QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED TO CHARTER?
is more important than paper qualifications.
Although no formal qualifications are required
to charter your own bareboat yacht, Sunsail
Whitsundays does insist that at least one
of your crew members has previous sailing
or yachting experience.
booking you will be asked to fill out a
sailing resume outlining your sailing history.
If you do not have enough experience or
are a complete novice, Sunsail’s
experienced instructors can get you to
a level where you are confident enough
to handle your own yacht.
CAN I LEARN TO SAIL?
you don't have any sailing experience but
wish to experience a bareboat charter holiday,
why not enrol in one of Sunsail's Sailing
School courses, which can have you sailing
your own yacht in no time!
I NEED A PROFESSIONAL SKIPPER?
course you don't need to hire a skipper
for your holiday, but choosing a crew to
accompany you on your Sunsail yacht charter
holiday means you can sit back and totally
crew are chosen for their friendliness
and professionalism, and are dedicated
to making your holiday as enjoyable and
relaxing as possible.
a skipper and hostess for a crewed yacht
charter of complete indulgence, or create
your own culinary delights and just have
a skipper taking the helm of your Sunsail
yacht so you can sit back and enjoy.
SAFE IS BAREBOAT YACHTING?
ensure your safety at all times during
your sailing holiday, Sunsail is contactable
24 hours a day, seven days per week via
VHF marine radio. Sunsail’s radio
announcements ("scheds") are
also run twice daily to inform you of the
latest weather forecast and record each
yacht’s daily movements and overnight
anchorages. Sunsail Whitsundays has a reliable
back-up service ensuring you will not be
alone in the unlikely event of an emergency,
or if you simply need more supplies or
TIME DO I START MY YACHT CHARTER?
start time is 12 noon on the first day
of your sailing holiday, providing us with
enough time to fully prepare your yacht.
If you are already at our Sunsail Whitsundays
base or wish to start your charter earlier,
we will endeavour to meet your requests.
We can advise you of a briefing time at
8.30am on the day your charter commences.
finish time on your last day is 10.00am.
Late check-outs are available depending
upon your vessel’s movements the
following day. Late check-outs cannot be
confirmed until the day before you finish
your yacht charter. Again, we will always
endeavour to accommodate all special requests.
DOES IT COST? ARE THERE ANY OTHER FEES?
be amazed at just how affordable it is
to charter your own luxury yacht for the
sailing holiday of a lifetime. As a general
guide, a yacht charter usually equates
per person per night, depending on the size of vessel, number of people and
length of stay.
I TAKE OUT TRAVEL INSURANCE?
strongly recommends you cover your prepaid
yacht charter fees against cancellation
due to circumstances beyond your control.
Our Reservations Team can supply you with
information on insurance policies available
or visit your local travel agent.
ABOUT FOOD AND BEVERAGES?
provisioning is an important part of the
preparation for your sailing holiday. By
pre-arranging your provisioning with us,
your vessel will be fully stocked with
the type of catering you require prior
to your arrival. Should you prefer to order
specific provisions but wish us to do your
leg work, our Self Select list has been
prepared for your convenience. Sailing
can be very thirsty work. We can stock
your yacht with a range of beer, wine,
spirits and cold drinks so you will never
SHOULD I BRING?
very much! Each Sunsail yacht is fully
equipped for charter from every imaginable
viewpoint. Apart from your personal possessions,
you should bring your own...
sunglasses (essential for seeing fringing
reefs and can be purchased from Sunsail
- footwear – good
solid footwear is advisable (an old
pair of sneakers are ideal)
clothing that will provide protection
from the sun and a tracksuit or warm
clothing for the evenings
luggage where possible!