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Rare Spanish Sailing Charter

Published on June 6, 2013 by   ·   No Comments


Despite Spain, in particular the Balearic Islands, having some of the most stunning and popular cruising waters in the Mediterranean, over recent years the Spanish yacht charter industry has been all but destroyed by matriculation tax.  This 12% tax must be paid on registration, in addition to the prevailing rate of VAT, which in Spain would be 21%, making overall tax a grand total of a third of the value of the boat.  This leaves slim pickings when choosing a Spanish summer charter however, Sea Shuttle, a 28.7 metre Jongert sailing yacht, is up for grabs.

Sea Shuttle’s captain, Paul Madden, says, “We’re licensed for the Balearic Islands and Spanish waters in general.  Not very many sailing yachts have the licence, but we’ve decided to pay the tax and do some business here and give people the opportunity to see the Balearic Islands in their full beauty.”


Following an extensive exterior and interior refit in 2011/2012, Sea Shuttle offers a high level of comfort and charters for 28,000 euros per week high season, plus expenses and VAT if applicable.  So what do you get for your money?


Paul continues, “You get the boat and four crew which includes a captain, first class restaurant chef, a deck hand who does all the sailing with me and a hostess to serve drinks and food – whatever and whenever you want.  Sea Shuttle sleeps seven across one double master cabin and two twin guest cabins, all en-suite, but we can accommodate a few more during the day.”

Fully equipped, Sea Shuttle has a high speed 6.5 metre Ribeye tender capable of 50 knots which not only whisks guests from ship to shore for lunch or nightclubbing, but also tows one of her many toys.  Paul explains, “We have an inflatable banana for four people, four donuts, we have waterskis, wakeboards, snorkelling and fishing equipment and we even have two blow-up kayaks so we can do kayak races.  I think the guests will never be bored, or they can lounge about read books and just let the time go past.  We also have qualifications to teach beginners how to wakeboard or waterski, so onboard tuition is available at their request.”

Although based in Palma, Sea Shuttle cruises Spain, Italy, Croatia and Montenegro in the summer months – stunning sails unfurled (wind-permitting).  She has a large cockpit with extendable dining table for al fresco meals (barbecue on board) and a comfortable saloon with sofa, formal dining, a bar and open views.  Entertainment comes courtesy of a Samsung LED TV system with Apple TV (a 1,000 films to choose from), iPod docking in all cabins, two iPads, wireless internet and Bose surround sound operated from wireless iPhone remotes.


So, gather together a group of seven friends and for just over 4,000 euros each you sail the Mediterranean for a week, get all your food cooked and drinks served and have free waterskiing lessons to boot – sounds like heaven.

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