When setting sail on a Bareboat charter, it is a good idea to do plenty of pre-planning. This will ensure your holiday will run as smoothly as possible! Below you’ll find some of the key things to consider for your first Bareboat charter.
It is a good idea to do some research into the sailing area. You will likely have done a bit of this prior to booking your holiday but now it’s time to get into the nitty gritty!
To be even more organised it’s best to get yourself a chart (Imray) which will assist you with planning a rough itinerary and where you’d like to visit. We will inform you of the relevant chart number.
You can also pick up pilotage books for your destination. Indeed you may have heard of sailing extraordinaire Rod Heikell, he’s written some fantastic books about different sailing areas filled with local knowledge, history and mooring tips. Some books cover several sailing areas. Amazon is always a good place to start your search.
Do some research on weather forecasting websites. These will show wind speeds, expected swell reports and warning of any potential storms which might be rolling in.
If you have a smartphone there are a number of helpful apps you can download. To begin with, ‘Windy’ and ‘Windfinder’ are never a bad place to start.
You can liaise with our Yacht Charter Team to find out which websites are good for specific sailing areas. You can also ask your charter company when you arrive at the port which local weather forecasting website they use the most and find most accurate, local knowledge goes a long way!
Booking your mooring in advance
Depending on where you are sailing and the time of year, a bit of forward planning can go a long way and help to make your holiday more relaxing. If you are sailing in the height of summer, some ports require you to book a mooring in advance.
You can find local websites through Google for the various ports/marinas and book your stay for a night or two. After booking in advance, you’ll be assisted with mooring your boat (lazy lines or timely hand signals to guide you in with the anchor) and you will then have access to their facilities. Usually you will find shore power, water and on-shore showers (worth every cent!).
Prices tend to fluctuate throughout the summer depending on boat length. You will usually be charged at the time of booking when reserving spots in advance. Please contact our Yacht Charter Team for more information on mooring fees and how they vary from location to location.
Alongside your usual sailing holiday packing essentials, we recommend you add the following to your packing list:
– Your formal sailing qualifications! A vital part of your packing as you need to present these to the charter company to enable them to process your boat papers, no qualifications – no holiday! If you are chartering a boat in Croatia you will also need a VHF licence.
– Pilotage Book
– Printouts of your booking details (joining instructions, marina map etc)