World charter cruising guide

You like boats and you like holidays, so why not treat yourself to a charter? From hiring a Linssen in France to bareboating in Thailand, there's a world of choice


Unless you have aspirations of crossing the Atlantic, the chances are the only way you’ll get to discover America by boat is through a charter holiday. For motorboaters there are three main cruising grounds – Chesapeake Bay, Florida and the Pacific Northwest.

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The largest estuary in the US, Chesapeake Bay lies off the Atlantic surrounded by Maryland and Virginia. It has over 11,600 miles of shoreline to explore (including its tributaries), from the quaint fishing villages of its inner shores to marine centres with top-notch facilities.

Thanks to its sky-blue waters and tropical temperatures, Florida is a popular cruising spot. Make the most of the protected anchorages around Biscayne Bay or cruise among the maze of islands known as the Florida Keys. Beware large ruise ships though as this is a popular tourist area.

If you’re looking for adventure and dream of mooring up alongside rare birds or indulging in a spot of whale watching, the Pacific Northwest and the untouched beauty of the San Juan Islands is pretty hard to beat.

Boat hire

C & C Charters, based at Kent Narrows in Chesapeake Bay, has eight motorboats for charter, including a Sea Ray 34 Sundancer and a Grand Banks 42 Classic.

C & C Charters
Tel: 001 800 733 7245

Florida Yacht Charters & Sales has a Mainship 43 Trawler and a Sea Ray 400 at its Miami Beach base. The company also has two other bases in Florida and one in Abaco in the Bahamas. You may be able to arrange a one-way charter.

Florida Yacht Charters & Sales
Tel: 001 800 537 0050

Anacortes Yacht Charters in the Pacific Northwest has an impressive choice of motorboats,
from a 32ft Bayliner and a 36ft Grand Banks to a 37ft Nordic Tug.

Anacortes Yacht Charter
Tel: 001 800 233 3004

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