Bareboat, a skippered or a crewed charter?
Before taking on a sailing trip, you have to decide which type of charter the best suits your needs and skills. There are three types of charters: bareboat, skippered and crewed. What you will choose depends on your personal preferences and sailing skills. To make your decision easier, here are the main characteristics of each charter type.
You are allowed to choose a bareboat charter if you, or one of your guests on a yacht is licensed skipper. If you are going to be a skipper, you will be asked for your skipper license, permit, certificate or other type of document which will prove you have the necessary skills needed for a certain type of boat.
If none qualify as a licensed skipper, the skippered charter is a great choice for all of you who still wish to rent a yacht for yourself and your guests, because the yacht owner/charter agent will provide you a skipper and additional crew if needed. The skipper will take care of the yacht, your safety and the sailing route while you can just relax and enjoy your trip. Skippered charter offers you a great combination of independent exploration of the coast and islands, while someone else does all the work for you! This is a great choice also if you are learning sailing, or you want to explore new waters and want to learn more about the area before you take a bareboat charter.
If you want the maximum comfort and relaxation, opt for the crewed charter. By choosing a crewed charter, you also get the crew who will navigate, sail and prepare the beverages and meals. You are free to decide on the itinerary whereas the crew takes you wherever you want and provides you with three meals a day. Meals they prepare are of the highest quality, prepared to meet your taste and reflect the local cuisine. Note that crewed charter yachts tend to be more luxurious and have additional equipment like water-skis or A/C.