This site is about bareboat chartering power yachts in the Pacific Northwest. I created it because I want to help people get started chartering yachts and to help them have a great experience when they do. Too, I love boats and boating, and this site is a way to share that love with others as well.
Chartering is a great way to enjoy boating without actually owning a boat, or to find out how much you really like boating before you buy one.
Of course, you can contact a yacht charter company directly, and eventually you will do that, but maybe you want to learn more about it before you make that call – how much does it cost, what kind of training or certification do you need, how big are the boats, where can you go, etc.
So that, I hope, is where this site can help. Over the last 20 years I’ve amassed hundreds of hours at the helm of various power yachts, from 32′ to 57′, from Victoria to Port Hardy, from long weekends to weeks-long adventures. I’ve been on small boats with too many people for too long, and on large boats for not long enough. I’ve fiddled with numerous electronic navigation systems, radars, autopilots and satellite TVs. I’ve spent both gloriously peaceful and nerve-rackingly windy nights at anchor. I’ve had days on end of sunny skies and smooth waters, and I’ve been caught in conditions and situations I would rather have avoided.
But those are the only qualifications I have. I don’t have any professional training and I don’t hold any certifications that qualify me as an expert on yachts or yachting. So I will limit my comments to things with which I have direct, personal experience, and you should consider that everything you read here is the just the opinion a guy who likes boats but doesn’t even own one.
As you will see if you read more on this site, I love boats, and I love boat trips, so this is also a way for me to express and share that passion.
This site will talk about:
- What bareboat chartering is and how to get started in bareboat chartering
- What it costs to charter a boat
- Equipment, books and clothing I have found useful
- How I choose which yachts to charter and plan my trips
- Some of the trips I’ve taken
What this site will not cover:
- Sailing or sailboat charters (nothing against it at all, I just know nothing about it)
- Chartering anywhere else in the world
- How to navigate and safely operate a yacht
- Anything about boat ownership
Whether you own or charter, it takes a lot of time and money to enjoy yachting. So why do we do it?
I charter because I love boating but don’t want to own a boat. This is mainly a matter of time and money, and it’s a personal choice.
Some facts that you may or may not care about.