Bahamas Bareboat & Yacht Charter: Top 3 companies

by Paul Joseph  |  Published November 18, 2017

With its picture-postcard waters, calm trade winds and well developed tourism infrastructure, the Bahamas is an enduringly popular yachting destinations. The coral-based archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean comprises over 700 islands, ranging from untouched cays to resort-laden hubs of pulsating activity such as Nassau. Each island has its own distinctive character, but all share the common denominator of being surrounded by some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful ocean on planet earth.

A catamaran cruising on the turquoise waters of the Bahamas (Photo: Ryan Kozie via Flickr)

With so many islands to explore and a liberal sprinkling of state-of-the-art marinas and ideal anchorage spots, the Bahamas offer enticing private yacht charter holidays. Most yacht or bareboat charters in the Bahamas begin in the Abacos, one of the world’s most renowned sailboat charter areas, and from here you can hop from island to island, exploring breathtaking locations and incredible beaches. You can also tailor the yacht to your specific desires, so if, for example, you want to spend plenty of time relaxing onboard, you can choose a vessel with large deck spaces.

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There are a significant number of companies offering yacht charters in the Bahamas, from sailing yachts to motorboats to catamarans. The most reliable and efficient way of booking a yacht charter is through a reputable yacht charter company, which is certain to provide guarantees around insurance and safety that will allow you to enjoy your yachting adventure with peace of mind. We’ve dug deep and come up with three of the best websites for booking a Bahamas yacht charter.

Offering charters with its own fleet in the Abacos in the northern Bahamas, Dream Yacht Charter places a strong emphasis on the quality of its fleet, working with renowned shipyards to ensure that every yacht they list offers a high level of performance and comfort. Vessels are categorised depending on when they were first chartered, from ‘Economy Yachts’ more than six years old through to Super Premier Yachts less than a year old. Bareboat charters include first & last night at the Dream Yacht Charter base (if not a morning boarding), Autopilot, GPS, CD-player & cockpit speakers, dinghy & outboard engine, two sets of linens, bath and beach towels, snorkeling gear and BBQs. As well as bareboat charters, guests can customise their charter with a range of extras including provisioning, skipper, cook/hostess, kayaks, fishing gear and airport transfers. Another of Dream Yacht Charter’s USP is its ‘By the Cabin’ service, which allows guests to hire individual cabins rather than the whole vessel, just as they would on a cruise liner. This option is popular with those who would like to try a holiday on a catamaran charter but are not sailors.
With offices in London, the French Riviera, Fort Lauderdale and Southeast Asia, all the indications are of Boatbookings being a well-established and reputable company. But do they back this up with substance? Our conclusion is a resounding yes. For charters in the Bahamas, they have access to a vast fleet of 125 yachts, ranging from small sailing vessels to all singing, all-dancing megayachts. Among these, 25 are offered as bareboat rental (no skipper or crew), which is often the most popular option for those with a limited budget, but there are plenty of crewed yachts available too. Boatbookings also place a strong emphasis on impartiality and claim to personally check out each of the boats they recommend. Strengthening this ethos, each yacht listed also has aggregated ratings and verified reviews by previous charter guests, so you can scour the comments just like most of us do with hotels and restaurants. Meanwhile searches also allow you to look for boats with specific amenities on-board such as event/meeting facilities, scuba gear and hot tubs.
Billed as a “trusted community marketplace” for yacht charters, Ritzy Charters comes with a strong reputation among yachting enthusiasts. For charters in the Bahamas, the Florida-based company offers a huge variety of yachts across several categories, including luxury yachts, motorboats, monohulls and catamarans. According to our searches, the cheapest available boat currently listed for charter in the Bahamas is priced at $4,500 per week, which gets you a 24-metre motorboat that sleeps six and has a crew of three. The booking process itself is intuitive and simple – all you do is fill in some key details about your trip, including number of guests, dates, preferred itinerary and special requests, then you ask for a quote and wait for the company to send back a short-list of vessels based on your requirements.