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Why rent a catamaran?
A catamaran is a very comfortable option for a boat holiday. They offer more privacy, as the two hulls mean that the cabins are not close to each other. The typical nets at the bow are ideal to lie down to sunbathe, rest or play. They are able to get into shallow ports due to their small draft and can reduce wave-induced motion therefore helping with motion sickness.
How much does it cost to charter a catamaran?
A catamaran has at least 3 cabins, which makes it a bit more expensive than a sailboat. They cost around $1500 per week in low season. The larger and most luxurious models can cost up to $16,000 per week in high season and without a skipper. The price of a full charter, with skipper and crew, can go up to $25,000 per week. Catamarans can be rented on a daily basis in places like Mallorca and Ibiza.
What does a catamaran charter rate include and what additional fees can I expect to pay?
Typically, private charter catamarans have a basic price, and a total cost that includes mandatory extras. Pay particular attention here to decide if you want to include only final cleaning or also add bedding, towels and an engine for the auxiliary boat. Other costs include, mooring fees, of course, which can vary greatly depending on the size of the ship, the port and the country. For gas and fresh water, you can expect to pay between $200 and $400 per week.
Do I need a license to charter a catamaran?
To charter a bareboat catamaran, you will need a license in almost every country. The United States, France and the Caribbean do not require a license but do require a "past history sailing experience". If you do not have a license, you can choose to book a skipper with your catamaran. Many catamarans have 2 additional cabins at the front of the bow, ideal for crew members, leaving 4 double cabins free for guests.
What are the best catamaran charter destinations?
Catamarans are perfect for a vacation in the Caribbean as their shallow draft is ideal for snorkeling and swimming. Martinique, Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands and many other areas are highly sought after destinations for a catamaran vacation, but there is also a great demand for catamarans in Greece, Sardinia, Croatia and the Balearic Islands.

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Why should I rent a catamaran?

Renting a catamaran allows you to enjoy an unforgettable holiday with as many people as you want! You can rent a catamaran for a family holiday, but you can also rent a catamaran with friends and enjoy a long trip to different places together! 
A catamaran is a perfect boat, not only for discovering incredible new places on land, but it's also a great way to spend time out at sea and discover the most interesting places. Catamarans are luxury yachts on which you can spend a week of adventure and new discoveries every day, with your own private space and a huge number of activities to do onboard. 

For those prone to motion sickness at sea, chartering a catamaran could be an excellent option for you! This boat rental is a multi-hulled yacht, which creates a stable smooth sailing experience. Check out Nautal’s options for catamarans for rent in any of our charter destinations. Nautal also offers yacht rentals, sailboats, motorboats and more in various destinations. 

How much does a catamaran rental cost?

Catamaran charter prices range depending on several factors such as the destination you choose to sail from, the features of the boat, and what would be included for your sailing holiday.  The owner of the catamarans choose whether these rentals are available to rent for daily or weekly charters. Depending on the factors explained above you can find a catamaran charter for your sailing vacations starting from $4,000 per week in low season and starting from $8,000 per week in high season. For the yacht charters that offer a daily rental, the catamaran rental prices range from $625 per day in low season and from $1,000 per day in high season

For some catamarans with mandatory skippers, this can either be an included or additional cost starting at $225 per day. 

Do I need a boat license to rent a catamaran?

Some catamarans can be rented with or without a skipper depending on the rental choice. To rent a catamaran without a skipper you need a valid boating license. Ask the boat owner for confirmation about the nautic license that is needed in your respective destination. 

Renting a catamaran with a skipper is an optimal choice so you can relax while the captain takes care of guiding the boat to the various destinations of your choosing. 

What are the best destinations to rent a catamaran?

A catamaran allows you to pick and choose what you want to do on your trip! You can go to the island's most hidden spots or discover non-touristy beaches. Between beaches and new spots, you can swim in the clear turquoise water and warm up in the sun afterward. With a catamaran, you can dive and snorkel or scuba dive in the open sea and stop for dinner at the most magical spots. 

The most popular destinations for catamaran rentals are Italy, Croatia, and Turkish cities such as Bodrum and Marmaris. Greek islands and the Balearic islands of Mallorca and Ibiza would also be recommended for catamaran chartering. Other destinations worth mentioning are Florida and the Caribbean, which are becoming increasingly popular. Sail the caribbean sea and hop to the various islands that are available such as the British Virgin islands or head to the Bahamas and enjoy your outdoor living island hopping such as Nassau and Great Abaco. 

What should I consider when renting a Catamaran?

In general, catamarans have two hulls connected by a central structure which allow them to sail flat. There are several advantages to flat sailing. When the wind is strong and gains speed, for example, the sail areas are not reduced as they would be with other boat charters. The shallow, raised hulls at each end reduce friction in the water and improve the boat’s glide. This is also beneficial for any sailors that get sea sick! This makes the boat less rocky and therefore will make it less likely that you feel sea sick. 
There are 4 levels in a catamaran. Cabins, saloon and cockpit, the piloting and trampoline. It is a very airy boat, bright and open to the outside, which contributes to its luxurious side.
The speed of a catamaran is on average 6 to 13 knots. Finally, when it comes to the navigation of the catamaran itself, maneuvers are done from the cockpit because catamarans are often designed to be maneuvered by a single person.

What is included in a catamaran charter and what additional expenses can I expect?

Each catamaran charter offer has different additional and included costs. Depending on the owner’s offer items such as the skipper, a deposit, chef and crew, and water sport equipment such as snorkeling masks, paddle surf and kayaks may be included or additional costs. 

Some owners will ask for a deposit, which needs to be paid at check-in. Likewise, a skipper may be mandatory or optional and come at an additional or included price depending on the catamaran option. If you decide to sail without a skipper, then additional costs may also include insurance.
Other mandatory extras can include a final cleaning and refueling after your rental service. Ask the boat owner if they would like you to refill the fuel before giving the boat back or if they prefer to handle that themselves at an additional cost. Mooring fees at the base may also be included but if you decide to moor at other destinations then the fee will be an additional cost. 

You may also choose to hire crew members to cook delicious meals and prepare drinks for you and your group! This is a great option for those that want to relax and get served some typical food from the area. For most catamaran rentals this will come at an additional cost. 

Another optional additional cost can be water sport equipment! If you want to adventure into the beautiful blue water whether it is snorkeling and finding marine life or paddle surfing through coves, speak to the boat owner to know what additional equipment is available for you to rent!

It is worth noting that the offers are in Euros, therefore the price varies depending on the exchange rate for your respective currency. 

How can I rent a catamaran?

We have a wide range of catamarans on the Nautal website where you can easily browse and find the one that suits you best. Be sure to use our filters to select your desired boat size, the number of passengers on board, the dates of your trip, whether you want to rent a catamaran with or without a skipper, and much more! Feel free to check with the boat owner if you have any doubts or questions. Prices for catamaran charters start at around 1,500 dollars per week in the low season, but the more expensive models can go up to 16,000 dollars per week. 

What are the most popular brands for catamaran charter?

Some of the most popular brands for catamaran rental are Lagoon, Fountaine Pajot, Leopard Catamarans, and Catana. They all provide top-class comfort on board. 


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