If you have your heart set on Sunday afternoons out on the boat but you’re not ready to sign on the dotted line just yet, there is always the option to charter a boat. A service readily available on island, this is a great way to spend more time at sea while you’re still deciding if the next step is right for you.

For a nice day out with a few friends or family, you can charter a small powerboat and the world is your oyster.

This can be more reasonably priced than you might think, and is a safer alternative to diving right in to buy one.

If you prefer the option of a sailboat charter, then look at a company like Cayman Islands Sailing Charters.

Promising “our boat is your boat,” they offer packages to cover the main highlights of Cayman’s beautiful waters, or can tailor a custom trip with the option of additional add-ons if you wish.

A long-term rental option is a boat leasing club where you can pay an annual membership to take boats out as and when you like. You will be given in-depth training by an experienced instructor before you take to the seas.

Boat parties

If you would rather use your Sunday afternoon for a more celebratory affair, there are plenty of options to charter a boat with a captain and crew. With larger group participation, the price per person is a fraction of what it might be for a small charter. BYOB and an audio system doesn’t hurt either, giving “rock the boat” a whole new meaning. There are boats of all shapes and sizes to cater for your party so if you have room for a DJ, then do it!

Sunset sails and group daily charters are also a great way to spend your precious free time. Red Sail Sports provides sunset catamaran cruises, along with a dinner cruise and a ferry to the restaurant at Rum Point. They also have a wide variety of daytime trips to places like Stingray City. Remember to ask for resident rates for Red Sail Sports excursions.

Epic Day Entertainment hosts regular boat parties with a bar and DJ on board. Next one up is the Grey Goose White Boat Party on June 10.

Perhaps you’ll also consider taking your chances at walking the plank on the Jolly Roger (not literally, for those considering it). This pirate ship sets sail every Friday evening from George Town priced at $39 for residents (ID required) which includes all the rum punch you can drink. It also has sunset sails and day trips for those who prefer the quiet life.

Check the website for days and times jollyrogercayman.com.