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.
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)
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)
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Lavish accommodations, state-of-the-art communications, and plenty of space
for entertaining provide guests with the perfect mix of business and
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)
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)