As a particularly frigid winter in North America gives way to spring, people are planning summer vacations to tropical places such as The Abacos, Bahamas. This 120 miles-long chain of islands are home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, quaint anchorages, and exceptional leisure activities. As the Boating Capital of the World, the islands are the perfect location for placing your new yacht into charter!
You have the desire and the budget for a magnificent flagship yacht from Fountaine Pajot, but are still interested in pursuing the most fiscally advantageous approach. The Crewed Yacht Charter Business Program might be for you. It is a unique opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of the luxury yacht lifestyle.
How does it work?
The Crewed Yacht Charter Business Program implements your yacht as a business, making it a tax-deductible business asset. With the potential to offset 80-100% of costs with income and tax advantages, the business model is a financially prudent route to yacht ownership. Atlantic Cruising Yachts has independent, certified financial planners who are experts in Business Yacht Ownership® and can meet with you to determine if your circumstances allow you to benefit. To get an initial understanding of how the business model works, sign up for one of our live Business Yacht Ownership® webinars.
When it comes to purchasing the yacht of your dreams there are a multitude of decisions to make. Do you choose power or sail? Compact or large? Is it for personal enjoyment only or will it be placed into charter? For yacht owners who utilize our innovative Business Yacht Ownership® program to significantly reduce the overall costs, placing their new vessel into charter is the nearly the final step of the process. With that in mind, the last question to answer is, where? Many owners select Sailing Florida Charters in St. Petersburg for the location’s year-long sunshine, thriving tourism economy, and experienced yacht maintenance specialists.
Fun in the Sun
Florida is known as the Sunshine State for a reason. With about 361 days of sun per year, their guests have ample opportunity to enjoy chartering on your yacht.¹ Located on the Gulf Coast, St. Petersburg, Sailing Florida Charters is nestled on the Tampa Bay with quick access to the ocean. The location offers easy cruising to a multitude of attractions including the Skyway Bridge, the Dry Tortugas, Fort Jefferson, Marco Island, Key West, and more! It’s a charter destination that packs quite a lot of vacation opportunities for owners and guests alike.
Statistics Don’t Lie
In 2017, Florida saw an all-time record of 116.5 million domestic and international visitors.² This year, there were over 33.2 million visitors in the first three months alone.³ Tourism has an incredible impact on St. Petersburg and the surrounding area’s economy, contributing $9.25 billion in annual spending and nearly 94,000 jobs.4 A thriving tourist economy translates to a profitable charter season for yacht owners. Vacationers are clearly seeking Florida’s year ‘round sunshine and warmth!
If the unbeatable experience Florida offers vacationers isn’t enough to convince you that St. Petersburg is the place to put your yacht into charter, then consider how pristine your vessel will be kept. The dock hands and staff at Sailing Florida Charters boast a reputation for their extensive industry knowledge, passion for maintaining yachts, and love of the sea. The staff is able to provide guests with tips for the best local dining and shopping options, in addition to top-notch anchorage points out on the water. Their outstanding customer service and boutique experience offered by Waypoints® will have charter guests planning their next trip before they even return to the docks.
Interested in placing your new Jeanneau or Fountaine Pajot yacht into charter? Learn how you can become a part of the Waypoints® fleet by contacting Atlantic Cruising Yachts.
The Cannes Yachting Festival kicks off on September 11, 2018, with the all-new Fountaine Pajot 67. The Atlantic Cruising Yachts team is on site, and CEO Chris Bent offers his advice on the best restaurants and boutique hotels in the region.
From the desk of CEO Chris Bent:
I have been fortunate to travel and vacation in this area quite a bit, both for business and pleasure. I consider myself a bit of a foodie and enjoy fine boutique hotels and restaurants. Here are some of my favorites in the region:
La Palme d’Or is probably the best restaurant with a Michelin 2-star rating. It’s located at the Hyatt, which also has Zplage – one of the best beach clubs in Cannes with a great beach restaurant. Make sure to call for reservations.
There are a lot of great places for shopping all around the area of the marina. Cannes is great for the glitz and the boat shows, but St-Tropez and Antibes areas, are really fantastic and still among the top travel destinations in the world.
Antibes (pronounced An-teeb), and the old town located near the port, are about a 15-minute drive from Cannes. This breathtaking location has an old-world charm and smaller medieval streets lined with great cafes, restaurants, and shops. The beach is lovely, and the scenery around the port and the old fortress are worth seeing.
There is a great Italian restaurant called Le Michelangelo which is frequented by movie stars. It is located on the main pedestrian street through the old town near the port, with inside and garden seating. I highly recommend a visit there.
Being so close to St. Tropez, I would opt for a day trip or even an overnight there. This is the very best place in the world to hang out on a yacht or enjoy the quaint, picturesque town of St. Tropez with its beautiful harbor, very nice shops, and great restaurants.
The surrounding area is the Rosé wine capital of the universe. This is the dry Rose that is a must on hot sunny days by the water. Worth visiting one or two for tastings, Chateau Minuty is a fantastic vineyard close to St Tropez.
About 20 minutes outside of town, on the coast in the beach town of Gigaro Plage, is a lovely boutique hotel on the beach called La Pinède Plage. They have a fantastic beachside restaurant, and the hotel is associated with the Château de Valmer (part of the luxury Relais & Chateaux group) located within walking distance up the hill, which has its own fantastic restaurant, La Palmeraie in the garden featuring authentic Provence cuisine.
If you’re able to visit this beautiful part of the world during the Cannes Yachting Festival, my team will look forward to seeing you at the Fountaine Pajot display.
You’ve purchased your dream Jeanneau or Fountaine Pajot yacht. The Business Yacht Ownership® program helped you discover the most cost-effective route to yacht ownership and you’ve decided to place your brand new vessel into charter. For many owners, the clear blue waters surrounding The Abaco Islands are an excellent choice.
Irrefutably breathtaking, sensationally luxurious, and highly visited, The Abacos are an idyllic location for your yacht to call home. Stretching 130 miles, The Abacos are a group of islands dotted with bays and coves. Specifically located at the Great Abaco Beach Resort in Marsh Harbor, Cruise Abaco is the premier charter experience in the Bahamas for guests seeking a vacation balanced between relaxation and exploration. Guests choose to charter in The Abacos for its picturesque sunrises and sunsets, other-worldly scuba and snorkeling experiences, and island culture. According to the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, over 90% of visitors to the Bahamas recommend it to friends and family¹. As a yacht owner seeking to offset the cost of your vessel, placing it into charter at a location that attracts tourism without having to try, and has a lengthy charter season, is a no-brainer.
Every buyer’s journey to yacht ownership is unique. Phil Hammar and his family’s journey began in 2007. At the time, they were not quite sure what type, brand, or features to explore. Their son was 18-months-old at the time, so the safety of a vessel was of the utmost importance. After looking into various brands, such as Beneteau and Catalina, they selected to purchase a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 36i for its highly secure deck and its unquestionable craftsmanship. They christened their vessel Blue Cloud and enjoyed many day sailing trips throughout the Chesapeake Bay.
Atlantic Cruising Yachts and Waypoints® are excited to announce a new and exciting partnership with Belize Sailing Vacations. Belize Sailing Vacations specializes in the ultimate all-inclusive vacation, taking you along the world’s second largest barrier reef for underwater exploration to the quietest of anchorages to watch for shooting stars. A unique draw to this destination is they have easy access to an exhilarating jungle terrain, underground caves and the grand Mayan Temples making this tropical destination that much more exciting to visit.Continue Reading…
After four decades of helping yacht owners find the ideal location to place their yacht into charter management, Atlantic Cruising Yachts has announced the formation of Waypoints® — a network of affiliated, independently-owned, boutique charter bases.
The sailing public will experience the Waypoints® network for the first time at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis on October 5. Affiliated locations include Cruise Annapolis in the Chesapeake, Cruise Abaco in the Bahamas, Virgin Islands Yacht Charters in the U.S. Virgin Islands, BVI Yacht Charters in the British Virgin Islands, and Sailing Florida on Florida’s Gulf Coast.Continue Reading…
Sanibel and Captiva Islands are a perfect southwest Florida cruising destination for those looking for shelling, fishing, bird watching, or just relaxing. It can also be a romantic destination to hold a wedding or other special events with a beautiful landscape. With an east-west orientation, the beaches there are some of the most unique barrier islands in the world, as most have a north-south orientation. Continue Reading…
Located on the southwest fork of the West River, Galesville is only a two-hour sail from from Annapolis and offers scenic views and historic charm.
While the West River is well marked throughout the day, some of the day marks remain unlit at night – making it tricky to navigate the river after dark. The channel snakes through a big S-turn but is wide enough that you can sail into the anchorage. It’s important that you pay attention to the marks, as missing one could mean grounding out in the mud! Visiting Galesville is best during the day when the river is easier to navigate and you can enjoy the beautiful scenery.