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Bareboat or crewed yacht charter?

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Bareboat or crewed yacht charter?

Yacht charter vacations fall into two categories – bareboat charter and crewed charter.

 

WHAT IS A BAREBOAT?

A bareboat charter is where you rent a sailboat or powerboat that has no crew. It is similar to renting a car that you drive yourself.  Bareboat charters are for experienced sailors or yachtsmen and can be “self-drive” (where you do all the work and driving), or you can hire a skipper to drive the boat for you for either part of the trip or for the entire trip.

 

WHAT IS A YACHT CHARTER WITH CREW?

Crewed charters are where you rent a sailboat or powerboat that has a crew that consists of a captain/skipper to drive the boat and any number of other members.  Additional crew members can be such positions as hostess/stewardess (waits on the charter guests), chef (prepares all meals), first mate (helps with the operation of the vessel), and engineer (handles the engines), for example.

 

HOW MANY CREW MEMBERS ARE ON A YACHT WITH CREW?

The largest yachts (megayachts and superyachts) can have as many as 18 crew members, and some even have more crew members than guests onboard at any time!

WHY CHOOSE A BAREBOAT?

Charter guests select bareboat yacht charters for a number of reasons;  bareboats are more affordable than crewed yachts, an independent customer can pilot the yacht him/herself, or the customer owns the same kind of boat and wants to enjoy it in a different location than he/she does at home, for example. Florida yacht charters are often bareboat charters, as guests like to experience sail boat charters and pilot the boat around the islands of the Florida Keys.

 

UNIQUENESS OF BAREBOATING

Bareboaters will often participate in Virgin Islands Yacht Charter flotillas, where multiple Beneteau sailboats or Robertson and Caine catamarans will sail together throughout the islands, stopping in port to enjoy the Caribbean flair of such popular Virgin Island landmarks as Pusser’s or Foxy’s, or visiting the must-visit, no dock, swim-up Soggy Dollar Bar in the British Virgin Islands (aptly named Soggy Dollar because once you swim up to it, your dollars are soggy)!

Photo of beach with people sitting in beach chairs. There are multiple sailboats anchored in the water just off of the beach. Palm trees sway on the beach.,

 

WHY CHOOSE A YACHT WITH CREW?

On the other hand, charter guests select crewed yacht charter vacations because they are celebrating a special occasion or enjoying a corporate event, they want to enjoy a vacation where they don’t have to do any work, or they have a large group of people and want to spend a special vacation with them without having to do any of the vacation planning once underway.

WHAT ARE TRADITIONAL CREWED YACHT VACATIONS?

Corporate events include such things as Monaco Grand Prix yacht charters, where a company will rent a megayacht to be used as a meeting place (and floating hotel), what to pack on a sailboat vacation, as well as its being a perfect venue for entertaining clients and for watching the Monaco Grand Prix race. Crewed yachts are often selected for unique first-time vacation destinations, for instance, a Croatia yacht charter or Greece yacht charters, as captains and crewmembers know the waters, the locals, and the area.

 

HOW TO BOOK YOUR YACHT CHARTER VACATION

Are you ready to charter a bareboat in the Caribbean?  Or do you want to rent a yacht with crew for a Mediterranean vacation with friends?  Whatever you choose, above all, we are ready to take care of every detail for you.  To charter a yacht, contact us at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ TODAY

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TOP 5 Caribbean Yacht Charter Cocktails To Try Right Now

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QUESTION

“I’m looking forward to my first St. Martin yacht charter vacation, and my travel companions and I are having a Caribbean themed party to get super psyched about our trip.  Any suggestions for top 5 cocktails (traditional / island) to put us in the proper frame of mind?”

Angel A., Miami, FL

 

ANSWER

Now that’s the spirit, Angel!  What a fantastic idea to get pumped about your Caribbean escape.

We’re not too embarrassed to admit enjoying a libation or two (or three) during our own yachting excursions in the islands. Local specialties can be found throughout the Caribbean. but we’ve narrowed down the choices to our favorites (in no particular order).

 

KEEP IN MIND

As you sip these drinks, keep in mind you can heighten your experience by throwing on a pair of flip-flops, hiding behind a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses, and swaying to a little “Havana Daydreamin” with Jimmy Buffet.

Smooth sailing, Angel…

TOP 5 COCKTAILS

Photo of Mojito cocktail on a picnic table

MOJITO – Cuba yacht charter

Some things are quintessential Cuban – hand-made cigars, guayabera linen shirts, and minty Mojitos. The history of Cuba’s signature drink dates back to the 16th century, when Sir Francis Drake and his comrades drank a mixture of crushed mint leaves, lime and unrefined rum. Locals say Hemingway drank them at Le Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, and James Bond enjoyed one in 2002’s Die Another Day.

 

 

Left side photo is a frozen painkiller drink with straw and right hand photo is sailboat anchored with british virgin islands written on it


PAINKILLER – British Virgin Islands yacht charter

Made with Pusser’s Rum, The Painkiller cocktail originated at the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke island in the BVIs.  The drink was once made with a secret rum recipe by Daphne Henderson, the owner of the Soggy Dollar.  Charles Tobias, the founder of the Pusser’s rum distillery, persuaded Henderson to share her recipe. We’re glad she did, as Painkiller cocktails are now readily available throughout the Caribbean.

 

TOP 5 COCKTAILS CONTINUE

 

Picture of a Ti Punch cocktail on a wooden table

TI PUNCH – Martinique yacht charter

More an aperitif than cocktail, this simple mix of white rum, cane sugar and lime is usually served straight and is popular in all of the French Caribbean islands – Martinique, Guadeloupe, and the French side of St. Martin. Easy to make, it’s usually  served “to taste” – drinkers are presented with a glass of rum, a lime, and some syrup to make it up as they wish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We know what you’re thinking – we promised five killer cocktails but only named three.  You caught us!

 

WHAT ARE THE TOP 1 AND 2?

Submit our contact form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/  requesting the other 2 great drinks.  We’ll send you the names AND the recipes to make all 5 of our favorite island-themed Caribbean yacht charter cocktails.  Look forward to hearing from you and sharing some cocktails!

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COCKTAIL?

What’s your favorite tropical cocktail to drink while on your yacht charter?  Leave a comment below!

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