Why you should charter a yacht

29 January 2015By Chris Caswell

Imagine a quiet tropical morning, where you start your day settled in a comfortable chair on the aft deck of a luxurious yacht, anchored off a deserted beach with palm trees shading the flawless white sand. A uniformed crew member serves warm croissants with Mimosas of freshly squeezed orange juice and icy champagne on the sun-warmed teak deck. Your only decision is, what to do today.

Or you might suggest that your captain and crew move your yacht to a nearby harbour where, moored to the quay, you can watch the crowds strolling the waterfront while you enjoy a gourmet lunch from the yacht's chef, who learned his trade in some of the best restaurants in the world. It will be leisurely, languid, and absolutely memorable.

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Today, however, with literally hundreds of charter yachts worldwide, the marketplace has changed. Many regular charter clients have never owned a yacht and often know almost nothing about boating. What they want is a vacation that combines privacy with exceptional luxury, and that's exactly what a yacht charter provides.

There are plenty of choices, since the number of yachts over 80-feet has gone from roughly 2,500 in 1989 to more than 9,000 today. With many of those in charter service either on a full-time or part-time basis, the opportunities for yacht chartering have never been better.

Unlike a hotel, which is fixed in one location, a charter yacht is easily moved to satisfy any whim from a gourmet picnic on a deserted atoll to fine dining ashore, from disco-hopping 'til the wee hours to watching the stars from the spa. With most charter destinations, you will have the choice of anything from complete seclusion to jet-set night life.

With a charter yacht, you can make your vacation anything you want from mild to wild © Jeff Brown / SuperYacht Media

A charter yacht also provides you with many luxury facilities and delights that even the most expensive luxury resort in the world can't possibly offer. For one thing, the view never changes at the resort. Aboard a charter yacht, every guest gets the premium \"ocean-view\" accommodations that are so expensive ashore, and they are different every day. You will dine without ever needing a reservation or standing in line, you will enjoy gourmet cuisine precisely to your taste, and you will never, ever, get a bad table. Your crew will remember your names, know your likes and dislikes, and be attentive to your needs. Prefer your lobster shelled? Of course. A second creme brulee

If scuba diving is your passion (or even if you've never done it), a charter yacht is the perfect platform because you take your luxury accommodation to otherwise unreachable locations, and charter yachts often have experienced diving experts in their crew. If fishing is your game, many of the charter yachts now tow sportfishing boats that allow you to hunt the many varieties of game fish found throughout the world.

On the other hand, shopping may be your sport and a charter yacht can carry you, in just a day, from browsing native wares in a palm-thatched hut on a beach to the chic, luxe boutiques filled with wares from Paris, London and Beverly Hills.

If it's peace you want, a charter yacht is the perfect place © Jeff Brown / SuperYacht Media

Children will love the myriad water toys found aboard family-friendly charter yachts, from the banana-shaped towed inflatables for wet and wild roller-coaster rides to the easily-mastered jetskis to kayaks for exploring on their own. And every charter yacht has a library of movies and games for young and old alike.

If it's peace you want, a charter yacht is the perfect place for quiet sunbathing, or you might choose a comfy couch where you can settle in with a novel.

With a charter yacht, you can make your vacation anything you want from mild to wild, and change it again overnight. Wherever you charter in the world, a luxury yacht is the ideal way to have your fun and take it with you, too.

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