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Ever seen people relaxing on a yacht and wished it could be you? Good news, it can be, with our skippered charters!

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Enjoy the freedom of sailing with our skipper charters for a vacation with a difference

You do not need to be able to sail to hire a yacht and it can also be affordable. If you can’t sail we can find you a professional skipper to do the sailing for you, leaving you and your guests to enjoy a relaxing, hassle-free vacation.

Read our guide to the best destinations for skippered charters.

A sailing vacation with a difference

Embrace the soothing vibes of a sailing vacation and hire a professional, friendly skipper to sail you, your family and friends. Choose where you stop for lunch, snorkel or anchor – you are in control of where you go.

We’re the world’s leading charter company, choose your dream yacht from our skippered charters fleet. Sailing vacations for up to 12 friends are available on our Sun Loft 47 monocat. Find out more.

Too many options to choose from? Contact our team.

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Everything you need to know

What is the difference between skippered and bareboat charters?

The difference between skippered charters and bareboat yacht charters is that a professional skipper sails the yacht for you rather than you sailing the boat yourself.

Skippered yacht charters are specifically designed for those who have no sailing experience. With a skippered charter, your professional skipper sails the yacht so you can just focus on relaxing, immersing yourself in your chosen destination and having fun with your guests.

Captain only charters are also popular with sailors who want to relax or expand their knowledge. Find out if you need a skipper for your sailing vacation with our guide to bareboat certification.

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Skippered yacht charter sailing in the sea

How much does a skippered charter cost?

Skippered charters are more affordable than you think, even if you don’t have sailing experience. Sailing with friends or family means you can split the cost of your yacht and skipper hire. There are several ways you can keep skippered charters low in terms of cost:

● Avoid high season
● Choose an older yacht
● Skip the air-conditioning
● Combine discounts
● Sail where marina fees are low

Take a look at our skippered charters special offers.

What does a skipper do on a skippered yacht charter?

Your skipper will have all the local knowledge to make your vacation truly special. They will take care of sailing, mooring, safety, weather forecasts and navigating your route while on a skippered charter.

Your skipper is responsible for:

● Sailing
● Navigation
● Weather forecast checks
● Mooring
● Anchoring
● Boat systems
● Crew safety

Skipper picking a rope up in a skippered yacht charter
Happy couple smailing onboard of a skippered yacht charter

Advantages of our skippered charters

  • Vetted skippers: Professional sailing experience
  • Vast knowledge: Get the insider view on local culture
  • Trusted recommendations: Passion for the local area
  • Safety focused: Looking after you and your guests
  • Weather forecasting: Maximizing your vacation

How do I start planning my skippered charter?

Here’s how to get started on planning your skippered charter:

  • Choose where you want to sail. Take a look at our wide choice of skippered yacht charter destinations
  • Choose your yacht. Decide if you want a catamaran, powercat or monohull from our skipper charter fleet
  • Set your budget. Adjust your yacht age, yacht size and time of year to suit what you want to spend. We would be happy to advise you on a choice to match your budget
  • Get a quote. We’ll send you a full quote and explain what is included and what isn’t included in your skipper charter quote.
  • We’ll find you a skipper. Our skippers are handpicked for their expertise and friendly, easy-going personality
  • Pay your deposit. Once we have your deposit, your booking is confirmed and you can start planning your itinerary

Read our guide on how to charter a yacht.

Friend enyoing vacations on board of skippered yacht charter

How to hire a skippered yacht

Hiring a yacht works in a similar way for skippered charters and bareboat rental. You need to take these steps to plan your skippered charter:

  • Choose your destination
  • Choose your yacht
  • We’ll find you a skipper

Learn more about how to charter a yacht, or contact us for help.

What is the difference between catamaran and monohulls?

If you’re new to sailing, you can hire catamarans, power catamarans or monohulls. We also have a monocat, the Sun Loft 47.

We’ve many types of boat in our yacht charter fleet by cutting-edge yacht manufacturers. We constantly add to our fleet so you can hire the latest models and try out high tech features.

Catamaran rental

Our catamaran charters give flexibility and spacious common areas in the interior. Catamarans have two hulls and sit on the water. Their shallow draft means you can get up close to sandy beaches. The two-hull design gives a smooth sailing experience and their design means there is often more space, which is great for those sailing with children. The large windows let in plenty of light and you can relax on the spacious front deck and sunbathe.

Monohull vacations

You will really feel like you are sailing with a monohull charter. Feel your adrenaline pulse as you sail close to the water.

A monohull has a single hull, which offers a smoother and comfortable sail as the boat pushes through the ocean. Adventure lovers will enjoy the dynamic sail. Monohulls can turn tightly and you can feel the lean! Some layouts mean you can walk around the bed, so cabins can feel more spacious. Mooring fees can be lower for monohulls too.

Pilot sailing a skippered yacht charter and island

New to sailing?

Recharge, relax, remember. Embrace the flexibility of a captain only charter and explore from the water.

Being near water has a powerful impact on our brains, helping you unwind, feel happier and even more creative. For good reason, sailing has been an activity enjoyed by some of our greatest geniuses and creatives, from Einstein to Google’s founders.

Choose your recharge destination from the widest choice in the world. Hop between exquisite islands, paddleboard mangrove creeks, swim remote coves and stroll deserted sandy beaches.

Sail the Caribbean in the British Virgin Islands, immerse yourself in a colorful underwater world in the Maldives or Tahiti, or meet the giant tortoises in the Seychelles.

Wherever you want to go, our skippered charters will help you make the most of your vacation time.

Sail the places you have always dreamed of with our skippered charter destinations.

New to sailing? Find out how to charter a yacht for a vacation.

What is a skippered yacht charter?

For our skippered charters, you are hiring a professional skipper to do the sailing for you, leaving you and your guests to enjoy a relaxing, hassle-free vacation. It is also known as a captain only charter.

You do not need sailing experience to hire a yacht with our skippered charters. It is easier to book and more affordable than you think. Get in touch, if there’s too much choice and you need advice.

Do I need a skipper?

We aim to make sailing as inclusive as possible. Our skippered charters are perfect if you do not have sailing experience, the right bareboat certification or want to relax on holiday. Read our guide to bareboat charter certification to see if you are qualified for a bareboat charter.
Skippered charters suit many types of travelers and sailors, including:

  • Adventure lovers who want to explore destinations from the water but cannot sail. No longer do you have to see the same beach view from your hotel complex. We can help you find a yacht and skipper for you.
  • Sailors who want to relax with their friends and family rather than take the helm. Sometimes you just don’t want to be in charge. While sailing is enjoyable for everyone else, it can be hard work for the skipper. A skippered charter removes this burden and gives the responsibility to an experienced professional.
  • Sailors who haven’t the bareboat license certification for their chosen destination. Many destinations do not require a license but some do, particularly in the Mediterranean. If you do not have the right bareboat certification, you can still sail your destination with a skippered charter.
  • Sailors who want to explore a new destination and get comfortable with the cruising ground. Perhaps you’ve sailed for years and want to try a new destination that is known to have challenging wind systems or navigation. A skippered charter helps you to pick up advice and tips so you can sail next time.
  • New sailors who want to grow their confidence. If you’ve just started sailing and this is your first charter abroad, you may want to consider a skippered yacht charter. A skipper means you can relax and learn about sailing in other countries to grow your knowledge without pressure.

If you are an experienced sailor, check out our bareboat yacht charters.

Beautiful skippered charter catamaran in crystal waters

How to provision for a skippered charter?

To cater for a skippered charter, you can use our provisioning service if it is available at your destination. Check your chosen destination’s base guide for more information.

You can shop yourself and fill your boat with your favorites or try local produce from nearby stores, markets and suppliers. Our destination base guides share the nearest supermarket location and opening hours.

What is the cancellation policy for Sail Share?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits.

Our Sail Share cabin cancellation fees are:

  • More than 90 days before original embarkation date: 25% of the charter fee
  • 89 – 60 days before original embarkation date: 50% of the charter fee
  • 59 – 30 days before original embarkation date: 75% of the charter fee
  • Fewer than 29 days before original embarkation date: 100% of the charter fee

How flexible is the itinerary for a Sail Share charter?

Our yacht itineraries are designed by our destination experts and are set to showcase the best of the destination’s highlights. They are set and not flexible, even if you book all the cabins.

What happens if the weather changes during my Sail Share?

The skipper may decide to change the itinerary if there is bad weather.

Can I choose which cabin I want when I book a Sail Share?

Choose a double cabin with shared bath, or private bath for an additional fee.

Are there child or age restrictions on Sail Share?

Minimum Age : 16 years old

Why sail with us?

Your safety is our priority

We handpick our professional skippers for our charters and check they have:

● Proven qualifications
● Destination experience
● Safety as their priority
● Excellent local knowledge
● Warm, friendly personalities

Why book with Dream Yacht Charter?

We know how important your vacations are to you and your guests. We’re here for advice if you want more information on a destination, yacht or skippers. We offer:

Everywhere you want to sail

Widest choice of sailing destinations

Unrivalled choice

Largest fleet of catamarans and monohulls

Expert team

Our team sails and can offer expert advice

Customer service

You are at the heart of our company


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Simply wonderful! Fred + Isabelle were so accommodating and did so much for us. Isabelle’s food was incredible. Thank you so much!


Exumas Cabin

Great class. Very professional and great service!


Antigua Bareboat

Just what we needed to get out of a year of lockdown, see new places and connect with nature. Highly recommended for your next sailing adventure!


St. Martin Bareboat

Excellent cruise and wonderful stay on board. Skipper attentive, very pleasant and very professional.


Guadeloupe Skippered

I have just returned from another fantastic week of sailing at your base in Pula and would like to thank everyone involved for making this possible at such short notice and without any problems.


Guadeloupe Bareboat

The marina itself is a perfect base with super facilities! The Lagoon 42 was in good condition and the skipper was fantastic and knew the area very well.


Croatia Skippered

What an EXCELLENT experience. We just returned from a week long charter with skipper from Corfu, sailing around the beautiful islands of the Ionian Sea. Paxos, Antipaxos and the old town of Corfu were beautiful and the secluded bays we got to visit thanks to our local skipper Nicholas were simply stunning. Fly and Flops was yesterday – we will only charter with Dream Yacht for the foreseeable future.


Greece Skippered

Our group of 10 had a WONDERFUL time in French Polynesia from May 21-28, 2022! The food was fantastic: captain and cook, husband and wife: Henry and Mehee (sp) were amazing and the whole experience on board was a dream! We can’t wait to book another trip through Dream Yacht


Tahiti Crewed Premium

Dream Yacht provided a great sailing experience for my extended family on 2 monohulls from Scrub Island. The boats were in very good condition and perfectly prepared, the staff friendly and helpful. I had worked for a number of charter companies over the years but Dream Yacht is one of the


British Virgin Islands Bareboat

I am in the Maldives right now and having the time of my life. Captain Jack and the crew are professional, safe and fun! The boat is optimal and the food is delicious. The chef even bakes CAKE! The beds are surprisingly comfortable and we sleep 9 hours every night. If you like island hopping, there is no better option than Dream Yacht. We will be booking Tahiti next year.


Maldives Cabin

The new boat was in perfect condition and best condition for exploring bays and islands. I could never have imagined that this could be so much fun and enjoyable and we are already looking forward to the next upcoming trip in the Ionian


Scandinavia Bareboat

Baja is now my favorite place. There was something for everyone: sailing under northerly winds with mostly calm evenings, snorkeling, fishing, secluded sandy beaches, pelican feedings, being greeted by barking sea lions, and exploring the geology of Ispiritu Santo Island. Dream Yacht Base La Paz provided competent professional support with a well-equipped and maintained boat. We were wonderfully cooked by an on-board chef arranged with Dream Yacht, which meant more free time for all of us. An unforgettable vacation and adventure connected with nature.


Mexico Crewed Premium

All the staff were fantastic and made our trip a memorable one. Incredibly friendly and welcoming, the food was fantastic. The service throughout the trip was always top notch!


Thailand Cabin

Absolutely recommendable. Perfect service. Will charter again and recommend Dream Yacht Charter anytime.


Turkey Bareboat

I just returned from 3 weeks of fantastic sailing with my family on one of your catamarans in Sardinia. My thanks to our skipper Simone and Daniela, our cook.


Sardinia Skippered

For a first cruise as a skipper, the Mediterranean is perfect. The service of Dream Yacht is too!


France Bareboat

We had an incredible trip and got engaged on our very first night of sailing! We will surely come back one day. We were beginners, we were guided very well and that gave us a lot of confidence.


Australia Bareboat

The experience on board far exceeded our expectations. Isabelle provided exceptional three course meals. Her creativity and delicious meals were incredible. Thomas was an excellent skipper, he “felt” our needs. Thanks guys!” Spira, bareboat with crew in New Caledonia.


New Caledonia Crewed Premium

Once again a fantastic sail with a great crew. Thanks again to a great captain and cook. Was totally fantastic.


Seychelles Cabin

A very excellent sailing vacation – especially the crew was fantastic. I would sail with Dream Yacht again and highly recommend them.


Guadeloupe Bareboat

I loved the vacation and am not sure this trip can ever be topped. Everything about it was incredible. The captain and crew were great, helpful, friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. We loved it.


Greece Crewed Premium

We just returned from one of your Lagoon 52F’s last week in St. Thomas! We had the trip of a lifetime sailing around St. Thomas and St. John!


US Virgin Islands Bareboat

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