How it works


Yachts, skippers and all the rest


How it works


Yachts, skippers and all the rest

Plan the experience of a lifetime

1. Choose your Event

Where in the world do you want to explore with The BucketLust? We're always looking to add more destinations (suggestions welcome). We are currently running:

  • The Bahamas Route NYE 17/18 (30th Dec '17 - 6th January '18)
  • Lake Tahoe DEBAUCHÈR-SKI (Feb 18-25 '18)
  • New European Route (TBA) (Late June '18)

2. Choose your Yacht

We list all the yachts available for you to book on our website.

Price variations are driven by size, type, crew capacity, amenities, and age.

A deposit is required to secure your booking and the balance can be paid in two further instalments as per our payment schedule (see below).

3. Gather your Crew

You've got your yacht reserved, now it's time to gather your friends to join you on this unreal experience! If you are having trouble filling a few remaining spots, we advise you to visit our Facebook page's Crew Finder Forum to post any openings available.

We require a 50:50 ratio of men:women to make the experience as epic as possible for everyone. We reserve the right to require crews to hit this 50:50 target if a route is skewed one way or another.

Booking a Yacht

Become a LEAD Booker

The lead booker is the head honcho for your boat and is responsible for check in, organizing and recruiting the crew, and making payments for the yacht.

You cannot book individual spots on a yacht, but must book an entire yacht and recruit friends. However, we often have spare spaces so get in touch and see if we can match you on a yacht that has some spare spots.

A helpful method to recruit is using the Crew Finding Forum: link
(Tip: Make your post is full of information about the yacht size, amenities, where the crew is from, age range)

Layout and cabins


Every yacht has a layout diagram on the booking page. This diagram will give you an idea of the floorplan.

Yachts have between 3-5 cabins and are set up as follows:

  1. Double cabins -  1 double bed
  2. Bunk cabins - 2 bunk beds

Cabins can be en-suite or use a shared bathroom within the yacht. This varies on a yacht to yacht basis.

Skipper cabin

The skipper will have his own cabin in the front of the yacht.

If your yacht doesn't have a skipper cabin, the skipper will sleep in the communal area in the central living space (saloon).

Alternatively, you can offer the skipper a bed wherever it fits in with your requirements.


The number of bathrooms and whether they are en-suite or shared varies per yacht - this should be checked on the booking page.

Bathrooms include a toilet, shower and sink.


The yachts are sold by total charter price, not per person. It is up to the booker to collect and pay for the yachts, although we can break payments down if you let us know how many people you wish to split by. 

Payments can be made via credit card (incur a fee) or direct bank transfer (free). We can split payments across multiple credit cards, please contact us and we can set this up for you!

You may spread the cost over three payments according to the following indicative deadlines (deadlines vary by route - please check the specific rules on your yacht booking page):

  1. Deposit: $/€1000 depending on route (within 24 hours of booking)
  2. 1st Installment: 50% of total less deposit (to be paid no later than 120 days before the event start date)
  3. 2nd Installment: Remaining 50% balance (to be paid no later than 70 days before the event start date)

What's included


  • Yacht & sailing equipment
  • Dinghy and engine
  • Stereo & cockpit speakers
  • Bed linen & towels
  • Skipper (you can request your own)


  • DJs
  • Photographers & videographers
  • Wristband (free entry bars & clubs)
  • Custom partner products
  • Transfers to select parties
  • Select group meals
  • Party set ups

Additional costs


  • Marina fees: vary depending on the marina/port
  • Fuel: to fill up the fuel tanks on the yacht at the end of the charter (varies on usage)
  • Water: to fill up the water tanks yacht for showers and sinks
  • Security deposits: returnable if there are no damages at check-out

Communal Yacht Fund

  • The most efficient, tried and tested method to pay for the above yacht associated costs is the "kitty" 
  • Everyone pitches in a set amount to the “kitty" at the start of the week and all the communal fees are paid out from here 
  • It can be tough to keep track of the extra costs especially when you're meant to be relaxing on vacation
  • On check out you can split the remaining cash up or put it towards your skipper & chef's tip


  • Provisions for yacht
  • On shore food & drinks
  • Day time activities & adventures
  • Airport transfers
  • Flights
  • Skipper & chef's tip


You need a qualified and experienced skipper to captain the yacht. We can connect and book you with skippers we have vetted and who are up to speed with our challenging routes, maneuvers and rafts. 

You must provide your skipper with three meals a day and drinks throughout. It is customary (but not required) that skippers eat with guests, including crew dinners on shore.

Please note that due to the remote locations and technically challenging routes we run, it is extremely important to have a skipper that has experience of local customs, marinas, anchorages and local weather patterns. We purposefully choose remote and new locations because it gets us away from the conventional yacht flotilla charters and allows us to explore more unique and incredible places, completely off the beaten track!


If you already know of a skipper you want to captain your yacht, please contact them directly. Once you have reached an agreement with them please contact us to make a formal request. Many of our most experienced (and fun!) skippers get multiple requests per event so please bear in mind your first choice may not be available. Do not worry if this is the case, we have many incredible excellent options to assign to you!

Please note that for the reasons above, TBL can only contract with very experienced skippers that we have vetted directly and have a good working relationship with. This is to ensure the smooth and safe functioning of the event.

Unfortunately, if we do not have such a prior relationship with a skipper, and cannot verify their experience or skillset by other means, we cannot contract with them.


Skippers are the glues that keeps everything together! They aim to become a close member of your crew and really know how to get the party started. These guys are seasoned pros and also look out for the safety of you and the yacht. Although they may seem to be a pretty chilled bunch of legends, they are always keeping your and your yacht's safety in mind.

If you feel they have done a good job it is customary within the yacht charter industry to tip them. This is, of course, 100% optional and depends fully on the service you feel you have received from them.

Should you want further guidelines or more information on this, please contact us.


Packing list

Packing list

Peacocking is a tried and tested method

Packing list

Packing list

Peacocking is a tried and tested method


1. Basic unisex/crew essentials

  • Duffle bag as there no space on a boat for a bulky hardcase suitcase... duffle bags are light and storage is easy
  • Dry bag for dinghy rides and beach swims
  • FLOATIES!!! RUN AMAZON OUT OF THOSE. They are comfy once you're in circle rafts, chilling by the beach, etc.
  • Electric pump for floaties, trust us!
  • Zip-ties to attach your flags to the mast
  • National flag of your home country
  • Power inverter/charger & 12V adapters (whenever sailing, outlets on the boat are similar to your car)
  • Waterproof case for your phone
  • GoPro camera to register the awesome moments
  • Quick dry towel
  • Glow in the dark paint because our full moon parties make Thailand's look like your company annual events
  • UE MEGABOOM bluetooth speakers because sometimes our DJs take a break during the day
  • Xmas lights because lighting your yacht up like a Christmas Tree at night means you can't lose it!
  • Hanging toiletry kit
  • Mirrored sunnies did anyone say PIT VIPERS?
  • Swiss army knife because you never know...

2. Toiletries/First aid

  • Sunscreen & after-sun
  • Lip balm (with SPF)
  • Painkillers
  • Mini first aid kit
  • Seasickness medication


  • Waterproof makeup
  • Cleansing wipes
  • A wet brush and hair ties

3. Clothing


  • 3-4 bikinis
  • 4-5 light dresses
  • 1 eveningwear outfit
  • 1 sarong/wrap dress/lightweight scarf
  • 3 tank tops or t-shirts
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 pair of leggings
  • Lightweight pyjamas
  • Underwear and socks
  • 1 sweater
  • 1 light jacket
  • 2 towels
  • 1 pair of boat shoes
  • 1 pair of sandals


  • 5 t-shirts
  • 3 tank tops
  • 2 collared shirts
  • 2 pairs of bathing shorts
  • 2 pairs of regular shorts
  • 1 pair of pants/jeans
  • Lightweight pyjamas
  • Underwear and socks
  • 1 sweater
  • 1 lightweight jacket
  • 2 towels
  • 1 pair of boat shoes
  • 1 pair of sandals

4. Hit the road, Jack

T-0 has arrived. Enjoy and brace yourself: the best week of your life is coming.