Wednesday, October 31, 2007

What do you need to know to charter a catamaran?

Literally not a thing.

The cool part is many catamarans are captained. You are paying for someone who can guide you in where to do, when to go, the best places to see and things to do.

A captain is also responsible for safety on the catamaran and will allow you to do as little or as much a you like.

Want to sail? Great. Want to lay in the hammock and read books? Great!

They normally will stock the boat before you get there based on your preferences for food and drink, and pre-plan any special events like diving, snorkeling, windsurfing or visits to special places.

Fly or dive in - get on the boat and go. How easy can that be?

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Charter a catamaran for the holidays!

Some of us have come to see the holidays as a time to spend a lot of money to participate in a ritual - not a celebration.

The best holiday times were those spent with loved ones for the joy of of the time together and not for the 'what did you get me this year' mentality.

What better way to enjoy the company of friends and loved ones - and how much memorable can it be if you spent the week on a catamaran in the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas or anywhere warm, sunny and subtropical?

Relax, swim, snorkel, sail - far removed from the crazy pace of life.

It's easy to do and less expensive than you might think!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Charter to Purchase a Catamaran

One of the truly great reasons to charter a catamaran is to try it out before you buy!

The cost of chartering makes it relatively simple to visit some very cool vacation spots and make sure the boat you are looking at works for you 'in the field(ocean)'!

With so many catamaran to charter and so many places to sail, there is no reason not to charter first.

Except money of course!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Where to charter a catamaran?

Where do you go to charter a catamaran?

Almost any where there is water! Great Lakes, East Coast, West Coast, Gulf Coast, Caribbean, Down Island, Australia, Indonesia - anywhere!

Just look online and type in catamaran charter to start planning!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Catamaran charter - anyone can do it!

Catamaran Charter
Before you charter a catamaran, there are some misconceptions to clear up. Catamarans are not like monohulls.

There is a huge difference! Catamarans are stable, (they don't rock in the swell), they are very spacious with the two hulls offering 4 or 5 separate sleeping quarters, they are very easy to sail even for beginners, they are fast!, and because catamarans usually have two engines they are very easy to maneuver when docking.

Back in the days when we lived on our boat, the concern about catamarans was th perception they would flip over and you couldn't flip them back up!

Today however, the engineering has the catamarans actually safer than monohulls- all in all a very stable and comfortable platform for glorious sailing in the balmy beach breezes of your favorite destination.

Belize anyone?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Catamaran chartering

So you want to charter a catamaran!

Well me too!

I have built a lived aboard a 36 foot aluminum cutter rigged sailboat for 6 years. In fact my first son was born when we had to pull over into Tortola BVI!

Now 16 years later we want to go back to the cruising life and a catamaran is where I want to be.

What better way to get there than to write about it? I will tell all. Where to look. What is good and what is not. What is the difference and how do you know?

And to start with - how the heck do you charter a catamaran sailboat?