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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 rental think of locations like the Ionian Islands, BVI (British Virgin Islands), Croatian Adriatic, Ibiza, French Riviera, Florida and Mallorca.
Types of Catamarans Available For Rent Or Charter:
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 was launched, the boat length and the boat manufacturer.
Types of Catamarans Available:
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 Catamarans: These types of 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 captain.
Captained Yacht Rental or Bareboat:
When it comes to a catamaran hire or charter you typically have two choices - bareboat or captained catamaran charter.
When using Borrow A Boat you can filter all catamaran searches to be with or without captain depending on what you are looking for and below we cover some of the main points to consider for your catamaran rental.
Captained Charter: A captained catamaran charter gives you the advantage of being able to get afloat without having to invest in getting sailing qualifications beforehand. For a crewed catamaran 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 crewed catamaran 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 boat rental on your sailing holiday.
In some cases, captains will also be the boat owners (typically day trips) 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 captain as well and prices will vary depending on the type of boat.
Bareboat Yacht Charter: For skilled sailors, a bareboat charter catamaran is cheaper and gives more privacy for you and your charter guests. Many sailors prefer to be helming the boat while choosing their own course, and provided you have the knowledge and relevant qualifications you can captain these boats yourself.
Do You Need A Licence To Rent A Catamaran
If you are on a captained 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 catamaran charter and in some countries such as Croatia a day captain 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 most locations (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.
Popular Destinations For Chartering A Catamaran
Below we've picked some of our favourite destinations worldwide for hiring catamarans with something to suit every type of sailor.
Catamaran Rental in Greece: Enjoy the amazing culture and cuisine while island hopping in Greece.
Catamaran Rental in Croatia: Take in the delights of the Adriatic sea along with the rich history of Croatia.
Catamaran Rental in BVI: Excellent sailing conditions along with unspoilt natural beauty make this a must sail place.
Catamaran Rental in Spain: With just under 5,000km of coastline and 60 islands on the Atlantic ocean and Mediterranean there's a lot to get excited about.
Catamaran Rental in Saint Lucia: Enjoy beautiful sandy beaches on this luscious green island in the hear of the Caribbean.
Catamaran Rental in France: From the stunning coastlines of the Cote d’Azur and French Riviera in the south of France to the island of Corsica or feisty Atlantic coast, this is a diverse and beautiful country for a sailing holiday.
Catamaran Rental in Grenada: Enjoy a fantastic Caribbean sailing experience on the 'Island of Spice' in windward islands
Catamaran Rental in Italy: A catamaran charter in Italy has got to be close to the top of every sailor’s bucket list, enjoy the stunning cuisine and culture
Catamaran Rental in Turkey: A catamaran charter in Turkey is more of an adventure and a chance to explore a unique culture where East meets West on the cultural and geological border between Europe and Asia.
Catamaran Rental in Martinique: Charter around wonderful Martinique and enjoy stunning the Caribbean landscapes
Catamaran Rental in The Bahamas: The ideal location for a luxury catamaran charter in crystal clear waters