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10 Best Lessons Learned at the 2013 Antigua Charter Yacht Show

Refits can be astoundingly good, the new Oyster sailing yachts are great, and more

What’s old can be made stunningly new again. The 188-foot Abeking & Rasmussen motoryacht Excellence III is now a 197-footer called Dream, complete with an updated interior decor that made her the most-talked-about superyacht at the show.

DNA is cool. The 161-foot Feadship motoryacht Teleost, owned by a man with a scientific background, just finished an impressive refit that included plush Tai Ping carpeting inlaid with custom-designed graphics of a DNA strand. The carpets are one-of-a-kind and super comfy under bare feet.

Canada is stylish. The brand-new, 107-foot Baltic sailing yacht Inukshuk has an interior decor meant to invoke the eastern coast of Canada. The onboard vibe is uber-relaxing, with light gray walls and lampshades made from maple paper.

Hitting the trifecta is indeed possible. Oyster unveiled three new models, a 125 called Twilight, a 100 christened Penelope, and an 88.5 called Clare, all beautiful in their own ways and all available for charter at the same time. Talk about a brilliant tandem-booking opportunity for anyone who loves to sail in stye.

Delta knows what it’s doing. Its brand-new, 217-footer Invictus has serious “wow” factor, with rich interior woodwork, a 14-seat indoor cinema, and six guest cabins all on the main deck.

The newest must-have toy is a seaplane. At least that’s the thinking aboard the 224-foot Amels motoryacht Lady S, whose owner is offering his new ride to charter clients in addition to the regular tenders and toys.

Bigger does not always mean better. One of the most talked-about motoryachts in the show was the 131-foot Princess Imperial Princess, which packed a lot of big-boat features (like drop-down balconies and zero-speed stabilizers) into a smaller-than-usual package.

Vegan food can be delicious. That was the theme for this year’s chefs’ competition, whose winners prepared some amazing entrees that even the most fervent meat-lover might enjoy.

Massages never go out of style. One of the crew members aboard the 196-foot Benetti motoryacht Swan is a masseuse who had charter brokers begging for just one more foot massage before the week was done.

Some captains go the extra mile (out to sea). The Caribbean-boarn captain aboard the Turkish gulet Queen South III got up early one morning to catch fresh lobsters for the day’s lunch guests, before attending to his regular duties. Service standards don’t get much more impressive than that.

Top Yachts at the 2013 Antigua Charter Yacht Show

  • Abeking and Rasmussen charter yacht Dream
  • Feadship charter yacht Teleost
  • Baltic sailing yacht Inukshuk
  • Oyster charter yacht Twilight
    charter yacht Twilight
  • Oyster charter yacht Clare
  • Oyster charter yacht Penelope
  • Delta charter yacht Invictus
  • Amels charter yacht Lady S
    Lady S
  • Princess charter yacht Imperial Princess
    Imperial Princess
  • Benetti charter yacht Swan
    Benetti charter yacht Swan
  • charter yacht Queen South III
    charter yacht Queen South III
    Queen South III

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