- Locals: they have a “home base” where they spend most of their time and typically don’t venture too far from there
- Charter boats: are rental boats booked through a charter company, rented generally for the day or longer, but usually less than a month, sometimes with a crew to “drive,” cook, etc. or, more commonly as a “bare boat” where the renters, whether they know how to handle boats or not, act as captain and crew.
- Cruisers: much like a motor home, cruisers “live” on the boat and it’s also their primary mode of travel – we (Wayne & Dana aka “Galley Wench Tales) are cruisers
- “Head boats” are predominantly in popular tourist areas, usually large catamarans with a professional captain and crew who provide tours most likely booked through cruise liners, following a predetermined route, with rigid departure and return times. Because they’re usually carrying 40 or more passengers, you see lots of heads on them; hence the “head boat” moniker.
|This is where I went with Snorkel Bob in Maui.|
Awesome trip, competently run.
|Our headboat crew, feeling no pain, fully anesthetized|
as they did indeed heartily inhale their herbal campfire.
|Quality Time, anchored a more reasonable distance|
from us in Grande Case.
|If anyone neglected their deoderant that morning, everyone|
in this dinghy would be painfully aware.
|Scott and Kim Dickens, cruisers|
on the sailboat Bella Blue who
introduced us to the term,