WATCH | A sneak-peek at a R14.6m SA-built catamaran + what you should know about a sailing holiday
Lounging like the Queen of Egypt on top of a floating hotel suite, the calm waters lapping against the boat while the sun gently caresses your wet skin.
It either sounds like a TV ad for perfume or a snapshot of rich celebrities relaxing in-between movie shoots - but a sailing holiday isn't as out-of-reach as you may think.
Traveller24 was invited to go on board the Leopard 50 Catamaran at the Cape Town International Boat Show - a luxury boat that's wholly built in South Africa by Leopard Catamarans - and after just one walk-through you won't want to leave.
It's like a self-catering, movable home where you wake up in a new destination every day.
But can you afford it?
If you can organise a group of people, it's not that expensive according to Travelopia. They help South Africans plan sailing holidays with Le Boat, Sunsail and The Moorings where you book yachts, canal boats and catamarans for almost anywhere in the world. The holidays are tailored to you, from the itinerary to whether you want a chef aboard to how many people to sail with.
It also includes a skipper, but if you know someone who has their license it can take off almost R20 000 off the total price. It can also fluctuate depending on whether you opt for a newer or older boat to charter.
Some of the popular destinations for South Africans include Seychelles, Thailand, Greece, Croatia, Spain, France, Italy and Holland.
How much should you expect to fork out?
While it varies widely depending on your needs and peak seasons, here are two scenarios to help you calculate the costs:
- Seychelles: For about 10 people you could sail around the islands with a skipper and no meals included for between R10 000 and R12 000 per person. When you think about how much a resort costs in Seychelles, this might be a better alternative for big families or friend groups.
- Croatia: For four people on a catamaran for a week in September with self-catering and a skipper around the northern ports, you can expect to pay around R15 000 per person.
While it varies between destinations, the two-above scenarios just help to show that not only the rich can live that high-seas life.
Just picture yourself sitting at the edge of the Leopard 50. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)