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Bareboat Charter

Discover the Wonderful World of Bareboat Charter

Frequently Asked Questions on Bareboat Charter

What is the Definition of Bareboat Charter?

Bareboat Charter. Bareboat Charter is an agreement between a Yacht Owner or a Fleet Operator (chartering the boat on the owner’s behalf) that gives the charterer full utility of the charter yacht, together with responsibility, for the vessel for an agreed time, in return for payment. The arrangements often come with undertakings and limitations as to what the charter can and can’t do with the boat. The charter yacht is typically regulated by national guidelines where it operates and comes with some insurance.

Describe a Bareboat Charter?

Bareboat Charter is the most popular type of yacht charter. It prevents the need to have another qualified person on board during the charter. The charterer then has the ability to sail at their own pace and have the freedom to create their own itinerary and routes based on their own preferences and experience.

What are the Main Features of a Bareboat Charter?

The main feature of a Bareboat Charter is that the charter comes without crew. During the agreed charter period, subject to undertaking and restrictions, the charter accepts all responsibility and liability for the boat. The boat is rarely used for a specific journey or voyage, occasionally one-way charters are arranged, but usually to extend the range of what the charterer can visit.

Who can Bareboat Charter?

In order to be allowed to Bareboat Charter, one or more members of the crew must hold a valid sailing licence and/or a sailing resume. Exactly what you need is complex and depends on the location in the world and national and regional regulations. You can read more in our Blog What Qualifications Do I Need to Charter a Yacht?.

The full qualifications required to Barbpat a charter yacht will depend on the destination desired and the size of the boat (boats over a certain size, or a number of passengers, will require a crew).

What is the Purpose of a Bareboat Charter?

The underlying purpose of a Bareboat Charter is to earn an income for the boat owner, which in many cases, is not the same as the company operating the yacht. Typical expectations of this are larger motor yachts and super yachts operating as single companies. Rarely do many yachts more than break even, the overall effect is usually to defray the costs of ownership or purchase.

Who Should Consider a Bareboat Charter?

The Bareboat Charter is ideal for sailors who hold relevant qualifications or have appropriate experience and want to sail with their friends and family, without the need for another person on board during the charter. It offers the added advantage of cost savings and control over your itinerary and what you do and when.

What Kinds of Boats Can You Bareboat Charter?

You can bareboat charter all over the world from a wide variety of yachts, including sailing catamarans, power catamarans, motor yachts, and more. You can find the most suitable yacht accommodating just 2 up to yachts with up to 6-7 cabins. Typically maximum occupancy on a bareboat charter tops out at 14 guests.

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Bareboat Charter Guide

1. Why Go On A Bareboat Charter?

Here are some reason why you should go on a bareboat charter:

  • Flexibility – A bareboat charter gives you and your party the flexibility to travel at your own pace.
  • Freedom to Pick Your Itinerary – On a bareboat charter you can travel to wherever you wish to visit, stopping along the way where you decide to. 
  • Avoid High Costs – Bareboat charter is an inexpensive way to charter a boat without the additional costs of the crew. 
  • Complete Privacy – Your and your guest will be able to enjoy your trip as you want with just your group. 
  • Large Choice of Boats and Destinations – On a bareboat charter you can choose from a large variety of boat including monohulls and catamarans. 

2. Destinations

SailChecker offers Bareboat charters in the BVI, Caribbean Islands, Europe, the Middle East, Australasia, South America and North America. Each destination offers a unique and wonderful experience, with new things to discover and explore. Being the most popular type of charter, it enables you to choose among a plethora of charter bases.

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