Wonderful Yachting Experience Awaits in Belizean Coast for 8 People
A wonderful experience in this laid-back paradise awaits when you hire this sailing yacht from us! Charter the 44' Sailing Catamaran for up to 8 people. Rates as low as $1,095 per day. Special rates available if departing on January 19, 2019, request to book now! Rates: • Full Day: Starts from $1,095 Rates may vary, depends on days booked and age of yacht. Inquire for exact rates. What You Can Expect: Belize is a laid-back paradise very similar to the cruising grounds of the South Pacific. Known for world-class snorkeling and scuba diving, superior chartering in protected waters, and unparalleled natural beauty, a Belize cruising vacation is unique and special. Belize is a small country in northern Central America just a bit larger than the U.S. state of Massachusetts. To the north is Mexico and to the west is Guatemala. The western Caribbean fronts the rest of Belize. One of its most remarkable features, making this destination splendid for a Belize cruising vacation, is the Mesoamerican Reef that stretches approximately 350 nautical miles from the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula down along most of the Belizean coast. Only Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is larger. In Belize, the reef shelters more than 400 cayes. Most are fringed with additional reefs comprised of at least 50 species of hard and soft coral. Manatees, whale sharks, and roughly 500 species of tropical fish thrive in these waters, and all manner of seabirds are plentiful, including the Magnificent Frigate and the Brown Booby. Cruising in Placencia A Belize yacht charter vacation offers balmy easterly trade winds year round averaging between 15 and 22 knots that virtually guarantee a wonderful cruising experience every day in calm waters tucked behind cayes and reefs. Passages are short and the navigation is mostly line-of-sight. Plotting courses and heeding the chart is advised due to the many reefs. Keeping a good bow watch and reading depths based on color changes is also important due to seasonal changes in sand bars. A Belize yacht charter is well within the reach of captains who have basic skills in coastal navigation. The beauty and unique character of these waters lures less experienced and veteran charterers alike to return time after time for more adventures in one of the best snorkeling and diving locations in the Western Caribbean. Year-round temperatures range from 74°F to 84°F. Highlights A Belize cruising vacation naturally focuses on the superlative onboard experience, scenic anchorages behind palm-fringed or mangrove-lined cayes, and the fantastic snorkeling and scuba diving in some of the clearest water anywhere. Forays to restaurants on the cayes to sample local cuisine and exposure to Belizean culture add to the pleasures. However, a Belize yacht charter can encompass much more, and often does. Many guests add extra time at the start or finish of their adventure to include a guided dive excursion to the Great Blue Hole, a geological wonder of the world located within Lighthouse Reef, or sightseeing tours of the Mayan ruins inland. To charter in Belize without a skipper, you must fill out this application to obtain a temporary Certificate of Competency and send it along with a color copy of your passport and a clear head-shot picture. Your application will be submitted to the Belizean Port Authorities. This Temporary Certificate of Competency & Disclosure is required for all bareboat charters in Belize. Itinerary A Belize cruising itinerary eases you into a world of natural wonders amid a series of marine preserves tucked behind the protective barrier reefs off the Belizean coast. The islands and cayes are mostly uninhabited, fringed with swaying palms or lined with lush stands of mangroves. White-sand beaches front secluded anchorages with kaleidoscopic colors of brown, orange, green, and blue over the reefs. Balmy trade winds blow steadily and sure, promising exquisite cruising as you explore the less traveled charter grounds behind Belize’s barrier reef system (see Belize maps). It’s one of the best in the world for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking, or just relaxing aboard while you admire the setting sun. • Day 1: Whipray Caye Whipray Caye is located 4 miles northeast of Lark Caye. Just a five minute boat ride away is some of the best fishing you’ll find anywhere with tarpon, bonefish, snapper, grouper, and more. Whipray Caye Lodge’s open air Sea Urchin Bar and Restaurant serves up a variety of Belizean and American food, mostly fresh catches, and the fully stocked bar serves the coldest beer for miles around. Cruising in Whipray Caye waters is a delightful part of any cruise in Belize. • Day 2: South Water Caye Part of Belize’s World Heritage Site, South Water Caye is situated on the barrier reef on the north side of the quarter-mile-wide South Water Pass. Palms rise skyward from pristine beaches. On the east side of the caye, the barrier reef drop-off is close to the beach, providing an ideal location for some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in Belize. South Water Caye yachting is not to be missed! • Day 3: Cocoa Plum Caye (Thatch Caye Resort) Cruising in Cocoa Plum Caye waters brings you to the northern boundary of the protected South Water Marine Reserve, in the Coco Plum Range of islands. Scenic, remote, and breathtakingly beautiful, a visit to these waters is a highpoint of a cruise in Belize. The beaches are superb, and there’s a restaurant and two bars at Thatch Caye Resort, making a trip ashore even more appealing. • Day 4: Lagoon Caye Situated midway between Quamino Caye and the Slasher Sand Bore at the north end of Victoria Channel, the two cayes that comprise Lagoon Caye are breathtakingly beautiful. The deep-water lagoon at the northernmost caye is quite scenic, enhancing your experience of yachting in Lagoon Caye waters. • Day 5: Hatchet Caye Experience all the desirable traits of a deluxe private island at Hatchet Caye. Nestled just 25 nautical miles off the coast of Placencia, Hatchet Caye offers a delightful mix of natural beauty, fun activities, and best-in-class accomodations. Home to the premier Hatchet Caye Resort, seclusion and leisure take on new meaning at this exclusive little island, which only hosts about 16 guests at a time. The island staff’s warm hospitality will make you feel right at home, even though you’re miles away from ordinary, without a care in the world. From the resort restaurant to the luxurious menu of spa services, Hatchet Caye is a place unlike any other. • Day 6: Lark Caye Before an overnight at Lark Caye take a day sail to Ranguana Caye. Situated on the barrier reef near Ranguana Pass, Ranguana Caye is the largest of several others that extend southward from Queen Cayes. Cruising in Ranguana Caye waters is very scenic, simply lovely by any standards. The unspoiled white-sand beaches are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling. After a day of exploring head to Lark Caye, a pristine location ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing. • Day 7: Placencia Harbour Yachting in Placencia waters brings you to a delightfully picturesque village. A lovely, crescent-shaped beach lined with a long row of palms borders the small town. Beautiful flowers, thick stands of trees, and quaint framed houses on stilts add to the idyllic tropical setting. The people of Placencia are warm and friendly, making your visit even more pleasant. Cruising Conditions Belize is subtropical, with a mean annual temperature of 80 degrees F. Winter storms may bring the temperature down to the low '60's; it can reach the mid-90's on the mainland in the hottest part of summer. Trade winds blow along the coast and on the cayes most of the year, keeping temperatures pleasant even in the hottest months, except for a few weeks, generally around mid-August through mid-September. The dry season generally lasts from December to May; the rainy season is typically June-November. Hurricanes occasionally occur; they are most likely to hit in August and September. Rainfall is heaviest in the south and the jungle areas, lightest in the north and on the Cayes. Water temperature averages between 79 and 83 degrees F. Waves inside the barrier reef are minimal but the breeze is fresh creating superb sailing conditions. Outside the barrier reef in the blue water Turneffe Islands and Glover's atolls are each a half day's sail away and Lighthouse Reef can be reached in another half day sail. • Tides The tide range is very small: 30 cm to 60 cm (one to two feet) including the variation of level due to atmospheric pressure and dominant winds. • Weather forecast The base provides a weather forecast for the first day and will provide a listing of stations that broadcast weather. Activities and Sports: • Fishing Game fishing charters available; local inner reef charter services available. Fish life abounds within the main reef. When trolling, you can catch Tuna, Wahoo, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Dorado, Barracuda. Bottom fishing has rewards of Snapper and Grouper. We have local suppliers who can rent a good quality rod, reel and lures for $10 USD per day. Hand lines are also available. Note: Due to Belize fishing laws, charterers who are interested in fishing for leisure or sport must hold a sport fishing license. The fees are US$25 per week. Fines for non-compliance can/will be US$250 or 6 months, imprisonment or both. You may purchase these licenses at the base. • Spear Fishing Spear fishing guns are legal only when free-diving. No tanks allowed when using spear guns. Big fines and prison terms will apply if caught using with tanks. Also, it's totally ILLEGAL with scuba equipment or any type of fishing equipment within Marine Reserves and punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Lobster The lobster closed season runs from midnight February 14 to midnight June 15. • Snorkeling or Diving Snorkeling gear is provided at this location. Please check availability for children’s sizes. You may wish to pack your own snorkeling gear. Scuba diving packages are available through several dive operations in the area. Go Sea Tours is a reputable local dive operator. Please note that dive rental gear is subject to availability during the season. You may also contact the base for details of other operators. • Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards are available at the base and can be ordered in advance through our Planning specialist. What To Expect Onboard: This popular four-cabin Sunsail 444 crafted by Roberston and Caine is perfect for family or couples traveling together. This revolutionary catamaran uniquely balances comfort, space and a sailing performance unrivalled by most catamarans. The most noticeable feature of the 444 is her covered forward cockpit, which is accessible from the main saloon, giving even more space for socializing and relaxing, as well creating cooling breezes into the interior. Specification • Length Overall: 12.98 m / 42ft 7 in • Waterline Length: 12.70 m / 41ft 8i n • Mast Height: 20.68 m / 67ft 10 in • Beam: 7.25 m / 23ft 9 in • Draft: 1.27 m / 4ft 2 in • Displacement: 12,615 kg / 27,880 lb • Fuel Capacity: 700 L / 185 USgal • Water Capacity: 1,000 L / 264 USgal • Sail Area: 123 sqm / 1,323 sqft • Engines: 2 x 45 HP • Cabins: 4 • Heads: 4 • Showers: 4 Additional Features: • Convertible Saloon: This yacht has a convertible saloon which is included as a double berth in the maximum capacity. • Forepeaks: This yacht has two forepeaks accessible through the forward cabins. They are not separated from the forward cabins, are very small and are only suitable for a small child or extra storage. They are not recommended as berths for your charter and are not included in the maximum capacity of your yacht. • Air Conditioning: This yacht has generator powered A/C • Skipper/Cook: A hired Skipper/Cook will need to use an interior cabin. Our yachts are classified by their age and are priced accordingly: • Exclusive Plus - Exclusive Plus class yachts are up to 1 year old, and feature the latest innovations and complimentary Wi-Fi in the Caribbean, Mediterranean & Thailand. • Exclusive - Exclusive class yachts have been in our fleet approximately 1 to 3 years and feature many of the same amenities as our Exclusive Plus yachts. • Club - Club class yachts have some of the Exclusive class amenities, and are generally 3+ years of age (up to 10 years in the Exotics and Mediterranean). Additional Services: Extras • Insurance (Yacht Damage Waiver for Catamaran): $441 • Hire a Cook: $742 ($106 per day) • Hire a Skipper: $1,043 ($149 per day) • Allow 1 extra cabin for crew Provisioning Services (Food & Drink for your boat) This destination offers the convenience of Provisioning Service! Let us take all the hassle out of provisioning your yacht with the highest quality beverages, fresh foods, and non-food items. Order complete packages when booking. • Black & Stormy" Cocktail: $30.00 • Island Girl" Cocktail: $27.75 • Flor de Cana Fizz" Cocktail: $22.00 • Charter Starter Kit (serves 2/3): $105.00 • Charter Starter Kit (serves 4/5): $115.00 • Charter Starter Kit (serves 6/7): $125.00 • Charter Starter Kit (serves 8): $135.00 • BVI Farm Box - Small (Local organic food): $40.00 • BVI Farm Box - Medium (Local organic food): $60.00 • BVI Farm Box - Large (Local organic food): $80.00 • BVI Farm Box - XLarge (Local organic food): $100.00 • Sunriser (serves 4): $36.00 • Sundowner (serves 4): $52.00 If you have any questions, we can answer those through GetMyBoat’s messaging platform before you pay. Just hit, “Request to Book” and send us an inquiry for a custom offer.
- Captain is optional.
- You decide if you would like to book with or without a captain.
- 8 guests
- Cruising Monohull
Features & Details
- Life jackets/required safety gear
- Galley Stove & Oven
- Air Conditioning
- Wheel steering
- CD Player
- Twin Engine
- Fuel type: Diesel
- Furling Headsail
- Furling Mainsail
You’ll get directions for the exact departure location when you make a booking inquiry.
Full refund up to 5 days prior.