The Smartest Way to Own Your Yacht

Learn how it is possible to offset 80% – 100% of the costs of a new yacht with tax advantages and income*. Atlantic Cruising Yachts is the originator of the Business Yacht Ownership® program, with 40+ years of experience and over 1,000 successful participants to date. Choose your boat, choose where to keep it, and let us help you set it up so tax advantages and income can offset the costs.

Put small business tax laws to work for you. Like with any business, you can legitimately deduct depreciation, dockage, maintenance, and other business expenses for your yacht. We have the most complete program available to help make it possible to qualify your yacht purchase as a business asset. We offer boat buying information, management information, and independent tax advisors who understand and support this program.

Benefits of Business Yacht Ownership®

  • Our experts, together with your personal tax advisor, will put your business on the right track helping you with the guidelines that work with the Coast Guard, banks, insurance companies, and management companies.
  • We work with you and your tax professional to qualify your yacht as a business.
  • We carefully plan, document, and implement, assisting you every step of the way.
  • Maximum flexibility for the yacht owner. Have your boat, your way, when you want it. Keep it where you want, and change you mind easily.

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Reduce the Cost of Ownership

Choose your boat, choose where you would like to keep it and set it up as a for-profit business where tax advantages and income can cover costs. This is the original Boat as a Business® program, that offers maximum flexibility and maximum fun. You choose a boat set up the way a private boat is configured. Expressly set up for you. Choose your location, and how much you want to use it. You can even follow the sun, move your boat seasonally from one location to another. Our approach is the least expensive way to own a new yacht. Talk to your tax advisor or sit in on a live webinar hosted by an independent Certified Financial Planner and tax strategist, Bill Lahr, to learn more about how others have benefited from this approach.

We have seen a number of charter companies attempting to offer what appears on the surface to be a similar program. The difference is, our program is not a “Charter Company” program. We offer an alternative that works for the private yacht owner, designed and tested by the experiences of hundreds of our clients and their professional tax advisors. From the beginning, and with over 1,000 clients who have set up in their own successful boat business, our approach has always been offered to support individual owner’s goals, not as a program to fill a charter fleet.

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Bill Lahr, Yacht CFO

While Atlantic Cruising Yachts provides the yacht and management expertise, we leave the tax and financial advice to the experts — including our friends at Archetype Advisors, LLC. Bill Lahr and his independent team of Certified Financial Planners and Certified Public Accountants can assist you with understanding the details of our unique approach and integrating Business Yacht Ownership® into your overall tax and financial picture. Whether you (or your current tax advisor) have a few questions or would like a complete tax and financial plan to include your new yacht, Bill and his team can help.

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How Business Yacht Ownership® Works

As rewarding as yacht ownership is, for many people it costs more than they can comfortably budget, and, often, they don’t have the time to do all of the routine maintenance and cleaning in order to keep the yacht in the condition they would prefer. You could own your yacht in ¼ of the time, for ¼ of the cost and your yacht could even become a part of your investment and retirement plans.

Example of a $725K Yacht in the Business Yacht Ownership® Program

Once you understand the difference, you’ll see how our proven, successful, and flexible program can help you meet your individual goals. Some owners make this a part of their retirement goals. Some use profits and tax advantages to simply reduce or eliminate the costs of sailing.

Whatever your goal… Here you’ll find out the differences and see why this is the most successful program of its type in the world, and literally the only program of its type in the world. There is no better way to own a boat for less. This program offers the least expensive alternative to boat ownership. Less expensive than a charter company program. A lease. A timeshare. Fractional ownership–even less expensive than owning a used boat.

Graph of Business Yacht Ownership expenses versus savings and income

Choose Your Charter base Location. Cruise As Often As You Want.

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WAYPOINTS® works in conjunction with the Business Yacht Ownership® program, offering owners the flexibility to keep their yacht in any of our multiple charter locations with the ability to earn charter income.

  • CYOA Yacht Charters
  • Cruise Annapolis
  • BVI Yacht Charters
  • Cruise Abaco
  • Virgin Charter Yachts
  • Sailing Florida

No matter which location you choose, you can expect the same top-notch professional maintenance and service that you’ve come to expect from Atlantic Cruising Yachts.

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Listen to Our Real Customers Tell Their Story

Dear Atlantic Cruising – We want to let Atlantic Cruising know that Valerie has been one of the kindest and best yacht brokers I have ever used. She has been exceptional, trusting, and very helpful. She is also most importantly a straight shooter and a deal closer, so we were in excellent choose. Can’t stop saying amazing things about her professionalism and she is very prompt to responding and assisting. I rate her an 11 out of 10. Thank you.

Daniel H., CPA, CA

Two months ago, we arrived in La Rochelle and were met at the rental car agency by Baptiste. He had been in contact several weeks before to update us on the progress of the boat. Upon arriving in La Rochelle, Baptiste immediately took us down to meet our new boat and spent the day with us showing and explaining the systems from bow to stern. During the following weeks, if we had a question Baptiste was quick to respond with an answer and if he was unsure, he would work diligently to get an answer or resolve an issue promptly. Baptiste is a true professional in every sense of the word and he had the ability to make us feel as if we were his only client while dealing with other boats and owners. He adapted to both of our personalities and made us feel right at home in La Rochelle. He recommended restaurants we shouldn’t miss, places to visit, and helped us when searching for odds and ends for the boat. Our experience felt more like a concierge service rather than a boat handover. If you can bottle up the experience we had with Baptiste from start to finish you will have many happy boat owners.

Clive & Jennifer

Just wanted to drop you quick email and tell you what an excellent job Jevon did today while servicing and helping me out with a couple of issues on the boat today. Not only did he fix the issues but he went beyond to make sure I understood what he did and gave me the confidence I could do it myself next time. Great service team!

Todd C.
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