After seeing all the boat price
'specials' on charter
packages in Annapolis
, I thought it would be interesting to see how these stack up to alternative discounts. Would be interested to hear how other people find discounted sailboat charters.
Company: 15% off list if you reference the boat show
(similar at Moorings/Sunsail, BVI Yacht Charters, etc. I imagine). Importantly, you don't actually have to book at the show, just reference it within a couple of weeks.
Special Offers at Sunsail
Sunsail actually publishes a discount list here. Anywhere from 5% to 25% off list.
Swain Sailing: 10% discount on charters if you've taken a class with them.
One-way Charters: Return a charter
co's boat for them that someone else took to another location (I've heard references
up to 50% off, but often an uphill run). Need to call the charter company and hunt around for these.
Owner's Time: Apparently owners sometimes sell their weeks directly to other people. How or when this happens is pretty unclear.
Shoulder Season/Additional people: These aren't discounts off list so aren't really relevant here - but obviously you can save money
by loading more people on or going during non-peak times.
Any other ways people have received discounts off list? Last-minute bookings, direct negotiation, etc.? Thanks from this 'frugal' sailor!