Your Yacht as A Business Benefits

Charter Yacht Ownership Substantially Lowers Ownership Costs

YOUR YACHT AS A BUSINESS™ PROGRAM:  Our program, along with our decades of experience, help you understand how to successfully set up and operate your yacht in a charter program.  You can place boats either locally or at any international destination.   This business provides a way to offset the costs of ownership and derive substantial tax benefits. You manage the yacht charter side of the business yourself, place it in our Skippered Charter Fleet, or we help place your yacht with a management company anywhere in the world. It’s not difficult, but requires specific activities and documentation to qualify for full benefits.


The tax laws that benefit you are the same ones that every small business benefits from as long as you are operating it as an active participation business. You write off all your boat expenses and depreciate your working asset (boat).


Yes! And with the inflated price of new boats a used boat actually makes the numbers work so you can see a profit during your business life. Our Skippered Charter Fleet is a perfect choice for local placement where your have minimal wear and tear and good income.


In our Your Yacht As A Business™ monthly webinar, we explore the tax benefits, business set-up steps and more.  There are specific requirements and procedures that must be in place to meet the standard of actively operating a business for profit. Guaranteed income programs do not qualify for operating your boat as a business and fail the IRS test. We explain your obligations and the pitfalls of not properly setting up the business. You leave the webinar knowing your next steps and are equipped with the information you need for a successful charter yacht business.

There is a lot of misinformation out there and claims about running your yacht as a business.  Our webinar gives you the information to make an informed decision.


For over 35 years, we’ve been helping buyers successfully set their boat up as a business.  They enjoy all the benefits of owning a yacht for charter and for personal enjoyment.  Our placement options are local to international fleets, skippered or bareboat.  We have a great team of experts to help you set up your yacht charter business to fit your financial and lifestyle goals. Contact us for placement opportunities available in our local Skippered Charter Fleet.

There are so many benefits to charter yacht ownership, you owe it to yourself to explore.

How Charter Yacht Ownership Works

The business is structured like any other for profit business and enjoys the same tax benefits, plus a few more. To take advantage of the tax benefits, the business is operated as an active participation business. You can manage your own rental program or place the yacht in a charter company to be marketed and assist with management.

To realize all the tax advantages there are simple tax rules and operating requirements that need to be followed. It’s especially important to know your obligations for meeting the IRS standards as an active participation business.

The benefits are great when you operate your yacht as a business™.  When a business buys new equipment, the purchase price is depreciated using the MACRS schedule depreciation schedule. You can take advantage of the Section 179 deduction in the year of your purchase which gives you even more write-offs for greater savings.

There are lots of misconceptions about the requirements to operate a charter yacht business.You find the facts at our Savvy Buyer’s Guide webinar,  Your Yacht As A Business™.  Setting up your business is easy. We have a detailed program to help you get started and make sure you’re doing all the things necessary to have a successful ownership, operation and management experience.

Is Charter Yacht Ownership Right For You?

If you want to own a yacht and can benefit from the tax deductions, you’re a good candidate.  If you’re looking for a way to offset the cost of ownership and are comfortable with other people using your boat, this could be an excellent choice. In either case, you have to be comfortable with your yacht being used by others knowing that you will have increased wear and tear and mishaps. Maintaining a business mindset over a solely private use mindset is key to your sanity and success.

If long range cruising is in your plans, placement in one of our international charter bases is an excellent consideration.  You can get your long term plans in place now at lower costs and with many personal benefits that include the use of yachts around the world, vacation programs, and substantial income generating programs.

Reviewing the considerations below will help determine your ability to be comfortable with yacht charter ownership.

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Our Charter Yacht Management programs are specifically designed for the private yacht owner who is looking for an exclusive and attentive yacht ownership experience that allows for the offset of expenses.  Our professional tax advisor can help you with an initial consult to see if this makes financial sense and can even work with your personal accountant to get them up to speed on this type of business operation.

We have programs to suit all tastes and needs, from local programs for small sailboats to large skippered charter yachts operating almost anywhere in the world. There are three main avenues for charter yacht ownership:

  • Local Skippered or Bareboat charter fleets
  • International charter placement in a managed fleet (Caribbean, Europe, Asia)
  • Private charter yacht management for yachts over 65′

Our goal is to help you successfully set up your boat business, meet your ownership goals, and be part of a fleet that fits your lifestyle and financial goals.

We’ve helped many people successfully operate their yachts as a business in California, Europe and the Caribbean. The programs we offer are the safest financially and give you the best revenue options either locally or internationally.

With us, you have a choice of placement areas – either local or international in 7 different countries or localities on the world.. We help you place your yacht in local sailing schools, bareboat charter fleets, in our Northern California skippered charter fleet or club, and internationally.