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7 of the best yachts for sale that you can try before you buy

23 June 2022• Written by Laura Nicholls for Yachting Partners International

In both the sales and charter sectors, yachts are in high demand. However, those wanting to make a purchase needn’t rush. As the brokers at Yachting Partners International (YPI) have shown, there is a healthy selection of superyachts that are both for sale and for charter. By chartering before buying, potential owners have the perfect opportunity to get a real feel for the experience before they sign on the dotted line.

72.6m (238.2ft) Quantum of Solace

Delivered in 2012, Quantum of Solace is guaranteed to turn heads for her new owner with her elegant curves and strong graphic lines. Her spacious four-deck interior was designed by leading studio H2 Yacht Design and includes a spectacular saloon with a double-height atrium (only thought to be found on three other yachts in the world).

The principal charterer will be able to get a taste of the spectacular owner’s stateroom on the upper deck, which features two dressing rooms and over-the-water balconies. The remaining 5 staterooms (including one convertible suite) are just as opulent and are all found on the main deck.

The lower deck is home to a full-beam spa and beach club. This area can be expanded via a fold-down door that also grants easy access to the water – either for swimming or for moving on and off the yacht’s tender. From here, guests can reach the Asian-inspired spa which features a steam room, chromotherapy Jacuzzi pool and massage therapy room. As one of the areas that makes Quantum of Solace such an appealing vessel, the sun deck plays host to a 5x2-metre swimming pool with a counter-flow action, as well as a professional DJ station and large lounge area.

Quantum of Solace is currently for sale and asking €56,400,000. For charter, she is priced from €630,000 per week.

60m (197ft) Katina

Katina was designed to serve as a popular charter yacht, and seven years after her launch, Katina has become just that. Proven with a range of clients wanting spacious entertaining areas and flexible accommodation, Katina is now ready for a new owner to benefit from her charter success.

Some of the more unique areas on board Katina are her whiskey and cigar bar on the main deck and her sundeck. A further two bars can be found alongside a Jacuzzi and large dining area. Entertainment can also come from the yacht’s modern audio-visual systems, or the extensive selection of water toys. There is also a gym and sauna on board for any fitness fanatics.

Three of the yacht’s four decks can be easily reached thanks to a lift. On the upper deck lies Katina’s six large convertible staterooms. Able to be configured into kings or twins, all of the rooms come with en-suite bathrooms, whereas the four aft cabins have fold-down balconies, creating a private on-the-water area.

Katina is currently for sale and asking €32,000,000. For charter, she is priced from €245,000 per week.

56.1m (183.7ft) Tacanuya

Launched in 1992 but beautifully maintained since – including a rebuild in 2018 –Tacanuya is a great option for an owner or charterer wanting to experience the joys of a classically-designed superyacht that has been recently modernised. Her interior re-styling by H2 Design in 2021 included adding a more elegant style to all of the guest spaces, such as the seven staterooms for up to 17 guests during private use. The refitted sundeck is home to a large forward-facing Jacuzzi for guests to sit in, relax, and enjoy unrivalled views of their surroundings.

Another key feature of Tacacanya is her ability to accommodate guests for alfresco occasions in any weather. On the bridge deck, the dining space is positioned in the enclosed part of the deck, and the full-beam aft deck features air conditioning and can be easily closed off.

One of the latest future-proof upgrades to Tacanuya is her rebuilt twin Caterpillar engines, which have just 700 hours logged on each engine and offer a top speed of 17 knots.

Tacanuya is currently for sale with her price available upon application. For charter enquiries, please contact YPI directly here.

52.4m (171.8ft) DB9

Her champagne-coloured hull isn’t DB9’s only wow factor. Adding to the list are her three separate pool areas and her status as the only PJ170 SportYacht to feature an open sundeck. DB9 is a striking superyacht, but she is also a versatile option for charter and ownership.

Her versatility is thanks to her numerous amenities and spacious decks that can play host to everything from family fun, casual pool parties and sporty excursions. For example, the eight-metre pool on the foredeck can be used by the children for games such as water polo, while one of the two Jacuzzi pools are great for adults wanting to soak up the sun or stream a movie on the open-air cinema.

The main deck aft is also perfectly set up for alfresco entertaining with a large lounge, a covered dining space and a full wet bar. From here, guests can easily reach the water, where items from DB9’s packed toy store, such as paddleboards, Jetskis and kayaks, can be found ready and waiting.

DB9 is currently for sale and asking €25,000,000. For charter, she is priced from €250,000/$250,000 per week.

47.4m (155.7ft) Gweilo

A comfortable sailing yacht Gweilo is a great entry point into the world of big-boat sailing for either charter clients or potential owners. More experienced sailors will find that the well-maintained Gweilo is a fine example of a golden-era superyacht that can be taken all over the likes of the Mediterranean.

Any owner or charterer will benefit from Gweilo’s expert crew, who are all sailing fanatics and can help any guest learn the ropes and how to operate the yacht’s brand-new sails. With large deck spaces, guests can kick back and relax on board on one of the yacht’s sunloungers or in the cockpit, where a semi-sheltered dining area can comfortably seat up to nine people.

Her Asian-inspired interior features dark woods and rich fabrics. Gweilo boasts a flexible three-cabin layout, including a full-beam master suite, so there is plenty of space for charter groups or an owner to take family and friends away for an at-sea adventure. All cabins come complete with entertainment centres, television screens and ensuite bathrooms.

Gweilo is currently for sale and asking €6,100,000. For charter, she is priced from €70,000 per week.

42m (137.8ft) Ocean’s Seven

Ocean’s Seven robust design and build means she can take any curious charterer or owner on an unforgettable worldwide adventure. Such a trip would be made comfortable in any conditions, as Ocean’s Seven was fitted with Quantum Zero Speed stabilisers this year.

Amenities such as her large galley, functional five-stateroom layout, office, and numerous indoor and outdoor areas contribute to her status as an ideal yacht for long-range cruising.

For indoor gatherings, her modern-looking main saloon and nearby formal dining table are good options, as are the skylounge and alfresco dining table on the bridge deck aft. Once the tender is launched, the aft deck can be converted into an outdoor lounge which is easily reached by those guests coming back from a refreshing dip from the swim platform below. Another outdoor area for guests to enjoy is the sundeck, where a large Jacuzzi is surrounded by sunpads and an open bar, grill and shaded lounge area help to create one of the most popular hangout spots on board.

Ocean’s Seven is currently for sale and asking €13,000,000. For charter she is priced from €115,000 per week.

28.3m (92.8ft) Little Zoe

The compact Little Zoe is ideal for charterers or owners looking for a sporty ride. Able to reach up to 34 knots, the stylish Little Zoe can whisk her guests from A to B in no time. While her speed is impressive, her well-kept condition, notable amenities and outstanding crew are what also make Little Zoe a great addition to the market.

The dining experience is key to  Little Zoe’s success and she is not short of great areas to dine in. The saloon, for example, comes with a retractable roof for shelter from the sun during the day, or to give an open-air view of the night sky. Other enjoyable spots on board include the two large sunbathing areas on the aft and bow of the yacht. For those who prefer to stay active, the yacht’s toy store includes a range of cool watersports equipment.

Little Zoe is currently for charter from €43,500 per week. She is currently for sale and asking €1,350,000.

To find out more about the yachts available with YPI, contact the broker directly here.

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