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Antibes yacht show 2014

This year, the Antibes Yacht Show will take place from April 23rd -26th in the famous Port Vauban in Antibes, the largest pleasure port in Europe. Due to the increasing number of shipyards requesting to participate in the Antibes Yacht Show, the organizers have decided to grant them access to the show this year, thus giving them the opportunity to present their latest models before the season starts. This is very exciting for the industry and the customers.

Over the years, Antibes Yacht Show has become the unmissable Spring Show in the Mediterranean. This most important exhibition at the beginning of the season allows professionals to present their products or services before the summer. The yachts for sale or for charter get the first exposure and last year, many yachts exhibited at the show have received offers and bookings.

The Antibes Yacht Show is also the first meeting point for crew at the beginning of the season. Antibes, being the yachting center in Europe, attracts crew from all over the world looking to embark on a yacht for the season.

Different Types of Yachts You Can Purchase

Different Types of Yachts You Can Purchase

For an ordinary passerby, all yachts may appear the same, but a true yacht lover understands the difference between each one. Ranging on a variety of factors like size, performance and features,  yachts are specifically built to suit the unique purposes of the owner. To understand the distinguishing factors between yachts, it is first important to understand the term. The word yacht is a Dutch term ‘Jacht’ which means ‘hunt’. Yachts today are rarely used for hunting and are mainly defined as a small motorized recreational boat generally used for leisure and racing.

Ranging from small 15-foot boats to large 500 feet vessels, yachts can be designed to serve any purpose based on your preferences, taste and budget. Here are the most popular unique types of yachts you should know of before you purchase one.

Day sailing yachts: Also known as dinghies, day sailing boats are small in size and about 20 feet long. With a retractable keel, they do not contain cabins and are ideal for short day time use only.

Weekender yachts: These yachts are slightly bigger than dinghies and can span up to 30 feet in length. Ideal for overnight journeys, weekender yachts can accommodate about 2-3 people.

Cruiser yachts: Cruiser yachts range from 23 feet to 46 feet and offer an ideal blend of lightness, speed and comfort. They can accommodate a small group of attendees and can contain multiple hulls. With simple and classy features, a cruiser yacht is ideal for short journeys.  

Racing yachts: A popular choice for sport enthusiasts, racing yachts are designed to reduce contact with water using lighter hulls for greater speed and buoyancy. These yachts have flat bottoms and wide beams, but contain basic accommodation and comfort levels to compensate for increased speeds up to 35 knots.

Luxury yachts: Commonly called as a personal ship, luxury yachts are built for comfort and space. They can range from 82 feet and longer and contain all human facilities necessary. From large, luxurious and cozy cabins for the attendees to air conditioning and television, a luxury yacht can accommodate large groups for many days with ample storage.   

Mega yachts: A larger than life version of the luxury yacht, a mega yacht is an indulgence ranging from 90 feet and upwards. Accommodating more than 40 people at a time, a mega yacht is ideal for overnight parties, socializing and entertainment. Mega yachts can contain a wide range of luxurious amenities like art galleries, swimming pools, dining rooms, bars, sun decks, sky lounges, libraries, elevators, gymnasiums, spas and crew quarters.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Yacht

Factors to Consider When Buying a Yacht

One of the most important factors when buying a boat or yacht is its price. Even if you are getting great discounts and deals on a boat, there are several other cost factors you must consider. Whether you are buying a new or used boat, there are many expenses that should be taken into account. An easy way to determine your boating budget is to factor in all the following expenses and choosing one that does not leave you in debt.

Price of purchase

When considering the initial purchase price, you are obviously looking for the best price, especially for a large expense like yachts. To get the best price on a yacht, it is wise to look around and visit several dealers to understand the ideal price range for the yacht model of your choice. It is also important to understand that dealers who offer a full range of services  . If you are considering buying a used boat, it is helpful to refer to the appraisal guide from the National Automobiles Dealers Association (NADA) with a varying margin of error up to 15%.

NADA only lists boats and yachts on the appraisal guide if more than 200 pieces have been produced by the manufacturer. When considering purchase costs, don’t forget to add additional finances for insurance. In fact, you can even explore boat loans and get insurance quotes before you purchase the yacht.

Operational costs

Operation costs for boats vary depending on the type and size of the boat. One of the biggest operational costs you will experience when owning a yacht is fuel. Before you purchase the yacht, work out the optimal and economical cruising speed and fuel efficiency to determine the average expenses on fuel. You should also take time to estimate your expenses on marina fuel and yard costs, especially if you plan on purchasing a trailer boat. You should also determine where you will store the boat. If you plan on storing your boat at a store or marina over the winter, you should factor in these additional expenses.

Maintenance costs

Regardless of the type of boat you purchase, maintenance is a must. Maintenance costs of the yacht will depend on its type and size. If you are willing to splurge on maintenance, you can purchase more luxurious yachts or opt for low maintenance boats. Boats with simple and strong construction require only washing and are easy to repair. Luxury yachts on the other hand require a complete maintenance crew. Factor in additional charges to pay cleaning professionals, emergency repairs and cleaning supplies.

The History of Yachts and Sailboats

The History of Yachts and Sailboats

In simple terms, a yacht can be defined as a boat with decks, cabins and sails. As it draws less water, it is ideal for short voyages that can include anything from short crossings to lavish parties. Commonly associated with boating and pleasure, yachts are the top choice for rich people and a popular choice for many events.

The first instances of yachting

While you may think that boating for pleasure is a modern activity, you will be surprised to learn that the Egyptian pharaohs over 5,000 years ago have been believed to enjoy it. Buried next to slender and elegant barges in their grave, these boats were no less than impressive, measuring to almost 130 feet and assembled expertly without the use of nails and other modern tools. The wood in these ancient boats were imported from Lebanon, making them expensive and mainly a royal indulgence.

In the late 1500s, recreational boating became less aristocratic and more commonplace. At the peak age of exploration when marine adventurers attempted to travel all over the world, boating became a popular activity. Netherlands in particular became a leader in waterways as it mainly depended on boats as their primary transportation mode for people and goods. After the trade with the Indies, the Dutch were used their natural waterways to explore.

The great boom of the 1600s

Recreational boating became a popular pastime in Netherlands even before the rest of Europe caught on. Turning an ordinary boat into a yacht complete with a small cabin and deck became an almost natural progression as the Dutch townspeople grew richer. In a matter of 20 years, the canals of Holland were littered with hundreds of yachts owned by private individuals and the Dutch East India Company. By 1630, Netherlands began holding racing competitions for yachts and pitted other cities in friendly competitions.

In the late 1660s, when Charles II returned to England, the Dutch East India Company gifted him a 66 foot long yacht that was equipped with leeboards and 6.3 pound guns, decorated in fine Dutch design. Naming the boat Mary, after his sister, the King later commissioned more yachts, introducing the pastime in England as well. By the 17th century, yachting became popularized all over Europe and all types of vessel sizes and shapes were being commissioned. Yachts then became instrumental in defending local waterways and exploring unchartered lands worldwide.