How to charter a crewed yacht in the Caribbean

charter a crewed yacht

There is nothing quite like relaxing on the deck of a private yacht whilst enjoying views of palm fringed, white sand beaches. And you don't have to be a millionaire to do this; there are beautiful yachts available at an affordable price, like dating it's just a matter of finding that perfect match.

It is an important part of the planning process to choose which broker you work with - however wonderful the yacht, it is the crew who make the trip a success and a good broker will consider the crew personalities, ages and even hobbies and interests in matching you to the right yacht.

After discussing your requirements in detail you will be offered a selection of yachts to consider, from classic mono-hull to swift power catamarans there is a great range of vessels available. Any good broker inspects yachts on a regular basis & meets with crew to ensure they are representing only the very best.

charter a crewed yacht

Your broker will give advice regarding itineraries, must-see things to do, food and beverage planning, and will liaise with the yacht owner on your behalf regarding rates, starting and finishing locations and other special requests. The yacht owner pays a commission to the broker, so there is no cost to you for these services.

The high season in the Caribbean is from Thanks-giving through to Easter, with peak weeks at Christmas and New Year. During any of the school holiday weeks many yachts book up to a year in advance - so it is worthwhile enquiring early to get the best choice of yachts. Spring and summer months can provide quiet anchorages and flat seas resulting in fantastic snorkelling & scuba diving - you can also find great deals in the Summer especially for last minute bookings.

Most of the yachts that operate in the Caribbean offer an all-inclusive package, that's all meals, snacks, drinks, bar, wine, yachts running expenses & fuel, along with your professional crew. Not included will be vintage wines & champagne, docking fees if requested during the charter, use of the boats phone or taxis & excursions ashore, or customary crew gratuity. Some yachts also offer scuba diving directly from the yacht, including instructional courses.

As an alternative to the jam-packed marinas of the Med -the Caribbean offers steady trade-winds, uninhabited Islands & serene anchorages. Don't regret the things you didn't do, start planning your ultimate yacht charter & make some memories. For more information http://www.independent-yacht-charter.com

By Veronica Williams Independent Yacht Charter

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