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Re: Captain for charter?

Besides feeding, most companies require that you have a place for the Capt to sleep as well. Keep that in mind when booking your vessel. Not all Capts consider above deck on a rainy night as an acceptable place to sleep....

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Hello from Switzerland!
New to this idea and would appreciate any help or advice. We plan to visit our daughter in Haiti, late May, and would like to arrange a charter for our family (three adult children and my husband and I) NO SAILING experinence.

Therefore, would like to hire a captain and boat. Any suggestions?
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You would need another course titled "Bareboat Chartering" and some local experience logged before any reputable company would turnm you lose with an expensive vessel. It is for your protection as you will be responsible for losses and damage.....
Where are you wanting to sail?
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Oh, I don't think to have expressed myself very well. Sorry! I certainly do not want to sail, only charter a boat with a captain! My three children (21-25) are quite able bodied and would be glad to help, under the direction of an experienced skipper!
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Re: Captain for charter?

No, you expressed yourself just fine. Can't get much more clear than "would like to hire a captain and boat."

I can't make any specific recommendations about what charters you might find in and around Haiti, but most bareboat charter companies will provide you with a captain if you want one, or you could look for a "crewed charter," which (obviously) includes crew in the cost.

This is a reputable company that arranges charters of all sorts, almost anywhere. You might try contacting them. http://ed-hamilton.com/

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Hello from Switzerland!
New to this idea and would appreciate any help or advice. We plan to visit our daughter in Haiti, late May, and would like to arrange a charter for our family (three adult children and my husband and I) NO SAILING experinence.

Therefore, would like to hire a captain and boat. Any suggestions?
There are very few options in Haiti. IMHO, it's not a great place to charter.

I'd fly to nearby USVI or, better, the BVI and charter there. Many, many options, including captains.

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Re: Captain for charter?

One other option for those with limited experience might be a flotilla charter.
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When and where do you plan chartering?
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One of our sons broke his leg and had to be operated. Sailing not an option this year. Thanks anyway.
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Re: Captain for charter?

To utchuckd:

Keep in mind you have to feed the captain and provide a place for him to stay aboard. I have a lot of charter experience, but used a captain in Greece because I wasn't familiar with the area. It was great. When we arrived in a crowded harbor, he called his friend, the dockmaster, and a space appeared miraculously. We got water at the local rate, not the tourist rate, and he sent us to some great restaurants off the tourist path.

Something you should consider is combining a captain with charter instruction. Most of the sailing schools offer either ASA or US Sailing certification during a one-week charter. You're already paying for a captain: you might as well add a few hundred dollars to get a certificate that will be acceptable to charter companies in the future. Remember that a captained charter doesn't count for sailing experience with most of them, but a certificate does.
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