There are a plethora of fantastic reasons to hire a catamaran. Firstly, they are the perfect boat for any type of holiday, whether you’re looking to go on a family vacation or a crazy adventure with your friends. Catamarans are typically very spacious and comfortable boats, with many different ones available for any number of people.
Although the initial costs of hiring a catamaran can be a little higher than some of the other types of boat, the fuel costs are usually lower and they can travel faster than monohull sailboats which means you will also have time to explore more places during your trip. Another factor which gives you the opportunity to visit more locations during your trip is that catamarans can enter shallower waters than most boat types. This gives increased accessibility to secluded beaches and coves, some of which are only accessible by boat.
Furthermore, catamarans are the perfect boat for those who suffer from seasickness, as the double hull design offers much more stability than monohull sailboats. The final reason why you should hire a catamaran as opposed to another type of boat is that we have catamarans in such a wide range of locations, you’re bound to find one in the place you want to hire.
There are many factors that can affect the price of catamaran hire. A few of these include the season, the location, the number of people, the model, the size, the duration of your trip, the amenities on board and whether or not you hire the catamaran with a skipper. Generally, the price to hire a catamaran can be anywhere from £1300 per week.
Not necessarily. Firstly, it’s important to note that you can find catamarans available to hire either with or without a skipper. If you are hiring with a skipper, you won’t need a licence. If you are hiring a catamaran without a skipper, the answer to this question becomes a little more complicated because it generally depends on the specifications of the boat and the location where you are planning to hire. For this reason, we strongly suggest that you look up the legislation regarding whether or not you need a boating licence before booking a catamaran, so you can be sure you aren’t going to break any rules before you set off.
Even if you do find that you need a licence, in many cases, area specific licences can be obtained easily and cheaply with a little foreplanning.
While it’s safe to say that there are no bad destinations to hire a catamaran, you should absolutely choose to hire one when visiting anywhere with secluded areas that are easiest to access by boat. This is because you will generally manage to get closer in a catamaran than in most other boats on account of their ability to enter shallower waters.
Generally speaking, the most popular locations for catamaran hire include Italy, Croatia, Turkish coastal cities, the Greek Islands, the Balearics, Florida and many Caribbean Islands such as the Bahamas. All of these places offer a wealth of different locations to explore in your catamaran hire that would otherwise be almost unreachable.
There are many different brands of catamaran and each one is fantastic in its own way. Some of the best brands that you can hire with Océans Évasion, are Lagoon, Nautitech, Fountaine, Pajot, and Bali. You will have a comfortable trip with access to all the necessary amenities on any of these.
This will vary depending on the different owners, but in general, you can see which costs are included in the description of the boat and otherwise, you can ask the owner directly. Some examples of things that often come as additional costs include water sport equipment that may be used for activities such as snorkeling, waterskiing, and paddle surfing, the skipper, and fuel.
Most owners will also ask for a deposit, which you should pay at check-in. You will usually get this deposit back though, unless you leave the boat in a worse condition than you found it. If you choose to hire without a skipper, you may also have to pay for insurance and some owners will also want you to pay for their boat to be cleaned after your charter.
Although mooring fees at the base are often included in the hire costs, you will usually need to pay extra if you decide to moor in other places during your trip, so make sure you research this thoroughly before going.
Some catamarans also offer you the option of hiring a chef to prepare meals and drinks for you during your holiday. Choosing this option makes for a very relaxing trip and offers you the opportunity to try local food but almost always costs extra on top of the base costs for your hire.
The beauty of hiring a catamaran is that you can have many different experiences while on board. As has already been mentioned, catamarans offer you the opportunity to enter shallower waters than many other boat types, which gives you access to many secluded beaches and coves that might otherwise be unreachable.
Catamarans also have a lot of space on board, which makes them perfect for transporting the equipment for a range of different watersports. Some that you might want to participate in during your trip include paddle surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, or even waterskiing.
Being fast boats, catamarans also lend themselves to exploration, especially in locations where there are multiple islands in the area, such as Greece, Croatia, Canada, the Caribbean and any of the Scandinavian countries. Hiring a catamaran in any of these places will give you the opportunity to visit more of these islands, either uninhabited or not.