Cruising Speed: 10
Dinghy outboard: 6 hp
Rec passengers: 4-6
WC / Shower: 1
Water capacity: 600L
Fuel capacity: 800L
Wheel Steering: yes
Rigid inflatable dinghy: yes
Anchor Winch: yes
Wind direction/Speed: no
Depth sounder: yes
VHF radio: yes
Deck/Transom shower: yes
Bimini shade over cockpit: yes
Spray dodger: yes
Sun awning: no
2 burner stove & oven: yes
12v microwave: yes
Gas deck BBQ: yes
Basic staples: yes, it concludes washing detergent, alt/pepper, garbage, bags, sponge&scourer, small soap, all toilet paper, matches. You may wish to consider bringing your own personal soap, paper towels/servieties&can coolers.
Full galley inventory: yes, it concludes all crockery, cutlery, tumblers, plastic wine glasses, pots, pans, utensils, coffee plunger, tea pot, kettle.
Cabin fans: yes
AM/FM radio: yes
CD player: yes
Flat screen TV& DVD player: yes
Onboard inverter: yes, it converts 12v power to 240v for the use of small normal household appliances ie：charging phones, cameras, videos&laptop computer batteries. Most inverters are not suitable for hairdryers or running a laptop directly.
12v lighter outlet: yes
Linen: yes, it concludes sheets, pillows&pillow cases, blankets, tea towels,2 bath towels p/p. You may wish to consider bringing beach towels, a face washer, a hand towel.
Onboard Airconditioning: no
Shorebased Airconditioning: no
Extras: Snorkel gear: yes
Safety gear: yes
First aid kit: yes
GOOD NEWS ON STINGERS
Queensland Surf Lifesaving has released the latest data on stingers (jellyfish) and the news is all good! There has been a 75% reduction in serious stings since 2002, with only 10 in Tropical North Queensland in 2004-2005!
With the hundreds of thousands of people holidaying and swimming here over the summer months, this clearly shows that the precautions being taken are working and that there is really no reason to miss out on snorkeling and diving in wonderful warm, clear tropical waters over these months.
HOW TO GET TO THE BASE:
This vessel is situated in Abel Point Marina, Airlie Beach, easily accessible via Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) airport and Hamilton Island. Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) airport is recommended as the most convenient airport. It is recommended you arrive the day prior to your charter and overnight in Airlie Beach or take the half price Sleepaboard option on your vessel. We can arrange transfers to your base or your accommodation in Airlie Beach - please advise us if this is required. The travelling time is approximately 45 minutes.
The ideal is to start your briefing early on the first day of charter with an aim to having you on the water by lunchtime. If driving, there is free parking in the public car park. Alternatively, the marina car park has semi secure parking and lock up secure storage is available.
For a relocation fee, the vessel can also be delivered to Hamilton Island so that you may start and finish your charter from there or you can catch a Resort Connections ferry straight from the airport marina to Abel Point Marina.
Wireless internet access on board your boat is offered in Abel Pt Marina and Hamilton Island Marina. You will need to log onto Marinanet and sign in for the package you need.
MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE
Coverage is limited in the islands. On the outside (eastern sides) of the islands there is no coverage. Inside the islands and from some northern anchorages there is some coverage.
BASE OPERATING HOURS:
8am to 5pm weekdays
9am to 4pm weekends
Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day
Your charter can start and finish on any day of the week except Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Fun Race Day. Check-ins and briefings are at 9.00am unless you have a sleep aboard when the check-in is 4.00 pm. Boats must be returned by 10.00am. If you want to return later than 10am, it cannot be confirmed until the day before your charter ends. This is done via VHF radio.
Usually there isn't a charge if you want to return at 12pm, but if you remain out until 4:00pm then you may be charged an extra $200-$400 depending on size of vessels, etc. An extensive briefing follows check-in, taking in navigation, anchoring, safety and practical boat handling. On board you will find charts, navigation aids and cruising guide "100 Magic Miles of the Great Barrier Reef" by David Colfelt.
HALF PRICE SLEEPABOARD
Arriving lunchtime or late in the day? Then take advantage of the Half Price Sleepaboard option. Boarding time is 4pm (or earlier if available) with a quick boat brief taking place at this time, followed by the full briefing the following day.
Some basic boating experience is essential for your boating holiday. If you do not have a reasonable level, the it is recommended you try and gain some experience through friends or a Learn to Sail course. Alternatively, a Sailguide can be placed onboard your vessel for a day or two or even a half day.
SAFETY/LIFE JACKETS/STINGER SUITS:
The charter boat meets all safety requirements and has undergone an extensive check before you board. You'll have a ship-to-shore radio on board and will be in regular contact with base for daily check-ins, weather reports and for any local advice.
It is recommended stinger suits be worn during the jellyfish season which generally runs from October to May. The thin lycra suits do not need to be pre-booked and are available for hire on arrival at $20.00 per suit . Also available for purchase full length ultra thin suits at $35.00 per suit and in the cooler months have available steamer suits (also for hire) which offer sun protection and extra warmth.
Please note that children's lifejackets are not supplied as the Queensland Department of Transport does not recognise approved lifejackets for any young children in your group. If you require children's lifejackets they can be hired from the Dive Shop at the marina.
WHAT YOU'LL FIND ON BOARD:
All linens, towels, blankets, pillows, well equipped galley with refrigeration, hot and cold water, deck shower, snorkelling equipment, electric anchor winch, deck BBQ, cruising guide, navigation equipment, safety gear, wet weather jackets, CD player, toilets and showers, inflatable dinghy with outboard.
Note: Fishing gear is not supplied on board.
Your boating holiday is fully inclusive in the price except for fuel which is a simple "pay as used" basis and applies to all sail and motor boats. You can expect to pay around $80.00 to $120.00 per day for motor boats & around $20.00 per day for yachts. Dinghies include one full tank of fuel.
SNORKELLING, FISHING & SCUBA DIVING:
The Whitsundays form part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Excellent snorkelling and fishing sites are found throughout the islands. Although fishing equipment is not included in your charter rate, fishing is permitted in appropriately zoned areas. Gear can be hired from Airlie Bait & Tackle. Spear guns are not encouraged. Quality snorkelling gear is included on board. Certified divers can hire equipment prior to arrival.
You will be issued with a pre-charter kit with an island chart, area information and comprehensive operations manual upon confirmation.
A security bond is required when you pick up the boat. Credit card details are taken to cover against unpaid incidentals such as Marina berth fees that may not have been paid for or any fuel charges (if it is unable to get them on the fuel dock at end of charter). Credit Card details are not used for any damage to the vessel.
BALANCE OF FEES:
Is due upon confirmation. The Operator do recommend purchasing a copy of the 100 Magic Miles of The Great Barrier Reef to assist you in planning your holiday.
- Sundecker 36, Seawind 1000 premium, Bavaria 37, Delphia 40 can not be opearted from Bowen to Mackay.
- Pets are not allowed on the boats
- Smoking is not allowed inside of boats.
Lying in the tropics, close to 20º South and cooled by the trade winds for most of the year, the Whitsundays have an excellent climate. The waters are protected by the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef and most islands are surrounded by a fringing reef system. Seasons tend to be dictated by school holidays rather than weather, so some of the best sailing can be found in the off-peak periods. Summers are warm with frequent rain showers and winters are said by many to be the perfect climate - warm by day and cool by night. The trade winds usually blow slightly stronger from May to August. July is the coolest time, January the warmest. And cyclones, if they do occur, are most likely between February and March. Good anchorages are plentiful and varied.
The Whitsundays have enough anchorages to keep you busy for months of happy cruising! So you can include some on your itinerary, here are a few of the Operator's favourites with recommended snorkelling sites either at your anchorage or just a short dinghy ride away. The seven resort islands in the Whitsunday also welcome visiting yachts. A reasonable fee includes a mooring or marina berth and the freedom to enjoy the guest facilities of the resort. Each island resort's ambience and facilities is different and that means more variety for you!
Area and boat briefing in the marina. Lunchtime departure for Nara Inlet. Explore waterfalls, Aboriginal caves and ancient rock paintings. Or just relax with a glass of champagne.
Sail across the Whitsunday Passage, anchoring later in Cid Harbour or Gulnare Inlet. Quiet and peaceful with wonderful wildlife, bush walks and delicious rock oysters.
Set sail for spectacular Whitehaven Beach and enjoy miles of soft, white silica sand beaches. Swim, windsurf and relax.
Cruise over to Hamilton Island for fresh supplies or to top up water tanks. Experience a change of pace in the busy marina and a choice of restaurants and bars.
With the tradewinds on your beam, reach up to Cataran Bay on Border Island for great snorkeling.
For more exploring, a short sail takes you across to Butterfly Bay on Hook Island. Use the dinghy for more snorkeling or onshore visits.
Take a leisurely cruise around the Hayman Island area or southwards across the Whitsunday Passage to South Molle Island or Palm Bay to celebrate the last night of a great cruise!
Sail back to the supplier base for your boat check in.
Coral Sea Resort
With the best location in the Whitsundays, this waterfront resort was re-opened recently with brand new self-contained Beach House apartments, spacious suites virtually over the water with private spas on each verandah, as well as a range of rooms to suit all budgets. Just a few minutes walk via the beachfront lagoon takes you into Airlie Beach. And a few minutes walk along the elevated board-walk brings you into the Marina. A courtesy bus is available to take you shopping and to your boat. Enjoy dinner in one of their perfectly located restaurants.
Water's Edge Resort
This apartment resort is located low on the hill in central Airlie Beach. Choose from 1 and 2 bedroomed Suites. Enjoy fabulous views and two swimming pools, along with the fabulous Deja Vu restaurant.
French Caribbean architecturally designed apartment complex with spectacular sea views, high on the hillside in Airlie Beach. Wet edge lap pool, spa, gymnasium, BBQ area.
Portside Whitsunday Resort
Location, location! Next to all the attractions of Airlie Beach. Just a short stroll to everything. Most villa apartments boast uninterrupted views over the Sailing Club marina site and the islands. Choose from 1-3 bedroom apartments, some with rooftop balconies, spas and BBQ's.
Boathaven Spa Resort
Boathaven Spa Resort enjoys uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea and Boathaven Bay from modern, luxuriously appointed suites featuring private balconies with spas and kitchen facilities. There's a 25m swimming pool and waterfall, large heated outdoor spa, BBQ area, satellite TV and air-conditioning in each suite. And its only 400m from Airlie Beach village centre.
Consideration of the tide should be given prior to planning your itinerary and passage for the day.The tidal ranges can be anywhere between 0.05m and 4.5m at spring tides. To assist you in planning your passages please visit the following link:
Humpback whales are throughout the Whitsundays in these months, many with newborn calves. Listen for their songs while snorkelling and be on the watch for their spouts and breaching when sailing. Don't be surprised if they even come into the anchorage, especially around the northern islands. You could watch a display right at the back of your boat like this photo - this mother and calf photo was taken in Blue Pearl Bay.
FISHING IN THE GREAT BARRIER REEF MARINE PARK
For those in the know, fishing around the Whitsundays can be very fruitful. For those not so knowledgeable, it can simply be fun to drop a line & see what happens. Having said that, there are many rules and regulations to abide by and it is advisable to get the latest updates by visiting www.dpi.qld.gov.au/fishweb
The information contained in this webpage is gained from many different sources and is by no means complete and is only to be used as a basic guide. You should do your own research before embarking on your fishing trip as changes to legislation, etc may occur.
What type of fish can you expect to catch in the Whitsundays?
Bluefin and Mackeral are in abundance all year round. They can usually be located by the sight of seabirds skipping over the surface of the water where the tuna are. Casting or trolling around the headlands and in the passages between the islands should also land you a few good tuna for dinner.
There is excellent estuary fishing to be found in Gulnare inlet, Hill inlet, Nara and Macona inlets.
Coral Reef Fishing can provide the likes of Coral Trout, Sweetlip, Emporers, Gropers etc.
Before visiting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, it is important you study the zoning map for the area you are visiting to be sure of the activities that you can do and where you can do them. A link to the zoning map is below:
Why do we have closed seasons?
Closed seasons prevent people from fishing at certain times of the year to protect species at vulnerable times in their life cycle, such as during spawning seasons.
Throughout the Queensland East Coast, a closed season applies to Barramundi from midday on the 1st November to midday 1st February.
There are 3 x nine day periods that have been implemented as closed seasons for the taking of all coral reef fish. These are October, November and December each year around the new moon phases. The closures apply to all Queensland East Coast waters between latitude 10°41´S and 24°50´S. The closures are designed to protect spawning aggregations of most Coral Reef Fish Species.