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On a charter vacation aboard Solemates, the unmatched level of service offered by the captain and crew plays as great a role as the destination and the opulence of the boat.  One of the reasons that Solemates, a magnificent 171ft motoryacht, commands a premium charter rate of $260,000 a week (plus expenses) is because it's a Feadship, considered to be the Rolls-Royce of yachts. The unsurpassable construction and palatial decor that includes a hand-carved three-story limestone foyer (that reportedly took three years to complete), a sky lounge with entertainment area and mosaic bar, marble bathrooms with gold fittings, extra-large cabins, and a fitness room are only part of the decadent experience. The real pampering begins the moment you enter a limousine at the closest airport and Captain Chris Andreason devotes himself and his crew to fulfilling your every whim. ... (more)

Matching Client to Yacht

Merle Wood and Peter Croke, of Merle Wood & Associates, specialize in yachts in excess of 120 feet. With cumulative sales in excess of $4 billion, the company is internationally recognized as the premier yacht brokerage firm in the world. They deal exclusively in the construction, sale, purchase, and charter of large motoryachts. Advertisements for Merle Wood & Associates read "Paradise Is Only a Charter Away," a promise they aim to fulfill for every client, whether they're looking for a week-long charter in the Bahamas or a trial run on a 200ft megayacht they plan to buy and ta... (more)

Obsession with the Sea

Once a favorite haunt of pirates, and the setting for Treasure Island, the riches in this area of the West Indies now lie in abundant coral reefs and unpopulated islands accessible only by boat. The crisp, crackling underwater sound I heard was unfamiliar to me. I tried to pinpoint it while caught up in the mesmerizing world of slowly waving purple sea fans, magenta-colored coral, and schools of fish ranging from electric blue to vibrant yellow. When I was able to tear myself away long enough to return to the tender of the 85ft Hatteras, Obsession, I removed my snorkel and asked Ca... (more)

Monaco Yacht Show 2005 Live Coverage - P/Y Annaliesse Raises The Bar in Yacht Charter

International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine - News  Coverage EXCLUSIVE GOOGLE NEWS by YV&C Lavish accommodations, state-of-the-art communications, and plenty of space for entertaining provide guests with the perfect mix of  business and pleasure. With the launch of the spectacular 280ft P/Y Annaliesse in 2004, Liveras Yachts’ director Kiri Kyriacou says his company has opened a new market in yacht charter. “Several years “ago,” he says, “we set out to design a yacht to accommodate 36 guests.” The result was an opulent, floating palace with... (more)

Chartering Enables Yacht Owners to Upgrade Their Boats

The principals of Trinity Yachts, John Dane, CEO, and Bill Smith, VP, sat down with YV & C publisher Fuat Kircaali to speak about the growth of the charter industry and how it affects them as yacht builders. Trinity Yachts, founded in 1988, is already known as the number one American shipyard. Since 1990, their 38-acre Louisiana facility - including 10 roofed acres - has turned out 33 hulls. Seven yachts are currently under construction. How did this dynamic company grow so rapidly? John Dane, CEO of Trinity Yachts, was running Trinity Industries' marine group in 1988, with 22 sh... (more)