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What Is a Superyacht?
Superyachts are vessels of at least 24 meters (79 feet) or above in length. The luxury yacht should minimally be the length of a tennis court. Many of these vessels are known to be commercially operated luxury yachts, which generally need a slew of crew members. The crew takes care of the many moving parts and interpersonal needs of the owner, family, and friends.
These luxury yachts are often used for private personal purposes and may be available for charter during certain seasons. There are hundreds of different superyachts out on the seas that are either motor or sail powered according to the owner’s preference. Some superyachts have various levels – from three levels and up, each serving its own purpose. Sometimes, an entire level is reserved for the owner of the vessel, or the primary charterer. The lower level, on many superyachts, is typically – but not always – reserved for the remainder of the guest staterooms.
Crew cabins are generally on the opposing side of the guest staterooms, for privacy and separation of service and entertainment areas. If the luxury yacht is well-designed, the crew areas will most often be separated from the entertainment and guest areas, as will the laundry and other work areas that the crew generally occupy.
How Do You Maintain a Superyacht?
These multi-million dollar yachts need comprehensive crews to keep up with the maintenance, whether or not the yacht is on the high seas or wintering in port. Yacht crews are often divided into the engineering department, the interior department, and the deck department. The different roles required in each department can be combined, but a fully equipped crew can include 16 people or more, depending on the size of the luxury yacht.
The engineering department can use up to five personnel to care after the engines including a chief engineer, an electrician, another engineer, an ETO, and an assistant. The interior department requires a purser, a chief stew, a second stew, third and fourth stews, a head chef and a sous chef. The deck department includes the first officer, the second officer, the bosun, and the deckhand. Above all of the departments, there is the captain, who is in charge of the yacht’s operation and its safe travels to wherever the owner desires. The captain typically has his or her own separate quarters that are near the bridge – or wheelhouse – depending on how some refer to it. The bridge is the yacht’s brain – it’s where all controls and navigation equipment rest, and requires strong knowledge of all its parts in order to control and pilot the yacht properly.
What Toys and Tenders Can Be Added to a Superyacht?
Superyachts are built for the maximum amount of pleasure for its owner and guests. There are a vast number of toys that can be added according to the owner’s likes and dislikes. Among these can be inflatables (waterslides, trampolines, floating docks, sea pools, towables), water-sporting equipment (wake surfing, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, sailing dinghies), powered toys (Jetsurf, PowerBoards, iRider, Flyboard, Seabobs, Jet skis), and the underwater fun (scuba diving, snorkeling, submarines, submersibles). Gym equipment and deck equipment are quite popular as well.
When selecting the perfect yacht for you, make sure you find the type of tender you like. There are tenders meant for speed, RIBs, classic, limousines, SOLAS rescue, watersport friendly, special projects, and custom tenders. Whether you are planning on owning or chartering a superyacht, you will not be disappointed. It is always a breathtaking experience that can be repeated again and again.
Other amenities that can be found aboard superyachts are spas, saunas, Hammams, Jacuzzis, and even full-on swimming pools. The grander the luxury yacht, the more amenities come into play.
How Do You Purchase a Superyacht?
Purchasing a superyacht should be an exciting event in one’s life. Yacht sales are happening all over the globe, and most often, through yacht brokers. The career of a yacht broker is spent selling and purchasing luxury yachts for sale, so it’s best to consult one before you actually make the move to purchasing a superyacht. Yacht sales are not as simple as one might think, which is why, when looking at luxury yachts for sale, yacht brokers are the best professionals to get the job done the right way. This is a big purchase for many who venture into the world of motor yachts or sailing yachts, and it should be done right.
There are many luxury yachts for sale on YATCO.com, all listed by professional brokers who have bought and sold yachts for many years. To find a broker, search through our broker finder here, where you can look for a yacht broker in all parts of the world.