When we consider renting a boat to spend our holidays we must take into account the needs of the moment. The budget, destination and / or navigation area, people who are going to go on board, if there are children or not, the navigation experience of those who form the group.
Another of the usual questions is whether we rent with pattern or without pattern.
From DrunkenBoat.org we give you some tips to make your holidays at the sea perfect.
There are thousands of destinations that allow us to rent a boat to discover the country in an original and fun way: the Norwegian fjords, the warm waters of the Caribbean and the Mediterranean give us infinite possibilities. Everything will depend on the dates you want to sail, depending on the season, it is better one destination or another.
The area of the North Sea is best enjoyed in summer, temperatures in winter are very low and layers of ice form. The Mediterranean, with warmer temperatures can be enjoyed practically all year round. The Caribbean area, the best time to sail is from October to May.
Type Of Boat
The choice of the boat is important so that you can fully enjoy your vacation. Once you have chosen the destination you have to choose the type of boat with which you will sail, depending on the offer of the area. If you have never sailed and set sail for a sailboat, this may be the perfect time to learn.
Also note that at greater length (boat length), less maneuverability.
This is usually a more expensive option. The amount of the rent should be added fuel costs, depends on the engine of the boat and the miles traveled on the voyage.
It is the most popular boat for rent, allow us to sail with family or friends (up to 12 people) and enjoy authentic sailing. The rent of a sailboat is cheaper than that of a motor boat, as we save enough fuel.
They usually have the same length as the sailboats, but with a larger sleeve (wider) and with less draft. Not having as much depth as you can get closer to the beach. Catamarans, by not shoring, provide greater stability, comfort and safety in navigation than a monocoque.
This type of craft is one of the best known in the area of Turkey. They are wooden sailing boats. They are usually larger than a sailboat and can carry up to 30 people. They are comfortable with high ceilings, spacious corridors, private en suite cabins are comfortable, have a spacious interior lounge with kitchen and bar, and plenty of outdoor space in rest areas. Use the power of the spark plugs and the engine to move. They have all the modern navigation systems for a safe and comfortable cruise.
Charter with skipper or without skipper
If you do not have a navigation license or prefer to spend a quiet holiday, it is possible to choose a pattern for your rental boat. Always keep in mind that the employer counts as an extra cost that you must add to the total of your charter. Its estimated price is 120 € / day, but this rate varies depending on the area of navigation.
There are sailors who, even with experience, prefer to have on board a professional skipper when renting in areas of navigation that they do not know. The skipper is the person who assumes all responsibility and having him on board allows you to enjoy a more relaxed holiday. In addition, you usually know special routes to discover unknown corners of the destination where you navigate.
If you have a license …
When you rent a boat, we recommend consulting the necessary licenses to navigate the destination country, which will depend on the type and model of boat you want to rent.
In Spain, to rent a boat of up to 12 meters in length without patron, the minimum qualification required is the Pattern of Recreational Craft (PER). To this we must add the experience, which is of great importance. On the other hand, the English Yachtmaster degrees, issued by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), are recognized in more than 20 countries.
Checking Before Departure
If we rent the boat without pattern, we must make a detailed inspection of the boat before the departure and check that everything is correct. Electronic equipment, batteries, check that the bilge is dry and there is no water, that the anchor works (fundamental for anchorages), that there is safety equipment (vests, some harness, flares, radar …) and check that the documentation Of the boat is up to date.
If there is something wrong, it is important to advise before departure so that it is reflected. This way we will avoid any unforeseen events on our holidays.
What Baggage Carries On Board
When deciding to rent a boat to spend our holidays we must keep in mind that the space on board is reduced, just like the privacy.