Let's face facts: Some super-villain efforts just look better with a yacht.
No need to actually sail it — just buying a yacht can look a little hinky, as it did in the New York Times' recent profile of a Saudi prince who dropped a half-bil (yes) on a 440-foot yacht previously owned by a "Russian vodka tycoon." There's no purchase, the piece seems to suggest, as potentially hinky as the half-bil yacht impulse buy.
Tractors? Not scary.
Private jets? Kind of weird, but OK.
If you want to test out your own James Bond villain scenarios — or, you know, just want to tool around some islands, jump in azure-blue seas, or build a death ray and destroy the planet — there's a new service to help make your dreams a reality: Antlos, an Airbnb-type exchange service for yachts and the yachtless.
The 400 yachts on Antlos's books come, per the owners, either with or without skippering services — handy if you don't know how to pilot a boat, an encumbrance if you're planning a global apocalypse.
Sailing locations vary, with a growing number of ports that currently include the U.S. Virgin Islands, Croatia, and a range of Mediterannean options.