Sunday, January 12, 2014

3 Ways To Enjoy The Unrivalled Freedom And Luxury Of A Motor Yacht Charter

By Marissa Velazquez

Whether you prefer action and water sports, exploring, wining and dining or lazy days under the sun with a cocktail, a motor yacht charter will enable you to have the kind of vacation you desire. The vast expanse of the sea coupled with the virtually unlimited freedom offered by a boat makes for an unrivalled holiday adventure. The following is a brief outline of the basic options available for this type of vacation.

The most basic and least expensive option is a bare-boat charter. This is a great choice for those who want maximum freedom on their holiday. Having no professional skipper or crew also makes for a private atmosphere where one can relax completely and be oneself. That said, there are some important considerations to bear in mind before taking on this type of charter.

Having no professional skipper means that someone in your party will need a basic boating qualification at the very least. It will be preferable if he/she has a skippering qualification (e. G. Day skipper) and that he/she is familiar with the waters to be voyaged upon. Before launch, everyone in the party should clearly understand that the skipper is in charge, and that his or her instructions should be followed.

Others with crew roles should be clear as to exactly what they are, and what is expected of them. They should be prepared to carry out these roles in a competent, responsible fashion. The skipper should be someone with the authority and management skills to motivate and manage the 'crew'.

A second option to consider is bare-boat-with-skipper. This gives you the benefits of a bare boat charter but with an experienced skipper to smooth the way. This is a superb option if you lack the requisite skills or wish to let someone else take the responsibility. The skipper will operate the boat and allow passengers to help out and learn some basic sea skills.

A huge advantage of this option is that the skipper will have an excellent working knowledge of the cruising area. He or she will know the best spots for sight-seeing, diving, exploring and other pursuits. He or she will also take responsibility for the voyage. Knowing the buck stops with someone else can be a huge weight off your mind and allow you to kick back and fully enjoy yourself.

The most expensive option is to have a skipper with a full compliment of crew. If cost is not a major consideration, then this is without doubt the most luxurious choice. Having the vessel run entirely for your benefit frees you up to relax to the full and enjoy your voyage. A really good skipper and crew will also go a long way to making your stay on board fuss-free and enjoyable.

Whichever option you decide is best for you, with a little forward planning you can be assured of a holiday to remember. A motor yacht charter is available in the most fascinating, glamorous and exotic destinations around the world. The luxuries of the latest motor yachts combined with the freedom to roam, makes this kind of holiday one of the most enchanting of all.

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