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Since 2005, Imperial has been involved in the creation of some of the most important luxury vessels the world has ever seen – and yet superyacht construction is just a small part of what we do.

The same is true of our approach to charter. In addition to a scale and specification of yacht unmatched anywhere in the world, a great many of our in-house team have first-hand experience of global circumnavigation. It brings us unparalleled knowledge of yachts, of yachting regions and of the logistical challenges involved in charter – and it means we can be on hand to provide assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year, wherever in the world you choose to cruise. No doubts; no quibbles; just an all-encompassing 360-degree service from people who know how special life on the water can be.

From initial concept, through design and build, to management, maintenance, marketing and finance, we are equipped to take command of every element of the modern yachting experience. In order to do that effectively, we have had to become a global, multifaceted company, but today, as ever, our mission remains very simple. It is to make luxury yachting better; to eradicate the complication; to smooth out the logistics; to enable those who put their faith in us to enjoy their time on the water just that little bit more.

Welcome to the 2018 Charter Directory. Welcome to a better yachting experience. ... Evgeniy Kochman, CEO Imperial Julia Stewart, Monaco Office Director

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THROUGH - LIFE EXPERTISE FROM PROFESSIONALS WHO CARE

E V E RY S T Y L E, E V E RY S I Z E, E V E RY D ES T I N AT I O N

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96 THE IMPERIAL FLEET

T H E E A S Y W AY T O I N I T I A T E Y O U R C H A R T E R E X P E R I E N C E

A G L I M P S E I N S I D E T H E W O R L D ’ S F I N E S T C H A R T E R YA C H T S

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R E D - L E T T E R D A T E S F O R Y O U R YA C H T I N G C A L E N D A R

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16 4 T H E P E R F O R M A N C E F L E E T

ROSE DA M EN: A MO D ERN APPROACH

PA C E W I T H PA N A C H E : A C H A R T E R I N T H E FA S T L A N E

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170 T H E S A I L I N G F L E E T

ANDREW WINCH: THE UNIQUE DEM ANDS OF CHARTER

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WHY IMPERIAL? SPECIALIST CREDENTIALS

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At Imperial, Luxury Yachting 360° is not just a company motto; it’s the guiding principle behind a full-spectrum approach to all things marine.

It even attends to the vital logistics of your shore-based experience – from restaurant reservations and nightclub bookings to tickets for concerts and sporting events, as well as exclusive transfers by jet, helicopter or luxury car. At Imperial, your ‘Off-the-Yacht’ pleasures are an integrated part of the Luxury Yachting 360° experience.

From design and build to management, marketing and brokerage, every element of the yachting experience is orchestrated with patience, precision and expertise - and when you charter one of the company’s yachts, that same approach is central... Imperials hand-picked, multilingual team manages a fleet of the world’s finest yachts, crewed by the industry’s most experienced professionals and deployed among the planet’s most seductive cruising grounds. However, Imperial doesn’t just match your needs to the right yacht, the right destination and the right cruising plan. It also inspects the yacht, negotiates the best terms, helps with embarkation and provides continued support during your charter.

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WHY I M P E R I A L?

The options are of course boundless, but with first-hand knowledge of even the most far-flung destinations, allied to an in-depth understanding of each and every yacht, Imperial is well placed to devise your ideal charter plan. From Alaska to the Great Barrier Reef; from Turkey to Antarctica; from 20-metre motor cruisers to 100-metre-plus megayachts and from hedonistic A-list resorts to remote tropical sanctuaries, an Imperial charter is not just a holiday. It’s a carefully tailored expression of your personality and ambitions.


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W H Y P U T YO U R F A I T H I N I M P E R I A L? ... QUALIT Y OUR CHARTER FLEET COMPRISES THE WORLD’S M O S T E X C L U S I V E YA C H T S , S P R E A D A C R O S S T H E SE VEN SE AS, N OT J UST I N PE A K SE ASO N, B U T A L L Y E A R RO U N D. SERVICE I M P E R I A L S E X P E R I E N C E D, M U LT I L I N G U A L 2 4 - H O U R C O N C I E R G E S E R V I C E I S R E A D Y T O A S S I S T, S E V E N D AY S A W E E K , A T A N Y T I M E O F Y E A R & I N A N Y PA R T O F T H E W O R L D . PEDIGREE THE IMPERIAL TEA M’S EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE O F G LO B A L C I R C U M N AV I GAT I O N M E A N S AUTH ENTI C, FI RST- HAN D KN OWLED GE O F EVERY C O N C E I VA B L E C H A R T E R O P T I O N . EXPERIENCE H I G H LY E X P E R I E N C E D B R O K E R S , C A P T A I N S & C R E W S A R E PA I N S T A K I N G LY R E C R U I T E D & T H EN T R A I N ED TO M EE T I M PERI A L S S T RI N G EN T I N T E R N A L S TA N DA R D S . FLEXIBILITY A P E R S O N A L I S E D A P P R O A C H E N A B L E S 
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HOW TO C HARTER TEN KEY QUESTIONS ... Whether you are new to yachting or a seasoned adventurer, Imperials expertise in the charter industry enables it to create and oversee a broad range of fuss-free yacht charter experiences. Our specialist teams are well equipped to answer any queries you might have but for those starting out, these ten basic questions are a good place to begin.

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... Call the Imperial team and you will be assigned a charter broker – a specialist who will listen to your requirements, from destination and timings to interests and special requests. A recommended yacht and itinerary will then be presented to you on the basis of this conversation.

TA I L O R E D T O REFLECT MY TA S T E S?

... Absolutely. Tell Imperial about the ages, tastes and profiles of those involved, because an itinerary can be designed to encompass everything from cultural tours, sporting events and active pursuits to lazy days ashore or long, undisturbed evenings at anchor.

... That depends on whether there is adequate capacity to accommodate extra personnel. If so, you can certainly take your own staff but if not, Imperial is always able to organise first-class staff on your behalf.

... It’s fine to take children on board and if you talk to your broker in advance it may even be permissible to take the family pet. The yacht, destination, crew and itinerary can also be orchestrated to suit your needs, with family-friendly catering, destinations and pursuits all built into the plan.

OFFER C O R P O R AT E CHARTERS?

... Yes. Whether you book a charter yacht for client entertainment or staff reward, it makes a fresh and invigorating change from the norm. It can be the perfect hideaway for discreet business negotiations – and with some vessels capable of accommodating dozens of people at a time, there are very few venues that can match it for an upmarket conference.


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... In addition to the basic charter cost, there is usually an Advanced Provisioning Allowance (APA) of around 30%. This enables the crew to stock up on fuel and food in accordance with the input of your charter broker. Any funds left over will be returned to you.

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... Yes. Like a holiday, you can specify the venue and the duration; you can organise it around a specific highprofile event such as the Cannes Film Festival; and you can benefit from the same comprehensive level of staffing as a luxury charter, with all service and catering provided.

... The crew tends to come with the yacht, so repeat charter customers will often specify a particular vessel in order to be certain of a reunion. However, if this is your first charter, tell your broker what kind of crew you favour. From relaxed and outgoing to slick and formal, a yacht can then be selected to match your preference.

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International yacht shows, sporting classics & key exhibitions from the worlds of luxury, fashion & art, there are plenty of dates to look forward to in 2018. Provisional dates correct at time of publication but may be subject to change

JA N UA RY 10 – 14 L O N D O N B O A T S H O W 14 – 2 4 S T B A R T S M U S I C F E S T I VA L 2 0 – 2 8 B O O T D Ü S S E L D O R F
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APRIL 0 8 C H I N E S E F1 G R A N D P R I X 12 – 15 S I N G A P O R E YA C H T S H O W 14 – 2 2 M O N T E C A R L O R O L E X M A S T E R S T E N N I S 18 – 2 4 PA N E R A I C L A S S I C YA C H T R E G A T T A , A N T I G U A 2 3 – 2 6 M Y B A C H A R T E R S H O W, B A R C E L O N A 2 6 – 2 9 C H I N A I N T E R N A T I O N A L B O A T S H O W, S H A N G H A I 2 7 – 01 M AY PA L M A S U P E R YA C H T S H O W

M AY 0 9 – 2 0 F E S T I VA L D E C A N N E S 11 – 13 M O N A C O H I S T O R I C G R A N D P R I X 19 W O R L D S U P E R YA C H T A W A R D S , F L O R E N C E

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... Rose, what’s your role at Amels? Damen’s Yachting Division comprises Amels and also Yacht Support and SeaXplorer. I moved to Yachting from our Naval Division because it’s relatively autonomous. It means I basically lead my own division now. We’re about two hours away from our Head Office so I don’t bump into my father and brother every day and I can enjoy the freedom to do my own thing – and because I’m involved in the operational side as well as the commercial side, my involvement doesn’t stop when I sign the contracts. I stay directly involved with the project management and the client, all the way to the end of the project and even thereafter. It’s very important to look after our clients once they leave the shipyard – and we have a worldwide Damen service network in more than 50 countries to help achieve that. As a woman in a pivotal position, are you able to bring a fresh perspective to the male-dominated yacht construction industry? When I started here, most people around me were male and a little bit older, but being eager to learn and unafraid of taking new steps has really helped me. The fact that I have a background in finance as well as shipbuilding has also enabled me to bring a new and relevant set of skills to the table. And I’m also a strong believer in diversity. But when I say ‘diversity’, I don’t just mean in terms of men and women. I mean in terms of professional background and nationality. We have people from Spain, Romania, Poland, Germany, all over the world - and it’s that kind of diversity that makes a team strong. Is it also that kind of diversity that makes Amels so effective? Yes, that’s part of it. People here are very passionate about what they do. Many of our employees have been working for us for a long time – some for more than 25 years and quite a few for more than 40 years. So there is a real loyalty in our company culture. The know-how of the wider Damen Group also helps. We spend a lot of time and money on research and development and that’s for all our divisions, including yacht construction. We actively encourage the rotation of our people throughout the group to help learn new things that they can bring back to their respective areas. ... 01 60m M/Y Event 02 Rose Damen, Commercial Director, Damen Yachting Division 03 Recent launch M/Y Lili 55m, underway in the fjords

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So how does your collaboration with Imperial work? We’ve delivered eight vessels together since 2009, so Imperial is an extremely important partner for us. BEL ABRI was our first joint project and the most recent was LILI (the most customized Limited Editions Amels 180 vessel ever delivered by the yard). The Imperial team is continually at the yard, the communication is excellent, we know each other well and we trust each other completely. So far, all the projects we’ve delivered together have been on time and on budget – and what strikes me about working with the Imperial team is that there is a similarly passionate level of involvement. Everything is very well organised and the client gets a lot of assistance and advice at every level, from basic materials to tenders and marketing. Like me, Mr Kochman is very much involved from day one, right through the life cycle of a yacht, so there’s a very natural fit between our companies.

Which of your yachts gives you the greatest pride? Personally, I love EVENT (the very first of the Limited Editions Amels 199 range). That’s a project we delivered with Imperial in 2013. Some people call her a ‘Marmite Boat’, because the external design is so different. But it’s Tim Heywood, it’s special, it stands out and it’s very Amels. So many people know her, so many people admire her and she might be different but I think she’s beautiful. I’m also proud of LILI, our most recent delivery with Imperial, because the layout is so special. The owner’s cabin is actually on the bridge deck with a beautiful view and a private terrace and I love to spend time on board.

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What for you is the key appeal of a charter holiday? For me it’s just about undisturbed quality time with friends and family. You don’t have to worry about anything, you can do whatever you like and while there’s certainly a lot of privacy, you always have your nearest and dearest close by.


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So what makes a great charter yacht? In the first instance, it needs to be a yacht without any headaches. But having chartered one of our 55-metre yachts last summer with my family, I have to say that the crew is also really important. You can build a brilliant yacht but it’s really 50:50 – the quality of the yacht and the quality of the crew. Those two things go hand-in-hand and if the food or the service isn’t quite up to standard, it’s not as enjoyable. But I have to admit, we also have a yacht ourselves. It’s only 65 feet and my Dad is the Captain and we, as kids, are the crew. It’s a sailing boat of course and it’s a much more basic experience than a superyacht charter but we love it because it brings such a sense of freedom.

What kinds of on board toy do you most enjoy? I dived on a submarine earlier this year for the first time. We went down to more than 100 metres and it’s just so thrilling to see what’s going on. It’s completely dark and unexplored. It feels like a real adventure – and if you’re spending time on the water, why not explore what life is like below the surface? There are still a lot of exciting things to be seen out there.

What’s your favourite charter destination? For a tropical area, I would definitely say the Bahamas, because the water is so crystal clear, with so many contrasting shades of blue. There’s also so much to do, from fun destinations to private islands - but actually, my favourite cruising area is the Inside Passage, from Alaska to Canada. It’s the wilderness, the wildlife. You can get really close to the islands and see some amazing variations in the landscapes. If you start in Gletsjer Bay and cruise south towards Vancouver, you can take in some beautiful green islands, with bears and salmon and lots of whales and dolphins. It’s really quite stunning and the privacy is also wonderful.

What kinds of design feature do you expect to see emerging on charter yachts in the next ten years? I think what we will see in both the charter industry and the general yacht market is a greater focus on active lifestyles. You will find that charter clients want to go off the beaten track in remote destinations and explore in a more active way. One of the projects we did with Imperial was Support Vessel 6711 and that adds a huge amount of value to the yachting experience. You can have submarines on board, large tenders, helicopters and small seaplanes – so I think that exploring our surroundings in a more active way is definitely going to shape the future. ... 05 Maritime modernism – 60m M/Y Event 06 M/Y Lili cruising Norwegian waters during summer 2017 07 Evgeniy Kochman, Rose Damen & René Berkvens, CEO Damen 08 M/Y Lili Master suite outfitted by Laura Sessa 09 Damen-built 67m support vessel Support Vessel 6711 10 Bridge deck Support Vessel 6711


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... IY: What’s your background? AW: I grew up sailing from about the age of five or six in Chichester Harbour, Sussex, in a little place called Bosham. My parents would take me there every weekend and we sailed all kinds of dinghies, from clinker-built sailboats to Gulls and Lasers. Later on at college, when I was studying threedimensional design, I wanted to design a boat as my final project. They said I could only do that if I found a tutor who would take me on, so after some research, I found Jon Bannenberg and knocked on his door. He took pity on me and agreed, so I was very lucky. At the age of about 21, I then got a job as a yacht skipper. I sailed across the Atlantic from Ibiza to Antigua on a 52-foot sail-boat and spent four months running the boat in the Caribbean. It had been John’s idea for me to go sailing and learn about yachting, so when I came back, I wrote to him, asking for a job and he told me to come round and see him. He took me on as a pencil sharpener and barista and the rest is history. Does your sailing heritage continue to define your approach to design? Yes it does. Sailing in a Laser dinghy on your own, when the tide’s against you and you’re hardly moving, gives you a lot of time to look at all the moored boats. I found a great many of them were ugly and I always thought I could design better looking boats myself. My very first project as an independent designer was the deck and interior of a Swan 36 and there are now two Swan 36s, each about 30 years old, sitting on the moorings in Bosham Harbour. When I sail there now, it’s a really nice treat to see my own designs. What are the key challenges in designing a vessel for charter? When I approach each project, my objective is to identify the target of the job. So if I’m looking at a charter yacht, I have to find out from the owner whether he’s looking at one week of charter each year or 20. Does he want to charter from Monaco or does he want to charter all over the world, from Iceland to Antarctica, as well as Monaco? You have to find the target of the design before you can design the project successfully. But the key thing on a charter yacht is that it’s not a private yacht for the charterer – it’s the holiday location for their family and their guests as well. Every single person who is on that boat has to enjoy themselves, because the person paying the bill doesn’t want to hear from a friend that the bed is too small or the water coming out of the tap is discoloured. The smallest personal detail can make all the difference to a good charter holiday. ... 01 M/Y Cloud 9 (CRN 74m) exhibiting a sublime Winch interior. Delivered in 2017 02 Andrew Winch, Yacht Designer & Founder of Winch Design 03 Aeolian Islands – Andrew’s preferred charter destination

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What kind of yacht do you personally tend to charter? Before I decided to buy my own boat, which I designed with Philippe Briand, I chartered three different sailboats of three different sizes – and that’s something I recommend that all our clients do. I chartered a 90-foot, three-cabin boat called WHIRLWIND, which had three guest bedrooms. Then I chartered a four-cabin, 108-foot, carbon fibre sloop that I again built with Philippe Briand. And the biggest boat I chartered was in Turkey – a boat called JAZZ JUNIOR, which was about 115 feet. She had six crew, HAMILTON had five crew and WHIRLWIND had four crew - and while they all had their strengths, what it taught us was that we wanted fewer crew than any of them. It pushed the size of the boat I wanted to use and sail myself down to a level that just two crew could handle.

What about yacht-based entertainments? On the boat itself, I love a good cinema. When you party all day, you can be pretty tired at night so a movie cinema is great. A good music system for some dancing is also important. If you’ve got a bunch of friends on one, two or three boats, all cruising together, there’s a lot of fun to be had after dinner if you want to get partying. And dancing and music is what a holiday’s all about. After all, you don’t go to St Tropez without going to the nightclub and you don’t go to Monaco on a yacht without going to Jimmy’z.

What do you look for in a charter holiday? I don’t think there’s any point in a charter yacht that doesn’t have a good tender. And a good tender is not about the size. It’s about how it’s driven, how dry it is and how comfortable it is. And related to that is of course a good crew. You need a safe, happy, non-smoking and experienced crew – and that’s particularly important, because your charter experience starts ashore, in anticipation of reaching the charter yacht. When you get to that tender, the crew should know who you are. They should know what to call you. Do they call you ‘Sir’, ‘Your Highness’, or just ‘Andrew’. They should know how you and your family want to be referenced. They should know what your pleasures and satisfactions are; what you enjoy doing; your sports; your food; your habits. Good charter companies compile a very in-depth document – and that can be pretty boring for the guests to fill in, so a good charter experience ought to start with your Charter Manager visiting you. Because, as we’re doing in this interview, it’s much nicer having an earnest conversation. ... 04 M/Y Madame Gu, Feadship 99m. Designed by Winch Design in 2013

What kinds of on board toy do you most value? I like water-skiing; dinghy sailing; scuba diving. I think Seabobs are cool too. I would love to try a Sea Breacher, which is a twoseater submarine that looks like a dolphin; and I’d love to do some heli-skiing from a yacht in Alaska too. I would make sure I took a very experienced guide who knew the mountains well because avalanches are always a danger, but that would be great. And I’d love to have the ability to fly from a boat – either by helicopter or by small seaplane. The idea of saying ‘Let’s fly to the top of the mountain and have a barbecue as the sun goes down’ - that’s a pretty cool thing. Take the chairs up in the helicopter; come back and take up the chef, then the guests and wow – when they arrive they’ve got this event laid on for them at the top of a mountain.


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So what has been your most memorable charter experience? I was sailing upwind on JAZZ JUNIOR, helming her myself, full main. She was a sloop. We were doing about 11 knots upwind, with water down the side-deck. Everyone was laughing; everyone was happy; but I felt so exhilarated at the opportunity to sail such a big boat.

What’s your favourite charter season? I’ve swum with seals in the Scilly Isles, with two wetsuits on and a mask and hood. That lasted about 15 minutes but I wasn’t prepared to be in the water any longer than that. I’m definitely a hot water man. My pool at home is between 30 and 32 degrees and the swimming in the Aeolian Islands in September is about 31 degrees, so that’s perfect. I think warm water really helps make a great charter holiday.

What’s your favourite charter destination? Well we’re closely involved with Imperial in supporting the Blue Marine Foundation by means of the London-to-Monaco Bike Challenge. The idea is to raise money to create marine reserves, so I’ve just got back from cruising the Sicilian Aeolian Islands, which is one of the key regions we’re looking at. The reserve has not been initiated yet but plainly, it remains essential to make it happen because I saw virtually no fish. Having said that, it really is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. In fact, it’s almost magical because the islands are all volcanoes – and hiking up Stromboli from our boat and ending up at about ten o’clock at night in the dark at the top of the volcano’s bowl, seeing it literally exploding beneath us, with lava pouring out and rocks firing into the sky. That was magic. It wasn’t human. It wasn’t contrived. It was unmade. But it was the true magic of the world.

What kinds of design features do you expect to see on charter yachts over the next decade or so? Glass is probably the future of yacht design and engineering. I think you have to really look at your yacht and think about where the windows need to be; work out when you want to look at an external view and when you want to look at each other. We’ve already designed a yacht with windows in the cinema and people have queried that. But if you have a 110-inch daylight flatscreen, you can watch the sport in the afternoon or the Grand Prix in Malaysia at ten in the morning – and come the evening, there is a full screen and a projector. That sort of thing is very cool. We are currently designing two or three yachts with a significant amount more glass than we’ve ever used before, so I certainly expect to see a greater variety of views on yachts of the future. ... 05 06 07 08 09 10

Stunning interior by Winch Design aboard M/Y Phoenix 2, Lürssen 90m Winch designed M/Y Areti, Lürssen 85m, delivered in 2017 Interior salon of M/Y Cloud 9 Andrew Winch & Evgeniy Kochman pictured at the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show Blue Marine Foundation, London-to-Monaco Bike Challenge S/Y Alithia, Abeking & Rasmussen 39.80m. Designed by Winch Design in 2002


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West Mediterranean – French Riviera • Corsica • Italian Riviera • Sardinia • Amalfi Coast • Sicily • Balearics East Mediterranean – Ionian Islands • Cyclades • Turkey • Croatia • Red Sea Northern Europe – Norway • Denmark • Sweden • Russia Indian Ocean – Maldives • Seychelles Caribbean – North Caribbean • Leeward Islands • Windward Islands The Americas – Alaska • Belize • Panama • Nicaragua • Costa Rica • Patagonia • Antarctica Asia – Indonesia • Philippines • Singapore • Vietnam • Thailand


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... With ancient maritime heritage, easy cultural elegance and radical contrasts between coastlines, the Western Mediterranean is the spiritual home of the yacht charter. From the fast-living glitz of the French Riviera to the dreamy, indulgent glamour of western Italy; from the hedonism and gentility of the Balearics to the pungent and unchangeable charm of Corsica’s timeless shores. Now, as ever, the Western Mediterranean is a region of extraordinary allure. CRU ISING ZO N E S ...

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A-LIST A DV E N T U R E ... The French Riviera is one of the most enticing destinations in the world. Here, between St Tropez and the Italian border, where the mountains meet the Mediterranean, shopping is an art form, eating out is high-end seduction and the streets are catwalks for the wealthy and well heeled. Its heritage is defined by glamorous personalities like Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren and its calendar is spiced with events like Monaco’s Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Cannes International Film Festival. The Côte d’Azur remains the spiritual home of the superyacht and the world’s most indulgent A-list playground. SUGGESTED ITINE RA RY

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Monaco might be the world’s second smallest country but its reputation as the wealthiest and most glamorous place on earth is fully deserved. Ignore the beaches and head for the old town with its royal palace, luxury boutiques and beautiful urbanites. The Café de Paris, Louis XV restaurant and Casino de Monte Carlo are particularly memorable.

Eze is an impossibly picturesque Provençal village. Perching precariously on the edge of a steep cliff, its ancient zigzag streets are great for a stroll and there are plenty of art galleries, shops and restaurants to entertain. An alfresco meal at Michelin-starred Château Eza, overlooking your anchored yacht, is a truly indulgent experience.

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The sheltered natural yacht harbour of Villefranche-sur-Mer makes a fine anchorage for water-sports against a backdrop of the 14th century citadel and port. Nearby St Jean Cap Ferrat, with its white sandy beaches, verdant hillsides and enviable peninsula setting, is home to some of the most expensive residential properties in the world.

Cap d’Antibes is a place of enduring legend. In addition to the expansive Juan-les-Pins beach resort, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, with its private beach, spa and restaurant, is a well-established hotspot for touring glitterati. A short distance inland lies Vence, one of the best preserved medieval settlements in the region and a famous hub for artistic inspiration.

St Tropez is notorious for its high-end hedonism and nearby Pampelonne Beach has been a shining exponent of that ethos since Brigitte Bardot first embraced it in the 1950s. Today, the town’s old port is a great spot for superyacht cocktails and St Tropez itself is full of bars and nightclubs. The star-studded Caves du Roy is a particular highlight.

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The elegant, cosmopolitan city of Cannes offers everything from fine dining and luxury shopping to sparkling beaches and a vibrant night-life. Across the bay, Île SainteMarguerite’s translucent creeks are great for a leisurely swim and the nearby Île Saint-Honorat is owned and run by Cistercian monks, who make and sell award-winning wines.

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F R A N C O - I TA L I A N INDULGENCE ... The French island of Corsica is a lush, volcanic destination with a distinctly Italian flavour. On the east coast, the terrain is flat and beachy with a scattering of compact harbours, while in the west, a wild cascade of steep cliffs and rock stacks plunges unchecked into the open sea. Here, the complex deep-water shoreline creates a landscape that’s not just more dramatic but also more versatile for roaming superyachts. But whichever part of Corsica’s 600-mile coastline you favour, the island’s resolutely distinctive culture, cuisine and customs are a world apart from the mainstream charter destinations of Italy and France. SUGGESTED ITINE RA RY

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The compact 15th century Genoese citadel of St Florent sits on the edge of some renowned fishing waters and wine producing regions. It is one of Corsica’s most vibrant port towns, with plenty of restaurants and some fine local beaches, not least in the form of Plage de Saleccia.

Just south of Scandola National Park lies a region of pristine coastal wilderness. At Porto, the 16th century watchtower and pretty marina are tempting; at Osani, the Plage de Gradelle offers fine views of the famous cliff structures at Calanques de Piana; and at Girolata, you find yourself right at the heart of the famous marine nature reserve.

With its resident population of TV celebrities, the ancient fortified town of Porto Vecchio enjoys a reputation as a distinctly prestigious destination. The narrow streets of the elegant old town and the pretty, café-lined marina enjoy a happy, languorous decadence – and the local beaches are first class

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As the nearest port to mainland France, Calvi is a serious shipping hub with first-rate superyacht facilities. In classic Corsican style, the town’s convoluted web of ancient sundrenched streets is wrapped in huge fortifications – and the continued existence of a fishing industry makes this steeply stacked town much more three-dimensional than most tourist resorts.

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Tucked away in a hilly nook on the northern shore of a gulf, the scenery in and around Ajaccio is delectable. The old town is a traditional cluster of washed walls and shaded streets and the cafés, shops and restaurants are well up to par for the chic clientele that emanates from the lavish marina at Port Tino Rossi. 5 BO N IFACIO

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At the end of a narrow inlet between vertical cliffs, topped with craggy hilltop fortifications, the sun-bleached Italianate citadel of Bonifacio is a spectacular destination. With an ancient harbour that is just as memorable as the interwoven alleyways of the old town, Bonifacio is a shining beacon for the gruff, organic loveliness of this salt-soaked island.

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THE LIGURIAN HIGH-LIFE ... Like its French equivalent, the Italian Riviera features narrow waterfront strips against an Alpine backdrop, with high-end shopping and first-rate cuisine. Here, however, the shore is littered with fishing villages, some of which (like Portofino) have achieved super-chic status; and others (like those around La Spezia) that retain an authentic salt crust on their tumbling technicolour buildings. There are plenty of extraordinary coastal walks, sheltered bays, secluded beaches and lofty cliffs, but what makes the Italian charter experience so special is that it fuses maritime tradition with 21st century luxury to better effect than anywhere else in the world. SUGGESTED ITINE RA RY

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Region Italian Riviera • Start Port San Remo • End Port Porto Ercole • Distance < 255 Nm • Destinations 7 Alternative route Tuscan Archipelago • Peak yachting season April to September • Time zone UTC + 2 hours 1 SAN R EMO

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As a historical refuge for the pampered elite, the balmy Ligurian resort of San Remo is arguably the showiest destination on the Riviera. This Roman settlement is a hotbed of ritzy, casino-style night-life, the enormous harbour is a renowned superyacht hub and the bars, shops and cafés ooze with appropriate cosmopolitanism.

The fabled Italian fishing village of Portofino nestles between herb-strewn hillsides in a protected reserve at the apex of a turquoise inlet. Its pristine loveliness is deeply affecting but don’t discount the nearby port towns of Santa Margherita and Rapallo. They might be less gentrified, but for the charter yacht explorer, they’re every bit as memorable.

The promenade and the high-spec marina sit right at the heart of this traditional seaside resort – and while the town’s shipbuilding roots have largely given way to tourism, the youthful energy of the upmarket beach scene is extremely attractive. Viareggio also makes an ideal stopover for a day-trip to Pisa or Florence.

The Tuscan seaside resort of Porto Ercole wraps itself around a natural deep-water harbour with an expansive and entertaining marina at its heart. Up on the hill, various 16th century fortifications keep watch over the town’s pastille-coloured streets and the seasonal effervescence in and around the long promenade is brilliantly infectious.

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Regional capital, Genoa, is the worldly counterpoint to the compact elegance of the outlying towns and villages. In addition to a buzzing arts scene, a plentiful supply of high-class dive sites and a beautiful old harbour, it offers several classical districts, where the manic mishmash of multicoloured villas plunges steeply to the sea.

The impossibly lovely headland settlement of Portovenere is a wonderful place to sit among the waterfront villas and revel in the quiet prestige, the rustic elegance and the maritime gentility of it all. From here, Cinque Terre is also within reach – a mountainous shoreline encompassing five famously unspoiled fishing villages.

The Isle of Elba feels like a Caribbean paradise in the middle of the Med. Its shores are blessed with lofty headlands, sandy bays and protected rural landscapes. Its clear, richly stocked waters are great for diving and Portoferraio, the historic centre, is at once an authentic fishing town and a sophisticated leisure destination.

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EXOTIC ARCHIPELAGOS ... With a shoreline closer to Africa than Italy, plus crystal clear diving waters, a beautiful climate and an assortment of caves, corals, wrecks, bays, cliffs and inlets, Sardinia feels like a very exotic destination. But while the lovely capital, Cagliari, offers all the cool indulgence the upmarket traveller could want, a really special Sardinian yacht charter has to concentrate on the northeast of the island. Here, the irrepressible vim of party resorts like Porto Cervo is supplemented with an astonishing wealth of secluded coves, sheltered anchorages and dramatic views and seascapes. With easy access to Corsica’s southern resorts, it makes an impressively versatile yachting playground. SUGGESTED ITINE RA RY

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While Sardinia’s famous Costa Smeralda gets all the plaudits, Olbia is a very engaging way to ease yourself into a Sardinian charter. In addition to a large marina, a historic centre and a range of chic cafés, bars and boutiques, this ancient port town sits in prime position for access to Sardinia’s most rewarding stretch of coastline.

Much loved by the touring glitterati, the illustrious hotel and beach resort at Cala di Volpe sits in the very bay that featured in 007’s iconic ‘Amphibious Lotus’ scene. From here, infamous Porto Cervo is just a short hop north and the uninhabited islands of Soffi and Mortoria provide a wonderful yachting escape.

While Sardinia is a fine charter destination, there are few port towns in the whole of Europe that can match Bonifacio. Here, on the south coast of neighbouring Corsica, just ten miles across the strait, Bonifacio’s natural harbour nestles between a pair of vast cliff faces, topped with historical streets and fortifications. For sheer drama, it’s tough to beat.

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Tavolara explodes from the sea like a mountain peak – and with nothing but a restaurant, a bar and a beach, it is almost perfectly untouched. Remarkably, this tiny patch of land has been an independent monarchy ever since a 19th century Genoese sailor proclaimed himself King, so as unusual anchorages go, it makes a wonderful detour. 3 PO RT O R OTON D O

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At the southern end of the Costa Smeralda, in the protective Cugnana Gulf, Porto Rotondo is a stylish tourist haunt, with gorgeous bays, first-class restaurants and a fine line in exclusive pampering for visiting yachtsmen. Just a mile across the gulf, Portisco Beach offers a white, sandy incline with warm, shallow waters and excellent water-sports.

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Created in the 1950s as a superexclusive tourist resort, the pretty pastel-coloured village of Porto Cervo enjoys a yacht-friendly position in a natural port among verdant Mediterranean hills. With a feel-good party vibe, plus outlying archipelagos and a proliferation of coves, beaches and bays, this upmarket ‘built-for-purpose’ designer destination is in the yacht charter Premier League. 6 LA M ADDALEN A ARCH IP ELAGO

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IN THE SHADOW OF VESUVIUS ... This ancient playground of Roman Emperors courses with the charm and texture of a bygone age. Once a favourite among wealthy Etruscans as an escape from the heat and bustle of Rome, gentle sea breezes continue to temper the ferocity of the sun, making the Amalfi Coast the ideal summer retreat. This place of emerald waters, steep cliffs and fragrant lemon trees has something for everyone. The cliff-top walks and crystal clear dives are extraordinary; the steep, multi-coloured maritime towns and archaeological ruins are a big draw; and the classical seafood dishes and Limoncello are a gastronomic delight. SUGGESTED ITINE RA RY

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With ranks of pastel houses propped up between the steep cliffs and the dozing harbour, this fine medieval town is a very attractive sanctuary from the eager crowds of nearby Amalfi. You can spend the afternoon on the sandy beach (a rarity in these parts) or step back in time among narrow cobbled streets, ancient vaults and sun-drenched piazzas.

As well as being an established favourite with Italian aristocrats, Praiano is the sunniest place on the Amalfi coast, with long balmy evenings and a more sedentary vibe than its neighbours. There are several secluded pebble beaches that can only be approached by boat, plus a remarkable inlet known as the Furore Fjord, just a short hop east. For those in search of low-key loveliness, it’s a major highlight.

Three miles west of the mainland, the Isle of Capri has been a VIP holiday retreat since the time of the ancient Greeks. The Blue Grotto, a limestone lagoon with water that glows in contrasting shades, is a highlight on a fissured coastline tailor-made for charter exploration; and when you step ashore, the chic bars and boutique shops are well balanced by a loveliness unspoiled by time.

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Once the hub of a powerful maritime republic, Amalfi’s modern persona is more about panache than politics. Famed as the haunt of Hollywood actors who made a beeline for its winding medieval streets and slick Italian glamour, it remains a compact but dramatically staged archetype for this coastline’s colourful clash of sea, cliff and culture.

Positano, a dramatic cliff-top settlement and one of the most photogenic destinations in the Mediterranean, feels distinctly well heeled. The shops, the restaurants, the elegant, flower-scented streets and the dreamy Italianate sophistication of the buildings – it all combines to create a fiercely memorable stopover.

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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ODYSSEUS ... Positioned on the apex of trade routes with ancient Greece, Sicily was a natural hub for Greek expansion in the 8th century BC. Today, it remains a favourite yacht charter destination for travellers wishing to mix history, culture and art with a pleasant climate and beautiful beaches. To the north of Sicily lies the volcanic archipelago of the Aeolian Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a fascinating region for active travel. It’s a place where harsh volcanic landscapes dotted with the ghostly remnants of ancient foundations contrast beautifully with whitewashed villages that gaze out over the sea on the fringes of each rocky outcrop. SUGGESTED ITINE RA RY

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Region Sicily & the Aeolian Islands• Start Port Syracuse • End Port Lipari • Distance < 200 Nm • Destinations 8 Alternative route South Sicilia via Agrigento • Peak yachting season May to October • Time zone UTC + 1 hour 1 S Y R A CU S E

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Sicily’s capital is one of the bestpreserved ancient Greek cities in the world. But while the archaeological gems of the north-west quarter enjoy particular renown, the Old City (Ortigia), a compact island and the original heart of the settlement, is the primary draw. Expect ancient palazzos rich in sculpture, alongside shops and night-life that (despite its time-capsule loveliness) are among the most varied and vibrant you will find.

The glorious medieval town of Taormina, built into the side of a mountain by Greek colonists, is full of historical sites. The Teatro Greco is not to be missed; and parts of the ‘Gymnasium’, where athletes trained for the ancient Olympics, also survive. However, modern Taormina is also a lavish resort town, so for a shopping expedition to remember, head for Corso Umberto.

Stromboli, the ‘Lighthouse of the Mediterranean’, is actually an active volcano with a scattering of curious black sand beaches to the northeast. Habitation is minimal and the island’s famed beauty is of a harsh, elemental kind. Adventurous visitors can get a closer look at the daily eruptions on a guided hike, but a night approach by yacht gives an even better view of the flashes emanating from the crater.

With sulphurous emissions filling the harbour and hissing from the pavements, you can smell Vulcano long before you arrive. However, if you can tolerate the scent, it makes a memorable retreat. You can visit its smoking crater, kayak its wild shoreline and bathe in its volcanic muds, before washing yourself clean in the sea, which fizzes with hot gases from the seabed.

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Giardini-Naxos enjoys a long crescent-shaped beach of the finest white sand with memorable views out to sea. You can anchor off the bay and take the tender ashore for traditional pizzerias and smart waterfront cocktail bars along the promenade. Otherwise, why not head for the Old Town’s designer boutiques or the excellent seafood restaurants in the harbour itself.

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Known as the ‘Doorway to Sicily’ (and the setting for Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’), Messina’s links to the arts has cemented its place as a must-visit destination. Originally named ‘Zancle’ due to the scythe-like shape of the harbour, the town’s colourful history is manifested in a busy architectural clash of churches, forts and ancient foundations that fan out from the Piazza del Duomo.

In the absence of cars, the best way to get around Panarea is by means of golf-cart taxis. There are plenty of secluded bays, particularly in the southeast, where you can anchor up and head ashore for a hike to the ruins; and there are plenty of private beaches with stunning volcanic views. Otherwise, San Pietro, where luxury yachts create a vibrant summer vibe, is definitely the place to be.

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8 LIPA RI Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands, was formed by an ancient volcano, whose last eruption destroyed the town 1,400 years ago. Today, a picturesque harbour greets those arriving by sea and a pleasant afternoon can be spent wandering the cobbled alleyways of the elegant Old Town. Greek and Roman tombs can be seen in the park and some magnificent Aeolian artefacts can be witnessed in the Archaeological Museum.

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Syracuse – Giardini-Naxos 50 Nm Giardini-Naxos – Taormina 2 Nm Taormina – Messina 27 Nm Messina – Stromboli 50 Nm Stromboli – Panarea 13 Nm Panarea – Vulcano 15 Nm Vulcano – Lipari 4 Nm


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CRUISING GUIDE WEST MEDITERRANEAN

S P E C TAC L E + SECLUSION ... There are four primary islands in the Balearics chain – Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera – and with more than 300 days of sun each year, they enjoy a superb yachting climate. The thriving tourist industry often sees Mallorca and Ibiza dismissed as mere bastions of youthful excess, but with elegance and rusticity in equal measure, there is much more to these shores than that. Head for Menorca in the east or Formentera in the far west and the secluded coves, ancient monuments and protected marine parks conjure up an altogether gentler, more relaxed form of Balearic charter experience. SUGGESTED ITINE RA RY

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Region Balearic Islands • Start Port Mahon • End Port Ibiza Town • Distance < 270 Nm • Destinations 7 Alternative route Barcelona or Valencia • Peak yachting season May to October • Time zone UTC + 2 hours 1 M AH O N

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Perched on a ridge above a salt-water inlet, Mahon is a very charming, small-scale and intimate city, with indisputably elegant Georgian-style architecture and a relaxed alfresco food culture that quickly salves the mind. Though it enjoys a pleasant seasonal buzz, it’s rarely overcrowded outside of the riotous Nuestra Señora de Gràcia Festival in September.

Alcudia, northern Mallorca’s biggest holiday resort, offers plenty of white sandy bays with easy gradients and warm shallow waters. Meanwhile, in the old town, heaped up within the vast peripheral ramparts, a blend of boutique shops, lively markets and quality restaurants adds some mature continental chic to the region’s family-friendly offering.

The elegant alfresco entertainment and suave cosmopolitanism of Palma de Mallorca make it a huge charter favourite. The glittering marina is full of outrageously high-end yachts and the town itself is a thriving year-round bastion of artistic and cultural vivacity, with buzzing bars and cafés, beautiful beaches and complex networks of atmospheric back-streets to explore.

Ibiza Town might be famous for Café del Mar, Pacha and the Sunset Strip, but this 24-hour party destination is as much about superyachts as nightclubs. Down at the marina, there is upmarket food and artisan shopping – and with 2,700 years of history, the crass neon glitz is well matched by high-end sophistication and cultural authenticity.

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With its commercial fishing fleet and its yacht charter luxury, its ancient charm and its modern energy, the west coast town of Ciutadella is every bit the equal of Menorca’s capital city. The beaches are beautiful, the port is lined with colourful restaurants and the romantic square at Placa d’es Born is a fine base for old town exploration.

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Having been the subject of substantial investment over the past decade, Puerto de Sóller’s harbour has become one of the island’s most lavish charter hubs. It sits in the arc of a generous bay, creating a sheltered playground for a picturesque anchorage and a half-mile beach that is tailor-made for water-sports.

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Formentera, a rocky little island south of Ibiza, is renowned as a fine wildlife watching destination and a tranquil refuge for the cruising yachtsman. The two main sections of the island are joined in the middle by a three-mile expanse of unspoiled beach and the island’s exposed position makes it a great spot for windsurfing and sailing.

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Mahon – Ciutadella 43 Nm Ciutadella – Alcudia 35 Nm Alcudia – Puerto de Sóller 42 Nm Puerto de Sóller – Palma 50 Nm Palma – La Savina 80 Nm La Savina – Ibiza Town 12 Nm


BALEARICS S P E C TA C L E + S E C L U S I O N

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CRUISING GUIDE EAST MEDITERRANEAN


WHEN TO GO APRIL – OCTOBER

EAST MEDITERRANEAN

... For those left cold by tourist artifice, the modest cultural authenticity of the Eastern Mediterranean feels very special. Croatia’s island-strewn Adriatic shore is tailor-made for sheltered cruising; in Greece, the ancient maritime folklore of the various archipelagos is a classicist’s dream; in the sultry, coral-rich shallows of the Red Sea, diving takes centre stage; and on Turkey’s Aegean coast, the fusion of east and west creates a thrilling cultural dynamic. C RUI S I N G Z ON ES ...

Ionian Islands • The Cyclades • Turkish Riviera • Croatia • The Red Sea

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DESTINATIONS EAST MEDITERRANEAN

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IY: Trevor, what’s the key appeal behind the Eastern Mediterranean? TO: Well, one of the main attractions is the extended summer. In Turkey, the summer lasts into September, October and even the early parts of November. At that time, most of the Mediterranean is beginning to cool down and the weather gets a little less stable, so for guests who want to push on through, Turkey’s a really good option. It stays hot, it stays relatively calm and the water temperatures are also very pleasant. The other thing is that Turkey and Croatia both offer some very natural cruising areas, with lots of islands to provide shelter from the winds. While the coastlines of Italy and France are now extremely built up, in Turkey, Croatia and parts of Greece you are still able to find long stretches with virtually no development.

Are there any particularly special destinations? It’s easy to impress people in Croatia because it is bejewelled with so many amazing places and rewarding anchorages. For fun-loving guests, places like Hvar and Korcula are very satisfying, but taking the yacht up the Krka River, through the lakes is spectacular. The guests are greeted with a wonderland of rocks and cliff faces and beautiful waterfalls, with quaint little villages and the Krka National Park on its doorstep. The other thing with Croatia is its history. There are a lot of medieval towns, so a walk or a meal ashore has a certain magic that is extremely difficult to find in other parts of the Med. As for Turkey, you need a bit of experience on your side, but places like Gocek offer amazing tranquillity among islands, which are unspoilt and, for the most part, undisturbed by other people. You can get away from it all and have a truly relaxing experience.

So how does that lack of development affect the charter experience? It has advantages and disadvantages, but for the guest who wants to get away and enjoy some peace and relaxation, it’s definitely attractive. You’re able to experience the Med as it must have been many years ago – and culture-wise, if a charter guest is keen on exploring some historical sites, this region can fulfil those ambitions too. Shore-side support can be more challenging than in the west, but with our extensive experience in these parts, we’re able to anticipate that and work around it. Does it attract seasoned charter guests rather than first-timers? Most of our guests have already travelled a lot of the central and western Med, so having witnessed the regular cruising grounds, this is an area they like to venture into. We’re able to run with that by offering them a more natural landscape and a much more varied palette of options than in France or Italy. And as the Captain, any place in the world where I can offer my guests experiences they haven’t had before is really enjoyable.

Is the shore-side food worth seeking out? Turkey’s tourist infrastructure needs to develop a bit to satisfy the really cultured palate – but for great Turkish food, we like to arrange a shore-side dinner with local chefs, all integrated into a full evening experience with belly dancers and fire dancers. That’s the best way to experience rustic Turkish cuisine - cooked by the locals in a customised environment where we can give the guests a spectacular memory that will last forever. Croatia is different though. It’s fast developing into a premium destination. Our guests have given rave reviews to some of the places they’ve dined at and it’s easy to see why. There are lots of Michelin Star restaurants and world-renowned chefs, using local cuisines as a springboard to create amazing experiences. And a lot of the restaurants are in spectacular surroundings, with medieval walls and old archways overlooking the sea, so the views are often as memorable as the food.

In what way is ASTRA particularly suited to an Eastern Med charter? The crew is the really crucial thing. We have a lot of experience in this part of the world. We’ve travelled this area both on other vessels and with ASTRA, so we have a profound understanding of the way things work and we know which bays are suited to certain wind and weather conditions. That definitely gives us a big advantage.

What would you say to someone considering an Eastern Med charter? This is a region that can wow you from so many different angles. The cruising options are virtually unlimited, but wherever you go, people who are familiar with the traditional cruising zones of the western Med ill find that Croatia and Turkey offer something more adventurous, something different, something fresher.

What kinds of on board toy are put to best use here? The very complex coastline of this region, with lots of bays and islands, makes it much easier to find flat water. That certainly lends itself to highspeed toys like jet-skis, but we also have some drone cameras on board, so in the morning when the wind is calm and there’s a mirror-flatness to the water, we can get some really magical shots.

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CRUISING GUIDE EAST MEDITERRANEAN

IONIAN ODYSSEY ... With 9,000 miles of coastline and 2,000 islands, the charter options in Greece are extraordinary. Places like Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Rhodes resonate with historical significance and the variety in location, scale and character of the archipelagos creates a bewildering choice. Do you opt for the Saronic Islands? The Cyclades and Dodecanese in the Aegean Sea? Or the Ionian chain off the mainland’s west coast? From uninhabited hideaways to bustling resorts and from beaches and seascapes to history and hedonism, a Greek yacht charter has the capacity to satisfy your wanderlust like few other destinations. SUGGESTED ITINE RA RY

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Region Greece • Start Port Corfu • End Port Zakynthos • Distance < 170 Nm • Destinations 6 Alternative route Mykonos to Santorini • Peak yachting season May to October • Time zone UTC + 2 hours 1 C O R FU TOW N

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The dramatically mountainous island of Corfu is a renowned walking destination, a hub for beach-goers and a treasure trove of archaeological remains. Corfu Town provides a pleasant blend of old and new, with a vast marina and high-class shops alongside a pair of fortresses and a resident population impressively unmoved by modernity.

Just between Kefalonia and the mainland lies Ithaca – an unspoiled yachting haven with good hiking, authentic tavernas, a fine beach at Gedaki and plenty of opportunity for diving and sea kayaking. The rocky landscapes periodically give way to verdant olive groves and Ageri in Frikes is a Greek restaurant at the very top of its game.

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The dramatic caves, limestone cliffs and glorious beaches of the Paxi archipelago make them some of the finest cruising grounds in Greece. Paxos, the main island, offers lots of sheltered inlets so you can explore the rock formations or anchor up for some snorkelling; and Antipaxos, the second largest island, is a hotspot for local wines.

From Myrtos Beach and the steep sea cliffs of the northwest to the Melissani Cave in the east, Kefalonia is radically beautiful. Argostoli, the main port, was rebuilt in the 50s after an earthquake but the island retains plenty of historical sites and the variety and calibre of bays means huge flexibility for the visiting yachtsman.

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Butted up close to Greece’s western shore with excellent shelter from the swells of the Ionian Sea, Lefkas Town is a natural centre for marine tourism and the shops, bars and restaurants reflect that. The open sea coast offers fine beaches and Nydri and Vassiliki are ideal for water-sports. Meganisi, with its quaint villages and sheltered anchorages, makes an attractive stop en-route to Ithaca.

The Ionian resort of Zakynthos is a classic Greek cocktail of party venue, coastal paradise and authentic island lifestyle. The liveliest nightlife is to be found at Laganas; for seclusion, the west coast is ideal; and for somewhere in between, Alykanas is a great place to perch in a comfy taverna, munching on souvlaki and sipping cold beer.

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CRUISING GUIDE EAST MEDITERRANEAN

AEGEAN ISLAND ADVENTURE ... In the southern reaches of the Aegean Sea, between the Greek mainland, the Turkish Riviera and the northern shores of Crete, the Cyclades island group is arguably Greece’s most alluring destination. It’s a place where chalky, whitewashed walls, colourful rooftops, olive groves, vineyards and classical ruins perch above picturesque old harbours and deserted coves. It’s a place of shipwrecks, sunsets and sandy beaches; of honeymooners and romantic escapes. From the slow, traditional rurality of Syros to the ‘destination glamour’ of modish Santorini, the varied delights of this close-packed archipelago are easily accessible on a week’s charter from Athens. SUGGESTED ITINE RARY

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Region Greece • Start Port Athens • End Port Santorini • Distance < 195 Nm • Destinations 6 Alternative route Naxos and Delos • Peak yachting season May to October • Time zone UTC + 2 hours 1 AT H E N S

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With an enviable position just five miles from the city centre, Athens Marina puts you on the cusp of elegant streets, fast-paced urban entertainments and extraordinary archaeological sites. The Acropolis and Parthenon are of course major highlights, but the genteel Plaka quarter is also a memorable place for its authentic Greek cuisine.

While it doesn’t enjoy the exalted profile of its noisy neighbours, Paros is a major highlight for cruising yachtsmen. The relative absence of tourists makes the elegant capital much easier to enjoy and the proximity of smaller Antiparos to the southwest offers plenty of opportunity for a sheltered inlet and a private swim at anchor.

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The island of Syros is not a carefully preserved tourist utopia, but an authentic Greek hub, with the bustling old Cycladic port town of Ermoupoli at its heart. While the bulk of the island is rural, Ermoupoli is an apex for ferry travel in the north, a fine gastronomic destination and a happily uncontrived four-season resort.

The modest size and sparse population of Folegandros gives it a remote, natural beauty as yet unaffected by tourism. The port town of Karavostasi is a pleasant low-key experience and in accordance with its reputation as the ‘Island of Peace’, the leafy town of Chora is closed to motorised traffic. This is as pristine as an Aegean hideaway gets.

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Mykonos is well established as a party destination, but it’s not just about all-night clubbers. It’s also a magnet for cruise ship visitors, preening fashionistas and touring celebrities. In addition to its cosmopolitan profile, Mykonos boasts some fine beaches, many with useful anchorages, plus a renowned restaurant scene and some crowdpleasing Cycladic architecture.

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Romantic Santorini is the most classically beautiful island in the entire archipelago. Blessed with dramatic cliff-top towns such as Fira and Oia, plus rich vineyards and famous sunsets, its inverted C-shape offers plenty of shelter from the swells so you can anchor up in peace – and there are several smaller volcanic islands within easy reach.

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THE CYCLADES AEGEAN ISLAND ADVENTURE

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CRUISING GUIDE EAST MEDITERRANEAN

COASTLINE OF CONTRASTS ... Set against the backdrop of the Taurus Mountains, on the boundary between the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, Turkey’s ‘Turquoise Coast’ is a vibrant clash of contradictions. On the one hand, it offers secluded coves, plunging landscapes and long, golden beaches. On the other, it blends ancient cities and oriental bazaars with the effortless opulence of first-rate eateries and glittering superyacht harbours. Here, on the overlap between east and west, Turkey’s kaleidoscopic Riviera also enjoys one of the world’s most charter-friendly climates, with more than 300 days of sun each year and some of the warmest waters in the Mediterranean. SUGGESTED ITINE RA RY

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Region Southwest Turkey • Start Port Bodrum • End Port Göcek • Distance < 155 Nm • Destinations 6 Alternative route Göcek to Antalya • Peak yachting season July to August • Time zone UTC + 2 hours 1 B O DR U M

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The Bodrum Peninsula is full of ancient ruins, entertaining bars and memorable beach resorts, but the city of Bodrum on the south side is the destination of choice. Set around a complex, meandering waterfront with a magical harbour at its heart, this classical Aegean hub is guarded by St Peter’s Castle, a medieval fortress perched high above the water.

Knidos is a 2,500-year old Dorian port city set against a steep, lighthouse-topped outcrop. The remains of this once prosperous settlement are by no means pristine but the broad scatterings of pathways, buildings and temples are impressively atmospheric. Anchoring in the bay and taking the tender ashore on an exploratory voyage is a memorable trip.

Entertaining Marmaris Harbour enjoys a dreamy backdrop, with turquoise seas in the foreground and mountainous hillsides to the rear. There’s an attractive (if compact) old quarter, plus a 16th century hilltop castle gazing down over the scene. Come here for the pleasant bay, the nightlife and the accessible diving and leave when antiquity beckons.

Göcek is a key charter hub on the Turkish Riviera, with a fine natural position and a first-class marina. The town offers excellent access to the coves and islands of this protected yachting region and there are also useful stopping points at Skopea Marina and at the Club Marina in beautiful Bungus Cove.

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The deeply inset, beach-lined bay at Ekincik makes a fine anchorage, with great shelter between long verdant slopes. The scenic walks from Ekincik east towards the pretty riverside town of Dalyan are among the best in Turkey and the ancient ‘Kings’ Tombs of Kaunos’ (elaborate Lycian tombs carved into the cliff face) are not to be missed.

Datça is the primary harbour town on the peninsula of the same name and it makes a useful base for land access to Knidos. It has three beaches, one to the east, one by the main street and one (Taslık Plajı) at the end of the harbour with a pool fed by hot springs. The Datça Vineyard is well worth a visit.

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CRUISING GUIDE EAST MEDITERRANEAN

CHARTER MASTERCLASS ... Croatia’s Adriatic coastline looks like it might have been engineered specifically with yacht charter in mind. From Italy to Montenegro, the west-facing shore runs south in stratified ranks of coastal landmass, generating not just extra shelter for charter yachts but also more interesting seascapes, more secluded cruising regions and a virtually inexhaustible supply of lovely anchorages. With more than 1,200 islands, allied to one of Europe’s sunniest climates and several of the world’s most glorious UNESCO-protected cities, this hallowed land of olive groves and vineyards offers enormous potential for a bespoke yacht charter itinerary. SUGGESTED ITINE RA RY

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Region Croatia • Start Port Split • End Port Dubrovnik • Distance < 155 Nm • Destinations 6 Alternative route Rjeka to Zadar • Peak yachting season May to October • Time zone UTC + 2 hours 1 SPL IT

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Propped up against a mountainous backdrop, the ancient architecture of this exuberant city is thrilling. Though often used as an access point to the exotic charms of Croatia’s Adriatic archipelagos, it is a special destination in its own right, with plenty of bars, shops and restaurants and one of the most engaging waterfronts in Europe.

The buzzing tourist hub of Hvar enjoys a fine position for access to the outlying islets, sandy bays and sheltered anchorages – and the port of Hvar itself is a superb example of antiquity turned chic. It has the suave, upmarket character of the Italian Riviera, complete with boutique shops and restaurants and a gregarious feelgood nightlife.

Traditional Croatian island, Korcula, is wonderfully calming. Like so many parts of this region, the land is awash with vineyards and olive groves and the main port city is so idyllic, it almost defies credibility. With its blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, swaddled in vast anti-piracy fortifications, this imposing coastal citadel is a treat.

Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Inside its vast city walls, thousands of years of architectural heritage and cultural colour create an atmosphere unlike anywhere else. Whether you drink local wine at a harbour-side eatery or feast among the ramparts at a worldclass restaurant, simply being here is a pleasure you won’t forget.

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The tiny Dalmatian island of Bisevo offers some of the Mediterranean’s best fishing and in Porat Beach, one of its finest stretches of sand. However, the greatest attraction is Blue Grotto – a sea cave among the steep limestone cliffs of the eastern shore that glows an eerie blue as the sun rebounds off the white seabed.

Mljet is the island that is said to have captivated Odysseus for seven years – and at the national park in the west, that’s not hard to believe. With lots of fine anchorages, not least at Pomena and Polace, the island’s salt-water lakes are easily accessible by tender. Further east, Mljet’s famous shipwreck dive sites are equally compelling.

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CRUISING GUIDE EAST MEDITERRANEAN

DIVER’S DREAM ... While Alexandria and Port Said on Egypt’s Mediterranean shore attract plenty of international tourism, the Red Sea is a prime region for an exotic yacht charter. Stretching between the Suez Canal and the Gulf of Aden with Africa on one shore and Asia on the other, the Red Sea is a glittering expanse of turquoise waters, replete with internationally acclaimed dive sites. It’s a place of vast reefs, pristine beaches and sunbaked desert; of five-star charter resorts that give way to unspoiled waterfront settlements and ancient desert shores. The Sinai Peninsula in the far north is the ideal starting point for a unique voyage of discovery. SUGGESTED ITINE RA RY

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Region Egypt • Start Port Hurghada • End Port Sharm-El-Sheikh • Distance < 80 Nm • Destinations 5 Alternative route Dahab • Peak yachting season All-year round • Time zone UTC + 2 hours 1 H UR GH A D A

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The yachting hub of Hurghada on Egypt’s mainland shore enjoys a cosmopolitan nightlife and a reliable tourist throng. Its hedonism is well balanced by the gruff tranquility of the old town and various land-based pursuits like camel riding and desert treks. The prettier town of El-Gouna, a short hop north, also warrants a closer look.

Just past Sharm-El-Sheikh, on the eastern shore of the Sinai Peninsula, lies Nabq – an unspoiled Red Sea destination, with spectacular diving and useful shelter on the south side of the outlying islands. If you have the time, Dahab, further north, is a more modern, leisure-ready destination for roaming Aqaba Gulf tourists.

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The Red Sea is not short of uninhabited islands, but the Giftun Chain is particularly noted for its exemplary waters. There are plenty of places to find a good anchorage in the lee of the prevailing northerlies and although the islands are largely sun-baked desert, the subsurface diversity more than makes up for that. 3 R A S M OHA MME D M AR IN E PA R K

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If you don’t object to the dive tourists who come for the clear, warm waters, sub-surface caves and astonishing corals, the Ras Mohammed Marine Park is a magnificent place to witness the Red Sea’s sparkling wildlife. If diving isn’t your thing, it’s just as good for an informal snorkel or a beach jaunt in the tender.

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5 SH ARM - EL- SH EIK H Sharm-El-Sheikh is the core base for most Red Sea exploration. It provides plenty of first-class beaches, easy-access to various dive sites and a broad choice of luxury waterfront resorts. The main strip at Naama Bay is the party-goer’s heartland, but there are also plenty of waterfront eateries and some atmospheric markets in the old town.

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CRUISING GUIDE NORTHERN EUROPE

NORTHERN EUROPE ... With its ancient labyrinth of waterways, trade routes, imperial cities and virgin landscapes, Northern Europe is a magical yacht charter zone. From the wild glacial majesty of Norway’s west coast to the infectious feel-good vibe of Denmark, the stylish modernity of Sweden and the cultural treasures of Russia’s Baltic coast, it has the variety to satisfy even the most ambitious charter yacht explorer. CR UI S I N G ZO N E S ...

Norway • Denmark • Sweden • Russia


WHEN TO GO JUNE – AUGUST

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DESTINATIONS NORTHERN EUROPE

N O R WAY C A P TA I N â&#x20AC;&#x2122; S L O G ... M A R T I N L I L E Y, C A P T A I N O F M / Y L I L I T A L K S T O I M P E R I A L A B O U T H I S A D V E N T U R E S I N N O R WAY


NORTHERN EUROPE WITH MY LILI

WHEN TO GO JUNE – AUGUST

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IY: Martin, tell us about your Norway itinerary. ML: We were in the south of Norway for about a month, using Bergen as a base. We did two principle cruises. The first of them took us north of Bergen, into the Sognefjord, which is the second largest fjord in the world. It’s around 120 miles long and we spent about a week out there. There are lots of different cruising areas we could easily tuck ourselves into, and there are some UNESCO World Heritage areas too, so it’s really quite spectacular. For the second trip, we tracked south from Bergen to Stavanger and that was equally good. Almost all the cruising was in relatively sheltered inland waters. Just once or twice we touched on the North Sea, but only momentary.

What are the best activities on offer? Walking is a huge thing in Norway and the hiking is wonderful. There are glacier hikes available and you can do trips inland for salmon fishing. There’s a lot of North Sea fishing too, plus kayaking and canoeing trips and some excellent diving, particularly in Gulen. Norway is quite a wealthy and advanced country and you can feel it. There’s a lot of high quality dining and it’s culturally quite interesting. It has a very different feel to southern Europe. Everything’s very structured, very orderly and it’s very enjoyable to immerse yourself in it and experience that cultural tone.

What kind of charter does Norway offer? The weather’s fairly predictable and it’s frequently calm, so the cruising is great - very relaxed, very scenic. In the summer, you only get about four hours of semi-darkness each day, so that’s ideal for getting the best out of your trip; and the fact that you can take a yacht as large as LILI and explore some very confined areas, close to huge cliffs and beautiful hills is really quite special. The fjords in particular are a real eye-opener. They’re like nowhere I’ve ever been before. You couldn’t call it a true wilderness, like northern Canada, as you can easily get supplies when you need them - but it’s nothing like the Med, where you can get a specific bottle of wine within an hour of ordering it. There aren’t shops on every fjord corner. It’s more sparse than that. There’s a sizeable population but it’s very spread out. You never feel like you’re truly cut off, but it does give you that feeling of serenity; of something very different.

Is there a private hideaway that sticks in the memory? There was this little place near Eidfjord. We arrived late in the evening and there was still a little bit of light around. We anchored just past there and it was so pristine. I was able to anchor virtually underneath a waterfall. It was so beautiful. There was the roar of the water coming down because we’d had a few days of rain, but while it was obviously quite noisy, the peace was second to none. I’ve never been anywhere like it. It was truly special.

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So what one thing should a Norway charter guest not miss? On one occasion, I arranged for some guests to be picked up from the boat by helicopter. They did a sea tour over the fjords, they went to a private estate where you can fish for salmon and they had a big spit-roast in the wild. That was a superb day and bespoke events like that are always well worth the effort, but if I had to pick one place, the Sognefjord has to be it. The deeper you go, the more impressive it gets. It was the height of summer, we only saw one other boat. You feel more adventurous. You feel like trailblazers on an adventure – and that’s as unique for the crew as it is for the guests.

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What are the best areas to visit? For me, the southern fjords are by far the stand-out area for a seven or ten-day trip. It’s the most picturesque place and it’s also the easiest to cruise. For the more adventurous, the Lofoten Islands are a couple of days further north, but Lysefjord in the south, near Stavanger, is really beautiful. You can take the boat right up to the cliff face and be literally ten feet away from amazing waterfalls in a 55-metre yacht. It’s quite spectacular. Further north of Bergen, Naeroyfjord near Gudvangen is in a wonderful UNESCO Word Heritage area. Very peaceful. You can tuck yourself into these deep ravines, surrounded by cliffs hundreds of metres high, that’s really memorable.

Where can you find the best food? In Bergen, the fish is incredible. Big crustaceans, crabs, lobsters – you name it, it’s all there. There’s even whale if you’re that way inclined. There are lots of opportunities to eat well in the local markets too – and there are some excellent restaurants dotted around the place. In Bekkjarvik, there’s a really good little place called Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri that’s becoming quite famous for its food. We found a great little fish supplier, who would deliver to us no matter where we were - wonderful eel, herring, crab, all sorts of stuff.


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CRUISING GUIDE NORTHERN EUROPE

BALTIC BONANZA ... In West Norway, where the fjords come into dramatic union with the open sea, Bergen grants easy access to thousand-metre cliffs, majestic waterfalls and blissful anchorages. For a more sophisticated slice of urban finesse, medieval Copenhagen, on the islands of Zealand and Amager, is arguably the most thrilling yacht charter base in Scandinavia. If true nautical flavour is what you want, Sweden’s capital is well placed, with the Baltic on one side and island-rich Lake Malaren on the other. And for an unmatched cocktail of opulence, confidence and cultural vitality, St Petersburg, on Russia’s Baltic coast, is a truly iconic charter destination. N ORT HERN EUROP E S N APS H O T

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With wrecks, reefs and sheltered waters, Norway’s diving is world famous. Copenhagen is a world hub for Michelin-starred restaurants. Sweden comprises more than 24,000 islands and 95,000 lakes. St Petersburg offers 64 rivers, 48 canals and 92 miles of coastline.

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Steep mountains Colourful towns Historic harbours Majestic fjords

Seafaring cities Fine food Striking modernity Elegant heritage

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CRUISING GUIDE INDIAN OCEAN

INDIAN OCEAN ... An Indian Ocean charter is about cutting yourself off from the rest of the world among remote island resorts, virgin palm forests, secluded coves and pearlescent coral atolls. The tiny tropical landscapes of the Seychelles and the Maldives feel almost overwhelmed by the ocean â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and yet their blissful seclusion is splendidly tempered by unimpeachable opulence and some of the rarest marine life on the planet. CRUI S I N G ZO N E S ...

The Maldives â&#x20AC;˘ The Seychelles


WHEN TO GO DECEMBER –

OCTOBER

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CRUISING GUIDE INDIAN OCEAN

TROPICAL OCEAN ADVENTURES ... Nowhere is more keenly tied to the sea than the Maldives. With 1,200 islands over 35,000 square miles of Indian Ocean, this tropical nation is more than 99% water. The remaining 1% comprises a scattering of charter-friendly coral atolls, each with a salt-water lagoon hemmed in by a circular reef and inhabited by the world’s most spectacular marine life. From huge pods of dolphins to whale sharks, sperm whales, manta rays and hammerheads, a wildlife tour here is not about searching; it’s merely about opening your eyes. With its astonishing oceanic backdrops, the Maldives is a tropical yacht charter like no other. SUGGESTED ITINE RA RY

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Malé is unlike anywhere else in the Maldives. Inside its mighty ring of seawalls lies a tight-packed high-rise cityscape, cut through with narrow streets and charged with the fractious clatter and bustle of an authentic 24-hour hub. An artificial beach on the east of the city provides welcome relief with a cooling summer swim.

Genteel but informal Kanuhura Island is a place where classical villas perch on stilts above the water’s surface. In addition to the obligatory spa, there are five upmarket restaurants, a useful water-sports scene and even a nightclub. Anchor off this lovely island and head ashore for a gourmet dining experience in spectacular surroundings.

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Huvafen Fushi is an extraordinary oasis of five-star pampering in a delectable setting. Down at the shore, huge rays come to feed in the shallows by the chic beach-side bar – and the tropical decadence continues elsewhere, with six gourmet restaurants, a famous subsurface spa and easy access to lots of equally alluring islets. 3 R AS DHOO

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The compact Rasdhoo Atoll comprises a near perfect ring of coral with Rasdhoo Island at its entry point and a pair of alternative resorts for visitors to consider in the form of Kuramathi and Veligandu. It’s a popular day-trip destination from the neighbouring resorts and it’s also a great place to go diving with hammerheads. 4 L ANDA A G I R A AVA R U

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Unlike most Maldive islands, Kaashidhoo is perched out on its own in an expanse of oceanic terrain. Bananas, lemons and watermelons are grown here and the lagoon also provides shelter for various northbound boats. With a scattering of Buddhist monuments to supplement its classic Maldive allure, this is one of the region’s most diverse and multi-textured resorts.

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On the eastern edge of the North Malé Atoll, Dhiffushi is one of the most tranquil islands in the Maldives. Well-regarded Meerufenfushi Island with its resort, spa, restaurant and bar, is only a short hop north, but with its slower, more relaxed pace, Dhiffushi makes the ideal refuge before a return to the happy mayhem of Malé.

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At the heart of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll lies Landaa Giraavaru and the famous Four Seasons Resort. With a vast natural lagoon and more than 40 acres of tropical island wilderness at your disposal, you can swim with rays and whale sharks, dine at one of three restaurants or luxuriate at the island spa.

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WHEN TO GO DECEMBER –

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CRUISING GUIDE INDIAN OCEAN

PA R A D I S E REDISCOVERED ... A thousand miles off the African coast, in the western reaches of the Indian Ocean, the 115 equatorial islands that make up the Seychelles are the epitome of a tropical paradise. The natural arrangement of granite islands, curved coral reefs and sheltered salt-water lagoons makes the Seychelles an ideal venue for water-sports – not least surfing, diving, fishing and kayaking. The chief cruising grounds tend to revolve around the three primary islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, but whichever region you choose, a Seychelles yacht charter encompasses steep, forested mountains, spectacular golden beaches and clear turquoise waters teeming with marine life. SUGGESTED ITINE RA RY

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Region Seychelles • Start Port Mahé • End Port Praslin • Distance < 100 Nm • Destinations 7 Alternative route Desroches to Les Souers • Peak yachting season April to October • Time zone UTC + 4 hours 1 MAHÉ

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Mahé is often used as the central hub for a Seychelles charter holiday, but with around 70 beaches, plus a busy port and a lively market, the island is not without merit. Top entertainments include watching giant turtles, swimming with dolphins and hiking the tropical mountains of the Morne Seychellois National Park.

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Silhouette Island is a place of astonishing loveliness. The walking, diving and fishing are superb and as both a national park and a national marine park, that’s not likely to change. But there’s luxury as well as rusticity here, with a selection of high-end spa developments, not least in the form of the five-star Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort.

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As one of the largest private island resorts in the entire archipelago, Fregate’s white sandy beaches are an important wildlife haven for Hawksbill turtles and Aldabra giant tortoises. Aside from the inherent pleasures of isolation, there are also some super-exclusive holiday resorts and villas here – ideal for those intent on serious escape.

Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur sit at the eastern perimeter of the inner isles, near Félicité and Ile Cocos. There are no moorings available but there are good anchorages on the western side of Grande Soeur, offering access to big ocean views, great walks, idyllic picnic opportunities and high-class diving in fish-rich waters.

With its bleached, powdery sands, scatterings of pink boulders and magnificent bays and coves, the Seychelles’ second largest island is a beach lover’s paradise. Diving off the north coast is also a treat and the UNESCO-protected Vallée de Mai primeval palm forest is a place of international importance.

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La Digue offers a very low-key form of tourism, with a modest peppering of guest-houses and restaurants, plus some water-sports operators, bicycle providers and horse-riding companies. However, it remains at heart a simple Creole island, with ox carts, plantation houses and blissful white beaches – and it’s all the more appealing for that.

Despite the absence of any hotels or restaurants, the protected island of Curieuse remains a key destination for day-trippers from neighbouring Praslin. Its National Marine Park status means you have to pay to enter (and to moor overnight), but its mangrove forests, turtle breeding grounds and glorious dive sites certainly make up for that.

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WHEN TO GO APRIL – OCTOBER

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CRUISING GUIDE THE CARIBBEAN


WHEN TO GO DECEMBER –

APRIL

THE CARIBBEAN ... The Caribbean is littered with uplifting destinations. From the peerless exclusivity of Mustique to the festival energy of the Bahamas, the textured colonial heritage of the Virgin Islands and the piratical narratives of Antigua; from Florida in the north to Bonaire in the south and Barbados in the east – this vast, multicultural maritime playground is a place of Paradise islands, open ocean wildlife and thrilling historical intrigue. C RUI S I N G Z ON ES ...

Florida • Bahamas • Cuba • British Virgin Islands • Windward Islands • Leeward Islands

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CRUISING GUIDE THE CARIBBEAN

T R O P I C A L C O C K TA I L ... Between the Gulf of Mexico and the open Atlantic, the Northern Caribbean is a place where cruise ships and charter yachts mingle with vast marine migrations, vibrant island cultures and deep-rooted nautical heritage. While once it was a hotbed of piracy, today its vibrant coral reefs are home to some of the world’s most legendary dive spots and wildlife sites. With its pungent mix of upmarket travellers, genial residents, lively tourist destinations and deserted tropical islands, it’s a truly memorable region. FL O RIDA

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From Palm Beach to Key West, the Sunshine State’s oceanic coastline marries city excitement with tropical seclusion to great effect. From the vibrant, Venetian-style superyacht hub of Fort Lauderdale to Miami’s Latin American vibe and the welcome serenity of the glittering Florida Keys archipelago, America’s cosmopolitan southwest is one of the greatest charter destinations in the world. B AHAMAS

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With around 700 islands, comprising everything from tourist hotspots to untouched swellings of reef and rock, the Bahamas is a destination of near mythical status. Shallow seas, warm water, fine beaches and exotic marine life make it a paradise for swimmers, watersports fans and anglers – and cultural tourists are also well served, with a relaxed lifestyle that continues to resonate with musical and nautical heritage. C UB A

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Cuba’s jumbled history has given this island nation a fascinating blend of cultures, lending to a patchwork of architectural styles, cuisines, and distinct regional areas. Her proud heritage is worn as a badge of honour, and resides on the streets in the classic American muscle cars that have added a near-mythical allure to this vibrant and effervescent island. It is not difficult to see why Cuba is fast becoming a charter destination of choice.

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Nassau (1) – Eleuthera (2) 60 Nm Eleuthera – Elbow Cay (3) 110 Nm Elbow Cay – Marsh Harbour (4) 7 Nm Marsh Harbour – Treasure Cay (5) 14 Nm Treasure Cay – Guana Cay (6) 9 Nm Guana Cay – Paradise Island (7) 105 Nm

José Martí International Airport

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NORTH CARIBBEAN T R O P I C A L C O C K TA I L

WHEN TO GO DECEMBER –

APRIL

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CRUISING GUIDE THE CARIBBEAN

H E R I TA G E + ELEGANCE ... The Leeward chain comprises several island nations, each with contrasting landscapes and cultural flavours. From the international sophistication of ultra-chic St. Barths and Anguilla to the historical serenity of Antigua and the tropical tranquility of St. Kitts, its multifaceted profile is a treat for those in search of a diverse yacht charter. You can adapt your route to include some of the smaller destinations, like Barbuda, Nevis and Saba; or head further south for the dynamic, French-influenced islands of Montserrat, Dominica and Guadeloupe. However, with its Georgian harbour, world-famous beaches, sumptuous resorts and elegant capital city, the idyllic Caribbean island of Antigua is a critical stopover on any Leeward yacht charter. In the far north-west of the region, the Virgin Islands is a different experience again. The US islands are more lively, developed and glamorous; and the British Virgins are smaller, more authentic and intimate. Enjoy the pristine habitats of Prickly Pear Island or the carnival energy of St Thomas; the rustic marketplaces of Tortola or the laid-back swagger of Cruz Bay. With its year-round sun, floating bars, wreck diving sites and vibrant cultural colour, this Caribbean destination is tailor-made for charter yacht adventure. S U GGES T ED L E E WA RD I T I N E R ARY Approximate nautical miles

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Clayton J Lloyd International Airport

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WHEN TO GO DECEMBER –

APRIL

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CRUISING GUIDE THE CARIBBEAN

C A R N I VA L CRUISING ... The Windward Islands is a complex chain of volcanic landmasses that punctures the surface of the eastern Caribbean – and from the French-influenced gastronomic hotspot of Martinique in the north to the famous spice island of Grenada in the south, it’s a place very much favoured by the world’s yacht charter elite. With steep, tropical peaks wrapped in thick rainforest and sheltered coves visible only to inbound yachts, it has also provided the dramatic backdrop to several swashbuckling Hollywood films. As a charter destination, it offers a memorable scattering of reef, cay and islet and while both St Lucia and St Vincent are rich in rare wildlife, dramatic hiking routes and colonial heritage, the peerless privacy of Mustique makes it one of the world’s most exclusive retreats. S U GGES T ED W I N D WARDS I T I N E R ARY Approximate nautical miles

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CRUISING GUIDE THE AMERICAS

THE AMERICAS ... From Alaska in the north to Antarctica in the south and from the Atlantic east to the Pacific west, the opportunity for adventure here is fantastically rich. Whether you favour the lost Mayan civilisations of Belize, the magnificent melting pot of Panama or San Francisco’s urban energy, this thrilling region of jungle-drenched volcanic landscapes and vast, creaking glaciers offers a variety and scale unmatched anywhere else in the world. CRUI S I N G ZO N E S .. .

Alaska • North California • Nicaragua • Costa Rica • Belize • Panama • Patagonia • Antarctica


WHEN TO GO JANUARY – DECEMBER

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CRUISING GUIDE THE AMERICAS

LANDMARKS + HINTERLANDS ... The ‘Pacific Northwest’, between Alaska and northern California, exhibits an invigorating dynamic between the wild and the well heeled. Alaska is a powerful affirmation of nature’s scale – from intimidating mountains and rolling glaciers to the fearsome spectacle of whales, bears and eagles. San Francisco Bay, however, is a hotbed of fabled urban icons, like Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, all wrapped up in a rich landscape of surfing beaches, verdant vineyards, yacht-friendly coves and National Parks. N ORT HWEST AME RI C A S N APS H O T

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WHEN TO GO M AY – S E P T E M B E R

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CRUISING GUIDE THE AMERICAS

TRANSOCEANIC E X P L O R AT I O N ... Though it might lack the slick gentrification of the world’s most exclusive yachting destinations, the unpasteurised wildness of Central America’s charter scene is a big draw. Dense jungle landscapes are littered with lakes, rivers, ancient architectural sites and smouldering volcanoes. The towns and villages abound with intoxicating Creole flavours and the unique twin-coast geography offers not just a Caribbean coastline full of desert island delights, but a Pacific shore with big surf beaches and open ocean sport. From exotic Belize to dynamic Panama, Spanish-flavoured Nicaragua and wild Costa Rica, the natural generosity of this yacht charter venue is the stuff of legend. C E N TRAL AMERICA S N APS H O T

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The jungles of Belize hide some of the world’s most valuable Mayan ruins. More than 13,000 ships pass through Panama’s canal every single day. Lago Nicaragua is home to more than 460 volcanic islands. Costa Rica boasts the highest biodiversity density on the planet.

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CENTRAL AMERICA T R A N S O C E A N I C E X P L O R AT I O N

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CRUISING GUIDE THE AMERICAS

FRONTIER EXPEDITIONS ... While Brazil might enjoy a reputation as the jewel of South America’s yacht charter scene, the regions in the far south offer something unmatched in the rest of the world. At the southernmost tip of the mainland, where the Pacific and Atlantic oceans clash at infamous Cape Horn, the opportunities for adventure are fantastically rich. Here at the bottom end of the Andes, Chile and Argentina exhibit a truly intrepid, ‘frontier-style’ yachting experience – and as you head further south, the extremes intensify at the Antarctic Peninsula, gateway to the world’s most inhospitable continent. SOUT H AMERICA S N APS H O T

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A yacht charter in this part of the world is always reliant on the weather. The blue whale is a regular visitor to the waters of the far south. The northern peninsula is the only real point of access to the Antarctic. The cruising grounds expand and contract with the ice and the seasons.

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WHEN TO GO NOVEMBER –

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SOUTHEAST ASIA ... This vast charter region is home to some of the world’s most thrilling archipelagos, coral reefs, sea caves and party capitals. It encompasses the wild islands of Indonesia; the famous dive sites of the Philippines; the slick, urban glitter of international city-state, Singapore; the rustic anchorages of Vietnam; and the spectacular food, scenery and people of Thailand. C RUI S I N G ZO N ES ...

Indonesia • Philippines • Singapore • Vietnam • Thailand

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FILMSET BACKDROPS ... A yacht charter voyage in Southeast Asia is all about steep, jungle-topped limestone islands, with turquoise bays, vast cave networks, subsurface wildlife and spectacular cuisine. However, it’s also about radical contrasts. You can sip Champagne with the jet set among the glittering hotel bars of mega-rich Singapore or you can haggle for street food in the ramshackle markets of Vietnam’s gruff shoreline settlements. With its exotic concoction of ancient histories, welcoming attitudes and Western-influenced Indo-Chinese cultures, a Southeast Asian yacht charter is an extraordinary thrill. SOUT HEAST ASIA S N APS H O T

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This vast charter region is home to the world’s finest limestone archipelagos. The island state of Singapore is a pristine millionaire melting pot. The famous Thai party hub of Phuket is one of the world’s finest charter bases. There are more than 10,000 uninhabited islands in Indonesia alone.

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Remote islands Unique wildlife Tropical waters Off-grid adventure

Yachting tranquility Urban hedonism High-class diving Exotic food

Urban modernity Multinational culture Impeccable quality Upmarket entertainment

Traditional towns Private beaches Dramatic scenery Idyllic anchorages

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Laoag International Airport Da Nang Airport 4 2

Tan Son Nhat International Airport

Ninoy Aquino International Airport Francisco Bangoy International Airport

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Soekarno-Hatta International Airport

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SOUTHEAST ASIA FILMSET BACKDROPS

WHEN TO GO NOVEMBER –

APRIL

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ANDAMAN ARCHIPELAGOS ... While the vast majority of Thailand is landlocked, its southern region juts out beyond Burma, creating a pair of dramatic coastlines – one with the Andaman Sea in the west and one with the Gulf of Thailand in the east. The Gulf coast is certainly a wonderful holiday destination, not least in the form of its world famous Samui archipelago, but with a more settled climate and a prolific wealth of natural, cultural and social treasures, the Andaman coast is among the most alluring destinations in the world. The Andaman Sea also happens to be a very ingratiating playground for the touring yachtsman. It has a wealth of sheltered anchorages and the island of Phuket in Phang Nga Bay is a world-class hub for charter exploration. It offers glorious multicultural cuisines, endless beaches, great scenery, friendly people and a party scene of peerless effervescence. The hundred or so islands in the bay are just as magnetic – exploding almost vertically from the azure waters, with the kind of A-list beauty that has seen them appear in various Hollywood films and achieve worldwide fame as the pinnacle of the Southeast Asian superyacht scene. However, a round trip down the Thai west coast, from Phuket towards Langkawi and Koh Rawi, on the cusp of the Malay border, makes a truly memorable charter – and, arguably, a more diverse and thrilling one even than the fabled waters of Phang Nga Bay. THAILAND SNAPS H O T

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Thailand’s complex 1,800-mile coastline offers great charter flexibility. The Phang Nga islands have starred in various films including James Bond. Phuket, the largest island in Thailand, is a popular stopover for cruise ships. The Similan Islands, northwest of Phuket, are a major Andaman attraction. Patong Beach on Phuket’s western shore is the region’s premier party venue. Nearby Koh Panyee is a famous village built entirely on stilts. The region’s peak charter season runs from November to April.

Phuket International Airport Krabi Airport

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Tropical landscapes Exquisite food Hidden bays Legendary nightlife

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Phuket (1) – Phi Phi (2) 25 Nm Phi Phi – Koh Lanta (3) 22 Nm Koh Lanta – Langkawi (4) 95 Nm Langkawi – Koh Rawi (5) 45 Nm Koh Rawi – Koh Racha (6) 80 Nm Koh Racha – Phuket 18 Nm

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APRIL

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YA C H T DIRECTORY ... T H E F O L L O W I N G PA G E S C O N TA I N A S T U N N I N G P O R T F O L I O O F S O M E O F T H E W O R L D ’ S M O S T G L A M O R O U S YA C H T S

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AMADEA SAVANNAH ROMEA TV LEGEND MOGAMBO TITANIA ICON OKTO SILVER ANGEL FORCE BLUE 11.11 LADY BRITT SARASTAR LILI ASTRA ELIXIR VERTIGE

106.10m 83.50m 81.80m 78.33m 77.40m 73.55m 73.00m 67.50m 66.40m 64.50m 63.30m 63.00m 63.00m 60.20m 55.00m 55.00m 55.00m 50.00m

Lürssen Feadship Abeking & Rasmussen Lürssen Icon Yachts Nobiskrug Lürssen Icon Yachts Int. Shipyard Ancona Benetti Royal Denship Benetti Feadship Mondomarine Amels Amels Amels Tankoa Yachts

14 12 12 12 26 12 12 12 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 10 12 12

€2,000,000 / €2,000,000 €1,000,000 / €1,000,000 €875,000 / €875,000 €850,000 / €850,000 €490,000 / €490,000 €650,000 / €600,000 €630,000 / €525,000 €550,000 / €500,000 €500,000 / €400,000 €450,000 / €425,000 €245,000 / €235,000 €650,000 / €650,000 €470,000 / €445,000 €392,000 / €364,000 €315,000 / €290,000 €295,000 / €275,000 €310,000 / €275,000 €260,000 / €240,000

Please enquire W Mediterranean / Caribbean - S America W Mediterranean / Caribbean Mediterranean / Please enquire N Europe / S America & Antarctica Mediterranean / Indian Ocean Mediterranean / Caribbean - Central America Please enquire / Please enquire Mediterranean / Indian Ocean Mediterranean / Caribbean Mediterranean / W Mediterranean Mediterranean / Carribbean - Bahamas Mediterranean / Caribbean W Mediterranean / Please enquire Mediterranean / Indian Ocean - Thailand Mediterranean / Please enquire Mediterranean / Caribbean Mediterranean / Caribbean

OURANOS BLUSH ENTOURAGE LEGENDA ANKA GIRAUD

49.90m 47.24m 46.55m 41.10m 40.16m 40.00m

Admiral Sunseeker Admiral Mondomarine Princess Yachts Admiral

12 10 12 10 12 11

€215,000 / €210,000 €220,000 / €200,000 €225,000 / €200,000 €145,000 / €130,000 €150,000 / €135,000 €180,000 / €180,000

E Mediterranean / E Mediterranean W Mediterranean / W Mediterranean W Mediterranean / Caribbean W Mediterranean / Please enquire Mediterranean / Please enquire West Mediterranean

GUESTS

R AT E * H I G H / L O W

10 10 10 10 8 8 6 8

€65,000 €80,000 €70,000 €69,000 €55,000 €43,000 €36,000 €35,000

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ASTRO KOHUBA JAG’B MY ZEHAVA MINX IGELE NELENA SHAWLIFE

31.00m Baia 30.45m Princess Yachts 29.20m Ferretti Yachts 28.32m Benetti 27.01m Princess Yachts 23.98m Ferretti Yachts 22.60m Princess Yachts 21.25m Princess Yachts

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AQUIJO VERTIGO PERSEUS^3 SEAHAWK TWIZZLE Q

86.00m 67.20m 60.00m 58.60m 57.49m 51.75m

Oceanco – Vitters Alloy Yachts Perini Navi Perini Navi Royal Huisman Alloy Yachts

12 12 12 12 8 10

€550,000 / €450,000 €325,000 / €245,000 €250,000 / €250,000 €250,000 / €250,000 €235,000 / €235,000 €195,000 / €180,000

South Pacific / South & Central America Mediterranean / Mediterranean Mediterranean / Caribbean Please enquire / Caribbean Mediterranean West Mediterranean / Caribbean

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* Minimum weekly charter rates. Rates and charter lengths vary. • • •

Charter rates are quoted per week for the hire of the yacht but a charter period can be of any length. Charter periods are calculated pro-rata against the weekly rate. High season rates apply to the most popular charter periods, i.e. July / August & Christmas / New Year are also normally applicable to all major events such as the Monaco Grand Prix & the Cannes Film Festival. Low season rates apply to all other periods. All rates are correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change


CHARTER INDEX S P E C I F I C AT I O N S U M M A RY

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AMADEA ...

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AMADEA 10 6 . 10 M E T R E S / 8 C A B I N S

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AMADEA SP E C IFICATION . ..

Year Available soon • Length 106m / 347’77” • Builder Lürssen • Guests 14 in 6 Double and 2 Twin cabins Crew 36 • Cruising Speed 13 knots • High Season rate €2,000,000 / week • Low Season rate €2,000,000 / week Summer cruising area Please enquire • Winter cruising area Please enquire . ..

Imperial’s exclusive new central agency for charter • The most impressive Lürssen superyacht delivered in 2017 Aggressive and extraordinary exteriors spaces designed by Espen Oeino • 8-metre length infinite swimming-pool on Main deck Winter garden and 180° view Jacuzzi on Sun deck • Interior and exterior Cinemas • Elevator serving all interior decks Private Owner deck including full-beam Master with private terrace and Jacuzzi, Beauty salon, Gym and private salon with aft deck terrace 7 additional Guest cabins, including a full-Beam VIP on Main deck • Luxury Spa on Lower deck with Hammam, Massage or private salon Impressive arrangement of limo tenders and water toys • 12-metre D-value Heli-pad


AMADEA 10 6 . 10 M E T R E S / 8 C A B I N S

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RoMEA 81. 8 0 M E T R E S / 6 C A B I N S

RoMEA ...

L EN G T H 81. 8 0 ME TR E S

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RoMEA SP E C IFICATION . ..

Year 2015 • Length 81.8m /268’ 4” • Builder Abeking & Rasmussen • Guests 12 in 4 double & 2 twin cabins Cruising Speed 14 knots • High Season rate €875,000 /week • Low Season rate €875,000 / week Summer cruising area West Mediterranean • Winter cruising area Caribbean

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One of the biggest motor yachts available in the Mediterranean • Elevator serving all interior decks • Indoor and outdoor Cinemas Six large staterooms with Owner’s full-beam private area including an extra children’s double cabin • Impressive selection of water toys Outstanding interiors decorated with high-end luxury furniture • Beach club with steam room and Jacuzzi Exclusive Spa with all facilities, including dedicated massage/beauty therapy areas


RoMEA 81. 8 0 M E T R E S / 6 C A B I N S

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BVI C A P TA I N â&#x20AC;&#x2122; S LOG ...

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T H E R E WA S N ’ T A N O T H E R B O AT I N S I G H T & Y O U N E V E R G E T T H AT I N THE SOUTH OF FRANCE UNLESS IT’S JANUARY ... C A P T A I N M A T T B R YA N T


BRITISH VIRGINA ISLANDS WITH M/Y RoMEA

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IY: So Matt, what did your most recent BVI itinerary involve? MB: We were in the BVIs for a week over Christmas last year and that’s the ideal length of time to take in all the most famous highlights. We did Guana Island, then Virgin Gorda, along with one of the anchorages there called North Sound. That’s right next to Necker Island, Richard Branson’s place. And we did another part of Virgin Gorda called the Baths, plus Peter Island, Norman Island and an island called Jost Van Dyke.

So what kinds of activities did you organise? There’s a famous place called Norman Island where, according to legend, pirates buried 30 chests of silver coins. It became the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, so we used that local history to create a pirate-themed day. We had a massive treasure hunt on the yacht and we made galleons out of the kayaks, so the kids could paddle into the caves and search for chests of silver coins that we had concealed there the night before. That’s the difference between chartering a regular boat and chartering a unique platform like RoMEA. We have the crew numbers to pull off some quite elaborate events, sometimes with an educational slant for the kids, but with the parents and the grandparents involved too. It’s like a full-on production and those special moments make for far more profound memories than just sitting on a boat, drinking wine and looking at the view.

What kind of experience do the BVIs offer? Right from the first moment, it’s a very distinctive type of charter. Our guests fly into the airport on Beef Island – and that’s fantastic, because you can meet them directly off the plane, before walking them down a little track through the woods to a rickety old wooden dock, where two beautiful superyacht tenders are ready to go. It’s then a ten-minute tender ride to the yacht, which is anchored in White Bay in Guana Island - and the journey itself is really special, because you go past turtles and stingrays and the guests are excited before they even reach the yacht. It’s a unique arrival and it really sets the tone for the rest of the week. So is it quite a rustic and intimate place to cruise? Very much so. It’s nothing like the French Riviera. The airport staff wear Caribbean shirts and are super-friendly and approachable. You’re straight into the heat and the humidity and there might be a shower for five minutes to remind you that you’re in the Caribbean, but that’s actually good fun because everybody gets a bit wet and carries on. For clients who favour that traditional Caribbean family vibe over the razzmatazz shore-based stuff, it’s a wonderful region - but it does mean that a lot of what you do tends to be based on or around the yacht. RoMEA must be the perfect platform for that kind of self-sufficiency. Absolutely. In a place like the BVIs you have to be self-sufficient. We’ve got a gym and a spa on board and we’ve got a huge variety of food available from three different chefs. You also need to be able to mix it up every day to keep things fresh. You have to maximise the local environment - the reefs, the snorkel spots, the unique natural features - and incorporate that into your daily planning. What about your most memorable destinations? Virgin Gorda is great. In the North Sound anchorage, we did a standup paddle-board safari into the mangroves. There’s all sorts of bird-life in there and that’s something the adults really enjoy. We also had a couple of teenagers who we took kite surfing around Necker Island; and in the evening we had a party ashore with a fire pit and a DJ - so it’s a real family-friendly place, where you can hit every age group in one day. It’s very exciting (and really quite rare) to be able to achieve that.

Were there any special moments that linger in the mind? Our Christmas barbecue party on Peter Island was wonderful. We had local fishermen coming up the beach on Christmas morning with loads of fresh lobster that went straight on the barbecue; we had two massive marquees set up and we had the whole beach to ourselves. There wasn’t another boat in sight and you never get that in the south of France unless it’s January, so it had a really exclusive feel. Aside from that, snorkelling with turtles is quite special; and if you have divers on board, diving the wreck of the Rhone, which sank in 1857, is also very cool. Is there anything else a charter guest might want to know? Jost Van Dyke is not to be missed. It can be difficult when the winds get up but the sand is like white powder. It has two headlands and a little bay and it forms a natural Jacuzzi called the Bubble Pool. Cruise Ships go there so it’s not a secret but it is unique. If you can anchor in there, it’s pretty amazing. Going in May, when the wind is at its lightest, is particularly good. Even so, you should pack a raincoat to cope with the odd shower; and you should watch out for the famous rum punch cocktail, known as the ‘Pain Killer’. The Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke is the place to go to sample them – and you have to give them a try. They’re absolutely savage but they’re all part of what makes this place so special.

... THE JOURNEY ITSELF IS REALLY SPECIAL, BECAUSE YOU GO PAST TURTLES & STINGRAYS & THE GUESTS ARE EXCITED BEFORE THEY EVEN REACH THE YACHT


RoMEA 81. 8 0 M E T R E S / 6 C A B I N S

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S AVA N N A H 83.50 METRES / 6 CABINS

S AVA N N A H SPE C I FI C AT I O N ...

Year 2015 • Length 83.5m / 273’11” • Builder Feadship • Guests 12 in 4 Double and 2 Twin cabins Crew 24 • Cruising Speed 14 knots • High Season rate €1,000,000 / week • Low Season rate €1,000,000 / week Summer cruising area West Mediterranean • Winter cruising area Caribbean – South America ...

Spectacular and expansive interiors • Underwater observation lounge Spa with Hammam, massage, facials and nail treatments available Elevator serving all interior deck • Exceptional swimming pool • Multiple skylights

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TV SP E C IFICATION . ..

Year 2008 (refit 2011) • Length 78.33m / 256’ 11” • Builder Lürssen • Guests 12 in 7 Double, 2 Single and 1 Twin cabins Crew 25 • Cruising Speed 12 knots • High Season rate €850,000 / week • Low Season rate €850,000 / week Summer cruising area Mediterranean • Winter cruising area Please enquire . ..

Renowned charter vessel with impressive references • Eye-catching design with a newly repainted dove grey hull Impressive interior spaces thanks to her 13m beam • Owner’s deck with private Jacuzzi Spa area with Gymnasium equipment • Swimming jet pool facing a double-sided swim-up bar


TV 7 8 . 3 3 M E T R E S / 10 C A B I N S

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LEGEND 7 7 . 4 0 M E T R E S / 13 C A B I N S

LEGEND SPE C I FI C AT I O N ...

Year 1973 (rebuilt 2016) • Length 77.4m / 253’11” • Builder Icon Yachts • Guests 26 in 8 Double and 5 Convertible cabins Crew 19 • Cruising Speed 11 knots • High Season rate €490,000 / week • Low Season rate €490,000 / week Summer cruising area Northern Europe and Baltic • Winter cruising area Antarctica and South America ...

Class-1 Ice breaking hull • Certified heli-pad • Luxury entertainment on board including Gym and Cinema Balinese Spa • Impressive selection of toys with snow scooters and 3-man submarine

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MOGAMBO SP E C IFICATION . ..

Year 2012 (refit 2016) • Length 73.55m / 241’ 4” • Builder Nobiskrug • Guests 12 in 3 Double, 1 Twin and 3 Convertible cabins Crew 20 • Cruising Speed 14 knots • High Season rate €650,000 / week • Low Season rate €600,000 / week Summer cruising area Mediterranean • Winter cruising area Indian Ocean . ..

Refit in 2016 including upgraded Jacuzzi and new Sun deck Gym • Exclusive accommodation layout with seven cabins Outstanding deck areas on every level • Beach club • Spa, sauna and beauty salon • Water-slide Floor-to-ceiling windows in contemporary penthouse style salons • Master suite with balcony and private dining area


MOGAMBO 73.55 METRES / 7 CABINS

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TITANIA 73.00 METRES / 7 CABINS

T I TA N I A SPE C I FI C AT I O N ...

Year 2006 (refit 2017) • Length 73m / 239’ 6” • Builder Lürssen • Guests 12 in 4 Double, 2 Master and 1 VIP cabins Crew 21 • Cruising Speed 14 knots • High Season rate €630,000 / week • Low Season rate €525,000 / week Summer cruising area Mediterranean • Winter cruising area Caribbean – Central America ...

Flexible accommodation layout • Vast spaces and exclusive amenities Massage room & beauty salon with on-board masseuse and beautician • Exclusive pool with swim-up bar Glass-windowed Gym with panoramic views and personal trainer • Jacuzzi

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ICON SP E C IFICATION . ..

Year 2010 (refit 2014) • Length 67.5m / 221’ 5” • Builder Icon Yachts • Guests 12 in 4 double and 2 convertible cabins Crew 17 • Cruising Speed 13 knots • High Season rate €550,000 / week • Low Season rate €500,000 / week Summer cruising area Please enquire • Winter cruising area Please enquire . ..

Recently refitted (2014) and extended an extra five meters • Ultra-modern stabilisation system Large glass-bottomed pool Gym • Contemporary and elegant interiors • Hammam and sauna


ICON 67.50 METRES / 6 CABINS

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OKTO 66.40 METRES / 5 CABINS

OKTO SPE C I FI C AT I O N ...

Year 2014 • Length 66.4m / 217’10” • Builder International Shipyard Ancona • Guests 10 in 5 Double cabins Crew 17 • Cruising Speed 16 knots • High Season rate €500,000 / week • Low Season rate €400,000 / week Summer cruising area Mediterranean • Winter cruising area Indian Ocean ...

Entertainment facilities including dedicated Massage/Beauty therapy room, Jacuzzi and Cinema Private Owners’ balcony • Striking grey and black pinstripe decks • 6m-length swimming pool Elevator from Lower deck to Bridge deck • Gym on Top Deck with floor to ceiling windows

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SILVER ANGEL SP E C IFICATION . ..

Year 2009 (refit 2015) • Length 64.5m / 211’ 7” • Builder Benetti • Guests 12 in 5 Double and 2 Twin cabins Crew 19 • Cruising Speed 15 knots • High Season rate €450,000 / week • Low Season rate €425,000 / week Summer cruising area Mediterranean • Winter cruising area Caribbean . ..

Palatial and ultra-modern Art Deco inspired interiors with high gloss black lacquer, white onyx, silver leaf and Lalique crystal Impressive full-beam Master suite • Split-level Sun deck and extensive deck terraces • Huge entertainment spaces Sun deck dining with glass ceilinged atrium • Golf driving range, Hammam and scuba gear


S I LV E R A N G E L 64.50 METRES / 7 CABINS

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FORCE BLUE 63.30 METRES / 6 CABINS

FORCE BLUE SPE C I F I C AT I O N ...

Year 2002 (refit 2009) • Length 63.30m / 207’ 8” • Builder Royal Denship • Guests 12 in 5 Double and 1 Twin cabins Crew 21 • Cruising Speed 14 knots • High Season rate €245,000 / week • Low Season rate €235,000 / week Summer cruising area Mediterranean • Winter cruising area West Mediterranean ...

RYA approved training center, fly board and jet surf instructor on board • Talented Chef on board with innovative and sophisticated cuisine Impressive salons and entertaining spaces, with aft deck bridge discotheque • Private nightclub with DJ booth, lighting rig and sound system Fully-equipped Gym • Spa with steam shower, Massage room, Hammam, mud-bath, sauna and Jacuzzi • Cinema • Elevator

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11.11 SP E C IFICATION . ..

Year 2015 • Length 63m / 206’ 8” • Builder Benetti • Guests 12 in 4 Double and 2 Twin cabins Crew 16 • Cruising Speed 14 knots • High Season rate €650,000 / week • Low Season rate €650,000 / week Summer cruising area Mediterranean • Winter cruising area Caribbean & Bahamas . ..

Art Deco interiors • Master suite with 180-degree views and private Sun deck Steam room and Massage room • Oversized Jacuzzi on Sun deck


11 . 11 63.00 METRES / 6 CABINS

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LADY BRITT 63.00 METRES / 7 CABINS

LADY BRITT SPE C I F I C AT I O N ...

Year 2011 • Length 63m / 206’ 8” • Builder Feadship • Guests 12 in 5 Double and 2 Twin cabins Crew 16 • Cruising Speed 13.5 knots • High Season rate €470,000 / week • Low Season rate €445,000 / week Summer cruising area Mediterranean • Winter cruising area Caribbean ...

New RYA training establishment for jet-skis • Outdoor and indoor Cinemas Dedicated Wellness Spa with Elemis treatments • Authentic Finnish Spa with separate fold-down platform to the ocean Michelin star award-winning Chef • Extensive water-sports equipment including aqua glide fun park

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SARASTAR 60.20 METRES / 6 CABINS

S A R A S TA R SPECIFICAT I O N ...

Year 2017 • Length 60.2m / 197’6” • Builder Mondomarine • Guests 12 in 5 Double and 1 Twin cabins Crew 12 • Cruising Speed 18 knots • High Season rate €392,000 / week • Low Season rate €364,000 / week Summer cruising area West Mediterranean • Winter cruising area Please enquire ...

Sleek and modern exteriors • High-end custom designed interiors with onyx, exotic marbles and semi-precious stones Beach club and large swim platform • Gym • Impressive selection of water toys

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LILI 55.00 METRES / 6 CABINS

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LILI 55.00 METRES / 6 CABINS

LILI SPE C I FI C AT I O N ...

Year 2017 • Length 55m / 180’5” • Builder Amels • Guests 12 in 4 Double and 2 Twin cabins Crew 13 • Cruising Speed 13.5 knots • High Season rate €315,000 /week • Low Season rate €290,000 / week Summer cruising area Mediterranean • Winter cruising area Indian Ocean & Thailand ...

Brand new customized Amels 180 Limited Editions launched in 2017 Exclusive layout with two Master cabins: Owner suite and its private aft deck on Upper deck, and VIP stateroom on Main deck Folding balconies on port and starboard Main deck and VIP cabin • Beach club with steam room 105” LED Samsung screen with surround sound on Main deck salon and AVIT - Sonos/Vidabox system throughout the vessel Gymnasium on Main Deck with Treadmill • Four-metre length swimming-pool with counter-current jets

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INSIDE STORY C A P TA I N â&#x20AC;&#x2122; S L O G ... MARTIN LILEY, CAPTAIN OF M/Y LILI, TALKS TO IMPERIAL ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE OF THIS HIGHLY CUSTOMISED 55m PLATFORM


LILI 55.00 METRES / 6 CABINS

... IY: What led you to your current position as Captain of LILI? I’ve been sailing since I was very young. Growing up, it was the staple of any family holiday, taking our little sailing dinghy around the UK on the car roof. And when I went backpacking in my early 20s, I spent a lot if time in Australia, on the Great Barrier Reef, working as a Dive Master on a vessel there. I really got the bug for working on boats; for being in the marine environment - and when I came back, I relocated to the south of France, walked into a crew agency and started my career as a deckhand. When did you take possession of LILI? This has been my third new build in Holland and I’ve also done one in Italy. We took delivery of LILI in the middle of the 2017 season, so the logistics have presented a challenge, but we’ve managed to pull it together and make it work well. The boat’s been running pretty much non-stop since then and it’s a testament to her that she’s done such a good job. Reliability-wise, I’ve been very impressed. So what’s the story behind the new yacht? She’s one of the Limited Editions Amels 180 and that’s quite a long run of semi-custom platforms. They’re technically very similar - the hull, the engineering - so they’re all very good sea boats. However, they do evolve over time and this is obviously the latest iteration with the latest technology. It’s more reliable; more advanced; and it also has a slightly different layout. We’ve sacrificed our bridge deck lounge to make way for the master cabin, so we have a six-cabin arrangement on board. We also have extended decks, so we’ve got the maximum guest space the shipyard can provide on this platform. How would you characterise her abilities? This is a very robustly built boat with a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure. Everyone I speak to who knows this line of yachts has positive things to say about them and after my experiences in the last couple of months I’d certainly agree with that. She’s very much a blue-water boat, so she’s more than capable of extended cruising. I wouldn’t go as far as to say we would take her to the Antarctic, but I know these boats have operated in the ice of northern Norway, so they are very versatile vessels and that’s really key for this platform. It enables you to enjoy the beaches of the south of France one minute and to get off the beaten track the next. For a limited edition or semi-custom vessel, it puts a lot of horizons within reach. Are there any specific horizons that particularly suit LILI’s talents? Given the enormous sun deck and the variety of exterior lounging areas, she’s most at home in warmer, sunnier environments, where people can use all that outside space. We also have the toys on board to make the most of those regions. We have a dive store and spear fishing equipment plus Sea Bobs and Jet-skis. In the longer term I think the plan will be to push on and explore new areas of the world with this vessel, rather than simply to dwell in the Mediterranean. That’s partly why we’re heading to the Indian Ocean for Winter 2017/2018.

... Does LILI enable you to create flexible plans and itinerary options? Yes, she’s absolutely ideal for that. We’re not one of the super-large boats, where we’re limited by our sheer size. We’re 55 metres long. We can tuck into small anchorages; we can run in relatively inclement weather; and we have a good number of crew. We can travel good distances in comfort and we’ve got a varied collection of toys and tenders on board. That makes us a very versatile boat, able to offer our guests the best of many worlds: stability, comfort, space, even economy. This is a very efficient vessel for cruising; pretty much the complete package for this size of vessel. How would you characterise your crew? We’re quite a young crew. In fact, as the Captain, I’m the oldest at 43 – and that helps make us very personable, fun and dynamic. English is the mother tongue on board but one of our strongest suits is that we’re able to adapt to whatever our guests require. Charterers are so different, so diverse – and we can engage them in any way they like. If they want fancy dress, we can do that. If they want to be left alone we can do that too. Moreover, we’re not heavily departmentalised. We’re very much one team and that’s important. I like to think the guests can feel that. So what for you makes the superyacht charter experience special? What I love about charters is that people are always so enthusiastic; so keen; so willing to have a good holiday. While some owners who use their boats frequently can lose that element of excitement, people always approach the start of a charter with the right frame of mind. A lot of our guests are repeat charterers of course, but even then, they’re always enthusiastic, so if you can take them places and show them things that widen their eyes; if you can see that they’re enjoying themselves, that gives the crew a little bit more energy. We feed off that excitement and it helps make the service we provide even better.

... THIS IS A VERY EFFICIENT VESSEL FOR CRUISING; PRETTY MUCH THE COMPLETE PACKAGE FOR THIS SIZE OF VESSEL

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ASTRA 55.00 METRES / 5 CABINS

ASTRA ...

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ASTRA 55.00 METRES / 5 CABINS

ASTRA SPE C I FI C AT I O N ...

Year 2014 • Length 55m / 180’5” • Builder Amels • Guests 10 in 3 Double and 2 Twin cabins • Crew 13 Cruising Speed 13 knots • High Season rate €295,000 / week • Low Season rate €275,000 / week Summer cruising area Mediterranean • Winter cruising area Please enquire ...

World Superyacht Awards 2015 finalist • Versatile decks with exquisite furniture and equipment Master suite with folding balcony and private office • Large Sun deck with Jacuzzi, bar, Teppanyaki grill and drop-down TV screen Comprehensive selection of water sports equipment • Beach club with steam room • Highly experienced crew Hydraulic stairs on swim platform • Two folding balconies on Main deck

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ELIXIR SP E C IFICATION . ..

Year 2016 • Length 55m / 180’5” • Builder Amels • Guests 12 in 3 Double and 2 Twin cabins • Crew 13 Cruising Speed 13 knots • High Season rate €310,000 / week • Low Season rate €275,000 / week Summer cruising area Mediterranean • Winter cruising area Caribbean . ..

Part of the popular Amels 180 Limited Editions series • Master cabin with fold-down balcony Sun-deck with Jacuzzi, BBQ and back lit onyx bar • Sky lounge cinema • Large array of Gym equipment Impressive set of water toys, including jet-skis and Seabobs F5


ELIXIR 55.00 METRES / 5 CABINS

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VERTIGE 50.00 METRES / 6 CABINS

VERTIGE SPE C I FI C AT I O N ...

Year 2017 • Length 50m / 164’ • Builder Tankoa Yachts • Guests 12 guests in 5 Double and 1 Twin cabins Crew 9 • Cruising Speed 14 knots • High Season rate €260,000 / week • Low Season rate €240,000 / week Summer cruising area Mediterranean • Winter cruising area Caribbean ...

2017 new superyacht available for charter • Very sleek lines and elegant behavior at sea • The best outdoor spaces for sea lovers Large sun-deck with Bar, sound system and Jacuzzi • Interiors made of teak furnishings and cream & beige colours Full-beam Master suite including two side balconies • Full selection of tenders and water toys

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OURANOS 49.90 METRES / 6

OURANOS SPE C I FI C AT I O N ...

Year 2016 • Length 49.90m / 163’ 9’’ • Builder Admiral • Guests 12 in 4 Double and 2 Convertible cabins Crew 12 • Cruising Speed 16 knots • High Season rate €215,000 / week • Low Season rate €210,000 / week Summer cruising area East Mediterranean • Winter cruising area East Mediterranean ...

Named as the most silent superyacht in her category as per RINA standards • Generous volumes and aggressive design Beach club terrace aft including Gym and Massage room • Jacuzzi on Sun deck • Elevator serving all decks 6-cabins layout including an impressive Master cabin • Contemporary interiors with two large salons

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BLUSH 47.24 METRES / 5 CABINS

BLUSH SPE C I FI C AT I O N ...

Year 2014 • Length 47.24m / 155’ • Builder Sunseeker • Guests 10 in 3 Double and 2 Convertible cabins Crew 10 • Cruising Speed 16 knots • High Season rate €220,000 / week • Low Season rate €200,000 / week Summer cruising area West Mediterranean • Winter cruising area West Mediterranean ...

One of the largest Sunseeker motor yacht ever built • RYA certified and licensed to charter in Balearics Balconies on both sides of the main salon • Full beam Master suite with balcony Beach club with Gym • Chic beach house style interiors with floor-to-ceiling windows

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ENTOURAGE SP E C IFICATION . ..

Year 2014 • Length 46.55m / 153’ • Builder Admiral • Guests 12 in 3 Double and 2 Convertible cabins • Crew 9 Cruising Speed 12 knots • High Season rate €225,000 / week • Low Season rate €200,000 / week Summer cruising area West Mediterranean • Winter cruising area Caribbean . ..

Tasteful contemporary and minimalist decoration • State-of-the-art Egg Zero custom media system Magnificent Sky lounge on Upper deck • Owner suite including sauna and private Gym • Large salon with piano RYA – Jet-ski approved school • Abundance of water sports equipments including Seabobs F5


ENTOURAGE 46.55 METRES / 5 CABINS

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LEGENDA 4 1. 1 0 M E T R E S / 5 C A B I N S

LEGENDA ...

L E N G T H 41.10 M E T R ES

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LEGENDA 4 1. 1 0 M E T R E S / 5 C A B I N S

LEGENDA SPE C I FI C AT I O N ...

Year 2009 (refit 2015) • Length 41.10m / 134’84” • Builder Mondomarine • Guests 10 in 4 Double and 1 Twin cabins Crew 7 • Cruising Speed 17 knots • High Season rate €145,000 / week • Low Season rate €130,000 / week Summer cruising area West Mediterranean • Winter cruising area Please enquire ...

New addition to the Imperial Charter fleet • Never available on the charter market before Regular upgrades on board • Large exterior socializing spaces, including Jacuzzi on Sun deck • Versatile layout Full-beam Owner stateroom on Main deck • Large selection of water toys • Experienced Captain and crew

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ANKA SP E C IFICATION . ..

Year 2015 • Length 40.16m / 131’ 76” • Builder Princess Yachts • Guests 12 in 3 Double and 2 Convertible cabins Crew 7 • Cruising Speed 15 knots • High Season rate €150,000 / week • Low Season rate €135,000 / week Summer cruising area Mediterranean • Winter cruising area Please enquire . ..

Unique “Turquoise Island” hull colour • Wide living areas Private Master cabin on Main Deck • Exclusive set of water toys available Interior accommodation featuring Fendi Casa furniture • Folding balcony on Main deck


ANKA 4 0 .16 M E T R E S / 5 C A B I N S

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GIRAUD 40.00 METRES / 5 CABINS

GIRAUD SPE C I FI C AT I O N ...

Year 2013 • Length 40m / 131’ 40” • Builder Admiral • Guests 11 in 4 Double and 1 Twin cabins (1 additional Pullman) Crew 9 • Cruising Speed 14 knots • High Season rate €180,000 / week • Low Season rate €180,000 / week Summer cruising area West Mediterranean ...

Sleek lines and an astonishing contemporary interior styling • GT comparable to a 50m yacht Expansive lounge and sunbathing areas on the fore deck • Gorgeous Sun deck with Spa pool, spacious sun pads and a large table

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S U P E R S L E E K S P O RT S B O AT S & GRACEFUL CLASSICS – T H E P E R F E C T P L AT F O R M F O R A N I N T I M AT E FA M I LY VA C AT I O N

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ASTRO SP E C IFICATION ...

Year 2010 (refit 2016) • Length 31m / 101’8” • Builder Baia • Guests 10 in 2 Double and 2 Twin cabins (+2 Pullman) Crew 5 • Cruising Speed 42 knots • Rate From €65,000 per week

KOHUBA SP E C IFICATION ...

Year 2016 • Length 30.45m / 99’11” • Builder Princess Yachts • Guests 10 in 3 Double and 2 Convertible cabins Crew 5 • Cruising Speed 17 knots • Rate From €80,000 per week


ASTRO 31.00 METRES KOHUBA 30.45 METRES

JAG’B 29.20 METRES M Y Z E H AVA 2 8 . 3 2 M E T R E S

JAG’B SP E C IFICATION ...

Year 2015 • Length 29.20m / 95’10” • Builder Ferretti Yachts • Guests 10 in 5 Double cabins Crew 5 • Cruising Speed 24 knots • Rate From €70,000 / week

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Year 2014 • Length 28.32m / 92’11” • Builder Benetti • Guests 10 in 5 Double cabins Crew 5 • Cruising Speed 12 knots • Rate From €69,000 / week

SP E C IFICATION ...

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MINX SP E C IFICATION ...

Year 2015 • Length 27.01m / 88’7” • Builder Princess Yachts • Guests 8 in 3 Double and 1 Twin cabins Crew 4 • Cruising Speed 18 knots • Rate From €55,000 per week

IGELE SP E C IFICATION ...

Year 2013 • Length 23.98m / 78’8” • Builder Ferretti Yachts • Guests 8 in 3 Double and 1 Twin cabins Crew 3 • Cruising Speed 24 knots • Rate From €43,000 / week


M I N X 2 7 . 01 M E T R E S IGELE 23.98 METRES

N E L E N A 22 . 6 0 M E T R E S S H AW L I F E 2 1 . 2 5 M E T R E S

NELENA SP E C IFICATION ...

Year 2016 (refit 2017) • Length 22.60m / 74’2” • Builder Princess Yachts Crew 2 • Cruising Speed 22 knots • Rate From €36,000 / week

Guests 6 in 2 Double and 1 Convertible cabins

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Year 2016 • Length 21.25m / 69’9” • Builder Princess Yachts • Guests 8 In 2 Double and 2 Twin cabins Crew 2 • Cruising Speed 24 knots • Rate From €35,000 per week

SP E C IFICATION ...

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S A I L I N G YA C H T S F O R C H A R T E R

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SAILING FLEET ...

A N E X H I L A R AT I N G WAY T O SEE THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL SHORES

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AQUIJO SPECIFICAT I O N ...

Year 2016 • Length 86m / 282’2” • Builder Oceanco and Vitters • Guests 12 in 4 Double, 1 Twin and 1 Convertible cabins Crew 17 • Cruising Speed 15 knots • High Season rate €550,000 /week • Low Season rate €450,000 / week Summer cruising area South Pacific • Winter cruising area South and Central America ...

Beach club with Spa area, steam room, sauna and hot tub • Aft deck with indoor/outdoor bar Two Jacuzzis • Comfort of a large motor yacht but a sailing yacht at heart


AQUIJO 86 METRES / 7 CABINS

VERTIGO 67.2 METRES / 5 CABINS

VERTIGO SPECIFICAT I O N ...

Year 2011 • Length 67.2m / 220’ 6” • Builder Alloy Yachts • Guests 12 in 4 Double and 1 Triple cabins • Crew 11 Cruising Speed 12.5 knots • High Season rate €325,000 /week • Low Season rate €245,000 / week Summer cruising area Mediterranean • Winter cruising area Mediterranean ...

Largest sailing yacht built in the Southern Hemisphere • Deck features oversized Jacuzzi with retractable sun-pads, glass screens and air-con Loft style interiors, with children’s classroom and family features • Midarette Gym with direct sea access Impressive array of water toys including two tenders and one limousine tender

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PERSEUS^3 SPECIFICAT I O N ...

Year 2015 • Length 60m /196’ 85” • Builder Perini Navi • Guests 12 in 3 Double and 2 Twin cabins • Crew 11 Cruising Speed 12 knots • High Season rate €250,000 /week • Low Season rate €250,000 / week Summer cruising area Mediterranean • Winter cruising area Caribbean ...

One of the most innovative charter sailing yachts on the water • Sloop ring with 75m mast Large Kaleidoscape Library with Blue-ray movies • Fore deck endless pool Spa Highly modern interiors with 5-star accommodation • Large selection of water sports equipment


PERSEUS ^3 60 METRES / 5 CABINS

S E A H AW K 58.6 METRES / 6 CABINS

S E A H AW K SPECIFICAT I O N ...

Year 2013 • Length 58.6m / 192’3” • Builder Perini Navi • Guests 12 in 6 Double cabins • Crew 11 Cruising Speed 12.5 knots • High Season rate €250,000 /week • Low Season rate €250,000 / week Summer cruising area Please enquire • Winter cruising area Caribbean ...

Perini Navi’s most advanced sailing yacht design • Carbon fibre rigging • Captive winches to increase power and speed in navigation • Refined and contemporary interiors by French designer Christian Liaigre • Full-beam Owner’s suite convertible in two separate staterooms • Approved RYA Water sports centre + RYA Personal Water Craft Instructors on board • Impressive selection of water toys

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TWIZZLE SPECIFICAT I O N ...

Year 2010 (refit 2016) • Length 57.49m / 188’7” • Builder Royal Huisman • Guests 8 in 3 Double and 1 Twin cabins (+1 Pullman bed) Crew 11 • Cruising Speed 11 knots • High Season rate €235,000 /week • Low Season rate €235,000 / week Summer cruising area Mediterranean ...

Multi award-winning sailing yacht • Fully customized stern platform Stunning and tastefully decorated interiors with unique layout • Very spacious exterior decks


TWIZZLE 57 . 4 9 M E T R E S / 4 C A B I N S

Q 5 1. 7 5 M E T R E S / 5 C A B I N S

Q SPECIFICAT I O N ...

Year 2008 (refit 2016) • Length 51.75m / 169’9” • Builder Alloy Yachts • Guests 10 in 3 Double and 2 Twin cabins (+2 Pullman) Cruising Speed 10 knots • High Season rate €195,000 /week • Low Season rate €180,000 / week Summer cruising area West Mediterranean • Winter cruising area Caribbean

Crew 9

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Multi award-winning yacht • Outstanding sailing performances • Beautiful Dubois naval architecture Brand new sails • Vast climate-controlled cockpit • Large Jacuzzi surrounded by sun-pads

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SERVICES NEW CONSTRUCTION

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Long-standing partnerships with some of Europe’s finest luxury shipyards have seen Imperial play a major role in the construction of some of the world’s most famous superyachts – and its burgeoning reputation is a direct result of an all-consuming dedication to the aspirations of the individual client.

It is easy to talk about attention to detail, but when you step aboard yachts of this extraordinary calibre, the merits of Imperial’s uniquely fastidious approach are palpable. The construction of the client’s ideal yacht is of course a very complex process but with Imperial, it is never a logistical inconvenience. On the contrary, by creating, growing and giving life to each project, our clients enjoy the benefits of our 360-degree approach right from day one.

By deploying an entire team of experienced professionals at the chosen shipyard to monitor and oversee every aspect of the construction, it has generated some true landmark vessels - like EVENT (Amels 60m) and ARKLEY (Lürssen 60m), both of which won World Superyacht Awards; like ASTRA (Amels 55m), LILI (Amels 55m), SUPPORT VESSEL 6711 (Damen 67m) and PROJECT 783 (Nobiskrug 73.5m); like RoMEA (Abeking & Rasmussen 81.8m), PROJECT Y708 (Oceanco 86m) and the various megayacht projects currently underway.

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... 01 M/Y Event, 60m Amels 02 Secret Project 130m+, Northern Europe

NEW CONSTRUCTION


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MONACO +377 97 98 38 80 MOSCOW +7 985 99 77 300

DELIVERED PROJECTS ...

A M A D E A L Ü R S S E N 10 6 M PROJECT Y708 OCEANCO 86M R O M E A A B E K I N G & R A S M U S S E N 81. 8 M PROJECT 783 NOBISKRUG 73.5M S U P P O R T V E S S E L 6711 D A M E N 6 7 M ARKLEY LÜRSSEN 60M EVENT AMELS 60M LILI AMELS 55M ASTRA AMELS 55M APOLLO AMELS 54M PROJECT 455 AMELS 52M BEL ABRI AMELS 52M R U S H O V E R M A R I N E 5 0 M
 PUMPKIN OVERMARINE 50M M A N I F I Q M O N D O M A R I N E 41M O K K O M O N D O M A R I N E 41M AND MANY OTHERS…

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THE PROJECT’S INCEPTION

THE PROJECT’S INCEPTION

At the heart of every new build project is a set of key decisions. Does the client intend to cross the Atlantic or island-hop among the tightly packed archipelagos of the Mediterranean? What about the performance, the sleeping capacity and his priorities for the living spaces? Once the client has worked through these central questions, his Imperial broker will select the designer and builder best suited to his needs and assemble a highly experienced team to help manage and complete his dream project.

At the heart of every new build project is a set of key decisions. Does the client intend to cross the Atlantic or island-hop among the tightly packed archipelagos of the Mediterranean? What about the performance, the sleeping capacity and his priorities for the living spaces? Once the client has worked through these central questions, his Imperial broker will select the designer and builder best suited to his needs and assemble a highly experienced team to help manage and complete his dream project.

I M P E R I A L’ S R O L E

I M P E R I A L’ S R O L E

Imperial protects the future owner’s interests by acting both as the Construction Manager and the Owner’s Representative. Each new project is allocated a set of designated professionals: a Project Manager, based at the chosen yard, to supervise construction on a day-to-day basis and to keep the build on schedule; a Build Engineer, Electrical & Electronics Engineer and Interior Quality Manager to implement internal design and take charge of each detail of the fit-out; a Financial Manager to keep control of finances and to compile regular budget reports for the client; and a Build Captain and Build Engineer to oversee the final stages of construction and to bring the yacht into operation. Throughout the entire process, Imperial’s teams keep a tight grip on the quality, the timeline and the expenses to ensure that all elements of the build surpass the client’s expectations.

Imperial protects the future owner’s interests by acting both as the Construction Manager and the Owner’s Representative. Each new project is allocated a set of designated professionals: a Project Manager, based at the chosen yard, to supervise construction on a day-to-day basis and to keep the build on schedule; a Build Engineer, Electrical & Electronics Engineer and Interior Quality Manager to implement internal design and take charge of each detail of the fit-out; a Financial Manager to keep control of finances and to compile regular budget reports for the client; and a Build Captain and Build Engineer to oversee the final stages of construction and to bring the yacht into operation. Throughout the entire process, Imperial’s teams keep a tight grip on the quality, the timeline and the expenses to ensure that all elements of the build surpass the client’s expectations.

DESIGN & BUILD

Imperial works with some of the finest designers and shipyards of the modern age - from the celebrated minds of Espen Oeino, Tim Heywood, Laura Sessa, François Zuretti, Terence Disdale and Mark Berryman to famed superyacht builders like Lürssen, Blohm & Voss, Nobiskrug, Abeking & Rasmussen, Oceanco and Amels. The client’s personal ambitions will help define the most effective combination of designer and builder, but whatever kind of yachting he enjoys, he can rest assured that the people who create his dream will share Imperial’s passion for superyachts – right down to the last exquisite detail.

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THE BUILD PROCESS

... 03 Upper deck detail of 100m+ project, Lürssen 04 Secret Project 135m+, Northern Europe 05 Project Y708 under construction


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Imperial has been involved in some of the most notable superyacht sales of the last ten years. Particular highlights include MANIFIQ (Mondomarine 40.5m), ELSEA (Italyachts 43m), ARIADNA (Heesen 47m), BEL ABRI (Amels 52m), KISS THE SKY (Amels 52m), ASTRA (Amels 55m), LILI (Amels 55m), ARKLEY (Lürssen 60m), EVENT (Amels 60m), SUPPORT VESSEL 6711 (Damen 67m), PROJECT 783 (Nobiskrug 73.5m), RoMEA (Abeking & Rasmussen 81.8m) and PROJECT Y708 (Oceanco 86m).

WHY CHOOSE IMPERIAL?

The reason for success on this scale is Imperial’s recognition that buying and selling yachts is about much more than just business transactions. For brokerage craft, just as for new builds, sourcing, inspecting, promoting and finalising a deal on a major luxury item like a yacht is a highly personal matter. It requires a clear understanding of the client’s wishes, a rigorous grasp of market realities and the utmost discretion. Only with these things in place can you be assured of the right yacht, the best deal and the most positive experience. With a global reach, encompassing every one of the world’s most vital superyacht heartlands, Imperial is well placed to represent buyers and sellers from any country in the world. Whether you are looking to secure your first yacht, sell your existing vessel or upgrade to something larger, you can trust that Imperial has the professionals in place to handle the job. ...

Imperial’s network includes close partnerships with some of the superyacht industry’s most influential players, as well as high-value buyers and sellers throughout the globe. • Imperial has a proven track record in buying and selling both new build and brokerage craft, from as little as 30 metres to well beyond 80 metres. • A team of surveyors investigates every aspect of a yacht’s condition, ensuring that each Imperial client is fully acquainted with a vessel’s true state and market value. • Imperial uses highly experienced brokers with real-time knowledge of the global fleet, ensuring that the client’s brief is satisfied with the utmost speed and efficiency. • An extensive marketing network, allied to coverage in magazines, on targeted websites and at prestigious yachting events, guarantees worldwide exposure for the seller and extensive choice for the buyer. • With its exclusive range of locations and its ability to negotiate the best deal, Imperial is well equipped to source the perfect mooring, as well as the perfect yacht. • A full set of financial, advisory and legal services helps ensure the completion of a deal without error, discrepancy or delay. • Imperial’s full-spectrum service also encompasses design, construction, finance, crew, charter, marketing and management. That enables us to provide a full superyacht support package, however elevated your ambitions become.

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With six specialist teams allocated to each and every yacht, Imperial’s 360-degree Global Superyacht Management Service is perfectly set up to help you relax and enjoy your investment. In addition to worldwide, 24-hour, year-round support, every technical, practical and logistical issue is covered. From expense control to crew recruitment and training; from yacht maintenance to compliance and safety; and from marketing to charter, finance and insurance, Imperial takes charge of every element with patience, expertise and discretion.

F I N A N C E & R E G I S T R AT I O N

F I R S T- C L A S S C R E W

In addition to appointing only the most experienced Captains and crew, Imperial conducts year-round training programmes to keep all personnel at prime capability. Contracts and confidentiality agreements are drawn up and a dynamic ‘Crew Management Service’ encompassing a network of proven candidates ensures that Imperial can act with immediate effect to any urgent demands. With a 98% satisfaction rate for all crew placed on board yachts under our management, it is one of the industry’s most effective systems. D AY- T O - D AY O P E R AT I O N S

Whether for charter, for sale or for a fastidious owner who needs to know that his yacht is in a full state of readiness, Imperial’s operational management expertise is a vital asset. The Technical Manager provides support and assistance to the engineers, Captains and deck crew in order to coordinate and supervise maintenance, as well as undertake refit work and class and flag surveys; the Interior Manager helps keep housekeeping, crew training, safety drills and service standards up to scratch; and the Operational Manager takes charge of all maintenance schedules and technical tasks, as well as provisioning, berthing, fuelling and passage-making. With responsibility for the yacht’s daily operations, including quality control, shore-side support and all logistical considerations, this seasoned marine professional can resolve any yacht-related issue, at any time of year and in any part of the world. INTERNAL TRAINING

All Imperial crew is trained to meet the company’s stringent internal standards. Rigorous safety procedures lie at the very heart of that – and as well as extensive instruction on the proper use of all marine and water-sports equipment, training programs include regular drills for practical safety, emergency response and first-aid.

Maritime regulations vary throughout the world, according to yacht size, home-port, ownership and registration, so compliance requires expert knowledge. Imperial is meticulous in ensuring that yachts under its care are properly registered, with appropriate VAT status and the correct documents, so you will always pass customs inspections, whatever the jurisdiction. Imperial also enjoys established relationships with companies and brokers who specialise in superyacht insurance, so it is well placed to source the best provider, negotiate the right rate and ensure that, in the event of damage or loss, all elements of your contract are properly observed. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

While some owners are keen to generate charter income from their yachts, others prefer to reserve them for private entertainment. Either way, Imperial puts precise protocols in place to govern how your vessel operates on a day-to-day basis and a designated Financial Manager is a key part of that. In addition to organising budgets and accounts, checking component orders and paying invoices, the Financial Manager prepares regular financial reports for the owner, providing a clear picture of a yacht’s running costs and avoiding any unnecessary expenses. Payroll, compliance and safety issues are taken care of and Imperial can also organise export finance and yacht leasing in association with leading financial institutions like BNP Paribas, ING and UBS. THE IMPERIAL DIFFERENCE •

Imperial’s in-house ‘Operational Manual’ puts stringent safety standards at the very heart of the superyacht experience. • The online administration programme keeps the superyacht owner firmly in control. • All yacht-related expenses are carefully coordinated and controlled by a dedicated Financial Manager. • All technical and practical issues are addressed directly by the yacht’s Operational Manager. • Imperial’s crew are highly experienced professionals, primed with year-round internal training programmes. • All yachts are rigorously maintained and kept in a state of perpetual readiness. • Imperial backup is on hand 24 hours a day, every day, all year round and in all parts of the world.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Imperial is able to provide support and assistance at every step of a project, from global management to complete vessel refit. Whether a yacht was built under Imperial supervision or not, the company’s extensive construction portfolio, allied to its specialist shipyard-based teams, ensures a bespoke service, rigorously in line with briefs, schedules and budgets.

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Selling your yacht and offering it for charter require two very different skill sets – but whichever you have in mind, Imperial has the experience, the contacts, the personnel and the approach to present it in the best way to the best audience.

What makes Imperials marketing team so effective? • A powerful presence at international boat shows, including Monaco, Cannes, Barcelona, Dubai, Singapore, Fort Lauderdale and Antigua. • Ads and editorial in prestigious yachting magazines, including Boat International, Yachts International, The Superyacht Report, Superyacht Times, Superyacht World, Centurion Magazine, Departures; and in Russian publications such as Motor Boat and Yachting Russia, Yachting Russia, Sea Trial, Forbes Russia and Aeroflot Premium. • Exposure through high-end online platforms, including Superyachts.com, Boatinternational.com, Superyachtnews.com, Superyachttimes.com, Superyachtworld.com, Yachtharbour.com, the Robb Report, Forbes.ru, RBC.ru and social media promotions, as well as through Imperials own purpose-built website. • Imperials Charter Directory, delivered to a targeted readership, either directly on board a client’s vessel or via select, high-end outlets in Russia, London, Switzerland, Sardinia and the French Riviera. • A flexible approach, offering everything from full-scale, multi-platform exposure to discrete one-to-one negotiations. • Experienced charter and sales brokers, who can formulate bespoke campaigns, answer questions and conduct tours on your behalf. • Imperials cutting-edge website: not an inflexible template but a bespoke marketing solution with customisable research tools and high-value, vessel-specific content. • An upgraded headquarters in the heart of Monaco, which ably reflects the calibre of Imperials work and its impeccable industry stature.

SALES MARKETING

Imperials ingrained flexibility ensures that each client and each vessel is treated to a carefully tailored marketing campaign. For instance, if a yacht sale requires blanket discretion, publicity can be entirely avoided, with all marketing activities conducted on a private, one-to-one basis. But with its multi-platform resources, Imperial is also able to call upon an enviable range of high-profile assets – from a presence at the key international yacht shows to advertising and press articles in targeted magazines and direct communications via a global network of industry contacts and international clients. CHARTER MARKETING

Imperials Charter Marketing Service is designed to achieve maximum charter income for yacht owners. In addition to extensive coverage in relevant print and online platforms, including Imperials own interactive website, the company’s Charter Directory is also distributed through some very powerful, high-yield channels. Again, however, Imperials approach remains flexible. If a client wants to pursue end-to-end bookings throughout the year, that can be done, but if he prefers to set aside specific periods for personal use, the charter schedule can be arranged to encompass his preferences. Y O U R YA C H T : O U R P R I O R I T Y

As true experts of the superyacht industry with an extensive sales portfolio, numerous award-winning vessels and a varied global charter fleet, Imperial follows precise protocols to maximise visibility of your vessel and obtain the most productive leads possible. Whatever kind of approach your yacht demands, the modus operandi of Imperials marketing department is not the brushstroke guesswork of a bulk operator. It is the targeted, vessel-specific strategy of a team well versed in the nuances of the international superyacht market.

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