Bareboating is a wonderful way to experience yachting while
you do all the driving and navigation.
In order to charter a yacht on a Bareboat basis you will need
to demonstrate your ability to operate the yacht as well as
your knowledge of the Rules-of-the-Road, navigation, safety,
general boat systems knowledge, proper care, troubleshooting,
etc. Please contact us for a copy of our Boater's Resume so
that we can gauge your experience before reserving the yacht, Click here for resume. Our
primary concern is your safety as well as the safety of those
that will traveling with you during your cruise.
INVENTORY on our yachts include bed linen, silverware,
and cookware as well as the standard Coast Guard Safety Packages
such as life jackets, first aid kit, fire extinguishers, life
ring, fenders, and lines. Please let us know if you will have
small children onboard to make sure that we have the proper
fitting life jacket on hand.
Nautical Charts: We do not provide paper charts as it
is advisable that you have your own chart already studied and
have a route planned BEFORE you arrive at our docks.
Please let us know if you are unable to purchase the appropriate
charts and guide books and we will send them to you via regular
post or overnight for retail cost plus a small shipping and
Check-Out and Orientation Upon your arrival, we will
conduct a thorough systems orientation and mechanical / electrical
briefing. A skills check-out will follow to help you get comfortable
with the yacht with one of our captains onboard with you. It
is preferable that this be done with the least amount of people
onboard to avoid distractions. The Check-Out and Orientation
process takes about one and a half hours. Extended Briefings
and Lessons are also available with advance scheduling
Deliveries are also available to any major port in the
Southeast and Bahamas.
Smoking In an effort to prevent odor and damage to fabrics,
etc, we kindly request that smoking be limited to the exterior
areas of the yacht.
Cellular Phones and Communications Please note that
cellular coverage in the Florida Keys is generally good. However
there are some spotty areas of no service. Cellular phones will
not work in the Bahamas unless prior arrangements are made with
BATELCO. Your service provider can help you with making these
arrangements. MARI-TEL Marine Operators can be utilized
if you are within VHF range.
What To Bring Sunglasses, light jacket or sweater, swim
suit, sun screen, nautical chart/s, cruising guide/s, cell phone,
camera, soft luggage or duffle bags, provisions, personal items.
Dinghy Most of our yachts are equipped
Illegal Substances and Illegal Use of the Yacht Please
be advised that use or posession of illegal substances will
result in immediate termination of the charter with no refund.
The U.S. Coast Guard conducts frequent random boarding at sea
looking for contraband and illegal aliens. The charterer will
be responsible for all penalty's, fees, storage cost, and recovery
legal fees, etc, should the yacht be confiscated.
Question - I am fairly rusty now but I have over 5 years
of boating experience which ended 3 years ago.....do you think
I will qualify to charter a bareboat?
Frequently Asked Questions
Answer - Operating
a boat is much like riding a bike, the ability to retain and execute
previously learned skills varies from person to person., however,
generally speaking, the rust comes off quickly with most folks
with just a few hours lessons. The cost of lessons or refresher
courses is minimal compared to the peace of mind that it will
provide you as well as your guests. We do recommend that you limit
your cruise to easier cruising grounds until you get comfortable
with the yacht as well as your navigation skills and use of the
QuestionHow much lead time should I give to reserve
Answer-Most clients reserve their yachts about four months
before their date of departure., however we have received requests
with only 4 hours ahead of the charter time with positive results.
Our large fleet and capable and professional charter specialists
and crew almost assures a yacht for those last minute arrangements.
How do I book my charter?
Most clients select a yacht on our web site and then contact
us to check availability. If the yacht is available we will
place a working hold on the yacht for 2 business days while
we execute the charter agreement and review the bareboaters
experience (Bareboaters Resume), Upon acceptance of the Bareboaters
Resume, a Reservation Deposit will be required. The Reservation
Deposit amount varies from yacht to yacht, it is 50% of the
charter fee at signing.
How are Security Deposits handled? For Bareboat Charters,
a Security Deposit is required to cover damages that may occur
to the yacht during your charter such as propeller and gelcoat
damage. Security Deposit amounts are variable depending on the
yacht. Your charter agreement will have all the information
Where are your yachts located? Our yachts are located
in different marinas throughout the Miami , Fort Lauderdale,
the Keys and the Bahamas area.
Do you accept Credit Cards? We accept only American
Express credit card for Reservation Deposits and for Daily Captained
charters at any time prior to departure. Bareboat Charters must
be paid in cleared funds only.
Do you accept Wire Transfers? Yes, please contact us
for wiring information. We prefer to receive funds via wire
transfer whenever possible.
Do you provision the yacht? There are several options
for provisioning. We can provision the yacht for you for a fee
of $200.00 or you can pre-order on-line and have provisions
delivered directly to the boat by contacting www.publixdirect.com.
Do you offer Airport Pickup Services? Yes, our limo
driver can meet and greet you at the gate or at Customs if you
are flying international. Please call us and make arrangements
Please call or email us with any other questions that you
may have regarding chartering one of our yachts