How to Choose the Right Boat for Your Holiday


One of the most frequently asked questions we are asked is ‘what sort of boat should I charter’?

At HELM we offer four different types – sailing boat, catamaran, motor boat and gulet.

None are better than another; it all depends on what’s most suitable for the type of holiday you have planned.

Here we look at the different options to consider which will help you make up your mind.

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These twin-hulled boats are the perfect choice if you want a holiday where the emphasis is on comfort, luxury and convenience rather than a challenging sailing experience. Our only note of caution is due to their large size, they will cost more than a single hull to berth.

Due to their two hull designs, catamarans do not heel over more than 5 degrees. Just right for the new or inexperienced sailors or those prone to sea sickness!

Furthermore, their shallow draft allows you to sail in much more shallow waters than a yacht, which means you can anchor close at shore – handy for the beach or if you want to go snorkelling in caves and grottos.

And catamarans have speed when you need it too. Downwind, catamarans can go remarkably fast, plus they have the advantage of twin engines, when required.

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You can’t beat a monohull for the full sailing experience. If you’re going for the bareboat option and want to stretch your sailing skills, than we’d definitely recommend it.

Alternatively, let the crew take the strain and just enjoy the ride!

Modern charter sailing boats will seem more snug than a catamaran, but are well designed to create the maximum living and storage space inside.

Another plus is that sailing boats generally cost less than catamarans to charter.

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Motor Yacht

For glamour, speed and luxury, a motor boat can’t be beaten!

This would be the perfect option for a family or group of friends who are not looking to undertake long passages of open-water but have a boat which can zip around a destination, dropping anchor in a secluded bay for an afternoon of swimming and sunbathing.

Bear in mind the fuel costs though if you are on a budget.

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These traditional two- or three-masted sailing vessels make for a magnificent base for a special holiday with a group of friends or family.

Powered mainly by engine, they also have really good sailing capability – and will always be piloted by a professional crew.

Drawing admiring glances wherever you go, a gulet is the ultimate timeless sailing experience.

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Need more help?

If you are still unsure, contact us at HELM to help you decide.

We only choose boats that are in excellent condition, and we are here to help you every step of the way and to make sure the whole process is as easy as possible.

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