Yacht Rental for Dummies (Easier than you may think)
A yacht is a fun, luxurious way to relax while you’re on vacation or when you simply need to get away for a day. The right yacht rental allows you to have an unforgettable experience in either case. However, there are some things that you do need to know before you rent a yacht.
Yacht Rental Process
Planning the Perfect Trip – Details, Details, Details!It’s important to start planning your yacht trip as far in advance as possible, making sure that there’s plenty of room for maneuvering up until you actually finalize your trip. After all, you don’t want to rush into things because there are so many options (e.g. travel dates, where you’ll depart from, the duration of your trip, your destination, activities you’ll do along the way) and expenses involved.
Do Your Homework – It’s the fun kind of homework! Make sure you take some time to look into who you’re renting from. It’s important to find the boat that actually matches your plans. As you search, make sure you’re as specific as possible. It’s also a good idea to look everywhere, including boating magazines, ads you see in different places, and websites. Additionally, you can contact the port authority, harbor master, or local yacht club for recommendations.
Scope out your location – Trial Run, Anyone?
Try to also physically visit the port before departing from it. Oftentimes they have bulletin boards with ads for yacht rentals, free newspapers or magazines, and fliers available. Once you’ve exhausted your search, take time to compare your options to find the best fit. As you do so, consider things like:
- Size of boat
- Amenities on the boat
- Services provided by the crew
- Comfort level
Additional Considerations when Renting a Yacht:
Costs: Make sure you agree with all the terms and conditions before signing anything. You should also know the cost of the deposit, as well as the yacht’s base price. Don’t forget to ask about things like insurance, fuel, customs, and any other “hidden” fees (e.g. tips for the hired crew).
Food and drinks: If these aren’t included, find out if you can bring your own picnic food aboard.
Trip Reviews: You’ll also want to read the reviews from others who have used the service before and made comments about it online. This way, you can avoid any company that has glaring problems.
Preparing to Sail: Now all that’s left to do is to pack. Make sure you pack lightly since yachts have limited room aboard for your luggage. As you prepare for the trip, think of all the fun you’ll have making memories while sailing the world on the yacht. Enjoy!