Don't rent a yacht in Dubai Marina before you read this
15 April 2022
Sailing the deep blue seas on a yacht with your loved ones is probably the most exciting, fun-filled and rewarding experience you can have when you are on vacation in a city like Dubai.
Apart from spending relaxing time, you can also charter a yacht to host an event such as a birthday, meeting, parties, etc. However, it is important that you conduct research while chartering a yacht.
Here are the most important factors that you must consider in order to get your hands on the most professional yacht chartering company:
Types and Condition of Yachts Offered
Depending on the type of yacht required, you must check multiple companies and screen out a few. By reviewing their websites you'll be able to have a rough idea of which company is more credible and the quality of service they provide. If you have the possibility to see the yacht, check out the overall conditions and make sure it meets your demands and it is safe. If you want to go for a high-end boat with various features and amenities, you might want to go for one that is not more than two or three years old. On the other hand, if you are on a tight budget, you should choose a moderately older yacht.
It does not matter if you are going with a group of friends that are willing to equally chip in or if you are taking your family for a yachting trip, you must make sure the payment procedure offered by the company is smooth and hassle-free. Most chartering companies demand a 30%-50% advance payment, so it is better that you keep all the cash ready.
Captain and Crew
To make your trip both interesting and safe, you must find a captain who is friendly, reliable and is able to communicate. If the captain is friendly, you can talk with him and learn various things about the city, places to see, restaurants to visit and so on.
The crew must be experienced at sea and also have the necessary knowledge and hospitality skills to assist the guests.
For many people this is the only factor while deciding which company to go with. Don’t be attracted to extremely cheap rates as you may very well find yourself cruising on a smelly old wreck, facing incomprehensible crew and poor service. Compare the prices of the companies that you screen and opt for the one that suit all your specifications.
Food and Drinks
Megayachts and Dhows offer free meals as a part of the dinner cruise packages. However, the menu offered by each company can be different. Compromising on great food to save a few Dirhams is not recommended. Since delicious meals and a glass of wine can make the difference between a bad and a wonderful experience, you should select a charter with a good menu selection, or rent privately without meal packages and bring your own food and alcohol.
The company you go for must provide proper safety equipment including fire extinguishers, first aid kits, life jackets, etc. This will ensure maximum safety is provided to the clients on board. Ask if you will be given a safety briefing before sailing off. Check if safety equipment seem old or worn out or not maintained properly. A safe yacht is the hallmark of a reliable company.