If you are considering taking a sailing trip and can’t or don’t want to sail yourself. You may be thinking about the different options open to you. Here is the Enaviga guide to the differences between a Crewed Yacht and a bareboat with a crew.
A crewed yacht is a boat that has a permanent crew. Depending on the size of the vessel will depend on how many crew are onboard. Every crewed yacht charter will have a skipper/captain and a chef onboard. If you are on a mega yacht, there will be many specialised members of the crew to cater to your every whim.
The roles onboard a crewed yacht will be quite defined. The skipper will be in charge of the vessel. He/She will keep guests happy and the guests and vessel safe.
The chef will be there to keep your tummies happy and drinks flowing. He/She will also keep your cabins tidy, make beds, clean heads etc.
The crew will have their own cabin onboard. You will receive a pre-charter questionnaire so that they can get to know your likes/dislikes. They will plan a menu and all drinks and food will be included in the cost of your charter. It is usual to have water sports equipment onboard. So if you wish to kayak or SUP, these will usually be on hand for you to enjoy.
Crewed yachts usually come equipped with a RIB. This will be crew operated and enables them to drop you ashore. Some RIB’s will have large enough HP engine for you to enjoy water sports fun! The only extra costs related to a crewed yacht charter will be if you choose to eat ashore. You will also need to leave a tip for your crew. As a general guide, this is 10-15% of the cost of the charter of the yacht.
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The alternative option to a crewed yacht is to hire crew onboard your bareboat charter. This can be a skipper/captain and a chef, or one and not the other.
If you wish to take a skipper for only part of the trip, or a chef to help keep you out of the galley. Then this is the option for you.
You will need to ensure that you have a spare cabin (s) for the skipper and chef. Each will need their own if you are hiring both. You may also want to ensure they have their own head. This may make it more comfortable for both your party and them.
When you arrive at your charter base, you will meet your crew. If you have a chef, he/she will come shopping with you for provisions. If you have pre-provisioned they will work with what you have purchased. Please remember that you need to include your crew in all your meal plans.
As with a crewed yacht, your skipper is there to ensure you have a fun time and that you and your vessel are safe. Chat about places you have researched and would like to visit. Ask for their recommendations on local events. Your skipper will be a great local guide for the week.
When you book your bareboat charter you will usually have a dinghy included in the cost of your charter. Depending on where you are chartering will depend whether it has a engine or oars.
Your crew are not onboard to clean up, so unlike a crewed yacht, you will need to make beds and clean heads as you so wish.
The extra costs relating to hiring crew will be an extra cabin or two. Providing their food and drinks for the trip. Fuel as this is a bareboat charter and any sports equipment you wish to take onboard. You will also need to tip the crew which as a general guide will be 15-20% of their fee.
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