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How to Choose the Right Yacht for a Fantastic Caribbean Vacation

TravelHow to Choose the Right Yacht for a Fantastic Caribbean Vacation

More and more people consider yachting as part of their vacation plans. It is easy to find a daily yacht charter Bahamas nowadays, for instance. So easy, in fact, that you may feel a little overwhelmed in terms of what your choices are. When you consider that you can have amenities like home theaters, sports gyms, helipads, spa clinics, Jacuzzi whirlpool baths, and other opulent amenities on board, it quickly becomes clear that you have to take a few things into considering.

Choosing Your Daily Yacht Charter

  1. How big does your yacht have to be? On a smaller yacht, you will usually find two cabins with space for four guests in total. A luxury boat is usually between 75 to 200 foot long. However, if you only want to charter for a day, you will usually be offered a small vessel, ranging from between 40 to 75 foot.

  2. How much do you want to spend? A 24 meter boat, for instance, could cost as much as $15,000 per day, depending on availability and season. In the Caribbean, winter months tend to be the most expensive. Hence, make sure you think about your budget, as well as comparing prices.

  3. Make sure you have reservations in place well ahead of time. Usually, you have to charter a boat for a minimum of three days, or pay a premium. However, if you charter early, they may be more accommodating, particularly if there are spaces between other bookings. The recommendation is to make your reservation six months in advance.

  4. Make sure you know how many adults and how many children will be coming. A minimum age is sometimes set. Additionally, do not expect your crew members will act as babysitters. If you do bring kids, they are your responsibility.

  5. Know where you want to go and what the weather is like there. The weather is usually fine in the Bahamas, but there are seasons during which there is more rain, and particularly more wind. During the hurricane season, for instance, it can be difficult to find a charter at all. In fact, most yachts will be in the Mediterranean Sea during those months.

  6. You will usually have to make a 50% down payment when you sign your agreement. The balance generally has to be settled around one month in advance. If you hired a super yacht, wire transfers are usually required for payment. Credit card payments are rarely accepted.

  7. Consider the Advanced Provisioning Allowance (APA), which is the cot for liquor, food, docking fees, communication systems, and fuel. Usually, this will come to 35% of the cost of your lease, and will have to be paid when you pay the balance of your charter. If less than the APA is spent, the difference will be refunded to you.

  8. Find out whether you have to tip the staff. This is usually expected and can be as much as 20% of the total charter cost.


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