A sailboat charter can take you to many places which are entirely unreachable by land. A sailboat can also provide the exhilarating freedom that comes from sailing a lovely yacht, with the rail in the water and the spray on your face. A sailboat charter can give you a feeling that a powerboat cannot; it can get you closer to the ocean and make you feel alive. Indeed, the essence of any sailboat charter is freedom and adventure.
Nevertheless, with today’s technology, a sailboat charter can also offer you some of the space and luxury of a power boat. Although a sailboat allows you to experience the vibrancy of the outdoors, and generally requires guests to spend more time on deck enjoying the scenery, when you do go below you can also enjoy all the delights of comfort. Modern sailboat designs are ever improving in their space, quality and luxury.
Racing Sailboat Charter
If you are interested in taking the sailboat charter experience to its fullest degree, try a racing yacht charter. Adventure based racing sailboat yacht charter is also becoming increasingly popular in many parts of the world. This type of extreme yacht charter means you can grind your way to windward in a tacking duel on an Americas Cup sailboat, or experience the challenge, trails and tribulations of an ocean race. You can rub shoulders and joust tactical swords with some very experienced professional yacht racers. There is also many an opportunity, if you are already part of an experienced yacht racing crew, to charter a yacht for a particular yacht race or event.
Modern Sailboat Charter
If you are more interested in sailboats as a luxury past time, rather than an uncomfortable sport, there are plenty of sailboat designs to suit. Now-days, nearly every modern charter yacht uses roller-furling technology to make sailing a more leisurely pursuit, especially if your sailboat is short handed. The most common kind of roller-furling on your sailboat charter will be on the headsails.
There is also many different types of furling mainsails on sailboats; as there are many opinions on which type is preferable. Which type you prefer usually depends on whether you are interested in getting the best performance out of the mainsail, as a full battened main allows, or you are more interested in ease of use, and don’t mind trading the battens in for a furl system and poorer performance.
Thankfully there are some great systems available now on sailboats that give the best of both worlds. The result is a virtual elimination of the necessity to furl the main. These modern sailboat main systems utilize lazy-jacks and a canvas nest. Now a performance sail with battens can drop snugly onto the boom, where it is tidy and ready for easy use, without the need for hordes of crew slipping around the deck with sail ties gritted in their teeth.
A sailboat charter is best taken in a location and in seasons when the breezes is frequent, constant and steady. Unless you and your crew are keen and sturdy sailors (and slightly masochistic), you may want to avoid seasons when strong cold winds and high seas are commonplace. Similarly, avoid times when an area is renowned for being too windless and still, as you will have to rely too much on the iron sail. The whole point of a sailboat charter is to be able to sail! There are quite often locations that have periods of great weather falling outside the main charter high season. These are the optimum times to charter your sailboat. Please see our location articles or contact CharterWorld for more information.
What type of experience do you need for a bareboat sailboat charter?
Well, you do need to know the basics of sailing. The degree of skill and experience required depends on the type of sailboat you would like to charter and the location you intend to sail it in. Some areas and yachts are more challenging than others. It is therefore important to give a clear indication of you sailboat skills so our consultant can match them with the most appropriate boat design and the best area. To give you an idea of what to expect in different sailboat locations read our yacht charter location articles. If you are still unsure please contact us as we have detailed information about what weather and sea conditions to expect in each location.
Many sailboat bareboats are built with comfortable, cruising ease and yacht charter in mind. Well known charter sailboats designs that are fairly standardized and user friendly in their approach include Bavaria, Beneteau, Jeanneau, or Lagoon, to name a few.
If you are not too sure that you or your crew’s sailboat skills are strong enough, or it has been a while since you sailed last, there are a couple of things you can do. You can go to a local bareboat sailboat charter course as a refresher to compliment what you already know. Or you can ask CharterWorld to provide you with a local skipper for a day or two so that you can easily get familiar with your particular charter sailboat and the location. This option is not only a more fun than a course or sailing school, but is usually cheaper and less time consuming.
A sailboat charter can be a bareboat charter, skippered or fully crewed, depending on your sailing experience and service preferences. There is an enormous range of worldwide sailboat charters that are accessible to CharterWorld. Whatever your tastes, interests and abilities, we can find a sailboat charter to suit. Please contact us with your requirements.