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Bering Starts Charters in the Bahamas

Bering Yachts, the Turkish builder of long-range explorer yachts, is just starting a charter operation in the Bahamas. The Bering charters are a bit different, because you don’t have to rent the entire yacht; you can charter a cabin or a group of cabins if you are traveling as a couple or a family. If you have a large group, you can charter the entire yacht. The program is starting with the 92-foot Papillon (pictured) and the 145-foot Heeus. The itineraries are flexible, and cover Nassau, the Exumas and the Turks and Caicos. One new five-day cruise, for example, covers…

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Freedom Boat Club: 600,000 Trips Last Year

The Freedom Boat Clubs is a modern American success story – an idea whose time has come. Indeed, Freedom just announced that it delivered more than 600,000 boating trips to members last year in North America, Europe and Australia. The world’s largest boat club operator, Freedom is part of Brunswick, and is based in Venice, Florida. And it’s very pleased with the way things are going. “We are committed to providing a pathway for new entrants and all who seek to enjoy the on-water lifestyle through our subscription-based boating model,” said Cecil Cohn, president of the Freedom Boat Club network,…

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The Moorings & Sunsail Buy 78 New Boats

There’s good news from The Moorings and Sunsail charter fleets in the British Virgin Islands, some of the best cruising grounds in the world. The Moorings and Sunsail, its sister company, already run the largest fleet of charter sail and power boats in the BVI. But now they’ve made a $70 million investment in new boats that will bring their combined fleet to a record 254 yachts. The $70 million accounts for a total of 78 new yachts – 19 sailing monohulls, 35 sailing catamarans, and 24 power catamarans – all arriving just in time for the peak sailing season in…

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Azimut Starts New Charter Club

Azimut, the upscale Italian builder, just announced that it is starting a new Charter Club, providing tailor-made charter holidays on board some of its recent  yachts. Azimut says the idea behind the club is to offer unforgettable experiences on Azimut yachts that make the yachting lifestyle easy and attractive. The club is designed to provide personalized service throughout the charter, with attention to even small details, all backed by Azimut’s extensive network of dealers and partners. The club will offer a fleet of fully equipped Azimuts up to 78 feet that have been made in the past five years and…

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Total Eclipse Coming: Watch Next in Greenland

Don’t look now, but a total eclipse of the sun is coming on April 4, tracing a broad northeast arc from Mazatlán in Mexico up to New England and Canada. If you’re in the Sea of Cortez, or cruising along the western portion of the Great Loop, you’ll be in prime viewing territory. And if you miss this one, Albatross Expeditions in Copenhagen just announced that it’s planning a cruise to Greenland for a total eclipse viewable there on August 12, 2026. Its new (launched in 2022), 341-foot, ice-rated expedition ship Ocean Albatross will be on a 13-day cruise for…

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Flexjet Starts Helicopter Flights to Bahamas

Flexjet has just started helicopter service from Florida to the Bahamas, making it easy to fly to and from your charter or your cruising boat in the islands. On one of the company’s Sikorsky S-76 helicopters, you can fly from Miami to Bimini in 25 minutes, or from Palm Beach to Baker’s Bay in the Abacos in an hour and 20 minutes. That means you could get back for an important business meeting, for example, or a wedding, or a medical procedure, and return to the islands easily without a major interruption in your cruising schedule. Flexjet won approval for…

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New Gold-Plated Charter in Dubai

If you’re looking for a gold-plated charter, consider the 136-foot AK ROYALTY superyacht, a 2009 Palmer Johnson. The hull was repainted earlier this year with custom paint containing real 24-karat gold dust that glitters in the sunlight. The yacht’s owner, Aaron Fidler, who founded (and sold) the high-tech company Furrion with his brother, said he wanted the yacht’s hull to match the color of his Lamborghini. The Fidlers had a Numarine 78 earlier, but Aaron Fidler said he always wanted a Palmer Johnson. He bought AK ROYALTY earlier this year (it had a traditional white hull then) and spent millions…

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Aquador Joins PowerTime Boat Club

Sweden’s Nimbus Group is expanding its presence in the U.S., now providing its Aquador line to the PowerTime boat club for fractional ownership. Started in 1968, Nimbus now builds half a dozen different boat lines in Europe. Last March, Nimbus bought Edgewater Boats in Florida. Aquadors will be put in PowerTime locations in eight of the club’s ten states for fractional use. PowerTime, founded in 2020, is part of SailTime, founded in 2002. Michael Bohm, the CMO of the Nimbus Group, said the new partnership with PowerTime “is mutually advantageous, as it allows PowerTime to exclusively feature a boat that…

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Six Great VRBO-Type Boat Rentals

Here’s something to think about for the next time you’re traveling in the U.S. or overseas. Instead of staying in a hotel, stay on a boat. This is often simply a variation on the VRBO theme, but it works, and it gives you access to a lot of waterfront living that can make a trip memorable. Here’s a list of half a dozen boat rentals from around the world, collected by travelwaits.com. When thinking about a rental, check the reviews, the hosts, and the boat, and make sure the location is near the other business or sightseeing you want to…

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New Christmas Market Cruises in France

We usually think of taking European canal barge trips in the warm months, when it’s easy to get off and roam the countryside and nearby villages on foot or bicycle. But European Waterways has come up with a way to extend the season, creating new Christmas Market Cruises through historic Alsace-Lorraine, France. The inaugural cruises are this year, running through the end of this month and into December, and they’ll be on the 12-passenger hotel barge Panache. They’re all-inclusive, with luxury accommodations on board, daily excursions on shore, followed perhaps by a warm drink back in Panache’s salon and then…

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