Originally Posted by Bash
It could help, further, to have bareboat
certification if you want to be able to charter a boat without a captain. For the uncertified and/or those with weak certifications, you may have to hire a captain for the first few days until the captain decides that you are capable of navigating the boat on your own.
Having skipped the "certification" stuff I would recommend getting them as you go along.
I have chartered many(?) times and have always sent my personal sailing resume in advance and traded plenty of email
to make sure things will go smooth when I show up. In some cases I have been required to take a checkout with the charter operator to go bareboat. I have suspected this would not change with a daysailor or even coastal sailor cert. that it was insurance requirements.
I have never been refused a charter due having no certs and have never been required to have a skippered charter up to 40 feet mono.
I freely admit I have not gone to the more "serious" places and suspect that the med and Europe
are probably more anal about certs.
I toy with the idea of doing certs but paying for daysailor, coastal sailor etc. at this point just probably isn't in the cards.
I do have a powerboat license
and a competent crew certification and am a believer in some sort of basic test of knowledge for boaters.
Bash - Once again thanks for the tips on Sausolito charters and our 4 day bay cruise
- It was magic!