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Yacht Charter USA

East coast sailing vacations offer so much diversity that the hardest challenge is deciding where to start your yacht charter.

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  • Diverse sailing areas
  • Easy travel from US
  • Quaint historic towns

USA East Coast Sailing Vacations

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Sailing the east coast of the USA means you have one huge coastline and sailing ground to explore. You can marvel at New England scenery or dine your way around the crab houses in Chesapeake Bay. 

Each cruising ground in the USA has its own distinct characteristics that make them perfect for sailing. From Rhode Island, learn about New England’s rich maritime heritage that goes back to the 17th century with its fishing and shipbuilding industries, or relax on its beaches during your yacht charter in the USA.

Sail Chesapeake Bay, the USA’s largest estuary, and explore its exciting tributaries from our base in Annapolis. Visit museums that share the region’s history and feast on fresh seafood, from crab cakes to oysters.

You won’t be short of impressive views wherever you sail on the east coast of the USA, and we look forward to welcoming you on board.

Yacht Charter USA

Choose your favorite destination in this region

Rhode Island

Considered to be one of the world’s best sailing destinations.

Annapolis

Discover Chesapeake Bay’s delightful creeks, hidden coves and scenic towns.

Best places to see on the east coast

Rhode Island

Rhode Island sailing offers historic waterfronts and 400 miles of coast to explore. Home of the America’s Cup, this is a prime New England sailing ground that includes Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Cape Cod. Or you can sail the Hamptons and Long Island.

Chesapeake

Make time to stop off and enjoy Washington DC and Baltimore, as well as historic downtown Annapolis while sailing the east coast of the USA. Sail the meandering creeks, delightful coves, fishing villages and visit the charming towns within the bay. You won’t go hungry as there are plenty of good restaurants.

When is the best time to visit the USA?

The best time to visit the USA depends on the state you are sailing from, as the weather varies. 

For Rhode Island and New York state, the summer months offer the sunniest days and warmest weather, making them an ideal time for your yacht charter in the USA. Enjoy the buzz and energy of the vibrant summer in Chesapeake Bay, or go for a quieter experience during the freshness of the spring or the golden beauty of the fall.

What are the sailing conditions in the USA?

The conditions for sailing the east coast of the USA are generally calm, with pleasant weather and easy sailing in the summer months. New England experiences large tidal ranges.

New England and Chesapeake Bay offer plenty of opportunities for short passages where you can stop off and see the sights and explore.

USA wind systems

Calmer winds between April and October for Rhode Island. In the summer there are southerly or westerly winds in Chesapeake Bay.

What are the mooring fees in the USA?

You’ll find marinas in the main cruising areas, where the fees vary depending on the time of year and chosen destination.

Useful information for USA yacht charters

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What is the currency in the USA?

This currency is the US Dollar.

What is the Wi-Fi connection like in the USA?

The Wi-Fi connection and internet access around our US bases is good. There’s free Wi-Fi from our marinas in Rhode Island and Annapolis.

What is the best way to get to the USA?

Fly into Boston’s Logan International Airport to sail in Rhode Island. To get to Annapolis, head to Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) or Dulles International Airport.

Our USA yacht charter bases are a short distance away from the airport and near main supermarkets and places of interest.

Discover East coast sailing vacations with Dream Yacht Charter

Yacht charter USA

If you have sailing experience, you can check out our catamarans and monohulls available for yacht charter. Enjoy creating your own itinerary, provisioning the boat with favorites and sailing at your own pace.

Captain only yacht charters USA

Sailing experience isn’t required to enjoy the perfect sailing vacation. Just hire a skipper to sail you and your guests while you relax and enjoy the scenery.

USA sailing itinerary

Our local base teams have compiled suggested itineraries to help you plan your yacht charter in the east coast of the USA. 

Whether you want to sail Rhode Island and New England, Annapolis and Chesapeake, we have some great ideas for you. A USA east coast sailing vacation will give you memories that will last a lifetime, and you’ll definitely want to return for more.

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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