To sail bareboat, some countries may require a license.
Find out if you're qualified
We usually ask that you have sailing experience on a boat of similar size for our bareboat yacht charters. It’s also helpful to have at least one crew member of similar experience. If you are unsure whether you are qualified for a bareboat yacht charter, take a look at our guide. You can also hire a local skipper at a daily rate, then continue on your own when you feel comfortable. If you’d rather not cook, hire a chef and have all of your meals prepared for you.
You can tailor your yacht charter to make the most of your budget. We’ve listed some considerations that will make a difference to your bareboat charter cost.
Choose an older yacht – Our newest yachts are more expensive to charter than others in our fleet. As yachts get older they move to our economy fleet and offer the best value. You can sail wonderful older yachts and that will lower your charter price.
Sail in low season – Peak seasons are popular for good reason, yet the shoulder seasons can also provide pleasant climates and fewer crowds. Low season also has the advantage of being less expensive with more yachts available and cheaper flights.
Charter for longer – Most charters are for one or two weeks, but it is possible to secure additional discounts if you sail for more than three weeks.
Combine discounts – You can combine discounts to get up to 20% off if you book 180 days before departure, have booked with us before and book during a boat show. Take a look at our bareboat yacht charter special offers.
Mooring and marina fees – Your choice of destination makes a big difference to your overall bareboat charter cost. Some locations offer free or very low mooring fees if you buy a meal at the local restaurant. In others, you may need to pay marina fees, as well as fees for landing on islands, entering national parks or marine reserves.
Add ons for your charter – Water toys enable you to explore mangrove creeks, blue caves and lagoons. Add kayaks, paddle boards, inflatables, donuts and towable bananas to your charter. If you have the budget, add jet skis, water skis, subwings, waterslides and infinity pools with nets. Gadget lovers may want to add to SEABOBs or a Jet Lev, which allows you to hover and feel like you are flying.
Early boarding – Check in and depart on the same day.
Delivery sailing – Experienced sailors can help us get our fleet ready for the season by sailing boats to our network of bases. If you’re flexible and have the right resume, this could suit you.
What is included?
Yacht, dinghy & outboard
Marina mooring: First and last night at our base
Fuel and water: All of our yachts are delivered to you with full tanks of fuel (yacht & dinghy), full tank of water, one bottle of cooking gas + one spare. You have to return the yacht with full tanks of fuel and water
Watersports: snorkeling equipment
Mandatory extras: End cleaning and starter pack, which includes one bottle of locally sourced alcoholic beverage, four 1.5L bottles of water, one small bottle of dish-washing liquid, one dishcloth, one sponge, trash bags, one roll of paper towels, one box of matches and one roll of toilet paper in each head. Please note that contents vary by destination
Damage waiver: Insurance with a lower excess has been added to your quote and is mandatory in some destinations. You can pay a higher damage waiver deposit at the base, which is fully refundable if there is not any damage or loss to the boat, dinghy and equipment. The damage waiver, or refundable security deposit, is designed to cover one incident of a substantial nature at any one time. In the case of loss or damage to equipment of significant value, such as the outboard engine or dinghy, you have the right to an immediate replacement while on the charter.
What licenses do I need to hire a yacht and sail myself?
The skipper of a yacht has primary responsibility for the safety of the crew and yacht at all times. Many destinations require just relevant experience demonstrated by a sailing resume.
To charter in the Mediterranean, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities for bareboat charters in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and Turkey. Other destinations that require a license include Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, Brazil and Sweden. For Belize, the port authority will issue a certificate of competency and an application is made on arrival.
You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and the destination requirements before booking.
By accepting the yacht contract you are confirming that you and/or members of your crew are capable and competent to sail the yacht in the conditions and cruising area of charter. We reserve the right not to hand over the yacht if, after inspection, it is the opinion that the charterer is not, or may not be competent to be in charge of the vessel.
What briefing do you give at base?
Before you leave base you will have an overview of the cruising area, safety inspection on board and yacht familiarization briefing from our base team, including:
All of the safety equipment
Cooking and refrigeration systems
Heads and showers
Engine and check in procedures
VHF radio and mayday instructions
All instruments including GPS
Charts and pilot books
Halyards, winches, reefing lines, rigging and controls
Dinghy and engine
Do I need insurance?
We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance that covers sailing.
We will insure the vessel throughout the charter with first-class insurers against all risks, to provide permission to charter as under contract terms and to cover third-party liability.
You can choose one of the following options:
Security Deposit: This varies on the size of the boat and when the boat is returned without damage it is refunded.
Damage Waiver: The charterer agrees to pay a non-refundable damage waiver at the time of booking, as well as a reduced damage deposit on embarkation that is refundable upon completion of the charter should no damage occur.
Are their child or age restrictions?
There are no restrictions.
What is the cancellation policy?
If you cancel your charter, cancellation fees will apply:
If Charterer cancels more than 60 days before original charter start, Charterer will lose its 30% deposit. If Charterer has already paid for add-on options, DYC will reimburse Charterer for these expenses.
If Charterer cancels 59 days or less before the original charter start, Charterer will lose the entire charter fee paid to date. If Charterer has already paid for add-on options, DYC will reimburse Charterer for these expenses, unless cancellation occurs within seven days of departure. If within seven days, payment for add-on options will not be refunded.
Private stateroom and ensuite
Comfortable, modern accommodation
Professional, vetted crew
In-depth local area expertise
Organized tour and optional excursions
Full board meals
Delicious cuisine prepared and served
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