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The UK’s leading independent charter company since 1981, offering sailing holidays through carefully selected partners worldwide.

Bareboat Charters

Bareboat charters are for those independent sailors who want to sail at their own pace, following their own route. Start and end bases and dates are fixed, and one way charters are sometimes possible. For sailors with previous flotilla sailing experience, the freedom of bareboating comes as a pleasant surprise: after an initial briefing your time is your own. If you are not sure whether you have enough experience to take a bareboat charter, contact us for advice: we may suggest you take a skipper for a few days to help you.

Skippered Charters

If you do not have enough experience, or simply need another hand with the boat, take a bareboat yacht or catamaran with a skipper. The skipper may be employed by the company, or may be freelance, and he or she will have professional qualifications together with knowledge of the coastline. The daily rate is (£see site) per day, depending on the destination, plus food. You can take a skipper for just 1 or 2 days, or for the full duration of your holiday, and in some places you can also take a hostess, who will cook and shop for you. A skipper and/or hostess will each require a berth or cabin, so your choice of yacht for your party size must allow for this. The skipper will not give formal instruction, but will show you how to handle the boat, and members of your party will be expected to join in and assist. It is usual to offer a gratuity to the crew at the end of the charter.


For a true sailing holiday with no work involved, charter a yacht with a professional full time crew. The skipper and hostess, and deckhands on the larger yachts, offer a discreet, luxurious service, with top quality on-board catering, and an itinerary arranged to suit you. One way cruises and special interest tours can be arranged. Crewed yachts are available worldwide, and every yacht is different. Prices start at about £2000 (€3000/$4000) per week. Below are just a few examples of the yachts we can offer: please contact us with your requirements and we will search our global network to find the yacht to suit you.

Choose your cruise

With so much to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to sail. Experienced sailors, whether first time or repeat charterers, are sure to enjoy the Mediterranean for its choice of anchorages and good breezes as well as its rich historical and cultural variety. If you seek quiet sailing, try Sicily as a change from the popular destinations of Turkey, Greece or Croatia. Tropical sailing is a great getaway from our winter weather: the Caribbean has many islands, all different, or how about the Seychelles, or the magical islands of the south Pacific?

A large sheltered bay offering good winds and flat waters, Gocek is the ideal place for first time bareboaters as it offers shorter hops, secluded bays and anchorages. A fantastic introduction to Turkey and everything she has to offer.

A beautiful and tranquil sailing area on the northwestern side of the Marmaris peninsular. An ideal location for really getting away from it all.

Blue seas and warm sunshine, and the best cruising in the Mediterranean, with good sailing breezes, beautiful scenery, fascinating culture, delicious cuisine and wonderful people.

With the longest coastline in the Mediterranean and more islands than anybody else, Greece offers so much variety and interest it is no mystery why it remains such a popular sailing destination.

The scenery of offshore islands and clear blue seas, together with a rich cultural heritage and modern marinas, make this a popular sailing destination. The coastline of over 5000km and 1000 islands offers a great cruising area.

Tuscany, the Gulf of Naples and Calabria. The west coast and the islands offer a wide choice of cruising areas, with destinations to suit all tastes and plenty to do ashore.

An island of fascinating contrasts, scenic beauty and rich history, with few cruising yachts. Include the volcanic Aeolian islands to the north for an interesting itinerary.

With its brilliantly clear waters, white beaches and sheltered coves, no wonder this is the favoured island of the super-yachts, but there are also quiet coasts and islands to explore.

France – Cóte d’Azur
Beautiful rocky coastline and sophisticated marinas characterise the cruising areas of the Cote d’Azur in the Mediterranean.

A rugged and mountainous island, with good sailing breezes around the rocky coastline, and good harbours and anchorages.

The Balearic Islands have plenty of peaceful bays and anchorages as well as busy resorts, with afternoon breezes for good sailing. The Canary Islands offer charters during the winter for more experienced sailors.

United Kingdom
Top Yacht is very excited to announce a new partnership on the sunny south coast, for sailing in the Solent and beyond. Further details to be added very shortly

British Virgin Islands
Sparkling blue sea surrounding green islands with pale sandy beaches make a fantastic sailing destination.

The island is just 14 miles long by 11 wide, but has 365 sandy beaches and harbours around the coastline. Antigua Race Week is in April every year – book very early for this highlight of the yachting calendar!

St Martin
This island in the northern Caribbean has both French and Dutch influences, with an interesting ambience ashore and good sailing around the coast.

Martinique & Guadeloupe
Martinique has a distinct Franco-Caribbean ambience with excellent cuisine, designer shopping , friendly people and excellent sailing. To the north, Guadeloupe is ideally situated for visiting the Leeward and Windward isles.

The Spice Island of the southern Caribbean, with lush forested mountains, a coastline of rocky points and sandy beaches, and the superb islands of the Grenadines to the north.

An enchanting sailing area, Cuba has it all—natural marvels, great weather and historical charm. Its 5,746-kilometre coastline is marked by 200 sheltered bays, more than 4,000 cays and islets and 588 kilometres of beach.

With the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere and the second longest in the world, Belize offers calm-water sailing, diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, bird and wildlife watching, Mayan ruins and more.

Just south of the Equator in the western Indian Ocean, granite and coral islands, many uninhabited, with startling natural beauty and unique flora and fauna.

A melting pot of culture, deserted beaches and perfect sailing conditions, Malaysia offers something for everyone.

Stunning scenery, perfect beaches, great food and hospitality make Thailand an ideal destination for sailing.

Discover the Whitsunday Islands, inside the Great Barrier Reef: lush forested islands with secluded anchorages with brilliant clear turquoise water and magnificent coral reefs.

The Society Islands have volcanic mountain peaks and lush vegetation, surrounded by white sand beaches and turquoise lagoons protected by coral reefs. In the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, this is sailing paradise.