Frequently Asked Questions About Chartering:
TRAVELING TO THE WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS
Their fleet is based at Abel Point Marina, adjacent to Airlie Beach township. They meet you at the marina, unload your luggage and escort you to your vessel.
AIRLIE BEACH IS ACCESSED BY
Air: Via Proserpine Airport then 1/2 Hour coach or taxi transfer, or via Hamilton Island Airport then by Cruise Whitsunday and coach/taxi service to Abel point marina. Alternatively into Mackay Airport with connecting bus transfers or book a one way car rental with Hertz, Avis, Delta or Tropic Car Hire.
Car: By National Highway to Airlie Beach, turn off at Proserpine. Free car parking is available at the marina. Undercover security parking is available.
Coach and Train services are also available.
For a nominal boat delivery and collection charge, you can commence and complete your holiday at Hamilton Island. Private Transfers with Charter Yachts Australia available on request.
When you book your bareboat sailing charter in the Whitsundays, they recommend you purchase Travel Insurance to cover for losses arising from unforeseeable circumstances. Plans are available which cover the unused, non-refundable portion of the costs of the prepaid travel arrangements such as fares and charter costs. Details are available on request or consult your travel agent.
You don't need to be a Whitbread veteran but it is preferable that at least one of your bareboating party have some knowledge of boat handling, anchoring and use of navigational aids. If you are unsure about your experience please contact us. Even very inexperienced sailors can enjoy the holiday of a lifetime after some training through Windskills, located in Airlie Beach.
On your departure day they will thoroughly brief you on your vessel, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the anchorages and navigating around, assist you in your itinerary and take you on a familiarisation sail. Briefings commence at 9:45 AM and usually last about 4 hours. If need be they will gladly spend more time with you until you (and they) feel comfortable and confident before you set sail on your holiday. They can also arrange for a sail guide or skipper to be with you for a day or two at nominal cost. Twice daily they conduct radio schedules with you to advise weather, your location and proposed movements. Suggested reading prior to arrival to enhance your holiday and assist planning your sailing adventure is 100 Magic Miles. This is a great souvenir of the Whitsundays and is utilised extensively during your area brief. Ask the crew about purchasing a copy prior to your arrival.
DAILY CRUISING PERIOD
The marine board permits their vessels to operate from daybreak. Please note that it is a requirement, for safety reasons, that you have anchored by 4:00 PM each day.
If you intend to arrive in Airlie Beach on the day of your departure, they recommend you utilise their provisioning service which will, from experience, minimise departure delays and afford you sufficient time to sail to your first nights anchorage. Please advise your requirements 7 days before departure. Your order will be already stowed on board before your arrival. Ask us for details.
WHAT TO BRING
The essentials to bring on your bareboat sailing charter in the Whitsundays are heaps of sunscreen, sunglasses, broad rimmed hat, swimsuit, shorts, T-Shirts, deckshoes and an old pair of sandshoes. Include a smart casual outfit for resort visits. During the cooler months include warmer trousers and a light sweater or tracksuit. As storage is limited, use soft fabric luggage bags. Avoid wearing hard leather or black soled shoes and coconut based tanning oil. Snorkelling equipment is on board but if you prefer your own gear, bring them along with your favourite CDs.