Yacht Charter – How to Choose the Perfect Yacht

Chartering or hiring a boat is not too different from hiring a car

Choosing the Right Yacht for you

All you need to know

The size, age manufacturer of the yacht are made clear in the offer, and if applicable, where you can sail the boat. In some areas it is necessary to have the right paperwork to enter into other territorial waters.  You will be expected to pay for damage to the yacht, up to a certain amount before the insurance takes over. Like cars, you can elect to pay for a damage waive to take your liability down to a more manageable figure, even to nothing.
There are a wide range of standards, although most now operate under national governing bodies that regulate fleets.  Those that do not are self regulated by the industry; with an increasing number of experienced brokers, rouge fleets are quickly encouraged to improve or face exclusive from offers.

Types of yacht charters

Learn what each one offers

Bareboat Yacht Charters
one way yacht charter caribbean 60' Bareboat Charter Cat
Bavaria 37 Cruiser

Bareboat Yacht Charters

Bareboat charters are rentals of boats usually owned by individuals under the management of a charter company. These may be large companies operating multiple fleets in different parts of the world, all year round, or local outfits that manage a handful of boats in season. Bareboats are most often 50 feet or less in length (46 or less for multihulls). Depending on the charter venue, a resume, careful checkout, and insurance deposit are usually required; in some locations a level of certification may be required. The charter company may encourage, or require, the skipper to take a professional captain along for a day or two until the charterer is comfortable handling the boat and its systems.

Crewed Yacht Charters
Crewed yacht charter
Two Crew on a Crewed Charter

Crewed Yacht Charters

Crewed chartering combines the service and friendliness of an elegant hotel with complete freedom to explore amazing destinations without ever worrying about the crowds. If you want the exhilaration of being on the water, privacy of your own boat, but a bit of luxury and pampering, then we highly recommend a crewed charter!

shrimp dishCrewed Charters are yachts where the crew is dedicated to the specific yacht. They take care of the maintenance, sailing, cooking, cleaning and navigation, and are typically experts in the region where you will be chartering. Don’t underestimate the value of local knowledge – it can make the difference between efficiency and hassle when finding a mooring, restaurant, or dealing with local customs!

Motoryacht Charters
Photo for model – Pruva 80 Motorboat
Photo for model – Ferretti 630 Motorboat

Crewed Motoryacht Charters

Crewed motor yacht chartering combines the service and friendliness of an elegant hotel with complete freedom to explore amazing destinations without ever worrying about the crowds. If you want the exhilaration of being on the water with the wind in your hair, freedom to explore, privacy, service, pampering, great food and well-mixed drinks, then we highly recommend a crewed motor yacht charter!

Crewed Luxury Motor Yacht Charter – 5 star serviceCrews on luxury yachts are hired, extensively trained and dedicated to one yacht. It is their job, livelihood and passion to manage your charter and the well-being of the clients aboard. They run the boat and are focused on your enjoyment and well-being. The crew takes care of the maintenance, sailing, cooking, cleaning and navigation, and are experts in the region where you’re cruising. Yacht crew members are normally highly trained and experienced in the specific areas of responsibility they hold. And of course, they have to be people and service oriented.

  • Describe

    Give us as little or as much detail as you like to begin the process

  • Quote

    Receive the very best options from the whole of the charter market

  • Refine

    Our very experienced staff will help you refine your perfect trip

  • Book

    Use our safe certified booking system to finalise your booking

Why use an Agent?

Always better than booking direct

  • Better access to the operator – alternative solutions
  • Better deals than going direct
  • Bigger discounts
  • Personalized guidance and assistance

Service Standards

What you should wait for

Operators are rightly focused on their primary business, managing yachts
and having them in the best possible condition for charter – they could not possibly hope to offer the same back office service standard of an experienced agent. Here the agent will often be able to offer alternative currencies, better exchange rates, alternative tailored extras, as well as being with you should something go wrong.

Yacht Charter Deposit

DESCRIBE

Describe your requirements in the thought cloud above. Let us search the whole sailing market. A quick description is all we need. We can provide no obligation information on:

  • Bareboat Yacht Charter
  • Crewed Yacht Charter
  • Cabin Charter
  • Luxury Yachts and Motor Yachts
  • Add tailor Options not available elsewhere
Read about a case study...

We are currently adding some real customer examples of descriptions for you.

Yacht Charter Case Study. We received this via our website.

“I am seeking a great deal on chartering option in Croatia. I have a proposal from XXXX Charter for the period of 7th to 14th of September. They offer a Bavaria 46 Cruiser for 8 (9) persons for a price of 2566 Euros, excluding some 240 Euros for extras (outboard, tax, permit). The cruise is to start and end in Biograd, Croatia. I would like to hear your opinion.”

This deal we were able to beat the customer’s direct quote.  We even talked to the yacht operator who were happy for us to handle all the administration of their behalf.  The customer reasoned:

“Yes, you quoted a very interesting proposal. It beats the price we already achieved with XXXX for about the same product. Now I am going to discuss it with my friends.”

We were able to offer the customer a better deal than booking direct.

REFINE

We will reach out to you and clarify any points. The moment it’s sent, one of our agents will soon be busy collating key information. If you have missed something, no need to worry. During this stage, we add the real value.We are the only Yacht Charter Comparison Site with access to all the industry booking platforms and a good database of our own independents.From this will offer a much more personalised service based on your specific needs.  We will ensure:

Find out all the things we ensure happen here...

We will ensure:

  • You understand the merits and reliability of the charter company  we recommend to you.
  • The cancellation policy of the company is properly understood
  • The deposit method is quoted
  • Any extra taxes, cleaning fees, starter packs, etc.

Specific to your requirements there are many other elements we will check:

  • The cruising area and any restrictions
  • Qualifications required
  • Local Yacht Provisioning
  • Local or third party options for skippers/captains, chefs, cooks and hostesses.

And so much more. Yacht Charter Case Study We were contacted by a couple who had some experience of sailing on local lakes back home.  They were planning to live on a yacht in the near future.  They did not require a local skipper, but were interested in having a highly experienced yachting instructor who could advise them on every aspect of their project. Next we were about to talk to the charter company and allow them to try more than one make of yacht, all at no extra cost. Why Choose SailChecker? We are the only online yacht charter comparison site to allow you to belned options from different suppliers. Why not hear what our customers think of our service? Click here to read the latest testimonials.

QUOTE

Detail information within hours. You will be provided with a quote within 24 hours of finalizing your requirements. But, it doesn’t stop there. Unlike other services, we remain by your side throughout the whole process, offering advices along the way. We want to help and learn from your sailing experiences. Not all quotes are equal.We ensure that every feature of your charter is openly engaged with.  It is impossible to properly compare unless you have the right information.  Our staff are all industry specialists, and if they don’t know the answer, someone else in the office will.

Read a case study here...

Yacht Charter Case Study Simon Borland recently contacted us to help him charter for his annual sailing trip with friends.  This year they selected Ibiza.  He and his friends had the most amazing time but were disappointed when they were not give evidence their deposit had been returned to their credit card. SailChecker immediately contacted the charter company and were able to have the issue resolved the same day.  

BOOK

Detail information within hours. You will be provided with a quote within 24 hours of finalizing your requirements. But, it doesn’t stop there. Unlike other services, we remain by your side throughout the whole process, offering advices along the way. We want to help and learn from your sailing experiences. Not all quotes are equal.We ensure that every feature of your charter is openly engaged with.  It is impossible to properly compare unless you have the right information.  Our staff are all industry specialists, and if they don’t know the answer, someone else in the office will.

Read a case study here...
Commercial Exchange Rates – No Currency Charges

One of our SailChecker’s from Canada wanted to book a boat in the Caribbean. The quote was really fabulous and Kim was expecting to pay in USD. Using our client account in Canada, we were able to invoice her in Canadian Dollars.  This not only saved her Foreign Currency charges, we were able to offer her commercial exchange rates 4.5% better than her bank!

Not everyone needs to pay in foreign currencies, but this is just one example where SailChecker have refined our systems to benefit the customer – not the banks.

How Can we help?

SailChecker offers a wide range of Yacht Charter globally

Can I help?

My name is Kate and I would love to help you find the perfect Yacht Charter to suit you.

Our Services

Bareboat Yacht Charter

A Bareboat Yacht Charter is the arrangement where you charter (hire) the whole yacht, ship or boat without additional crew.

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Crewed Yacht Charter

Enjoy being sailed around by a qualified skipper/captain who will also act as tour guide with expert knowledge of the area.

Cabin Charter

Cabin Charter gets you exclusive use of part of a yacht, normally a cabin (room), comes with crew & typically includes most meals.

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Fotilla Sailing

Join a fleet of charter yachts and enjoy mutual support, community and parties.  Typically with a lead yacht and organised activities.

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Ready Made Sailing

For typical examples or a chance to sail with the sail checker team, check out our Ready Made Charters, Trips and Offers.

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Learn to Sail

Learn to sail in warmer climes, or even closer to home.  We can provide advice and help you gain your charter qualifications.

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