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Why choose a sailing yacht for charter?
Why choose a sailing yacht for charter?

Why choose a sailing yacht for charter?

14 April 2022

Learn about the different types of sailing yacht charters, from comfortable Family Cruiser to Carbon Racer yachts
and authentic Classic Gentlemen yachts. Discover the best fit for your next luxury holiday.
Many newer large sailing yachts offer the same level of comfort and amenities that you would expect to find on a
luxury motor yacht. However, sailing yachts tend to be slower than motor yachts, and there’s obviously less deck
space than you’d find on a multi-deck motor yacht of the same length. Turn off the engine and just sail with the
waves and the wind and nothing else…

How to find special offers ?

Luxury sailing yacht charter

Why charter a sailing yacht ?

Cruiser racer in Monaco
  • Experience: navigate the sea using the natural forces of the elements
  • Action: sit back and relax…or try your hand at the helm
  • Family-friendly experience: get close to the marine life
  • Cost: sailing yachts are fuel efficient, go further for less.
  • Environmentally friendly charter

For those considering buying or founding their own sailing yacht, a yacht charter is the perfect way to get a taste of what’s out there. With a variety of styles and sizes, yacht charters offer the chance to try out different types of yacht and find the perfect one for your needs.

Pros of sailing yacht charter

Low fuel consumption
Feeling of freedom
A dedicared crew

Cons of sailing yacht charter

SY offer less space than MY
SY's are wind-dependent
Comfort at anchor
Most SY's are not stabilised

What type of sailing yacht ?

There are many different types of sailing yacht available for charter around the world, but which one is right for you?

Which sailing yacht suits your needs?

Here is a quick guide to the different types available and the different terminology used.

Large family cruiser underwayFamily cruisers are very spacious – some large Perini Navi sailing yachts have as many as 3 decks – heel gently and are safe in rough weather. They have comfortable seating and alfresco dining areas, large
sun beds and a nice range of water toys and entertainment amenities. Those with a lifting keel allow access to secluded shallow lagoons and smaller harbours inaccessible to other yachts.

cA Cruiser Racer – Wally, Southern Winds… – is perfect for those looking for exhilarating sailing performance (up to 20+ knots under sail) even in light winds, without sacrificing comfort and unrivalled style. Their uncluttered deck offer uninterrupted views across the water with a large sheltered cockpit seating area for relaxing. The latest Cruiser Racer features a bright saloon with plenty of natural light and superb contemporary interiors, where all the essentials of modern living are included, yet subtly integrated into superb interiors.

Classic sailing yacht in the Cannes areaClassic sailing yachts exude pure elegance, authenticity with warm wooden interiors and colourful histories. Authentic classic sailing yachts were often racing yachts and therefore have less space than their contemporary counterparts.Modern replica sailing yachts allow you to sail back in time, offering all the comforts, luxury accommodation and first class crew with the glorious appearance of a classic sailing yacht.

Best gulet boat rentalMost motor sailers are yachts with engines that can propel them close to hull speed in moderate seas, and sails that can provide power in moderate breezes without using the engine. Gulets are perfect for large families due to the amount of space and amenities on board. Gulets are very popular in Turkey: they are slow but perfect for island hopping.

Sailing yacht special offers

Check out our latest sailing yacht charter offers. Click here if you’re looking for a catamaran rental.

Post updated on April 12, 2024
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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