Choosing A Boat
We have a comprehensive guide on how to choose a boat for charter. This discusses the different types of charter and boats and offers advice about what you need to consider when choosing a boat.
When it comes to choosing a boat, you will often get in touch with a yacht charter broker. You may visit their office, if you’re situated in the area you plan to charter, or you may find their website. Like us, a lot of boat hire agencies, will have the boats you can choose from listed on their sites. You can then navigate through their options to see pictures of the vessels, rough prices, their facilities and features. You should also find some detailed information discussing what each vessel is like and what types of occasion it may be recommended for. The website tells you everything you need to know, and you can see for yourselves the options you have. You don’t need to look through the website at the boats, but you have the option.
When you’ve found a boat hire company you want to book with, you will then need to get in touch. They will often ask you about your occasion – the purpose for your charter, your party size and your budget. This information is crucial to finding a boat that suits all your needs. Yacht brokers have the ability to arrange deals with boat owners so once they know your budget they can see what they can arrange. They need to know about your party size as boats have different people limits. They need to know about your purpose, so they can recommend boats that are great for those occasions – e.g. fishing boats have different requirements to a party boat. They will also need to know about your purpose due to the boat size. For example, boats have different people limits for standing, seating, dining and sleeping. If they know your occasion, they can use that information to perhaps find a suitable boat at a lower cost. For example, if you are having a party for 50 guests, but it’s a lunchtime charter and you want to bring your own food and do a BBQ, you may be able to cut costs because you’re bringing your own food.
When choosing a boat, the broker will do all the work on your behalf. You can have a look at options on a website but get in touch, tell them your requirements and they’ll find a boat fitting for your event.
You will also need to consider a pick-up point and drop off wharf for your charter. We have a guide to the wharves whereby we tell you all about their facilities and nearby amenities, but if you’re new to the area ask for advice when booking. Multiple pick-ups from different locations cost extra but they can be accommodated for.