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Bareboat Yacht Charter

A bareboat sailing charter means you are the captain. It allows you the ultimate private sailing vacation where you are responsible for the sailing and navigation of the vessel. Most bareboat yacht companies will place an experienced skipper on-board for a day or two; or even for the entire cruise if you would prefer. The ‘friendly skipper’ will familiarize you with the yacht and the cruising area.

Our consultants inspects bareboat fleets each year and are completely up to date on the latest models, repairs or any issue that might affect the condition of the yachts. Our aim is to find you the best yacht for your needs.

How do I know if I am qualified to Charter a Bareboat Yacht?

Our experienced consultants will let you know if you have the minimum required experience to charter a bareboat yacht. We will review your past and present sailing experience, but ultimately the Bareboat Charter Company makes the final decision. When your sailing resume has been reviewed and approved we will contact you to guide you through the next steps.

If it has been awhile since you have sailed, or if you have never sailed the desired destination, we may suggest hiring a skipper for a day or two...

Are there any additional charges?

Most companies will require a security deposit; this can range in price but is fully refundable upon return of yacht with no damages. This can be paid at basecamp with your credit card. Depending on your destination, you may also have mooring fees. Other fees include: customs and immigration, dockage fees, provisions, fuel and water are also part of the journey. Please contact our office so we can breakdown all the additional expenses based on your yacht type and destinations.

Bareboat companies charge a non-refundable daily insurance rate; typically $35 to $55 per day.

Do we need Travel Insurance?

We recommend you purchase trip insurance in case of unexpected delays, cancellations or unforeseen events. This is not absolutely necessary though. Cancellation insurance is highly recommended and may be required during hurricane season by some owners. You can compare policies with If you choose not to purchase trip insurance we will ask you to indicate this on your charter yacht agreement.

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Global Care
Access America
Travel Guard

What is provided on a bareboat yacht?

Your bareboat yacht will be fully equipped with a full galley; complete with dishes, silverware, utensils, cutlery, pots and pans, paper towels, toilet paper, dish soap, sponges, pillows, linens, towels, basic cleaning products, toiletries, flashlights, pilot books, and everything you may need. All yachts have sailing charts of the area on board and are also equipped with a motorized dinghy.

If you need something specific please double check with our consultants before you arrive at basecamp.

Do I need a passport?

Yes, you will need a passport to travel to your charter destination. Travelling to some countries may also require a visa. Check with immigration for your particular destination well before you travel.

What can we expect when we arrival at the basecamp?

Expect to be greeted by the yacht’s representative who will introduce you to your yacht. Once you get settled, a ‘check-out skipper’ will spend roughly two hours reviewing the yacht mechanisms with you and perform a chart briefing for the crew.

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