Hilton Head residents and visitors alike have long been wondering, “Are there any yacht charters near me”? 

The answer is – finally – yes!

Over the years, Jim and Julianne Gilpin were asked countless times if they’d consider chartering their gorgeous vessel they kept at Shelter Cove Marina.

They finally decided the time was right, so they purchased a larger yacht with the intent to charter. After refitting it stem to stern with the finest appointments, they returned to Shelter Cove and opened their new business in 2021: Hilton Head Yacht Charter.

This is the second season of yacht charters for Top Shelf Motor Yacht, the 80 foot Hatteras luxury yacht now docked in Shelter Cove.

Hilton Head Yacht Charters: Sunset Cruises

It’s difficult to put a finger on what exactly makes a luxury yacht charter so memorable. There are just so many special moments guests experience aboard Top Shelf! Taking in the Lowcountry majesty aboard a sunset cruise might top the list.

There are many options for enjoying a sunset in the Lowcountry. From a rooftop, from the beach, a pontoon, or your porch.

Enjoying it from the bow of our yacht is unlike anything you’ll experience elsewhere. We’re extremely proud to bring our charter guests the most unforgettable sunset cruises in Hilton Head.


Talk with our Cruise Concierge to learn more about cruising with us!

Yacht Charters Near Me: Hilton Head Island

While enjoying your yacht charter, your guests are treated like complete VIPs.

First, we welcome you with drinks of your choosing and a tour of the vessel.

Next, indulge and relax as we take to the water. Captain Edin (Ed) will guide us from the marina into the smooth waters that surround Hilton Head.

Then, our Executive Chef Joel will prepare the most perfect snacks and/or meal you’ve ever tasted. 

Using only the freshest and finest ingredients, even the most discerning palate will be wowed by his gourmet cuisine.

Finally, let any stress melt away as you watch the sun set with a drink in hand.

The balmy Lowcountry breeze feels magical. Don’t be surprised if you see dolphins and other wildlife swimming alongside the vessel.

About Yacht Cruises in Hilton Head

There is no better way to experience the natural beauty of Hilton Head than aboard a private yacht charter at sunset. Motoryacht Top Shelf is an 80 ft. Hatteras luxury yacht carefully designed for indulgence, adventure and comfort.

Guests enjoy 360° views of the incredible Hilton Head naturescape with three sundecks, the breathtaking aft skybridge, brand new interior areas and a full size galley.

Top Shelf is truly the pinnacle of yachting luxury. We boast a full crew of experienced and dedicated team members trained to serve you. Let us fulfill your yachting desires without having to travel to a busy port first.

Check your calendar and book your sunset cruise!



No need to wonder “is there a yacht charter near me” anymore. Hilton Head is one of America’s most sought after vacation destinations and now, locals and tourists alike can enjoy five-star luxury on the water.

If we’ve piqued your interest, please reach out to our concierge to learn even more about how we can create your dream charter. We look forward to hosting you aboard Top Shelf soon!

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