Why You Should Charter a Yacht – All the Reasons!

For people who are excited at the prospect of a sailing holiday, hiring a yacht has emerged as a genuinely attractive option.

Unlike a cruise ship, hiring a yacht offers unmatched flexibility in terms of crafting your itinerary as you prefer. You get to see and do more during the same duration.

Besides, sailing offers a more intimate experience with the sea and the wind. Most importantly, for people who assume sailing is meant for experienced sailors, yacht charters these days come with the services of a crew and skipper to take care of all such worries.

In this article, I am going to provide a detailed look at more reasons why you should charter a yacht.

Freedom and Privacy

One of the most underrated aspects of sailing trips aboard chartered yachts is the privacy they afford you.

Unlike a large cruise liner that is teeming with hundreds of tourists, you would be completely on your own on a yacht.

While your choices in terms of entertainment options, sailing routes, and destinations are heavily curtailed on a liner, you would be the one in complete charge of such matters on a chartered boat.

For example, you may decide to park your boat near an excellent diving spot to enjoy the marine life or simply explore a charming coastal town at leisure. Such freedom is unmatched elsewhere.

Sailing boat on the water

Choose the Yacht According to Your Requirements

When we talk of yachts and sailing, people immediately start picturing super luxurious boats owned by millionaire celebrities and rich businessmen.

However, the fact is that yachts come in a variety of shapes and sizes, offering a range of differing amenities.

In other words, you would likely find a yacht available for charter within your budget. Boat manufacturers these days make yachts, especially with charter business in mind, featuring extra cabins and such.

No matter what your group size, you can likely find a yacht to accommodate you all. Even if you are going solo or as a couple, you can still hire a cabin on a yacht and enjoy the perks.

What Can You Expect from the Crew?

The crew on the chartered yacht is there to take care of all the navigational and associated tasks.

The skipper himself is responsible for all activities aboard the yacht, including navigation, regulatory and legal compliance, crew management, and the overall seaworthiness of the yacht.

The crew under his command carry out safety drills, watch schedules, equipment maintenance, deck operations, and housekeeping, and serving food and drinks to the guests.

Differences Between a Hotel and Yacht Charter

Still undecided if you should sail or simply visit a hotel or a resort? Consider this.

While you would get every conceivable luxury of a hotel on the yacht, the yacht would also treat you to a stunning new vista several times a day.

While even the prettiest of hotel room views can get stale after a while, there is no such downer aboard a yacht.

You can visit the locale of your choice aboard the yacht, dine at a fancy restaurant ashore or simply have an alfresco-style dinner.

No matter what you cherish, complete seclusion, or a high-octane nightlife, a yacht can meet your every whims and demand, unlike resorts and hotels.

Sailing boat on the water

Choosing Your Own Itinerary

Arguably the biggest selling point of a chartered yacht is that it allows you to craft your entire sailing trip and even change and modify them if you so wish during the course of your holiday.

If you take a fancy to a particular coastal town, you can simply decide to spend an extra day there without any worry.

In contrast to cruise liners that ask you to choose from their pre-fixed routes, you would be in charge of the sailing route, deciding the number of days to spend at specific places, as well as the activities to enjoy.


Activities on a Yacht

It would be a mistake to assume that yachts are all about enjoying a lazy holiday soaking up the sun, feeling the wind in your hair, or enjoying the foamy splash of the ocean on your skin.

While all of the above is decidedly true, there are a lot of other opportunities to give yourself a proper workout.

For example, you can take your boat to some of the most coveted dive sites and enjoy the marine life up and close.

Similarly, those who love a spot of fishing can probably ask for no better platform than the yacht to indulge in their passion.

On the other hand, if you are simply in need of some retail therapy, you can take your boat to some of the hottest shopping destinations around.

Women soak up the sun on a boat

Facilities Offered by a Chartered Yacht

While the skipper and his crew would take care of all the sailing and navigational tasks, you can expect a first-rate hotel-like experience aboard the chartered yacht.

For example, you can expect classy and elegant cabins and suites with breathtaking views of the ocean.

You can dine on feasts prepared exactly how you want them and on a table that provides a grand and commanding view of the sea.

The crew would remember not just your name but your personalized tastes and every little whim.

Children on Board

For people who are sailing with their children, yachts provide a range of fun activities to keep them engaged and thrilled.

While indoors, there would be a library of movies and games to enjoy; kids can partake in several thrilling water sports.

From banana-shaped inflatable boats to kid-friendly jet-skies, you can be sure the fun never stops for your kids.

Children on board a yacht


Cost of a Yacht Charter

As mentioned above, chartered yachts these days cater to every budget. While bareboat charters are obviously cheaper, you would find out that fully crewed boats are not all that expensive.

For example, the per week price of a 40 feet charter boat may come to about $4200. However, since this price is for the entire sailboat, it would be split evenly between the charterers.

Assuming there are 6 of them, the per-head cost works out to only $700, or $100 a day. That is perfectly reasonable and perhaps even cheaper than some luxury resorts.

What Charter Companies Do for Their Customers

Charter companies and brokers provide a host of promotional, educational, and other associated services.

For example, charter companies would routinely publish informative articles on their websites and newsletters about the list of do’s and don’ts as well items to be checked before you arrive at the base.

Brokers provide a wealth of information on the available fleets and deals. Brokers and companies also provide informational videos to initiate you to the sailing experience.

In addition, other companies provide full services for your trips ashore, restaurant reservations, other activities, and even packages for special occasions such as a wedding.


By now, you should have a fairly good idea about the many advantages of sailing on a chartered yacht.

No matter what your preference, whether it is a customized holiday, privacy, flexibility, freedom, luxury, and a host of exciting activities, a chartered yacht ticks all the boxes.

To top it all, you would require no sailing experience or need to shell out extra money to enjoy it all.

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29 thoughts on “Why You Should Charter a Yacht – All the Reasons!”

  1. Daniella
    This is just a top-notch and well executed article on chartering and the photos make it stellar!

    I knew very little about the subject but I do know that taking my family on a cruise ship was not an experience we liked. So until now I would not have listed this approach as one of our options but I certainly do now.

    Thanks for the excellent introduction to chartering and the links to more information so that I can follow-up to schedule services.

    • Hi Michael,

      I am sorry to hear that your family and you didn’t have a nice experience on a cruise ship:(

      In fact, I wrote a nice article about Yacht vs Cruise , I highly recommend you to read it:)

      Thank you for the comment and I wish you a wonderful day!

  2. Love your site and the pictures, really puts me in a cheery, holiday mood! Never thought about hiring a yacht before, i think it would be an amazing experience. Your content seems to be very thorough and every question i had about it you seemed to answer in the next section. Thanks for the great read.

  3. Hi Faylinn,

    I am glad that my article has convinced you to rent a yacht for your next summer getaway:)
    Indeed, diving among spectacular sea life and move freely wherever you want is absolutely fantastic!
    If you need help with anything, please feel free to contact me at any time, I’ll be more than happy to assist!
    Thank you for the comment and wish you a wonderful day!

  4. It is good to know that fully crewed boats aren’t that expensive. I have always wanted to have a vacation at sea, but I don’t know how to sail a boat. I am assuming that it isn’t at all like driving a motorboat. I might have to look into booking a vacation with my family now.

    • Hi Jasper,

      It depends on the type of yacht. Price can rise according to your requirements:)
      It is not a problem if you don’t have any sailing experience, you can hire a skipper or charter a crewed yacht so that you and your family can have a dream sailing holiday:)
      If you are interested in renting a boat, then you can send an inquiry, and you will receive a charter quote very soon.
      Thank you for the comment and wish you a fantastic day!

  5. That’s so neat that when I rent a yacht I can expect a first rate hotel experience. I’ve heard that some yacht services will even provide live music entertainment if you’re lucky! For my wife’s 30th birthday I’m wanting to surprise her by doing something like renting a yacht, and I’ll have to look even more in to it!

    • Hy Troy,

      Thank you for the comment!

      Yes, you can expect to have a first class hotel experience but be aware that not all boats will offer you comfort and luxury. It will depend on many factors. The younger the yacht, the better it is. Also, it depends on how much money you are willing to pay for your comfort.

      If you want to surprise your wife’s 30th birthday, then I would suggest you rent a private boat with a crew. You can hire the boat just for a day or for a week if you wish to. If you are interested in looking more into it, then you can send a yacht charter inquiry and you will receive all the details you wish to know.

      I hope it helped and if you need any assistant, please don’t hesitate to contact me, I’ll be more than happy to help!

      Thank you again for the comment and wish you a wonderful day!.

  6. All of the reasons you gave for chartering a yacht were awesome, but I love the one about picking your own itinerary. It would be so nice to have that sort of freedom while you’re out at sea! Not only that, there would be much more room for adventure if you weren’t bound to someone else’s schedule. We’ll try chartering a yacht when we go to Hawaii, next week.

    • Hi Jalu,
      Yes, it possible to choose your own itinerary but it will depend on several factors, for example, if the weather deteriorates then, of course, the captain will automatically change the direction. Also, if you rent a yacht with other passengers, you will have to discuss the itinerary with them and the captain. If you decide to charter a bareboat, then you can choose your own route, yet the charter company will specify some places where not sail for your own safety and also to not damage the boat. A private yacht will also allow you to choose the itinerary with the captain.
      I hope it helped and if you need more information, please don’t hesitate to drop me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I am always happy to help:)

      Thank you for the comment.
      Have a wonderful day!

  7. I want to go on a nice vacation with my wife. I didn’t know that you could charter a yacht! That would be so much fun. It would be like our own miniature cruise trip!

    • Hi Braden,

      Thank you for the comment!
      Yes, you can definitely charter a yacht! Your wife and you will have an unforgettable holiday, I can guarantee you!
      If you need help with something, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am always happy to help!
      Have a wonderful day!

    • Hi, Amber, I am glad that this article has inspired you to charter a boat. Hope to see you soon:)
      Thank you for the comment and wish you all the best!

      I wish you a wonderful day!

  8. I agree, if you want to choose a charter yacht then you need to choose one that meets your requirements. For example, it needs to be large enough to occupy all of the people who will be going on the charter with you. Luckily most skippers will be willing to tell you whether or not you and your party are good for their boat.

    • Hi Callum,

      Yes, it is very important to charter a yacht according to the number of passengers so they can enjoy their holidays thoroughly. Usually, skippers don’t mind to sleep on the sofa because they love their job! What matters to them is to sail to beautiful destinations:).
      Thank you for the comment and wish you a wonderful day!

  9. Hey, awesome blog! Thanks for the share. If anyone wants to charter luxury and beautiful yacht for the vacations, check out You Charter Direct. They have a large selection of exotic yachts at the most affordable prices.

    • Hey there,

      I am glad you found the blog awesome, thank you!
      Yes, the You Charter Direct has beautiful yacht charters for holidays, I am sure people will love them!

      Thank you for the comment and wish you a lovely day!

  10. I’m glad that you explain how you’are able to create your own schedule and determine where to go when chartering a yacht. This would be a great way to ensure you enjoy your trip as well as to be able to enjoy the privacy of only being with the people you know. When chartering a yacht, you’d probably want to figure out where you plan to go so that you can then go online and research the different rental companies in the area and see what types of boats they have available in order to find one that will comfortably fit your group and safely take you to where you want to go.

  11. Great article, thanks for giving more information on chartering yachts and how it can even be comparable to staying in a resort. One thing to keep in mind is some places have a maximum capacity no matter how large the yacht is. In Miami, the maximum amount of people allowed on a yacht at a time is 13 people, even if the yacht is over 100 ft! This is a strict policy and the captain can even get his license taken away. However, I’m not sure about other places. But my favorite place to cruise through the ocean on a chartered yacht has got to be the mediterranean! The most breathtaking views and culture you can’t miss. Can’t wait to go back

    • Hi there,

      You are very welcome! Well thank you for sharing your knowledge, I really appreciate!
      It’s unbelievable how rules can change from country to another. Good to know!

      Indeed, the Mediterranean is splendid, and the best way to enjoy the stunning views is by boat:) Something not to miss!

      Thank you for the comment and wish you a fantastic day!

  12. My family is thinking about taking a tropical vacation this summer and I am glad that I found this article because I did not realize that there are so many benefits of chartering a yacht on the ocean while we are there! You make a great point that a chartered yacht will give my family privacy and we can decide exactly where we want to go. Being able to choose our itinerary every day would help us relax and enjoy our family vacation together. Plus, there will be a lot of activities that we can do on the boat from swimming to fishing.

    • Hi Rosie,
      Yes, you are right, there are many fun things you and your family can do on a yacht charter. I have no doubt you’ll enjoy your trip!
      Thank you for the comment and wish you a nice day!

  13. I thought it was interesting that you said it is likely very easy to find a charter for a yacht that is within most people’s budget. My sister is getting married soon, and my siblings and I are looking for a good gift to get them for their honeymoon. Maybe they would enjoy being able to travel aboard a yacht for a little while!

    • Hi Sandra,

      Yes, this would be an awesome idea for a honeymoon!
      I am sure they will love their trip!
      Let me know if you need help. I’ll be more than happy to assist!

      Thank you for the comment and wish you a lovely day!

  14. Hiring a private boat such as a yacht charter would be able to accommodate my whole family. I never knew that hiring a yacht will offer unmatched flexibility for us all. In my opinion, the freedom that we can get from yachts is something that my grandmother will approve of, so I’ll make sure to look for one.

    • Hi Angela,

      Yes, you and your family will enjoy your time on the water with a yacht charter. If you have a large family, then I would highly recommend you choose a catamaran. Those boats are exceptionally spacious and comfortable. And there is no doubt that your grand mather will love it!
      Thank you for the comment and wish you a lovely day!


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