Questions & Answers
Are there better times of year to charter a bareboat?
The time of year plays a big role in how much you are going to pay for your charter. Charter Advisors loves the hurricane season. Not because we are fatalists or anything; because if you sail the West Indies as we do, most hurricanes form or track north of the USVI and BVI areas. Over 9 years we have only seen one hurricane (see Oh My Omar in the Mayday Crew stories). And it was over fast.. and we were back underway. September though November is the typical off season (hurricane season) for most charter companies. Don't let this term fool you.. they are not "OFF." The charter companies are open and ready. Fewer people choose to cruise during this time and the rates reflect it. High season is (you guessed it) the time when people want to cruise the most. Again, the rates reflect it. High season typically starts around early November and lasts though the first week in January. Below is a sample rate sheet pulled at random. All charter companies follow this basic pricing trend.
Time of year
When you cruise has a big impact on how much you pay. Sailing in Sept. or Oct. (low season A.K.A. hurricane season) is the least expensive. Most expensive is over the winter (high season). In between you have mid season, which varies depending on the charter company. The difference between high and low season can vary by 25-35%. Low season with a special deal (like 10 nights for the price of 7) will give you the best value. Do they have the exact yacht you want? Or the one that fits your needs? Do they have any deals? (Buy 7 nights get 10 is one of our favorites. You will also see 10-25% off for special offers or slow times of year. Free fuel has been offered as well.)
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