If you don’t want to sail the yacht yourself, or want someone else to look after the domestic chores such as cooking and cleaning, you need a Crewed Charter. Effectively it turns your yacht in to a hotel afloat.
Crewed Charter covers a wide range of holidays, with a wide range of prices to match, depending on the level of services you want, and the size of the boat.
At one extreme are Bareboat yachts with a professional skipper and hostess included. The arrangements are as for a Skippered charter but you have the additional services of a hostess who will prepare light meals (typically breakfast and lunch) and keep the yacht clean. She will usually also assist the skipper with sailing the boat. Dinner is generally taken ashore – a hostess is not the same as a chef or cook. You can often get involved with sailing the yacht though this isn’t necessary.
At the other extreme are the (usually larger) private yachts where you may find the crew outnumber the guests. The team will include a chef and virtually all meals are taken on board, with your particular tastes or requests taken in to account. Your boat may be anything from a traditional sailing yacht with acres of varnished wood, to a sleek modern motor boat with glistening chrome and sparkling white superstructure.
These charters may be sold on an inclusive basis where the price includes all running expense and food. Alternatively, they may be “plus all expenses” where consumables such as fuel and food are charged as used. Prices are often well in to five figures for a week’s hire, and you are unlikely to get hands on experience sailing the boat, any more than you would on a cruise liner. These are luxury holidays.
In between are what are sometimes termed Luxury charters that are really closer to bareboat based crewed charters. The yachts are from company fleets, often crewed by a couple who will be allocated their boat for the season. The crew are often featured in the sales material so you have a choice of who you sail with, albeit based on the brief resumes provided. Unlike Crewed charters based on Bareboats, these are usually priced on an all inclusive basis. Such charters are mainly available in the Caribbean; in the Mediterranean, with the wealth of eating facilities ashore, most prefer a Bareboat based arrangement.