Catamaran Charter Antigua and Barbuda
On an English Harbor Antigua catamaran charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore Antigua and the Windward Islands charter destination, all within an easy sail. Whatever you want from an Antigua yacht charter, from its beautiful beaches and excellent food to its fun resorts, a catamaran charter English Harbour is going to be an unforgettable experience.
One of the biggest sailing capitals of the Caribbean Sea, English Harbour and neighbouring Falmouth Harbour are home to Antigua Sailing Week and the world famous Antigua Charter Yacht Show. If you are in English Harbour Townin December you will get to look over the superyachts and catamarans on show at the Antigua Charter Yacht Show, and perhaps help race one of them in late April at the Antigua Sailing Week, hosted by the Antigua Yacht Club.
English Harbour Antigua has more to offer than just boats! Nelsons Dockyard is famed for its boutiques and restaurants, as well as the stunning views if you climb the heights behind English Harbour Town.
Whether sailing out of Antigua Yacht Club Marina or nearby Falmouth Harbour Marina, you can be assured of a wonderful experience when you charter your catamaran with Borrow a Boat!
Towns and Resorts to visit on Antigua
On your Antigua yacht charter you will want to explore the hundreds of beaches and exclusive resorts that help to make this island rank so highly in the minds of those who enjoy a sailing vacation.
The capital, St John's has a lot to offer, from museums to shopping and restaurants. If the colonial history of the island appeals you can see the old British forts and at least two museums devoted to slavery on the island - well worth a visit to understand the truth of the history here.
Jolly Harbour on the west coast of Antigua is is a privately owned settlement with a marina, 500 villas and 50 shops that will entertain you all you need! Jolly Harbour Marina is up there among the better marinas across the Caribbean Islands, and on a circuit of the island is well worth a pause for an afternoon.
Great Bird Island and Green Island are two escapes from humanity that you may enjoy as a break from the busy marinas and socialising. Great Bird Island is a small island just 3km NE off Antigua and is noted for snakes unique to the island as well as its population of Tropic Bird and Man O' War Birds. Perhaps avoiding the opportunity to meet the Antigua Racer snakes you will love the beaches too. Green Island to the south of English Harbour meanwhile is also uninhabited and a great retreat from the hustle and bustle ashore.
You can't talk about Antigua without mentioning its beaches! Dickenson Bay near St John's is among the best beaches in the entire Caribbean, though it can be a victim of its own success thanks to the crowds. Near Jolly Harbor on the west coast is Hermitage Bay - almost as beautiful as Dickenson Bay but far quieter!
On your luxury yacht charter you may want to relax at one of the finer resorts here too. Among these are Nonsuch Bay, Rendezvous Bay near English Harbour and Carlisle Bay. Both are a chance to relax with your significant other or family to soak up the Caribbean in all its relaxed beauty.
Leeward and Windward Islands Nearby
On your Antigua crewed yacht charter or bareboat charter you may wish to explore other islands on the Caribbean Sea. Barbuda is part of the same country as Antigua and you can hit places like Low Bay - a quieter and beautiful version of Hermitage Bay as you go.
Heading up the Leeward Islands you can sail on to St Martin, St Barth and even to the British Virgin Islands - the Virgin Islands are at least as much fun for sailing types as Antigua!
Heading down the Windward islands you can reach St Lucia, the French Antilles and St Vincent on your Antigua yachtcharter too. St Vincent has recently been enouraging sailing tourism after its volcanic eruption destroyed much of its economy.
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Crewed Catamaran Charters from English Harbour Antigua
You don't need to worry about being an experienced sailor or even sailing the boat out of English Harbor with Borrow a Boat! An English Harbour crewed charter (private charter) on a motor yacht or sailing catamaran luxury yacht 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 catamaran company's skipper will be aboard with their own cabin to attend to all your needs. A crewed yacht 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 on crewed yachts is that you can go longer distances from the yacht charter base. A longer run to the Virgin Islands or other Leeward island is possible on an English Harbour crewed catamaran charter.
As to you? You can just enjoy the breezes and views on your luxury catamaran, or if you fancy learning a bit about sailing, help the skipper or crew to get the boat from A-B.
An Antigua 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.
Bareboat Catamaran Charter From English Harbour
A bareboat catamaran 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 charter you will be asked to pay for insurance in the form of a security deposit to the charter companies on departure or through buying charter insurance before you leave the yacht charter base on your sailing trip.
Types of Catamarans Available For Rent Or Charter In English Harbour:
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.
Types of Catamarans Available:
Sailing Catamaran: Luxury catamaran are stable and spacious type of sailboat charter, with quick sailing performance, and and have been gaining in popularity in recent years. Better for larger groups, these sailing yachts 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 monohull sailboat boat charter, 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 power catamaran motor yachts 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 yacht 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.
English Harbor Catamaran Sailing Itineraries
On your English Harbour crewed catamaran charter or bareboat charter you can explore Antigua and even as far as St Vincent in the Windward Islands. Here we suggest a 7 day sailing trip and a 14 day yacht charter holiday on your charter yacht:
7 Days - Round Antigua: Stopping at various beaches, snorkeling over a coral reef and enjoying the beauty of the island is the name of the game here. Taking your time, head east-about, pausing at Freetown and then Devil's Bridge National Park on the eastern coast. Take an afternoon on Great Bird Island and then moor off Long Island for the evening. St John's will be your next destination and then the next day drop by Deep Bay Beach. Jolly Harbour next and then return to the charter base at English Harbour.
14 Days - Windward Islands: This perhaps better done as part of an Antigua crewed yacht charter. Initially sailing to the French Antilles islands of Guadeloupe, Dominica and Martinique you will then reach Rodney Bay on St Lucia. Head south to Marigot Bay on St Lucia and then on to Kingstown on St Vincent. Here you have a choice - island hop through the Grenadines as far as the Tobago Cays or back through the Windward Islands to explore more of the islands you have seen already? The choice is yours on a sailing holiday with Borrow a Boat!
Do You Need A Sailing License To Charter A Catamaran In English Harbour?
If you are on a skippered catamaran charter you do not need a license to sail out of English Harbour Town, 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 English Harbour (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.
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 in English Harbour?
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.