- Superyacht chartering enables wealthy tourists to live the luxury ocean lifestyle
- Some vessels can cost as much as $700,000 a week to hire
- Chartering a superyacht can recoup some of the running costs for owners
Maintenance, upkeep and near endless running costs; the many pleasures of owning a superyacht are punctuated by some less than glamorous realities.
For the wealthy ocean enthusiast who seeks a luxury ocean vacation without the responsibilities of proprietorship however, there is another option -- chartering your own private superyacht.
"Last year we chartered to Bill Gates," says Neil Cheston, director of sales and charter at specialist yacht broker, Y.CO. "The founders of Google also now both have yachts that charter," he adds.
According to Pierrik Devic of luxury yachting agency, Fraser Yachts, meanwhile, chartering a luxury vessel enables millionaire and billionaire holidaymakers to sample the superyacht lifestyle at a fraction of the price and hassle.
As the summer yachting season approaches, Mainsail takes a look at some of the most luxurious privately owned superyachts on the market for short term hire and charter.
"Imagine is the Bentley of yachting," says Pierrik Devic.
Measuring 65.5 meters in length and costing €530,000 ($707,000) a week, it is also Fraser Yacht's most expensive charter vessel.
Accommodating 12 guests in 7 luxury staterooms, the ship boasts huge volumes, exceptional indoor accommodations, social spaces and plenty of choices for exciting outdoor living, says Devic.
Imagine also offers a "massive" sun deck with jet-stream swimming pool, wet-feet bar and Jacuzzi and an array of water toys to keep even the most active charter guests entertained.
The second most expensive vessel on Fraser Yachts' charter portfolio, Laurel is available for charter at €479,000 ($639,000) per week.
At 73 meters, this yacht is bigger than Imagine and she is serviced by 24 professional crew members.