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Yacht Charters are probably the easiest way to get out on a boat in a travel destination. If you don't want to sail your own boat to a remote location, or don't have a boat of your own, you can still go boating at that dream location through a yacht charter. No matter what your desitnation, there are three fundamentally different charter options that you will need to consider:

  • Bareboat Yacht Charters
  • Bareboat charters are exactly what the name implies. You are chartering a bare boat. In other words, no captain, no crew, and no food. The boat will be provided, but you must be a qualified sailor, and frequently at least one able crewman is required in addition to the skipper. The quality of bareboat charter boats can vary quite a bit, so it is important to do your research before committing to a boat. It goes without saying that bareboat chartering requires the most work in terms of planning and preparation. However, the reward of sailing into the sunset on your "own" boat, on your own time schedule, can be worth the extra work.

  • Skippered Bareboat Charters
  • This type of charter involves hiring a freelance captain to skipper your bareboat charter. You will probably be a little closer to the action, and it will provide a great opportunity to pick up a few sailing tips. This can also be a good option if you are already an able sailor, but don't know the area that you will be sailing. After getting the lay of the land from an experienced skipper, you can return the next year and take out the same boat on your own.

  • Crewed Yacht Charters

    Crewed yacht charters are the perfect solution for those without immense sailing skill, or for those who simply want to relax without the burden of captaining a yacht while on vacation. They range from just a sailboat with a captain, to mega-yacht charters fully crewed with cooks, etc. The benefit of a crewed charter is that anyone can do it, and there is no need to worry about the safety of the boat. A crewed yacht might simply be a way for a dedicated sailor to bring in a little extra income with the boat that they live on, or it may be a fully functional business that pays for the operation of a mega-yacht. As always, do your research to make sure you get what you are looking for.

Yacht Charter Resources:

How can you be sure that the yacht charter broker you are considering is reputable? There are some industry associations that you should look for when considering a broker.

  • American Yacht Charter Association - AYCA

    The AYCA was formed in 1986 as a group that is dedicated to helping promote integrity and professionalism in the yacht charter industry. They actively promote standardization throughout the industry, and have a broker member list that can be used to help verify the reputation of a company. While 7 years of industry experience is required for brokers to become members, its current membership has an average of 22 years of experience. Ask the broker you are talking to if they are a member of the American Yacht Charter Association.

  • Charter Yacht Brokers Association - CYBA

    The CYBA is another yacht charter broker organization. While their membership requirements are not quite as stringent as the AYCA, they are another good check that you can perform to verify the intergrity of a charter broker. They provide a list of members on their website that is a quick and easy reference to use.

  • Marine Leisure Association - MLA

    This UK based organization is another trade organization that aims to protect consumers through the promotion of higher standards and a code of conduct. They represent charter companies around the world who adhere to their code of ethics. As with other organizations, they maintain a list of members accessable to would-be yacht charterers.

Yacht Charter Articles:

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Yacht Charter Companies:

Abiego -From the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, to the New England coast and the Great Barrier Reef, and everything in between, Abiego offers yacht charters to any destination in the world where any charter yacht will travel. A yacht charter through Abiego is the perfect remedy fo the common vacation.

Alaska Yacht Charters - Flexible Itineraries - Based On Your Interests, Gourmet Cuisine - Customized To Your Tastes, Whale-Watching & Other Wildlife Viewing, Lodging the Nights Before & After Your Cruise, Fishing Tackle - Bait - Crab & Shrimp Traps, Sea-Kayaks - Nature Hikes - Hot Springs, Fine Wines - Micro-brews, Fuel - Dock Fees

Allied Yacht Charters - In addition to charter management, Allied Yacht Charters specializes in arranging private luxury yacht charters worldwide, from 30' bare boats (sail or power) to 200' mega luxury yachts (sail or power). We have access to virtually hundreds of yachts worldwide. If there is a yacht you are interested in please do not hesitate to ask us. We also manage our own charter fleet in-house providing marketing and management services to those yacht owner's interested in listing their yacht for charter. Our staff travels the world inspecting hundreds of yachts and meeting the crew aboard. Our inspections ensure that the vessels we offer meet and continue to maintain the finest standards of yachting suitable to our clients' expectations. In addition, our journeys around the world provide vast first hand knowledge of some of the most exciting and enchanting ports of call, including the South Pacific, Mediterranean, Greece and Turkey, just to name a few.

American Yacht Charters -Now glamorous parties are not just the essence of Hollywood movie premieres, but a reality for all looking to host a unique and memorable event. From a dynamic corporate function to an enchanting birthday celebration, American Yacht Charters will unveil the uniqueness of your special event and create a setting that, like a movie premiere, is remembered forever.

Anacortes Yacht Charters - Located in Anacortes, the "Gateway to the San Juan Islands", Anacortes Yacht Charters has established itself as the leading charter company with the largest selection of power and sail boats available for charter in the San Juans and Gulf Islands. You may decide to charter as far north as Desolation Sound or Alaska, with our friendly reservation staff waiting to make your yachting vacation fulfill all your expectations.

Atlantis Yacht Charters -Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Area's premier yacht charter company. We are dedicated to providing excellence in yacht chartering. Whether you are interested in bareboat charters to escape into another realm, international adventures on a foreign shore, or want to plan that special occasion or corporate team-building event on the waters of San Francisco Bay, we have the expertise to make your dream a reality.

Anita Dee Yacht Charters -Anita Dee Yacht Charters has been providing Chicagoland with private charters for groups of 50 to 400 passengers along Chicago's magnificent skyline for more than 20 years. Each of the vessels are one of a kind in style and design and provide a unique setting for your special event. The Anita Dee I and Anita Dee II are docked on the south side of Navy Pier, one of Chicago's hottest attractions.

Barefoot Yacht Charters -The leading charter company in the Caribbean islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines, we offer a wide range of well-maintained, well-equipped bareboat charter yachts in the 32 to 50-foot range, both monohulls and catamarans. We also offer luxury fully crewed yachts, an American Sailing Association (ASA) Sailing School, our own charter and scheduled airlines and an in-house travel agency and tour operator.

Bareboat BVI -Caribbean sailing charters and motor yacht vacations in Tortola. Charter a bareboat catamaran, monohull sailboat or power boat and sail BVI! Crewed holidays and ASA sailing lessons available in the British Virgin Islands. The BVI are the premier, Caribbean bareboat sailing and power boat destination and home to the world's largest bareboat charter fleet. We represent some of the finest sail and power boats available for weekly holiday rentals in Tortola! There's nothing which compares to a Caribbean sailing or power yacht vacation and no better place to sail than the British Virgin Islands!

Bay Breeze Yacht Charters and Sales -Started in 1983 as Michigan's only full time charter operation, Bay Breeze has grown to become a reputable and reliable charter fleet, yacht sales operation and sailing school. Bay Breeze continues to provide sailors the ability to cruise Northern Lake Michigan harbors and anchorages that keep people coming back year after year. Our renowned cruising grounds offer both world class marinas to secluded anchorages and everything in between. Bay Breeze is your connection to Northern Lake Michigan Cruising.

BVI Yacht Charters -BVI Yacht Charters offers most any kind of Caribbean yacht charter vacation you can imagine, sailing from British Virgin Islands and St. Vincent/Grenadines. Your adventure begins just minutes after casting off from our docks, as you find yourself cruising towards an abundance of quiet and protected anchorages. You will discover breathtaking islands and pristine private beaches, and perhaps find yourself swaying to the rhythm of steel drums at an open air beach bar.

Caribbean Yacht Charters -We are an independent yacht charter broker and can help you choose the best fully crewed charter yacht for your perfect Caribbean yachting vacation - beautiful sailing yachts, motor boats, catamarans, luxury mega power yachts and sailing superyachts. There's a yacht for everyone and with a crew devoted to pleasing you! To discover the world of fully crewed luxury sailing and motor yachts please explore our charter site where you will find information about the region and specific cruising areas, costs and a background to what chartering a fully crewed yacht is all about. Also, please visit our new featured yachts pages where dozens of recommended yachts are listed.

Caribbean Charter Yachts - Capture the magic of the Caribbean from the deck of your own private charter yacht! -Charter World is the source of crewed luxury yachts, whether large motor yacht charter or sailing catamarans and monohull sailboats. Use our boat search or browse articles on locations, boating and chartering. We offer crewed and luxury yachts in the Mediterranean including Italy, France, Greece, Spain, Croatia, & Turkey. We have great sailing and motor yacht charters in the Caribbean, including the British & US Virgin Islands, St Lucia, St Barts, Grenadines, Antigua etc, as well as the Pacific Northwest, the South Pacific, Asia and Australia & New Zealand. We create the finest charter vacation holidays - contact us for our friendly & free service.

Cruzan Yacht Charters -Cruzan Yacht Charters provides bareboat, crewed, luxury and party charters in South Florida, the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, New England and many other worldwide locations. Whatever the occasion may be - sailing, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, dinner cruises, corporate meetings, wedding parties, honeymoons, or a romantic moonlight cruise for two - we will be glad to arrange the perfect yacht charter for you.

CYOA Yacht Charters -CYOA Yacht Charters has been sailing the U.S. and British Virgin Islands since 1980! We are Virgin Islands Specialists. So whether you're a novice or an experienced sailor, let us plan a charter vacation that is fun and affordable.

Discovery Yacht Charters -Welcome to the North Channel. Surround yourself with some of the best freshwater sailing to be found anywhere in the world. Choose from our selection of fine, impeccably maintained sailing yachts and join us for a holiday week of adventure, fun and excitement. Discovery Yacht Charters offers you many options for outfitting your dream getaway.

Elite Yacht Charters -Elite Yacht Charters specializes in luxury private yacht charters throughout the world on the finest motor and sailing yachts. These yachts range in size from 70' to over 300'. Cruise the Mediterranean or New England during the summer, spend some time in the Caribbean this winter or for those of you looking for something new, there are some fantastic yachts in the Seychelles and Southeast Asia. We have hundreds of yachts to choose from.

Florida Yacht Charters -Florida yacht charters, weddings, honeymoons and vacation cruises offered aboard a private crewed motor yacht hire. Yachts for inexpensive weddings and elopement packages in Florida provide all inclusive ceremonies in an intimate setting. A vows renewal ceremony is a great affirmation to your marriage wedding vows. Romantic weekend getaways are 2 night, 3 day river cruises. Romantic ideas for an anniversary, honeymoon or birthday include a private cruise with candlelight dining, drinks and water sports. Find romantic night ideas for marriage proposals, special occasions or romantic gifts. Yacht charter vacations are ideal for couples and family vacations, and Florida attracts newlyweds looking for summer or winter honeymoon destinations. Plan sales incentives for sales staff and corporate employee recognition programs with a yacht rental.

Florida Yacht Charters and Sales - With the help of our dedicated and talented staff, we currently manage an average of 35 bareboat and captained sailboats, motor yachts and cruising catamarans, which are each owned by private individuals in our Charter Ownership Program.

Horizon Yacht Charters -Horizon Yacht Charters is the choice for a sailing charter vacation in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Antigua & Barbuda , St. Martin or the Grenadines. Horizon Yacht Charters is the fastest growing, top rated yacht charter company in the Caribbean. Whether you want to charter a bareboat monohull or a bareboat catamaran, or whether you want to learn to sail, Horizon Yacht Charters offers a wide range of bareboat, skippered or crewed sailing charter options from one of our four bases in the British Virgin Islands, Antigua, St. Martin/St. Maarten and the Grenadines. After establishing our first base in the BVI where we now have 36 yachts for charter, the bases in Grenada & the Grenadines, St. Martin and Antigua & Barbuda rapidly followed where we have a growing fleet of charter yachts.

Jamal British Columbia Yacht Charters -The Jamal Vancouver yacht charters is a 75-foot luxury yacht skippered by a captain and crew that have spent over 25 years experiencing cruising British Columbia at its best. Relax and enjoy the numerous islands and inlets around the Vancouver area dotted with pristine lakes and majestic mountains. You can feel the peace and serenity while your eyes feast on the unspoiled beauty of these picturesque waters.

Lighthall Yacht Charters -Lighthall Charters offers a World Class Sailing Experience aboard the most luxurious yachts on the Monterey Bay. Our captains built the charter industry in Santa Cruz and have introduced over 1,000,000 passengers to sailing in Santa Cruz. You could choose the rest but for your next event, why not choose the best? We offer prices everyone can afford. -Miami Boat offers corporate yacht charters as well as special event charters on South Florida and Miami party boats for weddings, bar mitzvah, conventions, birthday parties and dinner cruises. Look at our wide selection of yachts and plan a one-day trip to Florida Keys or Biscayne Bay or a few-day sailing or boating charter to the Bahamas. Boats range from affordable to luxury and everybody can find a suitable yacht for their budget and liking. Your South Florida and Miami yacht charter specialists. Leisure time or corporate events - Miami, your # 1 boat charter company will help make every occasion comfortable and enjoyable. From party boats to luxury yacht charters - we are your chartering specialists.

The Moorings -The Moorings is the world's premier yacht charter company, offering unmatched quality, service and attention to detail, for over 37 years. We have the most desirable locations around the world. You'll appreciate the comfort and easy handling of our custom-designed yachts, mostly less than 3 years old. Contact us to experience The Best Sailing Vacations in the World!

Nicholson Yacht Charters -What is a Nicholson Yacht Charter? It is evenings spent on deck under a starlit sky. It is the smell of fresh coffee from the galley as you take a morning swim. It is the exhilaration of sail as you feel the wind in your face and the tug of the ship's wheel. It is pearly pink dawns, sunlit afternoons, and quiet evening breezes. It is exotic destinations ashore, sometimes two and three all in one day!

NY Boat Charters -NY Boat Charter offers Luxury Yachts, Sailboats, and Fishing Boats that can accommodate just one guest or up to twelve-hundred guests. Menus and full catering are available. Charters are available hourly, daily, or weekly.

Olympic Yacht Charters -OYC is a unique company. What differentiates our company is our high quality yachts equipped with premium, top of the line specifications and the best possible equipment for the maximum safety and comfort of its guests, backed by our expertise in the yachting industry and knowledge of the Greek charter market. We are a US company with offices in New York and Athens, Greece. This allows us to provide continuous support before and during our clients stay in Greece, thus maintaining a first class level of customer support.

Paradise Yacht Charters -Welcome to Paradise Yacht Charters, the ONLY call you need to make. We are an independent booking agency for all charter yachts throughout the world. We search EVERY available yacht to charter in the market place and give you an unbiased recommendation on which chartered yacht best suits your needs. Our experience and resources in the yacht charter business allow us to give you the best choice for your exclusive yacht chartering needs. Whatever your destination, we will match your special needs with the perfect yacht. If you are looking for a great family getaway or a commercial charter for your business, we have the expertise and knowledge you expect, with many satisfied clients worldwide!

Port Yacht Charters -We are a Caribbean and Worldwide yacht charter booking agency that gives free independent and unbiased advice on which crewed yachts best fit your requirements. Discover gourmet cuisine, a multitude of watersports and the highest levels of personal service as you step aboard one of our luxury crewed sailing yachts, motoryachts or catamarans. Specializing in tailor-made vacations in the world's most desirable locations, a luxury crewed charter gives you the flexibility to cruise as and when you wish, on board the yacht of your dreams. Relax on board and enjoy complete freedom as your Captain and crew take you on a vacation of a lifetime. Cruise the magical, sun-drenched islands of the Caribbean, marvel in the culture and history of the Mediterranean, indulge in the serenity and beauty of New England, or explore undiscovered Turkey.

Sailaway Yacht Charter Consultants - We help clients and travel agents save time, so they can focus on the thing they love doing most - spending quality time with family and friends. That’s why, as yacht charter specialists, SailAway is pioneering new business solutions to provide quick, convenient access to a global fleet of luxury yachts.

Scandinavian Charter Yachts -Cruise through the fjords on luxurious yachts, Try your hand at glacier skiing or whale watching, Follow in the wake of the ancient vikings, Get whisked away to the adventure of a lifetime

Seahawk Yacht Charters -Based out of Savusavu, Seahawk is just a pleasant, full day's sail away from exotic offshore islands and quiet coves. You will find spectacular diving and snorkeling, lush rainforests and waterfalls. Visit a clam hatchery and turtle farm, tour historic Levuka, Fiji's first capital. We are "island style" cruising at it's best - no worries, just fun.

Seven Seas Yacht Charters -Seven Seas Group,Inc., the parent company of Seven Seas Yacht Charters, has been in business over 20 years. In addition Seven Seas Group,Inc. also owns Virgin Island Sailing, Ltd. which specializes in smaller crewed yachts in the Caribbean and bareboat charters worldwide. Seven Seas is based in Nokomis, FL (just South of Sarasota). Tom DeMartine is the Proprietor. We are charter brokers that represent yachts all over the world. So, whether you want to go to the Bahamas, Caribbean, South of France, Greece or anywhere else, we can find and book the boat for you. As brokers, we work for YOU, not the charter company and we do it at NO additional cost to you. Also be aware that we can book ANY charter yacht worldwide, not just those listed on our website.

Spain Yacht Charter -Spain yacht charters affordable Private Yacht Charter with a 20 meter long luxury motor yacht along the coast and Ibiza for max. 7 guests, or 20 on a day trip.

St. Pete Yacht Charters -St. Petersburg Yacht Charters & Sales, Inc. has been serving customers since 1964 and is located in the downtown St. Petersburg Municipal Marina at Demens Landing. We are adjacent to the St. Petersburg Pier which is just one of the many attractions that draw visitors to the lovely St. Petersburg waterfront, incorporating one of the largest marinas in the southeastern United States.

TMM Yacht Charters - TMM Bareboat Charters welcomes you to our three Caribbean locations: Tortola, British Virgin Islands, St. Vincent in The Grenadines and two bases in Belize, Placencia and San Pedro. Each base is uniquely positioned to offer the bareboat charter of a lifetime.

Tropical Boat Charters -Tropicalboat Charters invites you to cruise with us the beautiful blue waters of Biscayne Bay, Florida Keys, Bahamas, Caribbean, and tropical local islands of South Florida. We offer variety of beautiful boats and yachts for any occasion. Choose from our selection of power boats, sport yachts, fishing yachts, party boats, luxury yachts, or even mega yachts for all your luxurious tropical dreams! So join us in for private trips, fun adventures, spectacular views and unforgettable memories on a yacht of your dreams!

VIP Yacht Charters and Ownership -VIP’s Base is located near the east end of St. Thomas at Compass Point Marina, a mere 25 minutes by taxi from Cyril E. King International Airport. This quaint marina is the perfect spot for your first or last night with us. It has two restaurants (3 more are easily accessible by dinghy, with several others not more than 5 minutes by taxi), a small store, hot showers and a dive shop. A quality supermarket is a short dinghy or taxi ride away. You can also store luggage with us during your trip. From this marina, St. John is only a short distance away. It is a very desirable destination in the Virgin Islands, with more beaches and anchorages per mile than any other island. Now a National Park, it is an island of unspoiled beauty.

Virgin Island Sailing Ltd. - Virgin Island Sailing, Ltd, offers expert advice on yacht charters with prompt & friendly service. Sailboat, Catamaran, and Motor Yacht charters with crew or bareboat available for sailing vacations throughout the Caribbean and around the world. We share accurate first hand information and extensive local knowledge to ensure no unexpected surprises await you on your sailing vacations! Our quality yacht charters on private yachts and through reputed companies like The Moorings create the most memorable sailing vacations.

Windridge Yacht Charters -Windridge Yacht Charters provider of luxury charter boat rentals in Palm Beach, Boca, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, and the Keys,
Also New York at Chelsea Piers June thru September. -The World´s largest Reservation System for Yacht Charter

Yachtstore - Established in 1995, Yachtstore, Ltd. (originally Yacht Charters International) was the first to offer full-service online access to luxury yacht charter vacations, allowing our clients to browse a wide variety of available charter yachts and exciting destinations all over the world. YachtStore is your exclusive luxury yacht charter and sales resource. We combine decades of experience with the global resources necessary to help guide you to the charter that meets your unique travel preferences, personal needs, budget, etc. Yachtstore offer an international staff of Charter Specialists, providing their individual expertise in matching clients to successful yacht charter vacations year after year.





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