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Five reasons to charter a superyacht

Bored with your usual escapes? Dramatically increase the luxury, privacy and experience of your next break with a superyacht charter onboard one of the world’s leading vessels. Explore any beach you choose, surrounded by the select few you love most, with exceptional service from a dedicated crew. Sound too good to be true? Cameron Bray, of superyacht charter experts, Bray Management, talks us through it.

1. Less cost; varied experience

If you’ve ever owned a yacht, thought about owning a yacht or spent time on one, one of the first things you would have picked up on is how much they cost to run. Capital outlay, maintenance, crew wages, insurance, fuel, toys, refit and repair are all day-to-day realities of yacht ownership. Take that annual cost of yacht ownership and put it into chartering a yacht, and you’re still ahead – while your stress levels stay low.

This is your opportunity to experience the life of a superyacht owner, without the ongoing concerns of yacht ownership. It’s also a great way to change where you holiday and on which yacht. Experience the old-world elegance of sailing followed by an ultra-luxe thrill on board a motoryacht; there are no boundaries here.

2. It is the most exclusive service you will ever receive

It is not uncommon to find superyachts with an excess of 40 crew servicing a guest list of only 12. While visions of being smothered by crew everywhere you turn may overwhelm, it is quite the opposite. The crew are there but seen only when needed. Each crewmember has a highly specialised role within the yacht. For example, well before you rise in the morning for breakfast or a stroll along a deserted beach, the crew have been busy at work. The chef will be baking croissants, while the deckhands chamois the rails to remove any trace of finger prints, cleaning down the tender and refuelling ready for the day’s activities. The stewardesses are laying the table ready for breakfast, and the captain and officers are plotting out your day’s voyage and itinerary.

The crew are highly trained and very experienced; with a knack for knowing what it is you want, almost before you do. Fancy a relaxing dip in the ocean followed by a secluded picnic on the beach, or a day of activity and adventure with jet skis and water sports? The crew has thought of it and the equipment is ready to go. Sunset cocktails, a themed party, or simply winding down with a movie and popcorn, it’s all there.

“Your gin and tonic, sir.”

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3. You always get the ocean-view room

A yacht charter offers many perks that even the most exclusive resorts in the world cannot offer, no matter how much you tip the concierge.

  • You always get the ocean-view room, the one charged at a huge premium ashore. And the view changes every day.
  • You will never need to make a reservation; you always get the best table and you never need to line up.
  • The crew knows your names, they know what you like to eat, just how you like it cooked and what you like to drink. Oh, and the kitchen never closes, so if you feel like a second serving of lobster, go right ahead.

4. Your vacation is completely customised

Have you ever been to a resort where you felt like participating in a certain activity, only to find it’s either not available or they’re fully booked that day? You feel like scuba diving and you’re at a dive site with a myriad of other tourists; you want to relax around the water but you can’t find a chair, and if you manage to, the group next to you won’t stop talking about the latest faux pas by the Kardashians?

Your superyacht charter is a completely custom experience. Dive the most exclusive sites, untouched by the masses, take a jet ski safari, try wake boarding, fishing, or simply relax with a book and a cocktail with nothing but the sound of the water gently lapping against the hull. This is your experience; alone with only the people you choose around you.

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5. It is the ultimate family vacation

It’s a tech age and we’ve all developed a deeper dependence on the ubiquitous gadgets and latest, greatest apps. As a result it’s easy to lose touch with family and day-to-day goings-on in each other’s lives.

There’s a perception that superyacht charters are reserved for the uber-rich and playboys of the world. Not so, with superyachts increasingly catering for families, with a large shift away from parties and playboys, to playpens. This includes more toys, more activities, more adventure and less emphasis on technology. On a recent charter, the head charterer told the captain, upon boarding, to turn off the Wi-Fi as he wanted to spend more time with his family.

For more information on how you can charter a superyacht, visit Bray Management for details.

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