Yachting vacations let you visit those isolated parts of the world at your own pace. Whether you choose a power or sailing yacht or a catamaran, a professional crew will guide you and prepare all meals. You can also be your own captain in the privacy of a floating paradise.
Power yachts range from small fun boats with a motor to floating luxury hotels. Modern motor yachts can spacious enough to accommodate families. Some can have entertainment facilities such as cinemas, dance floors, bars and restaurants and water-sports equipment. Smaller vessels are ideal for exploring hidden coastlines or for those who enjoy speed out at sea.
On bareboat charter vacations, the charter company can help you with some initial handling instructions as well as getting you to your choice of destinations. With a crewed rental, the captain will be familiar with all of the types of boats on offer and with the sea routes along which you would like to sail. Not only will he know how to anchor the boat at night in strange places, he can double as a tour guide and tell you of the best restaurant for dinner or other places to visit.
Charter a crewed sailing yacht and have a super holiday skimming through the breezes and along the sea’s surface. The crew could even teach you some old-fashioned sailing skills such as trimming sails and switching positions. You could also participate in a drill to rescue a man overboard. Whether you choose a small boat or a three-masted schooner, you can learn how to use a compass and read a nautical chart. You can then find out where you really are with the GPS! These skills will be useful if you choose a bareboat charter on one of your future yacht rental vacations. Or you could just put your feet up and watch the sunset over the Mediterranean or Caribbean with a cocktail while waiting for the chef to serve a gourmet meal.
Sea sickness can easily ruin a yachting holiday. This is where a catamaran comes to the rescue. The boat does not roll so readily when the waves hit the double hulls so you can sit happily on board. This stability is important if some of your party is nervous of the water. There’s extra privacy on board as different groups will be able to sleep in separate hulls.
These boats can float in shallow waters so you can moor close to a harbour where monohulls may have a problem. Catamarans also go faster than monohulls out at sea so this will add more thrills to your holiday. The Caribbean is one of the best places for chartering a catamaran. Other popular destinations for bareboat and crewed catamaran charter are the islands off Malaysia, Tahiti and the coast of Western Australia over the Great Barrier Reef.
A yacht charter holiday can be as simple or as luxurious as you wish. It gives you the chance to see some isolated places that land-based tourism cannot reach. You can also learn some valuable sea skills and, one day, you could skipper your own yacht.
Peter Smith writes regularly on yacht rental vacations and bareboat charter vacations for a range of websites and blogs. He is happy to provide advice about the best types of boats in many holiday destinations.