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Dockwise Yacht Transport books Motor Yacht Galactica Star

September 10, 2013

The yearly migration of luxury superyachts from the beautiful yacht charter destination – the Mediterranean, to the popular winter charter destination – the Caribbean and South Florida has begun and Dockwise Yacht Transport, operating for 26 years in the yacht transport industry, is preparing for a busy season. Recent bookings include the most expensive superyacht the accomplished company has ever transported, the new 214-foot Motor Yacht Galactica Star.

Dockwise Yacht Transport vessel

Dockwise Yacht Transport vessel

Superyacht Galactica Star was built by Heesen and it has booked a round trip from Genoa, Italy to Martinique this fall and from Port Everglades back to Genoa in spring 2014. While Dockwise has the capability to ship yachts from 30 feet to more than 200 feet, it regularly ships those in the 120-foot to 165-foot range, mainly to and from the Mediterranean.

There are two ways for a yacht to make its way across an ocean: on its own keel or docked safely aboard a transport vessel. The expense of having a yacht shipped by a qualified yacht transporter typically is outweighed by the substantial insurance requirements and costly wear and tear of a long sea journey. Dockwise is the only yacht transport company with semisubmersible ships, also known as float on float off, a method that is much less stressful on yachts than being hoisted by crane. In addition, these unique yacht carriers are equipped with 14.1 meter (46.25 feet) dock walls which protect the yachts from the elements while underway.

Yachts transported by Dockwise Yacht Transport

Yachts transported by Dockwise Yacht Transport

To and from the Mediterranean

The company is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale and operates in the most popular global cruising areas, including Newport, Rhode Island and the Caribbean, Italy, France, Spain, Turkey, Costa Rica, Australia and New Zealand. As summer sojourns in the Mediterranean end and megayachts depart for warmer winter destinations, Dockwise runs a total of seven sailings originating in the Mediterranean, from Genoa, Italy or Palma de Mallorca, Spain and calling on ports in either the Caribbean or Port Everglades, Florida. The return to the Mediterranean for the spring/summer cruising season begins with voyages in March 2014. Another transport in early November picks up boats in Newport and unloads them in St. Thomas, and another annual voyage commences in Palma de Mallorca in November, stops in Martinique, Port Everglades, and then Golfito, Costa Rica in December before proceeding “Down Under” via Brisbane, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand and returning via the same ports.

Our ships fill up quickly because we hold the client service bar so high,” said Catalina Bujor, marketing officer for Dockwise Yacht Transport. “We deliver flawless service to some of the most demanding clients in the world—most of which are repeat clients—and it is these high standards that distinguish our company from the rest.”

Dockwise Yacht Transport

Dockwise Yacht Transport

Semisubmersible ships

Unlike other yacht transport companies that often are freight forwarding operations, Dockwise Yacht Transport owns its fleet of semisubmersible ships and therefore has total control, allowing for strict adherence to shipping schedules, safety and care standards. Each client is guided through the shipping process by teams that are professionally trained for this type of yacht transport who are dedicated to, and experienced with, the company’s specific method of shipping. Freight includes cradles, basic customs clearance fees in both departing and arriving ports, excellent insurance coverage, and expert assistance during loading and unloading.

Launch of the ASAP Logbook related to the development of Port Vauban

September 10, 2013

Last Friday, September 6, saw more than 300 people gather on the IYCA for the launch of the ASAP (Association in support of the development and activities of the Port of Antibes) Logbook, related to the development of the Port Vauban, positioned in the lovely Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Antibes in the South of France.

ASAP banner


In ASAP’s point of view there’s a real economical emergency for the development of the Port.

Intentions must be started today so actions can be pursued soon in order to remain competitive with the other marinas around the Mediterranean area who are offering solutions to the pleasure yachting business.

The presentation done on Tuesday September 3rd showed why there is:
– Decrease of the reputation
– Strong competition increasing in the Mediterranean
– Gaps and weaknesses unsafe
– Accommodation capacity exceeded
– Aging infrastructure
– Inadequate levels of services
– Sustainable development in needs of developing
– Interactivity between the town and the harbor insufficient
– Lack of enhancing the site (eg parking docks =)
– Economic constraints of companies in the sector not considered (area in construction, accessibility for professional etc..)
– No thoughts of growth for the Yachting Industry

Thus the association has decided that by relying on the professionalism of its members, it could work on specifications for the development of the port so that the summary will be rendered to the Town in May 2014 (after the local elections)

By then, ASAP also wants to inform the ‘Antibois’ of the economic challenges the port has. They are often unfamiliar with those as well as the weight of direct activities: According to a study done by the Chamber of Commerce about € 150 million with 600 jobs and 195 businesses and shops. To which it must be added the economic benefits associated with the winter storage of boats and their crews (nearly 6,000 people).

The workshops were launched Friday September 6th during the first BBQ Party which took place on the IYCA with over 300 attendees from various backgrounds: shop owners of Antibes, fishermen, crew members, yachting professionals, members and non-members.

BBQ Party, September 6, 2013

BBQ Party, September 6, 2013

ASAP registered 50 new members on site and every member that came, has already selected one of the 8 workshops to be part of. Those are determined by the way each of them use the port: Walkers, boat owners/users, companies around the port (electrician, mechanic, painter etc…), crew, fishermen and super yachts and captains.

The aims of these workshops: help the town and the port to determine a goal to study the project, its constraints, think and bring commentaries and suggestion to bring a constructive contribution to the project.

Every person in Antibes concerned by the port is invited to participate in this by registering to the ASAP (registration is free).

Naples and Amalfi Coast Yacht Charter Special

September 09, 2013

Naples represents a sought-after yacht charter hub of the southern Italian coast and many Amalfi yacht charters start in this charmingly chaotic and beautiful Mediterranean yacht rental destination. Autumn is a great time to discover this energetic city, with many luxury yachts offering Naples and Amalfi Coast yacht charter specials; amongst them Ferretti 97 superyacht Anne Marie and the Alalunga 78 Fly luxury yacht Riviera.

Luxury superyacht ANNE MARIE

Measuring almost 30 metres in length (97ft), luxury motor yacht Anne Marie is a lovely vessel available for Mediterranean superyacht rental and a perfect yacht for family charter vacations. She is now offering an excellent discount of EUR€ 10,000.00 off her usual EUR€59,000.00 per week plus expenses rental rate, around the enchanting Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana) and Naples.

Yacht ANNE MARIE -  Main

Yacht ANNE MARIE - Main

Her professional crew of five will ensure you have the most memorable Western Mediterranean luxury boat rental experience. Anne Marie’s elegant interior boasts warm mahogany panels combined with wooden floors and high-end soft furnishings. Charter guests can enjoy a lovely meal and relax in the open plan dining and saloon area.

Yacht ANNE MARIE -  Aft deck

Yacht ANNE MARIE - Aft deck

This comfortable lounge is situated aft, featuring plush cream leather sofa, coffee table and entertainment system. There are panoramic windows, allowing for plenty of natural light to penetrate the interior.

Yacht ANNE MARIE -  Flybridge Dining

Yacht ANNE MARIE - Flybridge Dining

Guests aboard Anne Marie superyacht are accommodated in four lovely cabins, located below deck, all with en-suite facilities.

Yacht ANNE MARIE -  Salon looking forward

Yacht ANNE MARIE - Salon looking forward

Anne Marie yacht also offers ample exterior spaces, including a partially shaded aft deck, ideal for entertainment and al fresco dining. There is also an outdoor sofa and a drop down flat screen TV as well as a direct access to the main saloon.

Yacht ANNE MARIE -  Master Cabin

Yacht ANNE MARIE - Master Cabin

Above the main deck guests will find a spacious flybridge with further al fresco dining possibility, shade and chaise lounges to relax on. An extended swim platform ensures easy access to the water. More about ANNE MARIE yacht charter

Motor yacht ANNE MARIE

Year:2008   L.O.A.:29.60m (97)  Beam:23ft (7.0m) 
Max Speed:26 knots  Cruise Speed:19 knots  Engines:2x MTU 16V 2000 M93 
Cabins: Charter Guest:10  Crew:

Alalunga 78 Fly luxury charter yacht RIVIERA

Luxury charter yacht Riviera is another outstanding vessel to rent for a lovely West Med charter holiday with friends and family. She was launched in 2009 and features interior design by Alessandro Vescia, boasting cool and bright feel thanks to the use of lacquered ivory combined with blonde oak detailing and attractive lighting effects. M/Y RIVIERA is currently available at a reduced rate of €25,000 per week, plus expenses, plus VAT

Riviera -  Main

Riviera - Main

Riviera yacht’s aft deck leads into the comfortable saloon, divided into a conversation area and a dining area. Further forward charter guests will find the large galley and an oak bridge.

Riviera -  Aft Deck

Riviera - Aft Deck

Nine guests are accommodated in four en-suite cabins situated on the lower deck, including Riviera yacht’s full-beam owner suite, found amidship.

Riviera -  Salon

Riviera - Salon

Motoryacht Riviera’s flybridge has the second helm station and a tender area, as well as chaise lounges, a dinette and a barbecue unit, excellent for entertainment and relaxation. More about RIVIERA motoryacht

Riviera -  Master

Riviera - Master

Motor yacht Riviera

Year:2009   L.O.A.:24.00m (78' 8")  Beam:5.90m (19' 4") 
Max Speed:35 knots  Cruise Speed:28 knots  Engines:2x Caterpillar 1825 hp. 2 
Cabins: Charter Guest: Crew:



Located between a sleeping volcano and the steaming Campi Flegrei, Naples is a popular luxury yacht charter location, full of amazing contradictions. Naples is one of the oldest yachting destinations in Italy, with a beautiful old city port as well as a luxury city marina. It is also a gateway to Capri and the Amalfi Coast, and a common charter pick-up and drop-off point well connected with its international airport.

Naples - Italy

Naples - Italy

Naples is famous for being the place where pizza was born and they truly make the best pizzas in the world. It is also renowned for its ancient history and idyllic charm. Napoli, as the Italians know it, is the capital city of the region of Campania and it is a thriving hub for the arts, exquisite gastronomic treats and rich Italian culture.


Renting a yacht in Italy should definitely incorporate Amalfi Coast and its enchanting jewels Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. It is widely known that the best way to truly enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the Amalfi Coast is to approach it from the sea. Choosing a luxury yacht charter aboard one of our motor yachts or sailing yacht will definitely exceed any of your expectation. There is nothing quite as romantic as anchoring against such a stunning backdrop!

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

For more information about Anne Marie and Riviera yachts, or yacht charters around the Western Mediterranean, please contact our charter team here.

Autumn Season Open Day at Italy’s Marina di Scarlino

September 09, 2013

October 19 and 20, 2013, will see the fabulous Marina di Scarlino open its doors for a full-immersion weekend, with the aim of showing visitors what Marina di Scarlino means and what Maremma Toscana can provide to visitors in the upcoming autumn season.


Situated in the lovely Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Tuscany in Italy, Marina di Scarlino is a modern and fully equipped superyacht marina, which can accommodate luxury yachts measuring up to 36m in length.

Marina di Scarlino is positioned in the Tuscan Maremma, famous for its forested hills, ancient history, art and culinary delicacies, overlooking the Elba Island and the Tuscan archipelago. Renowned for their natural beauty and sailing opportunities, is placed in one of the most sheltered bays in northern Tyrrhenian Sea.

French Riviera Superyacht Charter Specials 2013

September 05, 2013

The summer season in Europe is slowly coming to an end and numerous luxury superyachts are offering outstanding French Riviera superyacht charter specials. AFRICAN QUEEN superyacht and charter yacht NAMI are just two of the outstanding vessels cruising the French Riviera in the Mediterranean, offering their guests utmost in luxury and comfort.

Southern France

Southern France

The fabulous and glamorous  French Riviera is perhaps the most sought-after Mediterranean luxury yacht charter destinations providing visitors with sublime climate, wonderful landscape and important history, secluded and tranquil islands, as well as chic boutiques and restaurants. From Nice, Antibes, Cannes, St Tropes to Monaco, you will find everything you would expect from a perfect luxury yacht rental … and more.

Monaco - Photo credit CRT Riviera - Photo by Christophe Ichou

Monaco - Photo credit CRT Riviera - Photo by Christophe Ichou

If you are after an ultra-modern charter yacht or a super luxurious mega yacht, with all the right toys, this is the place to find it. Southern France offers some of the most impressive and lavish super yachts, in the world. Antibes now boasts the largest marina along this stretch of coastline, and it is literally overflowing with luxury yachts, super yachts, power boats and sailing yachts.

Below you will find additional information about the Benetti Classic 120 charter yacht African Queen as well as the Azimut motor yacht Nami; however there are plenty of other unique and fabulous Mediterranean luxury charter yachts available. For more information and a list of West Med yacht charter specials, please contact our charter brokers.


Boasting dramatic beauty and elegant lines, AFRICAN QUEEN yacht (ex Blue Bay) is a 36,6 metre (118’5”) custom built vessel, launched by the prestigious Italian shipyard Benetti in 2009. Her light interior was created by Francois Zuretti combined with a well laid-out exterior styling designed by Stefano Righini Design. African Queen is offering a reduced rate of EUR€ 78,750.00 per week plus expenses. This is a 25% off her normal rate, valid for any week long charter between September 2 and 14, 2013 in the Western Mediterranean.



Luxury charter yacht AFRICAN QUEEN features a spectacular main saloon with comfortable sofas and  top entertainment technologies. The formal dining room, adjoining the saloon, seats 8 to 10 charter guests. Further up, the sky lounge offers an elegant decor with a card table, comfortable couch and two occasional chairs along with a coffee table and a bar area.

Yacht AFRICAN QUEEN -  Bridge Deck Al Fresco Dining

Yacht AFRICAN QUEEN - Bridge Deck Al Fresco Dining

Accommodation on board the Benetti Classic 120 luxury superyacht AFRICAN QUEEN is offered in 5 luxuriously furnished staterooms to 11 charter guests in total. Guests are looked after by a professional and friendly crew of 8 members.

Yacht AFRICAN QUEEN -  Aft Deck

Yacht AFRICAN QUEEN - Aft Deck

The master stateroom is situated on the main deck and boasts large wrap-around windows, and a king-sized bed. Furthermore, there are two VIP staterooms  and two twin staterooms, one with a pullman berth on the lower deck. All cabins feature private en-suite bathrooms and televisions.

Yacht AFRICAN QUEEN -  Master Cabin

Yacht AFRICAN QUEEN - Master Cabin

Yacht AFRICAN QUEEN -  Master Ensuite

Yacht AFRICAN QUEEN - Master Ensuite

In addition to her exceptional interior, African Queen has great outdoor deck space, including and impressive aft deck with dining facilities and a massive Spa Pool on the sundeck, along with bar and seating area. Read more about AFRICAN QUEEN YACHT …

Yacht AFRICAN QUEEN -  Toys and Swim Platform

Yacht AFRICAN QUEEN - Toys and Swim Platform


Launched by the Italian shipyard Azimut in 2007 and refitted in 2011, the 26,2-metre (85’11”) yacht NAMI features sleek eye catching lines and fantastic indoor/outdoor spaces. Based in Monaco, she is available for crewed yacht charters in the West Mediterranean. She is currently offering a reduced charter rate of EUR€ 28,000.00 per week plus expenses, down from EUR€ 39,500.00 per week, valid for September 2013.

Motor yacht NAMI - Cruising

Motor yacht NAMI - Cruising

Her extensive refit in 2011 included a new state-of-the-art AV system and deluxe interior makeover. The saloon and the dining area are open plan, situated on the main deck; boasting fine leather soft furnishings, luscious wood floors and many outstanding amenities. There is plenty of natural light inside, thanks to the saloon’s elongated windows, also providing wonderful scenic views.

Motor yacht NAMI - Aft Deck

Motor yacht NAMI - Aft Deck

Charter guests of NAMI yacht are accommodated in one master stateroom, a VIP and two guest cabins, all situated below decks and boasting private en-suite facilities. The professional and friendly crew of three has separate crew quarters and private facilities.

Motor yacht NAMI - Salon

Motor yacht NAMI - Salon

Luxury superyacht NAMI also features great outdoor areas. The saloon leads onto the generous aft deck with partial shade seating, an al fresco dining option and double sunpad. Charter guests can take the advantage of the extended swim platform, excellent for sunbathing, swimming and enjoying the various water toys offered by the vessel.

Motor yacht NAMI - Master Cabin

Motor yacht NAMI - Master Cabin

Motor yacht NAMI - Master Ensuite

Motor yacht NAMI - Master Ensuite

An additional large sun pad is provided by the expansive foredeck, great for relaxing and soaking up the warm Mediterranean sun or enjoying a thrilling ride, making onlookers envious. Find out more aboutNAMI Yacht here…

Motor yacht NAMI - Aft View

Motor yacht NAMI - Aft View

For additional information on NAMI and the AFRICAN QUEEN, please contact our friendly team here.

Video of motor yacht GLADIUS leaving port of Livorno in Italy

August 27, 2013

On Saturday morning, August 24, the 39-metre motor yacht Gladius was spotted by yacht photographer Roberto Malfatti, leaving the port of Livorno, in the enchanting Mediterranean yacht charter location – Tuscany in Italy. Superyacht Gladius is a beautiful flybridge vessel, launched by the Italian yard Cantieri di Pisa in 2007.

39m Cantieri di Pisa superyacht Gladius spotted by Roberto Malfatti

39m Cantieri di Pisa superyacht Gladius spotted by Roberto Malfatti in Livorno, Italy

Designed by Carlo Paladini, the lovely interiors aboard luxury yacht Gladius can comfortably sleep up to 10 guests in 5 magnificent cabins. There is a generous master cabin, along with two double guest cabins and two twin cabins. The vessel’s crew of 7 professionals sleep in one captain’s cabin and three twin crew cabins.

Built in composite, the 39-metre superyacht Gladius by Cantieri di Pisa is powered by twin MTU 12V 4000 M90 diesels, delivering her a maximum speed of 26 knots. ABS classed and MCA compliant, Gladius can easily cruise at 21 knots.

Mulder 92 Flybridge motor yacht MIMI sails from Egypt to Barcelona

August 27, 2013

This summer saw the Mulder 92 Flybridge motor yacht “Mimi” sail from Port Said in Egypt to the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Barcelona in Spain. The Mulder flagship, superyacht Mimi left with full tanks, with a total of 18,000 liters of fuel, and sailed from Egypt through the Suez Canal, Crete and Sardinia to Barcelona.

Mulder 92 Flybridge superyacht MIMI

Mulder 92 Flybridge superyacht MIMI

The 28 meters long Mimi yacht traveled 1600 nautical miles at an average speed of 12 knots. After a stop in Barcelona, this all-aluminium yacht sailed to Mallorca, another 130 miles further.

Luxury yacht “Mimi” sailed a total of 1730 nautical miles on 12,000 liters of fuel.

“I believe that our fuel capacity would have allowed us to travel all the way to Gibraltar if that would have been our destination”, thus the captain.

Dates for Antibes Yacht Show 2014 announced

August 26, 2013

The next year’s Antibes Yacht Show will be held in Port Vauban, Antibes, from April 24 – 27. Due to the busy boat show schedule and to accommodate the professionals as well as yachts, the show dates may slightly change and move to 23rd to 26th of April 2013, so Wednesday to Saturday.

Antibes Yacht Show 2013

Antibes Yacht Show 2013

The organisers will inform the exhibitors by the end of the year if there is a change in the show dates.

Due to the increasing number of shipyards requesting to participate in the Antibes Yacht Show, the organisers have decided to open the doors to the shipyards as well. From 2014 on the Antibes Yacht Show is happy to welcome not only brokerage houses but also shipyards, thus giving them the opportunity to present their latest models before the season starts.

Luxury yachts on display at the 2013 Antibes Yacht Show

Luxury yachts on display at the 2013 Antibes Yacht Show

Over the years, Antibes Yacht Show has become the inevitable Spring Show in the Mediterranean. This first important exhibition at the beginning of the season allows the professionals to present their products or services before the summer. The yachts for sale or for charter get the first exposure and last year many yachts exhibited at the show have received offers and some subsequently were sold.

Antibes Yacht Show 2013 hosted by Port Vauban in the lovely Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Antibes in France

Antibes Yacht Show 2013 hosted by Port Vauban in the lovely Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Antibes in France

Antibes Yacht Show is also the first meeting point for crew at the beginning of the season. Antibes, being the yachting center in Europe, attracts crew from all over the world who are looking to embark on a yacht for the season. Antibes Yacht Show, with its different lounges and parties offers them the possibility to meet, renew old contacts, find jobs and meet professionals who can help and guide them in their research.

view from Vicem Yacht - AYS 2013

View from Vicem Yacht - AYS 2013

Antibes Yacht Show is looking forward to welcoming you all again in 2014.

Video of Sunseeker 82 motor yacht Lady Zehava in Livorno

August 22, 2013

Yesterday, the Sunseeker 82 motor yacht Lady Zehava was spotted cruising in Livorno, Italy by yacht photographer Roberto Malfatti. The video shows Lady Zehava yacht launched in 2004.

The yacht features accommodation for eight charter guests in a spacious four cabin layout, including one master cabin, VIP and two twin cabins. She is able to reach a maximum speed of 35 knots thanks to her twin Caterpillar C30 engines.

Photo of the small Heesen Yachts ‘rendez-vous’

August 21, 2013

Omega Architects has released a photo of the small Heesen Yachts ‘rendez-vous’, taken in the lovely summer yacht charter location – the Southern Mediterranean. From left to right, peacefully moored in the Balearics are: luxury motor yacht Satori, superyacht Ventura, the CRN 125 yacht J’Ade, as well as the latest Heesen 65-metre flagship, mega yacht Galactica Star.

A photo of the small Heesen Yachts 'rendez-vous' released by Omega Architects

A photo of the small Heesen Yachts 'rendez-vous' released by Omega Architects

Luxury yacht Satori (YN 152250) is an elegant 50-metre craft, launched by Heesen Yachts in 2011. With exterior styling by Omega Architects and interior design by Remi Tessier, she can comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests in 5 beautifully appointed suites.

Launched by Heesen Yachts in 2013, the 50-metre superyacht Ventura (YN 16050) is a highly sophisticated semi-displacement vessel, with exterior design by Frank Laupman from Omega Architects and interior design by Francesco Pazskowski. She is able to sleep 12 guests in total, providing them with maximum utmost in luxury.

Superyacht J’Ade is an impressive 60-metre CRN 125 vessel, designed by Studio Zuccon International project, in partnership with CRN Technical Office as well as the CRN Centro Stile. Accommodation aboard J’Ade is offered to 10 guests in total in 5 lovely cabins.

Galactica Star
The latest Heesen flagship, the breath-taking 65-metre mega yacht Galactica Star (YN 16465) hit the water in March 2013. Designed by Omega Architects, she features luxurious accommodation for up to 12 guests in 6 elegant cabins.