Chartering a Yacht for Newbies

A Yacht Charter Quick Start Guide

Congrats, Yachting Newbie: Your Yacht Charter Awaits!

First, let us sound off a big ol’ congratulations to you, newbie yachter. Yacht charter is an ideal way to see the world and you’ve come to the right place to learn the basics of reserving a Boatsetter yacht charter. Id there is one hobby we can endorse, it’s boating – fun for the entire family.

At Boatsetter we do one thing really well: connect people with  boat rental and yacht charter trips. In preparation of your first yacht charter we’ve compiled this quick start guide. You’ll be a sailing pro in no time!

First, Pick a Destination

Picking a destination is the best part! The options are endless and range from charters within the United States to vacation spots, quite literally, on the other side of the world. The most popular yachting destinations include:

  • Bahamas
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Croatia
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • French Riviera
  • Turkey
  • California
  • Florida
  • California

Decide if You Need a Captain and Crew

If you’re an experienced boater you might not need a captain or crew on board your luxury yacht charter. However, you may choose to hire crew to alleviate your responsibilities on the boat. The benefits of hiring a captain and crew include:

  • Local expertise and knowledge – your boat captain can share some of the best spots for water activities or dining.
  • Boat expertise – in the case of an emergency or some sort of mechanical failure, a  captain can draw on his or her vast knowledge to fix the problem.
  • Emergency preparedness – yacht captains and crew are trained for emergency situations so while you might not be able to keep a cool head, they certainly will.

Know What to Expect

Your yacht charter is what you want it to be – that’s the best part. You can center your trip around fine dining, water activities, or sightseeing. We recommend a combination of all three!

When you make your reservation your captain and crew will likely ask about your vacation plans and/or goals. You may even fill out an activity sheet that will help the crew develop an itinerary.

Some popular activities on a yacht charter include:

  • Snorkeling
  • Diving
  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Sightseeing
  • Star gazing
  • Sunset/sunrise watching
  • Wakeboarding
  • Jet skiing

In addition, you should prepare for life on the water. The following tips are helpful for yacht charter newbies:

  • Pack lightweight clothing for optimal protection from the sun without the heat.
  • Nighttime on a yacht charter can be chilly, so don’t forget a light jacket.
  • Ensure you will still enjoy the company of your sailing partners toward the end of the trip (boats are small places when someone is driving you nuts).
  • Make a list of “must-sees” to help your captain and crew tailor your vacation.
  • Be prepared to tip your captain and crew at the end of the trip, this is standard practice. Learn more about when and how much to tip your crew.


Yacht charters an affordable way to travel and vacation. The prices of yacht charters will vary depending on the following factors:

  • Duration of the charter
  • Location of the charter
  • Number of passenger
  • Captain and crew needs
  • Preferred activities
  • Beverage requests

Now, let’s do some math. The initial yacht charter prices might seem high, but don’t forget that you’re dividing that number by the total passenger count. So, for example, a yacht listed at $6,000 a week with a passenger count of 8 people amounts to $750 a person. Learn more about the costs of yacht charters.

Book Your Yacht Charter

Boatsetter is the easiest way to find and book your yacht charter. Our team can help search our database of boat rentals and yacht charters until we find the perfect fit for your needs. The reservations made through Boatsetter are hassle-free. You can cancel your reservation up to 24 hours in advance and we only work with captains who are licensed by the United States Coast Guard. Let us help you #JumpIn and set sail!

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We can’t wait to help you set sail and #JumpIn to your yacht charter.

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