Washington State Now More Megayacht-Friendly

Washington has become the latest state to modify its pilotage act, benefitting megayachts. Effective this summer, far fewer yachts will need a pilot onboard when entering the Puget Sound and Grays Harbor regions. Previously, the law required small passenger vessels exceeding 500 gross tons to have a pilot onboard. Furthermore, yachts exceeding 750 gross tons Continue reading

Fresh From Refit, Akiko Chartering Down Under

Translated from the Maori language, Akiko means “at a distance from home.” The owners of the 112-foot (34-meter) explorer yacht bearing that name want her to be your home afar from home, too. They’re offering her for charter in Australia for the rest of the year, followed by other South Pacific regions. Akiko wrapped up Continue reading

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Australia Pushing for More Megayacht Charters

As much as Australia attracts foreign tourists, it entices few foreign megayacht tourists. Tax regulations make megayacht charters there unappealing, according to marine-industry representatives. That’s according to study intended to show the federal government the importance of relaxing the restrictions. The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) commissioned a study with the support of the Continue reading