The principals of Trinity Yachts, John Dane, CEO, and Bill Smith, VP, sat
down with YV & C publisher Fuat Kircaali to speak about the growth of the
charter industry and how it affects them as yacht builders.
Trinity Yachts, founded in 1988, is already known as the number one American
shipyard. Since 1990, their 38-acre Louisiana facility - including 10 roofed
acres - has turned out 33 hulls. Seven yachts are currently under
construction. How did this dynamic company grow so rapidly?
John Dane, CEO of Trinity Yachts, was running Trinity Industries' marine
group in 1988, with 22 shipyards around the country building mostly
commercial and military boats. Bill Smith, who was doing sales and marketing
for the company, foresaw the rise of the yacht business and the two decided
Their first yacht commission was fortuitous. It was designed by the leading
Golden Yachts was established in 1997 by Capt. Paris Dragnis, a successful
businessman highly involved in the commercial shipping sector. Out of his
long passion for yachts of unrivalled quality and style, and being a yacht
owner himself for many years, he was the ideal person to have the knowledge
of the demands of the exclusive clientele on a luxury yacht vacation.
The company began offering its yachting services with the 42m M/Y O’Pari
that was then the first luxury motor yacht of such high standards to charter
in the East/West Mediterranean. The yacht was built in Intermarine Spa, a
shipyard well known for its reliable, fast, and technologically advanced
building of military patrol vessels. At the time it was not involved in
luxury yacht building and thus a bet between Capt. Dragnis and the shipyard
was established. Considering that many luxury yachts were built a... (more)
This 4th of July marked my sixth consecutive visit to the Divan Palmira Hotel
in Bodrum, Turkey. My visit this year prompted me to write this review. The
Divan Palmira Hotel is located in the Golturkbuku region of Bodrum. Two
recent cover stories published last year in The New York Times Travel Section
called this Aegien Sea summer destination The St. Tropez of Turkey.
For those readers who would like to know more about Bodrum, especially the
village of Golturkbuku, there is plenty of well written reading material
(including these two 2006 New York Times travel write-ups). In this
review, I will try to stay focused specifically on my most recent trip, the
hotel, the changes which took place at this hotel this year and the
highlights of my trip.
The New York Times - Jan / 2006
The New York Times - Aug / 2006
Our Arrival on Saturday, June 30, 2007
When I emailed the hotel... (more)
Ulitzer Travel Magazine
Magnum Nautica, Croatia’s first and foremost Luxury yacht charter Croatia
Company has announced a number of new additions that plan to take the firm to
the top on the list of Europe’s best luxury charter companies.
At a recently held press conference, Mrs. Dragica Gadzo, Spokesperson for the
company, told reporters and guests about the latest addition to the fleet, an
Azimut Jumbo 100, which currently has the honor of being the largest luxury
charter yacht sailing the Adriatic waters. Magnum Nautica is a premier Luxury
yacht charter Croatia service. Backed by Austria’s reputed Real4You
Investment Corporation, the Croatian Magnum Group caters to luxury tourists
through its luxury yacht charter service, the Magn um Nautica, and its luxury
Magnum Hotels which owns the Opatija, Bristol, Astoria and Apoksiomen in
Croatia. The c... (more)
From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine
This is not an article to inform you of quality restaurants but rather to
explain you the type of places you can dine while visiting the Greek isles.
Eating out in Greece is a national pastime and a leisurely pleasure. Whether
dining at a local taverna or an elegant restaurant, Greeks take their time
over food. The native cuisine is delightfully uncomplicated and quite
different from what's found in Greek restaurants abroad. Much of the cooking
relies on simple seasonings and fresh meat and vegetables.
Greeks like all the other Mediterraneans go out for dinner much later then
the other Europeans and Americans. This is usually a time much after 21:00
o'clock in the evening and usually there is a time where you find only
tourists in the tavernas.
For dinner you have the possibility to go for expensive restaurants but
From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine
I thought it could be a good idea to provide you with a detailed excursion
plan if you ever decide to visit Rhodes island, the largest of the
Dodecanese islands group in Greece. This is actually the route I followed in
Sept 2007 when I visited the island.
The programme below is a 10 day itinerary, including your arrival and
departure days, which you may follow while you will be visiting
Rhodes island. You can customize the programme to your own taste and
time table. In some future articles I will be explaining to you in detail
some of the wonderful places at Rhodes island.
Day 1. Arrival day. After you get your hotel room it is time to reserve your
tickets for the nearby islands Symi and possibly Tilos. Then arrange with a
rent a car company for some small car which you will use in your excursion.
In the evening stro... (more)
From the Turkish Riviera Magazine
The city of Priene, an Ionian settlement, was laid out on Mount Mycale
(Samsun) and contained many famous examples of Hellenistic art and
architecture. The original location of the city has never been found but it
was probably a peninsula with two harbors. The ruins are from the new city
built in the 4th century BC. It is a small city with 4 or 5 thousand
inhabitants and not of great political significance even if it shared the
same history with the other Ionian cities.
The city is mainly organized in four districts, the political (bouleuterion
and prytaneion), the cultural (Theatre), commercial (a gora) and most
importantly religious (Athena Temple) In addition to the Athena Temple, the
people of Priene erected sanctuaries dedicated to Zeus, Demeter and Egyptian
The city was a member of the Ionian League, and has been bui... (more)
From the Turkish Riviera Magazine
Gumusluk is a traditional fishing village on the Bodrum peninsula in the
south west end of the Aegean part in the Turkish riviera. Bodrum or the
ancient city of Halicarnassus of Caria is a well known center of tourism
and yachting. Bodrum peninsula is also well known for the lovely bays and
coves with the suitable and very clean waters for sailing and swimming.
Gumusluk, some 25 km away of Bodrum is a peaceful village to relax and is
also a place offering opportunities for walking. The shore-line of the
village have sandy beaches and plenty of fish restaurants to make your
holiday a memorable one.
To reach Gumusluk you can take a mini bus, dolmus in Turkish, from Bodrum and
it takes about 50 minutes to get to Gumusluk. If you have your own car or if
you have chosen to rent a car, it is a 40 minutes drive from Bodrum. Drive
Turkish Riviera, the Turquoise Coast Magazine
Every year gulet (wooden yachts) owners and Bodrum's "blue voyage" tourism
industry bring tens of thousands of tourists to Aquarium and other local
spots by boat.
And every year tourists enjoy the same garbage and litter mountains which
were left behind by animals (I can't call them human beings) on the shore.
Here are my questions:
1) Where is the mayor of Bodrum, and what is he doing?
The mayor's name apparently is Mehmet Kocadon. Well he is directly
responsible from this embarrassing picture.
2) What is the gulet owners association doing? I understand they are broke
and barely pay their bills but they are part of the big picture here.
3) Is there a tourism organization in town? What are they doing?
In short this picture shows how primitive the concept of "tourism" is in
Turkey and a hot de... (more)
YV&C International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine reports:
Vacations are all about rest, relaxation, and, of course, indulgence. And
when it comes to Hollywood's biggest stars, you can count on them to take it
up a notch by spending time in exotic locales, on some of the world's most
Since the '50s, Christina O has attracted a primarily European clientele, but
has also hosted many Hollywood celebrities. Recent charters have been enjoyed
by Madonna, Johnny Depp, Tommy Hilfiger, and Oliver Stone. The famed
megayacht charters for $600,000 a week.
As morning's light broke over the horizon, Russell Crowe stood at the bow of
the ship, gazing out to sea. Another day of mystery and adventure lay ahead
for Crowe and the crew... . If this sounds like a scene from Crowe's latest
film, "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," it's not.... (more)
Graduate student Laura Albers decided last year to spend her summer this year
traveling Europe and she made it her personal mission to convince her sister
and two best friends to join her on the journey. Lucky for Laura, they
didn’t take too much convincing. They met up on the other side of the globe
for a holiday in Greece. This is their story…
Day 1: Arrival in Athens
My friend Katie and I land in Athens in the early afternoon and wait for the
arrival of our two co-voyagers – which takes nearly the entire day, but by
the end of it we’re together, the four of us, and are finally ready to
begin our adventure.
We make our way to the hotel, wash away the travel dust, and go for a nice
dinner in the Plaka – a beautiful area of Athens with plenty of shops,
cafes and restaurants. The food is delicious – souvlaki (think meat on a
stick), tzatziki (an amazing white sauce... (more)