Charter Chat, June 2011

For sailors, summer is many things: the height of racing season, the prime cruising months, and the precious window when days spent playing on the boat outnumber those spent working on it. It’s also an excellent time to plan a charter vacation. With the kids out of school and the weather warming up, there are several great discounts to take advantage of. From ASA flotillas in the Pacific Northwest to Reef Weeks at Sunsail’s Caribbean bases, here are SAIL‘s June charter specials:

This summer at Sunsail, all charters are 15 to 25 percent off, thanks to their exclusive “Make Your Own Reef Week” specials. In addition, returning skippers can receive Sunsail’s five percent captain’s discount. Take advantage of these offers during the summer months of quieter anchorages and more affordable airfare, and Reef Weeks seem even sweeter.

Summer is the perfect time to visit the Pacific Northwest and ASA still has berths available on two of its flotillas. From June 17-24, join ASA in the Gulf Islands Archipelago where you’ll visit elegant resorts, small island towns and idyllic anchorages, all with bountiful wildlife. Or, from June 24 to July 1, sail the San Juan Islands, where the water meets the mountains in a string of breathtaking vistas. Both flotillas offer an excellent way to expand your sailing horizons and be a part of a new and vibrant sailing community.

At CYOA Yacht Charters, located on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, all monohulls are currently priced at Season D rates, with 10 nights for the price of 7. In addition, all catamarans (except the Salina 48 and the 2011 Mahe 36EVO) are discounted through August 15, affording you a perfect excuse to get south for a quick summer getaway.

The folks at TMM Yacht Charters are also encouraging guests to take advantage of summer chartering with 10 days of sailing for the price of 7 on all remaining Season D boats from June 6 to October 31. The discount can be applied to any boat on any base. With bases on Tortola, Belize and The Grenadines, TMM offers summer sailing vacations in a variety of destinations.

If you book your next Moorings charter online, you’ll instantly receive a $25 gift card for Moorings merchandise at any charter base gift shop. Merchandise can range from replacements for the things you left at home to souvenirs that will serve as reminders of a great charter.

In addition, for charter guests wishing to sail past new horizons, The Moorings is offering 15 percent off charters in Tonga, the Seychelles and Tahiti, straight through 2012. If you’re interested in sailing bigger boats, their summer Big Boat Savings affords an additional 10 percent off the Moorings 4600 catamaran and the Moorings 54.5 monohull from now through September 30.

Footloose Yacht Charters is once again promising competitive pricing. This summer, Footloose will give any charter guest $100 off of a competitor’s price, providing you an affordable charter option in the Caribbean.

Conch Charters continues to live up to its motto: The best deals on keels. This month, all remaining boats are 20 percent off and for the rest of the summer, all two-week charters can be purchased for the price of one mid-season week. The Norseman 430 is availablef for an additional 15 percent off as well.

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