Since my early boating days I’ve lamented over the chemicals put in the ocean. I'd think back to school, when a teacher poured a coloured chemical into water, then challenged us to remove it. That demonstration proved how easy it is to put unwanted additives in water, but how difficult to remove them.
Ever considered a sailing holiday in flotilla? Meeting people through the common bond of sailing is a rewarding experience. It expands horizons and circles while leaving some of the best holiday memories to take home. And strength in numbers can bring peace of mind when sailing unfamiliar waters.
In 2019 the Bali 5.4 catamaran entered charter fleets with the bareboat option added. Until now such a large boat was only available with paid skipper and crew. This is a significant development in yacht chartering: it continues a recent trend towards larger boats progressively coming into charter on a self-skipper basis.
Winter is the season for spotting humpback whales in New Caledonia’s southern lagoon. The calves are starting to learn the ways of the ocean while still safely under mother’s watchful eye. The lagoon offers the perfect location for observation, whale watching a highlight of any New Caledonia boat charter
Bareboat and crewed boat sailing holidays are growing in popularity the world over. Every year new destinations open up and more of the latest designs in catamarans, monohull yachts, powered and motorsailer craft come into service for charter. With this growth come more ways to arrange your charter sailing holiday.
As part of our charter broker service we ensure your skipper status is approved by local port authorities before we pass your deposit to the boat's operator. Lately certification requirements in some locations have been tightened and minimum qualifications are coming under scrutiny. Here's our latest information on this.
For your next sailing holiday, particularly in the eastern Mediterranean but in some other surprising places as well, consider chartering a gulet. Today's gulet is now a modern charter boat built for a unique vacation experience enjoyed in complete passenger comfort and luxury living aboard.
A sailboat charter that includes a paid crew means one of two things: crewed bareboat with your party joined by freelance skipper and sometimes cook; or full-service charter on a boat with permanent, professional crew attached.
Your sailing holiday is a big adventure for evryone concerned, and making an investment in time before setting sail will reap rewards on the water. Like any venture, good preparation is key to success in chartering a boat.
Charter boats today have all the electrical conveniences of modern living. On board however you are a long way from the grid. Before setting sail, it’s important to understand the limitations of the electrical power source and the tools it drives.
There's a charter boat trend towards larger catamarans. Enjoy a bareboat sailing holiday on a big cat such as the Saba 50 or Lagoon 52, their six double cabins providing enough room for two families or a group of friends
Pets are part of the family and it's common to see them aboard on a sailing holiday. But there are some things to consider before you set sail with dog along on your charter boat adventure.
An ideal Croatian boat charter may mean overnighting in a quiet bay. Or perhaps hopping from town to town for fun and excitement. While the bay stopover may be free of charge, marina charges in Croatia can add up
Leading yacht design company Catana is best known for the performance of its cruising multi-hulls. The Bali catamaran is designed with crew comfort also in mind, ideal for bareboat charter.
Good planning, professional briefings, quality equipment and common sense ensure the vast majority of boat charters go smoothly and holiday memories are all happy ones. But even the most experienced sailor occasionally trips up. Here are the stories we most commonly hear when things go wrong on charter.
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