Rec passengers: 2-10
WC / Shower: 4
Water capacity: 800L Fuel capacity: 500L Fridge: 90L Freezer: 200L Wheel Steering: yes
Rigid inflatable dinghy: yes
Anchor Winch: yes
Wind direction/Speed: no
VHF radio: yes
Deck/Transom shower: yes
2 burner stove & oven: yes
Fully equipped galley: yes
Flat Screen TV/DVD:yes
Outboard motor: yes
Gas deck BBQ: yes
TRAVELING TO THE WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS
The Operator is based at Abel Point Marina, adjacent to Airlie Beach township. The Operator meets 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 Fantasea Blue Ferries, 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.
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 the Operator available on request.
When you book your bareboat sailing charter in the Whitsundays, the Operator 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 the Operator. Even very inexperienced sailors can enjoy the holiday of a lifetime after some training through Windskills, located in Airlie Beach.
On your departure day the Operator 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 8:45 AM and usually last about 4 hours. If need be the Operator will gladly spend more time with you until you (and the Operator) feel comfortable and confident before you set sail on your holiday. The Operator can also arrange for a sail guide or skipper to be with you for a day or two at nominal cost. Twice daily the Operator 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 the 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, the Operator recommend you utilise the 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.
To place your order please click the link http://www.whitprov.com.au/cya/
WHAT TO BRING
The essentials to bring on your bareboat sailing charter in the Whitsundays are 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.
The Operator will be pleased to assist with or arrange local accommodation, scuba and sailboard hire as well as Great Barrier Reef trips, scenic flights and car parking.
Although the Operator does not require skippers to have any formal certificates or licences to charter the bareboats, you will require basic boat handling skills. You must be capable of operating the vessel safely and need to tell the Operator if you have any medical conditions which may affect your ability. You will have a very thorough briefing on the first day of your charter, (up to 4 hours) which will cover the following:
* operating your vessel, all systems and safety equipment
* cruising area, navigation, tides and weather
* Great Barrier Reef Marine Park rules and regulations
* sail and/or drive instruction for you and your crew. If you need or would like extra tuition the Operator can arrange to have your briefer spend extra time with you @ $38.50 per hour
In order to determine your level of experience the Operator will require you to fill out an Experience Questionnaire. See Clause 6 of the Charter Agreement.
Pets and smoking are not allowed on boats.
Vessel cruising limits vary depending on its survey and will be discussed at the time of briefing.
Late returns are at the discretion of the Operator and subject to availability. Normally no fee applies.
The Operator is setting high standards in all aspects of the bareboat charter industry.
Airlie Beach is one of Australia's rapidly growing tourist destinations and the bareboat charter industry in the Whitsunday region is benefiting greatly.
the Operator is based at Abel Point Marina, Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia. It is an Australian family owned and operated business, established in 1992.
The Operator's friendly and professional crew look forward to welcoming you on board their meticulously prepared, modern fleet of vessels to explore the magical Whitsunday Islands.
John Mol the owner of the Operator is a qualified skipper with over twenty-five years experience at sea as a Marine Engineer. John takes pride in ensuring the fleet is in top condition. Every vessel follows strict preventative maintenance plans overseen by John. Nothing is left to chance, ensuring all clients enjoy a trouble free holiday afloat and your vessel is maintained in as new condition.
Annie Judd co-owner of the Operator has managed retail travel agencies and worked in the corporate sector as Business Development Manager for Flight Centre Limited for seven years. Her contacts within the corporate sector are extensive. Annie maintains a strong presence nationally and overseas, servicing the travel industry and participating in direct promotional activities such as boat shows, travel seminars, specialised advertising aimed at specific consumers.
After departing from Abel Point Marina on your sailing holiday and sail across the Whitsunday Passage to your first nights anchorage at Nara Inlet on Hook Island. Motor down the long narrow fjord for your overnight anchorage. Opposite is a track that leads from the beach to Aboriginal Caves and further on there is a waterfall which runs after heavy rains.
The site is protected by a fence and gate which must be kept shut to keep out the goats that inhabit the island. Inside the cave admire the primitive paintings indicating that aboriginal people lived here until recently.
Nara Inlet on Hook Island - bareboat charters in the Whitsundays
Cid Harbour on Whitsunday Island is a very large harbour and is one of the all weather anchorages in the area. With several sand beaches and a 1 km walking track from Sawmill to Dugong beach this is a very pleasant way to spend the day just relaxing. For those that are a little more energetic take the walk to Whitsunday Peak for a panoramic view.
Cid harbour on Whitsunday Island
Hamilton Island this is a modern resort Island with a village that has all the essentials -bakery, bottle shop, general store, chemist, local art, fashion and plenty of restaurants to choose from. Hire a golf buggy to explore the island and end your day by watching a glorious sunset from the lookout.
Bareboat charter boats on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays
Whitehaven Beach - the water is an amazing emerald colour. The beach is 5 kilometres of sparkling white sand made up of 98% silica a legacy of a geologic era when the sea level was lower. Take a walk up the beach and the only sound you hear is the sand that squeaks beneath your feet. There are no resorts, no buildings, just natural beauty. At the northern end of the beach is Tongue Point with a safe anchorage in Tongue Bay.
Once ashore it is just 650 meters to the platform lookout with a magnificent view straight into Hill Inlet where the sands just beneath the water swirl to give incredible contrast. The long sweep of Whitehaven beach makes a picture for all your friends to envy.
Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island
Border Island: Cateran Bay a great place for a snorkel. The fringing reef has so much to offer. Colourful corals with an abundance of vivid fish of all shapes and sizes including the resident Moari Wrasse, a huge blue placid fish with a big pouty mouth who gracefully swims amongst the other fish.
Further north to the top end of Hook Island is Manta Ray Bay offering some of the best underwater scenery in the area. Butterfly Bay is the perfect spot to pick up a mooring, to sit back and reflect on the days events.
Feed the bat fish at Cateran Bay in the Whitsunday islands
Blue Pearl Bay: on Hayman Island offers more amazing snorkelling with an abundance of fish and corals. Alternatively, spoil yourself and tie up at Hayman Island Marina and visit the resort for lunch. Be sure to have your credit card handy as this resort is simply five star, or just moor at Langford Reef for lunch before heading off to Stonehaven to pick up a free public mooring, to view another amazing sunset and settle in for the night.
The finging reef systems of the whitsunday islands
Black Island: or as the brochures advertise Bali Hai. This small island is surrounded by reef and you will see a very distinctive Yellow Submarine. This is for day tours for non-snorkellers who come to this area by ferry to view the reef without getting wet. Several hours south is South Molle Island.
This is a national park and has some of the finest walking tracks with spectacular views of the Whitsunday Passage. You can visit the resort for a small fee and enjoy the facilities including a 9 hole golf course, tennis courts and swimming pool and enjoy one of their famous Island feasts.
Bareboat charters in the Whitsundays
Around the corner is Daydream Island also known as West Molle with just enough time for one last snorkel before heading back to Abel Point Marina. The charter has ended and there is so much more to be seen with over 70 Islands in the group.
Situated on 20°4'S and 148°5'E, the Whitsundays has a welcoming tropical climate with an estimated average 8.25 hours of sunshine daily and mean annual temperatures of 27-24°C max. and 21°C min. Perfect conditions for your bareboat sailing charter.
Helpful Weather Links:
Central Coast Waters Bowen to St. Lawrence Forecast
Queensland flood warnings
Whitsunday area radar
Tidal Information(set Iocation to Shute Harbour)