All our yachts, catamarans and motoryachts are well equipped for your safety and cruising comfort.
All charter yachts have as standard specification:
safety equipment: Liferaft, tender, life jackets, harnesses, tool kit, torch, distress flares, fire extinguishers, life belt, emergency tiller, first aid kit. These comply with local maritime regulations which may not match UK standards, eg in Croatia charter yachts are required to have a tender but not a liferaft, in Sweden charter yachts are not required to have liferaft or tender. Life jackets are foam jackets for emergency use, not self-inflating. For children under 7, we recommend you take their own lifejacket which is the right size for your child.
deck equipment: dinghy with oars (outboard can be ordered but may be an extra charge), pulpit, position lights, electric windlass (not on all yachts in Sweden where yachts moor bows-to), spare anchor, boat hook, fenders, mooring line, boatswain’s chair, boarding ladder, deck shower, guardrail, bimini (not on all yachts in Sweden), sun awning, roller furling genoa. Yachts either have in-mast furling or slab reefing mainsail - if you have preference, please check. Not all yachts have deck cushions.
bedding: sheets, pillows, pillowcases and blankets - but some fleets do make a charge for bedding. Not all fleets provide towels - please check.
galley equipment: oven, electric refrigerator, crockery, pans, cutlery, sink, hot & cold water. Kettles are not standard inventory in the Med. If not provided, please use a saucepan with lid.
toilet waste holding tanks: not all yachts are fitted with toilet waste holding tanks please check. If your yacht does not have holding tanks, please use the toilet facilities ashore when in harbour. Even if the yacht has a holding tank, it is advisable to use the facilities ashore whenever possible to save filling up the tank when in harbour.
sockets: All yachts have a 12 volt cigarette lighter socket which can take mobile phone chargers. Yachts in some Mediterranean cruising areas have 220 volt shore power to take a continental adaptor if you want to run a hairdryer, recharge camcorders, etc.
Many yachts have additional equipment, like autopilot or bow thruster. Check the yacht specifications near the price lists or ask for a detailed inventory for your yacht.
All the bareboat yachts have a good back-up service to cope with any problems. You normally contact the base by VHF (or mobile phone) for technical assistance and they will either come to your aid or send a local agent to meet you at your next port of call. All our yacht charter companies have 24 hour emergency telephone numbers and all have full-time technical staff at the base.
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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.