Frequently asked questions about yachts

Use the search box on our website to set a search for your desired boat to see the real-time availability.
Select parameters according to your requirements:

  1. Destination to pick your boat up. Select the country, area, or city where you would like to pick up your boat. In some destinations it is possible to pick the boat up at one port and finish the charter in another city. If there are boats available with this option in the selected area, a check box will appear under the “Destination pick up” field with the option, ”Return in the same port”. If you want to do a one-way charter, deselect this check box and select the desired drop-off destination.

  2. Duration. Select the number of days or weeks you would like your charter to last for. Keep in mind that during the high season many boats, especially sailing boats, are only available for week charters starting on Saturdays. Motorboats, RIBS, and gulets are often offered for the day as well.

  3. Type of boatSelect from sailing boats, catamarans, motor boats, and schooners/ gulets.

  4. Sleep on board. You may not want to sleep on board. In this case the boat may fit more people, as most boats have a higher legal capacity than can fit comfortably in their interiors.

  5. Skipper. Select this option if you need a skipper and if you want your skipper to sleep in the living room or in a cabin.

  6. Number of passengers.Take into account that cabins normally have double beds.

  7. Start date. Please keep in mind that most of the yacht charters start on Saturday, especially during the summer season and Easter holidays, therefore you may see only Saturdays active on the calendar. Active days for a charter are shown in black, and non-active days are shown in grey.

Once you have your search results, you can refine your search with additional search criteria and see search results updated in real time. Clicking on a yacht will allow you to see detailed information about the craft and its equipment as well as images of the yacht.
Click the BOOK button to start the booking process.
Select extras you would like to add and choose your skipper preferences (if applicable) on the following page.
Click NEXT and enter the personal information required to complete the booking. You can also select an amount for the initial payment on the same page. The initial payment can be for either the full amount or a down payment starting from 20% of the total reservation price if the booking is more than a month in advance.
Click PAY to access the payment page. Enter your payment card details and click CONTINUE.
After this you will have access to your user area, where you can see the payment receipt and provide access to travel companions giving them access to the booking details and allowing them to make their own payments if necessary. You can also see the weather forecast for your destination and information about where the yacht is moored.

All the boats you see on the website after you make a search are available for charter. All the results shown have real-time availability and are ready to be booked online. When you make the initial payment you will receive an immediate confirmation that the booking has been completed.

The minimum payment for confirming your reservation is 20% of the total yacht charter price (excluding the skipper's fee).
You can confirm your reservation by paying any amount between 20% and 100% of the total yacht charter price. If you choose to make a partial payment to reserve the booking, you will be able to make additional payments via the booking page. You can also allow other members of your party to make payments by giving them the booking reference.
Payments are made by credit card via our secure payment gateway, powered by La Caixa.The skipper's fee is paid in cash on arrival.

The security and online safety of our customers is of the utmost concern to us, and for this reason we recommend paying with a secure credit card with 3Dsecure (Visa Verified and MasterCard SecureCode). The payment process you see on the payments page is provided by La Caixa bank through a secured and encrypted system which securely transmits (SSL) your credit card data and confirms the transaction with your bank.

Depending on the boat chosen, different extras will be shown. Some are offered by the fleet and others are exclusively from aBoatTime. You may see that the extras on aBoatTime change depending on the charter area too. Once you book your boat you can still buy extras later from your customer page.

When you book a yacht through aBoatTime you only pay for the yacht and extra services of your choosing.
If you select the option to hire a skipper, that charge won’t be included in the online payment on our website. Skippers are usually paid in cash at the fleet’s base. The same condition applies to the final cleaning of the boat.
Extra costs to be paid include the boat’s fuel, extra water you may need during the charter (the boats are provided with a full water tank at the beginning start of the charter), and food.

Besides information about the boats, you can find useful tourist information about sailing destinations and recommended routes for different types of holiday experiences: sailing, diving, relaxation, fun, etc.

Depending on your needs, you can charter a yacht for a few days, a weekend, a week, or several weeks at any time during the year.
Restrictions only apply in high season, from June to the end of August, and on public holidays (such as Easter) for certain yachts.
In high season, yachts can only be chartered by the week, for a minimum period of one week and with no restriction on the maximum number of weeks. During public holidays yachts belonging to certain fleets may only be available if the booking is made for the entire holiday period.
At any other time of the year you can arrange the booking in a way that best suits your needs.

The total cost of the charter may include moorage charges, depending on the fleet and where it is based.This will be clearly indicated for each boat selected.

You do not have to spend the night in port.
Most people who have not sailed before prefer to moor every night. However, this view usually changes once they have more experience with anchoring and have seen that it is totally safe in good weather conditions, and provides unique experiences.
Mooring charges vary according to the season and the amount of traffic at the port in question.
In summer, mooring charges in Formentera or Mallorca for a 12-metre sailing boat are typically in the region of 100 to 200 Euros.
You can anchor in any cove or at any safe point along the coast. If you do not hold a sailing license you simply need to tell the skipper where you would like to anchor, and he or she will be able to tell you whether it is possible based on meteorological conditions and the geography of the area.

If the weather is bad when you are due to leave port and you have not contracted a skipper, you should consult forecasts with the fleet your boat is chartered from and carefully assess the situation based on their recommendations.
If you have contracted a skipper, he or she will be able to decide whether it is safe to leave port or if you should wait for conditions to improve.

The checklist for each boat shows the dates and times you will board and leave the boat and the port where it is moored.

When the fleet from which your boat is chartered delivers the boat, you will go through the check-in procedure, which consists of verifying that all of the equipment and any extras you have contracted are present and that all equipment is in a satisfactory condition and functions correctly.
When you return the boat at the end of your trip you must complete the check-out procedure.
The fleet manager will check the general condition of the boat and go over all of the points covered at check-in.
If any damage to the boat or its equipment is found, or if any items from the check-in list are missing, the fleet is entitled to use the deposit to cover any costs incurred.

The deposit is a sum of money paid at the office of the fleet the boat is chartered from before boarding.
The amount of the deposit varies depending on the fleet and the boat chartered.
In all cases the amount required as a deposit will be clearly indicated on the aBoatTime boat checklist.
The deposit can be paid in cash or by blocking the corresponding amount on one or more credit cards.
If any damage to the boat or its equipment is found, or if any item from the check-in list is missing when the boat is returned, the fleet is entitled to use some or all of the deposit to cover any costs incurred.

Common sense dictates that the amount of warm clothing required will depend on the time of year and the area in which you will be sailing.
In summer you will generally be able to wear swimwear, t-shirts, and shorts.
It is also advisable to take a sweatshirt or windcheater, as there is often a cooler sea breeze at night.
In addition to flip-flops or sandals, it is advisable to take closed footwear such as deck shoes or trainers to protect your feet, particularly when sailing.
In winter, besides warm clothing, you should take a coat or windcheater to protect you from the wind and prevent your clothes from getting damp.
It is important to bring your clothes and other items in a soft case or bag.
Hard cases generally do not fit in the storage space provided on the boats, and if they are left outside they are likely to move around. Soft cases or bags can be folded and stored more easily.

There are no restrictions on the type of trip a customer can carry out—just the time you have at your disposal.
You should think about the places you would like to visit, the distances between them, and the amount of sailing you want to do, as it is sometimes necessary to prioritize.
If you are contracting a skipper, it is a good idea to discuss the places you would like to visit. If you do not know the areas in question, the skipper can plan a route that meets your needs. This is why we use local skippers who know every inch of the areas they sail in.
The website suggests trips based on specific activities, such as diving, sightseeing, relaxation, or sailing.
We have agreements with all the main diving schools for customers interested in this activity.

There are usually supermarkets close to all of the ports. In addition, if you travel to the port by car you can bring food with you.
If you don't have time or wish to make life easier, at some destinations you will be able to include food supplies as an extra. These supplies can be delivered either at the time of boarding or at a date of your choice during the charter period.
When choosing the food to take on board you should bear in mind that the refrigerators on the boats are usually smaller than standard and may not have a freezer compartment (although these are more common on larger boats).
There are several places to store food, but they are generally small, so it is preferable to buy food in several small packets rather than one large packet.
This way you can be sure that the food will fit and take up less space in the refrigerator once open.
You should avoid glass containers and other packaging that is likely to break easily or spill its contents.
For example, it is better to buy drinks in cans or plastic bottles, and buy basics like sugar in cartons rather than packets.
Standard kitchen equipment includes a hob and a gas oven.
All boats are provided with a gas cylinder already fitted and one spare.
Some boats also have a microwave, but if they are not also equipped with a 220v generator you will only be able to use it when connected to the mains in port.

You can use information about recommended routes provided on the website, or ask your skipper for advice on the best sailing itineraries in the area.

Depending on each boat owner, there is a possibility to take your pets on-board with you to form part of the crew. The same way that some fleets allow this special four-legged sailor onboard, others might oppose due to hygiene or safety issues. If the fleet offers the possibility to take pets on board, it is convenient to have a careful look at this leaflet-as a quick guide lesson that offers helpful advice to enroll your pet on a boat.

Our skippers are qualified sailors with years of experience on a wide range of boats.
In addition to sailing the boat, the skipper's knowledge of the area will come in handy for recommending the best routes and places of interest.

The appropriate qualifications are required to sail a boat under all national laws.
If you do not hold any such qualification or have sufficient experience, you must contract a skipper for your trip.
Each country issues different qualifications according to the size of the boat and the distance you intend to sail from the nearest coastline.
In Spain there are three qualifications:

  • Patrón de Embarcaciones de Recreo (“Recreational Boat Skipper”, PER), authorizes the holder to sail boats of up to 12 m, sail to a distance of 12 miles from the coast, and navigate between the Balearic and Canary Islands.

  • Patrón de Yate (“Yacht Skipper”), authorizes the holder to sail boats of up to 20 metres and to sail a distance of 60 miles from the coast.

  • Capitán de Yate (“Yacht Captain”), authorizes the holder to sail boats of any size and to any distance from the coast, provided that the vessel is intended for recreational use.

The skippers are chosen by the fleets or by aBoatTime, depending on the specific requirements of the customers.

We and the fleets aim to make your trip and pleasant and comfortable as possible.
Therefore, if you have a particular preference regarding the sex or languages spoken by the skipper, we will do our best to find someone who matches your requirements; although in some cases this may not be possible due to lack of availability.

Skippers are contracted independently of the boat charter, and with the exception of certain boats—generally longer models—the skipper works as a member of the crew.
Therefore, in most cases, payment is not made together with the charter fee and is usually made directly to the skipper at the time of boarding.
Prices vary but are usually in the region of 150 €/day.

The skipper's role is to carry out the customer's' instructions and to take them where they want to go.
Certain restrictions apply due to weather and safety considerations. In all such cases, the skipper has full authority.
The skipper will take the crew to port and back to the boat whenever they want.
Customers are reminded that despite having responsibility for the boat 24 hours a day, the skipper also needs to rest occasionally.

Contracting the services of a skipper should be considered as adding another member to the group. As such, when purchasing food you should ensure that the skipper also has meals for every day of the charter.

This does not mean that you will have to pay for the skipper's meals when not on board—you simply need to provide food and drink for the skipper’s time on the boat.

In general the skipper will use one of the cabins. If there is no free cabin the skipper will sleep in the saloon. Certain boats, mainly those 43 feet or longer, have smaller individual cabins, generally referred to as the skipper's cabin, which are usually occupied by the skipper during charters.
If the skipper sleeps in the convertible saloon you will need to discount two available places from the total occupancy of the boat.

  • Couples.

    If you are travelling as a couple, a yacht of over 32 feet is suitable. These yachts usually have 2 cabins, so if you need a skipper he or she can sleep in the other cabin and not in the saloon.

  • Groups of up to 12 people.

    Normally charter boats are limited by license to carry no more than 12 people. Therefore, if you are travelling with your friends or family you can fit up to 12 people in a boat, usually in double cabins. If the boat's saloon is convertible, this can be used as a sleeping area.
    If you need a skipper this limitation is lowered to a maximum of 10 people.

  • More than 12 people.

    Some gulets and other yachts have special permits that allow them to carry more people on board. You may notice that the day capacity of some boats is different from the overnight capacity (number of people that are permitted to sleep on board).
    If you want to charter a boat for more than 12 people on board and don’t find anything online, please contact us.
    In the same way, if you are planning a day charter with many guests please contact us as we have several boats for these purposes in different areas.

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Boats have different cabin and bedroom layouts.
In most cases cabins are for two people and contain a double bed. Some boats also have twin cabins with two beds, but they are far less common.
The saloon may be convertible. In this case, the table can be lowered and a mattress placed on top, which joins with the sofa to provide a generously-sized double bed.
In some cases single cabins are available, but these are less common.
There may also be a skipper's cabin, which is usually occupied by the skipper. This type of cabin is usually accessed from the exterior part of the boat and is separate from the other living areas.

All boats have an inside shower with hot water, although in summer it is more common to use the outside shower. It is advisable to use water sparingly, as if you run out you will have to return to port to fill up.

The capacity of the water tank varies according to the size of the boat and the number of crew members it is designed to carry.
Generally speaking, with reasonable use the water will not run out until halfway through the week.
When this happens you will need to return to port to fill up the tank.
Ports usually have their own timetables for this service and charge around 15 to 30 €.

When packing, you should take a number of factors into account.
Firstly, in most cases the boat will not have a generator, with the exception of some larger boats (generally over 15 metres).
This means that once you have left the mooring you will only have a standard 12-volt supply like the one provided in most cars.
You will therefore need to take a 12-volt lighter adapter for your mobile or any other appliance you wish to use, or a converter for connecting low-power devices such as cameras, mp3 players or laptops.
You will only be able to use high-power appliances such as hair-dryers in port or if you have chosen a boat fitted with a generator.
Not all of the boats come with sheets and/or towels included.
You can select this as an extra if you wish to save on space and weight when packing.
You should also remember to pack sun cream, even in winter, as the sea breeze can cause you to burn without realising.
We also recommend taking a waterproof bag, as they are very useful for storing your wallet or mobile when you go to the beach.

  • For one day or a few days (less than a full week)

    Most yacht charters start on a Saturday and last a full week, especially during the summer season and Easter holidays; therefore you might see only these days available on the calendar (available days are displayed in black while unavailable days are displayed in grey).
    Only motorboats, some gulets and catamaran models that are meant for day charter events can be booked for day charters.

  • For more than 10 people

    Some Gulets and boats have special permissions that allow them to carry more people on board. You may notice that the day capacity of some boats is different to the overnight capacity (number of people that may fit to sleep on board). If you want to charter a boat for more than 10 people on board and don’t find anything online, please contact us.
    Similarly, if you are planning a day charter with many guests please contact us, as we have several boats for this purpose in different areas.

  • Flotilla sailing

    A flotilla fleet is a group of boats that sail together. A flotilla event can be an event organized by friends, family, or a business. If you want to organize a flotilla event we can help you both with boats and organization. Please contact us for more information.

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