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What is Selfsailing and Bareboating?

Selfsailing or bareboating is where you hire your very own boat, for 5 nights to a week or longer. You can skipper the vessel yourself and set off on the expedition of a lifetime!

Selfsail charters start with a comprehensive briefing and trip planning followed by a vessel handling test. You have support via radio and mobile phones while you are away and you will be required to contact the base up to twice daily to make sure you are safe!

Selfsailing is available for anybody from a beginner to advanced, and is a great Adventure holiday option!

What are Experience Requirements?

Experience requirements can be from as low as a couple of days boating experience, to as high as qualifications required. Here's a few things to think about:

* Can you safely handle a vessel that you are looking to charter?

*What is the difficulty of the SAILING ZONE that you are looking to charter in?

* What is the STANDARD OF VESSEL you are looking to charter?

* TIP: Different operators have different requirements and fleets - if you don't have a lot of experience, don't be discouraged, call us and we can make some suggestions!

* TIP: SAIL TRAINING can help you get up to speed before you arrive on your holiday, and SAILGUIDES can be hired for an additional charge to sharpen up rusty skills.

NB: Experience requirements differ between sailing zone, particular Operator requirements, and the type of vessel you choose. Check the experience requirements for the location that you are looking to charter, or call us on 1800 911 244 to help you find the vessel that suits your experience and needs.

The Booking Process

Its easy to book!

Search: for the vessel that you like, and one that suits you, your crew and budget. ENQUIRE OR CALL: Enquire online and we'll call you back ASAP or call us straight away on 1800 911 244. We'll make sure that you get SPECIALS and have chosen the BEST VESSEL FOR YOU! We'll also confirm the vessel is available, test your experience for that vessel, and send you a quote.

Reserve the Vessel: We can hold a vessel for you for up to 7 days with no obligation, while you confirm your crews ability to get time off work and book flights

Small Deposit: and completion of the charter paperwork will confirm your booking - usually between $500 and $750. BALANCE IS DUE 60 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE: - don't worry about remembering, we'll send you a reminder email. Payment plans are available if that helps the budget! SAILFREE! Set sail on a boating holiday of a lifetime!

Briefings and Charter Support: Most charters begin early in the morning, departing around midday. Your charter begins with a full briefing - see the article on The Briefing process. this takes up to 3 hours to complete and is compulsory. SAILING HOURS: Selfsailing is only allowed within daylight hours, and most operators allow sailing between 8am and 4pm.

Radio Schedule: Referred to as 'Scheds', you are required to radio in morning and afternoon, where you'll be given a weather update and confirm comfortable anchorages for the evening or to confirm you are safely anchored.

Charter Support: Of course, you have full on charter support, where you can radio the base anytime with questions during business hours, and in emergencies, after hours mobile contacts.

Vessel Return: Arriving home safely, most charters are due back between 10am and 12pm (just like checking out of a hotel) and a staff member will assist and drive the vessel back into the marina, refuel it for you and dock it. 

Food and Drinks (Provisioning)

Selfsailing allows you to provision your vessel for yourself - just as you would on in your own self contained apartment. You can refer to the base that you are departing on for tips on how you can provision - which ranges from visiting the local supermarket, ordering online, fax ordering or full provisioning services (your vessel will be fully stocked!) Each vessel page has information on what basics are included. You can order packages via this link

Insurance, Taxes and Fees

Insurance - ranges from basic vessel insurance, to third party and full travel insurance - some are optional and some are compulsory. Make sure these are included in your quote.

Damage Waiver Fee - is a non refundable fee that is sometimes optional and sometimes compulsory. It effectively reduces the insurance excess from a few thousand to a few hundred dollars - similar to a rental car.

Bareboat Charterers Negligence Insurance - A level of insurance that covers 3rd party claims where the named vessel is involved - please refer to your charter agreement and the Operator of your vessel for details.

Full Travel Insurance - It is a requirement that charterers have suitable travel insurance to cover for cancellation for any reason - and policies are quote cheap at around $70.

A policy will also cover you for any other losses in relation to your holiday! (e.g. accommodation, flights)

Taxes and Fees - Different Zones have fees and taxes for national park entrance - these are rarely very large, but make sure these are included in your quote when you are comparing the best deal! We list these fees in all quotes against each vessel - so you can compare.