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On a Nassau catamaran charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore much of the Bahamas within an easy sail. Whatever you want from a Bahamas yacht charter, from its beautiful beaches and excellent food to its excellent resorts, a catamaran charter Nassau is going to be an unforgettable experience.
On the island of New Providence, Nassau Bahamas is the country's commercial and political capital. The city has great bars, restaurants and shopping as well as a cruise liner port. You will likely fly to the airport on New Providence to join your Nassau yacht charter from one of the marinas downtown, close to Paradise Island resort.
On your Nassau yacht charter, where should you head to? It depends what you want from a sailing vacation. Just 4.4 miles from Paradise Island to the east is Rose Island, a lightly inhabited island with a few beach bars, shops and holiday homes that has become a great escape from downtown Nassau for sailors. This can be your first (or last) stop on your catamaran charter holiday.
Direct to the west of New Providence is the biggest Bahama island, Grand Bahama. Grand Bahama Island has it all as far as a sailing holiday is concerned - whether Freetown's tax free shopping or the beaches and nature reserves on the island, often those who fly to the island find little need to leave except to go home!
To the north of New Providence are the Berry Islands, which are a mecca for fishing charter holidays. There is deep water and a nutrient upwelling that drives a marine ecosystem that even hosts some of the best game fish. A fishing charter in the Bahamas wouldn't go wrong if you headed north to these islands.
To the NE of Nassau Bahamas are the Abaco Islands. With Great Abaco the main island, this was the first island to be colonised by British loyalists after the American Revolutionary War. As such the likes of the capital, Marsh Harbour have beautiful old buildings and churches that date back to the 18th Century and before. As a sailing destination, Great Abaco has wonderful beaches, snorkeling and fishing - again, a great place to cut free and go offline.
Due east of New Providence is Eleuthera, which like Harbour Island to the north has pink sand beaches and is a romantic, quiet getaway for you on your boat charter.
Nassau's Palm Cay Marina and Highbourne Cay both lay claim to being the 'gateway' to the Exuma Islands to the south. Including Staniel Cay and Shroud Cay, the Exumas are a protected sea park where you cannot even go fishing. Whether on the uninhabited Shroud Cay or the more developed private resort island of Staniel Cay, you can swim over and enjoy - but not eat - the wildlife here!
Cat Island lies to the east of the Exumas and is notable for its seven mile long, pink sand beach as well as the highest point in the Bahamas, the 63 metre high Como Hill. Cat Island lies to the north of Crooked Island, which is notable for its lagoon that is so shallow you can walk a good mile out and not see water much above your knees - excellent for angling!
On a longer catamaran rental you might even reach St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands but there is plenty to see and do on your Bahamas catamaran charter. Book your catamaran rental with Borrow a Boat today!
You don't need to worry about being an experienced sailor or even sailing the boat out of Nassau with Borrow a Boat! A Nassau crewed charter (private yacht charter) on a motor boat or sailing catamaran private 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 skipper will be aboard with their own cabin to attend to all your needs. A crewed yacht rental 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 is that you can go longer distances from the yachtcharter base. A longer run to Crooked Island or the Exumas is possible on a Nassau crewed catamaran charter.
As to you? You can just enjoy the breezes and views on your luxury yacht charter, or if you fancy learning a bit about sailing, help the skipper or crew to get the boat from A-B.
A Bahamas 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.
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 catamaran charter you will be asked to pay for insurance in the form of a security deposit to the chartercompany on departure or through buying charter insurance before you leave the yacht charter base on your sailing trip.
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.
Sailing Charter Catamaran: Luxury catamarans 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, they 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 catamarans 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 boat 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.
On your Nassau crewed catamaran boat rental or bareboat charter sailing holiday you can explore the different island chains of the nearby cays and islands. Here we suggest a 7 day sailing trip and a 14 day yacht charter holiday on your charter yacht:
7 Days - Exuma and Eleuthera: Heading west out of Nassau you can spend the first afternoon and evening on Rose Island before making the crossing to Harbour Island for the next evening. Eleuthera is a short sail south but you will have plenty of opportunities to explore and perhaps go snorkeling. After a half day’s sail on to Exuma you can explore these cays, pausing at Norman’s Cay and Allan’s Cay. From here you will cross back to Nassau to prepare to hand over the boat and head home.
14 Days - Inagua and Cat Island: On a 14 day crewed Nassau private yacht charter you can get as far SE as the salt and flamingo island of Inagua, island hopping through the Bahamas and pausing at places like Eleuthera, Cat Island, Crooked Island, Long Island and Exuma as you explore this out of the way part of the Bahama Island group. Get a taste for the local wilderness at West Side National Park close to Andros, before exploring Grand Bahama and then heading back to Nassau.
If you are on a skippered catamaran charter you do not need a license to sail out of Nassau, you can just turn up at the marina and go.
You do need a sailing license if you are on a bareboat catamaran charter. 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 Nassau (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.
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 reserving 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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