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Experience Yachting and Boating Without Breaking the Bank
The popularity of boating experiences as a leisure activity is on the rise and has been steadily increasing following the removal of COVID-19 regulations.
“Despite recession indicators, there remains a strong desire to get back out into the world and enjoy special moments on the water with family and friends,” said GetMyBoat CEO and Founder Sascha Mornell in an interview with Travel Tomorrow.
Long before the pandemic, Black celebrities have been taking to the open water to enjoy quality time and privacy with their loved ones aboard lavish yachts. Diddy, the Carters, Denzel Washington, and Queen Latifah are all lovers of boat life, along with Stephen and Ayesha Curry, who recently celebrated their 12th anniversary on a yacht in Greece.
Magic Johnson and his wife, Earlitha “Cookie” Johnson, have been enjoying yacht vacations for the past 30 years. The couple just concluded a luxe six-week yacht tour around Europe, an experience the NBA legend says was one of their best vacations ever.
Though yachting and boating are often associated with the rich and famous, these experiences can also be obtainable for regular folks. In fact, in a recent Travel & Leisure article, charter broker Fiona Maureso points out that many often fail to recognize the affordability of boating.
“People who are new to yachting often don’t quite realize how much they can get for their budget,” she says, noting that the per-person cost of the private experience can be comparable to that of a shared luxury cruise.
With the right approach and some smart strategies, you too can enjoy boating without breaking the bank. Here are some tips to help you have a fantastic time on the water, without busting your budget.
Rent a Boat Instead of Buying
Instead of investing a significant amount of money in purchasing a boat, consider renting one. Many locations offer boat rental services at reasonable prices, allowing you to enjoy a day or a weekend on the water without the long-term commitment. This way, you can experience the joy of yachting and boating without the hefty price tag. GetMyBoat, Boatsetter, and SamBoat are a few reputable boat booking sites.
Join a Boat Club
Boat clubs are a great way to enjoy boating without the expense of owning a boat. By joining a boat club, you can access a fleet of boats and enjoy their benefits at a fraction of the cost. Boat clubs often provide training and social events, making it a perfect option for those who want to meet like-minded boating enthusiasts while saving money.
Share Expenses with Friends
Boating can be more affordable when you split the costs with friends or family. Consider organizing a group trip where everyone contributes to the expenses. Not only does this help distribute the costs, but it also adds to the fun and camaraderie of the experience.
Opt for Off-peak Seasons and Weekdays
Choosing to go yachting or boating during off-peak seasons and weekdays can significantly reduce the cost. Many charter companies offer discounted rates during these periods to attract more customers. By planning your trip during the less busy times, you can enjoy lower prices and a more peaceful experience on the water.
Explore Local Waterways
You don’t have to travel to exotic destinations to enjoy yachting and boating. Explore the local waterways and discover the beauty in your own backyard. Many cities and towns have lakes, rivers, or coastlines that are perfect for boating. By staying close to home, you can save money on travel expenses while still having a wonderful boating experience.
Consider Shared Charters
If you’re looking for a more upscale experience without the hefty price tag, consider joining shared charters. Shared charters allow individuals or small groups to enjoy the amenities of a larger yacht by sharing the cost with other passengers. This way, you can experience the luxury of yachting without the high price of a private charter.