We received a lot of interest in the Bareboat Charter Clinic Crew Briefing Check list that we sent out via our mailer earlier in the week. Some additional and excellent tips were sent in by some of you and so we have updated the list. See it now at the bottom of this page:
Bareboat chartering is one of the most fun things you can do on this planet. This August we’re leading a fully booked flotilla in Tonga to sail the islands around Vava’u. But next week we thought we’d pop over there to do a reconnaissance trip. So watch out for our video blog report in a few weeks on that.
Each year we invite our Bareboat Charter Master Graduates to join us on a flotilla. While this year is Tonga, next year we’re thinking of some where in the Med. Come join us on that – watch out for the announcement.
One of the things that we find particularly great about our trips is a fully engaged and working crew. With this comes knowledge about leadership and team work, boat systems, dinghy operations, provisioning requirements and just basic bareboating skills by everyone on board. It’s not that everyone should know how to sail but some good knowledge of what to expect before hand makes the trip go smooth with out drama, confusion, injury, or arguments. Everyone invests A LOT of money in a trip like this.
What we’re suggesting is why not make it as fun as possible. So if you haven’t taken the NauticEd Bareboat Charter clinic yet and haven’t sent it onto your crew, go ahead and do so because the small comparative investment in the clinic by everyone will make the trip seem ten times more fun (and safe). The one tip like walking under the boom side of the boat when going downwind is tooooooo invaluable for your crew.
In addition to this, if you’re traveling to Greece, Spain or Croatia, you’ll be required to show harbor authorities a VHF endorsement on your Sailing Certificate. When you take and pass the NauticEd Bareboat Charter Clinic, you’ll get that endorsement stamped on your Sailing Certificate.
So go ahead, get started now with the Bareboat Charter Clinic and let NauticEd teach your crew prior to the trip. And while you’re at it, please hit the Like Button on that page to tell your facebook friends that you like this clinic.
Here again is the Bareboat Charter Curriculum
Module 1: Planning and Arriving
1.1 The Types of Charters
1.2 Good Captainship
1.3 Arrival at the Base
1.5 Freezer and Fridge Management
1.9 Local Area Familiarization
1.10 VHF Operations
Module 2: Checking out the Boat
2.1 Getting Familiar with the Boat
2.2 The Deck
2.4 The Engine
2.5 The Fuel System
2.6 Starting the Engine
2.7 Operating the Engine
2.8 Stopping the Engine
2.9 Plumbing and Tankage
2.13 Bilge Pumps
2.14 Galley Stove
2.15 DC Electrical System
2.16 AC Electrical System
Module 3: Underway
3.1 Knot Tying School
3.3 The Nautical Chart
3.5 The Autopilot
3.8 The Windlass
3.11 The Dinghy
3.12 Briefing the Crew
Module 4 Communications
4.1 Marine Radio
4.2 Gaining a Marine Radio Operators License
Register now for the NauticEd Bareboat Charter Course at http://www.nauticed.org/courses/view/bareboat-charter
Download this Bareboat Charter Crew Briefing Safety Checklist