Choosing the Type of Boat
The main types of boats available for charter are monohulls and catamarans. Catamarans have two hulls and have become the most popular type of boat that tends to be available for charter these days. Monohulls may still be an option but many boat owners often prefer catamarans as they are easier to sail, and they travel faster. Catamarans are also more balanced which makes it easier to walk on deck during sailing. This is especially useful for when you’re hosting an occasion onboard during your charter. Catamarans are often larger and while this is great for onboard experiences, it does take more room when docking so they may not be able to drop off or pick up at smaller wharves. Monohulls are more manoeuvrable and they are perhaps more exciting to sail. If you are looking for a self-drive boat that you can only take a few guests on, monohulls are perhaps the best type of boat to charter. If you are looking for boats with larger features, more stability and to enjoy occasions on, then catamarans are best for charters. In regards to the type of boat you choose from, as a guest you wouldn’t normally worry about whether the boat is a catamaran or monohull. The type of boat mainly concerns the boat owner or the skipper. If you are planning a crewed charter, you would instead focus on the size of the yacht and the features when considering which boat to charter.
It’s important to consider the size of the boat as this will affect your party size. Larger sized boats will be able to accommodate a substantial number of guests compared to smaller vessels. Bear in mind your occasion when looking at the types of boats to charter as you will need to have a rough idea of how may guests will be joining you onboard for the duration of your charter. You may also want to consider if you’re hosting an evening charter event like a party or wedding reception, how many people the boat can accommodate overnight. Even on luxury yachts, the number of cabins is often limited compared to the number of dining or standing guests. It’s not necessarily a worry if there are fewer cabins than desired, but it does mean you’ll have to choose your wharf drop off point based on nearby hotel facilities.
Discuss your budget with your charter broker. They will be able to work around your budget and your requirements and make viable recommendations. Charter brokers will often be able to find you cheaper rates and better deals so communicating with them about your budget and occasions will prove advantageous.
Facilities & Equipment
Most luxury vessels come equipped with a vast range of facilities and equipment. You will find WIFI, music compatibility, BBQ, kitchen and bar facilities, cabins complete with en-suites, TV/DVDs and air conditioning. It’s not uncommon for state of the art luxury yachts to imitate first class hotel rooms in regards to their facilities, however not all boats have the same features. You can expect these types of features on luxury yachts but smaller vessels they may not have all those additional extras. Consider your occasion carefully and bear in mind what the boat has onboard when choosing the type of boat, you charter. The last thing you want is to plan a party and realise there’s no iPod connectivity. If you discuss your charter with your broker beforehand they will be able to help you find a boat based on your needs.