Bareboat vs. Skippered Chartering
By definition, Bareboat chartering is when you charter the boat only, with yourself as captain. You are wholly responsible for the welfare of the boat and its passengers.
To qualify for bare boating, you must fill out a sailing resume, which explains not only your formal sailing education, but also your experience with boats near, or at the size you would like to charter. One does not necessarily out qualify the other, and we will look at each resume individually.
Typically we would like to see some strong experience dealing with boats of this size, as well as knowledge of sailing etiquette and safety.
Honesty is absolutely necessary when filling out your resume, for if it is discovered that you are not qualified to operate the boat safely, we will require you to hire a captain and remain at the dock until one has been found, all at your own expense.
If, however, you would prefer a captain, we have several for you to choose from that will make your experience exceptional.
Your captain is your employee. However, you will have to provide food and a cabin for him to reside. You also must pay him--above and beyond the charge for the boat. Presently, the average cost of a captain is $275 per day (not including tip).
However, the benefits of hiring a captain are numerous. First, our captains know the San Juan Islands well and can easily navigate our boats anywhere you want to go. Also, the pressure and responsibility of operating a sailing vessel will be alleviated, leaving time for you to relax and enjoy the experience.
Although you are still responsible for the vessel, having an extra, experienced hand on board can only ensure a quality trip.