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Bareboat charter is yacht charter holiday without a hired skipper, so one of the charter guests will be steering the boat themselves. Sailboat charter on a bareboat charter yacht either requires a valid licence or proof of sufficient sailing experience. In some countries a second member of the charter needs to have sailing experience, too. Since there is no crew, the charterers of the yacht will also do any required provisioning, cooking, planning of itineraries etc.

Greenline 33
€ 1748
Greenline 33 Tawny

Porto / Vila Nova de Gaia

1Cabins 2Berths 1Toilets 9.99 mLength
Oceanis 38.1
€ 1400
Oceanis 38.1 Tena

Krk / Punat

3Cabins 8Berths 1Toilets 11.5 mLength
Sun Odyssey 389
€ 1348
Sun Odyssey 389 Tequila Sunrise


3Cabins 6Berths 1Toilets 11.35 mLength
Bavaria Cruiser 51
€ 2130
Bavaria Cruiser 51 Thalassa

Kalamaki (Athens)

5Cabins 10 + 2Berths 3Toilets 14.98 mLength
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Bavaria Cruiser 51
€ 2130
Bavaria Cruiser 51 Thalassa


5Cabins 10 + 2Berths 3Toilets 14.98 mLength
Elan Impression 45
€ 1910
Elan Impression 45 THETIS

Kalamaki (Athens)

4Cabins 8 + 2Berths 2Toilets 13.85 mLength
Elan Impression 50
€ 2910
Elan Impression 50 Time Out

Sicily / Capo d’Orlando

4Cabins 8Berths 3Toilets 15.2 mLength
Aventura 43 Typ 2
€ 1270
Aventura 43 Typ 2 Timeless

Müritz / Waren

2Cabins 4Berths 2Toilets 13 mLength
Bavaria 29 Sport
€ 1040
Bavaria 29 Sport Tina

Müritz / Waren

1Cabins 2 + 2Berths 1Toilets 8.95 mLength
Sun Odyssey 389
€ 1400
Sun Odyssey 389 Tina


3Cabins 6Berths 1Toilets 11.35 mLength
Bavaria Cruiser 34
€ 1065
Bavaria Cruiser 34 TONKICA


3Cabins 6 + 2Berths 1Toilets 9.99 mLength
Bavaria 30 Sport
€ 2000
Bavaria 30 Sport Top of the Sea

Azores / St. Miguel

1Cabins 2 + 2Berths 1Toilets 11.8 mLength
A possible option for sailors who don´t have too much experience would be a combination of skippered and bareboat charter. They could hire a skipper to sail the yacht for the first few days and gradually take over until they feel confident to navigate the boat alone. Another possibility would be a flotilla charter with a lead boat and a guide that gives assistance.

The majority of bareboat charter yachts are sailboat monohulls but catamarans and motor boats can also be chartered as bareboat yachts.

One of the most wanted bareboat charter destinations is Croatia.
Pula, Krk (Punat), Zadar, Sukosan, Biograd, Sibenik, Primosten (Marina Kremik), Seget Donji (Trogir), Trogir, Solta / Rogac (Split), Marina Kastela (Split), Split, Dubrovnik

Bareboat charter in figures

Bareboat yacht charter is mostly done on boats up to 17 m, as this is still a manageable size for a leisure skipper. Boats larger than that usually have an own skipper and maybe crew. Off course it is also possible to charter a smaller yacht with a crew, it just depends on the charterer`s preferences.

Worldwide there are an estimated 11,000 charter yachts. About 85 % of all yachts are bareboat yachts and the Mediterranean Sea is the world´s largest bareboat charter region. The country with the largest proportion of that is Croatia with about 3,000 bareboat charter yachts.

Ca. 95 % of all charter boats are sailing yachts, and of that 12 % are catamarans and 88 % monohulls. So there is about 5 % of bareboat charter vacations taking place on motor boats.
Bareboat charter is particularly popular with German-speaking customers, as they prefer this independent type of holiday. The British and other nationalities for instance like to go on flotilla holidays and enjoy the social component of this kind of vacation.

Bareboat Rental in Greece is most popular from the following habors:
Corfu, Preveza, Lefkas, Skiathos, Missolonghi, Kalamaki (Athens), Lavrion, Paros, Kos, Rhodes

Why do sailors enjoy chartering a bareboat yacht?

The costs of owning a yacht are considerable and many sailors do not spend a lot of time on their boat. So for them it is much cheaper to hire a charter yacht just for the duration of the holidays. The second advantage is that this way they can choose the location freely and don´t have to worry about getting their boat there in the first place.

The bareboat charter contract guarantees that everything will be in order and running perfectly when you come aboard. All you have to do is decide which type of boat you like and where you want to go.

Another added bonus on a bareboat yacht charter is that you have complete privacy. You and your family and friends will be entirely undisturbed as there is no additional crew. The boat is all yours!

What are the prices for sailing yacht charter?

The average weekly price for bareboat charter in the Mediterranean is about 2,600 €. In the Western Mediterranean prices are highest with an average 3,100 € per week. In this region the Balearics are the most expensive with 3,184 € a week on average. The further East in the Mediterranean, the lower are the costs for boat rental. Greece is the most competitive with an average price of about 2.653 € a week, followed by Croatia with an estimated 2,869 €. If you choose to hire a skipper instead of doing bareboat charter, you can add a further 150 – 300 € per day on top of the price depending on the location.

Mallorca and the Canaries are very requested bareboat regions in Spain. Just check the boats available for yacht charter in the list below:
Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Majorca / El Arenal, Majorca / Ca'n Pastilla, Majorca / Cala d'Or, Majorca / Porto Colom, Ibiza / Town, Ibiza / San Antonio, Tenerife / Las Galletas, Lanzarote / Arrecife

For early bookings in autumn and winter prices are about 10 % cheaper than in springtime. The overall price difference between high and low season is ca. 40 %. If you can plan spontaneously, there are some very good last minute offers available but the best yachts will already be booked at that time.
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What types of bareboat charter yachts are there?

Sailing yachts are the most typical boats for a bareboat charter. But motor yachts and catamarans are also very popular on a charter holiday without skipper. While sailing yachts provide for the classic yachting sensation, catamarans are a good option if you need more space. Bareboat charter yachts usually range up to 17 m length and larger boats are rented with a skipper and possibly more crew.

What licences do I need to go on a sailboat charter?

In order to hire a sailing or motor yacht you need to have a licence or provide proof that you have enough sailing experience.

If you do bareboat yacht charter in a European country / the Mediterranean it depends on the individual country what type of licence you need. Generally, the ICC – International Certificate of Competency is accepted but there can be restrictions to it, like how far offshore you can go etc. Croatia requires an actual skipper´s licence in addition to a VHF license.

What to pack on a bareboat yacht charter?

Generally it can be said that it is best on a bareboat charter to stick to the necessary items as space on board a yacht is limited. Saying that, you should off course be taking enough clothes for all types of possible weather at the respective location. Just don´t put it in a hard case but in a duffle or collapsible bag that can easily be put into a locker or wardrobe. Deck shoes with a bright sole keep the teak clean and your feet safe during manoeuvers. Bear in mind that there are no washing machines on a bareboat holiday, so maybe take some handwashing liquid just in case or buy some at the charter destination.
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  • : - 4.63
    "Great Sailing conditions. Best kept charter yacht I have seen. Great attention to detail (ex seized shackles on mainsheet system)"
  • : - 4.67
    "We surfed nearly all the way down from La Graciosa to Arrecife. Windy anchorage this week in La Graciosa"
  • : - 4.73
    "Really gppd attitude of shore crew. Well organised. Welcome pack was informative. Nice basket of fruit on arrival."
  • : - 4.92
    "Especially great thanks to Nadia for her supervision during our ride. She was always online via what..."
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  • : - 4.80
    "Good to sail. Electric pump in heads. Gangplank attached.Equipment, including life jackets etc, in excellent condition."
  • : - 4.82
    "The check-in and introduction as well as the check-out were excellent, communication with the staff was very good!"
  • : - 4.47
    "Nice, clean cabin. Complete equipment. Good space for a family with kids. Good kitchen equipement an..."
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  • : - 5.00
    "The sailboat “Kon Tiki” is excellent equipped and comfortable monohul. During our trip, we had a gre..."
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  • : - 4.86
    "Very spacious & convenient boat, sails in perfect condition, boat runs very fast on engine (on sails too); overall I was very satisfied with the boat"
  • : - 4.87
    "Excellent yacht in good condition, good to sail. Kekeris as family company offers the dedicated service and yacht as we expected from a family company. "
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