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May 2014 CharterWave eNews

Refit charter yachts at the MYBA Charter Show; CYBA 'Look for the Logo' campaign; and more

Refits Dominate at the MYBA Charter Show in Genoa, Italy

Europe’s largest annual charter yacht show was heavy on refits this year, with motoryachts including the 94-foot Peri Bibich, the 85-foot classic Feadship Sultana and the 162-foot Benetti Rima II earning quite a bit of praise on the docks for substantial makeovers by their owners. The 183-foot Benetti motoryacht Galaxy dominated the conversation as many brokers’ favorite refit, having gotten a new owner in September 2013 who commissioned an entirely new look by designer Oliver Stirling (whose work you may know from the charter megayachts Cloud 9 and Slipstream).

Galaxy earned further praise in the annual culinary competition, where chef Cameron Davis took first place in the category for yachts 50 meters and larger, and where the Galaxy crew earned an honorable mention for outstanding service (first place for service in that size category went to the crew aboard the 166-foot Mondo Marine motoryacht Auspicious).

In general, the MYBA Charter Show had fewer boats than in recent years, with the Fiera marina venue being entirely eliminated from the show. Some brokers said charter business is up and owners have enough bookings without attending the show; other brokers said business is slow and some owners aren’t willing to invest in boat shows right now; still other brokers suggested that the start of onboard open-house days in Antibes has left yacht owners feeling there is no need to display their yachts a second time at a show like the one in Genoa.

No matter which of those opinions is correct, a MYBA official told CharterWave that while the show contained fewer boats this year, the overall revenue remained the same or better because the boats on the whole were larger. And MYBA officials are going to be tweaking the show further, having given two-year notice of a potential change to their partners at the current venue. A few years from now, Europe’s largest charter show could move to Spain, Malta or elsewhere.

Stay tuned.

 

Newport Charter Show: Two Dozen Yachts Scheduled to Attend

Plans are in full swing for next month’s Newport Charter Show (a sponsor of CharterWave eNews), which this year is expected to include about two dozen motoryachts and sailing yachts with availability this summer in New England.

One of the most highly anticipated attendees is the 154-foot Hodgdon sailing yacht Asolare, which previously chartered as Scheherazade and whose new owner is currently finishing upgrades and refit work at Newport Shipyard. (That’s Asolare in the photograph at right.) By the time Asolare shows in Newport, she is expected to have new carpeting, soft furnishings, artwork and worldwide high-definition TV, along with mechanical and communications upgrades.

Also expected to be in attendance is the 107-foot Baltic sailing yacht Inukshuk, which was a favorite during her debut at December’s charter show in Antigua and which was just named best sailing yacht in her class at the World Superyacht Awards.

For more news about the upcoming show in Rhode Island, head over to the official Newport Charter Show website.

 

 

Greece, Turkey Charter Markets Still Have Summer Availability

As international charter brokers traveled to Greece and Turkey for those regions’ summer boat shows, the word on the docks was that things are continuing to improve, but that clients still can find availability—especially outside the high-season months of July and August.

“There are very few new boats coming into the Turkey market right now, so the best ones are booking solid,” one Marmaris-based broker told CharterWave, citing the full calendar of the popular 144-foot luxury gulet Mare Nostrum as an example. “The other boats, there is still availability after August.”

Brokers based in the Athens area said the same thing about the current state of the charter market in Greece, where charter yachts with solid reputations are already booking well during the heart of the summer season.

“It is definitely continuing to improve,” one Greece-based agent told CharterWave. “We are not back to before the recession, but we are doing okay.”

 

CYBA International Launches ‘Look for the Logo’ Campaign

CYBA International, a leading organization of reputable charter brokers worldwide, has launched a “Look for the Logo” campaign.

The goal is to encourage charter clients to book vacations using a broker who is a member of CYBA.

“While many charter guests book through a CYBA broker, there are many stories of guests that have been duped by a glossy brochure or fancy web page that does not accurately portray the charter yacht,” the group stated in a press release. “It is well known industry fact that not every boat is for every client, and without the services of a CYBA member, charter clients run the risk of booking the wrong yacht and even yachts with questionable safety practices. One charter broker recalls getting on a prospective yacht charter boat and seeing exposed electrical wires, the smell of diesel fuel and rusty bathroom sinks. Regrettably, that boat still solicits clients through the internet and at travel shows armed with glossy brochures where prospective clients do not know any better.”

CharterWave is a longtime supporter of CYBA, which is one of just a few professional groups whose members are allowed to advertise on the site.

Motoryacht of the Month: Teleost

The 161-foot Feadship Teleost is looking downright stunning after a Pendennis shipyard refit from October 2012 through May 2013 that included a stem-to-stern paint job, new headliner in the interior and décor updates including Tai Ping wool carpeting with custom-designed double helices woven right in (the yacht’s owner is involved in the sciences).

The original John Munford interior looked brand-new during our editor’s recent onboard tour, still with rich woodwork and joinery but now accented with light fabrics and stainless steel and titanium light fixtures (instead of brass) for a more contemporary ambiance.

“The owner is spending the money to keep everything as it should be,” Capt. Nigel Burnet told CharterWave. “Boats get older, and things happen. This is still an outstanding yacht, and with the refit it’s even better. The carpeting, for instance: It’s the densest weave that Tai Ping has ever done.”

 

Sailing Yacht of the Month: Spiip

The crew of the 86-foot CNB Spiip will set her sails for a comfortable cruise at 8 to 10 knots if that’s what you’d like, but if you fancy a bit more adventure, they’re happy to speed up a few notches–and the yacht is nicely built to do it.

“She has done a lot of cruising,” Capt. Simon Walford told CharterWave. “She’s done the Mediterranean, the Middle East, South Pacific, East Coast USA, Caribbean—about 50,000 miles in four years. Ninety percent of that has been owner use. She’s been open for charter, but not pushed for charter. Now she’s seriously on the charter market for the first time.”

The plan was for Spiip to finish the winter 2013-14 season in the Caribbean and then in Cuba before cruising the Mediterranean during summer 2014. Walford said one of his goals is to encourage bookings by clients who actually want to sail in those areas, as opposed to those who prefer to be under engine power all the time.

Captain of the Month: Herb Magney

Herb Magney was well-known as the captain of the 145-foot Heesen motoryacht At Last in the Bahamas. That boat has sold to a new owner, and Magney is now bringing his enthusiasm for charter to the 115-foot Montefino motoryacht Miracle.

“She’s going to be a great charter boat too,” Magney told CharterWave. “She’s been in charter for at least 10 years, but the current owner bought her about four years ago. She got kind of a sketchy reputation because there was a problem with a smell in one of the guest cabins, but that was the first thing I had the crew address when I got here. That, plus a lot of captain turnover in the past, made some brokers reluctant to book this boat, but my goal is to make her every bit as successful as At Last.”

Chef of the Month: Sue Ficken

If you’ve ever thought about working on charter yachts, then you have to hear the story of Sue Ficken. She graduated from journalism school and spent more than a decade in marketing before going to culinary school and becoming chef aboard the 108-foot Alloy sailing yacht Marae.

“I was director of communications and marketing for a consulting firm in the health industry for 13 years,” Ficken told CharterWave. “I put my communications degree to good use and decided I wanted to go to culinary school. I was in my 30s, and I went to Johnson & Wales along with the International Culinary School in Fort Lauderdale. My goal was to cook on boats because I’d met Frank [now the captain aboard Marae] and we wanted to work on boats together.”

Some of Ficken’s specialties include prosciutto-wrapped filet mignon with foie gras, red wine pepper sauce and mushroom risotto; herbed Cornish hen with blackberry peach madeira sauce, panna cotta and pear parsnip on the side; and four-cheese orecchiette with leeks and prosciutto.

Broker of the Month: Samuel Le Gall

Samuel Le Gall of Neo Yachting in France is working with the owner of a 75-foot motoryacht in Brazil to provide international-quality yacht charter in that South American nation (and just in time for the World Cup festivities at Rio de Janeiro).

“I was born in Brazil,” he told CharterWave. “Raised in Europe, but born in Brazil, and I have double nationality in Brazil and France. Brazil is absolutely beautiful. I went there myself to see Anema & Core, and she is a great charter yacht. The owner has experience chartering other boats and is trying to offer proper charter now in Brazil. I spent some time cruising on board in Guaruja (close to São Paulo). It is also an amazing destination in Brazil and perfect getaway from São Paulo.”

 

Fleet and Management Company News

All4Yacht Charter welcomes the 100-foot Falcon motoryacht Monte Carlo to the charter fleet out of Athens, Greece. The lowest weekly base rate is €38,500 for 10 guests…

Asia Pacific Superyachts has opened an Asia Pacific Superyachts Tahiti division with the company formerly known as Tahiti Ocean…

Athens Yachts welcomes the 102-foot Falcon motoryacht Bonito to the charter fleet in Greece. She takes 10 to 12 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €45,000…

BCR Logemann sends word that the 180-foot Ark sailing yacht Chronos is fully booked for this summer with available dates remaining only September 6-13 out of Antibes, France…

Burgess Yachts, in conjunction with Bluewater, says the 295-foot Corsair motoryacht Nero has sold to a new owner. She is expected to continue in the charter market, now with the Bluewater fleet…

Cecil Wright tells us the 169-foot Alloy sailing yacht Red Dragon will be in the East Mediterranean starting in early June… The 147-foot Fitzroy sailing yacht Salperton has availability through the end of June in Tahiti, and then in Fiji and Tonga from early July through the end of September…

 

CharterWorld sends word that the 84-foot Lazzara motoryacht Cold Gecko is available in the Bahamas with no delivery fees through mid-May…

 

Churchill Yacht Partners says the 82-foot Nautor’s Swan sailing yacht Clevelander has availability in the Sea of Cortez… The 140-foot Proteksan-Turquoise motoryacht Capricorn has summer availability in New England… There’s a new video on the website of the 130-foot Westport motoryacht Arioso

 

Edmiston and Company tells us the 85-foot H2X powercatamaran Bradley is available starting in May in Croatia, Greece and Turkey… The 91-foot Holland Jachtbouw sailing yacht Whirlwind is eager to receive charter inquiries in Croatia, Montenegro, Greece and Turkey… The 146-foot Intermarine motoryacht Balaju is offering a reduced weekly base rate of €99,000 through the second week of June. It’s a discount of 25 percent… The 256-foot Lurssen motoryacht TV is now taking summer inquiries in Croatia, Greece and Turkey… The 110-foot Kingship motoryacht Christina G is offering a series of deals for charters during select dates in July, with savings as large as 25 percent… New to the fleet is the 91-foot Sanlorenzo motoryacht Noor, taking eight guests in the West Mediterranean starting this August at a lowest weekly base rate of €47,000…

Fraser Yachts Worldwide welcomes a number of yachts to the charter fleet this month. They include the 124-foot Ferretti motoryacht Lady Dia, taking 10 to 12 guests in the West Mediterranean at a weekly base rate of €110,000; the 111-foot Cyrus motoryacht Cyrus One, taking eight guests in the East Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €70,000; the 109-foot LYNX motoryacht Heliad II, taking 10 guests in the West Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €75,000; the 101-foot Ferretti motoryacht Lady Soul, taking 10 guests throughout the Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €49,000; and the 90-foot Pershing motoryacht Tigerlily of London, taking six or seven guests in Spain’s Balearic Isles at a lowest weekly base rate of €44,800…

Imperial Yachts says the 196-foot Lurssen motoryacht Arkley is offering a 15-percent rate reduction for May and June charters of at least seven days in the Mediterranean. With the price break, Arkley‘s weekly base rate becomes €365,500…

 

Infinity Yacht Charters tells us the 98-foot Broward motoryacht Reflections has charter availability in Alaska June 1-19, July 12-27 and August 7 onward…

 

McMaster Yachts says the 203-foot Hoek sailing yacht Athos is available July 26 through August 20 in the West Mediterranean… The 121-foot Dubois sailing yacht Moonbird is now being offered for charter with a 29-foot Revenger chase boat (at additional cost)…

Monaco Yacht tells us the 121-foot Peri motoryacht Fusion has South of France availability at a lowest weekly base rate of €100,000…

Neo Yachting welcomes the 114-foot Logos motoryacht Meya Meya to the charter fleet in Turkey. She takes 12 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €65,000…

 

Neptune Group Yachting sends word that the 85-foot Symbol motoryacht Andiamo has availability out of Bimini through July 1 with no Bahamas delivery fees. Weekly and day charters will be considered…

 

Northrop and Johnson says the 116-foot Intermarine motoryacht Kipany is available during June and July in New England… The 122-foot Flagship motoryacht Talos has just been refitted and is available this summer in Alaska… New to the fleet is the 153-foot Feadship motoryacht Charisma, taking 12 guests in the Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of $168,000…

Ocean Independence sends word that the 91-foot Kha Shing motoryacht Supertoy has received new carpets, new soft goods and new outer deck coverings for the summer charter season… The 159-foot Bilgin motoryacht M&M has rejoined the charter market and is giving a 10-percent discount on the lowest weekly base rate of €110,000 for all charters booked before the end of May… New to the fleet is the 72-foot Southern Wind sailing yacht Far Too Kind, taking six guests in the West Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €19,800…

OceanStyle by Burgess says the 119-foot Palmer Johnson motoryacht Vanquish is dropping her weekly base rate during May in the West Mediterranean from €101,500 to €90,000… The 107-foot Maiora motoryacht Marnaya is lowering her weekly base rate from €59,500 to €50,000 during May in Greece… The 103-foot Diverse Projects Unlimited motoryacht Black Pearl has charter availability in Fiji during the first three weeks of July…

 

Regency Yacht Vacations says the 120-foot Broward motoryacht Freedom is offering a “summer special” weekly base rate of $38,500 if you book by October 15 and begin your charter by October 24…

 

Select Yachts welcomes the 100-foot Azimut motoryacht Carobelle to the charter fleet in Florida and the Bahamas. She takes eight to 10 guests at a weekly base rate of $42,500…

Sunreef Yachts Charter welcomes the 62-foot Lagoon sailing catamaran Ocean View to the charter fleet in Croatia and Montenegro. The 2014 build will take six guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €22,000… Also new to the fleet is the 60-foot Fountaine-Pajot sailing catamaran Why Not, taking eight guests in Croatia and Montenegro at a lowest weekly base rate of €20,000… The 70-foot powercatamaran Abuelo is giving a 20-percent discount during May, June, September and October in Spain’s Balearic Isles…

The Catamaran Company now has nine sailing catamarans from 65 to 74 feet operating in the Virgin Islands with inclusive weekly base rates from about $17,000 to about $49,500…

The Moorings has released a new charter app for use in the Virgin Islands.

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