Tips for a successful family catamaran charter


Embarking on a family catamaran charter is not just a vacation; it’s an adventure into a world of blue skies, sparkling seas, and shared discoveries. This unique experience promises to stitch a tapestry of memories for every family member, from the tiniest tot to the wisest grandparent. Imagine the excitement of children as they help hoisting sails and spot dolphins, the tranquillity of parents lounging on the net as the sun sets, and the joy of the whole family gathering under the stars, sharing stories of the day’s adventures.

A catamaran charter offers the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation, making it an ideal choice for families seeking a unique holiday experience. With spacious decks, comfortable cabins, the freedom to choose your course and head away from the beaten track, a catamaran provides a floating home away from home. Whether it’s navigating to secluded coves, exploring vibrant marine life, or simply enjoying the rhythm of the waves, a catamaran journey is a chance to bond, to learn, and to grow together.

As you consider setting sail on this extraordinary journey, this guide will provide you with essential tips to ensure your family catamaran charter is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. From selecting the right vessel to planning your itinerary along side your Yacht Broker and Captain, preparing for your voyage to making the most of every moment onboard, these insights will help you create a family adventure that will be treasured for years to come.

I. Choosing the Right Catamaran

  • Size and Layout: Meeting Family Space and Privacy Preferences
    We understand the importance of accommodating the diverse needs of families when renting crewed catamarans. Our selection includes catamarans with various sizes and layouts to cater to your family’s space and privacy preferences. Whether you require spacious communal areas  or private cabins of a particular style and size, we have options that suit your specific needs. There is a mixture of cabin options available, from Master cabins, double cabins to bunk bed cabins. Our experienced crew can also assist in customizing the layout to ensure it aligns perfectly with your family’s requirements. For example, by changing a convertible cabin from a twin layout to a double layout (where possible).  Your crew will ensure a comfortable and enjoyable charter experience. 
    Twin cabin on catamaran set for children
  • Safety Features: Prioritizing Family Safety at Sea 
    Safety is paramount when it comes to family charters, especially with children on board. Our crewed catamarans come equipped with comprehensive safety features to provide peace of mind to families. This includes secure railings, safety nets around the deck (on request), and a range of life jackets designed for all ages, including children. Our experienced crew members are well-versed in safety protocols, emergency procedures, and the operation of advanced navigation and communication systems. When you book with us, you can rest assured that your family’s safety is our top priority, allowing you to relax and enjoy the journey.
  • Amenities and Comfort: Tailoring Comfort for Family Pleasure 
    We take pride in offering catamarans that are designed to ensure comfort and enjoyment for families of all ages. Our vessels feature climate control systems to maintain a pleasant environment, regardless of the weather conditions. Some catamarans do have restrictions on how long air conditioning can be running for, due to generating noise disturbance and pollution. If this is going to be an issue for your family, please let your Yacht Broker know so when searching for the perfect yacht, this is taken into consideration.  Entertainment options abound, with the latest technology for keeping everyone engaged. Our well-equipped galleys can accommodate diverse dietary preferences, and our experienced crew can prepare a variety of dishes to suit your family’s tastes. Comfortable seating areas, both indoor and outdoor, provide ideal spaces for family gatherings or relaxation. We aim to match your family’s specific preferences with the right catamaran, making your charter experience truly memorable.
Hydrus with its convertible twin cabin ideal for families needing flexibilty in catamaran layout.
Choosing the right catamaran

II. Planning Your Itinerary

  • Destinations: Selecting the right location for your family.
  • Activities: Balancing relaxation and adventure for all family members.
  • Duration: Determining the ideal length of the charter. Most charters are at least a week long to ensure that you can settle on board, bond with the crew and see enough of the area at a leisurely pace. Shorter charters are available, however, these are not common and many yachts, especially in High Season, may not accommodate them.

III. Preparing for the Journey

  • Packing Essentials: Be Prepared for Your Sea Adventure 
    Packing smartly for your sea adventure ensures a smooth and enjoyable journey. Start with the basics: lightweight clothing including layers, windproof jacket, UVF long sleeve tops; sunscreen, and sunglasses. Don’t forget swimwear and a hat for those sunny days. Pack essentials like medications, toiletries, and personal documents. It’s wise to bring a reusable water bottle, a first aid kit, and your sense of adventure. Check with the crew for any specific recommendations and ensure you study the Yacht Amenities Check List prior to boarding so you know what the yacht will provide for you. Remember, less is often more when it comes to packing, so keep it simple and be ready for the adventure of a lifetime!
  • Safety Precautions: Your Safety, Our Priority
    Safety is paramount on your sea adventure, and we’ve got you covered. Our experienced crew will provide a thorough briefing on safety protocols and equipment before you set sail. Rest assured, your safety is our top priority, and we’re here to ensure a secure and worry-free journey for you and your family.
  • Health Considerations: Enjoying the Sea Sickness-Free
    Managing seasickness is important for a comfortable yacht charter. If you or your family members are prone to seasickness, consult with a medical professional before the trip. Carry motion sickness medication recommended by your doctor. During the charter, stay hydrated, avoid heavy meals, and opt for fresh air on deck. Our crew is trained to assist with any this type of health-related concern, so don’t hesitate to seek their support. With the right precautions, you can navigate motion sickness and fully enjoy your time at sea.

IV. Onboard Activities and Entertainment

  • Games and Recreation: Fun for All Ages
    On your sea adventure, boredom is not an option! We’ve got a treasure chest of games and activities to keep both kids and adults entertained. How about snorkelling, paddleboarding, or fishing competitions? Board games and card games are often onboard favourites. Let your competitive spirit run wild! Our crew can also arrange treasure hunts or beach picnics for added excitement. With many possibilities, your family will create memories filled with laughter and adventure. So, let loose and embrace the fun – it’s all part of the sea experience!
  • Educational Opportunities: Discover the Wonders of the Sea
    Your sea adventure is not just about relaxation; it’s a chance to learn and explore. Dive into educational opportunities to discover marine life and navigation. Our crew loves sharing their knowledge about the sea, from identifying fish species to explaining navigation techniques. Take part in interactive sessions, like star gazing and marine biology lessons. Encourage kids to keep a journal and record their sea discoveries. Learning becomes an adventure as you explore the wonders of the ocean together. It’s a unique opportunity to blend leisure with education and create lasting memories.
  • Bonding Time: Strengthening Family Connections
    Sailing the open waters offers a unique setting for family bonding. It’s a chance to disconnect from screens and distractions and connect with each other. Plan special moments like stargazing nights on deck, storytelling around the campfire, or beach picnics on secluded shores. Engage in meaningful conversations and create lasting traditions. Share responsibilities, like hoisting sails together, to foster teamwork and cooperation. Your sea adventure is a canvas for strengthening family connections, making it an experience you’ll treasure forever. Embrace the bonding opportunities the sea offers and let your family’s love and unity shine.
Water toys for onboard activities and entertainment
Water toys for onboard activities and entertainment

V. Managing Meals and Nutrition

  • Meal Planning: A Feast for All Tastes
    When on a crewed catamaran charter, you will have the pleasure of having your meals prepared by your Host/Hostess or Chef. Your crew are trained to cater for a diverse range of tastes and dietary requirements. Chefs know that children can often prefer to eat at earlier times and simpler foods and as such, are happy to cater to their tastes. For your Chef to know what to prepare for your charter, you will be sent a Preference List in the run up to embarkation. This is a form where you write down all your food likes and dislikes as well as suggest drinks (alcoholic and soft) that you wish to have on board. The more detailed and specific you can be the better. Your Chef will then use this information to plan an exceptional array of dishes for the entire family to enjoy. Ensure that if anything changes, that you update your crew, for example if a new allergy is discovered make sure to tell your crew before embarkation. A crewed catamaran charter is a wonderful way of exploring new cuisines and that can often become the highlight of the trip! 
  • Local Cuisine Exploration: Savoring the Flavors of the Region
    Exploring local cuisine is an essential part of your catamaran adventure. Embrace the opportunity to incorporate local flavours into your meals. Visit coastal markets and try fresh seafood, regional spices, and exotic fruits. Engage with locals to learn about traditional dishes and cooking methods. Invite the crew to share their favourite local recipes and recommendations. Experiment with ingredients you’ve never encountered before, creating dishes that tell the story of the region you’re visiting. Local cuisine exploration is a delicious way to immerse yourself in the culture and enrich your catamaran journey with memorable flavours. Crews are known to embrace everything local and make the most of it. They are keen to support the local communities and work with the best local producers to reliably source local ingredients and products. 
  • Restaurant Reservations – tasting the country. 
    Trying out local restaurants is one of the best parts of travelling and this is no exception when on a crewed catamaran charter. If you have any specific restaurants that you wish to try, include these on your Preference Sheet so that your captain can try to plan your itinerary accordingly. Alternatively, list on your preference sheet how many times you would like to eat ashore and your budget per head and let your crew make recommendations. Your crew are local experts, and they can recommend restaurants and make reservations for you. Bear in mind that most restaurants are closed during the winter period so the reservations can only be made once the season starts.  
Catamaran Ebb & Flow delicious recipes
Catamaran Ebb & Flow delicious recipes

VI. Navigating Challenges

  • Weather Concerns: Navigating Nature’s Moods
    Weather concerns are a part of any sea adventure. When planning your family charter, your broker will make you aware that any planned itinerary is not guaranteed due to the unpredictability of the weather. No crew or yacht broker can predict the weather so the term, ‘pack your patience’ is key.  It’s crucial to be prepared for the fact that your route may have to change due to weather conditions. You may even have to stay in a marina overnight depending on how extreme the weather is. Don’t worry though, your crew will try their hardest to plan alternative activities to ensure your trip is still an enjoyable and memorable one. 
    The focus of your crew will be maintaining your safety. Trust in the expertise of your crew, who are well-versed in reading weather patterns and taking necessary precautions. Stay informed about weather updates and listen to safety advice. Embrace the beauty of the sea even in stormy moments. Remember, the sun always shines after the rain, and your catamaran journey can still be a memorable experience, even when facing nature’s moods.
  • Challenges with your Crew: Communication directly
    When on board you will be spending a lot of time with your crew. On the vast majority of catamaran charters the bond created between guests and crew is a positive one and often leads to lasting friendships.  However, there is the rare occasion where issues arise between a crew member and guests. In this case, do let them know your wishes, remarks on service on board, instructions, thoughts or comments. It is much easier if you communicate directly with them than through intermediates.
    Please, do not hesitate to ask / tell them anything; do not worry how they will take possible criticisms. They are trained professionals and be sure that they would rather hear any possible complaint or criticism from you in time to correct their mistakes or improve your experience, than from your charter agent after the charter has finished.
    But please do relay any possible issues to your Yacht Broker immediately. Your Yacht Broker is always in touch with the crew during the charter and will make sure that any issues are worked on straight away. 
  • Emergency Protocols: Prepared for the Unexpected
    Understanding and preparing for emergencies is a crucial aspect of your catamaran journey. Familiarize yourself with the vessel’s safety equipment and emergency protocols. Learn the location of life jackets, fire extinguishers, and emergency exits. Trust in the expertise of your crew, who are trained to handle emergencies. Stay informed about emergency contact information and communication procedures. Have a plan in place for various scenarios, including medical emergencies and adverse weather conditions. While the goal is a smooth sailing adventure, being prepared for the unexpected ensures the safety and well-being of everyone on board.

VII. Documenting the Adventure

Photography and videography are fantastic ways to capture the magic of your catamaran adventure. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your camera or smartphone:

  • Embrace natural light for stunning shots.
  • Capture candid moments for genuine memories.
  • Experiment with angles and perspectives.
  • Include the surroundings to tell the full story.
  • Record the sounds of the sea for a sensory experience.

Whether you’re an amateur or a pro, these tips will help you create a visual diary of your journey that you’ll cherish for years to come.

Some yachts will provide a range of camera equipment from under water cameras to drones. Be sure to let them know if you wish to make the most of this equipment.

Lux catamaran, Kitesurfing in Grenadines with Sailing Mangofloat
Mangofloat – equipped with a drone

Journaling: Chronicles of Your Catamaran Expedition

Encourage family members to keep journals during your catamaran adventure. Journaling is a beautiful way to document experiences and emotions. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Describe the scenery and wildlife you encounter.
  • Share thoughts on family bonding moments.
  • Reflect on personal growth and learning.
  • Record funny anecdotes and stories.
  • Express gratitude for the journey.

Whether you prefer traditional journaling or digital notes, capturing your thoughts and memories in writing ensures that your catamaran expedition becomes a story to be cherished and shared.


In conclusion, embarking on a catamaran charter with your family is an adventure like no other. It’s a journey filled with opportunities to create cherished memories, strengthen bonds, and immerse yourselves in the beauty of the sea and surrounding area, exploring different coasts and islands. As a Yacht broker specializing in crewed catamaran rentals, we encourage families to seize this extraordinary experience.

Bond over culinary delights, navigate weather concerns with confidence, and document your voyage to relive the moments for years to come. A catamaran charter is not just a vacation; it’s a chance to create a treasure trove of memories that will be cherished by your family.

So, take the plunge, set sail, and embark on a catamaran charter adventure that promises relaxation, adventure, and unforgettable moments with your loved ones. Your next family journey awaits on the open seas

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