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During the yachting season in the Caribbean or Mediterranean, yachts, their crews, and their owners are busy cruising the waters. Charter yachts are even busier with a steady schedule of guests coming in an out. As a result, the only time you can get major repairs or overhauls done is during the off-season months. It is good to know when off-season in yachting is to better schedule yard periods and major maintenance projects without disrupting your winter and summer season itinerary.


If your yacht is mainly cruising the Caribbean, answering the question “when off-season in yachting?” is important because it is fleeting. With year-round warm weather, off-season in the Caribbean is shorter than most areas around the globe. Not even hurricane season, which lasts from June to November, stops yacht charters and private trips in and around the tropical islands. However, even vacationers need a break and there are times of low activity.

Slow season in the Caribbean is typically during the summer months. There is not as much activity in the Caribbean from mid-April to July with peak season taking place mostly during the winter holidays. So, a good time to schedule for repairs, refits, or rebuilds is during the hotter months particularly May, June, and July.


Off-season in the Mediterranean is typically longer and more consistent than in the Caribbean due to the cold weather. Winter sees a slow down in yachting and charter activity in the area. Some yachts take the trans-Atlantic trip to attend the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show at the end of October and then cruise warmer Caribbean waters. Yachts that stay in Europe can take advantage of the off-season.

Slow season in the Mediterranean is typically during the winter months. From November to March, there is not much yachting activity in the French Riviera, the coastal cities of Italy or Spain, the Greek islands, Croatia, and other Mediterranean hot spots. During off-season, yachts can schedule yard periods, haul-outs, and major projects.

What Do Yachties Do Off-Season?

While many yacht crew members must look for work during the off-season, some stay to overlook the repair work and other projects that are scheduled to be done on the vessel. Off-season is an ideal time to finally get to the major projects your yacht needs including any repairs involving its diesel engine and the marine diesel engine parts that allow it to function.

At Marine Diesel Specialists, we specialize in maintaining, repairing, and rebuilding diesel engines on yachts. By following COVID-19 safety guidelines, our diesel specialists can work in marinas and shipyards throughout Florida.

In addition to MAN engine maintenance and general services, our certified marine diesel mechanics in Fort Lauderdale and Punta Gorda can complete any major marine diesel engine rebuild or overhaul project for various engine brands including John Deere, Detroit Diesel, and Cummins.

Just contact us today to schedule a consultation.