Charter YachtsThere are many different types of charter yacht, and choosing the type suitable for your charter is an important part of the chartering process. Why? Because you want to make sure that the yacht you are about to charter is right for you.
So what yachts types are there, and what are your options? Most charter yachts tend to be large (30m+) motor yachts with accommodation for eight to 12 guests, and a crew of eight or more. They will normally be spacious and comfortable, with numerous areas for eating, relaxing and sunbathing. Some have a pool and/or Jacuzzi, some have a gymnasium or cinema, all will have a selection of tenders, Jet Skis and water-toys for the amusement of guests.
Explorer (or expedition) yachts tend to be rather functional in design, but built for going long distances and being completely independent of on-shore services. This makes explorer yachts perfect for out-of-the-way places where they can be self-sufficient for weeks at a time. Destinations such as Alaska, the Arctic, the Amazon, and the island chains of the Indian and Pacific oceans are all well within reach.
Some people prefer the peace and quiet of a sailing yacht for their charters, and chartering under sail can be an immensely relaxing experience. Sailing yachts don’t tend to be quite as roomy as motor yachts, and generally have less useable deck space, but for those that prefer a quieter, more back-to-nature approach, the sailing yacht is the perfect way to unwind.
Classic yachts seem to be perennially popular on the charter market, often because of their classic styling and nostalgic appeal. An ultra-modern motor yacht may have all the whistles and bells, but from a style point of view there are few boats that look as good as some of the classic motor (and sailing) yachts.