Renting a boat and sailing during the Coronavirus is possible!
Just like you, the corona crisis and its spread surprised us too. Many questions appeared about our health, well-being, and even about holiday plans. Fortunately, the virus is being handled better and better, which is letting us already to think about the summer. Moreover, we from Tubber are here to tell you something positive about the upcoming season! Renting a boat and sailing during the Coronavirus is possible!
Everyone can rent a boat during the Coronavirus.
Yes! We’ve got great news to share with you! We know that probably many doubts have occurred about your sailing holiday this year. We want to let you know that sailing during the coronavirus is possible!
Everyone can rent a boat during the coronavirus. As you follow the local regulations on board, you will sail safely. It means that you should take into account the size of the boat and the number of people. Local landlords will take the necessary measures to check-in without contact.
Take into account that keeping a meter and a half away is a challenge on a yacht, especially on a sailing boat. To go sailing on a small yacht with friends and other acquaintances will not be a good idea. Nevertheless, sailing together with the family, partner, or cohabitants is entirely possible.
Why is sailing right now possible?
You may have doubts about sailing right now. In our opinion, it is not a strange thought but even a good idea to rent a boat and sail during coronavirus.
A sailing holiday is a type of more separated from the crowd experience. Social distancing is one of the main benefits of being onboard. This way, you will be outside on vacation, and you will be able to explore a new destination.
We from Tubber believe that it is safe enough to charter sailing yachts and boats. As you comply with the safety regulations by the government, you and the rest onboard will be safe. Besides, you will have a great experience, which will enable you to relax.
How can I sail safely?
During this period, the prices of renting are very attractive. Moreover, the peace on the water and in the ports will be unprecedented. Eating out is not an option, provided you have all the needed food on your boat, of course. However, having to rely on yourself on a boat brings up the feeling of “really getting away from it all”.
It is possible to have a sailing holiday in the Netherlands. Currently, there are limited options for flights. However, there are still companies that offer quite affordable flights to Amsterdam and Eindhoven.
Moreover, in the Netherlands, the terraces, restaurants, as well as cafes, are opening sinc the 1st of June.
Points to consider when renting a boat
As mentioned earlier, the local landlords will take the necessary measures to rent a boat while managing the coronavirus. It may differ slightly for each landlord, but the setup will be the same and consists of:
- Rental is only by reservation in advance;
- You cannot pay in cash. It is better to pay in advance as much as possible online;
- Only one person of the group is allowed to do the check-in and further local handling with the employee. Some landlords have a “self-check-in” policy.
- No more than three people per boat (this does not apply to the family, partners and cohabitants)
The receptions and offices will be equipped with mudguards, and the boats will also be cleaned extra often. That is important for the rudder, throttle, plumbing, and the kitchen.
FAQ about boat rental and Corona
Can I rent a boat during the coronavirus?
- Yes! The yachts are ready, and the landlords will prepare everything when possible to comply with the local regulations.
Where is the best place to rent a boat?
- Tubber has availability around the world, but given the corona crisis, looking closer to home is wiser. We have good availability in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany (the Baltic Sea). All destinations are easily accessible by car.
Which boats are available?
- From small sloops, motorboats, motor yachts to large (sailing) yachts, we have it all!
What should I pay attention to / prepare myself for when I want to rent a boat?
- If you do choose to rent abroad, please check the local regulations regarding the coronavirus at the destination in question. Furthermore, try to avoid public transport and flying. Go by car and find it closer to home.
What should I bring when sailing?
- Bring enough hand soap and/or alcohol-based hand cleaner. Stock up on supplies to avoid regular grocery/store visits and prepare for self-cooking 😉
How many people can I rent a boat with during the Coronavirus?
- No more than three people per boat! It does not apply to the family, partners and cohabitants.
Policy for marinas, bridges and locks
With regards to the policy of the marinas, bridges, and locks, the following information applies for sailing during coronavirus. The sanitary facilities are closed in the marinas, so you have to rely on your toilet and kitchen on board. Contact the relevant port you want to call in advance, so you can check whether it is open and how they comply with the local safety measures. You can moor in a free box or along the jetty. You may not lie double along a jetty. Stay on board as much as possible. Furthermore, the bridges and locks are running at the scheduled times.
NOTE: Since the 1st of July, the majority of the sanitary facilities will be fully open again.
Check every day
It requires some adaptability in terms of routes, etc., but it is doable. Please note that due to the constant changes in the corona crisis, the policy of marinas, landlords, bridges, and locks can differ from day today. Besides, pumping stations are open, and water and fuel can be refueled at an appropriate distance. Please contact the appropriate location in advance.
Availability at Tubber
At the moment, our number of available yachts in the Netherlands, Greece, and France is still growing rapidly, and there will also be enough available in the Baltic Sea. In both the Netherlands and the Baltic Sea, the ports will be easy to reach, and you can observe the desired distance of one and a half meters. Hiring a boat during the corona crisis is therefore very possible.
Corona holiday status by country (updated 4 September 2020)
Sailing during the coronavirus looks rosy in the Netherlands. Since the 1st of June, the catering industry will open again, and Since the 1st of July, everything will start again concerning domestic holidays!
Travelling from the UK
Travelling from the UK is possible and safe. At Heathrow airport, large-scale temperature check is done throughout all passengers as well as staff members. The airports of Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands are also imposing gloves and masks for all people there.
Moreover, airlines like EasyJet, the Emirates and the US airline Delta are all taking safety measures during flights for the secure social distance between people. Air France is doing a compulsory temperature-check of every passenger before flying. Many airlines will restart gradually their flights at the beginning of summer, following the safety regulations.
From the written above, it is now certain that traveling is possible at the moment and it will even get better. We are happy to say that our boats are available in different countries and destinations. We also want to assure you that local landlords are strict with government regulations. This way, a sailing holiday is possible and is a safe and exciting way to exercise social distancing.
Travelling from the USA
When it comes to flying from the United States of America, the regulations are very strict and possibilities – limited. Currently, many US carriers are establishing rules for wearing face masks at gates and onboard. At the airports, there is enough space provided with restricting lines that will help people keep the needed 6 feet social distance. Measures like self-scanning of flying documents, as well as limiting the number of people going down a jet bridge, are taken in a serious manner. There are also no lines full of people, which also is part of the safety measures.
Flying from the United States of America is possible and safe enough for all passengers and staff members. Even though the available flights are still limited, more flights will be reopened the following months.
Corona status the Caribbean
The government has started to reopen many economic activities around the Caribbean islands. There are still travel restrictions and closed shores for the public. However, the government is trying to ease the measures and gradually get back to regular daily life. At the moment, it is recommended not to travel to the Caribbean as there is also mass COVID-19 testing among the population.
Bahamas and British Virgin Islands
At the moment, all citizens are restricted to stay home. Public beaches, seaports and airports are closed. No tourists are allowed to enter the country as the incoming flights are banned during the pandemic.
Corona status Croatia
The following applies to Croatia: For flights, KLM, Croatian Airlines, Transavia and Easyjet, the flights have been canceled until the end of May. The flights after this date are still planned, the yachts are also ready! We have our fingers crossed. 🙂
On May 15, 2020, Croatian authorities reopened the national borders for luxury yacht charterers, stating that yacht charters are considered an important economic reason for coming to Croatia. Self-isolation and COVID 19-tests are currently not a requirement for entry into the country. Yachts can move freely between marinas, along the coast and islands of the Croatian Adriatic.
Marinas, shops, restaurants, bars, and markets are open. You will need to have with you the Official Crewlist and the Charter Contract / Tubber Boarding Pass.
However, undertaking all preventive measures by both charterers and yacht crew remains of crucial importance to prevent the spread of Covid 19.
Corona status Greece
Greece has done its homework. There are few infections, and as of the 4th of May, there is a planned campaign to relax the measures further. As it seems, most hotels, etc. will open again in mid-June and (subject to the positive progress) everything will be rereleased after the 1st of July.
Update 26 of May:
The same government decision says restrictions will be lifted for professional recreational boating activities and cruises on June 1.
Corona status France
It is still very uncertain in France. At the moment there is a lockdown for residents until the 11th of May. Relaxations will follow, but it will be challenging for foreign traffic to plan a holiday in France early in the summer season.
Update 4 September:
Update 26 October:
From 17 October 2020 local curfews have been implemented in 54 departments, including the Paris area, and in French Polynesia, for at least 4 weeks from 9 PM to 6 AM.
There are no health-related restrictions for travel to Metropolitan France from EU Member States, or from Andorra, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, Uruguay and the Vatican. Travel to France from outside these countries remains restricted.
Corona status Germany
For Germany, a travel warning still applies to all unnecessary and tourist trips until the 14th of June. However, when more relaxation comes in, this is worth considering. Germany is a fantastic destination, and we have a wide availability in yachts. Keep an eye on our newsletter and this blog!
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The information for flights update and travelling regulations is drawn from the BBC article “Coronavirus: What are the new travel quarantine rules?”, the NPR article: “The people flying during the pandemic and how airlines are trying to protect them”, and the CNN article: “As the coronavirus pandemic continues, which airlines are flying where and why? “. Information for the travel restrictions in the Caribbean is drawn from the Miamiherald article.