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In Conversation with Captain Meo: Your Unforgettable Charter on FAR FAR AWAY

On a recent visit to Italy we had the opportunity to get on board one of Ocean Independence’s luxury yachts for charter, FAR FAR AWAY.

Known for her world-class Captain and exceptional 2021 refit, this was an opportunity we simply couldn’t miss. Welcomed aboard by Meo, a seasoned Captain with over four decades of experience at the helm, we discussed what sets FAR FAR AWAY apart from other charter yachts, and why she is a truly unique addition to the luxury yacht charter market.

From skippering cargo and passenger ships for 20 years, to helming superyachts of all sizes and marques around the globe for another two decades, Captain Meo's career is as captivating as the Mediterranean itself. His intimate knowledge of these waters, particularly around Italy, promises a charter experience where luxury and adventure combine.

"When I moved into yachting, I built up experience on a few vessels ranging from 42 to 55 metres. Each taught me invaluable lessons, and with FAR FAR AWAY, I’m able to put all of my experience to good use, ensuring each charter is tailored to my guests' desires."

FAR FAR AWAY Captain Meo

CRAFTING YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

With Captain Meo, the charm of a charter on FAR FAR AWAY extends beyond the yacht and destination. Guests are granted the freedom to make impromptu tweaks to their itinerary, ensuring a bespoke and exceptionally personal experience. Meo takes pride in his meticulously planned itineraries, his knowledge of the region's finest dining, and his ability to choose the ideal anchorages for the perfect sunset view.

"It's all about flexibility," says Meo. "I welcome conversations, discuss weather forecasts, and offer multiple routes. My goal is to make my guests feel like they're part of the sailing experience, almost as though they are the Owner. If they wish to avoid any swell, I know all the best the bays, beaches, and nightlife spots, so I can offer the most comfortable route."

Chartering in France and Italy immerses you in luxury, culture, and nature. And with a Captain like Meo, you are guaranteed to see the very best of these stunning countries. Bringing his vast experience and impressive adaptability to his role, Meo’s professionalism brings with it an extremely relaxed and laid-back atmosphere on board. 

Seasoned charterers can spot a “going through the motions” smile and attitude from their Captain and crew a mile away. That doesn’t happen on FAR FAR AWAY. He relishes getting to know guests on a first-name basis, and works exceptionally hard to ensure all guests feel welcome.

FAR FAR AWAY crew

ANCHORED IN PARADISE

It is fair to say FAR FAR AWAY spends a lot of time at anchor. Impressive stability offers a sense of tranquillity that’s hard to match, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the pristine beauty of Italian anchorages and neatly avoiding the pain of having to jostle for position in Italy’s exceedingly busy marinas.

"With the Owner we often spend entire weeks at anchor, "Meo reveals. "I've joked with them about stowing the passerelle away in May, only to bring it back out in October. This, to us, is just the right way to do yachting.”

Captain Meo's dedication to perfecting the guest experience is evident in these situations. "During a sunset dinner at anchor, we might move the yacht two or three times just to catch the perfect sunset view."

With such a stable yacht, Meo is able to do this without disturbing guest’s peace on board, while also allowing for comfortable night cruising. This ensures guests can take full advantage of their time—both on board and in the water. "Witnessing guests awaken in a secluded bay after a serene night sail, then enjoying breakfast on the aft deck? That’s the real joy of my job.”

"FAR FAR AWAY aft deck"

THE ART OF CHARTER: A STELLAR CREW

For a luxury superyacht charter to deliver the expected level of service, an exceptional crew are just as important as a professional Captain. And FAR FAR AWAY does not disappoint in this category.

Food on board is provided by a top-tier chef, who finds art not just in sublime flavours but in the visual presentation of every dish. Think Michelin-star dining, but with the gentle sway of the sea beneath and the starry Italian sky.

FAR FAR AWAY pizza oven on deck
FAR FAR AWAY breakfast
FAR FAR AWAY dinner

And for those eager to plunge into the glittering Mediterranean, a charter on board FAR FAR AWAY is perfect for groups of adults and families alike. Pairing Meo's encyclopaedic knowledge of the Mediterranean with an extended swim platform that drops into the water, guests of all ages and abilities are granted elegant access to the water.

"Our guests love the water sports activities we offer. Whether it's Jet Ski rides or snorkelling trips with an abundance of marine life, we ensure every moment spent chartering FAR FAR AWAY is filled with magic."

"FAR FAR AWAY access and watertoys"

SET SAIL ON YOUR OWN ITALIAN ADVENTURE

With an extensive list of superyachts for charter and stunning destinations to visit, booking your next yacht rental can be somewhat overwhelming. While Italy and France have an enduring appeal, high on the agenda for many, few charter yachts combine intimate local knowledge with unparalleled luxury quite like FAR FAR AWAY.

Captain Meo's professionalism transforms a yacht charter in Italy from a mere vacation to a tailor-made, unforgettable experience, ensuring guests don't just travel, but truly feel the magic of Italy and France.

Embark on your own tale of Italian opulence and secure your spot on FAR FAR AWAY.

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