Sailing Charter News

The modern charter industry makes it possible for ordinary sailors to explore some of the most extraordinary cruising grounds in the world, including the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Florida Keys, Maine, Chesapeake Bay, the Mediterranean and such Polynesian paradises as Tahiti and Tonga.

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Charter: Five Essential Questions for Your Chart Briefing

While skippering charters around the world, I’ve learned never to bypass the boat checkout or the chart briefing. While most charter-base managers are thorough with their briefings, be sure to ask about the following so that you’ll be armed with as much information as possible before setting out on unfamiliar waters. Highlights & Traffic Patterns Read More

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Charter News: Checkout Tips

I like to pay special attention during my charter checkout because from years of learning the hard way, I’ve come to realize that the time to figure out what will go wrong later is before you leave. Also, while I listen to what the base managers are telling me, I also keep an ear open Read More

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Chartering with Newbies

Chartering with people who have never done it before? No problem, so long as you consider their needs, interests, fears, budgets and passions. It’s also important to remember that it’s their vacation too. Even if you’re an old pro with multiple charters under your belt, new people have no idea what to expect, and you’ll Read More

Whether you’re bareboat chartering, chartering with a captain or with an entire fleet, you’re still sailing, and that’s a good thing

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Three Options for a Charter Vacation

It’s time for a charter sailing vacation, so what’s the best way to go? You can go it alone with a bareboat, get a captain for a crewed experience or tag along with a group of sailboats in a flotilla. Here’s how each stacks up. Bareboat The most common way to get your sailing fix Read More

Make a task list for your crew to help avoid a mutiny

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A Duty Roster for a Shipshape Charter

When bareboat chartering with friends or family, it can be tough to be the captain. Not only are you ultimately responsible for navigation, anchoring and the safety of the vessel, but you also have to manage crew duties without coming off like Captain Bligh. Part of good crew management and morale is keeping the boat Read More

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Bareboat chartering in European waters may require more paperwork from the skipper than you think

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What You Need to Know Before You Go Chartering in Europe

Thinking of chartering in Europe? There may be more to it than just providing a passport and your VISA card. As more countries around the Mediterranean begin asking for formal certification to charter a bareboat, the waters are becoming murky in terms of what you do and don’t need for chartering across the pond. The Read More

A charter—bareboat or crewed—can be a great learning experience and allow sailors to test their skills.

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Learning to Sail While Chartering

So you want to go sailing, but you don’t know where to start? A learning vacation combines fun, sun and sailing know-how in a four- to 10-day outing, and you’ll get a tan to boot. Whether you’re seeking certification to charter your own bareboat in the future, need hands-on experience to build confidence with larger Read More

An uncrowded shoulder-season view of the Hope Town lighthouse on Elbow Cay. Photo by Adam Cort

Destinations

Chartering in the Abacos

When people ask me to name my favorite charter destination, my answer is always the Sea of Abaco, in the Bahamas, in the off-season—in fact, smack-dab in the middle of hurricane season. This, of course, is completely contrary to conventional wisdom, owing to the area’s seasonal weather trends. In fact, so inadvisable is it to Read More

Destinations

Charter: Belize

The first sunset set the tone for the week. I’ve been lucky enough to see dozens of them at sea, in some of the most beautiful places in the world, but that first evening anchored in Belize was nothing short of surreal. The sky turned blood-orange red, and the line of palm-topped cayes to the Read More

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A Lake Champlain Charter

I spent many years exploring the wonders that lie along her shores. Fourteen miles wide, 125 miles long and up to 400ft deep, Champlain serves as the border between Vermont to the east, upstate New York to the west, and Canada to the north. Framed by the towering Adirondack Mountains on her western shore and Read More

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