Charters - Plan your charter

 
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between a crewed, captain only, cabin cruise, and a bareboat charter?
Q: How do we choose the best crewed or bareboat charter?
Q: What kind of activities or specifications should we look for in a yacht charter?
Q: Why charter a catamaran yacht vacation with The Multihull Company?
Q: What charter etiquette should I be aware of?
Q: What should we bring?
Q: What about sea sickness?
Q: How much does the average yacht charter vacation cost?
Q: How do I book a trip?
Q: Do we need travel insurance?
Q: Do I need a passport?
Q: How can I learn to sail?

Q: What is the difference between a crewed, captain only, cabin cruise, and bareboat charter?

 A: When opting to sail on a catamaran, there are several options to consider. The Multihull Company can help you decide which is the best option for you, but here are some basic distinctions. Please feel free to call us to discuss more thoroughly.

Crewed charter: These are private charters with at least two crew members to serve you and your guests. There is a captain and chef/mate on yachts under 75 feet and more crew on larger sailing catamarans. These charters are full service. The crew caters to your needs while underway including preparing your meals, drinks etc. No need to worry about a thing with these charters. The Multihull Company will help you design the itinerary with the crew. As we have sailed or traveled to all the ports, our charter representatives can give you real world experience upon which to base your decisions. The expenses for these trips vary and depend on the yacht, the destination and the itinerary. Basically, the price of meals and drinks is usually included in your overall price. However, there are so-called APA charters which mean a basic charter price plus expenses, an Advanced Provisioning Allowance. Your Multihull representative will guide you through these waters!Captain only charter: This is a charter with a captain as the name states, but a mate is included if the yacht is large enough to require it. No chef is provided, so guests do the cooking with this arrangement. Running expenses and all provisions are paid by guests. These are usually owner-operated vessels that are well cared for and include all the toys provided on all inclusive-crewed charters such as windsurfers, kayaks etc. In fact, many crewed charters offer a less costly captain-only option. This is a great option if you want to do your own cooking and eat at local restaurants. It can be a way to try the sailing lifestyle with a captain who knows the cruising area while keeping expenses slightly lower. Let us know and we can guide you here as your choice of captains with this option is a crucial decision.

Bareboat Charter: A catamaran bareboat yacht charter means you are the captain. Of course, you may hire a skipper for a day or even the entire trip is you chose to do so but to qualify for this option you must have a fairly robust sailing resume. Once approved by the yacht's owner, you are one step closer to your bareboat sailing charter vacation. If you have some experience, but it's been a while since you've sailed, most yacht owners will put a "friendly skipper" aboard for a day or two to familiarize you with the yacht and cruising area. If you prefer to hire your own skipper, prices range from $125 to $200 per day. Your Multihull Company charter representative will guide you here as again it is a crucial decision and experience and familiarity with the captains and crews is crucial.

Q: How do we choose the best crewed or bareboat charter for us?

A:  Simple, work with The Multihull Company.  We listen to what you want, what you like to eat, where you want to travel, how you like to have fun with your family or friends and we match those preferences with the right yacht and crew. We will ask you a lot of questions to help us such as the reason for the trip. Is this a special event, an anniversary? Do you like the night life or are you an early morning riser who would prefer dinner on the yacht with a nice glass of wine at sunset? Are you interested in diving, snorkeling or learning how to sail yourself? We factor in everything, you tell us what you want to do and we do the search for the right yacht and crew. This is what we do every day and we base our recommendations on hands-on, on the ground experience. We have been to these ports, sailed these yachts ourselves, dinned in these restaurants and snorkeled with the best of them. You get to take advantage of our experience and our brand. We are a highly regarded international sailing firm founded by sailors for sailors. We know the secret to great sailing vacations.

Bareboat: If you are looking to bareboat charter, we can discuss the condition of the yacht you have selected with you. With each yacht, there is a different level of service and execution, we can tell you about both of these factors. Let us do all the work we will search and make calls that otherwise will overwhelm the average sailor trying to find the right yacht at the right price. There is no extra charge for our service, we lobby for the best prices for our customers and pass the savings on to you.We visit the yachts and crews every year, sometimes more, to stay up to date with the condition of the yacht and what's new with the crew. We are aware of each yacht and crew's specialties and quirks.

We can direct you to the best yachts in the entire world. See our Yacht List for the variety of offerings. Every year, we travel the world to see new yachts and explore ports. We have sailed virtually every ocean in the world.We keep your deposit secure in an escrow account via our international banking relationships with MorganStanleySmithBarney until just before your charter in case of emergencies or unforeseen cancellations. Unlike mom-and-pop shops, The Multihull Company escrows millions of dollars a year, accepting deposits from around the globe in every currency.

We are members of multiple yacht broker associations including the Caribbean Yacht Brokers Association and Virgin Islands Charter Yacht League ensuring that our brokers abide by the highest standards and partnerships. We stay up to date with any charter discounts being offered by yachts and we pass these along to our customers. Please watch our sites for price-reduction postings or talk of one of our charter brokers. See bareboat link

Q: What kind of activities or specifications should we look for in a yacht charter?

 A:Water toys: You might see these listed on the site. The term refers to inner tubes, water skis, wake boards, and the like. The common denominator here is that these toys require a dinghy with at least 25hp or better 40hp to pull adults.

SCUBA: Some yachts specialize in diving and allow for diving directly from the yacht. Check the price as some add a fee for this. Your Multihull Company representative can guide you here. If the yacht does not allow for diving directly from the yacht, they will arrange for a rendezvous with a professional diving boat at the guest's expense.

Amenities: When you are looking at the yachts online, make sure you check cabin configurations, number of heads (bathrooms), and deck space for lounging, outdoor dining space and so forth to ensure a good match for the number of guests you will be bringing along. It is important to understand how tall you are for the headroom of certain yachts varies greatly. Of course, The Multihull Company can help you with these issues and more - berth size and storage, types of toilets; manual vs. electric (the latter is easier), water maker (allows more liberal use of water, as it is produced on board through reverse osmosis), deck shower (nice to wash off salt water after a quick dip), access to water (ladder, swim platform), Wet vs. Dry shower accommodations - dry is a separate shower area while wet means the shower is nozzle from sink - AC off dock, electronics - TV, iPod docking, Wi-Fi internet, satellite communications and so on.

Crew: The importance of the crew should never be underestimated. WE have stressed this throughout this site because the chemistry between you and your crew is a crucial factor in your enjoyment. When making these decisions without the guidance of a Multihull Company representative, read the crew profile and cook/chef's menu to see if all sounds both complementary and good to you. It is at this stage that our brokers will be of considerable help as they interview the crews every year, talk to guests every day to gather reports, and often hire these crews for other opportunities within our sailing company. In short, we know these folks and that is good news for you because we want you to be matched with a crew that is, for instance, family friendly, gay friendly, offers high-end silver service or casual family style, are water-sports enthusiasts, sailing instruction pros, love to be part of the party crowd or are more active or mellow. The crews represent a vast array of backgrounds, come from around the world, speak a variety of languages, and have a variety of talents and skills. Please ask us to help you here.

Q: Why charter a yacht vacation with The Multihull Company?

 A: The multihull Company is the worldwide leader in catamaran knowledge and sales. We offer expert advice on the different types and styles of catamarans based on our founder's experiences as a world champion sailor. He has built a company that specializes in catamarans and hired brokers and charter representatives that have high ethical standards as well as deep knowledge of these yachts, the crews that pilot them and the destinations that they sail to and from almost daily. This is what the Multihull Company does and has done for over a decade. We have an excellent reputation in the industry because we have boarded the yachts sailed the waters and know the layout of each yacht we recommend. We are in the business of offering our customers unbiased opinions of each yacht and crew we choose.

Crewed: The Multihull Company offers crewed catamaran sailing charters based on what you tell us about your expectations and group make up. We go out of our way to find what is truly unique and outstanding about each yacht and its crew. Whether you crave an enriching learning experience, a water-sports adventure, or ultra-luxury and relaxation with lots of TLC, we will find the charter for you. We have created many specialty charters based on what the crew love to do most, or have categorized charters according to their strengths. So not only are you getting quality cuisine, service and accommodations, but you are getting the benefit of our international experience. It is a hard combination to beat!

Q: What charter etiquette should I be aware of?

A: On charter you will feel spoiled rotten as the crew will aim to please you. But they would truly appreciate if you follow these basic guidelines.

  • Ask permission before boarding the yacht. 
  • Take shoes off when boarding. 
  • Use Oil and Paba free suntan lotions as they can stain teak and fiberglass. 
  • Leave sand and salt water (when possible) off the boat. 
  • Use fresh water conservatively (if there is no water maker). 
  • Conserve electricity when the generator is not running 
  • Follow the head (toilet) instructions precisely. Ask if in doubt. 
  • Stay out of the galley when the chef is preparing the meals unless invited (most boats have snack areas for in between meals). 
  • Listen carefully to safety rules. 
  • Bring soft luggage for easy storage. 
  • Realize the captain has the last word.

 

Q: What should we bring?

 A: First, only bring soft-sided luggage, such as a duffle bag, since space is limited and storage is easier with this sort of luggage. Also, hard luggage can damage woodwork and paint on the yacht.For clothing in the Caribbean and warm climates in general bring casual wear, mostly shorts and T-shirts. And, of course, swimsuits. A few of the more formal restaurants require long pants and collared shirts for the men and a nice sun dress for women, but "smart casual" is the norm. Bring sunglasses, polarized are especially recommended on the water, and don't forget sun glasses for children and caps to further protect from the hot rays of the sun. Flip flops or other casual beach shoes are fine most of the time. If you plan to hike the trails you may want to bring some closed-toed shoes, depending on how serious you plan to get about your walks.You may need some long pants, long sleeves and jackets in cooler climates. Inquire if you are unsure as to the weather patterns.

You can bring your own mask and snorkel if you are so inclined, but all yachts carry an assortment of sizes. If you are expecting to scuba dive, check with your broker to make sure of the available equipment on board the yacht.Most yachts carry sunscreen of the type they prefer, so generally it is on board. But, we recommend that you bring your own and plenty of it especially if you are traveling with children. In many locations your proximity to the Equator will make the sun strong and young skin can get especially burned. We recommend that you do not oily lotions as it stains the yachts upholstery and can make the decks and hand holds slippery.

Q: What about sea sickness?

It is uncommon for guests to suffer from sea sickness especially on a catamaran as they sail flat and smooth. Sailing around the Caribbean islands is often referred to as sailing in a bath tub as the waters are smooth and land is always in sight. But, we recommend bringing along ginger if you are fearful of sea sickness. You can bring it in the form of a cookie - Ginger Snaps are great - or any variety of ginger candies often found in Asian markets. This stops most sea sickness dead in its tracks!

Q: How much does an average yacht charter vacation cost?

 A: Prices vary depending on time of year, type and size of yacht, bareboat or crewed, and number of people traveling. You might be surprised to know that an all-inclusive week long charters can be as low $800 per person for a group of 4 or more or $1,800 per person for a couple. All inclusive means you get a private yacht, captain and chef - with additional crew members if necessary- all food (including 3 meals/day plus snacks) and all drinks (including bottled water, juices, sodas, beer, wine and liquor). You also have access to several water toys - all of which varies with each yacht - to enjoy when you please at no extra expense. Or you can charter a Captain Only charter and pay less for the yacht and incur higher running expenses. Bareboat will cost less, but you must be confident operating one and all expenses are extra. But, the bottom line is that prices vary depending on what you want. You may also find some great deals on By The Cabin Charters. In that case you would charter a cabin on a catamaran power yacht which usually cost more than catamaran sailing yachts (because of the cost of fuel) and the latter are not always all inclusive. Prices for each of our trips are clearly stated on our web site and are often less during off season months and 10% more during Christmas and New Years.The listed prices do not include a gratuity for the crew if you were pleased with the service. Remember, crew serve as your captain, chef, maid, bartender, water taxi driver, tour guide and in many cases instructor and are on duty 24/7. Customarily, 10-20% of the gross cost of the trip would be handed to the crew in an envelope at the conclusion of the charter. If we do our jobs right, by the end of the charter you will have become very good friends with your crew.


Q: How do I book a trip?

 A: The easiest way is to call us. We will guide you as you browse the many possible charter destinations and itinerary options listed on our website. Or, you can start there and call us once you have narrowed your options. At this point, you will need to consult with one of our brokers for availability and expert advice. Also keep in mind that many yachts are often booked months in advance. As such, if you are interested in a particular yacht and have an idea of when you want to charter, you should call or e-mail one of our brokers right away so we can help find the best charter for you, check on yacht availability and let you know about any special deals. This is especially true if you want to charter around the holidays when availability is scarce.Once you have found the dream yacht vacation, we will place it on hold. See details of that process below. See booking procedures

Q: Do we need Travel Insurance?

A: We do recommend that you purchase trip insurance in case of unexpected delays, cancellations or unforeseen events, but it is not absolutely necessary. We recommend: Global Care, Access America or Travel Guard as these reliable companies provide good service at fair prices. You can compare policies here: QuoteWright. If you choose not to purchase trip insurance we will ask you to indicate this on your charter yacht agreement. Cancellation insurance is highly recommended and may be required during hurricane season by some owners.

Q: Do I need a passport?

A: Yes, you will need a passport to travel to your charter destination. However, visitors from some countries may need Visas. Check with immigration for your particular destination well before you travel.

Q: How can I learn to sail?

A: You can take sailing courses on private owner-operated fully crewed all inclusive charters or you can hire a sailing instructor. Learn more about this learn-to -sail option by contact our charter broker agents.


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