Frequently Asked Questions

What are “owner time weeks” ?

Private individuals purchase boats like those in our catamaran fleet and place them in charter with a major yacht charter company. This arrangement is commonly used by people who want to own a boat, but want to avoid much of the cost to maintain it. Both the charter company and the boat owner reap a myriad of advantages. The primary reasons this type of arrangement works are:

  • The charter company gets to charter the boat and keep the profit.
  • The catamaran owner gets to enjoy the boat for an agreed-upon number of weeks per year without headache and expense of maintaining the boat.

The owner’s allotted weeks are called “owner time”. Often, a boat owner does not need all of the allotted owner time so often it is sold to offset the expense of the boat purchase. Read more about our discounted owner time rates.

How do owner-time weeks work in a charter?

Instead of using allotted owner time to take a sailing vacation himself, the boat owner sells you the privilege of using his week aboard the boat. Because an individual boat owner has less marketing power than large yacht charter companies, the owner time weeks are usually sold at a discount. Here is how the charter is booked:

  • You work with our staff to settle on the destination, boat type, and price.
  • The boat gets booked under the boat owner’s name.
  • You and your guests will be registered as the owner’s special guests.
  • If you are booking a bareboat charter, you will appoint a skilled skipper. (If you do not have a skipper, we can arrange one for you). The appointed skipper will fill out a captain resumé for the owner’s review and the charter company’s acceptance.
  • Upon full payment and acceptance of the captain resumé, you arrive at the port to board your boat. Note to make your vacation more relaxing we not only can provide captains, but chef or provisioning on anyof our boats.
Does owner time have a different service level from regular charters?

When you use owner’s weeks, you are the yacht owner’s special guests. Every owner wants to make sure his boat is properly maintained and looked after, and the charter company wants to make sure the owner is pleased with the service. As the owner’s representative, you are likely to find a superior level of service from the large charter company that maintains the yacht.

Are by-the-cabin bookings offered?

No. At this time, only private bareboat or all-inclusive crewed catamaran charters are offered. But at our deeply discounted charter rates, you may find that organizing with a few close friends or family members will provide you with a per-person rate competitive with other charter companies’ by-the-cabin rates.

What boats are all-inclusive with a crew?

We have our standard offerings of all-inclusive crewed yacht charters (see the list of boats at to bottom of that page). But, we offer amazing flexibility! For any boat in our fleet, you can add a captain, chef, provisioning, or all 3 to get the partially crewed or all-inclusive crewed sailing vacation on the boat you want. Pricing varies among locations and boats so call us or submit an inquiry form to get rates for any and all services on any of our catamarans.

Are monohull charters available?

No. Owner Time Charters offers bareboat and crewed charters aboard only catamarans.

Are there towels provided?

Yes​, each cabin is appointed with a variety of towels for each person aboard.

Does the boat come with a dinghy?

Yes!  The smaller dinghy on 4 cabin boats can carry 4-6 adults. The larger dinghy, for the 6 cabin boats can carry 6-8 adults.

Are beach chairs provided?

Sorry, no beach chairs​.

Is there a coffee pot onboard?

Yes! The galley is fully equipped for charter with coffee pot, pots and pans and dishes and cups and glasses.

Are there condiments supplied?

No food items are supplied on the boat for bareboat charters.  If the charter is all inclusive, then of course you’ll have any and all food items you need! 

Any paper products?

Each head is supplied with a roll of toilet paper.  

Any water toys on the boat?

We supply snorkeling equipment and would be happy to add water toys for an additional charge.

What other expenses will I have?

It depends on your destination.  For example: in BVI, you will be responsible for BVI park fees which, all together will run you about $8 per person, per day. This permit will provide you with daytime mooring in restricted areas. Fuel for the boat is not included. You are responsible to bring the boat back with full tanks, diesel and outboard. Check fuel levels before departing. You will be responsible for the costs of mooring balls. You’ll always find a place to drop your anchor for free but it may not be as convenient as mooring balls.

Is there a BBQ on the boat?

Yes there is.  Enjoy!

Is there WiFi on the boat?

All our boats are capable of providing WiFi to guests. Upon arrival, you’ll log in to provide payment information via credit card for a day or by the week. On shore and at marinas, places you’ll visit will have free WiFi. Cell phones work throughout. Check and adjust your cell phone plan before leaving to avoid roaming fees and high per minute costs.

What about electricity?

At the dock, electricity is 110V in most places in the Caribbean.

Can we hire a captain for 1-2 days, or do we need to hire the captain for the whole week?

If you’d like, you can hire a captain for a shorter period of time until you are comfortable sailing on your own and are familiar with the boat.

What do I need to know about insurance?

The hull insurance is included in the price.  For trip insurance, we recommend that you check out

How does bareboat reciprocity work?

There is a 1:2 reciprocity for 6 cabin and 4 cabin bareboats in the fleet. One crewed week can be exchanged for two bareboat weeks. If you’re interested in captaining your own ship you can use two bareboat weeks per year and choose from 50+ destinations.

Where can I go?

Enjoy a crewed week at 14 bases worldwide including the British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Grenada, Martinique, Bali, the Western Mediterranean (seasonal), Tahiti, Seychelles and French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe, St. Martin, and more. If you choose a bareboat exchange, the number of available destinations increases to more than 50 locations worldwide. If you have a particular place you’d like to visit, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and a representative will work to get you there.

Are there extra costs?

A crewed charter week includes accommodations for up to 12 guests, a captain and cook, with meals, drinks, kayak, paddleboard and snorkel equipment included for a $2,650 per week use fee. You will incur fuel and mooring/customs/marine park charges depending on your individual charter itinerary. A tip to the crew is expected at the end of the week based on your level of satisfaction.

How many people participate in purchase of boat?

There will be 6 other syndicate members participating in the purchase of the boat for a total of 7 members per boat.

How many yachts currently exist in this program?

Currently, there are three available syndications with partial ownership/shares. One of the boats is an Ipanema 58, another is the Lagoon 620 and there is a Bali 5.4 as well. We own the boats and a large charter company maintains them for us.



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