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85 ft / 25.9 m Maiora - Sleeps 9 guests

Chartering in the West Mediterranean

About SANDS1

Operating in the West Mediterranean

This fantastic motor yacht was built in 2003 by Maiora and entirely refitted in 2013. M/Y Sands is a fine example of Italian design that retain the pleasure of cruising with good performance without sacrificing elegance and luxury. Sands is a luxurious yacht, designed specifically for charter and ideal for guests researching comfort and elegance. The yacht offers a large amount of space, inside and outside, developed to guarantee great onboard comfort and safety combined with the elegance of the furnishing. Every detail has been put in place to provide the highest level of luxury, comfort and class. The Fly bridge and the bow provide a unique area for pure relaxation. A fabulous Fly bridge deck allows a large sunbathing area. Meals can be enjoyed in the dining salon or alfresco under the stars. The spacious salon of this yacht was designed with the perfect cruise in mind, long and comfortable sofa, flat screen TV, separated dining area as well as state of the art audio-visual equipment throughout. The night area offers 4 cabins: double Master cabin with modern furnishing, a soft seat and en-suite facilities, VIP double cabin and 2 twin cabins (1 pullman bed in one of the twin cabin). Separate crew quarter.

Side view


Fly bridge

Dining alfresco


Helm Station



Dining area


Master cabin

Vip cabin

Twin cabin

Master bathroom



85 ft / 25.9 m

Year Built


Sleeping Guests


Cruising Speeds

22.9 kts / 42.5 km/h


2x 1500hp MTU


20 ft 0 in / 6.1 m




Captain: Gualberto Passaglia + 2



VAT Registered



5 ft 2 in / 1.6 m






US Duty Paid



  • Fishing gear - light
  • CD library
  • Cell phone
  • DVD library
  • DVD player saloon
  • Fax
  • Games console
  • Indoor audio system
  • Satellite phone
  • Satellite TV
  • Wi-Fi
  • Assorted water toys
  • Jet ski (standup)
  • Kayaks multiple
  • Paddleboards multiple
  • Water skis - adult
  • Snorkelling gear

Crew Profile

Captain: Gualberto Passaglia, Italian, 57 y.o.

Gualberto personally supervised the building of Sands at Maiora Shipyards and is her Captain since her first charter in 2003. Highly professional and very talented Gualberto has a sounding knowledge of marine motors and a number of professional certifications. Has over twenty years experience in maritime filed. After performing the military service in the Coastguard, in 1984 entered the yachting business working on a number of yachts. During his cooperation with Maiora Shipyards he sailed all over the Mediterranean sea and the Pacific Ocean. Gualberto is a very, very nice person, discreet but very keen about his work, always able to grant the best atmosphere to his guests. He is a very good diver and is Padi open water qualified diver.

Chef: Gianluca Armonico, Italian, 44 y.o.

Gianluca has been working with Captain Gualberto on Sands since the very beginning in 2003. He started his career in ’95 as cook/deckhand on several Motor Yachts, such as KITALPHA and SPIZZ 4, always keeping on improving his competence with several training qualifications. Gianluca is passionate about cooking and his passion is reflected in his ability to customize menus to suit his guests' needs and desires. He is proficient in a wide variety of dishes and is particularly fond of Mediterranean healthy cuisine. He speaks Italian and English.

Deckhand: Gaetano Tortorella, Italian, 26 y.o.

Gaetano attended the Nautical Institute in Torre del Greco (NA), and took the Deck Officer Cadet qualification in 2009. Soon after his studies, he started to work on board several vessels, in particular LPG Tanker and Cargos and he cruised both Ocean and Mediterranean waters. His passion for the sea and for the ship life has taken him, then, to move to the charter industry. Used to the hard work, he is a very responsible person. Dynamic, helpful and friendly, Gaetano is a master of hospitality always looking after his guests to the best of his abilities. Moreover, thanks to his past experience in the Catering Industry, he is an excellent waiter, responsible for cleanliness and dining service. Native Italian, he speaks basic English.


SANDS1 can accommodate 9 guests in 4 cabins. The Master cabin has a double bed, shower and toilet. A Guest cabin has a double bed, shower and toilet. A Guest cabin has a twin bed, a pullman, shower and toilet. A Guest cabin has a twin bed, shower and toilet. SANDS1 is fully air conditioned through out. Crew has a separate heads and shower.


The boat was absolutely lovely, beautifully presented, spacious and comfortable. We were raved about the crew, how fun, charming, so attentive and hard-working.
Everything was “PHENOMENAL”!
We highly recommend both SANDS and her crew.

20-27 July 2015
"Todo fenómeno con el barco. La pasamos muy bien, el barco excelente y la tripulación muy profesional. Estuvimos muy cómodos y supero nuestras expectativas. La verdad una experiencia alucinante. Esperamos poder hacer otro viaje y usar como transporte/hotel un barco. Así que cualquier idea o propuesta que tengas será bienvenida!
Gracias por todo!

June 2015
"We have been having a wonderful time on the SandS. The boat is lovely. The area is stunning. And the captain and crew are just great - we have fast become family. It is hard to believe this adventure is almost over, but we're already talking about next June in Sicily, perhaps.
Thank you for helping make this magical trip happen."

July 2014

"We had a great time. The staff and captain were excellent. They were friendly and accomodating. They were also flexible. It is a terrific trip and we customized it somewhat. Great time had by all. The food was outstanding. The Captain is a great chef. It was very simple and pleasant and we have absolutely no complaints and would be happy to recommend it. I would definitely do it again or serve as a reference."


July 2011

"I would like to thank you very much.
Our charter, the crew and your organization were exceptional and we had a great time. Thank you !"

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