Take the beginner crash course to brush up on the basics of planning a yacht charter vacations. If this is your first time chartering a yacht, the process might seem as foreign as any of the thousands of yachting destinations YACHTICO has to offer. No worry! Planning your charter vacation truly is as easy as booking a hotel room. First you’ll need to establish the travel basics: the where, when, what, who & how. Make sure you have everything organized before your holiday starts. It's easy to manage if you know some details in advance. Find out exactly what to do, and how to organize your yacht holiday. Plan your sailing trip and it will be a Perfect one!

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Travel Dates - When do you like to go on Sailing Vacation

Travel dates are important to consider in the booking process because some destinations are seasonal. Charters in the Mediterranean Sea are most popular between April and October, whereas Caribbean Sea charters are most popular from November to April. High Season and Low Season for Yacht Charter are weather-based, but this is also reflected in the charter pricing.

Headcount - Passengers on Board

How many passengers will be on the boat?

All yachts have a strict capacity limit. It is always advised to overestimate the total number of passengers, rather than underestimate. Please keep in mind when selecting cabins that hired-crew members are entitled to their own sleeping quarters and access to a restroom facility.


Ready to book your yacht vacation? Here we go!


Find suitable location and boat according to your requirements.

Where to go for yachting? You're sure to discover something new and exciting? We're featuring over 2000 sailing destinations world-wide.
Get inspired by checking YACHTICO’s TOP Yacht Charter Destinations

Which vacation option best suites your needs? Crewed Yacht Charter, Bareboat Charter or Skippered Yacht? We offer sailing yachts, motorboats, catamarans and more. Which boat type is the best for your charter? We'll help you to decide which one will best fit your requirements.
Check our Charter Guide to figure out if you should Rent a Yacht with or without Crew

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Boating licenses, Visa and other Documents

Learn if you need to obtain a boating license or a visa. Where do you need the ICC license? and which boat can you drive by yourself with your boating resume?

Here you'll find EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW AS A CAPTAIN The medical requirements for the country you are travelling to as well as Insurance for your boat rental
If you already know which sailing route you would like to take, make sure you are aware of the harbors, anchorages and safe sailing areas on your route. If you need some insipiration, we select some Itinerary suggestions for you!

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Yacht Charter - Easy Online Booking.

Browse through more then 16,000 yachts and Book directly online - it's easy!

You are not sure how it works? No worry! We have a short instruction for you! Find here How to book a boat online.

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Planning and organizing your travel is key important.

Do you have your yacht charter booked? Perfect! Now it's time to book your flights. Collect all the travel information you need with regards to transfers and reaching the marina from the airport. Collect and share all information and documents regarding your yacht charter with your crew.

If you are not sure what else you possibly need, feel free to check and print off some usefull checklists for your yacht charter: boating resume, crew list, ships log, logbook, safety briefing, SOS radio call, shopping lists, transfer papers and nautical control panel.

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What else do you need for your sailing vacation? If you have any open questions regarding your sailing trip or need some help, check our FAQ or contact us directly. Please let us know what we can do for you to make your yacht vacation perfect!


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7. Check the local climate and weather conditions. Depends on where you booked your boating holiday, you can find some helpfull tourist informations on our charter destination pages

8. Make sure you have packed all the necessary items and documents

9. When you arrive at the marina, receive all the correct instructions and safety briefings


10. Look at the compass and... have a great time on board. Set sail!

11. During the trip check water, electricity, fuel and food levels regularly

12. Remember to update your logbook daily

13. When you return to the marina, confirm that you have returned the boat in good order and that there are no problems or outstanding costs


You are not sure if we miss something? Check our Yacht Charter Guide!.

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