6 Benefits of Chartering a Yacht During Hurricane Season
Many people vacation in the Caribbean or in the Bahamas during winter because they can get away from their cold, snowy home states and enjoy turquoise waters and delightfully warm sunshine.
Another reason is that hurricane season is over by then. The official season runs from June 1 – November 30, with September being the most active month when it comes to storms.
But chartering a yacht during hurricane season can actually be more beneficial to you than you may think.
1. The Peace and Quiet
One of the best things about yacht charters and hurricanes is that a lot of people decide they don’t want the hassle of dealing with a potential hurricane. They don’t want to worry about rescheduling or being called back to shore.
What does that mean for you? It means that you’ll get to enjoy a lot of peace and quiet.
Hurricane season is not a peak tourist season when it comes to yacht charters. You’ll have more space to roam, less revelers to contend with – yachting during this time of year is one of the best ways to enjoy the paradisaical environment of the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
2. The Weather is Absolutely Gorgeous (and Not as Hot as You Might Think)
The weather in the Bahamas and the Caribbean is typically warmer than most areas in the U.S. mainland – especially during the winter months. Add in the humidity factor where temperatures feel even higher than they are.
A lot of people tend to think that because it’s warm and humid for the most part of the year, summer is going to be especially hot.
This isn’t actually the case.
The average temperatures during the summer months range from 77° to 88° and during winter months, the temperatures range from 72° to 83°. Anything less than 90° is doable for a lot of people – especially when you factor in the cool ocean breeze and that opportunity of taking a nice dip in the ocean whenever you want. For some folks, though, temperatures in the 80s are not very comfortable. Thankfully, yachts come with A/C options.
3. The Waters Are Typically Calmer During This Time of the Year
It may seem counterintuitive but the waters are calmer during hurricane season. Granted, this isn’t the case during an active storm. But the water is lovely and calm on average summer days.
In fact, meteorologists say that late summer and early fall – August through October – are generally when the seas are at their calmest.
Why are the seas choppier during the winter months? The reason relates to northerly storms. During this time of year, stronger storms come down from the north and cause stronger waves.
4. Take Advantage of Your Family’s Vacation Days
If you want to go on a fun family yacht charter when nearly everyone in the family has time off – your vacation is likely going to fall during the summer months.
During this time of year, you have fewer familial obligations than you might have during the winter holiday months. And if you choose to take an extended vacation, your kids are less likely to have to take any time away from school.
5. Hurricanes Don’t Always Hit – Especially in June and November
When people who don’t live in this part of the country hear the phrase “hurricane season,” it brings to mind visions of hurricanes hitting landfall every single day from June to December.
The reality though, is that it’s far from what really happens.
We’re all well-aware of the massive hurricanes that have hit the coasts of Florida, Texas, and the Caribbean over the past few months. But this isn’t the norm. It doesn’t happen every day. In fact, it doesn’t even happen every month during the season.
Does this mean that people should throw caution to the wind? Definitely not. It always pays to stay safe and take precautions – which we will discuss further.
But what we should really keep in mind is that there are many, many days during hurricane season that are perfectly safe for those who want to charter a yacht.
This is especially true if they schedule their yachting voyage for June or November. These months have the least number of hurricane occurrences in history.
It’s important to remember, too, that even if you plan a trip and a hurricane is expected, there are steps you can take to keep you and your family safe without losing any money.
6. We Have Advanced Warning Systems
As ferocious as a huge hurricane can be, we’re lucky we have the ability to predict and track them. The same cannot be said of those who live in earthquake country. Who knows where or when an earthquake will hit in someplace like California.
However, hurricanes are much more predictable, and meteorologists are always on the lookout for them from summer through late autumn.
The advanced warning system will keep you safe from the hurricane and give you input regarding whether you need to cancel your trip entirely or not.
How to Protect Yourself If You Decide to Charter a Yacht During Hurricane Season
If you’ve finally decided that chartering during this time of year seems like a good idea, there are some precautions you should take.
As with any vacation itinerary, it’s always best to take steps to protect yourself from what could happen. Like they say – better be safe than sorry.
1. Sign a Hurricane Addendum
When it comes to chartering and hurricanes, one of the best things you can do to save yourself some money is to do business with a company that offers larger yachts.
For clients that are willing to invest in these larger boats, companies typically have clients who charter during hurricane season sign a hurricane addendum. The addendum states that the charter will be rescheduled within 12 months if the original charter trip had to be cancelled because of a hurricane or named storm.
If you can afford a larger charter yacht, this is a great way to protect yourself in the event of a storm. And it might prove to be more fun than a smaller yacht because you can invite more friends or family members to join you on your trip.
2. Get Cancellation Insurance
However, not everyone can afford to charter a larger yacht. If this is the case for you, your best bet is to invest in cancellation insurance. Most smaller yachts, especially those that offer all-inclusive charters within the Virgin Islands, don’t have a hurricane addendum.
What does this mean? It means you lose the deposit if you had to cancel for whatever reason.
Getting travel insurance is a wise step to take for any traveler anyway, regardless of whether they have to worry about a storm or not. Insurance can protect you if any of your items are lost or stolen, or if you have to cancel due to a family emergency, illness, change in your schedule, or a natural disaster like a hurricane.
There are risks and benefits to nearly every venture and adventure, however, when you work with a yacht charter company that has your best interests in mind, primarily your safety, you can charter your yacht with peace of mind. Just remember to get an insurance just in case you need to reschedule.