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A Short Guide To Sailing Holidays

Jun 20, 2008
Taking sailing holidays is a good option for people looking to do something more active. Sailing is a skill that requires plenty of training and experience in order to be able to enjoy the travelling experience. You can opt to go for a bareboat yacht, which means you will need to pick up the boat yourself and organise your own itinerary on the days you have chosen to charter. If you do choose to go for the bareboat yacht charter you are held responsible to make sure that it stays in a good quality condition, returning it with a full tank of fuel and left in the exact same condition as the day you had picked it up.

However, if sailing holidays are something are accustomed to then the process of hiring your own boat will become second nature to you. Usually yacht charter companies tend to want to find out previous experiences in sailing, including any relevant qualifications and proof of sailing ability. Those with relatively low experience should opt for a skippered yacht charter, as then you will be delegated a skipper to navigate you to your chosen destination. The skipper will usually have his own cabin and cover his own costs for meals. Larger yachts will contain catering services, host/hostess and a cook.

When opting for a flotilla yacht chartering a person with low experience can skipper his/her own boat, with the reassurance of having an experienced skipper at hand to help them with the process. However, the disadvantages lie on the conditions of the private cabins, which are not always as luxurious as other yachts and may not have running water. Therefore, one advantage of going on sailing holidays is that you can stop at nearby islands, book in at an accommodation temporarily and take a shower there.

You should always approach yacht-chartering companies with caution as not all companies offer you the best quality in yachts. The best way to find the right chartering company is to approach the most reputable companies, which have a proven track record of offering customers good quality service. There is no guarantee that you will get the same service, as different companies function differently from each other. However, there are internet forums out there for you to read up from other peoples first hand experiences with various companies.

Sharing a boat with other people is a good idea for couples who are looking to save a bit of money on their sailing holiday. These include breakfast, lunch and on board entertainment. Cheaper boats may not offer entertainment and may require you to cater for your own food. Those wishing to learn how to sail whilst on holiday can book for courses in advance via the internet or directly contacting the agency. The advantages of going on sailing holidays, is that you are able to travel with ease, whilst getting the opportunity to see some of the most impressive sites.
About the Author
Anna Stenning loves going on sailing holidays, as she gets the opportunity to see a lot more of the chosen destination.
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