The Top 4 Greener Luxury Yachts To Charter in 2024

Chartering luxury yachts no longer requires compromising eco-conscious values for luxury. At Boatbookings, we pride ourselves in offering a wide range of greener, crewed catamaran charters in various locations, suiting varying needs. 

As the world and the boating industry set their sights on creating a more sustainable future, looking at greener ways of exploring our oceans is vital. From harnessing greener propulsion and integrating eco-conscious materials to offering less fuel-guzzling activities, plenty of luxury yachts are out there championing a greener vacation. 

Here are our favorite greener crewed catamarans for charter in 2024: 

1. Sol 

This Sunreef 80 was new on the luxury yacht charter market last year, and we are excited to be offering her for this season in the Caribbean. Whether you want to cruise the BVIs, USVIs, or The Bahamas, you can do so on this Sunreef Eco 80 while ensuring you have a minimal impact on our oceans. She can accommodate up to 8 guests and offers a range of eco-conscious and wellness activities such as yoga, paddle boarding, and many other toys. Sol is powered by an electric propulsion system and the integrated Sunreef solar paneling technology. She is also furnished with eco-friendly materials. Contact the Boatbookings team today to enjoy a greener luxury yacht charter in the Caribbean onboard Sol. 

2. Silent Dream

Aptly named after catamaran builder Silent Yachts, Silent Dream is a 60 fully electric-powered catamaran accommodating up to 6 guests. She cruises silently, resulting in zero emissions with her battery banks and solar panels. Silent Dream has an extensive range of eco-conscious water toys, from snorkeling to kayaking and paddleboarding. Why not hop aboard her in Sardinia this summer? Contact the Boatbookings team today to enjoy a greener luxury yacht charter in the Mediterranean onboard Silent Dream. 

3. Tiril 

Another yacht from the Sunreef Eco line, but this time slightly smaller. Tiril, Sunreef 50, is perfect for those wanting to get off the beaten track while maintaining a lighter carbon footprint. She is fitted with the Sunreef solar panels. Available to charter throughout the Pacific islands, Tiril will also keep you cool in these tropical locations as she boasts a revolutionary air conditioning system that is energy efficient. Contact the Boatbookings team today to enjoy a greener luxury yacht charter in the Pacific onboard Tiril. 

4. Nemo

This Nautitech 47 greener crewed catamaran can accommodate up to 10 guests and is perfect for sailing around the BVIs. She runs on practically 100% sustainable energy with her two wind turbines and solar panels. Enjoy some alfresco dining of fresh seafood on the aft deck with the onboard BBQ. Contact the Boatbookings team today to enjoy a greener luxury yacht charter in the Caribbean onboard Nemo. 

These greener crewed charter catamarans are just a small selection of what we offer at Boatbookings for 2024. Whether you want to charter in the Caribbean, the South Pacific, or the Mediterranean, we have the perfect option for you to ensure you minimize your carbon footprint and impact on our oceans. Contact the Boatbookings team to enjoy a New Year full of responsible luxury yacht charters. 

Give Back to Our Oceans This Christmas

We are in full festive Christmas spirit here at Boatbookings. As we organize and exchange gifts, it is the perfect time to go beyond the traditional and consider presents that not only bring joy but also give back to our oceans. With our oceans facing unprecedented threats, supporting ocean conservation and sustainability is more critical than ever. 

Here are some ways to make a difference to our oceans this Christmas: 

Adopt Marine Life

If you have a loved one with a particular affinity to a sea creature, why not adopt one as a gift this Christmas? Many marine conservation organizations offer adoption programs, whether it be a sea turtle, dolphin, or even whale. One of those is the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). The funds raised from these often go toward further research and conservation efforts to protect these amazing creatures and their habitats.

Ocean-Inspired Products

With more awareness of the dangers our oceans face, an increasing number of companies and artisans are coming onto the scene to craft upcycled products from ocean trash. A lot of these brands also donate a portion of their profits to marine conservation projects, allowing you to give a great gift and contribute to a healthier ocean. Innovative brands such as Waterhaul create sunglasses from waste fishing nets. For jewelry lovers, 4Ocean produces ocean-themed bracelets from the removal of ocean plastic. It isn’t only fishing nets and plastic but also sails that can end up in our seas; SeaBags take worn-out and discarded sailcloth to make numerous products, including toiletry bags. 

Eat & Be Merry, Sustainably 

Without a doubt, Christmas is a time for indulgence, but what if you could enjoy this while having a lighter impact? Firstly, opt for local and seasonal produce wherever you are this holiday season to reduce your carbon footprint and minimize food air miles. Consider also choosing a sustainable wine producer like SeaChange wine, which is dedicated to providing eco-friendly wines that actively contribute to marine conservation. Their commitment includes removing plastic wrap-around corks and donating to marine charities with each bottle sold. 

Push The Boat Out 

If you want that extra special gift, why not gift a greener crewed catamaran charter this Christmas with Boatbookings? We advocate for a more sustainable boating industry and strive to protect our oceans. Choose from our selection of greener crewed charter catamarans.

Our oceans are vital to everything we do; by choosing gifts that give back to the ocean, we can collectively positively impact marine ecosystems and work toward a more sustainable future. Contact the Boatbookings team today to chat about what we are doing to help our oceans in 2024. 

Responsible Sailing: How to Embrace Greener Boating Using the 4 ‘R’s’

Not only are we passionate about bringing you an unforgettable crewed charter catamaran and barefoot charter catamaran experiences, but we also want to help you partake in responsible sailing and protect our oceans. 

Greener Boating 

At its core, to have a more sustainable boating industry is about minimizing the negative impacts on the environment and maximizing the benefits for everyone involved. One aspect of this mission of greener chartering is to promote and incorporate the ‘R’s throughout our entire operation and growing fleet.

These ‘R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle – provide a roadmap for achieving these goals. We take a look into this framework that are the cornerstones to sustainability with regards to Boatbookings

Reduce

The first ‘R’ is all about how you can reduce your environmental impact. At Boatbookings, we have made conscious choices to offer a range of greener crewed catamaran charters for you to choose from. We prioritize the selection of yachts we offer to ensure they are showcasing more sustainable technology, ensuring lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions. We aim to provide options from catamaran builders such as Silent Yachts, Sunreef Eco, and Fountaine Pajot

But our commitment to reducing doesn’t stop there. Our carbon emissions calculator helps us assess and continually improve our environmental practices. 

We advocate for our operators to reduce the amount of waste and pollution while promoting eco-friendly brands. We also encourage our clients and yachts to reduce speed, especially when sailing near vulnerable marine life habitats. Going slow reduces impact and enables clients to soak up the ocean’s magic. 

Reuse 

We ensure that our crewed charter partners regularly maintain and service their fleets to ensure longevity and reduce the need for unnecessary repairs. We also work with partners who are aligned with sustainable practices that reduce resource consumption and waste generation. 

Repurpose

At Boatbookings, we pride ourselves on promoting repurposing by collaborating with companies that repurpose marine waste into innovative products, contributing to a more circular economy. 

We want to raise more awareness about the critical issue of marine pollution that our oceans face. Education is essential in changing consumer behavior and inspiring a new sense of responsibility. 

Recycle 

The final ‘R’ is recycling, which you are probably already familiar with. We advocate responsible recycling throughout our operators and clients. We are always looking for better recycling initiatives within marinas worldwide to facilitate easier recycling for our clients. 

Responsible chartering is an integral part of experiencing the beauty of our oceans. By promoting these ‘R’s, we are not only committed to reducing the environmental impact of our selected fleet but also dedicated to creating eco-conscious charter experiences for our clients. 

Contact us today to discuss our greener crewed charter catamaran options for your next vacation. 

Charter Guest 101: How to be a More Eco-Conscious Guest

Being a charter guest onboard a luxury charter catamaran is an incredible experience, being able to cruise the world’s oceans while being looked after by a professional crew with all the amenities. But, today, charter guests must consider the impact that boating is having on the environment. 

This environmental impact of yachts can no longer be ignored, and at Boatbookings, we advocate for a more sustainable boating industry, choosing to work with yachts that implement sustainable initiatives into the build process and operations. 

Aside from choosing from one of our greener crewed charter catamarans, there are plenty of other ways to ensure you are a better, more eco-conscious and responsible charter guest. 

Here are some tips on how to enjoy your yacht charter while minimizing your impact: 

Better Preferences

Crews ensure they always go above and beyond when running a yacht charter, and this extends to ensuring guests have what they ask for onboard a crewed charter catamaran. When filling out a preference sheet, there are a few things to consider to have a greener charter. Minimize plastic waste by drinking from refillable bottles, and utilizing the onboard water filtration system instead of requesting branded water bottles. Toiletries are another factor to consider; you can request that there be reef-friendly and environmentally safe toiletries onboard.

When it comes to food, the chefs are heavily involved in preferences. If guests request something, they will be sure to fly it in, which contributes significantly to the yacht’s carbon footprint. Be sure to request locally sourced and seasonal menus when onboard. Not only does this reduce the carbon footprint, but it also allows you to savor the freshest produce and local specialities. 

Respect the Underwater World 

Getting underwater is a big part of a yacht charter, especially in tropical locations where the underwater world is pristine, such as Tahiti, the BVIs, and the Bahamas! To preserve these ecosystems, minimize your disruption when partaking in any watersport. Avoid feeding or touching marine life, and keep a safe distance when swimming.

Reduce Consumption 

While crewed catamarans have an array of luxury amenities and facilities, this doesn’t mean that there needs to be excessive use of them. Guests can easily conserve energy and resources by switching things off when not in use. This reduction in consumption can also help reduce the yacht’s carbon footprint. You should also always embrace vacation mode and cruise at a leisurely pace; not only does this allow you to take in the destination better, but a slower cruising speed further reduces emissions. 

Support Local 

Practicing responsible sailing doesn’t just stop on the ocean. When you step ashore, it is important to support the local economy. If you go on excursions ashore, consult the crew to ensure you participate in ones that benefit the community. There are always plenty of organizations and initiatives you can get involved with ashore that are helping minimize environmental impact, such as beach clean-ups. 

Listen to Your Crew 

The yacht crew onboard our charter catamaran ensure that the boats are run extremely safely to adhere to all rules and regulations, including the environmental aspect. The crew will ensure you recognize the environmental impact that the yacht and operations will have and the correct waste disposal practices you can do while onboard. 

Spread Awareness

Never hesitate to ask the crew about any small changes you can make to minimize your impact onboard. You can inspire positive change throughout the charter community by spreading awareness about eco-friendly swaps. 

Every small change contributes to a greener future for boating. It is a collaborative effort, and as guests, you can play a vital role in preserving and protecting our oceans. Contact the Boatbookings team today to find out which greener crewed charter catamaran you can book for your next vacation!

How to Have a More Sustainable Caribbean Yacht Charter

We are approaching one of our favorite times of the year – the Caribbean boating season! At Boatbookings, we love cruising the Caribbean, from the azure waters and abundant marine life to pristine beaches. But, like the rest of our planet, the islands are under threat.

The Caribbean is a fragile ecosystem suffering under the various challenges climate change brings. The Caribbean faces many threats, from rising sea levels and increasingly severe weather to ocean acidification. There are so many things we can do to leave less of an impact on our crewed charter catamarans.

Here are some ways you can help minimize your impact this Caribbean season:

Choose a Greener Yacht

The first step is to choose a more eco-friendly yacht from our greener crewed charter catamaran selection. At Boatbookings, we showcase more sustainable boats and look at incorporating catamaran builds, such as Sunreef and Silent Yachts, that champion sustainability. Crewed catamarans are better for our oceans and boast more advantages, such as better efficiency, shallow draft, expansive living areas, and comfortable cruising. The recently launched Sol is perfect for a greener Caribbean charter in the BVIs. This Sunreef 80 power eco has all the luxury facilities and amenities while having sustainability at the core, including vegan interiors and the solar and battery tech found within this Eco-Catamaran range.

An Eco-Conscious Itinerary 

There are a few factors that can help minimize your impact by choosing a more eco-conscious itinerary for a Caribbean charter. Overcrowding can have a negative impact on an ecosystem, so cruising destinations and anchorages that are less crowded will help. Opting for quieter spots also makes for a better experience. There are plenty of natural reserves and marine parks in the Caribbean, especially within the Bahamas, such as Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park. Visiting these on your charter means you will help support the conservation efforts by abiding by the strict conservation regulations to protect the area.

Better Onboard Practices 

While the crew onboard will already implement sustainable practices, it is important that you are aware of these. The main culprit in the Caribbean is the use of single-use plastic, but most boats now have water filtration systems onboard so that you can reduce any plastic water bottles needed. While in the Caribbean, you will undoubtedly be in the water a lot, so it is important to wear reef-friendly suncream to protect from the toxicity of regular suncream when exploring reefs and marine life. Another way to ensure a greener charter is through the menus you enjoy; ask your chef to create menus that are prioritized with local and seasonal ingredients in mind, helping reduce the carbon footprint of your charter. Always look for opportunities within the Caribbean to incorporate responsibly sourced seafood and avoid overfished species, such as parrotfish that have been overfished in the Caribbean for decades. 

Support Conservation Efforts 

As well as choosing to visit marine parks and natural reserves while following the regulations as charter guests, you can also support by donating to local conservation organizations or participating in beach cleanups. By aligning your charter experience with minimizing your impact, you are contributing to the long-term health of our oceans. Before your charter, you can also use our carbon offsetting calculator.

Charter the Caribbean Today! 

These are just some steps you can take to ensure the Caribbean’s natural beauty lasts for generations to come. Contact the Boatbookings team to book a greener crewed charter catamaran to enjoy the Caribbean this coming season.