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Ft. Lauderdale, FL, United States, 2006/03/06 - Sailing vacations are offered in many different variations. They cater to the seasoned sailor to the person that has never stepped onboard a boat.
Brief Overview of Catamaran Sailing Vacations
Why a Catamaran?
In the mid 1980’s, the catamaran began attracting charterers because of its comfortable cruising accommodations. What they found was not only more space, luxury and sailing without heeling, but a shallower draft which allowed them entry into a world of anchorages that deeper draft monohulls were not able to enter... and a lot more speed.
Where Can I Charter?
We operate our own fleet of catamarans out of Tortola. Along with this base, we are the exclusive North American representatives for Tropical Yacht Services who operate their own bases throughout the Bahamas, Florida, & the Leeward & Windward Islands, including Martinique and Guadeloupe. Moving further adrift we have access to catamarans in the most popular sailing destinations such as Belize, the Seychelles, the Mediterranean, the South Pacific & more!
Am I Qualified to “Skipper” a Cat?
This is the most frequently asked question we hear each day. There is a very simple answer. If you can handle a monohull sailboat, chances are you should have no trouble handling a cat. We make it even easier for you to familiarize yourself with the catamaran providing “Cat Check”, a 1-4 hour program designed for first time catamaran sailors covering jibing, tacking, anchoring and general catamaran sailing. “Cat Check” is provided at no cost for the qualified sailor. Before beginning your bareboat charter, a yacht familiarization and chart briefing will be conducted at the base. All of your questions will be answered at this time. If you are unsure about sailing a catamaran on your own, your charter consultant will discuss your qualifications during the booking process.
How Much Sailing Time do I have?
The Catamaran Company provides you with as much sailing time as possible. We also allow you to start on any day of the week to cater to your schedule. In the BVI’s, Florida & Belize your charter will start at noon on any given day and ends the following week on that same day at noon. In St. Martin, Guadeloupe and Martinique your charter will start at 6:00 p.m. on any given day and ends the following week on that same day at 10:00 a.m.
How do I Choose the Best Sailing Vacation for my Needs? Bareboat or Crewed?
This part is the most fun if you are an experienced sailor. You can choose from a large variety of models & sizes to suit your taste. Usually, it will depend on the number of people in your party. Other factors that may influence your decision are whether you want your cat to have a head and shower for each cabin, whether you prefer the galley to be “up” in the salon, or “down” in one of the hulls along with many options. We also offer an array of ‘owners’ and charter version catamarans. On owner’s version expect starboard hull dedicated to the captain with enlarged cabins, separate en-suite bathrooms, generous closet space and office space. Charter versions offer identical cabins with usually one extra cabin allowing more guests onboard. Our knowledgeable charter consultants will help you every step of the way to sort through all of these choices and help you obtain the best cat for your vacation.
This kind of vacation affords you the personal attention of an all-inclusive luxury cruise in an intimate environment where you feel you are part of a team. You can enjoy a tranquil sail around the islands of the Caribbean while being pampered by professional crew, making this an active sailing vacation or simply a lazy lounge in the sun.
Each couple has their own private stateroom and two professional crew to wine and dine you for seven nights! Our Catamarans have the capacity to take 8 to 16 people plus crew, just perfect for two families or a large group of friends.