The boat charter market has undergone various changes over the past few years and continues to adapt. At Boatbookings, we are always looking at and analyzing trends in the boating industry to stay ahead and ensure our clients get the best experience.
As 2024 gets underway, certain trends are developing that are prioritizing eco-consciousness. Within the last few years, we have seen a fundamental increase in the demand for our greener crewed charter catamarans. So, what else is happening to ensure that, as an industry, we protect our oceans and their future?
For a healthier future for our oceans and boating industry, here are some of the things we think will happen in 2024 and beyond:
Catamarans and Sailing Yachts Take Center Stage
The trend of favoring catamarans and sailing yachts continues to gain momentum. At Boatbookings, we particularly champion our crewed catamarans for their spacious design features, enhanced stability, and notable sustainability credentials. More clients recognize the environmental benefits, increasing the demand for these more eco-conscious yachts. The shift toward alternative fuel sources and the rise of electric yachts further highlights the appeal of sailing yachts over motor yachts, offering vacations powered by nature’s energy.
Getting Further Off The Beaten Track
The rise of off-the-beaten-track destinations has been an increasing trend, and clients now seek locations that escape the crowds. A growing number of charter clients demand more remote experiences and unique adventures. We have seen a significant surge in interest in far-flung destinations such as the Pacific islands and the Indian Ocean. This shift toward alternative cruising spots also increases the importance of conservation and protection initiatives within these pristine island nations.
A Younger Generation at the Helm
The younger generation of Millennials and Gen Z now comprise a more significant proportion of our charter clientele. With a stronger desire for more adventurous experiences and more eco-conscious practices, their influence is shaping the way the yacht charter market is developing. This generation shift is steering the boating industry toward a more sustainable future.
The New Wave of Toys
As sustainability continues to be at the forefront and must continue to be, we have seen a shift in the types of water toys offered. An array of eco-conscious water toys, from electric-powered to sustainably manufactured, and a resurgence of human-powered options are now available on many charter yachts. Charter guests can now have fun on the water while reducing their environmental impact. These toys align with the growing demand for sustainable practices within the yacht charter market.
We are excited about the year ahead and the positive changes and trends that will elevate the boating industry into a more sustainable and environmentally conscious sector. Contact the team at Boatbookings today to book your greener crewed catamaran for 2024.