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Effortless yacht purchase with Ocean Independence

Conceived on the belief that yachts and luxury living are inextricably entwined, Ocean Independence is devoted to guiding clients through the purchase, ownership, and sale of the finest brokerage and new build yachts with a global network of exceptional brokers.

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Why Choose Ocean Independence?

Expert yacht brokers across the globe

We facilitate the purchase and sale of superyachts everyday. It is at the core of what we do and love. With expert yacht brokers in every part of the world, we are local everywhere, allowing us to walk alongside our clients at every stage of their yacht purchase and ownership journey and offer a bespoke selection process, matching you with the perfect luxury yacht, no matter your location.

Access to exclusive market opportunities

Providing our clients exclusive access to the world’s most desirable yachts for sale, our extensive industry connections and expert insight ensure that in your search for the perfect yacht you have access to every opportunity, from exclusive new builds to brokerage yachts both on and off market.

Unrivalled after-sales support

We pride ourselves on world-class after-sales support with a dedicated team of yacht and charter management specialists providing you with the highest level of service. From cost control and maintenance, to every aspect of your yacht’s operation, and expert new construction project management, we act with efficiency, transparency and, of course, accountability.

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The ultimate luxury asset Why Buy a Yacht?

Acquire a lifestyle

Buying a yacht is the ultimate lifestyle choice. Offering unparalleled access to exclusive events, private, only-by-boat destinations, the freedom to travel the world on your terms, or even providing a luxurious setting for hosting corporate events. Beyond charter, yacht ownership delivers unmatched privacy, flexibility, and the essence of a truly bespoke lifestyle.

Ultimate customisation

Build or refit a yacht that exactly meets your individual aesthetic and functional requirements. Envision bespoke interiors, personalised service from a hand-picked crew, and every on board amenity tailored to your tastes. Italian aperitivo bars, movie theaters, helipads, ‘beach clubs, elevators, swimming pools, and personal submarines, nothing is off the table.

Explore the unexplored

Yacht ownership is not just about opulence and privacy; it’s about the promise of sunsets that aren’t just seen but felt, and the thrill of waking up to a different view each morning. For those with an adventurous spirit, a yacht is the ultimate purchase. Hop between islands, dock at quaint coastal towns, and bask in the diversity of the world’s beauty—all on your own terms.

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How to buy a superyacht A step-by-step guide to yacht purchase

1 Identify your priorities

Considering purchasing a larger yacht for your family, or seeking adventures in distant, uncharted waters? Perhaps a specific design to dock at your waterfront property, or embarking on your first yacht ownership journey? Discussing these aspirations with your Ocean Independence broker is crucial for tailoring a selection that matches your lifestyle. This dialogue shapes a clearer vision of your ideal yacht, encompassing size, type, budget, style, capacity, and unique features.

2 Shortlist creation

Leverage your broker’s expertise and comprehensive market knowledge to refine your options. After a thorough analysis, including off-market prospects, they’ll craft a shortlist of yachts suited to your preferances. With detailed insights on each—ranging from investment specifics to condition reports—you’re equipped to focus on yachts that truly match your vision and requirements.

3 View shortlisted yachts

With your finalised shortlist, we’ll craft an exclusive tour of each selected yacht. Experience them first-hand, guided by your dedicated broker to ensure a deep dive into every detail, aligning with your desires and the potential for customisation. Logistics for viewing, from travel to accommodations, are seamlessly handled. Rest assured, every yacht is pre-vetted before your visit. If you don’t find what you are looking for, the search and shortlist process will continue.

4 Handling offers

Guided by your broker’s expert market insight and knowledge of recent sales, you’ll navigate the offer and negotiation phase with confidence. Your broker will negotiate on your behalf, aiming for a contractual agreement on essential terms including price, closing documentation, closing location, and choice of stakeholder. They ensure seamless coordination, working with legal and technical advisors to align every detail towards securing your dream yacht.

5 Survey and sea trials

Following a price agreement, your broker will produce the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), which secures both parties’ commitment to a successful transaction, barring significant issues discovered during the survey or sea trials. At this stage, involving a specialized maritime legal team becomes crucial for the preparation and validation of all necessary documents. Your broker will coordinate the comprehensive assessment and sea trials, ensuring every detail aligns with your expectations and legal requirements.

6 Closing the sale and beyond

Once you approve the yacht’s condition, your broker will manage the sale to closing day, coordinating with our crew agency and management team(s) for an effortless ownership transfer. The closing day often combines an on-board document review and a formal meeting before the final transfer of funds and title in international waters. Post-sale, Ocean Independence remains your ally, offering management, charter marketing, and crew services for a hassle-free ownership experience.

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Get the answer to any question about luxury yacht purchase Yacht Purchase FAQs

how much does it cost to buy a yacht?

The cost of a superyacht can vary greatly depending on the size, age, builder, and amenities included. Consider what you're primarily going to be using your yacht for, how much time you realistically aim to spend on board, and other expenses involved when you buy a yacht, such as insurance, crew and captain expenses, and maintenance fees.

On average, a brand new 30-metre (100-foot) superyacht can cost anywhere from $10 to $50 million, whilst fully custom mega yachts, can exceed $100 million.

The brokerage market offers a wide range of price points, with smaller yachts starting at $1 million. For those looking for the quintessential superyacht, $8-$12 million can secure a 45m, 499GT full tri-deck motor yacht - providing a significant yield from your investment.

what are the running costs of a superyacht?

Typically, a deposit is required to secure the booking and the deposit is non-refundable. The remaining balance is usually due several weeks before the charter begins. If you need to cancel the charter, the remaining balance may be refunded, but it will depend on the terms and conditions outlined in the charter agreement. It's important to carefully review the cancellation policy before making a booking and to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance to protect your investment. If you are unsure of any terms and conditions be sure to ask your broker to clarify before signing the agreement.

why should i use a broker when buying a luxury yacht?

Using a yacht broker when buying a yacht will save you time and make the whole process an effortless experience. our knowledgeable luxury yacht brokers can take care of every detail and streamline the yacht purchase process. using their extensive network of contacts and market knowledge, your dedicated yacht broker will find you suitable yachts based on your preferences and criteria, oversee contracts and find you the best deal. we offer expert advice on class and compliance, how to best organise your ownership structure, finding the most efficient finance platform and so much more.

how long does the purchase process take?

How long it takes to buy the perfect yacht is largely dependent on personal preferences and requirements. once your luxury yacht broker understands the experience you want, they will work to find the best selection of yachts available on the market. once you have found the yacht that is right for you, the yacht purchase process usually takes from six to eight weeks from contract to completion.

how can i be sure of the condition of a yacht?

Running costs vary widely depending on the size, build, age and condition of the yacht, as well as the level of maintenance that the owner wishes to perform annually. once you have found a potential yacht for sale, our team will be able to best advise on potential maintenance and running costs, while your luxury yacht broker will be on hand to answer any cost queries you may have

what services do you offer post-purchase?

The ocean independence team offers several ongoing services once your superyacht sale is complete. the yacht management team offers a range of services including yacht registration, operational management, crewing, financial services and more. additionally, if you wish to make the most of your investment and charter your yacht, our charter management team will work diligently to ensure she is offered for charter with a schedule that suits your exacting requirements.

does ocean independence require kyc (know your client) information from me?

yes, if ocean independence is acting as a stakeholder for a luxury yacht sale. kyc is the process used to verify a client’s identity. kyc requires proof of identity and residence. this can be a passport or other government id and utility bill or similar. originals or authenticated copies may be provided. the information is only required for the purposes of complying with international anti money laundering (aml) regulations.

how do i determine the value of a used superyacht?

Determining the value of a brokerage yacht can be a complex process. Factors such as age, condition, and amenities will all affect the price. Equally, factors such as the yacht's history, maintenance records, and recent upgrades should be considered. A marine surveyor and expert yacht broker are the best sources to provide a professional appraisal and valuation of a yacht.

what should i consider before i buy a superyacht?

before buying a superyacht, it's important to consider your intended usage, the level of maintenance, and upkeep required. Having a clear understanding of the costs associated with owning a superyacht, including berthing fees, crew salaries, and ongoing maintenance costs is also important. Having your yacht broker research different shipyards and yacht designers to find the one that best fits your needs is crucial to ensure that you are getting the best possible value from your investment.

Can i finance the purchase of a superyacht?

Financing the purchase of a superyacht can be done through a variety of lenders - both traditional and bespoke. with a wealth of experience and offering a one-stop solution, we will find the best rates and terms to fit your yacht and specific financial requirements.

How long does it take to build a superyacht?

The time it takes to build a superyacht can vary greatly depending on the size, shipyard, and complexity of the yacht. On average, it can take anywhere from 18 months to 3 years to build a new superyacht. Custom-built yachts can take even longer.

What should i look out for when buying a yacht to charter / rent out?

If you are buying a yacht with a view to list it for charter, it's important to account for factors such as condition, amenities, and crew accommodation. Consider where you might want to base your yacht, does the local charter market have enough demand? Working with an experienced yacht charter manager will take all the hassle out of this process and is key to understanding the costs associated with operating a charter yacht, including crew salaries and ongoing maintenance costs.

Can i customise a superyacht to my specific needs and preferences?

Most shipyards and yacht designers offer an extensive choice of bespoke customisation options to meet your specific needs and preferences. This can include anything from custom layouts, finishes, and fabrics, to personalised facilities and cutting-edge equipment.

What are the best features and amenities to look for in a superyacht?

This mainly depends on what do you intend to use the yacht for. Popular amenities include a large owners stateroom, vast outdoor spaces, beach clubs, and wellness facilities. When considering which yachts suit your needs it's important to consider factors such as the yacht's layout, number of staterooms for overnight guests, cruising speed, and range.

What are the legal and tax implications of owning a superyacht?

A large part of superyacht ownership is compliance, a discipline we specialise in dealing with for our clients. Owning a superyacht can have a variety of legal and tax implications depending on the country in which the yacht is registered and where it is primarily used. It's important to consult with your yacht broker to ensure compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.

How do i register and insure my superyacht?

The process of registering and insuring a superyacht will vary depending on the country in which it is flagged. In general, it's important to register the yacht with the appropriate maritime authority and obtain the necessary documentation, such as a certificate of registry and a bill of sale. Additionally, it's important to insure the yacht for both liability and physical damage. Our in-house yacht management team ensure all yachts in our management fleet are in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations whilst ensuring the best coverage for your yacht.

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Need help or advice?

The yachting journey can be complex with many decisions to be made. Get in touch with Ocean Independence, and one of our specialist consultants will help you make the right choices.

As a truly global company with 14 offices worldwide, we’re available 24/7 to help with any enquiries.

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