If you’re an avid sailor and passionate traveler at the same time, you probably start making plans for your next sailing adventure as soon as your last charter vacation is over. Depending on how much time you spend on the water you might even consider buying your own boat. But then you’d most likely be limited to sailing in the same waters every single time and must leave part of your wanderlust spirit at the dock.
You are not the only one facing this dilemma – dreaming of exploring far away places, and maybe even eventually a whole circumnavigation. Owning a yacht in a charter program might just be the solution you’ve been looking for, as many of the programs allow for the reciprocal use of other same size boats in amazing destinations around the globe.
Franz and Nadine of OurDays.de, a teacher & engineer couple from Germany, took this step in 2018. They opted for the Dream Easy program with Dream Yacht Sales & Ownership that granted them access to a whole fleet of yachts in 50+ picturesque destinations of their choice. Now, 5 years later, their Lagoon 39 catamaran is soon phasing out of the program and the couple that has grown to a small family, is planning to take a year off to sail around the world. A dream come true.
It is often difficult to put the incredible experiences when traveling, and especially when sailing, into words. It is hard to describe how you feel when you jump from your boat into the calm and clear water at sunrise while the rising sun colors the sky orange. Luckily, Franz and Nadine love capturing their adventures on film. With their pictures and videos they take you with them on their travels and lead you to the most beautiful places of this world. And encourage you to live your dreams and tackle new adventures yourself!
Charter ownership programs explained
At their most basic, charter ownership programs, like those with Dream Yacht Sales & Ownership, were designed as a sort of partnership that allows yacht owners to make the most of their investment by placing their yacht into a charter fleet and allowing a charter company to manage the yacht – along with the related expenses – and rent it to others when not in use by the owner. In most programs, the owner can still use their yacht, or a similar yacht, for a designated number of weeks per year and sometimes in many exotic locations around the world, as a very attractive added benefit!
Most of the charter ownership programs grant up to 12 weeks of owner usage per year, which proves to be more than sufficient for many owners to indulge in sailing and exploring their favorite cruising grounds. To make the most of your owner weeks, having a flexible schedule is advantageous, enabling you to take advantage of the 6 weeks of time that must be booked within 10 days of departure. Similarly, high season usage is limited, so being flexible regarding the time of year and where you choose to sail allows you to maximize your boat usage.
With a charter ownership program, you can purchase a brand-new yacht while having expenses such as insurance, dockage, security, maintenance, and cleaning all covered for you. Furthermore, the regular monthly income generated from charter revenue helps offset your mortgage payments. For most individuals, this approach represents a more affordable and worry-free way to own a yacht.
By using the reciprocal yachts in the charter fleet you can simply fly to your preferred location, step aboard, and embark on your journey, without the hassle of yacht preparations or lengthy passages that consume your valuable vacation time. Whether your dreams involve cruising the tropical Caribbean islands of Grenada, St. Martin, or Antigua, the Mediterranean in Greece or Croatia, or the enchanting wonderlands of Tahiti or the Seychelles, all these experiences become entirely feasible when you enroll your new yacht in a charter management program.
If you, like Franz and Nadine, have the desire to embark on long-term liveaboard cruising, exploring the world at your own pace without adhering to a strict schedule, an ownership program offers an excellent opportunity to prepare and set yourself up for success. A 5-year program serves as a comfortable buffer between the time of purchase and when you embark on your liveaboard adventure, allowing you to plan for your future cruising lifestyle while still receiving monthly charter payments and making progress in paying off any loans.
Dream Yacht charter ownership programs
While Dream Yacht Sales & Ownership offers a variety of ownership programs, 4 have been especially designed to maximize your time on the water. Dream Fractional, Dream Guaranteed Income, Dream Partnership and Dream Easy all offer reciprocal fleet usage in 50+ destinations around the world. The Dream Fractional program even enables you to share ownership with a few other like-minded sailors, drastically lowering your investment cost and making yacht ownership and exploring the world by boat very achievable.
So, are you ready for the carefree cruising lifestyle? With wind in your hair, friends on deck, and endless horizons ahead?
Dream Yacht’s knowledgeable yacht sales consultants are available to provide detailed explanations of your options and guide you through the purchase process. They can assist you in selecting the right yacht for your needs, the best program, and finding the most suitable financing options. Don’t hesitate to contact Dream Yacht Sales & Ownership today!