Chartering a yacht and taking off across the sea is a memorable, enjoyable way to spend a vacation. However, there are a lot of intricacies to planning and embarking on this type of trip. To ensure everyone has a fun time, follow these tips for a great first yacht charter experience.
1. Choose your vessel based on whether or not you want to be able to help sail.
Yacht charters typically come with a captain who will do most of the sailing for you, but there may be the option for passengers to help sail the boat. If this is something that is important to you or to others who will be on the trip, make sure you rent a yacht that allows for it. A catamaran is a great choice as they are easy to navigate with a little instruction from the captain. If you choose a larger, more luxurious yacht, the captain may be unable to "give anyone else the wheel" since sailing these boats takes more skill.
2. Ask where you can anchor.
Of course, a good part of your voyage will be spent on the boat at sea, but you will want to stop at a few ports to take a break and see the sights. Always ask where you have the option of stopping before you charter a yacht. Do not assume that because a certain port is nearby, you will be able to stop there. They may have restrictions on charter boats, or the currents may make that a hard port to access.
3. Have alternative plans if your route does not work out.
The weather has quite an impact on the direction you'll be able to sail and the speed at which you'll be able to sail. Just in case poor weather rolls in, you will want to have alternative plans that include closer ports, longer stops at ports, and maybe heading the opposite direction as to what you originally planned. Your captain can help with this. Ask them before your charter trip what they typically recommend when hit with poor weather. Then, research the sights and attractions at those "alternative" ports so you have somewhat of a plan in mind if you do end up going there.
Chartering a yacht is a great way to get out on the sea and have an adventure. If you follow the tips above, your first time will be fabulous.
To learn more, reach out to a yacht charter service.