What is the difference between bareboat and skippered?

There are three types of yachts that you can rent almost anywhere in the world: Bareboat, Skippered and Crewed charters. In this article find the main differences and charter the one to suit your travelling style and budget.

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Fully crewed yachts for charter


What is a bareboat yacht charter?

When you hire a bareboat charter you will be the skipper in charge to run and operate the vessel. That also means to take the full responsibility of the yacht's navigation, route itinerary, planning and provisioning. You receive the privilege to fully enjoy the ultimate freedom and independently sail your yacht. To charter a bareboat yacht you also need a adequate boat license. ICC certificate and a VHF radio station license are required.


  • private boat charter assures you full on board privacy
  • no additional fees for skipper or a crew
  • to challenge your own, helps you build extra self-confidence
  • gain extra sailing experience and upgrade your knowledge
Bareboat charter Croatia

What is skippered yacht charter?

If navigating between the hundreds of islands, reefs and shoals is too challenging or you don't own a valid boat license your best choice is to hire a skippered charter. Still affordable for most groups it is the best balance if you wish more itinerary flexibility and prefer some extra space on board. It is highly important that you first choose a reliable yacht charter. They will find a comfortable sailboat to best suit your needs and a knowledgeable skipper to navigate. With local skipper you can expect a relaxing, safe above all fun cruising experience and explore the islands ata relaxing pace. 


  • skipper takes care of all commodities and safety on board 
  • route itinerary is flexible and can be arranged with skipper
  • your sailing license in not required
  • don't need to worry about the weather or maritime conditions
  • receive first-hand tips about the places you are about to visit
  • skippered yacht can always be upgraded with hostess service
Skippered catamaran charter

What is a crewed yacht charter?

When you are searching for an indulgent all inclusive cruising holiday a luxury Croatia sailboat rental is a ideal selection. Fully catered exquisite services aboardluxurious catamarans and sailing yachts are usually included in crewed charters. This option truly is most expensive but you may expect an exclusive holiday experience in the presence of a professional yacht staff. Carefully selected crew of minimum 3 - the captain, the stewardess and chef, are there to provide unforgettable holiday moments with standard of personalised onboard service beyond any compare.


  • Exclusive full board services ensures you full-time relaxation
  • No extra cost for provisioning (all is included in the package)
  • Extra time to explore, swim or simply chill
  • Unrivalled sense of privacy and intimacy is assured
Croatia Crewed Charters

Where is the best place to charter a sailboat?

Croatian coast definitively provides best opportunities for private boat renting with largest number of catamarans, sailboats and yachts for charter. Basically you only have 3 factors to consider before you start your cruising odyssey.

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Before you start planning your sailing adventure first consider the budget and how much you are prepared to spend for your yacht charter week. Estimate first how much space your group really needs and how much are they ready to spend.

How much for sailing holidays in Croatia
crewed yacht charter Croatia

Even if someone in your group owns a sailing license that doesn't mean that he is familiar with the sailing grounds and weather conditions of the place. A sailing trip should be a memorable, fun and above all relaxing experience. 

The ultimate sailing in Croatia guide
best catamaran trips in Split

If privacy and space on board is relevant for you then renting a luxuriously equipped catamaran will provide the very best of a cruising experience. 

Private Croatia catamaran charters

What is the difference between bareboat and skipper?

+ more sailing independence - requires sailing certificate + extra free time to explore - less privacy aboard the yacht
+ full on board privacy - not knowing the sailing area + get internal tips from your skipper - you always need 1cabin more
+ create your own sailing itinerary - worry about weather conditions + renew your sailing knowledge - extra cost for skipper
+ most favourable option - more concern on route planing + more relaxing charter experience  

10 reasons why choose Croatia for your next  sailing holiday destination

  • perfect sailing conditions and sunny Mediterranean climate
  • 1.300 islands and over 3.000 miles of impressive coast
  • wide range of sailboats and catamarans for rental along the coastline
  • the islands are great spots for sailing hiking or cycling activities
  • breathtaking marine national parks reachable only by boat
  • genuine Dalmatian culinary delicacies and top wines of Istria
  • small distances between the islands is ideal for beginners
  • warm and crystal-clear seas allow you to exercise plethora of water sports
  • Impressive UNESCO world heritage sites, ancient island villages and monumental medieval cities
  • amazing maritime atmosphere, landscape diversity and untouched nature
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Croatia Yacht Charter With Skipper

Skippered holiday is the ultimate Croatia yacht charter experience allowing you to explore and visit hundreds of beautiful islands in a relaxing Mediterranean fashion. Whether your vacation prefernce is to sail or simply chill, your skipper is here to ensure a safe an above all exciting yachting adventure. He knows best sailing grounds, fun-loving spots and is fully aware of local weather conditions. If you prefer to have a quiet evening in a lonely cove, or to explore the famous Dalmatian cuisine he will recommend best spots and restaurants. With flexible itinerary, you can choose to visit world-known destinations like Hvar, Korcula or Dubrovnik where you can blend in the buzzing coastal promenades. Local skippers are communicative, fun to be with and a treasury of useful sailing tips, local legends and sailing stories they are eager to share.

Sailing in Croatia With Skipper

Chartering a yacht in Croatia

In Croatia you can rent almost everything that floats. What type of a sailing holiday to choose depends upon your travelling style, the level of sailing experience and mostly on your budget. Below you can find some yachts for rental along the Croatian coast in Bareboat, Skippered or a fully crewed option.

Trogir Sailing Boat Charter


Dufour 460 Grand Large
Elan Impression 50.1


Elan Impression 50.1
Sunreef 60


Sunreef 60

Bareboat & Skippred Charter FAQs


Renting a bareboat yacht allows you to independently sail and navigate your boat instead of hiring a professional skipper or a crew to do it for you.  


  • skipper will take full responsibility over navigation, so you can spare your vacation time to explore, swim and relax
  • no license or sailing knowledge is required, your captain has all the adequate certificates
  • skipper is your ultimate tripadvisor and can recommend best places to sail where you can eat local fresh and tasty
  • you don't need to worry about the weather or maritime conditions
  • feel welcome to refresh your sailing knowledge or learn some basic sailing skills
  • local skippers will give you best tips on safest anchorages, genuine island villages and best spots you can visit
  • 100% relaxation and ultimate vacation enjoyment


  • bareboat rental is the most affordable option of chartering yachts in Croatia
  • hiring a bareboat charter allows you to choose a vessel according to your needs
  • tailor the itinerary according to your needs
  • sail and explore at your own pace
  • complete independence and privacy on board your vessel
  • you can enjoy among your friends or family members
  • gain more self confidence behind the helm of your own yacht charter


To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC).


Even owning a required sailing certificate is sometimes not enough to operate a yacht on your own. If you feel uncertain in your naval knowledge or maneuvering skills to independently navigate the yacht, you can always hire a skipper to do it for you. Basically it all depends on how much self confidence you have and the level of your practical sailing knowledge.


You can always switch from a skippered to a bareboat charter during your charter week. With the condition that you own adequate sailing license to navigate the boat. Skipper in this case is only paid per day for services provided. It is mandatory for leaseholder to cover the skipper's expenses on transportation to the original base.


Bareboat charter is the most affordable option where you don't pay for the skipper's services. You only pay for the yacht rental and the mandatory extras such as end cleaning and base cost.


The itinerary on skippered charters is completely flexible and can be arranged with your skipper at embarkation. Skippers will be delighted to recommend a suitable itinerary and also hear your route preferences to make your holiday week a indulging cruising experience.


Absolutely. You can always bring your own supplies on board. There are many stowing places and lockers on board including large refrigerator in galley. Don't forget to ask your skipper what his food preferences are. It is also mandatory to also take care of skipper's meals during the charter period.


Besides yacht rental and skipper's fee you should also consider these costs during your yacht holiday:

  • Local tax 1.35€ per person daily
  • Sesurity deposit for your vessel
  • Fuel (per consumption average 100€ per week)
  • Food for you and skipper
  • Port and marina fees
  • Various transfers & taxis