Catamaran Charter Bahamas
Catamaran Charter Bahamas
Enjoy a Bahamas catamaran charter with Borrow a Boat! The Bahama Islands off the southern tip of Florida are a sailor's paradise with beautiful beaches, great diving and snorkelling opportunities and a lifestyle that can either be full throttle or redefines 'chill'.
At Borrow A Boat we're on a mission to make boating more accessible and to make it easier for you to get on the water. We believe boating should be available to everyone, and we can help the boating industry, boat owners, marinas, and everyone who wants to go boating by providing a 21st-century boating marketplace. Borrow A Boat is the best place to find and rent boats of all sorts, from a canal and riverboats across Europe to a sailing boat, motor yacht, catamarans across North America, the Mediterranean and Caribbean and further afield, along with some of the world's most impressive superyachts and luxury yacht charters.
A smaller alternative than a superyacht charter, catamarans are the fastest growing type of charter yacht at the moment and once you've sailed on one it's easy to see why. In terms of your ideal catamaran charter think of locations like Thailand, the Ionian Islands, BVI (British Virgin Islands), Croatian Adriatic, Ibiza, French riviera and Mallorca for your sailing adventure.
Types of Catamarans Available For Rent Or Charter In The Bahamas:
When searching a geographical area on Borrow A Boat you can filter by the below boat types. There is also the option to further filter your searches by price, the number of guests, cabins or bathrooms, what year the catamaran yacht was launched, the boat length and the boat manufacturer.
Types of Catamarans Available:
Sailing Catamarans: Luxury catamarans are stable and spacious, 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, and are big enough for a little privacy. A catamaran charter 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.
Power Catamaran: These motor boats 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 also means 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.
Catamaran Sailing Areas In the Bahamas
Bahamas catamaran charters are all about island hopping. Flying into the country from one of several Florida airports, you can cruise the islands and cays. There are two broad areas in which to enjoy your Bahamas yacht charter:
Abaco Islands: West of Grand Bahama, with Great Abaco as your main base, you can cruise the 175 islands and enjoy the crystal clear seas. Green Turtle Cay, Tahiti Beach and Elbow Cay are up there among the best scuba divinglocations in the country. With a variety of fun resorts such as Treasure Cay and not a few uninhabited cays where you can chill out to your heart's content, this is a varied and fun destination for your Bahamas yacht charter.
The Exuma Islands: From Norman's Cay in the north down to Conception Cay in the SE, the Exuma Islands are a chain of more than 100 cays and reefs. Sail to Big Major Cay and be greeted with hungry swimming pigs after some carrots from their guests! At the southern end on Long Island you'll find one of the best coral reef blue holes in the Caribbean - a scuba diving and snorkeling paradise.
Sailing between the Abaco Cays and Exuma Islands you should stop at Eleuthera with its world famous pink beach. Just to the west of Nassau it is one of those spots that will stay with you for many years to come. For those looking for something a little structured, Paradise Island on Nassau is a major holiday resort that will give adults and children alike plenty to do.
Whether looking for an uninhabited island to forget the world or to engage in some serious snorkeling with your family, these cays and islands afford a fantastic catamaran sailing vacation destination.
Crewed Catamaran Charter or Bareboat:
When it comes to a Bahamas catamaran charter you typically have two choices - bareboat charter or crewed yachtcharter.
When using Borrow A Boat you can filter all catamaran searches to be with or without skipper depending on what charter yachts you are looking for and below we cover some of the main points to consider for your catamaran hire.
Crewed catamaran Charter: You can do a crewed or skippered boat charter in Sardinia. This form of luxury yachtcharter gives you the advantage of being able to get afloat without having to invest in getting sailing qualifications beforehand. For a skippered luxury charter yacht you will pay a fixed fee for the crew and skipper as well as their food and a tip at the end.
When you get to a luxury yacht charter with crew these prices will increase and costs also depend on where you plan to sail to along with the size and type of yacht rental on your sailing holiday.
In some cases, skippers will also be the boat owner (typically day charter) which means they will know all the best - secluded beaches to show you the best that the area has to offer with their local knowledge.
For day trips you will often be able to use a skipper as well and prices will vary depending on the type of charter yacht.
Bareboat Catamaran Charter: For skilled sailors, a bareboat charter is cheaper and gives more privacy for you and your charter guests. Many sailors prefer to be helming the luxury charter yacht while choosing their own course on their sailing trip, and provided you have the knowledge and relevant qualifications you can skipper these boats yourself.
Do You Need A Licence To Charter A Catamaran In the Bahamas
If you are on a crewed Bahamas catamaran charter you do not need a license to sail - you can just turn up at the marina and go.
You do need a license if you are on a bareboat yacht 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 the Bahamas (but it is worth checking as per above), these include Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper (*sail or motor endorsement) or Yachtmasters.
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 the Bahamas?
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 in the Bahamas?
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.
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.