If you want to relax on your sailing holiday or you do not have the experience to sail your own yacht, a cabin charter is a fantastic and affordable choice. Let your skipper show you the best sights in the area whilst your hostess provides delicious breakfasts and lunches to fuel your swimming, snorkelling, exploring or relaxing.
A crewed sailing holiday is a holiday dreams are made of. Island hopping by day and exploring a new town or village each night. No need to worry about sailing your own yacht, preparing your own food or planning the best route. All that is taken care of on a fully crewed cabin charter holiday. Chartering a cabin on a crewed yacht rather than an entire crewed yacht for yourself means that you can enjoy the luxury at a fraction of the cost.
Most of our cabin charters boats sleep 8 guests and are ideal for individuals, couples or small groups who are looking for a relaxing and sociable holiday. A sailing holiday really is like nothing else and our cabin charter holidays enable even those with no sailing experience to enjoy a holiday on the water.
We currently have a choice of cabin charter destinations including Greece, Croatia and Spain. With such fantastic and varied options, you can pick a destination that is perfect for you. From the quintessentially Greek blue and white rooftops of the Cyclades/Aegean to the historic charm of Croatia or fiestas and paella in Spain. You are sure to find the perfect destination for your next holiday.
Find out why so many travellers are falling under Croatia's spell....a rich history, fantastic cuisine and a stunning coastline to match.
The perfect place for island hopping - soak up the Greek charm whilst on a sailing holiday with your professional skipper and hostess.
Fiestas, paella, lazy siestas and turquoise waters on a cabin charter holiday in Spain.
Do you want relaxation, friendly faces, beautiful weather and pristine beaches? There really is nowhere quite like the Caribbean...
Not if you don't want to! The crew are perfectly able to sail the yacht and they do not need or expect your help. So relax with a cool drink, a good book and your suntan cream and watch the world sail by.
If you are keen to help out or learn a few new skills then the crew will be delighted to involve you in the sailing. They will soon have you helming and setting the sails like a pro!
All the cabin charter yachts are very comfortable to live aboard. There is a spacious lounge (saloon) and guest bedrooms (cabins) most with ensuite shower and WC (heads). The crew have their own quarters, separated from the guests. The yachts have a well equipped kitchen (galley) with fridges and freezers, hot and cold water and cookers.
When "living aboard", most of your time is actually spent on deck or in the water, basically outdoors. Most of your meals will be taken sitting in the shady cockpit at the back of the boat. You'll go to the front deck to lie out in the sun.
Every morning you'll wake up in a new anchorage. What about a refreshing swim before breakfast? The crew will serve a full breakfast with fresh local produce on the shady aft cockpit. You might want to explore ashore - visit a market, shop for souvenirs or walk up a hill for a spectacular view. You may prefer to relax with your book or work on that tan.
The cabin charter itineraries vary and can be found on each destination page but usually by mid-morning the yacht will set sail and find an idyllic anchorage for lunch. You can dive off the yacht and swim and snorkel or take advantage of any watersports. The crew will prepare and serve a light lunch.
An afternoon sail will take you to the evening's destination and the time you arrive will depend on the activities planned. There is usually time before dinner for sightseeing, shopping or drinks with new friends. Most evenings you are free to choose where you would like to go for dinner as most stops have a selection of restaurants to chose from. Meal times will depend upon cruising schedules and the wishes of all on board.
After all the activity and fresh air, you'll easily fall asleep in your cabin rocked by the gentle motion of the yacht bobbing at anchor.
Keep your packing light and pack everything in a soft, foldable duffel bag that is easier to stow away on a yacht. You'll spend your days in shorts, swimsuits, and t-shirts, but at night you might like to dress for dinner in a summer dress or shirt and trousers. You could bring a sweatshirt or lightweight jacket in case it's breezy.
The standard aboard the yacht is to not wear shoes. Sandals or deck shoes are fine for ashore. Bring sunglasses, a baseball cap or a hat with a broad brim to shade your face. And don't forget your sun cream and camera!
All your towels and bedding are provided and the yachts are fully equipped with safety equipment so you don't need any "sailing gear".
"Helen and Harley are outstanding in every respect and are a great asset to Nautilus. They both are always more than willing to help all flotilla guests whatever the situation - always going above and beyond with humour and respect. Thank you Nautilus!"
To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.
For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.
RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.
For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.
If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?
Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.
Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.
Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.