Originally Posted by NoahTreat
The wife and I are thinking about chartering a catamaran for seven days in Tahiti. In April 2020. We have zero ocean sailing experience. Some lake sailing experience. We know we donít want to charter by the cabin because of the other 8 people who would be on the boat. So we are looking at the option of chartering and just hiring a skipper. So it would just be the two of us plus a skipper. Has anyone done this before? Any pros and cons? Any tips and tricks? What should we be on the look out for. We are not tied to Moorings any other companies or boats you would recommend? Thanks in advance. Attachment 198163
Is this from Tahiti itself, or Raiatea further west in the Society Islands? We spent several weeks in the latter and met/spoke to several charter yacht skippers; my understanding was that any of the charter companies will arrange a professional skipper for you and that whilst each company has it's preferred/usual skippers, the guys all seemed to work
for whomever wants them that week; the charter company will no doubt arrange one for you and one who speaks English
- lots of bi/multi lingual French guys and a few Kiwis/Aussies/Brits too.
Given you lack of ocean, indeed even open-sea experience I would suggest you're making a good decision, the inter-island distances aren't huge, but there are noticeable tides to cope with and the seas soon pick-up, even on a nice day you might find a 6'+ swell rolling up from the Southern Ocean. In addition having a pro-skipper helps guarantee that you will get somewhere; just before we left there was a Mara'amu wind
blew through and the charter company rules didn't allow those yachts without a pro-skipper to leave the dock
whilst the wind
was blowing F6 or more - it did so for five straight days! - so that weeks charterers got to know inland Raiatea really well.