Author Archive for Nicholas Dean

Nicholas Dean is Managing Partner and Co-founder of global full-service superyacht brokerage company Ocean Independence, who specialise in yacht sales, charter, new build and management. With a passion for sailing from an early age, Nicholas started his career in the British marine industry, progressing into the large yacht market 32 years ago. His trusted expertise and knowledge combined with exceptional insight have generated a global reputation for excellence. One of the fastest-growing companies in the luxury-yachting sector, Ocean Independence operates the largest crewed charter fleet in the world and a team that combines more years of marine expertise than any other brokerage company globally. Founded in 2005, Ocean Independence now has approximately 115 employees, operating from 15 offices around the world, speaking 24 different languages.

Hotspots and cool yachts: escape in 2022

Hotspots and cool yachts: escape in 2022

An extraordinary number of spectacular superyachts are available to charter worldwide with many people now looking to plan a summer getaway in 2022. Many of the most fabulous charter yachts can be found anchored either in the glorious coves of the Bahamas or the historical harbours of New England during the summer months, and it’s […]

Escape the crowds on board Northern Sun in Thailand

Escape the crowds on board Northern Sun in Thailand

Welcoming visitors to explore some exceptional cruising grounds, Thailand opened once again for travel as of 1st November 2021. This year-round yachting haven delivers a wonderful climate and prolonged sunshine, perfect to experience an idyllic getaway on the water. A taste of the exotic awaits in Thailand where Phuket, dubbed the ‘pearl of Thailand’, is […]

Charter in the Sea of Cortez

Charter in the Sea of Cortez

The narrow Sea of Cortez is flanked by mainland Mexico and Baja California, offering an intriguing coastline that remains somewhat of a secret yachting destination. Aptly named “the world’s aquarium” by Jacques Cousteau, the waters here thrive with an abundance of fascinating marine mammals such as whale sharks, humpbacks, sea lions and mobula rays. The […]

The Arabian Gulf: a stylish yacht charter location

The Arabian Gulf: a stylish yacht charter location

With an achingly beautiful coastline, the Middle East is blessed with continuously spectacular landscapes within which a melting pot of fascinating culture beckons. Increasing in popularity to explore by yacht, the Arabian Gulf is home to some of the most incredible sights, magnificent architecture and extraordinary splendour. Offering sparkling seas and powdery shores, the lure […]

Discover the delights of Belize

Discover the delights of Belize

Get ready for an exotic blend of tropical Caribbean beauty, fascinating Mayan culture and a warm Creole welcome when travelling to Belize. South of Mexico and bordering Guatemala, this charming nation located on the east of Central America is often dubbed the ‘adventure coast’ for yachting. Indeed this moniker also encompasses the abundance of underwater […]

Montenegro: a yachting haven

Montenegro: a yachting haven

Boasting a rich heritage, mystical isles and a breath-taking coastline, Montenegro is an idyllic destination to visit by yacht. Strewn with medieval villages lined with cobbled streets and pebbly shores packed with charm, a getaway to this Adriatic treasure is recommended. Look for family-owned restaurants serving authentic local fare such as priganice (fritters) as a […]

A yachting getaway in the Aeolian Islands

A yachting getaway in the Aeolian Islands

Peppering the Tyrrhenian Sea just off Sicily’s northeast coast, the Aeolians are a group of seven picturesque islands with volcanic origins, providing stunning cruising grounds for a scenic and relaxed yacht charter. The area is protected by UNESCO and the landscape, as well as the atmosphere, varies significantly from island to island. Exploring by yacht […]

Island-hopping by yacht in New England

Island-hopping by yacht in New England

Fair winds, cool culture and untold idiosyncrasies, a New England yacht charter delivers an great opportunity to holiday in style. From tranquil spots on secluded beaches to mouth-watering cuisine in lively townships, this is the trip of a lifetime, wherever you choose you cannot go wrong. The greatest time to visit these coastal isles is […]

Ibiza - beyond the crowds

Ibiza – beyond the crowds

The opportunity to experience authentic Ibiza is something that relatively few take the time to do. A yacht charter discovering this island’s hidden treasures is the ultimate way to travel whilst affording a chance to create unique and unforgettable memories. Explore isolated coves, spot wild orchids in almond groves and stroll through whitewashed hamlets exuding […]

The magical Ionian Islands of Greece

The magical Ionian Islands of Greece

The Ionian Islands are an idyllic destination to experience the delights of a yacht charter in Greece. A line of stepping-stones across the sea, the mix of islands trail the western coast of mainland Greece. Ribbons of sand frame the undulating shoreline backed by dense woodland on soaring hills. Blessed with deep anchorages, sheltered coves […]

Motor Yacht SEAGULL II Croatia

Yachting paradise in Croatia on board motor yacht SEAGULL II

Croatia offers an abundance of spectacular cruising grounds, perfect to explore on a summer yacht charter. Boasting exceptional marine life, fascinating culture and a truly captivating coastline, there is something for everyone in this region of the Adriatic. Soak up the delights  on board 54m beautifully restored classic motor yacht SEAGULL II, packed with allure […]

Escape to the Bahamas on a yacht charter

Escape to the Bahamas on a yacht charter

An unsurpassed destination south of Florida, the beautiful islands of the Bahamas are easily accessed and perfect for a yachting voyage of discovery. It is surprising how truly uncrowded and unspoiled these islands are, considering how close they are to the mainland. A yachting haven offering sheltered harbours, diverse sailing grounds and deserted islands, this […]

Island-hopping in St Vincent and the Grenadines

Island-hopping in St Vincent and the Grenadines

Consisting of over 32 islands and cays, only nine of which are inhabited, St Vincent and the Grenadines have been appropriately dubbed ‘the jewels of the Caribbean’. Famed for secluded beaches, crystal-clear water, and sublime dive sites, most of this sprawling archipelago is only accessible by boat, making it an ideal spot to take a […]

Serene sailing in the Seychelles

Serene sailing in the Seychelles

Located to the north east of Madagascar and strewn with World Heritage Sites, the granite archipelago of the Seychelles clusters together approximately 115 inner and outer islands. While the more remote outer islands can be reached with a local guide or specifically trained captain on board, most visited are the inner islands, including well-known Praslin, […]

Natural wonder in Antarctica

Natural wonder in Antarctica

Achingly beautiful and wildly pristine, remote Antarctica is unlike any other destination on earth and defies the imagination. The land is a vast white icescape, dotted with soaring mountains untouched by mankind and blessed with wildlife flourishing in this snowy enclave. Take time to marvel at the many wonders of this incredible peninsula where ice-filled […]

Buccaneer Archipelago Australia

Experience the Kimberley, Australia by yacht

Travelling along the north-western edge of Australia offers an introduction to a raw, wild coastline dotted with some 2,600 beautiful islands. The isolated and rugged Kimberley coast is often referred to as one of Australia’s great natural wonders; this never-ending natural haven of crystalline waters, white sands, pounding waterfalls, and sandstone gorges is guaranteed to […]