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Do you qualify for a bareboat charter?

Charter a yacht without crew is a tempting option. Unfortunately, it’s not available to everyone, because it requires the appropriate qualifications, without which you have no choice but to use a crewed yacht charter. Read our article to find out if bareboat is the right option for you.

When can you decide for a bareboat charter?
The conditions for bareboat charter are regulated by law. The Croatian law allows bareboat charter only if you have 2 valid documents: practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical, International Certificate of Competence (ICC) and Short Range Certificate (SRC). The Day Skipper Certificate entitles you to rent yachts on your own, not only in Croatia, but practically all over the world and also allows you to bareboat yachts up to 500 tonnes displacement. As for the requirements for obtaining the certificate, they are as follows:

  • be over 18 years old,
  • have cruising experience.

We can therefore say that a certificate is not everything, because what matters most is experience! The SRC, on the other hand, is an international certificate that entitles you to operate radio equipment. However, it is not a time-consuming process – you can finish the course just in a day!
It takes place in major Polish cities and is available all year round.

Is it possible to obtain a licence in Croatia?
Bareboat charter in also possible if you take a course and pass the Croatian Voditelj Brodice (boat skipper) exam. This certificate is a combination of both the rights to saila yacht and to operate the VHF radio needed for sailing across the Adriatic. The requirements are the same  as for the RYA Day Skipper Practical, International Certificate of Competence (ICC), i.e. legal age and previous experience. Participants must have basic sailing knowledge.

Why bareboat?
A bareboat charter is certainly a great option for all those who value privacy, but it also means more responsibilities. You are the person responsible for cleaning, cooking and you have to think about many things at the same time. We mentioned the advantages of a crewed charter in our previous post. There are also people who see bareboat as a challenge and an opportunity to test their skills in practice. On the other hand, it requires more responsibility, which rests only on your shoulders. The second aspect is safety. It concerns not only the yacht, but also all the people who travel with you.

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