Gone are the days when sailing was considered a hobby for the elite. Perhaps a vacationing experience only admired as you enjoy your holiday by the sea, or deliberated upon stumbling across an advert promising pure relaxation in the Carribean.
Enjoying the background of a glowing beach at night, as you get tantalized by succulent seafood cooking in the kitchen, are examples of memories worth creating. What about getting lost in the clear waters, enjoying the warm winds, and ultimately listening to the waves softly slap the side of your luxury yacht all night long?
You can meet all these authentic and rejuvenating experiences by chartering a yacht. But how do you successfully achieve this?
Familiarize with the basics of chartering a yacht
Chartering a yacht is exciting, but can sometimes be daunting if you are a first-timer. Acquaint yourself with all that pertains to the venture. Scrutinize the crewed versus bareboat charters, luxury or the standard motor boat charters, catamarans versus monohull charters, and much more.
Become accustomed to the jargons thrown around the yachting industry, including the must-have contractual terms that will assure you of seamless cruising experiences. And since most yachts are privately owned, keep up to date with the various amenities to expect onboard.
Organize your sailing
Ensure a great experience by planning for your yacht charter. This includes but is not limited to determining those who will accompany you on the journey, establishing the routes you will sail, the season so you can prepare for weather, your food preferences while on board; the list is long. Nevertheless, you can still be spontaneous with some plans while onboard such as the routes to explore; especially if you will consider a skipper to be part of your team.
Pick the right boat
Making yourself conversant with the basics and ordering your sailing will ensure you charter a yacht suitable to your specifications. For instance, a large group needs a large boat with lots of amenities to comfortably accommodate the number. On the other hand, if you are alone or traveling with a partner, larger yachts may be challenging to manage. On a different note, it is recommended that sailors with children and pets onboard consider large boats with a secured first voyage.
Have a budget
There are limitless possibilities when it comes to designing your sailing experiences. The freedom of choice, therefore, means that you must thoroughly consider the costs you can shoulder for hiring the boat. If you anticipate a newer and better-equipped yacht, be ready to part with more dimes. Notably, scaling down on luxuries such as on-deck BBQs and large fridges can cut down on the overall costs of hire.
Book in advance
Spur of the moment decisions can sometimes make the best moments of your life depending on the realized experiences. However, when hiring a boat, it is best to book in advance to access a variety of choices. Furthermore, most chartering companies usually require prior notice which can be 3, 5, 7 or any number of days notice.
In summa, chartering a yacht entails knowing what you expect of the sailing experience, picking the right boat, and proper timing.