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What's a Bareboat Charter?

Bareboat chartering, just as it sounds, is for guests who want to captain a boat themselves (qualifications required.) Charter guests are responsible for all aspects of running the yacht, including sailing, navigating, anchoring, provisioning, cooking, cleaning and, most importantly, having fun.

Am I qualified to “skipper” a cat?

If you can handle a monohull sailboat, chances are you should have no trouble handling a cat. You will require suitable navigational experience to safely navigate in these waters. Please remember that the BVI is tidal salt water, with some areas open to the Atlantic Ocean, so we can get some fairly large swells. This may affect potential anchorages and sailing plans whilst here.
You will also require suitable prior skippering experience on a comparably sized vessel, not simply crewing experience. For Sea Runner II we require the skipper’s resume and a resume for the first mate.

Is Bareboating For Me?

Before beginning your bareboat charter, a yacht familiarization and chart briefing will be conducted at the base. All of your questions will be answered at this time. If you are unsure about sailing a catamaran on your own, your charter consultant will discuss your qualifications during the booking process. To enhance your sailing experience, hire an instructional skipper for the first hours of your cruise (usually 12PM to 5PM). He will cover jibing, tacking, anchoring and general catamaran sailing with you. He will act as your personal “yacht briefer” and more often than not, will speed up the hand-over process at the base which will get you on the water faster. Instructional Skipper day rate applies.

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