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Explore the Beautiful Waters of Palau

If you want to see some of the most beautiful water in the world, head for Palau in the western Pacific. An archipelago with 340 islands, Palau is a nation in Micronesia, east of the Philippines and north of New Guinea. If that’s a bit far for your own boat, you can book one of the 11 cabins on the 129-foot Four Seasons Explorer catamaran. It has a draft of just 5’ 2” so it can reach a lot of the diving spots that larger boats can’t, and it has two tenders and a dive boat that can go just…

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A New Look for the New Tecnomar 142

You won’t have any trouble spotting your boat at a crowded anchorage or harbor if you charter the new Tecnomar 142 that the company says looks like “a fantastic sea creature.” Whatever. It certainly doesn’t look like anything else out there. Part of the Italian Sea Group, Tecnomar launched the 142 power catamaran just in time for the Monaco show this week. It will be in the charter trade next spring. The yacht was built by Tasos Papanastasiou, the Cypriot founder of the XM financial forum, who named it This Is It, which actually covers quite a bit of ground.…

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Cruise Through France on Kir Royale

European Waterways just announced that it will start six-night tours of the Champagne region of France next May on its new hotel barge, fittingly called the Kir Royale. The luxury barge will have four staterooms, holding eight passengers, and five crew on its six-night excursions through some of the most beautiful regions in France. It also will stop along the way so that guests can visit some of the area’s most famous Champagne houses. The Kir Royale comes with a history. It served as a beach landing craft in the Second World War, then it was sunk and ultimately refloated…

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Freedom To Open 400th Boat Club

Freedom Boat Club, which claims to be the world’s largest boat club, just announced that it will open its 400th club next month in Jupiter, Florida. Freedom now has 90,000 members in its locations across the  U.S., Europe, and Australia; about one-third are women. Cecil Cohn, the Freedom Boat Club president, said it would continue to expand its territory “as we continue to democratize boating by providing access and training to new boats.” Freedom has thousands of boats in its fleet; most are single-engine outboards. The idea is that you pay a one-time membership fee and then a monthly fee…

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Where To Rent a Boat This Summer

If you’re traveling far from home this summer, you don’t have to go without boating. Indeed, there are now quite a few boat-rental organizations that will help you get your boating fix, no matter where you are. Condé Nast Traveler recently put together a list of some of these organizations, just to give you an idea of what’s possible. For self-drive day boats, it recommends Click&Boat that was founded by two sailors in France in 2013. It’s now one of the largest boat rental companies in the world, with 50,000 boats in 164 countries. Click&Boat is a peer-to-peer platform, and…

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The Moorings Base in Tortola Gets a Facelift

One of the largest charter operators in the world, The Moorings has just given its base in the British Virgins Islands a major face lift. The Moorings’ base there, in Road Town, Tortola, now has more than 300 charter yachts, power and sail, bareboat and crewed. And almost everything that has to do with making a successful charter vacation – the provisioning, restaurants, lodging and other amenities – has been spruced up, if not opened from scratch. The Moorings says it has a “rejuvenated fleet” in Tortola, with lots of new yachts, including the Moorings 4200, 4500 and flagship 5000…

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Moorings Plans Croatia Rendezvous

The Moorings just announced that they’re holding their first rendezvous ever in Croatia next fall. Starting in historic Agana, not far from the airport in Split, the rendezvous will take place from October 14 to 21, and the week-long cruise will explore the best of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. The coast there, in central Croatia, offers some of the Med’s premiere cruising grounds, with more than 30 islands, ancient fortresses, protected national parks, rocky outcroppings, historic villages and translucent water. There are also pristine beaches, secluded coves, unspoiled natural settings, and wonderful small restaurants to try some exquisite local cuisine. To…

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Solar-Powered SILENT 64 Starts Mallorca Charter

The charter season starts at the end of April in Mallorca, Spain, one of the most beautiful spots in the world, and SILENT Yachts announced that it has a SILENT 64 there for a crewed charter. The SILENT 64 is a sister ship to what the Austrian company says is the first solar-powered production yacht to cross the Atlantic. Charters on the 64 start and end in Port Adriano, on the southwest coast of Mallorca, and offer cruises through the Balearic Islands, with beautiful bays and turquoise waters. On the luxurious SILENT cat, you can enjoy all this without any…

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The Moorings Offers a Sale on Bareboat Charters

The Moorings just announced a summer special offer with up to 20 percent off on bareboat power and sail charters. To qualify, you have to book the charter by May 1, and take the charter by June 30. And the offer is good for The Moorings destinations around the world except for Brazil, Tonga, and St. Pete and Key West in the U.S. The Moorings has charter operations in the Caribbean, the Americans, the Med, the Indian Ocean, the Far East, and the South Pacific. The Moorings power cats are all built by Robertson & Caine in South Africa, and…

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You Too Can Charter the Yacht on Succession

The fourth, and final, season of HBO’s Succession has just started, and it picks up where season three ended, with some of the most crucial scenes taking place on a 279-foot megayacht cruising in the Adriatic not far from Dubrovnik, Croatia. At that time, the fictional Roy family, owners of the media giant Waystar (if you don’t think of Fox and Rupert Murdoch you’re not paying attention) have gathered for a critical business meeting. The first evening on board, Logan, the patriarch, announces that he will have to fire one of them (or another leader of the company) to satisfy…

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