Choosing the Right Berth for your Private Vessel or Luxury Charter Yacht with Direct Berth

July 07, 2015

Direct Berth provides support for yacht owners with berth search requests, berth reservations (be it long term or short term), as well as facilitate the purchase and management of a given berth. Direct Berth’s berth sales specialists are available to assist with all reservations, purchases, rentals or sales of berths. We have spoken to the company’s Managing Director, Henk E. van Egmond, who was kind enough to provide us with more information on their services. 

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What does Direct Berth specialise in?

Direct Berth International Brokerage division is solely dedicated to the sale, rent and purchase of marina berths. By specialising in this niche market only, our knowledge and experience has led us to become a leading berth broker regardless of destinations. From small yachts to luxury superyachts, we deal with the best destinations of choice for the discerning yacht owner.

What can superyacht owners and customers expect from Direct Berth in terms of service?

Berth search request (long stays), berth overnight reservations support services (short stays. We also support owners that have chosen to rent out or sell your their berth; we utilise our database to contact clients interested in a berths that match. If the owner is considering buying, selling or renting a marina berth or moorings we will also provide complete support. We will organise transport for the yacht to new destinations, finding the best rates while choosing from amongst the leading yacht transport companies. In addition we help with all the procedures related to berth purchase, transfer as well as the financial and legal process.

What do you recommend for yacht owners looking for a berth as a first thing to do?

Once we have received a berth search request from a client we would discuss his cruising behaviour and what he liked about any previous marinas he has been to or experienced. Sometimes yacht owners seek a life-style marina, e.g. Port Adriano, Mallorca or Marina Ibiza, or a standard marina to basically use only to ‘park’ their yacht; as they may not use or require the various usual port facilities like restaurants, bars, shops or yacht services. We would ask if they use their yacht as a second home and how important is the ‘backyard'(city, country site). We ask about their budget as the annual fee can differ from marina to marina; for example a 20-metre berth can cost anywhere between about €15.000 per annum to € 80.000 per annum. Once they have chosen the marina, we make sure to check the exact location of the berth, the wind direction, beam, parking distance and the contractual terms.

In case of purchase it depends if the clients is buying a share of the marina or a right to moor the yacht. Is the berth number a registered property through notary or can the yacht can be moved anywhere else in port; is there a club membership fee to be paid, what are the marina maintenance fees on top of the purchase, check for any port taxes and government taxes. Does the yacht owner receive a renting fee when his berth has been rented out in the boat’s absence?

In case of rental most of the above applies, and in addition, in case of a private beth owner, it is important to make sure that the port is aware and will allow your yacht to moor in this berth.

What are the most sought-after destinations in the world when it comes to berth rental and sales?

In the Mediterranean we have Spain (The Balearic Islands), West Coast of Italy, from Rome right up to Monaco, the French Riviera. There is also Montenegro with its Porto Montenegro, a new destination for luxury yachts and yacht charter vacations.

Asia and Pacific is becoming more and more popular, including Thailand and Singapore. It is still a reasonably small market, but growing fast. Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar are popular in combination with homes.

In the the USA we have the Caribbean. Clients here are mostly interested in rental, instead of purchase and almost exclusively during European winters.

Which marinas are amongst the most exclusive?

Our favourite list in the Mediterranean includes Port Adriano, designed by Philippe Starck in Mallorca, Marina Ibiza in Ibiza, Porto Cervo in Italy, Baia Scarlino in Tuscany, Italy, Marina Port Vell – a new super yacht port in Barcelona, and once again Porto Montenegro in Montenegro.

With the European charter season in full swing, it might be hard to find available berth for super yachts at the Mediterranean marinas at this stage. Is this correct or is it still possible to find some prime berths around? Or is it better to reserve your berth well in advance of the season?

For charter yachts above 30 metres it is best to book well in advance especially at the hot spots like Ibiza, Mallorca or Southern France. There is a steady increase in superyacht sales/purchase year after year (about 25% increase). However berth at the marinas are not increasing with the same rate. With the current restrictions on marina capacities in the Med, we can see a logjam on the horizon. We can expect and can already experience increased congestion – ‘nice boat no berth’ situations, with the Western Mediterranean being still the most popular cruising ground for superyacht charters and yachting.

60% of all superyachts are based in Med and the prices for berths are surging to new hights across the entire Mediterranean. There is a high demand for berth with less space available. We believe the problem will continue to increase fast; mainly 40-75 metre berths will become an issue as only about 160 berths are available in today’s crowded market.

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General Info about Berthing

Since many yachts are ‘on the move’ during the summer, it is still possible to rent a berth during the high European charter season for a few nights – but to find a permanent berth in some of the locations can become a true challenge! Call The Berth Concierge at Direct Berth for more information and professional service in regard to your berth requirements. They are ready to help with all the procedures around berth purchase, transfer or any other related financial and legal processes.

Latest 54m Superyacht SKUA54 concept by Ira Petromanolaki of IP.YD studio

July 07, 2015

The beautiful renderings below of the all-new 54,10-metre superyacht SKUA54 concept have been proudly unveiled by Ira Petromanolaki of IP.YD studio from Greece. Boasting sophisticated exteriors and stylish interiors, the well sized motor yacht SKUA54 concept features an impressive maximum beam of 8,30 meters and a draught of 3 meters.

New 54m superyacht SKUA54 by Ira Petromanolaki of IP.YD

New 54m superyacht SKUA54 concept by Ira Petromanolaki of IP.YD

Luxury motor yacht SKUA54 concept - aft view

Luxury motor yacht SKUA54 concept – aft view

Super yacht SKUA54 concept from above

Super yacht SKUA54 concept from above

SKUA54 yacht concept

SKUA54 yacht concept

Luxury yacht SKUA54 concept - Exterior

Luxury yacht SKUA54 concept – Exterior

Dubois-designed 46m Feadship Super Yacht KISS delivered

July 07, 2015

The multi-award winning design studio, Dubois Yachts, is pleased to announce that their 46,4-metre super yacht KISS has been delivered. Currently available for sale, luxury motor yacht KISS represents the second Dubois design built by the prestigious Dutch shipyard, Feadship.

Dubois-designed 46m Feadship superyacht KISS

Dubois-designed 46m Feadship superyacht KISS

Boasting a powerful and purposeful exterior profile, the tri-deck KISS superyacht features a breath-taking upper deck, entirely dedicated to Owner. This consists of a private owner’s apartment, complete with a six-seat dining table on the aft deck and a lovely saloon.

Super yacht KISS

Super yacht KISS

Luxury yacht KISS underway

Luxury yacht KISS underway

Guest accommodation aboard luxury yacht KISS is divided into a spacious VIP suite on the main deck, providing fantastic views, thanks to the glazed bulwarks. Furthermore, there are three generous twin cabins and a double stateroom, in addition to four crew cabins, a special staff cabin and a captain’s cabin.

Luxury motor yacht KISS

Luxury motor yacht KISS

KISS Yacht - Sun deck with Jacuzzi

KISS Yacht – Sun deck with Jacuzzi

The many fine features aboard KISS yacht include a sun deck with Jacuzzi, a transom swim platform, as well as a special underwater ‘play-pen’.

Motor yacht KISS - Saloon

Motor yacht KISS – Saloon

KISS superyacht - Dining

KISS superyacht – Dining

Dubois-designed superyacht KISS has transatlantic range and is run by twin 1,450ho Caterpillar diesel engines. They can push her to a maximum speed of 16,5 knots and a very economical cruising speed of 14 knots.

View more charter yachts with design by Dubois here.

The Carlyle Group announces acquisition of Lauderdale Marine Center – The Largest Yacht Repair Facility in US

July 07, 2015

July 2, 2015 saw the global alternative asset manager, The Carlyle Group, announce the acquisition of Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC). This represents the largest yacht repair facility in the USA in terms of the number of large vessels it can haul and service.

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“In partnership with the outstanding management team and staff at LMC, we will build upon LMC’s success through growth and continued innovation and superb customer service,” comments Thad Paul, Managing Director at The Carlyle Group. “Favorable demand trends in the mega-yacht industry and the high barriers to entry for new supply in Southeast Florida attracted us to the investment.”

Located in Fort Lauderdale on the New River, LMC is a 50-acre facility, featuring a boatyard, marina and marine service center. It accommodates yachts up to 200 feet in LOA with 19 covered sheds and 156 wet slips, has three marine travel lifts with haul-out capacity up to 330 tons, and features 7,000 linear feet of dockage.

Carlyle’s plans for LMC include minor renovations and several expansions in the near term. Mark Pratt, General Manager of LMC since 2000, comments: “Carlyle has a track record of value creation in its business and property investments, which makes their ownership a welcome development for LMC. With our state-of-the-art facilities and unique operating model that allows captains to choose their own contractors, we are ideally positioned for future growth.”

The Italian Sea Group to showcase Admiral Silent 76 Sailing Yacht GIGRECA at Autumn Boat Shows in Cannes and Monaco

July 07, 2015

The Italian Sea Group will showcase the Admiral Silent 76 sailing yacht GIGRECA at the 2015 Cannes Yachting Festival as well as the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show, both running in September. Luxury Yacht GIGRECA is a beautiful fast cruiser, offering a high level of customization both inside and outside. During the last year’s Monaco Yacht Show, she received the plate referring to the Green Plus Platinum certification and Comfort certification, both issued by RINA (Registro Italiano Navale).

Admiral Silent 76 GIGRECA Yacht under sail

Admiral Silent 76 GIGRECA Yacht under sail

GIGRECA yacht represents a new breed of blue-water cruising yachts. Featuring a dark metallic grey hull with dark red waterline stripes and beige superstructure, she boasts a double engine configuration which guarantees fast and safe passages, without compromising the performance under sail.

Gigreca Yacht - Exterior

Gigreca Yacht – Exterior

Fully customized by the owner, the elegant interiors of luxury yacht GIGRECA offer comfortable accommodation in four large cabins, including a master cabin, a VIP cabin, one double berth and one double bunk cabin, each served by en-suite head with separate shower. Forward below deck, the crew area can be found, with direct access from deck, featuring a double bunk cabin, a separate head with integral shower and a laundry corner.

Sailing yacht Gigreca - Cabin

Sailing yacht Gigreca – Cabin

Externally, GIGRECA yacht offers huge spaces which are totally dedicated to relax, sunbathing and ‘al-fresco’ dinners, being the most of the rigging hidden below deck. Aft of the steering wheels, a flush deck area can be filled with cushions for sunbathing and from this area there is a deck access to the opening transom and garage. This is one of the highlights of the yacht, being one of the biggest garages ever found on a yacht of this size. It is able to store one waterjet tender up to 3,2 meter and a jet ski.

See more charter yachts by Admiral here.

Picking the Perfect Yacht Charter Destination

July 07, 2015

Sailing into the flaring sunset, sipping cocktails on the deck, starlit soirees and endless days of pirate style adventures soaked in luxury, this is what the superyacht lifestyle is all about. For those seeking other worldly experiences upon the seas there is a little more to it than simply stepping aboard and drifting away, you need to pick a luxury yacht charter locations that suits your style.

Motor Yacht Starfire

Motor Yacht Starfire

From gliding under icy tundra’s and feeling the spray from whales crashing in the Arctic Sea to diving from your superyacht deck into pristine warm waters in the Bahamas, no two charter destinations are the same. With the right luxury yacht, a knowledgeable captain and dedicated crew the world can truly be your oyster. Those seeking ultimate glamor with a dash of glitz will adore the French Riviera whereas those wanting offbeat into the wild moments of daring may find the shores of Norway are calling. To celebrate our unique world of wonders you can dare to dream big when picking the perfect superyacht charter destinations.

Skagsanden Beach - Flakstad - Lofoten - Photo Sonia Arrepia Photgraphy - Visitnorway.com

Skagsanden Beach – Flakstad – Lofoten – Photo Sonia Arrepia Photgraphy – Visitnorway.com

Thrill Seeking or Beach Chilling

Every destination in the world can accommodate a certain theme, for extreme adventures you head to jungle soaked shores, for fine food and a splash of artistic temperament you head to Europe, for a blissful beach break with spa days and cocktails the Caribbean is calling. When planning your superyacht rental adventure it helps to know a little about what you are looking for. Couples seeking romance on secluded shores can choose the British Virgin Islands and spend endless days snorkelling in the rainbow gardens, indulging in massages on their superyacht and picnicking in empty pirate coves. Families wanting thrills on the high seas will adore the pirate inspired energy and the scattered shipwrecks of the Bahamas and keen golfers can tee off on some of the best courses in the world in the bliss and beauty of the emerald greens and blues of the Caribbean. You can choose a divine destination based on how you plan on spending those hours when you aren’t indulging in the luxuries of your superyacht charter.

The Caribbean - Bahamas - Exumas -  Bahamian island paradise

The Caribbean – Bahamas – Exumas – Bahamian island paradise

Winter Warmers or Sultry Summers

If there is frost on the ground and you are dreaming of sunning yourself on the polished deck of a luxury motor yacht with a chilled cocktail in hand, then a winter sun escape may be the perfect choice. For those planning a European escape to the summery isles of Greece or Italy then you need to be sure that the months you choose to travel are warm enough to make the most of your superyacht style. High season and low season can affect your superyacht plans, spring times in Europe may be more peaceful but stepping from your yacht into the soft blue waters may nip the skin a little. Seasonal travel can also come with heightened prices, throngs of tourists and less tranquility whereas with low season travel you can enjoy quiet shores but the days may be more likely to be marred by the weather.

Europe - Greece -Mykonos -Lighthouse

Europe – Greece -Mykonos -Lighthouse

Childish Delights or Sophisticated Style

When picking the perfect superyacht destination you also need to consider who is onboard to share in the pleasures of sailing. Adults will adore spending their hours sipping the finest cognacs, indulging in onboard massages and tiptoeing around ancient ruins and opulent museums. Children may prefer the thrills of Jet Skiing around the Corsican coast, treasure hunting in the Virgin Gorda, and splashing in the waterparks of Greece or seeing wildlife dart in and out of the rainforests on exotic shores. Many superyachts are designed to tailor trips perfectly to the needs of their charter guests meaning that you can strike the perfect balance between culture, indulgence and play. Crew members can help keep little ones entertained and with plenty of toys and tenders on board, exploration is encouraged. Yet for some children the casinos of Monaco or exclusive beach clubs of the French Riviera won’t be as much fun as the natural playgrounds that can be found in the islands of the Caribbean.

France - Corsica - The Port de Plaisance of Bonifacio

France – Corsica – The Port de Plaisance of Bonifacio

Comfortable Pastures or a Challenge

Perhaps once upon a time you fell in love with the crumbling cliffs, the postcard pretty houses and the secret seafood places of the Amalfi Coast and you dream of returning. Maybe you want to tick diving in the blue holes of Belize off your bucket list or soak up the thrills of exploring a new culture. Whether you want to revisit old favorites or whether you want to see something new and indulge in intrepid travel will also impact your choice of superyacht destination. Of course with qualified diving instructors on board, intimate knowledge of secret coastal spots and every kind of craft for perfecting the art of watersports no two days are ever the same on a luxury superyacht charter.

Amalfi Coast in Italy

Amalfi Coast in Italy

Right Yacht at the Right Destination

When planning your next yachting holiday, make sure to reach out to a charter company that has access to all available yachts. Choose an impartial one that works for you personally (not the yacht owner) and has your best interests at heart – like CharterWorld.

Luxury Travel

Luxury Travel

For additional information and personalised itineraries, please contact our professional and experienced charter agents who will be pleased to assist you in organising your next dream holiday.

Eight Luxury Yachts by PRINCESS on display at forthcoming Cannes Yachting Festival

July 07, 2015

This September will see Princess Yachts return to Cannes Yachting Festival with an amazing line-up of eight luxury yachts on display, including the striking Princess 35M yacht. From September 8 to 13, at Jetée 106, the prestigious UK shipyard will provide visitors with an insight to the unique quality, peerless craftsmanship, as well as timeless style found in every Princess yacht. The festival will also mark the start of the company’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Luxury yacht Princess 35M underway

Luxury yacht Princess 35M underway

The highlight of the line-up will be the all-new superyacht Princess 35M, an innovative, powerful and graceful yacht, providing the most luxurious and sociable onboard experience. The global launch of this exciting new yacht, with her sophisticated exterior, represents an evolution of the M Class craft. Inspired design can be found in the raised pilot house, accessible from both the flybridge and lobby area, and continues with the ingeniously designed foredeck area, which incorporates an attractive and generous seating, as well as sun lounging area.

Motor Yacht Princess 35M Flybridge - Image courtesy of Princess Yacht International

Motor Yacht Princess 35M Flybridge

Alongside the luxury motor yacht Princess 35M, the Princess 52, 56 and 68 will make their debut at the show. The Princess 82 superyacht, V39 and V48 Open will make up the line-up with a second show appearance from the elegant Princess S72 yacht.

Princess S72 Yacht

Princess S72 Yacht

More charter yachts built by Princess can be found here.

New Luxury Trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25 launched by PI Super Yachts

July 07, 2015

PI Super Yachts has proudly launched the new luxury trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25, boasting a highly innovative charging autosail technology, ensuring near silent eco-friendly running. Measuring 25 meters in length, luxury yacht DRAGONSHIP 25 belongs to a new range of sailing trimarans, destined for the luxury end of the yachting market. The flagship of the fleet is the 80m mega yacht DRAGONSHIP 80, unveiled in 2014.

New 25m luxury trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25 by PI Super Yachts

New 25m luxury trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25 by PI Super Yachts

Superyacht DRAGONSHIP 25 offers a total of 291sqm of sumptuous luxury living space and incorporates the very latest technology. She is designed to easily sleep up to 10 guests and four crew members for extended cruising. The master stateroom can be found in the main hull with fixed portlights in the transom.  Four ensuite guest staterooms are positioned on the main deck, while the twin crew cabins are situated in the amas. There are also vast dining and lounge areas at the aft cockpit, as well as salon and flybridge which has port and starboard helm stations. An extended deck hosts a 5,2m tender and hydraulic crane. Each ama houses a lazarette with fold-down swim platform aft, storing a wonderful selection of water toys.

Luxury sailing trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25 from above

Luxury sailing trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25 from above

“At PI Super Yachts, we pride ourselves in providing creative solutions to the design, usability and environmental issues that our clients face.” The “Baby-Dragon” as CEO and founder Will O’Hara likes to call the DRAGONSHIP 25 yacht is ‘carbon free’, with electric propulsion and solar PV panels on the coach roof and integrated into the Autosail wingsail. This results in zero carbon fuels, zero emissions and almost silent running on full power, providing owners with a truly ethical sailing experience with zero impact on the environment.

DRAGONSHIP 25 Yacht - aft view

DRAGONSHIP 25 Yacht – aft view

Boasting durable design and top quality materials for environmentally ethical sailing, all of the Dragonship range of vessels incorporate British design, Autosail technology and ecological blue sky thinking mixed up with the company’s ‘blue sea ethos’.

Majestic CNB 76 Sailing Yacht LEO to be displayed at Cannes Yachting Festival 2015

July 07, 2015

The majestic CNB 76 sailing yacht LEO will be showcased by the French shipyard CNB at the 2015 Cannes Yachting Festival in September. Launched in 2013, the first CNB 76 luxury yacht LEO has been beautifully designed by Philippe Briand.

CNB 76 Yacht LEO - Photo credit to Nicolas Claris

CNB 76 Yacht LEO – Photo credit to Nicolas Claris

Built in infused composite, the seaworthy, elegant, efficient, comfortable and easy to handle 23-metre semi-custom LEO yacht mixes up all of CNB’s superyacht expertise with first class development and meticulous construction. The blue water yacht boasts sleek hull lines, construction quality, luxurious comfort and overall elegance.

Luxury yacht LEO under sail - Photo by Nicolas Claris

Luxury yacht LEO under sail – Photo by Nicolas Claris

LEO Yacht from above - Photo by Nicolas Claris

LEO Yacht from above – Photo by Nicolas Claris

Created by Jean-Marc Piaton, the beautiful interiors of the first CNB 76 luxury yacht LEO can accommodate up to 6 guests in maximum comfort. There is a full-beam owner’s cabin, as well as lovely guest cabins. These have double or single beds according to the guests’ wishes and one cabin has a bunk bed for a child. Moreover, LEO can sleep a professional crew, with crew accommodation completely separated from owner’s and guest cabins to ensure maximum privacy.

CNB 76 Yacht LEO - Galley - Photo by Nicolas Claris

CNB 76 Yacht LEO – Galley – Photo by Nicolas Claris

LEO Yacht - Saloon - Photo by Nicolas Claris

LEO Yacht – Saloon – Photo by Nicolas Claris

The lines of LEO yacht perfectly integrate a raised saloon, ideal when sailing as well as at anchor. The layouts are as harmonious as they are comfortable and truly functional.

CNB 76 LEO Yacht - Owners Cabin - Photo by Nicolas Claris

CNB 76 LEO Yacht – Owners Cabin – Photo by Nicolas Claris

LEO Yacht - Owners Bathroom - Photo by Nicolas Claris

LEO Yacht – Owners Bathroom – Photo by Nicolas Claris

Below is a great video of the first CNB 76 luxury sailing yacht LEO.

More charter yachts built by CNB Bordeaux.

Successful Inaugural Pendennis St Kitts Rendezvous hosted by Christophe Harbour

July 06, 2015

The inaugural Pendennis St Kitts Rendezvous has been a huge success. Hosted by The Marina at Christophe Harbour, the all-new superyacht marina, nestled in the gorgeous St Kitts yacht charter location, the event provided seven luxury yachts with two days of relaxed fun.

Aerial view of Christophe Harbour.

Aerial view of Christophe Harbour

Following the official opening of the Marina earlier this year, this event was the first of its kind to be hosted by Christophe Harbour. The parade of sail was a fantastic sight, especially for local residents, who have teamed up closely with the Christophe Harbour team to bolster the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis’s reputation as a new superyacht destination.

Discussions about a collaborative event first appeared five years ago with Pendennis executives. “We admire Buddy’s determination to create a first class superyacht marina and new destination in this region,” said Toby Allies, Director of Sales and Marketing for Pendennis. “Pendennis is pleased to have solidified a partnership with him and Christophe Harbour at such an early stage in the marina’s development. It’s the first step in creating a fantastic event which we hope will continue for many years to come.”

St  Kitts Superyacht Marina - Photo by Cory Silken

St Kitts Superyacht Marina – Photo by Cory Silken

“We are honored to have Pendennis put such faith in us and in the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis as to bring their impressive fleet to our shores. While this may be the first of such events, it will certainly not be the last,” comments Superyacht owner and founder of Christophe Harbour Buddy Darby, following the success of the event.

The Pendennis St Kitts Rendezvous will undoubtedly ensure strong links between Pendennis and the Caribbean and hold a clear place in the calendar of sailing yachts world over in the future. A sentiment reflected by one of the visiting captains this year: “In years to come when Christophe Harbour is firmly fixed on the superyacht radar we will be able to boast that we were among the first to be there.”