Jan 10

M.Y. JO – Slide

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The great new addition to the plethora of activities and watersports on board this Caribbean season is the JO slide. This slide has already been greatly enjoyed by the guests over the Christmas and New Year period. Conveniently located on the Bridge Deck aft (main entertaining deck) it provides not only safe fun for the children but you also generate enough speed on the slippery slide to entertain and thrill one and all.

Jan 9

Atlantic Crossing

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Jo arrived in to Antigua on the 22nd of November, completing her 16th Atlantic crossing. The crossing from Lanzarote to Antigua was accomplished in just under 10 days at an average speed of 12.2 knots and improved fuel consumption from previous years due the propellers having been “optimised” during the dry docking survey in Trogir in October. The crossing was mostly in good conditions and with numerous sightings of whales of various species helped towards another successful Atlantic trip to the Caribbean.

Jul 4

Jo is superior in her class. Crowned ‘Best Family Charter Yacht 2011’ by Superyacht World

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News update – Jo is superior in her class. Crowned ‘Best Family Charter Yacht 2011’ by Superyacht World.

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Jul 4

Familiarisation Trip On Board Motor Yacht Jo

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Between the 4th and 7th May 2013
The magnificent 50m (164’) Benetti motor yacht, Jo, welcomed aboard a host of charter brokers for a ‘Familiarisation Trip’ from Cavtat to Porto Montenegro.

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Mar 26

M.Y. JO yard report

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1st October 2012 – April 2013
This winter JO swapped the sunny shores of the Caribbean for the more industrial scenery of the shipyard in Trogir, Croatia. Whilst in the yard we have improved and serviced JO all over; from the engine room to the deck to the interior. In the engine room we completed a W6 on the main engines, which involved them being removed from the boat up through the removable patches in the main salon and out through the back doors. These were then serviced in the MTU facility in Split, Croatia. The gearboxes were also removed and sent to ZF in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Here they were serviced before being reinstalled along with the main engines in February. The lagging on both the main engine exhaust systems and the generators have been removed and replaced. We have invested in a new crane for the foredeck, to improve launching speed and efficiency.

On the deck side of things, we have removed all of the capping rails, and sanded them down to the bare wood and re-varnished them completely before fixing them back in place. Numerous paint jobs have also taken place which include; repainting the starboard side, port side and the stern.

We have also invested in a new jet powered tender, as a replacement for the Sterling Reed. The Williams 565 will arrive on JO in April, powered by a 180hp Yanmar engine. During our time in the shipyard we also spent 3 weeks in the dry dock, whilst in the dry dock the underwater section of the hull was sandblasted and a full antifouling paint system applied. All of the exterior cushions have been re-upholstered with one of the latest Sunbrella designs.

We have installed a new VSAT RaDome to enhance the internet on board. As it is on top of the mast there is no interference with the signal therefore meaning that internet will be uninterrupted on board. Along with VSAT we have installed a SeaTell 5004UA TV RaDome.

In the interior we have replaced all of the TV’s along with putting Sky boxes in all cabins. A large amount of the wall material has been replaced in the guest cabins, along with replacing the carpets throughout the boat.
Whilst in the yard we have also had a Lloyd’s survey to ensure that we comply with all the latest regulations.

Jan 25

Humpback Whale

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Whilst enroute to Barbuda, we were lucky to sight a Humpback Whale off the West Coast of St. Barths. The sighting and position was reported the Marine Park of St. Barths who advised it was the first sighting of a Humpback this season.

Humpback distinctive underside of flipper.

Jan 25

JO – Antigua

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JO following the Christmas and New Year period cruising is now in Antigua undertaking general maintenance and preparing for the upcoming charters in February and March. The yacht has recently purchased 2 inflatable Stand Up Paddle boards to add to the water sports inventory. The JO Kite has also been in action off Barbuda.

Dec 16

Caribbean 2011 – 201

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Having completed another successful Charter Show in Antigua, JO is now where she is happiest out cruising. Currently off Antigua but heading North slowly via Barbuda to St. Martin for the Christmas period.

Jun 22

secrets from the Galley

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Gazpacho Andaluz

5 Slices white Toast
1 cup milk
2 boiled Eggs
¼ cup Ketchup
3 soup spoons Mayonnaise
1kg ripe Tomatoes
1 big red Pepper
1 nice Cucumber
1 Onion
2 cloves Garlic
3 soup spoons sliced Almonds
1 tea spoon Paprika
5 soup spoons nice clear vinegar
5 soup spoons Olive Oil
Salt, Pepper and Tabasco
-Slice vegetables and marinade a few hours with all ingredients
-mix every thing very fine
-pass true a coned sieve
-ad a hand full ice and put to chill
-mix again, if necessary ad Salt and a little bit of vinegar
-serve in chilled bowls or glasses
-you can serve on the side Croutons, mashed eggs, Tomatoes dies and pepper dies
– no problem to keep a few days in the fridge

Apr 14

Fishing on the way to Martinique

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