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10 Mediterranean Superyachts with Fantastic Water Toys Selections

May 26, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

When heading to the luscious beaches of the Mediterranean, it’s rarely enough to bring just your towel and beach umbrella: whether travelling to the Balearic Islands in Spain or the Dodecanese in Greece, the scintillating waters are filled with extraordinary sights from WWII wrecks to underwater caves and tunnel systems – not to mention the profusion of marine life unique to the Mediterranean in the air and on the beaches as well as under the sea.

And what better way to explore along the coastline than with your own water toys? From fast-paced Waverunners to leisurely kayaks, water toys can be a crucial element to the success of a charter with the young and young at heart. Take a look at these 10 fantastic luxury charter yachts and the water toys that make them such a success.

Lioness V

Benetti superyacht LIONESS V

Benetti superyacht LIONESS V

Benetti superyacht LIONESS V (ex.LIONHEART) is an impeccable choice for entertaining with her stunning interiors and beautifully planned exterior deck spaces, not to mention her other on board facilities of a comprehensive gym, steam room, home theatre, a tee-it golf machine and every tempting meal from a Michelin trained chef.

Amongst her water toys is an impressive collection of high-tech and traditional equipment, from Waverunners to snorkelling gear. Those guests who like to catch their own dinner will be please to know that fishing gear is also available on board, and the barbeque on the sundeck will turn a fresh catch into a memorable holiday meal.

As a PADI Certified Dive Centre, every guest has the opportunity to earn their PADI Diving Licence while discovering the underwater treasures of the Ionian Islands of Greece or the reserves around the Strait of Gibraltar in Spain. Amongst her incredible collection of water toys is a flyboard, windsurfer and sail boat for high-octane action and adventure. Take a look at her special offer and be in with a chance to charter M/Y LIONESS V during the height of the season at a greatly reduced rate.

Motor yacht LIONESS V - Sundeck

Motor yacht LIONESS V – Sundeck

Water toys:

  • 3 x jet skis
  • 2 x Seabobs
  • 2 x paddleboards
  • 2 x wakeboards
  • 2 x splashmats
  • 2 x waterskis
  • 1 x flyboard
  • 1 x Laser sail boat
  • 1 x windsurfer
  • 1 x surfboard
  • diving equipment
  • Scuba diving equipment
  • snorkelling equipment
  • fishing gear, and
  • towable toys

Length: 64m/208ft

Beam: 12m/40ft

Year: 2006

Accommodation: 12 guests/6 cabins

Charter grounds: Eastern Mediterranean, Western Mediterranean

Price: €425,000-€650,000 p/w plus expenses

Special offer: First two weeks in July from €499,000 p/w plus expenses (a saving of 24% off the normal high season charter rate)

 

Titania

Luxury yacht TITANIA - Built by Lurssen

Luxury yacht TITANIA – Built by Lurssen

This luxury yacht is booking up fast for the summer season and it’s not hard to see why: a home cinema, expansive spa pool on the sun deck, sauna and a spa room with massage facilities, and all at an amazing price for the Monaco Grand Prix.

A finalist in the World Superyacht Awards 2013 for Best Refitted Yacht, the quality of motor yacht TITANIA (ex.APOISE) makes her an excellent choice for charters with family members of all ages.

As an Approved RYA Water Sports Centre, each guest can learn how to use the equipment and end the holiday with skills that will last a lifetime.

Superyacht TITANIA - Upper Deck spa pool with bar seating

Superyacht TITANIA – Upper Deck spa pool with bar seating

Water toys:

  • 2 x sail boats
  • 2 x kayaks
  • 2 x Waverunners
  • 2 x Seabobs
  • 2 x jet skis
  • paddleboards
  • wakeboards
  • waterskis
  • Scuba diving equipment
  • snorkelling equipment, and
  • an inflatable water park

Length: 45m/147ft

Beam: 13m/43ft

Year: 2006 (Refit: 2012)

Accommodation: 12 guests/6 cabins

Charter grounds: Eastern Mediterranean, Western Mediterranean

Price: €490,000-€600,000 p/w plus expenses

Special offer: €300,000 per week plus expenses for the Monaco Grand Prix

 

Perseus^3

Sailing yacht PERSEUS^3. Photo credit G. Sargentini

Sailing yacht PERSEUS^3. Photo credit G. Sargentini

Not many sailing yachts come with such a comprehensive toy chest as 60m/197ft superyacht PERSEUS^3, and her ample deck space with facilities more often associated with a motor yacht (including a Jacuzzi and gym) earned her a place as a finalist in the World Superyacht Awards 2016 for Sailing Yacht of 45m and above.

Explore the waterways of the Mediterranean at your own pace with kayaks, paddleboards and Scuba diving equipment to find the wildlife and natural wonder that few visitors ever experience.

Water toys:

  • 2 x water skis
  • 2 x kayaks
  • 2 x paddleboards
  • 2 x wakeboards
  • a waterslide
  • Scuba diving equipment
  • snorkelling equipment
  • beach games, and
  • inflatable toys

Length: 60m/197ft

Beam: 11m/37ft

Year: 2015

Accommodation: 12 guests/5 cabins

Charter grounds: Eastern Mediterranean, Western Mediterranean

Price: €250,000 p/w plus expenses

 

Meamina

Superyacht MEAMINA - Built by Benetti

Superyacht MEAMINA – Built by Benetti

For opulent parties and endless summer fun, there aren’t many yachts that can compete with motor yacht MEAMINA with the quality of her crew: Two exceptional chefs and a trained massage therapist and an instructor for the water toys on this Approved RYA Water Sports Centre make her a superyacht like no other. Coupled with facilities including a sundeck gym, karaoke, games consoles plus ease of access with a lift (elevator), no guest will be at a loss for things to do while in transit or while anchored at the unbelievable coast of Italy and Montenegro.

Water toys:

  • 2 x Waverunners
  • 2 x paddleboards
  • 2 x kayaks
  • 1 x flyboard-surfboard
  • 1 x windsurfer
  • 1 x jet ski
  • 1 x jetsurf
  • a waterslide
  • a trampoline
  • water skis
  • wakeboards
  • kneeboards
  • Scuba diving gear
  • snorkelling gear, and
  • inflatable and towable toys

Length: 59m/195ft

Beam: 10m/34ft

Year: 2009

Accommodation: 12 guests/6 cabins

Charter grounds: Eastern Mediterranean, Western Mediterranean

Price: €315,000-€350,000 p/w plus expenses

 

Icon

Superyacht ICON - Built by Icon Yachts

Superyacht ICON – Built by Icon Yachts

Luxury yacht ICON is the yacht to charter for guests looking for a yacht flawlessly balanced between action and leisure: an infinity swimming pool on the main deck complements the expansive beach club with a shower, while a sauna and hammam offer guests a place to recover and rest tired muscles before heading off to a new location and activity.

Amongst the water toys is the uncommon choice of 2 canoes for travel along the coastline to explore the caves and arches of the French Riviera and the Amalfi Coast.

Luxury yacht ICON - Main salon

Luxury yacht ICON – Main salon

Water toys:

  • 4 x water skis
  • 4 x paddleboards
  • 3 x wakeboards
  • 2 x jet skis
  • 2 x Seabobs
  • 2 x canoes
  • 2 x paddleboards
  • 1 x windsurfer
  • water skis
  • Scuba diving equipment
  • fishing gear, and
  • inflatable toys

Length: 68m/223ft

Beam: 11m/38ft

Year: 2009 (Refit: 2014)

Accommodation: 12 guests/6 cabins

Charter grounds: Eastern Mediterranean, Western Mediterranean

Price: €500,000-€550,000 p/w plus expenses

 

Savannah

Motor yacht SAVANNAH - Built by Feadship. Photo credit: Feadship

Motor yacht SAVANNAH – Built by Feadship. Photo credit: Feadship

Designed with a strong connection to the maritime environment in mind, mega yacht SAVANNAH wowed the judges when she made her debut in 2015 and went on to win an unprecedented number of accolades at the following awards ceremonies, including Motor yacht of the Year at the Superyacht Design Awards 2016.

Her spectacular original interiors blend with outdoor spaces for a stronger connection to nature for an environment both innovative and functional. The submerged move theatre allows guests a unique opportunity to see the marine fauna and flora hidden just under the surface of the waves without putting a foot into the water, although with the unrivalled variety of water toys on board every guest will want to spend as much time as possible playing in the water.

There are a number of unique toys rarely seen on luxury yacht charters, including 2 jet surfs and a flyboard, as well as 4 mountain bikes for land-based exploration.

Mega yacht SAVANNAH - Main salon. Photo credit: Jeff Brown

Mega yacht SAVANNAH – Main salon. Photo credit: Jeff Brown

Water toys:

  • 4 x Seabobs
  • 4 x paddleboards
  • 3 x kayaks
  • 2 x sail boats
  • 2 x Waverunners
  • 2 x jet skis
  • 2 x jet surfs
  • water skis
  • wakeboards
  • Scuba diving equipment
  • snorkelling equipment, and
  • inflatable toys

Length: 84m/273ft

Beam: 13m/41ft

Year: 2015

Accommodation: 12 guests/6 cabins

Charter grounds: Western Mediterranean

Price: €1,000,000 p/w plus expenses

 

Highlander

Mega yacht HIGHLANDER - Built by Feadship

Mega yacht HIGHLANDER – Built by Feadship

Luxury yacht HIGHLANDER may have been built in 1986 but she’s anything but outdated: last refitted in 2014 to update her appearance and amenities, she is an excellent party yacht for the Mediterranean with a dance floor, movie theatre and a helipad for ferrying your extra visitors to and from the mainland.

The on board spa room with massage services will help you to recover from the night before, ready to start the day afresh. The Italian Riviera is dotted with dive sites with the highest concentration around the Portofino Marine Reserve. Picturesque towns and villages form the backdrop to an afternoon of adrenaline-fuelled fun or a paddle through the bays.

Luxury yacht HIGHLANDER - The glass ceiling skylounge

Luxury yacht HIGHLANDER – The glass ceiling skylounge

Water toys:

  • 2 x Waverunners
  • 2 x Seabobs
  • 2 x kayaks
  • 1 x paddleboard
  • 1 x wakeboard
  • 1 x kneeboard
  • water skis
  • Scuba diving equipment
  • snorkelling equipment
  • fishing gear, and
  • inflatable and towable toys

Length: 49m/162ft

Beam: 9m/29ft

Year: 1986 (Refit: 2014)

Accommodation: 12 guests/7 cabins

Charter grounds: Eastern Mediterranean, Western Mediterranean

Price: €141,000-€184,000 p/w plus expenses

 

Slipstream

Superyacht SLIPSTREAM - Built by CMN

Superyacht SLIPSTREAM – Built by CMN

Another impressive award-winner with entertainment geared towards all ages, luxury yacht SLIPSTREAM took 4 awards in 2009 and was a finalist in 4 other categories. Contemporary and art deco interiors combine with hand-carved details to make comfortable and interesting living environments that make use of the natural light that pours through the expansive windows.

An outdoor cinema on the sundeck has evening entertainment sorted for the whole family, and during the day individuals can relax on the sunpads or in the Jacuzzi while taking in the scenery of Croatia and spectating the other guests on the water toys.

As an Approved RYA Water Sports Centre and a PADI Certified Dive Centre, guests can learn how to use all of the water toys and earn their PADI Diving Licence in some of the world’s most interesting coast land.

Water toys:

  • 3 x paddleboards
  • 3 x kitesurfs
  • 2 x Waverunners
  • 2 x Seabobs
  • 2 x kayaks
  • 1 x Laser sail boat
  • 1 x windsurfer
  • 1 x kneeboard
  • water skis
  • wakeboards
  • a waterslide
  • Scuba diving equipment
  • snorkelling equipment
  • fishing gear
  • inflatable and towable toys

Length: 60m/197ft

Beam: 11m/37ft

Year: 2009

Accommodation: 12 guests/7 cabins

Charter grounds: Eastern Mediterranean, Western Mediterranean

Price: €329,000-€357,000 p/w plus expenses

 

Kohuba

Luxury yacht KOHUBA - Built by Princess Yachts

Luxury yacht KOHUBA – Built by Princess Yachts

Capable of a top speed of 27 knots, motor yacht KOHUBA is one of the faster choices in this list for groups looking to see and do as much of the Mediterranean within a short amount of time. Immaculate interiors are further enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies on either side that can be opened to produce a through breeze.

This Approved RYA Water Sports Centre has an hydraulic swim platform provides ease of access to the water and there are sets of water toys for both adults and children for a holiday that includes everyone in the fun.

Motor yacht KOHUBA - Main salon

Motor yacht KOHUBA – Main salon

Water toys:

  • 3 x Seabobs
  • 2 x paddleboards
  • 2 x water skis (Adult and child)
  • 2 x wakeboards (Adult and child)
  • 1 x jet skis
  • 1 x waterslide
  • snorkelling equipment, and
  • inflatable and towable toys

Length: 30m/100ft

Beam: 7m/23ft

Year: 2016

Accommodation: 10 guests/5 cabins

Charter grounds: Western Mediterranean

Price: €80,000-€85,000 p/w plus expenses

 

TV

Superyacht TV - Built by Lurssen

Superyacht TV – Built by Lurssen

Last on the list is luxury yacht TV (ex.MADSUMMER), a finalist in the World Superyacht Awards 2009 for Best Displacement Motor Yacht of 1,300GT to 2,999GT (approximately 60m – 84m) and absolutely packed with facilities for a holiday as memorable on board as when off adventuring: Her 5 decks contain a beauty salon with spa services, a steam room and sauna as well as a gym for when you are travelling between destinations.

Not to be outdone in her choice of water toys, superyacht TV has an excellent selection of Seabobs, Waverunners and kitesurfers to choose from. Plus, as a PADI Certified Dive Centre, guests can safely learn how to dive in one of the most diverse locations in the world for shipwrecks.

Motor yacht TV - Upper deck dining and outdoor lounging

Motor yacht TV – Upper deck dining and outdoor lounging

Water toys:

  • 5 x Seabobs
  • 4 x Waverunners
  • 4 x kayaks
  • 4 x surfboards
  • 4 x paddleboards
  • 2 x jet skis
  • 2 x wakeboards
  • water skis
  • a waterslide
  • Scuba diving equipment
  • snorkelling equipment, and
  • inflatable and towable toys

Length: 78m/256ft

Beam: 14m/46ft

Year: 2008 (Refit: 2011)

Accommodation: 12 guests/10 cabins

Charter grounds: Eastern Mediterranean, Western Mediterranean

Price: €850,000 p/w plus expenses

10 Ways to Have Fun on a Luxury Superyacht

November 01, 2016

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Planning a luxury trip on a superyacht this winter and looking for some great entertainment ideas? With many years of experience in luxury superyacht charters we know how to provide an ultimate fun. Here we have compiled a list of 10 amazing ideas.

1. Yacht Slides

Good old waterslides are everyone’s favourite. Kids and adults know them from world renowned aqua parks, where waterslides are available in different hight providing the most exciting experience. Inflatable water slides is a great way of having your own small water park anywhere you cruise. Below is an image of Northern Sun, one of the superyachts available for charter in the Southeast Asia, which features some water toys, including an inflatable water slide.

Charter Yacht Northern Sea and its Water Slide

Charter Yacht Northern Sun: Water Slide

2. Quadski

One of the advanced luxury yacht toys is the world’s first sports amphibian, the Quadski. The unique feature of the Quadski is being able to reach a maximum speed of 45 mph on both water and land, while a transition time between them is just inly seconds.

Gibbs Quadski

Gibbs Quadski

3. Electric Surfboards

Another innovative toy that will surely provide ultimate fun with a pinch of adrenaline is an inflatable electric surfboard. This fast inflatable surfboard is agile and can reach 29 mph.

©Lampuga Electric Surfboard

Lampuga Electric Surfboard

4. SuperPool 

SuperPools have become a popular addition to inflatable toys available on board superyachts. It can be anchored off a yacht or set up off a beach. A superpool is a fully inflatable unit, which is also available with floors. It also provides a great benefit of spending a quiet time away from others, or a fun for kids enjoying a private pool of much larger size than available on boats.

SuperPool

SuperPool

5. Seabobs

Wether you are a diver or a snorkeler, or simply love water fun, seabob will be your favourite water toy on a luxury yacht charter in warm waters. Seabob is a high engine watercraft able to reach a speed of 20kph.

Seabobs and S/Y Narvalo, which has recently joint charter fleet

6. Submarines

Ever watched movies back in early 2000s and dreamt of having a private mini-submarine? This is your chance to make a dream come true. A wide range of mini-submarines with the latest advanced technology are available on board some luxury super and mega yachts. Equipped to carry a captain and a few guests, mini-submarines can fit in a tender garage of a yacht and are available for your disposal.

Mini-submarine GSE Trieste VAS 52560

Mini-submarine GSE Trieste VAS 52560

7. Banana Boat

A must-have water toy banana boat won the hearts of many a few decades ago. Extremely popular banana boat commercial rides are offered around the world, with a popular twist by the end of a ride of being thrown in a water. Used with your tender, your luxury superyacht crew ensures you are happy with a ride and speed while your kids stay safe too.

Banana Boat

Banana Boat

8. Water trampolines

Trampolines are believed to be kids’ most favourite amenity on any playground. What could be better than having a water trampoline available on a superyacht? This will keep your kids busy for hours, especially when there are a few of them on your charter yacht.

Water Trampolines

Water Trampolines

9. Climbing Walls

Climbing walls are a great addition to an inflatable water slide to be able to get back on board, and are also amazing being used alone. Providing various difficulty levels, climbing walls is a joyful  activity for both kids and adults. Climbing ropes and handholds provide comfortable grip making your water activities more fun.

FunAir Climbing Wall

FunAir Climbing Wall

10. Hydroplane Superyacht Tender

A wide variety of superyacht tenders are available on the market to suit all preferences and wants. What about something new and totally different? Alpha Centauri recently presented its new hydroplane tender, which is believed to be the Lamborghini Miura on the water. Powered by 9.5-litre Chevrolet V8 engine this 8.3 metre can become your favourite water toy or a super-fast tender. Bright red sports-car interior features air conditioning, heating, and seats up to 4 passengers. An impressive top speed of the tender is 60 knots, which makes it one of the fastest in the world.

Hydroplane Tender by Alpha Centauri

If you require any information on luxury superyachts for charter contact our team at CharterWorld for the best advice and service and we will make sure you have a luxury and, very importantly, fun experience on your next yacht charter.

Creating Luxury Yacht Fun: Oceanemo & FunAir

October 25, 2016

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The collaboration of the luxury yacht builder Oceanemo and FunAir is a step in rethinking the next generation of yachts. In the past couple of years there has been a growing demand for ultimate sports utility yachting experience. Providing luxury yacht fun has become a significant concept in attracting new and younger owners to the world of luxury yachting. Oceanemo and FunAir seem to have found a perfect solution. Together, OCEANEMO and FunAir have rendered the 33, 44 and recently launched 55 metre Sport Utility Yachts a haven for the fun, outdoor lifestyle which generation X owners crave.

Oceanemo 44

Oceanemo 44

The Sport Utility Yacht series by Oceanemo provide a distinctive feature of wide and open spaces on board. Their design allows to store a large amount of tenders, amenities and toys in covered and open-air areas. In fact, offering a full-beam 105 sq m hangar below the 126 sq m half-raised main deck means that Oceanemo 55 yacht has the largest storage capacity currently available on the market.

FunAir Yacht MYS 2016

FunAir Yacht MYS 2016

funair-bigair-yacht-blob

FunAir BigAir Yacht Blob

The exceptional space on board Oceanemo 55 stores an owner tender, a crew tender, two water-jets plus a helicopter or airplane with folding wings and a host of FunAir yacht slides, climbing walls, personal-water-craft docks, SUP’s and other inflatable toys. What is more, each yacht toy is designed to be folded tighter and lighter, while the patented RapidFlate technology allows to inflate them six times faster than any others on the market.

A scaled model of Oceanemo 44 metre Sport Utility Yacht will be on display in Superyacht Pavilion at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2016.

oceanemo-44m-fall-05

Oceanemo 44 m

Press Release: Announcing the Argos 305 rib tender

June 15, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

A new luxury rib tender has been designed by Facheris Design and developed in collaboration with Argos Nautic. The first of a series is the Argos 305. The following is a Press Release from Facheris Design and Argos Nautic.
Press Release
Announcing the Argos 305 rib tender
Facheris Design has collaborated with, Argos Nautic, a company headquartered in Miami, FL to develop a new line of luxury rib tenders.
Facheris Design & Argos Nautic tender

Facheris Design & Argos Nautic tender

The Argos 305 rib tender is the first of the series. The 10′ center console model has seating and legroom for four, yet is compact enough to fit in to most mid-sized yacht garages. The aesthetic, ergonomics and details make this new tender a standout in the rib tender market. The tenders can be coordinated to match any yacht and are fully customizable, with no detail over looked.
Facheris Design & Argos Nautic tender

Facheris Design & Argos Nautic tender

They are lightweight and can also be used as toys. Argos will offer accessories including headrests and wind screens in the future. A 13′ model is already in the works and should be in production by September, and there will be more to come in the future. Facheris Design was responsible for interior and exterior styling as well as naval architecture.
Contact Argos Nautic for details.

Flying under water in Turkey – New Adventure for your Superyacht Charter Vacation?

May 07, 2015

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Flying under water in Turkey? Now you can! If you happened to be at the Palmarina Bodrum in Turkey recently, you might have noticed a strange watercraft cruising around the marina. In fact, DeepFlight, creators of innovative underwater craft, delivered the new DeepFlight Super Falcon high performance personal submarine to Palmarina Bodrum, the only mega/giga yacht marina in Turkey and the first marina to own this super-exciting craft. Guests aboard luxury yachts visiting Turkey will now have the opportunity to enquire about the possibility of flying under water to further enrich their superyacht charter vacation experience.

Super Falcon under water

Super Falcon under water

With more than forty-five years of experience innovating underwater craft to open human access to the oceans, DeepFlight has created DeepFlight Super Falcon personal submarine capable of underwater flight and unparalleled exploration of the amazing underwater world.

DeepFlight Super Falcon in Turkey at Palmarina Bodrum

DeepFlight Super Falcon in Turkey at Palmarina Bodrum

As opposed to traditional submarines that dive by allowing water to flood into tanks and sinking them, DeepFlight subs are unique in design and technology. Instead they use thrust and lift to fly underwater, mimicking oceanic mammals. Experiencing the underwater world aboard DeepFlight cannot be compared to a traditional submersible, providing those aboard with a unique and lifetime experience. With the range and significant speed DeepFlight can offer, you can keep pace with whales, dolphins and other sea creatures. DeepFlight submarines can safely and easily do rolls, flips and banks underwater, just like a jet but under water. The DeepFlight Super Falcon, is capable of reaching a rate of 6 knots, which is fast enough to cruise with sharks or a pod of dolphins.

Experiencing DeepFlight Super Falcon in Turkey at Palmarina Bodrum

Experiencing DeepFlight Super Falcon in Turkey at Palmarina Bodrum

Graham Hawkes, founder of DeepFlight, said about the recent delivery to the marina: “We are very excited that Palmarina Bodrum will be the first marina to own a DeepFlight submarine. Designed for comfort, safety, 360 degree viewing, and the unique experience of underwater flight, Super Falcon is the ideal craft for exploring the beautiful waters of the Turkish Riviera. With its world-class facilities and access to dive destinations, we believe that Palmarina Bodrum will provide an ideal base for submarine operations.”

Super Falcon flying sub from DeepFlight

Super Falcon flying sub from DeepFlight

Adam Wright, President of the Company, added, “We have worked hard over the last twenty years to innovate the most advanced and safest submersibles available for private use. DeepFlight now has its craft operating from yachts, resorts and other shorebases around the world, and we expect to see these numbers growing as we introduce our next model, DeepFlight Dragon, this year.”

Launching of Super Falcon from mega yacht Maltese Falcon

Launching of Super Falcon from mega yacht Maltese Falcon

Cenk Bircan, General Manager of Palmarina Bodrum stated, “We are very excited to take delivery of a DeepFlight Super Falcon submersible, and we look forward to exploring from our marina base, as well as from S/Y Hazar Yildizi. We are very proud to have a pioneering role in managing all exclusive demands in terms of marina operations and offering high end services beyond expectation. Palmarina Bodrum has already turned the region into a world famous sailing destination, and we believe it will soon become known as an unparalleled base for submarine operations.’

Palmarina Bodrum in Turkey - Photo Palmarina Bodrum

Palmarina Bodrum in Turkey – Photo Palmarina Bodrum

In May 2011 the Palmali Group has acquired and reconstructed Palmarina Bodrum, strategically situated on the southern tip of the Aegean Sea. It is the only mega yacht/giga yacht marina in Turkey and the largest marina in the region in terms of mooring capacity. Palmarina Bodrum can accommodate 620 boats in total and offers over 70 berths for luxury mega yachts of over 40 metres in length. The marina is one of the numerous DeepFlight submarine owners, including entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson; Red Bull co-founder, Dietrich Mateschits; and venture capitalist Tom Perkins.

Palmarina Bodrum in Turkey - Photo credit to Palmarina Bodrum

Palmarina Bodrum in Turkey – Photo credit to Palmarina Bodrum

So, next time you’ll visit the Turquoise Riviera on a luxury yacht charter vacation don’t forget to ask at Palmarina Bodrum about their flying submarine!

For assistance in arranging your amazing Turkey yacht charter vacation, with a personalised itinerary to include the underwater flying experience in Bodrum, Turkey, contact our professional and friendly team CharterWorld brokers here. If you wish, you can also browse a selection of some of the yachts available for Turkey yacht rental here.

A very successful 12th Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX)

January 13, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Sunday, January 11, 2015, saw the 12th Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), presented by Thailand Elite, come to an end, following four busy days of deal-making at Royal Phuket Marina, a breath-taking Thailand yacht charter destination. Thousands visited the Show daily, re-writing the record books, emphasising the Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) as Asia‘s leading consumer boat show.

A record display and visitor turnout at this years Phuket International Boat Show.

A record display and visitor turnout at this year's Phuket International Boat Show

A record of more than 5,000 visitors – verified by an independent auditing company at the Show – made PIMEX 2015 the biggest yet. But for the organisers, numbers is only part of the story.

“We’re very happy with the turnout, and with over 5,000 independently verified visitors this year it is one of the busiest Show’s to date. However, our focus for PIMEX goes beyond the numbers. Our focus is on attracting quality visitors, the type with an interest in the offerings at the Show and those who have purchasing power,” said Mr. Andy Dowden, PIMEX Show Director. “Having talked to many people at the Show, the feedback from exhibitors and the interest from serious buyers has been very encouraging. We expect there to be a lot of business done after the Show as a result of leads made at the Show.”

A packed marina included 17 boats over 20 metres in length and a total of 51 boats on display.

A packed superyacht marina included 17 yachts over 20 metres in length and a total of 51 boats on display

Following record numbers of 2,000 visitors on the first day, thousands of interested buyers from within Thailand and overseas each day enjoyed the offerings onshore and in-the-water, with visitors continuing to arrive long into the evening. Confirmed sales at the Show include real estate, products by Sea-Doo and Quadski, lots of interest in brokerage boats and with offers made, as well as contracts signed for new builds and luxury cars.

The boardwalk at Royal Phuket Marina was abuzz from opening to closing, and long into the nights, with a collection of pop-up bars and eateries complementing the established restaurant outlets. The marina atmosphere was accentuated by a packed in-water display of 51 boats.

PIMEX 2015 from above

PIMEX 2015 from above

“The quality of boats on display included many of the top brands from around the world as well as Thailand’s leading dealers and brokerages. With boats from 32-foot to 112-foot the variety was impressive, as was the 17 boats over 20 metres in length – another record for PIMEX,” added Dowden. “With 51 boats displaying, the in-water space for the Show was close to full. We are already looking at expansions in-water for 2016 and new ideas onshore which will increase the available exhibition space and also enhance to the visitor experience.”

Dates for the 13th Phuket International Boat Show are set: 7th to 10th January 2016 at Royal Phuket Marina.

Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) – the Show of choice for new yachts, brands and product launches

January 09, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), the leading consumer boat show in Asia, represents the Show of choice for new yachts, brands, as well as product launches. The top yacht brands from all over the world have chosen to debut their latest models in the Asia and Thailand market places at the currently running PIMEX 2015. The event will run at Royal Phuket Marina, a fabulous Phuket yacht charter destination, until Sunday, January 11.

Many top boat brands and luxury products are choosing PIMEX for their Asia and Thailand launches

Many top boat brands and luxury products are choosing PIMEX for their Asia and Thailand launches

“We are seeing more boats, luxury brands and products choosing PIMEX as the platform to launch into Thailand and Asia. This year we have boats from Sanlorenzo, Wider Yachts, Princess Yachts, Gulf Craft, Monte Carlo Yachts and Custom Line all making their debut in Thailand, and for some, Asia,” said Mr. Andy Dowden, PIMEX Show Director.

According to The Wealth Report 2014, the number of ultra-high net worth individuals in Thailand grew by 147 percent between 2003 and 2013, and is expected to grow another 52 percent by 2023, offering a promising outlook for the country’s yacht market. On the back of this, Gulf Craft – one of the world’s leading superyacht-building shipyards – is launching their Oryx 42 into Thailand and their Gulf Craft Majesty 48 into Asia at the Phuket International Boat Show.

“PIMEX is one of Asia’s premier boat shows, both in terms of how well it is produced and how well it succeeds in attracting top calibre attendees,” said Mr. Erwin Bamps, CEO of Gulf Craft. “For Gulf Craft, our participation in the event is pivotal to bringing our line-up of luxury vessels to the forefront of Thailand’s increasingly affluent boating community, and to being an active participant in Asia’s thriving maritime industry.”

The Ferretti Custom Line NEXT 112, presented by Lee Marine, is the largest boat in PIMEX 2015

The Ferretti Custom Line NEXT 112 yacht, presented by Lee Marine, is the largest boat in PIMEX 2015

Debuting at PIMEX this year is the Ferretti Custom Line brand of yachts. Part of the Ferretti Group, the Ferretti Custom Line NEXT 112 yacht is the largest boat in the Show and is part of a four boat display by Thailand dealer Lee Marine, who having exhibited at PIMEX every year since the show’s beginning 12 years ago, see the value of the Show as a regional marketing platform.

Other new boats in the Show this year include Monte Carlo Yachts. Launched into Asia last year, PIMEX 2015 is the first time Monte Carlo Yachts are in-the-water and through local dealer Simpson Marine have a strong presence at the Show.

The first solar-assisted luxury catamaran, Heliotrope 65, is also debuting at PIMEX as is the made-to-measure Sanlorenzo brand who are present with the Sanlorenzo 72 presented by their Thailand dealer Derani Yachts.

The Sanlorenzo 72 Asian debut at PIMEX, displayed by Derani Yachts

The Sanlorenzo 72 Asian debut at PIMEX, displayed by Derani Yachts

Princess Yachts, represented by Boat Lagoon Yachting, have an impressive line-up of seven motor yachts ranging from 42 to 88-foot in the Show. The group have chosen PIMEX as the Asian premier for the all new Princess 68 – an exciting departure from Princess-convention with a galley-aft arrangement on the main deck – and are also showcasing a new Princess 64 which is dedicated for the luxury yacht charter market. Also launching into Thailand at the Show is the Princess 88 yacht, the star of the Princess Yachts line-up.

Speaking of their large presence at this year’s PIMEX, Rico Stapel, Charter & Marketing Manager said: “PIMEX is a key part of our marketing strategy and we have chosen to launch a number of new models to both the Thai and Asian marketplaces here at the Show. Following a busy first day, the feedback has been very encouraging and we look forward to showcasing Princess Yachts to the large international demographic that PIMEX attracts.”

In addition to their presence at the Show with Princess Yachts, Boat Lagoon Yachting have recently been appointed sole distributor for Wider Yachts in Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia, and the Wider 32 yacht tender is presented for the first time in Asia.

Other business that have chosen to showcase at PIMEX for the first time, and to launch their products into Thailand’s luxury marketplace include Quadski – high speed amphibious vehicles that operate on land and water – Markagain – a platform from Italy for the management and resale of pre-owned luxury assets such as yachts, luxury cars, real estate and more – and Archi Studio – specialists in architectural design and building materials using advanced technology.

Thailand’s ultimate luxury lifestyle show, PIMEX, has proven to be the Asian event of choice in for successful regional launches by global brands.

New FunAir Adjustable Yacht Slide at a price not yet seen in yacht slide market

November 27, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

FunAir, the world-renowned company specializing in premium sealed air inflatable yacht toys, and National Marine Suppliers, the premier yacht supplier and logistical support group, are proud to present a new, in-stock Adjustable Yacht Slide at a price not yet seen in the yacht slide market. The Adjustable Yacht Slide is ready to ship and can be handed over in time for the holidays. Below is an image of the Adjustable Yacht Slide on the Azimut charter yacht Hye Seas.

Adjustable Yacht Slide aboard Azimut charter yacht Hye Seas

Adjustable Yacht Slide by FunAir aboard Azimut charter yacht Hye Seas

FunAir and National Marine Suppliers identified a commonly requested inflatable slide size from customers and feedback from global crew surveys conducted with Yachting Pages Media Group on the Mediterranean and Florida coasts. “Because of production efficiencies we gained by manufacturing multiple slides at one time, we’re able to offer the Adjustable Yacht Slide at $6995. That’s about half what it usually costs a yacht owner for a custom designed inflatable slide,” Anastasia said.

FunAir continues to lead the industry in designing exciting new custom yacht toys and the company responded to demand some customers had for quick ship yacht slides. “Our mission is to maximize the fun for yacht owners and their families and guests. When our customers asked for a yacht slide they could receive in days rather than weeks or months, we listened,” said FunAir Co-Founder and CEO, Eric Goldreyer. In addition to saving thousands of dollars on a yacht slide, yacht owners can receive their slides in days, rather than wait weeks or months for a custom model to arrive. The Adjustable Yacht Slide can be delivered in time for this holiday and yachting season.

FunAir Team

FunAir Team

FunAir Co-Founder and Chief Architect of Fun, Mark Anastasia and his design team have created more than 200 custom inflatables for megayachts across the world – more than all other companies combined. Anastasia drew on that experience to create a slide that accommodates many yachts and could be produced and warehoused for quick shipment. Designed to complement FunAir’s custom yacht inflatables offering, the Adjustable Yacht Slide provides another option for some yacht owners who prefer to have their slide delivered quickly, rather than wait for it be custom made.

The Adjustable Yacht Slide is designed to fit on yachts with deck railing heights of between 4M and 5.5M to the waterline. Like all FunAir sealed air inflatables, the Adjustable Yacht Slides are made with commercial-grade 0.9mm PVC materials with UV protection and are backed by a 3-year warranty.

Superyacht water toy SEABREACHER to make premiere at Dubai International Boat Show 2015

November 25, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The ultimate superyacht water toy Seabreacher is set to make its premiere at the upcoming Dubai International Boat Show 2015 in March.  The Seabreacher represents a dramatic breakthrough in recreational boating. Over ten years  of meticulous engineering and extensive testing have resulted in a very safe and stable watercraft that can endure the continuous punishment of the marine environment. Each Seabreacher is hand built to the individual customer’s desired specifications.

Superyacht water toy Seabreacher

Superyacht water toy Seabreacher

Available in Shark style X model, Killer Whale Y mode, or Dolphin style Z model; each Seabreacher is a unique creation where customers can select from a vast array of individualized options. The organic lines of the vessel’s sculpted body present an unforgettable sight, like the twisted union of a marine mammal and a high performance fighter jet. The acrylic canopy and underwater view ports give pilot and passenger a near 360 degree view as they fly through the water at breathtaking speed.

And don’t forget to hold your breath: the SeaBreacher gives you the possibility of diving just beneath the surface for brief durations.

Launch of new U-Boat Worx high-performance HP Sport Sub 2 submersible for superyachts

October 29, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The well known Dutch submersible manufacturer, U-Boat Worx, has launched its new ultra-compact 2-person “HP Sport Sub 2”. This is a high-performance submersible, ready to fit on board any superyacht. It can even be towed behind a car.

HP Sport Sub 2 - Bow

HP Sport Sub 2 sibmersible by U-Boat Worx - Bow

According to Founder and Chairman Bert Houtman, this remarkable submersible design is “suitable for all superyachts from 30 meters and up”. The luxury submersible has a 100-meter (330-feet) depth-rating and weighs only 2,200 kg. Add to that its ultra-low height of 136 cm (53 inches) and superb performance, and in the HP Sport Sub 2 you have easily the best choice among personal sports submersibles.

“The design is attractive, but above all, safe and functional”, says Houtman.“We’ve adopted a very different look compared to traditional submersibles, but without compromising safety and ease of use – the ability to easily board the craft at the surface, for example.”

HP Sport Sub 2 - side view

HP Sport Sub 2 - side view

The result is a modern and streamlined submersible with fantastic performance. Whether at the surface or underwater, its speed and maneuverability are exceptional. Although this “subsea-Ferrari” was principally designed to maximize the excitement of diving, U-Boat Worx has created a full-fledged submersible.

U-Boat Worx’ HP Sport Sub 2 costs €1,000,000 and production models are scheduled for delivery for the autumn of 2015.

HP Sport Sub 2 - Stern

HP Sport Sub 2 - Stern

Specifications of HP Sport Sub 2 submersible:

Occupants 1 pilot, 1 passenger

Max Operating Depth 100 meters

Operational Autonomy 6 hours

Type Dry, 1 atmosphere

Certification DNV-GL

Dimensions (L x W x H) 285 cm x 235 cm x 136 cm

Weight 2,200 kg

Propulsion 6 electrical thrusters from 2.0 up to 5.0 kW