Bareboat, skippered, or sleep aboard only?
Bareboat charter is for experienced sailors. Most yachts can be borrowed bareboat which means that you are responsible for skippering the boat and free to go where you like within a given designated sail area as long as you return on time.
Unsure if you have the required experience for bareboat charter? Learn more about the qualifications required.
Feel free to ask the boat owner in advance to share their local knowledge regarding tips on anchorages, restaurants and overnight spots, as well as help you provision the boat for your trip.
Skippered charter means the responsibility for sailing the yacht is given to a commercial skipper. This means that you can put your feet up and focus on relaxing on board! You’re still in charge of where you go and what you do. Just tell the skipper and they will take care of all of the boat manoeuvring and sailing. Your skipper will most likely have a lot of local knowledge and tips on where to go though, so you may want to pick their brain. You can ask to get a little involved in the sailing, and the skipper will usually oblige!
You can also add a hostess or cook to your booking if you would like to experience a fully catered sailing trip.
Sleep aboard only
Sleep aboard only is perfect if you like the idea of staying on board a luxury boat but aren’t bothered about actually sailing it anywhere! You will have full access to the yacht in privacy in the marina but you are not able to sail the boat out to sea. This is the chance to enjoy a luxury yacht and stay in a plush marina for a price comparable to a villa or hotel. There’s usually the option to book a skipper for a day or two to take you out for a sail on it as well.