What Is a “Bareboat” Charter Versus a “Fully Crewed” Charter?

The reference “bareboat” has two meanings; one is legal and the other functional. Since Chamberlain Yachts only offers crewed charters, we are only concerned with the legal application of this term. There are companies that provide yachts with no crew aboard; this is a true bareboat-only charter which we do not offer.Legally, bareboat refers to the type of contract used. In a bareboat charter the charterer only contracts with the owner for the yacht itself and does not include any crew. The crew are contracted separately. This is done in order to provide charter service in certain areas where the yacht may otherwise be precluded from operating. The charterer’s experience is identical to a fully-crewed charter, only the contract document itself is different.