Financing a superyacht raises a number of interesting choices. How much should you borrow, and what are the benefits? Should you organise megayacht finance as an individual or through an offshore corporate structure? We look at all these aspects and more in our guide to luxury yacht finance, and also consider megayacht insurance, from general terms to the tricky business of insuring onboard works of art. Tim Thomas

Finance Issues

Insuring your yacht

Purchasing marine insurance is not an afterthought. It should be your second thought, immediately after you think you want to buy a yacht or a superyacht.

Effectiveness of offshore companies and trusts

Barrister Benjamin Maltby looks at the origins of ownership through offshore trusts and companies, and considers how effective these are at insulating individuals from the liabilities of ownership.

Financing your yacht

Today financing deals to purchase a yacht are handled by brokers and specialist bankers. As with many things associated with moving up in class, large yacht finance is a different dance with new steps to learn.

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How to buy superyacht insurance – what yacht owners need to know

10 April 2014

How to buy superyacht insurance – what yacht owners need to know

Purchasing insurance for your superyacht isn’t just a necessary expense, it is one that should be given considerable attention – here's what you need to know about buying yacht insurance

Structuring financial terms of a new-build contract to your advantage

6 February 2013

Structuring financial terms of a new-build contract to your advantage

A good build contract will fund the yacht's construction, without causing the owner to lose money or the unfinished yacht in the event the yard goes under.

VAT problems when chartering in the EU

30 January 2013

VAT problems when chartering in the EU

The net is closing in on yachts that have long got away with flouting or circumventing EU VAT regulations.

The French Commerical Exemption

29 January 2013

The French Commerical Exemption

Changes to the French Commercial Exemption, ordered by the European Commission, could lead to the owners of charter yachts travelling through France's waters being hit with large VAT bills.

Effectiveness of offshore companies and trusts

15 January 2013

Effectiveness of offshore companies and trusts

Barrister Benjamin Maltby looks at the origins of ownership through offshore trusts and companies, and considers how effective these are at insulating individuals from the liabilities of ownership.

How to finance buying a superyacht

15 January 2013

How to finance buying a superyacht

There may be fewer lenders around today, but superyacht finance is still possible and those remaining lenders are more innovative and flexible than ever.

Benefits of yacht ownership through offshore corporate structures

19 July 2012

Benefits of yacht ownership through offshore corporate structures

The arguments in favour of using offshore financing or offshore companies to purchase or own your yacht are compelling.

Insurance policies & coverage for superyachts

19 July 2012

Insurance policies & coverage for superyachts

Yachting insurance can be daunting. Do you know if you have serious damage or even total loss covered? Do you know what will happen if a liability suit is threatened? Here, some of the less understood areas of insurance are examined.

Insuring your yacht

18 July 2012

Insuring your yacht

Purchasing marine insurance is not an afterthought. It should be your second thought, immediately after you think you want to buy a yacht or a superyacht.

Financing your yacht

18 July 2012

Financing your yacht

Today financing deals to purchase a yacht are handled by brokers and specialist bankers. As with many things associated with moving up in class, large yacht finance is a different dance with new steps to learn.

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