Bareboat, Flotilla, Crewed or Cabin Charter?

Bareboat, Flotilla, Crewed or Cabin Charter... which one is the best for me?

At LateSail we pride ourselves in not only getting you the best price, but also finding the best fit for you. That might mean the specifics of the yacht, the charter company or recommending a destination to sail from. Another broader decision to make is whether to sail bareboat, flotilla, crewed or by the cabin.

We will often have feedback along the lines of “I’ve always sailed bareboat, I don’t know why I never tried flotilla before… it was fantastic!”

So whether you are new to sailing or have been doing the same type of sailing holiday for 50 years, maybe 2015 could be the year to try something different, or at the very least read to the end of this blog!

Below we have highlighted some of the key factors for each of the types of charter.



A great way to hone your sailing skills on a variety of yacht models, the ultimate freedom, a smart alternative being committed to owning a yacht, and it is a competitive market so you can be price conscious as well.



A flotilla is a sailing convoy, numerous boats following an agreed route in company. You have the support a lead crew as part of the flotilla so good for confidence building especially if you are new to sailing, but equally good if you have lots of experience but enjoy the added social aspect of a meeting and socialising with many other like minded individuals. Particularly good for families as there is always something for kids to do.



Sail on a yacht with permanent crew who take pride in the yacht and know the sailing area like the back of their hand. It is much more service orientated than just adding a skipper to your bareboat charter and in the Caribbean food and drink (to a high standard) will typically be included in the price. There is a wide range of options and prices vary depending on a number of factors. The yachts typically have many amenities on board such as wakeboarding, windsurfing and diving. We know the boats, and very importantly, the crews, and we work with you to tailor make the perfect holiday.



Perfect if you are a single person or a couple looking to relax for a week without the responsibility and cost of hiring a whole yacht. The majority of cabin charters you will find yourself being waited on typically doing as little as possible. If you are looking to gain some extra sailing experience there are options for this too, and you could also gain a sailing certificate at the same time.

Everyone’s idea of the perfect sailing holiday is slightly different, but the LateSail team expert advice is on hand to help you find the perfect match, and of course, with our guarantee that you will be getting the best price possible.