When tossing up what size of the charter yacht to choose, a 40 – 50 meter (131feet – 164feet) yacht is the perfect balance between smaller and larger yachts. Plenty of different spaces, exceptional amenities and high luxury are assured, but without the cost factor of the very biggest charter vessels. You can expect no compromise on comfort, with huge spaces and sweeping exterior decks with numerous private spaces to retreat to. By this size, any yacht you choose will usually be able to welcome between 10 and 12 guests, making this size bracket well suited to bigger groups or for those looking for greater accommodation versatility.
If spending time on board a head-turning yacht ticks your box, then this is the size bracket where you can start to find really unique designs that are unlike any other. Cruise in to a port on the Italian Riviera and command instant attention! Charter yachts of this size will often be the work of many of the world’s pedigree yacht builders, and you can expect a pedigree charter experience to match! Relax and enjoy the multiple decks on board, with this size bracket often offering specialist spaces such as games rooms, beach clubs and several lounges.
As yachts reach this bigger size bracket, most motoryachts will tend to have either a displacement or semi-displacement hulls (with a few exceptions). These types of yachts usually have excellent sea keeping credentials and will suit those looking to cruise in comfort. For the adventurous of spirit, a bigger displacement yacht is well suited to travelling further afield. Large spaces and plenty of storage will make travelling to lesser visited destinations a breeze. Why not tick off the bucket list destination of the Galapagos Islands, or even venture as far afield as Australia for the New Year fireworks? Or island hop to your heart’s content around the unbeatable destination of Greece. 40 – 50 meter yachts will tend to have between five and six cabins on board and can welcome up to 12 guests. With more space to play with, their designs usually boast expansive master suites and VIP cabins, with multiple salons to enjoy.
As yachts get bigger and bigger, the number of onboard features get bigger and bigger too. On board amenities are impressive, with many yachts of 40 – 50 meters boasting Jacuzzis, special entertainment spaces and huge deck areas to bask in the sunshine. If socialising is your thing, then a yacht in this size bracket is sure to appeal with numerous different spaces for sharing and hosting. Sun lovers will delight in yachts with tailored sundecks, packed full of features including sun pads, sun loungers, wet bars, al fresco dining tables, and of course incredible views across your cruising ground. As yachts increase in size, so cruising restrictions do increase, but at this size there are still plenty of options around the world. Charter in the iconic St Barts, experience the unspoilt allure of Cuba which is famed for its diving and unique onshore vibe, or soak in the culture of South East Asia.
For those who dream of a sailing charter, 40 to 50 meter sailing yachts are a good option for those looking to combine the experience of sailing with the comfort of a motoryacht – perhaps a good choice for families who need the extra space but who are still craving the sailing lifestyle? Glide through exceptional cruising grounds, experiencing them as the sailors of old used to by harnessing the power of the wind. Make the most of balmy winds of French Polynesia, the delicious breezes of St Thomas in the Caribbean, or even Sardinia, the playground of world-class sailors.