When all else fails, take a power vacation…

People and Places, Sailing, Technical, Technology, Tourism, Yachting — By on May 4, 2014 at 11:51 PM

photo 1 (55)When all else fails, take a power vacation… By Elena Kritikou

Technohull Charters,   a luxury powerboats charter company that provides crewed charters for resort destinations throughout Greece and the Mediterranean Sea, has a new name: Powerboat Charters. The name change has just been made to the company established a year ago by Petros Evgenios and Lefteris Xydis.

Petros Evgenios studied at the National Technical University of Athens and recently  graduated as a  yacht-master  from the Royal Yachting Association in Great Britain. Six years ago, he created  his  first charter company, which today owns two professional yachts (20 metres each).  Mr Evgenios is closely involved in his business – he  is also the skipper of the vessels.

photo 3 (58)Lefteris Xydis is a graduate of the Athens University Commercial faculty), and a founding  member of  Technohull shipyard. He also works as a computer programmer foranother company.

Powerboat Charters today owns three powerboats. The company aims to provide high quality  service in the chartering of  luxurious yachts capable of high performance  in heavy sea conditions  (i.e. conditions that are common in the Aegean Sea).

This is said to be the first Greek company that is involved in this business field. Apart from providing high-end transportation, units can be chartered as luxury tenders for mega-yachts, as owners and skippers are becoming increasingly demanding in regard to the performance, comfort and safety to a level that a simple tender cannot provide.

On April 10 2014 at the Marina of Alimos (south of Athens), the owners of Powerboat Charters threw a splendid reception  to present  the company and the services offered which are considered completely new and innovative for Greece.

photo 2 (63)Similar companies have been active for many years in the Mediterranean Sea region and especially in the major islands including Malta, Corsica and Majorca.

Guests were mostly yacht charter brokers, but there was ample representation from luxury yacht lovers and potential customers.

Attendance was impressive: more than 100 people were present, and it was clear that word of mouth had spread rapidly about the event.

The company owns three powerboats: the SIR XS, a Fabio Buzzi Sunseeker 40 ft  and  two Technohull types of 46 ft and 35 ft, , OMEGA and SEA DNA. Of course, such vessels were hardly chosen at random. They were selected among other reasons for the unique design of their deck, their capacity, their capability of carrying many people, and advanced hull design that enables low horsepower diesel engines to achieve a combination of high speed and low fuel consumption.

·          “SIR XS” Year: 2004 (2012 refitted)

(http://www.powerboatcharters.gr/yachts/sunseeker-xs/) This is a 40 ft powerboat, built in Britain by Sunseeker and designed by the race-boat designer Fabio Buzzi.

Powered by twin 350hp Yanmar engines, this model is described as “the ultimate adrenalin machine.” Capable of travelling at speeds from 30 to 60 knots with a consumption of 130 lt/hr at 40 knots while delivering a soft, comfortable and dry ride for eight passengers, Sunseeker XS can satisfy a wide variety of entertainment purposes.

With her large and comfortable (aft and fore) cockpit areas, her extreme JL sound system and an experienced captain, all passengers will enjoy a fast, safe and exciting cruise around the Greek islands, whether for a single or a multi-day excursion. This powerboat is very rare as this type  was built from 2003 until 2005 as Sunseeker’s shipyard special edition. It is estimated that only 50 are in existence. The type will be familiar to anhone who has seen the James Bond movie, Casino Royal.

·         “OMEGA”  Year: 2014

(http://www.powerboatcharters.gr/yachts/omega41/)

Described as staggering, aggressive, powerful and stylish this model has propulsion achieved by two  Volkswagen diesel V8 engines, with double variable turbos, of very low consumption, 350hp /each, in combination with Mercruiser diesel sterndrives.

Cruising speed is about 25-50knots (maximum 60 knots) and she can accommodate up to 11 people.

Consumption, at operational speed 45knots, full fuel tanks and seven people on board does not exceed 100ltrs/hr. Hull is designed by British designer Adam Younger and deck by Alexandros Laskovitis.

Technohull OMEGA41 can be used as super-yacht follow tender and is ideal for long distance offshore journeys. Dynamic design and high performance are the watchwords.

·         “SeaDNA”  Year: 2010

(http://www.powerboatcharters.gr/yachts/seadna-999/)  SeaDNA is a 10.5 m powerboat with a Cummins QSD diesel engine in combination with a Mercruiser diesel stern-drive, 350 hp, giving 25 – 45 knots.  Total consumption with operational speed of 40knots, full fuel tanks and five people on board does not exceed 70 ltrs/hr. Hull is designed by Adam Younger, and  the deck by  the Technohull team.

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