When Can I Check In For A Bareboat Sailing Holiday?

Our Advice For When to Check-in for a Bareboat Sailing Holiday

What Time Can I Check In For A Bareboat Sailing Holiday?

Working out the best time to check in for a bareboat sailing holiday is one that has vexed many a group of sailors. So here are the facts and our advice on how to handle this tricky question.

Check In for a Bareboat Sailing Holiday

When you check in for a bareboat sailing holiday you will have a standard yacht charter agreement that states what your check-in time is usually around 5pm or 6pm.

This means you should be ready to sail – if there is somewhere close enough to before dark – at this point.

You can sometimes sail before this and our connections with the charter companies will allow us to give advice on this subject, but first of all, we need a plan!

Everyone will have a slightly different agenda, your decisions will be based on many factors – here are a few facts to take into account when you check in for a bareboat sailing holiday.

  • Victualling (provisioning). Unless you have requested crew or are using a provisioning service, at the very least, you will want to ensure you have some drinks and light snacks on board.
  • Chart Brief. Carried out differently depending on fleet operators, unless you are very familiar with the waters in which you are about to sail, the skipper and navigator will need to get a good briefing from the local staff.
  • Safety Brief. There should be two. One given to you by the charter operator and the one you give to your crew at before sailing or spending the night on board.
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List of Advice

If You Want To Sail Away

Our advice to clients who are looking to take advantage of every moment

When you check-in for a bareboat sailing holiday you will be given a specific time. Please bear in mind that your official check-in time is likely to be late afternoon.

This is because the operators have only disembarked last weeks clients at around 9 am. This only gives them a few hours to inspect the yachts for damage, make repairs and clean the boats for you.

That being said, like any good hotel, they will allow you to take the boat once it is ready, in fact, they actually rely on clients taking their boats as soon as they are ready, as they could not administrate every yacht at 5 pm.

Our advice is to let us know that you are looking to get away as early as you can (understanding that this may not be able to and will end up waiting around a little). We will check to see if the yacht has been booked the week before, if it hasn’t, you will know that there is a good chance of an early getaway.

If You’re More Relaxed Or Go With The Flow

For many, it’s about reducing the stress levels on day one.

We know that some yachts are charted from very nice places and very nice marinas. For many people, they have already planned in advance not to sail on the first afternoon and enjoy the location of the boat, particularly if it’s a one-way charter. Making the check-in for a bareboat sailing holiday an easy task.

In this case, try to arrive 2 or 3 hours before your check-in time, less if you have already got your provisions. Use this time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Try to call the base on the day and find out where your yacht is in the queue to be cleaned and if there is any anticipated delay.

Advice for All

This is an extremely busy day for charter fleets.

Remember when you check-in for a bareboat sailing holiday the boat, unlike hotel rooms, are not perfect, the previous week’s charter may not have gone well, and you may experience a late check-in.

After a long day or two of travelling, spending a lot of money and often with others looking to you as the organiser, things can be a little stressful if you are not prepared.

It’s best to have more than one plan for the first day and to lower the expectations of the more ambitious in your crew.

The fact is, most charters are handed over much earlier than stated and without any issue whatsoever, but having thought through the other possibilities, will make you more prepared if you are one of the unfortunately few.

Finally, we repeat one of the pieces of advice from earlier, it is best to try and communicate with the base on the day, particularly if there is somewhere more comfortable you could be.

Yes it will be busy and they may not always be able to give you any extra information, but any information you do get will no doubt make your day more relaxing.

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