Sailing with a skipper

Sailing with a skipper

Published in Sailing
Sailing with a skipper

Apart from choosing your dream destination, suitable yacht for charter and perfect time to go sailing, you also need to decide whether you want to hire a skipper and/or crew.

Chartering a skippered yacht with a professional skipper gives you the advantage of choice. You can choose to let the skipper do the sailing and sit back and relax or take an active part and improve your sailing skills. Remember, the skipper’s main duty is to keep you safe and help you have the best holiday possible.

Our skippers all have a lot of experience and knowledge of the sailing area and will make sure you have that prefect holiday – tailored to your needs. A short time before you begin your skippered yacht charter, you will receive contact details from your skipper so you can start planning your dream sailing holiday! Advantages and requirements of a skippered, crewed or bareboat yacht charter are fully explained below.

Skippered, crewed or bareboat yacht charter?

There are, basically, three main types of yacht charter: bareboat, skippered and crewed

Bareboat Charter

Bareboat charter means a person or a group simply rents a yacht and skippers it. You can only rent a bareboat charter if you have a licensed skipper in your group. When chartering an unskippered and crewless yacht, you will have to make sure you have all the other mandatory documents, permits and licences proving you are skilled to sail a yacht. Documents that you will need to provide vary depending on your destination of choice. Also, before your bareboat charter, depending on the destination, you might have to pay a security deposit (or deposit elimination fee) for any possible damage to the yacht.

Skippered Charter

Skippered charter refers to cases when you hire a skipper alongside renting a boat. However, in this case you sail with the skipper only, not any additional crew. A skippered yacht charter is the right choice for you if you do not have the required documents to sail the yacht yourself, would like to sharpen your sailing skills or just want to have a laid back holiday.

What you get when you hire a skipper is a person who not only steers the sailing boat, but also knows the area and can give you advice on where to eat, what to buy and see, as well as reveal those perfect hidden coves you would probably miss otherwise. Not having to worry about steering the sailing boat gives you a chance to relax. Ultimately, your skipper is also there to keep you safe! In addition to the above, the skipper will also have full liability for the boat and you, the customer, do not have to have proven sailing experience. Our skippers will be happy to show you some sailing basics if you are interested. And when you inevitably fall in love with sailing, you can join our sailing school in Croatia. Please keep in mind that you have to provide the skipper’s meals and that the skipper has to have a place to sleep and time to rest.

Crewed Charter

Crewed charter means that you hire a crew to both sail the yacht and prepare meals. This is the type of a sailing holiday that is the most relaxing and where you can simply let go and let the crew do all the work. Sailing with our professional staff on board gives an extra flavour to your holiday! Most of our experienced skippers and hostesses have passed Navigare charter school before they are hired.
When hiring our skipper for your sailing holiday, you receive the advantage of seeing all the finest bays and the best harbours. To sail with the crew gives you even more choice - you and your friends can actively participate in the sailing or just relax and enjoy.
On a crewed charter, our hostesses ensure that all food is purchased, prepare breakfast and lunch, serve snacks and make sure the boat is in good condition. They can also occasionally babysit so that parents may have a children-free dinner!

Every year for over a decade, Navigare Charter School has been training new skippers and hostesses. The training has been organised in Croatia, Greece and Sweden.
Contact us today to get a current price for hiring a skipper/hostess. Feel free to ask us any additional questions!