People who wish to enjoy a lovely sailing vacations have several options for their charter. Some enjoy being the captain of their own ship, while others, even experienced sailors, prefer to have some help with the boat and things like meal preparation.
Several factors come into play when choosing the right charter. You’ll want to carefully consider how well you know the destination and its sailing conditions, and of course whom you’re going with.
Crewed charters are great for those who wouldn’t mind a bit of pampering and relaxation. With a skipper to manage the boat and full crew to prepare meals and beverages, there’s nothing left to do sit back and enjoy the ride. You’ll be taken to the best locations in the area and can specify what you’d like to do or see during your time on the boat.
With a skippered charter, you’ll still have a chance to be part of the managing of the yacht. But, you’ll have an experienced captain as a guide. Skippers are normally quite knowledgeable about the local area and can take you to the best places for swimming, snorkelling, hiking etc. They’ll also be able to let you in on the best restaurants and places to stop for a drink.
Skippers can also be hired for just a day or two, while you and your crew get used to your hired yacht. This is great for people with a bit less sailing experience or who may be recently certified.
If you’re confident in your ability to handle a yacht but wouldn’t mind a bit of extra help with things like mooring or charting a course, you can join a flotilla charter. Flotillas also allow you to enjoy the company of the group you’re sailing with.
And, if it’s a true bare bones, independent experience you’re after, there’s nothing like a bareboat charter. Enjoy the freedom of setting off with just you, your crew and the wind in the sails.