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What is the optimal time to begin with the preparations for renting a boat?

If you want to order a boat for a specific date next year, the best time to do so is in November or December this year. First of all, most of the providers offer you a discount of 5%-15% if you rent the boat before the end of the year, secondly, you can be usually sure that the boat you chose will be available for the date you picked and also you secure for yourself plenty of time for solving all the possible problems that might occur. Even if you miss this dates we recommended, the rule stays the same – the sooner the better. Because of increasing interest in spending a vacation on a yacht, rather do not count on decrease of the price. You also have to consider if you have your own captain or you need to hire one. This is closely related not only to the overall budget but also to the type of boat you rent. Our company provides services of Czech and Slovak captains for 490 Euros.

What locality to choose? 

Pretty much, we are able to rent a boat for you at any place in the world you would like to spend your vacation. Otherwise the most attractive localities for us are Croatia, Greece and Italy. The very dissected coast of Croatia with hundreds of islands, thousands of bays, mythical Greece or romantic Italy? Contact Us and we will be pleased to help you find an ideal destination for you.

What dates to choose?

The ideal season for sailing itself is spring and autumn. It is not too hot, the marines and bays ideal for anchoring are not overfull, rents are cheaper and there is a big probability that the wind for sailing will be better. It is also more favorable if you plan on sightseeing. The best time for diving is from June till the end of September. Unfortunately the date does not depend only on you sometimes and you have to consider also other facts. For example what is your planned budget, is there a suitable boat available in the chosen locality or when does your whole crew get days off.

How big should the rented boat be? 

The rule is - the more people on one boat, the smaller costs per person. So for example in the middle of May, you can easily rent a boat for 6-8 people for 150 EUR per person. On the other hand, the rental of the same boat in August can be twice more expensive. Ideal is to match the number of people with the number of beds in the cabins. If you decide to fill in also the extra beds in the main cabin, the boat might feel a bit overcrowded and it will probably decrease the comfort and discretion of the whole crew. The best would be if you could get together a crew of people who know each other but this is rather difficult. We advice you to count a person as a member of your crew no sooner than after he pays his deposit.

How does a selection of the boat look like?

AAAYacht will ease this stage for you thanks to the modern technologies that we use while making a sketch for you. Imagine that you would like to go to Croatian Sukosan in the first week of August. You know how many people you have in your crew and you would like to know what the possibilities of boats from which you can chose are. We will ease your decision making thanks to our well arranged tables that carry information about the price of particular ships, the year of their manufacture and the number of cabins they carry.
If you already decided which boat you would like, click on that boat and after filling in your contact info, clink on SEND to finish the ordering process. Then you just have to wait for confirmation of your rental.
For those of you, who don’t hold the captain’s licence or are not confident enough to sail alone without a professional, our experienced 
captains are available. The itinerary is obviously planned based on the request of the crew. The captain only considers, if it is possible according to time plan and weather situation.

 

How is it with the prices of boats?

You can be sure that there is almost no chance that you will find a more beneficial offer for boat rentals. For most of our offers we arranged for you a discount of 5-8% in comparison with other charter companies. We also offer other discounts for repeated rentals, steady customers, reservation ahead of time and discounts on expositions. If you register your e-mail, we will also inform you about advantageous offers.

What to do after the rental of the boat?

1. Collect a deposit on boat rental from all members of the crew.

2. Settlement of the deposit - 50% of the price of rental within a week after the purchase.

3. Remittance of the odd 50% of the price of rental – 30 days before setting sail at latest.

4. Fill in the list of crewmembers - crew list: name, surname, place and date of birth and the passport number 

5. Purchase of supplies and money exchange
In case you travel to Croatia, it is better to exchange the money for Croatian Kuna (you can use Euros as well but it is not very efficient). According to food supplies, it is usually better to shop for groceries in local supermarkets. You can buy exactly what you want to eat at that moment and the food is fresh.

6. Departure
Take into account unpredictable circumstances like a car defect, traffic or a column on the highway etc.

7. Boat takeover and putting to the sea
The official time to put to the sea is usually every Saturday at 5 p.m. but often the boat is already prepared around 2 p.m. and therefore you might be able to set the sail earlier. The official time to return the boat is every Saturday at 9 a.m. but we usually recommend to return back already on Friday evening because unpredictable problems may occur.

8. Deposit
For payment of the deposit you can use usual bank cards (MC, VISA) or cash. You can pay the deposit insurance in the Czech Republic or sometimes later in the destination of boat rental. In that case the payment usually equals 10-15% of the sum of the deposit and the deposit doesn’t have to be paid. And after that, the only thing that remains is to sail away and enjoy the vacation of your dreams!

Total rough calculation of costs of a vacation on a sailing boat for 6/8 persons + captain’s services:

the price of the boat depends on the size of the boat and the date when you rent it. If you purchase the boat before the end of December, the prices will be following:

 

Time of year

Boat for 6 + captain’s salary

Boat for 8 + captain’s salary

May/October

850 EUR

1750 EUR

June/September

1200 EUR

2150 EUR

July/August

1500 EUR

2450 EUR


- the cost of fuel is about 80 EUR

- the fee for marinas is from 40 to 60 EUR, town piers or paid buoys from 10 to 30 EUR

- sign up for living and fee for stay around 5 Kuna per person per day – paid only in marinas and in season often at town piers, usually not at anchorage. Fee for staying is basically payment for staying over night.

- cost of travel to the destination from where the boat departs (depends on the distance) + motorway toll – depends on the number of people in the car + parking fee in the marina about 40 EUR/is not necessary

- eating in restaurants 0 – 150,- EUR/week

- cost of food supplies bought at home about 50 EUR/person

- paid captain – if you are not a holder of captain’s licence or you don’t want to put a sail on your own services of a Czech captain would cost you 420 Euro, local captain around 700 Euro + around 50 Euro food for the captain (it is a norm that the crew provides the food not only for themselves but for the captain as well). If you plan repeated vacations on the boat, it is favourable to get your own captain’s licence. For more info visit Captain’s licences

- some of the charter companies also demand a payment of final cleaning of the boat (usually from 60 to 110 Euros)

- it is also necessary to add additional fee for extra equipment like outboard engine, spinnaker, etc. You should consider what equipment you would like to have before renting the boat because some of the charter companies provide some extra services for free (for example free outboard engine or discount for anchoring in ACI marinas)

So overall when you add all together you get the same price you would pay for the vacation on the coast.

Your AAAYacht team

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