Is Bareboat Charter for me?
A bareboat charter means the charterer, as Captain, is solely responsible for the safe operation of the vessel, including all aspects of navigation, anchoring, docking, and controlling the vessel under sail or power. For the safety of other passengers and the vessel, it is vital the charterer have sufficient experience aboard vessels of a similar size & type as what you are seeking to hire. We also require there be one other person aboard to act as mate, with enough boating experience to handle the vessel in the event the Captain is injured or goes overboard.
Am I qualified?
Prior to your booking confirmation, you will be asked to complete our Captain’s Application which outlines your qualifications and experience with any boats you’ve owned or operated as Captain or Crew. We ask you to detail previous bareboat charter experiences and provide copies of any certification you’ve received for any sailing or boating courses you’ve taken.
Don’t be discouraged if your experience isn’t quite strong enough yet. We offer several ways to assist charterers to meet the requirements. As well as being able to offer an ASA instructor accompany you on your bareboat charter so you can achieve certifications, we can also arrange a one or two day refresher for an experienced mariner that might need to get familiar with some of the more advanced systems on newer boats, or just brush up on skills if it’s been awhile. These programs are very flexible and can be personalized to each charter guest.
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For Sailing Vessels
For Power Vessels
Sail with confidence
During the charter Check-out process, which takes approximately 2½ hours, you will receive a very thorough yacht systems orientation & inventory review and a chart briefing of the cruising area to ensure you are comfortable with your float plan and the vessel.
Optional Orientation cruise
If you are chartering a manufacturer of boat for the first time and would like to do a short orientation sail to familiarize yourself with all the systems and equipment while under way, we highly recommend an orientation sail with a Captain familiar with your sailing vessel. It takes about an hour and they charge $150.00. This is an excellent way to do a shake down sail to make sure you can enjoy your vessel with confidence. This must be booked in advance to ensure there is a Captain available. This is not intended to teach boat handling skills.