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CharterWave sphereCharterWave Celebrates Five Years Online

Late October’s start of the 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show marked a milestone of five years since CharterWave went online. In that time, the site has featured more charter yachts, reputable brokers, winning crew, and industry news than any other editorial brand in the world. CharterWave has helped clients connect with top brokers, educated hundreds of thousands of readers about yacht charter as a vacation option, and more.

When editor Kim Kavin launched CharterWave in October 2006, the mission was to make it the world’s most trusted yacht vacation resource. CharterWave continues to meet that standard every day. The site has been featured as a top resource everywhere from The Wall Street Journal to Conde Nast Traveler. It is often the brand to which industry insiders turn first for their information.

CharterWave has developed a terrific readership, too. While other websites focus on driving any kind of mass traffic, CharterWave reaches an audience of qualified individuals. Advertisers regularly say that CharterWave readers book charters. Readers come back again and again because they trust and appreciate award-winning journalism. CharterWave won back-to-back awards from Boating Writers International in 2009 and 2010 for outstanding online content.

CharterWave also continues to be a friend to the luxury yacht charter industry. Despite the site’s growth and success, CharterWave has maintained it original advertising rates, giving industry professionals affordable options as low as $50 per month. CharterWave Direct is the most affordable customized e-brochure option for charter professionals worldwide. And CharterWave’s new ghost-blogging services are an exceptional value, as well. (E-mail for more information about that.)

Thank you to everyone who has helped CharterWave to achieve these many successes. We look forward to the next five years of continuing to provide the best yacht charter content in the world.

Ocean Independence logoOcean Independence Acquires Primo Yacht, Controls World’s Largest Fleet of Crewed Charter Yachts

Ocean Independence acquired Primo Yacht in October. OCI now claims to control the largest luxury charter yacht fleet worldwide.

Ocean Independence cites the MYBAnet charter-booking system as showing that its new fleet comprises 96 yachts more than 80 feet long (or 117 yachts total if you include smaller ones). The next-closest company fleets are Burgess Yachts, with 82 yachts more than 80 feet long, and Camper and Nicholsons International, with 78 yachts more than 80 feet long (or 79 yachts total including a smaller one).

Both Burgess Yachts and Camper and Nicholsons, when contacted by CharterWave, questioned those numbers as well as the measurement yardstick being used. Camper claims to have 86 yachts more than 80 feet long in its fleet. Burgess said it focuses on the largest yachts for charter, not just yachts 80 feet and longer, and that its fleet has 66 yachts more than 130 feet long while Ocean Independence has only 30. Burgess added that its wholly-owned subsidiary, OceanStyle, has 21 smaller yachts in its fleet, for a combined total of 103.

Even considering these alternative views, Ocean Independence does now appear to have more total charter yachts in its fleet than any other company. Through the acquisition, Judith Amselli, managing director of Primo Yacht, will become director of a newly integrated Ocean Independence office in Antibes, France. It is one of 16 worldwide locations where Switzerland-based Ocean Independence operates. OCI says that clients can expect a new, single address in Antibes for both companies soon.

“My team and I are delighted to become a part of Ocean Independence, as it will allow us to provide our clients and owners, with a broader range of yachting services, including yacht sales and yacht management, offering a unique global perspective with the benefit of local know-how,” Amselli stated in a press release.

Ocean Independence also distributed a press release, stating: “Primo has long been a multi-lingual, multi-cultured and internationally focused business with many years experience in charter and an excellent reputation across the board. In joining OCI, Primo’s clients will now benefit from in-house yacht management and sales brokerage services as well as additional charter support around the world.”



Superyachting Index 2011 logoNew Charter Industry Data: Business Back to Pre-Recession Level, but Rates Still Under Pressure

Camper and Nicholsons International, working in cooperation with Superyacht Times, has released its 2011 Superyachting Index. It’s the fourth year that the Index has been published, offering the most substantial data available about the worldwide luxury yacht charter industry. The Index has three sections (new construction, brokerage, and charter) and covers yachts 80 feet and larger.

The 2011 report includes data for 2010 and reflects what readers of CharterWave learn regularly: Yacht owners are still experiencing a general lack of demand that continues to put downward pressure on yacht charter rates. The new Superyachting Index explains the underlying market conditions behind the discount offers that so regularly appear on CharterWave.

First, the size of the charter industry grew more than 23 percent in 2010. As of 2009, there were about 850 yachts available for charter. In 2010, the number of yachts available rose to 1,049. This means more yachts competing for charter business. The best example of this trend is among charter yachts from 30 to 50 meters long (about 100 to 165 feet). There was a 28-percent increase in the number of these yachts on the charter market in 2010. Consequently, the same market segment saw a reduction of 10.7 percent in weekly base rates.

In addition, according to the Superyachting Index, the overall number of charter weeks sold worldwide decreased by 9 percent in 2010 from 2009. That means that in addition to increased competition, there were fewer clients booking. All segments saw a reduction in weeks sold except yachts 50 meters (about 165 feet) and larger, which saw a 5-percent increase in bookings. This makes sense because at that top tier of the industry, charter clients have fewer yachts to choose among and are likely to be less affected by world financial markets because of their high level of wealth.

When the first Superyachting Index was released for 2007 charter data, the industry was surprised to learn that the average number of weeks booked aboard any charter yacht was less than four. The data for 2010 are even more surprising, as the average has decreased. Charter yachts 50 meters (about 165 feet) and larger averaged 3.57 weeks of charter per yacht; yachts 30 to 50 meters (about 100 to 165 feet) averaged 2.35 weeks of charter per yacht; and yachts 24 to 30 meters (about 80 to 100 feet) averaged just 1.55 weeks of charter per yacht.

Overall, the average weekly base rate for a yacht charter vacation in 2010 was $130,500. The percentage of business going to motoryachts continues to far outweigh that of sailing yachts by a difference of 83 percent to 17 percent. Those percentages are about the same as the number of motoryachts and sailing yachts available for charter.

Also from the big-picture viewpoint, one in five yachts larger than 80 feet are now available for charter among the world’s total fleet of 5,742 yachts.
Interestingly, the new Superyachting Index omits, for the first time in four years, a breakdown of where the majority of charters took place. The clear trend during previous years was that the Mediterranean was carrying the industry, with the Caribbean a distant second and the Bahamas plummeting in business.

Fraser Yachts Worldwide recently released a statement that, following the 2011 Mediterranean season, the industry has returned to the pre-recession booking levels of 2007. That indicates the trend cited the past few years by Camper and Nicholsons remains the same. The Fraser Yachts statement also indicates that there may be an upward swing in next year’s Superyachting Index data about the overall number of charter weeks booked during 2011.

For additional information, the 56-page edition of the 2011 Superyachting Index is available online.




charter yacht broker Rebecca RileyBroker Report: 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Charter broker Rebecca Riley of Paradise Yacht Charters attended the 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in late October. She spoke with CharterWave exclusively about what she saw and heard on the docks.

“I was very busy this year,” she says.  “I had many more clients attending than a couple of years ago, for sure.  Despite the horrid weather, the mood was generally upbeat.  I sensed a pent-up demand from both buyers and charterers who have been on the sidelines for a couple of years and who are anxious to get back on the water.”

Riley also reports that more and more charter yacht owners are beginning to hold firm on their asking prices.

“I’m noticing less willingness on the part of owners to negotiate weekly base rates,” she says. “Some yachts have reduced their prices during the past couple of years to be more competitive, and since bookings are returning to the levels of three or four years ago, the owners don’t feel the need to discount any further.”

One of the standout charter yachts at the show, Riley says, was the 124-foot Trinity motoryacht Wheels. The yacht recently completed a refit that has freshened her interior, while continuing to offer a main-deck VIP cabin that makes her an enticing option for clients who do not like stairs.



CYBA International logoCYBA International Launches ‘Going Green to Save the Blue’ Environmental Campaign

CYBA International, a leading professional organization for charter yacht brokers, is touting its recent success with a “Going Green to Save the Blue” environmental campaign.

The organization formed a committee earlier this year to address the problem of charter-industry trash adding to landfills in popular charter locations such as the Virgin Islands, where there are no recycling facilities. In particular, CYBA focused on the challenge of plastic water bottles, which can number in the hundreds after just one week-long yacht charter vacation with eight guests and four crew onboard. When you multiply that number of plastic bottles by dozens of charter yachts and hundreds of charters being booked each year, the problem quickly becomes massive for the locals who live on the pristine islands that charter clients visit. The problem is also long term, as some bottles can take more than 400 years to decompose in the landfills.

To address this growing problem being created by the yacht charter industry, CYBA’s Green Committee worked with the Charter Yacht Society of the British Virgin Islands to encourage charter yacht owners to install watermakers that produce pure, unfiltered drinking water. Those yachts now offer charter clients the option of drinking water from reusable souvenir bottles as well as from pitchers and glasses, just as they would at home.

CYBA then worked with leading charter yacht management companies, as well as industry database providers including Charter Index and Central Yacht Agent, to revise the digital information sheets that brokers and clients use when deciding which charter yachts to book. These information sheets now have spaces to note which charter yachts are operating in the most environmentally friendly ways, right alongside information about whether they have water skis and hot tubs onboard.

Finally, CYBA got 90 percent of the charter brokers in its organization to agree to a “Green Pledge” that includes supporting the charter yachts that are trying to make a difference. The pledge also encourages brokers to educate charter clients about why they should consider booking vacations aboard those yachts.

“The response has been tremendous,” says committee chairwoman Trish Cronan of Ocean Getaways. Other committee members include Sherry Yates of Yates Yachts, Ami Ira of C U Yacht Charters, Emily Mack of Ed Hamilton and Company, Fiona Williams of Indigo Bay Yacht Charters, Deb Shilaos of Distinctive Voyages, and June Montagne of Northrop and Johnson.

Early and unexpected results include boat-show organizers carrying the approach over to shows where reusable bottles are given to attendees, charter brokers who are not CYBA members asking how they can become involved, and member companies such as Regency Yacht Vacations going even further with its clients by showcasing charter yachts that use biodegradable sunscreen and eco-friendly products.

If you would like to support CYBA International in its “Going Green to Save the Blue” campaign, then the next time you book a yacht charter vacation, work with one of the above-named brokers who is a member of the Green Committee, or with a broker who is an active member of CYBA (here is a list of all members). Ask to see digital brochures from charter yachts that meet all of your criteria–and that, in addition, are working to improve the industry’s environmental impact. When you fill out your preference sheet in advance of your charter, request filtered water instead of bottled water.


charter yacht ReginaBroker Report: Onboard the Sailing Yacht Regina in Turkey

Charter broker Missy Johnston of Northrop and Johnson Worldwide Yacht Charters recently returned from a week in Turkey aboard the 183-foot sailing yacht Regina, where she was a guest of Contact Turkey. She spoke with CharterWave editor Kim Kavin about her experience aboard this yacht, which was brand-new for charter during the summer 2011 season and–as you can see in the photograph at right–absolutely dwarfed other traditional Turkish sailing yachts.

Regina is by far the largest luxury crewed charter sailing yacht that has been launched in Turkey,” Johnston says. “She is very comfortable with deluxe accommodations for 12 guests. I think Regina fills a market void that has been in Turkey, as I have had requests for luxury sailing yachts in Turkey in this size range for 12 guests and can now offer Regina.”

Johnston also reports that the market for charter in Turkey is good, with bookings for summer 2012 already coming in at her office in Newport, Rhode Island.

Read our full interview with Johnston about the sailing yacht Regina in Turkey.



charter yacht HarleBroker Report: Onboard the Motoryacht Harle in Croatia

Charter broker Sue Flammia of A Yachting Holiday recently cruised in Croatia aboard the 147-foot Feadship motoryacht Harle, as a guest of Northrop and Johnson. CharterWave editor Kim Kavin spoke with Flammia as she sat on the yacht’s aft deck during the last day of what she described as a magical experience.

“More and more yachts are coming to this destination because of its beauty, so there is charter availability,” Flammia said. “It’s becoming a place in demand, and it gives you the serenity of being able to be where the cruise ships don’t go. Yes, there are cruise ships in some places, but they can be avoided. There are plenty of places where only yachts can go, where we were literally the only yacht there.”

Flammia also reports that Harle is in excellent condition with a top-notch crew.

Read our full interview with Flammia about the motoryacht Harle in Croatia. Special thanks to her, as well, for the photograph of the yacht at right.



CharterWave logoBest of the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog

Lady Linda, Diamonds Are Forever Set to Join Megayacht Charter Fleet. Burgess Yachts and Ocean Indpendence both have megayachts now finishing construction and preparing to enter the world’s charter fleet. Burgess will represent the 187-foot motoryacht Lady Linda, which is currently finishing construction at Trinity Yachts in the United States. Meanwhile, over in Italy, Benetti Yachts is finishing construction on the 200-foot motoryacht Diamonds Are Forever, which is expected to become available for charter through Ocean Independence … Read More …

Interpac Yachts logoBest of the CharterWave Sponsored Blogs

From the Interpac Yacht Charters Sponsored Blog on CharterWave: Winter Yacht Charter Destinations. It’s no secret – The U.S. and British Virgin Islands have been the premier yachting playground for decades! Protected waters, white sand beaches, gentle trade winds and the best charter value of any winter destination entice Interpac clients year after year! Other favorite Caribbean Islands include Antigua/Barbuda and the Grenadines. This year we have more than 200 crewed yachts in the Caribbean – both power and sail – in all price ranges… Read More …



charter yacht SnowbirdMotoryacht of the Month: Snowbird

Snowbird is a 2010 build from Hakvoort that changed owners during the construction process. As soon as the 128-foot motoryacht launched, she went right back to the Dutch shipyard so the new owners could install the interior of their choice—a bright, modern-art showplace filled with colorful, limited edition prints.

Artists with work onboard include Roy Lichtenstein, Damien Hurst, Willem De Kooning, Jeff Koons, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, and Frank Stella. A great deal of Hermes orange is infused throughout the interior, too, matched alongside a light, sea-tone blue. Nobody could mistake Snowbird for a yacht with a traditional interior décor. She is modern and unique, almost bubbling over with color and light, and real fun for anyone with an interest in Modern American art.

Read our newly posted First Impression review of the charter yacht Snowbird.



charter yacht MarflowSailing Yacht of the Month: Marflow

Marflow is a 121-foot sailing yacht that launched in 1982 as ABC. She changed owners and names several times over the years, and was at various times called Aura and Act IV. The current owner took possession in 2000, when he stripped the William Garden design to the hull at a shipyard in Holland. Naval architect Peter Beeldsnijder oversaw the rebuild, which was completed in 2006.

The rebuild was substantial, according to Capt. Corin Mobsby, who joined the yacht in 2007. He told CharterWave that the current owner installed a new keel, extended the flying bridge, gave the yacht higher topsides, installed new engines, and redid the entire interior. The owner then kept Marflow for private use until 2010, when about three or four weeks of charter were booked in Greece and on the French Riviera.

Marflow’s re-entry into the charter market was successful, Mobsby said, so after a quiet winter in the Mediterranean, the yacht moved during summer 2011 into Turkey, Greece, and Croatia, and actively sought bookings for as many as nine guests in four cabins. The yacht continues to actively seek bookings today.

Read our newly posted First Impression review of the charter yacht Marflow.



charter yacht EssenceCaptain of the Month: Glenn Brain

Glenn Brain is a native of New South Wales, Australia, who loved the water as a child and grew up to became a snow-skiing instructor in the French Alps, in Whistler, Canada, and at Lake Tahoe, California. In 1993, he heard about the world of yachting as an option for the off-season of skiing, so he drove to Fort Lauderdale and walked all along the docks.

“I got some day work, then got aboard a six-week yacht delivery to Sint Maarten,” he recalls. “I got some more day work there, sailed in some races, and drank a lot of rum. I thought I would become a cruising yachtie going around the world on my own boat, but I started meeting captains who ran the big white motoryachts, and they educated me about making money in the business. That’s when I went back to Australia and got my captain’s license.”

Learn more about his current command, the 88-foot Broward motoryacht Essence, in our exclusive interview with Capt. Glenn Brain.


charter yacht chef Balia GiuseppeChef of the Month: Balia Giuseppe

Balia Giuseppe is a native of Sardinia who specializes in traditional Italian cuisine aboard the 85-foot sailing yacht Silver Star.

“I worked many years in restaurants in Merano, Bolzano, and Costa Smeralda,” he told CharterWave. “I have worked with yacht owners to prepare special parties and buffet dinners. Fish is also a specialty. My father is a professional fisherman, and I used to go to sea with him as a child before training as a chef. I would call my style all of the Mediterranean, including French, but I do love Italy especially. It is my home.”

Learn more about the culinary experience that charter clients can expect onboard Silver Star in our exclusive interview with chef Balia Giuseppe.



charter yacht SilolonaBroker of the Month: Missy Johnston

Charter broker Missy Johnston of Northrop and Johnson Worldwide Yacht Charters recently returned from Indonesia, where she was a guest of Silolona Sojourns aboard the 164-foot sailing yacht Silolona.

“This was my second time in Indonesia, and both charters have been aboard Silolona,” Johnston says. “She charters in eastern Indonesia, which is an extensive cruising area. The country is more than 2,000 miles wide and is made up of a variety of islands and island groups. You can charter there year-round, going there many times and always seeing something new.”

Johnston spoke highly of the charter experience onboard Silolona, which is an unusual charter yacht.

“She’s a Phinisi, which is a traditional Indonesian cargo-hauling craft,” Johnston says. “She is built with those traditional Phinisi lines but to European standards. The owner, who is American and spent 30 years traveling in Indonesia, wanted a boat that was traditional but that offered European luxury and safety standards.”

Learn more about yacht charter in Indonesia aboard the sailing yacht Silolona in our exclusive interview with broker Missy Johnston.



Fleet and Management Company News

Asia Pacific Charters welcomes the 104-foot Maiora motoryacht Aveline to the Southeast Asia charter fleet. She is based in Phuket, Thailand, and takes eight guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €49,000…

Atalanta Golden Yachts sends word from Greece that summer 2012 bookings are beginning to come in. The 176-foot Golden Yachts motoryacht O’Rama has already secured several weeks of charter, and an option has been placed on a week of charter aboard the 86-foot Canados motoryacht Anassa

Blue Latitude Yachting welcomes the 72-foot Yapluka sailing yacht Nahema IV to the charter fleet. She takes eight guests with three crew at a lowest weekly base rate of $38,500…

Camper and Nicholsons International has a new website… The company congratulates the 204-foot Proteksan-Turquoise motoryacht Yogi on winning the Yachts Magazine prize for 2011 Most Innovative Yacht of the Year… The 175-foot Feadship motoryacht Hurricane Run is offering a $55,000 discount on the first two charters booked for the winter 2011-12 Caribbean season. The regular weekly base rate is $295,000… The 211-foot Benetti motoryacht Silver Angel will be available this winter in the Indian Ocean at a lowest weekly base rate of €450,000… The 125-foot Moonen motoryacht Northlander will be available in the Adriatic Sea this winter at a lowest weekly base rate of $90,000… The 141-foot Feadship motoryacht Eclipse is available this winter in Israel at a lowest weekly base rate of €115,000…

CharterPortBVI fleet yacht Viking Dream, a 46-foot sailing catamaran, is holding her weekly base rates at 2010 prices for the winter 2011-12 charter season in the British Virgin Islands. Charter dates are still available after January…

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Churchill Yacht Partners says the 154-foot Perini Navi sailing yacht Andromeda La Dea has further reduced her weekly base rate in the Caribbean for winter 2011-12, including during the Christmas holiday. See the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog for full details…  The 75-foot Friendship sailing yacht Isabel has lowered her weekly base rate from $40,000 to $31,000 for the upcoming Caribbean charter season. See the CharterWave Editor’s Blog for full details… The 142-foot Palmer Johnson motoryacht Lady J has a new website … The 130-foot Westport motoryacht Arioso and the 100-foot Inace motoryacht Unforgettable are both available for New Year’s charters in the Virgin Islands without 10-day minimums…


CSO Yachts has a number of motoryachts available in the Western Mediterranean for static yacht charters this winter. See the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog for full details…

Edmiston and Company tells us the 235-foot Feadship motoryacht Utopia is available for charters in the Caribbean after November 15, and is still available for Christmas and New Year’s charters. The lowest weekly base rate is $600,000 for 12 guests… The 121-foot Couach motoryacht Sheleila is available for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. See the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog for full details… New to the fleet is the 137-foot J Class sailing yacht Ranger. She will be available for charter in December and January in the Caribbean… Also new to the fleet is the 164-foot Heesen motoryacht Inception. She takes 12 guests with 10 crew at a lowest weekly base rate of €250,000… Also new to the fleet is the 156-foot ISA motoryacht Ellix Too. She takes 12 guests with nine crew at a lowest weekly base rate of €160,000… The 164-foot Codecasa motoryacht Mariu has dropped her lowest weekly base rate and changed her currency from €185,000 to $178,500 for any week-long charters from January onward… The 145-foot Intermarine motoryacht Balaju is being offered at a base rate of $15,000 per day during the Thanksgiving holiday in the Caribbean. She takes 10 guests… The 253-foot motoryacht Samar has lowered her weekly base rate from $650,000 to $375,000 from February through April in and around Antigua. See the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog for full details…

Fraser Yachts Worldwide welcomes the 87-foot Arno motoryacht Coca VI to the charter fleet. She takes six guests in the Western Mediterranean at a lowest weekly base rate of €35,000… Also new to the fleet is the 144-foot MMGI motoryacht Blade. Previously known as H2OME, Blade has just completed an eight-month refit that included a restructuring of the interior… The 170-foot Feadship motoryacht Dream is available for Christmas and New Year’s charters in the Caribbean. The owner is including fuel in the lowest weekly base rate of $250,000 for 12 guests… The 150-foot Oceanfast powercatamaran Moecca is available for Christmas and New Year’s charters in the Maldives. The lowest weekly base rate is $155,000 for 12 guests… The 131-foot Hakvoort motoryacht Solaia is available for Christmas and New Year’s charters of at least 10 days in the Caribbean. Her lowest weekly base rate is $90,000 per week… The 159-foot Feadship motoryacht Audacia is available through December 21 at a lowest weekly base rate of $100,000 for 12 guests. The regular weekly base rate is $125,000… Mike Busacca has been appointed commercial director for North America, overseeing all yacht sales and yacht charter business on the continent…

International Yacht Collection announced a new logo and corporate tone in advance of the 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. A new website is expected to come online soon. See the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog for full details…

MarineMax, which opened a Fort Lauderdale charter operation in May 2011, has now also launched a British Virgin Islands location. MarineMax has partnered with sailboat builder Dufour and ordered 13 boats for delivery in December…

Northrop and Johnson says the 75-foot Marlow motoryacht Miss Kulani is offering eight nights for the price of seven during the winter holidays in Tahiti. She takes six to eight guests with three crew at a lowest weekly base rate of $31,500… The 160-foot Delta motoryacht NewVida is available for Christmas and New Year’s at a lowest weekly base rate of $190,000 for 12 guests with 11 crew… The 123-foot Palmer Johnson sailing yacht Axia is in refit through March 2012, then will become available for charter in New England for summer 2012… The 120-foot Crescent motoryacht Impetuous is waiving delivery fees for Christmas and New Year’s charters that are round-trip from Nassau in the Bahamas… The 122-foot Flagship motoryacht Shogun is available this winter in Mexico. She takes eight guests at a lowest weekly base rate of $69,000…

Ocean Independence welcomes the 131-foot Sanlorenzo motoryacht Scorpion to the charter fleet. She is a brand-new launch that will be available in the Mediterranean during summer 2012 at a lowest weekly base rate of €140,000… Also new to the fleet is the 113-foot Codecasa motoryacht Mimu. She takes eight to 10 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of $48,000, but is being offered at an introductory base rate of $45,000—including during Thanksgiving—in the Bahamas and Caribbean… Also new to the fleet is the 122-foot Heesen motoryacht Aurelia. The June 2011 launch takes eight guests and will be available in the Caribbean starting in mid-December at a lowest weekly base rate of €105,000… Also new to the fleet is the 99-foot Benetti motoryacht Salu. She is based in Antibes at a lowest weekly base rate of €65,000… Also new to the fleet is the 100-foot Monte Fino motoryacht Picnic. The brand-new build will be available in the Caribbean during winter 2011-12 at a lowest weekly base rate of $39,500… The 141-foot Holland Jachtbouw sailing yacht This Is Us has further dropped her weekly base rate for Christmas 2011 charters in the Caribbean. See the CharterWave Daily Editor’s Blog for full details… The 126-foot Sanlorenzo motoryacht Onyx will be available for charters in Southeast Asia starting at the beginning of December. The lowest weekly base rate is €120,000 for 10 guests… The 177-foot motoryacht Seagull II is available for the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix. The lowest weekly base rate is €87,500… New to the charter team in Geneva is Rachel Bradley, an American who most recently worked with Bluewater Yachting in Antibes…

OceanStyle welcomes the 78-foot Numarine motoryacht Bionda to the charter fleet. The 2011 build takes eight or nine guests at a lowest weekly base rate of $29,000… Also new to the fleet is the 120-foot Benetti motoryacht African Queen. She takes 10 or 11 guests with eight crew at a lowest weekly base rate of €105,000… Also new to the fleet is the 105-foot Canados motoryacht Lady Natinia. She takes eight guests and will be available in the Western Mediterranean during summer 2012 at a lowest weekly base rate of €49,000… Also new to the fleet is the 100-foot Falcon motoryacht Powdermonkey. She will be available in the Western Mediterranean during summer 2012 at a lowest weekly base rate of €45,000… Also new to the fleet is the 97-foot Sunseeker motoryacht Tuppence. She will take 10 guests in the South of France during summer 2012 at a lowest weekly base rate of €70,000… The 116-foot Azimut motoryacht Hyeseas II will be available in the Phuket and Langkawi areas of Southeast Asia following the completion of a refit on December 15…

Oteka, a 44-foot sailing catamaran, will be available for charter in the Virgin Islands through March and then will move to the Turks and Caicos Islands from April through October. Guests can charter in either location or during the repositioning, which can include stops in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic…

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Paradise Yacht Charters says the 68-foot Azimut motoryacht Wil Power is available for Christmas and New Year’s charters in the Grenadines. She takes six guests with two crew at a lowest weekly base rate of $21,900…



Peter Kehoe and Associates welcomes the 157-foot Christensen motoryacht Top Five to the charter fleet. The 2009 build takes 12 guests with eight crew in the Bahamas and Caribbean at a lowest weekly base rate of $190,000… The company’s new yacht charter manager is Bonnie Mims…

Regency Yacht Vacations

Regency Yacht Vacations has a number of charter yachts with availability in the Virgin Islands during Christmas and New Year’s. They include Aldebaran, Analisa, Antiquity, Aventura, Double Exposure, Dream Ketcher, Legacy, Magewind (new to the fleet at 46 feet), Sayang, Silver Moon, Single Star, Surprise, Tachyon, Takapuna, and Zephyrus… The company offered charter brokers the option of using a digital version of its Virgin Islands Charter Show Book in November and saved more than 10,000 pieces of paper from ending up in landfills… The 72-foot Irwin sailing yacht Sandcastle s offering eight nights for the price of seven, or 10 percent off any week-long booking, for charters before December 14 in the British Virgin Islands… New to the fleet is the 120-foot Broward motoryacht Freedom. She takes eight or nine guests with six crew and includes scuba diving, stand-up paddle boards, and use of a 37-foot Intrepid tender in her weekly rates… Also new to the fleet is the 80-foot Sanlorenzo motoryacht Everest. She takes eight guests with two crew at a lowest weekly base rate of $15,000, which includes meals and most other expenses… The 47-foot sailing catamaran Dreaming On is offering $1,000 off any weeklong charter for four to six guests in the Virgin Islands before December 14… The 54-foot Jenneau sailing yacht Sayang is offering 10-percent off charters during November and December in the Virgin Islands…


Select Yachts tells us the 82-foot sailing yacht Shaitan of Tortola is available for a holiday yacht charter in the Grenadines. She takes eight to 10 guests and offers free rendezvous scuba diving…

Sunreef Yachts Charter says the 70-foot powercatamaran Damrak II is available this winter in the Caribbean, taking eight guests at a lowest weekly base rate of $47,000… The Polish company, which has been operating in the United States since 2009, has just established its first office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Martha Lukasik, president of Sunreef Yachts Charter, has been named sales director in the Americas…

Worth Avenue Yachts has opened for business in Palm Beach, Florida, founded by a number of longtime sales brokers from International Yacht Collection. The company will offer yacht charter services in addition to new yacht construction and brokerage sales…

YCO Yacht congratulates the 147-foot McMullen and Wing motoryacht Big Fish on winning a best naval architecture award at the Showboats Design Awards. The yacht joined the YCO charter fleet as of November 1, and became listed for sale through the company, as well. The lowest weekly base rate for winter 2011 is $245,000. The yacht plans to move into the South Pacific via the San Blas and Galapagos islands… Also new to the YCO charter fleet is the 228-foot motoryacht Sherakhan. She will be based in Sint Maarten during the Caribbean season, taking 26 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €395,000.


New First Impression Reviews Now Live on CharterWave

Baraka, 191-foot motoryacht
Marflow, 121-foot sailing yacht
Silver Dream, 143-foot motoryacht
Snowbird, 128-foot motoryacht


New Crew Interviews Now Live on CharterWave

Glenn Brain, captain, motoryacht Essence
Balia Giuseppe, chef, sailing yacht Silver Star


New Broker Interviews Now Live on CharterWave

Sue Flammia onboard the motoryacht Harle in Croatia
Missy Johnston onboard the sailing yacht Regina in Turkey
Missy Johnston onboard the sailing yacht Silolona in Indonesia

New “10 Best” Lists Now Live on CharterWave

10 Best Charter Yachts with Underwater Lights
10 Best Yachts New to the Charter Fleet for Winter 2011-12
10 Best Charter Yachts on Display at the 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
10 Best Charter Yachts with Discos or Dance Floors