5 things you should know before chartering a yacht
There are two main types of yacht chartering: bareboat charters and group charters.
Bareboat charters refer to renting by individuals who may skipper the boat or superyacht themselves, while group charters involve the help of a chosen crew.
Accordingly, given particular specifications, demands and desires for different experiences, there are 5 essential things you should really set out to find before chartering your yacht:
1. Know what you want
Consider thoroughly what you want out of your experience. This allows you to tailor your holiday and make it either family-friendly or else ideal for a smaller group of people or even an individual.
Think about whether alone time is important for you or whether you want to have an unforgettable party; the type of crew plays a pivotal role here. And definitely ask about the quality and speciality of the food on board!
2. Know your location
This definitely depends on the ability of your broker to provide you with the necessary information, something that we at SAS Marines take pride in doing. Always ask which location is best for a particular season or even which season is best for a specific location.
We will surely be able to advise you on destination aspects that vary with the time of year. The weather and water visibility are paramount criteria, for example the Mediterranean is best experienced in summer.
3. Crew attitude
Apart from the type and size of crew, their attitude is crucial and plays a great role in determining a quality experience you will never forget. This definitely depends on whether you want a family experience or a full-blown party.
If opting for a family holiday, make sure the crew is good with children and allows enough time alone for privacy.
Alternatively, if chartering a superyacht for a party, you’re looking for a lively crew that’s sure to keep you entertained. Here’s something to mull over: would you consider a crew that provides you with an educational experience of the surroundings?
4. Yacht design
Choose a yacht that makes you feel at home and goes along with your personal style. There are traditional yachts and also modern ones, those built for relaxation and also those replete with video-games and visual entertainment akin to a technological paradise. Consider whether your broker has worldwide partners as this definitely helps for you to hone down on your interests.
5. Know your broker
This is essential. A good broker guides you through every step of the chartering process, is patient and available when required.
Tell-tale signs of a good broker include an established office – compare this with a broker who only communicates by mobile phone – quality up-to-date information and honesty when it comes to boat quality. You should always know out what to look for in a professional yacht broker
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