Have you already chosen the destination of your next trip, already created the itinerary of the unmissable tours and sights, and already chosen to rent a boat with Click&Boat?
Great! You're on the right track!
Whether you want to visit the Brazilian Green Coast, the Portuguese Algarve or even tour the Greek islands, renting a boat is always an exciting and unique option!
Now, if your question is: can I rent a boat without having a nautical qualification/seaman's licence? Is it necessary to hire the services of a professional captain?
Fortunately, Click&Boat offers you solutions whatever your situation! Regardless of whether you are an experienced or amateur sailor, all you need to keep in mind is your desire to experience the most beautiful places in the world on board your own boat, and we take care of the rest!
Whether you need to have a sailing license or not depends on your chosen sailing destination, the type of boat, and the options offered by our owners. When, for one of these factors, it is not possible to rent a boat without the required license, Click&Boat offers you the opportunity to have a professional captain on board!
Thus, you can enjoy your dream destination in complete safety and tranquility, by letting an experienced (and local!) sailor steer the boat.
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If you already have experience with boating and feel comfortable, renting a boat without a license is possible, yes! It all depends, in fact, on your chosen sailing destination and the owner of the boat you intend to rent. In many places in the world, the rental of motorboats and semi-rigid boats without a license is allowed, up to a certain size, or even the rental of sailing boats.
For example, in Spain, it is possible to sail without a licence and discover the beautiful coves of Ibiza at a maximum distance of 2 miles from the coast, if the boat has a power of less than 15hp and is up to 5 metres long. In the case of a sailing boat, the length of the vessel extends to 6 metres.
In France, you can hire sailing boats and enjoy the French Riviera without a licence, but motor boats can only be hired if their length is less than 5 metres and their power is less than 6hp.
In Italy, on the other hand, it is not possible to rent a sailboat without a permit, but it is possible to rent a motor boat, provided its power is less than 40hp. So you could be the captain on your sail around Sicily, for example!
Each country has different legislation regarding maritime navigation and several factors can make up these regulations: miles from the coast, length and power of the boat, number of passengers, navigation schedule, etc.
In Brazil and Portugal, it is not possible to drive a boat without the proper qualification. If you already have a licence from another country, or an international licence, it is worth checking that it is valid in your country of destination, very simple.
If not, don't worry, you don't need to be left behind! Click&Boat always offers you the opportunity to rent a boat with a captain, an experienced sailor who will guide you through the most beautiful bays and coves of the world, and all you will need to do on board is relax!
If it is possible and you feel safe to rent a boat without having a nautical license/seaman's licence, don't forget to pay attention to the safety regulations needed to make your tour safe!
Do not consume alcohol or substances of similar effects if you will be driving the boat.
Make sure everyone on board is wearing the proper safety equipment, such as life jackets, and any others required by local law.
Again, keeping an eye on the regulations of the boating country, make sure you maintain the permitted distance from shore, both for your own safety and that of the bathers.
Be aware of the weather conditions for the entire duration of the tour.
Respect the boat's limits, both in terms of minimum fuel and maximum passengers.
Protect yourself against the sun!
But if you prefer to leave all these worries to a professional sailor, just rent your boat at Click&Boat with captain!
If you do not have a nautical qualification/seaman's licence, or if you simply want to sail without worries, nothing could be better than having a professional captain on board!
For that, just choose your destination in our search tool, and select the filter "With captain", and voila! The whole fleet of boats available with captain in your dream destination will appear in the blink of an eye!
In case you already have a boat in mind for your tour, just check in the description if the owner also offers captained rental, and go for booking!
If you have the experience or the necessary documentation to rent a boat without a license, just climb on board and go!
But for those who don't have this possibility, renting a boat with a captain is a great idea! After all, driving a boat is not so different from driving a car on the road, care is needed so that the tour takes place in a safe way.
For this, there is nothing better than to count on the experience of a professional sailor, who is not only used to driving the chosen type of boat, but who also knows well the climatic and maritime conditions of the destination in question.
Moreover, this professional sailor should also know the best and most hidden sights of the region, which will help you to make your tour even more personalised and special!
Now just relax, feel the sun on your skin and enjoy the boat trip!