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Whether aboard a large luxury yacht charter with crew looking after your every need, or a bareboat charter sailing yacht, a catamaran charter United States will allow you to enjoy the best sailing destinations in North America.

What can you say about a United States yacht charter? A country so large that cultures and people are as different from one state to another as those in countries in Europe. Yacht charter vacation destinations as different as you'll find between Sweden and the Eastern Mediterranean.

In this section we will look at three broad areas for you and your fellow charter guests to enjoy a sailing vacation - the East Coast, West Coast and Caribbean Islands.

East Coast

Stretching from Maine all the way to the Mexican border with Texas, this is a huge and varied region in which to enjoy a crewed yacht charter or bareboat yacht charter. Even in summer in ME you would need something warm for the evening while in South Florida you may need a light outer layer for an evening in the depths of winter!

Annapolis, close to Washington DC, is a major charter hub. A city with great naval heritage, you'll find that many shops close so people can go beer can racing in the middle of the week during the sailing season. Chesapeake Bay stretches around the city and you can explore this fascinating part of the world on more than one charter vacation and still want more!

South Florida with cities like Miami and Fort Lauderdale and the nearby Florida Keys are an important catamarancharter hub. Fort Lauderdale has a maze of canals and waterways even before you head out onto Biscayne Bay to enjoy the open water on your charter yacht. The Florida Keys and nearby Bahamas are major tourist destinations too.

Caribbean Islands

While many like the British Virgin Islands and St Vincent are independent countries, you will likely have to pass through the US to get to many of the Leeward Islands and Windward Islands.

The US Virgin Island group are governed by the US, and with their fantastic sailing are an ideal charter destination in their own right. Bring your passport with you as you may want to sail to White Bay on Jost Van Dyke for its legendary beach bar!

West Coast

Though still in one state, the California cities of Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco are wildly different too. San Diego and LA are in the Tropics and San Francisco is in northern climes. Each have their own charms.

San Diego has an Americas Cup heritage and you will find an old Stars and Stripes racing yacht is now a charter boat. Blasting around the harbour, whether racing, fishing or cruising are a favourite hobby of many San Diegans.

You may not be able to charter the winning Americas Cup foiling catamaran that won the cup in San Francisco but that won't stop you enjoying the top end sailing on the harbour, which many say is among the best in the world. With its sometimes challenging conditions and legendary fogs, this can be fun for experienced sailors.

Let's now look at the technicalities of a United States yacht charter.

Catamaran Charter United States

A crewed yacht charter is one of the best ways to enjoy a United States boat charter holiday. With an often large vessel just for you and your fellow charter guests' use, on a private yacht charter the skipper and crew will look after your every need afloat. They will look after the tender as you venture ashore in at South Beach or White Bay, and perhaps make suggestions as to the best spots to enjoy a first class meal or water sport activity of your choice.

On a bareboat catamaran charter you will have the space and added privacy to get the luxury yacht from A-B at your own pace.

United States Catamaran Charter Types

Bareboat

Though you will often have to have a sailing license and enough sailing experience for a larger vessel, a bareboat yacht charter will give you complete freedom and privacy to do what you want. Unlike a monohull sailing yachts, 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.

Skippered

A skippered yacht 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 - you don't need to be an experienced sailor. 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.

Crewed

A crewed catamaran charter could mean a 60ft yacht with skipper and crew, but could also mean a luxury yacht or private yacht charter with a team of people looking after your every need. As well as sailing the vessel, they will cook, look after the housekeeping and water toys, and provide you with the service you expect at the top end of yacht charterholiday experiences.

Catamaran Types in the United States

Sailing Catamaran

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 sailing yacht 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 cruising catamaran sailboat gets too much, powerful twin engines will be able to get you upwind to your next destination too!

Motor Catamaran

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 including a visit to St Vincent from the Leeward Islands as part of your sailing holiday.

What can you do on a Catamaran charter in the United States?

What can't you do on a United States catamaran charter? In sailing centres like Miami and Fort Lauderdale you can enjoy top end cosmopolitan fun. In the Virgin Island chain this can be a lot more laid back with hazy nights and fun sailing. San Francisco can be a mix of top end sailing and great nights ashore in top restaurants.

Whatever you want from a North America catamaran charter vacation you will be able to find it in the United States!

What does an average day on a United States Yacht charter look like?

This is hard to say in a nutshell.

In the Caribbean Islands you will find the Trade Winds almost perfect for sailing during the winter months. Thanks to the temperatures this can be ideal for hanging out on a beach, but can involve shopping and eating at excellent restaurants ashore too.

South Florida can be either a family sailing holiday with lots of swimming, beaches and coral reefs or something of a higher pace for someone in your 20s and 30s in places like South Beach, Miami.

The northeast and as far south as Maryland is better for exploring the old towns and villages around the coast. Runs ashore will include restaurants, maritime and history museums, as well as hitting the odd bar to quench your thirst!

Why the United States are superb for a Catamaran Charter

Because the US is such a huge and varied country with 300 million citizens of every culture on the planet, it's hard to pin this down. Whatever you want from a catamaran charter holiday, you will find it here!

Do You Need A Licence To Charter A Catamaran In the United States?

If you are on a skippered or crewed catamaran charter you do not need a license to sail on US waters - 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 cases 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 Skipperor 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.

Best Time to Book Your United States Catamaran Yacht Charter

Northern locations such as Annapolis and San Francisco: May to September.

Southern locations such as the Caribbean, South Florida and San Diego: Winter months from October to May.

The Climate

Northern States and northern California:Summer months can be very warm with lighter winds and sailingconditions very like Southern Europe.

Southern California and Florida: Summer months are prone to hurricanes and cyclones so best avoided on a charter yacht. Winter months the trade winds can make for excellent sailing conditions. Temperatures can still hit the 30s but are more comfortable than the summer months too.

Why Use Borrow A Boat For a United States Catamaran Charter:

Borrow A Boat is the leading boat rental and yacht charter marketplace worldwide with over 35,000 boat listings across 65 + countries worldwide. Launched in 2017 by yachting and boating enthusiasts with decades of yachting experience, Borrow a Boat acts as a charter broker for the world's most impressive superyachts and motor boat charters. We cover North America, the Mediterranean, Caribbean, South Pacific and Rest Of World. Wherever in the world you want to sail, we have a luxury yacht and superyacht to take you there via our trusted network of industry contacts.

We are an independent company which ensures you receive the maximum choice of vessel at the most competitive prices. Alongside our passion for yachting, our commitment to service and decades of luxury yacht experience ensures your luxury yacht charter will be an unforgettable experience. Most importantly, all our luxury yachts and superyacht charters meet stringent and current safety and insurance requirements in their respective locations.

Our captains and crew have personal experience of the world's best and safest anchorages and marinas, alongside in-depth local knowledge of cultural attractions, shore dining and entertainment opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I consider when hiring a Catamaran?

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.

Do you have to pay a deposit when hiring a Catamaran?

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.

What happens if my Catamaran breaks down?

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

What should I think of before I hire a Catamaran?

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.

What Qualifications Do I need to hire a Catamaran?

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.