Leading yacht charter company Globesailor has published an insight into charter trends that shows France is the most popular destination, while Lagoon catamarans are the favourite vessel.
The French-based company, which based its figures on a panel of its 30,000 European yacht charter customers in 2016, found that nearly one quarter of clients chartered in France. That figure rises to 43 per cent when just looking at French clients.
Croatia was the second most popular destination overall, accounting for 21 per cent of all charterers. It was also the most popular destination for British and American clients.In other national trends, 43 per cent of German charterers went to Croatia, while Spaniards and Italians tended to stay in home waters.
At the other end of the scale, Turkey and Greece has seen a 3 per cent decline in interest. Just one in eight charters heading to Greece, according to Globesailor. “We hope that the social and political climate in these two countries will improve and allow their tourist industry to recover,” said Globesailor’s Marin Susac. “Also, it is possible that the recent events in France have sadly put off some European and British clients in particular.”
Overall, two-thirds of rented boats are sailing monohulls, however for specific destinations the statistics are very different. In the Mediterranean, 70 per cent are sailing monohulls, but in the Caribbean, 80 per cent are catamarans.
The Lagoon 450, 380 and 440 take the top three positions, followed by the Lagoon 39 and 400 S2 which come in eighth and tenth place. “This is largely due to increased bookings of catamarans, the variety of models available, and the excellent reputation of the Lagoon brand with regards to comfort and safety,” said Marin Susac.Of the top 10 most rented boat models in 2016, five are Lagoon catamarans.
In 2016, one in five charters were with a skipper. The client base is evolving towards more novice sailors, who want to discover a new type of holiday while learning the basics of sailing. That means comfort on board and a high-quality skipper are the most important things to think about when choosing a boat.
The bad news for charterers is that average rental prices for the same boat models are up by 7 per cent on 2015. Globesailor’s Marin Susac said: “This increase is a good indication of the upturn of the market, the growing appeal of sailing and the improved financial status of businesses within the industry who are slowly recovering their margins.”