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Selected Western Mediterranean Specials

May 30th, 2011

Private yacht charters on Minx, in the French Riviera‘Minx’. Based near Monaco, this Azimut 68 could speed you along the French Riviera and across to Corsica in style. Her low weekly rate is 27,000 EUROS but she is reducing this by 15% for early summer charters.

‘Zoom Zoom Zoom’. Sumptuous, stylish 161′ Trinity. Modern lines outside but a lovely classic, comfortable interior. Spectacular split level master has panoramic views and 9′ headroom! Rate reduced from $245,000 to $190,000 for all remaining dates this summer.

Damrak ll. Luxury power catamaran yacht charters at a low introductory price‘Damrak II’. Lovely new 70′ Sunreef power cat. Clever layout gives enormous space and particularly nice master cabin facing forward. 8 guests. Her reduced introductory rate is $42,000.

‘Ohana’. Famous 142′ Perini Navi sailing yacht, with sleek lines and an enormous flybridge. Modern styling inside and out. 10 guests. Reduced from 105,000 EUROS to 80,000 EUROS early summer.

We can find you the best value in any price range. Call us at 800 621 7855, email us at info@ed-hamilton.com, visit the Ed Hamilton & Co website, or let us suggest some boats and crews for your group!

Selected Specials on Crewed Yachts in Croatia, Greece and Turkey

May 26th, 2011

Popular yachting restaurant off Gocek, Turkey‘Matelot’. This lovely sleek Bruce Farr designed Southern Wind is offering 20% off her regular rate of 25,000 EUROS for early summer dates in Croatia.

‘Sundara’, a popular Turkish built 113′ sailing yacht already has a busy calendar in Croatia, but she has reduced her rate from 35,000 to 31,500 EUROS for available weeks in July.

‘Paris A’ is a fast and flashy 114′ Maiora. She cruises in the Greek Islands but also charters in Turkey. Summer rates have been reduced from 91,000 to 68,500 EUROS peak months and 70,000 to 59,500 EUROS other months. Sleeps up to 12. Lots of toys.

‘Elisa’. This Italian built 107′ Akhir can reach 25 knots. She is based near Athens, but will charter in Croatia with no delivery fee. Her rate has been reduced from a high of 70,000 EUROS to a flat rate of 59,000 EUROS all summer.

‘HB 1′, at the opposite spectrum, is a 145′ traditional wooden gulet motor sailor accommodating up to 40 guests in 20 en suite cabins. Her price has been reduced to 46,000 EUROS for charters finishing before July 5th.

For more information on these boats and many others, call us at 800 621 7855, email us at info@ed-hamilton.com, take a look at the Ed Hamilton & Co website, or ask us to suggest some specific boats and crews for your group!

Selected Bareboat Specials in the Mediterranean and Caribbean

May 23rd, 2011

Dubrovnik, Croatia. Popular stop for both bareboat charters and private yacht charters with crewMediterranean Bareboat Specials:
All of Sunsail’s Med bases: May 1 - June 30, September 1 - October 31: 10% off all charters.
10% off charters booked at least 6 months in advance. Excludes Easter.

Caribbean Bareboat Specials:
Many companies are offering free days this year, and they’re starting a bit earlier than usual. Most free day specials in the past few years have started in July, or even as late as August.

TMM is offering 10 for 7 at all bases June 6 - October 31.

Horizon is offering 10 for 7 in Tortola from May 1 - October 31, and has some great offers on small monohulls in Tortola - charter fees as low as $1500 per week.

Even Moorings is offering free days: June 15 - Sept 30, 6 days for 5, 9 for 7, or 13 for 10, (excludes the Moorings 4600 and new Moorings 54.5).

Dream Yacht Charter - up to 30% off all monohulls up to 45 feet, and the Catana 41 and 50′ cats.

Visit our bareboat specials page. For more information on these and many other bareboat charter companies and boats, call us at 800 621 7855, email us at info@ed-hamilton.com, check out the Ed Hamilton & Co website, or ask us to suggest some specific boats that fit your requirements!

Selected Caribbean Yacht Charter Specials

May 21st, 2011

‘Sayang’, a popular Jeanneau 54, is offering 8 days for the price of 7 through the month of July. Paul and Ratna also offer a ‘Romantic Getaway for Two’ special! We have had 22 successful charters on this boat. Flexible layout for up to six but particularly suitable for four. Excellent boat and crew.

Viking Dream at anchor in the British Virgin Islands‘Viking Dream’ was voted best multihull up to 50′ at the last two consecutive Tortola broker shows (2010 and 2009), which is almost unheard of! They are offering $1000 off for selected fall dates. Recommended.

‘NSS Pattam’, the 84′ classic DeFever motor yacht, is offering a $500 per person discount on fully crewed charters and $350 per person discount on B&B charters taking place in June or July.

Voyage is taking 20% off their fleet of bareboat sail cats and 15% off crewed sailing charters through July. Ask us for specifics.

We’ll find you the best value. Call us at 800 621 7855, email us at info@ed-hamilton.com, visit the Ed Hamilton & Co website, or let us suggest some boats and crews suitable for your group!

Some Ideas for a New England Charter before the NYYC takes the Picks!

March 24th, 2011

Cruising in MaineTraditionally most of the popular charter yachts visiting New England during the summer are booked during August for the New Yacht Yacht Club Cruise, or various other cruising clubs. The 155th annual NYYC cruise this summer is July 29 to August 6, finishing in Newport, but they are also running a cruise in Maine, from August 8 to 14. If you are dreaming of visiting quaint Nantucket or Martha’s Vinyard, or exploring the fabulous coast of Maine during peak season, it’s certainly not too early to start looking!

The ever popular 67′ ‘Aurora’ is still available. Ken and Gisele Lannamann are her great new crew. You might remember them from when they ran ‘Gadget’, the famous vintage Hinckley previously owned by Walter Cronkite and later by the creator of Inspector Gadget! Fabulous crew with an in depth knowledge of New England. The beautiful master aft makes her ideal for 2 guests looking for luxury.

‘More Magic’ is a brand new 67′ Discovery. The owner’s already blocked off July 29 to August 15, but if your dates are flexible, this is a spectacular modern design. The fore and aft double cabins are fairly equal, with a smaller double to port, all trimmed Private yacht charters on Aurora, with Ed Hamilton & Coin beautiful light mahogany. This is not a boat for young families as the owner has an 8 year minimum age limit, but she’s ideal for two or perhaps three couples, or teenagers.

The 72′ ‘Campai’ already has a booking in August (4 to 9), but is also a popular New England choice and her established crew has plenty of local knowledge.

For something more traditional, the 57′ schooner ‘Bonnie Lynn’ offers seamanship classes as well as traditional charters, primarily on the coast of Maine.

For motor yacht fans, the 63′ Burger ‘Victorian Rose’ was built in 1963 but has been beautifully restored from the keel up over the last three years. Great way to see New England in traditional old world style.

Ed Hamilton & Co is based in Maine and we know New England like the back of our hands! If you’re looking for a boat for the NYYC cruise or just getting away on a private yacht charter, call us at 800 621 7855, or email us at info@ed-hamilton.com. If you tell us a bit about your plans, we will suggest some suitable boats and crews!

Great Organic Produce for your Bareboat or Crewed Yacht Charter! Tortola Farmer Follows In His Father’s Footsteps.

March 15th, 2011

Good Moon Farm, Tortola, British Virgin IslandsHave you ever wondered where the crewed yacht chefs buy their organic produce in Tortola? Aragorn Dick-Read is better known as a sculptor and supporter of the local arts (he created those fireball sculptures in Trellis Bay), but he and his wife also own a local produce business. Revitalizing old terraced farmland on the more fertile north side of Tortola, they created ‘Good Moon Farm’ and have built up a network of local farmers to supply Mega Yachts and crewed charter chefs with quality organic produce. In addition to crewed yachts, they supply several restaurants, villa rentals and bareboaters willing to pay a little extra for produce that has never been sprayed and hasn’t arrived on a ship.

The apple often doesn’t fall far from the tree and in this case, Aragorn is following a family tradition. His father, Robert Dick-Read, was one of the pioneers in the early development of present day Tortola. Some of his schemes, such as a rental car business, were ahead of their time (his VW Beetles were killed by the terrible roads of the late 60s), but his big break was the Ample Hamper, which supplied provisions to the new evolving charter industry. He was the founder and first owner, and his flamboyant enthusiasm behind the counter played a big part in its success. For those who remember him, he is doing well at 80 and is still scheming!

If you’re considering a charter, we have been in this industry since it started! Call us (800 621 7855), email info@ed-hamilton.com, or visit the Ed Hamilton & Co website. If you tell us more about your requirements , we can suggest some suitable boats and crews!

We wish Aragorn well, not only in this venture, but also with his sculpture and his efforts to keep Caribbean art and old traditions alive.

A Video and a Special Price from an Economical Crewed Motor Yacht in the Virgin Islands

March 8th, 2011

Analisa, private yacht charters in the British Virgin Islands‘Analisa’ is offering a snowbird special. $1,000 off a 7 night 4 pax charter, $750 off for 3 and $500 off a 2 pax, taking place before June 2011. This 60′ Hatteras motor yacht is already economically priced at $3,375 per person for 4, per week, including all meals, open ship’s bar, water toys, cruising taxes, unlimited generator and free fuel up to 20 hours (more than adequate for a 7 day charter).

The special applies for 7 night charters, but they also will charter for shorter periods without adding the customary surcharge to the prorated weekly rate. They offer half board rates for those wishing to eat several meals ashore, but with the price of local restaurants, the inclusive rate is generally the better value. She’s best for 4, but families of 6 can be accommodated, with two children in the salon, sharing a head with the crew.

Peter Scully and Ruth Pinnell have cruised on Analisa for 10years, but put her through an extensive refit before chartering her, so everything is new and in great shape. Meet them both in their excellent promotional video.

Her comfortable master cabin features a queen berth and a second guest cabin has two singles which can be converted to a sideways queen. The 15′ tender has a 60hp engine which can pull a variety of water toys, including adult and child water skis, a tube and a wake board. There are also two double kayaks, underwater cameras (video and still), floating mats and fishing gear. She can start charters in the US Virgin Islands or the British Virgin Islands.

We specialize in finding you the best value regardless of price range. Call us at 800 621 7855, email us at info@ed-hamilton.com, take a look at the Ed Hamilton & Co website, or tell us about your plans and we will suggest some boats and crews we feel would be suitable for your group!

Seamanship Classes in Maine this Summer

February 23rd, 2011

Private yacht charters and sailing courses on Bonnie Lynn, with Ed Hamilton & CoRight now we’re only dreaming of summer up here in Maine, but it will arrive before you know it! Our good friends Bonnie and Earl McKenzie have announced they will be running their Seamanship Classes in Maine again this summer, on their beautiful schooner ‘Bonnie Lynn’. This is of course in addition to the regular private crewed sailing charters they offer.

‘Bonnie Lynn’ is a beautiful 57′ schooner, built in 1998 and completed from the hull up by her proud owners. We have done many charters with this fine crew.

It’s not too early to book your New England holiday and planning it will help you get through the rest of the winter! Contact us at Ed Hamilton & Co and tell us your plans. You can call us at 800 621 7855 or email us at info@ed-hamilton.com.We would be happy to talk more about Bonnie Lynn or make other suggestions for your group.