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May 2009

Genoa charter show 2008

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Genoa charter show 2008Top New Launches Expected at Genoa Show
CharterWave editor Kim Kavin will be on the docks in Italy this month as some of the newest and most exciting charter yachts in the world prepare for the annual, industry-only boat show in Genoa.
    New motoryachts scheduled to be on display during the first week of May include the 141-foot Trinity Big City, the 194-foot Benetti Meamina, the 134-foot Baglietto Natori, the 196-foot CMN Slipstream, and the 99-foot Benetti Salu. In addition, the 170-foot Alloy sailing yacht Mondango is expected to be available for tours by industry insiders.
    “The fact that so many of these new yachts are scheduled to appear at the boat show is news in and of itself, because it means they are not booked for charters,” Kim says. “That’s of course a result of the global economic downturn, not a reflection on the yachts. I’m looking forward to this unusual opportunity to see so many of the international charter industry’s newest launches, all in one place.”
    We will post full First Impression reviews of all these launches as soon as possible after the boat show, as always including information and photography that you won’t see anywhere else.


CharterWave to Blog Daily, Issue ‘Tweets’ from Genoa, Marmaris
Keep an eye on the CharterWave Daily Editor’s blog between May 4 and May 19, when Kim will be traveling in Italy and Turkey and posting daily updates from charter yacht shows in both countries. Later in May, the blog will also feature broker reports from the May charter shows in Greece and the Virgin Islands.
    Still want more breaking charter news? Tune into Kim’s “tweets” on the CharterWave Twitter feed, which also will be updated during her travels in Europe.


charter broker Rebecca RileyWelcome New Sponsor: Paradise Yacht Charters
Our newest sponsored blogger here on CharterWave is longtime broker and licensed yacht captain Rebecca Riley, owner of Paradise Yacht Charters.
    Rebecca books charters onboard motor and sailing yachts worldwide in the price range of $20,000 to $1 million per week. She works regularly with high-profile clients who require the utmost in privacy, and she practically lives with her Blackberry attached to her fingertips—thus ensuring that she returns all messages within 24 hours, if not sooner.
    She has already started blogging on her CharterWave Sponsored Page. You can also follow her feed on Twitter, or go straight to the Paradise Yacht Charters website to learn more.


charter broker Trina HowesWelcome New Sponsor: Broker Trina Howes of
We’re pleased to welcome broker Trina Howes of as a new sponsor. She has personally sailed everywhere from Australia and New Zealand to the South Pacific, Mediterranean, and Caribbean, and she has spent more than a decade working on the business side of the global yacht charter industry.
    Trina is standing by at to help you book the yacht charter of your dreams, using her personal experience to make your journey the best it can possibly be. You can also e-mail her directly through our spam-filtering contact form here on CharterWave.


Cruise Ship Prices Stabilize; Charter Rates Still Adjusting
USA Today posted this article on April 22 stating that, according to one key analyst, prices for cruise ship vacations appear to have stabilized—at 15 percent to 30 percent lower than they were before the global economic downturn.
    Charter yacht prices do not appear to have finished adjusting to the new economic realities, with the summer season still open in terms of bookings and yachts continuing to announce discounts on a nearly daily basis. Some charter yacht insiders are predicting that when prices do eventually stabilize, they will be adjusted about 30 percent lower from where they were before the global economic downturn.
    That’s less than some of the discounts currently being offered—including 40 percent off new motoryachts such as the 295-foot Nero in the Mediterranean. We’re staying tuned to see how things shake out come July and August, which is the heart of the summer charter season. If the cruise ship prices are any indication, “the bottom” of the global recession may in fact be this summer season.


Yachting Partners InternationalYachting Partners International Unveils New Logo, Website
Yachting Partners International, which made headlines in September after being acquired by French shipping company BRS, has launched a new website complete with a new-look logo.
    The updated charter section includes articles about choosing a yacht, how to book, what to expect onboard, and more.


Best of the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog
Piracy and Yacht Charter. The news here in the United States has been flooded with stories about the American commercial shipping captain whom pirates took hostage off the coast of Somalia. Computer-generated graphics incessantly detail the attack on the Maersk Alabama, always alongside the words “danger on the high seas” or something just as scary-sounding, Inevitably, when these high-profile pirate attacks occur, I receive a flood of questions about pirates and yacht charter. I’m not sure why, but people thinking about charter for some reason believe that pirates attacking commercial ships off the coast of Africa are a threat to safe boating vacations in Europe and the Caribbean. … Read more …


Regency Yacht VacationsBest of the CharterWave Sponsored Blogs
From the Regency Yacht Charters blog: Plenty of Fun on Kelly Sea. I had the opportunity last week to go stem to stern on board the 112 Westport Kelly Sea while she was docked at Yacht Haven Grande in St. Thomas. Captain Palmer Cole is a charming fellow … Read more …


Three Brokers SayThree Brokers Say: How Important is a Charter Yacht’s Age?
A lot of charter clients say they only want a yacht that is brand-new—but what they really mean is that they only want a yacht that is in excellent condition.
    To help clarify the difference, we asked brokers Kathleen Mullen of Regency Yacht Vacations, Michael Sawyer of Infinity Yacht Charters, and Patty Wilson of International Yacht Charter Group exactly how important they think a yacht’s age is to a successful charter vacation. You can read their thoughtful, extensive answers in our May edition of “Three Brokers Say.”


charter yacht Mac BrewMotoryacht of the Month: Mac Brew
This 133-foot Heesen motoryacht was built in 2002 but was kept private until 2008, when it started offering proper crewed charters. It offers an enclosed, air-conditioned aft deck—which can be hard to find aboard motoryachts of any size—as well as a children’s playroom and a master suite that is one level above the main deck, offering spectacular views.
    We got onboard for a tour with the captain, who told us about recent refit work and more for this exclusive First Impression review.  


 charter yacht Two if by Sea crew

Sailing Yacht of the Month: Two if by Sea
Not only is this longtime Virgin Islands charter yacht heading off to new cruising grounds in Panama and the South Pacific, but it’s going in an environmentally friendly way—complete with solar panels and a water filtration system that saves hundreds of discarded plastic water bottles from entering local landfills.
    We got onboard for this exclusive interview with the couple who run her as captain and chef. They gave us the inside scoop about the boat’s upcoming round-the-world journey and more.


Captain of the Month: Ashley Benns
The recently launched, 124-foot Broward motoryacht Coco Loco is heading to the Western Mediterranean and Croatia this summer—with several weeks of charter already booked, despite the global downturn in business. That’s thanks in large part to Capt. Ashley Benns, a favorite among many charter brokers from Fort Lauderdale to Monaco.
    Here is our exclusive interview with Ashley, including information that you won’t read anywhere else.  


charter yacht Chef Mark HillChef of the Month: Mark Hill
As the chef onboard the highly regarded 164-foot Feadship motoryacht High Chaparral, Mark Hill has earned a reputation for excellence in fine cuisine. Now, he is preparing to take his skills to the owner’s newly launched Feadship, Hurricane Run, which will be in Mediterranean waters this summer before going into charter this winter in the Caribbean.
    We nabbed this interview with Hill after a spectacular four-course luncheon in Antigua (and snapped some exclusive photos of that afternoon’s fare that will make you drool).


charter broker Ray Rags WeldonBroker of the Month: Capt. Ray ‘Rags’ Weldon
Ray Weldon has more than 200,000 miles of ocean sailing on his resume, something that precious few charter brokers in the world can claim. He uses his experience as a captain to help book the best possible vacations for his clients, whether they want a bareboat in the Virgin Islands or a luxury megayacht in the Mediterranean.
    Check out our exclusive interview with Capt. “Rags,” as he’s known on docks around the world.


Fleet and Management Company News
37 South says there are three crewed yachts now available for charter in Fiji: the 86-foot powercatamaran Bel’Mare, the 112-foot Alloy motoryacht VvS1, and the 98-foot Monte Fino motoryacht Hillsy

Asia Pacific Superyachts tells us that the lovely, 134-foot sailing yacht Queen of Andaman will be based in Bali from mid-June until September (see our recent interview with Capt. Graeme Lawrence). The yacht is also taking bookings for the Singapore Grand Prix in September. The lowest weekly base rate is €45,000 for eight guests…

Athens Yachts welcomes the 130-foot Westport motoryacht Endless Summer to the Greek charter market. The yacht was refit earlier this year and is being offered at a lowest weekly base rate of €90,000 for 10 guests…

Blue Latitude Yachting and Merex Yachts have regrouped their charter fleets under the Blue Latitude  Yachting banner. The joint company now offers 16 sailing yachts from 50 to 100 feet long, including monohulls and catamarans, in such destinations as the West Indies, Indian Ocean, and Mediterranean… New to the fleet is the 60-foot Bordeaux sailing yacht Disco Inferno, taking six guests this summer in the Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €13,000… has several offers for the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco F1 Grand Prix. Film fest yachts range from €3,500 to €8,000 per day. Grand Prix yachts start at weekly base rates of €29,000, including one with a confirmed berth at the marina… See our recent post to the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog about the company’s successful carbon-offset promotion…

Camper & Nicholsons International says it has combined its Cannes and Antibes offices while adding new charter marketing offices in Monaco… New to the fleet is the 123-foot Palmer Johnson motoryacht Galileo G, taking six guests in the Caribbean until August, when she moves to the Eastern Mediterranean… Also new to the fleet are the brand-new, 122-foot Sanlorenzo motoryacht Dancing Milly III and the 203-foot Viareggio Superyacht Roma, both available for charter this summer in the Mediterranean…

Churchill Yachts tells us the 90-foot Stephens motoryacht Trilogy has reduced its rate to $25,000 for eight guests and is offering free fuel on charters during its northward cruise from the Caribbean up the Eastern Seaboard, up the Hudson River, and across into the Great Lakes to begin the summer season. The starting port for the cruise will be Savannah, Georgia, on or about May 15, and the yacht’s owner is willing to consider all itineraries between there and the Great Lakes… The 121-foot Crescent motoryacht Olga will be available for eight guests in the Bahamas from mid-May until late June, in the Virgin Islands during July and August, and in Panama’s San Blas Islands during September and October…

C U Yacht Charters 

C U Yacht Charters is opening a new office this month in Antibes, France. It will be across from the Blue Lady Pub, a popular hangout for yacht crew. The new office’s phone number is (33) 04 92 38 05 58…



Fraser Yachts Worldwide has opened a new office in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, opposite the world-famous Club de Mar. The on-site charter operations will be run by longtime broker Marta Inglesias, previously of Merrill-Stevens Yachts…

Gulet TR Ltd. tells us the 103-foot sailing yacht QD964 has lowered its weekly base rates for charters this summer in Turkey. In May and October, the rate will be €13,650 (down from €15,050). In June and September, the rate will be €16,100 (down from €17,500). In July and August, the rate will be €18,900 (down from €20,650)…

Hargrave Yachts says the brand-new, 100-foot motoryacht King Baby is offering free dockage for charters based in Sag Harbor, on New York’s Long Island, as well as $4,000 off expenses for any charters booked before May 31. The weekly base rate is $45,000 for eight guests… The 100-foot motoryacht Seafarer is also offering $4,000 off expenses on charters through July in Florida and the Bahamas…

Neptune Group Yachting says the 170-foot expedition motoryacht Latitude will offer charters this summer in Belize and Panama’s San Blas Islands without charging guests the estimated $50,000 in delivery fees. Charters through the Panama Canal will also be available when the yacht returns to Panama’s Las Perlas Islands… New to the fleet is the 75-foot Hatteras motoryacht Mac, taking six guests at a weekly base rate of $15,000 in Florida and the Bahamas… The 70-foot Azimut motoryacht Seas the Moment, currently scheduled to be in Florida and the Bahamas this summer, is also considering requests for New England charters. She takes six or seven guests at a weekly base rate of $23,000… The 55-foot Fleming motoryacht Fabiola II is heading north from Florida to New England and Maine and will consider charters inquiries along the Eastern Seaboard…

Nicholson Yachts Nicholson Yachts tells us the 53-foot sailing yacht Ashlana will offer charters in the Turks & Caicos Islands as well as in the Bahamas this month before moving north to New England for the summer season… The 60-foot sailing yacht Calliope is offering eight days for the lowest seven-day, inclusive base rate of $7,000 for four guests, $8,000 for six guests, or $9,000 for eight guests…The 57-foot Hinckley sailing yacht Bandera is available for summer charters based at New York’s Long Island from June through August, and will consider charter inquiries for Maine from late August through September. The weekly base rate is $13,000 for four guests, or $11,500 for two guests…


Northrop & Johnson says the 115-foot Trinity motoryacht Watercolours will be available after finishing a charter on May 8 in the Bahamas, with no delivery fees, at the reduced weekly rate of $42,000 for eight guests (the yacht previously charged $49,500)… The popular 120-foot Broward motoryacht Sovereign—with new Capt. Phil Gold—has availability for 12 guests in the Caribbean or Bahamas until early July, and in New England from July through September… The 100-foot Burger motoryacht AR-DE is offering nine nights for the price of seven, with no delivery fees or additional expenses for use of the towed 34-foot tender, during charters for six guests this summer in Florida and the Bahamas… The 130-foot Westport motoryacht Arioso is now accepting inquiries for summer charters in the Bahamas and New England. The weekly base rate is $95,000 for 10 guests… The 105-foot Diaship-Heesen motoryacht Lady J will be in New England during July, August, and September, taking eight guests at a lowest weekly base rate of $43,000…

Ocean Independence welcomes a whopping seven new yachts to the charter fleet. They are the 187-foot sailing yacht Montigne due to launch this month and become available for charter in the Western Mediterranean in July, the 102-foot motoryacht Celtic Dawn in the Western Mediterranean; the 98-foot Jongert sailing yacht Sailing T in Croatia and Italy, the 85-foot Custom Line motoryacht Ulyssia in the Western Mediterranean, the 88-foot Mochicraft motoryacht Leigh in the Balearic Isles and Western Mediterranean, the 85-foot Mochicraft motoryacht White Fang, also in the Balearic Isles and Western Mediterranean, and the 72-foot Azimut motoryacht Don’t Ask in the South of France and Italy…

Primo Yacht welcomes four new yachts to its charter fleet. They are the newly launched, 97-foot Benetti motoryacht Mrs. White, the 88-foot Falcon motoryacht Antalex (which underwent a refit earlier this year), the 88-foot Leopard motoryacht Gremat, and the 68-foot Cantieri Nautico motoryacht VZ 68 (which is expected to launch in June). All four yachts are expected to charter in the Western Mediterranean…

Sail Connections says the 115-foot Warren motoryacht Crystal Lady is still accepting inquiries for charters in Tahiti from June through October. Destinations can include Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea, and Tahaa. The weekly base rate is $75,000 for six guests…

Serenity Yachting tells us the 64-foot sailing yacht Hayal 62 and the new-to-fleet, 102-foot sailing yacht Getaway both have availability after May 14 and throughout the rest of the summer season in Turkey. We look forward to getting onboard both yachts at the Marmaris charter show this month for a firsthand review… Also available in Tahiti until September is the 141-foot Dubois sailing yacht Nelson, taking 10 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of $100,000…

Sunreef Yachts Charter says the 62-foot sailing catamaran Catsy is available for charters this summer in Greece and Croatia. The yacht launched in 2008 and takes eight guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €23,500…

Sunsail is pleased to announce that it has been named the Best Asia-Based Charter Company as part of the 2009 Asia Boating Awards at the China International Boat Show in Shanghai…

Sunseeker Charters still has several yachts available for the Monaco F1 Grand Prix from May 21-24. The Manhattan 60 motoryacht Savannah Rose is available at a base rate of €36,000 for six guests, the Predator 92 motoryacht Re 1 is available  at a base rate of €90,000 for eight guests, and a Sunseeker 90 Yacht is available for shared day hospitality at a starting rate of £2,650 per person for two days minimum… The company welcomes the Predator 92 motoryacht Kinki to the Balearic Isles for summer charters at a weekly base rate of €65,000 for eight guests…

Ultra Marine Yacht Charters owner Cindy Brown announces an alliance with Ocean Independence. She will continue to run her own agency and book worldwide charters from her New York City base…

Yachting Partners International, in addition to unveiling a spiffy new website and logo, welcomes four yachts to the charter fleet. The stunning 162-foot classic replica sailing yacht Eleonora takes eight guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €53,000. The 140-foot Baglietto motoryacht Macalulu takes 10 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €126,000. The 105-foot classic motoryacht Camara-C is currently undergoing a refit and will take 12 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €29,400…

YachtZoo welcomes the 105-foot Mangusta motoryacht Ellicha to the fleet. She takes eight guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €60,000 and is expected to be available year-round in France, Corsica, and Sardinia… Also new to the fleet is the 108-foot Versilcraft motoryacht Illusions. She takes eight guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €35,000 and will be in the Bahamas this summer…

YCO tells us that its Yacht Help Group—dubbed YHG—will open a new office this spring in Antibes, France. The office will provide support services for charter as well as private yachts.

New First Impression Reviews Posted on CharterWave This Month:
Anahita, 62-foot sailing yacht
Cap II, 76-foot sailing yacht
Chateau, 42-foot sailing catamaran
Flying Ginny VII, 55-foot sailing catamaran
Koluka, 72-foot sailing yacht
Naej, 49-foot sailing catamaran
Two if by Sea, 45-foot sailing catamaran

New Crew Interviews Posted on CharterWave This Month:

Capt. Ashley Benns, 124-foot motoryacht Coco Loco
Chef Mark Hill, 164-foot motoryachts High Chaparral and Hurricane Run


New Broker Interview Posted on CharterWave This Month:
Capt. Ray ‘Rags’ Weldon, owner, RNR Yacht Charters


Weekly “10 Best” Lists Posted on CharterWave This Month:
10 Best Yachts We Can’t Wait to See at the Genoa Charter Show
10 Best Tips for Filling Out a Preference Sheet
10 Best Charter Yacht Theme Nights
10 Best Charter Yachts for Water Toys