All About Chartering in the Bahamas
Chartering in the Bahamas is all about motor yacht charter as the waters are shallow and best on a yacht with no more than a 6 foot draft. Chartering in the Bahamas is also all about water toys and fun in the sun and water toys are best carried on a motor yacht with great on board storage room. Having a shallow draft and water toy storage room = a motor yacht; an ideal choice for a charter in the Bahamas.
Charter based in Nassau: which is 35 nautical miles from the most northern Exuma Island. Being so close to Nassau,The Exuma Islands are an ideal charter location; close by, yet with a remote unspoiled feel where your’s might be the only footsteps in the sand. The Harbour Island area is also popular where a charter cruise includes villages with a more Colonial Bahamian feel along with pink sand beaches. However, while Harbour Island is certainly a possible boarding port, expect to pay a delivery fee for the yacht to be delivered from Nassau.
Yacht charter pricing in the Bahamas is generally on a “plus all” basis, with a base charter price for the yacht and crew services with all expenses charged in addition. There is no markup on the expenses, which are charged at the receipt price, however there is a high duty on most goods acquired in the Bahamas, including fuel, so expect expenses for a normal one week charter to run approximately 35% of the base charter fee. There is also a 4% Bahamian Cruising Tax charged on the base charter fee.
Due to expenses, including dockage, being higher in the Bahamas, many yachts are docked in Florida and available for a charter in Florida or the Bahamas. Generally a delivery fee is charged for a Florida based yacht to be positioned in the Bahamas. Boarding in Florida crossing to the Bahamas is not recommended, as the Gulf Stream that runs between Florida and the Bahamas can be quite rough, with many hours of cruising required to do the crossing from Florida to Nassau.
Bahamas weather: while tropical, the Bahamas do have winter weather from mid-December to mid-March, then there can be storms and temperatures to less than balmy. The best time of year in the Bahamas are spring, summer and fall, with summer considered the best cruising season. However, Hurricane Season from June November can impact; the Bahamas from time to time, so best, if chartering then to purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance.
Let us help you choose the right yacht and crew for a terrific charter enjoying beautiful waters, powdery sands and the warm sun.