What’s the secret behind turning a family vacation into an unforgettable experience?
Finding the right yacht to charter.
From the charter destinations you choose to the types of luxury yachts you prefer, from the crew that’s on board to the amenity your perfect yacht offers—there are many things to consider when choosing a yacht charter, many of which can make or break your charter experience.
You can guarantee that your vacation is truly customized to your tastes by choosing an experienced yacht broker to walk you through the possibilities and match you with a luxury yacht that will ensure unrivaled vacations.
But if you need a place to start, here are the top things you need to consider when planning yacht charter vacations that will take you out on the water and help you coast toward unforgettable adventure.
The yacht type you choose can change a lot about the experiences you have during your luxury vacation.
While a luxury motor yacht will offer the kinds of high-end finishes, features, and peak performance technology that will help you quickly cover distances between islands, a sailing yacht will let you feel the romance of the wind between your sails, with a closer connection to the waves lapping at the hull.
And through a luxury motor yacht might feature multiple decks, decked-out common areas, more spacious staterooms, and bathrooms with all the amenities you expect when you think the word “luxury,” a luxury sailing yacht is likely to have a lower profile and offer fewer additional spaces to spread out on board.
But this lower profile shouldn’t be seen as a negative—for many, the benefits that come from this smaller superstructure (including the excitement of feeling the sailing yacht heel and slice through the waves) offers a yacht vacation experience that can’t be matched.
Your Charter Destinations
Location, location, location.
The charter destinations you choose will impact scenery, but they’ll also impact the winds that direct your course. While sailors throughout the centuries have enjoyed the consistent and renowned winds of the eastern Caribbean, other locations like the south of France might churn out surprise trade winds that force you to settle into port.
If you’re choosing to experience an endless summer in a sailing yacht, these inconsistent winds might limit your freedom. That’s why when you choose a location for your charter experience, you want to not only think about the scenery that you prefer, but the way that seasons will affect your trip and help you feel closer—or farther away—from the coastal shores, brightly colored moored boats, and seldom-seen shores that you’ve set your heart on.
The Experience of Your Crewed Yacht Charter
When an experienced yacht broker sets the stage for endless summer excitement by helping plan your luxury yacht charter, you can be confident that they’ve checked out your crew and know what the experience will be like on board.
Though your crew might feel like an afterthought when other details—like location and yacht type—are on the line, the specific crew that accompanies you on your crewed yacht charter will play a big role in directing the atmosphere of your luxury vacation and preparing the amenities and experiences you’ll have onboard.
As a general rule of thumb, a luxury motor yacht for charter will feature a more formal crew.
And while you can request any level of formality that you prefer, you’ll likely find that things feel more casual in a luxury sailing yacht when the captain is at the helm, the crew is tending the sails, and you’re soaking up the sun from nearby.
When you seek out a luxury motor yacht for charter or luxury sailing yacht with the help of a yacht broker, you can be confident that they’ve previewed the crew and know that they’re up for the task of caring for your every concern and crafting your dream yacht experience–no matter the level of formality you prefer.
The Cost of Your Yacht Charter
While there’s no dream yacht vacation that an experienced yacht broker can’t help you plan, cost is a necessary consideration when crafting your vacation of a lifetime.
It is common for motor yachts to be more expensive to charter than other types of yachts, simply because it costs so much to build, maintain, and fuel them.
Starting out with a sense of your budget can help you adapt the length, destination, or other details of your trip and guarantee an unrivaled vacation that offers all the experiences you’re looking for, without breaking past your desired budget.
When you’re ready to find a yacht to charter that will allow you to experience your perfect vacation, it’s time to explore featured yacht listings and contact Steve Doyle, an industry expert with over 25 years experience connecting clients to their dream yacht and the memory-making experiences that come with it.