Bareboat Yacht Charter
For the experienced sailor wanting the freedom to cruise at their own pace, bareboat chartering is for you.
All of our yachts are available for hire for completely independent sailing, leaving you to plan your own itinerary and to sail where and when you choose - within the Solent, along the UK South Coast, or across the Channel to France and the Channel Islands.
To charter a yacht from us we have to be satisfied that you will be able to safely skipper the yacht throughout your sailing holiday and return her safely to us. Our general requirement for boat hire is that the skipper should be experienced to a level equivalent to RYA Coastal Skipper and that at least one crew member should have experience equivalent to RYA Competent Crew. If you do not have formal sailing qualifications that meet these conditions then we will request a "sailing CV" from you listing your sailing experience and our Fleet Manager will have a chat with you to satisfy himself that you are competent to hire your choice of sailing yacht.
For some of the smaller yachts on our fleet (up to 36 feet), it is possible to charter a yacht from us with two persons with the equivalent of RYA Day Skipper (Tidal) on board; or on occasion, an experienced RYA Day Skipper plus an RYA Competent Crew. If you are unsure about whether you and your crew have the necessary qualifications then please call us to discuss this further. If there is any doubt then there is always the option to include a skipper in your charter for the first day. If he is happy that you are competent to continue sailing on your own after the first day then he will leave you to continue your charter without him.
Our superb yachts are fully equipped with stereos, TVs in some cases, domestic equipment, as well as all essential safety and navigation equipment, charts and almanacs designed to make your cruise comfortable, enjoyable and safe. Many of our yachts have state of the art electronics as well as the basics; including colour chart plotters, AIS and radar. Please see our standard list of charter equipment for more information on what you will find on board.
If you have children on board then we would be happy to discuss adding child netting to the guard rails to help keep your little ones on board!
All our charterers have the support of Sea Start as well as our full time staff at our base and a 24-hour emergency telephone line.
Other options are available to hire a boat with skipper or as part of a flotilla if you wish to sail but can't or don't want to skipper a yacht or cannot get a full crew to commit; or if you would prefer to sail in the company of other yachts:
- Avoid the hassle of getting sailing friends to commit
- Just book your own berth!
- Usually 5 crew plus skipper
- Our skipper takes responsibility, you log miles as crew (or if possible use as your logged miles)
- Meet new people, make new friends
Cruise in Company Weekends
- Charter a yacht and sail with us “flotilla fashion”
- Cruise to an agreed destination
- Enjoy the evening discussing your exploits!