Nowadays the crew can generally assume that the yachts offered for charter have a tried and tested sail that can be operated without any problems, that they have appropriately designed machinery and that they meet a high standard of equipment. However, the crew must clarify whether they place more value on excellent sailing characteristics or living comfort below deck.
Are you willing to share a bathroom with 8 people, is the food on board - and thus the preparation in the pantry - of great importance, or do you usually eat ashore? If you sail in southern waters, life on board will take place almost exclusively in the cockpit. In northern waters, for example, a spacious and comfortable saloon is invaluable. These are all questions, the answers to which will lead you to the right charter yacht for your needs.
Previous knowledge of the crew If you sail with an inexperienced crew who first has to familiarise themselves with technology and manoeuvres, furling systems for foresails and mainsails are not only a relief, but also an important safety aspect. A well-rehearsed crew will not only be able to handle a common jiffy reef without any problems, but will also regard the extra deck work as a welcome challenge. Do you sail with family members, close friends or fleeting acquaintances who have only been brought together by the desire to sail? These are all points that the person in charge of the organisation has to take into account more than the maximum charter price agreed upon.
Houseboat Holidays as an alternative Here you can usually do without a driver's license. Holiday on a houseboat means peace, leisurely flowing rivers and canals, quiet lakes and the quiet bubbling of the engine. Vacation on a houseboat means having time: for the beauty of the landscapes on the shore, for nature, for the people you are travelling with. Time for land and people, extensive meals on board and time for yourself.
Connecting culture and nature What would you like to experience? A river tour with all the comfort of a floating holiday apartment? Watch the riverbank vegetation with a canoe? Explore a new area on board a modern sailing yacht? Moor every evening at a different gourmet restaurant? You determine the pace and programme of your boat holiday yourself. On a houseboat trip you experience the ideal connection between culture and nature. Your boat is both a means of transport and a home: you decide when and where you want to moor. Houseboats are very handy to manoeuvre, so that you will quickly be at the helm with the serenity of an experienced skipper.
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