Skippered Yacht Charter FAQs
What do you do while on charter?
There is so much to do, or not to do, depending on your own preferences!
Our sailing holidays are typically more about the 'holiday' than the 'sailing', though ultimately the balance between the two are up to you. A sailing holiday is about adventure and discovery, where you use the yacht to visit as many different islands, bays or villages as you have days.
You can get involved in the sailing, relax in the sun, swim in crystal clear waters, explore fortresses, hire scooters, eat and drink, snorkel in secluded bays, discover hiddem tavernas, sleep, wander picturesque villages and generally experience as much as you want.
While you're there, you can even pick up a few tips and learn how to sail if you want!
Do you need sailing experience?
No, sailing experience is not required to go on a skippered yacht charter. If you wish to sail yourself, or aspire to do so in the future, you will require a RYA Day Skipper certificate.
Where are the best places to sail?
There are destinations that are better suited to skippered yacht charters in general, though you should also balance this by considering the destinations that appeal to you in terms of the cultural and general experience. For example, if you would prefer to go to Greece or Croatia, Italy or Turkey etc.
The destinations that we particularly recommend for skippered charter can be seen here and in specifically we recommend the Dalmatian Islands in Croatia and the Ionian Islands in Greece.
Who decides the Itinerary?
You decide, let your skipper decide, or a combination of both. Bounce from island to island each day, or park up and relax in the same place for a few days, ultimately it's your choice.
We provide suggested itineraries before you go, but because everyone is different you can decide your specific itinerary. The skipper is there to help refine and perfect your preferences, so we usually recommend that on arrival you sit down with your skipper, a map, a bottle of wine and have a good chat about it.
Who will be my skipper?
We have a large pool of experienced professional skippers that we have worked with for many years. They are generally young local guys that do this for a living, or to supplement their professional sailing careers.
If you have specific requirements or preferences for your skipper then please let us know, we'll certainly try to accommodate your needs. Otherwise please feel free to request information on your skipper, we'll be happy to provide further details.
How far do you sail per day?
Our sailing holidays tend to be more about the 'holiday' than the 'sailing'. On average you sail three - four hours a day, split between morning and afternoon (stopping for lunch in a stunning bay somewhere). You can of course sail more or sail less. It's your holiday after all!
Are skippered sailing holidays family friendly?
Absolutely. Every year thousands of kids of all ages enjoy sailing in the Mediterranean. A sailing holiday is great for children of all ages because there is always fresh stimulous - you are visiting different ports and islands every day and there's always something going on. Our skipper's enjoy showing the kids the ropes and even let them get behind the wheel for a bit of sailing! The sailing legs aren't long, so there's no fear of 'cabin fever' either.
Safety-wise, a yacht is very safe. We can provide children's life jackets and safety harnesses, as well as putting netting completely around the yacht. It's a very safe environment.
How do you select the right yacht?
We have a specific section on our website for that, please see here: How to Choose the Right Charter Yacht. Please remember that your skipper requires their own cabin.
How much does the holiday cost?
Ahh, the million pound question. Well, not that much, we promise! Seamaster can charter you the yacht only, leaving you to arrange the flights and transfers, or we can do the entire package. It's up to you. Prices are based on the cost of the yacht divided by the number of people travelling, plus flights and transfers. The closer you are to capacity on a yacht, the cheaper per person the holiday becomes.
For more information on the cost, please click here.