Looking for insight and advise re yacht charters
I am new to this forum and yachting. I have been lurking for awhile absorbing as much information as i can. I currently live in land locked state and have very little boating experience. I am a few years away from retiring and will be moving back to Europe. I decided a few months ago that I may buy a small motor yacht, 50 feet + or -, so i have been doing a lot of research about boats and boating. However, that is not the reason for my request for assistance.
A couple of days ago I decided that I want to charter a yacht for a week in June. I am considering the Bahamas or Leeward Islands. There will be 3 - 4 couples, and no children. I want the yacht to comfortably accommodate everyone. My budget including expenses is between 50K and 60K. I have contacted several charter companies but know little about them or their track record for customer service etc. I am looking for any kind of advise or insight on yacht charters, what to watch out for in a charter broker, the yacht and the crew. Also I know very little about the Bahamas and the Caribbean, and am open to other destination suggestions. So any help will be appreciated.
Thanks in advance,