Charter Special II: Finest 40m+ superyachts at the Genoa Charter Show (1)

From 4 to 8 May 2009, Genoa hosted the 21st edition of the MYBA Charter Show. This is one of the most important international exhibitions dedicated to charter professionals and superyachts.The exhibition is a select showcase for luxury charter yachts and the most exclusive display of ancillary services for the yachting industry. visited over 40 superyachts that were on display at this year's show in Genoa, and we will bring you a series of articles about the best charter yachts available.

Mondango (photos by Martin Fine & Ivor Wilkins)

Mondango, run by Captain Marc and his friendly fun crew, has a modern and fresh interior, designed by Reymond Langton, and offers luxury accommodation for 10 guests.

The interiors in light grain English white oak panelling with trims of dark brown leather create a contrasting fresh interior. The salon furniture is a combination of Macassar wood, soft fabric and leather with the flooring cut in a unique radial design with a wool and silk carpet for the utmost of comfort. Soft curves combined with bold colour choices and lighting give the interior a voluptuous ambience.

The accommodation on the lower deck comprises of a full beam Owners stateroom, two VIP cabins and two twin berthed guest cabins.

The owner's ensuite furnishings include a carved once piece vanity in rare pink onyx with a hammered stainless steel sink and a Japanese-style-toilet combining both bidet and toilet functions. Each guest stateroom is themed in distinctive colours with the throws, cushions and bed covers designed in London to coordinate specifically with each atmosphere and a unique onyx bowl in each bathroom adds to the distinctive feel of each cabin. Set into the window bays of each VIP cabin is a contemporary chaise-longue.

Mondango is available this summer in the West & East Med. Please contact Gayle Patterson of Edmiston in Monaco, on +377 93 30 54 44 or [email protected] for any enquiries.

Big Aron

Big Aron is deceptive in her size as with five decks, she allows for a truly incredible amount of exterior deck space and interior volume. The main salon and dining room are on the main deck with the galley forward. The sky lounge is situated on the bridge deck.

Our favourite spot on board Big Aron, was without doubt the bridge deck aft, which includes a Brazilian charcoal barbeque. The sundeck also offers a bar and sunning areas, a massive 12 cubic metre deep "plunge pool", plus unparalleled 360 views of the surroundings. All is capably supported by a professional crew of ten led by captain William Kaye.

Big Aron will allow 10 guests to enjoy five beautifully appointed, large staterooms each with ensuite bathrooms. The master suite is situated on the upper deck and has a large master ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and adjoining office and lounge. This mastercabin offers without doubt, the best views on any yacht of her size. The 4 guest staterooms are below decks and these consist of two further king sized cabins & two twins, all with ensuite bathrooms.

Big Aron is available this summer in the Med. Please contact Camper & Nicholson in London, on +44 (0)20 7009 1950 or [email protected] for any enquiries.

Sea Dream

Sea Dream, built by an experienced owner, offers comfort, range (she can cross the atlantic, and back) and a huge amount of space. She offers oustanding levels of luxury and service, provided by her friendly crew of 10, who keep Sea Dream in immaculate condition.

Perfect for entertaining in grand-style, the dining table on the upper aft deck can seat 16 in comfort, and is surrounded by outdoor furniture, that also accommodates 16 guests. It’s the perfect deck to enjoy a wonderful diner under the stars, prepared by chef Luke Alkemade, or to watch a movie, on a 50" plasma screen. Dining closer to the water is no problem, there is another dining table on the main aft deck, a perfect spot to have breakfast, after a morning swim.

Sea Dream boasts five cabins. The master cabin is found forward on the main deck, where large windows and neutral tones provide a welcoming atmosphere. Every cabin has its own audio/video system, and Sea Dream has an extensive library on board for guests to choose from.

Sea Dream is being offered for charter by Burgess ( Her summer charter rates are €133,000 low season, and €147,000 high season.

Big City

The 141ft. (42.98m) Big City is impeccable and majestic from bow to stern. The Big City was just delivered earlier this year and has a deep blue hull with a colonial white superstructure that is classically beautiful. She was built by Trinity Yachts and has an interior designed by Patrick Knowles and is now available on the luxury charter market. She offers an abundance of deck space, such as the "patio" forward of the Portugese bridge, which features two large sunpads and a settee. On the large sundeck, there is a large Jacuzzi forward, a wet bar with stools and a barbecue. Removable sun awnings offer respite from the sun.

Big City cruises at 14 knots and is equipped with Quantum's Zero Speed stabilizers for ultimate comfort. Big City carries a selection of toys such as water skis, assorted beach toys, boards and snorkeling gear, etc. She also has two tenders, our favourite was the 9.75 m Intrepid "Small Town" (4 stroke) 2 x 300hp engines and an 18 ft (5.48 m) Nautica with 115hp engine, which is towed behind Big City during cruising.

Big City, captained by Barry Bramhill, sleeps 10 guests in 5 staterooms and is available at a rate of € 175,000 per week. She is based in Antibes for cruising the Mediterranean. She is available through International Yacht Collection. Please contact Terry Hines at +1 (954) 850 4271 or [email protected] for any enquiries.

Haida G

Haida G, Formerly known as Rosenkavalier, is one of the most beautiful charter yachts in the world, and is run by a fantastic crew. This is a magnificent motor yacht from the golden era (1929) of private yachting. Two years of restoration brought Haida G back to her former glory.

Even though the meticulous refit maintained her traditional style, Haida G is equipped with the latest in HiFi, TV and communications systems. Haida G can accomodate 12 charter guests for cruising, in seven luxurious guest cabins. The master cabin is located on the bridge deck, and features a delightful private salon, which opens up to the boat deck. On the main deck, there is a large main salon, a cosy library, which is also the perfect spot for kids to hang out, as it is equiped with an array of computer games.

Forward on the main deck, is Haida G's formal dining room. The main aft deck features a well protected alfresco dining option, whilst the sundeck offers ample space for lounging, sunbathing and relaxing in the Jacuzzi. My favourite spot on board however, is the side deck lounge area, just aft of the bridge. It is the perfect spot for an early morning cup of coffee, or to sit back with your favourite book, as the scenery slides by.

Haida G is a true delight to see and stay onboard, and can be chartered through Ocean Independence. For any enquiries, please contact Tim clark at +44 1273 831010, or email Tim at [email protected].

To view more luxury yachts for charter, visit the Charter Pages.

By Maarten Janssen



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