diYachting, or Disco Inferno Yacht Charters as it was called back then, was founded in 2001 by Matt & Lizzie Abbiss. Having spent 12 years working full time on board sailing yachts as crew and managers chartering in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and UK, covering over 100,000 miles together. After their final yacht was sold to a private owner they decided to move ashore and focus their time on high quality yacht management and charter of luxury crewed sailing yachts over 60ft. diYachting has gone from strength to strength with the team constantly growing. We have just moved into our new office building that was refurbished just for us, allowing us to expand further. We now have a strong team of 10, most of whom are sailors but living and working by the sea in Southend, we all share a love of the ocean and all things nautical.
Charter has been our business since the very beginning of our seafaring careers so with nearly 20 years experience in this sector there is nobody better to guide you through your next luxury crewed yacht charter. We offer a hand-picked range of luxury crewed yachts for charter in the Mediterranean and Caribbean most of which we have visited personally to ensure the quality of the yacht & crew. Every charter is bespoke, lovingly put together by Lizzie and her team just for you. We are completely confident we can create an unforgettable charter experience.
If you are looking to purchase a new or used sailing yacht over 60ft we are the people to help you get the yacht you want. All purchasers are guided by Matt himself. Matt has assisted many owners purchase yachts over the past 20 years, with experience of building new yachts from prestigious yards like CNB. Matt has assisted the purchase and build of 4 Bordeaux 60’s, 2 CNB66’s and a CNB76 plus has been involved with 4 Jeanneau 64’s and a number of Lagoon catamarans. He has also helped a variety of owners purchase used boats with 2 Bordeaux 60’s being purchased by his clients who were using his buyers agent service last year alone. Matt will be by your side thought your purchase journey, he will listen to your needs, help you rationalise the options and then use his knowledge and experience top help you find and buy the best yacht for you. Matt has recently been developing some new products for our owners including our “Buy-to-Let” programmes with charter management and our fractional ownership plan “Qship”. Matt will help ease you through the process making it as painless as possible.
From our time aboard as crew we understand that yachts over 60ft need more looking after than smaller yachts, their needs are much more like those of super yachts and require similar services freeing your captain up to being a captain and not an admin clerk. Headed up by Gordie, himself a qualified and experienced captain our management team have managed numerous yachts over the years and have experienced all kinds of situations, problems and have developed a perfect suite of solutions to keep your busy yacht on the move and not stuck in port. The team have the knowledge and experience to provide a wide range of monthly management packages taking care of logistics, finances, tech support, safety management & crew management.
Our experienced team can offer advice and services such as Yacht registration, MCA coding, MLC compliance, charter yacht setup and crew employment.
Finding the perfect crew can be a daunting task, at diYachting we can help sift through the mounds of CV’s and pick out the gems. Our crew recruitment department is headed up by Gabi, with 12 years as a Chief Stew on mega yachts, Gabi has recruited her fair share of crew and now offers her experience to help you select and employ the perfect crew to run your pride and joy.
No yacht can function without a good supply of spare parts. Our dedicated Parts and Products department is manned by a full time parts Guru, Jamie. With years of experience in the super yacht procurement sector, Jamie can source the latest products, equipment and spares shipping them worldwide to your yacht at short notice. He’s also responsible for building our one stop web shop, processing orders and advising on product selection.
The more kit you have on your yacht the more maintenance it requires. Our Technical Team is there to help. Headed up by David who after 15 years as a captain and engineer has “seen it all” your technical needs are in good hands. No problem is too big or too small for David to get stuck in to and find a solution. Along with his team of ex and current captains David offers service, support, project and refit management, equipment installation, MCA inspections, WINTERvention, SUMMERservice and preATLANTICservice plus warranty repairs and management, as well as good old advice.
The original company name Disco Inferno Yacht Charter’s came from the series of yachts called Disco Inferno that Matt & Lizzie owned and managed but since forming the Ltd company this has been abbreviated to diYachting. The yachts called Disco Inferno were originally a Sigma 33 back in the 90’s and early 2000s then came a Beneteau First 47.7, finally a CNB Bordeaux 60, all of which Matt & Lizzie managed and crewed full time. In 2012 they hung up their sea boots and moved ashore taking on the management of a second Bordeaux 60. Matt & Lizzie might have “washed up” ashore but the Disco Inferno legacy lives on, they now have Disco Inferno 3.1, a 19’ sandhopper keelboat kept at their local yacht club in Southend, so they can still get out on the water and go racing..... just for fun! Fun fact; back in the 90’s one of our regular race crew on a Disco 1 was David our current Technical services manager, a fearless bow-man David was crew on our infamous overall win of the RORC Cervantes Trophy amongst many many other races.