Charters - What is a bareboat catamaran charter?


bareboatBareboat Catamaran Charter

The Multihull Company's goal is to make choosing a bareboat catamaran sailing vacation simple and pleasant for you whether you have chartered before or are new to the experience. We have made this as easy as possible for you by first organizing all the available charters in each port around the world in one site and then making our expert charter brokers available to help you with your choices. Remember, The Multihull Company is recognized around the world as the experts in catamaran sailing. We are a company founded by sailors for sailors so we know the yachts, the ports, the crews and the best spots to have fun around the world. (It is a tough job, but someone has to do it!)

You can start by browsing the bareboat fleets listed by destination and/or fill out an Information Request form which gives our brokers the guidance they need to serve you well. With this course, a broker will contact you with options and will be available to discuss your specific desires. Together, we will find a charter yacht that's the right fit for you. If you are unsure of the destination, browse the cruising areas at the top of any page for some ideas and discuss the alternatives with your broker.

Our brokerage staff inspects the bareboat fleets each year and are completely up to date on the latest models coming into the market, crew changes, repairs or any issue that might affect the condition of the yacht. Our aim is to find you the best yacht for your needs, something we do daily for our customers because we offer unbiased advice and perspective on the market.

bareboatWhat is a Bareboat?

Bareboat chartering means you are sailing your own yacht. It allows you and your crew to have complete control over the sailing and handling of a catamaran. It allows you the most privacy and is more affordable than other options. But bareboat chartering is not for everyone , especially if you are new to chartering or sailing in general. At its most basic, a bareboat charter means you rent the yacht and put your family and friends to work as your crew! In order to do this safely, at least one crew member must be an experienced sailor.

Do I meet the necessary requirements to charter a bareboat catamaran?

The Multihull Company can help you decide if you have enough experience to handle one of these cats. It might be that the best course of action is to have a captain help you enjoy your charter, but it is important to note that ultimately it is the charter boat owner's decision as to your eligibility to sail unassisted. We will send you a questionnaire to fill out that provides us with a sailing resume. Once this is completed and our recommendations made, we forward your resume to the charter boat company for final approval.

snorkelWhat will be on a bareboat catamaran?

Your bareboat catamaran will be equipped with full galley complete with dishes, silverware and everything you need, sheets, towels and basic cleaning products as well as toiletries All yachts will have charts of the area on board. The bareboat catamaran will also be equipped with a dinghy and an engine, in most cases at no extra charge. Here are some of the other basics you will find on board:

  • All the safety equipment including fire extinguishers, lifejackets, and first aid kit(s
  • Cooking and refrigeration systems
  • Heads and showers
  • Engine and check procedures to follow
  • VHF radio and proper MAYDAY instructions
  • All instruments including GPS
  • Charts and pilot books
  • Halards, winches, reefing lines and other rigging and controls
  • The anchor systems
  • A dinghy and its engine
  • And any other systems particular to that vessel

Will there be additional charges?

Most companies will request a security deposit to be taken at the base by credit card, this can range in price but is fully refundable upon return of yacht with no damages. Bareboat companies will charge a daily insurance rate that is non refundable and is from $35.00 to $55.00. This fee can lower your security deposit amount. Depending on your destination , you may have mooring fees as well. Customs and immigration, dockage fees, and provisioning, fuel and water are also part of the journey. Please call our office so we can go over all additional expenses on your vacation. See additional costs .

What can we expect upon arrival at the base?

Once you arrive at the base, expect to be greeted by a staff member who will introduce you to your yacht. Once you get settled, a check out skipper will spend about two hours reviewing the yacht mechanisms with you and perform a chart briefing for the crew. The staff will assist you with taxis, direct you to the grocery stores and help you with any last-minute requests in order to make your journey a safe and fun one.

Please call us or e-mail and we will assist you with all your questions and concerns.

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