A bareboat yacht charter gives you the option to hire your own skipper and crew or to be your own skipper! You create your own sea adventure and itinerary.  It’s an exciting adventure on the sea that is yours, and yours alone.

Rent, hire or charter a bare boat catamaran, or mono-hull  anywhere in the world. Our exclusive bare boat search engines allow you to search for the best boat rental destinations and book the perfect yacht on-line. Whether you’d like to explore the tried and true Caribbean destinations of the BVI,  St. Thomas, St. Maarten or St. Vincent and the Grenadines; or if you’d like to venture further afield to the Mediterranean destinations of Croatia, Sicily, or the Greek Islands and Turkey, we’re here to help you make the right choice with a bareboat yacht charter.

Bareboat Yacht Charters For Your Ultimate Get Away

Whether your destination is the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean or the Far East (or anywhere in between) you will create an adventure just your own with a Bareboat Yacht Charter.

Worldwide Destinations

Browse our global destinations section for the latest information on the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the South Pacific, the Far East, Mexico, Bahamas and other locations. Don’t get stuck in a rut, expand your horizons and try different cruising grounds every year.

Prime Locations

Why limit yourself to that comfortable old bareboating destination that you cruise every year, those regular BVI bare-boaters know exactly what I’m talking about. There’s a whole world of new places to explore on this lovely planet of ours and I’d love to introduce you to a more global concept of chartering in a different place every year, well  maybe not EVERY year, but certainly to think outside the box when it comes to great sailing destinations. We can help you select the right boat in the right place at the right time.

First, let’s think about what is it that makes a great bareboat or crewed yacht destination great? How about this definition: Lot’s of little islands to visit, a steady wind, clear water with good anchorages, great food, and neat little restaurants and bars, good snorkeling and SCUBA diving, friendly natives and no pirates.  How’s that for a definition?

Well, you’ll not be surprised to know that these conditions exist in a lot of places around the world. Make no mistake, the BVI, St. Maarten and the Grenadines are superb destinations and are very popular for a reason.  However, thinking outside the Caribbean for a minute, let’s think of other places that are incredible sailing destinations as well:

Think of the Baltic Sea, as an extreme example, did you know that there is a marvelous archipelago of little islands just outside Stockholm, Sweden? Very seasonal of course, you have to pick and choose the date carefully, definitely a new and exciting experience.  Let’s not forget the classic Mediterranean destinations in the Greek IslandsTurkeyCroatiaSicily and the West coast of Italy, Corsica and Sardinia, even Spain’s Balearic Islands of Mallorca and Menorca.

Moving away from the European destinations, we can think about the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean that offer the perfect conditions we defined earlier. Let’s also talk about the South Pacific with it’s incredible islands and waters around TahitiBora Bora, the Kingdom of Tonga, Australia and New Zealand.

Why not Thailand’s Phuket and Malaysia’s Langkawi? These are some of the most inviting places in the world that clearly meet the criteria we established earlier.

Moving closer to home, did you ever think of the Sea of Cortes in Mexico’s Baja California, spectacular views and amazing wildlife..! How about the Bahamas, Sea of Abaco with it’s lovely little brightly colored villages and clear waters?  Brazil’s Angra dos Reis?

There is a whole world of bareboating experiences to be enjoyed – let us lead you to the waters…

Choose the Right Boat for You

Be your own skipper or charter a bareboat with a skipper

American Yacht offers bareboat monohulls and catamarans from the best charter companies that we have personally selected for their reliability and service. Destinations include The Med, the Caribbean, Baja California, the Pacific Northwest, the South Pacific, including Tahiti, Tonga, Bora-Bora; Latin America – Brazil, The Seychelles Islands and the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, the Far East – Thailand, and Malaysia, Phuket and Langkawi. Yes, we can do it all. Please use our state-of-the-art search engines to find and book that perfect bareboat and open the doors to a smooth, user-friendly research and booking machine.

Bareboat Yacht Charter Designs & Models

We have included a whole section dedicated to the most popular models of bareboat yachts generally use worldwide with an expert knowledge base to help you find the right model for your special requirements.

Powerboats with skipper and power bareboats are available in selected locations in the BVI,  the Mediterranean, Baja California, the Bahamas, Tonga, the Seychelles, New Zealand and Thailand.  Most of the newer models are available only as bareboat power catamarans or “power-cats” as they are known.  There some older power mono-hulls still around in the BVI and newer ones in Croatia and the Greek Islands.

There are no longer many trawlers for charter in the Islands or anywhere for that matter. Monohull powerboats have been largely replaced by power catamarans or powercats as they are now called.

Some of the more popular power cats are as follows:

  • The Moorings 474
  • The Moorings 393 and older 372′s
  • Lagoon 43′ powercats from various operators
  • Highland Pilot 35′

Most of the power bareboats have a generator and full air conditioning. Their shallow draft means that they can navigate in shallow waters with fewer problems than traditional mono-hull configurations.  If you are bareboating, powercats are much easier to maneuver in tight situations, like docking or picking up a mooring in choppy water.

Last but not least, power catamarans are more economical to run, especially if you are talking the outrageous prices of marine diesel fuel in the Caribbean islands.

Check the bareboat search engine on this site or contact us for the latest pricing and availability.

Bareboat sailing charters are an adventurous way to enjoy your holiday. Bare-boating is, of course, primarily about sailing. More recently, however, the ranks of sailors, as opposed to power-boaters has increased proportionately to the price of fuel. It takes a few more bucks to operate a motor yacht than it does to fill up a sail-boat.  Learning to sail at an accredited institution is probably cheaper than it is to fill up the tank of a motor yacht.

Bareboat Sailing Charters – Reveal Your Wild Side

For most sailors, however, it’s not just “all about the dollars”, it’s the ride. It’s the communion and the interaction between human beings and the elements of ocean and weather that surround us. It’s making use of the wind and the currents to take us where we want to go.  It’s the journey and not the destination.  I mean, let’s face it, it helps to have a nice white sandy beach and a few palm trees when you get off the boat, but it’s really the primal thrill of sailing that motivates us.

This has really been the motivation of this website – to impart knowledge of  bareboating – to provide as much information as possible about bareboat models, destinations, pricing and availability world-wide.  We want to be the total resource for your favorite activity, bareboat sailing.

Bareboat Sailing Charter Models

Here are some of the most popular bareboat sailing models we have currently featured:

Catana 47′ 4 cabins 4 Heads

Lagoon 440 catamarans, both 3 and 4 cabin

Lagoon 421 catamaran, 3 and 4 cabin (new model)

Moorings 3900 catamaran, 4 cabin (new model)

Moorings (leopard) 4600 catamarans, 4 cabin

If you have any questions about Bareboat Sailing Charters please call us at (877) 759-8263 or fill out our online form today.

Captain only yacht charters are the best way to enjoy your vacation if you are inexperienced or new to bareboating.

If you will be bareboating in unfamiliar waters or if you will be chartering a boat that is larger or different from vessels that you may have captained before, (or both of the above), you should think about having a yacht captain on board for a few hours, a day or two, or for the whole itinerary.

This very wise because after all, your safety and the safety of your friends and family has to come first. Let’s leave our egos at home, please.

Using captain only yacht charters can be especially true if you are transitioning from a mono-hull to a catamaran, for example, which is very common these days.

GET CHECKED OUT FOR AN HOUR OR TWO by an experienced yacht captain – especially for mooring ball pick-up and docking maneuvers and don’t forget the tricky Mediterranean stern-to docking procedures.

Captain Only Option For Yacht Charters

If you are definitely not a sailor and would like to lower your overall budget or you simply like to cook, there is another option as well: charter a crewed yacht – but charter it on a “captain-only” basis.

I’m not saying that this is going to save you a lot of money, because remember, you still have to purchase the provisions locally and if you eat ashore a lot, the local watering and eating holes are not always as cheap or as good as they seem.

In the Mediterranean it is a safer bet to eat ashore as they have fresher food. The Caribbean Islands can be quite disappointing since all ingredients have to be shipped in from the US so stuff tends to get wilted.

Remember also that the yacht captain has to have his own cabin and head, those are the captain-only rules. You are also responsible for feeding the captain, not necessarily inviting him or her to dinner every night but provisioning for an extra person.

If you have any questions about Captain Only Yacht Charters please call us at (877) 759-8263 or fill out our online form today.

+ Powerboats

Powerboats with skipper and power bareboats are available in selected locations in the BVI,  the Mediterranean, Baja California, the Bahamas, Tonga, the Seychelles, New Zealand and Thailand.  Most of the newer models are available only as bareboat power catamarans or “power-cats” as they are known.  There some older power mono-hulls still around in the BVI and newer ones in Croatia and the Greek Islands.

There are no longer many trawlers for charter in the Islands or anywhere for that matter. Monohull powerboats have been largely replaced by power catamarans or powercats as they are now called.

Some of the more popular power cats are as follows:

  • The Moorings 474
  • The Moorings 393 and older 372′s
  • Lagoon 43′ powercats from various operators
  • Highland Pilot 35′

Most of the power bareboats have a generator and full air conditioning. Their shallow draft means that they can navigate in shallow waters with fewer problems than traditional mono-hull configurations.  If you are bareboating, powercats are much easier to maneuver in tight situations, like docking or picking up a mooring in choppy water.

Last but not least, power catamarans are more economical to run, especially if you are talking the outrageous prices of marine diesel fuel in the Caribbean islands.

Check the bareboat search engine on this site or contact us for the latest pricing and availability.

+ Sailboats

Bareboat sailing charters are an adventurous way to enjoy your holiday. Bare-boating is, of course, primarily about sailing. More recently, however, the ranks of sailors, as opposed to power-boaters has increased proportionately to the price of fuel. It takes a few more bucks to operate a motor yacht than it does to fill up a sail-boat.  Learning to sail at an accredited institution is probably cheaper than it is to fill up the tank of a motor yacht.

Bareboat Sailing Charters – Reveal Your Wild Side

For most sailors, however, it’s not just “all about the dollars”, it’s the ride. It’s the communion and the interaction between human beings and the elements of ocean and weather that surround us. It’s making use of the wind and the currents to take us where we want to go.  It’s the journey and not the destination.  I mean, let’s face it, it helps to have a nice white sandy beach and a few palm trees when you get off the boat, but it’s really the primal thrill of sailing that motivates us.

This has really been the motivation of this website – to impart knowledge of  bareboating – to provide as much information as possible about bareboat models, destinations, pricing and availability world-wide.  We want to be the total resource for your favorite activity, bareboat sailing.

Bareboat Sailing Charter Models

Here are some of the most popular bareboat sailing models we have currently featured:

Catana 47′ 4 cabins 4 Heads

Lagoon 440 catamarans, both 3 and 4 cabin

Lagoon 421 catamaran, 3 and 4 cabin (new model)

Moorings 3900 catamaran, 4 cabin (new model)

Moorings (leopard) 4600 catamarans, 4 cabin

If you have any questions about Bareboat Sailing Charters please call us at (877) 759-8263 or fill out our online form today.

+ Captain-only

Captain only yacht charters are the best way to enjoy your vacation if you are inexperienced or new to bareboating.

If you will be bareboating in unfamiliar waters or if you will be chartering a boat that is larger or different from vessels that you may have captained before, (or both of the above), you should think about having a yacht captain on board for a few hours, a day or two, or for the whole itinerary.

This very wise because after all, your safety and the safety of your friends and family has to come first. Let’s leave our egos at home, please.

Using captain only yacht charters can be especially true if you are transitioning from a mono-hull to a catamaran, for example, which is very common these days.

GET CHECKED OUT FOR AN HOUR OR TWO by an experienced yacht captain – especially for mooring ball pick-up and docking maneuvers and don’t forget the tricky Mediterranean stern-to docking procedures.

Captain Only Option For Yacht Charters

If you are definitely not a sailor and would like to lower your overall budget or you simply like to cook, there is another option as well: charter a crewed yacht – but charter it on a “captain-only” basis.

I’m not saying that this is going to save you a lot of money, because remember, you still have to purchase the provisions locally and if you eat ashore a lot, the local watering and eating holes are not always as cheap or as good as they seem.

In the Mediterranean it is a safer bet to eat ashore as they have fresher food. The Caribbean Islands can be quite disappointing since all ingredients have to be shipped in from the US so stuff tends to get wilted.

Remember also that the yacht captain has to have his own cabin and head, those are the captain-only rules. You are also responsible for feeding the captain, not necessarily inviting him or her to dinner every night but provisioning for an extra person.

If you have any questions about Captain Only Yacht Charters please call us at (877) 759-8263 or fill out our online form today.

Yacht Provisioning

Following the same line of questions that we frequently get here at America Yacht, Yacht Provisioning has to be in the top ten.  Let me start by saying that most of the bareboat inquiries that we get and the quotes that we send out, do not include the cost of the yacht provisioning.  At some point however, the issue arises, many times after the boat has actually been booked and the number of guests finally nailed down:  what, where and how are we going to eat while on our yacht charter?

What To Know About Yacht Provisioning

Different strokes for different folks. Answers range from: “we really don’t want to cook at all so we’ll buy coffee and cereal for breakfast and have our lunches and dinners ashore”.  Other answers are, “we love to cook, so we’ll buy everything at the local supermarket and eat breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard every day”.  Probably the most prudent solution is somewhere in-between.

If you are bareboating in the Mediterranean, for example, most experienced bare-boaters will arrange their provisioning so that they can eat breakfast and lunch on board and eat ashore every evening.  This is true for crewed charters as well.  Of course in the Mediterranean, every little island you visit has really neat and for the most part, inexpensive little tavernas or trattorias that serve local fare, so this is definitely an excellent option.

The Caribbean is quite different, and the local restaurants are pretty expensive, the food indifferent and “local fare” is defined as hamburgers.  There are, of course, honorable exceptions and there are also some excellent restaurants all over the Caribbean but the prices are pretty unbelievable. For the best culinary experiences in the Caribbean, try the French islands, including St. Maarten, St. Barth, Martinique, etc.  But for those of us who are die-hard BVI fans, my favorite routine is to take all breakfasts, some lunches and some dinners on board  and perhaps eat lunch ashore a couple of days and dinner ashore perhaps 3 or 4 evenings during the week.

Yacht Provisioning Know How

a) Most of the bareboat companies we represent offer a provisioning service.  We send you the forms, you fill them out, tick all the right boxes, and bingo, the provisions miraculously appear on your bareboat at the base when you arrive. This is especially true and a good idea in the Med where there is always a language problem. Some bareboat operating companies have several different provisioning plans to accommodate your needs. The Moorings for example has full provisioning and split provisioning options.

b) A less expensive option in the BVI though, is to contact the supermarkets online yourself, place the order, use your credit card and bingo, the provisions also appear miraculously on board.  There are two major supermarkets in the BVI that offer this service Bobby’s and Riteway.  Both are reliable and responsive.

c) An even less expensive option is to for the captain to order the crew to go to the supermarket in a cab, do the shopping and bring it back to the boat…!!

Regardless of which method you use, The KISS method is the best – keep it simple.  If you’re a accomplished and experienced bareboater, you’ll probably know all of this anyway. If you’re not, I hope the above information about yacht provisioning helps.

Don’t forget to use this page as a resource for bareboating worldwide. Use our updated yacht search-engine to find the perfect bareboat in the perfect place at the perfect time.

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