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Frequently Asked Questions About Bareboat Chartering

What is a bareboat charter?
What experience do I need to bareboat charter?
May I sleep aboard the night before my charter?
What should I bring with me?
Is chartering expensive?
Are dinghies available?
How many people may stay onboard?

What is bareboat chartering?

You 'bareboat' charter when you rent (sailors say 'charter') a sailboat without a hired captain or crew.  Bareboat charterers are expected to provide their own crew and to have the skills to manage the boat they charter.

The standard equipment on all of our yachts includes: All United States Coast Guard required equipment, all galley equipment (including pots, pans, dishes & flatware), barbeque, charts and navigation tools, VHF radio, type I life jackets, compass, depthsounder, knotmeter, bow and stern pulpits and lifelines.

What experience do I need to bareboat charter?

Bareboat chartering demands very specific skills to keep the captain, crew and boat safe.  Charter companies increasingly demand charter skills acquired in the organized fashion that a school provides. Hence the sort of instruction Sailboats Inc. provides: drills and exercises specifically designed to teach the needed skills of chartering--docking, anchoring, navigation, reefing, sailing, emergency drills, etc.

Formal training is not required if you have prior chartering experience.   We generally look for experience captaining the same size vessel in the same type of water.  One experienced crew member is also required.  You will be asked to complete a resume of sailing experience to be reviewed by the location charter master.

If you’ve been away from chartering and need a refresher or would like to go to a larger vessel size, we’d be happy to arrange an instructor to go out with you and your crew.

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May I sleep aboard the night before my charter?

You may board after 6pm the evening before your charter of two or more days.  This is a great time to familiarize yourself and crew with the owner’s manual and boat systems.  Best of all, there is no charge!

What should I bring with me?

Please think of a camping trip when preparing for your charter, except that the galley equipment (pots, pans, dishes, etc) will be provided for you.  Your personal gear should include sleeping bags, pillows, towels, layered clothing, rain gear, sunscreen, sunglasses and non-marking soled shoes.  Also bring:  Food, seasonings, charcoal (if charcoal grill), dish soap, dishcloth and dishtowels.

Is chartering expensive?

You can charter for as little as $76* per person per day.  You have your entertainment and accommodations rolled into one – at the cost of a hotel room!

*Based on the average three-day charter on a 29’ sailboat with four people during the high charter season.

Are dinghies available?

Dinghies are available at our Bayfield location for no additional fee.  They are not generally available in Lake City or Chicago.

How many people can stay onboard?

For safety reasons, the maximum number onboard is limited to the number of berths indicated for that yacht.

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