Super Yacht of the week: KING BABY

Why Choose KING BABY

KING BABY is our royal Super Yacht of the week! Her intriguing interior and superb deck space with endless amenities are just some of our favourites. She is a 43m IAG Yacht, designed by the infamous Evan Marshall, who has ensured the interior and exterior are to the highest standard with a provoking style.

KING BABY cruises the Bahamas and Caribbean, both tropical and delightful exploration grounds for superyachts. The sparkling sea, jaw-dropping beaches, and tasty local cuisine are just some of the things you will experience.

Climb on-board to immerse yourself into the rock ‘n’ roll vibe that oozes through the yacht, and party the night away with your friends and family on this musically oriented amazing yacht!

The Bahamas crewed itinerary

Exterior

KING BABY boasts a tri-deck which provides an enhanced luxury yacht experience like no other. The sundeck is truly a sight to behold; it is spacious, with a tranquil blue colour scheme and contemporary furnishings. Choose to lounge on the comfortable semi-circle lounge areas, take a dip in the Jacuzzi with cascading waterfalls, or perch by the bar sipping on a funky cocktail.

This is a deck where you will spend a huge amount of time as you can gaze at the views of hidden beaches, lively towns or remote islands, whilst soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the breeze whilst cruising. After a fun-filled day island-hopping around the BVI, you will be raring for a delicious dinner cooked by your private and talented chef.

The British Virgin Islands Crewed Itinerary

Food, drinks and everything social

The aft deck dining is a prime spot for enjoying the sunset. Food is an essential part of the charter! On KING BABY you can be assured it will make rather than break the trip due to the prestige and capability of the chef and crew.

Above is an example of creative cuisine and culinary expertise you could experience on-board. The colours, aesthetics, and taste will all blend to make for a memorable and delicious dinner.

After you have laughed, drunk and dined to your heart’s content, the sun deck is calling you again. The decks are air-conditioned, so you can enjoy being outside with the coolness of the interior. Enjoy a sun-downer at the bar, take another dip in the Jacuzzi or look back on the photographs and be nostalgic on a fun day.

Interior

KING BABY’s interior is what adds to its original and distinguished look. The glamour and atmosphere of a sassy and stylish yacht spilling throughout. With musical elements, plush furnishings and the owner’s photography hung up in many rooms, adds to the personality and character of KING BABY. The lavishly appointed cabins are inviting and further add to the value of a comfortable and exclusive experience.

Water toys

Last but not least, the plethora of water equipment is what you will remember long after the charter as the adrenaline and excitement that derives from going at speed on new toys is unbeatable! The water slide is a thrilling experience; the jet ski will get your heart racing the hoverboards are trickier than they look!

If KING BABY is as appealing to you as it is to us, enquire today and a charter broker will guide you through the process.

Super Yacht of the week: CLOUD 9

You will undoubtedly be on cloud 9 with this extravagant and contemporary yacht! At 74m, she boasts four exquisite decks, each offering entertainment and luxurious amenities.

She is chosen as SuperYacht of the Week due to the unique features that make her stand out from other yachts her size. These include her impressive beach club, sizeable main deck pool. The saloon cinema is something not to miss, and last but by no means least, the sky lounge dining area.

Location

CLOUD 9 spends her summers along the fantastic French Riviera. In the winter she spends her time in the Caribbean. The lower deck offers a beach club, unrivalled by most, so you can enjoy the colourful French Riviera towns such as Villefranche from the privacy of your own yacht. Sip a cool beverage of your choice served to you by your attentive crew, before sampling the wide array of water sports on offer. Get your adrenaline pumping at Monaco flying through the ocean on the Jetski, or get on the paddleboard and explore the secluded coves close up.

Caribbean Crewed Charter

The yacht offers a Jacuzzi, so you can admire the idyllic Caribbean islands float past as you bathe in the bubbles. As the sun goes down head to the upper deck which provides the utmost comfort on its beanbags and sun pads, so you can unwind with a sundowner and enjoy the colours.

Luxury crewed French Riviera itinerary.

Social areas

For dinner, CLOUD 9 offers an unrivalled setting. The circular table enjoys the comfort and warmth of inside in the intricate interior, yet the glass revolving doors offer panoramic views of the serene spot of anchorage. As you sample the creative cuisine your private chef provides, you can feel the gentle summer breeze whilst getting a taste of local delights.

Interior

Enter the main saloon and you are welcomed into a world of elegance and style. The colourful furnishings and textured walls add personality to CLOUD 9, creating characteristic surroundings that everyone will appreciate. Do not forget that CLOUD9 is a 2017 build, so you have all the contemporary features you would expect and the latest technology throughout.

The cabins will ensure a peaceful night’s sleep and enable you to feel right at home. The owner’s deck has large windows facing the bow, so as soon as you wake up you are faced with utter bliss. Moreover, it extends into a terrace which is a remarkable feature brimming with exclusivity and charm to enjoy a light breakfast or to get stuck into a book. 

Contact

If CLOUD 9 floats your boat, speak to our expert broker who will guide you through the process of chartering!

Super Yacht of the Week: O’PTASIA

O’PTASIA is available for charter out of Greece, Croatia and West Med from €800,000 per week plus expenses. Please contact Boatbookings for more information on a superyacht charter.

M/Y O’PTASIA

O’PTASIA translates into ‘exhibiting one’s self to view’ which is an appropriate name for this luxurious yacht which is certainly worth showing off!

This 85m new build has an unrivaled array of water toys and exhaustive entertainment facilities from the waterfall Jacuzzi pool to the beach club and helipad.

Greek Crewed Itinerary!

Aft Deck

Activities and extras

O’PTASIA can cater to a variety of charter experiences. If you are looking to stay active she boasts a fully equipped gym on the bridge deck and exhilarating water toys such as a Seabob or a Wakeboard.

Alternatively, if you are looking to unwind and enjoy a tranquil trip, the wellness and spa center, endless sea views and lavish lounging areas make the perfect spots for reading and relaxing.

Croatia Crewed Itinerary!

Top deck

Interior

Moving inside, you will be equally in awe of the contemporary and captivating interior. The sophisticated design seeps throughout the yacht, with the cream and dark wood contrast creating a pattern of modernity.

Being a new-build, each room is immaculate with state-of-the-art equipment throughout. The Saloon is a popular area to settle down into the stylish sofas for a cinematic screening or enjoy a nightcap before retiring to the sumptuous cabins.

Saloon

Crew and guest arrangements

The crew of 26 are experienced, professional and eager to have guests on-board to explore the exotic surroundings and showcase this spectacular yacht. They will ensure your charter experience goes beyond expectations, with their can-do attitudes and yachting backgrounds.

As O’PTASIA hosts up to 24 guests, you can either ‘live your best life’ and host a party or celebration, or keep it intimate and have this vast yacht for a close group.

Dubrovnik

As you can see, pictures speak louder than words and O’PTASIA is an overwhelmingly stylish yacht that is ready to explore desirable destinations. She is everything that a luxury yacht should be – entertaining, impressive and unique. So enquire now to find out more and be bowled over by her charm and grace.

New Caribbean Air Charter Service!

Following the tragedy of IRMA and MARIA, we at Boatbookings have watched the Caribbean rebuild after the devastating effects of these natural disasters.

The ever-popular holiday destination, the Caribbean, (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the WORLD, has rebuilt its infrastructure from the routes up. This has paved the way to more visitors than ever before! We have been documenting it’s growth and are proud to say we have put hundreds, if not thousands of people onto the water since IRMA and MARIA struck.

Hurricane Irma Boatbookings Page

FLY BODE

Bode Aviation has launched a new Caribbean Air Charter service to the BVI. Their new private air charter service will trade as “Fly Bode Caribbean Air Charter” which offers an exclusive experience to start your vacation ahead of commercial airlines! This “On Demand” service will allow passengers to surpass the queues to get you to your desired island in luxury and style!

Fast Facts

  • Formed in 1994, based in the US.
  • Over 20 years of commercial and private aviation knowledge.
  • It offers flights to the British Virgin Islands (Tortola and Anegada) and other destinations in the Caribbean.
  • Private air charter.
  • Operating from their base in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Flights to commence on the 1st of November to the BVI’s and other destinations in the Caribbean.
  • Capable of carrying up to 6 passengers

Hurricane Dorian Boatbookings Page

Destinations

Boatbookings Weather page

Thinking of a hot winter getaway? Speak to one of our team today to see how you can experience the beauty of the Caribbean.

You are the captain now!

Top tips for newly qualified skippers just about to embark on their first-ever bareboat charter!

Planning

Check out our bareboat charter page!

Do you have a plan A and a Plan B? Possibly a C? If not, you should probably think about jotting down at least a plan B. Things happen at sea that is sometimes out of your control, the job of a skipper is to take control of the things you can!! It’s worth, if not just for peace of mind, to have a plan B when it comes to route planning. The winds can change, the anchorage could be full, your children might be fighting or you are running low on gin whatever the reason plan for eventualities.

Questions to ask yourself

Is the Boat safe?

Bareboat charters 101

  • Are all your lines out of the water?
  • Is the gas turned off?
  • Is everything stowed away safely?
  • Is your radio on CH16?
  • Are your fenders in the lockers?
  • Do the children have lifejackets on?
  • Are your winch handles in the winch pocket and not left in the winches?
  • Are your hatches shut? Especially your deck hatches?
  • Have you checked your engine? (WOBBLE: Water, Oil, Bulge, Belts, Look (does it look okay?) Electrics)
  • Are the beers in the fridge cooling for when you are back in port?!

Crew

  • Are your crew happy?
  • Does someone onboard what to do if you go overboard?
  • Do you know where the life jackets are?
  • Does anyone in your crew know how to make a MAYDAY call?
  • Do they feel sick?
  • Have they been fed?!

**TOP TIP: You sail to the ability of the least able crew**
Sailing with children should not be seen as a daunting task, in fact, it is an incredible thing to do with your children. An idea, especially when chartering with young teens is to give them a responsibility each day. Child A is in charge of making sure all the lines are nice/throw to shore. Child B is in charge of hatches etc. Be creative. Don’t shout at them!

Challenging winds – mooring and sailing.

Check out our weather page to see when the challenging weather hits your desired sailing area.

Mooring

Mooring can undoubtedly be a stressful part of sailing. People standing on their bows waiting for you to overturn, your crew not throwing a line that hits the shore, people standing on the harbour wall screaming instructions that you cant hear. It can all get a bit much without the added stress of a crosswind. Mooring shouldn’t be stressful when everyone knows what they are doing.

**TIPS for mooring in CROSSWINDS**

  • Prep the yacht ahead of schedule. Fenders, lines and crew all appointed and aware of what they need to do.
  • Get the strongest (with the best aim) to throw the windward line. This is the most important line to get to shore first.
  • Have enough speed to combat the wind, but not so much that you can see the fear in the eyes of the person catching your lines!
  • When going astern, motor as close to the wind as possible into your spot. This gives you some drifting room if you have a gust.
  • Start going astern as far away as possible…it might look funny but this gives you so much way you have complete manoeuvrability of the yacht!

Sailing

Sailing in gusty areas or certain times of the year can be daunting to a new skipper. Particularly in Croatia where you have the Bora wind, or in Greece when you have the Katabatics running off the hills. You can experience some gusty sailing almost everywhere in the world. Read our weather page to find the best time of year to sail in your desired destination.

**Tips for GUSTY sailing**

  • Mainsheet on the winch – always. Get into the habit of having the mainsheet locked off on the winch, with the jammer (breaks) open. This allows you if need be, to dump the main which will de-power the boat thus not scaring the life out of your crew. Its a win win.
  • If you’re thinking of reefing, its time to reef. Reef before you NEED to reef. Is it the kids day to be captains? Chuck in reef! If the wind doesn’t pick up as much as you thought, great! Chuck the sails back up! Nothing worse than trying to reef in heavy winds. It scares the crew and it’ll shake you up (trust me – we’ve all been there).
  • Check the weather. It’s normal that charter companies will not allow you to sail in a predicted force 6.
  • If it’s not “reefable” weather, but the gusts are strong, appoint one of your well-fed, warm happy crew to sit with the mainsheet so they can either ease or dump.

For further information on how we support you on your first charter please email us here!

Mirazur

Not sure where to eat on the French Riviera? Add this one to your list!

3 Michelin starred restaurant, Mirazur, has been crowned the world’s best restaurant at an awards ceremony in Singapore! Mirazur which is located in Menton on the French Riviera won the annual competition organized by the world’s 50 best restaurants.

Mirazur is nestled at the foot of the mountains overlooking the sea and surrounded by lush vegetation. The large windows running around the 1930s rotunda building offer panoramic views of the French Riviera.

Mirazur’s Argentine chef, Mauro Colagreco, is inspired by the sea, the mountains, and the garden and offers culinary delights such as salt-crusted beetroot from its own garden with caviar cream.

Their ethos is to use in-season produce including gatherings of the forest such as plants, flowers, fruits, and wild mushrooms, vegetables from the garden or local market. Fish is sourced from the local fisherman and meat, poultry and dairy from hinterland farmers.

Be sure not to miss this wonderful restaurant during your French Riviera charter 2019. Contact one of our brokers today to book your charter.

Provisioning on a bareboat charter!

In October, the Boatbookings London team visited Croatia to evaluate the Bali 4.5 and to discover and test out new itineraries and anchorages.

If you are anything like the Boatbookings brokerage team and love your food – here are some food ideas for you! Follow our provisioning list so you won’t be disappointed with your lunches!

Part of the team after the 40 minutes of shopping!

TIPS

Due to having the flu, I was to look after the bags and water while the rest of the team picked up the food.

– Be prepared and write a list! Don’t go in blind. Plan what you will need. There’s nothing worse than preparing lunch and forgetting that you didn’t buy salt….like we did!
– Delegate someone to sit with the bags while others go off to get the food…leave all the water with the bags so that you don’t exhaust yourself!
– Vegetarian lunches are great while cruising. Have your locally sourced protein for dinner.
– Find out exactly what will be on the yacht prior to writing your list!

Provisioning list

Whether provisioning for the Amalfi Coast, or exploring the cays in the Exumas, provisioning for a week’s charter may seem daunting, but do not to threat! This can be a fun exercise when you know what you are going in to get!

Be organized, planned and get excited for all the fantastic cooking you will be doing!

Fresh Food:
– 10 tomatoes
– Box of salad
– Garlic bulbs
– Carrots
– Courgette
– Lemons
– Bananas
– Honey Pomalloe
– Mushrooms
– Peaches
– Shallots
– Red / yellow / green pepper
– Cucumber
– 30 eggs
– Chilies
– Mangos
– Raspberries

Dried foods:
– Bag of Almonds
– Bag of pistachios
– 2 x Tortellini
– 2 x Gnocci

Dairy:
– 2 x mozzarella balls
– 1 ricotta pot
– Feta bar
– Milk
– 2 x Camembert
– Natural Yoghart
– Butter

Misc:
– Balsamic vinegar
– Salt and Pepper
– Olive Oil
– Ketchup
– Coco-Cola
– Bitter lemon
– Tonic water
– 2 bags of crisps
– 2 x Hommous
– Nutella
– Pesto
– Coffee
– Tea

Breakfast:

6 Guest Frittata
  • Olive oil
  • 3 shallots 
  • 1 diced red pepper 
  • 1 diced yellow pepper 
  • 1 diced courgette
  • Salt and pepper
  • Crumbled feta
  • Crack of black pepper
  • 8 eggs and a knob of butter 

Breakfast

Simple breakfast
  • Butter
  • 12 eggs 
  • Hot chilies
  • Fresh bread
  • A Spoon of ricotta with the eggs
  • Mango
  • Raspberries

Lunch

6 guest bruschetta and salad
  • Olive Oil
  • 2 shallots 
  • 4 balsamic glazed tomatoes
  • 1 diced yellow pepper 
  • 4 tablespoons of ricotta
  • Salt and pepper
  • Rocket
  • Pesto for drizzling
  • A crack of black pepper

Lunch

Carbs, with a side of carbs and salad – PERFECT! Pesto Gnocchi, Caramalised onion bruschetta with a fresh greek salad.
  • Olive Oil – everything
  • Half a loaf of toasted bread – bruschetta
  • 4 balsamic glazed shallots – bruschetta
  • Mozerella – bruchetta
  • 3 tomatoes – salad
  • 1 diced green pepper – salad
  • Half a cucumber – salad
  • crumbled feta – Gnocchi
  • Salt and pepper – everything
  • Rocket – Salad and Gnocchi
  • Pesto for the Gnocchi

Eating fresh food on the back of a yacht in a pretty anchorage for lunch is possibiliy one of the best things you can do in life. Food always brings family and friends together, its a great time to talk about the morning’s sail and discuss the options over the next following days. The best way to view a country is from its coastline, speak to one of our team members today about chartering.

Crewed cats in the Exumas

2 top Crewed Catamarans in the Exumas/Nassau/area in the Bahamas that have not been affected by Dorian.

We all witnessed with grief the unimaginable destruction brought upon Great Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands by hurricane Dorian and we pray for the fast and smooth recovery of the stricken areas.

Regardless, the Bahamas remains one of our most popular year-long yachting destinations: Dorian only affected the above-mentioned islands but the rest of the islands is as beautiful as always.

In any case, the majority of charter vessels have always been based in the Nassau cruising area. The Exumas combine a protected sailing area with magic sandy beaches, turquoise waters and high temperatures all year long. Some of the most popular charter vessels in Nassau and the Exumas are crewed catamarans

AMURA II

AMURA II is a lovely Lagoon 560, with a professional crew of 2 (captain and hostess/chef). Based all year long in Nassau, AMURA II will also consider one-way charters starting Nassau and finishing in the Exumas; this will allow you more time in order to explore the islands!

SEA SENOR

Available out of Nassau for both day charters as well as for longer period cruises is SEA SENOR! Excellent catamaran with a very experienced crew, ideal for short escapes out of Nassau! Feel free to contact now our expert broker team and start planning your next crewed catamaran charter in the Bahamas.

IT’S ELECTRI-flying!

With the obvious trend shifting to electric power, how can you still travel in style but in an eco-friendly way?

Introducing the new electric, private charter plane – Alice.

Carbon Offset calculator

Alice avion électrique dans un hangar

Now, I havent paid particular interest in this concept jet because we share the same name, it caught my eye because it is electric. This right here is the future of private travel. What’s more, is this is more affordable than you think. With the average Jet being around 600 USD per hour, this jet is set to be just over 200 USD per hour.

Quick facts

> Alice has been developed by Eviation Aircraft, and Israeli company.
> Powered by an aluminum-air battery and using MagniX electric motors.
> Business trips such as Nice > London and Paris > Geneva will be possible.
> 4 Million USD to produce
> 3 propellers
> Can seat 9 passengers
> Range 1,045km.

Green Yacht Chartering

Carbon Offset Calculator

Here at Boatbookings, we are extremely conscious of the environment. We owe everything to Mother Nature, from giving us those great winds n our beam or the stunning nature that is explored both below and above water. We are dedicated to creating options for clients if they wish to organise a Greener Charter. We have created a Carbon Offset calculator for you to use when you charter a yacht.

E-Fan X – developed by Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens.

Airbus E-Fan X en vol

The E-Fan X is a collaboration between some of the biggest names in mechanics. Rolls Royce, AirBus and Siemens have set our to create an aircraft that vastly reduced its carbon footprint. A larger jet than ‘Alice’ she is capable of long haul journeys, with more space for passengers.

Quick facts:

> E-Fan X is a hybrid-electric aircraft .
> Release date 2020
> One of the four jet engines will be replaced by a 2MW electric motor, which is roughly the same amount of power of 10 medium-sized cars.
> The electric propulsion unit is powered by a power-generation system and > battery. When high power is required generator and battery supply energy together.
>  Reduction of CO2 by 75%, NOx by 90% and noise by 65%

To see how you can reduce your cabon footprint while chartering a yacht, speak to one of out brokers today!


M/Y SILVER LINING – EXUMAS

With the terrible misfortune, it seems fitting that we have a yacht called SILVER LINING. Berthed in the Exumas, she is an excellent alternative to chartering in the Abacos.

The stunning SILVER LINING is still available for Thanksgiving in Nassau to cruise the Exumas. Although Hurricane Dorian caused devastation in the Northern Islands of the Bahamas, there are still hundreds of untouched islands in the Cays. The Exumas is a 100 mile stretch of stunning coastline and turquoise waters where you can enjoy beautiful anchorages and wonderful fresh food.

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Must see

The Tropic of Cancer beach, also known as Pelican beach is a must-see on Little Exuma. The sand is blindingly white, not just lightly coloured as many ‘white beaches’ are described. The sand itself radiates the sunlight that bathes it to create a blaze of light unique to this beach. If ever there was a picture postcard, then this beach truly is it:

Swimming Pigs!

Big Major’s Cay is home to the mystifying swimming pigs! It is widely believed that the reason the pigs swim in this area is down to their intelligence. Pigs are extremely intelligent, and they know tourists will come and feed them, hence why they will always swim out to you!

Stocking Island amongst other islands in the Exumas is home to Stromatolites, the oldest known macro-fossils on earth. They hold the biological activity of thousands of years.

Wildlife and nature

If you are a lover of marine life and nesting sea birds, then Moria Harbour Cay National Park is a must-see. Sand dunes, beaches, mangroves and seagrass all located between Great and Little Exuma. This area covers 13,440 acres!

The Yacht!

SILVER LINING is the perfect yacht to take you around the Bahamian paradise with a great crew on board, Captain Peter and chef/stewardess Ginny are a highly proactive team who are keen to ensure a memorable experience for their clients.

She offers 3 ensuite cabins, perfect for a family or group of friends. A well presented enclosed flybridge with a large dining table. The cockpit has easy access to the sea for fishing and swimming. Huge sunbathing area on the bow.

BBQ grill to cook the catch of the day! A great selection of water toys including wave runner, wakeboard, skis, SUP, airhead inflatable tube, 2 floating islands, snorkelling gear, fishing gear and beach set up with chairs. For an additional cost, clients can hire the 36ft Aquila power cat which also comes with a crew member giving a higher level of service on board.

Get on contact with us today to see how you can enjoy SILVER LINING on your Thanksgiving holiday.