Boat Name: REGINA
Builder: Pruva Yachting
Length: 183 feet
Top Speed: 15½ knots
Weekly Base Rate: about $100,000
Yachts of Regina’s size command far higher weekly rates in other locations that are more developed for charter. Turkey offers not just good value, but also quieter harbors and fewer crowds. Regina cruises the waters between the Turkish coast and the Greek Isles, where the remains of ancient castles, amphitheaters, and temples take the place of more touristy options found elsewhere.
Boat Name: BIG FISH
Builder: aquos yachts at
McMullen & Wing
Length: 147 feet
Top Speed: 16 knots
Weekly Base Rate: $200,000
Most megayacht owners spend a lot of time choosing fabrics and furniture that create an interior showpiece for parties in St. Tropez and St. Barth’s. While the interior aboard Big Fish is certainly contemporary and luxurious, the owner’s purpose was entirely different — he wanted a yacht that could travel the world, with huge windows and deck spaces for seeing the outdoors.
Since launching in 2010, Big Fish has organized charters in such exotic destinations as Antarctica, Tahiti, the Norwegian Arctic, the Caribbean, Brazil, and the Galápagos Islands. Guests have enjoyed the view not only from the yacht’s fold-out terraces and crow’s nest, but also from the custom-built Triple Ripple tender, which has a 200-mile range for ambitious day trips.
All the while, the yacht’s owner and crew have been giving back, including providing school supplies for children on remote islands. They also take conservation seriously and make every effort to minimize environmental impact.