- Build year:2020
- Length:48 ft
- Boat type:Catamaran
Whether aboard a large luxury yacht charter with crew looking after your every need, or a bareboat charter sailing yacht, a catamaran charter Grenada will allow you to enjoy the best of the Windward Island chain.
Off the main hurricane track, the Spice Island of Grenada is becoming an increasingly popular eastern Caribbean yacht charter destination.
Port Louis Marina in the capital, St George is the main charter hub for the island. Close to Grand Anse Beach and its extensive promenade, this is an ideal place to begin your Grenada yacht charter. St George is a classic colonial town with a fort overlooking the harbour, and markets running through the week for you to get fresh victuals for your sailing holiday.
Other highlights of a visit to the main Spice Island is the underwater sculpture park that can be easily reached by boat, and you can go snorkeling or scuba diving here to fully appreciate it.
Away from St George there is are a number of other places from which to begin your catamaran charter Grenada such as True Blue Bay Marina and resort. True Blue Bay is one of those classic boltholes away from the hurley burley yet can be a lovely spot to set sail for other destinations on your charter holiday. You may also find your catamaran based at other south coast locations such as Prickly Bay.
So where else can you go on your Grenada yacht charter? Read on to find out more...
On your Grenada charter it is almost the law that you should go island hopping on your boat charter! With so much to enjoy, you'd miss much in not going to see another eastern Caribbean Windward Island or two!
Nearby Petit St Vincent and Petit Martinique have their own charms, and are worth a night ashore if you can. Both Petit St Vincent and Petite Martinique welcome visiting yachts, and there is plenty to entertain on these islands from a wander ashore to the beach bars.
Carriacou's Tyrrel Bay has a crescent shaped white sand beach that rivals any in the West Indies and underwater has a riot of marine life that is well worth enjoying with your dive kit or snorkel.
Union Island, with Clifton Harbour its 'capital' has one of the best beaches in the region in the form of Chatham Bay.
Before hitting Tobago Cay, do drop the hook off Saltwhistle Bay (a beach that strongly competes with Chatham Bay) on Mayreau where you will see excellent marine life, and will thoroughly enjoy an afternoon basking in and on the water.
After Salt Whistle Bay you should head to Tobago Cay, a St Vincent territory, is a small group of uninhabited islands but a major sailing destination thanks to their beauty and chance to dive and snorkel on their all but untouched coral reef. Do stay for an evening as the beach barbecues are legendary...
St Vincent itself is a few hours north of Grenada but has largely ignored by tourism except for those who enjoy a different culture with people living their own lives. You will find two major resorts here including Young Island just off the south coast. The rest of the island is more focused on agriculture, fishing and commerce.
North again you will hit St Lucia and the northern Windward Islands - the north coast is the place to be with places like Gros Islet and Rodney bay.
Admiralty Bay on Bequia - a large, well protected anchorage used for hundreds of years is another great place to drop the hook.
There is a lot to take in, in choosing a Grenada catamaran charter with Borrow a Boat! Why not visit time and again to enjoy different parts?
Aluxury yacht charter is one of the best ways to enjoy a Grenada charter holiday. With an often large vessel just for you and your fellow charter guests' use, on a crewed yacht charter the skipper and crew will look after your every need afloat. They will look after the tender as you venture ashore on islands like Union Island and Tobago Cay, and perhaps make suggestions as to the best spots to enjoy a first class meal or activity of your choice.
On a bareboat charter catamaran charter you will have the space and added privacy to get the luxury yacht from A-B at your own pace.
Though you will often have to have a sailing license for a larger vessel, a bareboat yacht charter will give you complete freedom and privacy to do what you want. Unlike a monohull sailing yacht, a catamaran charter yacht will often come with en suite heads in all the cabins, an AC generator and all the comforts of home as you captain your own ship.
A skippered catamaran charter can range from a 46ft+ catamaran. The skipper aboard will look after the sailing and make suggestions as to your next destinations, with you playing as much or as little a role in getting from A-B as you want. It is customary to pay a tip at the end of the trip, on top of the $100-$150 a day fee for the skipper you pay as well as the basic charter fee.
A crewed catamaran charter could mean a 60ft yacht with skipper and crew, but could also mean a superyacht or crewed yacht charter with a team of people looking after your every need. As well as sailing the vessel up the Leeward Islands or Windward Islands, they will cook, look after the housekeeping and water toys, and provide you with the service you expect at the top end of yacht charter holiday experiences.
Ranging from a 40ft yacht to much, much larger, this will be enjoyable to sail (particularly with the wind aft of the beam) and unlike a monohull sailboat will often have en suite heads in all the staterooms. You will have plenty of entertainment space aboard and even the smaller vessels will have room for water toys such as paddleboards and kite surfing gear or even diving gear and jet skis. If the windage of the catamaran sailing boat gets too much, powerful twin engines will be able to get you upwind to your next destination too!
Ranging from 46ft to over 100ft LOA, you can charter a luxury motor yacht catamaran with crew or bareboat. Thanks to the wider beam they are more stable than a monohull motor yacht (no one going green at sea unless too much drink was involved!) and much faster. This could allow for longer legs, perhaps between the party centre of St George and a relaxed anchorage like Admiralty Bay .
There are three broad types of sailing holiday to be had in Grenada - family, outdoor or party.
Partying can mean stays in fashionable spots like Rodney Bay on St Lucia or the exclusive bolthole of Mustique, or it can mean something a little crazier at a beach bar with lots of rum punch!
Family holidays are the bread and butter of the Caribbean Island economy. You can relax in great places like Grand Anse Beach or True Blue Bay Marina on your catamaran yacht charter vacation.
Active holidays are increasingly popular here too. The Pitons beckon the mountain biker or hiker on St Lucia. Snorkeling and diving are great in several locations, such as Salt Whistle Bay on Mayreau. Saint Vincent is is great for exploring the inland jewels as are Tobago Cay for its beautiful reefs and Pigeon Island is a great place to escape the buzz of life ashore.
A catamaran charter boat charter on Grenada can mean a variety of things to different people. The sailing is reliably excellent so a blast at sea every day will be a core part of the fun.
For the family or older ones, you can sail between hidden coves and quiet sandy beaches, while visiting fishing villages and quieter resorts.
You will want to sail for several hours a day - with the near perfect sailing conditions this is unmissable. Watching the marine life and tropical fish from the windward rail on a beam reach as the catamaran bounds across the sea will be an unforgettable experience.
Resorts such as Young Island on Saint Vincent and those on smaller islands in the Windward Islands can be alcohol fuelled or completely relaxed as you choose - with or without the kids in tow!
As such your typical day could be a mix of things, from an early start to blast off to the next island to waking up at lunchtime feeling a little green around the gills and thanking your crew for getting you back aboard. The choice is down to you.
From its fashionable resorts, to jaw dropping scenery and perfect temperatures, a Grenada catamaran charter holiday is something that cannot be missed. You can party the night away at one of the world renowned beach bars, chill on an almost empty beach and enjoy the world-class sailing to be had. A Grenada yacht charter is one of those sailing holidays you will never forget!
If you are on a skippered or crewed catamaran charter you do not need a license to sail on the Caribbean Sea - you can just turn up at the marina and go.
You do need a license if you are on a bareboat catamaran charter and in some countries 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 Rhodes (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.
Unlike Europe, the sailing season in the Caribbean runs from November to May - perfect for a dose of winter sun. The NE Trades are settled and you will encounter weather between 25-35 degrees C.
Within this period, March and April after the winter northerlies have passed are cooler yet the sailing is just as fun as the rest of the year. Grenada is after all a tropical country!
For those who want to try something a little outside their comfort zone, August and September are said to be the very best sailing months of all. Grenada being to the south of the main hurricane track, this does mean a summer Grenada charter is feasible.
There's a problem with this - many yacht charter fleets will not be in the area thanks to hurricane season that runs between July and October. If booked and a hurricane is on its way your holiday will be cancelled.
Though Grenada generally misses hurricanes that tear up islands as far north as the British Virgin Islands and beyond, it isn't completely immune. If planning a week or two in the area, keep a close eye on the forecast as that will inform your decision.
North East Trade Winds: Similar to those of the Canary Islands these are regular and can get up to F6 at times, but steady and predictable.
May to November is hurricane season, and while the sailing can be fun it can be dangerous. With climate change as it is, hurricanes have increased in ferocity and frequency, and it really isn't worth the risk.
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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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