What does it mean to charter a bareboat?
If someone hires a bareboat, she hires it so that she is the skipper herself. That means she holds the necessary sailing certificate or boasts some sailing experience and can handle the boat herself.
First of all, it is cheaper as there is no need to pay for a week's salary to a skipper. Second, there is more room for you and your family on the boat. If the skipper is joining you on the boat, he will need a cabin to stay in.
If you are the captain of your boat, this means some responsibility for the boat and the crew from your side. You also have to maintain a certain order and ask other crew members to help you when mooring, for example. First, you have to teach them some basics, so they can be of some help to you. Although, this is usually more fun than a disadvantage.
The last, and probably the one that decides the matter: if you are a person, who wants to enjoy your well-deserved holiday by doing nothing, a skipper can do all the job for you. You will discuss the itinerary, daily schedule, where to stop, what to see, and then, you are on a perfect vacation.
Some boats, both catamarans and sailing boats have a special cabin intended for the skipper to stay in. Sometimes this is not visible on the layout, you'd better ask the agency or the charter company you are renting from.
The skipper's cabin is a great thing as he will have his private berth and bathroom accessed from the outside of the boat. A great thing if you want more privacy during your trip. However, I have never heard of a situation the skipper and the crew did not get along perfectly. A sailing holiday is a great fun and experience when all the people on board share the good mood and companionship.
Besides that, skippers are trained to be respectful and cater for your needs so if you prefer, you will barely notice his presence. It all depends on the type of vacation you want to have.
If you are thinking of a family holiday on a skippered catamaran, most owners offer a hostess too. She will help to maintain the boat in order, prepare some light meal and/or drinks and makes your stay not just comfortable, but a real luxury.