If you want to relax on your sailing holiday or you do not have the experience to sail your own yacht, choose a crewed yacht with professional skipper and crew onboard. This is a wonderful sailing holiday - perfect for a honeymoon, romantic anniversary or special holiday with friends and family.
Imagine island hopping aboard your own private yacht while enjoying all the services and comforts of a small, intimate hotel. Wake up onboard your yacht anchored in a quiet cove. Take an early dip and over breakfast consider the options, a windsurfing lesson, snorkelling round the shoreline or a trip ashore to explore. A crewed yacht is likely to be the most memorable vacation you will ever take.
Most of the crewed yachts can easily accommodate groups so there's plenty of room for everyone. For 4 couples or 2 families, a catamaran in the Caribbean offers spacious accommodation in a dream destination. The crewed yachts in the Mediterranean will sleep from 4 to 8, or just charter a cabin. The Turkish gulets sleep from 12 to 16 so are very popular with 3 or 4 families.
Add a skipper to any of our bareboat yachts if you don’t have the experience to charter bareboat or if you would like a helping hand with a larger yacht or a guide to a new cruising area. The skipper will be a competent local sailor and perfectly capable of sailing the yacht. He will encourage you to get involved as crew, although he is not an instructor. He does not cook or clean and you will have to allocate a cabin for the skipper's use and provide him with food and drink.
Imagine island hopping aboard your own private yacht. You may be celebrating a honeymoon, anniversary or special birthday or just want to relax.
Perfect for a honeymoon, anniversary or special vacation with friends or family, these luxury yachts have a professional crew so you can relax
Traditional gulets are ideal for families or friends to enjoy a cruising holiday in Turkey
Not if you don't want to! The crew are perfectly able to sail the yacht and they do not need or expect your help. So relax with a cool drink, a good book and your suntan cream and watch the world sail by.
If you are keen to help out or learn a few new skills then the crew will be delighted to involve you in the sailing. They will soon have you helming and setting the sails like a pro!
All the crewed yachts are very comfortable to live aboard. There is a spacious lounge (saloon) and guest bedrooms (cabins) most with ensuite shower and WC (heads). The crew have their own quarters, separated from the guests. The yachts have a well equipped kitchen (galley) with fridges and freezers, hot and cold water and cookers.
When "living aboard", most of your time is actually spent on deck or in the water, basically outdoors. Most of your meals will be taken sitting in the shady cockpit at the back of the boat. You'll go to the front deck to lie out in the sun.
Every morning you'll wake up in a new anchorage. What about a refreshing swim before breakfast? The crew will serve a full breakfast with fresh bread on the shady aft cockpit. You might want to explore ashore - visit a market, shop for souvenirs or walk up a hill for a spectacular view. You may prefer to relax with your book or work on that tan.
By mid-morning the yacht will set sail and find an idyllic anchorage for lunch. You can dive off the yacht and swim and snorkel on the reef. Most of the yachts have water sports toys, such as snorkels, kayaks, water skiing or tubing. The crew will prepare and serve a light lunch.
An afternoon sail will take you to the evening's destination. There may be time before dinner to go ashore, for sightseeing. Meal times will depend upon cruising schedules and the wishes of all on board. Dinner on the aft deck is usually the highlight of the day - a long leisurely meal sitting under the stars listening to the water lapping at the hull.
After all the activity and fresh air, you'll easily fall asleep in your cabin rocked by the gentle motion of the yacht bobbing at anchor.
Keep your packing light and pack everything in a soft, foldable duffel bag that is easier to stow away on a yacht. You'll spend your days in shorts, swimsuits, and t-shirts, but at night you might like to dress for dinner in a summer dress or shirt and slacks. You could bring a sweatshirt or lightweight jacket in case it's breezy.
The standard aboard the yacht is to not wear shoes. Sandals or deck shoes are fine for ashore. Bring sunglasses, a baseball cap or a hat with a broad brim to shade your face. And don't forget your sunscreen and camera!
All your towels and bedding are provided and the yachts are fully equipped with safety equipment so you don't need any "sailing gear".
"All went very well and we had a great time. Horizon Charters presented the yacht in excellent condition and when a couple of small problems showed up during the briefing they were dealt with immediately and very thoroughly. I found Horizon to be probably the best charter company I have dealt with in 40yrs of chartering in these respects."
To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.
For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.
RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.
For Seychelles the local authorities require an ICC for the skipper of a bareboat or flotilla yacht charter.
For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.
If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?
Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.
Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.
Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.