Celebrities and their Charters – Who’s on What this Summer!

July 28th, 2014

Cannes, Monaco, St Tropez, Porto Cervo and Capri – the hottest yachting destinations in the world. The summer sees the rich and famous descend on the most exclusive towns in the Mediterranean, embarking on the finest of the world’s super yachts and taking dream vacations with family and friends. We’ve spotted the most talked about celebs on the planet on some pretty incredible yachts, and bring you our favourites in the West Mediterranean this season…

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Sylvester Stallone onboard TE MANU. Seen in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat partying and enjoying some relaxation with his family onboard the luxury 49 metre motor yacht. The 1998 super yacht has been maintained and re-fitted meticulously to maintain her traditional style. Stallone and family enjoyed her extensive array of water toys including her Yamaha Waverunner and tender with 70hp engine with which they enjoyed some serious water-skiing.

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Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden onboard LADY BRITT. An iconic boat in terms of both style and reputation, LADY BRITT is a colossal yacht from the Feadship yard. Her elegant interior mirrors huge outdoor spaces and expansive sunbathing areas, Cameron has obviously been keeping healthy onboard with the beautiful panoramic gym leading into a fully equipped spa and large jacuzzi. Cameron and Benji left the boat looking happy and heading off with a healthy summer glow.

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Whether you’re looking to see the hotspots of the French Riviera this summer, or wanting to join the likes of Elle Macpherson and Lindsay Lohan in the beautiful waters of Italy we can match your needs with the perfect luxury motor yacht. Contact us today for expert charter advice.

A New Era for Sunseeker

July 25th, 2014

A new era of Sunseekers is upon us. Managing director, Stewart McIntyre, is due to step down at the end of the month after five years at the top. The chairman of Wanda, Sunseeker’s parent company, Wang Jianlin has announced his intention to, “Transform Sunseeker to the next generation of success.” Here at Boatbookings, we’re huge fans of Sunseeker as it is so the prospect of further progress is mouthwatering.

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HIGH ENERGY is the latest 28m Sunseeker to hit the charter market. Based in the South of France, Sunseeker describe her as “Daring and dramatic.” She cruises at 20 knots, is styled exquisitely, and finished impeccably, making her a superb balance of performance and comfort.

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The contemporary yet elegant saloon features a magnificent blend of dark woods and light furnishings. Full length windows on either side offer uninterrupted, panoramic views as well as allowing natural light to pour in, creating a light and airy feel.

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The 4 staterooms are superb, especially for a yacht of her size. All are indulgently spacious, inviting and traditionally styled. What else would you expect from the best of British craftsmanship? To top things off, zero speed stabilisers will ensure that you are as comfortable as possible

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Above deck, HIGH ENERGY is just as impressive. Dine al fresco on the aft deck, soak up some rays on the forward deck, either under power or at anchor, or cool off in the jacuzzi on the flybridge, the choice is your’s.

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HIGH ENERGY is just one of a range of beautiful Sunseekers available for charter. To charter your own, contact the Boatbookings team today.

The Yacht of the Future has already arrived!

July 23rd, 2014

At Boatbookings.com we love Palmer Johnson Yachts so we’re excited to see the first shots of the brand new SuperSport model being released from the yard. This 48m SuperYacht doesn’t disappoint, her exterior lines and hull design are breathtaking giving her the appearance more of a something from a Science Fiction movie rather than a yacht!

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?The 48m SuperSport is the largest carbon composite SuperYacht ever built, her stunning gold hull and black Superstructure are a truly awesome combination.

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The revolutionary hull design gives this yacht a 32 knot top speed ? yet 50% more fuel efficient than any other yacht comparable yacht on the market!

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Blue Ice!

To charter your own Palmer Johnson, such as BLUE ICE ?get in touch with our team of experts today and start planning your dream yacht charter vacation!

Sold! 47m Super Yacht, Project Hé

July 22nd, 2014

Dutch shipyard, Heesen yacht has announced the sail of 47m super yacht, Project Hé. The full displacement yacht, sporting the restyled, elegant exterior lines designed by Omega Architects, cruises smoothly thanks to her round bilge hull while zero speed stabilisers ensure maximum comfort at anchor.

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The elegant interior is designed around the concept of ‘simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication’. The marvellous interior is lit beautifully as natural light filters in through venetian blinds while concealed LED strips create a unique atmosphere on board.

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The contemporary décor continues in the staterooms where simple yet beautiful furnishings stand on hardwood floors and plush carpets.

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Whilst it is unlikely that Project Hé will be available to charter in the foreseeable future, the stunning 37m Heesen, AURELIA, is amply equipped to fill the void in the meantime. Finished in stunning orange and blue and with striking, sporty lines, she is sure to turn heads amongst the finest yachts in the South of France.

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Styled with contemporary magnificence, similar to that of Project Hé, and beautifully lit to create a light and airy atmosphere, AURELIA truly is a stunning yacht. Above deck, the vast flybridge is the perfect place to lie back, relax, soak up some sun or dine al fresco under the stars.

If you are interested in chartering AURELIA or any of our stunning yachts in the South of France, don’t hesitate to contact the Boatbookings team.

Cutting Edge Technology Unveiled in Monte Carlo

July 18th, 2014

Racing is as much a part of Monaco as tennis is a part of Wimbledon. Earlier this year, thousands of spectators watched as Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton furthered Mercedes domination at the Monaco Grand Prix in a season which has seen a huge step forward in the engineering in the cars and a move to hybrid engines. The racing in Monaco is far from over however and the boating world is certainly not being left behind in terms of innovation as the Solar1 cup came to Monte Carlo.

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29 teams from 11 different countries arrived with their entirely solar powered boats for a weekend of racing. The President of Solar1, Sergei Dobroserdov, sees Solar1, “As a great opportunity to animate and excite a new generation.” The likes of Mangusta are as popular as ever in the yachting industry but, just as the Toyota Prius has come to rival V8 powered sports cars, so we might anticipate a new range of luxury yachts in the near future.

For those of you who are worried that a new era of fuel efficient yachts will come at the expense of design, luxury and comfort, look no further than M OCEAN. She showcases fine Italian design with every conceivable comfort whilst 8 solar panels power all of the electrics on board and the hybrid engine allows her to travel up to 8 knots in total silence.

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On board, the stunning aft deck is vast and merges seamlessly with an elegant and airy, open-plan salon. Those looking to work on their tan can happily spent hours on large sun pads on the flydeck or soaking in the jacuzzi on the forward main deck.

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Below deck the saloons are magnificently lit by large windows offering panoramic views but pull the blinds down and enjoy an intimate cosy atmosphere in which to enjoy a film in the evening.

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M OCEAN  is available to charter in the South of France. If you are interested in chartering her or any of our extensive range of yachts, please don’t hesitate to contact the Boatbookings team.

Southeast Asia – The winds they are a changing

July 16th, 2014

The predominant weather pattern in Southeast Asia  is the monsoon winds. Broadly speaking, the winds are southwesterlies from May to October, and northeasterlies from November to April. This leads to different ‘high seasons’ for sailing in different countries in the region, and some yachts moving destinations to follow the high seasons.

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Two of our favourite yachts have just finished their charter season in Phuket and Myanmar, and are heading southeast to more almost unexplored sailing areas in Borneo, the Philippines and Indonesia.

Stunning scenery in Indonesia, best explored by yacht!

Stunning scenery in Indonesia, best explored by yacht!

Sailing yacht ASIA is currently heading to the Komodo National Park  of Indonesia, and will be available there from mid-July, then heading further east to Raja Ampat for October and November.

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Phinisi RAJA  is available initially in Borneo and Palawan, before heading east to Komodo and Raja Ampat. If you want exploration sailing and diving in the most biodiverse waters on earth, Raja Ampat is the place to go.

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RAJA, majestic under sail

You can read a little about the climates in Thailand and Indonesia on these pages:

http://www.boatbookings.com/yachting_content/thailand_phuket_pattaya_yacht_charter.php

http://www.boatbookings.com/yachting_content/indonesia_bali_java_yacht_charter.php

 To speak with our Southeast Asia expert, Kevin, get in touch today and start planning your dream yachting vacation!

The Best of the BVI!

July 15th, 2014

The freedom to explore in supreme luxury and comfort is what sets yacht charters apart from other types of holiday. Whether you are on a 30 foot sailing yacht or a 100m super yacht, you are free to cruise around and visit as many places as you wish. A great place to take advantage of this freedom is in the BVI. You will have to return to this beautiful corner of the Caribbean more than once to experience all that is on offer but that is not to say that a week is not enough time to explore and enjoy this slice of heaven.

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Who hasn’t dreamed of having their own desert island. On Sandy Spit, just off Jos Van Dyke, indulge your dream, if only for a few hours. A beautiful place to stop for lunch and with terrific snorkelling in the coral reef, this tiny island is perfect for a day trip.

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Once you’ve escaped the outside world for long enough, head over to Willy T’s to cool off with a cocktail. This old schooner off the coast of Norman Island serves simple food for lunch and dinner before the party starts in the evenings.

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LA MANGUITA is a superb yacht to enjoy the best of the BVI on. She is spacious and comfortable on board and, with a top speed of 24 knots, you’ll get wherever you want to be in a hurry.

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Below deck, the contemporary finish with deep leather sofas and hard wood floors is wonderfully elegant and cool. The cabins are spacious, well-lit and indulgently comfortable.

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Above deck, dine al fresco on the beautiful aft deck and relax in the sun on the flybridge. LA MANGUITA has everything that you need to enjoy an unforgettable charter in the Caribbean.

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If you are interested in chartering in the Caribbean, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Boatbookings team.

Catamaran Cruise in the Caribbean Anyone?

July 11th, 2014

Catamarans have always been very popular amongst charter guests. Be it a power cat or a traditional sailing catamaran, the level of performance is superb, making them ideal for those looking to explore and travel more during their charter. This performance is certainly not at the expense of comfort. The wide beam, a characteristic on all catamarans, creates space for huge salons, ample outdoor space and generous staterooms. A catamaran charter spent gliding across the crystal clear Caribbean Sea is the perfect antidote to to post Christmas and winter blues to which us European folk have become all too accustomed.

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As already mentioned, space is not an issue with catamarans, tri-deck catamarans such as ATLANTIS II, offering truly indulgent levels of space, are a diamond dozen however!

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Her interior is simple, laid back and comfortable, perfectly encapsulating the Caribbean approach to life. The cabins are decorated in the same style. Spacious and furnished with inviting beds, these staterooms are blissfully relaxing and comfortable.

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With the sun shining and the turquoise water below inviting you in, it is above deck where most guests will spend the lion’s share of their time on board. A large aft deck and masses of open space on the forward deck are great for relaxing in the shade or working on your tan. When you fancy cooling off, a hydraulic platform offers easy access to and from the water and when white sand is spotted on the horizon, simply glide up onto the beach, drop the ladder and run ashore.

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ZINGARA is a fantastic alternative for those looking for a sailing catamaran. A terrific crew greet you on board, allowing you to sit back, relax and admire the view. The range of water toys available on board is just superb. From jet skis to paddle board, scuba gear to hobie cats, ZINGARA has it all. Don’t take my word for it though, check out the video below to see the life of luxury that awaits you on board.

If you are interested in chartering ZINGARA, ATLANTIS II, or any of our other yachts, don’t hesitate to contact the Boatbookings team.

HIGHLANDER – The Forbes Family Superyacht enters the Charter Market!

July 10th, 2014

HIGHLANDER, built in 1986 for Malcolm Forbes, the editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine boasts entertaining celebrity guests such as Ronald Regan, Baroness Thatcher, Liz Taylor and Sir Paul McCartney. Previously based on the East Coast of the US, offering famous “money tours” with her money-green hull, HIGHLANDER is now available for charter on the French Riviera.

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Recently acquired by American financier Roberto di Guardiola, who has extensively re-fitted the yacht in a hugely sympathetic manner, she now feels like a yacht of the modern day but still boasts the prowess and tour de force of those who have walked her beautiful teak decks. Following Malcolm’s death in the 1990s, his son Scott recalled entertaining the late Baroness Thatcher and her husband Denis when he was seeking Republican Presidential candidate nomination in 2000.

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Admittedly it’s easy to see why heritage alone may tempt you into chartering HIGHLANDER but with a new offering of 162-feet of living space, a classic tender, expansive sundecks, gym facilities and an outstanding design including her freshly painted dark and dominating hull she sells herself even without reeling off her impressive CV of guests.

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For more information on this stunning super yacht like no other contact us today.

Sailing Regattas in Phuket this July!

July 9th, 2014

It’s time for another update from Boatbookings.com  South East Asia expert Kevin who is looking forward to the July sailing regattas in Phuket, read on to find out more!

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Proving that Phuket really is an all year round sailing destination, there are two racing events going on in Phuket this July.

 Firstly, there is the Multihull Solutions Multihull Regatta from the 10th to 13th July, held at the Ao Chalong Yacht Club in Phuket. Over 20 catamarans and trimarans are already confirmed entrants. Kevin has been a regular visitor to some of the Phuket sailing regattas over the recent years and says that they are always “serious sailing by day, but great social fun in the bar afterwards!”.

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The fantastic Multihull Regatta is followed by the Phuket Raceweek from the 16th to 21st July, with over 40 yachts entered in different categories this year’s racing is set to be spectacular! This regatta is based out of the Cape Panwa Hotel on the southeast coast of Phuket.

Exciting Racing!

Exciting Racing!

One of Kevin’s favourite small crewed catamaran charter yachts will be competing in Phuket Race Week, he’ll be watching how she gets on with interest….good luck little Cabriolet!

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To charter a yacht in Phuket, or anywhere else in South East Asia get in touch with Kevin and start planning your dream sailing vacation.

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