Once again the Antigua Yacht Charter Show commenced in early December, this year as the 49th annual, always for industry only show, and was felt by all to be an outstanding show. After several years of a split show in Antigua and St. Martin, this year the industry was reunited under one venue in Antigua, altogether once again. Industry members flew in and yachts were delivered in from worldwide locations with all gathered together in one place to kick off the 2010/2011 Caribbean yacht charter season. In total there were 119 yachts in attendance and both Missy Johnston and Carolyn Titus from Northrop and Johnson Yacht Charters were there for the show to gather all of the information on yachts and crew for this coming and other charter seasons.
Here, at Northrop and Johnson Yacht Charters, we were very pleased with the quality of yachts being shown and the great crews that were on board presenting the yachts for charter, all ready to offer great charter service for this coming season. There were yachts both large and small, from Nemo, the 47’ Catamaran for 8 guests chartering in the Grenadines in the winter and Greece in the summer at a great charter price to Kogo, the 235’ Explorer Motor Yacht and Maltese Falcon, the unique 288’ Perini Navi Sailing Yacht. There were great new yachts to be seen, just entered into charter, including Aiyana, an 82’ new launch sailing yacht from Alia yachts with 3 guest staterooms to Exuma, the new 163’ Motor Yacht launch from Perini Navi, with 5 guest staterooms, built with a unique hull design for stability underway (we cruised on board and we can vouch for true stability at 17 knots).
One nice aspect this year were the number of older yachts that have now been refit, with new Owners and a new program on board, offering great charter at an economical pricing as a give and take, with a bit off for age, while still a great charter offer after refit. We really like Monte Carlo, a 132’ 1988 Amels Motor Yacht back out in charter again for 8 guests with a year around Caribbean program, including on board diving, an on board masseuse and great chef, and Shalimar, 1996 118’ Benetti for charter for 10 guests.
We liked the energy exuded from the industry at this show, the overall interest in offering great charter and great charter service. Here at Northrop and Johnson Yacht Charters, we feel that there is an outstanding group of yachts to choose from for yacht charter in the Caribbean this coming season and are very excited about this upcoming Caribbean charter season and worldwide yacht charter.
Photo taken by Missy Johnston of Northrop and Johnson Worldwide Yacht Charters