If you’ve always wanted to have an amazing holiday, you’ve probably already considered renting a boat. We can assure you that you were on the right track and if you’ve never actually had a boat rental holiday, you don’t know what you’ve been missing! However, a yacht charter trip does involve a bit more planning than your regular holiday, especially if you’ve never done it before. That’s why we’ve prepared the following tips to help and welcome all first-timers to the world of yacht charter holidays.
Select the right “crew”
Unlike typical holidays, where you can actually distance yourself from those around you if you don’t enjoy their company, this is one situation where no such thing is possible. So, make sure that the people traveling with you are on the same page when it comes to what kind of holiday you want and what route should be taken. This process is similar to casting for a great film. A great final product can only be created if everyone involved agrees on what needs to be done and how to do it. That’s why it’s vital you choose the right people to be your companions and you should discuss all important aspects of the cruise with them in order to avoid possible misunderstandings and arguments aboard your boat.
Choose the right yacht
Those who have little or no experience when it comes to renting boats might find it rather confusing and potentially overwhelming to select the right type of boat. To begin with, you need to see what your financial potential is and then compare it against the offer in the region where you’d like to sail. Next, look for a reputable private boat charter company with a big fleet of yachts and boats on offer. Only then can you focus on other criteria, such as comfort. If you want to have more space on decks and in the interior, consider a catamaran, but bear in mind that your mooring fees will be higher because it’s a multi-hull. On the other hand, monohulls are more suited for experienced sailors but are less expensive. Finally, if you wish to move around quickly, motorboats are probably the safest bet.
How much experience do you need?
If there is at least one member in the group with a skipper’s license or proof of sufficient sailing experience, you should be able to rent a yacht. However, there are countries, such as Greece, where it’s obligatory for a second member of the group to prove the ability to co-skipper. With a crewed- or skippered charter, you don’t have to worry about navigating, but you could learn the ropes (pun intended) of sailing. Also, those who have never been on a charter holiday should choose a region where the weather conditions are favorable and the right season. The Mediterranean is probably one of the best destinations because you can easily change your plan regarding mooring and anchoring, given the proximity of various islands.
When to go?
As we’ve already mentioned, you need to choose not only the right destination but the right time to go sailing. Make sure you check the average conditions in the region you’re interested in. Don’t forget that nights can be quite cold in some parts, despite warm days. Once you’ve selected the destination, you’ll know what clothes you should bring. In any case, it’s smart to have rain jackets, fleeces or long trousers with you, no matter where you go.
What else to pack?
Apart from the right clothes, there are plenty of other things you need to pack. Unfortunately, there isn’t much storage room on a yacht, which is why you need to opt for collapsible or duffle bags, for example. You most certainly need good deck shoes, a wind jacket, sun hat, sunscreen, and possible sailing gloves. Next, you mustn’t forget to pack all your personal medication, since you won’t be able to find a pharmacy in case you run out of your medications. Finally, a basic first-aid kit is a must, though every yacht should have one at your disposal.
These are just the most important tips related to yacht charter and you should also take into account what you hear from friends or family members who’ve already had a holiday like the one you’re planning. Also, pay attention to everything the people you rent your yacht from tell you, since they are experts in not only sailing but also in all matters related to helping people have a holiday of their lifetime. If you listen to their advice, your holiday is likely to be plain sailing.