When chartering a yacht as a bareboat, means that you will not need a skipper and that you are the responsible one for both navigation and safety on board.
Port authorities in France require a certificate of competence in navigation; RYA day skipper, International Certificate of Competence or national equivalent.
Before you depart, the local port police will check all the documents necessary for leaving the port, including your certificate.
When entering a new port, the Port Police has the right to check your sailing licenses but mostly they only check the boat papers. So you should be prepared at any time. Licences that are also accepted are the International Certificate of Competence or RYA coastal skipper and yachtmaster offshore as well as other higher cirtificates.
Also, if you own your certificate, but do not have enough experience or do not feel certain about your abilities, you can always hire a skipper, who can help you improve your skipper's skills.
Both bareboat and crewed charter guarantee an excellent way of exploring the French coast. Whether you will take the first or the second option it is all up to your choices and your preferences.
Both are interesting and provide different ways of spending your sailing holidays so you can deside to handle it yourself or hire a skipper to take care of all the activities regarding navigation during your cruise. If you are looking for more privacy, then we suggest you to choose a bareboat, but only if you are an experienced sailor with all the necessary documents for navigation. However, hiring a crew does not necessarily mean lacking of privacy, for they will have their own cabins and won't disturb you during your journey, but they will be at your disposal whenever you need them.
If you don't have enough yachting experience, don't have necessary licences or if you simply want to relx on your vacation and not to worry about anything, you'll hire a skiper, and maybe even a hostess (depending on your needs, preferences and how much room on board you have).
Having a professional skipper on board can make your sailing experience much more pleasant and enjoyable. If you don't have enough sailing experience or if you have some doubts about your skills don't hesitate to rely on a professional. He'll drive the boat and take care of her, but he'll also give you some sailing advice, suggest routs, answer most of your questions, show you some fine restaurants and help you to find your way in a (probably) unknown area.
Because of their size, power and price, larger yachts can be chartered only with skipper or crew, and there is usually a separate crew cabin. However, if there isn't one on board, keep in mind to save a berth for skipper. Besides sleeping, you are also responsible for the food for the crew so don't foret about that when buying groceries or going out to the restaurant.
All these things also go for the hostess. She'll cook and keep the boat clean, but she can also give you various useful advice and suggestions.
Skipper and hosstes take care of the boat, while you realx and enjoy your vacation. Some guests sometimes forget what their jobs are, and treat them as personal servants, which is, of course, not true. You can read more about the jobs of skipper, hosstes and other crew members in The Crew section.
If you want to hire a skipper or hostess don't forget why they're there for and treat them with respect so you could all have a fun and enjoyable week(or more).
If you charter one of the bigger yachts (longer than 50 feet), you will probably get at least two crew members with her. Luxury yachts are chartered only with full crew. Still, why wouldn't you want to have a few people who will take care of absolutely everything on board, while everything that you do is relax and have fun?
Each of them has their duties, and they are all professionals on which you can rely to keep things in order and under control.
Captain is in charge of navigating the yacht and setting the itinerary (in agreement with you); sailor is servicing boat, keeping her in good condition, helps the captain, assist with docking, and takes care of other minor maintenance; hostess makes sure that interior of the boat is clean and tidy; and the chef is in charge of preparing meals and supplying the boat with food and beverages. More detailed descriptions of the jobs of all crew member read in The Crew section.
If you have an entire crew on your disposal you don't have to worry about cooking, shopping, cleaning, managing the boat, navigation... All you need to do is to relax, enjoy the comfort of the luxury yacht and scenic beauty around you.