Whether you’re looking for the quickest form of ship-to-shore transfer, or you want to hop from your anchored yacht to a fantastic spot inland, a helicopter is a great addition to life on board. We’ve been looking at the latest machines from the world’s top manufacturers with examples from Bell, Agusta Westland, Eurocopter, Marenco and Sikorsky.

For more, you can investigate our gallery of the best helicopters for superyacht owners here:

For the full story, see SuperYacht World issue 30.

About the author: Nigel Watson is the CEO of Luviair (www.luviair.com), which specialises in heli-yacht operations management, aircraft acquisition and through-life planning, plus outsourced pilot employment services for private aircraft owners. Nigel is a qualified helicopter pilot, who spent eight years with the Royal Navy and the Sultan of Oman’s Navy, and a further ten years as captain of a superyacht with an embarked aircraft.