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What are the top 5 yacht models that our clients rent most often, and what makes them so popular?

We've been diving deep into our charter booking data, and we've come up with a list of the most popular yachts that are a true favourite with our sailors. Curious why they're so popular? Find out what skippers see in them, who we recommend these boats to, and what the best destinations are to sail them. Check out article and see if your preferred boat made the cut!

Bavaria 46 Cruiser

Sailboat with 3 or 4 cabins for a crew of 9 or 10 people. 

Why rent one? 

If you're looking for a spacious and well-equipped sailing boat that's also incredibly comfortable, you can't go wrong with the Bavaria 46 Cruiser. It comes with a reliable autopilot, a roomy cockpit, and a galley that's as large as many small apartment kitchens. And even in rougher waters, you can count on the boat's stability to keep you feeling secure.

Who is it suitable for? 

The Bavaria 46 Cruiser is a great option for families and friends looking for a comfortable and stable cruising experience. Its sturdy construction makes it a particularly good choice for parents with kids. While the boat is not particularly fast or responsive, it is still a popular choice for sailing enthusiasts, as evidenced by its participation in the Easter Regatta in Croatia — home to its large One Design fleet (all identical boats).

Where to sail the Bavaria 46 Cruiser? 

The classic destinations for renting the boat are Croatia, Greece and Italy. But you can also find it in Spain, Turkey and the Seychelles.

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What's special about the Bavaria 46 Cruiser? 

If you're on a budget, the Bavaria 46 Cruiser is a great option with a good price-performance ratio, especially during off-peak season. Although it may come at an affordable price, don't underestimate the quality of this vessel from the renowned Bavaria shipyard. The boat is also versatile and can be fitted with an additional gennaker sail, which is highly recommended for making the most out of light winds and tailwinds. Check out our article on 5 reasons to rent a gennaker to find out more about this addition to your sailing experience.

Bavaria 46 Cruiser at sea

Bavaria boats can pleasantly surprise with their handling characteristics

Elan 40 Impression

Sailing boat with 3 cabins for a crew of 6 or 8 people. 

Why rent it? 

The new Elan models have elegant hulls and sailing them is a wonderful experience. If you enjoy sailing with the wind in your sails, then you'll love this boat. The Elan 40 Impression has outstanding sails — not only are do they hold a great shape, but they often include the classic full batten mainsail. Aside from good handling characteristics, this is a comfortable boat, equipped with everything you need during your vacation.

Who is it suitable for?

We recommend the boat to all keen sailors, whether sailing with family, friends or just a random crew of sailing enthusiasts. In fact, all our clients speak very highly of the Elan 40 Impression and return to it again and again for years to come.

Where to sail the Elan 40 Impression?

Unsurprisingly, most Elan 40 Impressions are available to rent in traditional destinations such as Croatia. But there are also a few in Slovenia, Italy and Spain.

Elan 40 Impression

The Elan 40 Impression is simply elegant

Hanse 455

Sailboat with 3 or 4 cabins for a crew of 8 or 10 people. 

Why rent one? 

This is one of the nicest sailing boats from Hanse Shipyard. The natural light flooding in through large portholes on the sides and in the middle creates a modern and airy ambiance that is truly captivating.

Who is it suitable for? 

For those who seek a blend of luxury, comfort, and attention to detail, the Hanse boat is the perfect choice. One of the notable features of Hanse boats is the self-tacking mainsail, which makes tacking effortless and enjoyable. However, if you prefer hands-on trimming, you may find this feature limiting.

Where to sail the Hanse 455? 

Most Hanse 455 boats can be found in Croatia and Greece, but also in sunny Turkey.

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Hans 455 at sunset

The Hans 455 at sunset is incredibly romantic

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Oceanis 38.1

Sailboat with 2 or 3 cabins for a crew of 6 or 8 people. 

Why rent one? 

Despite being smaller in size, this boat is well-equipped and has everything you need for a comfortable week or two of sailing. It's agile, seaworthy and has great sails, perfect for those who enjoy sailing with the wind. Additionally, its maneuverability in marinas and at piers is impressive, making docking and mooring stress-free.

Who is it suitable for? 

The Oceanis 38.1 is a highly versatile boat that can cater to a variety of sailing enthusiasts. However, we would suggest it mainly to those with prior experience in sailing who are comfortable with the nautical way of life. As it is not a very spacious vessel, individuals who are not used to being on the water may experience sea sickness. This boat is a perfect fit for couples seeking a thrilling cruising experience.

Where to sail it?

Traditionally, most of these yachts are rented in Croatia, Greece and Italy. But you can also sail them in France, Turkey, Cyprus and Spain (even the Balearic Islands). You can also cruise in the slightly colder waters of Sweden.

What's special about the Oceanis 38.1? 

The Oceanis sailboat offers both comfort and excellent handling, with the added bonus of having great sails. For those seeking an even more thrilling sailing experience, an additional gennaker can be rented to take your boat to the next level.

Sailing boat Oceanis 38.1. with gennaker

You can rent an extra gennaker for the Oceanis 38.1

Lagoon 400

Catamaran with 4 or 6 cabins for 8, 10 or 12 persons.

Why rent one?

Even though it's one of the smaller models of double-hull boats, the comfort, spaciousness, and overall feel of being on board is comparable to that of a larger catamaran. If you've ever felt alone while at the helm, you'll appreciate the fact that the helmsman's station is located close to the cockpit, allowing you to easily communicate with your companions while steering. One of the major advantages of this boat is its ergonomic design and practicality.

Who is it suitable for ?

We highly recommend the Lagoon 400 catamaran to anyone who wants to have a relaxing and enjoyable sailing holiday. Its comfort and spaciousness are guaranteed to make your trip a memorable one. This catamaran is also an excellent choice for those who are new to sailing or want to try it out for the first time. Many catamaran rentals offer the option of booking a professional skipper who can show you the best spots along the coast, teach you the ropes, and ensure a stress-free sailing experience.

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Where to sail it? 

The Lagoon 400 is available for rental in a variety of destinations, including popular sailing spots like Croatia, Greece, Italy, Spain, and Turkey. For those looking for more exotic locations, the Lagoon 400 can also be rented in places like Montenegro, Mexico, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Thailand, French Polynesia, and the Seychelles.

Catamaran Lagoon 400 at sea

With the Lagoon 400 you can sail wherever you want

Which other boats are frequently rented by sailing enthusiasts? Some of the top choices include the Bavaria 37 Cruiser or the slightly larger Bavaria 41 Cruiser, the Oceanis 45, the Sun Odyssey 449 and the Dufour 382 Grand Large or Dufour 460 Grand Large. Check them out.

Which is your favourite boat? Let me know and we can make the arrangements together.

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