Sailing Charters

Written by Jamie Carpenter
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Sailing charters are just fun. Period. Days with the wind in your hair and the sun on your shoulders. Afternoons filled with scuba diving and swimming. Evenings at sea stargazing with a glass of wine, or at-port dancing the limbo in a beachfront discoteque. On sailing charters you set the course, the pace, and come home refreshed and relaxed in a way you'd likely never achieve on a huge, touristy mega-liner.

Sailing charters can be made with either full crew or "bareboat", where you skipper your own vessel. Either way, the gentle sound of the wind flapping in the sails is sure to beat the stress right out of you. Which level of crew support you choose is entirely up to you, and your boating experience.

If you're interested in learning more about sailing, and want to learn first-hand, sailing charters are a great way to learn. Most sailing charters have friendly Captains and crew that are delighted to teach you as much as you wish to learn. Some even offer organized daily courses for those that are interested. If you're specifically interested in this kind of educational experience, enquire at the outset of your rental.

Choosing Your Craft

Unless you already have a specific boat in mind, it's advisable to enlist the aid of a boat charter specialist. Boat charter companies have first hand knowledge of the boats available for charter, as well as whether a particular crew really likes teaching seamanship, enjoys kids, has diving equipment on board, etc. By enlisting a boat charter specialist, (who most of the time don't charge for their services, by the way), you can help ensure that you find that perfect 56 foot boat with the big, white sails, and the cozy hammock on the observation deck--complete with a crew whose personality matches that of you and your travelling companions.

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