In the Balearic Islands Charter companies usually like to book Catamaran charters on a weekly basis. The normal format being a Charter that operates from Saturday to Saturday. Although it is not often advertised by Spanish Charter Companies some will take bookings for single days.
Corporate days are events organised by companies specifically for team building that can take the form of social events. Good communication and friendship build a business by forming a team. Years ago it was only large companies that had a budget that would stretch to what some would describe as a paid holiday. I.T. Companies see the benefit more than most. They saw a day out on a sailing boat as one of the best ways to form business relationships.
Day charter corporate days format
For many people, a day out on a yacht can be a life-changing experience. surprisingly few have ever been sailing a yacht of 15 metres. A professional skipper keeps everyone safe and will encourage all participants to have a go at steering the yacht under sail. Some find taking the helm very easy while others simply have no sense of direction.
After a morning of discovery and adventure on the high sea’s ( a potter around a bay), it’s time for lunch. The skipper will stumble across an anchorage where perhaps a catering will be conveniently assembled on the beach with. Perhaps swim ashore for the young brave executives. A boat takes the more serious members ashore. A very long lunch follows with swimming and toys around the boat. Eventually, it’s time to reflect back at the start point and home of European Yacht Charters
Top ten things to consider before buying an ex-charter yacht.
As boats under ten years old with one private owner and a full-service history become almost as rare as rocking horse sh…t, you might find yourself considering the purchase of an ex-charter yacht. After all that is said about working boats, an ex charter yacht can offer a better level of equipment for the same price than the one used privately.
This is my list of top ten things to consider before buying an ex-charter yacht.
As you shop around and consider what you might have to pay for a one-owner none charter version of the yacht you want. Try to find out what the same yacht would have cost when it was new, and then deduct the value of navigation electronics.
Depending on the manufacturer, you will not be a million miles out evaluating its current value, providing it is in excellent condition. Put another way, privately owned yachts in good condition are not falling in value. A few one owner Yachts with an impeccable service history have gone up in value over the last ten years. So an ex-charter yacht in good condition might not be as cheap as you think, but generally, an allowance for wear will be made by the seller.
Consider this, before buying an Ex-Charter yacht from a popular charter location, how much that yacht has been used. It sounds an obvious question but put it another way. If you see an ex-charter yacht for sale in a place that is off the beaten track, you might have stumbled on a hidden gem! Many people have a dream of buying a yacht to earn a living in a remote location. The reality is this often results in a failed business adventure. The yacht sits unused but carries the lower value badge of ex-charter, so it might be a bargain just waiting for you.
Before you part with any money, if a reputable broker is selling the yacht for a client, ask for details of past ownership. If a company owns the yacht, you will be able to investigate its history easily. If a private owner is operating as a charter company, my advice is to get a yacht broker involved to check out the paperwork.
Almost a subject worthy of a separate blog post. I would always recommend a decent broker to inspect yacht paperwork. Often VAT is not paid when a boat is first put into service but, worryingly this lack of payment is sometimes not recorded correctly.
British Part One Registration is good. Being British, I would like to discuss how solid part one registration is as a form of evidence that all the paperwork, including tax status for a yacht, is in order. Unfortunately, a yacht’s VAT or Tax status is not within the scope of British flagged ship registrations. Spanish registration offers more information, as does registration under a French flag but they are not perfect.
No flag registration guarantees that all taxes are paid unless it says they are in black and white. Certainly, the Dutch registration system is not even recognised in Spain, Italy or Portugal for none residents.
Before you make an offer on a working yacht, do make sure it’s out of charter contract. I had known cases when the sale and purchase negotiations drifted into the charter season without a contract. Suddenly the buyer put the price up saying the yacht is not now available until the charter season finishes. As a buyer, this is very frustrating. If you agree on a price, get a holding deposit down subject to an approved sale and purchase contract.
Remember, before you pay a deposit connected to a time limiting contract, a seller can change his/her mind any time they want. Not a great situation to find yourself in if you travelled thousands of miles to look for a yacht.
Try not to employ a surveyor who exaggerates acceptable wear in his report. Not so easy if you do not know a lot about boats. You could ask to see a selection of reports they produced in the past? If you do this, make sure the comments balance with final recommendations. I have seen reports that reasonably describe yachts only to condemn them in summing up.
So you have a survey report, and sure it will recommend replacing things that you might not have budgeted for. From a sellers perspective, you are buying a used boat. Do not expect it in new condition for the price of a used boat. This is where a good surveyor can help to explain reality.
If you plan to set off on an ocean journey that will take you days from land, a Yacht must be in tip-top condition. Things will need to be renewed that perhaps had years of serviceable life in them. Try to understand and balance the risk if a component fails on a boat while you are using it. Sure, if a component stops working, you need to replace it. But replacing a component that offers no risk to or crew just because it is old is a waste of money. An owner is unlikely to negotiate a further price reduction on that basis.
The day has come to collect your yacht. Very obviously, when you own a yacht, you must pay for the parking space. It is always good to ensure the space that the yacht occupies is available for a short time after purchase. Delivery to its new home by road or sea is a well-trodden route. If the journey is long, I would always pick the by road transport option over a delivery skipper if at all possible. At least you are in with a good chance of receiving a yacht in the same condition you last saw if you received it by truck.
Back Into Charter
Many boats end a working life as a level one charter boat immediately going back into service at a second level. A re-rig and proper service to boats over ten years old represent good value for money. They make a good rental income for an owner at a lower premium for many years.
The above post is a general opinion only of the top ten things I consider before buying an ex-charter yacht based on a typical yacht being under 15 metres purchased in Europe.
I want to introduce you to our partner website. It is Network Yacht Brokers Barcelona. Based in Spain, close to Barcelona, our office sits amongst 1400 Marina berthed boats. We have many boats for sale in Spain as we are, first and foremost professional Yacht Brokers.
You might be interested in reading some of our news blogs posted over the four years we have been trading in Spain. Please find the links below useful, along with a brief description of the subject.
Boats for Sale lets you know about boats for sale in Port Ginesta, Spain, during the current pandemic crisis. Although the post offers a general description of the situation in January 2021, we can only offer you the perspective from Barcelona in Spain.
Putting to one side the Pandemic, you can visit Barcelona anytime and be sure of a warm sunny welcome (during the summer months). Actually, Barcelona is a place of weather extremes. Storms during the winter months are widespread and violent. Local mountains and prevailing winds dominate the weather from Late September until May. So read the blog to find out more.
You can organise your own Sailing Yacht Charter Holiday if you have a love of sailing, even if you have no experience. This sort of adventure could be the best five days of your life.
Many images of ordinary people enjoying boating and sailing are posted on the web each day. It’s plain to see boating is no longer a sport reserved for the rich. Modern construction processes have made getting involved with boating and Yacht Charter or ownership much more affordable than perhaps you first thought.
You can get qualified first.
For qualifications, organisations like the RYA is an excellent resource for information. They cover all aspects of sailing and are one of the most respected marine associations in the world.
If you want to try a sailing day or weekend? Then plenty of RYA sailing schools run weekend introductory sailing courses. I use the word courses with caution as many people don’t want formal coaching to try a leisure sport.
In my opinion, Introductory courses function best where a professional skipper takes you out for a couple of days, and perhaps you stay overnight on the yacht or boat, during that time have a go at sailing at your own pace. There is simply no point even attempting to do more than that on your first sailing trip.
You don’t even need to do this via a sailing school to love that first introduction to sailing.
The best way to develop a love of sailing
My recommendation in this post will take a little longer than a weekend to become totally hooked on sailing, but it might just set you on the way to meeting new people and learn to sail all at the same time.
Get together a group of people in the same or similar situation as yourself. Perhaps pose the question on social media and run a small ad. Four people tend to work best and exchange ideas about where you might go for your first sailing adventure. My advice is to select a well known holiday destination with easy airport links and something to do other than just sailing (I will come back to that point later). Decide on a budget, and again my recommendation would be a five day holiday.
Let’s say you go with all my recommendations. So you are going to Charter a Yacht for five days with an experienced skipper. Somewhere warm in the Mediterranean, Croatia is perfect for beginners, although there are plenty of other places you can go to.
Use a Charter Broker to make your booking, and they will do the shopping around for you and provide options and advice rather than trusting one charter company to sell you a holiday.
How I developed my love of sailing
Years ago, I started taking people out for sailing weekends on my UK based yacht. I had intended to develop a business, so the yacht was equipped for charter. I placed a straightforward ad in a national newspaper. Enquiries came flooding in, mostly from single people, although some couples also came along.
The script back then being we would meet up in the marina pub where I kept the yacht. On arrival, everyone put the gear on the boat. We then went to the pub and got to know each other over a few drinks. The next day we went sailing. I ran the business for about one season and met lots of people. Most had never been sailing before. The point of telling you this being, I never knew who would come along.
You might think I had some good times and some bad ones? Actually, everyone was great, and some came back for repeat weekends. I concluded that the adventure attracted like-minded people who go on with things, making the best of whatever happened.
The following season I started working for a couple of sailing schools. Still, training courses’ formality meant some people had a slightly different agenda to just having fun out on the water.
You can easily organise a charter.
Fast forward 25 years to 2021, Yacht Charter with a qualified skipper is now very popular. Your sailing experience can be ZERO so long as you have a love of sailing. You don’t even need to know the people who will join on your charter, that’s no problem anyway, they will be looking for the same sort of holiday as you so that it will be great.
This brings me back to having a five-day charter in a popular tourist place. Perhaps you will draw up a “Lets Go Sailing” itinerary for an advert, even if it is not a hard and fast plan, you can include 50% of the time on land-based expeditions or simply at anchor off a beach enjoying water sports. The sailing can be limited to concise days where everyone understands the basics without any formal training. The skipper’s job will be to keep you all safe and ensure you all have a good time. He will not complain about having an easy week.
My idea is certainly not original, and you will be able to find organisations that specialise in exactly what I describe. I will be pleased to hear if my suggestion is a spark for somebody who falls in love with this fantastic hobby. You might even be one of the lucky people to find love of a different kind, plenty of people find partners who are like-minded through sailing and boating. Send me your thoughts; what have you got to lose?
Our base is in Barcelona, Spain, and we are happy to support individuals who might want to develop a holiday experience such as the above. If you want further advice, please do get in touch at Network Yacht Brokers Barcelona.
Current local weather forecasts and weather apps provide a staggering amount of detail about upcoming weather events helping well-prepared sailors. Gone are the days when a skipper should be taken by surprise by a storm or weather event. This is certainly the case if he/she cruises close to a haven.
This article is not about current forecasting technology. It is a suggestion to skippers who learned their skills not to dismiss the need to predict daily weather and local sea conditions. Indeed, predicting the exact weather to be encounter when sailing on any particular day can be extremely rewarding and is still, to a large extent, an art rather than a science.
Sailing In Tidal Waters
I have sailed in many parts of the world but gained most of my heavy weather sailing experience in the Irish Sea off the coast of North Wales. Strong currents and rips are common around the coast of Anglesey. I grew up adding two levels to the Beaufort wind scale when judging the sea state from any wind forecast that came with the word northerly in it.
I often calculated my weather formula in reverse if a favourable tidal flow and southerly wind occurred. I would subtract two levels from the Beaufort scale in such conditions.
The Cruising Anglesey Pilot by Ralph Morris explains the dangers of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Irish Sea around Anglesey takes no prisoners. Always get an updated local weather forecast.
Perhaps the pilot could have gone into as much detail about calm waters. For example, when the wind and tide ran together at speed, the water is calm. A strong favourable wind and tide situation has produced some of the most exhilarating, safe sailing I have ever experienced. Learning about tidal flows is very much part of interpreting the weather conditions you will encounter when sailing.
Mediterranean Cruising is different. You will most likely encounter local un-forecast winds and sea states in part created by storms in other areas during low season sailing. With no daily tide to take the sting out of waves caused by localised weather, unexpected moderate waves can travel great distances before losing their energy. Worry about the ever-present danger of being hit by a wave, especially when that wave can catch an unsuspecting crew member off guard. Talking about the unexpected wave danger as part of a Skippers safety briefing. Fortunately, rouge waves are less frequent in summer months but do exist all year round.
Get a local weather forecast.
Local knowledge is the answer in all cases, and local weather forecasts will help a lot. I cannot emphasise enough the importance of asking a local about local weather and trends before cruising. I refer back to my opening statement about modern weather forecasting. In my recent experience, having been based in the Mediterranean for four years, local weather remains unpredictable. The confidence of knowing what might happen brings a certain pleasure. I have extensively sailed in all kinds of weather. Yes, when it’s off the scale, you remember it! Off the scale, weather days are predicted and calculated, and although testing, they are manageable. It’s when your guard is down that one can get caught out without a backup plan.
Look through the special offers pages, and you will find deals for long-distance charter sailing. Often Yacht Charter companies offer special offers when boats need to be brought back to base.
Enquiries come from earn sea miles.
We get enquiries from clients who want to take have a long-distance charter or have a yacht for an entire summer. The reality is that this is not something anyone would consider regularly. Even a modest Yacht is going to cost more the £20,000.00 for a summer.
At the point of wanting to spend extended periods on a Yacht, it is time to
think about buying your own yacht or investing in Charter Yacht Ownership.
Some people want to stay local.
A typical charter yacht holiday will vary between customers. Some customers like to sail daily from port to port, with some staying in a favourite location for
Most of a week. There is nothing wrong with chartering a yacht and simply
pottering around the corner into a private anchorage to swim and bathe all week. It is advantageous to travel fifty miles in a week, taking time to enjoy getting to know an area in detail.
Putting to one side long term or long distance charter, our advice is to spend about half the time you have a yacht on charter ashore. It breaks up the holiday well, and it’s likely your crew will appreciate a little freedom from the water.
Network Yacht Brokers Barcelona in Port Ginesta Spain, is where we have our head office. The office is open Monday to Friday. We are happy to discuss your requirements.
European Yacht Charters is a platform created to advertise charter holidays on a global scale. We do not charge a booking fee for our service. holidays are booked through independent companies. Terms and conditions vary.
An irritating fact of life is the way some charter companies add the mandatory package. This list of items is not included in the base price but must be added to the expected overall cost.
Charter companies say this mandatory additional list of items varies depending on how many people are on the charter or, perhaps more importantly, if you are booking via a group or flotilla.
When you select a holiday charter, the final price should be clear and detailed. Don’t be afraid to question prices. We will always communicate and negotiate on your behalf with the Charter company before a final booking is made.
Some of the best Youtube videos we found about Split is featured in our article below with links to pages on our site.
Charter a Yacht from Split in the Mediterranean and you should plan to spend as much time exploring the local area by land as you do sailing. Beaches in Split are beautiful and a major attraction in the area. The historic architecture is fabulous despite much restoration work due to recent troubles. Split is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean.
The Croatian weather is typically the Mediterranean, meaning dry, warm summers and reasonably mild winters. With 2,600 hours of expected sunlight yearly, Croatia has one of the sunniest coastlines in Europe. From May things get warm with temperatures of 30°C during July/August, dropping to around 23°C in September & October.
The prevailing wind in Croatia is from north-westerly, with average winds of less than10 knots. Generally, winds increase in the day up to 20 knots making sailing some exhilarating sailing! Keep a lookout for the ‘Bora’ – a northeasterly that can surprise you, so check your forecasts regularly.
“Day 1 we tack from Slano to Korcula for over 11 hours, and we enjoy the challenge of mixed wind. We love being on the water, so no complaints here! We anchor in Korcula at Racisce, and it’s nice to get some rest after a long day on the water.
Day 2 is a 50 nm sail from Korcula to Brac. We begin the day early and experience 30-knot winds for a couple of hours before it settles to 20 knots and with a mild sea state the sailing conditions are excellent. Originally I want to stop at Hvar or the Pakleni Islands however the anchorages are crowded. We decide on Uvala Smka, an anchorage on Brac Island with an old submarine garage which is perfect for the night.
Day 3 is a 20nm sail from Brac to Split. Like the day before we are fortunate to experience great winds, blowing between 20 and 25 knots. The reason we are in such a rush is that there are no winds predicted in the following 4 days and we are meeting Trace’s brother Jason, so we are eager to get there. There are few anchorages in Split but find a great spot off Luka Poljud which is a 10-minute walk to the old town, PERFECT!”
Visit the Mediterranean and Croatia you must go to Dubrovnic it has lots of history to share, compared with some ancient coastal cities, only a few stand out as much as Dubrovnik. Known as “the Pearl of the Adriatic”. Dubrovnik, Croatia in the Mediterranean, is considered by many to be one of the best-preserved medieval walled cities on Earth. Croatia in the Mediterraneanoffers ideal weather for those new to coastal sailing, with gentle winds and fair sailing. You will spend many pleasant hours on the deck.
Dubrovnik’s historic castle fortifications are surrounded by picturesque white stone buildings that are a delight. Terracotta roofs stand out against the rich azure blue of the Adriatic in the background. Mediterranean life has not changed in this place for thousands of years. This is a fascinating town suffering damage during the war. Dubrovnic is now restored to its former glory.
Game of Thrones in Dubrovnic.
Climate & Weather in Croatia – Coast.
The Croatian coast has a typically Mediterranean climate, hot, dry, sunny weather during summer, mild and wet in the winter.
Average temperatures in summer are expected in the mid-to-high 20s.
Winters are considerably cooler, although temperatures never really drop below 5°C/41°F. Anything colder than 5 deg C. is considered freak weather, though technically not impossible. There has been snow in Dalmatia, such as Zadar and Split, in the last decade. Dubrovnik Croatia Mediterranean weather is typical.
Mediterranean winters suffer regular storms (one to three per month on average). Fortunately, the weather varies a lot between countries. A good example of this variation exists in mainland Spain. The mainland of Spain is mild and sunny, while the Ionian Islands of Greece (not so far away) are wet and cold. The Mediterranean low season typically runs between October and April.
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Not just a comparison site
We are connected live to hundreds of competing Mediterranean Yacht Charter Holiday Companies. They are all looking to offer great service and a special deal. You can compare prices on our site easily and decide which company to book a holiday with. The principle of offering holidays on a comparison site is not unique, but we believe that our site offers much more than price comparison. On each of our pages, you can find information about local history. We have linked either a bloggers video holiday or drone footage of the particular area on most pages.
With over twenty-five years of experience in the Marine industry, our company director, Rob Woodward, knows a lot about sailing. As an ex UK based Yacht-Master Instructor, Rob says, ” Selecting the correct location for your first family charter is very important. Our site is created so that families can research and get valuable localholiday information easily. It’s taken us more than two years to populate the site, which will be an ongoing job. If you have holiday experiences (Good and Bad) video, blogs, please let us know. We will review each item submitted and post them on the site if we believe they will help our clients”.