How to Get a Cheap Yacht Rental
Even amidst the height of the yacht season, there are still some last-minute charters available due to cancellations. Unfortunately, they’re usually more expensive. However, there are a few things that may help you find a cheap yacht to rent.
The Right Time to Book a Yacht Rental
When you’re in search of cheap yacht rentals you need to start looking at least 7 to 12 months ahead of time. The best times to look at are either the second week of September or sometime before June.
Size and Age Really Do Matter when it comes to boats
Opting for a slightly older yacht (around 4-years-old) are just as reliable, albeit they are somewhat less expensive. Size is another one of those things that honestly does matter. A 32-foot boat is obviously going to be less to rent than a larger choice; even a few feet smaller can dramatically reduce the cost. However, if you just want or need more room, consider renting a slightly larger yacht and splitting the cost with a few other couples.
Forget the Middleman
Charter agents typically charge anywhere from 20 to 35% on top of what the yacht actually costs, making things more expensive. Plus, if anything does go wrong and there’s a middleman involved, it’s not always easy to sort out or get a refund. These are the two main reasons why it’s invariably better to rent directly from the yacht owner themselves.
The Captain and His Crew
Make sure that the captain is fluent in the language you speak. While this may not come to mind right away, the last thing, you want is to be out on the open water with someone who doesn’t speak your language. Of course, you also don’t want to forget to tip them at the end of your trip. How much you actually tip depends upon the services you’ve received (e.g. a certified instructor, hostess, deckhand). You can check with the company itself to find out how much each person typically receives as a tip.
The Benefits to Cheap Yacht Rentals
One thing you definitely don’t want to do is lease the cheapest possible yacht. Instead, it’s important to remain open to spending some money on it. The benefits of following these guidelines include:
* More spacious cabins
* Smaller catamarans
* Sailing any number of days you want
So, now that you know how to rent a cheap yacht, isn’t it time you stop reading and start sailing away into the sunset?