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Mexico Bareboat Charters: New Base Opening October 2014

September 22nd, 2014

Here at Boatbookings.com, the bareboat team are constantly on the search for new and exiting places to go sailing, so it is with great excitement that we learn of a new charter base opening in Mexico.

Enjoy the glorious beaches of Mexico

A small fleet of charter yachts comprising of monohulls and catamarans will be available from La Paz. Described by famed French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau as “the world’s aquarium” and “the Galapagos of North America”, this beautiful region combines stunning desert vistas with world-class sailing in the Sea of Cortez. La Paz may be the region’s commercial and political center but this city has retained its’ laid back coastal vibe.  Meaning ‘peace’ in Spanish, La Paz is set amongst ancient laurel trees, coconut and date palms and is surrounded by the beautiful yellow desert.

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Start your charter from the exclusive Costa Baja resort which offers a full service marina, dive shop, supermarket and various restaurants, before heading out to the Sea of Cortez which has been drawing sailors to the peaceful corner of Mexico for generations.  Set sail on the sporty Dufour 455 or choose from a range of Lagoon catamarans or a power cat - the Sea of Cortez awaits!

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Whet your appetite with our 7 day sailing itinerary in Mexico perfect for your bareboat charter. If you have any more questions about chartering in Mexico, contact Boatbookings today!

Super Yacht of the Week: BATON ROUGE

September 21st, 2014

Are you looking for 62.5m of unrivalled floating luxury? Look no further than BATON ROUGE. One of our favourite yachts to be arriving at this week’s Monaco Yacht Show, she is one of the most prestigious and reputable charter yachts on the market. Offering guest accommodation for 12 guests in 7 well-appointed, light and tastefully nautical cabins, you’ll want for nothing on this quadruple deck, plus beach club, luxury motor yacht.

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The highlight for us in the amazing beach club, providing easy water access for sports, swimming, for relaxing in the large lounge area or just enjoying an open air cocktail. For water sports, you’re spoilt for choice with not one but three tenders including an 8-metre limousine tender by Yachtwerft Meyer; as well as this you have two jet-skis, Segways, inflatable toys, windsurfs and even kite-surfing equipment! For novice jet-skiers you have an RYA trained crew member on board who can issue you with water sports licenses.

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BATON ROUGE’s huge open spaces are about nothing but rest and relaxation, and offer the feeling of a beachside Floridian home. The multi-cultural crew offer a rich history of charter experience. Chef Sally comes with a wide range of kitchen experience varying from Heston Blumenthal’s famous “Fat Duck” restaurant to running her own restaurant in the UK. Whatever you’re looking for from your charter this year, you can guarantee you’ll get it on board BATON ROUGE.

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Heading to Caribbean following the Monaco Yacht Show, BATON ROUGE is available for charter from $475,000 per week. Contact the Boatbookings.com team today for more information on Caribbean charters.

Book Your Yacht For The Monaco Grand Prix 2015

September 19th, 2014

The Monaco Grand Prix 2015 is fast approaching! From 21st – 24th May 2015, Port Hercule will be flooded with the coolest yachts on the Riviera.  With the deadline to apply for a berth in this most prestigious port being the end of February 2015, don’t leave it until the last minute to secure one of the best spots. Beat the rush and secure your yacht’s place for this event in Zone 1 now!

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Boatbookings top choice for this event is the astonishing NAMELESS – 41m of Mondomarine’s finest creation yet, sleeping up to 11 guests in 5 cabins.

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Everything about this yacht oozes style, from her Fendi furniture on the vast sundeck to her rare marble flooring and Italian artwork on the interior, she is the ultimate yacht for those of you who are looking to stand out from the crowd. Her 3 decks will accommodate up to 60 guests to view the race.

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For those of you looking for something a little larger, the stunning 60m CMN, SLIPSTREAM, is still available. You certainly will be the Queen of the SLIPSTREAM on this devastatingly beautiful yacht with an interior and exterior designed by the marvellous Andrew Winch.

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With her 7 spacious cabins sleeping up to 12 guests and accommodating up to 100 guests on her expansive 3 decks, she is the perfect choice for a large group.

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Be sure to contact your favourite broker in the Boatbookings team to secure your yacht for the Monaco Grand Prix 2015.

AMITIE: The Perfect Luxury Motor Yacht for your Bahamian Experience

September 18th, 2014

Following on from yesterday’s post on Easter in the Bahamas, AMITIE is the perfect yacht to take you there.

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The luxurious 130’ Westport completed her interior refit by Nora Gugel of A La Mer and was launched into the charter market this past spring.  Her elegant interior showcases a spacious salon with a large seating area where soft, neutral tones compliment her satin mahogany paneling.  Guests can enjoy formal dining surrounded by colorful accents which evoke a splash of the tropics and embody a modern yet comfortable feel.  If alfresco dining is preferred, you can choose from the covered aft-deck or the relaxing bridge deck where you may also take a dip in the Jacuzzi.  Her partially shaded sun deck offers protection from the elements and features a bar and barbecue, along with wrap around sofas and a large sun pad for the sun worshippers in the group.

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Motor yacht AMITIE offers comfortable accommodations for up to 11 guests in five well-appointed staterooms including the desirable en-suite master stateroom on the main deck.

She is a versatile yacht ideal for island hopping, entertaining family and friends or for couples looking to escape on a romantic getaway in pure style and comfort. Her knowledgeable charter crew, lead by Captain Adam Huemoller along with the award winning Chef Tonya Bohn, is sure to make this the yachting holiday a vacation of a lifetime!

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Here is just a sample of her award-winning menu from the “Healthy Dinner Challenge” at the Antigua Charter Yacht Show:

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Queen Conch Ceviche
Queen Conch fished out of the beautiful Antiguan waters, diced and tossed with fresh tomato, red onion, yellow bell pepper and cucumber then finished with a mild habanero citrus dressing

Main Course

Coconut Braised Spiny Lobster
Local Spiny Lobster braised in Coconut water and tossed in a Roasted Garlic Lemon Brumel Yogurt Sauce served with Baked Christophene stuffed with avocado salsa

Dessert

Carib Style Pavlova
Crisp Coconut and Ginger Pavlova with Fresh Fruit and Berry Puree

Beverages

Citrus Infused Coconut water
Local Coconuts cracked open and infused with orange, lemon, lime and cucumber then chilled and served over ice

Blue Razz Passion Mojito
Blue Curacao, Chambord, fresh passion fruit pulp, sprite, mint and fresh lime blended to perfection and served over ice 

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Once you finish indulging in Chef Tonya’s delicious culinary creations you’ll want to get out on the many water toys and enjoy the turquoise waters of the Bahamas, so we’ve listed all her exciting water toys for you! 

Tender: 35′ 345 SXF Scout with 2 x 350 HP Yamaha outboard engines fully rigged for fishing
19′ Nautica Inflatable tender with 1 x 115 HP Yamaha engine
2 SeaDoo Waverunners (with breaking system) and 270 HP engines
2 2-person Kayaks
4 Nash Stand Up Paddle Boards
Free Cruiser Inflatable Slide
Water Skis (Adult and Child)
Wake Boards
Inflatable water chairs
Snorkeling Gear
Fishing Gear
Satellite Broadband throughout the vessel

Available at the rate of $98,000 per week in the Bahamas, charter savvy Captain Adam Huemoller and his crew are looking forward to welcoming you and your guests on board AMITIE. Contact Boatbookings now to enquire about AMITIE before she gets booked up!

Hit the Bahamas this Easter!

September 17th, 2014

What better way to spend Easter with your family than on a yacht in the Bahamas?! The Bahamas is not only known because of its beautiful weather, relaxing beaches, scrumptious cuisine, rich culture and wonderful people but also because it offers a wide array of things to do, activities and festivities to choose from. Easter is one of the best times of the year to visit and celebrate in this island country.

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The Bahamas is predominantly a Christian nation, so whether you want to do your religious obligation and have fun afterwards or just simply enjoy the festive ambiance on your Easter yacht charter, this is the perfect cruising destination for you.
This season provides the visitors religious and amusing things to do in the Bahamas, but don’t worry if you’re not religious – there’s still something for everyone!

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Food is the universal language and this island country offers almost everything to satisfy your taste buds.  During the Holy Week many Bahamians feast on the local bounty of seafood as they avoid consuming meat.  Easter Sunday is celebrated otherwise and the usual menu consists of a big juicy ham, chicken or turkey, salad, peas and rice, baked macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes and local desserts such as Guava Duff and coconut of pineapple tarts.  You might want to go for a nice walk on the beach to burn off some of those calories! The Bahamas is a fantastic destination if you consider yourself a foodie.

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Easter Monday is the holiday that marks the beginning of the beach picnicking season for Bahamians – the southern Atlantic waters have finally warmed up enough for the locals to go swimming!  This is the perfect day to escape to your own private beach for a beach picnic prepared by your own chef.  There are also many cookouts in public parks on the Nassau waterfront as well as homecomings and regattas held in many of the Out Islands if you want to experience some more of the local culture.

Send a charter enquiry to the Boatbookings team now to organise your spring break in the Bahamas!

Cannes Regatta & Les Voiles de St Tropez: Racing on the Riviera

September 16th, 2014

The Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge in Cannes and the Voiles de St Tropez follow the Cannes Yachting Festival and Monaco Yacht Show as part of autumn on the French Riviera. It’s time to test the speed of some of the sailing yachts!

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Classic sailing yachts line the Vieux Port in Cannes at the end of September when the city welcomes the Cannes Royal Regatta, and a range of sailing yachts will race against each other in the bay of Cannes, with its iconic views of the hotels lining the Croisette.

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As the Cannes Regatta comes to an end, the Voiles de St Tropez is just beginning, and continues in to early October. Les Voiles de St Tropez is said to bring together the pleasure of sailing and the party spirit that St Tropez is so well known for. This regatta almost marks the end of the summer season on the Riviera, and is one of the best opportunities to make the most of the still warm weather that the south of France has to offer.

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Would you like to sail on a classic yacht? THE BLUE PETER is the perfect opportunity! Enjoy a day charter on the Riviera; you can organise a team building event where everyone gets stuck in to sailing, or just relax on a prime example of a classic yacht.

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Myanmar Tourism Opens Up – Perfect for Yachting

September 15th, 2014

The Myanmar tourism industry continues to develop. Last month, the Myanmar government announced that it will launch an e-visa system for people arriving to Yangon International Airport. For people looking to do some traveling in Burma, then heading to Kawthaung for a yacht charter in the Mergui, this is a big improvement. Hopefully this system will expand to other points of entry as well in the future.

For those looking for “final frontier” sailing destinations, they don’t come any better than the Mergui Archipelago of Myanmar - 800 uninhabited islands almost untouched by humans, clear blue waters and not a footprint in the sand. This truly is one of the world’s most unspoilt destinations. You can sail for days and not see another yacht, although more and more luxury yachts are making Myanmar part of their schedule.

The amazing KERI LEE III will be there in October and November this year.
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If you like historic charter yachts, these two classic yachts from the 1940′s, CALISTO and MAID MARION II, are based in Phuket, and available for charters in Myanmar.
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The best sailing season for Myanmar is November to April each year, so be sure to look at Boatbooking’s selection of yachts for charter in the Mergui Archipelago. Stay tuned for more yachts available for charter in Myanmar.

Introducing the Boatbookings.com Super Yacht of the Week!

September 14th, 2014

Over the next 52 weeks the Boatbookings team will be selecting a favourite of the current charter market to bring you our Super Yacht of the week. We’ll tell you why it’s perfect for your dream vacation, as well as why this particular choice stands out from the crowds. The yachts will cover destinations around the world from St Tropez to Split and St Bart’s to New England.

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This week our offering is the stunning SPIRIT, part of the acclaimed Amels 177 range, offering space and performance with a range from the Caribbean to Alaska and speeds of up to 15.5 knots. SPIRIT boasts completion to the absolute highest specification with a Zen feeling throughout and interior design features by Christian Liaigre.

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In the true meaning of the name, SPIRIT offers something for those searching for an enriching vacation on every level. An on-board masseuse offers a range of treatments to get rid of any ailments you may have, whilst others may wish to maintain their active routine in the well-equipped gym also with yoga mats to free the body and mind. For the more active charter guest, SPIRIT has a jaw-dropping toy list including 2 tenders, 2 jet skis, 7m slide, canoes, kneeboards, wind-surfboards, water trampolines and for the enthusiast there’s even fishing gear available. The list doesn’t finish there with many other inflatables as well as diving equipment and plenty of items for a beach set-up.

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Once you’ve had enough of activities for the day, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the huge interior and exterior volumes offered on this yacht and see just how Amels have made this range so popular. On the sun deck you have space for many guests, as well as dining for space for up to 14 and a Teppanyaki grill to make even an al fresco dinner a spectacle! After dinner, retire to the warm and relaxed cabins offering space for 11 guests in 4 doubles, 1 twin and 1 pullman berth.

For more information on luxury yacht charter, please contact the Boatbookings.com expert Broker team today.

See St Vincent and the Grenadines this Spring!

September 12th, 2014

Picture this: clear skies and seas and few people to share them with. Escape the busy islands of the Caribbean when you take time to explore St Vincent and the Grenadines on your yacht. Boatbookings have a sample St Vincent and the Grenadines itinerary for an 8 day charter, that also allows you to visit Grenada.

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Your 8 day charter allows plenty of time for you to explore the less commercial islands of the Caribbean. Splash around in the waters from your yacht’s swim platform and sunbathe on deck. With plenty of sea life to see – think wild turtles – and hikes to reach beautiful views of the surrounding islands and waterfalls, you can appreciate the more natural elements of the islands.

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The islands may be quieter and less built up, but that isn’t to say they’re dull and lacking in bars and restaurants. You can head to Basil’s Bar for an exclusive evening dancing under the stars and Dennis’ Hideaway for Caribbean inspired seafood, as well as dining on your yacht.

See the complete St Vincent and the Grenadines itinerary for the full 8 day example of how you can spend your yacht charter, and see a complete guide to charter yachts in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

 

An Insight into the Monaco Yacht Show 2014

September 10th, 2014

The Monaco Yacht Show 2014 is going to be the biggest show to date, graced with the world’s finest crewed motor and sailing Superyachts. The usual venue of Port Hercules has been transformed in recent months with the construction of the new Yacht Club de Monaco, which has not only enhanced the amenities on offer but also opened up plenty of new berths available for Super and Mega yachts.

The Boatbookings Team will be attending the show on the lookout for the very best yachts for your next charter, whether throughout the Mediterranean, Caribbean or Asia. The 2012 Acico crewed motor yacht NASSIMA, available for charter in the South of France is bound to be popular on Quai Chicane. Graced with contemporary living spaces, spacious decks and a can-do crew, NASSIMA is the quintessential modern day charter yacht.

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The Monaco Yacht Show is synonymous with bringing the yachting industry together and there is no better place to bring large groups of people together than on a boat! NASSIMA can respond to your desires and requirements, whether it is a relaxed al-fresco lunch with colleagues or formal dinners on the aft deck. Her elegant, sophisticated and stylish decor will satisfy even the most discerning charter guests, providing the platform for a very memorable time onboard.

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September is a busy month in the South of France with the Cannes Yachting Festival, the Monaco Yacht Show and the prestigious Voiles de Cannes and St Tropez. The weather is stunning and the yachts are still in the water, so make the most of the rest of the summer rays!

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