"Everything was great; the local operator was good, the boat was fantastic, their staff were all very helpful & the lead boat crew were great!"
"We spent a week in the company of Robert the skipper and Veronica the hostess on board Icarus sailing the north Ionian islands. Their hospitality was second to none, Roberts knowledge of the islands is amazing and Veronica laid on wonderful food and took care of our every need. The yacht is immaculate and very comfortable. The week went far too quick. We visited some amazing places and ate at some great restaurants. It was our perfect holiday experiencing something different every day. We hope to return again and would highly recommend."
"We would like to thank you for arranging another superb holiday for us in the Dodecanese. We found Kos and the other islands very quiet, with no evidence at all of refugees/migrants. We love sailing in this area, the sailing is great and the people incredibly friendly. Summed up in a message home "The sun is shining, the water's warm, and the beer is cold. Come and join us!"
"First time visit for us to Turkey and charter. We were thrilled from start to finish, endless coves and places to eat plus everyone was extremely friendly. We'll be back again."
"We picked up the 40' Bavaria from Gocek and sailed to Fethiye bay stopping off at numerous bays and coves on the way which were all incredibly beautiful with clear turquoise water. Fethiye marina has a lovely pool, bar and restaurant. We were lucky and had some good sailing breeze in the afternoons. Everyone was really helpful and friendly and the restaurants were all great with masses of delicious local food and fresh fish. The yacht had everything we needed and was perfect for the five of us. Thank you so much for a fabulous holiday that we will never forget."
"We have just returned from a fabulous 2 weeks sailing from Fethiye. It was easily the best experience we have had with perfect sailing weather throughout. The area around Fethiye Bay is lovely and there is plenty of historic and natural interest as well as beautiful clear water for swimming and great food. Our flotilla leaders, Mike and Debbie are the best we have come across and have to sing their praises! They have so much sailing experience and an excellent knowledge of the local area where they have developed good relationships with local people, that helped to make our visits to restaurants etc even better. We will definitely be visiting Turkey again-would love to sail with Mike and Debbie again-but have been impressed with the maturity, experience and humour of other Nautilus leaders on other trips as well, so, as they say, we'll be back!"
"We have just got back from a week in Croatia 18th-25th August sailing from Trogir with Dalmatia Charter. Another fabulous holiday and a great charter company, always polite, charming and the boat was very well maintained. Will be in touch soon about next year."
"The boat was fine, Navigare the boat operators were great and efficient, the complete and fully insured package provided peace of mind. The other sailors were all good company and fun. What made this a bit special were your flotilla crew – Helen and Harley. I hesitate to call them skipper and host – co skippers is more befitting, even if it is obvious who wears the trousers! – a great team. Their attitude, help, guidance, commitment and good humour made the week. Nothing was too much trouble. So to them a special thanks from all 10 of us."
"We had a fantastic time in Croatia, as always Dalmatia Charters were great to deal with, the yacht was lovely to sail and plenty of room for the 8 of us. Thanks for your organising and providing the information required, brilliant as ever. We’ll be in touch for our next trip once we’ve decided where and when."
"Our sailing holiday from Portisco was a great success. The Dufour 412 is the best yacht I have ever sailed and Boomerang are the best fleet I have ever chartered with. "
"Had such a great time in Sardinia. The marina contact, Matteo was superb. Nothing was too much trouble for him. Boat was excellent, clean, equipped, no issues. Great location and will come back."
"Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed last weeks sailing around the Stockholm archipelago. The boat was by far the best we have ever chartered. As a cruising area it's definitely on the return list !!"
"A very enjoyable and relaxing fortnight’s charter in the Abacos. A beautiful and tranquil archipelago of sand-fringed islands. Sailing was in the Sea of Abaco, a large lagoon, often with only 2m below our keels, so we were very glad that we had chosen a catamaran! We were very lucky in chartering Odin, a new Lagoon 42 Luxe. She was spacious and really well equipped, with several very useful mod cons such as air-con and a water-maker. A lovely catamaran! There were several picturesque and well sheltered harbours with a couple of restaurants, though we spent most nights in anchorages, often on our own. We only ate out 3 times, but those meals were good. The conch is the local speciality! On several of the Cays, golf buggies replaced cars and we had lots of offers of lifts from friendly residents. There were some good snorkelling spots and we had several close encounters with delightful turtles! All in all, a really good holiday! Thank you, Nautilus!"
"Our whole time in the Grenadines could not have been better. After two days on Bequia visiting friends, a brilliant four to five hour sail with a perfect wind took us down to Salt Whistle Bay on the island of Mayreau. A very busy anchorage where locals acted as parking attendants to squeeze in as many boats as possible to maximize customers for their shore barbeque where they fed us an excellent dinner. The following morning we did the very short passage round to the Tobago Cays. There followed two nights of gorgeous weather, lovely snorkelling with turtles cruising about everywhere and lobster dinners ashore. Could not have been better. "
"Just to let you know we had a fantastic sailing holiday. The yacht was superb, Dream Yacht charters are very professional and efficient, the weather was perfect, blew a steady 4-5 every day and there was nobody else there! We sailed to Guadelope which was a highlight. Thanks very much for all your help. "
"First class service from Nautilus. On arrival our catamaran was clean and serviceable and the help given by the base staff was excellent. "
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). 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.