Sail On A Bareboat Charter And Enjoy The Thrill
Sailing was once seen as an aspirational activity, available to only a few lucky - and well off - people! But today it's available to everyone and there are a number of specialist tour operators that offer flexible packages for people looking to enjoy sailing holidays for the first time. And most people do find that they're hooked after their first sailing vacation, so be prepared to find a new passion!
What is a bareboat charter?
Basically this type of yacht hire arrangement is a perfect option for those with some sailing experience. It means hiring a yacht without the services of a crew or captain and gives your group the freedom to explore on their own and enjoy the adventure of being out on the sea - in total safety. It brings sailing holidays within reach of people who don't have their own yachts and who want to pick the model they want and own the experience of sailing it.
What are the benefits?
A sailing holiday offers total freedom and the chance to see a destination in a very new way. The world is 70% water and there are plenty of locations to visit - with sailing holiday operators offering a wide range of pick-up points and services, from novice to experienced sailors. If a bareback charter isn't suitable for your group, then there are manned options where the crew and captain come with the boat - you can even request a private chef if you're looking for the ultimate in luxury! A manned yacht is often popular with families where children are looking to learn the ropes. The captain will encourage the group to get involved as much as they wish to and give lessons and tips. Everyone will have a full safety briefing and run-down of the equipment and local rules before taking out their yacht, regardless of whether it's bareboat or manned and sailing lessons are offered too.
These types of holidays can provide lasting memories and offer real freedom and excitement - whilst encouraging families and groups to work together as a team and experience new things together. There are plenty of destinations to choose from too - whether you prefer to explore Europe or head further overseas to the Caribbean, Africa, South Americas or Asia. Bear in mind that different requirements exist locally about qualifications for manning a yacht and they tend to be more stringent in Europe. Your holiday organiser will advise on what's necessary. If the requirements are higher than required for you to hire bareboat charters, then there will be plenty of options to organise a crewed yacht with a captain, so you and your group or family can relax and make the most of scuba diving, swimming, sunbathing and on-shore excursions!