Chartering Advice

Four ways to Chartering


Basically, there are four ways to charter a boat or a luxury yacht but undoubtedly the best and most restful and stress-free vacation, is to book a cruise on the first point below:

  1. A fully crewed yacht, where the boat is exclusively yours for the duration. The vessel can be a sailing mono-hull or catamaran or it can be motor yacht, and the crew will navigate, sail and prepare your meals and beverages. This is definitely the lap of luxury and the whole boat is yours to go wherever you like, your crew will be responsible for serving your meals plus preparing the many exotic or traditional island beverages and magnificent gourmet dishes for your evening meals. The chefs on board luxury yachts pride themselves in the quality and variety of their meals; (Some of these crews are husband and wife teams, others have less or no personal relationship). This truly remarkable vacation has no equal on earth: sailing on your own private yacht with an attentive and knowledgeable crew to attend to your every need has to be the ultimate experience. You can view a short list of our finest crewed yachts, both power and sail. Some crewed yachts and catamarans also offer “Skipper-only” charters which allow for a lower cost charter but which will make you and your group responsible for provisioning the boat and preparing the meals (including the meals for the skipper).
  2. The second way, if you have the necessary skills, is to charter a bare-boat without skipper or crew. Under this arrangement you and your party will be the skipper and crew. Of course, a valid license certification and prior experience on a vessel of similar size will be necessary for your own safety and you and/or your guests will be required to fill out a form known as a sailing resume. It could be necessary to take out an accident insurance and/or provide a security deposit before the Charter Company turns you loose with their rather expensive piece of equipment.
  3. The third way to charter is with a captain-only or skippered yacht arrangement under which the charter company provides a qualified captain, usually a person expressly chosen not only for their nautical experience but more importantly for their “people-skills” and ability to interact socially with a wide variety of guests. You and your party will be expected to do the meal preparation or to eat ashore at the many available local restaurants and watering holes on the different islands. You will be responsible for the captain’s meals as well. Many of the bareboats on our island are also available with an experienced captain. Also, some of the fully crewed yachts can be chartered as “captain-only” vessels.
  4. A final alternative is to book a cabin on a crewed yacht. Some of the larger private yachts allow bookings by the cabin: boats will typically leave their port of origin on a fixed timetable and itinerary, say, on Fridays at mid-day and return to the same port on the following Thursday at midday. You will be sharing the vessel with other guests and your fellow passengers will be basically “Pot-Luck”. This is a more economical way to have the fun without paying for the whole boat.