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Do I Need a License to Rent a Boat?

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

”Do I need a license to rent a boat?” is one of the most frequently asked questions before booking a yacht charter. Regardless of whether it’s your first time on the water or you’re a life-long sailor, renting a boat and setting off along the coast of your dream destination is one of the ultimate experiences.

A bareboat charter is a boat hire without a crew or any provisions. Bareboat charters offer you the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want. You can customise your itinerary, cook your own meals, and ultimately, be your own captain. It’s the best way to soak up the sun and relax on a private boat with your favourite people. Or, the book a skipper option is where we provide a person (the skipper) and optional crew to be in command of the boat and provide extras such as food preparation. Thus you are the true captain of your experience.

The simple question is you can rent a boat without a special license. The true answer is you rent for your enjoyment with or without a captain, depending on your comfort level, experience and needs.

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