WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE?
Keel boat experience is necessary to charter a sailboat without a skipper, and twin-screw experience is important for chartering a powerboat. Please complete our Application to Charter, which collects information about your sailing and boating experience as well as your travel plans. The answers to these questions will help us assess your skills and ability to take command of the charter boat. A CYOA manager will review the information you supply on this document and will determine whether you have the experience to charter. If you are inexperienced we may suggest a SKIPPER be aboard for a few days, or for your entire charter. If you ARE experienced but want to completely relax, skippers are also available for your entire cruise. Our goal is to be sure you and all aboard have a FUN and SAFE time.
Some important elements that help determine your competency to handle the boat you would like to charter:
* Your recent boating experience (last 5 years).
* The size and types of boats you have sailed on in the past. Were they of similar size, give or take a few feet, to the size of the boat you wish to charter?
* Do you own or have you owned a boat in the recent past? This is important because most people who have owned boats have an understanding about systems and the inner workings of a boat, which is essential to happy cruising.
* Have you done some cruising? Have you planned a trip from A to B requiring navigation skills, decision making, anchoring, mooring or docking under sail and power?
* Have you sailed on the ocean or other large bodies of water such as Long Island Sound, Chesapeake Bay, San Francisco Bay, the Great Lakes and so forth?
* Are you experienced in the operation of twin screw vessels? This is an important requirement to charter a trawler or a trawler catamaran, and a slightly less important requirement for a sail catamaran. A boat with stern drives (inboard outboards) is not considered a twin screw vessel. If you do not have any twin screw experience, plan on spending at least a half day getting up to speed in this area before we let you leave the harbor.
* Who are the crew that will be aboard with you? Are they knowledgeable people that will be actively participating in sailing the vessel? Can you count on them to help you or will they be inactive guests? If you are on a large cat or a power yacht you will need at least one (maybe two) good crew members to assist you.
* Have you had any professional or formal training? Have you cruised in the area before?
A Bareboat Certificate is not necessary to charter a bareboat. While a Bareboat Certification course is valuable training, this document alone may not qualify you to charter. Your overall practical experience is what counts.