These Fully Equipped, value priced yachts are available fully crewed or with the "Captain Only" value option for sailing yachts. You and your group are the Crew on Captain Only Charters. The captain's role is primarily as guide, advisor, and helmsman.
You sail the boat, purchase and physically obtain provisions, cook, clean, and do everything necessary to operate the yacht.
Plus All Expenses
Some yachts do include food, fuel, even ice making cost estimates easier for all involved.
Unlike a bareboat, these yachts include all the watersports equipment, individually listed on each yacht's page although yachts with onboard SCuba usually do charge additional for it. You are not required to maintain a damage deposit. The overall responsibility of the yacht remains with the captain. The captains are not the part time transients normally associated with the bareboat fleets. All captains are fully qualified, most are owner/operators of the yacht. They have made sailing a full time permanent part of their lives.
This is a great way to enhance your boat handling skills, and save a little money.
In short, this list is not inclusive all "Captain Only" charters available, only which fairly price their reduced service offering. Consider the cost of the "all expenses" when planning your trip. It rarely makes sense for one couple. It can work out nicely for larger groups, especially families.
Larger yachts, those able to comfortably accommodate 6 or more guests, require considerable boat handling skills, and constant maintenance in order to retain quality condition. Most larger yachts have a permanent crew of 2 or more to attend to these tasks and cannot be reasonably offered on a captain only basis. The majority of charter yachts are only offered as fully crewed yachts.
Keep in mind, you are responsible for acquiring the provisions as well as the purchase price. Groups arriving in the late afternoon should consider staying in a hotel the day prior to boarding their yacht in order to allow time to get organized or alternatively, hire the provisioning task. Many Captains are willing to provide this service for an additional fee. There are companies who specialize in this service in St. Thomas, and Tortola.
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