What Is A Bareboat Charter?

A Bareboat Charter is required by the US Coast Guard for having more than 6 passengers on an uninspected passenger vessel for hire.  Any charter from Boat Tahoe of 7-10 (max 10) passengers is classified as a Bareboat Charter.  Below is more information on Bareboat Charters:

  • You will be renting and responsible for the boat yourself and hiring/paying the Captain separately.  Charters MUST be driven by a qualified captain (requirements listed below).  Boat Tahoe can provide a qualified captain for an additional charge of $100 per hour paid directly to the captain at the start of the charter.  If you have a captain that meets all requirements you are welcome to use them but you must notify Boat Tahoe in advance and provide documentation meeting all requirements in advance.
  • An additional Bareboat Charter agreement will be provided at the start of your charter that the charterer must sign
  • If providing your own captain they must meet the following requirements:
    • Minimum of USCG Masters License
    • Minimum of 2 million dollars of boat / liability insurance that covers the boat, Boat Tahoe and the Tahoe Keys Marina.
    • Minimum 100 days experience on Lake Tahoe.

Questions

Can I drive the boat myself?

  • For bareboat charters of 7-10 people, if you meet all the requirements above you are allowed to drive the boat yourself.  You must notify Boat Tahoe in advance and provide documentation of all requirements.

I don’t meet all the requirements / can’t find a captain.  Can I still charter a boat?

  • Absolutely!  Boat Tahoe can provide a captain for you for an additional charge of $100 per hour paid directly to the captain at the start of the charter.

We have 6 or less people.  What does this mean for me?

  • Charters of 6 or less people do not follow the same U.S. Coast Guard regulations.  All charters of 6 or less people through Boat Tahoe automatically include a captain within the charter cost.

I don’t see an option for 7-10 passengers during the booking.  What should I do?

  • If you don’t see an option for 7-10 passengers during the booking that means that time is not available for Bareboat Charters.  Only a select number of Boat Tahoe’s boats are available for Bareboat Charters.  Feel free to search for another time or give us a call at 530-208-0211 and we can help find a time that works for you.

Can we take more then 10 people on a Bareboat Charter?

  • Sorry but Boat Tahoe has a max capacity of 10 people (plus the captain) for bareboat charters.