If you are already accustomed to the boating industry surely you don’t need to continue reading this post, but if it is the first time you’re going to rent a boat in Ibiza this information will help you choose the best type of boat for your holiday.
Depending on the activity that you want to develop the first thing is to decide the number of people you are going to sail with (number of guests on board), your budget, the number of days you want the boat and if you are going to sleep or not on board.
The sailing boats are catamarans and sailboats. These boats in Ibiza are rented mainly and mostly by weeks, and the charters begin Saturday and end the following Saturday morning. If you are thinking in less days, one only (day charter) or something that does not exceed the week, it will be easier to get a motor boat. Catamarans and sailboats are the most sought-after option for those who want to spend a week of vacation in Ibiza, bringing two options in one: accommodation and a boat to sail.
Sailboats is a way of sailing for sea lovers, who want to enjoy the ride and views, while living the sea at its fullest. It is a more “romantic” approach and, above all, slower. The speed at which we move sailing, has nothing to do with the yachts or motorboats. The sailboats have a motor, but it is much slower and used primarily for manoeuvring.
Sailing is cheaper and also uses less fuel than a motor boat such as a yacht. For groups of friends or families of 6-8 people that have a week or longer and want to embark to explore the coast of Ibiza, a sailboat or catamaran would be the best option. Catamarans are more comfortable than the boats because they have a wider sleeve and are more stable, so the spaces are wider and less claustrophobic. The sailing boats move more, so it is easier to get dizzy and the time it takes to get from one place to another is longer. For example, from the port of Ibiza to Formentera Illetas a sailboat can take 1 hour and 30 minutes, and a yacht between 30 and 40 minutes, and with less movement, offering an easier navigation.
If on the other hand, what you want to do is enjoy a day on a boat, what is known as day charter, the best option is a motor boat, a speed boat or a yacht. They sail faster, are more stable and move less, so the way to get to your destination is shorter and with less dizziness.
The engine gives us a wide range of possibilities, as they are flexible with the number of days that can be rented. From one day, to the whole season. Depending on the day, prices can improve substantially.All boats have base ports with moorings where you can leave the boat at the end of the day, and find it the next day ready, clean and ready to enjoy another day of navigation.
Many of the sailboats in Ibiza, on the other hand, have no mooring, but are anchored. Sleeping in the port is much more comfortable than sleeping at anchor, first because the port protects the boat from waves and moves less, and secondly because being in port is easier to enter and exit the boat, for example to buy out to dinner, stroll in Ibiza. However, you can always choose a sailing boat with mooring, or budget and anchor in the port.
More and more, both fans and worshippers from Ibiza and Formentera are betting on a week’s holiday in Ibiza on catamaran because they are more comfortable and spacious on the inside, they have weak draught and manoeuvrability, they are more expensive that the sailboats, consume more fuel that they and the price of its berths is also more expensive as matter of size, but they are more comfortable and stable than a sailboat to spend a week in boat.