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25 March 2012 1 Comment

Buying a Yacht and Endless Adventures

For anyone contemplating the idea of buying a yacht, they are obviously living in a rarely inhabited world: the one where only those who have saved up or are very wealthy can actually afford it.  Unless the idea is to live life on the boat after buying it, or to lease it for yacht charter, the reality is that any yacht purchase is a luxury – like a second car that’s sporty and maybe a convertible and used exclusively on weekends.

But owning a yacht comes with bragging rights, and a sure-fire way to impress friends and colleagues.  Long and short yachting adventures can be planned in which close friends, families or even work colleagues will be invited to live the life of luxury for a period of time.  People can be picked up along the way of any route and dropped off as they reach their destination.  The yachting vacation adventures can be endless, not to mention expensive, but that’s just one of the things that goes with yacht ownership.  Many owners delve into it not quite sure what they’re getting into – but it looks fun.  One common piece of advice from yacht owners to potential ones, is to just get to be good friends with a yacht owner instead of buying your own.  That way you can enjoy the perks of yachting without the expenses and headaches that goes along with ownership.

There are many considerations in buying a yacht and it is important to take your time make the decision.But for many, the idea of having their own yacht is too great of an allure to pass up.  Half the adventure is diving in and seeing what happens, and more often than not it will have been well worth it.  For those unsure whether to take the plunge, get as much advice as possible from yacht owners on purchasing a yacht for sale and spend some time aboard one to make sure it’s the hobby for you.

23 March 2012 0 Comments

Yachting Around the World: Asia

Owning a yacht provides endless adventures. For those who partake in the fun that is yachting, a truly unique adventure awaits on the exotic island of Phuket in Thailand.  Nicknamed ‘Pearl of the South’, the island is surrounded by the Andaman Sea in the Indian Ocean and offers an array of spectacular sights not found anywhere else in the world.

For those who enjoy getting off the yacht as much as being on it, then Phuket and its surrounding islands are the places for you and is considered a favorite yachting destination.  The area is famous for its stunning beaches, seafood and scrumptious Thai food as well as being a favorite destination among yachting entrhusiasts.  One of the best activities is to island hop to small, uninhabited islands, which feature coves, bays and palm-fringed white beaches.  Spectacular waterfalls and amazing snorkeling spots await those who love to get into the water which is rich with some of the best tropical fish in the entire world.

The area around Phuket is also famous for the films that have shot there including ‘The Beach’ and several James Bond films.  Phuket has also become an ideal yachting destination thanks to the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, which has become the biggest yearly sailing event in Asia.  The area has several marinas that can accommodate almost any size yacht, whether a luxury superyacht or a smaller yacht. along with local expertise and support for the out-of-town yachters.  Once there, enjoy some time in the beachside town of Phuket as well; it’s an area unlike any other in the world where a night on the town will be a guaranteed unforgettable experience.

17 August 2011 Comments Off

Travel the World in Sailing Yachts

When people talk about yachts, they are usually referring to the motorized cruising or the racing types, and seldom of the sailing types. However, yachts have gained popularity, and they are generally of two types, power and sailing yachts. In the market, there is a huge selection for both types.

Normal yachts start at about 32 feet in length, but their heights may vary, some of them reaching up to hundreds of feet. However, compared to super yachts and luxury liners, this length is insignificant. Super yachts are longer, starting at around 200 feet.

The origin of yachts can be traced back to the Dutch sailing vessels, mostly owned by pirates. It is surmised that Charles II popularized the yacht as a sailing vessel for transporting important people. From this, the yacht has progressed to carrying people or cargo, and powered by engines or sails.

Until the middle of the twentieth century, yachts were primarily made of steel or wood. However, the material used to make the yachts vary nowadays, and range from aluminum, to steel and also to fiberglass. Modern products like plywood are also often used in the construction of yachts.

There are several types of sailing yachts in existence today. Day sailing yachts are one variety and in accordance with their name, are not used for overnight journeys and hence tend not to have any cabin space. They are mostly for daily and hourly use.

Next is the weekender yacht that operates in shallow waters, has a cabin, kitchen and bedroom for up to 3 people. More complex in design are cruising yachts that are more popular for private use. These are spacious vessels meant to carry a number of people for long distances in luxurious travel accomodations.

Above this are the luxury sailing boats and racing yachts. Luxury sailing boats are generally more than 80 feet long, and contain amenities with luxury apart from the basic accommodation. These yachts are generally highly automated and computer controlled with the best in navigational GPS equipment.

Racing yachts are somewhat different from the above. Their main purpose is speed, and that is achieved by reducing the wet surface area that causes the drag.

14 July 2011 0 Comments

Luxurious Travel by Yacht

Traveling on the water is an enjoyable experience for anyone, no matter what type of boat you may be cruising in. But for those who prefer the best, a mega yacht defines luxury is the ultimate experience on the water.

The best luxury yachts are designed to offer a break from the norm luxury and relaxation like no other type of vacation could. Relaxing in a Jacuzzi or spa bath on deck is part of everyday life on-board a yacht and many vessels also have saunas and steam rooms for guests to relax in after a day at sea. On-board gyms are not uncommon, ensuring that fitness routines can be maintained while enjoying a vacation on the wide open sea. Luxury yachts offer an escape from the norm and include a variety of amenities to guarantee that those on-board can make the most of their time while traveling to a host of spectacular locations.

Interior design aimed specifically at yachts has emerged as a profession and the inside of most vessels is professionally designed to the owner’s unique tastes, like in the case of mega yachts Nice N’ Easy and Remember When, owned by John Rosatti. Granite counter tops and marble columns are not uncommon and wood paneling creates a cozy feel for those stormy nights. Plush carpets underfoot, opulent furnishings allow the interiors to live up to a yacht’s luxurious reputation. Entertainment systems, internet access, multimedia centers and every gadget you could think of are all common features on-board a luxury yacht, ensuring that guests are kept busy no matter the weather. These yachts have become far removed from the rustic explorer vessels they once were and offer every amenity you could need while traveling the open sea.