It's hard to beat the outright indulgence of a Virgin Islands crewed yacht charter – every detail is managed by a trained crew, from operating the yacht, to preparing your customized meals, to keeping the vessel tidy and shipshape.
But what about those times you feel the need to escape – to be alone with loved ones – a chance to trade polite intrusiveness with no-frills quality family time?
Families who routinely enjoy luxury yacht charter vacations with a full-crew compliment can now opt to go boating in total privacy, onboard a bareboat yacht charter.
The concept is simple – just as you would rent a car to drive yourself, with some basic training, you can rent a bareboat and take the helm yourself!
A, "bareboat" is just as the name sounds – a boat with just the bare essentials onboard. It comes to you with no food, no beverages, and most noticeably, no crew. You do your own cooking and cleaning, and you operate and sail the yacht, yourself.
Fleets of bareboats can be found in nearly every location you would expect to find a fully-crewed yacht charter vessel. Virgin Islands bareboat vacations are perhaps the most common, with hundreds of boats available for rent in both St. Thomas, USVI, and Tortola, BVI.
Both sail yachts and motor yachts can be rented, with room for 2 to 8 passengers. A small handful of bareboat catamaran yachts can even accommodate up to 10 passengers.
Companies such as 1-800-BAREBOAT, the Moorings, and Sunsail specialize in arranging self-skippered charters in destinations around the world; for example, Bahamas, Florida Keys, Greece, Corsica, Sardinia, France, Cote d'azur, Tortola, Tortolla, St. Thomas, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Tonga, Miami and South Florida.
Customers can choose from a global network of monohull sailboats with brands like Beneteau, Sun Odyssey, Dufour, or Jeanneau – and multihull catamarans with brands like Fountaine Pajot, Lagoon, and Sunreef.
Basic rental prices tend to be less much expensive than those of luxury crewed yacht charter vessels, but customers need to remember they are responsible to purchase and prepare their own meals. The cost to provision the yacht must be considered when comparing this bare bones charter option to the price of a crewed yacht.
Another important factor – the customer's qualification to operate a boat.
Just as it takes skill and normally a license to operate a motor vehicle, similar rules apply to bareboats. While formal licenses are not usually necessary, a solid level of competency is necessary. The ability to read basic charts, navigate, and to set the anchor are the most important skills required to rent a bareboat.
Luckily, these skills can easily be mastered, either through formal boating courses, or simply by garnering casual boating experience with your own boat or the boat of a friend or neighbor.
Popular ideas for bareboat yacht charter vacations are anniversary celebrations, family reunions (with boats sailing in tandem), couples getaways, and snorkeling adventures.
So before you plan your next tropical odyssey, give some thought and compare bareboat vacations to crewed charters – one of them will surely be the right choice for you, your family, and friends!
Ready to become the master of your destiny, or at least your sailing journey? Taking the helm as the skipper of your own bareboat yacht charter is truly a rewarding experience for anyone who wants the challenge of guiding your own vessel in the world's most exotic island destinations. To charter a bareboat sailboat or powerboat, contact SailAway Yacht Charters at http://www.1800sailaway.com/contact_us.html. Smooth sailing!
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The 45 meter yacht made her public American debut at the 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, with newly-appointed Captain Phillip Nash onboard for the winter season. At the conclusion of the show, the Italian superyacht repositioned to the Bahamas.
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"We live in the USA. I've been told crewed catamaran charters are the best way to enjoy a yachting vacation in the Virgin Islands. Do you have any suggestions as to the most convenient, best airports? Jenny S."
Hi Jenny. We are thrilled to hear about your plans – a travel writer once described a Caribbean sailing yacht charter as, "One of the top five vacations in the world!"
If you wish to explore the US Virgin Islands (USVI), then the Cyril E. King International Airport (airport code: STT), in St.Thomas is your best bet.
Now that you know HOW to get there, here are three crewed catamaran sailing yachts available for charter in the Virgin Islands:
Sunreef 70 catamaranMUSE
Fountaine Pajot Galathea 65 catamaran WORLD'S END
Lagoon 62 luxury yacht charter catamaran GO FREE
As the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season draws to a close, a number of sleek, stylish, and modern sailing charter vessels are making their way from ports around the world – to take their positions in the islands for the upcoming Caribbean yacht charter season.
As in years past, the Virgin Island yacht charter fleet is expected to dominate the market in terms of the number of available yachts for hire, especially in the category of crewed catamaran charters. Yachts such as Lagoon 620 catamaran yachtTHE CURE, and Sunreef 62 catamaran, TAHAA II are already in position to accept reservations (how does a Welcome to 2014 yacht charter vacation sound???).
While the St. Thomas yacht charter market in the USVI, and the Tortola yacht charter market in the BVI are quite sizeable in terms of small to mid-size yachts, a large contingent of sail superyachts will choose the deeper water of the Leeward Islands for their winter base. The St Martin yacht charter fleet and the St Barts fleets are expected to include these mega yacht charter stalwarts:
203 foot sail yachtATHOS
198 foot sail yacht KOKOMO
Escape the cold and come experience the islands from the deck of a sailing yacht. To reserve your yacht charter vacation dates, contact SailAway Yacht Charters at http://www.1800sailaway.com/contact_us.html
Moran Yacht & Ship has announced the sale of the 68 meter motor yacht KISMET, a staple in the French yacht charter marketplace. Lürssen yacht Kismet was built in 2007, and features the charter-friendly layout of Espen Oeino International.