Land, Sea and air at a Fraction of the cost

Yachts International - - Mak­ing Waves -

AVYachts has en­tered the frac­tional yacht own­er­ship mar­ket. The com­pany an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary that it will of­fer mem­bers shared own­er­ship in at yacht at one-fifth the cost of a new ves­sel. Mem­ber­ship in­cludes VIP concierge ser­vices to ar­range pri­vate jet yacht ex­pe­ri­ences and ex­cur­sions at dis­counted rates.

“AVYachts of­fers the ul­ti­mate yacht ex­pe­ri­ence to busy clients in a seam­less, stress-free and con­ve­nient pack­age,” says CEO Herb Postma, who spent 17 years as founder and CEO of West­ship Yachts be­fore fo­cus­ing on a marine con­sult­ing busi­ness. “From door-to-yacht pri­vate jet trans­porta­tion to ex­pe­ri­ence on the finest yachts world­wide, AVYachts rep­re­sents the next gen­er­a­tion of com­plete lux­ury life­style en­joy­ment in a cost-ef­fec­tive pack­age.”

Mem­bers re­ceive the concierge ser­vices along with yacht man­age­ment and main­te­nance, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany. The AVYachts Par­adise Get­away Card al­lows book­ings by the day (with a three-day min­i­mum) or by the week aboard a crewed yacht. The com­pany is of­fer­ing 20 per­cent shares in a re­cently re­fit 2012 West­port 112 for the pur­chase price of $1,780,000, plus an­nual fees of $260,000. (Fi­nanc­ing is avail­able.) Own­ers can be aboard six weeks a year, will have the yacht equipped with their per­sonal ef­fects and can ex­change weeks with other mem­bers of sim­i­lar yachts world­wide.

In ad­di­tion to Postma, the man­age­ment team in­cludes mar­itime and avi­a­tion lawyer Michael Moore and for­mer Dereck­tor Ship­yards and Fleet Mi­ami Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor Kathy Kennedy, who serves as COO.

from Left: Michael Moore, Kathy Kennedy, Herb Postma.

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