The World’s First Electric Luxury Yacht May Be Faster Than A Tesla

 Photo from hinckleyyachts.com

Photo from hinckleyyachts.com

By Tita Carra for Haute Living

 

What will the future of yachts look like? The Hinckley Dasher is an unexpected answer due to its conservative exterior but don’t judge a book by its cover. The sleek, stylish, and first fully electric luxury yacht has a foreseeing future.

The minimalistic 28-foot yacht, designed by Michael Peters, is overshadowed by its cutting-edge technology. True luxury for the Dasher lies in the 3D printing of boating hardware, which is an advancement in itself for the boating world. In doing so, the overall weight of the Dasher minimizes to only 6,500 pounds.

And, the speed? Expect to reach 23 knots. The maximum range at 20 knots will be 40 miles. Thankfully, it’s completely silent and stealth because spilling Armand de Brignac on the Hublot is non-negotiable.

The Dasher has a deep-V hull with a plumb bow and is propelled by twin 40 kWh BMW i3 lithium-ion batteries driving 80 hp straight shaft inboard motors. These are the same batteries used in the BMW i3 automobile and should last 9 years or 9,000 cycles.

The Dasher, named for the first Hinckley Picnic Boat ever built, has a 30-amp shore power setup but can also charge with dual 50 amp connectors. With the latter, four hours is all that’s needed to charge from zero to full, which may be a little faster than a Tesla.

Furthermore, its technological features are the hidden cup holders that slide out with just a tap. And, a windshield that lowers electrically so the driver can converse with their guests seated in the bow. The proprietary touchscreen navigation and digital switching system are as discreetly integrated as everything else.

Aside from innovative, the Dasher is completely sustainable. It’s a rare feature amongst many in the yachting world. The artisanal teak is hand painted faux wood to look like grain-matched true wood trim.

Hinckley is onto inventing a new classic for the modern and contemporary yacht owner.

10 Ways Yacht Charters Trump Other Luxury Vacations

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By Alexander Coles for A Luxury Travel Blog

 

Maybe you take a family holiday every year, but you want this one to be special. You’re tossing up between all the usual luxury vacation options; the exclusive hotel or private villa, the high-end cruise ship or island resort.

Forget all that. There’s a much better way – one which combines all the best of these traditional holiday choices and surpasses them with ease. A luxury yacht charter beats all the other vacation options, hands-down.

So what makes a yacht so special? And how does a superyacht charter trump all other vacation options? Let us count the ways.

On a yacht…..

The view is always changing

No matter how much you pay for your hotel suite or villa, you will wake up each day to the same view. On a yacht, you’ll float through landscapes of immense beauty, from secluded anchorages to tropical beaches, from puffing volcanoes to glamorous ports. Each meal is taken on deck with a different backdrop, and the sky and sea are an immense canvas reflecting sunsets and sunrises, moonlight and stars. On yacht, you have a room with an endlessly changing view.

You are in control

On a cruise ship, you are not in charge of the itinerary. Far from it! You cannot go to a cruise ship captain and ask to stay a little longer at this dreamy beach with coconut palms and a turquoise lagoon. A cruise ship operates a to-the-minute schedule with no room for individual preferences.

On a private yacht on the other hand, the captain comes to you each morning at breakfast with ideas for your approval, suggesting the best anchorages, restaurants and activities and tailoring a bespoke experience to suit your preferences. If you ever want to move the yacht to somewhere else, or stay where you are a little longer, all you have to do is ask. You sleep till 2pm and want to have lunch at sunset and dinner at midnight? Just ask. Right from the moment you book your charter yacht through to the last day, you are in control.

The privacy is unparalleled

In a hotel or on a cruise ship, you are surrounded by strangers. You pass them in the elevators and hallways, you share the restaurants with them, and you see them on your favourite lounger by the pool, talking loudly about their political views and personal problems. On a yacht, it is just you and your loved ones, drifting through paradise on your own floating island. If you want to go into a lively port and join the party, you do so. But when you want to escape again into your private bliss, the yacht will take you wherever you want to go, far from the madding crowd. This is your splendid isolation.

You don’t have to share the staff

With the exception of private staffed villas, all other holiday options require you to share your staff with the other guests. In hotels and cruise ship situations, you are just a number, competing for the staff’s attentions. On a private yacht charter, you are number one. From the captain to the deckhand and engineer to stewardess, every single crew member is working only for you for that week, going above and beyond to make your experience special. And with a superb crew to guest ratio and an extremely professional crew, charter yachts promise exceptional, ultra-personalised service that even the best hotels can’t match.

You realise that life is just better with a private chef

The yachts private chef definitely gets a special mention. The chef not only stocks the yacht with your favourite food and drinks before you arrive, but creates bespoke menus on your request and comes to consult with you every morning. Imagine getting that service in a hotel or on a cruise ship! For foodies or those with special diets, the private chef experience on a yacht simply cannot be matched by other vacation options.

There’s no thrill quite like it

You’ll never forget the first time you come into a busy yacht marina in the summertime, crowds gathering to watch the yacht inch into the narrow berth, the crew throwing the thick black lines to tie to the dock. There’s an expectant, excited air to these ports in the high season, particularly in glittering destinations like St Tropez or St Barts where the grapevine buzzes with the gossip of who’s been spotted on their charter yachts: Beyonce, Rihanna, DiCaprio or Clooney. As part of the superyacht set, you’ll understand the thrill of yachting: the knowledge that you’re part of an elite group. Of course, if the celebrity scene is of no interest and you don’t like being the centre of attention, you just float away to a desert island instead.

The travel is effortless

With conventional hotel holidays, when you want to visit another island or part of the coast, you have to either pack up your luggage and move hotels, or spend lots of time in traffic, in airports, or on public ferries travelling to and from your hotel. Which probably isn’t part of the high-end experience youre looking for, right?

On a yacht, you simply lie back on a deckchair while the yacht moves from one incredible destination to the next. You unpack once (or the stewardess does it for you), and all the effort of travel is taken care of on your behalf. The yacht captain and broker tailor a bespoke itinerary for you, dropping anchor off beaches only accessibly by boat, dining in Michelin star restaurants, or having luxury picnics on sugar-white sandbanks that rise gently from a sapphire sea.

Cruise ships also float and take care of all the travel details, but none of the itinerary is under your control, and it’s near-impossible to escape the crowds of strangers. (And don’t even mention those buffet queues or horrid orange day boats that smell of overheated plastic and the ghosts of seasickness past.) Once you’ve tried private yachting, you’ll never look at cruise ships the same way – even the luxury liners. Believe us.

Staying in is better than going out

A hotel is really just a place to sleep, but a yacht is a place to live. You’ll never really want to leave your yacht, particularly at night when you can dine by candlelight on deck, relax in the bubbling Jacuzzi under the stars, or all pile into the skylounge for a relaxing movie night with the whole family. Long evenings are spent at anchor, dancing on the sundeck, or going for midnight swims in the moonlit sea. There’s no hotel, villa or cruise ship on earth where staying in offers experiences like these.

When you do manage to drag yourself away from the yacht, it's such a thrill to return, seeing the yacht lit up against the night as you speed towards it in the tender, a crew member in a starched white uniform welcoming you back onboard and bringing you a nightcap and a plate of chocolates. You’ll never want this week to end.

Your family comes together

A yacht is the ideal way to bring you family together in a setting where all the chores, schedules, and responsibilities of normal family life fall away. On a cruise ship or resort holiday, you may rarely see your children, as they disappear to meet other kids and play in the pools .You love that theyre having fun, but you want the memories they have of holidays to include you – this family vacation was meant to be your chance to reconnect.

This is one of the reasons why yacht charter vacations are so popular with families, as everyone has their space and there are plenty of activities to keep the kids busy, but when it’s time for a meal or for the yacht to get underway, everyone comes back together, talking excitedly about the morning’s diving or snorkelling, shopping or beach adventures.

Every moment is a memory

Yachting is different from any other holiday, creating memories at every turn. It starts with the few steps you take from your warm bed to the deck, to dive into the crystal clear water and do a few lazy laps around the hull before breakfast. It’s the smell of the salty spray as you stand at the stern, watching the yachts flag flap in the breeze as land drops out of sight. It’s the feel of sun-warmed decks on bare feet, the delicious chill of walking into the air-conditioned salon on a hot day, and toes sinking into silky-soft carpets. It’s the smoothness of Egyptian cotton sheets as you climb into your bed for an afternoon nap, hearing the water lap gently at the hull and watching the reflections of the water play across the ceiling. It’s dressing up for drinks on the sundeck at sunset, looking around at your family and friends having the time of their lives, or going for a night dive, realising you’ve never seen the ocean quite like this.

A yacht charter is the holiday that you’ll remember forever; the one that eclipses all the other kinds of vacations you've had before. There is no competition, and you’ll never look back.


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The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection Takes You on a World Tour of Bespoke Excursions

By Livia Hooson for Robb Report

 from The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection Photo Tour

from The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection Photo Tour

Discerning globe-trotters, take note: Ritz-Carlton is bringing its unique brand of luxury—and its unparalleled access to exclusive experiences—to the high seas. The hospitality brand has recently unveiled five distinct excursions aboard the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, all of which offer spectacular onshore itineraries to some of the world’s top destinations. The collection, which was announced last summer, consists of three custom yachts designed especially for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company that are set to hit the seas beginning November 2019, with destinations including Northern Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

 from The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection Photo Tour

from The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection Photo Tour

The first launch is a floating boutique hotel that will hold 298 passengers among its 149 suites and two sprawling, 1,442-square-foot penthouses—each of which are equipped with private patios and outfitted in the same luxe furnishings as the brand’s international hotels. While onboard, guests can take to Aqua, the yacht’s fine-dining restaurant helmed by three-Michelin-star chef Sven Elverfeld; discover serenity at the signature spa; or find their rhythm on the yacht’s dance floor, where onboard musicians entertain partygoers. When not indulging at the yacht’s Champagne bar or reposed in the opulent Panorama Lounge, guests can embark on the off-shore adventures that await with truly unique custom itineraries.

The 7- to 10-day voyages are divided into five genres that offer oenophiles, gastronomes, and curious explorers the chance to take their vacation to the next level with immersive experiences. The Iconic Sights trip is centered around historical and cultural programs, like guided tours led by curators of renowned museums along the Adriatic coastline in Montenegro. Or, choose to embark on a wellness journey on the Stirring the Senses trip with yogis and shamans poised in the turquoise waters on the archipelago of the Grenadines. The Active Explorations trip will cater to outdoor enthusiasts looking to test the waters alongside sea turtles in the coral reefs of the Tobago Cays or kayak the coast of Reykjavik in Iceland. The Cultural Connections jaunt is ideal for those looking for an altruistic adventure, as guests will choose from a menu of philanthropic missions that speak to their empathy, such as efforts to protect wildlife and the environment. The final itinerary is the Epicurean Experience for true connoisseurs of the good life, as guests will dip their inquisitive minds into the art of wine making with a Ritz-Carlton sommelier in Bordeaux before learning to grow baby oysters on a local farm in the port city of Sète, France.

These exceptional itineraries are all-inclusive and include bar dinners at Aqua and spa treatments. Reservations for the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will open this May for loyalty members, with the first expeditions beginning in the fall of 2019.

Top 5 Family-Friendly Beaches in Miami

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By Kara Franker for KaraFranker.com

 

Believe it or not, South Beach isn’t the only beach in Miami. There are actually some amazing beaches in this glitzy Florida beach town that offer a more laid back, family-friendly type of vibe.

And don’t get me wrong. When I’m in a party mood, South Beach is a great stretch of sand where you can hang out with the crowds, sip on a cold cocktail and watch the beautiful people pass on by. In fact, I wrote a blog post about some of the best rooftop bars with beach views in Miami.

But sometimes I just wanna kick back and not worry about whether my swimsuit is in style for the season or if the party crowd is going to get a little too rowdy that day. And sometimes I just want to enjoy the sun, sand and surf without anyone else around. (Yes, that is possible in Miami!)

In my opinion, the best time to go to the beach is first thing in the morning. Miami is a late-arriving town and that includes beach goers. Show up early (like around 8 or 9 a.m.) and have your own slice of beachfront paradise all to yourself…and the fam!

MY PICKS FOR THE TOP FIVE FAMILY-FRIENDLY BEACHES IN MIAMI:

1. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is located at island’s end on Key Biscayne, which is about 10 miles from downtown Miami. You have to cross a toll road to get there and just as an fyi, the Rickenbacker Causeway is now managed by SunPass. Then you make the trek through a tropical island village and at the very end of Crandon Boulevard you’ll find the entrance to the park. It costs $8 per vehicle and that includes parking, which there’s plenty of.

If you’re a sucker for crazy-awesome views like me, then climb up the Cape Florida Lighthouse and the panoramic vistas from the top will literally take your breath away. The lighthouse is open at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every day except Tues. and Wed.

Make sure you walk over to the southwest corner of the park, where you’ll find picnic areas and views of Stiltsville…which I find to be absolutely fascinating. These historic houses on stilts have housed Prohibition era rum-runners and weathered major hurricanes.

There are two restaurants in the park: Lighthouse Cafe and Boaters Grill. I wish the food was good…I really do, but it’s just not that great. And it’s sad because there’s so much potential! You’re better off bringing your own food and grilling out in one of the picnic areas.

2. Crandon Park Beach on Key Biscayne

Also located on idyllic Key Biscayne, Crandon Park is situated at the entrance to the island and on the opposite end from Bill Baggs. This beach is a hotspot for TV commercials and magazine photo shoots. Sundays tend to be the busiest day, so if you’re looking for less crowds, then go on a weekday or early on Saturday morning. On weekends the entrance fee is $7 per vehicle.

The northern section of the beach is a great area for kite-boarders and it’s not uncommon to see dozens of them soaring across the water on weekends. Miami Kiteboarding offers kiteboarding equipment to rent, as well as lessons, stand-up paddle boards and a snack shop.

The southern section of Crandon Park offers ample picnic tables and shady spots to hang out under palm trees. Wander back into the park and you’ll find what’s left of the old Crandon Park Zoo. While there aren’t any lions, tigers or bears any more, you will find hundreds of different kinds of colorful wild birds. I’ve seen swans, peacocks, ducks and more.

3. Matheson Hammock Park Beach in Coral Gables

If you’re looking for a good way to introduce salt water to a little one, Matheson Hammock Park’s lagoon is the perfect place for children and families. The 630-acre park offers tons of waterfront property to explore and there’s an on-site marina. The entry fee is $5 per car on weekdays and $7 on weekends.

One of my favorite Miami area restaurants is located inside the park: Red Fish Grill. Located on the beach with spectacular water views, this hidden gem offers a menu rich with delicious seafood options. Here’s the catch: they’re only open for dinner and you’ll need to have reservations, so make sure you plan ahead. Oh, and this place was featured in the movie There’s Something About Mary, so ask to sit at Cameron Diaz’s table.

4. Hobie/Windsurfer Beach on Virginia Key

This is the beach you passed on the Rickenbacker Causeway on the way to Crandon Park and Bill Baggs. Blink and you’ll miss it. But it’s a great spot especially if you have a furry four-legged family member that loves the sand and surf. Hobie/Windsurfer Beach (it’s known by both names) is dog friendly! And there aren’t any fees to park. Just make sure you get there early.

You’ll want to bring your own chairs, umbrella, cooler and food. But there are public restrooms along the beach. And if you’re into SUP-ing or kayaking, make sure you check out Sailboards Miami. They’re easy to spot because of the white and yellow trailers located right on the beach.

5. South Pointe Park Beach on South Beach

(Yup, you read that right, I wrote South Beach)

Usually only the locals know about this section of South Beach, so shhhhhh don’t tell anyone I told you! But South Pointe Park is a picture-perfect oasis on the southernmost section of the beach…far from the party scene near Ocean Drive.

Most of the locals with families opt for this beach because of the kid-friendly facilities including a mini splash and play area, lots of green space, a dog park and a Blissberry frozen yogurt stand.

5 Best Yachting Trips Around the World

 Photo of Croatia courtesy of Glen Scarborough

Photo of Croatia courtesy of Glen Scarborough

From Navigare Yachting

If you’re dreaming of a luxurious getaway, the wind in your hair and nothing but clear blue seas for miles around you, why not consider a yachting trip? Some of the most beautiful locations in the world are easily navigable by sea and we’ve narrowed down the five best places to go for the trip of a lifetime. Don’t forget to apply for your ehic card online before your trip, just in case you run into trouble at sea, but without further ado, here are our top picks.

Croatia

Croatia is definitely an up-and-coming tourist destination, offering the best of a European break without the eye-watering prices that you’ll find in hotspots like Spain and Italy. The stunning Adriatic Sea encompasses the some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world and there are over 1,000 islands to explore. The waters are often gentle and throughout the summer the weather is almost always good, with temperatures rising to an average of 24˚C. What’s not to love? Take a luxurious yachting trip from island to island and stop off at some of the post-card perfect beaches and traditional sailing towns, like Hvar to name just one of many.  

Thailand

The tropical paradise of Thailand is attracting dozens of adventurers and beach-lovers alike every year. The miles of coastline and remote islands make for plenty of sailing opportunities. Phucket, known as the Peal of the Anadam, is one of the most popular regions for a sailing holiday due to its endless white sandy beaches and sparkling waters. Drop your anchor and explore a deserted beach or go snorkelling in the clear blue seas. At night you could head to some of the popular party spots for dinner and drinks or keep things relaxed in a luxurious resort.  

Spain

The Balearic Islands offer both popular party destinations and unspoilt islands, ideal for any holidaymaker. Experience Spain from a different perspective by embarking on a yachting holiday here - it’s one of the best sailing destinations in the Mediterranean as there’s so much to do and see. When you’re tired of sailing and swimming, moor up at one of the islands – how about Menorca or Ibiza? – indulge in tapas, or head straight out to do some traditional flamenco dancing.  

Greece

The Greek islands offer both an affordable and exciting destination for a yachting trip. The cost of food, drinks and even accommodation has fallen across Greece following the country’s recent economic crisis. However, that doesn’t mean the area is any less beautiful. There are over 6,000 islands in Greece, meaning that you’ll be spoilt for choice as you undergo your island-hopping adventure. Why not start with some of the luxurious destinations like Santorini and move on to the more traditional white-washed villages such as Paros? You’re sure to have a holiday that offers both culture and relaxation in Greece.  

British Virgin Islands

If you’ve got cash to splash, a trip to the Caribbean could be the perfect summer holiday. The British Virgin Islands are part of a volcanic archipelago in the region, made up of more than 50 islands. The main island, Tortola, is known as the top sailing destination for tourists – think lush mountains and secluded sandy bays and if you’re interested in water sports or fishing you’re in luck - there’s an abundance of surfing schools and game fishing opportunities. If not, no reason to worry! You can spend your days soaking up the long hours of sunshine or learning about Tortola’s interesting history.

Rosetti's Fulvio Dodich on entering the world of superyachts

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from superyachttimes.com

By Georgia Tindale for Super Yacht Times

Last November, the Italian shipbuilder Rosetti Marino announced their decision to move into the superyacht sector, heralding this with the announcement of their first 85-metre superyacht concept, designed in partnership with Rolls-Royce Marine. To find out more about this move, and what the future looks like for the new branch, we spoke to Rosetti Superyachts' Chairman, Fulvio Dodich.

Given your commercial success in the construction of offshore supply vessels, ocean-going tugboats and passenger ferries, what was it that made you decide to enter the superyacht sector, as you announced last November, which, it could be argued, is a much more niche, small, luxury market?

The decision to enter in the luxury segment was driven by the perception that Rosetti Superyachts (RSY) could create and offer to the market a product that doesn’t exist at present. We are an Italian shipyard that is able to build, thanks to our extremely high level of experience, with the safety and reliability standards offered by the Dutch and German shipyards. We are able to mix a strong know-how in building supply vessels and explorer boats, as well as bespoke yachts, to a style and elegance, typical of our Italian origins.

What are the differences between the two sectors, and how was Rosetti's commercial experience in commercial ships translated into this design?

Rosetti has the experience in building very strong vessels that can face any kind of seas, and as a result, we feel that we can add a refined style and design approach to a solid basis, in order to build an unparalleled masterpiece.

Have you had any interest so far in this 85-metre concept?

Yes, we have different clients that are interested in both of our 85-metre projects, which are two different approaches to the same length of yacht; one is more oriented to the expedition market and the other is responding to a new luxury yachting concept.

You are planning to build vessels from 35-140 metres, which is quite a range. What do you expect your main focus to be: your first concept is 85-metres, so will it be bigger boats from here?

We said that we can build vessels from 35 to 140 metres due to our past experience and huge yard capabilities in terms of length and competences. We can build whatever boats the clients desire in this segment. This gives us a flexibility that few shipyards have, which makes all the difference on the market.

Talk to me about the development of your relationship with Tommaso Spadolini. Was he always the designer you had in mind for the 85m concept?

We were looking for a designer with a long experience in the nautical sector but, who, at the same time would be inspired by taking on a completely different project. We found these two characteristics in Tommaso Spadolini who was very enthusiastic about taking on this new challenge with us. 

Was it important to you that everything about the concept stayed Italian, and is the 'Made in Italy' branding important for you more generally?

The Made in Italy is an important plus for us in terms of style and flexibility but the fact of having Italian designers is not mandatory for us. One idea I like very much is the combination of Italian design and Northern European naval architects.

What can we expect from Rosetti superyachts in the future, and what will we see on the water in 10 years' time?

We are in a lucky position as we can count on a long tradition. The shipyard has existed since 1925 and now I have added my personal experience to this know-how. I think it will be the perfect combination as well as a solid basis to grow our future success. Of course, in the next 10 years, we will continue to focus on building yachts, supply vessels yachts, explorers or shadow vessels able to cruise through any sea with maximum safety, which will be our core business.

Top Five Treatments for Seasickness

From 26 North Yachts

Your friend has invited you for a weekend on his brand new luxury motoryacht, or you are gearing up for a private yacht charter vacation, and you suddenly realize, the last thing I want to do is “toss my cookies” on someone’s multi-million dollar interior!

Relax, even passengers that are prone to seasickness can totally enjoy the luxury of a motor yacht. Here are our top five ways how.

Medications 

There are several medications that are very effective in preventing seasickness. The key is to take them before you board. Once seasickness takes hold, these drugs cannot help. Medications such as Dramamine and Bonine, prevent the “motion sickness” by blocking the “mixed signals” to your brain that throw off your balance. These can make you drowsy. Another seasickness drug popular in Europe is called Stugeron. It can be taken as a preventative or at the onset of symptoms. The active ingredient in Stugeron is known as cinnarizine. It is a type of antihistamine known to prevent and relieve nausea, vomiting, anxiety and headaches caused by motion sickness. Stugeron is not available in pharmacies in the US, but you can purchase it online.

Ginger Root 

If you are not comfortable taking drugs, ginger root has long been known as an effective stomach settler. There are plenty of ways to take it – ginger tea or simply chewing on a piece of the root itself are the most common. However, if you don’t like the taste or are looking for something with a longer shelf life, a jar of ginger root capsules will travel well and can be easily added to your daily supplements.

Seasickness Bands 

There are several “seasickness wristbands” available. Most work by “acupressure,” applying pressure to the acupuncture point on the wrist that is said to control nausea and vomiting. People do swear by them. The relief band by Explorer is said to be the best among them. Rather than simply applying pressure as most conventional bands, the Explorer sends out a gentle electronic pulse from the wrist to “interrupt the nausea signals between the brain and stomach.” Effective in 90 per cent of cases, the band is endorsed by the US Food & Drug Administration and promises relief within just 20 minutes with no side effects. The band uses replaceable batteries and offers five different power settings so it can be adapted for the severity and age of the user.

Peppermint Oil 

Another non-drug solution for travel sickness is peppermint oil. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, rubbing peppermint oil on the temples and roof of the mouth can help relieve the feelings of nausea caused by motion sickness. The fact that it smells great and doubles up as a brilliant essential oil for massages and foot baths is just another reason to give it a try.

Lemons 

Fresh lemons and fresh lemon juice contain citric acid that can settle a queasy stomach, and ease nausea and vomiting while traveling. In many people, even the smell of lemon can help bring relief as it triggers the higher brain regions to suppress the problem. You can trigger the same effect with essential lemon oil by applying it to the pulse points on your writs, and dabbing a little around the neck area or by shaking a few drops on to a tissue and inhale as required.

What If I Didn’t Take any Preventive Measures?

Most people will not feel seasick when the yacht is standing still or in calm waters. Some people may not know or believe that they are prone to seasickness, and therefore did not take any proactive measures. If you are on board, and are starting to feel sick, or just want to try to prevent getting sick, here are some tips you can do once the yacht is underway.

  • Try to stay above deck
  • Stay toward the center of the boat
  • Look at a fixed point on the horizon
  • Listen to music through earbuds
  • If you can, take a turn at the helm. Steering the yacht can give you focus and restore equilibrium

There really is no reason to let seasickness cause you to avoid or ruin a day out on the a yacht, because there are many ways to avoid it. And, even if you should get seasick, remember it is a passing thing, don’t let it ruin your whole voyage. You will feel better as soon as the yacht stops moving. Even if you have not taken any preventive measures at all, on long-term voyages or yacht charters, most people will get their “sea-legs,” and be less effected by the motion as the days go on.

 

Yachting's Hidden Costs

By Daniel Fisher for Forbes

Hank Halsted is in the business of selling big, expensive boats at Northrop & Johnson, a yacht brokerage in Newport, R.I.  But even he urges caution for anyone tempted to jump into these waters for the first time.

“It’s about as deep a buyer’s market as ever has been,” says Halsted, president of the brokerage, founded in 1949 to cater to Manhattan’s wealthy.  There are literally hundreds of power yachts over 100 feet long for sale around the world, many for 40% or more below the prices they brought six or seven years ago. Compared with the cost of new construction, he says, “I wouldn’t even want to say it.”

But buying a superyacht isn’t like buying a luxury car, or even a multimillion-dollar house.

“It’s so much more expensive than any home you can imagine,” says Jennifer Saia, director of charter operations at International Yacht Collection in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., another superyacht brokerage. “It’s a moving part.”

That shiny white 170-footer you picked up for less than half of what it cost to build has to be painted every five or six years, for example. Figure on at least $500,000 to remove all the hardware, prep and spray paint an object the size of a good-sized mansion.

These boats require crew, too. Captains cost roughly $1,000 per year per foot of boat---that’s $110,000 or so to command an embarrassingly small 100-footer and $220,000 or more for yachts over 200 feet. You’ll also need an engineer for another $90,000 to $130,000 because the complex mechanical systems are beyond the skills of a mere crewman. In addition, plan to hire at least one crew member per guest. Deckhands and stewards are relatively cheap at $30,000 to $50,000 per year – hey, it’s not a bad gig for a young person – but good chefs cost at least $70,000 a year.

Then there are the periodic refits as engines wear out, interiors fall out of style (that mirrored Last-Days-of-Disco look may have worked in your bachelor years, but the wife wants French Provincial) and hull rivets corrode. Halsted says he urges would-be buyers to plan on spending at least 10% of the purchase price each year on crew and routine maintenance, and to set aside another 10% each year for the heavier capital expenses. If you’re buying a bargain boat on the used market, you’ll need to set aside even more. Older boats cost more to maintain.

Back when Northrop & Johnson was founded to cater to the rich Bermuda racers at the New York Yacht Club, luxury yachts cost about $1,000 per foot to build. No longer. Designers are specifying more exotic materials (like titanium and carbon fiber to reduce weight and increase fuel efficiency). Moreover, yachts today come with elaborate navigational electronics, air conditioning and water-treatment systems, and VSAT satellite-data systems for 24-hour video and internet connections (so much for getting away from it all).

A good rule of thumb for a state-of-the-art motor yacht over 100 feet now is $1 million per meter, or more than $50 million for an impressive, but not outlandish, 170-footer. (Billionaire Roman Abramovich’s 525-foot Eclipse, currently the world’s largest private yacht, reportedly cost $300 million, or $1.9 million per meter.)

Don’t even think about commissioning a new yacht unless you hire a project manager to oversee the work. Change orders on a $50 million, complicated piece of floating machinery can be ruinous, and fights with the boat yard expensive. It was a dispute over cost overruns on the world’s largest sailing catamaran that drove Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport, Conn. into bankruptcy in 2008; the owner of the 145-foot yacht, now named Hemisphere, obviously didn’t consider the fact he’d need the yard’s cooperation to launch and take possession of his boat.

Owners can recoup some of their costs by chartering to other rich folks.

“The growing trend has been to view the asset as a business,” says Robert Saxon, president of International Yacht Collection. His firm manages a number of superyachts including a 205-footer with an annual operating budget of $3.5 million that the owner can cover by chartering it out for 10 weeks a year at $425,000 a week.

There are limits to how much income you can wring from a boat, however. Marine regulations limit private yachts to 12 passengers, no matter how large, so don’t count on packing a 150-foot yacht with paying guests. Most yachts have six staterooms, plus accommodations for crew and staff like nannies and secretaries.

Charter income doesn’t come close to amortizing the purchase price of the boat, but charter owners can cover their cash expenses each year. Saia of IYC says most boats charter no more than 12 weeks a year. When times are good, owners can charter their boats out as much as 28 weeks a year, but no more. Yachts need to move from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean with the seasons; crews need time off; and yachts have mechanical downtime. Figure on paying the brokers 20% of rental income to charter and manage the yacht, on top of the annual maintenance expense.

If you are considering putting your yacht out for charter, don’t skip the amenities. There are more than 1,400 superyachts in the charter fleet these days, from 70 feet to more than 200 feet, and the list of minimum accoutrements is lengthy. A Jacuzzi is mandatory, along with VSAT connection, a large and attentive crew (1 per guest is typical), and “water toys” including sailboats, windsurfers, Jetskis and scuba equipment. Don’t try to get by with an inflatable dinghy, either: Luxury charters require a “towed tender,” yachtspeak for a 30-foot motorboat to shuttle guests from yacht to shore.

Even brokers who are in the business of selling yachts urge customers to charter for a few seasons first before they consider buying. “I’m in favor of chartering right up until you are run over by the need for pride of ownership,” says Halsted of Northrop & Johnson.