During the yachting season in the Caribbean or Mediterranean, yachts, their crews, and their owners are busy cruising the waters. Charter yachts are even busier with a steady schedule of guests coming in an out. As a result, the only time you can get major repairs or overhauls done is during the off-season months. It is good to know when off-season in yachting is to better schedule yard periods and major maintenance projects without disrupting your winter and summer season itinerary.
There may never be a definitive answer to the petrol vs. diesel marine engines debate. While a growing number of boats and yachts come with diesel engines already installed, some models still come with gasoline-powered engines. In fact, several yacht and boat manufacturers still offer the choice between a gasoline engine and a marine engine to customers for some of their medium to large-sized models. If you ever end up in a position where you are presented with such a choice, consider the advantages of a diesel engine over a petrol engine.
Just like you would never go on a long road trip without a spare tire in your trunk, you should never go on a yacht trip without carrying a few essential spare parts for your boat. There are obvious spare parts that you should bring such as lightbulbs and a second anchor.
Ever since the great recession in 2007, the yachting industry has seen a series of mergers and acquisitions with many smaller yacht businesses being incorporated into the world’s largest yachting corporations. Chinese conglomerates have bought ownership in many of well-known yacht builders, while industry leaders in America and Europe continue to diversify by acquiring other companies. The month of July saw two yacht business acquisitions.
First announced in 2015, the highly anticipated SeaXplorer expedition yacht La Datcha was finally unveiled in the beginning of July. The stunning superyacht won’t be delivered to her Russian billionaire yacht owner, banking mogul Oleg Tinkov, until the end of the summer. However, Damen Yachting officially launched the luxury vessel and will be displaying the La Datcha yacht in its private viewing event in the Netherlands, scheduled for September.