For people who aspire a bareboat holiday – This is what you need to charter a boat



Explore the best anchorages with a bareboat yacht

Freedom of sailing

If you are looking for freedom to decide where to sail to, renting a bareboat is the way to go. It will let you explore those great anchorages and marinasAnd will give you the possibility to choose yourself where to moor or drop anchor. I have booked bareboats myself in a number of different countries and regionsAnd I had to dig into the rules and regulations around renting a boat. The tricky part is that the requirements in terms of skipper-classifications differ per country. They can even differ per charter-company. To give you guidance I have created an overview that will help you to understand what is needed for a safe and wonderful holiday. 

The principle

It is quite simple: What qualifications you need to charter a yacht, comes from the individual operator or owner of the yacht. He or she always makes the final decision. This means that in practice these owners will base their decision on the requirements of their insurance company. And they will ask for proof of your sailing skills and capabilities.

It is no surprise that a formal skipper’s qualification  will make it easier for the yacht owner to decide to rent you the yacht. For example the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) or a license from the American Sailing Association (ASA) are usually internationally accepted qualifications. However I found that common sense is used amongst most charters. Even without this license there is no reason why you can not rent a yacht. Of course I don’t see why anyone would want to rent a yacht without having the right experience and the confidence to drive it safely. In some rare occasions, the charter will request you to show your boat handling skills on the day of arrival. By taking the yacht out of the marina by yourself and show your
manoeuvring and handling capabilities.

The two documents that will help you get a bareboat, are:

  1. Sailing CV
  2. Skippers qualification

Sailing CV

As said earlier, in almost all countries any formal qualification is not necessary to charter a yacht. But it will help you massively if you can provide the charter with evidence of your sailing experience. A so-called sailing CV with details on your experience will do the job. And it is also fun to make one as well, as it brings back some good old memories. For creating a CV you want to include the following information: Own yacht if applicable/Days-weeks as skipper/Days-weeks as crew/Type of yachts/Coastal, inland or open water/Specific experience in mooring, navigation, engine control.

A useful website to check where you can rent a yacht with your qualifications is that of The Moorings 


International Certificate of Competence – ICC: This certificate is becoming the accepted standardized qualification in many European countries. In certain European Countries, it is mandatory to hold this certificate if you want to bareboat charter a yacht. Some countries may accept the ICC as an alternative to their national qualification, your charter company can confirm this for you. I found that the website of the Royal Yachting Association gives you detailed information on the ICC. In case you have a local qualification, you can have this transfered to an ICC in most cases by a local ICC organisation.

American Sailing Association- ASA: This is a national framework for sailing qualifications. For many cruising destinations in the USA and Caribbean this qualification is sufficient, although you can expect charter companies to ask for additional details about your sailing experience. For reference you can check the website

When you have booked your boat it is time to look for the best places to visit. It makes a lot of sense to ask your charter for the best routes as they have detailed local knowledge about the best anchorages and marinas to go to. If you are looking for reviews from fellow sailors that sailed the area before, you can download the Moorspots app. Our sailing community is adding new spots and reviews every day. Join us and also share your experiences in the Moorspots app, once you have set sail on your bareboat.

Wishing you lots of safe and happy sailing holidays.


To connect or disconnect at sea

You are either going to love this blog or hate it. There are two distinctive types of sailors out there. Those who go sailing to take a digital detox and just disconnect from social media, reality shows and other digital media, that can cause stress. And those that start shaking once their cellphone loses connection with the cellular masts on the shore. Stop reading this blog if you are the latter of those sailors, using VHF to communicate home, paper charts and paper pilot books to navigate and who listens to CD’s. If not, sit back and enjoy this blog.

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Cooking great food on a sailing boat? The tips for during sailing, in marinas and anchorages.

Boat cooking is different from cooking ashore. Any  sailor can tell you that the space is smaller, you have fewer appliances, and food storage is much different.

Wrap with seasoned chicken

But whether you are going for your 5th ocean crossing or for your first yacht charter in the Mediterranean, we all need to eat properly. And most important: we tend to be hungrier at sea than at home. Cooking your favorite food will make live on board so much more enjoyable. Also, the cooking can be made more efficient, easy and pleasant when you think up front about what is at hand in the galley of your boat. Continue reading “Cooking great food on a sailing boat? The tips for during sailing, in marinas and anchorages.”

The best sailing routes ever !

One week every year, we as five friends, are “dismissed” from our wife’s to go sailing. This started back in college, via a student organization who organized a sailing week somewhere in Croatia or Greece with around 20 to 25 sailing boats. After college we continued doing this by renting a “bare-boat” somewhere in the Mediterranean. This year it will be the 15th year in a row.

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Top 25 YouTube sailing channels

At Moorspots we love to watch sailing channels. We made a top 25 based on the amount of subscribers as per May 3rd 2018. The link opens the YouTube channel directly.

# YouTube channel Subscribers
1 Sailing La Vagabonde 393.958
2 Sailing SV Delos 263.111
3 Gone with the Wynns 178.050
4 Captain Rick Moore 84.989
5 Tula’s Endless Summer 72.717
6 Sailing Doodles 67.777
7 Sailing Uma 62.120
8 WhiteSpotPirates 53.392
9 Ran Sailing 52.645
10 Sailing Nandji 52.254
11 Wickey Salty 48.859
12 MJ Sailing 42.387
13 Sailing miss Lone Star 41.755
14 Sail Life 41.565
15 Distant shores 38.608
16 Sailing yacht Ruby Rose 35.950
17 Followtheboat 28.882
18 DrakeParagon 28.499
19 Free Range Sailing 26.114
20 Sailing into FREEDOM 25.351
21 Sailing Vessel Prism 23.759
22 Capt Eric Bergeron 17.233
23 Sailing Emerald Steel 17.218
24 Life is like Sailing 16.412
25 Drenched 16.281

Moorspots live in the App Store

Hi there!
We want to share something cool with you. Remember we said in the previous newsletter that we targeted to launch the Moorspots app in the App Store as soon as we could? No more hassle with installation of beta-test versions, just click and go like you are used to?

Well, we did it!  Moorspots is live in the App Store:


Thank you
A big thank you to all of you who have tested the app. With your feedback we managed to improve the app and get it ready for release in the App Store.

One of the cool features that we think will make a big impact are the pictures in the app. Look at the spots on the bottom of this mail. Do these trigger your imagination? Do they make you want to start planning your sailing trip? These pictures came straight out of the app and were added by fellow sailors, just click on them and dream away.

What is next?

Early April we will start a marketing campaign to attract more sailing enthusiasts like you to share great spots. So please keep a sharp look out for Moorspots in the media and share the news with your friends and family. You can have look at the our press release article here: Press Release.

And as always: If you have any suggestions, questions or anything that you would like to share with us, feel free to drop us a message at!

With the kindest sailing regards, 
The Moorspots team
Joris, Jaap, Mathijs, Fokko & Marco 

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