Think carefully about how much of your vacation budget you should spend on the boat. Bigger boats and catamarans are much more expensive. Boats that are newer and better equipped will also cost more than boats that have been used for a long time. Cheap charter boats might make sense if you don't need a water maker, a big fridge, a grill on the deck, or a brand-new dinghy. If, on the other hand, you do not need any of the extra equipment, we could find a boat just for your needs.

Going with a charter company that isn't a well-known brand can also help tight budgets. Of course, you may get what you pay for with some, but with others, you might get to work with a family-run business that makes up for its lack of brand recognition and old fleet with good maintenance and service.