Advice for a Family Bareboat Charter


Photography by George Sass Jr

fishing on a bareboat charter yacht

Family Tides

Bring the whole family on a BAREBOAT CHARTER and share a great experience that will create a lasting tradition for the next generation of boaters.

Chartering with kids is a magical experience that too many parents miss, choosing to have an “adult getaway” instead of seizing the opportunity to create memories that can last a lifetime.

Some parents worry about taking youngsters on a bareboat charter for several reasons. There is the safety issue, and that’s a valid concern, but one that can be handled easily. There is the fear that the kids might feel cooped up and ruin the vacation for everyone. Also a justifiable point, but again, one that can be managed with forethought.   

The good news about chartering with kids is that it can be fun, it can be educational and, best of all, it can create a lasting bond between parents and children. Rediscovering the joys of boating through the eyes of a child is a remarkable experience that erases the years and transports you back to your own first days on the water. Bareboating with kids is an opportunity that can bring a family together like nothing else but, as with everything involving kids, you need to plan ahead for success.  

Two tips right up front. First, get the kids involved from the onset. Second, put them in charge of something. With those two caveats in mind, you can’t go wrong. Now let’s look at specifics.

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This article originally appeared in the August 2013 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.