Imagine spending warm lazy days sailing among unspoilt islands under friendly skies, anchoring in some deserted bay to explore the local countryside or to cool off with a dip in unbelievably clear blue water, then meeting up with friends in the evening for a relaxing drink and dinner in the local taverna...
You rent a boat and skipper it yourself. Most bareboat companies also offer courses to teach basic seamanship and prepare people for bareboat chartering. These companies also sometimes provide skippered charters, meaning that boat comes with a skipper but no additional crew.
While living on a yacht, you can combine sailing with many other sports like swimming, scuba diving, windsurfing, beach running and many more.
A bareboat charter is an arrangement for the hiring of a boat, whereby no crew or provisions are included as part of the agreement. Instead, the people who rent the boat from the owner are responsible for taking care of such things.
Bareboat hire has become more popular since the mid-1990s. There has been increasing demand for yacht vacations and many experienced and semi-experienced ‘yachties’ now consider it easier and cheaper to hire a bareboat, rather than own their own yacht.
If a bareboat sailing holiday is for you, let an experienced yacht charter broker or travel agent organise your bareboat yacht charter. These companies offer yacht finding and travel organisation services similar to a travel agent only more specialised. Their purpose is to use their experience and networks to locate a client's ideal bareboat in terms of price and location. They have many bareboat options available in regions they know well and look forward to organising your bareboat yacht charter or flotilla sailing holiday.
While both the international leisure travel industry (particularly outdoor activities based vacations) and the boating industry has both boomed in the last decade, so too has the bareboat charter industry which incorporates both of these pursuits.
Bareboat yachts are available for completely independent sailing. If you are an experienced sailor and want true freedom to choose where and when to sail for your entire holiday then this is for you.
Bareboat chartering puts you in total control, but fleet operators make sure that you're not "all at sea" because you have the back-up and support of their staff at all times.