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What is a bareboat charter?
A bareboat charter is referred to as the chartering of a yacht, in which no crew or provisions are included as part of the agreement. The charterer takes responsibility for operating the yacht and can do so without many limitations during the duration of the charter. In order to qualify to do a bareboat charter, the charterer must show proof of experience at sea or maritime qualifications. The requirements for chartering may vary between different charter companies.
If a charterer wants to book a bareboat charter but does not meet the minimum experience requirements to operate the vessel, they may consider hiring a qualified captain for the duration of the charter.
How much does a bareboat charter cost?
Charter rates vary based on the time of year or big holidays. General speaking, the high season in tropics (northern hemisphere) is from December to July, and the low season is from August to November. During Christmas, New Years, and in some cases the 4th of July, charter rates are at their highest because that is when demand is also at its highest. The low season corresponds with hurricane season, which in my opinion is a great time to get a good value charter. Hurricane season tends to scare people away but chartering during this time usually gets you great weather, and smaller crowds. If a hurricane or tropical storm is forecasted to hit during your charter you will be able to get a refund or reschedule the charter.
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