Skippered yacht cruise and charter on the west coast of scotland

Skippered Charter

For those who perhaps have less sailing experience, as an alternative to our unique Clyde Flotillas we also offer the option of skippered charter, for all or part of your charter.

You may for example have recently qualified with an ICC or as an RYA Day Skipper or have enjoyed a flotilla holiday - but still would appreciate some help or advice on handling a bareboat charter yacht whether for the first time or in a new area.

We will always take the time to carefully brief our clients on the yacht at the start of their holiday and will always be accessible by phone throughout the charter, ready to offer help and advice. However - if you'd please ask us to arrange this when you book – we'll also be happy to arrange for an experienced skipper to sail with you on the yacht. This could be just for the first day or two of your holiday - providing they can catch a ferry back to the mainland from Bute, Arran or wherever else you sail to!

The additional cost for a skipper – who in addition to being familiar with the yacht will know the area really well and will enjoy sharing that local knowledge with our clients - is typically around £100 per day. The skippers with whom we choose to work are each experienced, accomplished and pleasant individuals.

The yachts are coded for a fixed number of crew including the skipper - so if you'd like to hire a skipper for the charter of one of our yachts that's coded for say eight people, then the number aboard shouldn't total more than eight including the skipper. If you plan that a skipper should be with your charter party on the yacht for more than one day, then you should please also plan on allocating them a separate sleeping cabin too!

For bareboat charters in the Clyde area - unless you can show reasonable previous experience/mileage - we ask that the charter party should between them hold at least one RYA day skipper ticket and a VHF operators licence. To venture beyond the Clyde - unless you can demonstrate considerable previous experience – we ask that the charter party should between them hold at least one RYA coastal skipper or yachtmaster ticket, and a VHF operators licence.

If you would like us to arrange for you to get information about day or coastal skipper, VHF operator or other RYA courses - then please click HERE

You may also like to consider our unique Clyde Flotillas.

In addition to our main Largs base, we can occasionally offer yachts for charter out of Crinan or Craobh marina or for one-way charters between Largs & Craobh/Crinan – please check with us for availability.

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