Sailboat Charters: The Web, E-Deals and Last-Minute Offers

Two Jeanneau 439s

Courtesy of Offshore Sailing School

Visiting company websites is a great way to educate yourself about fleets, boat availability, destinations, rates, and special deals before you make your decision about which company to use. Browsing online saves time, and when you do decide to pick up the phone and book your charter, it allows you to ask more educated questions.

Companies often advertise last-minute deals on their websites and in email blasts. Cost advantages can include a straight discount off the cost of the charter, free days, or the waiving of a flotilla fee.

Once a charter is booked, the website continues to be a useful planning resource, supplying online preference sheets for everything from provisions to water-sports equipment. Some companies also offer the option to click through and speak with a reservationist for free.