Plenty of bareboat
charters available in south Florida
. Check the yachting magazines, local papers, etc. Have charterd from Miami
before and found a wide range of boats available up to 48' monohulls and cats.
No captains license
is required, even to take a charter from FL to the Bahamas unless you are taking other passengers for hire. Any license
or certifications you have will help but at the end of the day what really matters is your knowledge and experience. Regardless of what classes
you have taken or documents you supply, the charter company will want to speak to you and decide for themselves if they think you are qualified to take charge of a boat.
On your first charter with the company they might ask you to complete a several page questionaire about sailing, navigation
, boat handling, weather
, etc., more or less an exam. If they have any doubts they might require you to take the boat out on a short trip around the bay with a captain
on board to observe and if they are not satisfied could require you to hire a captain to be onboard to monitor
or take charge if necessary.
Hope this is helpful.