Our boat owners offer a great variety of charters, ranging from simple hourly rentals to all-inclusive tours with a captain and crew, meals, drinks and possibly sightseeing. It all depends on the creativity of the ones who offer and the demands of the ones who book trough KaterBlue. Although the possibilities are endless, we have listed some of the most popular and common charters below.
The most straightforward charter available on KaterBlue is the bareboat charter; a nautical term which simply refers to a rented boat or yacht without captain or crew, meant to be controlled by the renter (charterer). A bareboat charter is based on a contract between the boat owner and the boat user, both having some responsibilities. The owner must make sure that the boat is insured and seaworthy. The user, in turn, must be fully qualified to be behind the helm and take full responsibility for the boat and those people on it for the type of boat in question, in accordance with local regulations. He must also be insured to use the boat. Moreover, if the user takes his own crew aboard, he must make sure that all are sufficiently experienced and qualified as well. The responsibility for the safe return of the boat and the crew lies fully in the hands of the boat user.
There is a large variety of offers that connects seamlessly with the broad range of demands of the boat users. Some users want to take out their spouse on a romantic afternoon trip on the water, some prefer a lads fishing trip, others prepare and pack for an adventurous journey of several weeks, hopping from harbor to harbor. Indifferent of the time and finances on your hands, indifferent of the preferred type of boat – a sloop, a ketch, a catamaran, a motor yacht or a super yacht - KaterBlue has the perfect bareboat for everyone.
Charter with Captain or Skipper
If you, like most people, do not possess a boating certificate, you are equally welcome at KaterBlue. You can easily find your ideal charter with an experienced captain included in the price. Just check the “captain” box while performing your search and you will be shown all charters on your preferred location that have a skipper or captain riding along. In many cases, the captain will be also the boat owner who takes his or her charterers aboard his own vessel, but in many other cases, the captain is a professional who is specifically hired to do what he or she is best at. While planning your trip, prior to departure, you decide your own level of involvement. This also depends heavily on the type of boat – those with a sail evidently requiring more work than those with only an engine. If you’re only chartering for the calm, the weather and the view, and you’ve chosen a boat or yacht accordingly, you can just sit back and relax. You do not have to worry about the technicalities, all the work will be done for you. But if rolling up your sleeves, running across the deck, tightening the ropes and raising the sails is for you the height of your trip, you are equally unlikely to be disappointed. If you are a trainee for any type of boating certificate, you can agree ahead of time of what type of responsibilities you will take on, even alternate with the captain behind the helm, thus using the trip as an opportunity to gather the necessary sea miles to partake in the exam. The captain or skipper will sign off your function on the boat, such as helming, navigation, night watch, mate, officer of the watch or deckhand etc, in your sea log.
Booking a charter with captain is not only meant for those people who do not have boating qualifications like a Yachtmaster certificate. Even for freshly qualified yacht masters, chartering with a captain might provide a perfect chance to gain more experience in a safe setting. Most new captains are absolutely eager to spend as much time as possible on the water, but some still do not feel accustomed enough to go about long or stormy journeys by themselves. Some feel they don’t want to take the responsibility during night passages by themselves. Having a veteran colleague come along, provides an excellent solution for these people and often makes long lasting friendships.
Charter with Captain and Crew
Do you want to enjoy the luxury of having a yacht with a captain and crew at your disposal? Even in this case, KaterBlue takes care of you. Whether you prefer sails or engines, a captain and crew on your charter will provide you with the ultimate sense of comfort and well-being on your leisure experience. You decide on the destination, weather permitting your captain and crewmembers will do the rest. If you’ve always wanted to experience the luxury of having you own fully staffed motor or sail yacht, this is the perfect charter for you. Feeling like a millionaire is no longer a far-fetched dream. Especially when chartering with a group of friends or family where a few people chip in, a charter with captain and crew is quite easily affordable. You compose your own trip and you decide the level of extravagance; stewards, hosts/hostesses, cooks – it is all possible!
Of course, chartering with a captain and crew is also for those who simply want to calmly enjoy the luxury and the water without having to worry about the logistics.
Leisure crafts and other water rentals
KaterBlue hosts many more rental offers besides boats and yachts. In fact, people can list any type of water vessel or leisure activity on our website, free of charge. Potential boat users will always find something of their liking. Are you visiting a city with a beach, and you feel like surfing, but you do not have a board? Did you always dream of going jet skiing, dinghy sailing, kayaking, kite surfing or even take a fishing trip? Or do want to go diving at your tropical vacation location, but you do not have the gear nor an instructor? Simply search on KaterBlue and you will find the nearest and most advantageous offers. From canoe renting to water skiing lessons, and from snorkeling & diving trips to water bike racing with your friends; KaterBlue has it all.