There are three types of charters: bareboat, skippered and crewed. What does this mean? The bareboat yacht charter comes without a crew, with skippered yacht charter you rent both the boat and a skipper while with crewed charter you get a fully crewed yacht.
You are allowed to choose a bareboat charter if you are a licensed skipper. When chartering a yacht with no crew you will be obliged to have all the necessary certificates, permits and documents that prove you are able to sail by yourself. You and your guests (your crew) will be required to provide a security deposit before you can charter a boat. All this evidence of your sailing abilities and prior experience is necessary because neither the boat nor your life are cheap.
On the other hand, if you do not have such documents, you will choose a skippered yacht charter. Your charter company will provide you with a skipper who will steer the boat, decide on the route (in accordance with you), and keep you safe. Skippers are usually chosen not only for their sailing experience but also for their "people skills" and local knowledge about the chosen sailing destination. Your skipper will not only steer the boat but also show you some "trade secrets" if you are interested in sailing and act as a kind of a tourist guide who will show you the best your sailing destination has to offer. Note that you have to take care of the skipper's meals.
If you want the maximum comfort and relaxation, opt for the crewed charter. By choosing a crewed charter, you also get the crew who will navigate, sail and prepare the beverages and meals. You are free to decide on the itinerary whereas the crew takes you wherever you want and provides you with three meals a day. Meals they prepare are of the highest quality, prepared to meet your taste and reflect the local cuisine. Note that crewed charter yachts tend to be more luxurious and have additional equipment like waterskis or A/C. The yacht charter crew will take care of your safety and your comfort but you must not treat them like servants.
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