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May 2010

Iceland volcano eruption

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Iceland volcano eruptionIceland Volcano Disrupts Charter Worldwide

On April 21, we posted this in-depth report on the CharterWave Daily Editor’s blog about how the continuing volcanic eruption on Iceland is affecting the yacht charter industry worldwide. Since posting that item, we have received the following additional reports.

YCO Yacht sends word from France that its in-house travel agent had to help more than 30 people whose plans were affected by the eruption. Two of the company’s partners were stuck in London, while brokers were stuck in London, Palma, and Russia after visiting clients.

“Having an in-house travel agent to handle the arrangements directly, instead of having to go through the various airlines, has been an absolute lifesaver for all staff and crew who were affected,” marketing manager Lisa Peck says.

Meanwhile, charter marketing manager Marilyn Eckel at Select Yachts on Sint Maarten says that she and another broker spent an entire day at the island’s airport, trying to catch their flight to a three-yacht cruise and the Croatia Boat Show, but were told they could not reschedule a flight until at least eight days later.

“The disappointment was immense, and we tried frantically to try other routes to get there until we had to accept this trip could not be achieved,” Eckel says. “The cruise organizer at Fortuna Cruising contacted us to say the other brokers all had similar problems and cancelled the trip until the following week, but even that is  impossible for us as there is now a backlog of people trying to get on flights. That’s just our personal story of a lifetime opportunity blown away by a cloud of black ash.”

From Newport, manager Ben Osborn at Churchill Yacht Partners relates a story with a word of caution for charter clients in the future.

Churchill’s client was in London and scheduled to board a yacht in the Bahamas, but could not get any flights. The client tried to request a refund by claiming force majeure, which is a yacht charter contract clause that protects the yacht’s owner (but not usually charter clients) in case an act of nature precludes a charter from taking place as scheduled.

“Due to the client’s repeat charters on the yacht, the owner agreed to refund his charter fee, advanced provisioning allowance, and tax in its entirety,” Osborn says. “As well, we graciously returned our commissions to keep him as a charter client. But it is very important that the charter brokers offer cancellation insurance for situations like this volcano incident. Not all yacht owners are generous, and neither the MYBA nor AYCA contracts, per our interpretation, protect the charterer in the event that they are stuck because of force majeure.”

 

Lauderdale marinaRate Negotiations, Advertised Discounts Remain the Norm

As the beginning of the summer charter season fast approaches, CharterWave continues to receive at least three notices each week of discounts and “extra-day” deals being offered by charter yachts in the Mediterranean, New England, and the Bahamas.

Our daily reporting indicates that crewed yacht charter continues to be a buyer’s market with heavy price negotiations worldwide, so much so that longtime charter broker Shannon Webster of Shannon Webster Charters recently told The New York Times that discussions between potential clients and yacht owners are like “a Mexican standoff.”

Stay tuned to the Daily Editor’s Blog as well as the CharterWave Twitter feed for newly announced rate changes and discount offers.

 

charter broker Liz HowardEarly Report from Charter Yacht Show in Poros, Greece

The industry-only charter yacht show in Poros, Greece, opened as this edition of CharterWave eNews was posted online. Early reports indicate that, despite the continuing problems with the Greek economy, yacht owners continue to invest in maintenance and upkeep.

Charter broker Liz Howard of Fraser Yachts Worldwide told us that she was “very, very pleasantly surprised” at the condition of the yachts on display, and that she saw Greek charter fleet managers being “inundated” with requests for bookings this summer. We hope to have more information from the Poros show in next month’s edition of eNews.

 

Genoa charter showWe’re Scouting for You in Italy and France, with Brokers’ Eyes in Turkey

CharterWave editor Kim Kavin is among the invitation-only journalists asked to attend this month’s charter yacht show in Genoa, Italy. She will be reporting from the show May 3-7 on the Daily Editor’s Blog, as well as sending updates to the CharterWave Twitter feed.

After the Genoa show, when many brokers go to Turkey for the charter yacht show in Marmaris, Kim will head the other direction to inspect several charter yachts and locations in the South of France. We will post interviews here on CharterWave with leading brokers who attend the Marmaris event, as well as all of the charter news that Kim uncovers on the Côte d’Azur.

 

U.S. Authorities Approve 130-Turbine Wind Farm in Nantucket Sound

The view from charter yachts cruising in New England is expected to change dramatically in the coming years, with the U.S. Interior Department announcing approval on April 28 of the nation’s first offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound.

Some 130 turbines will be built, spaced a third- to a half-mile apart, and filling about 25 of the 500 square miles of Nantucket Sound, according to this report from CNN.

The turbines will stand more than 40 stories tall, well over 10 times bigger than nearly every other structure around the Cape, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket island—all of which are popular summertime destinations for charter yachts.

This local news report from a Massachusetts television station explains the new decision as well as opponents’ plans to continue their years-long battle against the project:

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Florida on Alert as Oil Slick Spreads across Gulf of Mexico

An oil slick resulting from the explosion of an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is at least 600 miles long and has led to a state of emergency in four southeastern U.S. states, including Florida, as this edition of eNews was uploaded. Current projections are that by May 3, the oil could reach Florida’s Panhandle region, which is northwest of the charter-friendly Dry Tortugas and southern Florida Keys.

The still-growing slick, which emanates from an underwater pipe spewing at least 210,000 gallons (about 5,000 barrels) of oil each day, reached land in the state of Louisiana on April 29. Multiple wildlife habitats are said to be in danger, as are the grounds from which a significant amount of U.S. shrimp and oysters are harvested each year.

Here is a recent report from CBS News, which has good graphics explaining the situation:

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The above video is one of many news sources quoting experts who say that the spill, by the time it is contained, has the potential to do more environmental damage than the Exxon Valdez spill that dumped about 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound in 1989. That spill blackened some 1,300 miles of shoreline and is currently the largest ever in U.S. waters.

 

 

Ocean Independence logoOcean Independence Adds 100th Yacht to Charter Fleet

Ocean Independence, currently with the second-largest fleet of crewed charter yachts worldwide, is gaining on leader Camper and Nicholsons International with the announcement in April of five new central agency listings, for a total of 100 yachts now in the OCI charter fleet.

First among the newly listed charter yachts is the 98-foot Jongert sailing yacht Flying Magic, which was launched in 1992 and refitted in 2008. She takes six guests and will cruise in the Western Mediterranean this summer.

Next is the 98-foot Benetti motoryacht Favorita, which was built in 1975 and refitted in 2009/10. She will take eight guests this summer in both the Eastern and Western Mediterranean.

The 82-foot Cantiere Navale motoryacht Noon Tease launched in 1994 and was refitted in 2009. She will take six guests in the Western Mediterranean this summer.

The 72-foot Princess motoryacht Red Sea is aptly named. Built in 1998 and refurbished in 2009, she will be available for charters with eight guests year-round in, you guessed it, the Red Sea.

Last but not least, Ocean Independence welcomes the 65-foot Azimut motoryacht Sea Wise to the charter fleet. Built in 2001, she will take eight guests for charters in Greece, with Athens as a base, beginning this week.

 

New Vidcast: 191-foot Alloy Sailing Yacht Kokomo

In late 2009, Alloy Yachts launched the 191-foot sailing yacht Kokomo, which is expected to enter the charter market this summer in the South Pacific.

Kokomo has not even released a proper charter brochure yet, but we have the inside scoop on her interior and exterior looks in this 2-minute video presentation:

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SailDiveTonga.comPopular BVI Charter Yacht, Now Tonga-Bound, Launches Promotional Website

Stu and Fran Rattle, the intrepid owner-operators of the 45-foot sailing catamaran Two if by Sea, sent word in April from somewhere between Panama and the Galapagos Islands that they have launched a new website promoting their soon-to-be new home in the South Pacific: SailDiveTonga.

The Rattles are en route to Tonga after many years of being a popular crewed charter yacht in the Virgin Islands. They plan to offer charters in Tonga beginning in September 2010. Their current schedule is to stay in Tonga through fall 2012, and then move on to offer charters in Fiji and New Caledonia.

“Hopefully, our success in chartering in undiscovered places such as Belize (2001) and Panama (2009) will be very useful in the future,” they say. “It seems that we are currently the only boat [headed to Tonga] which can offer a full-time professional crew, a self-sufficient dive boat with two PADI instructors onboard, and a wealth of water toys for the guests. Add to this our extensive experience in the industry and the expected standards, and we feel that we are in a unique position to fill a void in the area.”

 

charter yacht Coco Loco, 124 BrowardMotoryacht Feature: Onboard the 124-foot Broward Coco Loco in the Bahamas

CharterWave editor Kim Kavin got to know the 124-foot Broward motoryacht Coco Loco intimately during a rain-filled charter in the Abacos section of the Bahamas. The weather gave Kim a chance to interview crew members in depth and to see how the yacht handled charter conditions that were less than perfect.

Her full report with photography is now posted online, including quotes from the yacht’s owner about his expectations for all charter guests in the future.

 

New Vidcast: The Norway Yacht Charter Experience

CharterWave editor Kim Kavin had a chance to cruise the western coast of Norway, including southern fjord country, aboard the 62-foot Swan sailing yacht Early Purple.

Her feature about the trip is in the April edition of Yachting magazine (and online here), while we have the following exclusive video from the location for readers here on CharterWave:

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Three Brokers Say logoThree Brokers Say: 2010 Charter Market Projections

With heavy rate negotiations still occurring and many yachts offering deals and discounts, we asked three leading charter brokers about their projections for the worldwide charter industry the rest of this year.

Beverly Parsons of Interpac Yachts, Shannon Webster of Shannon Webster Charters, and Liz Howard of Fraser Yachts Worldwide all offer their insights in this month’s edition of Three Brokers Say.

 

charter yacht Big FishBest of the CharterWave Editor’s Daily Blog

Big Fish to Charter in Antarctica. About two months ago, I introduced you to Big Fish, a 147-foot expedition motoryacht that just launched from the McMullen and Wing shipyard and that is scheduled to begin offering charters in Tahiti this July. Now comes word from management company 37 South that the owner plans to move the yacht to Antarctica in December, and to offer charters there through March 2011. … Read More…

 

Northrop and Johnson Worldwide Yacht Charters logoBest of the CharterWave Sponsored Blogs

From the Northrop and Johnson Worldwide Yacht Charters sponsored blog: Zarik II: A Great Crewed Sailing Yacht Charter Choice for Turkey. Here at Northrop and Johnson Yacht Charters, we love Zarik II, the 62-foot sailing yacht available for crewed yacht charter for up to 6 guests along the southern coast of Turkey from May to October. The captain and chef, owner/operators of Zarik II have been offering charter along the southern coast of Turkey for over 20 years… Read More …

 

charter yacht Hooter Patrol IVMotoryacht of the Month: Hooter Patrol IV

When you combine the Hooters Corporation with a lovely Hargrave motoryacht and a crew trained in scuba diving and spearfishing, you get a yacht charter vacation unlike any other.

This 97-foot motoryacht was originally built for corporate entertaining by Hooters executives, but continues to also make a name for itself as an action-packed family charter boat. Our exclusive review of Hooter Patrol IV includes an interview with the yacht’s mate about the various kinds of spearfishing allowed, and more.

 

charter yacht ExecutiveSailing Yacht of the Month: Executive

Thirty years of sailing around the world taught owner-operators Ossi and Vanessa Laurikainen that they wanted to build a custom catamaran and put it into the charter industry.

Hence the birth of Executive, a 73-footer that is now available in the Caribbean. The yacht offers four guest cabins including two on the main deck, which means no traversing stairs for charter guests who are mobility impaired. Read more in our exclusive review of this unique charter yacht.

 

charter yacht Katya log bookCaptain of the Month: Alec Cunningham

The 151-foot Delta motoryacht Katya has received terrific reviews since her launch in late 2009, and Capt. Alec Cunningham is now preparing for the yacht’s first-ever season of charter in the Mediterranean.

He plans to maintain his keen attention to detail, including offering charter clients an unusual level of detailed information about things like daily fuel usage, to help keep track of expenses as shown in the photograph at right.

Cunningham also is bringing his kid-friendly personality to the Mediterranean, where he will continue to welcome children onto the bridge to play with dolls. Learn more about Cunningham in this month’s captain interview.

 

hors d'oeuvresChef of the Month: Gisele Lannamann

When our editor tasted the hors d’oeuvres prepared by chef Gisele Lannamann of the 64-foot Hinckley sailing yacht Gadget, she was so impressed that she started asking brokers for their impressions of the chef. Several days later, CharterWave had heard nothing but rave reviews about Lannamann, whom one broker even called one of the best chefs aboard charter yachts of any size.

Our exclusive interview explains how Lannamann went from housewife to mother to charter yacht chef, and how, at age 60, she still has serious enthusiasm for the job.

 

charter broker Tim ClarkCharter Broker of the Month: Tim Clark

Tim Clark of the U.K. office at Ocean Independence has worked in all facets of the charter industry. He has been crew aboard a charter yacht, offered yachts for sale, managed yachts for charter, and more.

He now focuses on retail bookings worldwide, bringing his wealth of experience to bear. In our exclusive interview, Clark talks about one charter in particular where he arranged everything from fireworks to creation of a magazine in order to leave the clients with the best possible memories.

 

Fleet and Management Company News

37 South says the 147-foot expedition motoryacht Big Fish, which recently launched from the McMullen and Wing shipyard, will offer charters in Antarctica from December 2010 through March 2011. This summer, Big Fish is available for charter in Tahiti… The 112-foot Alloy motoryacht VvS1 is available for charters during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, which spans seven weeks and 13 venues in New Zealand beginning in September 2011…

Atalanta Golden Yachts tells us the owner of the 115-foot Falcon motoryacht Helios, which just launched this spring, is “ready to discuss all reasonable offers” in keeping with the yacht’s advertised lowest weekly base rate of €63,000 for 10 to 12 guests this summer in Greece…

Athens Yachts says the 100-foot Falcon motoryacht AK has had a cancellation from June 24 to July 1. The weekly base rate for those dates has been dropped from €52,500 to €36,000 to entice a replacement booking…

BCR Yachts sends word that the 76-foot CNB sailing yacht Sunday Morning is returning to the Western Mediterranean for summer 2010 charters. She takes eight guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €23,000… The 72-foot Warwick sailing yacht Concerto will go to either the Eastern or Western Mediterranean for charters this summer…

 

Boatbookings logoBoatBookings.com sent word on April 29 that it is recommending four yachts for charter this summer in New England. They are the 82-foot Swan sailing yacht Inukshuk, the 100-foot Hargrave motoryacht King Baby, the 153-foot NAYS motoryacht Argyll, and the 120-foot Broward motoryacht Sovereign

 

Burgess Yachts welcomes the 125-foot Akhir motoryacht Gladius to the charter fleet. Built in 2007, she takes 10 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €98,000… Also new to the fleet is the 170-foot Feadship motoryacht Time for Us, a 1994 build that was refit in 2007. She takes 10 guests and is in the Eastern Mediterranean this summer at a lowest weekly base rate of $231,000…

Camper and Nicholsons International has notified charter brokers that the 139-foot Feadship motoryacht Never Enough is dropping her weekly base rate for 10 guests from $190,000 to $150,000 this summer in the Mediterranean… New to the charter fleet are the 170-foot motoryacht Sai Ram, which will be available this summer in the Mediterranean; the 152-foot Benetti motoryacht Illusion, which is scheduled to launch this spring and become available for 10 guests this summer in the Mediterranean; and the 100-foot Nautor Swan sailing yacht Virago, which is available this summer in New England…

CEO Expeditions is once again offering “free charters” this summer in the Pacific Northwest aboard its 100-foot motoryacht Katania and 120-foot motoryacht Kayana. The $50,000- to $80,000-per-week charter rates are waived, and guests pay only traditional yacht charter expenses…

CharterPortBVI says the 54-foot sailing catamaran Braveheart is offering $1,000 off its advertised rates from May 30 through June 11, and again from June 28 through August 15… The 47-foot sailing catamaran Swish has a new crew. Grant Young and Tara Hartz are both certified yacht master skippers with a combined 35,000 nautical miles logged. Young is a certified open-water scuba diver, while Hartz is master diver and dive instructor…

Churchill Yacht Partners tells us the 145-foot Heesen motoryacht At Last is offering three special base rates through the end of May for 12 guests in the Bahamas. Guests can choose eight days for the price of seven at $125,000, or 14 days for the price of 10 at $187,500, or 21 days for the price of 14 at $250,000… The 88-foot Rayburn motoryacht Lady Victoria is available after May 14 in the Bahamas at a lowest weekly base rate of $30,000 for as many as eight guests… The 154-foot Perini Navi sailing yacht Andromeda la Dea is available during June and July in Croatia, and then during August and September in the Western Mediterranean. She takes eight guests…

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C U Yacht Charters says the 90-foot Christensen motoryacht Yianoula is available for Bahamas charters with no delivery fee from May 10-20. The weekly base rates range from $21,000 to $27,000 for two to eight guests… New to the charter fleet is the 76-foot Ferretti motoryacht Sioux Empress, a 2005 build that takes eight guests and tows a 32-foot Intrepid tender. Her lowest weekly base rate in South Florida and the Bahamas is $23,000…

 

 

Ed Hamilton & Company logoEd Hamilton and Company just published its May newsletter, which includes extensive information about the crew aboard the 76-foot sailing catamarans Akasha, Zingara, and King’s Ransom

 

Edmiston and Company announces that longtime charter yacht manager Gayle Patterson is now a retail charter broker… New to the fleet is the 88-foot Arno motoryacht Serenity Atlantic. She takes seven guests and is described as ideal for family charters, with a French Riviera base and a lowest weekly base rate of €40,000… Also new to the fleet is the 181-foot Feadship motoryacht Illusion, taking 12 guests in the Western Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €195,000… Also new to the fleet is the 127-foot Feadship motoryacht Kathleen Anne. She will take 10 guests in the Western Mediterranean this summer at a lowest weekly base rate of €140,000… Also new to the fleet is the 103-foot classic motoryacht Blue Bird. Originally built in 1938, Blue Bird underwent a “radical refit” in 2007 and will be based in St. Tropez this summer at a lowest weekly base rate of €70,000 for as many as nine guests… Also said to have just completed a “radical refit” is the 154-foot Amtec motoryacht Out, which will be available this summer in the Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €165,000… The 87-foot Nautor’s Swan sailing yacht Aspiration, based in Palma de Mallorca, is available for charters this summer in the South of France, Corsica, and Sardinia with no relocation fee. Aspiration’s weekly base rate is €28,500…

Fraser Yachts Worldwide says the 115-foot Christensen motoryacht Ocean Pearl, whose weekly base rate is $57,500 for 10 guests, is offering a 50-percent discount off a second week of charter if you book a first week at the advertised rate. Ocean Pearl is in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest this summer… The 126-foot CRN motoryacht Sarita Si has a confirmed berth for the Monaco Grand Prix. She is being offered at a five-day base rate of  €66,666… The 111-foot Inace motoryacht Sudami, which is in Florida and the Bahamas, is offering a three-tiered discount. Book one week at the regular base rate of $68,500 for 10 guests, and get a second week at $34,250 as well as a third week at $17,125. The three weeks can be split in terms of charter dates, but all must be used by March 1, 2011… New to the fleet is the 181-foot Nishii motoryacht Southern Cross III, which can accommodate up to 15 guests and will charter this summer in the Western Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of $172,500…

International Yacht Collection tells us the 103-foot Benetti motoryacht Happy Day, which originally launched in 1969, has a new owner and is now called Happy Hour. The yacht was “totally rebuilt” during a two-year refit that ended in 2009 and now takes eight guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €34,000. Her home port is Nice, France…

Luxury Charter Group says the 92-foot powercatamaran Ultimate Lady is available for charters in Tahiti through 2011. The lowest weekly base rate is $55,000 for six guests… Also available in Tahiti from June through October is the 121-foot sailing yacht Bliss, which takes six to 10 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of $98,000… The 50-foot sailing catamaran Ombre Blu has availability this summer in Sicily, Sardinia, and the Amalfi Coast for six guests…

Monaco Yacht sends word that the 68-foot Azimut motoryacht Blooms is now accepting bookings for day charters out of Monaco. Two pricing options are available: 12 hours or 24 hours. The lowest rates for each are €3,750 and €4,500, respectively. Regularly, the lowest weekly base rate to charter Blooms is €30,800 for six guests…

Neptune Group Yachting says the 102-foot Palmer Johnson motoryacht Banyan has a new chef. Jordan Barrows studied at the Washtenaw College of culinary arts in Michigan and is said to be “well versed in a vast array of cuisines”…

 

Nicholson Yachts logoNicholson Yachts tells us the 108-foot gulet Quasart is offering a weekly base rate of $25,000 (regularly $45,500) for up to 12 guests in the Bahamas until June 15. After mid-June, Quasart will move to New England at a weekly base rate of $29,500… The 72-foot sailing yacht Pacific Wave is offering a $1,500 discount on charters signed by July 31 and beginning before December 31. Pacific Wave is available Caribbean-wide until June 30, in the Grenadines during July and late October, and in the Virgin Islands and greater Caribbean after November 1… The 85-foot sailing yacht Taboo is offering a $10,000 discount for anyone who books a 10-day Christmas/New Year’s charter in the Caribbean. If you have eight guests instead of the maximum 10, the discount is even deeper… The 57-foot sailing yacht Saskianna is offering a weekly base rate of $8,500 to $10,000 for two to four guests before June 15 this summer in New England. After that date, the base rates become $10,000 to $12,000… New to the fleet is the 123-foot Palmer Johnson sailing yacht Galileo G. She will take six to seven guests this summer in New England at a lowest weekly base rate of $40,000…

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Northrop and Johnson welcomes the 130-foot Christensen motoryacht Lady Zelda to the charter fleet. The popular charter yacht has a new owner and will be available for charter in the Mediterranean this summer at a weekly base rate of $125,000 for 10 guests… The 136-foot J-Class sailing yacht Ranger, recent winner of the St. Barth’s Bucket, is available for charters this summer in the Mediterranean at a weekly base rate of €90,000…

 

Ocean Independence says the 118-foot ADIC sailing yacht Ofelia is “willing to go anywhere” in the Mediterranean this summer. Currently based in the South of France, Ofelia is also available for charter in Italy, Croatia, and Turkey for 12 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €28,000… The 110-foot Hakvoort motoryacht Spada has reduced its lowest weekly base rate by nearly 30 percent, from €69,000 to €49,000, for the entire summer season in the Mediterranean. Spada takes 10 guests… New to the fleet are the 155-foot ISA motoryacht Olah, which has a confirmed berth for the Monaco Grand Prix and takes 10 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €150,000; the 98-foot Jongert sailing yacht Flying Magic, which will take six guests in the Western Mediterranean; the 98-foot Benetti motoryacht Favorita, which will take eight guests this summer in the Eastern and Western Mediterranean; the 82-foot Cantiere Navale motoryacht Noon Tease, which will take six guests this summer in the Western Mediterranean; the 72-foot Princess motoryacht Red Sea, which will take eight guests year-round in (you guessed it) the Red Sea; and the 65-foot Azimut motoryacht Sea Wise, which will take eight guests this summer in Greece… The 107-foot motoryacht Paolyre has a confirmed berth for the Cannes Film Festival and is seeking a charter client. The lowest weekly base rate is €45,000 for 10 guests… The 120-foot Broward motoryacht Sovereign has dropped her weekly base rate from $70,000 per week to $58,500 per week for 12-guest charters July 1-15 in New England…

Ocean Partners International is recommending three yachts for charters this summer in Turkey: the 80-foot Ferretti motoryacht Splendido (which is offering a special rate for honeymoon charters), the 111-foot Cheoy Lee motoryacht Ma Biche, and the 125-foot sailing yacht White Soul. Their weekly base rates range from €19,500 to €29,400…

OceanStyle welcomes the 84-foot H2X powercatamaran Bradley to the charter fleet. She takes 10 guests and will be based in the South of France this summer at a lowest weekly base rate of €50,000… The 88-foot San Lorenzo motoryacht Marcelina is newly refurbished and available in the Western Mediterranean this summer at a lowest weekly base rate of €42,000 for eight to 10 guests…

Primo Yacht welcomes the 160-foot Ortona Navi motoryacht Mar to the charter fleet. Based in Malta, she takes 12 guests and is available throughout the Western Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €150,000… Also new to the fleet is the 144-foot MMGI motoryacht H2OME, which launched in April and will charter this summer in the Mediterranean. She will take 10 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €150,000…

 

Regency Yacht Vacations logoRegency Yacht Vacations tells us the 44-foot sailing catamaran Catalyst has a nearly-full calendar for the upcoming charter season, but bookings are still available for July 6-13 and July 14-21 in the Virgin Islands. After those dates, Catalyst will not be available for charter again until November… The 56-foot sailing catamaran Silver Moon is offering a 20-percent discount for summer charters in the British Virgin Islands, as well as package deals in which children younger than 12 sail free…

 

Sunreef Charters says the 62-foot sailing catamaran Tahaa II will be available for charters in the Eastern Mediterranean after August 10…

Sunsail is opening a base in Belize—the company’s eight Caribbean hub—this November. Skipper-only charters will be available aboard 38-foot sailing catamarans…

Sunseeker Charters says the 105-foot Sunseeker motoryacht Murcielago is offering two discount options this summer in the Western Mediterranean. You can take a 20-percent discount for July and August charters if you book before May 31, or you can get two weeks for the price of one in May June, and September, if you book before May 15… The company has entered into a strategic partnership with the Serenata Festival (Britain’s first classical music festival) to provide day cruises for festival-goers during the August 2010 event… The company also reports a turnout of more than 100 people for the launch party at Royal Southampton Yacht Club celebrating High Energy, a 90-foot Sunseeker motoryacht that is now the largest and most luxurious vessel of its kind available for year-round charter in the United Kingdom…

YPI Group announces the sale of the 173-foot Perini Navi sailing yacht Independence, which originally launched in 1998. The yacht is being renamed Jasali II and will be refit this summer before becoming available for charter in the Caribbean during the winter 2010-11 season.

 

New First Impression Yacht Reviews Posted on CharterWave

Executive, 73-foot sailing catamaran
Gadget, 64-foot Hinckley sailing yacht
Hooter Patrol IV, 97-foot Hargrave motoryacht
Shaitan, 85-foot sailing yacht

 

New Charter Feature Posted on CharterWave

124-foot Broward motoryacht Coco Loco in the Bahamas

 

New Vidcasts Posted on CharterWave

191-foot Alloy sailing yacht Kokomo
The Norway yacht charter experience

 

New Crew Interviews Posted on CharterWave

Alec Cunningham, captain, 151-foot Delta motoryacht Katya
Gisele Lannamann, chef, 64-foot Hinckley sailing yacht Gadget

 

New Broker Interview Posted on CharterWave

Tim Clark, Ocean Independence

 

New “10 Best” Lists Posted on CharterWave

10 Best Charter Yachts for Music Lovers
10 Best Charter Yachts for Movie Lovers
10 Best Charter Yacht Pilothouses
10 Best Charter Yacht Deals and Discounts