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Yacht Trips: Cheaper Than You Think

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Ryan Ong

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You’re a braver person than I, if you’re getting on a yacht. Imagine being on the open ocean, with nothing but booze, partying friends, and top notch catering. Whaddya mean that doesn’t sound so bad? That’s the premise of a slasher movie. But since some of our readers have no qualms about potentially sharing a boat with a masked psycho, I did some checking. Here’s what your terror-laden cruise will cost:

 

1. How Many Guests?

The number of murder victims guests has to be quite exact. This is because there’s a restriction on how many passengers a specific yacht can take on-board. The most commonly chartered yachts are the 14 passenger yachts; these tend to cost around $6000 per day. Smaller yachts (nine passengers) reach around $4000 a day. A quick reference:

  • Small private yacht (fewer than 10 passengers) – About $2500 a day
  • Typical yacht (11 – 25 passengers) – About $4,000 a day
  • Large yacht (Up to 55 passengers) – About $25,000 a day

Occasionally, yachts may charge a per-person fee (usually $400 – $600 per head) instead of a flat rate. Note that there is no distinction between children and adults, they all count toward the guest total.

 

2. Weekend or Weekday?

Most yachts charge an additional $500 – $700 for weekends. The same goes for public holidays, or the eve of public holidays.

 

Crowded ocean
Weekends: The extra $500 covers their medical costs when the boat moves.

 

3. Dockside, One-Way, Return Trip, or Your Own Captain?

There are three alternative ways to move that yacht around:

  • Dockside – Okay, so dockside isn’t actually “moving” at all. This means the yacht doesn’t go anywhere; it stays on the dock. But you can have your party on board. Dockside packages are usually 4 hours, not full day. It can reduce your costs by $1000 – $1,500. A favourite for wedding receptions.
  • One Way – A one way trip, usually to places like Bintan. This might reduce the cost of the trip by $500 – $1000, depending on the length of the journey. Be prepared to buy a ticket back, after you get there.
  • Return Trip – The most common package. Most return trips are day long, and have a scheduled itinerary of stops.
  • Your Own Captain – This is where the price varies radically. Some private yachts charge nothing for this. On others, the price can vary from $600 a day to $1,200 a day. Having your own captain means you can plan your own itinerary, and go diving / fishing wherever you please.

 

Man drinking in front of yacht
Discount captain: as close as he’s been to an actual boat

 

4. Food and Beverage

This is the average price:

  • Snack / Finger foods – $30 – $50 per head
  • Lunch – $30 – $70 per head
  • Dinner – $70 – $130 per head

For alcohol, there might be a corkage charge.

 

Quick Breakdown

This is based on averaged prices, derived from Boatbookings. It’s for a 14 person yacht, on a full day return trip:

Item

Cost

Booking of 14 passenger yacht (1 day)

$4,100

Weekend charge

$500

Lunch (for 14 pax)

$700

Dinner (for 14 pax)

$1820

7 % GST

$498.40

Total

$7618.40

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Have you ever chartered a yacht? Comment and tell us about the price!

 

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Ryan Ong

I was a freelance writer for over a decade, and covered topics from music to super-contagious foot diseases. I took this job because I believe financial news should be accessible and fun to read. Also, because the assignments don't involve shouting teenagers and debilitating plagues.