The Worlds Best Bareboat Charter Yachts

Sailing

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 market at all times.

Below is our round up of some of the absolute best sailing 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 charter wishlist.

Monohulls

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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.

  • XP-44
    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.
  • 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.

  • XC-45
    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 yacht than its highly-strung sibling the XP-44
  • Dufour 56
    Simon chartered one of these in Croatia a couple of years ago, and was amazed by 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

Catamarans have come a long way in the last 5 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.

  • 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.
  • Lagoon 52
    The largest cat you can bareboat, this is an excellent option if you’re after space. Great performance under sail and luxury finishes throughout make the Lagoon 52 a pleasure to charter.

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