Cheap Boat Rental: Here’s Why It’s Cheaper to Make Saturday-Saturday Boat Bookings

By Anna

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Embarking on a budget-friendly boat rental adventure involves more than just choosing a vessel; it’s about strategic planning. After all, travelling on a budget doesn’t have to mean that you have to restrict yourself, it just means that you should check out a cheap boat rental to get the best price. This article delves into the intricacies of why Saturday-Saturday bookings often emerge as the more economical choice and why, at Borrow A Boat, flexibility remains a priority for the ultimate sailing experience.

In the picture you can see a marina in Croatia with lots of sailboats mooring. Croatia is one of the best places to secure a cheap boat rental

Why Charters Prefer Saturday-Saturday Boat Bookings

There are two main reasons for this: Charters pay a fee each time a boat is booked. The fewer bookings per month, the lower the fees they have to pay. Secondly, for charters, booking out entire weeks means there’s a higher chance they can book out the entire month. 

As our Partner Relations Manager Benita Greine put it, “The industry is ‘programmed’ for Saturday to Saturday bookings, and it’s therefore harder to book a non-standard booking. If you do manage to do that, they’ll usually lose the rest of the standard week because they won’t be able to find other customers to fill it. That results in them increasing the price of your non-standard booking to cover the loss.”

In the picture you can see a sailboat out at sea with a full sail sailing with the wind.

Here’s another way to look at it. If the standard booking period is Saturday to Saturday, just a single Friday to Monday booking can mess up a charter’s entire monthly calendar and prevent Saturday-Saturday boat bookings for three weeks out of the month. And chances are slim that someone else will book those remaining nonstandard days.

Seamless Transitions: Practical and Economical

Saturday-Saturday bookings provide a seamless and practical transition for both renters and boat operators. It allows for efficient turnover between charters, enabling companies to streamline their operations. In return, these operational efficiencies can translate into cost savings, which are often passed on to the savvy renter.

Furthermore, choosing a Saturday start date enhances your chances of finding the ideal boat at a lower cost. With numerous vessels returning on Saturdays, the availability of choices increases. This abundance of options often translates into a competitive market where boat rental companies vie for customers, leading to more attractive pricing structures. A cheap boat rental is almost guaranteed!

Strategic Planning: Maximize Your Budget with a Cheap Boat Rental

Saturday-Saturday bookings enable strategic planning for your sailing itinerary. Planning for a weekend departure and return aligns with many travelers’ schedules, providing an opportunity to capitalize on a full week of sailing without impacting work commitments. This strategic planning not only enhances the overall experience but also allows budget-conscious travelers to make the most of their allocated time on the water.

Efficiency and Availability: The Double Win

Saturday-Saturday bookings are often faster to secure, providing an efficient process for both the charter company and the renter. This expediency translates into a broader selection of available boats, offering more choices at potentially better prices. The competitive nature of this arrangement benefits the consumer, making it an attractive proposition.

But remember: nonstandard bookings are TOTALLY available, and that is the reason it’s so easy to book with Borrow A Boat!

We’ve been working to digitize the industry since our founding, and one of our driving objectives is to make boat holidays accessible to everyone. That means nonstandard bookings that don’t necessarily start on Saturday or don’t last a full week. Plus: We are always trying to secure a cheap boat rental for you so that you don’t have to pay a fortune.

“Borrow A Boat is encouraging its partners — through webinars and other consulting — to react to the changes in demands of the industry and be open to accommodating both standard and nonstandard bookings,” said Account Manager Christianna Koufidaki.

But change can be slow at times. And while we work hard to secure your two-day middle-of-the-week trip or weekend holiday, we recommend that you consider a Saturday-to-Saturday booking to see even more options, and maybe lower your costs. 

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