Customized Marine Financing

Whether your dreams include owning a luxury motor yacht, a sleek sailboat or a sport fishing vessel, the specialists at U.S. Trust can help.

A yacht is an extraordinary purchase — one that requires considerable knowledge in both the acquisition and financing processes. Whether you're searching for the right craft, constructing a new one or having your current yacht refitted, the marine division at U.S. Trust can help you achieve your objectives with a credit solution aligned with your ownership structure and cash flow. We have helped hundreds of clients acquire substantial vessels and offer you the benefits of this experience.

Working with the marine-finance specialists at U.S. Trust, you can benefit from:

  • In-depth knowledge of the industry
  • Financing solutions designed around your needs
  • All the resources of one of the world's most respected financial institutions


Our marine specialists are focused and seasoned veterans in the yacht business. They average more than 15 years of experience in customized yacht financing and helping clients address the intricacies of the purchasing process. We know many of the key players in the marine market, including builders, brokers and surveyors, as well as legal, insurance and other industry professionals. And we have an in-depth knowledge of the product offerings in the yacht market.

We work with your tax and legal advisors as your specialized consultant to guide you through the process of purchasing and financing your yacht. We understand that buying a yacht should be a pleasure, and we want to provide seamless facilitation during your buying experience.

A resource for first-time buyers — Our specialists will walk you through the process, from registration, tax and insurance issues to ownership and loan structures. Where appropriate, we will refer you to the right industry professionals who can provide you with the advice you will need to make informed decisions on these important issues.

We also can pass on valuable insights we have gained from helping other clients. These insights can help you decide whether to buy an existing yacht or construct a new one, if you should offer your yacht for charter, and how to handle crew issues.

Structuring an appropriate loan —  Just as a yacht reflects your lifestyle, so should its financing structure. Our specialists will talk with you about your unique financial needs to help determine a loan structure that works for you. With repayment options, loan terms and amortization schedules, we offer considerable flexibility in how to structure credit. Alternatives can be simple or more sophisticated, including risk management strategies.

Registering your yacht —  Many of our clients choose to register their yachts in a foreign jurisdiction. The reasons are many and include tax considerations and crew hiring and estate planning issues. Our goal is to help ensure that you and your tax advisors have all the information you need to make the decision that best fits your needs.

Building a custom yacht versus buying a completed yacht —  Construction projects require an added level of knowledge, which few lending institutions possess. We provide construction financing for many of our clients, and will be able to share multiple perspectives with you based upon our knowledge and years of experience working with clients, shipyards, surveyors and brokers.

At U.S. Trust, our marine specialists have worked with clients on projects in the United States and abroad. We've visited many shipyards, so we have a firsthand understanding of the construction process and special considerations involved in building a custom yacht. We've participated in projects ranging from small in size to very large, multimillion-dollar projects. We also can provide information on managing currency risk, offering solutions such as multicurrency loans.


In addition to customized marine financing, U.S. Trust delivers access to a broad array of credit capabilities and a depth of resources and experience that few financial institutions can match. The critical dimension we bring to this relationship is a high level of personal service, because you work with one knowledgeable specialist who seeks to ensure that your credit strategy effectively complements the rest of your wealth management plan.

Our marine financing product offerings include traditional term loans for the purchase of new or preowned yachts, refit loans, bridge loans and construction loans. We work with you to provide a loan structure that meets your financial needs.


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