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Friday
Sep042015

Ducking Hurricanes In The BVIs

Now in the middle of the Atlantic hurricane season, and with hurricanes already named up to Fred, perhaps you're wondering what the bareboat charter companies do to prepare when they see a hurricane on the horizon.

Gino Morrelli, of the famed multihull design team of Morrelli and Melvin, snapped this photo of Parequita Bay on Tortola when the fleet was preparing for a hurricane.  The entrance is narrow, and the boats are all secured to heavy cables, although no one really knows what would happen if a serious hurricane hit this particular "hurricane hole".  Interestingly enough, many of the cats lined up in this bay are Morrelli and Melvin designs!

Tuesday
Jul212015

WOW!! Big Savings At MarineMax Vacations: Power & Sail!!!

MarineMax Vacations is offering exceptional savings on bareboat charters in both their powercat and sail fleet. But these are limited offers, so don't dilly-dally around!  Here's some examples:

MarineMax 484 Powercat: For all of November plus early December, you can take 10% off if you book by August 15th, and another 5% if you're a MarineMax repeat charterer.

All Powercats (382, 443, 484): take 5% off the top when you charter before October 1, and add another 5% for being a repeater.

Contact MarineMax Vacations NOW at (813) 644-8071, or go to www.marinemaxvacations.com.

Thursday
Jul022015

Southwest Florida Yachts Adds Hunter 41 Deck Salon To Fleet!

The bareboat fleet of Southwest Florida Yachts has just grown by one: Dreamin', a Hunter 41 Deck Salon with two double cabins.  The cabins are separated at each end of the yacht, and each cabin has a private ensuite head with shower.  Need more room?  The dinette converts into a double.

Beautifully equipped from the in-mast furling mainsail to a 6kW generator, Dreamin' also features GPS and chart plotter, full air conditioning for cool nights, and a dinghy with outboard.  The yacht starts at $3192/week, and don't forget that Southwest Florida Yachts is offering a 10% Summer Discount through August and a 5% discount for charters of three days or more throughout 2015.  For info, www.swfyachts.com or call 800-262-7939.

Sunday
Jun212015

The Moorings Commits To $50M Investment In New Boats!!

The Moorings says it plans to invest over $50 million in new sail and powerboats for their worldwide charter destinations.  The company will work with yacht builders Beneteau and Robertson & Caine to further evolve their custom monohulls, catamarans, and powercats.

The first of the new investments is the 433 powercat (see posting below), and the company has also recently introduced their 5.3 and 51.5 monohulls, their popular 514 power cat, and they have added boats to increase the presence of the flagship 5800 sailing catamaran, which is available as either a bareboat or with a crew of three with gourmet meals and all water toys included.

For information, www.moorings.com, (877) 706-5914

Sunday
Jun072015

Moorings Debuts New 43' Powercat in BVIs

The Moorings will debut their newest power cat, the Moorings 433PC, at their flagship base in the British Virgin Islands in November.  As with their other powercats, the 433 is built by Robertson & Caine, and designed specifically for the charter market.  

The new hull provides 27% more interior room than the earlier Moorings 393PC, and enjoys better performance as well as more efficient fuel consumption.  The BVI boats will be the three-stateroom version, with the starboard hull dedicated entirely to a master suite with a private head and shower forward, while the port hull will have two double cabins, each also ensuite with shower.  

Other significant changes include a forward saloon door to the foredeck and to provide a breeze through the cabin at anchor, solar panels as well as a 9kW generator, and a stereo system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity.  The bridge will have a cushioned sunpad forward and a full outdoor kitchen with grill and wetbar.

"Time at sea is best enjoyed with others, so we focused on creating a yacht that really brings that social aspect of chartering to life," said Josie Tucci, GM of The Moorings.  The 433PC will debut at the Fort Lauderdale Boatshow in November, and a four stateroom version, the 434PC, will be available in Thailand in January 2016.  

For details and reservations, contact The Moorings, www.moorings.com, (877) 706-5914.

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