A new way to rent a yacht or a catamaran
No longer interested in the typical package vacation with resorts and all-inclusive meals, many travelers are looking for new ways to experience a relaxing onboard adventure or getaway. Many have discovered yacht or catamaran charter as a new vacation experience, and thanks to advances in technology and new innovations in the industry, booking a charter has never been easier.
The global yacht charter industry has seen steady growth over the past decade. In 2019, the industry was valued at $10.91 billion and despite the uncertainty in tourism and travel over the past two years, it is still expected to reach a healthy annual growth rate of 25.6% from 2020 to 2028.
At the center of this industry is Europe, with the highest market share. Due to their location, Mediterranean countries such as Italy, Spain, Croatia, Greece and France are some of the most popular with those looking for a sailing break. Also, located in the heart of the Mediterranean, Malta is particularly popular with travelers wishing to rent a yacht or a catamaran.
There are many factors why yacht charter is so popular in Malta, and one of the main reasons is due to its spectacular year-round climate. Holidaymakers often come from cooler climates in Europe, such as the UK, to enjoy a week or two of sunshine and dry weather between spring and autumn.
In summer, the average temperature in Malta is around 27°C, which makes it pleasant to enjoy the outdoors without being unbearably hot. Ideal for sailors, it is usually always windy off the coast of the country. This means that those taking boat trips can often easily travel between islands.
The main sailing season is between April and October when the winds are quite stable. The prevailing winds here are known as Mistral and Sirocco, they blow from the north at around 5bft.
There are three main islands to explore, including Malta, Gozo and Comino. Smaller islands such as St. Paul and Filfla Islands can also be explored on a sightseeing tour.
Another reason why Malta is such a popular destination is its beautiful calm waters. By anchoring a yacht or catamaran in the right spot, you can snorkel or dive to see the diversity of marine waters underwater.
Malta is one of the best dive sites in Europe and with great visibility in the blue waters you are likely to see many wonderful fish and sea creatures. The Blue Lagoon is an example of one of the best anchorage spots for diving and Selmun Bay with its white sandy beaches is ideal for relaxing and swimming.
Whether renting a yacht or a catamaran for a family vacation, a trip with friends, or even a solo adventure, using sites like Borrowaboat has made the process much easier than it was. was in the past.
It used to be that if you wanted to rent a boat for a vacation, there would be a lot of planning to do. You would need to find local contacts, use a travel agent or know the right people. However, it is now possible for anyone to find a yacht or catamaran in minutes online.
Just as you can book land-based accommodation on your phone through an app like AirBnB, you can now use websites and apps to find available charters at your desired location. On sites like Borrow A Boat, you can filter searches by boat type, size, price range, and even age or boat manufacturer.
If you are planning a luxurious getaway and need a crew for your yacht or catamaran, this can be sorted while you sail online. Experienced sailors can charter one without a skipper, while those with less sailing experience can include a skipper in the booking.
Skippers are great to help you get the most out of your charter experience. They have the best knowledge of ideal sailing routes and which islands and bays are worth visiting, they provide unbiased local knowledge that you might not get from a travel agent or tour guide.
Chartering a boat rather than booking a hotel gives you much more freedom to decide your itinerary and where you will visit, it is also often a more peaceful experience. Although it may be a bit more expensive, if you are traveling in a group the costs can be split between all the tour participants.
Using a digital booking service is generally much more convenient than the traditional methods used to secure a charter. Travelers can also benefit from reading online reviews from others who have recently had a boating experience with this company.
With the booking process now simplified and more and more people taking an interest in alternatives to traditional all-inclusive holidays, it is expected that the yacht and catamaran charter industry in Malta will continue to flourish for years to come.
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