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Bareboat Qualifications

All bareboat companies require potential yacht charter skippers to supply a sailing resume, outlining your sailing or powerboat experience. Once you have placed a hold on the yacht you'd like to charter, we will send you all the paperwork required to complete your reservation.

This paperwork includes the company's sailing resume and is the single most important part of your paperwork. Unless approved to bareboat, your charter plans cannot proceed. Once your sailing resume has been approved, your 50% deposit payment can then be processed and your charter confirmed.

Each company has their own resume form and all are required (by their insurance companies) to get a new resume each time you charter. They do not keep resumes on file after you leave, so be sure to keep a copy for the next time you charter and update it with the pertinent info.

Note: If you know what boat you'd like to charter, I can email you a copy of the appropriate resume so you will know exactly what info is required. Just send us a message with the link to that particular yacht, and we'll send you the appropriate resume.

The person reviewing your resume is usually the operations manager. They are looking for sufficient experience handling a yacht of similar size and displacement as the yacht you wish to charter. If the majority of your sailing experience has been aboard a 16' Hobie Cat or a 32' monohull on Lake Michigan, and you'd like to charter a 44' catamaran ... you will likely be required to hire an instructional captain for at least a day or two and perhaps longer.

Some (but not all) companies require first time charter guests to do a quick sail around the harbour with a check-out skipper to verify that your sailing resume and your practical skills match.

Your check out cruise is not the daunting task that some would have you believe. Your skipper simply needs to verify that you know the rules of the road, are able to read a nautical chart and that you have sufficient yacht handling skills to safely operate the boat you've contracted to charter. Provided you are comfortable with your abilities and have sufficient sailing experience (as detailed in your resume), there should be no trouble at all.

I have been asked; "What will happen if I stretch the truth a little on my sailing resume?"

A good yacht briefer (or even a poor one) will know within five minutes of beginning your briefing whether or not you know your way around a boat and have sufficient knowledge to handle it. It's not something you can fake.

The charter company has the right to cancel your contract should they believe your boat handling skills are deficient or they may require you to hire a captain for all or part of your vacation. Just be truthful and accurate about your experience, as your sailing resume will be provided to the insurance company in the unlikely event of an accident.

If you are determined to stretch the truth on your sailing resume in order to be allowed to charter ... and *IF* you are able to hoodwink the briefer, it may come back to haunt you.

Important: Go to You Tube and search for "Credit Card Captains". If you are one of these types of "sailors", please hire a captain as none of the companies we represent will allow you to bareboat anyway. Each of them take their vetting process very seriously. I'm sure this video removes any questions as to why.

Note: Insurance company investigators are renowned for their uncanny ability to dig up facts. They are paid to find ways and means to deny claims. If it is discovered that you were stretching the truth on your sailing resume, you will be held legally responsible for ANY & ALL damages you may have inflicted on the yacht, your passengers and any other persons, yachts or property you may have harmed along the way.

I can't even imagine what this adventure in Anegada cost the gentleman who chartered the yacht in the video above. I'm amazed he even managed to get to Anegada in the first place! Anyone who would come into an anchorage under full sale is clearly not a sailor. You may be assured that no insurance company would have covered any of the damage he caused.

Most bareboaters really dislike credit card captains and will happily take videos to provide to the charter company should they spot anyone handling a yacht dangerously or incompetently.

Last updated: Jan 5th 2015
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