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About Us

The First Direct Yacht Charter Site for Yacht Owners - Central Agents - Captains - Managers

Yacht Owners Direct provides a unique and easy to use platform for all yacht and boat owners, captains, managers and central agents to list their boats available for charter or for sale making it the easiest, most direct and cost effective way for anybody to secure a dream yacht charter or purchase worldwide.

Through our yachting forums and Yacht Directory our site provides a gateway to the yachting community, yachting enthusiasts and service providers to share and make the yachting world a more open and connected place. We are a dedicated team at Yacht Owners Direct (YOD) who are passionate about yachting and all associated professions and have 17 years experience working in the yacht charter industry worldwide.

We work with boats in all the major ports around the globe and our vision is to put you in direct contact with the best choice of yachts, to cut out the expensive middle-man and to keep the charter price down. You request and book directly with the yacht owners preferred point of contact, be it the owner directly or their central agent, representative or captain. When dealing directly this will not only speed up the booking or purchase procedure and eliminate any confusion during communications, it will also save money and create a win-win situation for everyone.

We would like Yacht Owners Direct to become the first place people will look when finding a yacht. People will know that they will be receiving the best value for money and the best all round service directly from the people that know the product best. We believe that nobody knows a yacht better than the owner, central agent or the owners representative and we put people in direct contact.

Over the years we have built up an extensive list of reputable contacts and forged strong relationships with yacht owners and yacht management companies. We also vet each boat in each category to ensure that it meets our superior standards of quality and safety.

Combining our maritime experience with our skills online we bring you YOD – the easiest, most direct and cost effective way for you to secure your dream yacht charter worldwide.

Our vision at Yacht owners Direct is simple…

•  Offer the largest selection of superb yachts for charter and for sale.
•  Become the definitive reference point for charter holidays among yachting enthusiasts.
•  Become the definitive reference point for corporate, business and event charter.
•  Grow and maintain the website so it stays easy to navigate according to exact criteria and needs.
•  To maintain a high standard of professional ethics in yacht charter and sales by dealing with reputable contacts and the best people in the yachting industry.
•  To continue to vet each boat in each category to ensure that it meets our superior standards of quality and safety and to insure people keep using the service to find the right yachts that meet their needs.

Peter J Piper

Founder & Director

Peter has always had a passion for the ocean and everything associated to it. Having serviced, and served on, many super yachts in the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Atlantic he knows firsthand what boating is all about, the ports and the itineraries. Prior to Yacht Owners Direct, Peter built the sales force for as the European Charter Director. Having lived on the French Riviera for 8 years Peter also spent some time working for the Principality of Monaco directly under the order of S.A.S. Le Prince Rainier lll he later joined the first AngloINFO site, he quickly demonstrated the strength of hard work and vision and a roll-out of this winning formula helped them move forward rapidly – initially to regions of France – then globally. If Peter is not in the office you can be sure to find him out at sea sailing whenever he gets the chance. Peter favorite quote: “Sometimes we want to get away from the busy and hectic city life to find solace in the raging waves” Click here if you want to contact Peter or call him directly on +2309194848.


Advisory Board Members

We have set up an advisory board of key people in the business and yachting world to help us through the many decisions required to better help the yachting industry and grow the company


Cornelis de Maijer

Cornelis de Maijer is the advisor of YOD. Having been active in the Mediterranean for many many years, he knows his way around. He is a lover of traditional yacht hospitality and sailing by wind power. Over the years he has advised and trained several yacht crews.

Thanks to his vast experiences gathered while sailing in Turkey and Greece he is the expert to contact if you want to sail this area. He has aquired knowledge on both the boats and the destinations in Turkey and Greece. He will be able to advise the the type of yachts, the ports and also the sailing area. If you are panning to sail the areas around Turkey or Greece, then Cornelis is the best person to ask for sailing advice.


Edwin Collingridge

Over the years Edwin moved up through the ranks in the yachting industry filling positions from deckhand to captain. Today Edwin is working as a yacht designer at Espen Oeino International a very successful super yacht design firm based in Monaco Monte Carlo.
Originality having a background of design and graphic art in the advertising and architectural industries Edwin has designed some of the world best yachts and super yachts.
In his spare time Edwin loves to be on the water and he is also a keen armature photographer. Follow the links below to see some of his work.

Charles Rennie

Charlie served for 16 years in the Royal and South African Navies, leaving the Royal Navy as a Chief Electrical Mechanician after circle navigating the glob a few times. He later joined IBM as a DPCE (Large Mainframes) and ran the SA Railways Computing Centre for 5 years. Charlie then joined Armscor (Infoplan) becoming the Country Mainframe Manager. He then moved to Corporate Management Services.

Mihir Patel – London

A British Born in 1979, An Enthusiastic Individual that thrives on Success who is currently living in London. Over the years Mihir has been in the Investment Banking industry working in major banks within the IT industry. Today Mihir works as VIP Analyst for Senior Executives over at Barclays Bank Head Quarters in London’s fast pace environment.

Yacht Owners Direct Ltd is set up as an offshore company in Mauritius with a GBL1 status with a Global Business License. Our registered address is 9th Floor, Raffles Tower, 19 Cybercity, Ebene. Yacht Owners Direct has been approved and is licensed by the FSC (Financial Services Commission) of the government of Mauritius witch license number is C110008446 and company number is 094834 C1/GBL. Further information can be found on our “Terms & Conditions” page and our “Contact Us” page.


Legal Information
Please note the terms of use of this site, our copyrights and trademarks and other legal matters are fully detailed on our terms and conditions page.


A Special Thanks!
We would like to thank all of our partners, especially the yacht owners and Central Agents and Charter Operators, Skippers, Captains and Crew that take such great care of the boats. We would also like to thank the manufacturers who create such fine products and generously provide us with beautiful photos and boat descriptions.


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