There really is nothing quit like sailing; open seas, grand views, and the feeling of freedom, you thought there was nothing like it in the world…until you have sailed on a yacht. Sailing on a yacht is beyond experience. There really is a pleasure in sailing on something you could live on. When people imagine yachts they often picture huge, hulking vessels like Tiger Woods’ yacht “Privacy” or Paul Allen’s “Octopus”.
But there are a number of different types of yachts that are built to do different things. For example, a sailing yacht is going to get you there in style albeit slower, but also much more economical.
A sailing yacht is generally between seven meters and fourteen meters and price is based on length; so, budget is going to come into play before space if this is what you are after.
Other Types of Yachts – A Definition
Day Yacht – Meant for day sailing. Typically less than 6 meters in length and often won’t have a cabin. These are primarily used for hourly rentals.
Weekender Yachts – These vessels are approximately nine to ten meters in length and are used for shorter trips of less than a week. These include cabins as well as beds for two to four people.
Cruising Yachts – Known as cruisers, these are the typical sailing yacht and are seven to fourteen meters long, and pretty complicated. These are “family Style” vessels and can have multiple rooms with two or three cabins, a larger sized bar area as well as shower facilities in the bathroom.
Racing Yachts – Built exclusively for speed, these high performance racers can reach speeds of up to forty knots in good conditions. Understand, these are like your Ferrari on land in that there are no comforts built in. These yachts have fantastic sea handling capabilities but you should avoid heavy or rough weather conditions. Racing yachts sacrifice on comfort and are made for speed and thus have only basic accommodations.