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Yacht Charter Rhode Island

While many sailing destinations claim to be the best in the world, Newport, Rhode Island, with over 400 miles of shoreline and a rich maritime heritage, really is at the heart of the sailing community, with its scenic cruising grounds making it the ideal location for a perfect summer getaway.

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  • Beautiful scenery
  • Diverse cruising grounds
  • Quaint towns

Rhode Island yacht rental

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Located between Nantucket and Long Island, our base in Warwick, Rhode Island provides easy access to this amazing cruising ground and Newport’s charming downtown area, where you’ll find the historic homes of many seafaring captains. Newport also hosts the world’s most prestigious sailing race, the America’s Cup.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to the itinerary of your Rhode Island charter boat vacation, taking in some of the most notable tourist destinations in the US, including Nantucket, Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, the summer playground of the rich and famous.

On your Rhode Island yacht rental, you can also head to The Hamptons on Long Island and explore its charming towns and villages, gourmet restaurants, lively bars and upscale boutiques. If you’re looking to get back to nature, you can spend your day whale watching, fishing, hiking or picnicking in Wetherill State Park at the southeastern tip of Conanicut Island. 

Our charter base is located in Safe Harbor Cowesett, Warwick, Rhode Island, just a short sail from Newport.

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Available charter types

Bareboat

For experienced sailors, a bareboat charter is the perfect getaway.
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Skippered

Relax and leave all the sailing to a professional skipper.
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Easy crewed

The simplest, hassle-free way to charter a crewed private yacht.
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Fully crewed

Your own private yacht for an all-inclusive luxury sailing vacation.
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Cabin cruise

Reserve a private ensuite stateroom on a modern catamaran.
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SailShare

Low package rates for island-hopping aboard a sailing yacht.
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Aqualodge

Get closer to nature on the perfect self-catering Caribbean vacation.
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Power Catamaran

Cruise faster and see more on the perfect charter boat.
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Things to do in Rhode Island

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Enjoy a world famous cliff walk

If it’s peace and quiet you’re after, Newport’s 3.5-mile cliff walk is your ticket to escape. On one side, you’ll have infinite views of the Atlantic Ocean and the sound of waves crashing against the rocks. On the other, you’ll catch a glimpse of the Gilded Age mansions. It’s the best of both worlds, so it’s no wonder it’s one of the top things to do in Rhode Island.

Stroll around Newport Historic District

See the regal 19th century mansions along Bellevue Avenue for instant property gratification. Some of them are museums, so save some time to take a look at the interiors.

Head to Thames Street and Broadway

Discover countless shops and restaurants while sailing Rhode Island. You can find everything from seafood classics to Japanese ramen noodles and a lively nightlife scene.

Relax with paddleboarding

Head to Conanicut Marina in the neighboring town of Jamestown. Enjoy some SUP action along this wonderful coast.

Catch the waves

If you love the surf, then you will want to head to Sachuest Beach to enjoy the best of the region’s surfing. It’s one of the most popular things to do in Rhode Island.

Weather insights

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When is the best time to go to Rhode Island?

The best time to visit Rhode Island is in summer when the weather is great, with average high temperatures of 80ºF most days, and average lows of about 60ºF in the evening. There are over 200 sunny days each year in Rhode Island.

What are the sailing conditions in Rhode Island?

From April to October, experience calmer winds perfect for any sailing vacation. The best wind of the year comes in July, reaching up to six miles per hour.

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Sail Rhode Island with Dream Yacht Charter

Rhode Island boat hire

Sail Rhode Island and explore the sailing grounds from the Hamptons to Nantucket and beyond. Enjoy sailing our catamarans in this special region of the US. Find out more about our Rhode Island bareboat fleet.

Skippered yacht charter Rhode Island

Hire a skipper to sail Rhode Island and enjoy a wonderful sailing vacation. Sailing experience isn’t needed as your skipper will sail you and your guests around Rhode Island’s cruising grounds while you relax.

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Rhode Island sailing itinerary

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Newport lighthouse sea 7-day itinerary Rhode Island

Day 1: Warwick, Rhode Island

Spend the night at our Newport base located at Warwick. Grab dinner and drinks at one of the many area restaurants.

Day 2: Menemsha

Set sail from Warwick for Menemsha, on Martha’s Vineyard. Menemsha is known as the filming location for Steven Spielberg’s summer-thriller, Jaws. This quiet fishing village features many delicious seafood restaurants and beautiful sandy beaches with dunes aplenty. While visiting Menemsha Beach, check out the Swordfish Harpooner sculpture.

Day 3: Nantucket

Sail in the morning from Menemsha to Nantucket, an old whaling port just 20 or so miles from Cape Cod. The Nantucket area is known for its pristine beaches, cobblestone streets, historic homes and wine festivals.

Day 4: Oak Bluffs

After experiencing Nantucket, set sail towards Oak Bluffs, a small, charming Martha’s Vineyard town. The Oak Bluffs area features tiny shops, restaurants and bars, along with a beautiful beach. Be sure to check out the Campground, a neighborhood featuring small, colorful cottages that look straight out of a storybook.

Day 5: Cuttyhunk

Carry on with your New England sailing adventure by heading towards Cuttyhunk Island, the outermost of the Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. This small island has a population of only around 52 people and features many places to grab a bite to eat and relax. While there, be sure to stop by Church’s Beach, one of Buzzards Bay’s most beautiful sandy spots.

Day 6: Conanicut Island

Your journey continues on to Jamestown, on Conanicut Island, the second largest island in Narragansett Bay. The area is known as being the filming location for many movies including Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, which perfectly captures New England’s sleepy seaside vibe. Jamestown has a wide variety of restaurants and bars to choose from along with some great beaches and cliffs to relax at.

Day 7: Sailing to Warwick

On your final day return back to Warwick.

Useful information for yacht charters in Rhode Island

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How do I get to Rhode Island from the US?

Fly into Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport (PVD), a short 15-minute taxi ride to our base in Warwick, Rhode Island. Logan International Airport (BOS) is 64 miles from the base, or a one-hour and 15-minute drive by car/shuttle. There are regular flights from most domestic and international cities with all major airline carriers, please check the schedule at the airport’s website.

What language is spoken in Rhode Island?

The language spoken in Rhode Island is English.

What is the currency for Rhode Island?

The currency in Rhode Island is the United States Dollar (USD).

What documents do I need to sail Rhode Island?

Visitors to the United States will need a passport, valid for the duration of their stay, and a visa, unless they are a resident of a visa-waiver country.

Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel for your Rhode Island charter yacht vacation.

How do I get around Rhode Island?

The transport system in Rhode Island is comprehensive and includes trains, taxis, ride-sharing and buses, making it easy for getting around Rhode Island.

What is the Wi-Fi like in Rhode Island?

Wi-Fi is available at our marina and it is easily accessible in Rhode Island during your Rhode Island yacht rental.

What regulations are there in Rhode Island?

Night sailing is not permitted.

Where can I find weather forecasts in Rhode Island?

For a seven-day forecast, visit the Marine Weather website.

What provisioning is there in Rhode Island?

There are plenty of choices for provisioning ahead of your Rhode Island yacht charter. Please refer to the base guide.

What baggage can I take on my Rhode Island charter yacht vacation?

Please take only soft bags and not suitcases as they are too cumbersome on board.

What is the electrical current in Rhode Island?

The land electrical current in Rhode Island is 110V.

What is the dialing code for Rhode Island?

The dialing code Rhode Island is +1.

Why should I book with Dream Yacht?

Dream Yacht Worldwide is now the world’s leading yacht charter company and offers you:

  • A diverse fleet of yachts with a wide variety of models and manufacturers to suit every type of sailor.
  • We have +60 exciting destinations and we’re a pioneer in finding new sailing grounds.
  • You can be assured of our commitment to customer service excellence.
  • You’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome from our base teams who will share regional tips, recommendations and advice.
  • We’re also a trusted seller of new and used boats and an innovator in charter management options – sailing is our business.

What licenses do I need to hire a yacht and sail myself?

The skipper of a yacht has primary responsibility for the safety of the crew and yacht at all times. Many destinations require just relevant experience demonstrated by a sailing resume.

To charter in the Mediterranean, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities for bareboat charters in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and Turkey. Other destinations that require a license include Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, Brazil and Sweden. For Belize, the port authority will issue a certificate of competency and an application is made on arrival.

You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and destination requirements before booking.

By accepting the yacht contract you are confirming that you and/or members of your crew are capable and competent to sail the yacht in the conditions and cruising area of the charter. We reserve the right not to hand over the yacht if, after inspection, it is the opinion that the charterer is not, or may not be competent to be in charge of the vessel.

What is a skippered yacht charter?

A skippered yacht charter is when you rent one of our boats for you and your guests and a professional skipper sails it for you. No sailing experience is needed.

You will need to choose a yacht with a cabin for your skipper to sleep in as they are responsible for your yacht for the duration of your charter. We will find the skipper for you once you have found your perfect destination and yacht.

You will need to pay for your skipper’s food. You can invite the skipper to dine with you on board or out at a local restaurant.

What is the difference between crewed and by the cabin charters?

Our by the cabin charter charters offer exciting destination tours on a set itinerary crafted by our destination experts. You can book a double cabin and private bathroom and will share the boat with other guests who have booked the other available cabins. You will be looked after by a professional skipper and hostess with itineraries ranging from three to 11 nights. There is a set menu and included meals and drinks vary depending on location.

Can you tell me about your yachts?

Our super premier yachts are less than 12 months old from their first charter date, while premier yachts are less than three years old from their first charter date. Our yachts are well maintained and undergo regular, scheduled technical inspection.

In case of emergency, you can rely on our hotline, at any time, seven days a week. If you experience a technical failure affecting major and important parts of the yacht, we will repair the failure within four hours of receiving your call during working hours (8am to 5pm). If you lose more than four hours (during working hours), we will compensate you for one full day. If the repair takes more than one day, we will provide you with a similar boat or compensate you on a pro-rata basis. If restrictions to this guarantee apply in specific areas, this will be detailed during the charter check-in at the base.

Do I need insurance?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance that covers sailing.

We will insure the vessel throughout the charter with first-class insurers against all risks, to provide permission to charter as under contract terms and to cover third-party liability.

The following options are available in limited locations:

  • Security Deposit: This varies on the size of the boat and when the boat is returned without damage it is refunded.
  • Damage Waiver: The charterer agrees to pay a non-refundable damage waiver at the time of booking, as well as a reduced damage deposit on embarkation that is refundable upon completion of the charter should no damage occur.

Ever considered a Cabin Cruise?

As pioneers in the industry, Dream Yacht was one of the first to develop the Cabin Cruise concept. It’s an ideal choice for solo or couples travelers seeking relaxed adventure, exotic destinations, and unique local cultures in an intimate, social setting – in comfort at sea.

Our promise

Private accommodations

Comfortable and private standard double cabins with ensuite bathroom

Curated itineraries

Experience world-class destinations, local culture and excursions with our expertly curated itineraries

Accessible

An affordable and intimate experience without the need to book an entire yacht or provide sailing qualifications

Vetted crew

Enjoy our professional crew with a strong local knowledge and friendly service

Full board meals

Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine prepared and served daily

Choose your mood

Relax on deck socializing with fellow travelers, kayak or snorkel from your yacht, or enjoy exploring ashore

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Simply wonderful! Fred + Isabelle were so accommodating and did so much for us. Isabelle’s food was incredible. Thank you so much!

Laura

Exumas Cabin

Great class. Very professional and great service!

Thomas

Antigua Bareboat

Just what we needed to get out of a year of lockdown, see new places and connect with nature. Highly recommended for your next sailing adventure!

Johan

St. Martin Bareboat

Excellent cruise and wonderful stay on board. Skipper attentive, very pleasant and very professional.

Maxime

Guadeloupe Skippered

I have just returned from another fantastic week of sailing at your base in Pula and would like to thank everyone involved for making this possible at such short notice and without any problems.

Mathias

Guadeloupe Bareboat

The marina itself is a perfect base with super facilities! The Lagoon 42 was in good condition and the skipper was fantastic and knew the area very well.

Jonathan

Croatia Skippered

What an EXCELLENT experience. We just returned from a week long charter with skipper from Corfu, sailing around the beautiful islands of the Ionian Sea. Paxos, Antipaxos and the old town of Corfu were beautiful and the secluded bays we got to visit thanks to our local skipper Nicholas were simply stunning. Fly and Flops was yesterday – we will only charter with Dream Yacht for the foreseeable future.

David

Greece Skippered

Our group of 10 had a WONDERFUL time in French Polynesia from May 21-28, 2022! The food was fantastic: captain and cook, husband and wife: Henry and Mehee (sp) were amazing and the whole experience on board was a dream! We can’t wait to book another trip through Dream Yacht

Katie

Tahiti Crewed Premium

Dream Yacht provided a great sailing experience for my extended family on 2 monohulls from Scrub Island. The boats were in very good condition and perfectly prepared, the staff friendly and helpful. I had worked for a number of charter companies over the years but Dream Yacht is one of the

Charlie

British Virgin Islands Bareboat

I am in the Maldives right now and having the time of my life. Captain Jack and the crew are professional, safe and fun! The boat is optimal and the food is delicious. The chef even bakes CAKE! The beds are surprisingly comfortable and we sleep 9 hours every night. If you like island hopping, there is no better option than Dream Yacht. We will be booking Tahiti next year.

Cynthia

Maldives Cabin

The new boat was in perfect condition and best condition for exploring bays and islands. I could never have imagined that this could be so much fun and enjoyable and we are already looking forward to the next upcoming trip in the Ionian Sea.er.

Vytautas

Scandinavia Bareboat

Baja is now my favorite place. There was something for everyone: sailing under northerly winds with mostly calm evenings, snorkeling, fishing, secluded sandy beaches, pelican feedings, being greeted by barking sea lions, and exploring the geology of Ispiritu Santo Island. Dream Yacht Base La Paz provided competent professional support with a well-equipped and maintained boat. We were wonderfully cooked by an on-board chef arranged with Dream Yacht, which meant more free time for all of us. An unforgettable vacation and adventure connected with nature.

Taiyoko

Mexico Crewed Premium

All the staff were fantastic and made our trip a memorable one. Incredibly friendly and welcoming, the food was fantastic. The service throughout the trip was always top notch!

Tommy

Thailand Cabin

Absolutely recommendable. Perfect service. Will charter again and recommend Dream Yacht Charter anytime.

Zahradnik

Turkey Bareboat

I just returned from 3 weeks of fantastic sailing with my family on one of your catamarans in Sardinia. My thanks to our skipper Simone and Daniela, our cook.

Giles

Sardinia Skippered

For a first cruise as a skipper, the Mediterranean is perfect. The service of Dream Yacht is too!

Thomas

France Bareboat

We had an incredible trip and got engaged on our very first night of sailing! We will surely come back one day. We were beginners, we were guided very well and that gave us a lot of confidence.

George

Australia Bareboat

The experience on board far exceeded our expectations. Isabelle provided exceptional three course meals. Her creativity and delicious meals were incredible. Thomas was an excellent skipper, he “felt” our needs. Thanks guys!” Spira, bareboat with crew in New Caledonia.

Spira

New Caledonia Crewed Premium

Once again a fantastic sail with a great crew. Thanks again to a great captain and cook. Was totally fantastic.

Connie

Seychelles Cabin

A very excellent sailing vacation – especially the crew was fantastic. I would sail with Dream Yacht again and highly recommend them.

Mark

Guadeloupe Bareboat

I loved the vacation and am not sure this trip can ever be topped. Everything about it was incredible. The captain and crew were great, helpful, friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. We loved it.

Trina

Greece Crewed Premium

We just returned from one of your Lagoon 52F’s last week in St. Thomas! We had the trip of a lifetime sailing around St. Thomas and St. John!

Megan

US Virgin Islands Bareboat

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