"If you have lots of common sense, have good judgment, follow the cruising guides, don't take chances, and don't push your luck, you will probably do fine.
This is probably the best version of "don't do it!" I have ever read. Well done. But they are correct. Given the sunny day scenario what is the worst that could happen? (insert your list of horror stories here)
But seriously - the captain
is responsible for the ship and passengers is not "just a saying," or romantic notion. Ask anyone who is a certified captain
(and plenty are on this board). "I didn't know that " is unacceptable in many countries and criminal in most.
You did not mention a boat, so I presume you will get one there and cruise
? If so, you will need to call ahead. It will be the rare charter
that allows someone with the experience you describe take a boat. Insurance
will also be a bit given they will want some type of protection and so will you. (It's not the big ocean I fear, its the five feet between me and the guy with a 1,500,000 yacht next to my slip.
A quick google
produced this as part of chartering:
- You should be a competent yachtsman, with experience of coastal navigation, passage planning and previous experience in handling a yacht of similar size to the one you intend to charter. You will need to prove your competence with a sailing certificate.
- You will need to leave with the agency a refundable deposit to cover any loss or damage during the trip, that is not covered by the vessel's insurance. The amount of this deposit varies with size and value of the yacht and it may be paid in cash, traveller's cheques or major credit card prior to embarkation.
- You will be asked to sign a charter contract (in several copies) upon booking, or the latest upon your embarkation. You will also need to present your passports to the company.(Greek islands flotilla sailing)
Many require bareboat
to ensure that someone (other than you) has evaluated your skills to at least a minimal level.
All of which makes sense. Would you loan someone with your experience a $200,000-500,000 boat? Will you find someone willing to provide you a boat? Probably - but review their contract
too. No one loans that without coverage.
But what if it is your boat? Again, going back to Maxingout's comments. If you can really live to those, and you can navigate, as well as maintain the boat, and your crew could do the same if you were boomed... then the question is how comfortable are you?
Look at this on the positive side, the two of you could go through the bareboat
together. You both would then feel comfortable that if something happened to either of you, the chances are good for both. You would also both have a common language which is far less colorful and certainly more acceptable in mixed company.
Please don't give up the idea - plan for it.