How much does a Bahamas yacht vacation cost?

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A few hours’ flights from the east coast of the United States, there is what in the common imagination is considered an earthly paradise. Sun and mild temperatures accompany it all year round, luxurious resorts and a crystalline sea rich in a variety of fish and perfect for a simple swim or for all diving lovers, the archipelago of the Bahamas is simply surprising in every aspect. The Bahamas are a coral archipelago consisting of about 700 islands (many of which are uninhabited) located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, east of Florida and north of Cuba and the rest of the Caribbean islands. With such a wide choice, it is therefore natural that once you reach these wonderful places you don’t want to stop on a single island but visit as many as possible. What better way than with a charter boat itinerary? There are many tourists who choose to take a boat tour of the Bahamas every year, in order to move freely and actually it is not a bad idea, because some islands are really very small and difficult to reach except by sea. If you are thinking that such a trip is too expensive and inaccessible, read on as we are about to address this very topic: how much does a Bahamas sailing vacation cost?


What costs are included and what is not in the charter fee?

The price of chartering a yacht with a crew usually includes the use of the boat for the agreed period and the crew service. When renting a boat, you must always consider the supply costs, the so-called APA (advance provisioning allowance). It is a lump sum payment that covers all of your onboard expenses during your yacht charter fuel, ports, food, drinks, etc.).Another cost concern the VAT which is usually to be considered separately from the indicated rental cost.

Motor yacht
Cost of renting a motor yacht for a week in the Bahamas:
Yacht with maximum length from 55 to 60 feet: 15,000.00 USD / 30,000.00 USD per week + extra;
Yacht with maximum length from 62 to 70 feet: 20,000.00 USD / 40,000.00 USD per week + extra
Yacht with maximum length from 70 to 90 feet: 30,000.00 USD / 70,000.00 USD per week + extra
Yacht with maximum length over 90 feet: from 70,000.00 USD + extra

Catamaran
Cost of chartering a catamaran for a week in the Bahamas:
Catamaran with maximum length from 38 to 42 feet: € 3,000.00 / € 6,000.00 per week + extra
Catamaran with maximum length from 42 to 44 feet: € 4,500.00 / € 8,000.00 per week + extra
Catamaran with maximum length from 45 to 50 feet: € 6,000.00 / € 18,000.00 per week + extra
Catamaran with maximum length from 50 to 60 feet: € 8,000.00 / € 30,000.00 per week + extra
Catamaran with maximum length over 60 feet: from € 25,000.00 per week + extra

Sailing monohull
Cost of renting a sailboat for a week in the Bahamas:
Sailboat with maximum length from 38 to 42 feet: € 1,500.00 / € 3,000.00 per week + extra
Sailboat with maximum length from 42 to 44 feet: € 3,000.00 / € 4,500.00 per week + extra
Sailboat with maximum length from 45 to 50 feet: € 4,500.00 / € 8,000.00 per week + extra
Sailboat with maximum length from 50 to 60 feet: € 6,000.00 / € 20,000.00 per week + extra
Sailboat with maximum length over 60 feet: from € 12,000.00 per week + extra

Payment terms
In general, the payment terms required for the rental are as follows:
50% of the charter rate must be paid upon signature of the contract and the balance within 30 days before departure.

Giving a correct answer to this question is not trivial and requires taking into account a number of aspects such as the duration of the rental, the period of the year, the type of boat, and much more. To this end, we have prepared a series of questions to which we ask our customers to answer, in order to better define every detail that makes up the charter final price. Our managers will thus be able to select the most suitable boats according to your requests, evaluate alternatives and answer all your related questions.


Here, below, each aspect to be evaluated:

When will your Bahamas yacht vacation take place?

If you are wondering what is the best time for a sailing holiday in these paradisiacal places, we have good news for you: on these islands, as indeed in the Caribbean, temperatures are always optimal practically all year round. Of course, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a better time than any other for a Bahamas yacht charter. Considering that temperatures can reach up to 36 ° C in the summer, the best time to sail in the Bahamas is from November to April: in this period temperatures are pleasant, avoiding the asphyxiating heat while pleasant to swim in the open sea, the rains decrease and even the risk of the feared hurricanes is more remote. The latter is more likely between June and November. The high season mainly coincides with the most important parties and organized events, such as the Junkanoo, a party with engaging and colorful music and dances held every year in December. The low season runs from June to the end of October, in this period, the heat can be really hard to bear and above all, there is a strong risk of hurricanes, as evidenced by the natural events that every year involve not only the Caribbean but also the neighboring regions and cities such as Florida, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, etc. This does not exclude the possibility of organizing a boat itinerary in these months but requires particular attention to the weather conditions before and during the trip. Regarding the rental cost, a separate discussion must be made for the holiday season. It goes without saying that to avoid too high prices it is necessary to avoid Christmas and New Year, by far the most expensive period of the year.

What kind of boat do you need?

Obviously, a higher kind of boat corresponds to a higher charter fee. Of course, according to the number of guests who get on board, you will need a different kind of boat and this will highly affect the price. The type of boat you want to charter must meet your needs, both in terms of comfort and in terms of space required. In general, there are three main types of boat, as follows

  • Motor yacht
  • Catamaran
  • Sailboat

It may seem obvious, but much of the cost incurred for renting a boat (anywhere in the world) depends on the type, size, and age of the vessel you want to rent. In general, we can say that motor yachts are the most expensive boats, followed by catamarans and then sailboats. The average weekly rental price for a medium-sized catamaran is between 2,000 and 3,000 euros per day, based on its size and whether it is a power or sailing catamaran. Finally, it is important to consider that, for the same size, a newly built boat will have a higher rental cost than one that is already dated, with price differences that can sometimes be quite significant.

Will you sail alone or with a crew onboard?

Deciding whether to have a crew on board and, if so, how many members, is a crucial aspect that affects the charter’s final cost. The choice depends on two main factors. The first concerns whether whoever hires the boat owns a nautical license. The second is instead linked to the size of the chartered boat. Generally, the possibility of self-steering a boat is valid for small sailboats or catamarans. This is because, as a rule, for larger sizes, brokers require a crew on board even if you are an experienced sailor (even if only a skipper). If you do not have a skipper license or in any case you do not want to be engaged in the vessel navigation, you will have to budget a fixed daily amount for a skipper and (if necessary) an on-board crew who takes care of the management of the boat at sea and in port.

What will be your Bahamas spots itinerary?

Which island to choose? or rather, which archipelago to choose and where to start your charter boat trip? The decision is not easy due to the incredible offer of incredible islands that make up the Bahamas. In general, most nautical charters depart from New Providence, the island that hosts the capital, Nassau, or from nearby Miami, from which it is possible to reach the Bimini Islands, the Bahamian archipelago closest to the mainland, in a few hours. On the island of Grand Bahama, there is the largest city in the entire archipelago, namely Freeport.
Grand Bahama is the northernmost island of the Bahamas and is famous for its wonderful beaches. Snorkeling, diving in underwater caves, and relaxing in the cays, or the white sand inlets: there are many activities to do on this island, suitable for different types of travelers, including families. Do not miss the Rainbow Reef, the coral reef, and the Gold Rock Beach, the famous beach where some scenes from the Pirates of the Caribbean films are set. Small Paradise Island is the liveliest island, including luxury hotels, casinos, and expensive restaurants.
Connected to greater New Providence by two bridges, its history is closely linked to pirates, such as Blackbeard, who resided on Paradise Island. Unmissable is the beautiful Cabbage Beach, 3 kilometers of the bay where you can have fun with canoes and jet skis. Inagua, on the other hand, is the southernmost island of the archipelago and is actually divided into two, Great Inagua and Little Inagua. It is known for Lake Windsor, also called Pink Lake, where there are more than 80,000 flamingos. Inagua is the ideal destination for those seeking relaxation, tranquility, and a true immersion in nature.
The Exumas are instead an endless strip of islands, more than 360, which have become a refuge for VIPs and millionaires with huge villas directly on the sea. They are divided into different groups: Great Exuma, Little Exuma, and the Exuma Cays. Among these islands is the famous Major Cay, which you will surely have seen in some shots. Why is it so characteristic? Because it is inhabited by pigs and on Pig Beach you can even swim with them!

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