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Ionian Yacht Charter aboard luxury motorsailer yacht MY LOTTY

March 31, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Dreaming of a summer Greece yacht charter holiday in the Mediterranean? Than the Ionian yacht charter aboard luxury motorsailer yacht MY LOTTY could be just the right solution for you. Luxury yacht MY LOTTY was launched in 1983 by Benetti Sail Division and beautifully refitted in 2013 by BR1 Ltd Management and Refitting. She is available for Ionian yacht holidays this summer, as well as yacht charters around Italy’s Sicily and Sardinia, or Corsica and Malta.

Luxury charter yacht MY LOTTY

Luxury charter yacht MY LOTTY

Featuring sophisticated exterior design by Laurent Giles with original interior design by Stefano Natucci, MY LOTTY yacht was refurbished to a design by Italian designer Giovanna Locatelli. Accommodation is offered to 8 to 10 charter guests in utmost comfort and luxury.

Charter yacht MY LOTTY - Dinette

Charter yacht MY LOTTY - Dinette

Superyacht MY LOTTY is powered by by twin D2566ME diesel engines, allowing her to reach a maximum speed of 12 knots and cruise the Mediterranean at comfortable 9,5 knots.

Charter yacht MY LOTTY aft guest cabin

Charter yacht MY LOTTY aft guest cabin

Luxury charter yacht MY LOTTY - Owner Cabin Bathroom

Luxury charter yacht MY LOTTY - Owner Cabin Bathroom

IONIAN YACHT CHARTERS in GREECE

Spread along the western coastline of Central Greece, the Ionian Islands are an island cluster which includes twelve small and large islands whose total surface area comes to 2,200 square kilometres. Zakynthos, Ithaca, Corfu, Kefalonia, Lefkada, and Paxi are the six, large Ionian Islands.  Antipaxi, Erikousa, Mathraki, Othoni, Meganisi and the deserted islets of Strofades south of Zakynthos are the smaller Ionian Islands and perfect destinations for a more private and relaxed anchorage.

Motorsailer yacht MY LOTTY

Motorsailer yacht MY LOTTY

Ionian yacht charters are a fantastic way to explore the numerous charismatic and breath-taking Greek islands found in the Ionian Sea. Corfu offers fantastic exotic scenery, typical architecture, unforgettable sunsets and great local cuisine. Due to the successive dominations of the Venetians, the French and the British over the centuries, the island has primarily become part of the Western rather the Levantine world. Their culture left strong influence in the city: it was here that the first Greek University (the Ionian Academy), the first Philharmonic Orchestra and the First School of Fine Arts were founded. The well-preserved Old Town of Corfu is a UNESCO world heritage site, well worth a visit.

Panoramic view of the city of Corfu- the old harbour area - Photo credit to Visit Greece - Greek Tourism Board

Panoramic view of the city of Corfu- the old harbour area - Photo credit to Visit Greece - Greek Tourism Board

Motorsailer MY LOTTY

Motorsailer MY LOTTY

Zakynthos yacht charter represents visiting a verdant island endowed with fertile valleys and temperate climate. There is a range of beaches of different types, thanks to the island’s landscape diversity, from sandy beaches in secluded coves with deep blue water, to beaches with a rugged cliff backdrop and impressive underwear.

27 m yacht MY LOTTY

27 m yacht MY LOTTY

Ithaca is renowned as the home of Odysseus and the symbol of the return to haven, discovery and fulfilment. It can be described as peaceful and quiet, a perfect place for discerning guests arriving on Greece luxury charter yachts. There are plenty of possibilities for hiking, biking, great restaurants as well as cafes and areas for water sports.

Porto Katsiki Lefkada's most famous beach - Image credit to Visit Greece

Porto Katsiki Lefkada's most famous beach - Image credit to Visit Greece

Kefalonia offers fantastic beaches, rich cultural heritage, beautiful mountains, castles, monuments, monasteries as well as cheerful and hospitable locals. There is plenty to see in the island’s capital Argostoli, including the Archeological Museum, Kargialeneios Library, the Napier Garden or the Kampanas Square.

Diapontia Islands are ideal for underwater activities  - Photo credit to Visit Greece

Diapontia Islands are ideal for underwater activities - Photo credit to Visit Greece

In addition to the above mentioned islands there are endless other possibilities and options to include in your Greek Ionian Islands Yacht Charter itinerary. Please,  contact us for more information and a personalised service.

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GBS loads 4 luxury yachts heading to the Mediterranean

March 31, 2014

Written by zuzana

Global Boat Shipping (GBS) has recently loaded 4 luxury yachts in UK‘s Poole, heading to the popular summer yacht charter destination – the Mediterranean. The largest vessel was a 140-foot Sunseeker Predator 115 superyacht, accompanied by two 28M Sunseeker yachts, weighing 80t each. Poole is the home of luxury motorboat builder, Sunseeker. The fourth vessel was a 17m yacht from Princess Yachts in Plymouth.

A Sunseeker superyacht being loaded by GBS

A Sunseeker superyacht being loaded by GBS

The yachts were loaded on board the MV „Eendracht“, a Dutch vessel chartered for this voyage. All yachts are scheduled for the Mediterranean. Two were transported to Nice, where they arrived last weekend. The other two are bound for Malta and expected to arrive in the middle of this week.

GBS Yacht Transport organized the transport, supervised the loading and a supercargo will also be present during discharging. Additionally GBS provided necessary cradles.

GBS Yacht Transport has substantially expanded its business this year and opened new offices in Hamburg, Genoa, Ft. Lauderdale and Vancouver. “We have a team of very experienced professionals and this latest transport shows our expertise in Load on / Load off services,” says Christian van Hoorn, Managing Director of GBS.

GBS Yacht Transport is part of EMS-Fehn-Group which gives GBS direct access to a fleet of cargo vessels and excellent contacts in the shipping and logistics industry. This allows GBS flexibility in offering Load on / Load off services as well as Float on / Float off services for super yachts. GBS offers clients a full package, which includes cradle systems, insurance and all handling.

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Singapore Yacht Show exhibitor Porto Montenegro sailing towards expansion in 2014

March 31, 2014

Written by zuzana

Set to attend the 2014 Singapore Yacht Show, Porto Montenegro is doubling its yacht berth capacity in response to high demand, as stated by the owner of the superyacht marina village and homeport, Adriatic Marinas. Situated in the beautiful Mediterranean yacht charter destination – the Adriatic Riviera, Porto Montenegro is nestled in the centre of this latest firm favourite of the European jet-set cognoscente. In the summer season of 2013, the superyacht marina experienced wait lists of yachts and boats, lining up to access its facilities, and so has decided to expand to meet demand, with the 25 million euro extension.

Porto Montenegro in the enchanting Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter location - Montenegro

Porto Montenegro in the enchanting Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter location - Montenegro

The expansion will see the luxury yacht marina grow from the current 250 mixed berths up to 450 by this summer. The new berths will range between 12m and 75m in length, providing a range of options both for visiting superyachts and smaller day boats based out of the Porto Montenegro marina village, which also offers a range of luxury private residences, shopping, nightlife and casinos. This spring the marina will also be updating its bunkering facilities with a new cutting-edge fuel station that provides vessels with duty free fuel at up to 45 per cent less than retail prices available elsewhere in Europe.

One of Montenegro’s attractions as a homeport or residence is its fiscal policy, particularly in relation to yachting. Lying outside the EU, there are no charter taxes and VAT is at 7% on marine-related services.

Porto Montenegro

Porto Montenegro

“The expansion of the marina is not only a testament of success for Porto Montenegro, it also confirms that the Adriatic has cemented itself as an exciting destination for yachts of all sizes and classes. The new berth mix will appeal to all ends of the market, but especially for superyachts and megayachts, which will soon be supported by a state-of-the-art maintenance and refit facility,” explains Tony Browne, Marina Director of Adriatic Marinas.

Upon completion, Porto Montenegro will not only be one of the largest yacht havens in the Mediterranean, but with more than 50 of the new berths destined for yachts over 45 metres in length, it will also have one of the biggest superyacht capacities in the world, says Adriatic Marinas.

The expansion should be completed in time for the opening of the Regent Porto Montenegro Hotel and Residences in July, a waterfront property comprising 34 hotel rooms and 54 residential apartments and penthouses with between one and four bedrooms. With interiors envisaged by celebrated French designer Tino Zervudachi and overall architecture by ReardonSmith Architects, which was responsible for all Porto Montenegro’s existing residential projects, the hotel will have a contemporary, clean feel with traditional references. The Regent Porto Montenegro will be managed by Michael Posch, who joins from the Leonardo Royal Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz; it joins the international family of world-class Regent Hotels & Resorts in Bali, Beijing, Berlin, Phuket, Taipei, Turks & Caicos and Singapore.

Learn more about the developments at Porto Montenegro during the Singapore Yacht Show by visiting its stand or arranging a meeting in advance.

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Rossinavi launch 48m Motor Yacht POLARIS

March 30, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

ROSSINAVI have announced the launch of 48m Motor Yacht POLARIS. Saturday morning, 29th March saw the striking Prince Shark 49, hull#2 superyacht POLARIS hit water at the Rossinavi yard in Viareggio, Italy.

Rossinavi Motor Yacht POLARIS at her launch

Rossinavi Motor Yacht POLARIS at her launch

Only one year has passed since the 2013 success of the Prince Shark luxury yacht PARAM JAMUNA IV and the shipyard is proud to present its second hull, FR028 yacht Polaris. The aluminium built vessel is scheduled for delivery within the first half of May.

Luxury Yacht POLARIS features striking lines designed by Enrico Gobbi from Team 4 Design. Accommodation on board is provided for 12 guests in utmost luxury. She is powered by twin MTU 12V4000 M93 L diesel engines to a maximum speed of 23 knots.

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Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes changes its name to ‘Cannes Yachting Festival’

March 28, 2014

Written by zuzana

On the occasion of its 37th edition, the Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes (Cannes Boat Show) has changed its name to the Cannes Yachting Festival. This new identity reflects the very essence of the Festival, held in the breath-taking Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Cannes in the South of France, and confirms the unique place it holds as a leading international boat industry event.

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Sylvie Ernoult, Festival Manager, explains the change by “a wish on the part of the owners and organisers to express the increasingly international positioning of the Festival, a major gathering bringing together yacht lovers and industry professionals.”

Europe‘s leading in-water boat show, the Cannes Yachting Festival will be open from 9 – 14 September 2014 and plans to present 550 yachts and welcome 50,000 visitors.

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France Yacht Holidays on board 28m HIGH ENERGY yacht by Sunseeker

March 27, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

France luxury yacht HIGH ENERY is currently available for one-week’s yacht charter in July with a secured berth in St Tropez. Book the 28m HIGH ENERGY yacht by Sunseeker for France yacht holiday between Friday 18th July and Friday 25th July and enjoy one night stay in the Mediterranean‘s hot-spot: St Tropez.

Luxury yacht HIGH ENERGY

Luxury yacht HIGH ENERGY

About SUNSEEKER 28 Charter Yacht HIGH ENERGY

Launched in 2014, the Sunseeker 28 motor yacht HIGH ENERGY is available for French Riviera yacht vacations as well as around other sought-after destinations in the Western Mediterranean.  Guests will find High Energy very comfortable and inviting thanks to the on-board air-conditioning, deck Spa Pool, stabilisers, the essential WiFi connection and her elegant and warm styling.

Luxury yacht HIGH ENERGY

Luxury yacht HIGH ENERGY

Her interior and exterior were designed to be practical yet comfortable. She was finished to the highest standards with exceptional attention to detail, characteristic to Sunseeker vessels. Her elegant lines and striking exterior are enhanced by the wraparound windows, providing fantastic panoramic views of her surroundings.

Luxury charter yacht HIGH ENERGY

Luxury charter yacht HIGH ENERGY

The practical accommodation layout of luxury yacht HIGH ENERGY features one master stateroom midship, one VIP and two twin/double cabins; accommodating up to 8 charter guests in comfort. All suites have en-suite facilities and luxury amenities.

High Energy superyacht - Balcony

High Energy superyacht - Balcony

Vast exterior spaces are perfect for entertainment and relaxation with family or friends, offering great al fresco dining possibility for eight, a fridge and ice maker, as well as the hydraulic swim platform aft. Forward, charter guests will find the two large sunbathing pads ideal for sunbathing and relaxation, and the seating area with table perfect for socialising, perhaps with a fruity cocktail in hand to enjoy.

Sunseeker super yacht HIGH ENERGY - Saloon

Sunseeker super yacht HIGH ENERGY - Saloon

The flybridge provides a large bar, a fridge and an ice maker, a Kenyon BBQ grill as well as another possibility for dining. Surely, there is no better way to enjoy a mouth-watering barbecue than on board a luxury yacht anchored in a spectacular Mediterranean location!

High Energy yacht - Master suite

High Energy yacht - Master suite

The flybridge also has a large sunbathing pad forward and the area is covered with a hard-top with a retractable inner canopy and sun awning. In addition, there is a relaxing Spa Pool with a sunbathing pad.

High Energy yacht - Master Bath

High Energy yacht - Master Bath

HIGH ENERGY superyacht can reach a maximum speed of 28 knots and comfortably cruise at 20 knots, thanks to her twin MTU 12V 2000 M94 diesel engines and two Kohler generators.

Sunseeker HIGH ENERGY yacht - Helm observation area

Sunseeker HIGH ENERGY yacht - Helm observation area

For more information on luxury yacht HIGH ENERGY or any other France luxury charter yacht, contact our professional brokers here.

SAINT TROPEZ BOAT RENTAL IN THE WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN

St Tropez is most certainly one of the most renowned destinations for luxury yacht charterers, celebrities and jet stars on the French Riviera and in the Mediterranean in general. It became popular thanks to a popular 1956 movie ‘And God Created Woman’ starring Brigitte Bardot. Although being an extremely popular summer vacation destination, St Tropez manages to maintain its gorgeous charm. There are fabulous beaches to enjoy, including the three miles of white sand and the famous Pampelonne Bay.

Saint-Tropez Harbour – Photo credit Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Saint-Tropez Harbour – Photo credit Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

After a relaxing day on the beach, stroll the romantic little cobbled streets, filled with boutique shops, delis and patisseries. There are numerous fantastic restaurants offering traditional French cuisine and freshly caught sea-food. Enjoy a sunset drink in one of the many cafes lining the dock.

For a more active holiday in St Tropez take a hike following the Sentier du Littoral around the St-Tropez peninsula, from the ramparts at the far end of the port to the top of Pampelonne beach. Don’t forget to indulge in the fabulous views from the town’s cemetery or take a rest in one of the crystalline swimming holes on the way. There are also numerous quieter beaches, including Plage de la Moutte, Plage des Salins or Plage des Canebiers.

Iles de Lerins - Photo credit Semec - Dervaux - Cannes Tourist Board

Iles de Lerins - Photo credit Semec - Dervaux - Cannes Tourist Board

In addition to your overnight stay in St Tropez on board HIGH ENERGY, NiceMonaco, Cannes, Marseille, Antibes, Villefranche, St Jean Cap Ferrat or Iles d’Hyerescan be added to your France boat rental vacation. To discuss different possibilities and a personalised itinerary, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly brokers here.

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New Neko Yacht Supply ‘Villa Provisioning’ for Superyacht Owners

March 27, 2014

Written by zuzana

Yacht provisioning companies usually deliver the world’s finest culinary delights to superyachts around the world with little or no notice. However, Neko Yacht Supply has unveiled that its clients are now requesting ‘home deliveries’ directly to their villas.

Joost van Gorsel from Neko Yacht Supply

Joost van Gorsel from Neko Yacht Supply

Demand to supply provisions to villas in the Mediterranean has soared in recent years, so much so that Neko Yacht Supply has opened a new department, Villa Provisioning, to meet this new trend.

When talking to Yachting Pages, Joost van Gorsel, sales manager for Neko Yacht Supply said, “Lots of our clients with yachts also own villas in the Mediterranean, and when we kept getting requests to supply their villas, it led us to develop a department in December 2013 dedicated to just this. We can now offer all the comforts of yacht provisioning in our client’s homes, some of which request deliveries twice per week.”

Yacht provisioning companies often go the extra nautical mile to satisfy their super rich clientele, as Joost van Gorsel explained, “We had an experience with a past customer that required over six pallets of fresh fish, meat, vegetables and fruit from Holland to be delivered to their 110m motor yacht in Salalah, Dhofar, at very short notice.

“After flying from Amsterdam to London, from London to Doha and from Doha to Muscat, we then had to arrange for the provisions to travel 1000km to the yacht by road in temperatures of 35˚C+, we did it, of course”

Neko Yacht Supply services the yachting industry with provisions and technical products and has recently opened an office in St. Maarten. The company is working with Yachting Pages Media Group to reach out to the luxury yacht market.

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Luxury sailing yacht MARI CHA III to be showcased at Antibes Yacht Show 2014

March 25, 2014

Written by zuzana

Originally launched by Sensation Yachts in 1997, the majestic 45-metre sailing yacht MARI CHA III will be exhibited at the 2014 Antibes Yacht Show. This truly international event represents the unmissable Spring Show in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Antibes, a beautiful South of France yacht charter destination. This year’s event will be held in Port Vauban from April 23 to 26.

SY MARI CHA II - Sailing

SY MARI CHA II - Sailing

Designed by Philippe Briand and John Munford, the 45-metre superyacht Mari-Cha III is a legendary performance ketch, boasting a beautiful traditionally styled interior with rich woodwork, which was superbly crafted by skilled cabinet makers. Deluxe accommodation is provided to up to 8 guests in 4 magnificent and elegant cabins, including the full beam master cabin with adjoining study and large shower room, as well as three large guest cabins.

MARI CHA III - Amidships

MARI CHA III - Amidships

The 2014 Antibes Yacht Show will open its doors on Wednesday, April 23, and will run until Saturday, April 26.

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New composite facility opened by Esenyacht in Turkey’s Bodrum

March 25, 2014

Written by zuzana

Esenyacht has officially inaugurated its new state-of-the-art facility, representing one of Turkey’s leading facilities for the production of composite components as well as structures for yachts of all types. While there are a number of yards in the country with composite capabilities, Esenyacht now boasts not only the most modern at its headquarters in the lovely Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Bodrum, but it is also the only yard conveniently located on the south western approaches, with a composite facility certified to international standards.

New Esenyacht composite facility in Bodrum, Turkey

New Esenyacht composite facility in Bodrum, Turkey

The full range of services is available for both refits and new build projects, starting with engineering and design and running right through to the construction of moulds where necessary and actual production. Led by Composite Department Manager Nicholas Beadle together with Emrah Ipek and Senior Engineer Onur Yildirim, the team works closely with suppliers and consultants to ensure best practise and exchange ideas on new processes and technology.

Capable of the full range of production techniques including vacuum infusion and pre-preg, the facility has been fitted out with all the necessary tooling including a 4-axis CNC milling machine, calibration equipment, Airtech vacuum systems and two ovens; one fixed and the other portable. The fixed oven measures 21-metres by 5-metres and is rated up to 120°C.

New composite facility of Esenyacht

New composite facility of Esenyacht

The full range of structures and components can be produced, from hatches and tenders to booms, masts and superstructures. Current projects include the deck hatches for the 50-metre performance sailing sloop Troy together with the 63-metre rig, boom and 20-metre superstructure for the same yacht. Upcoming projects include a high-spec racing boat, components for a large sailing vessel and a 15-metre high-speed power boat for a data testing programme.

One of the original consultants to the project has also contracted to use the facilities for testing an advanced new hull technology over the next 12 months – an excellent testimonial to their quality.

General Manager Deniz Can

General Manager Deniz Can

“This advanced composite capability is a valuable addition to Esenyacht and reinforces our strong position as a leading, full service new-build and refit yard in the Eastern Mediterranean,” said General Manager Deniz Can. “While we are only in our third year of operation our extensive investment programme and ability to recruit a talented and experienced workforce allows us to offer our clients a modern yard using the latest equipment and processes.”

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New Senior Sales Manager for Barcelona’s Marina Port Vell

March 25, 2014

Written by zuzana

Marina Port Vell (MPV), positioned in the lovely Spain yacht charter location – Barcelona and set to become one of the world’s most elite superyacht destinations and the pre-eminent home port in the Mediterranean, is delighted to announce that Nigel Upton has been appointed as new Senior Sales Manager, effective 10th March 2014. Of paramount importance, Nigel has a diversified superyacht background, with direct experience in sales, management, customer service, as well as time at sea.

Marina Port Vell's Nigel Upton

Marina Port Vell's Nigel Upton

“Since January, we have experienced a remarkable upsurge in interest for the berths we are creating here at Marina Port Vell in Barcelona. We are excited that Nigel has agreed to join our sales team,” says Norma Trease, Director of Salamanca Group’s Marine Division. “We met Nigel when he sold us our beautiful Windy tender, so we know first-hand that he understands how to work with clients and close deals. Further, he is remarkably customer service oriented, a top priority for us,” she continues.

With curriculum vitae expanding 16 years, Nigel Upton most recently served as director of both Superyacht Tenders—a dedicated yacht tender brokerage service—and MGMT Yacht—an independent advisory consultancy providing counsel on yacht services and concierge. His previous land-based yachting experience included sales for EYOS and serving as Managing Director and RYA Instructor at Ribeye Balearics. At sea, Nigel was bosun aboard a 48m motoryacht and deck hand and dive instructor aboard a 44m motoryacht. His yachting credentials include Commercial Yacht Master Offshore, RYA Motoryacht Instructor, and PADI Diving Instructor. He holds a BA in Hospitality Management and Tourism and an HND in Business and Finance.

As Marina Port Vell’s Senior Sales Manager, Nigel Upton interacts with all clients at all levels from first interest and berth logistics to providing and ensuring Marina Port Vell’s 5-Star customer support and concierge services. Look for Nigel in port and at many of superyachting’s most notable events and exhibitions.

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