Embarking on a yacht charter is one of the most enchanting ways to explore the world's most beautiful destinations. With so many options available, we understand that choosing the perfect yacht can feel overwhelming. This guide is designed to help you navigate the selection process, ensuring you find the ideal vessel for your dream yacht vacation. With our charter specialist by your side, every step of the selection process becomes a breeze, ensuring a voyage tailored precisely to your desires.

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Understanding Charter Types

Your journey begins with understanding the different types of yacht charters available, typically divided into bareboat and crewed charters. Bareboat charters are ideal for experienced sailors who want the thrill and freedom of navigating their own course. This option allows you to take the helm and manage the yacht yourself. On the other hand, crewed yacht charters are perfect for those who prefer a more relaxed and pampered experience. Imagine a professional crew, including a captain, chef, and stewards, attending to your every need, allowing you to unwind and fully enjoy your luxury yacht charter. For this guide, we focus on crewed yacht charters, aligning with the services we provide.

22.80 M (74.90 FT) Princess Y72 Elizabeth for charter in Croatia
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Size and Passenger Capacity

The size of the yacht and its passenger capacity are crucial factors to consider. Luxury yachts typically accommodate between 6 to 12 guests, with 12 being the maximum. The size of the yacht directly influences the space available and the range of amenities, ensuring a comfortable and spacious environment for you and your guests.

Onboard Amenities and Luxuries

Onboard amenities can transform your yacht charter from delightful to extraordinary. Modern yachts offer an array of luxuries such as jacuzzis, swimming pools, and onboard gyms. For those who love adventure, water toys like jet skis, snorkeling gear, and inflatable yacht toys provide endless fun. Prioritize the amenities that will enhance your experience and discuss them with your charter consultant.

23.85 M (78.30 FT) motor yacht Salt for charter in Croatia, 10% off on all available summer dates
Charter the 23.85m (78.30ft) motor yacht Salt in Croatia this summer and enjoy a 10% discount on all available dates.

Financial Planning for Your Charter

Understanding the financial aspects of a yacht charter is crucial for a seamless experience. The cost to rent a yacht varies based on its size, season, and the duration of the charter. Beyond the base charter fee, additional expenses such as VAT, APA (Advance Provisioning Allowance), and crew tips should be considered. In Mediterranean yacht charters, tipping the crew is customary and typically ranges from 5-15% of the charter fee. This gesture shows appreciation for their exceptional service and ensures a warm, attentive atmosphere throughout your voyage.

21.46m (70'4
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Destination and Duration Considerations

Selecting the right destination and charter duration can elevate your vacation to new heights. The Mediterranean offers some of the best places to charter a yacht, with its rich history, stunning coastlines, and vibrant cultures. From the picturesque Dalmatian Coast in Croatia to the glamorous French Riviera, each destination offers unique experiences. Decide on your preferred itinerary and the length of your voyage. While most charters are weekly, discussing your needs with your broker can provide flexibility, especially during the low season.

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik, Croatia


Choosing the ideal yacht for your dream vacation is an exciting journey. By understanding your preferences and working closely with a knowledgeable charter broker, you can ensure a luxurious and memorable experience on the sea. From the type of charter to the amenities onboard, every detail is tailored to create an extraordinary vacation for you and your loved ones.

40m motorsailer Anetta for charter in Croatia
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Which type of yacht is the best?

The best type of yacht depends on your preferences. A sailing yacht offers a traditional and serene experience, perfect for those who enjoy the art of sailing. A motor yacht provides speed and stability, ideal for exploring vast coastlines quickly. For maximum luxury and space, consider a superyacht, which offers unparalleled amenities and comfort. Additionally, motorsailers combine the best of both worlds, offering the elegance of sailing with the power and convenience of motor propulsion.

Is it worth buying a yacht to charter?

Buying a yacht to charter can be a worthwhile investment if you plan to use it frequently and charter it out when not in use. It can provide a source of income and ensure you have access to your dream yacht whenever you desire. However, consider the maintenance and operational costs. Consulting with a yacht management company can offer valuable insights into the financial viability and management of such an investment.

Motorsailer Anetta for Charter in Croatia
Breakfast with the view, M/S Anetta

Find out more about the yacht chartering process by downloading our free guide 'Welcome to Your Yacht Charter: A Step-by-Step Guide for First-Time Charterers'.

Yacht IN’s extensive experience and knowledge in luxury yachting in the Med is a guarantee of the best possible service. Our dedicated professionals are driven to exceed expectations, attuning to your personal needs to find you the perfect yacht for charter. Luxury yacht charter is called that for a reason—it should feel exclusive from start to finish. Contact our yacht charter specialists and let us take care of every detail while you sit back and relax.