Planning your first ever yacht charter holiday? The perfect entry-level superyacht for your first charter experience is totally subjective to what you want out of your vacation; do you want the immersive experience of crusing under sail? Do you want to splash some cash for a memorable holiday on board a superyacht with a fleet of toys and trinkets to try out? Or perhaps for your first charter you’d like to step on board a smaller superyacht with just an intimate group of friends… whatever you have in mind, we can help you plan the best charter experience for first-timers with our round-up of the top broker-recommended entry-level superyachts for charter.
The best entry-level superyachts for first time charters
Stats: 38.4 metres, Gulf Craft, 2018, 12 guests, 7 crew
Want all the amenities of a luxury superyacht while keeping things to a manageable size? Altavita has a number of facilities normally found on larger yachts, packed into her 38 metre interiors. Her standout feature is the sundeck, complete with a hot tub, sunpads, lounge, bar and Teppanyaki grill for al fresco dining. Other highlights include a beach club with a swimming platform and foldout balcony, a skylounge with a drinks bar and games table, a dedicated yoga space on the upper aft deck and a toybox with gear for diving and other watersports. And if it's your first time on board and you don't know yet whether you’ll get seasick, you can rest assured knowing that Altavita is equipped with zero speed stabilisers to reduce any rolling at anchor while cruising the Mediterranean.
Altavita is managed for charter by Burgess with a weekly charter rate starting from €133,000.
Stats: 22 metres, Contest Yachts, 2013, 6 guests, 2 crew
If it’s your first time on the water, you may not want to get overwhelmed with a supersized yacht. Keep it simple on board Contest Yachts’ 22 metre flagship Ph3, which is perfect for a small family or intimate group of friends planning their first charter in the Balearic Islands. But that’s not to say guests will be left wanting; highlights on board include a transformative area on the front deck that can serve as a sunbathing spot, cocktail area or paddling pool, plus there’s a fully stocked toybox that carries the likes of an underwater scooter, water-skiing and wakeboarding equipment, snorkelling gear and a canoe. Thanks to her compact size, this nimble sailing yacht will also be able to take you to remote corners and hidden gems that bigger boats can’t access.
PH3 is managed for charter by Ocean Independence with a weekly charter rate starting from €26,000.
Stats: 36.5 metres, 1991, Feadship, 8 guests, 6 crew
Offering classic appeal with modern amenities, Lady Victoria has been described by her broker as a “true gentleman’s yacht.” After undergoing a refit in 2019, her classic-inspired De Voogt interiors are refreshed and offer elegant living spaces for guests to unwind and relax in traditional yachting style. Alongside a sundeck hot tub, outdoors dining and drinks areas for al fresco entertaining, Lady Victoria also carries a full toybox and two tenders. Expect days spent on the water kayaking, kneeboarding, paddleboarding, fishing, waterskiing and wakeboarding – plus there’s also a range of towable toys on board for kids to enjoy. Ideal for US-based charterers, she can be found cruising along the East Coast and down to the Caribbean.
Stats: 23 metres, CNB, 2020, 7 guests, 3 crew
New to the charter market following her recent delivery in 2020, Xaira has been designed for optimum performance at sea and offers a thrilling sailing experience that is sure to satisfy first-time charterers. Easily identifiable with her distinctive black sails, Xaira has plenty of deck space, air-conditioned cabins and a toybox bursting with watersports gear from waterskis and paddleboards, to snorkelling, kitesurfing and wakeboarding equipment. She also carries a sailing dinghy plus a Tender Williams Sportjet 395 for transporting guests back and forth during shore-based expeditions. This summer she’ll be cruising through the warm waters of the Balearics; an ideal charter location for first-timers.
Xaira is managed for charter by Ocean Independence with a weekly charter rate starting from €28,500.
Stats: 40.8 metres, Benetti, 2020, 11 guests, 7 crew
For a first-time charterer who’s looking for the newest toys and tech, recently delivered Rebeca is the first hull of the innovative Benetti Oasis 40m series and offers an excellent entry-level superyacht. Her ultra-modern interiors have been designed by RWD and emphasise outdoor areas for warm weather cruising. Enjoy early morning yoga on the main deck, swimming in the infinity pool during the heat of the day and dining al fresco on the sundeck, which is equipped with a shaded dining table, barbecue and drinks bar plus a large raised hot tub forward. There’s also an on-board gym and a toybox stocked with Seabobs, paddleboards, wakeboarding and waterskiing gear, kayaks, e-foils and snorkelling equipment.
Rebeca is managed for charter by Burgess with a weekly charter rate starting from $196,000.