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Four Thing You Should Know About Selecting a Bareboat Charter

May 1, 2008
1/ To Sail or not to Sail The first question to ask is do I want the added adventure of sailing or the comfort of cruising? Here are some questions you should answer

Can I do with just basic need or do I like all the mod cons?

Do I look like the the way I get there or where I'm going?

Communal living is good or private room thanks

Great a bush camp or where's the motel

If your bent was toward the first choice a sailing yacht may be for you. If you preferred the second choice strictly stay with a motor cruiser. If you are some of one and some of the other it may depend on the duration of the charter but when in doubt go with the cruiser.

2/Who do I want to come with me Who comes along is the next big question. If your not a party animal, immediate family and friends that can tolerate your idiosyncrasies and you theres are a good choice. especially if you have had prior adventures with them and still talk with each other. if the weather gets a bit rough things can become a little strained, particularly in a sail boat.

3/What Brand or Model of Yacht/Cruiser

The largest you can spend the money on

The newest you can afford

The finest that you can spend the money on

Manufactured to fulfill the needs of the skipper yourself hirer ie plenty of water and refrigeration

To Skipper or not to Skipper Most charter company can offer you a skipper for part or all of your charter, it is a substantial extra cost but well worth it for some. Most people who charter a yacht have someone in there group who has some sail experience, which I would recommend. As for a motor cruiser, if you can drive a car you can steer a boat. Most groups I have dealt with have already worked out who the skipper will be, sometimes he/she has been self appointed. In any case the skipper should

Have good eyesight

Be alert to their position and those of the vessels around them

Not have a tendency to drink and drive

Be patient and not easily flustered

North, south, east or west where ever you are on the globe there are plenty of great places to charter a bareboat.From Greece to The Virgin Island and every where in between, my preference is a group of islands of the Great Barrier called The Whitsunday, it has everything you could ask for the novice or experienced bareboated. If I am on the water for a few days I prefer cruising to sailing these days especially if I have company. What ever your preference I am sure you will have a great time if you give this type of holiday a try. See you out there.
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Before taking the plunge you might want to research the brand of specifically built motor cruiser I mentioned here at bareboat charter yacht and my favourite place to cruise The Whitsunday Islands
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