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Sailing Vacations - Experience Guide

Quality And Service From Beginning To End

From your first website visit or phone call to The Moorings, you will experience a level of quality and service unmatched in the industry.  We help you plan your sailing vacation and make all the arrangements for you. When you step aboard, you’ll see why our yachts are considered the best:

  1. All are custom-built for easy handling and maximum comfort.
  2. All are meticulously maintained, masthead to keel, bow to stern.
  3. If you choose to provision with The Moorings, you’ll have everything you need to step aboard and sail away.

The Moorings Makes It Simple

If you’re thinking of chartering for the first time, you’ll be glad you chose The Moorings, the company that was built on providing the perfect charter experience, the first time and every time. No matter what your level of sailing skill, we have a yacht and vacation plan that’s right for you.

You Can Do It

A formal sailing certification may be required in some destinations. For destinations that do not require formal certification, qualification is based on your prior sailing experience.

  1. Some of our destinations require a sailing certification. If you would like to learn which Moorings yachts you are already qualified to charter, speak to a Vacation Planning Specialist or complete our boating resume form.
  2. If you have chartered with us before, we may have your boating résumé on file. Verify with a Vacation Planning Specialist.
  3. If you don’t know how to sail, we have captains available for hire or consider one of our all-inclusive Crewed Yacht Charters with professional captain and gourmet chef.
  4. If you would like to learn how to sail, you can arrange a sailing vacation that includes basic or advanced sailing instruction from the renowned Offshore Sailing. We particularly recommend their Fast Track to Cruising course, taught aboard Moorings yachts in the beautiful British Virgin Islands. We also offer RYA power courses in select destinations.
  5. Ready to Plan Your Trip? Choose your destinations and yacht, then go to our Check Availability online quote service.  You can make all your choices, review an estimated cost and even book online.
  6. Want to learn more? Read our blog How Not to Look Like a Charter Rookie.
  7. Need More Help Planning?  Then simply contact one of our Vacation Planning Specialist who will help you reserve your yacht for the dates and cruising area you wish to sail.   We’ll take care of everything, including provisioning, air travel, hotel accommodations, car rentals and land tours at the lowest rates available.

What’s Included

Your yacht will be ready with fuel and water when you arrive. We also provide snorkeling gear and most of our yachts include amenities such as a barbecue grill, bimini (available on monohulls), GPS, chart plotter and autopilot. For a complete list of items included with your yacht, see What’s Included.

Optional Extras

Almost any other need you may have can be provided for, from flights and rental cars to kayaks, standup paddleboards, and dive equipment. For a complete list of optional charter extras, please see our Optional Extras.

What Size Boat Do You Need

Standing room and berth (i.e., bed) lengths vary from yacht to yacht. For the ultimate comfort of you and your guests, we recommend adding a few inches to your height to determine which size yacht will meet your needs. 

You may be able to find the standing room and berth length of your yacht in the yacht’s detailed specification sheet, which can be found on the yacht’s page. If a specification sheet is not provided, ask a Vacation Planning Specialist for this information. 


Before you sail away, we’ll give you a detailed chart briefing on your cruising area. You’ll know where to find the best anchorages, restaurants, and beaches and be able to spot any navigational hazards. We will then give a thorough briefing on your yacht, its operation and the equipment aboard. You’ll also have the option of using our complimentary Friendly Skipper program (not available in the USVI). This service provides an experienced skipper who will take you out for up to the first four hours of your charter so you can feel more at home on our waters.

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