Download Boatbookings’s brand new iBook ‘Yacht Charter 101’ on iTunes for FREE!

Front Cover Yacht Charter 101

Boatbookings is very pleased to announce the publication of our new  iBook – Yacht Charter 101:  Planning the Perfect Charter Vacation. Now you can read all about luxury yacht chartering from the comfort of your iPad.

The book has covers the basics of planning a yacht charter, provides extensive information on all of the key yacht charter regions, and discusses contracts, pricing and how to choose the right yacht for you.  We are  offering you the download of Yacht Charter 101  free as our way of helping give you the information you need to go on a yacht charter this year.

The Founder of Boatbookings.com has used  his vast expertise of the yachting industry to create a concise yet comprehensive guide to chartering a luxury yacht anywhere in the world. The book is written for  first-time charterers but also valuable for any experienced charters who are thinking about a new destination or type of boat.

The Chapters are: The Allure of a Yacht Charter, Types of Yacht Charters, Charter Destinations, How to Charter a Yacht, Next Steps and an Extensive Glossary

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The Destinations chapter covers the key ports in the Caribbean (including the BVI, Grenadines, St Barths, St Martin, Bahamas, etc), Mediterranean (including the French  Riviera, Corsica, Italy, Greece, Croatia and Spain), SouthEast Asia, Tahiti  and more, with pictures of the charter areas and notes about things to do, the cuisine, climate and best times to charter.  Download Yacht Charter 101 as  a trusted source of yachting info.

Yacht Charter 101: Planning the Perfect Charter Vacation is available for free download on iTunes now!

A Submarine Yacht – The Luxury Yacht Charter Vacation Of The Future

Submarine - yachtIn one of the most incredible new designs to date, yacht design studio Motion Code, has revealed plans for a 115 meter, 6 deck yacht – that is also a submarine! This stunning concept is, according to Motion Code the next step for the super rich. Instead of owning a 115 meter yacht that comes with a submarine, why not just combine them both into the ultimate luxury charter vessel!

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Touted as being the ultimate way to charter as you can simply blow the ballasts and sink to depths of up to 240 meters in the comfort of your once floating palace, it also means you need not contend with any rough weather on the surface but can slip below the waves for the ultimate in privacy. Imagine the exclusivity of a party on a yacht you cannot not even get to, as it lurks hundreds of meters below the surface!Submarine-yacht_1

The hull of the 11 meter wide MIGALOO is identical to current submarines but inside she in no way similar to its warlike counterparts. She would boast a custom designed tower and an enormous aft deck for the lounge areas, sun beds, bar, its 8 by 3 metre pool as well its helicopter pad. MIGALOO would accommodate up to 16 guests in 8 luxury cabins.

The foredeck of this incredible concept would be fully dedicated to the owners' privacy and would come complete with a full-beam private lounge and a private bar. Other luxury appointments include  a cinema room, a library, a gym and a gaming room as well as four side hatches that can be transformed into enormous beach terraces.

What with a large variety of water toys at your disposal, and large windows with underwater lights providing guests with breathtaking views of the deep, this submarine-yacht will truly be one of the most luxury things afloat – (or not as the case may be!)Sub Yacht We have a team of highly skilled professionals who are extremely knowledgeable in their destinations and will be able to help you bring together the yacht, the crew and all the other aspects that make your charter special.

The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach: An Ultimate Yachting Lifestyle Showcase

The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, February 16 – 20, 2012, will feature more than 500 vessels valued at more than a billion dollars and covering more than 1.2 million square feet of space. Attendees will have access to yachts and superyachts from the world’s most extraordinary custom boat builders. The show is free and open to the public.

Show producers provide a free smartphone app, MyBoatShow, available on iPhone and Android platforms. Attendees will be able to access show maps, search for exhibitors, manufacturers, product categories and boats by specifications and size, show schedule, seminar information, show transportation schedules and maps, food and drink locations, restroom locations and emergency services.

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Also new to this year’s Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach is TrawlerPort, which will offer an impressive display of long-range cruisers in lengths ranging from 35 to 90 feet that are designed for long-term cruising of regional and worldwide destinations.

The Show features many yachts available for crewed luxury charter, including DIAMOND GIRL, a very popular Johnson 103 currently available for charter in the Virgin Islands and DAMRAK II a stylish and sophisticated Sunreef power catamaran. Please contact Sharon@boatbookings.com to arrange for a personalized viewing of luxury charter yachts on display.

DAMRAK II

BOAT SHOW SCHEDULE:

Thursday, Feb. 16: 10am – 7pm

Friday, Feb. 17: 10am – 7pm

Saturday, Feb. 18: 10am – 7pm

Sunday, Feb. 19: 10am – 7pm

Monday, Feb. 20: 10am – 6pm

Follow these comprehensive links for information about Luxury Yacht Charter and Charter Destinations Worldwide.

Luxury Land and Sea Vacation: Vicem Yachts Partners with Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, Bodrum, Turkey

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VICEM 92

Turkish builder Vicem Yachts and Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay in Bodrum, which is distinguished as one of the “World’s 25 Best Hotels and  recipient of the Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Spa Awards 2010”, have partnered in an unique international marketing initiative that presents the yachting public with a five star travel opportunity: a number of Vicem yachts will be available for the upscale clientele of Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay in the cosmopolitan Turkish city of Bodrum.

Kempinski Hotel, Barbaros Bay, Turkey
Kempinski Hotel, Barbaros Bay, Turkey

Bodrum is a vibrant city that incorporates an adventure in dining, shopping, nightlife, history, culture and legend. The privileged guests of the Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay can expect to enjoy secluded bays, brilliant sunny days and gorgeous nights ornamented with millions of stars, and the option for a private cruise with Vicem selecting from the Vicem 92, Vintage Line range yacht featuring four cabins and three decks; or the Vicem 78 Cruiser, one of the latest launched from the yard with a flybridge enhanced by a four person Jacuzzi.  The Vicem 75 Fly, a new build

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VICEM 75

for 2011, will also be an option. If someone prefers a day cruise Vicem invites guests to cruise on board the 40′ or the 36′, the smallest hulls of this series.

Please follow this link for important information about Turkish Yacht Charter, Bodrum, and the Bodrum Cup Reggatta.

Gettting to Your Yacht Charter Destination with Ease: Free Travel Apps for the Savvy Traveler

Screen-shot-2011-12-13-at-1.26.42-PMCurrency: lets users know the dollar equivalents of yen, pounds, pesos, etc., and up-to-date information and exchange rates for over 100 countries. Information is currently available in 18 languages.

FlightAware Flight Tracker: lets users track flights in real time; know where their plane is and if there is a delay. Search by airline, airport code, flight number, route, or aircraft registration number to track both commercial and private planes. The app’s tracking map also registers the speed, altitude, and provides other flight data.

Hipmunk Flight Search: aims to take the agony out of flight search. The site displays multiple airfares and timeline graphs of arrival and departure times, total flight times, and layover times at connection points.

Whatever destination you choose to fly, this link lets you explore the possibilities of Superyacht and Luxury Yacht Charter worldwide.

Lunch Aboard Charter Sunreef 70 Catamaran MUSE: Chef Caro Reveals Her Champagne Jello Recipe, Perfect for Holiday Entertaining

MUSE-aftDuring the 2011 Antigua Charter Yacht Show we were invited on board MUSE for a delightful lunch prepared by Chef Caro Uy. Prior to being seated on the spacious aft deck, we toured the yacht and were impressed by the cheerful interiors and surprised by a cabin configuration that accommodates nine adults and three children.

MUSE is a spacious Sunreef 70 that features three doubles, two twins, MUSE-guestone single and a Pullman, making it an ideal option for families with children. The yacht is very informal, not showy or ostentatious, guests can relax without worry that their young ones will endanger artwork and décor. The Owner successfully MUSE-salondesigned interiors with the charming ambience of a house in the south of France.

While the heart of MUSE is home, the soul is food. Chef Caro and her husband, Captain Jez Fletcher, are world travelers and both love to cook cuisineMUSE-aft-dine1 incorporating menus and ingredients from distant lands. Captain Jez invites guests of all ages to assist with the handmade pasta that they can hang on a rail above the galley counter.

Our lunch on the aft deck of MUSE that day started MUSE-prawns2with a course of delicate prawns dusted in coconut and served on a locally grown pineapple wedge. This was followed by pork belly confit marinated overnight in a dry rub of coriander, cumin, rosemary and sea salt MUSE-pork1and slow cooked, also baked pork ribs inspired by Vietnamese cookery, finished in a Vietnamese caramel sauté with balsamic and tamarind glaze. These innovative and delicious dishes were a testimony to the creative talent that seems to come quite effortlessly to Chef Caro.

The dessert was a delightfully effervescent champagne jello, which we all decided was perfect for any final course, but particularly for the forthcoming holiday celebrations. We asked Chef Caro for the recipe, which, transcribed below, presents a very clear picture of how easy it is to do at home, as well as the endearing charm of Chef Caro.

Champagne JelloMUSE-dessert
Ingredients:
12 sheets or 2 packets of Knox unflavored gelatin
1 coffee mug water
1 coffee mug sugar
1 bottle champagne

Chef-Caro-Uy“You start off with ½ a coffee mug of water at room temperature. I’m very low tech. Dump in either 12 sheets or two packets of unflavored gelatin and stir it through the water, this is called blooming the gelatin. You let it soak up a bit of the water so that its easier to dissolve later.

Take a small pot and pour another ½ coffee mug of water and a full mug of sugar. Warm up gently until the sugar is dissolved, kind of like bartender syrup, and pour this into the bloomed gelatin. At this stage it will look like a grainy mess. Stir it through to dissolve it nicely and just let it sit to cool. You can do this in the morning, then have a cup of coffee, or do your face, that’s what I do.

Here’s the trick; the sugar and gelatin syrup, which has been well mixed through, should be just nice and cool, not setting. It should be in a big mixing bowl because the next thing to do is get a bottle of champagne, cava or prosecco. This is really important; you resist the temptation to just down the champagne yourself. Instead you must dump the entire bottle into the bowl, a very liberating experience.

Give it a quick whisk through, pour it into a non-reactive container, plastic or good stainless, give it a quick taste, but not for the reason you think. You taste it to see if you want a little squisher of lime or lemon juice. I used a quarter spoon for brut champagne, if you’re using a demi-sec that somebody mistakenly gave you and you think, well I’ll make a bit of champagne jello, you may want to use a bigger squisher.

Pop it in the fridge for four or five hours. If you prefer you can pour it into nice little shot glasses or martini glasses and layer it with berries soaked in Cointreau. Do not use pineapple or kiwi because they have an enzyme that dissolves the protein in the gelatin, use any other fruit you please.

The trick to preserving the bubbles in the champagne is to be sure the syrup mixture is cool but not yet set. Do not put it in the refrigerator to cool because the sides of the container will start to gel to quickly. As you can see, it’s dead easy and tends to be very popular!”

Thanks so much Caro! Happy Holidays!

Click here for details and information about chartering MUSE in the Caribbean or Mediterranean.

Chef Caro Uy won third place in the Concours de Chef at the 2011 Antigua Charter Yacht Show.

Follow this link to explore Yacht Charter in the Caribbean.

Winners of the 2011 Antigua Charter Yacht Show: Chef’s Culinary Challenge and Table Setting Competition

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Center: Emma Beckett at awards ceremony

The culinary challenge is a much anticipated annual event that gives charter yacht chefs the opportunity to participate in an extravaganza of epicurean artistry and splendor, and be recognized and rewarded for their extraordinary talents. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Antigua Charter Yacht Show, which served as the underlying theme for both the Concours de Chef and the Table Setting Competition.

Chefs were instructed to prepare a Caribbean Celebration Banquet pared with an alcoholic or non alcoholic drink offering. Stewards and stewardess participating in the Table Setting Contest were instructed to incorporate the number 50 and a bottle of Piper Heidsieck, a sponsor of the event, in the centerpiece arrangement of a table setting suitable for a 50th anniversary.

Prizes included magnums of Piper Heidsieck, accommodations at five star resorts, Liat airline tickets, William and Sonoma gift certificates and spa treatments.

And the winners are……

Rene Kappetein, Worlds End
Rene Kappetein, Worlds End

YACHTS 160ft AND OVER

1st place: Tim Macdonald, Huntress

2nd place: Heather Kaniuk, yacht Numptia

3rd place: Thomas Francque, yacht Passion

YACHTS FROM 101 TO 159 FT
1st place: Emma Beckett, Lady J

2nd place: Gabrielle Scott, Va Bene

3rd place: Jerry Bond,  Arioso

YACHTS UNDER 100 FT

1st place: Rene Kappetein, Worlds End

 

2nd place: Adrian Martin, Lady Alliaura

 

3rd place: Caro Uy, Muse

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160FT AND OVER

Theone Penn, Troyanda

100 TO 159  FT

Hilary Gibbson, Andromeda La Dea

UP TO 99FT

Julia Fluhrer, Matau

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SEAQUELL

After viewing all of the impressive table settings the judges were inspired to spontaneously create an additional award category for the Creative Use of the Number 50 and Champagne Bottle. The winning yachts were Passion, for an artistic rendering of 50 made with glass pieces and labels from Piper Heidsieck bottles, and Sea Quell, for an elaborately Caribbean construction of palm fronds and banana leaves.

The winners of the 2011 Antigua Charter Yacht Show Concours de Chef and Table Setting Competitions add a special ingredient for clients chartering aboard their magnificent yachts!

Follow the links above to charter the award-winning yachts and click here for comprehensive destination descriptions and detailed information on Caribbean Yacht Charter.

Mersin Marina: The Largest Yachting Center, City Port and Urban Attraction on Turkey’s Eastern Shore

Mersin Marina is the largest marina on Turkey’s east Mediterranean shores with a capacity to service 500 boats in water and 500 boats in drydock.  The Turkish Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim proudly inaugurated the facility on November 28 with the goal to promote Mersin as a gateway to Caucasus, Middle East and Africa.

Screen-shot-2011-11-29-at-3.06.48-PMMersin Marina is designed by Öncüoglu Mimarlik as a city port as well as an urban social center to appeal to residents not directly involved in the marine industry. Public areas include an amphitheater with a capacity for 2,000 people and a Sports Center and Yacht Club with indoor and outdoor facilities including a spa, tennis courts, basketball field and children’s 1,000sqm entertainment park.

Sports International sports center
Sports International sports center

In additional to divers social facilities, Mersin Marina offers boat services including electricity, fresh water, sewage removal, wireless Internet, cable TV, laundry, shower, first aid, professional divers, fuel stations, a tourism agency, a car rental center, supermarkets, banks and Screen-shot-2011-11-29-at-3.29.40-PMATMs, yacht brokerage, and maintenance and repair facilities equipped with a 100 ton travel lift.

Mersin is an important center of tourism and trade with a population of 1.602.000 people living in the city center and surrounding area. The region is presently serviced by Adana international airport while a new international airport is under construction in Tarsus, just 30 km outside Mersin.

Follow this helpful link for comprehensive information to explore Charter Yachts and Destinations in Turkey.

More than 100 Spectacular Luxury Charter Yachts in Attendance at the 2011 Antigua Charter Yacht Show

DSC_0053It is the 50th anniversary of the Antigua Charter Yacht Show and reasons for the longevity of the popular event abound. The show sets the stage for charter agents to view the stunning array of availabilities for the forthcoming Caribbean charter season, to meet with captains and crews, and to sample delicacies of the many remarkably talented chefs.

The attending yachts, which range in length from 46 feet to 245 feet, are berthed  in three marinas, Falmouth Harbour, English Harbour and Nelson`s Dockyard. Our charter experts have been on board several of the yachts in all three locations.

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PANTHALASSA Stairwell

At English Harbor top yachts included the magnificent 184ft. Perini Navi, PANTHALASSA, a high performance sailing yacht with a James Bond flare. BLISS, a striking 121ft. Dubois, features stunning interiors embellished by exotic elements such as sting ray skin and glass embedded metal. The attractive crew of BLISS ranks highly for enthusiasm and charm.

The week long annual event also features the popular Concours De Chef and table setting competition. This year chefs are asked to prepare a Caribbean banquet celebrating the Antigua Charter Show’s 50th anniversary.

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BLISS Crew

Piper Heidsieck is sponsoring the Steward/Stewardess Table Setting Challenge with a prize for the most imaginative and elegant Caribbean themed anniversary table decoration incorporating the number 50.

Check back for continuous updates about top yachts and show events!

Follow this link for excellent information about Antigua and Caribbean Sea Yacht Charter and to launch your charter adventure through these breathtaking islands.

Tropical Lemon Crash Cocktail Courtesy of The Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda, BVI

The Bitter End Yacht Club, North Sound, Virgin Gorda, shares their secret to stimulating holiday cheer.  Celebrate the season with one of their favorite (and famous) 16 Sounders, the Lemon Crash:

1 ½ – 2 oz Mount Gay Rum

1 – 2 whole lemons cut up

½ ounce lime juice

2 oz simple syrup

Ice to fill glass

Blend all the ingredients together. Garnish with a lemon slice and a cherry. Enjoy!

They would also like to remind you that neuroscientists have concluded that the best naps take place in a hammock.

Here is a useful link to launch your exploration of Yacht Charter in the British Virgin Islands

Follow this link for information and nautical chart of Virgin Gorda, BVI