Skipper on a catamaran charter
Who is a skipper?
Originated from the Dutch word ‘schipper’ (literally ‘shipper’). Skipper usually means a person who commands a boat or ship, sea-craft or tug. In naval terms, a skipper is responsible for the care and safety of the vessel, ship, yacht or boat. At sea, or upon lakes and rivers, the skipper as ship-master or captain has command over the whole crew. The skipper may or may not be the owner of the boat. It is also more frequently used than captain with privately owned noncommercial or semi-commercial vessels, such as small yachts and other recreational boats, mostly in cases where the person in command of the boat may not be a licensed or professional captain, suggesting the term is less formal.
Above all else, the skipper is responsible for the safety of his crew and vessel. Skippers at catamaran rent Croatia have years of extensive mileage and knowledge of the local waters. These creates a failsafe where security and safety of the passengers is at risk. Skippers ensure we all make safety our primary concern.
Some things that will help insure safe operation:
- Pre-trip preparation (review charts, tide tables, itinerary, etc.)
- A well prepared “Skipper’s Bag”
- Thorough pre-trip boat checkout
- Practice your man-overboard drills
What is the difference between a captain and a skipper?
A Captain is normally the polite name the person in charge of the ship/boat is given. But if you call a Captain of a huge ocean going liner / or a Royal Navy ship, Skipper you will be in for a right telling off. Skipper is an American slang word for Captain. A yachts man can be called skipper in the UK, as also a master of a fishing vessel can be. Captain is a mark of respect to the person in complete charge of the vessel. So, skipper is a man in charge of a small private vessel and a captain is in charge of large commercial and transport ships of the line.