Frequently asked questions about booking a Yacht Charter
What is Bareboat Yacht Charter ?
Bareboat Yacht Charter is just like renting a car. You sail the boat yourself. You are the skipper and therefore you can go wherever you wish, at your own pace, no fixed itineray, just go where the wind, or fancy, takes you. Bareboat Charters run from Saturday to Saturday (usually), with embarkation being around 5pm and disembarkation around 8am. - 9am, in most cases you are expected to return the yacht the evening before you depart. Most charters are round trips, returning to the base from where you started, although there are a few bases that will accept one-way charters ( early booking essential ). At least one member of your party must hold sailing qualifications equivalent to RYA/DOT Day Skipper level minimum, in Turkey, if you can provide a resume detailing adequate experience of skippering a similar size yacht in similar waters, this may suffice, for Greece, a second person must also be qualified, or experienced, to RYA/DOT Competent Crew level. For Croatia the Skipper must also hold a VHF license. ( In all cases, the yacht owner/operator reserves the right to insist you take on a skipper, at your cost, if they feel you do not have adequate qualification, experience, or skills. - so please, if you are in any doubt please clarify this with us before hand). If you feel you under qualified, or would just prefer to have a more relaxing time, then why not rent a skipper, who can take over all the responsibilities of the yacht, as well as acting as a guide, taking you to all the best ( and often known only by the locals) bays and anchorages. All our yachts come fully equipped with everything you will need, from safety equipment to galley equipment, dinghies, outboards, bedding, linen & often towels. Yachts available for bareboat charter are: Sailing Yachts and Catamarans from 30' to 65', Motor boats from 24' to 44. For prices and specifications click on the links below, or see menu left. For total peace of mind, all our bases offer a comprehensive back up service, should there be any unforseen problems whilst you are cruising. We ensure you are in safe and professional hands. We are members of the Yacht Charter Association, as well as being members of the British Marine Federation. An example of the terms & conditions for bareboat charter can be found further down in the FAQ's.
What is a Skippered charter
A Skippered Yacht Charter, is usually a Bareboat Charter with the addition of professional, local, Skipper, who takes complete responsibility for the safety of the yacht, navigation, and all aspects of the sailing & mooring. Also some Sailboats, Catamarans & Luxury Motoryachts, too large to be available for Bareboat charter, but a little cramped for a full compliment of crew, are often only available with a full time Skipper, with the option of hiring a hostess/cook/chef if space allows. You need no qualifications for a sailing holiday aboard a Skippered yacht rental, though even for an experienced sailor, a Skippered Yacht can be a relaxing and interesting way of exploring new cruising grounds. The skippers are more than happy to act as your personal guide, when afloat, and show you many secluded bays and anchorage's often unknown to most tourists. He will listen to your wishes regarding where you want to visit, and do his best to accomodate these, subject to weather conditions. You will enjoy learning to sail the boat yourself, even if inexperienced, with the reassurance of a professional at hand. For further details see our "about...." on the top menu
Will I have a full 7 days on a 1 week charter?
Not always - It does vary, and will clearly stated on your booking form/charter agreement. On most luxury fully crewed charters your contract times will be from 12:00hrs on the day of departure to 12:00hrs on the day of return 1 week later ( or whatever you agree). For Gulets it tends to be boarding at around 15:00hrs on the Saturday and disembarkation at 09:00hrs the following Saturday. Bareboat charters are usually from 17:00hrs Saturday to 09:00hrs Saturday but you need to be back in the base by 17:00hrs friday night, where you can spend your final night aboard, this allows time for every yacht to be thoroughly inspected and cleaned between charters. If your yacht can be prepared earlier then you will be allowed to board earlier, however, this cannot be guaranteed.
What is the Refundable Security Deposit?
This is the excess in the yachts insurance policy covering loss and damage to the yacht and equipment and applies to Bareboat & Skippered Charters. This sum is payable locally, by cash or Credit Card ( not Amex ), in either local currency, or the currency of your booking form, at time of embarkation. If you return the yacht in the same condition as you took her, your Security Deposit will be refunded before you leave. Should there be any equipment loss or damage, the cost of replacement or repair will be deducted and the balance returned. Normal wear & tear is, of course, accepted. In some cases it is possible to arrange insurance to cover loss of deposit ( non - refundable damage waiver ). Please ask for details.
What are your Terms & Conditions ?
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All yachts are fully insured for accidental damage and third party liability, the refundable security deposit being the excess on each policy. We would strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover your personal belongings and cancellation or curtailment.