I've run a few yachts with helipads including the current
one I'm running. I'd say even at 145ft she is on the small side for what we allow to land on her. We've done offshore
landings and it's not for the faint of heart in a swell. We also carry an 8 man sub, a small fiat and a 30ft RIB
in the garage. In the past 2 years we have never deployed the car to land. An important note to tell your friend is the yearly operating budget
on the vessel I run now is around 1.5 to 2 million per year (and we do not charter). I have 6 full-time crew aboard usually add two contractors when a big trip comes a long. The engineer
, pilot and I are the highest paid crew on the vessel (I'm not going to disclose my salary) but to put the crewing
cost into perspective our lowest paid crewmember (Deckhand) is making 47k per year USD. And yes you do need a crew. The helipilot is technically the same rank as me (we make the same salary)
For size once you pass 185ft your ports
of call become very limited. Every 200+ footer I've run (3) total the owner has scaled down in size within a few years of ownership
Typically there is never a need to exceed 155ft in any case. If the owner is in the proverbial dick measuring contest typically they build the yacht and sell it after to get a more reasonable vessel.
After nearly 30 years in the business it still baffles me to this day even owning a yacht the size I'm on now. My current
client has spent less the 1.5 months using this girl in the two years I've been running her. We have only cruised 4 weeks total. And I'd say he is one of the more active owners I have had.