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In general this will be at the discretion of the boat owner, although some European countries do require an ICC certificate (equivalent to RYA Day Skipper) for boats over a certain size. An RYA Day Skipper certificate is usually a safe bet for most boats; or submit a sailing CV if you’ve done a lot of boating but never taken this out. Smaller boats will need less experience, but boat owners will usually like to know that you’ve at least handled a boat before.

If in doubt ask the boat owner, and there’s always the option of booking a skipper for the trip. This has its own benefits and will allow you to kick back with your family and friends; relax into the sail whilst someone else gets you from A to B. Hosts are also available for meal provisioning, and full crews for larger boats. See the optional extras on each individual boat listing for what’s available.

We say that 6-8 weeks a year is as much as is realistic to expect on average. There’s more chance of getting to nearer the top end of this with favourable reviews on the site and positive customer feedback. Just choose the dates you want to use your boat for, then leave it to us to fill it on the other weeks.

Generally we advise that it will not be possible to make any significant profit, but chartering your boat out will likely cover annual running costs of the boat, including mooring fees, insurance and maintenance costs.

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The classic monohull sailing yacht for the passionate purist sailor. Feel the breeze and excitement as the boat leans under sail and picks up speed. Great for tacking upwind and heavier seas, for the traditional sailing experience.

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Borrow a sailing catamaran for sport or leisure and glide your way to serenity. Feel at one with the ocean as you cruise on a spacious craft with your crew comprised of family, friends or teammates. Powered catamarans are also available to rent.

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Motor Yachts

Perfect for the worry-free relaxing cruise and for comfort on board. No need to worry about wind conditions; go where you want, when you want. Great for pottering about – drop anchor, go for a swim, have lunch and relax.

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The fastest of all yachts – sleek, speedy and unusual. A new multihull experience that needs to be tried.

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Often used as rescue and patrol boats, RIBs are lightweight but robust. They generally have high-capacities, whilst maintaining stability and buoyancy against bad sea conditions. For thrill seekers, RIB boats have fast acceleration and can take on great speeds.

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Browse our selection of river vessels from canal boats to larger river cruisers and even the odd houseboat.

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An elegant traditional Turkish ship, fully manned and crewed for your comfort. Try hiring one of these out for a different sort of luxury cruise

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Simplicity is the order of the day. A board that floats on the surface of the water and a paddle to propel yourself.

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Kayaks and canoes are small boats designed to be paddled by one or more people. Excellent for both an intense sporting experience and also for gentle exploring in near silence.

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A sailing dinghy is a small sailing boat without a cabin which is sailed solo or by a crew. Perfect for learning wind awareness or for a good workout and some adrenalin.

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