket, has completed a refit and is preparing for the winter charter season in the Caribbean. In addition to investing in the refit, the new owners also have added a 38-foot Jupiter center-console tender for charter guest use, included in the yacht’s weekly base rate of $38,000 for eight guests. See this post on the CharterWave Daily Editor’s blog for a look at the yacht’s post-refit interior décor…
Select Yachts sends word from Sint Maarten 14 charter yachts in its locally based fleet remain available for Christmas and New Year’s charter bookings. The yachts range from 45 to 82 feet long, with weekly base rates ranging from $8,000 for four guests to $24,500 for six guests…
Southwest Florida Yachts has added the 40-foot Mainship trawler yacht Alcyone to its fleet in North Fort Myers. Alcyone is available for bareboat or captain-only charters…
Sunreef Yachts announced at the Monaco Yacht Show that it is beginning construction on a 170-foot luxury powercatamaran… The 62-foot sailing catamaran Anassa is being offered at a lowest weekly base rate of €13,000 in October and November. That rate is reduced from the yacht’s regular weekly base rate of €24,000…
The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals welcomes the 100-foot Hargrave motoryacht King Baby to the charter fleet. The 2009 build takes six guests with four crew at a lowest weekly base rate of $47,500 for eight guests. King Baby will be available in Florida and the Bahamas this winter…
Virgin Island Sailing has published a new edition of its electronic newsletter, with a focus on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands…
Voyage Charters reports that every yacht in its fleet remains undamaged in the wake of Hurricane Earl’s swipe at the Virgin Islands… The company’s brokers will be available at the Annapolis Boat Show in Maryland from October 7-11…
WEM Lines has notified charter brokers that the 237-foot motoryacht RM Elegant will maintain its 2010 rates for 2011, and that the company “will be flexible to any possible discount when feasible.” The company also says that the 5.5-percent VAT that clients pay for charters in Greece, as well as the 4.5-percent VAT that clients pay for charters elsewhere in the Mediterranean, will now be included in the existing charter base rates, instead of being an added client expense…
YPI Group welcomes the 200-foot ISA motoryacht Mary-Jean II to the charter fleet. Launched in May 2010, Mary-Jean II takes 12 guests with 14 crew. She will be in the Caribbean this winter at a lowest weekly base rate of €310,000.
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Cinderella IV, 128-foot Vitters sailing yacht
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Nicole Haboush, owner, Allied Yacht Charters
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