February 2019 Chartering Update

Monthly update on the charter industry.

The Dalmatian Coast
Sail Croatia, which has a base in Split, offers a ­charter package that ­includes a skipper for your weeklong adventure on the Dalmatian Coast.Photo Courtesy of Sail Croatia

Enjoy the Adriatic and Save

For summer 2019, Sail Croatia offers skippered charters along the historic and scenic Dalmatia coastal region of the Adriatic Sea.

Called the Private Yacht Tour, the charter is promoted as an affordable way to sail the islands, which feature national parks and villages with bustling cafe activity. It includes services of a skipper, flexible itineraries, one airport transfer and local taxes. Other amenities, from provisioning and hostess to water toys and beach towels, are available on a cost-per-item basis, allowing vacation sailors to choose and pay for exactly what they want. The seven-day trips are offered aboard new monohulls and multihulls with three or four cabins. The season runs from the end of April to October; peak is from June to September. For details, contact the company.

Sail Belize, St. Lucia

Dream Yacht Charter has added more bases in the eastern and western Caribbean: St. Lucia and Belize.

The Belize base and its fleet of Fountaine Pajot catamarans is at Robert’s Grove Marina, Placencia, situated near the southern tip of the world’s second-largest barrier reef and its renowned cays. The company’s St. Lucia base is at Rodney Bay Marina, offering a convenient midpoint to explore the Caribbean island chain, from the British Virgin Islands in the north to the Grenadines and Grenada in the south.

In 2018, the company, which offers bareboat, crewed and by-the-cabin charters in more than 45 global destinations, added locations in the Exuma Cays, Bahamas; Naples, Italy; Pula, Croatia; and Montenegro. For details, contact the company.

Hop a Crewed Cat in the Exumas

The crewed Moorings 5800 sailing catamaran is available for bookings in the Exuma islands of the Bahamas. The company's premier charter platform, it takes up to 10 guests. Other destinations for The Moorings 5800 include the British Virgin Islands and St. Lucia in the Caribbean; Croatia in the Mediterranean; and Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. For details, contact the company.

Explore Galapagos

The 16-passenger motoryacht Eden is now available for exploring the Galapagos. The fifth in the G Adventures fleet of vessels for the Galapagos islands, Eden also marks the tour operator’s commitment to further reduce its travelers’ environmental impact. In support of a local ban on ­single-use plastics, G Adventures offers Galapagos passengers reusable ­stainless-steel water bottles.

Eden was built in 1996 and refurbished in 2012. Aside from its cabins, it offers a two-level wraparound deck with an outdoor lounge area and sun deck. The yacht carries nine crew, including a chef and naturalist.

Six different itineraries around the islands, ranging from seven to 17 days, are offered. For details, contact the company.

MarineMax at Nanny Cay

MarineMax Vacations has opened a new base for its ­power-catamaran fleet at Nanny Cay Resort, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Amenities at the facility, which was built specifically for MarineMax, include a beach, pool, outdoor bar, restaurants, coffee shops, dive center and grocery store. For details, contact the company.