Charter Amongst the Volcanoes

Sailing Aeolian Islands is a treat not to be missed! Just to the north of Sicily in the Tyrrhenian Sea, lies this archipelago of 7 volcanic islands: Vulcano, Lipari, Filicudi, Alicudi, Salina, Panarea and Stromboli. A bareboating paradise, the Aeolian Islands remain relatively untouched and have retained a feeling of a remote wilderness despite having been invaded and conquered for millennia by the Greeks, Phoenicians and Romans, to name a few. The Islands are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Top Yachts for Southern Italy this summer!

The Boatbookings.com team love the South of Italy! Read on the find out more about our favourite yachts in this beautiful charter destination!

RIO BLU:

The RIO BLU is one of the best small day cruisers in the Mediterranean
The RIO BLU is one of the best small day cruisers in the Mediterranean

The RIO BLU is an excellent value motor boat for seeing all that the Amalfi Coast has to offer. She is stylish, comfortable and with plenty of space for the whole family. The skipper is a local of the area and always happy to show guests the best spots!

ECLIPSE:

ECLIPSE at full speed!
ECLIPSE at full speed!

ECLIPSE is one of the most popular models from the prestigious Azimut ship yard, she is sporty and luxurious with enough style for any charter guest. She is perfect for day charter, weekend charter or even for a week!

AICON 72:

The sporty AICON 72 is the perfect yacht for the Amalfi Coast
The sporty AICON 72 is the perfect yacht for the Amalfi Coast

This AICON 72 is a high performance cruiser with sleek lines and a modern interior. Her large sun pads on the foredeck provide the perfect vantage point from which to watch the stunning coastal scenery go by. She can accommodate up to 14 guests which makes her perfect for entertaining friends or clients!

Get in touch with our team of experts today to start planning your luxury yacht charter vacation on the Italian coast, or anywhere else in the world!

Hot off the press, the SWATH Electra Limosine Tender!

This year’s Electric & hybrid Marine World Expo saw the launch of the SWATH Electra Glide Limousine Tender. This revolutionary vessel is the world’s first Carbon Neutral Solar Hybrid  SuperYacht Tender that combines both the environmental benefits of solar electric sustainability with the no sea sickness comfort of an anti-roll SWATH vessel.

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This boat, built by Nedship, is not short on power and is powered by twin 300hp Regen Electric outboards the Tender’s maximum speed a very impressive 45 knots. Her 20kw a day solar panels produce up to 7Mws annually, which at a speed of 16 knots is enough energy to travel more than 1,000 carbon neutral nautical miles, pretty impressive!

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 This tender is not just for getting from A to B. This luxurious vessel features a galley and and bar which means she is perfect for day expeditions and for exploring remote and hard to reach beaches and coves on your luxury yacht charter. Other mod-cons include hot and cold air conditioning, surround sound entertainment, two flat screen TVs and opening gull wing windows on each side of the craft.

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Richard Sauter Head of design noted “The SWATH Electra Glide Tender takes us to an era of Responsible Luxury Yachting, where zero carbon solar power is a standard requirement and anti-roll, full standing spaciousness is taken for granted.”

For expert guidance and advice on booking your next yachting vacation contact the Boatbookings.com team, here!

Best Ways to See the Amalfi Coast!

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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The Best Beaches in the World on your Luxury Yacht Charter, Part I

Welcome to a series of blogs that will concentrate on exploring the world’s best beaches
on your luxury yacht charter. The top beaches for 2013 were carefully selected by travellers on Trip Advisor and range from South Wales to South America. They voted Rabbit Beach on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa as this years favourite, providing visitors with Caribbean coloured waters, white sand and a unique setting. We all have our favourite hangout spots, so what does Rabbit Beach offer that others do not?

Lampedusa is the largest island in the Italian Pelagie chain and belongs to the Sicilian province of Agrigento, which also includes the smaller islands of Linosa and Lampione The island is found at the most southernmost part of Italy and is actually closer to Tunisia (70 miles) than it is to Sicily (109 miles). Historically, Lampedusa was used as a landing point and maritime base for the Greeks and the Romans on their conquests. Today, you will find agriculture, fishing and tourism as the islands main industries. Thanks to its geographical position, Lampedusa has hot dry summers and very little rain, with average temperatures of around 26 degrees between June and September.

Chartering a luxury yacht around Sicily towards Lampedusa would be the ultimate way to explore the region in style. We would recommend the custom catamaran BLACK SWAN, which was formally known as RAFOLY. BLACK SWAN accommodates up to 8 guests in 4 modern staterooms, which feature great design features and furnishings. Her outdoor spaces are of the highest order, with a 6 person Jacuzzi on the flybridge, as well as outdoor bar and al fresco dining areas. She has an extensive list of water toys, including wake boards, seabobs and donuts. If you prefer to take things a little slower, make the most of the on board snorkeling and fishing gear, or simply swim in the crystal clear waters. If you fancy trying a new holiday destination, the area around Sicily will not disappoint and will leave you with unforgettable memories!

At www.boatbookings.com, we welcome everyone from sailing professionals to complete novices and will help you at every step of the way to make your dreams a reality. We have a team of highly skilled professionals who are extremely knowledgeable in their

destinations and will be able to help you with any questions you may have.

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Our favourite worldwide Luxury Yacht Charters – Part II

JACKIE ONE

Following on from Part I of our first ever edition of the Boatbookings.com brokers favourite yachts of the month, Part II aims to complete our October favourite luxury yachts.  It is unquestionable that a luxury yacht charter on DAMRAK II or an event charter on NINAH would be beatable, however we believe that JACKIE ONE, TIGER LILY OF LONDON and MISTRAL 55 could also offer you one of the most incredible experiences and holidays of your life.

JACKIE ONE is a luxurious Amercraft 26m motor yacht with 4 staterooms, accommodating up to 8 guests. She has undergone a complete makeover in 2007, which included a Jacuzzi, as well a complete interior refit. She has a great crew, including a very experienced captain who has extensive knowledge of the Amalfi Coast, as well as a chef whose cuisine is second to none. We would highly recommend her for both families and friends for a weeks duration, where guests can soak up the natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast, as well as the beautiful weather. There is no better place to be than in the Jacuzzi on her Flybridge with a glass of champagne and watching the sunset over Positano.

TIGER LILY OF LONDON

TIGER LILY OF LONDON is another one of our favourite luxury yachts available in Spain, Ibiza and Majorca. She is a stunning Pershing 90 motor yacht, with 3 cabins and accommodation for 7 guests. She is the perfect luxury day charter yacht or for multiple days around the beautiful islands of Majorca and Ibiza. She has great outdoor space, with plenty of space for guests to sunbathe and soak up the golden rays of the Mediterranean Sun. She is an impressive motor yacht, with speeds of up to 44 knots whilst maintaining great comfort. She has enough water toys for the whole family, including Seadoo’s, scuba gear, snorkelling equipment as well as a fast tender to enjoy the doughnuts, water skis and wakeboards. We would highly recommend a charter on her in June, July or August 2013. Book now to avoid disappoint!

 

MISTRAL 55

MISTRAL 55 is the final yacht to feature in the October edition of our favourite charter yachts. She is a luxurious Pershing 115, who was recently on show at the Cannes Boat Show 2012. She is a very fast yacht, which can reach speeds of up to 50 knots, thanks to a gas turbine, making it possible to go from Monaco to St Tropez in an hour! She can provide accommodation for up to 10 guests in 4 modern cabins, as well as beautiful decks and living areas. She is a great choice for a day charter to the exclusive Pampelonne Beach and would not look out of place amongst the Super Yachts. Why not try a lunch reservation at Kailargo or La Ramatuelle, fantastic restaurants on offer at the celebrity hotspot, Nioulargo Beach. She is a very popular day charter option for friends or family and will not disappoint.

If you would like to charter any of the yachts on show, please enquire through our website, where your request will be dealt with by one of our experienced brokers. We would be delighted to assist you in organising one of our favourite yachts for you and providing you with an unforgettable experience.

10 Simple Steps to Luxury Yacht Charter!

Chartering a luxury catamaran, motor or sailing yacht has never been so simple, thanks to our dedicated team of charter brokers who will help you plan the trip of a lifetime anywhere in the world. Here at Boatbookings, we pride ourselves on customer service and we will not stop until we find you the perfect yacht. There are 10 simple steps from turning a dream into a reality.

Step 1 – Most importantly, guests must decide where they would like to start their charter and what sort of yacht they would like. We offer charters from all around the world, including the United States, the Caribbean, French & Italian Riviera’s and the Far East. We have access to a vast amount of motorboats, sailboats and catamarans in each of these destinations.

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Step 2 – Once you have decided where and how you want to travel, contact us. Please enquire via our website or send an email to charter@boatbookings.com. Once we have received your enquiry, one of our brokers will assist you and start searching for suitable yachts.

Step 3 – We ask guests to provide the following information, so that we can gain a clearer idea of what you really want. Are you looking for a bareboat or a crewed charter? Are your dates flexible and how long would you like to charter for? Do you have a  particular budget in mind for your charter? If you are looking for a sailboat, please be aware that you must start on a Saturday for a weeks duration.

 

The stunning VanDutch 40, PURE DUTCH

Step 4 – Once we have received this information, our brokers will then start the search for possible yachts that meet your criteria. We will then find which yachts are available for your charter dates and propose at least three options which are suitable for you to review and compare.

Step 5 – Once you have reviewed and compared the yachts that you have been sent, our broker will then arrange the charter for you. For example, you have chosen to charter M/Y MOSKING, a stunning Mangusta 108 from Antibes, France for 4 days.

M/Y MOSKING, Mangusta 108 Luxury Motor Yacht

 

 

Step 6 – Our broker would then reserve this for you and start preparing the charter agreement and invoice. Once all the paperwork has been signed and the invoice has been paid by either bank transfer or credit card, we can start to make some final itinerary plans.

Step 7 – Our broker will arrange all the meeting details, can arrange restaurant reservations and help to organise an itinerary. For example, guests wills depart from Antibes and spend one day cruising slowly towards Monaco, enjoying a long lunch in St Jean Cap Ferrat. Then guests could head towards Portofino and along the Italian Riviera before heading back to Antibes.

The magnificent Italian Riviera town of Portofino

Step 8 – We will send a preference sheet to you to note down all the provisions you would like on the yacht. This can cover anything from champagne and wine, to food and flowers. All provisions will be bought before you step foot onboard and therefore ready for you to enjoy immediately.

Step 9 – The final meeting place and timings will be sent for your embarkation. You will be given the captains details for any last minute requests or discussions on itinerary.

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Step 10 – Guests will board and start their charter. The crew will do everything that they can to make sure that you have a successful charter. They will be able to arrange any emergency provisions and last minute restaurant reservations, leaving guests to relax fully and enjoy the natural beauty that is the French and Italian Riviera.

 

 

Chartering a Yacht in the Italian hotspot of Sicily aboard sailing yacht REE

Sicily is one of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating yacht charter destinations that we offer, thanks to its unique culture, arts, cuisine, architecture and even language. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, dominated by Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

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Sicily’s volcanic foundations create an amazing variety of terrains, producing some outstanding rock formations that can be most admired from the sea. Due to mild/warm winters and hot/dry summers, a boat charter in Sicily is truly an all year round yachting destination.

The capital of Sicily, Palermo, is a majestic city of both decay and splendour. It has so much to offer, whether that be visiting palaces, castles and churches which offer an architectural fusion of Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Renaissance and Baroque styling. Unlike Florence or Rome, Palermo’s treasures are hidden and waiting to be found and explored. Sicily is notorious for having a mafia-driven past and this is still clear to see today.

Sicily is also home to some of the world’s  most splendid gastronomic experiences. From the blend of Greek, Roman, Arab and Norman invaders, comes a luscious range of local foods, making this region a culinary paradise. Sicily is also renowned for its seafood. Seppia (cuttlefish) is served in its own black sauce with pasta.

Meat dishes are always popular. Many are traditionally made with lamb or goat. Best known outside Sicily is vitello alla marsala (veal marsala), one of many regional meat specialties.

And let’s not forget about desserts! The mouth watering Cannoli  are tubular crusts with creamy ricotta and sugar filling. Frutta di Martorana (or pasta reale) are almond marzipan pastries coloured and shaped to resemble real fruit and of course we could not forget the Sicilian gelato (ice cream)!

Chartering in Sicily

THe Luxury sailboat Ree is a perfect example of a boat rental in sicily.In order to enjoy Sicily to the fullest, we would highly recommend a sailing charter around the island, either aboard a crewed or bareboat sailboat.  As an example, we can recommend REE, one of our favourite luxury Sailboat charters. She accommodates up to 10 guests in 5 lavish staterooms, making her an ideal choice for both couples and families. She has recently had a full refit, which now offers the ultimate experience for the most discerning of guests.

Sicily is one of the finest yachting destinations in the world. If you would like to find out more about yacht chartering in Sicily, please do enquire via our website.  Alternatively, you can contact us directly and  one of our specialised brokers would be delighted to assist you.