Known worldwide as the go to destination for a superyacht charter, the French Riviera as upheld its strong reputation amongst the elites for decades, making it a particularly popular region for yachting with hotspots such as Monaco, Cannes and St Tropez.
The proximity of Nice's airport to Monaco, Cannes and other key locations on the Riviera transform it into a magnet for private jets in the summer, which are catered to by a separate terminal throughout the year. From there, transport can be easily arranged to start a charter either in the Port of Nice itself or even in Monaco, just 7 minutes away by helicopter.
From Nice, it would take a displacement yacht just an hour to get to Cannes for a swim near the Lerins Islands or on the Croisette itself. Cruising overnight to Pampelonne Beach, near St Tropez, can be a great way to close the first day of your yacht charter and would allow you to kick off the second day with a day of swimming and sunbathing followed by perhaps some shopping in the town of St Tropez.
If you've booked far enough in advance, you'll head straight for your berth, if not then it's highly likely that you will spend the night at anchor just outside St Tropez harbour. Not to worry though, your yacht will have a fast tender to ferry you ashore and back until the very early hours.
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Cruising from Pampelonne Beach into St Tropez can also be a great way to soak up the amazing scenery on this short cruise past the 3-mile sand beach, the town of St Tropez and into its secluded harbour. If you happen to wake up early the next day, you can catch a glimpse of the divers that are involved in lifting the anchors for each yacht that leaves the port of St Tropez.
As your yacht charter continues, exploring St Jean Cap Ferrat can also be a good spot to mix swimming, sun bathing and visiting the local cultural hotspots. Indeed as well as hosting some of the world's most expensive waterfront villas in its naturally protected and green bay, St Jean Cap Ferrat is also where the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild can be visited with its 9 gardens that are open to the public. The Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat can also be a good destination for an aperitif before heading back to your yacht or the famed Chèvre d'Or restaurant.
No charter in the French Riviera would of course be complete without visiting the famed city-state of Monaco. Combining various high-end shops and restaurants with sights such as the Casino or the Oceanographic Museum, Monaco is without a doubt a key destination on your charter.
Monaco has two ports, each with it's own very distinct flavor. The Port de Fontvieille is laid back and relatively quiet. For larger yachts, there is however only one place to be and that's the main port, or Port Hercules.
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Incorporating other destinations into your charter starting on the French Riviera can also be easily done. The island of Corsica is just one overnight cruise away from Monaco and offers a plethora of opportunities to explore. On the other hand, going East could see your yacht reach the mythical city of Portofino in Italy, expanding your endless options even further.
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Kiel-based shipyard, Nobiskrug has launched their new 80-meter Project 790, moving its hull from their Kiel facility to their superyacht hall in Rendsburg. The yacht is scheduled to be delivered in 2019.Project 790's keel was laid back in March of this year, the 80m is being built to a design by Gregory C. Marshall. The next stage for the development of the yacht, scheduled for delivery in 2019, will be interior fittings set to take place at Nobiskrug's Rendsburg facility.Nobiskrug has recently become most famous for their 141.8-meter S/Y A, which they delivered to Russian billionaire, Andrei Melnichenko, earlier this year.
October 17, 2017
Listed for sale back by New Zealand's richest man, Graeme Hart, back in 2016, the 107-meter explorer, Ulysses has now been sold after over a year on the market. Although the final price remains unknown, the yacht was asking $195 million at the time of the sale.Hart had placed the order for the 107-meter Ulysses back in 2013, with designers at the time saying that he had chosen Kleven due to its quality standards, delivery times and price point. Later in November 2014, Hart placed the order for the 116-meter.I am very pleased with the quality of the work that has been done by Kleven, and how our organizations have worked together to bring this exciting project to life.Graeme Hart in November 2014Capable of accommodating 30 guests in 15 cabins, the H2-designed yacht carries a crew of 40. Powered by Caterpillar engines, Ulysses has a maximum speed of 16.8 knots and can cruise at 15 knots.Amongst the yacht's key features are a 21m tender, lifted by specially designed cranes onto the foredeck, an 11m x 5m swimming pool, a large jacuzzi, a sauna, a gym and a massage room. Ulysses' garage is packed with toys from motorcycles to surfboards.Ulysses therefore becomes the largest brokerage yacht sold so far in 2017, overtaking the 85-meter Lurssen, Solandge sold earlier this year at an asking price of €155 million. The sale closed in a particularly competitive landscape for brokerage megayachts, with the 110-meter Jubilee currently looking for a buyer as well as the 110-meter Ona, formerly known as Dilbar.
October 16, 2017
Built to handle most challenging waters, the 39.3-meter superyacht Safira equipped with and ice-strenghened hull is ready to venture with her future owner almost anywhere in the world and with maximum comfort, according to Camper & Nicholsons' report. She is asking $18,9 million.Built in 2013 to comply to ABS and MCA standards of safety and pollution prevention, and last refitted in 2015, Safira is a high specification vessel that boasts a 8000 nautical mile range at a speed of 8.5 knots. Her powerful engines can run on 15% biodiesel and the decks are made of eco-friendly teak, which resembles teak. Furthermore, every single element of her contemporary and sophisticated interior design is elaborated in materials with a limited environmental impact, such as reclaimed oak and forest certified sapele. Even the stonework in her guest bathrooms is made from remnants from her owner’s previous projects. Safira is designed as an ideal yacht for socializing with family and friends thanks to her vast relaxation and dining areas throughout her communal guests spaces. The superyacht offers accommodation for up to 12 guests in five en suite cabins, including a full beam master. Her amenities include everything expected for long-range luxury cruising, like a fully equipped gym and and a choice of watertoys for the younger guests.
October 16, 2017
Dutch shipyard, Amels has confirmed that it will start building a 78-meter custom yacht designed by Espen Oeino. The yacht will become the shipyard's largest by gross tonnage and the first collaboration between Amels and Oeino.Acquired in 1991 by DAMEN Shipyards, Amels was established in 1918 and underwent several changes of ownership in the 1980s, including a brief period of time when it was owned by Donald Trump. The yard's most recent breakout success came with the Limited Edition series, made up of 6 models from 55 to 83 metres with exterior by Tim Heywood. The line became one of the most successful in the 50m+ range, with over 28 yachts sold.In 2014, Amels announced that it would create a Custom Yachts division, with the idea in mind to build bespoke yachts up to 110 meters in length. The first known iteration of this becomes the 78-meter Oeino-designed yacht that it plans to deliver in 2021.Although smaller in length than Amels' flagship 83,5m Here Comes The Sun, the new yacht will have an interior volume of over 2,850GT and therefore more than its flagship launched in 2016.
October 12, 2017
Launched in September of this year, the 69-meter Feadship, Samaya has now embarked on sea trials according to new social media footage. Designed by RWD, she will become one of the 200 largest yachts in the world upon her delivery.Accommodating up to 12 guests across a master suite, a VIP cabin and four guest staterooms, Samaya carries a crew of 16. Amongst her features are a diving center with a nitrox-enriched air system, several Seabobs and relevant equipment.Samaya was launched following nearly 3 years of development, following Asia-based broker Lee Marine introducing the client to Feadship, with the project growing by five meters during this stage.From a technical standpoint, Samaya is powered by a pair of CAT 312C engines that give her a maximum range of 5,000 nautical miles and a top speed of 16,4 knots.Photos via Feadship and Rudy Wijn
October 10, 2017