The Top 5 Hidden Gems Of The Mediterranean

The anticipated Mediterranean summer season is finally here! This region is known for its picturesque towns, rich culture and history, culinary cuisines, and endless opportunities to explore the landscapes and waters. While popular hotspots like the French Riviera are great to explore, they often face the pressures of overtourism. 

At Boatbookings, we appreciate the boating community’s impact on particular destinations. With our selection of greener crewed charter catamarans, there are some incredible off-the-beaten-track Mediterranean locations to escape the crowds and minimize your impact this summer.

Here are our top five:

1. Aeolian Islands, Sicily 
While most boats flock to the famous Amalfi Coast, Italy and its islands offer a more unique and peaceful cruising experience. Nestled along the northern coast of Sicily are the Aeolian Islands. This volcanic archipelago boasts dramatic landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and great island-hopping adventures. Explore the rugged terrain of Stromboli or anchor at Salina, known for its lush vineyards and eco-friendly wine production. 

2. Mljet, Croatia 
One of Croatia’s national parks, Mljet is a hidden Mediterranean summer gem offering secluded beaches, lush forests, and a chance to disconnect from the summer hustle and bustle. Sailing along the island’s pristine and sandy coastline, there are plenty of opportunities to spend the night anchored in a secluded cove with no one else around. As Croatia’s greenest island, you can explore the park’s many hiking trails. In the north are the saltwater bays, the Great and Small Lakes, ideal for swimming in these calm waters. 

3. Hydra, Greece 
The Greek Islands have become a popular yacht charter destination, and for good reason. However, some islands are overrun by tourism, so why not visit one of the lesser-known islands this summer? Hydra is located within the Saronic Island chain and is only accessible by boat, and as it’s car-free, most transport is done on foot or by donkey. Wandering through the idyllic port town, you can enjoy the laid-back vibe. Just a short hop from Athens, this is the perfect island to add to any Greek yacht charter itinerary. 

4. Formentera, Balearic Islands 
Often overshadowed by its larger and livelier neighbor, Ibiza, Formentera is well worth a visit when cruising the Balearic Islands. It is the smallest of these islands, and some say the prettiest, with its relaxed atmosphere. For those seeking a quieter and more sustainable catamaran charter, Formentera delivers with its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. 

5. Gozo, Malta 
While Malta is a popular tourist destination, its smaller sister island, Gozo, remains relatively untouched. The rugged island boasts world-famous dive sites, rocky shores, and ancient cities steeped in history, including UNESCO sites. The idyllic island is a stone’s throw from Malta but boasts a more tranquil charter experience. Whether you explore the prehistoric ruins, hike the rugged cliffs, or dive into the clear waters, there is plenty to do without leaving an impact. 

By exploring more off-the-beaten-track locations and supporting sustainable tourism initiatives, you can explore the Mediterranean’s hidden gems while minimizing your impact. Contact one of the Boatbookings team today to learn more about our greener crewed charter catamaran options and availability for the rest of the summer. 

4 Steps To Take Action This World Ocean Day

Each year, World Ocean Day is about coming together to celebrate our oceans and raise awareness of how to protect them better. This year, the 2024 World Ocean Day theme on the 8th of June is “catalyzing action for our ocean and climate.”

This is a call to action for us all to take tangible steps toward better safeguarding our oceans’ health and mitigating climate change’s impacts. At Boatbookings, we firmly believe our commitment to preserving them must match our love for them. As a yacht charter company, we have a unique opportunity and responsibility to do so. 

The oceans cover 70% of our planet’s surface, generate the oxygen we breathe, regulate our climate, and thousands of communities rely on them. Yet, the oceans are under threat, facing enormous pressures such as pollution, overfishing, habitat destruction, and the escalating climate crisis. 

This World Ocean Day, we must collectively catalyze action to protect our oceans; we have put together some of the steps you can make toward a better future:

Step 1: Charter A Greener Boat

Before you begin your boat charter, we want you to choose better. We aim to offer a vast selection of sustainable electric charter catamarans so that clients can choose a more responsible boat for their boating vacation. While most charter yachts are still diesel-powered, the segment for electric and hybrid boats is increasing rapidly. Not only are they better for mitigating the environmental impact, but these yachts also provide a more pleasant experience without noise, vibration, and fumes to contend with while trying to relax on the water. 

Step 2: Choose Better Preferences 

Once you have chosen your greener crewed charter catamaran, it is essential that you fill out the yacht’s preference sheets before getting onboard. These preference sheets help the crew curate the best yacht charter experience for you, and this is also where you can reduce your environmental impact. For the chefs, you can request that you eat locally and sustainably sourced menus versus flying produce to add to food miles and your carbon footprint. When it comes to using products onboard, request that all cleaning and toiletry products, such as reef-friendly sunscreen, are ecologically friendly; everything that goes down the drain onboard actually ends up in the oceans. Also, be sure to state that you would like to minimize single-use plastic wherever possible, primarily through reusable water bottles. 

Step 3: Be Aware Of Your Impact 

When cruising the world’s oceans, whether in the Mediterranean or the Indian Ocean, ensuring your activities are not disrupting the ecosystems is vital. Your onboard crew will adhere to marine conservation regulations regarding cruising and anchoring to minimize the yacht’s impact. When swimming, snorkeling, and diving, be mindful of your activities under the ocean. It is also essential to acknowledge any influence you may have on the communities you visit – this can have a positive impact, for example, contributing to the local economy. 

Step 4: Support & Spread Awareness 

As this year’s World Ocean Day theme suggests, we must all act. You can get involved in various local ocean conservation initiatives, such as beach clean-ups or restoration projects. If you cannot help first-hand, then spreading awareness of the pressures on our oceans is just as important. 

While acknowledging the topics behind World Ocean Day is essential, we should work to protect and conserve our oceans every day. At Boatbookings, we started this by helping facilitate greener chartering, providing clients with a more sustainable charter fleet and practices. To learn more about our greener crewed charter catamaran options and availability, contact the Boatbookings team today. 

One Ocean, One Climate, One Future – Together! 

What You Should Know About The World’s First All-Electric Boat Race

The electric boat sector is making waves in its journey toward a more sustainable future, with innovative ideas and developments emerging regularly.

At Boatbookings, we have long been a leader in embracing electric boating, which is why we offer our range of greener-crewed charter catamarans. The boating sector as a whole is prioritizing sustainability, with new technologies and concepts introduced, including the boat racing side of things…

The E1 Series 

In February this year, the world’s first all-electric boat race – the E1 Series – was launched. Labeled as “Formula 1 of the seas,” this series has been backed by high-profile names like Tom Brady and Sunreef’s ambassador Rafael Nadal. This pioneering event promises to transform the boating industry by showcasing cutting-edge technologies and more sustainable propulsion systems. 

It has been making its way around the world throughout the year, having kicked off in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This June, it is making its way to Europe, from Puerto Banus in Marbella and Geneva in Switzerland. Then it heads to Monaco in July, finishing up in Rotterdam in September. 

The RaceBird

Specifically built for the E1 Series, the RaceBird is a sleek and powerful electric powerboat developed to push boundaries. It is made of carbon fiber and weighs 800 kg. During the launch event, the RaceBird wowed spectators with its impressive performance. The boat model, with the help of Mercury Racing, reaches up to an eye-watering 50 knots. Kreisel provides advanced battery technology within the boat. 

RaceBird is a testament to the possibilities for the electric boating sector. The sustainable design incorporates state-of-the-art hydrofoil technology, effortlessly gliding through the water, significantly reducing drag, and maximizing energy efficiency. This enhances the boat’s performance and points toward more potential for future solutions on a wider scale. 

An Electric Future 

The E1 Series is an important catalyst for change. By bringing together the best minds in engineering, design, and sustainable technology, it is a platform to drive further technical developments in the electric boating industry. 

Charter Electric Today! 

There are so many benefits to chartering an electric boat for your yacht charter this year. From the improved boating experience to the greener credentials, you can immerse yourself in nature better with silent propulsion while protecting our oceans. 

Deciding to charter an electric boat is about committing to a more sustainable future for the boating industry. As you plan what crewed charter catamaran you will charter next, consider your choice’s impact and contact the Boatbookings team to talk about our greener-crewed charter catamarans and opt for electric. 

Sustainable Futures: How Will AI Transform Yacht Charters?

As the boating sector continues to embrace cutting-edge technology, the power of artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to revolutionize yacht charters. From optimizing energy efficiency to streamlining logistics and pioneering sustainable design, AI is rapidly becoming a driving force that is helping lead the way toward a greener boating future. 

At Boatbookings, we champion all advances prioritizing sustainability, offering a range of greener crewed catamaran charters. We are excited to see how AI will help improve the sector and make yacht charters more sustainable. 

Here are some ways we think AI technology will contribute to more sustainable yacht charters:

 Energy Efficiency 

At the forefront of these technologies is the promise of enhanced energy efficiency. Various AI systems are being developed to optimize yacht operations based on many changing variables. The systems provide data-driven solutions that adjust propulsion, routes, and scheduling for maximum efficiency. AI-powered navigation tools can reduce fuel, emissions, and overall energy consumption, helping align the industry with sustainability goals. 

Streamlining Logistics 

Another area where AI is transforming the yacht charter industry is streamlining yacht charter logistics. Intelligent booking systems are simplifying the reservation process. These booking processes can also integrate preferences, highlighting more sustainable choices for guests. Predictive analysis can aid preventative maintenance and provisioning systems. Smart stocking and provisioning algorithms will be able to anticipate the yacht’s needs, cutting down on unnecessary deliveries and reducing food waste. 

Design Improvements 

AI is also upgrading boat design and engineering. From optimizing AI designs to enhancing the efficiency of systems such as HVAC, it is enabling significant reductions in carbon footprints. AI systems onboard can also intelligently control lighting, entertainment, and climate zones, further minimizing energy consumption with ease. 

The Future

The future will see many changes, one of which is the integration of AI assistants. This technology promises to elevate sustainability efforts further. Imagine having a virtual sustainability guide on your yacht charter, providing real-time awareness of your environmental footprint and offering friendly recommendations tailored to your itinerary and preferences. 

The power of these technologies in the boat charter industry has the potential to improve not only sustainability credentials but also the overall guest experience. Integrating AI into the boating sector will lead the yacht charter industry toward a better, lower-impact future as we become increasingly conscious of our environmental impacts. 

If you are interested in reducing your carbon footprint today, consider booking one of the greener crewed catamaran charters. Contact a Boatbookings team member today to learn more about our more sustainable yachting vacations. 

Myth vs. Reality: The Truth About Electric Boating

The use of electric technologies within the electric boating sector isn’t new. For some years now, the industry has been undergoing a revolution with the rise of electric propulsion systems. While the technology promises a greener and quieter boating experience, many myths and misconceptions surround electric boats. 

At Boatbookings, we have been champions of electric boating. That’s why we offer a range of greener crewed catamarans with electric propulsion. 

Here, we separate fact from fiction when it comes to the myths and misconceptions of electric boating: 

Myth: Electric boats have limited range 

One of the biggest concerns about electric boats is their perceived limited range. However, advancements in battery technology and energy management systems have significantly increased the range of modern electric boats. The Eco range from Sunreef, the world’s leading manufacturer of electric catamarans, boasts an unlimited range under favorable and sunny weather conditions, thanks to the advanced battery systems and their innovative and integrated solar panels within the superstructure. 

Myth: Electric boats lack power and performance 

Another common misconception is that electric boats are sluggish and lack the power and performance of traditional diesel-powered vessels. But in reality, electric motors can provide instant torque and powerful acceleration, making them incredibly responsive on the water. Candela, the first fast and long-range electric boat on the market, with top speeds of up to 30 knots, is an example of this performance level. 

Myth: Electric boats are not as luxurious 

Some believe that electric boats lack the luxury amenities found on traditional boats, but this is far from the truth. Today, many electric boat manufacturers focus on creating vessels combining cutting-edge technology with luxurious designs and premium materials. These boats are being designed at the forefront of technology and design and, therefore, will combine the highest quality. The range of electric crewed catamarans we have available with Boatbookings is all of superior quality with luxurious amenities onboard. 

Myth: There is limited charging infrastructure 

While electric boats require charging up, many fear the lack of infrastructure. However, while this may have been an issue, many marinas and docking facilities are now equipped with charging stations to recharge while docked. Around the world, we have seen a massive uptake in governments investing in fast-charging networks. Private companies have also seen this opportunity and are installing more and more charging points for boats. Many electric-powered boats also have further energy generation, such as solar panels, to extend the range without external charging. 

As the electric boating sector continues to evolve, it’s essential to understand the capabilities and limitations of these vessels. With continued advancements in technology and infrastructure, electric boating is poised to become an increasingly popular and sustainable choice for those wanting a greener crewed catamaran charter. Contact one of the team at Boatbookings to talk more about electric boating and the fleet of greener crewed catamarans we can offer for your next boating vacation.