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Bare Boat Charter in France and Spain

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I'm looking for info about what licenses I need and how to obtain them to charter a 30-40ft sailboat in France or Spain. I would like to do a 4 or 5 day cruise either in the Mediterranean or the English channel. I've owned, raced and cruised several keel boats over 30ft for 10+ years, but don't have a license as it's not required where I sail (Seattle, WA).

 

I did find this: http://www.sailingcertification.net/resource-center/bareboat-chartering-in-europe

It says I would need a "bare boat cruising" certificate, which can be turned into a "International Proficiency Certificate" that's accepted in many European countries. Is this a common and accepted method for bare boat charter companies? It also says courses to get the certificate can be challenged. Has anyone tried to do this? Is this difficult to do?

 

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You may want to look slightly further North, AFAIK the Netherlands don't require a sailing license by law and the Channel is not far. Charter companies' approach may vary, some may want to see a license (app. especially from Germans :), also check what insurance companies would wwnt to see in the worst case.

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I believe Sunsail accepts 200 miles and 500 miles as sailing experience

 

ps I found charter rates in Greece to be 1/2 that of for example Vancouver BC

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Med vs Manche?

 

The channel is for racing - with added challenges of wearing enough effective goretex, heavy merchant traffic, cold air, colder water, fogs, tidal currents, mudflats or harbours with rock-guarded channels that require smuggling ancestory to navigate and 30' tidal falls.

 

The Med is for loving life - with added challenges of deciding which factor sunscreen to apply, which swimming costume to wear/remove, to dine al fresco aboard or on the quai, and having a good pair of binoculars to spot beautiful things sur la plage.

 

+1 to ianabc for Greece, also Croatia/Adriatic.

 

 

 

I was looking into Certs for chartering in random spots that might need the paperwork and got good advice to check into the ICC from RYA. You'll probably also need vhf certs, and a copy of your own logs can help.

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Check with the charter company. I have a helmsmans certificate of competency, sail/power, but have never had to produce it to charter in the Adriatic or Ionian. If you do need it you can get a cert after an afternoons exam, provided of course you are ready for it (navigation, lighting, buoys, safety, colregs, etc. is in a written exam, and then take a yacht out in a practical exam for a few hours). Having the cert gives me my insurance on my own yacht, the only reason I've needed it so far.

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You need a license to sail a boat registered in Spain. Spanish autorities accept licenses from several countries, but, as far as I know, not from the U.S.A.

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