While a plethora of toys continues to be a must for most charterers, on-board balconies and wellness offerings are starting to become more popular. "Clients are liking the balcony features on the newest yachts and also the expanded beach clubs," says Seonaid Thomas, charter broker at Burgess. "Inflatables such as slides are becoming more and more requested, while connectivity remains essential," adds Acher.
Additionally, more specific requests are creeping in, a trend that falls in line with that fact that many guests prefer to pay more for better quality boats. "Clients are becoming more interested and ‘educated’ when it comes to selecting a yacht for charter, therefore becoming more specific in the amenities they are looking for on a yacht, as well as the activities they can do on board," says Sophia Tutino, global charter business development manager at IYC. "As a result we also see more equipment being supplied for guests’ comfort. We have also seen an increase in demand for wellness charters and healthy living on yachts."
A younger age bracket of charterers is starting to become more prominent in the market, and this is set to carry on throughout 2018. "We are starting to see some younger families discover yachting," adds Zamora.
However, the evidence from 2017 is clear – charterers are obsessed with the contents of the water toy box on board. "Toys, toys and more toys, from slides and Jet Surfs to Fly Boards," says McCoy. "There are a few toy rental companies on the scene now so we are hopeful that this will enhance the charter client’s vacation experience."
It's not just the presence of toys on board either – guests want the most up-to-date gadgets and gizmos to play with. "Clients are no longer content with the standard jet-ski and kayak," says Pierrik Devic, charter broker at Fraser. "They’re becoming more interested in the big water slides, the water playgrounds and the more high tech options like Seabobs, flyboards and hoverboards."
Seven Sins (pictured) is available for charter with YPI.