Travel | April 14, 2016 9:00 am

How to Save $8 Million on Your Next Private Yacht Charter

The perfect yacht co. for every style of luxury boater

By The Editors

Yacht envy.

The two words were meant for one another.

Thankfully, a chap no longer needs billions stowed under the mattress — er, in Panama — to remedy the condition. No sir. For those craving the fresh ocean air on their own private villa without the obligation of, you know, buying one, there are charters.

Ergo: we bring you three swanky yachting services to get you to this season’s upper crust affairs in style.

Boatbound

Where it sets sail: 2,100+ cities worldwide
The skinny: The Airbnb of boating, Boatbound is the most extensive “pier-to-pier” rental marketplace out there. They’ve got more than 13 million registered boat owners ready to rent their vessels to pre-screened, qualified gents like you.
Pros: A large selection of boats in a variety of sizes and a vast amount of locations to choose from. 
Cons: You’re going to need a captain. 
Ideal destination: The Gamefish Grande Championship, Cuba’s premier Marlin fishing competition.

Helm

Where it sets sail: Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Thailand and the British Virgin Islands
The skinny: Using their online Experience Builder, you can customize your adventure. Based on your preferences — i.e., do you want to snorkel, dance, see historic sights or see no one at all? — a Personal Broker will contact you to arrange the experience.
Pros: You can choose between chartering a bare, skippered or fully crewed charter. The online platform is engaging and easy to use. The boats are big.
Cons: The locations are a bit limited.
Ideal destination: How ‘bout Croatia’s Yacht Week, seeing as you have the yacht and all?

Elite Yacht

Where it sets sail: You name it
The skinny: Specializes in yachts over 140’ with a concierge service on steroids. In the custom charter game for 27 years, Elite is a white-glove, bespoke go-to for one helluva luxurious time. They ensure confidentiality and a top-shelf experience. A guest’s customized voyage will include, but is not limited to: a private chef with personalized fare, restaurant and activity bookings, historical tours, supercar services or complete peace and quiet.
Pros: The sea is the limit. We’re told they work with “every yacht in the world available for charter.” And they come with a 10-26 person crew to tend to one’s every single need.
Cons: Cha-ching!
Ideal destination: For such an emprise, the Monaco Grand Prix and Cannes Film Festival are in order.