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!


Toiletries and Clothes for a sailing holiday

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is soap-589824_1920-1024x768.jpg

Toiletries!

Small!
Bathrooms, heads, whatever you want to call it – they are small! You will find that a lot of showering will be done on the Aft deck. For ease, comfort but above all, it’s a far better view! I’m unsure if I had one shower in the head where I came out without bruises all over my arms!

Shampoos
Bar shampoos are increasing in their popularity. Not only are they eco-friendly but they last for ages, they end up being very economical! Try opting for eco/marine safe soaps. Shops around the marinas often stock marine friendly soaps, if not have a shop around – there’s a lot available out there.

Conditioners
Sea salt is damaging for your hair, this coupled with exposure to the sun means your hair is likely to be damaged. In order to prevent this opt for heavier conditioners, or hair oil. I used a rich shampoo and hair oil – this kept my hair from breaking and becoming frizzy.

Skin care
Like it or not you have to wear sun cream and it’s not up for debate!! You are exposed to not only the sun but also the wind that can damage your skin. Take care of it! Opt for heavier skin creams, factor 30+. I used to wear ski sunscreen on my face as it also protects from wind. At night use coconut oil in the raw form it’s fantastic! Coconut oil has many uses. You can cook with it, use it on your skin or use it as an alternative to conditioner. Subsequently, this saves space in your bag!


This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is jason-briscoe-156649-unsplash-1024x683.jpg

Clothes!

Out and about
When packing clothes for your charter its best to pack for what sort of holiday you are going to be experiencing. If, for example, you are going to high-end restaurants along the South of France, or the Amalfi coast then perhaps add some shirts and heels! If you are opting for a more relaxed charter in places such as Greece, Caribbean, Croatia and the Bahamas op for more casual clothing. Remember that hanging space is limited in yachts with hangers becoming scarce! Keep it loose and airy, like any warm holiday you don’t want clothes that are thick and clingy.

Sailing
I found that when I was sailing in the Med I would typically be in bikini bottoms and a long t-shirt. Loose, soft t-shirts were my go to. I would rarely ever wear fabrics that were nylon based. Linin is great to wear when sailing.

Sunglasses, caps, and water shoes are a must. When long lining mooring- or simply snorkeling around the coast (best places for snorkeling hands down is the Bahamas or Caribbean!) put on some water shoes! They might not be the most flattering of shoes, but it beats treading on sea urchins or slicing your feet on rocks! Yes, I had to take out sea Urchin needles out of a guests foot! Plus, once you’re in the water no-one can see your feet!

When chartering, especially mid-season the lines can become a bit stiff with sea water so if you have delicate hands chuck on a pair of gloves… I promise people won’t take the mick out of you….. too much!

Sleeping
You will be warm. End of! Keep it light, shorts and a vest top will be fine. If you have the opportunity to sleep on deck grab it with both hands! You’ll sleep a lot better.

Bring a hammock with you and tie it to the forestay and shrouds. Not only are they comfortable to sleep in, but during the day they are exceptional to read a book in, or if you are like me a glass of cold white wine! You can tie them up with either a Double Clove Hitch or you can get fancy with a Prusik knot.

Dazzling Dufour

Overlooking the Bay of Biscay is home to one of the biggest shipbuilders in the world – Dufour. Dufour is unrivaled in its quality of yacht building, from hand lamination to their meticulous yacht assembly. Italian designed, but 100% French made, Dufour has the style and sophistication you would expect by these two style orientated countries. Dufour works closely with Umberto Felci, world-class naval architects, who together have created yachts that deliver elegance, performance, and comfort – a truly luxurious yacht.

Due to Dufour`s comfortable sail, and easy maneuverability, Dufour’s are very popular in the Mediterranean especially in Greece and Italy. Dufour`s are no stranger to winning awards and regattas. Amongst the many awards and nominations, the Dufour Grand Large 520 was awarded the 2018 Boat of the year by Cruising World. Besides the obvious beauty, the Dufour`s distinctive design sets them apart from other yacht designers.

A Dufour yacht is characterized by a well-balanced hull ensuring she`s stable even under sail. Dufour has reduced its wettage surface (area below the water line) to increase her performance but not compromising on her comfortable sail. It`s small design ideas like this that attracts sailing enthusiasts from all over the world to charter a Dufour.

We have some of the newest Dufour’s in the Mediterranean. With 2019 yachts based in the best sailing areas in the world such as Greece and Croatia be sure to get in touch! To secure a booking for your summer charter simply enquire here!

Captivating Catana Catamarans – BALI LINE

Bali cats, how what where and when?

(Artist: John Webber, artist aboard Cook’s ship. Source: Scanned from page 20 of the following book. Grant, Glenn (2004) Hawai`i Looking Back: An illustrated History of the Islands, Mutual Publishing, pp. 454pp)

The 1600s marks the birth of the new multihull ideology which would later become one of the most recognized yacht models across the sailing community. It was first believed to have been two logs bound together and later developed into two cannons being held together to give that famous multi-style. Catamarans have moved on from this once prehistoric engineering into some of the most celebrated yachts in the world. This was not without skepticism, the first recorded Catamaran designed by William Petty was not a commercial success. The multihull design was virtually unused for around 160 years following its initial introduction.

Come the mid-1900’s century catamarans started to come into a league of their own. The cat designs traveled worldwide, with England and the Americas jumping on the bandwagon to start producing the multihull sailing yachts. Famed for stability, these yachts started to beat Monohulls in regattas all over the world. Nowadays catamarans exude luxury and racing excellence.

They’ve become so popular in the sailing-holiday-cruising-style due to their space, catamarans are not only novice sailors favorites but are fast becoming the Luxury crewed alternatives to monohulls. This versatile yacht can be utilized in many different ways, not only been built for cruising but have also developed into hydrofoiling racing cats and power cats .

We have Bali catamarans based in some of the most elite sailing destinations in the world. If you are after luxury, space, and easy sailing then this yacht is for you! Space is hard to find on monohull yachts that are under 40ft, but even with 32 ft cat space will never become an issue. Built for speed and cruising, these yachts are perfect for exploring shallow waters around the Caribbean, or island hopping in the Greek or Croatian islands.

With large Balis accommodating up to 12 guests, these yachts provide ample space for a stunning charter with family and friends. Bali has furnished their yachts to a high specification creating a dynamic, comfortable sail. Bali catamarans are pioneers in the way that they develop their yachts. They are always searching for rules to break, and putting sailors comfort and ease of sailing at the forefront of everything they create. Check out our catamaran yacht charter guide for more information on chartering a catamaran.

The Future Mediterranean Metropolis of Yachting

Centred around innovative technology and preservation, the rejuvenation of the Port Vauban in Antibes aims to deliver security for both customers and local business while being ecologically responsible and respectful of cultural heritage. Rich in historical architecture and culture, linking the area’s heritage to this futuristic port project will also be key in the integration of town and marina.

Continue reading

6 Must-See Super Yachts at FLIBS 2016

FLIBS is right around the corner – and we have plenty of reasons to be excited. After all, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, held between the 4th – 7th of November, is the biggest yachting event of the year. We’ll soon be heading to the ‘Yachting Capital Of The World’ to attend the 57th edition of FLIBS, where 3.5 billion USD worth of yachts will be showcased over 5 days. Here are the  6 super yachts  we are looking forward to seeing the most, and why. Continue reading

ALEGRIA – one of the best 5 cabin crewed catamarans in the BVI

Alegria

Presenting ALEGRIA, a brand new Fountaine Pajot Sanya 57 catamaran: accommodating up to 10 guests in 5 double cabins: this is one of the very few 5 double cabin catamarans in the Caribbean, based in the BVI.

Captain Nathan, chef/mate Penny

Our Broker Director Lambros has had several clients onboard ALEGRIA and has nothing but superlatively positive comments for her crew: “Nathan and Penny are the perfect crew for such a lovely catamaran; they really raise the standards of crewed catamaran chartering in the BVI’s; professional, polite, knowledgeable, they are perfect for families and all-adult clients alike.

Huge aft deck with al-fresco dining area

Fly bridge

ALEGRIA has spacious exterior areas,  which makes her perfect for a sunny winter BVI relaxation. There is plenty of room for you to enjoy the almost endless summer.

Contact Boatbookings today about chartering ALEGRIA, while she still has selected dates available for the winter season!

Cutting Edge Technology Unveiled in Monte Carlo

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.

Monaco-Sea-Trials-ahead-of-the-Solar1-Monte-Carlo-Cup-2014

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.

3

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.

1

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.

2

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.