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Crew is one of the largest expenses on a superyacht and critical to the owner’s enjoyment of their vessel. As the largest crew agency in the world, we know crew. Our cost calculator contains customized crew lists for yachts ranging from 80ft to 600ft with salary information based on our reference verified salary data.

Our users also have the ability to completely tailor the crew list to the specific needs, schedule and requirements of their vessel. Each yacht is unique and may have specific owner requests in addition to the yacht’s safe manning requirements.

Management of the supplemental crew costs and strategic budgeting can help avoid significant overspend on categories such as food and uniform. This tool contains default values based on our industry expertise and recommended budget for an efficiently and safely run superyacht.

To learn more about each crew position in detail, including salary ranges, please visit our yacht department directory .

Drag the sliders to modify your results. These are not linear scales and we expect most yachts to operate within the 20-80% window. Above 80% and below 20% costs increase or decrease at exaggerated levels and we only see numbers in these levels in very rare circumstances.

This sunburst diagram is interactive. You can click into each block to see the expense break down and mouse over each block for more details.

Our chart of accounts displays seven major categories, 20 sub-categories plus a further 80 detail categories for a total of 107.

Our yacht operating cost calculator is now on it’s third major revision. We start with actual yacht expense data from our yacht management accountants and then generate formulas to extrapolate out the budget for a wide range of yachts. We have been providing accounting services to large yachts for the past 18 years.

Our operating cost calculator is tuned for yachts from 80 to 600 feet. We find operating variables create the largest variances for yachts smaller than 100 feet and larger than 250 feet. We have tested the numbers the most in the range from 100 to 250 feet.

Our budget calculator factors in the fuel burn for a range of engine sizes typically seen installed on yachts by length. By dragging the green “fuel dockage” slider to the right you will increase the projected fuel burn rate and therefore the budget cost for fuel. Our default position would be for a typical displacement fuel burn. Position the slider in the 60-80% range for fuel projections for planning hulls.

Our default values produce a budget number that we believe is generous to run a yacht to a high standard. Perfect is a very expensive word to use in the yachting industry where standards are already high. Moving the crew and maintenance sliders to 80% will provide an “industry best” quality of crew and give them the maintenance budget to operate to a very high standard. If you need to go over the 80% area then you may have unusually labor intensive equipment on the yacht.

Yes, our yacht operating cost calculator can output a budget suitable for this situation. Adjust the owner use to 2 (minimum value), owner slider to 0, crew slider to 10%, Administration to 10%, Fuel and Dockage to 0, Maintenance to 10% and then Capital Repairs to 0. This will remove all of the large charges associated with owner use and vessel movement but leave the essential base maintenance and insurance in place.

Lift on and float in yacht transport is a popular way to transport yachts across large ocean passage. The yachts that this service certainly applies to are ones that may not have the motoring range or structural integrity for blue ocean cruising. The cost of transporting a yacht twice per year is put into our budget once the “Fuel Dockage” slider hits 75%. If your yacht has the range we recommend self-sufficient ocean passages whenever possible. Whilst the transport companies sell their services based upon reportedly well oiled operated schedules the reality is that your yacht may stay waiting for pickup for a week or more with no compensation due. When factoring in all secondary factors of self-sufficient passages (increased fuel, maintenance, potential storm damage, crew time off, extra delivery crew) compared with transporting your yacht (insurance, potential loading / unloading damage, loss of schedule control, no work whilst underway, crew flights, crew accommodation) we believe that there is a 100% premium associated with float in transport and a 75% premium with lift on transport compared with self-powered.

Abandoned yachts crash in value. We recommend that even if you are trying to sell your yacht that you use the yacht for a minimum of two weeks per year so that systems are tested and working every six months. There is nothing worse for a yacht than not being used. If you truly are not going to use the yacht then you should sell it immediately for the first genuine offer as every dollar you put into maintenance will not be recovered at the time of the sale.

We did not build this version with sailing yachts in mind. Early in our development of this version we decided to exclude sailing yachts as a few of the major cost drivers scale very differently for sailing yachts compared with motor yachts. For example: To calculate paint costs we reviewed the surface area of over 100 large yachts and created a formula for painted surface area to length. Sailing yachts just don’t scale in a consistent way. Similarly crew numbers don’t scale in the same manner that they do for motor yachts. If there is sufficient demand we may build a sailing selector switch into a future version of this tool.

We hate to hear when yacht owners were told by their broker to factor in 10% of the purchase price to operate the yacht. This over used saying is sadly right occasionally (particularly for newer yachts in the $20-30M range)… but just because a broken watch tells the right time twice a day you shouldn’t rely upon it to tell the time. As yachts get older their capital value decreases but their maintenance costs increase. There is no way that a fixed 10% of purchase cost rule can be true… if your broker told you this rule then you need a new yacht broker… we know some good ones. 😊

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The Real Costs of Owning a Superyacht [Complete Guide]

The Real Costs of Owning a Superyacht [Complete Guide]

November 25, 2019 1:00 pm

Owning a  superyacht  is a status symbol available only to the world’s wealthiest individuals and corporations. Although there is no strict definition, the Red Ensign Group Yacht Code is applicable to “motor or sailing vessels of 24 meters in load line length and over…and which, at the time, is in commercial use for sport or pleasure and carries no cargo and no more than 12 passengers 1 .” There are currently just over 10,000 superyachts in the world with around 200-250 new builds delivered each year. The vast majority are  motor yachts , with sailing yachts counting for less than 20% of the total. The world’s largest private vessel, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s 180m (590-foot) AZZAM,  cost $600 million to build when it was delivered in 2013. Eight of the ten most expensive luxury acquisitions of all time were superyachts.

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Purchase Cost

Buying a new or used superyacht will most likely cost the buyer several million dollars. Pricing varies widely based on the yacht size, age, and other factors such as builder, guest capacity, speed, range, and more. The market is worldwide and extensive. Any potential buyer would be well-advised to engage a professional, certified broker to guide them in the selection of their dream yacht and through the myriad of complications in making the purchase.

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Operating Costs

In years past, owners and their brokers would work on 10% of the purchase price as an estimate of annual operating costs, but the vast range of yacht size, operating location, and usage profile makes this approach less useful without giving the question more thought. Building a budget for a yacht requires consideration of the following elements:

Crew – Salary, payroll taxes, recruitment fees, uniform, health insurance, food, and travel for vacation and repatriation are all crew-related costs. A good guide for salary costs is published by Dockwalk magazine every year based on an extensive survey of the crew and placement agents. Using their most recent article as a guide, a crew of eight full-time crew on a 150-foot yacht will cost over $650,000 per year in salary alone. Get a complete crew cost breakdown.

Dockage – Unless the owner plans to spend the year at anchor, then keeping the yacht in a marina incurs a significant cost. Dockage is normally sold per foot of the yacht’s full length and per night, although contract rates for longer periods may be available. High-quality marinas in peak seasons are currently running in the $6-8 per foot per night range. Electricity, fresh water, and waste removal are all additional costs to be considered.

Fuel – The captain or engineer should be able to provide the fuel consumption per hour at any given speed, so if a yacht owner knows roughly how much he wants the boat to travel, then he can estimate the total fuel consumption and budget the fuel cost. There is also the fuel cost for generators, particularly at anchor. A typical 150-foot motor yacht cruising at 12 knots will consume in the region of 150 U.S. gallons per hour. At today’s fuel prices, that’s going to be close to $500 per hour. 500 hours per year will give us the main engine fuel budget of around $250,000. To this, we must also add the generators’ fuel consumption at anchor plus any additional cost for tenders.

Communications – Everyone onboard, crew and guests, want to remain connected to their social media, streaming services, and email. The technology available in this area moves fast and with 5G coming online, near-shore costs will likely come down. For those who want broadband speed while offshore, costs are high and depend on the upload/download speeds required. Start with an estimate of $4-5,000 per month and work from there. Additional communications costs include satellite TV subscriptions, crew cell phone costs, mail, freight, and more. Get a complete communication cost breakdown.

Maintenance, Consumables, and Other Operating Costs – Having considered crew payroll, marina costs, fuel, and internet, the budget will start to materialize. One must take all other costs into account, such as hull insurance, liability insurance, maintenance and consumables, warehousing, safety and survey costs, upkeep of the navigation outfit, computing support, car rental, and more.   

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This should not be considered a financial guide. For a more accurate estimate, contact Clive McCartney .

1 Red Ensign Group Yacht Code Section A 1.2(1) 

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How Much Does it (Really) Cost to Own a Yacht?

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The true cost to own a yacht is an area of concern for many prospects of yacht ownership. And it should be.

Maintenance costs, exploitation costs, total cost compared to yacht charter, we detail in this article the expenses (especially the hidden ones) you have to consider before buying your first yacht !

We also provide you several solutions to lighten your investment and reduce the cost to own your yacht. 

If you are looking for the price of a yacht charter (rental), please read this article instead .

How much is a yacht?

Before diving into the expenses that comes monthly, yearly or every decades once you own a yacht, let’s answer the elephant in the room: How much is a yacht (alone) in the first place? The short answer is… it depends, of course. But in most cases, the longer the yacht, the higher is her selling price.

Generally speaking, you can expect to find yachts for sale in the following price ranges:

  • Below 50ft (15m): between 500K – 2,500,000 € / USD
  • Between 50-70ft (15-21m): between 2 millions and 6 millions € / USD ( See our 9 catamarans for sale under 6 millions here )
  • Between 70-100ft (20-30m): between 6 millions and 20 millions € / USD
  • Superyachts over 100ft (30m): minimum 10 millions € / USD

You can always find exceptions to the rule and find cheaper or more expensive yachts for sale outside of these price brackets.

A lot of factors come into the selling price of a yacht: supply and demand, brand / model reputation, age and condition of the vessel, urgency or lack of for the sale and so on.

What are the main hidden costs that come with yacht ownership?

You probably already guessed it, the cost of owning a yacht doesn’t stop at its purchase price . In some cases, the price you bought your yacht at can seem like a bargain, but it really isn’t once you start adding all the hidden costs, and many of them come yearly.

Here are the main ones you should be wary of.

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Yacht exploitation and running costs : always calculate them carefully before buying your yacht

It always cost you money to exploit your yacht.

When you are chartering a yacht, a part of these operation costs is included in your APA (Advanced Provisionning Allowance) .

When you own a yacht, these costs still apply , but you will have to pay directly for them.

Among the main operation costs, the most important are usually the following:

  • The fuel: its cost will depend on the type of boat, her fuel consumption, the region, and the distances traveled;
  • The mooring fees which depends on the area but also on the boat size;
  • The crew, if you need it. The cost will depend on the frequency and the crew’s size;
  • The communication fees;
  • The food and beverages supplies;
  • All the expenses related to your leisure activities.

Yachts maintenance: a cost that you should definitely not overlook

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Even outside of its operating period, it still costs you money to own your yacht!

Maintenance of your boat isn’t an option and must be done on an ongoing basis. The price vary depending on the type of yacht you are owning (motor, sail, etc…), the size of the vessel, but also how old she is.

The maintenance costs include :

  • The regular maintenance of certain equipment, like engines, thrusters, sails, rigging, safety equipment, hull(s) (fairing)…;
  • The occasional maintenance operations in case of breakdown or damage;
  • The painting;
  • The cleaning and the specialized maintenance products (for teak, leather, …). 

The costs of maintenance and upkeep will obviously not be the same if you do it yourself or if you call in specialists. But regardless, you should have a budget buffer dedicated to maintenance costs when you plan on buying a yacht, especially if she already had a long sailing life.

The taxes and insurance premiums of a yacht: a cost that most forget

Consider the different taxes (at the purchase and annual) and the yearly yacht insurance that you have to pay. A specialized insurance policy is generally estimated at between 0.8% and 1.2% of the boat’s purchase price per year.

Must Read : Yacht Insurance : The Definitive Owner’s Guide

Yearly harbor fees : a very important hidden cost of yacht ownership

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The port and/or winterization fees are also a big part of yacht ownership costs that you should carefuly estimate.

Depending on your region, you may need to consider “dry-docking” your boat, which involves handling, transport, and storage which can be really expensive. 

If you can leave your yacht in the water all year round, you will need to go for a harbor ring concession.

Depending on the marina and its infrastructure, the region, and your boat’s size, the costs may considerably vary from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars a month . However, it is easy to obtain this information from marinas once you have chosen which yacht to purchase.

The depreciation’s price of a yacht

A yacht, like a car, will depreciate . It is difficult to estimate the depreciation, as it depends on economic conditions, exchange rates, price inflation when new, the type of boat, and the shipyard. 

However, it is reasonable to estimate a minimum depreciation of 10% in the first year, then 7% in the following years. From the fifth year on, the depreciation tends to slow down. On the other hand, the operating costs increase.

Summary of the main operating and maintenance costs of owning a yacht

So, to sum up, how much does it cost to own a yacht? It largely depends on your type of yacht and your location.

But in general, owning a yacht will cost you between 10-25% of its value annualy . The longer the yacht, the likelier you are to be at the end of the spectrum.

Here are the reasonable costs you could consider:

  • 10% of its value annually for a 60ft (18m) / 1 million USD yacht and below (=max 100K / year)
  • 20% of its value annually for a 100ft (30m) / 10 millions USD yacht and above (=min 2 millions / year)

These brackets of total costs include everything: usual yacht maintenance, upkeep and operating costs that will be distribued as follow:

  • Communication
  • Maintenance
  • Insurance premiums
  • Harbour fees
  • Cost of depreciation

Are you worried? Do not. Luckily, there are numerous ways to decrease the overall cost of yacht ownership and still enjoy yachting as it should be. Read the next paragraphs to know these valuable tricks.

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How to reduce the cost of yacht ownership?

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A yacht keeps on costing money even when not in use, so the best way to make it a more profitable investment is to increase its exploitation.

Renting your own yacht : a good way to reduce the costs of owning a boat

When you are not using the boat, you can earn income by renting it out. The rental price depends on the type and size of the boat, but also its location. While making money from renting is possible, don’t expect to pay back all your expenses. Nevertheless, it will help you in avoiding your yacht becoming a financial burden. 

The easiest way to do this is to hire a professional charter company to help you. If you go for a reputable and experienced company, you will benefit from their expertise and contacts. It will also save you from legal, insurance, and withdrawal issues and avoid red tape.

On the topic : Yacht to Charter : Can It Be Profitable?

Fractional yacht ownership: share the cost of owning a yacht with co-owners

Another solution to own a yacht at lower cost is fractional ownership of a boat , which means that you own a fraction of it. It can be half, a quarter, or even less. For a long time, boaters have been opting for this option of partial ownership with friends or family. These days some companies create formalized fractional ownership arrangements for more guarantees. 

For example, in partnership with the Windward Islands, SAILING RESORT proposes fractional boat ownership on the fabulous trimaran, the LEEN 72’. So you can become a co-owner of the new hybrid-powered multihull which can accommodate up to 10 passengers and 4 crew members. You will enjoy private use of the trimaran (depending on the period) from 6 to 12 weeks during the first 5 years.

This program proposes a profitable commercial operation with 24/7 premium service. It is a tailor-made solution for all those who want to feel like owners of a prestigious yacht for a few days a year while limiting their investment and responsibilities. WI manages the operation of the yacht for you out of your personal use, like the charter’s organization, maintenance, insurance, annual mooring, and all other administrative tasks.

Once you have weighed the pros and cons and have the means to finance both the purchase and the annual costs (maintenance, operation, …) of your yacht, you should go for it! Indeed, if you can evaluate the hidden costs and expenses of owning a boat, the freedom and unforgettable memories are priceless. 

Yacht Charter remains a cheaper alternative than yacht ownership in many cases

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If you can’t enjoy your yacht frequently or are still unsure about whether it’s worth the cost or not to own a yacht, you might consider chartering instead. This will allow you to try out different models , from various shipyards, and see which ones you prefer.

Therefore, the cost of renting a yacht will save you from having to worry about all those hidden costs of owning one. All you have to do is pay for your charter, your cancellation insurance and set your APA during your stay. This way, you only pay money, time, and effort when you use the boat.

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Frequently asked question

For a 60-foot or million-dollar yacht, the cost per year will be about 10% of its value or $100,000 per year.

You should expect to pay about 20% or more of the original price of your boat to run it annually. So, for a $10 million yacht, the cost to operate will be about $2 million per year, including fuel, insurance, dock fees, maintenance and repairs, crew, etc.

A 180-foot superyacht and/or mega yacht costs a minimum of $4.75 million per year to operate and maintain. Kitty McGowan of the US Superyacht Association estimates an annual budget of $1 million for maintenance and repairs, $350,000 for dockage, $240,000 for insurance, $400,000 for fuel, and $1.4 million for the crew. Add another 15-25% of the vessel’s value for V.A.T.

Once you have weighed the pro and cons, if you can afford the purchase and all the hidden annual expenses, have found your dreamed yacht, and have time to enjoy it, you should go for yacht ownership!

It is not the best way to make money, but you can minimize your annual expenses by renting it or opting for fractional boat ownership.

It’s hard to tell. As long as you have the money and enough time to enjoy it, it is worth owning a yacht! Everything cannot be estimated. For example, it will bring you invaluable freedom and happiness.

One of the easiest way to reduce the maintenance cost of a yacht is to fractional yacht ownership. That way, the maintenance expenses are spread among co-owners according to their shares.

It varies greatly depending on the size of the yacht. For a yacht of 60ft (18m), you will likely spend around 10% of its purchase value each year in maintenance and exploitation costs.

Luxury yachts have maintenance and operation costs that are around 10% of their value yearly. So if a yacht value is 2 millions USD, its maintenance and operations costs should be around 200K / year.

Operating a sailboat is usually 20-40% cheaper than the same size motoryacht. Motoryachts tend to be more expensive to operate than sailboats as the fuel consumption can become an important expenditure fast.

A small yacht below 50ft is usually for sale between 500K and 2,5 millions USD / €. A mid-size yacht between 50ft and 100ft is usually for sale between 2-15 millions USD / €. Above 100ft, the selling price is rarely below 10 millions USD / €.

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How Much Does it Cost to Run a Superyacht? (The True Cost)

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Are you curious about the true cost of running a superyacht? Owning one of these luxurious vessels is a dream of many, but the reality of the costs involved may surprise you! In this article, we’ll examine the true cost of running a superyacht, from the initial purchase price to ongoing expenses like fuel, maintenance, and crew salaries.

We’ll also discuss additional costs like insurance and dockage fees, as well as upgrades and other factors that can impact the total cost of running a superyacht.

Whether you’re considering buying a superyacht or just want to learn more about this luxurious lifestyle, this article has all the information you need.

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Short Answer

The cost of running a superyacht can vary greatly and is dependent on the size and type of yacht, its age, and the number of people it is accommodating.

Generally, a superyacht with a crew of 10-15 can cost around 500,000-1,000,000 a year to operate, not including the cost of fuel and maintenance.

Additionally, the cost of berthing a superyacht can range from 15,000-100,000 per month depending on the location and length of stay.

How Much Does it Cost to Buy a Superyacht?

The cost of purchasing a superyacht can vary greatly depending on a variety of factors, such as size, amenities, and age of the yacht.

Generally speaking, the cost of purchasing a superyacht can range from $1 million to $100 million or more, depending on the model.

However, for those looking for a smaller and more affordable vessel, it is possible to purchase a superyacht in the range of $500,000 or less.

When considering purchasing a superyacht, it is also important to consider the cost of ownership.

This includes the cost of maintenance, crew salaries, fuel, insurance, and dockage fees.

Additionally, owners may need to budget for additional costs such as food, entertainment, and upgrades to the yacht.

Ultimately, the cost of owning a superyacht is determined by the size and features of the yacht, as well as the owner’s preferences.

When purchasing a superyacht, it is also important to consider the cost of chartering.

This includes the cost of hiring a crew, fuel, and any other fees associated with chartering a superyacht.

Ultimately, the cost of chartering a superyacht is determined by the size and features of the yacht, as well as the owner’s preferences and the destination chosen.

Finally, it is important to remember that the cost of running a superyacht does not end with the purchase price.

Owners must also budget for ongoing expenses, such as maintenance, crew salaries, fuel, insurance, and dockage fees.

Ultimately, the cost of running a superyacht is determined by the size and features of the yacht, as well as the owner’s preferences.

What are the Costs of Running a Superyacht?

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The cost of running a superyacht can vary greatly depending on the size and amenities of the yacht, as well as the destination and duration of the trip.

Generally speaking, the cost of running a superyacht can range from $500,000 to $5 million or more per year.

This amount is dependent on a number of factors, including the size and features of the yacht, as well as the preferences of the owner.

The most significant cost of running a superyacht is the crew salaries, which can range from a few thousand dollars per month for a smaller boat to upwards of $100,000 or more for larger and more luxurious vessels.

This cost is generally based on the experience and qualifications of the crew that is hired.

In addition, the cost of running a superyacht includes fuel, maintenance, insurance, and dockage fees.

Fuel can be one of the most significant costs associated with running a superyacht, as these vessels can consume hundreds of gallons of fuel per hour.

Maintenance costs can vary depending on the age and condition of the yacht, as well as any upgrades or repairs that are needed.

Insurance is necessary to protect the vessel and its passengers, and the cost of this coverage can depend on a number of factors.

Finally, dockage fees are often charged when the yacht is moored in a marina or port for an extended period of time.

In addition to these essential costs, superyacht owners may need to budget for additional costs such as food, entertainment, and upgrades to the yacht.

Many owners choose to hire a private chef to provide meals for guests, while others may opt for a catered event.

Entertainment can range from a live band or DJ to onboard activities such as a spa or water sports, and these costs can vary widely depending on the preferences of the owner.

Finally, upgrades to the yacht can range from new furniture and fixtures to state-of-the-art audio/visual systems and other luxury amenities.

The true cost of running a superyacht is ultimately determined by the size and features of the yacht, as well as the owner’s preferences.

With careful planning and budgeting, however, it is possible to keep the cost of running a superyacht within a reasonable range.

The Cost of Crew Salaries

When it comes to the cost of running a superyacht, one of the most significant expenses is crew salaries.

Depending on the size and amenities of the yacht, and the duration and destination of the trip, the number of required crew members can vary greatly.

Typically, a superyacht will require at least a captain, engineer, deckhand, chef, and stewardess.

Additionally, depending on the owner’s preferences, additional crew members such as a nanny, personal assistant, or security guard may be hired.

In terms of salary, the captain is typically the highest paid crew member, followed by the engineer.

The deckhand, chef, and stewardess typically earn less than their counterparts.

An experienced captain can expect to earn between $5,000 and $15,000 per month, depending on the size and amenities of the yacht.

The engineer can expect to make between $4,000 and $10,000 per month.

The deckhand and chef can expect to make between $2,500 and $6,000 per month, while the stewardess typically earns between $1,500 and $5,000 per month.

When it comes to hiring additional crew members, the cost will vary depending on the number and type of crew members hired.

For example, a personal assistant can expect to earn between $2,000 and $8,000 per month, while a nanny can expect to make between $2,000 and $4,000 per month.

It is important to note that these salaries are in addition to the salaries of the required crew members.

Overall, the cost of crew salaries can be a significant expense for superyacht owners, with salaries for the required crew members ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 per month.

Additionally, depending on the owner’s preferences, additional crew members can be hired at an additional cost.

Ultimately, the cost of crew salaries should be taken into account when budgeting for the cost of running a superyacht.

Fuel and Maintenance Costs

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When it comes to running a superyacht, fuel and maintenance costs are two of the biggest expenses, and they can vary greatly depending on the size and amenities of the yacht.

A larger yacht will require more fuel to operate, and the fuel costs will increase depending on the length of the trip.

Additionally, larger yachts tend to have more features, which means more maintenance costs.

Maintenance costs are typically based on the age and condition of the yacht, and can range from routine maintenance and repairs to more extensive upgrades.

For example, a superyacht may require periodic paint jobs, as well as upgrades to the engines, electrical systems, and other features.

On top of these costs, owners may also need to budget for additional services such as crew salaries, dockage fees, insurance, and food and entertainment.

Insurance and Dockage Fees

The cost of running a superyacht is affected by a variety of factors, including insurance and dockage fees.

Insurance is an important factor to consider when running a superyacht, as it can help protect the owner from financial losses due to damage or theft of the vessel.

Insurance policies can vary greatly in coverage and cost depending on the size of the yacht, the destination, and other factors.

Generally speaking, insurance policies for superyachts can range from $50,000 to over $1 million annually.

In addition to insurance, dockage fees are another cost to consider when running a superyacht.

Dockage fees are the costs associated with mooring the yacht in a marina or port.

These fees can vary greatly depending on the marina or port, the size and type of the yacht, and the length of the stay.

Generally speaking, dockage fees can range from a few hundred dollars for a short stay to several thousand dollars for a long stay.

Additional Costs and Upgrades

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When it comes to the cost of running a superyacht, there are other costs that may be overlooked.

These additional costs can include food, entertainment, and upgrades to the yacht.

Depending on the size and features of the yacht, the cost of food for the crew and guests can easily exceed $50,000 per year.

Similarly, entertainment costs can range from tens of thousands of dollars for a live band, to hundreds of thousands for a fireworks show.

Upgrades to the yacht can also be incredibly expensive.

For example, adding a helicopter pad, an infinity pool, or a spa to the yacht can easily cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Additionally, upgrading the interior of the yacht with luxurious furniture, fixtures, and finishes can also be extremely expensive.

In the end, the cost of running a superyacht is determined by the size and features of the yacht, as well as the owner’s preferences.

Those who are looking to own a superyacht should be prepared to budget for additional costs such as food, entertainment, and upgrades.

With the right budget, however, owning and running a superyacht can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

The Factors that Determine the Cost of Running a Superyacht

The cost of running a superyacht can vary significantly depending on a number of factors.

The size and amenities of the yacht, the destination and duration of the trip, and the owners preferences all play a role in determining the true cost of running a superyacht.

Generally speaking, the cost of running a superyacht can range from around $500,000 to $5 million or more per year.

The size and features of the yacht can have a major influence on the cost of running it.

A larger yacht will typically require more fuel and more crew to operate, and will need more maintenance and repairs as well.

Additionally, larger yachts may have more amenities and thus require more frequent upgrades and replacements.

The destination and duration of the trip can also have a major impact on the cost of running a superyacht.

Depending on the location, the cost of fuel, dockage fees, and other services can vary significantly.

Additionally, if the yacht is staying in one location for an extended period of time, additional costs such as food, entertainment, and crew salaries may need to be taken into account.

Finally, the owners preferences can have a big influence on the cost of running a superyacht.

If the owner wants the latest technology, top-of-the-line amenities, and a luxurious experience, they may need to budget significantly more for their trip.

On the other hand, if the owner is looking for a more basic experience, they may be able to save money on some of the costs associated with running a superyacht.

Ultimately, the cost of running a superyacht is determined by the size and features of the yacht, the destination and duration of the trip, and the owners preferences.

With careful planning and budgeting, it is possible to enjoy the experience of a superyacht without breaking the bank.

Final Thoughts

Generally speaking, the cost of running a superyacht can range from $500,000 to $5 million or more per year, with costs including crew salaries, fuel, maintenance, insurance, and dockage fees.

Additionally, superyacht owners may need to budget for additional costs such as food, entertainment, and upgrades.

With this knowledge, potential superyacht owners can make informed decisions about the cost of running their own superyacht and make the most of their yachting experience.

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At the age of 15, he and four other friends from his neighborhood constructed their first boat. He has been sailing for almost 30 years and has a wealth of knowledge that he wants to share with others.

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They’re the preferred luxury vacation transport of millionaires and billionaires from Bono to Stephen Spielberg to Jay Z, conjuring images of the mega-rich cavorting off some dazzling foreign coastline.

“Super yachting” is officially one of the world’s most extravagant hobbies. And there’s a very good reason for that: It costs a massive amount of money. Luxury yachts are among the most expensive asset purchases. And it’s not just that the initial capital , which can run tens to hundreds of millions of dollars, is high. Yachts also come with tremendous annual running costs that often soar over $1 million.

There is no legal definition of “super yacht.” The term generally applies to yachts that are 75 feet or more in length, have a full-time professional crew, and are enjoyed for pleasure or commercial operation. Of course, no two super yachts are the same, and no two super yacht owners have the same taste or yacht aspirations. So outlay and running costs can vary significantly.

Key Takeaways

  • A super yacht describes a personal boat that is both larger and more extravagant than typical private yachts.
  • These are a luxury item that belongs to those ultra-high-net-worth individuals who can afford them.
  • Up-front purchase prices can be in the several millions of dollars, and then ongoing operating and maintenance costs could run another million dollars or more each year.

Post-purchase, an owner should expect to pay around 20% or more of a yacht’s initial purchase price annually to keep it running. So in theory, a $10 million yacht would set you back $2 million a year in operational costs. Fuel (lots of it), vessel insurance, dockage fees, maintenance and repairs, and crew salaries are typically the heftiest running costs.

Dockage fees can run about $350,000 and administration about $70,000. Maintenance and repairs can be in the millions, as can crew salaries. The upkeep of the 590-foot super yacht Azzam, owned by President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, is estimated at $60 million per year, although it does come with two helipads and a missile defense system.

Luxury Yacht Group provides salary guidelines for a standard boat crew. It prices the captain of a 100-to-170-foot vessel with more than five years of experience at anywhere up to $192,000 annually. And you’ve still got to factor in chefs, stewards, deckhands, engineers, and more. Just so new yacht owners don’t get hit with any rude cost surprises, Luxury Yacht Group has developed a handy crew costs calculator and another one for operating costs .

Prices vary from port to port around the world, but parking your boat at the most exclusive marinas in high season can set you back well over $4,000 per night. Berthing spots during prime-time events such as the Monaco Grand Prix can cost up to $85,000 or more for a five-day stay. provides a global marina map with which to search the world’s marinas and their seasonal mooring fees.

Keep in mind the obligatory “ toys .” No floating playground is complete without resident fun machines like Jet Skis and submersibles, not to mention crucial, state-of-the-art leisure  amenities like an infinity pool cinema or floating beach club. Eclipse, owned by Russian businessman Roman Abramovich, features two helicopter pads, a three-man “leisure” submarine, and two swimming pools—one of which converts into a dance floor.

Several banks and marine lenders will finance the purchase of a super yacht , either via a leasing transaction or via a marine mortgage . And offering your super yacht for charter can fetch attractive returns. However, if you have to cost-rationalize the purchase, perhaps buying one of these vessels isn’t the best way to go. Instead, you could always charter one for the same floating luxury feeling without all of the ownership responsibilities. There are also fractional ownership schemes that share financial responsibility (and super yacht enjoyment) among a party of investors without the full capital outlay.

If you happen to be one of the world’s ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) , a lavish floating playground could be right for you. However, if you’re not in the billionaire ’s club, don’t despair. You can still charter, share in a fractional arrangement... or simply opt for a more affordable yacht—less “super,” that is. Still, there will always be a place for the opulent, and incredibly expensive, among the world's elite.

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The yacht Amadea of sanctioned Russian Oligarch Suleiman Kerimov, seized by the Fiji government at the request of the US, arrives at the Honolulu Harbor, Hawaii, June 16, 2022.

Just in time for Labor Day, the New York Times published a detailed accounting of what it takes to not only buy a superyacht, but keep that superyacht filled with the kind of fine art and ridiculous toys that sets your gigantic boat apart from all the other gigantic boats also filled with fine art and ridiculous toys.

The Real Cost of Owning a Superyacht

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Many would assume that the purchasing price of a superyacht is the most costly aspect of being an owner. But the reality is that the costs of owning a superyacht stretch much further than the initial capital outlay. The costs of maintaining a superyacht can run into six or even seven figures and include everything from operational costs and crew salaries, to VAT and insurance. As most owners only use their superyachts for a selected period per year, many turn to charter as a way to help cover the costs while still having the freedom still to cruise whenever they chose.

Superyacht charter through TWW

As each superyacht available for charter is unique, the T.W.W. charter yacht team conducts extensive research beforehand to provide accurate charter pricing. Through yacht charter marketing, T.W.W. can safely and securely promote each superyacht for charter to the most discerning and interested parties. By carefully matching each yacht charterer to the right yacht, everyone’s needs will be met and surpassed. The T.W.W. yacht charter team will also work closely with Captains to plan the most manageable and cost-efficient itineraries while collaborating with the crew to make sure the owner’s asset is well looked after.

Take a look at the annual running costs for a 45m yacht:

Costs associated with the vessel (insurance, maintenance, etc)                             340,000 Costs associated with the crew (salaries, travel, recruitment, insurance, etc)          520,000 Costs associated with the port (berthing, electricity, agents, etc)                           300,000 Costs associated with commercial survey and fiscal representation                         50,000 The annual total quickly becomes in excess of 1,000,000!

By working together with T.W.W., one can rest assured that their superyacht will be booked for charter as much – or as little – as they chose, thereby guaranteeing the ideal balance between the owner’s use, charters and maintenance costs.

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Yacht Maintenance Cost. The Real Costs of Owning a Superyacht

23rd oct 2023 by samantha wilson.

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The superyacht industry has seen an unprecedented boom. While superyachts were always highly sought after commodities, the idea of escaping the crowds, exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations, and having a private holiday have never been more popular. But superyacht holidays are one of the most extravagant luxuries there is, and left to a small percentage of UHNWIs. In fact, luxury yachts top the list of the 10 most expensive asset purchases ever recorded (see our Superyacht FAQs for the largest and most expensive superyachts in the world) . The cost of superyacht ownership is no small undertaking and, as for all boat owners, the purchase price is just the beginning.

Here we take a look at average superyacht operating costs : (for something a bit smaller, check out our guide to creating a boat buying budget .)

Yacht maintenance cost

As a general rule, superyacht owners can expect to spend roughly 10-12% of the initial purchase price on upkeep and running of their yacht. Of course superyachts come in all shapes and sizes ranging from 24 metres to well over 100 metres, and purchase prices will be reflected in the size, age and finish. The average sale price for a superyacht is around $8 million, however a 24 metre yacht could be around $1 million (or less for used superyachts), $11 million in the 40m-50m category, $24 million in the 50m-70m category and around $80 million for yachts of 70m or more. Some of the largest yachts in the world (those over 100 metres in length) can go for up to as $175 million. So a $50 million yacht is likely to cost around $5 million a year to run and maintain, while the largest yachts could run to over $50 million a year. So what is it that costs all the extra every year?

Yacht f uel costs

One of the biggest outgoings in the running of a superyacht is the cost of diesel . To put this into context, a 70 metre-long superyacht will use around 500 litres of diesel an hour just to run the generators. A moving yacht will be using approximately $2,000 per hour whilst underway at a speed of around 18 knots. A smaller yacht will obviously use much less, so a 45 metre yacht will use around 560 litres per hour whilst underway at a rough cost of around $500/hour. Based on around 500 hours of cruising time per year that is approximately $250,000, plus all the time spent at anchor and any fuel used for tenders. 

Berthing and mooring costs

As with all boats big and small, berthing costs are one of the highest expenditures. Marinas vary hugely in price, with the most sought after incurring the highest price tags. The most exclusive marinas can cost around $3,000 per night and be booked up long in advance. 

In general however, dockage is usually priced by the length of the yacht and per night, although long-term contracts are also possible. Berthing fees will not usually include electricity, water and waste removal, which need to be factored in too. When winter sets in, if the yacht isn’t travelling to warmer climes, some yachts opt for dry dock, especially if they’re looking to get maintenance and repairs done. This involves lifting the yacht out of the water with specially designed cranes. 

Owner-on-board costs

Of course the whole point of having a beautiful superyacht is to use it and enjoy it. Costs when the owner is on board go up as a full crew, food, alcohol, flowers and any other entertainment costs such as parties and events need to be accounted for. With most yachts able to accommodate up to 12 guests, a yacht in full cruising and entertaining mode could include everything from helicopters and land transfers, to  

Super yachts crew salaries

Superyacht crews vary in size from three or four members to in excess of 70 members on the largest yachts. When you consider that their salaries, taxes, recruitment fees, food and travel for holiday time and repatriation need to be taken into account, the superyacht crew costs are some of the highest expenditures. A captain’s salary alone can be in excess of $20,000, with some chief engineers on $10,000 and chefs around $5,000-$8,000. Crew wages can easily be around $100,000 per month for larger yachts, while a crew of 8 on a 45 metre yacht could be in the region of $600,000 per year. Add to that figure management agencies, shore based crew, specialist part-time crew such as helicopter pilots and food to feed them all and it’s easy to see why this figure is one of the highest outgoings.  

Super yacht repairs

Superyachts need constant upkeep and maintenance which could include everything from maintenance of the engines, to the thrusters, sails, swimming pool/hot tub, decks, electronics, safety equipment, hull, interior and much more. Superyacht maintenance costs are on-going, but winter is usually the time for major projects in shipyards, and costs can vary hugely depending on the level of work being done. Lifting the yacht out of the water, wrapping it for a re-paint or having a new interior refit are big undertakings. 

Super yachts taxes and insurances

Superyacht taxes and insurances must be factored into the cost of owning a superyacht, with import tax on new vessels up to 20% (see our article on VAT and Brexit ) and insurance policies around 0.8% and 1.2% of the boat’s purchase price each year. 

Communication Costs

An often under looked outgoing in the running of a superyacht is the communication costs. With the internet a must-have on board for both guests and crew, packages for satellite and broadband communications can start from around of $4,000 to $5,000 per month. 

Super yachts tenders and toys

One of the highlights of a superyacht charter or holiday are the amazing array of water toys. From classic Jet skis and scuba gear to new-fangled jet packs and sea bobs, the choice is incredible but not cheap. Tenders too are a must for allowing guests and crew to get to shore, for exploring and for water sports. Some of the custom built models can cost $1 million alone. Add to all this James Bond-style additions such as helicopters and submersibles and the sky is the limit when it comes to spending on amazing tenders and toys. 

Superyachts are some of the most incredible and prestigious machines on the planet, and owning one is an incomparable experience. Whether you’re in a position to buy a superyacht or looking to buy a boat of a smaller length, then should be your first port of call. With thousands of boats and superyachts represented by the top brokers in the industry, you will be in safe, private and experienced hands. 

Written By: Samantha Wilson

Samantha Wilson has spent her entire life on and around boats, from tiny sailing dinghies all the way up to superyachts. She writes for many boating and yachting publications, top charter agencies, and some of the largest travel businesses in the industry, combining her knowledge and passion of boating, travel and writing to create topical, useful and engaging content.


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The cost of owning a superyacht in 2024

Written by Chloe - Thursday, April 06, 2023

Superyacht sales  surged  during the COVID-19 pandemic, and there’s no sign of this slowing down as the demand for superyachts is  set to increase  over the next 10 years.   

There are currently  15,000 yachts  worldwide that are large enough to require a professional crew. A clear insight into how much the luxury yacht industry is thriving, despite their eye-watering price.

Given the exclusivity of the superyacht market, there’s limited information available on exactly how much they cost to own. So, we’ve dug into the details for you. Here you’ll find how much it costs to buy and maintain a superyacht in 2024. 

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Building a superyacht is no mean feat. Stuart Bray, Director of personal yacht brokerage firm  Bray Marine International  talked us through the build process, which is as follows:

  • The exterior and interior designers are selected
  • A shipyard is chosen ahead of the build
  • The hull is always constructed first, followed by the fitting of the engines, running gear, water treatment, A/C, and pumps
  • The superstructure is built and attached to the hull
  • The interior fit-out takes place
  • The exterior is painted
  • Sea trails are carried out
  • The yacht is handed over for warranty work

It sounds simple enough, but building a custom superyacht costs an eye-watering £1.5m per m² on average and takes up to  three to four years .

Many prospective owners choose to purchase a second-hand superyacht, which costs £20m ($24m) on average, according to Rightboat , but the cost increases dramatically if any customisation takes place.

Fitting out a new or used vessel costs around £35m, but this can vary massively depending on size.

superyacht running costs

The overall operating cost of running a superyacht is 20% or more of its original price. So, a vessel costing £1bn will set you back £200m per year after paying for fuel, dockage, crew, maintenance, insurance, etc.

Just under a decade ago, the operating cost was around 10% of a vessel’s original price, demonstrating a huge increase in running costs due to soaring inflation. 

Fuel is one of the biggest superyacht costs starting at £2,000 per hour and over £24,000 per overnight cruise. A 70-metre vessel is estimated to use around 500 litres of fuel per hour.

Annual fuel costs were estimated at around £327,000 ($400,000) back in 2012 but are now estimated to hit £419,000, representing a 25% increase overall.

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Bray of  Bray Marine International  says a 60m yacht will have a 16-person crew, setting the owner back around £1.2m per year based on industry-standard pay rates. Owners of superyachts of 100m and beyond will pay significantly more to staff their vessels.

Bray also states the annual operating costs of a superyacht are as follows—12% for the first four years, 15% for the next three years, and 20% annually from then onwards. 

They must come out of the water every five years for routine maintenance such as painting, underwater work, gear checks, and antifouling. 

This equates to 10-12% of the vessel’s original price, so a superyacht that costs £1bn would require around £1m of maintenance work per year. 

Insurance costs are difficult to pinpoint as many factors determine this, such as value, cruising area and usage, but a superyacht costing £1bn could cost £8m or more to insure. 

Alison Melia, a marine insurance specialist at  Insure4Boats , says that fire, theft, loss of tender, onboard injury, and collisions are the most common claims received from yacht owners. 

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Not all superyachts are created equal. While a 60m vessel is enough to impress most people, they are easily surpassed by those purchased by some of the world’s wealthiest individuals.

The longest superyacht on our list is a whopping 183m and comes with a price tag of £300m, just to put their sheer size and annual running costs into perspective.

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Superyacht costs go far beyond the initial build or purchase price, especially when used as a base for luxury holidays or experiences such as the Cannes Film Festival.

A two-week holiday in Marbella could cost you £60,046 in dockage alone, without considering the cost of fuel or refreshments. It’s easy to see how superyacht owners can rack up almost £300,000 in dockage fees per year on average.

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How Much Does It Really Cost To Own & Run A Superyacht?

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If you think it’s hard work maintaining your tinny for weekend fishing trips up the river just take a minute to think about the costs involved in owning your own superyacht. Over the past decade, these behemoths of the sea have become the pinnacles of wealth and success for those with only the deepest of pockets.

These luxurious floating mansions are reserved for Russian billionaires, Saudi Princes and Hollywood celebrities, but if you’re lucky enough to win the lotto you might be able to join the upper echelon of society and own your own superyacht also.

The general rule? On average, owners pay 10% of the yacht’s value in up-keep costs per year, not including crew wages.

Initial Cost Of A Superyacht: ~ $10 Million

The cost of a superyacht varies depending on the size and technology it comes with. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s Eclipse is a 533-foot monster that cost the billionaire $500 million, while America business mastermind David Geffen spent a cool $200 million on his 454-foot superyacht.

Registering Your Yacht: ~ $2,500

Just like any normal vehicle you have to register your brand new superyacht. This is a very important first step as choosing the flag and country of origin you want to register your yacht in can give some great benefits, especially when it comes to tax cuts. The Cayman Islands is a favourite amongst the super rich due to its tax breaks and relatively cheap registration fee, especially when compared to the actual cost of the yacht.

Insurance: ~ $353,850

As well as registering your new nautical explorer you’re going to want to make sure it’s insured. As you can imagine, insuring something as expensive as a superyacht isn’t cheap, so expect to fork out a few hundred thousand every year to make sure you’re covered.

Dockage: – $942,000 (Purchase)

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The price varies from port to port across the world, with some docks charging up to six grand a night for casual slots. This 100-foot slot in Antibes is going for a lazy 590,000€ ($942,000) if you’re in the market to buy.

If you want a spot in Port Hercules over Formula 1 weekend, you’ll be looking at $35,000 AUD for a Zone 1 spot from May 20th till May 27th for our yacht size in question, which really isn’t too outrageous.

Fuel: ~ $472,000

If you think everyday fuel prices for your automobile are expensive than you might want to turn away now. Using around 400 litres of fuel an hour, a 100-foot superyacht is going to set you back another half a million to make sure you don’t run out of gas in the middle of the ocean if in use for the majority of the year.

Maintenance & Repairs: ~ $400,000

Like anything mechanical, a superyacht is prone to suffering wear and tear over the years. From routine maintenance to fixing blown motors and electrical equipment, the annual cost can be extravagant but is part and parcel of owning such an expensive toy.

Crew: ~ $876,000

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Unless you’re a trained captain steering your own yacht and making sure the day to day running goes smoothly, you’ll have to employ staff to over see operations. Captains cost roughly $1,400 per year per foot of boat – that’s $156,000 or so to command a mere 100-footer according to Forbes.

Deckhands and stewards are relatively cheap at $40,000 to $70,000 per year which is supplemented with you shouting them accommodation and food, but a good chef will cost you at least $100,000 a year. You’ll also need roughly one deckhand for each guest, and we’re assuming you can comfortably fit 8 amigos. And did we mention an engineer? Because hey, we all know boats break down all the time. That’ll set you back at least another $140,000.

Total: ~ $13 million

If you add up the initial cost of your 100-foot superyacht and your yearly expenses you’re looking at roughly $13 million for the first year, then around $2.1 million every year after to maintain it (assuming you pretty much live aboard and minus the purchase costs of the berth & yacht). So the short answer? A fuckload. Maybe in another life.

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How Much Does a Super Yacht REALLY Cost?

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Have you ever bought a lottery ticket and dared to dream of owning a super yacht? Our infographic gives you the low down on the most expensive yachts, who buys them and how much they have to pay to keep them afloat.

Are you interested in joining that illustrious group of yacht owners? This infographic will break down exactly what it will cost for you to have and maintain your very own super yacht. And if you thought parking a car was expensive, then you've never parked a yacht. 

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Cost of maintaining a super yacht.

  • The sea still remains a prime spot, allowing its explorers exclusive time off in the private surrounds of a super yacht, but owning a super yacht means not only initial capital outlay – often into tens, and sometimes hundreds, of millions – but also annual running costs that stretch well into seven figures.
  • Operating cost (yr.) – 10% of initial value
  • For an average-sized yacht of 45 metres, the maintenance price can range from anywhere between €2.5 million and €4 million per year.
  • Fuel Usage (71m yachts) – 500L of diesel (hr.)
  • V.A.T. (Value Added Tax) – 15 – 25% of vessel’s value
  • $400,000 - fuel
  • $350,000 – dockage
  • $240,000 - boat insurance
  • $1 million - maintenance and repairs
  • $1.4 million - crew salaries

Who Buys Super Yachts

  • Super yachts are purchased by UHNWI or ultra high net worth individuals. A UHNW is someone with net assets over $30 million although some experts calculate with an amount of $50 million. It is estimated that the world population of UHNWI is around 200,000 individuals.
  • Of the 125 owners’ nationalities identified, 14 percent were Americans, followed closely by Russians. The biggest growth was in Asia, where 11% were delivered last year compared with 3% in 2011.
  • Luxury yachts top the list of the 10 most expensive asset purchases ever recorded. Eight out of the 10 billionaires on this list own these luxury vessels.
  • 10% of the yacht purchase price is usually paid immediately. With the balance paid once the yacht and the all-important documentation has been formally handed over.
  • Many super-yacht owners keep their vessels for no more than three years before selling up. The new yacht is typically less than five years old and with a fuel range of at least 3,000 miles.
  • In 2013, 355 superyachts were sold with a total combined price of $US 3.4 billion. The most expensive boat selling for $US 101 million.

The most expensive yachts

  • Owner – Hamdan bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
  • Occupation – Emirati politician and royalty
  • Cost – Unknown (Estimated $350M)
  • Length – 141.00m (462'7"ft)
  • Top Speed – 26 knots
  • # of crew members – 56
  • Some cues have been borrowed from a UAE navy frigate for increased security
  • The doors have been made with carbon fibre, reducing weight
  • An eco-friendly fuel based engine will empower the yacht to reduce carbon print
  • Other hi-tech gadgets will include the SATCOM (satellite communication system), long-range underwater SONAR, and the night navigator used for when sunlight isn’t the most intense outside.

Project Azzam

  • Owner – Khalifa Al Nahyan
  • Occupation – president of the United Arab Emirates
  • Cost – $600M
  • Length – 180.00m (590'6"ft)
  • Top Speed – 30 knots
  • # of crew members – 50
  • Much of this yacht is still confidential
  • However, Azzam can be expected to be environmentally friendly with decreased carbon dioxide, noise and soot emissions, and enhanced fuel efficiency.
  • Azzam is also expected to be equipped with facilities to utilise waste heat from the engine to operate the yacht's desalination system for drinking water.

The Rising Sun

  • Owner – David Geffen
  • Occupation – American business magnate
  • Cost – $200M
  • Length – 138.40m (454'0"ft)
  • Top Speed – 28 Knots
  • # of crew members – 45
  • Steel hull and aluminium superstructure
  • The engine is comprised of 4 MTU 20V 8000 M90 engines which can take the boat up to 28 knots of speed

The Maltese Falcon

  • Owner – Elena Ambrosiadou
  • Occupation – founder of IKOS Ltd.
  • Cost – $120M
  • Length – 88.12m (289'1"ft)
  • Top Speed – 19.5 Knots
  • # of crew members – 18
  • She has 21,800 h orsepower DEUTZ diesels, which will take her up to 19.6 knots with power
  • Her engine room also hosts three gensets which provide rig handling as well as at-anchor power for all facilities
  • The carbon fibre yard arms are all securely fastened on the mast, and do not swing like conventional yachts. Instead, the entire mast rotates.
  • She has a sail furling mechanism that is run by an electric motor which differentiates it from any other type of rigging
  • Owner – Steve Jobs’ Family
  • Occupation – Apple
  • Cost – $129M
  • Length – 79.25 m (260.0 ft)
  • Top Speed – 22 Knots
  • # of crew members – 22
  • This ship is run using iMac’s
  • A large pane of special glass runs around the ships side and bow to look like an Apple store
  • Owner – Alisher Usmanov
  • Occupation – Russian oligarch
  • Cost – $263M
  • Length – 110.00m (360'10"ft)
  • Top Speed – 21 Knots
  • # of crew members – 47
  • She was the first yacht in the world with particle filters on the main engine exhausts
  • She has twin MTU diesel-electric main engines
  • The combination of diesel electric propulsion (by the gensets and the thrusters) and conventional propulsion with CPP (Controllable Pitch Propellers), this means she is extremely efficient over long distances
  • Owner – Steven Spielberg
  • Occupation – Film Director
  • Length – 85.95m (281'11"ft)
  • Top Speed – 20 Knots
  • # of crew members – 23
  • She has 'at anchor stabilisers' which work to increase onboard comfort at anchor and on rough waters.
  • She has a projector which will throw an image onto the glass wall of an infinity pool acting as a make-shift cinema.
  • Powered by 2 MTU (16V 595 TE70) 4,680hp diesel engines
  • Owner – Roman Abramovich
  • Occupation – Russian businessman
  • Cost – $500M
  • Length – 162.50m (533'1"ft)
  • Top Speed – 25 Knots
  • # of crew members – 70
  • The whole vessel is bullet and bomb proofed, and in case of an attack, there are five possible exits from the vessel
  • She also has a missile defence system
  • She has a 3 man ‘leisure’ submarine
  • There are rumours that she is equipped with an ‘anti-paparazzi shield’ that is activated by camera flashlights
  • Owner – Andrey Melnichenko
  • Occupation – Russian Businessman
  • Cost – $323M
  • Length – 119.00m (390'5"ft)
  • Top Speed – 23 Knots
  • # of crew members – 42
  • The unique shape of the boat is also known to cut through ice bergs
  • Features a reverse bow and ‘tumblehome’ design making it extremely efficient through the water
  • She features a number of security customisations including bomb proof windows, over 40 CCTV cameras, motion sensors, biometric fingerprint entry for some areas and is rumoured to have an escape pod in case of emergencies
  • Owner – Sultan Qaboos
  • Occupation – Sultan of Oman
  • Cost – $300M
  • Length – 155.00m (508'6"ft)
  • # of crew members – 154
  • Features 2 MTU 10,988hp diesel engines
  • This yacht is shrouded in mystery as guests have to arrive by helicopter and no one outside the sultan’s direct court has seen the interior of this boat

Want to buy a superyacht?

So by looking at the results, my 100m long, 25 knots top speed and 50-strong crew super yacht should cost around $275 million on average.

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Looking to buy a yacht? Before you take the plunge, it is important to consider all the real costs associated with full ownership that you may not be aware of. It is essential that you factor in what the yearly running cost and maintenance costs will be - this is as important as the initial purchase price. This is why shared ownership is often something to consider. 

When you own a yacht 100%, consider that a substantial percentage of your investment will be for time that you are not using the yacht at all. The real cost of owning a yacht includes taxes, insurance, mooring fees, crew, dockage fees, maintenance, capital improvement projects, outfitting costs, and more. Your yacht incurs expenses year-round, while you may only be enjoying it a few months or even weeks, out of the year. What if, instead, you could own a 50% share of the same yacht (or better yet, an even bigger yacht with more amenities)? With shared ownership, you can do just that - your investment will be used for your own enjoyment and, at a lower price, you can even benefit by upgrading your yacht experience. 

Let’s walk through a sample yacht and the yearly running costs with full transparency of a 10-million-dollar yacht. Your major costs will be yacht crew, dockage, fuel, and maintenance. Please understand everything is variable based on those decisions plus the age of your yacht.

Owners can expect to spend about 10-15% of the purchase price annually on operating and maintaining a yacht. That's $1-1.5 million a year for a $10 million yacht. The bigger the boat, the more crew and salaries you need. There are also other crew costs, like medical and liability insurance, training, and uniforms.

When you are not exploring the world or sunning on the deck in St. Barts, the yacht needs a place to dock. Dockage costs vary depending on how big the boat is and how desirable the marina is. You can lease a dock monthly or purchase a dock. 

Like most things, yachts get wear and tear — they require regular maintenance and repairs. Routine maintenance can cost roughly 2% of the boat value after the yacht's first year, and around 7.5% of the boat's value when the yacht is 10 years old. That is not including surveys and refits.  

There's also insurance, which is important for not just the yacht but also the tender. Also, don't forget miscellaneous expenses, such as communications, (phone, internet, navigation and Satellite TV) and administration.

Sample 10 million Dollar yacht running costs:

Annual Operating Expenses $1,250,000

Capital Repairs & Reserves  $150,000

Total Expenses $1,400,000

Share it, charter it, or both.    

An alternative option would be splitting the cost of this hypothetical yacht in half to pay $5 million for your yacht initially, and pay $750,000 a year in running costs. It is recommended to use the yacht up to 14 weeks a year per owner for a total of 28 weeks. Or opt to charter out the weeks you do not use it to defray the running cost. AvYachts can help you design the program and will implement it for you – you simply show up as the guest. Whether you prefer to incur all the real costs of ownership of your own yacht, or opt for shared ownership, we can create a custom program. 

Connect with our Luxury Yacht Advisor to learn more. 

AvYachts is the expert in yacht share brokerage. Whether you’re looking to sell a share of your yacht to a like-minded partner, or you want to buy a share of a yacht, our dedicated team of yacht brokers and veteran matchmakers is here to guide you every step of the way.  Let us match you with just the right yacht, just the right partners and just the right ownership structure for you. Yacht to the fullest without the full costs of ownership.

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A comprehensive breakdown of your charter costs and fees.

When you begin planning a luxury yacht charter it is important to be aware of what is included in the cost of booking your dream charter yacht. although a yacht will have a base charter fee, this may or may not include additional expenses such as food and fuel and this is subject to the terms and conditions within the charter contract. there are various types of charter contracts and which one applies to you will depend on where you wish to cruise., high season.

High season refers to the most popular weeks of the year for yacht charter, whether it’s the winter period in the Caribbean or the height of summer in the Mediterranean , booking in high season requires early planning, determination and a big budget. In addition, planning a yacht charter to coincide with a major event will also be reflected in the price with marine spots for elite events often booking up early. Allow plenty of time when making enquiries to ensure a star studded, well prepared arrival.

Low season typically refers to any time outside of the high season periods. Groups of families and friends looking for a relaxing luxury vacation are advised to avoid high season weeks and opt for weeks outside of this time. The busiest periods are of course reflected in the charter costs and can be up to 15 to 30 percent more expensive than typical low season periods. Chartering a few weeks either side of these busy periods can be almost exactly the same, with the weather almost unchanged in some places, with far less crowds.

Take to our detailed destination guides and browse the yachts available in your chosen destination. Some of the most successful superyachts in the industry can be reserved up to a year in advance and as most yacht brokers will warn away from last minute bookings, it is better to book early and have the pick of the bunch rather than miss out at the last moment. Browse the Events section for details on upcoming festivals and sporting events or visit our Finding a Yacht Broker page to begin your planning your luxury yacht charter.

This article will go into detail of the costs to be expected when planning and booking a yacht charter. From the base charter fee of a yacht, what is covered within the fee and how it may vary in addition to details of contracts and how an Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA) can be used to manage any expenses.

Base Charter Fee

The base charter fee in essence refers to the hire cost of the yacht itself, with all equipment in working order in addition to the cost of food and wages for the crew during the entirety of the charter. This is essentially all the base charter fee covers with additional expenses often applicable on top. The base charter fee will vary from one yacht to another and this may be down to any number of reasons from size and on board amenities to the charter season. For instance, the base rate of a charter yacht may increase in "high season" and reduce during the "low season". "High season" and "low season" refers to the busiest and slowest periods for yacht charters though this may appear misleading, as these peak times refer to periods of weeks as opposed to full seasons. In addition, you may find that a yacht is also more expensive during special events such as the Monaco Grand Prix, Cannes Film Festival and America's Cup. Unless you are keen to charter a yacht for a particular "high season" event, choose your dates carefully as although a "high season" rate will be more expensive than the "low season" the two can sometimes share much of the same weather conditions.

Aside from seasons and events, yachts of the same size may also differ in price and this may be down to a vast difference in on board amenities. A yacht which boasts an on board cinema or lavish water toys may have a higher base rate compared with a yacht of minimal amenities of the same size. If it is unclear as to why two yachts of the same size are vastly different in price, ask your yacht broker to explain what the differences are. Once you are clear on what the base price is and why, it is important to discover what costs will be applicable on top and this is dependent on the type of charter contract used.

The type of charter contract applicable to your charter will depend on where in the world you are cruising, as there are various terms within the industry which dictate how the payment structure is determined. For instance, a MYBA (Worldwide Yachting Association, formerly known as Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association) contract operates under Western Mediterranean Terms (WMT) and is arguably the most commonly used, particularly with large yachts embarking on a Mediterranean yacht charter. This contract is often referred to as a "plus all expenses" contract and requires that the charterer pay for fuel, food, beverages and dockage fees as an additional expense outside of the base charter fee. Typically, guests can accumulate an additional 25% to 50% of the base charter fee though this is dependent on what is consumed. These expenses can be tracked through the use of an Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA) which we will cover in the next section.

Alternatively, smaller yachts on a Caribbean yacht charter can expect a "mostly all-inclusive" contract known as Caribbean Terms Inclusive (CTI) sometimes referred to as Standard Caribbean Terms (SCT). The Standard Caribbean Terms greatly differ from Western Mediterranean Terms, as the Caribbean terms include three meals a day in addition to four hours cruising per day which is included in the base charter fee.

In addition to the commonly used MYBA terms and Standard Caribbean Terms, there are also less frequently used terms such as Standard Eastern Mediterranean Terms (SEMT) and Greek Terms (GI). Read our guide on Understanding Charter Contracts for more information and if you are unsure as to what is included under the terms of your contract, be sure to ask your broker.

Advance Provisioning Allowance (commonly referred to as APA)

Irrespective of the charter contract it is important for guests to be aware of the Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA). The APA was designed to enable charterers to manage their expenses through a clear and trackable arrangement. An APA is a way to deposit the estimated expense amount of your charter to cover costs such as fuel, food and dockage fees. Typically, the APA accrues to approximately 25% to 30% of the base charter fee, though this does of course depend on the charter parties tastes and requirements and could be far less or far greater than this estimation. For instance, charter guests who intend to regularly dine on caviar and vintage wine can expect to pay more, whereas guests on board a sailing yacht charter can expect to save on fuel costs. Charterers can request an estimated APA amount from the yacht broker based on their on board expectations.

The APA is to be paid approximately one month prior to boarding the charter yacht and is paid directly to the Captain of the yacht. Once the APA has been paid to the captain it will then be retained as a bank account of sorts, from which the captain can make expenditures whilst keeping a record of what has been spent. At any point during the yacht charter guests can request a rundown of accounts from the captain as a way of keeping track of expenditures. The captain will request that any additional funds are paid during the charter should guests exceed the APA. It is therefore a good idea to keep an additional account with your yacht broker on shore, as should the APA become critically low at any time the yacht broker can release additional funds to the captain on the charterers command. Cash can be used if necessary though an on shore account may be deemed as hassle free to some.

It is important to remember that food and fuel for example, are charged at cost without mark up to the charterer and upon disembarking, transactions can be reviewed by the "head" charterer and Captain with any remaining funds to be paid back to the charterer.

Fuel and Dockage Fees

It is important to remember that whilst considering fuel costs, the fuel consumed when using jet-skis and tenders will also apply to the charterer. In addition, whilst docked at a marina the generators used in order to produce electricity will also use fuel. The distance travelled and speed of cruising also affects fuel costs and it is important to bear these factors in mind. Dockage fees may vary from very little to large sums and this is dependent again upon the location and whether you wish to dock during a special event such as the Monaco Grand Prix.

Although insurance costs are not directly connected to the charter costs as such, it is useful to bear in mind should you with to take out Charterers Liability Insurance or Cancellation and Curtailment cover. You can read more information regarding insurance in our How to Book and Plan a Yacht Charter article.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

European Union (EU) tax laws state VAT will apply should you disembark within their waters, for example Italian territorial waters. This may also apply to some Caribbean islands. Commercially registered vessels are usually VAT exempt though vessels which are not commercially registered will be liable for VAT for all charters within the EU.

No request is too large or detail too small on a yacht charter though it is wise to keep in mind the shipping costs should you request an expensive bottle of champagne to be transported to you whilst you are residing in a secluded bay of the Caribbean. It is important to understand the entire payment structure to ensure no unpleasant surprises arise and it is often prudent to keep an escrow account with your broker on shore in order to control charter costs without having to carry cash on board.

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Here's how much U.S. taxpayers have spent on Russian superyacht seized by government

A superyacht with a nine-figure price tag once owned by a Russian oligarch has recently found its way to Everett. 

The seizure of the boat after the Russian invasion of Ukraine transferred the maintenance and other associated costs for the boat to the U.S. government, which has paid a steep sum to keep it running.

The superyacht, Amadea, is 348 feet long and valued at approximately $325 million. It holds 16 guests and 36 crew members and features a helipad, infinity pool, and multiple bars.

Per court filings obtained by CNN and reviewed by KING 5, the superyacht requires $600,000 a month in running costs, plus $144,000 per month in "prorated insurance costs." Dry-docking, which is periodically required according to prosecutors from the Southern District of New York (SDNY), adds an extra $178,000 based on the total cost divided by the boat's number of months in government custody.

As of March when SDNY prosecutors filed their motion to sell the superyacht, it was estimated that the boat was costing about $922,000 a month all-in. Even removing any dry-docking costs, one year of control of the superyacht would cost roughly $8.9 million.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a release May 5, 2022, indicating the boat was formally seized by Fijian officials on order of the U.S. government. If the boat was in custody for 23 months at the time, as prosecutors wrote in their legal filings in March, then the total cost to own and operate the boat up to March 1 was roughly $21.2 million.

Add another two months of the two fixed costs since Wednesday marks two months since prosecutors filed their motion, and the total cost jumps to roughly $22.7 million. That number would be even higher if there were additional dry-docking within the past two months.

There has yet to be a judge's decision on whether the boat can be put up for auction. The DOJ said any money made at auction would most likely go to aid in Ukraine's battle against Russia.

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The Post has learned that Michael Irvin’s contract will not be renewed at NFL Network as the league-owned channel undergoes a round of cost cuts.

Irvin, 58, was a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Cowboys, and was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

He had been an analyst at NFL Network since 2009, and has played a major role in the Sunday football pregame show, “GameDay Morning.”

Michael Irvin is out at NFL Network after 15 years, The Post has learned.

Irvin was sent home from NFL Network’s 2023 Super Bowl coverage after he was accused of making lewd comments to a woman in a Phoenix hotel.

He denied wrongdoing, and was reinstated to NFL Network’s programming last season .

The Post has also learned that NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access” will air its final show later this month.

The nightly news program had been a part of the network’s lineup since 2003.

This past March, NFL Network had taken “Total Access,” which airs at 7:00 pm ET, off the air for a week .

Earlier Friday, Front Office Sports reported that NFL Network had a round of layoffs this week, and will be airing “an altered programming schedule this upcoming season.”

The cuts were made to “ensure the continued strength of our game and the business,” an NFL Network spokesperson confirmed to the outlet.

A spokesperson for the network declined to comment to The Post about “Total Access” coming to an end, and did not immediately respond to an inquiry about Irvin.

NFL Total Access usually airs at 7 p.m. ET.

There have been several rounds of cost cuts at NFL Network over the past year.

Earlier this year, former Post columnist Andrew Marchand reported that the NFL and ESPN were in talks about the league taking an equity stake in the network.

In a concurrent move, the report said, NFL Network programming and would transition to being under ESPN’s production umbrella.

In March, NFL Network announced that “Good Morning Football” would move its studio from New Jersey to the Los Angeles area later this year and go on hiatus in the interim.

“The news is that ‘Good Morning Football’ is moving before the 2024 season, around training camp,” show stalwart Kyle Brandt said after the announcement.

“‘Good Morning Football’ goes West, like Fievel, going to California several months from now. But contrary to some oddly-worded tweets and the ensuing confusion, ‘Good Morning Football’ is not ending. ‘Good Morning Football,’ the show, the brand, is gonna continue for a very long time. It’s expanding — more, bigger, brighter.”

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Tensions grow between Trump and Lake in Arizona race for Senate

The former president fears that GOP candidate Kari Lake might not win and will drag down his own prospects in the battleground state

Former president Donald Trump has long had a soft spot for his acolyte Kari Lake, the expected GOP Senate nominee in Arizona, joking that Lake would pivot to his false claims that the 2020 election was stolen even if she was asked about the weather.

But since Lake jumped into the race, Trump has repeatedly expressed skepticism about her political prospects in a state he sees as key to his bid to return to the White House, and has shown annoyance with her frequent presence at his Florida resort, according to five people close to him, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe his comments.

At one point last year, after grumbling for months that she was at his Mar-a-Lago Club too often, Trump gently suggested to Lake that she should leave the club and hit the campaign trail in Arizona, according to a person with direct knowledge of his comments. Trump has also asked others if she can really win in Arizona and if she might drag down his own poll numbers as he seeks the presidency again in 2024, advisers said.

So far, there has been no public schism between Trump and Lake, and the Senate candidate was at Mar-a-Lago again this month for a fundraiser. But Trump’s frustration with Lake has only increased over the past year, heightening the tension between the presumptive GOP presidential nominee and one of his most prominent followers — casting doubt on whether Republicans can present a sufficiently united front to win a key U.S. Senate contest and a presidential battleground state.

Trump has now all but ruled out Lake as a vice-presidential pick, remarking to multiple advisers that he would not choose her as vice president because she lost the 2022 gubernatorial race in Arizona, which he believed was winnable. “She didn’t win,” he told one political ally over dinner at Mar-a-Lago earlier this year.

Trump’s top advisers were furious after a Lake ally released a recording of then-Arizona GOP Chairman Jeff DeWit encouraging her to stay out of the Senate race, which embarrassed the party chairman and led him to resign .

Trump was more surprised than angry when told about the January incident, according to three people familiar with his reaction. “She tapes everything?” he asked, sitting in a New Hampshire hotel suite before taking the stage on the night he won that state’s primary. “That’s good to know.”

The former television news anchor alienated some moderate Republicans in the state during her failed run for the governorship, when she spurned followers of the late GOP senator John McCain and later unsuccessfully sought to have her loss overturned in the courts. But her strong connection to right-wing voters made it all but certain she’d win a Republican primary once she announced her Senate run in October with Trump’s endorsement. Republicans hope to win control of the Senate this election cycle as they compete in a favorable map of red and purple states like Arizona, where President Biden’s approval rating is underwater.

After the Arizona Supreme Court revived a near-total abortion ban this month, both Trump and Lake initially used similar talking points in urging Republican lawmakers to repeal the unpopular 1864 law at the heart of the case, hoping to neutralize it as a campaign issue. Lake has more recently criticized state officials for not enforcing the law, however.

In January, Arizona Republicans were privately registering alarm to Trump about Lake’s candidacy. During one conversation, the former president asked for an assessment of his standing in the state, according to one person familiar with the conversation. The Republican told him that he was in good shape but that Lake was in trouble, largely because of her attacks on McCain Republicans, whom she urged to “get the hell out” of the GOP during her first run for office. (She has since said that this comment was made in jest .)

Asked a series of detailed questions for this story, Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller issued a statement from Trump.

“Kari Lake is a Smart and Fearless Leader who will WIN in Arizona, and help us flip the Senate to Republican control. Kari’s Opponent, Ruben Gallego, is an Open Borders RADICAL, who is BAD on Inflation and SOFT on Terrorists and Crime,” the statement read.

Lake has also hired Miller to help her campaign.

“Kari Lake is running a strong campaign, raising the money necessary to win in November and highlighting the key issues that matter to voters: inflation and the border crisis,” Garrett Ventry, a senior adviser to the Lake campaign, said in a statement. “Kari is one of President Trump’s strongest allies. She continues to poll strongly against her Far-Left opponent, who is still widely unknown to Arizona voters.”

Some Republicans have argued that Lake and Trump will lift each other up on the ticket as they tap into their connection with the conservative grass roots. Trump and Lake each narrowly lost their races in the state — in 2020 for Trump and 2022 for Lake.

“I think Trump’s going to win Arizona. And so she’ll win, too,” said Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who oversaw the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2022, when the party lost a series of Senate races involving extreme candidates. “I think they’ll help each other.”

But privately, some GOP senators worry that Lake is not a strong candidate in Arizona against her expected rival, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), because she has alienated so many center-right and moderate Republicans, and because she continues to espouse the false claims that both the 2020 and 2022 elections were stolen, according to a person involved in multiple Senate races. When Lake has met with advisers to Senate leadership, she has argued that she is a team player — and said that’s why she is traveling the country to fundraise and help others, one person familiar with the conversations said.

Senators are not going to criticize her publicly, this person said, because they want Democrats to spend money in the state — and “she’s the candidate we have,” this person said.

“They keep saying she’s a team player and doing all this travel,” the person said. “Our position is, if you want to help the team, go home and win the seat.”

Since she announced her Senate campaign in October, Lake has made more than a dozen out-of-state trips, according to her social media posts and news reports. They include a Trump rally in Hialeah, Fla., in November, campaigning in Iowa in January and campaigning for GOP Senate candidate Bernie Moreno in Ohio in March. In April, she campaigned for former Trump official Brian Jack in Georgia and attended a fundraiser for herself in Huntsville, Ala.

Lake has also visited the southern border fewer times than Gallego since announcing her Senate bid, even as she has sought to make cracking down on illegal immigration a centerpiece of her message.

Republicans both inside and outside of the state said that Lake should be campaigning more aggressively in Arizona on border security and illegal immigration, given voters’ heightened concerns about those issues in the border state. “There’s definitely concern that she’s spending too much time out of Arizona stumping for other people and not spending time in state,” said one Republican strategist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the race candidly.

“Kari Lake talks more about Democrats’, and specifically Ruben Gallego’s, support for open borders than any other candidate in the country,” NRSC spokesman Tate Mitchell said in a statement. “All The Washington Post needs to do to confirm that is to look at her Twitter feed or attend a Kari Lake event.”

Many Republicans also say Lake must quickly broaden her approach to connect with voters of all persuasions who are not deeply engaged in the political process but care about the direction of the state and country.

“She needs to get away from this idea that the Trump wing of the party is going to be enough to get her across the finish line in a general election,” said GOP consultant Chad Willems, who has managed successful statewide and local campaigns in the state for 25 years. “Especially when it comes to general elections here, you have to start talking about things that the broader electorate cares about, and Kari didn’t do that two years ago.”

Former Arizona GOP congressman John Shadegg said he has told Lake that she should focus on winning over middle-of-the-road voters.

“In my chats with her, I said, ‘Look, I’m glad you’re philosophically driven, but the reality is that most voters are not,’” he said, recalling one conversation. “When she talks to them in hard-right philosophical terms, that doesn’t get to them.”

Gallego is already airing television ads showcasing his military service — an effort that Lake has not matched, as her fundraising has lagged behind Gallego’s. She had about $2.5 million cash on hand at the end of last quarter, compared with nearly $10 million reported by the Gallego campaign.

But the out-of-state trips may help her with donations as she faces off against Gallego’s formidable fundraising haul.

“Every candidate has a number of different obligations, because you want to be able to raise the money to fund your campaign and sometimes that involves travel,” said Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), the Senate’s third-ranking Republican, who endorsed Lake and has campaigned with her. “She’s focused on Arizona.”

Lake’s appearance for Moreno in Ohio raised eyebrows in Washington, given that he is arguably in a better position in his race than she is in hers. Republican super PACs have already reserved tens of millions of dollars in airtime in Ohio to boost Moreno, but those reservations have not yet materialized to help Lake in purple Arizona, a lower-priority target where Republican candidates have not fared well in the past few cycles.

Lake has also been wrapped up in internal GOP mistrust about her in her home state.

After Lake launched her Senate campaign, she tried to mend fences with the same Republicans she denounced as “RINOs,” or Republicans in name only, during her unsuccessful 2022 campaign to be governor, in the hopes of unifying them behind her bid. She did not apologize for her comments, nor did she back away from baseless claims that the election was stolen from her, they said, leaving many of them underwhelmed — and unconvinced that she could win a general election.

By then, DeWit, the former state party chair, had told various Republicans that many voters would not take Lake seriously as a Senate candidate, saying she did not grasp complicated domestic and foreign issues, according to people aware of his comments who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss them.

Soon after, as Arizona Republicans prepared to gather for an annual meeting, a Lake ally released audio of what DeWit has described as edited pieces of his conversation with Lake. The move unleashed backlash against Lake from some of her own supporters, many of whom viewed DeWit as a loyal Trump ally who had dedicated the past decade to helping the former president.

The episode killed any desire by some elected Republicans in the state to communicate with her, fearing they could be secretly recorded.

“Whether they end up voting for Kari Lake or not, they don’t trust her,” one powerful Republican who holds office said. “They think they’re being recorded and it’s a running joke.”

Wingett Sanchez reported from Phoenix.

Election 2024

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Who is running? President Biden and Donald Trump secured their parties’ nominations for the presidency , formalizing a general-election rematch.

Key dates and events: From January to June, voters in all states and U.S. territories will pick their party’s nominee for president ahead of the summer conventions. Here are key dates and events on the 2024 election calendar .

Abortion and the election: Voters in about a dozen states could decide the fate of abortion rights with constitutional amendments on the ballot in a pivotal election year. Biden supports legal access to abortion , and he has encouraged Congress to pass a law that would codify abortion rights nationwide. After months of mixed signals about his position, Trump said the issue should be left to states . Here’s how Biden’s and Trump’s abortion stances have shifted over the years.

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