Caribbean Sailing Vacations by Ed Hamilton

Qualifying to bareboat
  A question that is commonly asked by people who have never chartered before is, "Am I qualified to bareboat?

In terms of qualifying, there is no particular licensing or certification required to bareboat charter in the Caribbean. What the charter companies primarily look for is skippering experience on a boat similar in size to the one you are chartering. A "bareboat certification" or "liveaboard cruising" course is valuable, but without additional skippering experience, is not normally sufficient qualification.

If you would like to get a preliminary evaluation of your experience, please complete the form below and submit it to us. We can give you a good idea of the size boat you would be qualified to charter but of course each charter company has its own form for you to complete, and the charter company always has the final word on qualification.


Boating experience

  1. In what geographical area(s) do you usually sail?*
  2. What is the largest boat you have skippered?*
    # of days: how recently:
  3. How many years have you been actively boating?*
  4. What boats have you frequently skippered?
boat type/length
# of days
  5. How many times have you:
    picked up a mooring
    anchored a boat over 30'
    docked a boat over 30'
  6. Do you have a working knowledge of:
coastal navigation? yes no
    planning a passage? yes no
    Please enter any additional comments that would help us
    Your name*:
    E-mail address*:
    Street address*:
    City: State: Zip/postal code:
    Daytime phone number:

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Please call us at 800-621-7855 (overseas 207-882-7855) to report any difficulties.

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