Ed Hamilton & Co.

Am I Qualified To Charter a Bareboat?

Qualifying for Bareboat Chartering
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

    What boats have you frequently skippered?

    boat type/lengthlocation# of days

    How many times have you:

    Do you have a working knowledge of: