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On a Palma de Mallorca catamaran charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore much of the Balearic Island within an easy sail. Whatever you want from a Mallorca yacht charter, from its beautiful beaches and excellent food to its vibrant culture, a catamaran charter Palma is going to be an unforgettable experience.
A ‘mini Barcelona’, Palma is one of the most vibrant and fun capitals on the Mediterranean Sea. Compact yet no less cosmopolitan, there is plenty to enjoy in the city. La Seu is where most come for their cultural fix, while the Paseo Maritimo passes along the waterfront where you can enjoy the golden beaches. La Lonja is where the nightlife is to be found, whether enjoying an evening in a restaurant or seeing the night through in a nightclub.
Those on a Mallorca yacht charter may wish to find their way into the market at Santa Catalina for fresh produce, before joining their charter yacht at one of the many marinas along Paseo Maritimo or further along the coast.
One of the major marinas in and around Palma is Puerto Portals. Puerto Portals has 650 berths for luxury charter yacht and catamarans for you to begin your boat trip around Mallorca.
Sailing out of Palma de Mallorca you have a wide choice of destinations that will suit your needs according to what you want from a sailing holiday. Just to the west of Palma are Port Adriano and Port Andratx, both high end luxury resort towns where many of the comfortably off have holiday homes.
For those on a family holiday, still close to the capital is Santa Ponsa, a family oriented resort that hasn’t been tainted like the likes of Magaluf down the road.
The east coast, from Cala Ratjada on the NE corner to Cala Figuera on the SE have differing vibes. Cala Rajada is an important water sports centre thanks to its excellent surfing and wilder beaches. If you want a bit of history, visit Porto Colom which is purported to be Christopher Columbus’ birthplace. Porto Cristo is in a large natural harbour, and like Cala Figuera is more family oriented.
Rounding the SE corner you will discover the 10km long beach of Es Trenc that is a wild, unspoiled beach stretching from Sa Rapita to Sant Jordi. Es Trenc benefits from its distance from the main road network and has become a bit of an escape.
Not far off the SE coast is the marine national park of Cabrera Island, which has restricted entry but to protect the wildlife and marine life here.
From Cabrera Island you could head to somewhere like San Antonio on Ibiza or the Santa Eulalia on the SE coast. Book your Palma boat charter with Borrow a Boat today!
You don’t need to worry about being an experienced sailor or even sailing the boat out of Palma with Borrow a Boat! A Palma crewed catamaran charter (gulet charter) on a motor yacht or sailing catamaran can mean you do as much or as little physically sailing the yacht as you like on your yacht charter holiday.
A skippered yacht charter or will mean that the skipper will be aboard with their own cabin to attend to all your needs. A crewed yacht rental (or gulet charter) will involve one or two crew on the boat trip who will cook, sail and make suggestions as to your best destinations on your sailing itinerary. With their local knowledge, even if you’re an experienced sailor you can enjoy a perfect yacht charter holiday.
One of the advantages of a crewed yacht charter sailing vacation is that you can go longer distances from the yacht charter base. Other Balearic islands like Ibiza and Menorca are within reach with a skipper and crew handling the sailing.
As to you? You can just enjoy the breezes and views on your luxury yacht charter, or if you fancy learning a bit about sailing, help the skipper or crew to get the boat from A-B.
A Palma crewed yacht charter will cost a little more (typically €150 a day for a skipper and €100 per crew member) and it’s the done thing to thank them with a tip at the end of the week.
A bareboat charter holiday will mean that you can take the charter yacht out on your own. Generally for vessels up to 20 metres LOA on a sailing license such as an RYA Day Skipper or ASA 104 Bareboat certificate, you will have total responsibility for the yacht.
You will need to think about your sailing itinerary, victualling, possible secondary ports should a marina be full, as well as issues like weather and mooring fees.
On a bareboat catamaran charter you will be asked to pay for insurance in the form of a security deposit to the charter company on departure or through buying charter insurance before you leave the yacht charter base on your sailing trip.
When searching a geographical area on Borrow A Boat you can filter by the below charter yacht types. There is also the option to further filter your searches by price, the number of guests, cabins or bathrooms, what year the catamaran was launched, the boat length and the boat manufacturer.
Sailing Catamaran: Luxury catamarans are stable and spacious type of sailing boat, with quick sailing performance, and and have been gaining in popularity in recent years. Better for larger groups, they have lots of room for water toys such as a paddleboard or even jet ski, and are big enough for a little privacy. A catamaran charter luxury yacht is easy and comfortable for novices not used to heeling and are loved by families due to their extra space when compared to a monohull sailing yacht. Typically far more luxurious than a sailboat, the larger catamarans have en suite toilets and showers in the cabin as well as ample entertaining space in the saloon and on deck.
Motor Catamaran: These motor yacht charter catamarans are relatively new but have also been gaining in popularity as the two hulls keep the boat more stable when compared to a monohull. The wider beam of these motor boat also mean more deck space and as they don’t have sails or a mast, they have a lot more space on deck than a sailing catamaran rental or monohull. For a luxury catamaran charter, consider taking a crewed catamaran charter sailing vacation with an experienced skipper.
On your Palma crewed catamaran boat rental or bareboat charter sailing holiday you can explore Majorca and wider Balearic Islands. Here we suggest a 7 day sailing trip and a 14 day yacht charter holiday on your charter yacht:
7 days - South coast and Ibiza: Sailing your Palma marina you head out to Port Andratx or Port Adriano and enjoy the comfort and luxury of these towns. As a next stop cruise across the sea to San Antonio on the west coast of Ibiza and then on to Formentera and Ibiza Town for the fourth night afloat. Sail out to Cabrera Island for an afternoon enjoying the natural beauty and then your next port will be Cala Figuera. A final night of peace and quiet will be in one of the coves off Es Trenc (or mooring in Sa Rapita) before returning your charter yacht to your Palma marina.
14 days - Balearic Island hopping: Over two weeks you can explore the wider Balearic Islands on your catamaran charter Palma. Set sail north to Port de Soller on the mountainous west coast, head for Port de Pollensa on the north coast. Off to Menorca for your next ports on your boat trip, this time to Cieutdella and then Mahon on the north of the island. SW to the water sports hot spot of Cala Ratjada on Mallorca and then perhaps spend an evening ashore at Cala d’Or on the SE coast of the island. Cala Figuera and the laid back resort of Sa Rapita will be your next sailing destinations, before heading back to the Bay of Palma and into Port Andratx. Set sail for Ibiza and cruise the NW coast of the island for a couple of days, perhaps landing at San Antoni before visiting Formentera and then landing at Ibiza Town for your next night. Santa Eulalia will be a bit of contrast from the volume and tempo of Ibiza before returning your charter yacht to base on Mallorca.
If you are on a skippered catamaran charter you do not need a license to sail out of Palma, you can just turn up at the marina and go.
You do need a sailing license if you are on a bareboat catamaran charter and in some countries such as Greece a day skipper or ICC may not be enough for boats over 45 feet in length, you will need to check with the charter agent but here are some examples of typical sailing qualifications that will allow you to charter in most countries:
International Certificate of Competence: This is issued on request by your European sailing authority and you should automatically qualify with certain national sailing qualifications.
RYA Qualifications: If you have the following qualifications you will typically be able to take a bareboat charter out of Palma (but it is worth checking as per above), these include Day Skipper (sail or motor endorsement), Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster.
American Sailing Association (ASA): The ASA 104 Bareboat certificate is commonly accepted but also check as per above
US Sailing: The International Proficiency Certificate is widely accepted and The Bareboat Cruising Certificate is also accepted in many cases.
The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.
You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the catamaran hire and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual charter companies themselves.
If you are at sea and in danger, call MAYDAY on VHF Ch16 or ring the coast guard on your phone if you have reception. If you have a mechanical fault and can make it to or are on a mooring you will be able to phone a help line number given by the boat charter company and they can typically send someone from the charter base
You should consider do you have the experience to handle the catamaran before you book and where do you want to go along with what the weather will be like. Bring warm weather and cool weather clothing if it looks like the weather can be cool as well as warm and remember at sea it can be cool in the evenings.
If you want to sail without a skipper then you will need relevant qualifications like RYA Day Skipper/International Certificate of Competence (ICC)/ASA 104 Bareboat certificate or the US Sailing Certificate. If you choose to have a skipper on board your catamaran you won't require licences.
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