Re: Need a Sailboat for a Work of Fiction
A bareboat charter means that the boat is chartered to the charterer without an owner supplied captain and crew. The charter boat owner can, and often does, require the charter party to hire their own captain and crew, especially on larger boats. Back in the mid '80s I ran a 78' schooner under bare boat rules because she wasn't licensed to carry passengers. It made no sense to turn this boat loose to a charter party that didn't know her well. Her owner had a list of qualified skippers. When the charter papers were signed, the owner would point to my name on that list and say that he knew I was available and could supply my own crew. Under bare boat rules, it is only required that the boat owner relinquish all control of the boat while she is on charter. He cannot even be aboard. During the charter, my boss was the charterer, not the boat owner. My crew and I were "technically" paid by the charterer.
Originally Posted by Ian McColgin
My boat was a 78' stays'l schooner. I regularly sailed her with a mate, deckhand, and a cook (usually a second deckhand also). The cook also worked the deck. The boat's owner also owned a pair of 65' stays'l schooners. They were sailed with skipper, mate, and cook. I later sailed a 65' schooner that mostly did half day charters. No cook was needed and it was just me and a mate. If needed, a cook/steward(ess) was added. In my younger days I could single hand the 65 footers. The stays'l schooner rig is excellent for short handed sailing and chartering...she can be sailed with minimal crew, but if the pepes wanna help there is enough to do to keep them amused.
Schooner captains love to get blown offshore!