Kim Kavin, Copy Editor/Contributor Yachts International
Kim Kavin is a national award-winning journalist who has been writing about yachts for two decades. She grew up driving a ski boat and sailing a Hobie Sunfish at her grandfather’s lake house in New Jersey, and today, she has cruised and chartered in and around more than 50 countries and islands, aboard everything from sailboats, catamarans and trawlers to America’s Cup sailing yachts and luxury superyachts. When she’s not on the water or writing about it, Kim can often be found hiking western New Jersey’s wooded park trails amid the white-tailed deer with her two adopted shelter mutts.
Italy's Amalfi Coast: This Summer's Charter Hot Spot
Attracting the high society for decades, the Amalfi Coast is glamorous, fun, beautiful...and perfect for yachting.
Vintage is the New Vogue: The pleasures of chartering a classic yacht
Classic yachts with substantial refits and modern features are seeing charter demand worldwide.
Taking a New Tack: At the helm with Kathy Pennington
“The guy I was dating was talking about marriage and kids,” she says, “so I got on the first boat I could and sailed away across the Atlantic.”
Inside the Mind of a (Really) Experienced Charter Yacht Owner
The man who bought the 164-foot Westport M/Y Trending chartered 30 or 40 times before setting up his own program.
Caribbean Charter Update: In the wake of the storms
After a brutal hurricane season, the yachts and islands in the northern Caribbean expect to be ready for winter charter.
Private Yacht Vacations: Siren Song of the South Pacific
More than a dozen yachts have announced plans to charter this season in Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, Vanuatu and more—and the options for clients are expected to keep growing.
Caribbean Charter Heats Up
Charter broker LeAnn Morris Pliske discovered in early July that some of her favorite charter yachts were already booked for the Christmas and New Year’s charter weeks in the Caribbean. It was like she had time-warped back to 2005 or 2006, before the global economic crash, when clients had to book six months to a year in advance in order to get a top-notch yacht and crew for a winter-holiday charter in the Caribbean.
Charter Climate Change
Owners of leading charter yachts 130 feet (39.62 meters) and larger are doing something in the Mediterranean this summer that we haven’t seen since before the economic crash in 2008: They’re requesting two- and three-week minimum bookings for prime cruising dates in July and August.
A Matter of Taxes
Will yacht charter clients be forced to pay Value Added Tax (VAT) this summer on the Côte d’Azur? If yes, then how much will the VAT be? We asked Claude Niek, CEO of Cannes-based CSO Yachts and a member of the Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA) Tax Committee to give us his best guess before a decision comes (all hope) in time for the charter season.
Christensen Sweet Escape: Magnectic Personality
Arunas Chesonis wasn’t seriously looking to buy a boat. The CEO of Sweetwater Energy was perfectly content to charter, something he’d been doing with his family for the better part of a decade. He always booked the same older boat because of the thing that he said made that boat better than any other: Captain Paulo Guedes.