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Ed - February 2009

Cynful. Family CharterThis winter season, the larger crewed yachts have been more affected by the economy, not only because they are luxury items, but also because these yachts tend to book at the last minute. Many of the popular midsize and smaller yachts in the Caribbean had fairly full winter calendars long before last fall's turn in the economy.

If you are ready to be pampered on a truly luxurious megayacht, there has never been a better time, and availability in the Caribbean is excellent. Rather than look through lists of specials,
tell us your plans and we will suggest some options that will work for you.

The same is partly true even if you're looking for something more modest. The very inexpensive Caribbean boats are heavily booked, but a lot of our customers are finding that by paying a tiny bit extra, they can get a whole lot more. Our advice has always been to try to first select the boats that you like and crews you will particularly enjoy, that are roughly in your price range. The boat that is the most suitable and the best option, is often not on the specials list but actually offers the best value. Tell us your plans and as much as you can about your group, and we will find you a boat and crew at the best price.

Featured Caribbean Crewed Yacht SPECIALS:

When an award winning yacht like
Aldebaran offers a special, it's too good to be true. Well they ARE sold out for February, March and most of April, but if your dates include late April, early May or the summer, this is one of the best run boats in the business. She was voted best multihull in the 2008 BVI Broker Show. Justin and Cayley are an exceptional crew. The special? Take $1,000 off the total price and another $300 if no one needs to scuba dive. This brings her to $2,866 per person for 6. Still not inexpensive, but you won't be sorry.

Looking for a nice monohull for just the two of you? The master cabin on the 50'
Phaedrus makes her ideal for a private two person charter. Charles and Leslie have lowered their rate to $5,900 for the whole boat ($5,600 if it's your honeymoon or anniversay) from now until July. Charles is a professional chef, so guests eat well on this economical but nice option.

Priorities is another popular yacht, with a crew that cannot do enough for their guests. We have had some wonderful charters on this boat and everyone loves Reggie, the perfectly behaved Golden Retriever. Priorities is a great choice at her full rate and she is heavily booked, but Rich and Lisa are discounting their weekly charter fee by $1,000 until December 15th, to help fill in the last gaps. This brings her summer rate for 8 guests to $1,863 per person inclusive.

See many other discounted boats on our specials pages:
Crewed Yacht Specials
Bareboat Specials

The Caribbean is not the only cruising ground!
Many people are starting to plan their summer vacations in the Mediterranean. Of course there are always some events, such as The Monaco Grand Prix, which will always be popular, but we are starting to see some similar trends to those experienced in The Caribbean. There seems to be demand for the less expensive boats in the more economical cruising grounds, and there are certainly deals to be had.

Turkey is the best value in The Med. Where else can you charter a fully crewed Beneteau 50, including breakfast and lunch, for a total of EUROS 3,150 for two, for 7 nights, shoulder season? That's just over $4,000. The same boat in The Caribbean costs much more than this as a bareboat! Dinners are available at EUROS 30 per person, but dining out in Turkey is inexpensive and a lot of fun. Your money goes a long way, whether you are chartering a small Beneteau or top of the line gulet, some of which are incredibly luxurious. See some past blogs on our Marmaris to Gocek charter last year.
Marmaris to Dalyan
Dalyan to Gocek

Wherever you want to charter, we look forward to helping you find the right boat for your party, at the right price. Tell us your plans and we will suggest some suitable bareboat or crewed boats.

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