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Are there any age restrictions for yacht charter?
Are there any age restrictions for yacht charter?

Are there any age restrictions for yacht charter?

19 July 2023

While the exact age requirements may vary depending on the yacht charter company, the owner’s preferences and the specific yacht, it is not uncommon to have age restrictions for yacht charter, especially for minimum age requirements to be in place for safety reasons.

For example, some yacht charter companies may require that all guests be at least 18 years old to charter a yacht, while others may allow children as long as they are accompanied by adults. Additionally, some yachts may have specific age restrictions for certain activities, such as watersports.

It is important to check with the yacht charter company or broker to determine age restrictions that may apply to your specific yacht charter.

Age, weather conditions, and itinerary

To ensure stable and calm weather conditions for everyone, it is important to choose a region that suits your preferred travel time. While it may be tempting to explore exotic destinations, always consider the climate and weather patterns of that particular region. It is best to consult a trusted travel advisor or yacht charter company who can provide you with a detailed weather report and help you plan your itinerary.

When planning your charter itinerary it is also important to consider the duration of each trip. It is advisable to plan shorter one-day trips to reach a safe harbour each day. This will ensure that you are comfortable and safe throughout your trip.

Age, yacht type and comfort at sea

Stabilized yachts and catamarans are an excellent choice for senior charter party and family charter with young children due to their large space and stability on the water. These yachts are designed to provide maximum comfort and safety, ensuring you enjoy your vacation without worrying about any discomfort or danger. They also offer a smooth sailing experience, thanks to their advanced design that reduces pitching and rolling on the water.

Baby on board...

Yacht crews are aware that parents may want to enjoy some private time during their charter. While they are not babysitters, they can offer diversions and activities for children. This enables parents to relax without worrying about their kids. Yacht crews can organize activities that cater to children’s interests, such as fishing, water sports, or beach games. Additionally, yacht crews can provide suggestions for nearby activities that may interest both parents and children. For instance, they can recommend a family-friendly restaurant or arrange for a family-friendly excursion.

However, yacht crews also understand that some children may require more attention than others. Rambunctious children or very young children may need a dedicated caregiver. In such cases, the charter broker – and the yacht crew…- highly recommend hiring a nanny.

Accessibility and mobility

  • The majority of yachts are designed for younger, able-bodied travelers. This means older adults may experience reduced mobility.
  • As a result, moving around the yacht, climbing stairs, or accessing different parts can be challenging for them.

The onboard lift is a modern convenience found on many luxury superyachts (> 50m+). It is a unique feature that not only adds an element of luxury but also improves accessibility and convenience for guests. With an onboard lift, you can easily move from the lower decks to the sun deck without having to climb multiple flights of stairs.

This feature is especially useful for those who may have mobility issues or for families with young children who need to move around the yacht frequently.

Some yachts are wheelchair accessible: ask your charter broker for suggestions.

About the author: Remi van der Deure – French Riviera Charter broker.


I am the senior Yacht Charter Broker at Charterminute, a well-known yacht charter boutique in Antibes.

I have served in the yacht charter industry for over 15 years and have gained a strong reputation among my clients, as evidenced by consistent 5-star ratings on Google Reviews and TripAdvisor.

My specialty is organizing corporate yacht charters for startups and large companies during popular events like the Cannes Lions Festival, MIPIM, TFWA, and MIPCOM.

I am also proud to be a member of esteemed yacht broker associations, e-MYBA and ECPY, demonstrating my unwavering commitment to providing exceptional yacht charter services and memorable experiences in the French Riviera.

You can contact me directly at +33 (0)662.465.991 or

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