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August 23, 2012updated Sep 15, 2014

Exploration Yachts Fuse Leisure and Discovery for a One-Of-A-Kind Charter Experience

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

M OceanBig FishNew York, New York-Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

The world is round. Today we take this fact for granted, thanks in large to part the voyages and expeditions undertook by such explorers as Magellan, Cabot, Columbus and more. Pursue the whip of their sails and chase their towering masts on the horizon with some of our favorite exploration Yachts, now cruising everywhere from the Baltic to Antarctica.

Axantha II is a 141-foot expedition motor yacht that launched in 2011 from the JFA Yachts shipyard in France. She spent her first year being used exclusively by her owner, and she now represents a unique, long-range charter opportunity for anyone who is considering buying an exploration megayacht.

Axantha II was built to go around the world with her original owner, who used her primarily in Turkey before deciding to build another yacht. Axantha II then moved to La Seyne during summer 2012, and her owner has been seeking adventurous charter clients ever since. He is making Axantha II available not only for South of France itineraries but also for long-distance charters lasting several weeks or even several months. With a fuel burn of just 90 liters per hour at 10 knots and comfortable accommodations for ten guests plus eight crew, Axantha II is sure to impress a charter client enough that he might want to go ahead and own her. The lowest weekly base rate is about $147,252 for ten to 11 guests with eight crew.
Contact: Samuel Le Gall at Neo Yachting, 33-673-382-543;;

Tahiti. Antarctica. The Baltic Sea. These are not typical yacht charter destinations, but they are among the locations where the 147-foot McMullen and Wing Big Fish has taken guests during her first 18 months out of the shipyard. Big Fish is built not just to explore, but also to make the most of exotic locales with a series of drop-down balconies, an award-winning tender and a three-story video wall that projects photographs of the day’s prettiest harbors for guests to enjoy from the main salon or dining room by night.

The owner of Big Fish is currently completing construction on a slightly larger sistership to be called Star Fish. Among other things, she will have two bridge deck suites instead of the one aboard Big Fish. That means even more fantastic views of unusual destinations from nearly floor-to-ceiling windows that surround the beds of the primary charter clients. The lowest weekly base rate is $245,000 for ten guests with ten crew.
Contact: Eleanor Bloodworth at Y.CO Yachts, 377-93-50-12-12;;

At 115 feet long and launched in 2012, M Ocean is the largest build thus far from Arcadia Yachts. Her entire top is made of solar panels that help keep her fuel burn at just 250 liters per hour at a cruising speed of 14 knots. She has an exceptional feeling of brightness inside thanks to that top as well as her massive, wall-size windows. M Ocean’s design means itineraries in the western Mediterranean can be extended without burdensome fuel costs or concerns about weather. The lowest weekly base rate is about $120,148 for ten guests with eight crew.
Contact: Léa Tintaud at Ocean Drive, 33-66-155-8352;;

Eurocraft is a shipyard based in Savona, Italy that is known for building open boats to about 114 feet. The 142-foot Baron Trenck is Eurocraft’s first entry into the megayacht market and was built for exploration. She has four gyrostabilizers on board, burns just 100 liters of fuel per hour at a cruising speed of 10 knots, and has a range of 10,000 nautical miles, which is enough to cruise from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean and back again. The lowest weekly base rate is about $172,032 for ten guests with nine crew.
Contact: Agnes Howard at Camper & Nicholsons International, (954) 524-4250;;

The 163-foot Benetti Platinum is taking her gold-filled interior décor to the Gulf region this winter. Charters will be available in Dubai, the Indian Ocean and a number of exotic destinations in between. A masseuse/sports therapist is part of the crew, as are experts in licensing for jet ski use. The lowest weekly base rate is about $231,921 for 12 guests with ten crew.
Contact: Craig Cohen at Burgess Yachts, (212) 223-0140;;

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