Yacht chartering can be intimidating. Especially for first-timers who feel clueless as to how things go. You need not fret though as we have solid tips for first-timers. There are just a few things that you truly need to consider and we will enlist them all. After finishing this article, you’d be excited more than ever to go on your well-deserved yacht holiday!
1. Know yourself
You are the most important factor here. Forget about everything you don’t know and focus on yourself. Only the things that are true to you should dictate your experience. Ask yourself the following questions:
You need to know what you want because you wouldn’t want to opt for a sailing holiday with activities that you’re not even interested in. You need to know your budget because it will simplify all your choices. If you can afford it, you can have it. Enlist the specific experiences you want. This will make it easy for your crew to give you everything you need. Knowing your expectations will greatly help you in figuring out what to ask for from your crew. If your holiday is for business, then you need to consider other people. If it’s simply for pleasure and you’re on your own, you’re free to decide on wherever you want to go and whatever you want to do. Knowing what will truly make you happy will simplify everything. You need not be afraid if what you’d ask for may not be allowed as your crew will be with you every step of the way and will duly tell you what can and can’t be done.
2. Consider deals
Having an unlimited budget is never a valid excuse to splurge. You can save a lot if you look for deals. If available deals don’t excite you, then you can still save by choosing to book early. Booking early will give you the following perks:
3. Pick your crew carefully
Your crew will make everything happen for you during your holiday. This is why you should choose wisely. A private boat hire will make you feel all grand and royal and it will all be through the skills, services, and abilities of your chosen crew. Your crew should be as good as the yacht of your choice.
Your crew will make it possible for you to seamlessly enjoy one activity after the other. Regular yacht charters will have at least 1 to 6 crew members while larger yachts will need at least 15 to 20 in their team. Your crew can come with a personal chef and even a masseuse. Opt for a crew with years of experience as you wouldn’t want to deal with a new team that is still adjusting. You wouldn’t want to be a guinea pig.
4. Target the sundeck
Your sundeck will make or break your sailing holiday. For pleasure-seekers, it is simply the most important part of a yacht. You have no idea how many hours you’d spend in your sundeck during your holiday. Given that, you should consider it a priority when choosing a yacht charter.
Your sundeck should be compatible with your choice of activities. If you enjoy hours of reading under the sun, one with cozy lounge chairs will be perfect for you. You can look for one with a jacuzzi if that’s your thing. Some yachts even have sundeck bars!
If you want to entertain guests, look for a yacht with a spacious sundeck that can accommodate intimate parties. Your sundeck should be big enough for all your preferred activities. And yes, dining al fresco is a must.
Last and definitely not least, you simply need to know that all you have to do is communicate. Communication is key. Once you know everything that you prefer - from activities, sundecks, and crew – you simply need to enlist them. Provide your broker with such information and see magic as it happens. Knowing what you want and voicing it effectively will get you everything you’d ever need. In enlisting your preferences, ensure that your broker knows:
The more particular you are with your requests, the more first-class and dreamy your experience will be! All you have to do is be clear with what you want and direct in expressing it. Enjoy!