March 2008 - Ed Hamilton

Most people tend to avoid taking a Caribbean yacht charter in the fall due to the hurricane season, but this coming September and October, there is a yacht moving to an exciting destination that is below the normal hurricane route. ‘Sublime’, a popular crewed sailing yacht generally based in the Virgin Islands, is heading to Bonaire, in the south western Caribbean. Very few ...

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The 56′ Sea Ray ‘CENTRE COURT’ is offering a super discount from April – June 2008. 2 guests will charter for $10,800 (down from $12,000) and 4 guests are $12,800 (down from $14,000)! She can start a charter in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands or Tortola, British Virgin Islands and even St Martin in The Leeward Islands, by special arrangement. This crew is ...

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ADVENTURERS WANTED! Starting in mid-June, the 38 foot Island Packet, Gypsy Queen, and her captain Bob White will be heading from The Leeward Islands to The Grenadines and Venezuela, with the intent of taking along guests seeking a more ‘cruising oriented’ experience. The trips are in two week segments, with a nominal fee of $3,000 for up to two persons. The normal boat ...

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For many years, bareboat yacht charter customers have asked us for the largest cat available. This request makes sense as the reason many groups go with a catamaran rather than a monohull is for the sheer space. Until relatively recently, the largest cats available were in the 46 – 48 foot range, but no longer. Voyage Charters started offering their 50 foot Voyage ...

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It’s always surprised me that the demand for either crewed or bareboat yacht charters in Belize isn’t far greater. Perhaps it’s one of those places that people simply don’t know enough about yet, and speaking selfishly that’s a good thing in many ways. I was reminded of this during the past week as I helped two different customers explore the sailing possibilities there. ...

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The latest Charter Connection Newsletter asked readers to vote if they felt Air Conditioning was a necessity when choosing a Bareboat. The advantages of A/C are obvious, but the article pointed out some of the disadvantages which might not be so evident, particularly as most Bareboat Charter Companies charge for A/C in some form or another. The results are also interesting. Currently only ...

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Sunsail has started announcing their Reef Weeks for next winter much earlier than usual. Reef Weeks are a discount unique to Sunsail in which bareboat charters for specific weeks are discounted by 15% to 25%, sometimes even in high season. Single Reef Weeks are 15% off, and Double Reef Weeks are 25% off. With Reef Weeks, all of Sunsail’s Caribbean yacht charters are ...

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If you’ve been considering a yacht charter, but high airfares have been holding you back, now may be the time to take another look. American Airlines has launched a spring sale on flights to the Caribbean. As airline sales often are, the exact details are a bit vague, but it appears that tickets must be booked by March 31st for departure by May ...

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If you can go this month (March) and are considering a luxury motor yacht, NSS Pattam has the deal you have been looking for! Six guests can cruise for 7 nights on this beautiful 84′ classic DeFever for $2250 per person, including meals and bar. If you’re looking for a super private getaway, she can be chartered for $5,250 per person for just ...

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The USVI tourist board reminded us that Sports Illustrated Magazine recently chose St. John, in The US Virgin Islands, as the setting for the cover of the famous Swimsuit Issue – claimed to be the most widely read single issue of any magazine worldwide. We’re not sure what that says about our reading habits but it says a lot about the beauty of ...

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