There are so many things to consider when you are planning a boat charter for a multi-day trip. What size of yacht should you choose? Will you be more comfortable in a motor yacht, sailing yacht, or catamaran? The list of questions can go on and on, but here are some tips for you to create the best sailing experience ever.
When figuring out how to charter a yacht, and which yacht to charter you should consider:
- How many guests will you be having?
- Is your group made up of couples or individuals who can share cabins or do crew members need a separate cabin?
- How many cabins are needed?
- Where would you like to cruise?
- When would you want to go, and for how long?
- What is your budget?
- Are you interested in a motor yacht or sailing yacht?
- Are there any specific amenities or necessities?
- Would you prefer bareboat, skippered or crewed charter?
- What level of crew service would you require?
Which vessel type and size should I choose?
Your choice of boat completely depends on your preferences. Boat types would include:
- Yachts – Luxury and comfort
- Motor boats – For speed sailing aficionados
- Sailing boats – Entertainment, sport and relaxation
- Catamarans – Great stability and very comfortable, with fast sailing
- Gulets – Uses the power of an engine and sails
Sailing boat or catamaran?
The choice depends on you. If you are not a skilled sailor and would like to sail with more stability, a catamaran would be the better choice. It is built with two hulls which make it unsinkable, and it usually offers more space and comfort.
First time sailing – Do I have to hire a professional skipper?
If you are not a skilled sailor and you do not possess an official sailing licence, you are required to hire a skipper. Skippered boat charters are intended to assist those with little or no sailing experience to sail, without the accountability of being in charge. There are countries where the law allows you to sail without your sailing licence, to do so you must have years’ worth of sailing experience. Your options for sailing are to select a crewed, or skippered charter, or to take an exam and obtain your licence.
With a crewed charter you can let your personal captain take you island hopping as the chef fixes meals specifically to your tastes. You will have a personal crew on board to ensure that every day runs smoothly, while ensuring each seafaring experience is a treasured memory. The crew can include the captain and another crew member. It may also be possible to request hostess and/or chef service. The job of the crew is to take care of any guests needs. Along with the skipper and other crew members, the hostess cleans up the boat and cooks for guests.
The term bareboat charter indicates the arrangement for the hiring of a boat without crew and the persons renting the boat are responsible for employing the crew and making other preparations.
What happens if the weather is bad?
Weather can be quite unpredictable, so the ports authorities generally will not allow you to sail due to rough weather or high seas. Depending on your port of departure you can plan a substitute itinerary or your captain can offer an alternative route to avoid the rough weather.
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