Investment concepts for charter yachts

Invest in Europe: Buy a yacht for charter, good value for money and own use

The investment models consist of the purchase of a yacht and the simultaneous execution of a contract with a professional charter company for 3-6 years. The yacht remains the property of the buyer.

These models have been very popular in Europe for many decades. About 90% of the charter yachts in Europe are not owned by charter companies, but by thousands of individual owners.

The charter company takes care of the permanent mooring of the yacht in its harbour, concludes charter contracts with its clients, takes care of the reception of the clients on board, the care, maintenance, repair and insurance of the yacht. A team of professional technicians and cleaners are also part of the service for your yacht, so that it is always well maintained and ready for use at any time.

The owner can decide again every year if he wants to sail his yacht himself for a maximum of 4 weeks per year in summer. He can also transfer these weeks to family or friends and acquaintances.

Return on investment

  • The charter income not only covers all operating costs, but also generates a substantial profit which is paid annually to the owner.
  • An annual 4 weeks of own use of the yacht offers the owner an enormous saving compared to chartering a comparable yacht.

The demand for new yachts in Mallorca and Croatia currently exists for:

Sailing yachts

Dufour Yachts: 41, 44, 470, 530
Beneteau Oceanis: 38.1, 40.1, 46.1, 51.1

Sailing catamarans

Fountaine Pajot:  Isla 40, Astrea 42, Elba 45, Tanna 47, Aura 51


Example of sailing yacht DUFOUR 430 GL

(based on last years values)

4 double cabins, 2 bathrooms, each with WC and shower

Purchase price: 297.500 €  including complete outfitting of the yacht, transport to base and commissioning

Total net income (after costs) including savings for own use* in 6 years

266.000 €

Depreciation of the yacht in 6 years (35%)

-104.125 €

Profit over 6 years (total net income after costs - depreciation)

161.875 €

* compared to the charter price of this yacht for 4 weeks/year in 6 years

Example catamaran Fountaine Pajot ELBA 45

(based on last years values)

4 double cabins, 4 separate bathrooms each with WC and shower, 1 single cabin on starboard bow, 1 WC/shower on port bow for another sailor or for a skipper. Max. occupancy 9 persons.

Purchase price: 836.000 € including complete outfitting of the yacht, transport to base and commissioning.

Total net income (after costs) including
savings for own use* in 6 years

615.780 €

Depreciation of the yacht in 6 years (30%)

-250.872 €

Profit over 6 years (net income after
costs - depreciation)

364.908 €

* compared to the charter price of this yacht for 4 weeks/year in 6 years

Yates Europa® and its partners will help you with all the necessary formalities:

  • Choosing the right yacht and its equipment
  • Preparing the yacht purchase contract
  • Preparing the contract with the charter company
  • Defining all tax and legal requirements in Europe
  • Hire an experienced tax advisor who will also take care of the daily bookkeeping and annual tax declarations.
  • Establish your permanent establishment and apply for your tax identification number in the destination country.
  • Obtaining the charter licence
  • Registration of the yacht in the yacht register of the destination country
  • Acceptance inspection of the new yacht at the shipyard, transport from the shipyard to the charter company
  • Assistance in subsequent resale of the yacht, if required

Yates Europa® works with selected charter companies that it has known personally for up to 35 years for their reliability, excellent yacht quality and perfect organisation.

Yates Europa® offers you its professional know-how: Authorised dealer of Bavaria and Dufour yachts, Fountaine Pajot and Privilège catamarans from 1986 to 2017. More than 1500 yachts have been sold, 300 of them as investment models. Today we also build luxury custom-built catamarans

Rolf Kohlhas
Managing Director and sole shareholder since 1986 of Euro Nautic, Catamaris and Yates Europa


The European yacht charter market is expanding. Let your yacht work for you, and we take care of the rest with our management. You get a free annual holiday on your well-maintained yacht, ready to go at any time and equipped to your specifications, and you get a good return on your investment in Europe.

Catamarans, trimarans and exploration catamarans

With our own brand CATAMARIS® we design and manufacture "custom made" catamarans, trimarans and explorer catamarans from 18-52m. 

Our maritime masterpieces are built according to your personal requirements from certified aluminium or high-tech composite material. Catamaris® is your central project partner since 2011, from the first meeting to designing, building, handing over, christening and afterwards. In English, German, Spanish and Dutch. Our architects: Jean-Jacques Coste is a leading exterior and interior design bureau for luxury multihulls since 1990. Marimecs Naval-Architects design all Catmar Explorer® catamarans from 17-24m, including wheelchair access. All yachts are built by our experienced shipyards in Europe, yachts under construction can be visited.

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