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  GUIDE TO CHARTERING

When choosing a yacht charter there are many things you will need to think about.

If you have any question or would like advice please do not hesitate to contact us at info@oceanmarinegroup.co.uk  or call us on 01212 888212 for the UK/Europe or +1-850-266-7882 for USA.

 

Our step by step guide will help you to plan a successful sailing holiday.

1. WHEN AND WHERE TO GO

Often the time of year you are looking to travel will help you to determine which sailing ground would be the most suitable. Factors such as weather conditions, the level of sailing experience needed and if you have set dates booked from work will play a large part in your final choice of destination.  

 

2. TYPE OF HOLIDAY

Where you would like to go may also be determined by what type of holiday you are looking for. A romantic holiday might lead you to the Tropics with picture postcard islands and white sandy beaches. If you are looking to explore historic sites travelling to the Mediterranean where counties are full of ancient ruins and interesting mythology will be more exciting for you. Another important factor to consider is the types of people you will be travelling with and what they are interested in. If you have a divided group then it is always good to find a compromise so that everyone will be happy. There are many countries that offer beautiful beaches as well as hiking trails, nature reserves and historic sites.

 

3. BUDGET

As with any major purchases the cost is always a consideration and most people have a set budget in mind when they are looking to book a holiday. Please remember that safety and reliability are the most important factors when hiring a boat and the cheapest boats are not always the best value. When looking at prices there will be extras that you have to include such as insurance, flight costs and any extras that you may wish to add to your charter. We will be happy to talk to you about the latest offers available and with our extensive yacht database we know we will find you great value for your hard earned money.

 

4. EXPERIENCE LEVELS    (Click here for online resume)

The level of experience required to charter a yacht will vary from destination to destination. The nature of the cruising ground and the type of yacht you choose will influence the charter operator’s decision as to whether you will need to hire a skipper.
If you are unsure of your skill level simply fill in the sailing resume and one of our trained staff will be able to advise you which sailing grounds would be suitable for you.

 

5. BAREBOAT, SKIPPERED OR FULLY CREWED CHARTER

Bareboat Charters are for sailors that are able to handle a boat on their own without a hired crew. Your present knowledge and experience should enable you to competently and responsibly handle your chosen yacht in the sailing conditions anticipated at your charter destination.  Bareboat charters give you total privacy, independence and the ability to sail at your own leisurely pace.

Skippered Charters are a fantastic way for first timers to gain experience on the sea. You may also consider taking a skipper if you are looking to relax and not have the responsibility of navigating the boat around unfamiliar waters. With local knowledge you will find your skipper can take you to hidden places and show you the culture and history of the country you are sailing in.

Fully Crewed Charters are for sea lovers that have no interest in being at the helm or cooking and cleaning whilst on holiday. The number of crew will depend on the level of service that you require and the size of the yacht. The cook will prepare all of your meals to your desired taste and the crew will always be on hand to cater to your needs. With everything taken care of you can relax, unwind and enjoy the luxury of your yacht.  
The best boats in the world will not run without a good crew that is why we take great care in accurately matching staff that will meet all of your requirements. Crews are selected for the quality and standard of service they provide and their professionalism as experience sailors.

 

6. CHOOSING BETWEEN A SAILING YACHT OR A MOTOR YACHT

Sailing Yachts are peaceful, very relaxing and often can be challenging. If you are looking to unwind and take everything at a slow leisurely pace then hoisting the sails and gliding through the water could not be better. With a choice of catamarans and monohulls you will find the perfect boat for any size party and any type of holiday.

Motor Yachts are great fun and are built for speed, comfort and excitement. If you are looking to cover a large distance during your charter then a motor boat is for you. With spacious interiors, large staterooms, big galleys and great sunbathing deck space you will find that a motor yacht accommodation provides ample space for you, your family and friends.

 

7. CHOOSING THE SIZE OF YOUR YACHT  (Click here for an online enquiry form)

The size of the yacht is very important and if you are bareboat chartering then you must be comfortable handling a yacht of your chosen size. Questions you need to ask yourself are:

How many people will be on the boat?
How many cabins will be needed?
What facilities are required and will they take up space, e.g. Kayak, Children’s water toys.
If you are taking a skipper a private berth is required, are there single forward cabin spaces?

If you are unsure we are here to help. Take a few minutes to fill out our enquiry form and we will provide you with available yachts to suit your requirements and party size.

 

8. BOOKING  (Click here for an online enquiry form)

Now you know where, when and which yacht you would like it is time to make your booking. If you are still unsure please do not hesitate to email us at info@oceanmarinegroup.co.uk or phone us on 01212 888212 or 1-850-266-7882 and we will gladly help you arrange the perfect charter holiday. If you know what you are looking for then our online booking enquiry form is easy to fill out and once we have received your request our reservations department will make all the necessary arrangements for you. You will be contacted by either email or phone to discuss your options and we will inform you of any additional costs or restrictions made by the charter operator before we place a hold on your chosen yacht. Every charter operator has slightly different procedures so we will guide you through the individual contracts, collate all relevant information, finalize your paperwork and make sure any extras that you request are arranged in advance of your charter date.

 

9. TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

Once you have chosen your yacht, destination and charter dates you will need to think about your travel arrangements. To help you our website has a full travel information page for each destination that will give details about airlines, visas, health and safety, currency and so much more.

Making travel arrangements can be a time consuming process that is why we offer a full travel package and through our partnership with local businesses and airline operators at all of our destinations we are able to arrange flights, hotel rooms, car hire, provisioning, excursions, diving trips or any other special requests you may have.  

Please discuss your requirements with one of our staff and they will be able to arrange everything for you.

 

FOR FURTHER DETAILS, TO CONFIRM AVAILABILITY OR TO DISCUSS YOUR OPTIONS WITH ONE OF OUR STAFF
PLEASE CONTACT US AT info@oceanmarinegroup.co.uk OR CALL US ON 01212888212.

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