One of the most frequently asked questions we are asked is ‘what sort of boat should I charter for my holiday’?
Choosing a charter yacht can feel like a minefield, with thousands of different options available, and it’s a highly personal thing. We always suggest an initial consultation with your broker to discuss exactly what you want to get out of your holiday, and we then work back from there to find the ideal yacht to suit your group’s size, plans, and budget
Here are four boats to consider for your holiday – a sailing boat, catamaran, motor boat and gulet.
Each as spectacular as the last and it is really a personal option and what is suitable for the type of holiday you have planned.
These twin-hulled boats are the perfect choice if you want a holiday where the emphasis is on comfort, luxury and convenience rather than a challenging sailing experience. Our only note of caution is due to their large size, they will cost more than a single hull to berth. Due to their two hull designs, catamarans do not heel over more than 5 degrees. Just right for the new or inexperienced sailors or those prone to sea sickness! Furthermore, their shallow draft allows you to sail in much more shallow waters than a yacht, which means you can anchor close at shore – handy for the beach or if you want to go snorkelling in caves and grottos. And catamarans have speed when you need it too. Downwind, catamarans can go remarkably fast, plus they have the advantage of twin engines, when required.
You can’t beat a monohull for the full sailing experience. If you’re going for the bareboat option and want to stretch your sailing skills, than we’d definitely recommend it.
Alternatively, let the crew take the strain and just enjoy the ride!
Modern charter sailing boats will seem more snug than a catamaran, but are well designed to create the maximum living and storage space inside.
Another plus is that sailing boats generally cost less than catamarans to charter.
For glamour, speed and luxury, a motor boat can’t be beaten!
This would be the perfect option for a family or group of friends who are not looking to undertake long passages of open-water but have a boat which can zip around a destination, dropping anchor in a secluded bay for an afternoon of swimming and sunbathing.
Bear in mind the fuel costs though if you are on a budget.
These traditional two- or three-masted sailing vessels make for a magnificent base for a special holiday with a group of friends or family.
Powered mainly by engine, they also have really good sailing capability – and will always be piloted by a professional crew.
Drawing admiring glances wherever you go, a gulet is the ultimate timeless sailing experience.