Valu­able tips for bare­boat char­ter­ers from the mom-and-pops

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Do Your Home­work

char­ters des­o­la­tion “Guests most of their can make sound ex­pe­ri­ence the yacht by cre­at­ing do­ing pas­sage their home­work, plans and fa­mil­iar­iz­ing them­selves with the charts, or­ga­niz­ing pro­vi­sions and pack­ing lists, and re­mem­ber­ing to re­lax and have fun. Weather is un­pre­dictable, so be flex­i­ble.”

Make the Most of the Check-in

cruise abaco “Take the time to al­low the charter com­pany to do a com­plete hands-on check-in. Show­ing you ev­ery as­pect of the boat pre­vents prob­lems down the road and makes for a stress-free va­ca­tion!”

Study the Sys­tems

west coast mul­ti­hulls “If your cho­sen charter boat has fea­tures you’re not fa­mil­iar with, such as a gen­er­a­tor or sin­gle-line reef­ing, brush up on the specifics so you’re not over­whelmed on ar­rival and boat check­out.”

Stick to the 4-Foot Rule

Great Lakes Sail­ing Com­pany “Choos­ing a boat based on ac­com­mo­da­tions, op­tions and group size should be sec­ondary to choos­ing a boat based on what you can safely han­dle in all sit­u­a­tions. We go with the 4-foot rule. If you want to charter a boat that’s more than 4 feet big­ger than what you’re ex­pe­ri­enced with, you might need from a few hours to a day with a captain to en­sure you and your crew can safely han­dle the big­ger boat.”

Stay Re­al­is­tic

San Juan Sail­ing “Ex­pect ex­cel­lence, but rec­og­nize that ‘boats are boats,’ with a lot of mov­ing parts in a some­times chal­leng­ing saline


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