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How much does it cost to charter a yacht?

There are many things to consider and first time charterers can be left confused, that's why we've created a comprehensive guide to yacht charter prices (with a checklist).

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The good news: It’s easy to grasp the basics of yacht charter pricing. And with one of our experts in your corner, we can help you more accurately estimate the cost of your next once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

The cost of a yacht charter is dependent on a number of factors, including the type of yacht, the charter destination, local taxes, and the base cost. (If the yacht has a celebrity owner, well that too, can add to the cost.)

Therefore, yacht charters have a wide range of base prices. That’s why charters can cost from $10,000 per week on smaller sailing yachts and catamarans, up to $150,000+ per week on the most luxurious motor superyachts.

What else can you expect to pay? This overview – a part of our planning resource, the Charter Advice Guide – offers an in-depth look at charter yacht costs.

Yacht Charter Price Structure: “All-Inclusive” vs “Plus Expenses”

In the world of yachting, two types of crewed yacht charters are available to you – “All-Inclusive” and “Plus Expenses” charter experiences. What do these terms mean exactly? Here’s a quick look:

  • All-Inclusive Yacht Charters – Some charters (mainly catamaran and monohull charters in the Virgin Islands) offer all-inclusive rates. That means rates are based on the number of guests, and they include all food and drink, water sports, and fuel costs. Dockage and taxes, though, are usually charged separately.
  • Plus Expenses Charters – Rates for larger motor yachts do not include running expenses, which must be paid separately. For these luxury charters, the base price is for the yacht only. Additional expenses, i.e. food, bar, fuel, dockage, port taxes, and other expenses, are charged separately. Most frequently, the running expenses are paid by an Advance Provisioning Allowance, or APA, which is typically 35% of the base price; this is an amount that’s paid prior to the charter.

Our chart below offers a quick overview of what’s included in both of these types of charters.

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Average Yacht Charter Cost: Base Prices

What can you expect to pay for a catamaran, a sailing vessel, or motored yacht? Here’s a quick overview of the average cost to rent a yacht (not including extra expenses) for the most common types available:

Average Weekly Sailing Charter RatesSailing Yacht
Average Weekly Catamaran Charter RatesCatamaran
Average Weekly Motor Yacht Charter RatesMotor Yachts

Factors that Affect Yacht Charter Prices

Since charter yachts are privately owned, prices are set by the owner. This can explain, in part, the wide range of differences in price between boats of similar lengths. Yet, several other factors can significantly impact price, including:

  • The Yacht – The year the boat was built, the builder, previous owners, and the boat’s selection of water toys can also increase the cost of a yacht. Boats can also develop a reputation, i.e. the largest or most luxurious, or having a famous builder or previous owner. Reputation can also affect pricing.
  • Season – Prices typically increase in the high season – i.e. high summer in the Mediterranean or winter in the Caribbean – and decrease in low seasons.
  • Destination – Your charter destination also plays a role in charter cost. For example, prices increase in areas without large charter fleets (i.e. the Galapagos), whereas Bahamas yacht charters,   BVI charters , or Mediterranean yacht charter are priced more competitively.

Additional Costs Considerations on Yacht Charter

In addition to the cost associated with running the yacht and provisioning, there are a number of other costs that must be considered. These are the most significant:

Advanced Provisioning Allowance

The APA on Plus Expenses charters equals roughly 35% of the yacht’s base price. This is a fee that’s collected prior to charter, and it’s similar to an expense account the captain can access during the charter. At the end of the charter, you will receive a detailed accounting of your APA account, plus any unused APA funds in cash.

In the case of overages, you may be required to replenish the APA account during the charter. This can be done with cash, although many choose to set up accounts with their charter brokers , which can be accessed if requested by the captain.

Taxes and Value Added Tax (VAT)

Most boats – whether all-inclusive or Plus Expenses – will not include local taxes or a Value Added Tax into their charter rate. The charterer will be responsible for paying those taxes. Taxes range significantly by destination; here’s a look at some of yachting’s most popular destinations:

  • The Bahamas – Tax: 4% plus 10% VAT
  • BVI – Tax: between $6 and $16 per person per day, depending on the flag of the boat
  • Croatia – VAT: 13%
  • Florida – Tax: 6% for Broward County, 7% for Miami-Dade County
  • France – VAT: 20%, however, 10% can be applied when an itinerary includes International Waters
  • Greece – VAT: 12%
  • Italy – VAT: 22%, however 6.6% (over 24m) and 8.8% (under 24m) can be applied when an itinerary includes International Waters
  • Montenegro – NO VAT
  • New England – NO TAX
  • Spain – VAT: 21%
  • Turkey – NO VAT

Charterers can purchase cancellation and curtailment insurance – which is similar to traveler’s insurance. This insurance can help cover costs if a charterer must cancel or shorten the charter. Charter brokers can help you weigh insurance options, and often offer several different options.

Crew Gratuity

While crew gratuity is certainly not mandatory, it is recommended, particularly if you were truly impressed with your charter experience. In general, crew gratuity is roughly 15-20% of the base charter rate, which is handed to the captain at the conclusion of your charter.

Delivery Fees

While these fees do not apply on most charters, you may be asked to pay delivery costs if you are not chartering in the yacht’s normal cruising ground. In most cases, you will only be required to cover the fuel for the trip.

Call Worldwide Boat today to learn more. Our Charter Specialists are here to assist you with every detail and explain all charter costs. Or read our Charter Advice guide for more information and tips for planning your charter vacation.

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Additional Charter Cost FAQs

What are standard private charter yacht prices?

There are a number of factors that affect charter yacht pricing. However, on average, a week-long private yacht charter costs anywhere from $10,000 on luxurious sailing yachts and catamarans, and up to $150,000 for superyachts.

What affects charter yacht prices?

There are several things that influence how much your yacht charter will cost. The type of vessel, charter destination, length of trip, base cost, time of year, and local taxes all make a difference.

How much does it cost for a crewed vessel?

Charter yacht prices do increase when hiring a crew along with the boat. At Worldwide Boat, we offer two types of crewed charter experiences: all-inclusive and plus expenses. An all-inclusive charter yacht includes accommodation for all guests, food and drink, water sport activities, and fuel costs – dockage fees and taxes are charged separately. A plus expenses experience accounts for just the yacht’s base price. Things like food, drinks, fuel, dockages, taxes, and other expenses are charged separately and are usually estimated to be about 35% of the base price.

What’s included in all-inclusive boat charters?

At Worldwide Boat, your all-inclusive charter experience includes a diligent and friendly crew, water toys, food, drinks, fuel, water and electric services, and occasionally diving experiences.

What are some additional charter boat costs to consider?

After finding a base price you’re comfortable with and evaluating your package, you’ll also want to consider delivery fees, crew gratuity, insurance fees, taxes, and Advanced Provisioning Allowance rates. If you are responsible for these fees, your crew will handle the necessary transactions on your behalf.

What does it cost to rent a 100- foot yacht charter?

This depends on what type of vessel you’re looking at and how long you’ll need it for. The average weekly cost of a 100-foot sailing yacht is between $50,000-100,000. A weekly 80-foot catamaran charter runs around $40,000-100,000, and a week-long 100-foot motor yacht rental is anywhere between $50,000-80,000.

Does the price to rent a yacht change depending on what type of boat it is?

Yes. Worldwide Boat offers sailing yachts, catamarans, and motor yachts. All of these vessels have different capabilities, but there are other factors that determine the price beyond what type of boat you choose. The year the boat was built, owner, availability of water toys, onboard amenities, and the ship’s reputation can all change how much the ship is priced at.

When is the high season for yacht charters?

The price of a yacht fluctuates depending on the season. A Mediterranean yacht charter cost rises in the summer and drops in the winter, whereas Caribbean boat charter prices are high during the winter and lower in the summer months.

How does my destination affect charter yacht cost?

The more remote an area is, the more expensive it will be to charter a yacht there. That’s because prices go up in areas that have fewer boats. If you were to travel somewhere like the Galapagos, which isn’t a typical yacht destination, you’d pay more than you would if you were traveling to the Caribbean.

How much do I tip the crew when reviewing my yacht charter expenses?

It’s not required that you tip your crew, but it is recommended and appreciated. If you had an enjoyable experience it’s considered polite to tip your crew anywhere from 15-20% at the end of your charter.

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How much does it cost to charter a yacht?

A comprehensive breakdown of yacht charter costs and fees

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By Editorial Team   15 January 2024

Navigating the world of crewed yacht charters for the first time can be daunting, with numerous factors to consider. To clarify and assist, we have compiled a thorough guide on yacht charter costs, complete with a handy checklist so you can estimate the total cost for your vacation before you start searching for your ideal yacht.

Cost breakdown.

Charter fee of xxx

+ xxx % APA ( xxx )

+ xxx % Tax/VAT ( xxx )

Total = $ xxx

In this article:

  • Base charter fee

Why do charter fees differ between yachts?

  • Charter contracts

Advanced Provisioning Allowance (APA)

  • Crew gratuities

Fuel and dockage fees

Insurance: what does it cover, payment structure.

Planning a yacht charter is thrilling yet challenging, particularly when it comes to budgeting. The starting point is the yacht's base price, the weekly rental fee. But what about additional costs such as meals, beverages, local taxes, or fuel? How do these affect the overall cost? The encouraging part is that understanding yacht charter fees is straightforward. With guidance from our seasoned professionals, you can gain a clearer idea of the expenditure for your dream vacation. Yacht charter costs vary based on several elements: the yacht type, destination, local taxes, dates and the age of the yacht. Yacht charter prices span a broad spectrum. For instance, smaller sailing yachts and catamarans may start at around $10,000 per week, whereas more luxurious motor superyachts can exceed $100,000 per week. Wondering about other expenses? Our Charter Advice Guide, a key part of our planning resources, delves deep into the specifics of yacht charter costs.

After you have chosen your desired yacht, your yacht broker will prepare a legally binding contract; usually a standard agreement with conditions set by the terms applicable to the destination. Before you sign on the dotted line, it is important that you understand what it is that you are paying for and when it is due.

Base charter fee: All-Inclusive vs Plus Expenses

When it comes to crewed luxury yacht charters, you can choose from two types of vacations- "All-Inclusive" or  "Plus Expenses" charter experiences. But what do these classifications entail? Let's briefly compare:

  • All-Inclusive Yacht Charters Certain charters, particularly small catamaran and monohull sailboat charters in the Virgin Islands, wooden Gulets in Turkey or Phinisis in Indonesia, offer different all-inclusive pricing packages. This means that the rates depend on the number of guests and cover some or all meals and beverages, water sports, and fuel expenses. However, dockage fees and taxes are typically billed as additional costs.
  • Plus Expenses Charters The rates for larger sailing or motor yachts are exclusive of operational costs, which are to be paid additionally. With these high-end charters, the base rate covers only the yacht rental. Extra charges, such as for food, beverages, fuel, dockage, port taxes, and other expenses, are billed separately. These running costs are usually covered by an Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA) payment, generally set at 20-35% of the base charter rate depending on the size and location of the yacht. This amount is paid before the start of the charter.

The table below gives a quick comparision of what is generally included in the price for both charter types.

All Inclusive Plus Expenses
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Plus Expenses Charter Costs

In essence the base charter fee refers to the hire cost of the yacht itself, and implies that the yacht will be provided to you in full commission, with all equipment in working order and the yacht properly insured for marine risks.

In addition, the cost of the crew’s food, wages and clothing will be met by the owner for the entirety of the charter. 

Charter rates are typically quoted per week (7 days), which in superyacht terms is generally accepted as the minimum period for yacht charters – although this is by no means set in stone.

The APA in Plus Expenses charters is typically about 25-40% of the yacht's base weekly charter rate (based on the size of yacht, location and yacht's fuel efficiency). This fee is collected before the start of the charter and acts like an expense fund that the captain can utilize during the trip to cover costs such as fuel, food and beverages, dockage fees and ad hoc incidental expenses.  At the end of the charter the captain will prepare a detailed statement of the APA expenditures, along with any unspent APA funds returned in cash.

Should expenses exceed the initial APA, you might need to top up the fund during the charter. This replenishment can be done in cash, but many opt to establish accounts with their charter brokers. These accounts can then be accessed upon the captain's request for additional funds.

Taxes & Value Added Tax (VAT)

For most yachts, regardless of being All-Inclusive or Plus Expenses , local taxes or Value Added Tax are NOT incorporated into their charter rate. It falls upon the charterer to pay these tax expenses before the charter commences. Tax rates can vary greatly depending on the destination; here's an brief overview of tax rates in some of the most sought-after yachting locations:

In the European Union (EU) recent harmonising changes to tax laws have affected VAT rates across most of the Mediterranean region. EU tax laws state that VAT will apply to vessels embarking or disembarking within their waters, although rates for VAT vary depending on the European destination. In France the current rate is 20% and in Italy it is 22%, whilst Turkey and Montenegro both charge 0% for EU-flagged yachts cruising their waters.

VAT also applies to yacht charters cruising The Bahamas , plus may also apply in some Caribbean islands.

Please consult your yacht charter broker  for further personalized advice if considering chartering in any of these areas.

Charter Free: £100,000 p/w +30% APA + 14% TAX/VAT

Crew Gratuities

Although tipping is optional, it's customary to leave a gratuity for the crew. The typical range for tips is between 10-20%, and it should reflect the quality of service you and your guests experienced during your yacht charter.

It's best practice to hand over crew gratuities to the captain for distribution, ensuring that every crew member is fairly recognized. This approach is important because there are often less visible crew members, like the engineer and sous chef, working diligently behind the scenes to guarantee the success of your charter. It would be unfair for their contributions to go unrecognized.

Captain & Crew Gratuities (Tips): How much?

Cancellation Insurance

Charterers have the option to buy cancellation and curtailment insurance, akin to travel insurance. This insurance can provide coverage for costs in case the charter needs to be canceled or shortened. Charter brokers are equipped to assist in evaluating different insurance choices and typically offer a variety of options.

Delivery Fees

These fees are not typical for most charters, but if your charter takes place outside the yacht's regular cruising territory or a significant distance from its homeport, you might need to pay delivery fees. Usually, this will just involve covering the fuel costs for the journey.

The charter fee varies from one yacht to another for a number of reasons, such as its size, age, onboard amenities and time of year the yacht is chartered. We've listed below some of the most common factors that affect the base rate of a rental yacht.

Charter seasons

A yacht charter season can refer to the weather patterns of a particular destination or the peak times when demand for charter yachts is at its highest. Yacht charter seasons, therefore, are broken down into two distinct categories: Summer/Winter, and High/Low season. 

View of the French Riviera

In terms of the yacht's base charter fee, high season rates will apply to the most popular periods for yacht charters – such as July and August in the Mediterranean or Christmas and New Year in the Caribbean . Low season rates will generally apply to all other periods.

Yacht Charter Seasons

Event pricing

A car races by yachts at the Monaco Grand Prix

Major events such as the Monaco Grand Prix and Cannes Film Festival are generally categorised as high season events , regardless of where they fall in the season, with yacht prices generally higher around these dates due to popular demand.

Unless you are keen to charter a yacht for a particular high season event, it is worth considering your dates carefully.

Shoulder seasons

The months straddling the high and low seasons are known as shoulder months, for example April and September for yacht charters around the Mediterranean, and can share much of the same weather and beautiful cruising conditions as the peak season whilst charter rates tend to be lower, making these months a great time for chartering a yacht.

Off-Season Yacht Charters

  • Onboard amenities

Aside from seasons and events, yachts of the same size can often differ in price based on their onboard amenities. A yacht which boasts a cinema or lavish water toys may have a higher base rate compared with a yacht with minimal amenities of the same size.

Cinema room onboard MY Axioma

If the pricing is unclear, be sure to ask your yacht broker to explain any disparities. 

Once you are clear on the base charter fee of your chosen yacht, it is important to learn about the additional costs that will be applied on top, depending on the type of charter contract used.

MYBA Charter Agreement

The most widely used contract for yacht charters is a MYBA agreement (Worldwide Yachting Association, formerly known as Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association), which operates under Western Mediterranean Terms (WMT) . 

This contract, often referred to as a "plus all expenses" contract, requires that you pay for items, such as fuel, delivery fees, food and drink, local taxes and dockage fees, as an additional expense applied over the base charter fee.

Typically, a charter party (this is the collective term for the total number of guests on a charter) will accumulate additional costs of between 25% to 30% of the base charter fee, depending on what is consumed. These expenses can be tracked through the use of an Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA) which we will cover in the next section.

Other charter contracts

Caribbean Terms Inclusive (CTI) – sometimes referred to as Standard Caribbean Terms (SCT) – is another contract regularly used by the yachting industry, the terms of which are generally employed by smaller yacht charters in the Caribbean. 

Otherwise known as a "mostly all-inclusive" agreement, CTI differs from Western Mediterranean Terms as it includes three meals, plus up to four hours cruising, per day.

In addition to the commonly used MYBA terms and Caribbean Terms Inclusive, there are also less frequently used terms such as Standard Eastern Mediterranean Terms (SEMT) and Greek Terms (GT). 

SEMT operates much in the same way as CTI, except it includes only two meals per day for guests instead of three, as it is assumed guests will dine ashore in the evenings. Greek Terms are similar to the MYBA terms apart from harbour and berthing fees, which are included under GT terms so long as they are within Greek waters.

If you are unsure what is included under the terms of your contract, be sure to ask your yacht charter broker .

For more in-depth information, please see our guide on yacht charter contracts below.

Yacht Charter Contracts

Typically, the APA accrues to approximately 25% to 30% of the base charter fee, though this does of course depend on your charter party’s tastes and requirements and could be far less or far greater than this estimation. For instance, charter guests who intend to regularly dine on caviar and vintage wine can expect to pay more, whereas guests on a sailing yacht charter that is anchored at sea for most nights can expect to save on fuel costs and hefty marina fees. 

You can request an APA estimate from your yacht broker based on your charter party's onboard expectations.

What happens next?

The APA is payable one month prior to boarding the charter yacht (see 'Payment Structure' below), and is generally paid direct to the Captain.

Once the APA has been paid it will then be retained as a bank account of sorts, from which the Chef can provision the yacht ready for your charter and the Captain can make expenditures while keeping a strict record of what has been spent. It is important to note that all additional costs incurred throughout the charter are charged at cost with no mark-up.

A captain's cap in a yacht bridge

At any point during the vacation you can request an up-to-date summary of the accounts as a way of keeping track of expenditures.

yachts docked in a marina at sunset

When you think of fuel costs, you may think of what is consumed by the yacht over the course of your charter.

However, there are further fuel costs to take into account that you may not have considered. These include;

  • Personal watercraft toys, such as jet skis
  • Tender boats used for transporting guests to and from the yacht, or for water sports activities
  • A yacht's generators whilst at anchor (shore-side electricty is used when docked at a marina)

Furthermore, the distance travelled and the speed at which the yacht cruises also affects the overall fuel costs, so it is important to bear these factors in mind when settling on your itinerary. 

Dockage fees

These may vary widely depending on the destination and time of year from minimal to extravagant (think Port Hercule in Monaco during the Grand Prix).

If you are interested in booking any nights in marinas during your yacht charter, you should liaise with your broker who can advise on the various options available, including prices, around your chosen location and dates.

In general, the base charter fee of a yacht will include insurance for marine risk and third party liability insurance, which covers accidental damage and personal injury. It will also cover use of the yacht's watertoys and equipment.

Additional insurance

Although insurance is not generally connected to charter costs, it is useful to consider should you wish to take out additional insurance such as Cancellation and Curtailment cover which is calculated at 2.5% of the charter fee for the unforeseen cancellation of a charter, and can prove a worthwhile investment as well as providing peace of mind.

You should check with your broker about the level of insurance built into your charter contract before signing. 

Other taxes 

Local taxes may also apply in certain countries, therefore it is important to speak with your yacht charter broker to clarify what additional taxes are applicable to your chosen destination and itinerary.

Whilst the payment structure can vary depending on the contract, in general charter payments are made as follows;

  • 50% of the charter fee is payable upon signing the charter agreement, which confirms the booking.
  • The remaining 50% of the charter fee, APA (usually between 25-30% of the base charter fee), delivery and/or re-delivery fees, applicable taxes, plus any additional agreed amounts are payable one month prior to commencement of the yacht charter.
  • Any balance of monies due are to be paid on the first working day prior to completion of the yacht charter.

For further clarification of the payment structure for your yacht charter, please speak with your broker.

The port side of a superyacht in a marina at sunset

The base charter fee for a yacht can differ for a number of reasons, including;

  • Size and age of the yacht
  • High/low seasons, and major events such as the Monaco Grand Prix

There will also be additional amounts to pay on top of the yacht's base charter fee, which can include;

  • Advanced Provisioning Allowance (roughly 25-30% of the yacht's base fee and includes all charter expenditure such as food, fuel and marina fees)
  • Additional insurance, such as Cancellation and Curtailment Insurance
  • VAT and other taxes

It is important for you to understand the entire payment structure to ensure no unpleasant surprises arise whilst enjoying your vacation.

If you wish to know more about costs relating to your yacht charter, please speak with your preferred yacht broker for more information.

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Yacht Charter: How Much Does it Cost? All Rental Costs Explained

Mooring a yacht

How much it costs to rent a yacht isn’t always a very clear cut answer. There are numerous ways to charter a yacht and different factors can significantly increase or lower the cost of a yacht rental.

Here are the main costs to consider to estimate the total yacht rental price of your next yacht charter.

Yacht Rental Costs in a Nutshell

To calculate the price of a yacht charter, you need to sum the base fee of the yacht charter (the price you see displayed on websites), taxes (varies depending on destination), APA , crew gratuity and insurance cost . 

Depending on the details of your yacht charter, you will need to add between 30% and 100% on top of the base fee to have the total cost of your rental.

Here is an idea of the ranges you can expect for the yacht charter base fees :

  • Motor Yachts – Sailing Yachts under 50ft: €4 000 – €15 000 / week
  • Motor Yacht – Sailing Yachts between 50ft and 65ft: €15 000 – €40 000 / week
  • Motor Yachts – Sailing Yachts between 65ft and 80ft: €40 000 – €70 000 / week
  • Motor Yachts – Sailing Yachts between 80ft and 100ft: €70 000 – €100 000 / week
  • Motor Yachts – Sailing Yachts over 100ft: €100 000 – up to 1,000,000 / week

To know the estimation of your total yacht rental cost based on your situation, use our free calculator below , or read the next paragraphs to make the calculations on your own.

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How is the total price of a yacht rental calculated?

There are two main categories of yacht charters: all-inclusive or separated charges. 

The all-inclusive yacht rentals option (rare)

The all-inclusive option isn’t very common in yacht charters, and tends to be for smaller yachts and cruise where it’s easier to package a standardized offer.

As the name implies, all-inclusive yacht charter offers a price that includes everything: fuel, food, beverages, and entertainment (diving and fishing equipment).

The “usual” option: base charter rates and separated variable charges to add on top

In most yachting websites, the price of a yacht charter only refers to the  base price  of a boat at its lowest possible charter time.

It doesn’t include many variable costs such as food and beverage, fuel, taxes, insurance and so on.

To understand the total cost of chartering a yacht when it’s not all-inclusive (which is almost always the case), it’s therefore important to split the costs that are included in the base rate of the yacht (the price you’ll see displayed on a website) from the costs that are not included in that base rate , that you will therefore need to add yourself if you want a precise estimation.

Don’t worry, the math isn’t rocket science.

The formula goes like this:

Total yacht charter price = Base charter fee + APA + Taxes + Insurance

We’ll detail each costs in the following paragraphs.

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The base charter fee of a yacht rental: Costs and factors included in the calculation

The base charter fee of the yacht rental is essential in calculating the total cost of your charter. Most variable costs are calculated as a percentage of that base fee and are simply summed up together along with the base fee to get the total cost.

Here is what you should know about the base charter fee.

The base charter fee follows a simple rule: the longer the yacht, the higher the charter cost

The boat’s size affects the base charter fee considerably. It determines the number of cabins and guest capacity , the number of staff on board, along with a lot of amenities that tend to get more spacious and more luxurious the longer the yacht gets. 

Everything that comes with the yacht (including the staff!) is included in the base charter fee.

The more reputable and in-demand the yacht is, the higher the base fee gets

A yacht reputation and popularity can also affect the base fee, even for boats within the same size range.

Boats are by definition limited in stock and follow supply and demand laws . When a particular yacht is in high demand, whether it’s thanks to its reputation, its features, the season or its recent appearance in a movie, series or TV shows the price of the charter can shoot up.

For instance, chartering a yacht featured in a James Bond movie such as  luxury yacht Regina  won’t cost the same as a regular model. Likewise for most yachts that are a part of the popular Below Deck TV show .

It can also be true for some classic yachts that had famous builders or previous celebrity owners.

The season does influence the yacht rental prices at the base fee level

Your yacht charter base fee depends to some extent on your date of departure. 

If you take your vacation during the busiest weeks of the year (high season) of a destination, you’ll pay a higher base price than someone who charters a yacht on low season dates.

In the Mediterranean, the high season is in summer while it’s in winter for the Caribbean. The yacht charter base fees will be at their highest during these months. 

Sometimes just a week or two can make a big difference to the price. Chartering a yacht in shoulder seasons can be a good idea when you are looking for good deals.

Likewise, since some destinations have very short seasons , it has increased demands and makes it more expensive.

International events will also increase the cost of a yacht charter. Expect to pay more if you want to attend the Monte-Carlo Masters (April), the Cannes Film Festival (May), or the Monaco Grand Prix (May) during your yachting vacations in the Mediterranean.

The destination you pick can affect the base charter fee of your yacht rental

Your vacation destination is an essential factor in the yacht charter charge that is included in the base fee. 

As the supply and demand law dictates, the more competition there is, the less you have to spend. It is why locations with large charter fleets are less expensive.

The Bahamas, BVI and the Mediterranean are for example more affordable than remote islands without established yachting industries.

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The water toys are usually included in your base yacht charter fee and influence its amount

On a yacht, water toys don’t refer to your average backyard inflatable unicorns. Think instead of big equipment for marine activities: jet skis, kite-surf, kayaks, paddleboards, submarines, and expensive high-powered yacht tenders.

Some vessels come with sea pools or a giant slide to glide from the top of the boat straight into the ocean.

Most of these items, especially when they are in high numbers, can come at a cost that will be on the bottom line of your yacht charter invoice.

All the water toys specified in the yacht brochure when you make the reservation are generally included in the base fee . But it’s up to you if you want to rent others or even buy them. Make sure you ask your broker for advice about the cost of these extra if your budget is limited.

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The base fee of your yacht charter is fixed and proportional to its duration

Most yacht charter companies only work ‘per week,’ and yacht owners rarely accept a shorter duration. Many companies have minimum stays of ten days, however some boats accept day charter or short periods, you can always ask your broker for an appropriate selection.

You can rent a vessel for two weeks or more, but the price won’t go down for longer holidays.

Yacht rental costs that are NOT included in yacht charter base fee

Now that we’ve seen what is usually included in the charter base fee, let’s find more about all these costs that you’ll have to add to the base fee to estimate your total yacht rental cost.

APA: the main variable cost of your yacht charter (add 20%-40% to your base fee)

The charter fee usually covers the cost of renting the yacht and the crew’s salary. But you still need to pay for fuel, provisions, and other extras for your trip. 

A fee covers all these additional costs : APA or Advanced Provisioning Allowance.  Find out more about the APA here.

APA is the standard system to pay your expenses on a luxury yacht charter, and it is generally a percentage of the charter fee. You’ll usually end up paying between 20% and 40% more than the base cost of the yacht charter in APA.

The amount varies a lot, depending on the ship and your activities. It will increase if the yacht has a higher fuel consumption, if you plan on cruising more than 4 hours a day, if you want to have onboard particular expensive brands, etc.

What does the APA cover?

APA covers all the day-to-day operating expenses. It also includes any special requests you might have while you’re on board. 

Here are the main costs of your yacht rental the APA covers: 

Food and drink

On your yacht charter, the chef can prepare all the dishes you want, whether you are vegan or low carb, whether you have allergies or require kosher meals. Make sure that you explain your food preferences to your broker.

Fuel Charges

Your fuel costs will depend on your boat, your itinerary, and whether you choose to cruise or stay at anchor. A sailing yacht charter can cost 10% less than a motor yacht charter because the fuel consumption is smaller.

This amount also includes the fuel expenditure of any water toys and tenders you use during your charter.

Harbor fees and dockage

The harbor fees and dockage will be more or less high-priced depending on your destination and season. All these costs will be included in your APA.

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Communications Costs

For most people, yachting is about enjoying life outside of the daily routine. If you can’t survive without the Internet or satellite communications, you don’t have to worry. Your yacht charter will provide you all the digital connections needed. They won’t add much to the APA, but it’s still something that comes at a price.

Delivery fee

If you board or disembark the ship outside its usual harbor, you’ll have to pay a transportation fee to cover the fuel required to get your yacht to your requested destination.

Interiors and Laundry

The APA fee includes interiors and laundry costs to keep the yacht immaculate. But if you request unique decoration, it may add an extra charge.

Personal laundry services may not be covered depending on the yacht.

Taxes: a cost that varies a lot from country to country (add between 0% and 35% on top of base charter fee)

Taxes do have an impact on the total cost of your yacht charter, especially in some destinations.

For example, in Europe, chartering a commercial vessel is subject to VAT . But fees vary significantly according to your destination and itinerary. Some countries have a 0-tax rate (Montenegro, New England), while in others a passage in the international waters can lower the VAT rate.

The taxes can vary from VAT, national parks entrance (la Maddalena in Sardinia for example), countries taxes etc. the VAT and taxes will be based on the charter fee, so make sure you discuss this with your advisor to anticipate the cost.

Here are some VAT rate applied on luxury yacht charter in 2022 :

–  Charter in France  will be at 20 % VAT based on charter fee

–  Charter in Italy  will charge 22 % VAT based on charter fee

–  Charter in Spain  will charge 21 % VAT based on charter fee

–  Charter in Croatia  will charge 13 % VAT based on charter fee

–  Charter in Greece  will charge 24 % VAT based on charter fee with a discount of 60% on charter of more than 48h ending usually at 12% VAT, this is subject to change in 2022.

Moreover some countries such as Spain or Greece charge a licence for a yacht to be able to embark passengers for a paid charter in their waters, this explains why not every yacht can cruise in all countries.

Crew gratuity: a good practice to include in the cost of your yacht charter (add 15-20% to the base charter fee)

The crew on a yacht work even if you don’t notice it. 

Serving, cleaning, preparing, fixing, they are the key elements that make your charter a success. 

Even if tipping is not strictly mandatory, it is common practice to include a tip to the team when you are satisfied by their services. 

The suggested amount is around 15-20% of your base charter rate . It is therefore important to include this amount in your yacht rental price beforehand.

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Yacht charter cancellation insurance: a small cost that can save you a lot (add 15% of your base fee)

Cancelling or shortening a yacht charter can be very expensive if you don’t have cancellation insurance.

It is a small price to pay to ensure that all the money spent on your yacht charter will not go to waste if some unfortunate event leads you to miss your yacht rental.

As a charter company, we will help you select the best insurance options among several different offers.

In most cases, your cancellation insurance will cost around 15% of your charter base fee.

A typical yacht rental total cost isn’t as hard to determine as it seems when you know all the variable costs and your base fee.

Once you have your base charter fee in hands, add the following costs to estimate the final amount you’ll see on your yacht rental invoice:

  • 20% – 40% on top of your base fee for APA (low end for sailing vessels, higher end for motoryachts)
  • 0% – 30% of taxes and VAT on top of your base price. Highly dependant on your destination.
  • 10% – 15% on top of your base fee for crew gratuity
  • 15% on top of your base fee for cancellation insurance

Get in touch with our team to estimate more precisely the cost of your yacht charter project.

FAQ about cost of yacht charter and APA

Small motoryachts and sailing yachts under 50 ft (15m) can be chartered from 4,000€ to 15,000€ weekly.

Chartering motoryachts and sailing yachts between 50ft and 65ft costs between 15,000€ and 40,000€ weekly.

Between 65ft (20m) and 80ft (24m), you can expect motoryachts and sailing boats charters between 40,000€ and 70,000€ weekly. Between 80ft (24m) and 100ft (30m), the cost of chartering a yacht ranges between 70,000€ and 100,000€ weekly.

For yachts over 100ft (30m), the cost of charter ranges between 100,000€ and 1,000,000€ weekly.

APA stands for Advance Provisionning Allowance. You pay this fee in advance to cover food and drinks, fuel charges, harbors fees and dockage, communication, delivery fee various fees such as cleaning or interior design.

Advance Provisionning Allowance varies depending on your travel plans. Usually, it represents a surcharge of 20% to 40% on top of the yacht charter base price.

The APA is due one month before you set sail when dispensing your final charter payment. The captain directly receives the money and will supervise all the purchases made before and during your journey. He will be responsible for ensuring the crew stays within budget and will provide receipts upon request.

APA estimations are usually accurate. The captain will keep you updated during your trip. If you decide to go over the initial payment, you can top up the APA in cash or pay the balance during your trip.

With transparent communication, realistic budgets, and advanced provisioning, you may spend less than the APA and have the difference returned to you at the end of the cruise.

Get the base charter fee of your yacht rental, add taxes, APA, crew gratuity and cancellation insurance and you will have a very close estimation of your yacht rental cost everything included.

The base charter rate includes everything that is on a yacht: cabins, amenities, water toys along with the crew. Everything else (fuel, food, taxes…) come at an extra cost.

Crew gratuity is usually comprised between 15% and 20% on top of the base charter fee for most yacht rentals.

For sailboats in tax free areas, you can get away with a total cost of 30% on top of the base rate. In extreme cases (motoryachts in high taxed countries with big tips for the crew and cancelation insurance), you can more than double the base price. Most charters should be in between within the 40-80% on top of base fee range.

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How much does it really cost to charter a luxury yacht?

Booking your first charter can be a tricky stretch of water to navigate, especially when you're confronted with provisioning allowances and price variations before even stepping on board. To make things a little easier, we have put together the ultimate guide to all the costs you might encounter when booking your dream yacht charter vacation...

If you want to charter a luxury superyacht , understanding the costs involved can seem a little daunting first time around. The two important things to understand are your base price, referred to as a "charter fee" or "charter rate", together with what you will be expected to pay on top of it. All-inclusive charter rates are not industry practice, so guests should expect to be paying more than just the basic fees listed on broker’s websites or in their brochures.

The best analogy for determining the cost of your charter is with buying a car. It’s never quite as easy as just walking into a showroom and saying, “I’ll take the blue one.” Immediately the salesman will whip out his order pad and start asking questions. “Do you want a radio?” “How about the fancy wheels?” “Did you want the two-tone paint?”

Yacht brokers will be able to provide you with an accurate estimation of all the costs involved in advance, but here is a breakdown of what to expect.

What is a yacht “charter”?

At a basic level, chartering a yacht means paying a fee to rent out an owner’s superyacht for an agreed period of time with a pre-arranged itinerary of where you will be cruising on board. During a charter vacation you will have access to all of the superyacht’s amenities which could include a swimming pool, beach club or cinema, as well as the toybox, which often provides equipment for water sports like wakeboarding, snorkelling or water skiing. During charters, guests will be looked after by the yacht’s crew, who will take care of your every need, including ferrying you to and from shore, washing laundry and providing meals cooked by the yacht’s chef.

How much does it cost to charter a superyacht?

Across BOAT International's listings, a charter vacation can range from a minimum of €14,000 per week (20 metre yacht George V ) to a maximum of €2,200,000 per week (126.2 Octopus ). Generally speaking, the bigger the yacht the bigger the cost of the charter, but this isn't always the case. There are actually many more factors that can influence the basic charter fee – not to mention the add-on expenses that are involved.

According to averages taken from BOAT International’s listings, smaller superyachts measuring under 30 metres LOA will have a weekly charter rate somewhere around €40,000 while yachts between 30 and 40 metres will weigh in at an average of €70,895 per week. 

Over 40 metres is when the charter rate will move into the €100,000 per week range, with yachts between 50 and 60 metres costing on average €219,826 per week while yachts in the 60 to 70 metre range average €444,521. Mega yachts measuring 80 metres and over will, on average, set charterers back by around €1.7 million a week. This is just an average price, however, and each yacht’s charter rate will be affected by a number of aspects from how many cabins and amenities there are on board to the dates and locations of where the charter takes place.

What factors can influence the base price of a yacht charter?

High season vs. low season.

In general, you’ll find two basic rates: high season and low season, usually with specific dates set for each. In addition, you’ll find chartering around special events that are more expensive: New Year’s Eve , Monaco during the Grand Prix , Cannes during the Film Festival , an Olympic destination or on the sidelines of the America’s Cup .

The key is to choose your times carefully. A difference of one week (from high season into low season) can significantly alter the cost, while still providing the same weather as the more expensive period. For yachts measuring between 30 and 40 metres, the high season price could result in an increased cost of around €6,000 per week. The highest increase in an average charter rate between low and high seasons can be seen in BOAT's listings of yachts measuring between 60 and 80 metres, with high season rates potentially costing around €33,000 extra.

The yacht itself

The yacht itself is a major factor in determining the charter cost, but it’s not just about size. A recently launched charter yacht from a famed builder with an experienced and popular charter crew is going to command top prices for its size range. Yachts with a legendary name or a history of celebrity ownership (for example Malcolm Forbes's iconic charter yacht Highlander , which has hosted everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to HRH Prince Charles) can also ask higher rates just for the “fame” value. And yachts with special features, such as cinemas or exceptional water toys like a submarine are also pricier.

Three different 30 metre charter yachts may vary in cost by as much as €75,000. Ask your broker to explain the differences. One yacht may have a larger and more experienced crew or a big-name chef, another yacht may be a little tired, another may not be in a prime location. It’s important to understand why the prices are higher or lower.

If a yacht has a gap in its charter calendar to fill, for example following an unexpected cancellation, some brokers will occasionally offer a time-limited charter fee discount offer .

What is included in a charter contract?

Knowing the base price of your charter is just the starting point. Depending on the location, which often governs the terms of the contract , more or less may be included in the inital fee, such as insurance or cancellation policies. Bear in mind that every charter yacht, because they are privately owned and the owner sets the rules, is slightly different. One yacht may include a “standard” selection of wines with every meal and charge only to upgrade the vintages, while on another yacht the wines are a la carte. Below we look at the different types of charter contracts you may come across when booking your yacht.

Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA)

Under Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA) charter contracts, which are arguably the most common, the charterer is charged for the hire of the yacht, fuel, marina fees, crew wages, guests' personal laundry, insurance, water toys, food and drink as well as engine room maintenance and miscellaneous expenses. As a round number, which depends on how much fuel the yacht uses and how fancy the meals and drinks, you can expect to add 25% to 50% of your charter cost.

Caribbean Terms Inclusive (CTI)

The Caribbean Terms Inclusive (CTI), which is sometimes called Standard Caribbean Terms (SCT), is another type of charter contract which is more inclusive. It accounts for three meals per day and fuel for four hours of cruising a day. Some yachts under CTI terms include basic beverages (not vintage wines or champagnes), but this is mainly in the Virgin Islands.

Greek Terms (GT)

For yachts being chartered around the Greek Islands and mainland, another common phrase you may come across is "Greek Terms" or a GT contract. This will similarly include the cost of the yacht and its equipment, crew wages and laundry as well as any specific berthing fees required for Greek waters. 

What is an Advance Provisioning Allowance?

Part of your yacht charter contract will include an Advance Provisioning Allowance or APA. This is an amount of about 30-35 per cent of the charter fee for a “plus all expenses” charter and about five per cent for an “all-inclusive” charter. It is sent to the yacht before the charter to provision the yacht according to your preferences.

During the charter, the captain will provide a running account of the usage of the funds and, at the end of the charter, will present a detailed accounting along with any unused funds in cash. If the APA balance runs low during the charter, the client is expected to provide the captain with a sufficient amount in cash to cover the needs for the remainder of their stay. Since many charterers prefer not to carry quantities of cash, the charter broker can hold an amount and release it to the captain as needed. Here is what is covered by an APA...

Food and drink

Before you book a charter, your charter broker can provide you with a good estimate of the additional costs that will be incurred. Food is one of the largest and it is directly proportional to how exuberantly you plan to dine. If you expect several bottles of Champagne with every meal, then you can assume that your costs will be higher.

Fuel can be another cost and, again, it depends on how much the yacht cruises and how fast, too. Time spent at anchor will include the fuel for the generators, while shore-side electricity when at a dock is also an extra. Don’t forget that fuel is also charged for the tenders and water toys , so you’ll pay for the fuel used while zipping around on the jetskis.

Harbour fees and dockage

Harbour fees and dockage are a variable that can range from exorbitant (a front-row dock at the Monaco Grand Prix) to little or nothing in some areas.

Communications

Communications are another cost and, with the options for satellite communications and Internet, an important one for most charterers.

Delivery fee

A delivery fee is usually charged if a charterer requests to board (or depart) a yacht at a distance from where the yacht is normally based.

All the yacht laundry, including towels, sheets and table linens, is included in the charter fee, but some yachts charge to launder personal items of the charterer. Most, however, will do small quantities of personal laundry as a service but they usually won’t be responsible for delicate items.

At the end of each yacht charter, a cash tip is given by the primary guest to the captain to divide amongst the crew. Standards for a crew tip can range from five to 20 per cent of the base charter rate. This is not a cost included in the APA but some brokers will advise that any APA funds leftover at the end of the charter can be used to make up part for the tip. To learn more, read our handy charter tipping guide .

One cost not directly related to the operation of the charter yacht is insurance for the charterer. Cancellation and curtailment insurance is the charter version of travel insurance on airlines and cruise ships: It covers the charterer for the costs if unforeseen circumstances force a cancellation or shortening of the charter. Your charter broker can provide this insurance, which is a wise investment.

Charterers may be charged VAT, or “value added tax”, on the charter fees. Many European countries and a few Caribbean islands add VAT, but it is a complex issue that depends on where you board and debark the yacht, so rely on your charter broker for advice.

Made to measure

While it may seem at first glance that the extras or "hidden costs" on many charters are just a way to pad your bill, they are actually a benefit to the charterer. Food and drink, for example, is custom-ordered to meet the client’s requests, so the level of expense is entirely up to the charterer. Fuel is only charged if it is used and other fees are also at the discretion of the charterer. So you do have a way to control your costs and still savour a luxurious charter. What is important to remember is that each charter is unique depending on the needs and desires of the guests, and brokers and crew will always work to satisfy those demands. Ready to get started? Browse our charter listings to pick the perfect charter yacht for your next vacation.

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Understanding Yacht Chartering Costs: A Comprehensive Guide

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Imagine sailing the open seas, surrounded by azure waters, and basking in the luxury of a private yacht. Yacht chartering offers a unique and exhilarating experience, but it’s essential to understand the costs associated with it before embarking on this adventure. In this comprehensive guide, we will break down the various expenses involved in chartering a yacht, from the base charter rates to additional fees and seasonal price variations. We’ll also provide you with valuable tips on how to budget effectively for your dream yacht charter.

Base Charter Rates

The base charter rate is the starting point for calculating the cost of your yacht charter. This rate typically covers the rental of the yacht itself for a specific duration, which can range from a few days to several weeks. The base charter rate varies widely depending on several factors:

  • Yacht Size and Type: Larger and more luxurious yachts come with higher base charter rates. Motor yachts are generally more expensive than sailing yachts due to their higher operational costs.
  • Yacht Age and Condition: Newer yachts in excellent condition command higher charter rates than older vessels.
  • Location: The location of your charter significantly influences the base rate. Popular destinations like the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and the Bahamas tend to have higher prices and local taxes.
  • Time of Year: Peak chartering seasons in specific regions can lead to higher base rates. For instance, the Caribbean can be more expensive during the winter months when the weather is ideal.
  • Duration: Longer charters may offer lower daily rates compared to shorter ones.
  • Inclusions: Some charters include additional amenities such as water toys, scuba equipment, or a chef. These extras can impact the base rate.

Additional Fees

Understanding the additional fees associated with yacht chartering is crucial for budgeting effectively. These fees can significantly impact the total cost of your charter:

  • Fuel: Yachts consume fuel, even sailing yachts, and you may be responsible for covering these costs. Fuel expenses can vary depending on the yacht’s size, distance traveled, and usage of amenities like air conditioning and water sports equipment.
  • Crew: Most charter yachts come with a crew that includes a captain, chef, or possibly a stewardess, and deckhand. The crew’s salaries and gratuities are usually included in the base rate, but it’s customary to tip them, often around 15-20% of the base charter rate.
  • Provisions: You may need to budget for food and beverages during your charter. You can either purchase your provisions locally or opt for a fully provisioned charter, where the crew stocks the yacht with your preferred items.
  • Dockage and Marina Fees: When you choose to dock at marinas or ports, you’ll incur fees. These fees can vary widely, and the more popular the destination, the higher the costs.
  • Taxes and Permits: Some regions may require specific permits or impose taxes on yacht charters. Be sure to inquire about these expenses before booking.
  • Communication and Entertainment: If you require internet access or want to use satellite TV, you may have to pay extra for these services.
  • Optional Extras: Water sports equipment, scuba diving, and excursions are often available for an additional fee.

Seasonal Price Variations

The time of year you choose for your yacht charter can significantly affect the overall cost:

  • High Season: The high season typically corresponds to the best weather conditions in a given region. Charter rates are at their peak during this time, so expect higher prices.
  • Low Season: Chartering during the off-peak season can yield cost savings. However, be prepared for less predictable weather.
  • Shoulder Season: Consider chartering during the shoulder season, which falls between the high and low seasons. You may enjoy good weather and more reasonable rates.

Tips for Budgeting

Here are some tips to help you budget effectively for your yacht charter:

  • Set a Clear Budget: Determine your total budget, including the base charter rate, additional fees, and discretionary expenses. Stick to it to avoid overspending.
  • Plan Ahead: Book your charter well in advance to secure better rates and availability, especially during peak seasons.
  • Opt for Inclusive Packages : Fully provisioned or all-inclusive charters can simplify your budgeting by covering many expenses upfront.
  • Be Mindful of Crew Gratuity: Factor in the crew’s gratuity when planning your budget. It’s a significant expense and a customary practice.
  • Consider Trip Insurance: Trip insurance can protect you from unforeseen circumstances and potential additional costs.
  • Review the Charter Agreement: Thoroughly review the charter agreement to understand what is and isn’t included in your charter rate.

Yacht chartering can be an unforgettable experience, and understanding the costs involved is essential to ensure a stress-free journey. By considering base charter rates, additional fees, and seasonal price variations, and following our budgeting tips, you can embark on your yacht charter adventure with confidence, knowing that you’ve planned for a seamless and enjoyable voyage on the high seas. Happy sailing!

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Yacht charter cost explained

Yacht charters are synonymous with luxury and exclusivity, offering unique experiences in stunning locations.

This guide provides a detailed look into yacht charter costs, helping you navigate the financial aspects of your luxury sea journey.

Understanding the intricacies of yacht charter costs.

There are two major pricing structures: “all-inclusive” and “plus expenses”. All-inclusive charters cover all costs upfront, while plus expenses charters list additional costs.

In this article, we will focus on the ‘plus expenses’ charter for crewed motor yacht charters.

While the charter rate represents a significant portion of your expenses (50/60%), it’s essential to consider other associated costs.

The base price (charter fee) typically includes yacht rental, crew service, and basic amenities. The overall cost includes VAT at variable rates (20/10/2.5% in France and Corsica for example), all expenses (food, beverages, extras such as specific water toys or onshore excursions), local taxes, and any delivery fees.

Additional expenses not included in the base price can significantly affect the overall cost. It all depends on the type of charter contracts used to secure your booking (MYBA contract, ECPY transport contract for example).

General expenses encompass fuel, dockage fees, food, and beverages, all of which are covered by the Advanced Provisioning Allowance (APA). Typically, the APA amounts to an additional 35% (40% in 2024) on top of the charter fee.

In addition, there are crew gratuities to consider . These gratuities, which usually range from 10% to 15% of the base charter fee, are customary and serve as an expression of appreciation for the service quality provided by the yacht crew.

A professional charter broker will provide you with a detailed breakdown of these expenses, helping you anticipate and plan accordingly.

Charter rate for superyacht Flying Fox

Captain’s role in managing cost

Additionally, the captain plays a vital role in managing the costs during your charter.

The captain will ensure efficient fuel consumption, optimal provisioning, and navigating the best routes to optimize your experience while keeping costs within your predetermined budget.

He will also regularly report on any substantial additional expenditure that may have changed from the original estimate.

Main factors influencing charter cost

Several factors influence the cost of a private yacht charter:

Yacht size, pedigree, and amenities

The length and type of yacht you choose significantly impact yacht charter prices.

Larger, newer, and more luxurious and exclusive yachts built by German and Dutch shipyards known for their quality, such as Feadship, Lurssen, Abeking, or Amels, with state-of-the-art amenities, command higher charter rates.

Additionally, the pedigree and age of the yacht, together with a skilled crew, can affect the price.

Destination

Superyacht docked in port Hercule Monaco

The destination and time of year also play a crucial role in determining charter rates.

Popular yachting destinations like the Mediterranean and Caribbean generally have higher rates, especially during peak seasons.

The duration of your charter directly impacts the total cost.

Longer charters generally come at a higher price, although some companies may offer discounts for longer rental periods. Also, not all yacht brokers – and owners- accept charter bookings longer than two weeks.

Seasonality

The time of year can also affect the cost of chartering a yacht, with peak season prices often being higher than off-season prices.

During shoulder season, it’s not uncommon to benefit from substantial discounts on the gross charter fee, between 10% and 15%.

Check out our new yacht charter portal, Charter-deal.com , to find special offers and last-minute deals on your next luxury vacation.

Charter contract and terms

Choosing the right charter contract can make a significant difference to the overall cost and experience of your charter holiday.

In France, transport contracts (ECPY contracts) typically benefit from a reduced VAT rate of 10% instead of the standard 20%. They also offer duty-free fuel as long as a specific yacht itinerary is presented.

However, please note the following:

  • Not all commercial yachts manager agree to charter under transport contracts.
  • Recent audits by tax authorities in 2023 have resulted in the reclassification of some transport contracts as MYBA charter contracts. This has led to unexpected VAT assessments and penalties for some businesses.
  • Yachts rented under the MYBA contract are no longer eligible for substantial reductions in VAT rates.

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Sample charter cost

Private yacht charter costs can vary significantly depending on the factors mentioned above.

To provide you with a general idea of the price range, let’s explore some average figures for different yacht types in high season Mediterranean charters:

  • Motor yacht (100ft): 55/125k€ + VAT + expenses
  • Sailing yacht (60ft): 20/25k€ + VAT + expenses
  • Sailing catamaran (75ft): from 60k€ + VAT + expenses
  • Superyacht (130ft+): from 180k€ + VAT + expenses

Yacht rental cost breakdown

Here is a brief and indicative breakdown of the costs to give a full understanding of the total yacht rental expenses involved in chartering a motor yacht:

  • Charter fee + VAT + delivery fee: 50-60%
  • Provisioning (APA): food & drink, fuel, berth: 35-40%, with a lower percentage for sailing yachts
  • Crew tip: 10-15% of the gross charter fee on average
  • Additional activities such as shore visits, transfers, restaurants: 5-10%

VAT rates: from 0% according to ECPY Transport contract in Corsica to 22% in Italy or 24% in Greece.

It is important to note that these figures are approximate and can vary based on specific yacht models, features, and charter agreements.

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Fast Italian sport yacht: Mangusta 108ft

Fast motor yachts, including large models from Mangusta, Sunseeker, or Leopard, can consume up to 1,300 liters of fuel per hour. It’s crucial to carefully plan your charter itinerary, avoiding constant full throttle to prevent exorbitant fuel costs by the end of your charter.

How can a seasoned charter broker assist you?

A professional charter broker acts as your trusted advisor throughout the entire process, from selecting the perfect yacht to negotiating the best terms and ensuring a seamless charter experience.

Our vast network and industry knowledge allow us to find the most suitable yacht options within your budget. We work closely with the captain and crew, sharing your preferences and requirements to deliver a tailored experience.

A professional charter broker possesses a deep understanding of the yachting landscape in this exquisite region. We curate bespoke experiences that align with your desires and preferences.

Our expertise extends from Cannes to Saint-Tropez, Monaco, and Corsica, showcasing the allure of these stunning destinations.

Here’s how a dedicated charter broker can elevate your maritime adventure:

  • Tailored selection : We handpick a selection of maxi-catamarans and luxury crewed yachts, perfectly matching your group’s size and preferences.
  • Local insights : Our in-depth knowledge of the French Riviera and Corsica ensures you explore hidden gems, away from the tourist throngs.
  • Smooth logistics : From dockside to dining, we manage all logistical aspects, ensuring a seamless and stress-free journey.
  • Exclusive experiences : We craft unique itineraries, unveiling the authentic essence of each destination, all while avoiding the clichéd tourist traps.
  • Cost efficiency : Through our extensive network and negotiating prowess, we secure competitive rates for your yacht charter, ensuring value for your investment.
  • Environmental responsibility : We take pride in our eco-friendly fleet of maxi-catamarans, promoting responsible yachting to preserve these pristine waters for future generations.

With their guidance and expertise, you can navigate the world of yacht charters confidently, knowing that they have your best interests in mind.

Disclaimer : the information provided in this article is for informational purposes only. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, we cannot guarantee its completeness or correctness.

Charterers are advised to conduct their own research and adhere to any local regulations and guidelines.

Key takeaways

  • The cost of chartering a yacht is influenced by several factors, including the size of the vessel, its location, the length of the charter, and the time of year.
  • The base charter fee varies from one yacht to another and may increase during high season and reduce during low season.
  • In addition to the base rate, factors such as fuel, taxes, crew wages, food, insurance, dockage fees, and gratuity can significantly impact the overall cost of the charter.
  • A week-long private yacht charter can cost anywhere from $18,000 for smaller sailing boats to over $3,000,000 for luxury yachts, with rates influenced by the factors mentioned above.
  •  The cost can also be affected by the type of charter contract, the role of the captain, and any additional expenses such as food, fuel, and other extras.

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Contact our brokers to start planning your dream voyage. With our expertise, personalized service, and commitment to excellence, your journey promises to be as unique and unforgettable as the Riviera.

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I am the senior Yacht Charter Broker at Charterminute, a well-known yacht charter boutique in Antibes.

I have served in the yacht charter industry for over 15 years and have gained a strong reputation among my clients, as evidenced by consistent 5-star ratings on Google Reviews and TripAdvisor .

My specialty is organizing corporate yacht charters for startups and large companies during popular events like the Cannes Lions Festival, MIPIM, TFWA, and MIPCOM.

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How Much To Charter a Superyacht? (Less Than You Think)

Spending a week on a luxurious superyacht can be expensive, but there are ways to make it a dream come true without breaking the bank. In fact, you might be surprised to know that the cost of chartering one may be less than you think. In this article, we have researched the average charter rates of superyachts, from the cheapest to the most expensive.

Chartering a superyacht can cost anywhere from $40,000 to over $2 million per week, plus expenses. Smaller superyachts measuring under 30 meters have a weekly charter rate of around $43,000, while megayachts measuring 80 meters and over have an average rate of $1.8 million a week.

When choosing a superyacht for your charter, there are a variety of options you can choose from—may it be small yachts to megayachts, classic or modern yachts, or whether it is sailing or motor-operated, there's a specific type for your needs and preferences. Let's learn below how the type of yacht affects the overall chartering costs.

  • The cheapest superyacht you can charter is a small sailing superyacht with an average cost of $43,000 per week. The most expensive is a megayacht, on which a week's trip can cost millions of dollars.
  • If you are looking for a vintage-style kind of superyacht, you can choose a classic superyacht, mostly made up of wood. But if you're leaning towards technology, modern superyachts will be more enjoyable for you.
  • Chartering a superyacht in the Caribbean is less costly compared to chartering a superyacht in the Mediterranean.

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Chartering a superyacht can cost between $40,000 and $2 million per week, the type of superyachts can affect charter costs, your chosen destination can influence chartering costs.

Chartering a superyacht can actually be more affordable than you think. When it comes to the cost breakdown, there are a few key factors to consider.

€40,000 per week
€70,895 per week
€1.7 million per week
30% of charter fee
€4,000 - €10,000 per day
(varies based on distance and speed)
€500 - €2,000 per day
(varies based on location and yacht size)
10-20% of charter fee

The charter fee depends on the size of the yacht

The charter fee is the base cost for renting the yacht and typically includes the use of the yacht, crew salaries, and insurance. The cost of the charter fee can vary greatly depending on the size and type of yacht, as well as the location and time of year.

chartering a superyacht cost

Smaller superyachts measuring under 30 meters will have a weekly charter rate somewhere around €40,000 (around $43,000), while yachts between 30 and 40 meters will weigh in at an average of €70,895 (around $77,000) per week. On the other hand, mega yachts measuring 80 meters and over have an average rate of €1.7 million (or around $1.8 million) a week.

The Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA) is typically 30% of the charter fee

The Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA) is an additional fee that covers expenses such as food, drinks, fuel, and dockage costs during the charter. The APA is usually calculated as a percentage of the charter fee, typically around 30% . The APA is paid before the charter begins, and any unused funds will be returned to you at the end of the charter.

Fuel and dockage costs depend on a variety of factors

Fuel and dockage costs are typically included in the APA, but you may need to be aware of these costs as they can add up quickly. Fuel costs will depend on the distance traveled and the speed of the yacht, while dockage costs will depend on the location and the size of the yacht. You might need to discuss these costs with your yacht charter broker before booking the charter.

Crew gratuity ranges around 0–20% of the charter fee

Crew gratuity is a customary payment for the crew and is typically around 10–20% of the charter fee. This is not a mandatory fee, but it is expected and greatly appreciated by the crew. The gratuity can be paid in cash or added to the APA.

Below is a table comparing the different types of superyachts you can charter and their weekly costs, based on their size, style, and propulsion.

30–50 meters Basic amenities Average condition
Over 80 meters Luxury amenities Excellent condition
50–70 meters Vintage amenities Restored condition
70–90 meters High-tech amenities New condition
30–60 meters Sailing amenities Average condition
60–120 meters Motorized amenities Excellent condition

The size of the superyacht matters

Superyachts come in a range of sizes, from small sailing yachts to massive megayachts. The size of the yacht you choose will depend on a variety of factors, including the number of guests you plan to bring, the destinations you want to visit, and your budget.

chartering a superyacht cost

Smaller yachts, such as sailing yachts and motor yachts, are typically more affordable and can accommodate up to 12 guests. Larger yachts, such as megayachts and explorer yachts, can accommodate up to 36 guests and offer more amenities and space.

Consider the style of the superyacht

Classic yachts are typically made of wood and have a timeless, elegant design. They offer a sense of nostalgia and tradition and are often favored by those who appreciate the craftsmanship and history of sailing.

Modern yachts, on the other hand, are sleek and contemporary, with cutting-edge technology and amenities. They offer a more futuristic and luxurious experience and are often favored by those who want the latest and greatest in yacht design.

Comparison between sailing and motor yachts

The propulsion of the yacht is another important factor to consider. Sailing yachts offer a more authentic and eco-friendly experience, with the wind as the primary source of power. They are also quieter and more peaceful, allowing you to enjoy the sound of the waves and the beauty of the sea.

Motor yachts, on the other hand, offer more speed and power, allowing you to cover more ground and visit more destinations in a shorter amount of time. They also offer more amenities, such as hot tubs, gyms, and helipads, making them ideal for those who want a more luxurious and indulgent experience.

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Chartering a yacht in the Caribbean vs. the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean and the Caribbean are two of the most popular destinations for superyacht charters. The Mediterranean is known for its stunning coastline, historic cities, and glamorous ports of call. The Caribbean, on the other hand, is famous for its crystal-clear waters, white-sand beaches, and laid-back island lifestyle.

If you're looking for a yachting destination with a rich history and culture, the Mediterranean is the place to be. You can explore ancient ruins, dine on Michelin-starred cuisine, and experience some of the world's most famous events, such as the Monaco Grand Prix and the Cannes Film Festival . Charter prices for luxury superyachts in the Meds can range from €30,000 to over €1 million per week.

If, on the other hand, you're looking for a more relaxed charter destination where you can soak up the sun and enjoy water sports, the Caribbean is the perfect choice. You can swim with dolphins in the Bahamas, snorkel in the Virgin Islands, and enjoy a beach barbecue on a secluded island. Chartering a superyacht in the Caribbean can be as pricey as $100,000–$500,000 or more.

Renting a superyacht during seasons with special events

If you're planning your superyacht charter around a special event, such as a music festival or a sporting event, you'll need to consider the location and timing of the event. Some of the most popular events for superyacht charters include the Monaco Grand Prix, the Cannes Film Festival, and the America's Cup.

Keep in mind that these events can be very busy, so you may need to book your charter well in advance to secure a berth in the port of call. You'll also need to consider the additional costs of attending the event, such as tickets, transportation, and accommodations.

Planning to Charter a Superyacht in Different Weather Conditions

When planning your superyacht charter, you may need to consider the weather conditions at your chosen destination. The Mediterranean has a mild climate, with warm summers and mild winters, while the Caribbean has a tropical climate, with hot and humid weather during the dry season, and frequent rains during the wet season.

If you're planning your charter during the summer months , you may need to be prepared for high temperatures and strong sun. Make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and lightweight clothing to stay cool and comfortable.

In the winter months , you might need to be prepared for cooler temperatures and the possibility of rain. Try to pack warm clothing and rain gear, and be prepared to adjust your itinerary if the weather turns bad.

To give you a grasp of the sailing seasons around the world, here's an article containing a map to guide you through enjoying your superyacht trip wherever you plan to go!

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Posted June 27, 2022 in Charter by Janine St.Denis

Yacht charters have become popular in recent years because they offer all the same amenities of renting a gorgeous luxury villa without the crowds and impersonal vibe of cruise travel. You have ownership of the yacht for the duration of your trip, which adds a layer of freedom that appeals to adventure seekers around the world. A yacht charter is the ultimate luxury experience. 

Depending on the size, amenities, and condition of the yacht, superyachts can cost anywhere from $4,000 /week to over $2 million /week plus expenses.

In this article, we’ll detail the differences between a yacht and a superyacht and explore how much it is to go on a superyacht . 

What’s the Difference Between Yachts and Superyachts?

Yachts come in several classifications, which means you have a variety to choose from.

What Is a Yacht?

A yacht is a recreational sea vessel used for entertainment, like cruising, water sports, or fishing . At a minimum, a yacht includes sleeping quarters, a kitchen, and a bathroom. There is no set standard definition, but the term applies to a ship with amenities that can accommodate overnight use.

What Is a Superyacht?

Superyachts are the gold standard in luxury yachting. They can accommodate six passengers at a minimum, but often host more than 10 passengers and a robust crew. Many superyachts have a variety of deluxe amenities like: 

  • Swimming pools
  • Tennis courts
  • Outdoor cinemas
  • Helicopter pads 

What Is Included in the Price of a Superyacht Charter ?

Superyacht charter prices are typically quoted at weekly rates. This will account for about 60–70% of the total cost. For a superyacht, expect to pay $100,000 or more per week. 

Charter prices include: 

  • Yacht rental
  • All equipment and amenities 
  • Crew salary
  • Additional services

The more extravagant your vessel, the more you can expect to pay. 

What Is Not Included in the Price of a Yacht Charter?

Yacht charters are generally “all-inclusive,” but this doesn’t include things like tips and taxes. Here is a list of a few things that are not included when you rent a superyacht: 

  • Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA). APA covers provisions while onboard, including any specific requests you may have and several variable costs (including port fees, excursions, etc.). It’s a standard system managed by your captain. The crew uses this allowance to purchase products of your choosing and for taxis, communication fees, port fees, and other expenses that are difficult to budget for ahead of time.
  • Taxes and VAT rates. Taxes are not included in superyacht charter prices. You will also be subject to VAT rates when chartering a yacht in Europe. 
  • Crew gratuity. Your superyacht will come with an expansive and experienced crew. You’ll want to factor their gratuity into your overall costs. They’re at your service nearly 24/7, so it’s customary to leave them a tip at the end of your charter.

Yacht Charter Costs To Consider

Here are a few other factors that may influence how much your yacht charter is :

  • The size of the yacht. You’ll pay a weekly rate of $100,000 or more for a superyacht charter rental. If you want something smaller, the price varies between $20,000 and $80,000. For a megayacht rental (much bigger than a superyacht), you can expect to pay upwards of a million dollars. The larger the yacht, the higher the cost.
  • Seasonal influences. Depending on the destination, certain times of year are more expensive than others. For example, the Caribbean costs more during the winter, whereas in the Mediterranean, the summer months are pricier. 
  • Exotic destinations. Exotic destinations cost more. The Galápagos Archipelago is a great example. Since yacht fleets are limited there, prices are higher. The Mediterranean is easier to access and thus less expensive.

Book Your Superyacht Charter with Northrop & Johnson Today

There’s nothing quite like sitting on the deck of a superyacht with a glass of bubbly and the sun and sea spray on your skin. It’s an experience you’ll cherish for a lifetime. 

Northrop & Johnson is committed to making your dream superyacht vacation come to life. Our staff will tailor every aspect of your trip to your specific needs and desires. You choose the destination and the menu, and we’ll handle the rest. With Northrop & Johnson, you can handpick your lifeguard, massage therapist, bartender, and more, and we’ll accommodate any cleaning or hygiene requests you may have. 

Contact Northrop & Johnson today to book your superyacht charter vacation . Our experienced team will walk you through the booking process and help you design a personalized yachting experience you’ll love. 

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Last Updated on May 30, 2023 by Boatsetter Team

Who among us hasn’t dreamed of cruising far horizons aboard a luxurious private yacht? Even just imagining ourselves cruising around sandy shores, anchoring in secluded coves, and pulling up to a great waterfront restaurant or a colorful beachside bar makes us happy.

Yacht charter makes all of this a reality. If you’re concerned about the cost of chartering a yacht, cast your apprehensions aside. Plenty of options means there’s no reason to give up on being the hero or heroine of your own dreams.

Here we’ll go over the types of private yacht charters and the costs of one. Let’s dream big together, shall we?

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Types of private yacht charters

Yacht crew.

Firstly, there are different types of private yacht charters. All-inclusive charters include the yacht, a professional captain and crew , all onboard meals and beverages, harbor fees, and fuel costs.

You’ll likely enjoy this experience the most if your hardest decision all day is how many cups of coffee you’ll drink at breakfast.

Meanwhile, a plus-expenses private yacht charter includes the yacht, the captain, and the crew. Meal costs and fuel costs are separate. So, too, are port taxes, dockage, and other fees.

You pay for these through an allowance before stepping aboard or a bill at the end of your trip. Either way, it allows for a more personalized, tailored experience.

Note that these types of private yacht charter are much different than the bareboat charter type. With that type of trip, you’re basically the owner and crew rolled into one.

You chart where you want to go, fuel up as needed along the way, and provision the boat. Similar to renting a car while on vacation, you keep the boat neat and tidy so there’s a quick turnaround for the next customers to step up.

Costs of a private yacht charter

Swimming off a yacht.

Okay, now that you understand the types of charter, you’re still probably wondering how much it is. The cost of chartering a yacht may seem high, at least initially.

However, it actually can be quite reasonable if a few friends or family members join you and split the expenses. In fact, you may find you get more bang for your buck compared to other upscale entertainment choices, like staying at a resort.

A few factors ultimately influence the cost of chartering a yacht. As already mentioned, all-inclusive charters are different than plus-expenses charters. Additionally, the age of the yacht and the crew’s reputation comes into play.

The time of the year —peak summer season, for example— does as well. The charter’s length, the yacht’s size, and the passenger total are often the biggest factors, however.

Consider a yacht in Miami that lists at $2,100 for an eight-hour day . Once you add fuel costs, dockage fees, and the captain’s gratuity, the total is about $3,300.

Since the yacht accommodates 12 people, that’s $275 per person. Even with just eight people, you’re each paying $412.50. Remember, this isn’t just transportation; it’s sightseeing, anchoring, swimming, and so much more entertainment all rolled into one day.

Friends on a yacht.

Ultimately, the cost of a private yacht charter can and does reflect a vacation as laid-back or as extravagant as you wish. Yachts from 45 to 65 feet in length easily can accommodate up to 10 people.

Usually, they book trips lasting a few hours, though some further offer daylong charters. At the other end of the spectrum are ultra-luxurious experiences in which 12 or more in your party can spend a week aboard.

These are much larger yachts—well over 100 feet—with much larger crews. They’re decked out with spas, swimming pools, and regal staterooms with marble-lined baths (too luxurious to be called heads).

This type of deluxe charter comes with a price tag of six figures for a week. If you book one, let us know if we can tag along—or at least tag us on Instagram.

Remember, too, that gratuities aren’t included in the cost of a private yacht charter, regardless of whether you book an all-inclusive or plus-expenses trip. If you’re pleased with the crew and the service, tip 15% to 20% of the charter fee.

If, after reviewing all these details, you decide the cost to charter a yacht just isn’t in your budget, don’t give up!

Consider instead boat sharing or boat renting

Boat-sharing sites like Boatsetter give people like you more access to great boats, with more boats added all the time. Grab a group of your friends and family, and get out on the water. That’s the most important thing to do.

Learn more about renting out your boat or yacht from Owners on the platform.

Boatsetter is a unique boat-sharing platform that gives everyone — whether you own a boat or you’re just renting — the chance to experience life on the water. You can list a boat , book a boat , or make money as a captain .

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Diane is additionally one of the most-sought-after journalists for expert editorial coverage and commentary about not only superyachts, but also general boating and yachting. Her byline appears in Boatsetter.com, DiscoverBoating.com, and the magazines Luxury Guide, Ocean, Yachting, and Yachts International.

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The appeal of yacht travel is unmatched: complete privacy, round-the-clock service, stunning locations and the option to simply travel a new path if the weather forecast turns inclement – what could be better? But, benefits aside, one key questions remains on the minds of sea-farers to-be: how much does it actually cost to charter a yacht?

There is no denying it – yacht charter does not come cheap, with plenty of potentially hidden costs lurking among every decision. Fortunately, though, with proper advance planning, expert knowledge and the right professionals in your corner, chartering a yacht can be a breeze – and without any worrisome bills to round off your trip.

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What will my yacht charter rate include?

There are generally two types of yacht charter: an all-inclusive charter and the more common ‘plus expenses’ charter. As the name suggests, the cost of an all-inclusive yacht charter will include (almost) everything such as crew, food, drinks, fuel and water sports equipment (though always check as this does vary between charter companies). However, some all-inclusive charters won’t include dockage or mooring fees, which can soon add up – but more on that later. 

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A ‘plus expenses’ or ‘separated charges’ charter is where a base price is charged for the ship and its crew, while everything else is paid for through an ‘Advance Provisioning Allowance’ (APA) before you step onboard. Prior to a voyage, guests will complete a preference sheet with their likes and dislikes, enabling the chef and service team to stock up on the guest’s favorite items. This tends to be the norm on superyacht charters as it allows for a much more tailored experience.

As well as covering food and beverages, an APA will also cover things like fuel and possibly dockage. It is usually charged at around 30% of the yacht’s base rate. According to luxury yacht brokers Northrop and Johnson, the average price paid by its customers for a week’s ‘plus expenses’ charter was around $152,000 in 2020, which would mean an APA of around $45,600 – not a small sum, so it’s something to be aware of when selecting your vessel. 

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A third, less common charter is a ‘bareboat’ charter. This is a charter without a crew or provisions and only generally favored amongst experienced yachtsmen and women or those who can supply their own crew. 

[See also: How to Charter a Superyacht]

Does size impact how much it will cost to charter a yacht?

The reputation of the crew, the age of the yacht and its design will all influence the price of your charter. However, the single biggest factor that will impact cost is likely to be the size: the bigger the yacht, the more you’re likely to pay. 

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For example, with leading yacht brokerage Burgess , a week’s charter in the Caribbean aboard the 163.3-ft Home starts at $245,000. If you opt for the larger Laurentia , at 180.5 ft, the price starts at $400,000. Both yachts were built in 2017 by leading Dutch shipyard Heesen and have capacity for 12 guests, but there is over $150,000 difference in the price. Naturally, you can also expect a higher APA for a bigger ship. 

Novice charterers might be surprised to learn that a larger yacht doesn’t automatically translate into a larger guest capacity. Most superyachts are capped at a 12-guest limit due to International Maritime Organization safety regulations.

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Does the type of yacht impact the price?

The answer is yes, but to a lesser extent than size. There’s something for everyone when it comes to yachts: classic yachts (built between the 1920s and 1970s) allow you to experience old-school glamour of a bygone era, whereas sportfishing yachts are nimble and offer a long-range to get you to the best fishing (or diving) spots.

Sailing yachts are a popular choice amongst boating enthusiasts, but by a long shot, the most popular charter yachts are motor yachts. These are typically what spring to mind when you picture a superyacht and, size-dependent, tend to be the most expensive type of yacht to charter, often being pricier to purchase, maintain and fuel. Explorer yachts are motor yachts designed to cope with the most extreme conditions – if you’re planning a luxury superyacht charter to Antarctica, for example, it’s likely to be aboard one of these.

Over the past decade, explorer yachts have skyrocketed in popularity amongst intrepid travelers looking for opulent adventure on the seven seas. A week onboard on of the world’s fastest explorer yacht, the 311.68-ft Bold , costs approximately $949,300. This also makes it one of the world’s most expensive yachts to charter, in line with what you’ll pay for chartering the crème de la crème of the more ‘conventional’ superyachts typically seen on the French Riviera, like the ultra-glamorous O’Pari . A week’s charter onboard the 312-ft O’Pari comes complete with custom artwork and DJ booth costs from $1.85m.

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Is chartering during certain months more expensive than others?

The time of year will impact your charter price. In yachting, there are two main seasons – summer and winter – and chartering during these peak times will push up the cost. The summer season runs from May to October, with peak rates in July and August. The winter season runs from November to April, with peak rates over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and into New Year. Location also dictates the price of a charter; for example, Caribbean charters are costlier from December to March whereas Mediterranean charters are at their priciest during the summer months. 

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Not even a Mediterranean jellyfish has the power to sting an unassuming first-time sailor like end-of-trip expenses. 

With ‘plus expenses’ charters, your APA is paid before you set sail. However, a detailed list of outgoings will be kept by the ship and if your expenses surpass the amount of your APA, you will be asked to cover the amount for the remaining charter. Saying this, it does work both ways – any unspent APA will be refunded to you. 

On both all-inclusive and ‘plus expenses’ charters, crew gratuities are not included in the yacht charter price. If you were happy with the service, the going rate for tips is around 15 to 20% of the charter cost. 

Depending on your charter agreement, docking fees, a charge you pay to keep your yacht in a marina or harbor overnight, may or may not be included in the cost. These can vary greatly depending on the location, time of year and the size of your yacht. Expect to pay the highest docking fees on the Mediterranean during high season with Capri and St Tropez commanding some of the steepest premiums.

Your itinerary can also affect the price, as traveling to places like Antarctica and the Arctic Circle requires expensive permits. Certain destinations will also charge tax and VAT, so it is sensible to check with your broker if you’re keen on getting a cost breakdown before your trip. 

[See also: The Best Superyachts to Charter This Summer]

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Price Breakdown: How Much Does It Cost to Charter a Yacht?

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Do you find yourself daydreaming about fruity drinks on white sand beaches, surrounded by crystal-clear ocean as far as the eye can see?

It’s probably time to take a vacation.

Booking a yacht charter is the perfect way to relax. Why not take a trip to indulge your every whim in the tropical paradise you’ve been craving?

We can make it happen for you.

You’re probably wondering how much this little excursion will set you back. The truth is, the cost to charter a yacht varies depending on a few factors.

The Cost to Charter a Yacht by Type of Vessel

All of our vessels are sleek, modern, and high-end luxury yachts. However, they do vary as far as size and onboard amenities — that’s where the price difference comes into play.

We have more intimate boats available from $844.21, like the 38′ Lotus Lagoon catamaran out of Hawaii. This beauty carries six guests and comes equipped with paddle board gear, snorkeling equipment, and complimentary beverages and snacks.

If you want to bask on the bow of a bigger boat, you might find something like our California-based 108′ Monte Fino is more up your alley. Flat screen televisions, plush staterooms, a jacuzzi, and spacious lounging areas are all available for up to twelve guests on charters from $7,937.49.

The Cost to Charter a Yacht by Trip Length

The length of your trip also affects the cost to charter a yacht. For example, the base price of the Lotus charter mentioned above is $796, which includes two hours of sailing. If you want to sail for three hours, the price will increase by half to $1,194, and go up accordingly for every hour you add on.

What if you want to go out for a few days, or even a few weeks? We offer multi-day charters and excursions to many exciting destinations for a base price of $13,000 per day, excluding gratuity and any provisions or catering.

You could putter around exploring the Channel Islands for a few days, or you could go even further. Why not discover the best of Hawaii’s hidden gems on a week-long coastal cruise? You can head to Greece, Italy, Mexico, or wherever the wind may take you.

Other Factors Affecting the Cost to Charter a Yacht

Say you fall in love with a particular vessel, located in Marina del Rey, but you want to cruise around San Diego. We totally understand. We’ll move it for you, which will incur an additional fee.

Which type of sailing you want to do will also affect the cost to charter a yacht. Base prices listed are for sailing in the harbor. For coastal sailing, an extra hourly fee will be added to your rate.

Keep in mind that Luxury Liners operates in the spirit of complete transparency. When you book a yacht charter with us, there are no hidden fees. Everything is displayed before you pay, and the price you see is the price you get.

Bring Down the Cost to Charter a Yacht by Booking with Us

Our mission is to bring you the most high-end vessels at the best prices. We’re ready to help you book your dream charter today.

Want to see what we have to offer? Have a look at our yachts page to see our prices and learn more.

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How much does it really cost to charter a superyacht?

How much does it really cost to charter a superyacht?

January 15, 2018 10:48 am

While yachting is most likely the most prestigious way to travel, it isn’t reserved exclusively for billionaires. Owning large superyachts is a privilege reserved for only the very few but there is an opportunity to enjoy a week aboard one of these luxurious vessels. Chartering a yacht is far less expensive than owning one. Especially if your use of the yacht is scarce. So how much does it really cost to charter a superyacht for a week?

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As an example, we will detail the expenses of a charter aboard Lady Carmen , a Hatteras 101′. She sleeps 10 guests, as most charter yachts, and features an on-deck full beam master suite with panoramic views. With a great array of toys and tender, a hot tub on the flybridge and an art deco interior she is one of the most popular charter yachts in the Carribean. 

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The first expense when chartering a yacht is the charter fee of course. Lady Carmen is asking $53,000 a week for example. That first expense buys the yacht, the crew and the insurances for a week. Then comes the second major expense, the advance provisioning allowance (APA). Then advance is transferred to the yacht’s captain and will be spent on your docking fees, food, fuel used. That expense may vary depending on the yacht but is usually 30% of the charter fee. If it is not spent entirely by the captain because the guests simply do not engage in many expenses, it is restituted at the end of the charter. 

One of the last expense is the crew gratuity. Representing between 10% to 20% of the charter fee, it is a tip for the crew and the captain. On average that gratuity raises at 15% yet remains at the discretion of the charterer. The final expense is your travel to the yacht and plane tickets to the destination. 

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If we recap these numbers, the total to charter a yacht as Lady Carmen in the Carribean raises to about $100,000 for a week for up to 10 guests. While owning a yacht such as Lady Carmen costs far more than the charter, there is a certain interest in chartering. If you are not sure you will be able to use the yacht extensively, chartering is probably your opportunity to enjoy the world of yachting. More than that chartering allows you to change destinations at will and explore the most remote area of the globe in the utmost comfort.

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How Much Does It Cost to Charter a Yacht? (Updated Prices/Rates)

  • September 20, 2023

Exploring the open waters on a private yacht offers unparalleled luxury and freedom. The cost of chartering a yacht varies based on factors like yacht size, destination, and duration. 

Beyond expenses, understanding the elements influencing pricing can help in making an informed decision for your dream yachting experience. Let’s unpack these prices in this guide!

How Much Does It Cost to Charter a Yacht?

Yacht rentals encompass a broad spectrum of starting prices. Thus, charters begin at around $10,000 weekly for compact sailboats and catamarans, while the pinnacle of opulence, motor superyachts, can exceed $150,000 weekly or more.

What Are the Two Types of Yacht Charter Price Structure?

In yachting, two crewed charter options exist: “All-Inclusive” and “Plus Expenses” experiences. What do these terms entail? Let’s take a brief look to understand them better:

All-Inclusive Yacht Charters

Certain charters, particularly those for catamarans and monohulls in the Virgin Islands, provide all-inclusive pricing. This covers guests, meals, drinks, water sports, and fuel expenses. However, dockage and taxes are typically billed separately from the main rate.

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Plus Expenses Charters

Larger motor yacht rates don’t cover operating costs, which require separate payment. For upscale charters, the initial cost encompasses the yacht alone. Extra expenses like food, bar, fuel, dockage, and taxes are billed independently. 

Often, these costs are covered by an Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA), which typically is 35% of the base rate, paid before the charter starts.

What Are the Different Factors That Affect Yacht Charter Prices?

Embarking on a yacht charter voyage is an exciting endeavor that promises luxury, adventure, and the thrill of exploring open waters. As you set out to plan your dream yachting experience, it’s essential to understand the various elements that influence yacht charter prices. 

From the type and size of the yacht to the destination and duration of the charter, several key factors come into play, shaping the cost of your maritime escapade.

Yacht Type and Size

The type and size of the yacht you choose are fundamental determinants of the charter cost. Yachts come in various categories, including motor yachts, sailing yachts, catamarans, and monohulls, each offering distinct features and amenities. 

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Motor yachts often offer more space, speed, and modern conveniences, which can contribute to higher charter rates. On the other hand, sailing yachts and catamarans provide a more traditional sailing experience and can be an appealing option for those seeking a more relaxed pace.

Destination and Itinerary

The geographical location you intend to explore significantly impacts the charter price. Popular yachting destinations like the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and the South Pacific have varying demand levels throughout the year, influencing pricing accordingly. 

High-season periods, characterized by pleasant weather and bustling tourism, can lead to higher rates, while off-peak seasons might offer more budget-friendly options. Moreover, some destinations require longer travel distances or involve additional permits and fees, all of which can contribute to the overall cost.

Charter Duration

The duration of your yacht charter plays a pivotal role in determining the final price. Charter rates are typically quoted every week, with options for shorter or longer durations available. 

Extended charters might offer more favorable rates per week compared to shorter getaways. Moreover, some yachts may have minimum charter durations during peak seasons, so it’s essential to consider your desired travel duration when budgeting for your yacht charter.

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Time of Year

The time of year you plan your yacht charter adventure can significantly affect pricing. Yachting destinations experience high and low seasons, influenced by weather patterns, holidays, and local events. 

High-season periods, often coinciding with pleasant weather and vacation periods, tend to command premium prices due to increased demand. Alternatively, opting for an off-peak or shoulder season can result in more affordable charter rates while still enjoying a delightful yachting experience.

Yacht Amenities and Services

The onboard amenities and services provided by the yacht contribute to the overall charter cost. Yachts equipped with luxurious features such as spacious cabins, gourmet kitchens, Jacuzzis, water toys, and professional crews tend to have higher base rates. 

The quality of service, crew expertise, and additional offerings can elevate the charter experience but may also add to the total price.

Crew and Staff

The crew and staff onboard play a crucial role in enhancing your yacht charter journey. The size and expertise of the crew, including captain, chef, deckhands, and stewards, can impact the cost. 

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A highly skilled and attentive crew can provide exceptional service, ensuring a memorable and comfortable experience throughout your charter. While these services contribute to the cost, they often contribute significantly to the overall enjoyment of your yachting adventure.

All-Inclusive Versus Plus Expenses

Yacht charters offer different pricing structures, with “All-Inclusive” and “Plus Expenses” options. All-inclusive charters encompass costs like food, drinks, water activities, and fuel in the base price, simplifying budgeting and planning. 

Conversely, Plus Expenses charters have a base rate covering the yacht alone, with additional costs for provisions, fuel, dockage, and other expenses. Understanding the pricing model that aligns with your preferences and needs is essential for accurate budgeting.

Running Expenses and Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA)

For larger motor yachts, operating costs are often separate from the base rate. These expenses encompass food, beverages, fuel, dockage, port taxes, and more. Typically covered by an Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA), which is around 35% of the base price, these costs are paid before the charter begins. 

This approach allows for flexibility in provisioning and ensures that operational expenses are adequately covered during the journey.

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Additional Costs Considerations in Charting a Yacht

Embarking on a yacht charter promises a luxurious and unforgettable experience, but it’s essential to consider not only the base charter cost but also the additional expenses that may arise during your journey. 

Beyond the initial price, there are various factors and costs to keep in mind to ensure a seamless and well-budgeted yachting adventure.

Operational Expenses

While the base charter cost covers the yacht itself, operational expenses are often separate. These expenses encompass various aspects of the charter, including fuel, provisioning, dockage, port fees, and more. 

Depending on the charter type and destination, these operational costs can vary significantly. Understanding these expenses is crucial for accurate budgeting and to ensure that you have the necessary funds to cover them.

Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA)

For larger motor yachts, operational expenses are often covered by an Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA). This allowance, typically around 35% of the base charter price, is paid upfront before the charter begins. 

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The APA serves as a fund that the crew uses to cover expenses throughout the journey, such as food, beverages, fuel, and other operational costs. Any remaining funds from the APA are usually returned to you at the end of the charter. 

Clear communication with the yacht’s crew regarding APA usage is essential to manage expenses effectively.

Crew Gratuity

While crew gratuity is discretionary, it’s customary to reward the hard work and exceptional service provided by the yacht’s crew. The recommended gratuity amount usually ranges from 10% to 20% of the base charter price. 

The gratuity is typically given to the captain, who then distributes it among the crew members. Expressing your appreciation for the crew’s efforts through gratuity ensures a positive rapport and acknowledges their dedication to making your charter experience memorable.

Food and Beverages

For charters that operate on a “Plus Expenses” basis, provisioning for meals and beverages is an important consideration. Discuss your culinary preferences and dietary restrictions with the yacht’s chef before the charter to ensure that your needs are met. 

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The cost of food and beverages can vary based on your preferences, the number of guests, and the duration of the charter. Incorporating this aspect into your budgeting allows you to enjoy delectable meals without unexpected financial surprises.

Water Toys and Activities

Many yachts offer a range of water toys and recreational activities to enhance your charter experience. These can include jet skis, paddleboards, snorkeling gear, fishing equipment, and more. 

While these amenities provide entertainment and excitement, they may come with an additional cost. Inquire about the availability and pricing of water toys and activities in advance to plan for any desired experiences.

Berth and Port Fees

When visiting different ports and marinas during your charter, you may encounter berth and port fees. These fees are associated with mooring the yacht in specific locations and can vary depending on the destination and the amenities offered by the port. 

Being aware of these fees and including them in your budgeting ensures that you’re prepared for any unexpected costs that may arise during your journey.

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What Are the Different Types of Yachts?

Embarking on a yacht charter opens up a world of luxury and adventure, with a range of yacht types to choose from. Each type offers unique features, amenities, and sailing experiences. 

Understanding the various types of yachts available can help you select the perfect vessel for your dream maritime journey.

Motor Yachts

Motor yachts are known for their speed, power, and luxurious features. These yachts are equipped with powerful engines that allow for swift and comfortable cruising. Motor yachts offer spacious interiors, state-of-the-art amenities, and ample deck space for relaxation and entertainment. 

With a focus on comfort and convenience, motor yachts are ideal for those who prioritize a smooth sailing experience and desire modern luxuries.

Sailing Yachts

Sailing yachts provide a classic and elegant way to explore the open waters. Driven by the wind, these yachts offer a serene and graceful sailing experience. Sailing enthusiasts often appreciate the traditional aspect of these vessels and the opportunity to engage in hands-on sailing. 

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Sailing yachts come in various sizes, from smaller vessels perfect for intimate charters to larger yachts with multiple cabins for group travel.

Catamarans are characterized by their twin hulls, offering enhanced stability and spacious interiors [ 1 ]. These yachts are known for their comfort, especially when at anchor, and are popular choices for families and groups. 

Catamarans often have multiple cabins, spacious living areas, and outdoor lounging spaces, making them ideal for those seeking a relaxed and sociable charter experience.

Monohull yachts feature a single hull, offering a traditional and authentic sailing experience. These yachts are known for their graceful lines and timeless charm. While they may have slightly less interior space compared to catamarans, monohulls excel in their sailing performance and agility, making them a favorite among sailing purists who appreciate the art of navigating the waters under wind power.

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Superyachts

Superyachts epitomize luxury and opulence. These massive vessels often exceed 100 feet in length and feature a plethora of amenities, including multiple decks, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, helipads, and more. 

Superyachts can accommodate larger groups and are often equipped with a crew to cater to every need. While the charter rates for superyachts are typically higher, the level of luxury and extravagance they offer is unmatched.

Expedition Yachts

Expedition yachts are designed for those seeking off-the-beaten-path adventures. These rugged vessels are equipped to explore remote destinations and endure challenging conditions. 

Expedition yachts combine the comforts of a luxury yacht with the capability to navigate through polar regions, remote islands, and exotic locales. If you’re an adventurer at heart, an expedition yacht can provide you with the opportunity to explore uncharted waters and experience the thrill of discovery.

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Classic Yachts

Classic yachts evoke a sense of nostalgia and history. These yachts often have elegant lines, rich wooden interiors, and a timeless charm that harks back to a bygone era of yachting. 

While they may not boast the same modern amenities as newer yachts, their unique character and craftsmanship make them a favorite among those who appreciate the vintage allure of sailing.

Is Chartering a Yacht Worth It?

Chartering a yacht offers an unparalleled experience of luxury, freedom, and exploration on the open waters. The opportunity to tailor your journey, enjoy personalized service, and discover unique destinations makes yacht charters a remarkable investment in memorable experiences. 

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While the cost can vary, the chance to escape the ordinary, indulge in stunning surroundings, and create lasting memories with friends or family often makes chartering a yacht well worth the investment for those seeking a truly extraordinary vacation.

In the world of yacht charters, costs vary based on factors like yacht type, destination, and services. Understanding these elements helps in budgeting and making informed decisions. Whether seeking relaxation or adventure, clear cost considerations lead to a tailored yachting experience within your means.

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Private yacht charter prices vary sigificantly, based on the size of the yacht, the type of yacht, how many crew, and where the yacht is cruising. There are also high and low season rates. We only arrange fully crewed luxury yacht charters, and for all bookings the yacht charter price, "charter fee", includes the cost of the yacht, the crew, and the yacht's insurance. There are other costs such as local taxes, gratuities and possibly expenses based on the type of yacht and where the charter occurs.

It's a common question our specialists answer - "How much does a yacht charter cost". As you can tell on the brief outline below about luxury yacht charter prices it's a complicated answer - one which our specialists are happy to explain in great detail for you.

If you are ready to speak to someone to answer your specific questions, our charter specialists are available to you at no additional cost and we are happy to share the experience we have gained over the last twenty years. Just click below to contact us to discuss details, expected charter rates, and any additional costs with you at any time without obligation. With access to every available crewed charter yacht worldwide and decades of experience, we'll have the answers you need.

Private Yacht Charter Costs- "Plus Expenses" Rates.

For this type of pricing, the basic charter fee covers the yacht (equipment and amenities), its crew (plus their meals), and insurance coverage for the yacht charter.

Additional costs will include the running expenses for the yacht during the charter including fuel for the yacht, generators, tenders, water toys, dockage, port fees, and all other consumables like food and drinks. These are all considered charter expenses.

These other costs incurred are charged "at cost" with no markups. This provides fair pricing for all clients based on their activities and what is consumed or purchased by the yacht for them. A charter where the charterer wishes to cover large distances and/or wants to consume the very finest wines will obviously incur higher expense costs than a charterer who travels short distances and has more modest tastes in food and wine. Of course during your charter, at any time your captain can keep you up to date on expenses being accumulated.

A deposit "advance provisioning allowance or APA" is made by the charterer along with their final payment which is used by the yacht to pay for expenses in preparation for, and during, the charter. Any unused funds in the APA are returned to the charterer at the end of the charter, and if more is required the charterer will be asked for additional funds. The amount of the APA is listed on the charter agreement.

It is hard to predict such expenses in advance so this system has proven to work very well for the majority of yachts and guests. The charterers themselves control the costs, and the captain updates them as frequently as desired during the charter. Our charter specialist will be able to provide an outline of expected charter costs beforehand.

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YES, Some yachts, typically smaller sailing yachts or crewed catamarans in the Caribbean, are priced using "All Inclusive" rates. This is sometimes called "Caribbean Terms" based on its main usage in that charter destination. These all inclusive prices are rarely seen outside the Caribbean. The fixed nature of that location allows some yachts to predict the running costs of a charter vacation. That said, the prices vary typically by season and the number of guests who will be aboard a specific charter.

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Eternal Spark is the first Bilgin 163 the yard has delivered. The model is well-suited to charter, with a generous interior volume of 499 GT, a spacious layout, and expansive outdoor decks. Penned by Unique Yacht Design, the sleek and sporty exterior pairs a sturdy steel hull with a lightweight aluminum superstructure. The yacht also features four sizable decks yet doesn’t appear to be too bulky.

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The interior, designed by renowned Milanese firm Hot Lab, showcases more than 200 different materials but a clean, contemporary aesthetic. As head of design Enrico Lumini puts it, “a plastic minimalism, sober, but rich in details.” The layout includes six cabins for 12 guests, though more than a hundred people can join for parties. There is also space for 10 crew, so you won’t have to lift a finger.

An entertainer’s dream, the vessel offers five bars, seven distinct socializing areas, an indoor and an outdoor cinema, a huge Jacuzzi, and a large beach club with a sauna. Other highlights include a fully equipped gym, a hydraulic swim platform, and a custom chase boat.

The Bilgin 163 is no slouch, either. Powered by twin 1,450 CAT engines, the yacht has a top speed of approximately 17 knots, a cruising speed of 12 knots, and a range of 5,000 nautical miles. You can also expect low operational costs, according to Bilgin.

“ Eternal Spark is everything and more than described in the brochure,” adds Bilgin’s commercial director Berkay Yılmaz. “A superbly designed charter vessel with plenty of spaces to enjoy whatever the day delivers.”

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Posted: December 11, 2023 | Last updated: December 12, 2023

<p> While a yacht may be the first thing that pops to mind when you think of the ultra-wealthy, chartering one might not be as expensive as you think.<br><br>When you're splitting the costs between several family members or friends you are paying for transportation and stay and it can make sense financially.</p> <p> You can also <a href="https://financebuzz.com/5k-a-month-moves-55mp?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=1&synd_postid=14936&synd_backlink_title=keep+money+in+your+wallet&synd_backlink_position=1&synd_slug=5k-a-month-moves-55mp">keep money in your wallet</a> by selecting an older vessel or taking charge of sailing yourself (hiring a crew always costs extra).</p><p>So let’s take a look at options that may be within reach for people who aren’t living paycheck to paycheck but aren’t brunching with the Kardashians either.</p><p class=""><i>Editor's note: prices are subject to change and may vary depending on the time of the year.</i></p><p>  <a href="https://financebuzz.com/top-travel-credit-cards?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=1&synd_postid=14936&synd_backlink_title=Earn+Points+and+Miles%3A+Find+the+best+travel+credit+card+for+nearly+free+travel&synd_backlink_position=2&synd_slug=top-travel-credit-cards"><b>Earn Points and Miles:</b> Find the best travel credit card for nearly free travel</a>  </p>

While a yacht may be the first thing that pops to mind when you think of the ultra-wealthy, chartering one might not be as expensive as you think. When you're splitting the costs between several family members or friends you are paying for transportation and stay and it can make sense financially.

You can also  keep money in your wallet  by selecting an older vessel or taking charge of sailing yourself (hiring a crew always costs extra).

So let’s take a look at options that may be within reach for people who aren’t living paycheck to paycheck but aren’t brunching with the Kardashians either.

Editor's note: prices are subject to change and may vary depending on the time of the year.

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<p> The San Antonio is a luxury motor yacht measuring 146 feet in length that was built in 2018. This huge vessel is capable of accommodating 36 guests in 18 cabins.  </p> <p> The cost to charter it starts at $21,000 per week plus expenses, not including a crew of eight (which we recommend). </p> <p> Divide the cost by capacity, and that’s only $583 per person per week to start. That’s practically unbeatable for a boat of this size, allowing you to make other <a href="https://financebuzz.com/5k-a-month-moves-55mp?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=2&synd_postid=14936&synd_backlink_title=savvy+moves+with+your+money&synd_backlink_position=3&synd_slug=5k-a-month-moves-55mp">savvy moves with your money</a>.</p><p>  <p class=""><a href="https://financebuzz.com/extra-newsletter-signup-testimonials-synd?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=2&synd_postid=14936&synd_backlink_title=Get+expert+advice+on+making+more+money+-+sent+straight+to+your+inbox.&synd_backlink_position=4&synd_slug=extra-newsletter-signup-testimonials-synd">Get expert advice on making more money - sent straight to your inbox.</a></p>  </p>

San Antonio motor yacht

The San Antonio is a luxury motor yacht measuring 146 feet in length that was built in 2018. This huge vessel is capable of accommodating 36 guests in 18 cabins.

The cost to charter it starts at $21,000 per week plus expenses, not including a crew of eight (which we recommend).

Divide the cost by capacity, and that’s only $583 per person per week to start. That’s practically unbeatable for a boat of this size, allowing you to make other savvy moves with your money .

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<p> Constructed in 2001 (with several subsequent refits), the Virginia Mia is another luxury motor yacht that’s 95 feet in length.  </p> <p> Custom-designed by Nuvolari Lenard, this vessel can sleep eight guests in four cabins as well as an additional crew of four.  </p> <p> Still, thanks to the age of the yacht, the cost of chartering starts at $15,000 plus expenses per week, or just under $2,000 per guest sans crew. </p>

Virginia Mia motor yacht

Constructed in 2001 (with several subsequent refits), the Virginia Mia is another luxury motor yacht that’s 95 feet in length.

Custom-designed by Nuvolari Lenard, this vessel can sleep eight guests in four cabins as well as an additional crew of four.

Still, thanks to the age of the yacht, the cost of chartering starts at $15,000 plus expenses per week, or just under $2,000 per guest sans crew.

<p> White motor yachts are convenient and luxe, sailing yachts promise a more traditional experience.  </p> <p> At nearly 125 feet, the Nautilus is a large option styled by Robert Delus. Built in 2008, it sleeps 10 guests in five cabins. At this size, you'll likely need a crew of six.  </p> <p> The cost to charter this beauty starts at $17,500 per week sans expenses, again just under $2,000 per person — which really isn't bad for all you're getting.</p><p>  <a href="https://financebuzz.com/money-moves-after-40?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=4&synd_postid=14936&synd_backlink_title=Grow+Your+%24%24%3A+11+brilliant+ways+to+build+wealth+after+40&synd_backlink_position=5&synd_slug=money-moves-after-40"><b>Grow Your $$:</b> 11 brilliant ways to build wealth after 40</a>  </p>

Nautilus sailing yacht

White motor yachts are convenient and luxe, sailing yachts promise a more traditional experience.

At nearly 125 feet, the Nautilus is a large option styled by Robert Delus. Built in 2008, it sleeps 10 guests in five cabins. At this size, you'll likely need a crew of six.

The cost to charter this beauty starts at $17,500 per week sans expenses, again just under $2,000 per person — which really isn't bad for all you're getting.

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<p> The Aegean Clipper is another sailing vessel, this one built all the way back in 1999 — which translates into cost savings for you.  </p> <p> The yacht is another biggie at nearly 135 feet. With 11 cabins, the boat can accommodate up to 24 guests plus five crew members as needed.  </p> <p> In total, your group will have to shell out a minimum of $13,000 plus expenses per week — just over $379 per person. That's a great deal, comparatively speaking. </p>

Aegean Clipper sailing yacht

The Aegean Clipper is another sailing vessel, this one built all the way back in 1999 — which translates into cost savings for you.

The yacht is another biggie at nearly 135 feet. With 11 cabins, the boat can accommodate up to 24 guests plus five crew members as needed.

In total, your group will have to shell out a minimum of $13,000 plus expenses per week — just over $379 per person. That's a great deal, comparatively speaking.

<p> If you're looking for something a little smaller that can go the distance, the Silver Fox expedition yacht might be for you.  </p> <p> Built in 2009, the 72-foot yacht accommodates six guests in three cabins for a more intimate experience. There's room for a crew of two if you need their expertise. </p> <p> With a starting cost of $16,500 per week, the Silver Fox will run each person over $2,700 per week, but the small group may be worth it. </p>

Silver Fox expedition yacht

If you're looking for something a little smaller that can go the distance, the Silver Fox expedition yacht might be for you.

Built in 2009, the 72-foot yacht accommodates six guests in three cabins for a more intimate experience. There's room for a crew of two if you need their expertise.

With a starting cost of $16,500 per week, the Silver Fox will run each person over $2,700 per week, but the small group may be worth it.

<p> Traveling with a group of the same size but want more length and a bigger crew?  </p> <p> The Tivoli expedition yacht, constructed in 2001 and remodeled in 2010, can fit four crew members. This stunner is just over 90 feet long and can take you on those long hauls. </p> <p> Yes, it will cost more at $25,000 per week, or over $4,100 per person. But if you can afford it, it’s a dream come true out on the open water.</p><p>  <a href="https://financebuzz.com/retire-early-quiz?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=7&synd_postid=14936&synd_backlink_title=Retire+Sooner%3A+Take+this+quiz+to+see+if+you+can+retire+early&synd_backlink_position=6&synd_slug=retire-early-quiz"><b>Retire Sooner:</b> Take this quiz to see if you can retire early</a>  </p>

Tivoli expedition yacht

Traveling with a group of the same size but want more length and a bigger crew?

The Tivoli expedition yacht, constructed in 2001 and remodeled in 2010, can fit four crew members. This stunner is just over 90 feet long and can take you on those long hauls.

Yes, it will cost more at $25,000 per week, or over $4,100 per person. But if you can afford it, it’s a dream come true out on the open water.

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<p> Classics are classics for a reason, as they stand the test of time. Such is the case with the Shangri-La, a vintage yacht sure to take you to that magical place.  </p> <p> This vessel sleeps six in three cabins and promises to be child-friendly. The Shangri-La was constructed way back in 1965, and it is 82 feet long with space for three crew members.  </p> <p> A week on this rig will cost you $16,500, or just over $2,700 a pop. </p>

Shangri-La classic yacht

Classics are classics for a reason, as they stand the test of time. Such is the case with the Shangri-La, a vintage yacht sure to take you to that magical place.

This vessel sleeps six in three cabins and promises to be child-friendly. The Shangri-La was constructed way back in 1965, and it is 82 feet long with space for three crew members.

A week on this rig will cost you $16,500, or just over $2,700 a pop.

<p> Another vintage beauty, the Sai Kung classic yacht was born in 1975 and got a makeover in 2015. That updated this 79-foot vessel that can sleep nine people in four cabins.  </p> <p> Be sure you’re a nautical whiz, as there’s no room for additional crew here, but that will only save you money. </p> <p> All told, the Sai Kung will set your group back $17,500 per week, just under $2,000 per person.  </p>

Sai Kung classic yacht

Another vintage beauty, the Sai Kung classic yacht was born in 1975 and got a makeover in 2015. That updated this 79-foot vessel that can sleep nine people in four cabins.

Be sure you’re a nautical whiz, as there’s no room for additional crew here, but that will only save you money.

All told, the Sai Kung will set your group back $17,500 per week, just under $2,000 per person.

<p> Outdoor yachts are designed for those who truly want to live outside, which you can do easily on the Glorious.  </p> <p> This sporty 72-footer is ready to help you dive, scuba, and more, with room for six guests in three cabins. You can bring a crew of two for extra help, of course. </p> <p> Built in 2007 and remodeled nine years later, chartering the Glorious will run you $16,500 per week, again $2,700 per person.</p><p>  <a href="https://financebuzz.com/southwest-booking-secrets-55mp?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=10&synd_postid=14936&synd_backlink_title=9+nearly+secret+things+to+do+if+you+fly+Southwest&synd_backlink_position=7&synd_slug=southwest-booking-secrets-55mp">9 nearly secret things to do if you fly Southwest</a>  </p>

Glorious open yacht

Outdoor yachts are designed for those who truly want to live outside, which you can do easily on the Glorious.

This sporty 72-footer is ready to help you dive, scuba, and more, with room for six guests in three cabins. You can bring a crew of two for extra help, of course.

Built in 2007 and remodeled nine years later, chartering the Glorious will run you $16,500 per week, again $2,700 per person.

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<p> Looking for a bigger open yacht that’s perfect for swim buffs? Charter the Speedy T, a vessel that’s 80 feet long and primed for dips in refreshing ocean waters.  </p> <p> Like many of the yachts on this list, it accommodates six guests in three cabins and has room for three crew members. </p> <p> All told, one week on this sleek ship — built in 1994 and renovated in 2011 — is $19,500 before expenses, translating to $3,250 per head. But the adventure promises to be unforgettable. </p>

Speedy T open yacht

Looking for a bigger open yacht that’s perfect for swim buffs? Charter the Speedy T, a vessel that’s 80 feet long and primed for dips in refreshing ocean waters.

Like many of the yachts on this list, it accommodates six guests in three cabins and has room for three crew members.

All told, one week on this sleek ship — built in 1994 and renovated in 2011 — is $19,500 before expenses, translating to $3,250 per head. But the adventure promises to be unforgettable.

<p> With extra stability even at higher speeds, catamaran yachts like the Etoile Magique are great options for adventure.</p><p>This 80-foot vessel is roomy for its size, with room for 16 guests in eight cabins. There’s space for a three-person crew, too.</p> <p> Constructed in 2004 and remodeled a decade later, this is a budget-friendly adventure in the making. At $18,710 per week before expenses, that shakes out to a bit over $1,100 apiece. </p>

Etoile Magique catamaran yacht

With extra stability even at higher speeds, catamaran yachts like the Etoile Magique are great options for adventure.

This 80-foot vessel is roomy for its size, with room for 16 guests in eight cabins. There’s space for a three-person crew, too.

Constructed in 2004 and remodeled a decade later, this is a budget-friendly adventure in the making. At $18,710 per week before expenses, that shakes out to a bit over $1,100 apiece.

<p> Meaning “strong” in Spanish, the Fuerte 3 catamaran yacht — built in 2004 and renovated in 2010 — offers a more intimate experience than the Etoile Magique, with space for nine guests in four cabins.  </p> <p> On the smaller side, at 67 feet, you can bring two crew members along if you need them. The price tag for one week is around $22,000, or just over $2,400 a pop. This vessel is best in shallower waters.</p><p>  <a href="https://financebuzz.com/top-travel-credit-cards?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=13&synd_postid=14936&synd_backlink_title=Earn+Points+and+Miles%3A+Find+the+best+travel+credit+card+for+nearly+free+travel&synd_backlink_position=8&synd_slug=top-travel-credit-cards"><b>Earn Points and Miles:</b> Find the best travel credit card for nearly free travel</a>  </p>

Fuerte 3 catamaran yacht

Meaning “strong” in Spanish, the Fuerte 3 catamaran yacht — built in 2004 and renovated in 2010 — offers a more intimate experience than the Etoile Magique, with space for nine guests in four cabins.

On the smaller side, at 67 feet, you can bring two crew members along if you need them. The price tag for one week is around $22,000, or just over $2,400 a pop. This vessel is best in shallower waters.

<p> If your idea of the perfect vacation is sport fishing, this boat is for you. The Astrape sport fishing yacht comes with top-of-the-line fishing equipment so you can catch your dream fish.  </p> <p> Built in 2008 and remodeled in 2016, the 76-foot vessel sleeps eight in four cabins. It also has room for three crew members. </p> <p> On the pricier side at $29,000, a week will cost each person nearly $3,700 — worth it if you can show off that once-in-a-lifetime catch, though! </p>

Astrape sport fishing yacht

If your idea of the perfect vacation is sport fishing, this boat is for you. The Astrape sport fishing yacht comes with top-of-the-line fishing equipment so you can catch your dream fish.

Built in 2008 and remodeled in 2016, the 76-foot vessel sleeps eight in four cabins. It also has room for three crew members.

On the pricier side at $29,000, a week will cost each person nearly $3,700 — worth it if you can show off that once-in-a-lifetime catch, though!

<p> Giving us some real Orca energy, the Barefoot sport fishing yacht was built in 2006 — much later than that famed vessel from "Jaws."</p> <p> The 64-foot boat is designed for fishing in shallower waters, perfect for you and five friends who will share three cabins. Two crew members can fit, too. </p> <p> This yacht is cheaper than the Astrape at $17,500, so six folks will pay just under $3,000 a head per week. </p>

Barefoot sport fishing yacht

Giving us some real Orca energy, the Barefoot sport fishing yacht was built in 2006 — much later than that famed vessel from "Jaws."

The 64-foot boat is designed for fishing in shallower waters, perfect for you and five friends who will share three cabins. Two crew members can fit, too.

This yacht is cheaper than the Astrape at $17,500, so six folks will pay just under $3,000 a head per week.

<p> Gulet yachts are known for their tall masts, ample deck space, and Turkish origins — perfect for a Mediterranean voyage.  </p> <p> To that end, the Prenses Lila is an excellent option for groups of 18. At 114 feet with eight cabins and space for five crew members, this boat beckons. </p> <p> You can charter Prenses Lila — built in 2009 and remodeled in 2009 — for $17,500 per week in September.</p>

Prenses Lila gulet yacht

Gulet yachts are known for their tall masts, ample deck space, and Turkish origins — perfect for a Mediterranean voyage.

To that end, the Prenses Lila is an excellent option for groups of 18. At 114 feet with eight cabins and space for five crew members, this boat beckons.

You can charter Prenses Lila — built in 2009 and remodeled in 2009 — for $17,500 per week in September.

<p> The second gulet yacht and the final boat we’re covering is Dreamland, which will surely take you there. </p><p>Constructed in 2006, 12 guests can sleep in six suites on this 105-foot vessel as well as five crew members.  </p> <p> You can book Dreamland for around $26,000 in high season. Divide that by 12, and you land on about $2,200 per person. That might require some <a href="https://financebuzz.com/top-signs-of-financial-fitness?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=17&synd_postid=14936&synd_backlink_title=financial+fitness&synd_backlink_position=9&synd_slug=top-signs-of-financial-fitness-2">financial fitness</a>, but yachts like this don’t come around every day.</p>

Dreamland gulet yacht

The second gulet yacht and the final boat we’re covering is Dreamland, which will surely take you there. 

Constructed in 2006, 12 guests can sleep in six suites on this 105-foot vessel as well as five crew members.

You can book Dreamland for around $26,000 in high season. Divide that by 12, and you land on about $2,200 per person. That might require some financial fitness , but yachts like this don’t come around every day.

<p> Spending your days sunning and swimming aboard a luxurious yacht may seem like an out-of-reach proposition, but we’re here to tell you it’s possible.  </p> <p> In fact, with planning and savvy budgeting, you can score your dream seafaring adventure. You can even use your favorite credit card to book and <a href="https://financebuzz.com/top-travel-credit-cards?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=18&synd_postid=14936&synd_backlink_title=earn+travel+rewards&synd_backlink_position=10&synd_slug=top-travel-credit-cards">earn travel rewards</a>. </p> <p> Traveling by charter yacht is also more environmentally friendly than flying, which means you can feel good about your sailing vacation.</p><p>  <p class=""><b>More from FinanceBuzz:</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.financebuzz.com/shopper-hacks-Costco-55mp?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=18&synd_postid=14936&synd_backlink_title=6+genius+hacks+Costco+shoppers+should+know.&synd_backlink_position=11&synd_slug=shopper-hacks-Costco-55mp">6 genius hacks Costco shoppers should know.</a></li> <li><a href="https://financebuzz.com/offer/bypass/637?source=%2Flatest%2Fmsn%2Fslideshow%2Ffeed%2F&aff_id=1006&aff_sub=msn&aff_sub2=&aff_sub3=&aff_sub4=feed&aff_sub5=%7Bimpressionid%7D&aff_click_id=&aff_unique1=%7Baff_unique1%7D&aff_unique2=&aff_unique3=&aff_unique4=&aff_unique5=%7Baff_unique5%7D&rendered_slug=/latest/msn/slideshow/feed/&contentblockid=2708&contentblockversionid=21425&ml_sort_id=&sorted_item_id=&widget_type=&cms_offer_id=637&keywords=&ai_listing_id=&utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=18&synd_postid=14936&synd_backlink_title=Can+you+retire+early%3F+Take+this+quiz+and+find+out.&synd_backlink_position=12&synd_slug=offer/bypass/637">Can you retire early? Take this quiz and find out.</a></li> <li><a href="https://financebuzz.com/supplement-income-55mp?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=18&synd_postid=14936&synd_backlink_title=7+things+to+do+if+you%27re+scraping+by+financially.&synd_backlink_position=13&synd_slug=supplement-income-55mp">7 things to do if you're scraping by financially.</a></li> <li><a href="https://financebuzz.com/extra-newsletter-signup-testimonials-synd?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=18&synd_postid=14936&synd_backlink_title=9+simple+ways+to+make+up+to+an+extra+%24200%2Fday&synd_backlink_position=14&synd_slug=extra-newsletter-signup-testimonials-synd">9 simple ways to make up to an extra $200/day</a></li> </ul>  </p>

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Spending your days sunning and swimming aboard a luxurious yacht may seem like an out-of-reach proposition, but we’re here to tell you it’s possible.

In fact, with planning and savvy budgeting, you can score your dream seafaring adventure. You can even use your favorite credit card to book and earn travel rewards .

Traveling by charter yacht is also more environmentally friendly than flying, which means you can feel good about your sailing vacation.

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Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, has made headlines for his business ventures and extravagant lifestyle. 

One of the most notable symbols of his wealth is his superyacht, Koru, which costs around $500 million. This 417-foot luxury sailing yacht , built by Oceanco, features three towering masts and is the tallest sailing yacht in the world.

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Inside the Superyacht Koru

Koru's design is a marvel of modern engineering and luxury. The yacht boasts three decks, including one with a swimming pool, a gym, a spa, and a sauna. The interiors are crafted with the finest materials, providing unparalleled comfort and aesthetics. 

Advanced technology enables Koru to be primarily powered by kinetic energy from its sails, reducing the need for a large crew and enhancing its environmental sustainability.

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Annual Operating Costs

Owning a superyacht like Koru involves significant annual expenses. The estimated cost to run and maintain Koru is about $25 million annually. Here's a breakdown of these costs:

  • Crew Salaries: The yacht accommodates up to 36 crew members. Given the high skill level required, annual crew salaries can be significant but specific figures are not disclosed in the sources.
  • Maintenance: General maintenance, including repairs and refits, can reach tens of millions. According to Luxury Launches, refits alone can cost up to $20 million.
  • Fuel: Refueling the yacht can cost upward of $500,000 due to its large fuel capacity.
  • Insurance: The annual insurance cost for a yacht like Koru is around $5 million.
  • Docking Fees: Docking fees in prime locations can be around $5,000 per night, totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
  • Utilities and Amenities: Operating the onboard facilities and utilities, including electricity and entertainment systems, can potentially cost between $1 million and $3 million per year.
  • Security: Additional security measures for such a high-value vessel can cost several million dollars annually.
  • Luxury Maintenance: Maintaining the yacht's luxury interiors and furnishings can range from $2 million to $5 million annually. 

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Koru is often seen cruising in various luxury destinations around the world. However, it is primarily kept in European waters, especially in the Mediterranean. The yacht has also been spotted in the Caribbean and along the coasts of the United States, particularly near Bezos's homes in Florida.

Bezos's Spending Spree and Florida Homes

Jeff Bezos's purchase of Koru is part of a broader pattern of high-value acquisitions. In addition to his superyacht, Bezos has been on a spending spree, acquiring multiple properties in recent years. He most recently invested in several luxurious homes in Florida's exclusive "Billionaire Bunker."

Bezos's Net Worth Surge

In early 2023, Jeff Bezos's net worth was $107 billion. By early 2024, it had surged to $177 billion, a $70 billion gain, according to Fortune. This translates to an increase of $191.8 million daily or about $8 million per hour. To put this into perspective, Bezos earns the equivalent of the median lifetime earnings of a typical U.S. worker ($1.7 million in 2023) in about 12.76 minutes.

Bezos' spending habits reflect his vast wealth and interest in maintaining a luxurious lifestyle while expanding his investments in various sectors.

Koru is a prime symbol of his wealth and taste for luxury. The costs associated with owning and operating such a vessel are substantial, but they are a mere fraction of his overall fortune. As Bezos continues to expand his real estate holdings and enjoy his time on Koru, his lifestyle remains a topic of fascination and envy.

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Motor yacht crew face criminal charges over Greek island fire allegedly started by firework display

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek prosecutor on Sunday brought criminal charges against the captain and crew of a chartered yacht suspected of triggering a forest fire on a resort island in the Aegean Sea during a firework display.

Greece has been plagued in recent days by scores of wildfires amid hot, dry and windy weather. On the day of the blaze authorities had warned of a maximum fire risk in several areas, appealing to the public for extreme caution.

The blaze on a remote stretch of coastline on the popular island of Hydra, 40 nautical miles (46 miles) south of Athens, destroyed about 75 acres of pine forest late Friday.

The crew of the large motor yacht, which had allegedly been anchored just off where the fire started with 17 tourists on board, were arrested Saturday when they docked near Athens. The tourists were not detained or charged.

State-run ERT television said the captain of another yacht anchored nearby told authorities that the blaze was started by fireworks let off by from the suspects’ vessel on Friday evening.

A prosecutor in the port of Piraeus, which serves Athens, on Sunday ordered the 13 suspects to be held in custody pending their appearance before an investigating judge.

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ERT said they were charged under stricter legislation adopted recently and would face sentences of 10-20 years in prison if convicted.

Greece suffers every summer from destructive wildfires that have drastically reduced its forest cover, caused scores of deaths, and burnt homes and property.

Authorities warned of a particularly high risk this summer following a warm, dry winter that has left vegetation tinder-dry.

The fire service said Sunday evening that 41 wildfires broke out all over the country in the past 24 hours.

The blaze on Hydra was extinguished after several hours by firefighters brought by boat to the spot, which is uninhabited and not easily accessible by land.

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    The base charter fee in essence refers to the hire cost of the yacht itself, with all equipment in working order in addition to the cost of food and wages for the crew during the entirety of the charter. This is essentially all the base charter fee covers with additional expenses often applicable on top. The base charter fee will vary from one ...

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    Yacht charter costs vary based on several elements: the yacht type, destination, local taxes, dates and the age of the yacht. Yacht charter prices span a broad spectrum. For instance, smaller sailing yachts and catamarans may start at around $10,000 per week, whereas more luxurious motor superyachts can exceed $100,000 per week.

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    Over 40 metres is when the charter rate will move into the €100,000 per week range, with yachts between 50 and 60 metres costing on average €219,826 per week while yachts in the 60 to 70 metre range average €444,521. Mega yachts measuring 80 metres and over will, on average, set charterers back by around €1.7 million a week.

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    Understanding the additional fees associated with yacht chartering is crucial for budgeting effectively. These fees can significantly impact the total cost of your charter: Fuel: Yachts consume fuel, even sailing yachts, and you may be responsible for covering these costs. Fuel expenses can vary depending on the yacht's size, distance ...

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    The size of the yacht. You'll pay a weekly rate of $100,000 or more for a superyacht charter rental. If you want something smaller, the price varies between $20,000 and $80,000. For a megayacht rental (much bigger than a superyacht), you can expect to pay upwards of a million dollars. The larger the yacht, the higher the cost. Seasonal ...

  14. How Much Does It Cost to Charter a Yacht?

    The charter's length, the yacht's size, and the passenger total are often the biggest factors, however. Consider a yacht in Miami that lists at $2,100 for an eight-hour day. Once you add fuel costs, dockage fees, and the captain's gratuity, the total is about $3,300. Since the yacht accommodates 12 people, that's $275 per person.

  15. How Much Does it Actually Cost to Charter a Yacht?

    It is usually charged at around 30% of the yacht's base rate. According to luxury yacht brokers Northrop and Johnson, the average price paid by its customers for a week's 'plus expenses' charter was around $152,000 in 2020, which would mean an APA of around $45,600 - not a small sum, so it's something to be aware of when selecting ...

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    Yes, our yacht operating cost calculator can output a budget suitable for this situation. Adjust the owner use to 2 (minimum value), owner slider to 0, crew slider to 10%, Administration to 10%, Fuel and Dockage to 0, Maintenance to 10% and then Capital Repairs to 0. This will remove all of the large charges associated with owner use and vessel ...

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    The Cost to Charter a Yacht by Trip Length. The length of your trip also affects the cost to charter a yacht. For example, the base price of the Lotus charter mentioned above is $796, which includes two hours of sailing. If you want to sail for three hours, the price will increase by half to $1,194, and go up accordingly for every hour you add on.

  18. How much does it really cost to charter a superyacht?

    The final expense is your travel to the yacht and plane tickets to the destination. If we recap these numbers, the total to charter a yacht as Lady Carmen in the Carribean raises to about $100,000 for a week for up to 10 guests. While owning a yacht such as Lady Carmen costs far more than the charter, there is a certain interest in chartering.

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    For private crewed yacht charters, rates are generally thought to start around $10,000 but lower prices can be found, albeit on smaller boats. A three-cabin catamaran can be chartered for a seven ...

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    During the low season, chartering a yacht can cost from $1,500 per day to $10,000+ per week. When it's high season, size of the yacht dependent, in the US, one could plan to pay $3,000 per day or $15,000 per week. Charter per-day prices tend to be higher than per week charges. Average yacht charters are a weeklong (seven days).

  21. How Much Does It Cost to Charter A Yacht?

    Fuel. Mooring balls and docking fees. Crew gratuity. Water toys. Transfer fees. Overall, the cost to charter a yacht is comparable to many other vacation options but delivers so much more—like the freedom to follow your own island-hopping schedule and explore some of the world's most stunning destinations at your own pace.

  22. How Much Does It Cost to Charter a Yacht? (Prices) [2024]

    September 20, 2023. Exploring the open waters on a private yacht offers unparalleled luxury and freedom. The cost of chartering a yacht varies based on factors like yacht size, destination, and duration. Beyond expenses, understanding the elements influencing pricing can help in making an informed decision for your dream yachting experience.

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    Private charter yacht prices and charter costs explained from a proven authority in the field. Do charter costs include expenses or are all costs included? After twenty years in business we make it simple for you. USA:-1.866.492.4768; UK:-0800.011.2492 ; Toggle navigation. How we help you

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    Still, thanks to the age of the yacht, the cost of chartering starts at $15,000 plus expenses per week, or just under $2,000 per guest sans crew. Spotmatik/Adobe Nautilus sailing yacht.

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