Fort Lauderdale Bareboat and Yacht Charter: Top 3 Companies
by Paul Joseph | Published May 4, 2018
Located on Florida’s southeast coast, Fort Lauderdale is renowned its beaches and boating canals. The city’s vibrant Strip is lined with upscale outdoor restaurants, bars, boutiques and luxury hotels. Other notable attractions include the International Swimming Hall of Fame, with pools and a museum of memorabilia, and Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, featuring trails and a lagoon.
A bridge on a Fort Lauderdale canal opens to allow a boat through (Photo: iluvgadgets via Flickr)
With its vast systems of canals, Fort Lauderdale is often referred to as the “Venice of America”. Yet unlike the narrow network of waterways in northern Italy, Fort Lauderdale is also a boating mecca, attracting large numbers of yachting enthusiasts every year. The buzzing sights and sounds of South Beach are a day’s cruising away, and the natural beauty of the Florida Keys and Key West are just a little further.
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With one of the world’s most prestigious yachting events taking place in and around Fort Lauderdale each year (the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show), the city is already extremely well set up for yachting visitors. Consequently, those seeking a Fort Lauderdale motorboat, catamaran or sailboat charter have no shortage of options. To help you make your choice, we’ve picked out three charter companies that we’d recommend for yacht or bareboat charters in the area.
With one of their four global offices being located in Fort Lauderdale, Boatbookings are certainly well acquainted with the area and the scope of their private yacht charter offerings certainly reflects this. The company has a total of 46 vessels available to embark on Fort Lauderdale charters, with pretty much every preference catered for. Among their fleet are yachts ranging from 11 to 49 metres, four of which are offered as bareboat (no skipper or crew) and the rest as crewed yachts. However, one category where Boatbookings do not fare so well is catamaran charter, with only three on offer in Fort Lauderdale. In better news, Boatbookings do offer a handy reviews section so you can read about the experiences of previous guests. What’s more, the company also says that they personally pays a visit to each of the boats listed, while their online search function allows you to search for particular on-board equipment such as sport fishing or scuba gear.
FL Yacht Charters have a fleet of 14 motor yachts available for charter in the Fort Lauderdale region, ranging between 13 and 45-metres, and all privately owned and managed in-house. They have licensed captains available for all of their yachts along with an experienced yachts crew who will take care of all your needs. Starting as low as $1,700 all budgets are catered for, with many boats being offered at hourly, daily, and weekly rates. Other services include advice and recommendations on your itinerary to help tailor the perfect yacht charter for you.
As well as an impressive selection of 14 motor yachts available for charter, Yolo cater extremely well for more ‘frivolous’ fun-seekers with their range of water toys such as jet skis and banana boats, as well as parasailing and snorkelling equipment. Focussing on their yacht fleet, their vessels range from 18 to 31 metres and are offered with an experienced captain and crew well versed in the region’s most popular stop-off sites, as well as more off-the-radar attractions.
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