This was our first charter experience and I had many concerns as there are so many anecdotes about charters being awful. Fortunately for us, everything was nearly perfect.
One of my main concerns were problems with systems and equipment on the boat - I didn't want to spend my time aboard repairing someone else's boat, however, on the boat we chartered, everything worked perfectly with one exception: a set screw on the door handle to the head had stripped out and the handle kept falling off. We actually thought this was funny and made jokes about being locked in or locked out! If that is our only complaint, and it hardly registers as a 'complaint', then the boat was exceptional.
Everything was better than we were lead to believe. For example, we were provided with a list of what was included in the 'Starter Pack', which included things like toilet paper, matches, bottles of water, etc. However, those quantities were almost doubled over what we were told they would be. The time we were given to check in to the boat was 1700 hours on the given day but that morning I got a phone call from the boat's host saying that the boat was ready and we could check in anytime. These were small touches that just made the entire experience more enjoyable. We're looking forward to booking another charter.
Fair winds and calm seas.
We sailed on Stockholm Arkipelago before. This time again a great experience!
The yacht was in very good condition, clean and comfortable. Very kind and professional staff in the marina!
Chartered a Bavaria 44 for 2 weeks end August / early September. Very friendly and helpful staff. We had one small problem but it was resolved speedily with no fuss. The boat sailed beautifully and although we were just outside the main season we were still able to find a mixture of marinas with facilities and deserted bays on beautiful islands.
Non-Swedes need to research Swedish mooring practices before arrival - bow-to and rear anchors / rear buoys, pitons into shoreline rocks that I’ve not come across elsewhere. Not a problem but you need to be aware.
Transport from Stockholm is very simple. We were met by the charterr company staff at their marina office and were installed on board after a boat briefing within a short time.
The recommended routes were useful - though we didn't follow them - and the documentation, charts and equipment all of a high standard.
Our Bavaris 50 was well equipped to the same standard as a UK boat and in very good condition.
The navigation and pilotage are quite challenging in the Stockholm Archipelago but well worth the effort to find secluded wild anchorages.
The only thing we missed was a larger scale overview chart to plan our routes through the maze of thousands of islands.
Navionics is almost essential for some of the narrower passages.