You have decided to spend your holiday on a catamaran, but you aren’t sure about what type of boat you should choose. The main advantages of catamarans are space, stability and comfort on board.
However, considering the variety of models, How to know which catamaran is better for your sailing trip?
Would you like to know how to choose a catamaran charter? Here are our tips for picking the right catamaran for you and your crew.
Your budget is essential when choosing a catamaran charter. You will have to consider the rental price but also the mandatory extras or cruise taxes depending on the destination.
A helpful tip if you want to rent a catamaran; Book early to get the perfect catamaran at the best price. Book at least 6 months in advance for the Caribbean and during the autumn months to sail the Mediterranean in summer.
The age of the catamaran is also important; the older a boat gets the cheaper it becomes. In Dansailing you will find a variety of models and ages, however, we always prefer to recommend the newest boats. The newest yachts are some months old and a maximum of three years old and the oldest are ten years old.
When choosing a destination, you should also consider the extra costs during the rental of the boat. Some expenses such as supplies, marine and fuel, or in the case of hiring a skipper, are not included.
The space and length of the catamaran have a lot to do with your budget. Depending on the number of people travelling, you can choose between different layouts. Using a convertible saloon or sharing bathrooms will be more affordable than using private cabins and bathrooms.
If you are looking for extra comfort, opt for a spacious lounge and deck by renting a catamaran of greater length, which will also mean more speed when sailing. In case of sailing with children, you may be interested in renting a boat with bunk cabins but if you are a group of couples you will probably prefer double cabins with ensuite bathroom.
In case you need a professional skipper, you must consider a single cabin with ensuite bathroom.
The dinghy plays an important role in your boat rental. You will use it for shore excursions, go snorkelling or get to the beach bars. Make sure the dinghy of your catamaran has an adequate size for your group and a powerful engine to take you all.
Get the most out of your sailing holiday by renting a boat that provides water toys; snorkeling gear, paddle board, kayaks, fishing rods, .. Not all catamaran charter offer this equipment, so remember to ask. If you want to listen to music or watch television, you should check if the boat has any sound equipment or screen (CD, MP3, USB, TV,..)
Towels, sheets, kitchen equipment, welcome pack, air conditioning, cushions on deck, water generator, etc. Some catamarans have additional extras to provide a more luxurious experience. Do not hesitate to ask for any extra equipment that you would like to enjoy during your holidays in order to make the best choice of your catamaran.
Another extra to consider can be the Wi-Fi connection. Although this type of holidays is ideal to get away and relax, sometimes for work or family reasons connections are necessary. It is also practical if you would like to give your friends a little envy by uploading some glamorous photos to Instagram 😉