Numerous factors come into play when calculating your Caribbean Yacht Charter Cost. It is always recommended to keep these factors in mind to make a well-informed decision.
Here are a few standout factors that you should consider when considering a Caribbean Yacht charter:
Probably the most significant factor is if you are considering a motor or sailing yacht to charter. Fuel consumption is a factor if you want a motor yacht. Often, folks contact us regarding the overall costs of chartering a motor yacht. After reviewing the operating expenses, a few people will charter a sailing catamaran. However, many people prefer motor yachts and choose to charter one. In summary, a motor yacht has much higher costs due to fuel consumption than a sailing yacht.
As yacht charter brokers, we never steer you away from the preferred type of boat you want. However, we will explain the differences affecting your Caribbean Yacht Charter Cost. The final decision is yours, and our goal is to inform you about the details. So you can be satisfied and have an enjoyable vacation in the Caribbean. An important question to figure out is what type of charter you want and need.
Sailing Catamarans have evolved into the most famous yachts to charter in the Caribbean. Catamarans have become increasingly popular because they are stable and spacious, and many have multiple decks. In addition, most of the cabins are equal, so it is excellent for couples to split the cost.
Catamarans have a lower risk of keeling over in strong winds; ‘imagine an image of a traditional monohull leaning over when sailing”. Furthermore, they give a more comfortable ride whether in shallow waters, deep sea, or at anchor.
Catamarans offer stability over monohulls, making them ideal for children and older people who may have difficulty balancing on a monohull. The larger width also means more space on the deck over a similar-sized monohull. Indeed this makes it ideal for guests, and everyone has more room to stretch out and relax. Storage can challenge smaller catamarans, so plan to travel light.
With cabins in the two hulls across from each other, there is also good privacy aboard a catamaran.
We receive many yacht charter inquiries where someone sees the marketed price to charter a motor yacht, and the price seems within their budget. However, most motor yachts have additional fuel costs besides the charter fee. With a Caribbean Sailing Catamaran, you are more likely to see the price, including all fuel making them much within budget.
Very similar to sailing catamarans, traditional sailing yachts also are much more affordable when it comes to fuel. Also, Traditional sailboats appeal to people wanting that more traditional sailing experience. As catamaran’s popularity has grown over the past few decades, finding charters on monohulls is more challenging. But we still have some excellent options we’d be happy to recommend, so feel free to contact us.
There’s no doubt about it Motor Yachts are, as always, still very in demand for charters. The fuel prices make the overall price for the charter considerably higher, but they still have a considerable demand.
One massive benefit of a motor yacht is its ability to cover a larger area for your charter. The Virgin Islands, both the BVI and the USVI, are well suited for sailing vessels to reach many desirable destinations within their respective areas for charter. However, suppose you are considering other areas of the Caribbean, such as the Windwards, St. Martin, and Antigua. In that case, a motor yacht charter could reach areas within the timeline of your vacation much more quickly.
However, as mentioned above, motor yachts often have an advanced provisioning allowance, “APA,” that is not included in the charter fee. This would include items such as fuel, food, drinks, etc. Contact us, and we’d be more than happy to break this all down for you in advance so you can make the best-informed decision.
We say “the middle of the road” because Power Catamarans is a kind of best of both worlds regarding fuel costs and range. You can think of it as a cross between a motor yacht experience and a sailing catamaran experience. The power catamaran will still have the stability of a sailing catamaran and the range of a motor yacht with lower fuel costs than a motor yacht.
For all Caribbean locations, especially the Virgin Islands, your dates for the charter may be a significant factor. Most all charters charge a premium for the Christmas and New Years holidays, and some charge a premium for other popular time frames, such as Thanksgiving.
The Caribbean charter season takes advantage of slightly cooler temperatures (heights of 28°C/82°F), less rain, and low humidity. The winter yachting season begins in December, with the peak season kicking off around November 30th and running through to March.
The highest prices and demand occur in the time frame between Christmas and New Year’s. Those chartering during peak season should expect busier anchorages and marinas in yachting hotspots such as The British Virgin Islands, Saint Barts, and Antigua. However, the Windward Islands to the south generally offer a more quiet and secluded cruising experience.
If you want to explore many Caribbean Islands, you might have to pay additional fuel and other fees. Since exploring long routes requires plenty of fuel, it raises the overall charter costs. Likewise, visiting many different countries would incur Customs, Immigration, and Cruising fees.
Another critical price indicator is the onboard toys and amenities included in the Caribbean boat charters. What are the toys you wish to have onboard the yacht? Also, the charter may have more crew. In the price range of $15,000 to $30,000, a 7-night charter will often have two crew members. For charters in the $35,000+ range, you will start seeing three or more crew members. Keep this in mind, as more hands equal more service and attention.
As with everything else, “especially in yachting,” the vessel’s age could be an essential factor. Do you prefer a traditional or classic, or contemporary-looking yacht? For example, older catamarans may not have a flybridge. If enjoying a 360-degree view is essential, one of the newer catamarans would be ideal. Likewise, some of the newer motor yachts have features not found on older yachts, like a beach club or transom with easy water access. Or you may wish to experience a classic sailing yacht. For example, check out our page for “AUGUST MAVERICK,” a sailing yacht we couldn’t recommend more highly!
It’s essential to note that a customary crew gratuity of 20% of the charter price should also be planned in your budget. The tipping scale is up to down based on service.
In conclusion, we hope this was very helpful in getting you in the right direction to make the most of your Caribbean Yacht Charter. Please feel free to contact us with any other questions you may have regarding the cost Caribbean Yacht Charter.