Budget to charter a yacht
A tight budget gives you fewer options
At the low end, prices can be as little as $300 per person to charter a yacht for a week. However, you will probably get a yacht up to 10 years old and around 32 feet long at that price. You will get cozy and familiar with everyone you’re with by the end of that trip. A tight budget gives you fewer options to choose from, so keep that in mind while planning. Newer yachts are definitely in higher demand and will provide you a luxurious experience.
Get a boat that is just bigger
Chartering a yacht isn’t too tricky, but there is a right and wrong way to do it. Your first options to consider are the length of the vessel and the number of cabins. Most cabins sleep two people, but sometimes you will find single or crew cabin availabilities. If it can sleep up to 6 people, you will hear the term six berth yacht. The larger the yacht, the higher the cost will end up being. However, you will be sleeping on the boat, so it might be in your best interest to get a boat that is just bigger than you would like it to be to feel like you can move around and be comfortable on the boat.
Fast or the best sensation of sailing
There are three types of boats you can charter, including monohulls, catamarans, and motor yachts. Monohulls are the smallest and give you the best sensation of sailing since it’s a single-hulled boat. Catamarans are roomier than monohulls and are a two hulled boat. Finally, motor yachts are best for people that want to get to places fast but will come at the highest price.
Travel and deposit insurance
Once you’ve decided on a particular yacht, you have to worry about the fine print. There is always a deposit involved, so you need to factor that cost into your trip’s entire cost. Initial deposits are usually non-refundable since trips are booked for months in advance. A final cleaning fee is also typical for chartered boats. There are several insurance policies to choose from, but insurance is crucial to have should any changes in the plan occur or if something happens during the course of your trip. Travel insurance is also necessary to cover any costs of medical needs. Coverage for travel insurance varies, so talk to your travel consultant to learn more or simply shop around online for travel insurance.
Rent a boat with crew
If your yacht allows, it is worth the extra money to hire crew members to cook for you during the trip. Take into account the cost to feed those crew members as well as you plan. Another optional expense is hiring a skipper to sail for you. In addition to finding the best routes, they can act as a local guide since they are probably very familiar with the area.
Enjoy the ocean breeze
We hope you have a great time on your trip once you’ve booked a chartered yacht. If you sail during the offseason in the fall and spring, you will usually find lower rates. No matter how or where you plan your sailing trip, once you get there, take the time to kick up your feet and enjoy the ocean breeze.