Choose a Better Bareboat
As sailors ourselves, we know that how well your yacht handles and performs on all points of sail can really make or break a bareboat charter. We also know what makes a superb sailing yacht, and like to keep a finger on the pulse of the bareboat yacht charter market at all times.
Below is our round up of some of the absolute best yachts available for charter at the moment. From stripped-out racing yachts to performance-orientated mile eaters and comfortable cruisers, these boats are Helm’s bareboat yacht charter wishlist.
Superb Sailing Performance
These yachts are all about the thrills of sailing in its purest form, and are designed to eke maximum speed and feel from every condition at every angle. From the racy Club Swan 36 to the beautiful XP-44 and the speed machine More 55, they span the size range.
Features like carbon masts, large sail plans, rod rigging, and Code 0s are guaranteed to provide exceptional sailing up and down wind.
A really superb yacht. X-Yachts have a well-earnt reputation for building fast, agile yachts, both powerful and easy to handle. The XP 44 is the latest in their performance range, and it’s perfect for sailing in the wind-blessed Cyclades.
- Solaris 47
Strikingly beautiful and reassuringly fast, the Solaris 47 puts the sailing back into a sailing holiday. Delivering high performance sailing for a short handed crew, with all lines led aft to the helm stations, she is also sympathetically finished with full teak decks and all the mod cons expected of a modern charter yacht.
- First Yacht 53
And now for something completely different. The first 53 is Beneteau’s flagship monohull, a total step change from their usual production yachts. Smooth, well-balanced hull, flush deck layout and ample space below.
Exceptional Cruising Yachts
Crafted for more discerning yachtsmen, these flagship yachts promise the best of both worlds - poise and balance under sail, and absolute comfort at anchor or in marina.
A real step up from standard production boats, they feature flowing lines, incredible soft furnishings, and generous sail plans to provide a powerful, fun and yet refined ride. A real pleasure to spend a week aboard.
Peter's pick of the bunch. The last word in mid range mile eating, this stylish, comfortable, quick yacht packs a lot of punch for 45fter. The XC-45 is a more refined and relaxed charter yacht than its highly-strung sibling the XP-44
- Moody 54DS
A sailing yacht that truly embodies the spirit of the cruising lifestyle, the Moody 54DS redefines exactly what a monohull should be. Quality and luxury are the bywords here, and she is surprisingly sprightly for such a comfortable yacht.
- Dufour 530
Dufour's evolution of the popular 520 amazed us with the combination of sailing performance and casual living space. An elite holiday platform that can also bring a smile to any skipper’s face.
Very Comfortable Catamarans
Cruising catamarans have come a long way in the last few years, from floating caravans to the hybrid sailing and accommodation platforms they are now. Modern designs really do have something for everyone, and these are some of the best around. Honourable mentions go to the Lagoon 46 and new Bali 4.8.
- Dufour 48
The catamaran to convert even the most entrenched monohull sailor. The sleek, fast hull position her at the sailing end of the cat spectrum, while the accommodation is comfortable enough to seriously rival the competition. We tested one of the first back in 2019 and were mightily impressed!
- Lagoon 50
One of the very best catamarans available for charter! Equipped with well over 150k € worth of extras, including everything you could ever need. Magnum Opus has teak decks, AC, generator, coffee machine, BBQ grill, watermaker, icemaker, 2 cockpit showers, and a 15hp tender with inflatables. So much more than your average Lagoon 50 - a truly magnificent place to spend a week or two on the water!
Magnificent Motor Boats
Sleek, speedy and stylish, modern motor yachts offer an alluring combination of comfort and performance, able to cover distances unthinkable on a sailing yacht. Nothing compares to the feeling of driving your own motor boat along the Dalmatian Coast, from secluded bay to lively town quay.
- Marex 375
Practical design gives this boat a lot more space than most of this size. A great value option for two couples or a small family!
- Galeon 460 Fly
The highly anticipated 460 FLY brings back all the ground breaking innovations of the award winning 500 FLY in a more compact frame. This daring, new design clearly shows the bold path Galeon has taken to propel its yachts into the future.
- Swift Trawler 47
Robust motor yacht with large socialising spaces. Sleeps 8 in three cabins and a convertible saloon. Clever, elegant, and comfortable.
Ready to go?
Now you've seen some of the best yachts on the market, use our extensive sailing experience, destination knowledge and yacht charter expertise to help you tailor the search to find your perfect bareboat yacht charter
We make regular visits to each sailing area, from the Adriatic Sea to the South Pacific, and know and trust every yacht charter fleet and charter company we work with, so we can guarantee that if you choose HELM fro your booking, you'll have the bareboat charter holiday you deserve. We can also help plan your sailing itinerary, to suit your group's holiday desires, from Ionian island hopping to an extraordinary Indian Ocean adventure.