Monohulls are the traditional sailing yachts with (obviously) one hull. They have plied the oceans for centuries and were the mainstay of the charter business until about 10 years ago when catamarans really made the scene.
Charter monohulls generally come in a wide variety of sizes and layouts with some accommodating just 2 guests and the crew to layouts with 2, 3 or 4+ standard cabins for guests and also twin berth cabins and variations in between. There are some yachts especially designed for the charter industry, such as the popular Irwin 72 (see Sublime below), that have 4 basically equal-sized staterooms with ensuite heads like most catamarans.
Bathrooms, called heads, can be ensuite, private but separate from the cabin or shared with other guests or crew. Some heads are spacious with separate shower stalls while others have “wet” showers. The salon is the central socializing spot down below and usually includes the dining area. Galleys are below as well and usually open to the salon so the chef and guests can enjoy each others’ company.
Topside is the cockpit for outdoor socializing and dining and larger yachts may have an aft deck as well. There’s also room for lounging on the foredeck.
Having only one hull, by nature, monohulls have the ability to heal while under sail. That can create an exhilarating ride when the wind pipes up. That said, your crew doesn’t want you to be uncomfortable, so will “shorten sail” if you prefer a more flat platform.
The rate for a fully crewed, private, all-inclusive charter starts around $4500 for a 2 guest yacht and goes up from there to around $30,000 for a 10 guest yacht for the week. The all-inclusive rate includes your private use of the yacht, services of the captain and crew, all meals, snacks, drinks, standard bar and water toys for 7 nights/8 days.
Here’s the online brochure for Verna Breeze, the perfect yacht for a couple for their romantic getaway. Click on the Specifications page to sample her layout. Note that they also offer onboard SCUBA diving.
Sublime is a fine example of an Irwin 72’ with basically 4 equal, ensuite heads with separate shower stalls and electric heads. Note that they also offer onboard SCUBA diving.