Choose Your Charter - By Peter Poland
If you are thinking of chartering a boat this summer this isn’t an article to be missed. Peter offers brilliant advice, from his years in the industry, on the best brands and sizes of vessel to suit your needs.
The article covers family orientated charter, cruising cats, numerous designs and what to do when you arrive at your boat.
His first Mediterranean Charter
Peter Poland's first Mediterranean Charter was aboard one of our 'venerable' but well-maintained Jaguar 27's. Peter spent a week as part of a two man crew with John Goode meandering around the coast of Corfu and the surrounding islands of Paxos and Anti-Paxos. Peter talks about the variety of experience levels on flotilla - from beginners to experienced crews.
He reflects that, although the Jaguar offered a great holiday, the temptation to indulge in the (now commonplace) luxuries is quite high. Modern furlers, anchor winches, chart plotters and the rest mean that couples (and other crews of two) can enjoy sailing larger yachts far more easily than in the past.
Our Brand New Beneteau 38's even get a mention for their vast amounts of open air space - perfect for sailing where the sun in shining. A mere dream as we sit writing in the London Office!
Barrie Neilson's love of the 'big heads and big bed' design comes up, along with the recent desire for more outdoor living space. A spacious cockpit and swimming platform are the luxuries we now all seek - it is all about easy access to and from the water!
Our delightful bareboat team also get a mention - offering monohulls and catamarans in conjunction with our local partners all over the Mediterranean. The article concludes with a comprehensive list of what to do when you arrive at your boat. All in all a fabulous article from Peter!