When securing your charter reservation, the yacht owner or representative will send you a charter contract together with a a checklist. Please make sure when confirming your booking that you make final arrangements with the boat. Below is general guide of what you should take to prepare yourself for a charter.
Since storage is very limited on board certain yachts especially sailing boats, it is recommended to pack light, soft fabric or duffle bags will be better instead of suitcases. Also, avoid bringing with you heavy clothes. Light T-shirts, casual trousers and some warm pull-over for the cool nights should be enough. A water resistant jacket could be very useful while sailing in rough weather.
Do not bring valuable items such us golden necklaces, watches, earrings etc. In case that you will finally decide to have such things with you, remember to check if you have everything before you leave the yacht.
On a crewed yacht, the crew looks after all the aspects of your trip. When you sign the charter agreement, you will be sent a checklist to list your preferred food and drinks. You can also make any special requests to the owner or the owners representative, if you have any. On a crewed all you have to do is enjoy your holiday while the crew looks after all the details. If you have chartered a bareboat, ensure that you have the following packed as well:
- You will need to enquire for the papers needed in the country you are chartering.
- Motor or Sailing Competence Certificate.
- Any other boat training certificates that you may have.
- Copies of contracts from boats you have chartered previously. This gives the Operators confidence in your abilities of handling the boat.
- VHF radio license if you have one; however this is not normally required.