There are owners who can probably afford much larger yachts but have found that they can enjoy a more intimate experience with fewer or no crew.
They can get into more coves and anchorages, find more marina and berthing options and can go yachting with lower expenses and fewer obligations, but have just as much fun, enjoyment and satisfaction.
These owners, their families and friends need to be more hands-on and knowledgeable but do not need to settle for lower quality yachts, less performance nor the creature comforts of larger ones. While the definition of a superyacht may be above 24 metres (80 feet), there are many smaller sailing and motor yachts built by world class shipyards from around 15 metres (50 feet) which can qualify as pocket superyachts.
Although one of the attractions of these yachts may be not needing crew, day captains, chefs and occasional crew can be employed when needed for longer passages or to have an extra pair of hands on board to help. There are also many shore based companies that provide superyacht quality professional care-taking services to prepare yachts for the owners to simply come on board and go cruising, or who will be on the dock when the yacht returns, and will have the boat ready for the next day or outing.
More and more companies providing services to superyachts have realised that the pocket superyacht is a huge market and that many of the owners will be moving up to larger yachts.