Boat renting holidays are becoming a popular option among many tourists and travelers. There’s a lot of people who want to enjoy the sea and the shoreline, but overcrowded beaches tend to spoil the experience. Sailing a yacht or a catamaran gives them a certain sense of freedom, since an individual can go pretty much wherever he or she likes.
Skipper or no-skipper?
Many agencies and companies offer various yacht rental options. The basic premise is the same: you and your group (friends, family) are the crew and the drivers of your boat, you determine the course and stay as long as you like within your defined sailing region. Usually, at least one of you should be a skipper, meaning that someone has to possess navigational skills and at least some experience. The skipper usually must have a certificate or a yachting license before the yacht owners will rent you the vessel. But don’t worry: these agencies usually offer skippers of their own, who will help you on your adventure.
What type of vessel is the best for you?
There are many types of vessels you can rent, the most popular being the so-called crewed motor boats. These yachts can, in average, host a dozen people, although some of them can be over three hundred feet long and host many more. More luxurious options include gyms, HD video, high speed Internet, spas and other comforts, while most of them will provide you with an oven, microwave and other basic kitchen appliances.
Other popular category is the sail boat. Although not as fast as the motorboat, it is a great alternative to hotel accommodation and will enable you to experience the sea, the coastline and the islands to the fullest! They are excellent for places like the French Riviera, Ibiza, Mallorca or Croatia, since these places have a lot of small, beautiful islands to explore and witness. Plus, there are a lot of ports and marinas where you can anchor.
If you want a sailboat, there is the traditional dilemma whether it’s better to rent a catamaran or a monohull. If you’re sailing with your family and you’re not so experienced, we recommend catamarans. They are more comfortable and family-friendly. Also, they tend to have more living space, it’s easier to get in and out of the water, they provide enough deck space for sunbathing, have fly decks and they are not hard to navigate in shallow waters.
The calmness of the sea and the thrill of visiting many places in a relaxed an
Skippers will help you anchor and moor the boat, raise the sails, plot the itinerary and manage the boat in general. Even if you are a seasoned sailor or navigator, having a skipper is recommended. It will give you more time to rest, relax and spend time with your friends/family. It’s your holiday, after all! Besides, it’s safer, because skippers know the local waters well and chances are you’ll befriend your skipper in no time – the more, the merrier!d joyful way will enchant you in no time, so that the usual hotel holiday will seem boring after you’ve had your first yacht experience! So, why hesitate – find a suitable yacht and sail into the sunset. We promise you’ll have the time of your life!