Chartering a yacht is often compared to investing in a house. However, there are considerable differences between the two. In housing, your first concern is to find an ideal location. With boat rentals, it is essential to decide on your getaway first, before selecting a charter yacht. This can be really scary if it will be your first time to rent a yacht. -
So the first thing you should do is to seek out a professional broker. This is the go-to guy to ask for advice and processes on how to rent a yacht. An agent has broad knowledge about boat designs, facilities, itineraries, documentation, and popular destinations like Carribean or Airlie Beach.
Next, look at these things in your choice of yacht charters:
- Identify the charter seasons. The feasibility of sailing to where you want depends on current weather condition. For example, the best time to go to Arlie Beach at the Whitsundays in Australia will be in summer.
- The next procedure is to decide on the best suited yacht for this purpose. Begin with vessel size, layout and accommodations. Each yacht has various cabin arrangements. Consequently, you have to find out the exact number of adult and child passengers. A number of companies will have age requirements. Bear in mind that journeying with kids will affect room assignments and facilities. Standard cabins can hold two adults, while a family of four with two youngsters can stay in a larger room. Yachts with dimensions of 32 to 36.3 feet normally have two cabins and one shower. Longer yachts of 50 feet or more have five cabins and four bathrooms.
- Look at the reputable sites of yacht charter companies. Consult your broker for boat capacity and design.
People without cruising experience will need to hire a crew. You can choose from a mono hull or multi-hulled catamaran. Mono hulls are easy and easy to navigate. Catamarans have broader rooms and offer more privacy for passengers.
Learn about the fundamental equipment and navigation items. Go with charter yachts with anchoring mechanisms. Take note of electronic equipment as well. These include the Global Positioning System or GPS and chart plotter. The VHF radio, cellular phones, and blend of radio/MP3 and CD are also necessary gadgets, especially for emergencies.
Vessel attributes for crewed charters include food, laundry, diving and snorkeling gear, and water sports equipment such as jet skis. Other regular fixtures are air-conditioning, refrigerator micro-wave oven, and flat TV units. These may come with additional costs.
The key thing is to plan your voyage early and make bookings in advance. You must make bookings at least one full year before the actual travel date.