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What experience & qualifications do I need?

For motoryacht charter you should have previous skipper experience to Day Skipper standard, gained from motoryachts in the UK or a previous motoryacht charter. You should be competent at handling a motoryacht in close quarters, anchoring and mooring in varying conditions and be able to use your navigation and pilotage skills to plan a day passage and know your position at any time. You should be assisted by at least one competent crew.

The port authorities in Croatia, Greece and Mallorca require an internationally recognised certificate of competence for the skipper, eg RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) Motor or RYA Day Skipper (Motor) Practical. The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA schools in the UK.

Add a skipper to any of our bareboat motoryachts if you don’t have the experience to charter bareboat or if you would like a helping hand with a larger yacht or a guide to a new cruising area. The skipper will be perfectly capable of handing the yacht. He will encourage you to get involved as crew, although he is not an instructor. You will have to allocate a cabin for the skipper's use and provide him with food and drink.

"We chartered Icarus to celebrate a big birthday and could not have made a better selection. A beautiful boat with excellent skipper and hostess who will make you feel at home within minutes and you will wish for nothing. Robert is an expert skipper and teacher if you want to get involved, as well as having tremendous knowledge and experience of the area. The yacht is spotless, cabins are spacious and well equipped, the deck is spacious and sunbeds are laid out to sunbathe in comfort. Thank you for a fantastic holiday!!"

Crewed Yacht Icarus 2016 - B.M.

Sailing Qualifications

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?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

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.

Level 2

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.

Level 3

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.