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On a Majorca catamaran charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore much of the island and Balearic Islands within an easy sail. Whatever you want from a Balearic Island sailing charter, from its beautiful beaches and excellent food to its vibrant culture, a Mallorca yacht charter is going to be an unforgettable experience.
From the cosmopolitan buzz of the capital, Palma de Mallorca to the pristine beaches of the east coast calas, the mountainous west coast, to the secluded bays of the north, a catamaran sailing charter in Mallorca has it all. Let's take a journey around Mallorca on to give you an idea what you might enjoy.
Palma's central La Seu is a delightful old town close to the main port. This is worth a wander before beginning your luxury yacht charter from Marina Port de Mallorca south and then west. Perhaps pause in Port Adriano or the fashionable Puerto Andratx on the SW corner, before heading north up the mountainous coast to the isolated Port de Soller, a town never defeated by Rome. Onward to the NW coast and the family resort of Puerto Pollensa, a vacation town undefeated by nightclubs and headline DJs.
Perhaps via a day or two in nearby Menorca, head to the NE point of Mallorca with the surfing sports town of Cala Rajada and an introduction to the pristine beaches of the east coast. Cala d'Or is very popular among charter boats thanks to its focus on water sports and golden beaches, while further south Porto Cristo and Porto Colom are great places to chill out. Before a little trip to the Cabrera Island group, it is worth popping by Cala Figuera on the SW point of Mallorca. Onward then, west back towards Palma with the noisy south coast resorts such as S'Arenal.
As you can see, from volume at 11 in clubs and bars to barely a whisper in a quiet anchorage or forgotten fishing port, a Majorca catamaran charter has nearly everything you could want from a luxury boat trip. Whether a day boat charter or a longer sailing vacation, a Balearic Island luxury yacht charter out of Majorca will have almost anything you could want.
Crewed Catamaran Charters from Majorca
You don't need to worry about being an experienced sailor or even sailing the boat out of Majorca with Borrow a Boat! A Majorca crewed catamaran charter on a motor yacht or sailing catamaran can mean you do as much or as little physically sailing the yacht as you like on your yacht charter vacation.
A captained yacht charter or will mean that the captain will be aboard with their own cabin to attend to all your needs. A crewed yacht charter or cabin charter will involve one or two crew on the gulet charter 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 vacation.
One of the advantages of a crewed yacht charter vacation is that you can go longer distances from the yacht charter base. The other Balearic islands of Ibiza, Formentera and Menorca are all within reach with the crew handling everything as you go.
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 captain or crew to get the boat from A-B.
A Majorca crewed yacht charter will cost a little more (typically $150 a day for a captain 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 Majorca
A bareboat yacht charter vacation will mean that you can take the charter yacht out on your own. Generally for vessels up to 20 meters 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 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.
Sailing Catamarans: Luxury catamarans are stable and spacious type of sailing boat, 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 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 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 motor yacht catamarans are relatively new but have also been gaining in popularity as the two hulls keep the motor boat more stable when compared to a monohull. The wider beam of these motor boats 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 sailingcatamaran boat rental or monohull. For a luxury catamaran charter, consider taking a crewed catamaran charter sailingvacation with an experienced captain.
On your Majorca crewed catamaran boat rental or bareboat charter luxury charter you can explore Majorca itself or the wider Balearic Island archipelago on a longer trip. Here we suggest a 7 day sailing vacation and a 14 day yacht charter vacation on your charter boat:
7 days - South and East Coast of Majorca: On this trip you can take in the best of the beaches and resorts without doing many sea miles. Heading SE and then NE, you'll end up in the excellent and somewhat wild resort of Cala Ratjada as a northern point. On your way up and down, visit the Cabrera Island group just to the SE of Majorca, and then head north to Porto Cristo, Porto Colom, Cala d'Or with their golden beaches on the east coast and Cala Figuera on the SE point of the island. Return to base at Palma for handover.
14 days - Majorca and Menorca: This is a clockwise circuit of Majorca and a trip to the historic cities of Mahon and Ciutadella on Menorca. Perhaps from your base at Marina Port de Mallorca in Palma, head south and west to Port Adriano in Santa Ponsa with its beautiful beaches, or head on to Puerto Andratx with its renowned yachting vibe. Onward, up the north coast to the isolated west coast Port de Soller for a breather from the buzz and then round to the family resort of Puerto Pollensa on the north coast. From here, sail to the old capital of Menorca, Ciutadella before rounding the north of the island to Mahon, which the Brits made capital while using its large natural harbor for Royal Navy escapades in the Mediterranean. Back to Mallorca - this time to Cala Ratjada. Over the next few days sail down the east coast, spending time ashore at towns such as Cala d'Or with its pristine beaches and other towns like Porto Cristo and Porto Colom. Onto the SE coast where you can see what the fuss is about regarding Sa Rapita's beach (said to be the best on Majkorca) before returning to base at Palma.
If you are on a captained catamaran charter you do not need a license to sail out of Mallorca, 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 Spain 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 Rhodes (but it is worth checking as per above), these include Day Captain (sail or motor endorsement), Coastal Captainor 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 captain, whom you are taking sailing, where 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 reservation the catamaran rent 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.
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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