Treat yourself to a nature break with family or friends during the holidays. Explore the beautiful countryside on board a boat, with or without a skipper. We give you all the information you need for a successful nautical escapade.
Discover beautiful destinations on board a private boat
A boat trip is one of the most beautiful ways to discover new landscapes and breath-taking destinations (creeks, rivers, open sea…). All you need to do is contact a company specialising in boat hire, such as Suncap, a company located in Saint-Tropez.
Whether you are a keen yachtsman or just discovering the world of sailing, whether you are going with friends, lovers or family, a boat trip promises pleasant sensations of freedom, lightness and carefreeness.
Factors to consider when hiring a boat
From the type of charter to the size and age of the boat to the destination, think about all the details to ensure your boating holiday goes well.
The type of charter
Are you experienced in sailing and cruising and have the qualifications to be the captain of your boat? Rent a boat without a crew. This is a practical and, above all, economical option. However, if you are not an experienced sailor, you will need a skipper to guide you to your chosen destination(s).
It is also possible to opt for a cabin cruise, which is perfect for an open sea adventure for one or two people. With this option, you get all the benefits of a skippered getaway but only pay for a single cabin and not the whole boat. Note that it is also possible to rent a boat without a licence, even between individuals.
The size and age of the boat
The largest motorboats are naturally the most expensive to charter. But the price also depends on the type of boat you wish to sail on (monohull, catamaran, yacht…). It should also be noted that the older boats in the fleet are less expensive to charter.
The destination and the season
Choose your destination according to your desires but especially your budget. Also take into account the season in which you are going on holiday. If you live in France, the Mediterranean destinations are among the most affordable because of their geographical proximity.
Among the most popular destinations, especially for a pleasure trip, are the Gulf of Saint-Tropez and Corsica, but also the Balearic Islands, the Amalfi Coast, the Ionian Islands, Malta, Sicily and the Aeolian Islands. You can also spend a dream vacation in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, by renting a boat to sail along the French Riviera!
If you have a bigger budget, you can also take a trip to the Caribbean or exotic destinations such as Tahiti or Thailand.
Duration of the rental
Boat rentals last on average 7 days, although some customers may rent for 2 weeks or more. Charter companies usually require their customers to book for at least 5-7 days.
Good to know: you can save money by starting the charter during the week rather than at the weekend.
There are many practical advantages to hiring a private boat. These include the ability to manage your own food and drink supplies.
However, it is not uncommon for a boat hire company to offer an online provisioning service, which allows you to buy everything you need for your trip in advance. The service delivers your order directly to the ship before departure.
Other factors to consider
The following items also affect the cost of the trip:
- Deductible buy-down;
- Optional insurance;
- Taxes (depending on the sailing area chosen);
- Anchor buoys;
- The cost of a berth when the boats are moored;
- The tip for the boat’s crew;
- Various nautical equipment;
- Transfer fees…
You now have all the information you need to rent a boat for your next vacation. This type of activity is perfect for the summer and allows you to spend a magical moment with your entourage, in the middle of the sea! Don’t wait any longer and rent your future boat.