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Luxury Yacht Charters

Excellence. Service. Partnership.

Why Luxury Yacht Charters

It’s our goal to help you realize your luxury yacht charter vacation dreams.

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About Us

Learn about CKIM Group, yacht charter brokers specializing in worldwide Luxury Yacht Charter experiences. It is headquartered in Sebastian, Florida, close to the capital of yachting, and is constantly abreast of what’s happening in the industry. In addition, we have international team members who provide global support and knowledge. Below is an overview of the CKIM Group Team at your service.

What We Do

We’ll make the arrangements for you, so you are free to make memories, not phone calls. CKIM Group Inc. has decades of experience arranging unforgettable trips on charter yachts. With our vast resources and dedicated staff, we assure your satisfaction.

We Provide Expertise

Above all, we do our best to understand your vacation vision. Our Charter Brokers strive for open communication, listening to your needs and desires, and answering your questions. We must keep you, our client’s best interests, at the forefront. We share insight and first-hand knowledge of yacht amenities, captains, crews, and chefs, providing you with the required information.

Delivering Experiences

It’s our goal to help you realize your luxury yacht charter vacation dreams. Weather permitting, your yacht charter will take you where you want to go. Perhaps you would like to jaunt through the Exuma Islands in the Bahamas, around Greece, Croatia, or Italy. Alternatively, head up the New England coast to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket. Instead, you may want to visit Patagonia in Chile, Alaska, or a far-flung island in the South Pacific or Asia. We help you choose a yacht and destination that best aligns with your unique group. Let us be your guides. 

At CKIM Group, we strive to give you, our valued client, a level of service that far exceeds your expectations. We take great pride in our goal of matching you with the right luxury yacht charter crew and designing a vacation itinerary that best suits your needs and desires, giving you the yacht charter vacation of your dreams.


Christopher Patrick – CKIM Group Inc.

Our Values

At CKIM Group, we are dedicated to providing the following:

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Excellence

  • We strive to be the best in everything we do.
  • We are committed to honesty and transparency and always hold ourselves accountable for our actions.
  • We are dedicated to continuous improvement and excellence in our processes and services. We define success as doing the right things well while always reflecting our “Plus One” Raving Fan vision.
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Service

  • We pride ourselves on always providing responsive, professional, and exceptional service. 
  • Our clients come first. We strive to anticipate every client’s needs and respond with the most helpful solution. This even means referring you, the client, to another company. 
  • We will relentlessly persevere, creatively facing challenges to tirelessly address details until resolution.  
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Partnership

  • Fostering relationships and teamwork are the core of all we do; with clients, industry partners, and each other. 
  • We believe in the power of open communication and the continuous flow of information between all team members, especially in challenging circumstances. 
  • Above all, we value our team members. We consistently engage in learning and growth opportunities, provide feedback, and nurture the company’s development. 

Our Team

The CKIM Team is comprised of luxury travel veterans and international market specialists.

Christopher Patrick, CEO of Luxury Yacht Charters

Christopher Patrick

Christopher Patrick

Christopher Patrick has been a veteran of the yacht charter industry for the past 30 years. He lived in the British Virgin Islands for many years, where he fell in love with sailing and the yacht charter industry. And he will happily arrange yacht charters based on your particular requirements.

Jennifer Huffman

Yacht Charter Advisor

Jennifer enjoys travel, horseback riding, photography, and practicing Japanese Tea Ceremonies daily.  At 16, she was already traveling the world, learning about new places, cultures, and philosophies, eventually falling in love with those travels’ unique experiences.  She has enjoyed going to Japan and being fully immersed at the Urasenke Professional College of Chado in Kyoto, Japan, delving into the Way of Tea.

Jennifer toured Toronto, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands. She has enjoyed deep sea fishing in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, and horseback riding in Jinotega, Nicaragua, to name a few.  Jennifer calls Northwest Arkansas her home and is excited to bring these unique experiences to the CKIM Group Inc. She looks forward to helping others find their journeys.

Karin Patrick

Karin Patrick

Yacht Charter Advisor

Karin Patrick has been a travel industry professional since 1978. A native of Germany, Karin has lived in many places around the world including Australia, India, and the United Kingdom. In 1983, she moved to the United States, residing in Connecticut, then California, and now living in Florida.

Sonja of Luxury Yacht Charters

Sonja

Yacht Charter Advisor

Sonja is a luxury yacht charter veteran with over 26 years of diverse industry experience across Catamarans, Monohulls, and Megayachts. After beginning her career working on yachts in top destinations in France and Spain, Sonja moved to the Caribbean, where she worked for 15 years.

Sonja is also a licensed Captain and has worked as a freelance chef on various yachts. Her love for the industry and knowledge of many business sides led her to become a broker and CYBA member in 2004. Since then, she’s been using her vast knowledge to help clients realize their charter dreams worldwide. Now residing in her native city of Vienna, Sonja stays connected by visiting all the boat shows in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

Julia Towne

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Julia’s charter portfolio combines sailing yachts (60’+), catamarans, and power (70’+). Most of her 6+ years of experience align families with family-friendly crews and yachts. Julia focuses on family-friendly crew vs. crew that only prefer adults, but of course, this is all subject to the specific client, and she also facilitates couples-only charters.

Julia grew up in Maine and knows the New England charter area. Now a Newport, Rhode Island resident, she constantly communicates with the summer New England crews and yachts. Many relocate to Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean for the winter charter season. Her hobbies include running and yoga.

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Meghan de La Valette

Yacht Charter Advisor

Meghan has been working in the yachting industry for since 2013. She has worked on various sailing and motor yachts, starting as a stewardess/chef and progressing to sole chef. Pivoting to land, Meghan started cooking for professional sailing race teams, including American Magic, while they were campaigning for the 36th America’s Cup.

Using her prior experiences, she has transitioned into the Charter Advisory business at the beginning of 2022, advising her clients on the best of luxury travel. Before working in the yachting industry, she worked for Morgan Stanley Private Wealth and started the successful jewelry business, The Brass Mariner. In Meghan’s spare time, she loves traveling, making jewelry, sailing, and living by the sea in Newport, Rhode Island, with her Husband and Dog.

Memberships

Charter Yacht Brokers Association CYBA

We are proud to advise that our yacht broker specialist, Christopher Patrick is a member of CYBA (Charter Yacht Brokers Association) and IYBA (International Yacht Brokers Association). CYBA strives to maintain high ethical standards in the crewed yacht charter industry and liaises between brokers and industry-related groups.

Membership requires sponsorship from active CYBA members and regular attendance at annual broker shows and seminars. IYBA strives to unite those engaged in the yacht brokerage business to promote professionalism and cooperation among its members. Its mission is to develop and maintain a high standard of conduct in transacting the yacht brokerage business. Each member is required to abide by a code.

Virgin Islands Search & Rescue VISAR

CKIM Group supports The Virgin Islands Search & Rescue (VISAR), an all-volunteer organization dedicated to ensuring the waters of the British Virgin Islands are safe for travelers and locals alike by providing search and rescue missions that save lives!

Yachting Resources

The following are a few resources to consider when taking a vacation

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Travel Insurance

It is essential to protect your investment against unforeseen circumstances.

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Boat Comparison Guide

The boat comparison Guide will provide insights about the different types of Yachts.

New to Yachting?

If you’re new to yachting, our First Time Yacht Charter Guide is ready to help. It is the perfect resource to help you navigate the world of luxury yacht charters. 

Frequently Asked Questions