As far as hobbies go, yachting is pretty expensive and time consuming compared to other recreational activities like cycling, hiking and swimming. But yachting isn’t just a rich man’s activity. Ships of all sizes and types are available for a modest sum, alongside all the ludicrously expensive superyachts. Some people just want to relax far away from the hustle and bustle of civilization, whereas others are looking to stir up a sense of adventure through mastery of the elements at sea, water and wind.

For those looking for relaxing cruises and isolation, there’s nothing quite like travelling on a motor yacht. Motor Yachts tend to be a more stable and clean environment than your average sailboat, due to stabilisation technology and less water splashing in. In a motor boat, you can easily just spend your holiday sunbathing on deck or at a beach that the yacht can visit, go fishing, play in the sea with sports like wakeboarding, jet skiing, diving and so on. A motor boat is what you want if you’re looking for a relaxing cruise and a chance to get away from it all.

Meanwhile, sailing has its own appeal, more along the lines of extreme sports like mountain biking or snowboarding. If you’re going out sailing on your own, expect the ride to be a lot rougher than your average cruise, but also a lot more involving and challenging. Sailing brings you back to a long-lost feeling of adventure on the waves, a huge blue expanse waiting to be navigated.

You sail in much the same way that you would ride a bike: on a bike you ride into bumps and obstacles and lean into corners, the only thing powering your bike is your momentum delivered by the pedals. In sailing, you shift your body weight and adapt to the constantly changing water surface, while taking advantage of wind currents. It’s a return to a world long lost due to the convenience of motorised transportation. Many sailing enthusiasts argue that sailing is also a lot more environmentally friendly than your average motorboat too. If you’re the kind of person that likes to be more in tune with the world around them, harnessing the power of the elements, sailing is a wonderful activity.

There’s a boat waiting for anybody – those that just want to chill out far from the world, those looking for adventure and excitement, those that want to go swimming in the expanse of the world’s seas and oceans. You Charter Direct is a Yacht Charter based in the South of France, with access to the ports of Monaco, St Tropez and Cannes. Take a look at our selection of yachts, sailboats and superyachts and see what will be the perfect choice for you.