The International Multihull Boat Show 2014 – Showcasing the Best of the Catamaran Industry

April 16th, 2014

Catamarans provide the best of both worlds. Combining the joy and grace of sailing with the space and luxury of a super yacht, there are few things better than lying on the trapeze of a gliding cat while the sea rushes beneath you. If the thought of this appeals to you, some of the finest cats in the world will be available for you to feast your eyes upon at The International Multihull Boat Show in Montpellier from 23rd to 27th April.

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MAVERICK, a beautiful Sunreef 70 is one of the finest examples of crewed catamarans. With a beam of over 10 metres, she is indulgently spacious both on deck and inside, not to mention that she looks utterly majestic under sail.

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Simply decorated but with a splash of colour, the salon is wonderfully elegant and comfortable. With natural light streaming in through large windows on all sides, there is a light and refreshing atmosphere on board.

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Pass through the glass doors to the stern and you will find yourself on the stunning aft deck. Whether you are sipping a cocktail with friends in the evening or dining al fresco while the sea breeze brushes through your hair, you will feel totally at ease out here.

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The forward deck is where many catamarans come into their own and MAVERICK is no exception. Lazy afternoons will melt away while you lie back and soak up the sun in this vast space. Lie back with a book on the luxuriously comfortable sun pad or spread out on one of the two trampolines, there is plenty of space for friends and family alike to relax and escape the real world.

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MAVERICK is available to charter in the BVI, The Bahamas and New England. If you are interested in chartering her, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Boatbookings team.

NEWS: Update on VAT for Charters in Spanish Waters

April 14th, 2014

Enticed by the beautiful Balearics and the magic of Spain, but put off by the extra 21% payable in VAT? An update in Spanish law regarding VAT means this worry could disappear if you choose your yacht wisely! Until October 2013, only yachts up to 15 metres engaging in charter activity were exempt but on 28th the 15 metre specification was removed. Therefore all yachts flying an EU flag and exclusively engaging in charter activity are now exempt from taxation, and this includes paying for your vacation!

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Flying the flag for Madeira is APACHE II! She’s a stunning 44 metre Baglietto launched in 2009 with beautiful exterior and modern and contemporary interior. APACHE II is rare in that she offers extensive inside and outside space whilst offering a sleek and sporty look, she cruises at a comfortable 17 knots meaning you can see the best of the Balearics in a week-long charter. Two unique terraces on either side of the saloon add a flowing feel of space and allow you to take in panoramic views on both sides.

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APACHE II is also available for the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix, with the perk of a confirmed berth in Zone 2! For more information on chartering APACHE II or for luxury yacht charters in Spain, the Balearics and for events, contact our expert team today.

Best in Show at Asia’s Finest Yacht Shows

April 9th, 2014

Asia is quietly becoming one of the most sought after destinations for yachting enthusiasts. This is reflected in the ever increasing number of boat shows which will be taking place in the Far East this year. 1,000′s of yachts from the best boat makers will be on show throughout the continent at the Shanghai International Boat Show, the Hainan Boat Show in Sanya and the very first Taiwan Yacht Show amongst others.

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 The most established of these is in Singapore and the much awaited 2014 Singapore Yacht Show finally gets under way tomorrow. Singapore is a country where doing things by half don’t really seem to be an option. Hundreds travel far and wide for the Singapore Grand Prix which is consistently a highlight on the F1 calendar. This is far from being Singapore’s only attraction however and while Lewis Hamilton and the finest drivers in the world are off strutting their stuff elsewhere, the Singapore Yacht Show promises to be an event of special magnificence.

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Some of the world’s largest and most spectacular yachts will be on show and few are more impressive than CLOUD 9. 69m of the most supreme luxury, she is one of the finest example of what there is on offer at the pinnacle of the Super Yachting industry.

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Boasting an impressive 500 square metres of living space over 5 decks, her volume of indulgent luxury is quite overwhelming. It is hard to pick individual highlights but the bridge deck is breath-taking. The salon on this level converts into a magnificent home cinema and large circular doors at the stern open to allow you to enjoy stunning panoramic views while enjoying a dining experience like no other.

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The sundeck is also particularly impressive. Up on the top deck, featuring a wet bar, a further dining area, a jacuzzi and a huge sun bed, lazy afternoons will melt away while you enjoy the sunshine in wonderful splendour.

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Away from CLOUD 9, visitors will be flocking around ROYAL ALBATROS. This, the largest charter yacht in Singapore is a majestic example of a traditional sailing yacht.

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Reminiscent of some of the stunning ships seen in The Pirates of the Caribbean, ROYAL ALBATROS is truly unique. A traditional square rig hoists 22 sails which makes her look just amazing. Rest assured, however that you will not be sleeping in hammocks and battling scurvy on board as per the pirates of old. Air conditioned throughout, she is luxuriously comfortable and with 2 bars, a stunning grand salon and state of the art lighting and audio-visual technology, she possesses all that you need for an unforgettable charter.

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The 2014 Singapore Yacht Show is going to be BIG – find out more here!

April 7th, 2014

This year’s Singapore Yacht Show is set to be the biggest ever with several top Super Yachts confirmed to be on show as more and more of them are choosing to charter in South East Asia. Boatbookings.com Charter Director Kevin is preparing for the show which starts on the 10th April and finishes on the 13th April, here are some of his top picks and yachts to look out for.

VERTIGO

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Majestic under sail

At 67m VERTIGO is one of the largest and most imposing Super Yachts in the world. VERTIGO is another awesome creation from Alloy Yachts, she has already won several prestigious accolades such as Sailing Yacht of the Year at the World Super Yacht Awards. With a contemporary and totally unique interior and unbelievable exterior spaces, VERTIGO is surely everybody’s charter dream. We’re looking forward to hearing what our own expert Kevin thinks of her!

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The beautiful aft deck after sunset

EXUMA

A futuristic and eye catching yacht!

A futuristic and eye catching yacht!

EXUMA is a futuristic Super Yacht and has been designed for discovery and exploration with a shallow hull, her extensive list of water toys even includes an amphibious jeep! EXUMA is currently on a world tour and will be featuring at this year’s show before cruising Indonesia, the Seychelles and Tanzania in the coming months. EXUMA is set to be a show stopper, we’re looking forward to hearing more – stay tuned!

If you’d like to get in touch to discuss a charter in Asia, or anywhere else in the world, you can do so here

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Best Ways to See the Amalfi Coast!

April 4th, 2014

With towering mountains and picturesque villages tucked away in calm valleys, the Amalfi Coast features some of Europe’s most stunning scenery. Even the most well-travelled will be blown away by what this stretch of Mediterranean coast has to offer. Whether you are bobbing around in little wooden boats in the breath-taking Grotta Azzurra, admiring the stunning architecture of the Duomo di Sant’ Andrea in Amalfi town or simply enjoying the glamour of Capri, you can’t fail to be impressed by what is on offer.

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The best way to fully appreciate the region’s majesty and stunning scenery is undoubtedly from the sea. Here at Boatbookings we have no shortage of options for luxury yacht charter on the Amalfi Coast. Whether you are looking for a day charter or to spend a week or more enjoying the Italian coast, we have plenty to offer you.

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RIO BLU is a fantastic example of a day charter boat. Superbly embracing Capri’s ‘see and be seen’ culture, her lines are stunning and she is sure to turn heads. Her outdoor spaces really set her apart from the competition. She can accommodate up to 10 guests, whether they be sitting back with a cocktail in the stern or showing off their sexy tans on the bow. With a skipper to ensure that you don’t miss any of the coast’s highlights, tThere are few better ways to enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine and the wonderful maritime scenery.

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For longer charters, TOBY is one of the most popular yachts in the region and it is very easy to see why. At first glance she is sleak, elegant, and sporty.

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Her interior showcases the kind of luxury which is found on but the very finest super yachts. Contemporary and stylish, the main salon is the perfect place to relax with a film and the ultra modern cabins are comfortable and inviting.

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It is above deck that TOBY comes into her own however. Dine al fresco on the shady aft deck while you enjoy the sea breeze, let lazy afternoons melt away while you sun yourself on the flybridge or put your feet up in the round with friends and family on the unique forward deck. The choice is your’s and we guarantee that you will be far from disappointed.

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FIFA World Cup 2014! Rio at its Best aboard ANEMA CORE

April 2nd, 2014

Nowhere does football quite like Rio. Following a 64 year break, the FIFA World Cup is finally returning to Brazil. The Copacabana will be buzzing and, as Neymar, Messi and the world’s finest footballers descend on South America, without a doubt, Rio will be the place to be this summer.

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Enjoy the carnival atmosphere in superb style aboard ANEMA CORE. Available for charter in Rio for the World Cup, she is sleak, sexy, and supremely fast. This Intermarine 75 is a yacht to be see on.

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Her contemporary interior is sumptuous. The rich wood lining compliments the bright furnishings and carpeting well. All of this is lit beautifully lit by large windows on all sides, offering stunning, panoramic views.

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The cabins are all refined and spacious. With natural light streaming in, these staterooms are light, airy and inviting.

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The outdoor spaces aboard ANEMA CORE are outstanding. The aft deck is vast. Whether you fancy dining al fresco or just sitting back with a cocktail while you enjoy the sea breeze, this space is idyllic.

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The sun goddesses among you will be in heaven on the flybridge. With massive lounging areas both forward and aft as well as a large seating area, this top deck is perfect for spending lazy afternoons enjoying the South American sun.

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If you are interested in chartering Anema Core or any of our yachts, the Boatbookings team will be happy to assist you.

Early Booking Offers throughout April in the Mediterranean!

April 1st, 2014

Spring has arrived and it’s time to turn the clocks forward and your sights towards the summer, and of course the all-important summer holiday. Our welcoming owners love booking early, and as such they’re offering some fantastic offers for those looking to sort out their plans this month for charters in June. One of our favourite luxury crewed catamarans is currently offering up to 15% off the charter fee and free delivery to a port of your choice on the French Riviera or in Corsica. This offer is only valid throughout April so book MUSE early for your summer holidays!

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To take advantage of early booking incentives around the Mediterranean for this summer, contact our expert broker team today.

Italian Style in Naples this July onboard GIORGIA!

March 28th, 2014

Here at Boatbookings.com, we love the fantastic space Benetti Classic yachts provide. Their three deck layout provides expansive dining, sunbathing and just bathing space in their private fly-deck jacuzzis. GIORGIA is no exception, and on a recent visit Charles and Cordy from the Boatbookings team in the South of France were bowled over by the yacht and her crew. Her home berth is in Antibes but this July we can offer you the chance to charter GIORGIA in Naples, gateway to the gorgeous Amalfi Coast and the gorgeously stylish emerald green island of Capri.

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GIORGIA is available in the Naples area between 8th July 2014 to 17th July 2014 and keen to secure bookings. Her classic, elegant and clean interior lends itself to large groups with large open saloon and beautifully executed sky lounge with bar. She has 5 outstanding cabins, accommodating up to 10 guest comfortably with 2 pullmans for young children if required.

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Outside, as expected, there is plenty of dining space for up to 12 people as well as a vast array of water toys to keep everyone entertained. GIORGIA is also an RYA registered jet-ski training centre, meaning the crew can issue licences for the guests to use the jetskis during the charter.

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Contact us today and take advantage of this fantastic opportunity for luxury yacht charter in the Mediterranean.

Brand New Prestige 500 Flybridge – THE top boat for a South of France day charter!

March 26th, 2014

A  luxury day charter on the French Riviera is one of the best ways to experience the glamour, fun and sun of this famous stretch of coastline. Whether you’re staying in a hotel, a villa or you permanent residence is on the Riviera; a day charter should be a must for you this summer!

The beautiful Ile Saint-Marguerite

The beautiful Ile Saint-Marguerite

The brand new Prestige 500 Flybridge is the perfect yacht for your luxury day charter. Spacious, sporty and with an eye catching modern design she’ll be turning heads up and down the Riviera this summer.

Elegant and powerful!

Elegant and powerful!

Cannes is the perfect place to start your charter, cruise out to the Lerins Islands, and spend some time enjoying the crystal clear waters that surround them before cruising to St Tropez where your table at Club 55 or one of the other famous beach clubs is waiting for you. Moor off the famous Pampelonne beach before taking the tender direct to the restaurant, enjoy a delicious lunch and rub shoulders with the world’s A-List before boarding  your yacht and slowly heading back to Cannes perhaps stopping for a refreshing swim en-route.

Cruise the Riviera at speed this summer!

Cruise the Riviera at speed this summer!

 To speak to one of our experts about a charter this summer in the South of France, or anywhere else in the world enquire today!

Allison’s Favourites at the Palm Beach International Boat Show 2014

March 24th, 2014

Yesterday saw the closing of the Palm Beach International Boat Show 2014, another great year according to our Charter Director Allison Cecilio in Fort Lauderdale. The show featured favourites winning over others with their fantastic crews and inventive chefs, along with some very welcome newcomers to the US charter market. As the show drew to a close Allison has reflected on her top recommendations for winter in Florida and the Bahamas, and summer sun in New England.

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Allison’s first favourite was a popular choice with all the brokers at the show. DA BUBBA is 100′ Hargrave yacht, with elegant and stylish interior combined with extensive water sports list to truly mix relaxation and thrill-seeking. Allison highly recommends this yacht already due to her sterling crew and the fact she’s still offering free delivery to a location of your choice in the Bahamas for Spring Break charters!

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Previous guests have left flawless reviews and commended their crew on their keen eye for safety and fun, perfect for family groups. An impressive buffet showcasing vegan options, including curried pumpkin bisque and vegetable spring rolls with ponzu dip, really highlighted the talent of the chef onboard for Allison.

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Allison’s next favourite was the much anticipated return of GRAVITAS. The 52 metre Feadship has undergone an extensive re-fit with her new owners and is in pristine “as-new” condition inside and out, whilst still offering the trusted quality of a classic Feadship build. The crew are already well-known and are led by the reputable force of Roy and Stephanie Hodges who have a rich and full charter history and exemplary feedback from guests throughout their career. GRAVITAS will spend April in the Bahamas before heading towards to New England for the summer holidays.

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To keep up with the latest industry news and reviews follow us on Twitter, and for more information on chartering throughout the US, Bahamas and Caribbean contact our expert broker team in Fort Lauderdale.

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