Luxury boating businesses have historically been largely white-owned. However, in recent years, a number of Black-owned yacht charter companies have emerged, offering unique and luxurious experiences. In this article, Travel Noire shares five Black-owned charters that bring together the best elements of entertainment, hospitality and culture to curate an unforgettable experience. The next time you’re looking to book a private boat, consider supporting one of these businesses.

Mahogany Yacht Charters

Mahogany Yacht Charters was founded in 2020 by a group of travel-loving girlfriends who enjoyed many international boating experiences together. Their vessels sail along the picturesque Potomac River, offering unparalleled views of Washington D.C. and its iconic landmarks. Ideal for a romantic couples’ sail or a fun group outing, Mahogany Yacht Charters offers customizable packages. The Essence, Legacy and Potomac Hookah packages can be tailored to include a mimosa bar, cigars, hookah or bottle. If you have a special event coming up and need assistance planning the perfect sail, Mahogany Yacht Charters can bring your vision to life and curate your ideal experience.

Soca Caribbean Yacht Charters

Soca Caribbean Yacht Charters creator, Sheila Ruffin, started her business after noticing the lack of full-service and Black-owned yacht companies. Drawing inspiration from her childhood spent around boats as well as her passion for Soca music, Ruffin created her company. It provides door-to-dock-to-door service, ensuring a seamless and luxurious experience for guests. Soca focuses on Caribbean destinations such as the Bahamas, Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, Sint Maarten and Saint Lucia. The company offers immersive cultural experiences tailored to each destination. Guests can enjoy personalized services onboard including a captain, bartender, chef and more, making for a truly indulgent getaway.

Meridian Private Yachts

Founded by former electrician Clifton Bishop, family-owned Meridian Private Yachts boasts a fleet of six luxury yachts. Now one of Chicago‘s premier charter businesses, the company offers VIP experiences for all occasions. With their base at the eco-friendly 31st Street Harbor conveniently located on the Southside, guests can indulge in a memorable evening or celebrate a milestone in style. Meridian Private Yachts has previously participated in Black Yacht Weekend, a gathering of African American travel, luxury and boating enthusiasts that celebrates Black joy and excellence.

Be You Artistic Paint and Sail Charter

If you are seeking a truly one-of-a-kind experience on the water, Be You Artistic Paint and Sail Charter just might be for you. Nashawn Taylor, the artist and owner, is a Coast Guard-certified boat captain with over 10 years of experience. She combined her passion for art with her love of boating to create this unique experience. Board the “Lavish” or  “Luxury” vessel. Here, you and your passengers can enjoy painting and wine while cruising through Maryland’s scenic waters. The art focused charter provides an opportunity for guests to unwind, express themselves and also tap into their creativity. These paint and sail charters are perfect for various occasions. From birthdays to team-building events, they provide a stress-free and enjoyable experience for all.

Yacht Club Company

Yacht Club Company, founded by William Lee and Jon Robert, aims to provide curated tours that cater specifically to culturally diverse audiences in beautiful Tulum. With an emphasis on creating the perfect vibe, Yacht Club Company offers a comprehensive package that includes a skilled crew, top-shelf beverages and delectable food options, as well as snorkeling gear, paddle boards and even Wi-Fi connectivity. By combining the finest elements of entertainment and hospitality, Yacht Club Company cultivates a luxe, tropical experience on the shores of Mexico’s Caribbean coast.