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To Motor or To Sail

That is the Question

Which is nobler: to engage in the ancient practice of sailing or to motor up alongside ostentatious, luxury vessels? Do you consider something priceless if it has old-world charm and character or if it has a pricetag with more zeros than you thought possible? These are examples of the differences between sailing yachts and motor yachts, and they illustrate how both have something to offer the discerning mind.

Know Your Options

Motor yachts tend to be larger, faster, and tech savvier than their sailing counterparts. Though all modern yachts have advanced equipment to keep passengers safe and on the right course, it is the motor yachts that "go overboard" with water toys and fancy sound systems. You will be protected from the elements and feel completely at ease with all the amenities on a motor yacht. The only drawback on motor yachts is the surcharge for fuel.

Sailing yachts are things of beauty. They can glide through the water without leaving a trail of diesel in their wake. Sailing is at once time-honored and current. You can transport yourself from island to island in the same manner that sailors of yore used on trade routes. Or you can arrange to have the yacht participate in a regatta and get up speed like the ultramodern America's Cup racers. (Well, maybe not that much speed!) Enjoying a vacation aboard a sailing yacht may mean you have compromised some space, but you've made up for it with class.

Make a Decision

Your charter specialist will help determine whether the docks and moorings at your intended locations favor motor yachts or sailing yachts. If you have a large family or want to host several guests, then a motor yacht may be for you. However, if you want romantic ambience and an intimate setting, then a sailing yacht may be just the thing. Also consider your itinerary: motor yachts help you island hop quickly while sailing yachts are the best for lingering on deck and slowly taking in the scenery.

Enjoy the Voyage

The commonality among motor and sailing yachts is the package deal of an attentive crew, a customized itinerary, and a professional chef all gathered to make a vacation that is especially suited to you. Budget, amenities, space, and comfort will all factor in to your decision. It's modern luxury versus traditional elegance. The choice is up to you!

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