Superyachts aren’t just for celebrities to escape the glare of the paparazzi lens
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The Essex-based firm ‘Borrow a Boat’ is the brainchild of Matt Ovenden, a Brit who’s keen to dispel the myth that boating is for the privileged elite only. He’s rounded-up a fleet of more than 17,000 sumptuous yachts, available to hire in 60 countries around the world. These ‘Airbnb’ style boats will have you holidaying like an A-lister…for just £125-a-week. .
TAMANO, JAPAN: Cost of boat: £280,000
Cost to rent: £2,551 per week
Japan is an emerging destination for Brit tourists, with recent research by the Post Office Holiday Money Report showing how expenditure by British visitors to Japan was up 42% in 2017 compared with 2016. And this luxurious catamaran, with room for 10 people, is a great way to experience the Land of the Rising Sun. The cockpit/saloon area of the ‘Bali 4.0’ vessel boasts an electric glass door that lets you switch from ‘Lounge mode’ to ‘retracted’, giving you a panoramic view over the sea.
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BIOGRAD NA MORU, CROATIA: Cost of boat: £200,000
Cost to rent: £1,260 per week
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Biograd na Moru is a city and municipality in northern Dalmatia. And it’s the perfect area to take to the water and explore Croatia’s medieval hotspots. Your yacht - a ‘380 S2’ made by Lagoon - is a luxury catamaran that could work out at just £126 each per week for a party of 10. For an extra £180 you can also bring your pet on board for the week.
PHUKET, THAILAND Cost of boat: £305,000
Cost to rent: £4,040 per week
This ultra-modern catamaran from German master craftsmen Bavaria takes to the water from the paradise beaches of Phuket and lets you explore the warm seas off nearby Ko Yao Noi and Krabi. There’s an open deck for sunbathing on your ‘Nautitech Open 40’, five roomy cabins and you can add a kayak to the deck for an extra £15 a day.
CAGNES-SUR-MER, FRANCE: Cost of boat: £190,000 (second hand) 2002 boat
Cost to rent: £5,940.00 per week
Nestled between Nice and Cannes on the French east coast, sits Cagnes-Sur-Mer. And that’s your pick-up point for the fully-skippered ’45 Sport’ boat from yacht builders Gianetti. It sleeps 4 in three separate cabins and features a hydraulic swim platform that lets you dip your toes in the Med in comfort.
PORT VARNA, BULGARIA Cost of boat: £48,000 (second hand 2003)
Cost to rent: £1,449.00 per week
More and more Brits are heading to Bulgaria for the beach resorts in summer, and cheap skiing and snowboarding in winter. And now Borrow A Boat is also encouraging UK tourists to explore the Black Sea by yacht. You’ll hop aboard an Oceanis 331 from Beneteau, a craft that sleeps 8 and is drenched in expensive teak wood panelling.