With or without crew?

Wednesday December 16, 2015

With or without crew?

With or without crew?

(a new meaning to U2's song :-) )

You chose a boat, you probably even have a license but you are still thinking about whether or not to hire a skipper or a hostess or maybe both. If this is your first time to sail in Croatia it is a good idea to have a local on board. Hiring a hostess or a cook is great if you are a truly experienced sailor where he / she could be your local “guide”, let you in on all the excellent places to visit and tips on how to avoid crowds and maybe even give you a hand on board. A skipper is for those who love to enjoy their vacation to the fullest and want soley that.

Given our extensive experience in the boating business and especially in charter, we have made excellent acquaintances, partners and friends in the industry – the best caterers, restaurants, destinations, and of course skippers, cooks, hostesses and other nautical professionals.

These nautical professionals make the difference between a good holiday and an amazing one..! They make sure you are safe and enjoying the time of your life.


Our skippers are all professional sailors with all the necessary sailing certificates and licenses and with many miles under sails. Even if you are an experiences boater, having a skipper on board can be very useful – skipper will look after all the things that concern the boat in port and at sea, and some of his/her duties may be (but are not limited to):

  • check-in and check-out – technical and operational procedures at check-in while you explore the nearby sights or enjoy a delicious meal in a fine restaurant
  • a short briefing with your crew to prepare you for your cruise
  • monitoring weather forecasts and sea conditions
  • preparing daily sailing routes and suggesting activities
  • keeping the boat in excellent working order and the deck clean
  • refueling, resupplying water and connecting electricity
  • handling harbor fees and submitting necessary documents to the authorities
  • local guidance – sights, attractions, activities, shops, restaurants, car and motor rentals
  • navigating the yacht – while you either sunbathe, read a book or just relax
  • sailing “course” – skipper is always ready to share knowledge and explain everything from ropes and navigational equipment to using natural elements to move in the desired direction
  • supervising the yacht when at anchor


However, skipper’s responsibilities do not include cooking (although there are some that love to share a recipe or two and are quite skilled in the galley) and dishwashing, cleaning the interior, shopping for food and babysitting


undefinedA hostess is someone who will do her best to make your vacation more memorable and pleasant. She is on board to maintain the boat cleanliness, prepare food and clear after meals and to help you to choose the most suitable restaurant for your dinner, give advice on places of interest (guide books do not have so many first-hand information).

Her tasks varyon the number of crew members and usually include (but are not limited to):

  • preparing the interior of the boat and checking the galley inventory, cleaning utensils and means, as well as beddings
  • greeting you upon your arrival and helping you to settle in
  • advising you on provisioning for the charter and payment methods before departure (it is common practice that at least one crew member accompanies the hostess during the first shopping to make joint decisions while choosing the best food for the trip and also help in carrying – we can arrange basic groceries delivered to the boat in advance to reduce shopping and carrying to the minimum)
  • stowing provisions ready for sea
  • daily shopping – getting fresh bread and other necessities and groceries
  • prepare and serve breakfast and lunch or dinner at the time previously agreed with guests as well as skipper. Other meals can be arranged at additional cost.
  • washing up and putting away the dishes after meals and tidying up the salon
  • checking and cleaning your showers and heads once a day
  • if agreed, the hostess will make your bed in the morning
  • baby-sitting service is also a possibility but as this adds to her tasks additional hostess-fee depends on the number of children and the time spent baby-sitting


However, a hostess is not a professional cook and you cannot demand specific sorts of meals (especially not dishes which are specialties of other different foreign countries or dishes that demand extended preparation). She will do her best to provide a diverse Mediterranean menu, full of local food, rich with fresh vegetables and fruit, sea food…

Your hostess will be get in touch with you several weeks before your holiday to plan the menu according to your preferences.

Marine experience – all our hostesses are marine trained so they can help during dock maneuvers and some sailing activities. When required, the hostess will help the skipper during maneuvers (coming in and out of marinas, dropping anchor, refueling etc.) and then finish her other duties. Remember, safety on any boat always comes first!


What are the main differences between a hostess and a cook? Here is a table to make the decision easier;



Cook / Chef


meal preparation

as many as required

breakfast + one meal

meal types

all types (international, local) even more complicated meals but bearing in mind the galley equipment and conditions on board

usually local and less complicated meals but very tasteful and in accordance with your wishes


galley and salon only

the boat’s interior as well as cabins, heads and showers

helping with maneuvers

always a priority

always a priority



available upon request and with a surcharge





Bear in mind that

  • any crew member needs a separate cabin or berth on board (most of our catamarans have one or two crew cabins in the bow so this is what they'll use, as for sailboats and motorboats that don't have a separate crew cabin you'll need to arrange that with the crew on the spot)
  • you need to provide food for the crew members
  • although all our boats are very comfortable, the space on board is limited and cooperation and tolerance is required from all crew members
  • all crew members need their daily rest after they have finished with their tasks and duties

What about tipping?

Tipping is not obligatory. If you are happy with the services of the crew tipping is a good way of showing it. Usually it's 10-20% of the booking price of the charter. 

If you are still looking for a boat remember that practically all our boats you can be hired with a skipper and/or hostess. 


We also have some boats that come with a skipper included in the price:

Lagoon 50 (2019)

Lagoon 50 (2018)

Lagoon 52

Lagoon 450 Luxury

and with crew (skipper and hostess):

Lagoon 560

Lagoon 620

For all other boats we would be happy to help you find the best crew to make that perfect holiday!  

We wish you a safe and pleasant sail on one of our boats!!!

By Jelena at 16 Dec 2015, 15:43 PM