Simply put, some people are motor yacht charter people, while others are sailing yacht charter people, and rarely is someone both. In fact, an amicable rivalry exists between these two factions. Although there are plenty of distinct differences between the two, many crew have worked on both types of yachts and furthermore, the yacht industry has begun to see a hybrid yacht culture emerge.
It is no longer uncommon for sailing yachts to be designed to motor yacht specifications. Meanwhile, certain modern motor yacht owners are beginning to embrace the informality of sailing yachts, blurring the distinction further still.
In light of this, AquaCruise are asking what really is the difference between motor and sailing yachts, and why should you choose one over the other?
More often than not, the primary reason most people purchase sailing yachts is for the romanticism that accompanies it. Think the excitement of the race against the unadulterated force of the elements, the salty taste of the sea breeze as the wind blows through your hair and the satisfaction of a meal and a glass of wine after a day’s adventures on the sea. But just like motor yachts have their fair share of experienced seafarers aboard, so too is sailing not simply an art for weathered captains. In fact, sailing yachts also tend to be slower than motor yachts, they are more eco-friendly and can offer a more stable and pleasant yachting experience than motor yachts thanks to the stabilising effect of the keel and rig. Indeed, sailing is at once both a challenging sport and a graceful art of living. It is this diversity that draws so much of sailing yachts’ popularity.
Many are also attracted to sailing yachts over motor yachts due to the favourable prices. Sailing yachts consume less fuel, which not only allows you to enjoy longer cruises at sea but also makes sailing yachts a more economic and greener yacht hire option. Furthermore, a sailing yacht will generally require less maintenance than a motor yacht since its design often places more emphasis on functionality and maintenance.
Although the popularity of sailing yachts is increasing, multi-deck motor yachts dominate the world’s fleet of superyachts at 90%.
The advantages of motor yachts are clear. Motor yachts are naturally faster and more powerful, so if you’re looking to cover long distances in less time, then a motor yacht might be more appropriate. Not only is the motor yacht fast across the water but also its shallow draft design allows you to explore almost any coastline and archipelago, no matter how narrow it is.
Motor yachts are versatile in other ways however. Their larger deck space means more recreational living areas and therefore a more creative interior design and naturally more on board facilities.
Motor yachts also have some less evident benefits. Being as it is powered by motor, it is easier to operate thus saving expenditure on skilled yacht crew. In general, motor yachts are easier to recruit crew for. Furthermore, motor yachts can usually sport larger dishes and don’t suffer from the ‘mast shadow’ that can interfere with reception on sailing yachts, providing stronger communication with nearby ports and marinas over greater areas.
Choosing whether you want a sailing yacht charter or a motor yacht charter is as important as choosing the right crew and the right destination. Please contact AquaCruise experts for further information on how to reserve the right yacht for you.