What to Expect on a Crewed Yacht Charter
Updated: Apr 3
Nothing compares to the exquisite freedom of travelling by luxury yacht. Crewed yacht charters allow you to explore a lot more of a country than you would on land, with five-star service every step of the way. You can island-hop your way to a different sensational destination every day, from the British Virgin Islands to the French Riviera, Balearic islands and even South Pacific. Experienced sailors may be able to skipper a yacht themselves, but the luxury of hiring a professional crew makes the trip all the more special. There’s no doubt you’ll enjoy yourself, but if you’re not sure how it works, read on for everything you can expect from a crewed charter. What’s the difference between bareboat, skippered and crewed yachts? As mentioned above, a bareboat yacht is one that you skipper yourself, although you will need sailing experience and a licence. A skippered yacht comes with a professional captain who will take care of all the sailing and the boat for you, but no cooking or hostess duties. For the ultimate holiday, you can hire a crewed yacht, which usually comes with a small crew of skipper, chef and hostess/deckhand. If the yacht has space you can even hire extra staff members such as a nanny, personal trainer or diving instructor. What type of boat should I charter? Crewed yacht charters are available on a selection of vessels, from luxury motor yachts to smaller motor boat and beamy catamaran options with plenty of outdoor space. A luxury motor yacht affords you the greatest space, alongside the ability to cover large distances with a larger group, and more crew support. You can also charter a sailing boat over 50ft if you're after a sailing holiday with all the trimmings of a charter vacation. But with so much out there to choose from, it can be difficult to find the right sail or power catamaran for your group. That’s where the yachting experts at HELM come in. With years of experience in luxury yacht charter and crewed catamaran sailing vacations, our experts can sort the wheat from the chaff and select the perfect luxury charter yacht to suit your group How does it work? Each crew member will be there to cater to your every need but will always be professional and respect your privacy. They can give you as much or as little space as you wish, and staff quarters are separate from the guest bedrooms and living spaces. The crew will take care of sailing, maintenance, cooking and cleaning. The shopping is usually done before you set off - simply fill out the preferences form, and the crew will stock the yacht with any food or drinks you would like on board. All charter guest food and drink costs are covered by the Advanced Provisioning Allowance, or APA, a fee payable alongside your final charter balance. Any amount left in this 'kitty' at the end of your luxury charter will be returned to you. Charter yacht chefs can provide breakfast, lunch and dinner, or just an evening meal if you want to explore on land during the day and sample the local food. Advantages of a crewed yacht Comfort.
Luxury crewed yachts are always a fabulous place to spend a vacation, whether mega yacht, motor yacht or sailing yacht. It doesn’t get more luxurious than relaxing on your own private yacht charter with a dedicated crew making sure everything is just right. From chef cooked meals to champagne on ice, the crew can arrange almost anything you need. Guests can enjoy water sports, excursions and pristine beaches in the daytime, followed by a sumptuous tasting menu and a go in the hot tub before you turn in to your opulent master cabin for the night. Perfect for a honeymoon or special trip away, chartered crew yachts have it all. Relaxation Most people would list relaxation as the number one reason for going on holiday, and that’s taken to another level if you have a crew to help. No cooking or washing up to worry about like in a self catered villa, and a chef to cook exactly what you like. Extra Activities A luxury yacht charter can have space for all sorts of extras, depending on the size. A crew member can assist you with watersports from jet skiing to snorkelling or water skiing, and they can be on hand to give you insider tips on the local area. Most charter crews are experts in the area you will be navigating, so expect tons of insider knowledge about activities, local customs and the best hidden coves and pristine beaches that will be unknown to most tourists. About Helm: Co-founded by Simon Morgan and Peter Harrison in 2015, Helm offers fully tailored yachting holidays. Well-known for quality yachts and excellent service, Helm’s team of expert sailors and brokers assist customers on every step of the journey, from enquiry to finalised booking and beyond, to ensure guests can enjoy the best yachting experience. Helm offers bareboat, skippered and crewed boats for hire globally, with specialist areas include Croatia, Sardinia, Turkey, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, the Caribbean, and the British Virgin Islands. Both seasoned sailors, Peter and Simon spent years in the industry, both as skippers and then as brokers, bringing an in-depth knowledge of the sector