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 International Unveiling of the New Lagoon Seventy 8

Since 1984, Lagoon have produced over 3,000 sailing catamarans globally, firmly placing themselves as one of the leading pioneers within the industry. In more recent years they have been at the forefront of the catamaran world and they continue to push the limits of innovation and quality.

In an interview earlier this year, the globally renowned designer Patrick le Quément, who designed the exterior of the Seventy 8, stated: ‘Our desire was to increase the emotional charge of the Lagoons, giving them greater charm to accompany the architectural breakthroughs that have made the brand an archetype.’

So, how has Patrick and the rest of his design team attempted this and has it been successfully achieved? Our brokers went to the international launch of the Lagoon Seventy 8 at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2017 to check it out.

From the get-go, we were completely enchanted by the Seventy 8. Stepping aboard, we were greeted by a large wooden dining table, complete with super comfortable seating pads, we couldn’t help but fall in love with her effortless style.

Walking into the cleverly compartmentalised saloon, it was obvious to see why Lagoon has become serious competition for the builders of luxury power catamarans. Two large corner sofas dominate the living area – perfect for relaxing evenings with family. The innovative design of the saloon allows for further sofa space whilst keeping the Captain’s controls separate from guests.

Head downstairs into the Master Cabin and you will notice that the elegant interior styling flows seamlessly throughout, with subtle trim lighting adding a modern edge. Without a doubt, the highlight of the Master Cabin is the drop down hydraulic balcony. This space allows for total privacy; your own personal platform for gazing out onto breath-taking views, peer through the glass floor and you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the kaleidoscopic sea life in the crystal-clear waters below.

The flybridge provides another shaded platform for dining and enjoying the surroundings as well as a bar for endless cocktails and canapés. The Lagoon Seventy 8 is seriously impressive and stylish, we’re hooked!

What’s changed from the Lagoon Seventy 7?

What we believe has been achieved in the Lagoon Seventy 8 is the outstanding and innovative use of space on the bow, never seen before on their previous models. For example: on the Seventy 7 range, the bow is dominated by duo netting for sunbathing, whilst the Seventy 8 has opted to replace these nets with teak decking and beautifully appointed sunpads and puffer-stools, resulting in both aesthetically pleasing and ergonomically advanced effects, as well as opening-up the space.

So, the question is, has Patrick and his design team achieved what they set out to do? Does the Lagoon Seventy 8 host features of emotional charm and architectural breakthroughs? Overall, our brokers unanimously agree that the new Lagoon line is 78ft’ of expertly designed, yachting perfection. From aft deck to bow, from master cabin to the four-peak cabin, from the state-of-the-art entertainment system to the silverware; the Lagoon Seventy 8 is simplistic innovation at its finest.

Watch this space for Lagoon Seventy8’s debut into the charter market, we can’t wait to get our hands on it!

 

Escape to the Stunning Seychelles!

For over 40 years, the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) has been taking care of some of the most pristine waters in Asia….the marine national parks of the Seychelles! The Seychelles are easily accessible nowadays, with regular international flights from South Africa, Asia and the Middle East flying into the main island of Mahe. The other main island, Praslin, is about 4-5 hours sailing to the north, or you can take the fast catamaran service to start your Seychelles yacht hire in Praslin.

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St. Martin: The Ultimate Family Charter Yacht Vacation

If you are a first time charterer seeking a gentle experience that features the excitement of an ocean voyage but never losing site of land then St. Martin is the ideal place for you. Charter guests of all ages will want to spend time on the many stunning beaches around the island, go snorkeling and enjoy the local beach barbecues and island music.   There are also many activities onshore that will give everyone a chance to stretch their sea legs.

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Diving in Tahiti — the 8th Wonder of the World!

We have all heard about the seven Wonders of the World – such as the Taj Mahal, the Great Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China.

Surely, one of the candidates for the 8th wonder of the natural world must be diving in the lagoons of Tahiti! With 40 meters of visibility, shallow blue lagoons protected by reefs, and then drop offs into the deep oceans, this area is a true marvel.

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FOREVER: The Perfect Crewed Yacht for your Mexican Adventure

Following on from yesterday’s post on Christmas and New Year in Mexico, FOREVER is the perfect yacht to take you there.

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After an extremely successful show at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival, the iconic Sunreef 60′ power cat is currently one of the most talked about yachts in her class. Combining the space, comfort and fuel economy of a catamaran with the speed and range of a motor boat, the Sunreef 60′ power cat is ideal for the modern day green charterer who demands the very best quality!

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When you’re selecting the perfect charter yacht for your next vacation, you will want to have a dedicated crew with unrivalled expertise. Aboard FOREVER, you will be mesmerised by Captain Julian’s expert recommendations for the most secluded coves, private beaches, premier dive sites, and the best ancient Mayan ruins on the Yucatán peninsula.

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Aft Dining

After a busy day exploring the impressive Mexican coastline, there is no better way to spend the evening than in your very own private restaurant on the aft deck! Sample the finest local fish and seafood, cooked in an elegant yet simple manner. Why not start off with a simple salmon tartare, complemented by a creamy avocado guacamole – a classic fusion of French technique with local Mexican ingredients. Chef Fabrizio’s Italian routes and classical French training are the perfect base for creating exciting new flavour combinations, providing you with plenty of unforgettable opportunities.

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The final part of the jigsaw in this winning combination of quality yacht with a celebrated crew are the myriad of water toys. Whether you simply want to cruise into secret coves and anchorages on the tender, try your hand at water skiing or make full use of the onboard diving equipment in one of Mexico’s renowned dive centres, your charter on FOREVER will stay with you for a lifetime!

Tenders & Toys: 
William tender for 8
Inflatable Kayaks
Water Skis
Diving equipment for 4 people + 1 for dive master
Snorkeling Equipment
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Contact the Boatbookings Team today to discuss your next charter plans. Follow us via our newsletter for the latest yachting trends, as well as the finest charter yachts in the most sought after holiday destinations.

 

Mexico Bareboat Charters: New Base Opening October 2014

Here at Boatbookings.com, the bareboat team are constantly on the search for new and exiting places to go sailing, so it is with great excitement that we learn of a new charter base opening in Mexico.

Enjoy the glorious beaches of Mexico

A small fleet of charter yachts comprising of monohulls and catamarans will be available from La Paz. Described by famed French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau as “the world’s aquarium” and “the Galapagos of North America”, this beautiful region combines stunning desert vistas with world-class sailing in the Sea of Cortez. La Paz may be the region’s commercial and political center but this city has retained its’ laid back coastal vibe.  Meaning ‘peace’ in Spanish, La Paz is set amongst ancient laurel trees, coconut and date palms and is surrounded by the beautiful yellow desert.

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Start your charter from the exclusive Costa Baja resort which offers a full service marina, dive shop, supermarket and various restaurants, before heading out to the Sea of Cortez which has been drawing sailors to the peaceful corner of Mexico for generations.  Set sail on the sporty Dufour 455 or choose from a range of Lagoon catamarans or a power cat – the Sea of Cortez awaits!

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Whet your appetite with our 7 day sailing itinerary in Mexico perfect for your bareboat charter. If you have any more questions about chartering in Mexico, contact Boatbookings today!

The Best of the BVI!

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.

Shallow Aqua Waters Along St. Croix St. Croix, Virgin Islands

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.