A brief guide to chartering a sailboat

Although it may seem like a challenge to find, rent and sail a boat, chartering a sailboat is easier than you may realize. Here's a guide to getting out on the water:

A brief guide to chartering a sailboat

Find a suitable vessel

When you first start your search for a suitable sailboat to charter, you may have to broaden your search to outlying areas.

  • Although there may not be a charter available in the beach you're visiting, a suitable boat could be available several miles down the shore.
  • The size of the boat you will need depends on the number of people in your group. Ask the captain how many people can fit comfortably on the boat. If his boat can't accommodate your party, he may recommend a friend with a larger vessel.

Renting and pricing

Prices and terms for renting sailboats vary based on the location of the sailboat and the length and type of your trip.

  • Prices in the Philippines can be as cheap as $450 per day, while rental costs in the Mediterranean or Caribbean can be as much as $3,000 per day, depending on the size of the vessel.
  • Most sailboats are available for a day charter if you just wish to enjoy an afternoon and sunset out on the water.
  • You can arrange a multiple day voyage, sleep on the sailboat and see multiple beaches if you're a more adventurous traveller.

Sail on the high seas

Even if you have never been on a sailboat before, you can still enjoy a day on the ocean.

  • Some captains hire "boat boys" to help with the more complicated sailing tasks. You may have to tie off a rope occasionally, but can otherwise sit back and enjoy the ride.
  • Anyone can make a beach vacation extraordinary by chartering a boat. Whether you just have time for an afternoon sail or want to spend a few days on the water, chartering a sailboat is easy.

Sailing is an exciting, beautiful adventure. Contact nearby marinas if your beach or town doesn't have any charters available. Find the boat that is right for you and your group, and book an afternoon or a weekend, depending on your sailing preferences. With the captain's help, you can enjoy an adventure on the open seas.

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