Posted on November 23 2018, by Els Kraakman.
Beginning of November the crewed yachts presented themselves to the yacht brokers in two 2018 crewed charter boat shows. The first boat show was held in Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola, BVI and the second show took place at Yacht Haven Grande in St. Thomas. Our broker, Els Kraakman, has visited around 100 crewed yachts and met with the crews for the upcoming charter season. These annual charter shows are important to update our knowledge of the crewed yachts, so we can recommend the best crewed yacht to our clients.
The BVI Charter Yacht Show had 40 charter yachts and the St. Thomas Charter Yacht show had 60 charter yachts on display. Lots of new yachts and crews and great deals! The yachts made a lot of effort to present themselves beautifully, with all their toys on display and the table set for a luxurious dinner. The chefs presented themselves with offering homemade cookies, snacks and flavored waters. They also offered lunches to some of the brokers, which is a perfect way to experience what they can cook in their galley and how they present themselves with serving the lunch. Some chefs also entered their dishes in the culinary contest.
Both boat shows have a culinary contest. This year the theme in the BVI was Vegan and Local and in St. Thomas the chefs received a mystery box with the ingredients they had to use. This is a chance for charter chefs to showcase their culinary talents and the theme this year was ‘Eat Smart, Eat Fresh’, with four categories – appetizer, entrée, dessert and the most creative use of the sponsor’s ingredient – Mount Gay Rum.
AND THE WINNER IS….
There were lots of winners in various categories, but the winner of BEST OF SHOW in BVI was the 62′ Lagoon Catamaran “Foxy Lady”
How these Charter Shows Benefit You
Every year we see new yachts and new crews entering the crewed yacht charter fleet and our crewed yacht specialist Els Kraakman visits them on the boat shows to see these yachts, what their specialty is and to meet the new crew. But also the more seasoned yachts will present their updates, upgrades, new water toys, new decorations, and new offers we need to know about. With all this knowledge we will try to select the best sailboat, sailing catamaran, or motor yacht that fits your needs and budget.