9 Fast Charter Yachts

Short on time? Try these speedy megayachts.

Yacht Charter Blush
#9 Blush Top Speed: 20 knots
Yacht Charter Blush
#9 Blush With a 20-knot top speed, this 155-foot Sunseeker charters through Camper & Nicholsons.
Yacht Charter Blush
#9 Blush Launched in 2014, Blush is Sunseeker's largest and most advanced yacht ever built at the shipyard. A week aboard for 10 guests starts around $235,000.
Yacht Charter Aquavita
#8 Aquavita Top Speed: 25 knots
Yacht Charter Aquavita
#8 Aquavita International Yacht Collection markets this 164-foot Westport, which reportedly hits 25 knots.
Yacht Charter Aquavita
#8 Aquavita The owner of Aquavita was a charter client who invest in an extensive refit before opening her to charter guests. The 2009 build is looking great at a weekly base rate of $260,000.
Yacht Charter Griffin
#7 Griffin Top Speed: 27 knots
yacht charter Griffin
#7 Griffin Camper & Nicholsons markets this 136-foot Palmer Johnson, whose top end is 27 knots.
Yacht Charter Griffin
#7 Griffin Head-turning doesn't even begin to describe the metallic paint that makes Griffin distinct. She launched in 2012 and now takes 10 guests at a weekly base rate of about $165,000.
#6 Apache II Top Speed: 29 knots
Apache II, Charter Yacht
#6 Apache II With a top speed of 29 knots, this 144-foot Baglietto charters through Edmiston and Company .
Apache II, Yacht Charter
#6 Apache II Apache II is a 2009 build that accommodates 10 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of about $153,000. She is popular for events such as the Monaco Grand Prix, with fold-out balconies amidships that turn her main deck into an indoor-outdoor entertaining spot.
#5 Aurelia As you can see from Aurelia's hull paint, the owner fancies sports cars. Top Speed: 30 knots
#5 Aurelia This 121-foot Heesen tops out at 30 knots as part of the Fraser Yachts Worldwide fleet.
#5 Aurelia Even the tenders with this yacht are faster than most. The weekly base rate is about $141,000.
Ecstasea, yacht charter
#4 Ecstasea Top Speed: 33 knots
Ecstasea, yacht Charter
#4 Ecstasea At 33 knots, this 282-foot Feadship is truly unique in the Burgess Yachts charter fleet.
#4 Ecstasea Ecstasea has four MTU engines that make her one of the fastest yachts over 250 feet in the world. She also has features that include a hidden helicopter hangar in her bow. She has a weekly base rate of about $530,000 for 12 guests.
Cheeky Tiger, yacht charter
#3 Cheeky Tiger Top Speed: 34 knots
Cheeky Tiger, Charter yacht
#3 Cheeky Tiger The top speed is 34 knots aboard this 111-foot Leopard, which charters through Y.CO .
Cheeky Tiger, Charter Yacht
#3 Cheeky Tiger The owner of Cheeky Tiger invested heavily in refitting the 2005 build, making her another example of a larger go-fast yacht with a luscious interior decor. Her weekly base rate for eight guests is about $70,000.
#2 Soleado Top Speed: 35 knots
#2 Soleado Part of the Fraser Yachts Worldwide charter fleet, this 97-foot Ferretti tops out at 35 knots.
Soleado, Yacht Charter
#2 Soleado If Soleado isn't fast enough, her eight guests can ride in her 40-knot Intrepid tender or on her 80 mph SeaDoo. The lowest weekly base rate is $52,000.
Moonraker, yacht charter
#1 Moonraker The newest fast superyacht for charter tops out at a mind-bending 40 knots.
Moonraker, yacht charter
#1 Moonraker: A Name Synonymous With Speed The name Moonraker has raised heart rates in the megayacht crowd since 1992, when speed-loving yachtsman John Staluppi commissioned a 118-foot Norship by that moniker. She topped out at 61 knots (a few knots faster than the competition at the time) and became one of several fast superyachts for which Staluppi would go on to be known. Capt. Matt Ploof ran that original Moonraker for more than 20 years, including for 13 years after Staluppi sold her, when she was owned by the man behind the new 165 Mangusta Evolution Moonraker. "His first yacht was a smaller Ferretti, which was quite fast, and he moved up from there to his previous yacht, which was a 120-foot fast water jet," Ploof says of the new Moonraker's owner. "He kept this great name for the new build, and it matches her profile perfectly."
Moonraker, yacht charter
Hard as it may be to believe, Capt. Matt Ploof wasn’t under secret orders. His boss, owner of the 165 Mangusta Evolution Moonraker, didn’t have a plan to make the yacht the fastest of her kind. Ploof visited the Overmarine shipyard in Italy once a month and received updates from the yacht’s engineer, who was on site from day one, monitoring the weight of equipment and materials. To them, the process was straightforward, right up until they realized they’d created the fastest 165 Mangusta ever. “We really didn’t do anything special or different during the build to try and increase the speed of the yacht,” Ploof says. “Maybe this strict quality control gave us the edge and extra speed.” Whatever they did, it worked, given that Moonraker tops out at 40 knots. To those of us who regularly cruise aboard 50- and 60-foot express cruisers, hitting 40 knots might sound like old news, but aboard a 165-footer, it will blow up a lot more than your skirt. In the world of luxury yacht charter, it’s practically hyperspeed, with popular competitors like the 144-foot Baglietto Apache II topping out at 29 knots, the 150-foot Palmer Johnson Blue Ice hitting 27 knots and the 155-foot Sunseeker Blush maxing capacity at 20 knots. Moonraker is thus not only one of the fastest yachts now for charter worldwide, but likely the fastest superyacht taking guests this summer in the Bahamas and New England, where her weekly base rate is $217,000 through Burgess Yachts. “I believe any charter client who comes aboard will want to at least experience the exhilaration of the vessel at full speed,” Ploof says. “The speed is also a great luxury for clients who want to experience more venues and save time by getting there quicker.”
Moonraker, yacht charter
Moonraker also stands out as an example of superyachts meant to be as stunning as they are speedy in the modern design age. Whereas builders used to strip the interiors to bare bones in weight-saving exercises — trying to squeeze every last half-knot from the power plants — today's big, fast beauties are luxurious inside and out. Forget about scaled-back berths and vinyl where stone should be; Moonraker has four fully outfitted staterooms, a 3-D backlit sculpture near her central staircase, a lower-deck cinema room with a 65-inch TV, a gymnasium with steam shower, twin pop-up TVs near the foredeck hot tub and a top deck with lounging spaces plus a barbecue. She also carries a 21-foot Castolidi jet tender, a pair of WaveRunners and lots of other water toys. Going even further, interior designer Maxim Tissenbaum infused Moonraker ’s decor with more than 250 textures and materials, including leather, mother-of-pearl and onyx. Wine stowage is for nearly 100 bottles. There’s even a pop-up cocktail cabinet in the main salon, where the owner specified a chiller for martini and beer glasses. “He loves all of the whistles and bells and fun things that we incorporated into this build and really enjoys using all of the toys with his family and guests when he is aboard,” Ploof says. “We also wanted the yacht to be very well-equipped for charter, to keep us in a very competitive position, and I am certain we have accomplished that.” As yachts of Moonraker’s variety go, experiencedbrokers and crew say whip-fast speeds are a great selling point for charter, but not a feature that gets used daily, since fuel costs add up as fast as each yacht cruises. Moonraker burns an eco-crushing 722 gallons per hour at full blast. Pulling the pins back to a cruise speed of 33 knots drops the fuel burn to 509 gph, which is still a decent punch in the pocketbook. She does offer what Ploof calls a “slow cruise” speed of 14 to 16 knots, which reduces her fuel burn to 176 gph (and puts her momentum on par with most other charter yachts in her size range, including a number of traditional designs). “We do a lot of slow cruising so the guests can enjoy all of the exterior deck spaces underway and appreciate a 50 percent savings in fuel burn,” Ploof says. “The fuel curve on this yacht is quite steep.”
Moonraker, yacht charter
Even still, if the charter experience aboard Moonraker is like that aboard other large, fast yachts that do well in the global marketplace, then the vessel's maximum fuel burn won't stop her clients from dropping the hammer — just not all day long. "They don't want to use it all the time, but they want to try it," says Katerina Veteskova, stewardess aboard Gaspard Yachts' Blue Ice, whose hull paint is meant to be as head-turning as her top end. "The speed and the color: If we are in St. Tropez, everybody looks anyway. Some guests love it when everyone at the dock is looking." Other charter guests are simply fascinated by the mechanics of a machine that can generate so much speed at such a large size. "Some guys want to be in the engine room with the earmuffs on, watching the engines," says Capt. Paul Warner of the 97-foot Ferretti Soleado, which hits 35 knots as part of the Fraser Yachts Worldwide fleet. "They like to hear the noise. The wives are all on deck holding their hats. And then it's done." Ploof notes that Moonraker is more than the sum of her parts, also offering a top-notch chef and a highly experienced crew. Broker Neil Moore of Burgess Yachts, which markets Moonraker for charter, says his clients appreciate all of that too, no matter what the yacht's speedometer reads. “It’s like a smart, fancy sports car,” he says. “You know it can go 150 on the highway, but you’ll still turn heads at 65.”
#1 Moonraker >" I Believe any charter client who comes aboard will want to at least experience the exhilaration of the vessel at full speed.