Photography by 22 Graus/Tropical Charter
Management companies, 22 Graus and Tropical Charter have joined forces to present the first all-Brazilian yacht charter offering.
Saha is an Italian-built Technema motor yacht with exquisite exterior and interior styling by Posillipo.
After a period undergoing custom interior design refit in Brazil, Saha was delivered to her owner in 2016. She accommodates up to eight guests in four cabins, each with ensuite, all to world-class superyacht standard.
All interior fittings were imported from Italy and include marble bathrooms and plush leather seating. Saha comprises several areas for entertaining and relaxation, including a Jacuzzi on deck. A crew of five under the direction of experienced Captain Waldemir make the charter complete.
Her year-round charter itinerary includes Rio de Janeiro, famous for its natural wonders of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer statue towering above the city. Famed for its Carnaval and Samba, Rio de Janeiro is always in party mode.
Continuing out of Guanabara Bay and heading westwards down the coast of Rio you pass the beautiful beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, and Prainha.
Just 25 nautical miles further west, dubbed “Costa Verde” or Green Coast by the locals due to its extraordinarily deep green waters, Ilha Grande, the “Big Island” guards the bay of Angra dos Reis.
The area is a “yacht cruising heaven” with its hundreds of small islands, some private, others deserted and still more with bars and restaurants.
Close to the border of Sao Paulo state and popular with Cariocas and Paulistas, Parati is one of the jewels in the Bay of Angra dos Reis. Founded in 1597 and therefore one of the oldest settlements in Brazil, this well-preserved colonial gem is a major landmark on the Brazilian coast and a must for any tourist visiting Brazil.
Angra and Parati are already popular cruising grounds for a fleet of traditional schooner boats, modestly equipped for day or weekend jaunts among the tranquil coves and beachside bars.
Saha is available for charter as far north as the fabulous peninsula of Búzios, which was made famous by Brigitte Bardot and boasts sparkling golden beaches, such as Praia Raza and world-class nightclubs, such as Pacha and Privilege, as well as its famous beach parties.
Commenting on the major milestone in Brazilian charter, 22 Graus Director, Nicholas Vlieland-Boddy explained local regulations make charter relatively easy.
“The majority of regulations are based on the origin (homeport) of the yacht. For example, a Cayman Island yacht will be liable to an industry tax (1 percent of the value of the hull every 30 days of chartering) and may only stay for a period of 90 days in Brazilian waters at any one time, be it for private use or commercial.
“Therefore, our only option was to find a Brazilian-owned yacht that was registered and legally allowed to carry out commercial operations in Brazil.”
Nicholas and his associates have spent two years working with the owner of Saha to prepare it for charter.
“From an outside perspective chartering in Brazil may look daunting with all the complications and language barriers. 22 Graus and our associates Tropical charter have teamed up in the effort to make the industry a reality. Bringing clarity, transparency, and professionalism to yacht chartering in Brazil by means of this wonderful superyacht, Saha.
“We accept the international charter agreement under MYBA which separates the cost of the boat rental and the extras such as food, beverage and fuel. Currently there is no VAT applied to the charter cost.”