Planning a Charter in Florida, New England, Mexico, the Bahamas or the Caribbean? Educational Fun Below the Waterline Begins with Free Fishinars from REEF.org

Maltese Falcon - Caribbean Charter

Luxury charter yachts and their crews lead charter guests to some of the world’s most extraordinary spots for snorkeling and diving. Take your underwater exploration to the next level by attending a Fishinar, presented by REEF, in the comfort of your living room. Fishinars are open to divers, snorkelers, and devout landlubbers alike. Participation is free but you need to register for each session you want to attend. No special software is required, just a web browser. You don’t need a microphone or a

webcam to be able to participate. Great for first-timers or those wanting a review. To see the current schedule and to register for one or more sessions visit REEF.org/resources/webinars.

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Highlights from the current calendar:

Yacht Charters in the Sea of Cortez:

April 18: QUE PASA? THE TOP 12 FISH OF THE NORTHERN SEA OF CORTEZ. Tropical Eastern

Pacific (TEP) region REEF Fish ID: Learn tips from REEF Expert and fish geek, Jonathan Lavan, on how to ID Sea of Cortez fish.

Lionfish on Bahamian Reef

Southern Atlantic and Caribbean Yacht Charters:

April 25: LIONFISH 101

Join REEF’s Special Projects Director, Lad Akins for an hour long update on the lionfish

invasion, biology/ecology, impacts and what is being done throughout the region. Lad’s talk will be followed by a 15 minute Q&A session.

VICTORY - New England

New England Coastal Yacht Charters:

May 18: THE NORTHEAST’S DIRTY DOZEN

What those die-hard drysuit divers in the North Atlantic are seeing on their dives
A great way to prepare yourself for the Great

Annual Fish Count in July!

REEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the

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conservation of the marine environment by educating, enlisting and enabling divers and other marine enthusiasts to become active stewards and citizen scientists. REEF links the diving community with scientists, resource managers and

conservationists through marine-life data collection and related activities.

REEF’s marine conservation and citizen science programs currently operate in the coastal areas of North and Central America, the Caribbean and Hawaii. Our specific project regions include the Tropical Western Atlantic (Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, Gulf of Mexico, and Mid-Atlantic States), Northeast US & Canada (Virginia through

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Newfoundland), West Coast (California through British Columbia),Tropical Eastern Pacific (Gulf of California to the Galapagos Islands), and Hawaiian Islands.

Interested in luxury yacht charters in these regions? Sunreef Yachts Charter has a wide range of yachts with dive certified crew and even dive masters on board. Whether you are seeking a superyacht, luxury catamaran, power boat, or sailing yacht, contact a Sunreef Yachts Charter professional to make to find your perfect yacht and crew in destinations worldwide.

Sunreef Charter Experts Aboard Johnson 103′ Luxury Charter Yacht DIAMOND GIRL: Polished, Poised, Perfection

DIAMOND GIRL, open for viewing at the 2012 Palm Beach International Boat Show, is a very popular charter yacht that repeatedly delights the most discriminating clients. DIAMOND GIRL is supremely elegant yet with a lighthearted disposition and Sunreef Yachts Charter experts were eager to get on board, talk with the crew, and take an intimate look at what makes this a truly dazzling superyacht.

Stepping off the sunny dock up onto the cool shaded aft deck we could easily appreciate the arrangement for al fresco dining on this luxury charter yacht. Here, padded banquette seating strewn with plush throw pillows opposite a row of comfortable, high backed lounge chairs encircles a table easily large enough to accommodate the entire charter party.

Entering the salon aboard DIAMOND GIRL, luminous interiors manifest a feminine, sensual, curvaceousness. The convex curve of the cabinetry perfectly compliments the concave sway of the sofa. In an innovative architectural arrangement the lovely bar, with a backdrop of finely etched glass panels, occupies the center forward position customarily used as a dining area. Dining table and chairs are instead positioned off the starboard side for sweeping side and aft deck views.

Graceful interiors aboard DIAMOND GIRL shimmer and flow as languidly as a summer swell. An artistic use of aquamarine glass bands the perimeter of the ceiling and tops cabinet surfaces, not just in the main salon, but as both a functional and decorative motif throughout the yacht. Ocean waters reflected on the glass, positioned above panoramic windows, create a magical play of light and motion that is mesmerizing.

DIAMOND GIRL features a sumptuous master suite with sweeping forward views through a semicircular swath of picture windows. A few steps lead to the lower level, very private and posh, dual facilities. As in the master, the VIP stateroom is outfitted with a king bed, and both guest suites have queens, making this stylish charter yacht an ideal option for couples chartering together.

Decorating the walls on board DIAMOND GIRL, a diverse collection of artwork includes some outstanding oil paintings by the Owner’s sister in law, Irena Boone, of the very highly rated Boone and Sons Jewelers. Her masterful artwork employs dynamic brushstrokes and a bold color palette to express the beauty and sensuality of the tropics.

While on board DIAMOND GIRL we spoke with the Mate, Jeff and Stew, Bethany. Jeff is eagerly anticipating an exciting summer chartering in the Caribbean and Bahamas, waters with which he is intimately familiar. With a brand new towable tender and plenty of gear the yacht is fully set up for snorkeling and fishing. Jeff knows some excellent spots and Captain Tim is equally knowledgeable, both benefitting from many years of yacht charter experience.

Jeff and Bethany

Bethany, the Stewardess, enjoys snorkeling and fishing too, but is a big fan of all types of water toys. She says that growing up on a lake she had every kind of water toy imaginable. DIAMOND GIRL has plenty of toys on board, including two Bladefish circular underwater sea scooters, and Jeff and Bethany are happy to provide instruction as needed.

DIAMOND GIRL is a very impressive yacht, aesthetically and mechanically. Equipped with twin MTU 16V2000 engines, DIAMOND GIRL cruises at a speedy 19 knots, with a maximum of speed of 24 knots, making her an ideal charter yacht for island hopping in the Bahamas or the Caribbean. The highly skilled crew are charming, professional, and like DIAMOND GIRL, are endowed with a lighthearted sense of playfulness and an endearing sense of humor. Charter DIAMOND GIRL and experience timeless beauty, absolute sophistication and sheer pleasure.

Please visit DIAMOND GIRL for additional descriptive information and charter details.

Our Charter Experts On Board Luxury Charter Superyacht TOP FIVE: An Exquisite Christensen 157 with a Superb Crew

Our charter experts were invited to go aboard and experience the magnificent luxury charter yacht TOP FIVE, a 157′ Christensen available for charter in the Caribbean and the Bahamas. We were extremely impressed with everything about TOP FIVE, from her meticulous craftsmanship to her delightful crew. This is a superyacht with a stately, understated elegance that will enchant her charter guests while easily meeting all of the requirements of a discriminating clientele.

TOP FIVE (ex: Nice ‘N Easy, Liquidity) was built in 2005 by US builder Christensen Shipyards and was originally designed for the shipyard owner himself. Thus, although Christensen is renowned for launching magnificent yachts, TOP FIVE has design elements that launch her cleanly over the top.

Exterior design and naval architecture by the Christensen in-house team endowed TOP FIVE with the powerful and imposing profile that distinguishes the brand in any port of call. Recently the yacht has had an extensive soft goods refit to update interiors that are sophisticated, soothing and subtle. The broad appeal of understated elegance is perfectly suited to the diversity of charter clientele. Regardless of whether charter guests prefer Mozart or Madonna, they will feel comfortable and at home aboard TOP FIVE.

Superb joinery and intricate stonework are distinguishing features of luxury yacht TOP FIVE. Meticulous attention to detail is evident in the raised-panel joinery of American walnut with high gloss finish and perfectly matched wood panels and veneers. Deep earthen tones create a stunning balance against creamy white carpeting with a delicately undulating pattern. Exotic stone materials, including malachite and Juparana persa granite, are beautifully inlaid throughout the foyers, bathrooms and hallways. Contemporary furnishings in a light color palette derive sophistication from a simplicity of form.

Luxury yacht TOP FIVE accommodates 12 guests in six staterooms. The full beam master compartment is located on the main deck and includes stunning his and her facilities with Jacuzzi tub and large shower. A walk-in cedar closet provides ample storage for longer charters. At the entrance, a private study with comfortable sofa and desk allow guests to stay in touch with the office if necessary. On the lower level amidships
is the full beam VIP king suite that has an exquisite bathroom with Jacuzzi and separate shower. The 50 inch TV opposite the bed is cleverly concealed behind a pleasant painting. Also on this level are two queen guest staterooms and two guest staterooms each with double, twin and Pullman beds.

We met Chef Bradley David in his spotless galley on our visit. He surprised us with servings of delicately flavored tomato gazpacho, and what he described as “a sandwich”, (far to common a description of this remarkable crab delicacy), and a signature chocolate mousse creation. He is charming, talented, and a very experienced yacht chef quite capable of pleasing any palate. He said his favorite recipes to prepare are new ones, both his own creative dishes as well as those of other chefs.

Captain Johannes, despite expecting a new group of charter guests within the hour, graciously spent quite a bit of time chatting with us about TOP FIVE and some of his favorite Caribbean itineraries. Not only is he extremely knowledgable about the region, he is also enthusiastic about creating custom itineraries suited to repeat charter clients who are seeking alternative Caribbean ports of call. The Chief Stew and Second Stew were continually smiling, gracious and extremely attentive. This highly professional crew works together harmoniously and seems flawlessly adept at pleasing charter clients.

It was a great pleasure to be on board luxury superyacht TOP FIVE, and to have the opportunity to experience firsthand the elegant interiors, expansive deck spaces and first rate crew. TOP FIVE will undoubtedly be an exceedingly popular charter yacht in the Caribbean and the Bahamas this season.

Please contact Sunreef Yachts Charter for detailed information, charter rates and availability for TOP FIVE, or for comprehensive information about Luxury Yacht Charter and Destinations worldwide.

 

14-Day Itinerary Exploring the Exumas Aboard Luxury Charter Yacht PARADISE

Day 1: Nassau, Atlantis Marina
Nassau and Paradise Island offer a variety of activities to suit all ages and preferences. For families, Paradise Island Resort has the largest waterpark in the world, dolphins to swim with, and an amazing aquarium. Downtown, culture buffs will find colonial architecture and pirate museums. Shoppers have straw markets and duty–free, upscale boutiques. Nightlife includes Vegas–style casinos and vibrant nightclubs. Fly into Nassau, transfer to luxury charter yacht PARADISE, meet the crew and plan the remainder of the day. The following day, head south to the Exuma Island chain. Each island is unique and together they offer unsurpassed cruising grounds and anchorages. Each land has its own charm, people, beauty, friendliness, and harbors. Embark on a vacation where giant starfish, wild iguanas, swimming pigs, dolphins, turtles and sharks are far more numerous than people.

Day 2: Exuma Islands, Allen Cay
Allen Cay is the first cay of interest in the Exumas chain. It is uninhabited except for a rare and endangered species of iguanas not found anywhere else in the world. The prisitne beach is perfect for a liesurely walk and optimal for nature photographers, especially those fond of iguanas. The anchorage here is lovely and protected.

Day 3: Highbourne Cay
Highborne Cay is a privately owned island. Stop by the marina to sample some fresh Bahama bread, walk along pristine beaches or snorkel offshore. The anchorage, which is close to the cut, is ideal for deep water fishing. Neighboring Saddle Cay is fun to explore by tender.

Day 4: Norman’s Cay
Norman’s Cay has a dramatic recent history as the headquarters for Carlos Lehder’s drug-smuggling operation from 1978 to 1982. Lehder purchased most of the island, including an airstrip, used as a strategic stopping point for Colombian drug flights bound for the United States. With the Bahamian authorities looking the other way and the local inhabitants scared off, the island became a private haven of debauchery for Lehder and his associates. In 1982, the Bahamian government cracked down on the activities on Norman’s Cay, ultimately confiscating Lehder’s land. It is now a tourist destination where visitors can snorkel the wreckage of a drug running Douglas DC-3 plane that crashed in shallow water,

Day 5: Shroud Cay
Shroud Cay, an uninhabited cay owned by Exumas Land and Sea Park, is an archipelago of cays and rocks surrounding a shallow tidal mangrove salina which serves as a unique nursery for conch, crawfish, sea turtles, birds and many varieties of fish. The beach on its eastern side, accessible from the western anchorages through a mangrove river, is probably one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Unspoiled with crystal clear waters, the colors are simply magnificient. Providing there is wind, this is an amazing place for kitesurfing and the Shroud river is interesting to explore by tender or kayak. If you boat around to the back of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, you can climb up to one of its highest points. To do so, you need to wade through shoulder deep water and climb up a rocky path, but the 360 view is so worth it!

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Day 6: Waderick Wells
This island was selected to be the headquarters for the Exumas Park due to the wide variety of naturally occurring ecosystems, and it’s centrally located geographical position within the park. From rocky bluffs to sand dunes, mangrove creeks and sand flats, this island has it all. Hike across the island on more than seven miles of trails. Vist the skeleton of a 53’ Sperm Whale (died after swallowing a plastic bag) that watches guard over Powerful Beach. The southwest end of the island is the pirates hangout. Stromatolites, an ancient and very rare form of early life on earth, line the sand bank. A short trail leads from the beach to the Pirates Lair on Warderick Wells. Numerous snorkeling and exploring opportunities abound in this area. On Saturday nights, cruisers frequently gather around the small tiki hut on the beach for a happy hour.

Day 7: Cambridge Cay, Little Bell Cay
Cambridge Cay, also known as Little Bell Cay, is privately owned but visitors are welcome ashore. Here visitors find a very nice anchorage off a beautiful beach. The rock wall on the cay is believed to have been some kind of holding pen for animals. Conch Cut has a stand of pillar coral over four feet high – one of the largest remaining stands of pillar coral in the region.

Day 8: Compass Cay
A magnificent crescent shaped half mile beach, voted one of the best in the Bahamas, is just one of 13 on Compass Cay where visitors enjoy swimming and shell collecting. Snorkel the many shallow reefs surrounding the island or swim with Tucker’s pet nurse sharks. There is also a batcave and Rachael’s Bubble Bath”, a large natural pool full of bubbles formed from ocean waves that crash over the edge of the lagoon. Fishing enthusiasts will enjoy bonefishing in the creek. Yachtsmen can stretch their sealegs hiking trails to the Low Tide Airport, Hester’s House, the old Haitian shipwreck, or circumnavigating the island. In the evening, meet other boaters at the marina for sundowners and watch for the elusive green flash.

Day 9: Sampson Cay/Fowl Cay
Dock at the marina or at anchor. Fowl Cay, a private 50-acre island, features a lovely resort with amenities that include an excellent bar and restaurant, tennis court, swimming pool and beach games. Spend the day relaxing on shore or explore the surrounding islands by tender.

Day 10: Staniel Cay
Staniel Cay is one of the few inhabited islands inthe Exumas and home to the renowned Staniel Cay Yacht Club, the only full service marina in the cays. Staniel Cay is located just a few hundred yards from Fowl Cay, Musha Cay, Iguana Cay and Thunderball Grotto, this latter is the location of the James Bond film “Thunderball”. Staniel Cay is the activity hub in the cays, and a favorite destination of yachtsmen. The yacht club restaurant is the place to be for lunch, dinner, and nightlife. An airstrip, grocery store, and a few shops round out the island’s offerings.

Captain Nic

Day 11: Bitter Guana Cay
Bitter Guana Cay offers another great anchorage and magnificent beach. Hike the short path that leads to the far side of the island where there is a picturesque rocky shoreline and a small grotto filled with shells and rocks.

Day 12: Blackpoint
The town of Black Point is small and friendly, located near the northern tip of Great Guana Cay. Take a shore excursion to visit this charming Bahamian settlement where most of the homes are cinderblock, stuccoed and painted in pastels, creating pleasing splashes of color. Chat with the locals, stop in at Lorraines Cafe and visit Doris’ Gift Shop for local souvenirs. Take time to discover what day to day life in the Bahamas is all about. Later, hike to the bluff to see the impressive Dotham Cut.

Day 13: Little Farmers Cay
This largly under-developed cay with about 60 congenial residents boasts a bit of civilization. Ocean Cabin has villa rental, convenience store, wholesale and retail and other assorted services including a popular restaurant. The proprietor, Terry Bain with his wife Ernestine, are a local institution. Stop by for lunch or dinner, a game of dominos and and a bit of his repartee. The Farmers Cay Yacht Club has a great bar, waterfront restaurant, bakes bread to order and operates a small grocery and liquor store.

Day 14: George Town
Today charter guests must bid farewell to the spectacular Exumas, their wonderful crew and beautiful yacht, and begin to dream about their next Caribbean Charter adventure with Sunreef Yachts Charter. For those catching an evening flight or extending their stay, George Town has plenty to offer. The capital and largest city in the district, George Town (permanent population 1,000) was founded in 1793 and boasts a colorful history. Pirates used Georgetown’s deep water harbor during the 17th century and the “plantation aristocracy” from Virginia and North and South Carolina settled here in the 18th century. Elizabeth Harbor became a refitting base for British vessels and the U.S. Navy used the port during World War II. Today George Town is a vibrant place with delightful shops, restaurants and bars. Two Turtles Inn and Eddie’s Edgewater are spots to try out, as well as February Point, which includes a great restaurant/bar that has live music one night per week. Another option, but further out of town, is the Four Seasons Hotel that has a number of bars both indoors and out. For those who enjoy a relaxing game of golf, play 18 holes at Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club, designed by professional golfer Greg Norman.

80′ PARADISE Makes Her Debut on the Charter Circuit: Elegant, Swift and Family Friendly

PARADISE is a strikingly handsome yacht, a new and exciting option on the Caribbean charter circuit. The Dutch shipyard Wim van der Valk’s largest build to date, PARADISE is a custom designed totally steel, semi-displacement yacht that was delivered in 2010 and has been in private service until today. PARADISE is perfect for charter families with children seeking an active adventure cruise through the islands of the Bahamas.

The Captain on luxury yacht PARADISE, Nic Edmonds, says his favorite cruising grounds are

Captain Nic Edmonds

the Exumas and Abacos. This is likely because he is an avid fisherman who loves all kinds of fishing; from bottom fishing to bone fishing, trolling to spear fishing. Here, world class fishing grounds offer unparalleled excitement to fishing enthusiasts. “I’ve spent a lot of time in the Exumas and Abacos” says Nic. “There it’s all about reading the water, your GPS means nothing. Where the rocks, the water, the seaweed is, knowing when and what time to cross currents, critical things you learn from experience.”

Captain Nic’s ideal itinerary is “pick-up in Nassau and head for the Exumas, make a straight run all the way down and spend each day off one island fishing it out. There are loads of things to do in the Bahamas and some awesome shore excursions, visiting towns and seeing how the people live, their beliefs, the whole cultural feel, you will never ever be bored.”

From the aft deck throughout the yacht the aura of PARADISE is calming. The main salon is soothingly minimal and monochromatic, an excellent choice of décor that compliments the dark wooden sole and pale cabinetry. A custom designed oversized couch extends along the starboard length while to port the sizeable TV conveniently disappears into the cabinet to create a buffet space. Oversize windows wrap around the entire main deck and in the ceiling a retractable roof allows for fragrant sea breezes and the multitude of stars to shine in at night.

On the lower deck of PARADISE, the spacious master aft has lovely large portholes with snap on mosquito screens for balmy weather when fresh air is preferred over air conditioning. The VIP in the bow features a walk around queen bed and ample storage. Two additional guest cabins have twin single berths that are perfect for children. Three of the four guest cabins are ensuite while the fourth has direct access to the day head.

Outside, the aft deck is equipped with a hard bimini that fully extends to protect guests from the sun and is also equipped with side and aft shades in the event of foul weather. The bimini, barbeque, fridge and sink located here are extremely convenient, especially when fishing.

Proceeding to the bow we notice that the wide walk around decks feature hand rails above the meter mark thoughtfully installed so as to protect and assist younger guests as well as adults. Up front the on-deck Jacuzzi has more jets per inch than we’ve ever seen before. This is the prime place for a bit of relaxation and sun worship, equipped with a state-of-the-art stereo system and an enticing expanse of sun pads.

Captain Nic Edmonds is from New Zealand and has been on boats “since he was a whippersnapper”. In addition to long term industry experience as crew and captain on numerous yachts, from day charters to private superyacts, Nic has open water dive certification and enjoys snorkeling and free diving.

Latvian Stewardess Agnes Bolsevica studied and worked in London in the hospitality industry prior to succumbing to the lure of the sea. She was delighted with the opportunity to spend last summer and autumn on board PARADISE cruising the Mediterranean and anticipates an excellent charter season in the Bahamas and the Caribbean this year. Agnes speaks Latvian, Russian, English and French and enjoys surfing and photography.

Please contact Sunreef Yachts Charter for details about chartering PARADISE and helpful information about Bahamas Yacht Charter.