When it comes to sailing vacations, no single proposition meets all needs. There are several ways to charter a boat, and your choice will depend on several factors, such as your boating experience and overall budget.
Costs of a Wet Charter
A private crewed charter is undoubtedly the most exclusive way to spend a vacation on board a boat. You have the whole boat just for you and an experienced crew who takes care of everything, from navigation to catering.
Crewed cruise charter costs will vary widely depending on the size and type of vessel, your destination, the length of your trip, the number of people in your party, and seasonality, among other factors.
The average price of a 55-foot catamaran that can accommodate ten passengers will be around €18,300 to €22,800. If you are traveling during the height of the summer season, this rate may increase by approximately 20-25%.
If you opt for a Premium crewed charter with meals, drinks, and water toys, the rate will likely be higher as you get an even more exclusive experience. The price will vary depending on the services and extras you want to include.
Not forgetting, of course, factoring crew gratuities into your costs. Although these are not mandatory, it is advisable to tip intelligently calculated crew members who have provided good service. They are calculated on the basis of approximately 15-20% of the base rental rate for your trip.
Costs of A "By the Cabin" Rental
If you are new to sailing or are looking for a sailing vacation experience without the cost of a private charter, a 'cabin' charter may be the perfect option.
A cabin charter is a vacation with a package deal aboard a large catamaran, where almost everything is included in the cost. Typically, a professional crew takes care of everything from navigation, meal preparation, and itinerary planning, so all you have to do is sit back and relax edge.
If you're traveling as a couple, you'll likely be sharing your ship with six to ten like-minded travelers. The cost of your charter typically includes a private cabin (usually with a private bathroom), meals, snacks and water sports activities, and cleaning of common areas.
Depending on your destination and the time of year you are sailing, a cabin charter costs around €1,000 per person for a one-week trip.
Bareboat Charter Costs
For the most experienced sailors and those looking for a true adventure, the bareboat yacht charter allows you to create your dream boating vacation just as you want.
A bareboat charter includes exactly what its wording describes: you pay for the charter of the boat only, without meals or crew services. Once you have chosen a base destination from which to charter your boat, the itinerary, activities, and provisioning choice is up to you.
For a one-week trip, the price of a bareboat charter for a 40-foot catamaran starts at around €5,500 (depending on season and location). Costs will increase for newer ships and those with greater capacity. Of course, you will also need to factor in your own fuel and provisioning costs, as well as the cost of the services of a local skipper, if you want this extra help.