How much do you know about yachts and boat types and renting a boat?
Nothing at all? No problem.
So many of our customers are booking a charter boat for the first time, and we know it can often be overwhelming at first.
So, to make it even easier for you to book your dream sailing holiday, we’ve written a comprehensive guide to help you select the right boat.
That’s why we’re here to help.
Check out the list below and discover which rental boat you should book for your sailing holiday.
They look glamorous, we know! But there is more to a luxury yacht than just a shiny hull and a full bar on the upper deck. Unlike superyachts and mega yachts, which are generally privately owned, completely crewed and sailed by someone like Richard Branson, luxury boats can actually be affordable. A luxury yacht is essentially a yacht of the highest quality, beautifully furnished and fully equipped.
The professional crew will take care of absolutely everything on board. They provide special treatment and deluxe comfort for you and your guests from the moment you book to the moment you check out. Luxury yachts come in all shapes and sizes, so if you’re looking for the ultimate glamorous and pampered getaway on the sea, a luxury boat is the one for you.
Motor yachts are fast, comfortable and don’t require as much attention and skill as a sailing boat, as they’re powered only by engine. If you’re looking for a sleek and enjoyable boat to cruise through the seas in, the motor yacht is for you. They vary in size, style and engine capability, so when it comes to booking a motor yacht there are many different options to choose from.
If you’re looking to visit multiple destinations in a short period of time without the fuss of sailing, a motor yacht is a great option. The power and speed of this boat will give you additional freedom to glide through the seas at an exciting change of pace.
Sailing boats – or sailing yachts – vary in many different ways. Sailboats have one hull and triangular shaped sails that differ in size, shape and number. Sailing boat sizes generally range from six metres to 30 metres, and most modern sailboats are nicely furnished and spacious, featuring cabins, a saloon, a galley and bathrooms. Sailing boats are often more green and eco-friendly than their gas-guzzling counterparts, making them cheaper to sail and better for our environment.
Renting a sailboat is for those who truly love the experience of sailing. Sailing a yacht can be very exciting, but is a lot more work than most other boat types, so typically they are suited to those with more sailing experience and a full sailor’s licence.
Catamarans combine the perfect mix of sailing and comfort to bring you one sleek, user-friendly vessel. These types of monohull boats are stable and spacious and offer a fantastic social space, making it ideal for friends and families looking to relax and spend time together on the water.
Catamarans can be driven by sail and/or engine, and while they may be more resistant to capsizing than a traditional sailing boat, you do need a certain amount of experience to sail them. They sit relatively low to sea level and usually have a ladder reaching down to the ocean, which is ideal for those wanting to spend quality time in the water.
Easy to sail and comfortable for all, a catamaran is one of our favourite boat types.
Smaller than a motor boat but similar in appeal, speed boats are perfect for a day charter to go island hopping or spend the day cruising from beach to beach. Speed boats generally do not have bedrooms, so if you’d like to charter a boat for a short period of time – whether it be a full day or just a few hours – a speed boat is the type for you.
Our speed boats require the minimum level of licence and experience to drive, so they’re perfect for the casual boat lover who craves a day at sea on their vacation.
If you think the idea of sailing a traditional Turkish trading boat through the pristine waters of the Mediterranean with a large group of friends sounds perfect, you’re not alone. Turkish gulets are popular with many travellers who book their sailing holidays in Turkey (and also in Croatia). Gulets can usually accommodate 10-15 people, with cabins and private bathrooms situated up on deck rather than down below.
Gulets are either rented by one large party, or cabins can be booked separately. Gulets are always crewed with a captain and often even a chef and a hostess. Gulets are about comfort, safety, and spending quality time with a large group of family or friends.
Similar to gulets (which are also often used as party boats), it is possible to rent either an entire party boat or a single cabin on one of our party boats. Party boat types vary, but usually the best type for a party sailing holiday is a large sailboat.
We know – there’s still too much choice!
But hopefully this has given you a better idea about the best type of rental boat for you.
All of these incredible boats can be booked either bareboat or with a chartered crew, so if you don’t have a boat licence, don’t worry! We’ve got an amazing skipper community who will take care of everything for you.
Summer is just around the corner, so what are you waiting for? Book your boat now!
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