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Well, not quite your own boat – but one you’ve chartered for your sole use – just you, your friends and family. Chartering your own ‘bareboat’ means hiring a vessel with no crew – so you’re in charge – but don’t worry, there is a detailed and comprehensive briefing beforehand (no boat licence required!) and the VHF radio on board connects you with the base.
The friendly bareboat team will help you plan an itinerary tailored to your requirements, as you carve out your own adventure amongst the islands.
Whether you are a couple, a group of friends or a family (larger vessels accommodate up to 10 guests) you can enjoy the freedom of choosing your own route, and filling your days with scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing. Or take a hike on one of the islands - mostly uninhabited National Parks - and discover untouched beaches with white sand and crystal clear waterfalls tumbling into cool pools.
You can charter a sailing yacht, a catamaran or a power cruiser, each with different benefits - see below for our tips – and you can go it alone or ask for a sail guide and hostess to accompany you. At night, you can gaze up at the endless expanse of starlit sky, sheltered from the breeze in an inlet or secluded bay, and contemplate the universe.
Catamarans are becoming more and more popular as charter boats. Hiring a catamaran offers the following advantages:
Extra space both above and below decks - larger catamarans can comfortably accommodate up to 10 people.
Catamarans provide a stable platform, with little to no heeling over when sailing. When at anchor, there is no rolling, guaranteeing a peaceful night’s sleep.
Catamarans have a much shallower draft than monohulls, which allows anchoring close to shore, and having two engines is a bonus - if one goes, you still have the other one!
The new Bali 4.3 Luxe sailing catamaran has air-conditioning and a water maker. The vessel has an open feel about her with plenty of entertaining space inside and out. Four double cabins all with ensuites make her a comfortable vessel for four couples, two families or for that romantic getaway for just two people.
Dasha Way joined our fleet in August 2017. Launched in 2014, our new Lipari 41 features 4 double cabins all ensuite. Hardtop bimini protects you from the sun but if you prefer to feel the wind in your hair then the foredeck with trampoline is a great area to relax. This vessel is perfect for just a couple, friends or two families looking for a wonderful time cruising around the Whitsundays.
This beautiful Mahe 36 has 3 double cabins and a spacious saloon and galley, this boat is perfect for 2 or 3 couples to share and great for families. Equipped with all the extras including autopilot & GPS/Plotter.
Available from December 2019. The first Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 available for charter in Australian waters. Huge volumes in the saloon and accommodation areas are complemented by the epitome of elegance in contemporary design. Featuring 4 cabins and 4 bathrooms plus air conditioning throughout, these make cruising the waters of the Whitsundays even more enjoyable all year round.
Joining our fleet in 2018, the Lagoon 500 is a high performance cruising catamaran. She is a home away from home with a spacious saloon with large windows allowing for the sea breeze to flow through. Below decks the cabins are large, with plenty of room to move around, sleeping either 4 couples or 2 families comfortably. The galley is also conveniently positioned in the saloon with easy access to the cockpit. There is loads of room on deck for everyone to find a perfect spot to relax while cruising around the Whitsundays. The Lagoon 500 is an easy vessel to operate, and a joy to sail with flybridge steering offering 360-degree views.
“Seaduction” boasts four double cabins each with en-suites, perfect for 4 couples cruising or a large family. She is set up for Blue Water cruising with great features, including larger refrigeration and freezer, chart plotter both at helm and at navigation table, air conditioning, solar panels, and state of the art Bluetooth stereo. Cruise the Whitsundays in style and comfort on board.
"Double Play" boasts four double cabins each with en-suites, perfect for 4 couples cruising or a large family. She is set up for Blue Water cruising with great features, including larger refrigeration and freezer, chart plotter both at helm and at navigation table, air conditioning, solar panels, and state of the art Bluetooth stereo. Cruise the Whitsundays in style and comfort on board.
Fluffy Muffy features 3 good sized cabins, 2 are queen size berths one with en suite, the other with a smaller single berth. There is a further double in the aft and a large private toilet, shower and vanity. The Lightwave 38 provides ample space for a family or 3 couples cruising the Whitsundays.
The Perry 43 "Stardust" boasts 4 double cabins 2 with ensuites, air conditioning throughout and can sleep a maximum of 10 people. The Perry 43 Plus is a well presented and spacious vessel suitable for large groups or families. The double cabins offer plenty of natural light, storage and cabin fans.
The Seawind 1000 Kick N Back is a great budget charter vessel, featuring four double berths. Families have been enjoying the delights of chartering the 1000s since 1994. They are the perfect choice for a family to get away, whilst providing space for all to enjoy, she has a cosy homely feel.
Shearwater is a Seawind 1000XL which you will find equipped with everything you need for a family holiday, with a spacious private bathroom she is a popular choice for young families. Enjoy the thrill of being outside in the glorious Whitsundays but undercover, while you discover the joy of performance sailing on this comfortable cruising catamaran.
Featuring 4 double cabins with a spacious private bathroom she is a popular choice for young families. Enjoy the thrill of being outside in the glorious Whitsundays but undercover, while you discover the joy of performance sailing on this comfortable cruising catamaran.
The Seawind 1160 creatively blends key concepts of other popular Seawind models, creating a vessel that successfully combines the huge living space and all round visibility. The cabins have a luxurious fit out, the forward port side cabin offers a large island bed and the further 2 doubles are light and airy.
Seawind Catamarans are well known for ground breaking and innovative design, gaining worldwide acclaim for its 1160's clever layout and use of space, ergonomic design and efficient short-handed sailing performance. Now Seawind brings you the 1160 LITE, one of the most noticeable differences on board is the new sleek interior design and fit out. The timber kit is replaced with lightweight and stylish timber look laminate surfaces, with a new contemporary neutral colour palette as specified by Seawind’s interior stylist.
Wow! This vessel has it all. Three double cabins plus 3 bathrooms. Owner-designed offering larger water and fuel tanks plus 9 knots of speed with dual Yamaha T60 motors.
“Seachange” is a light and roomy 4 cabin vessel, which will suit a group of 8 people comfortably. Well-built and finished beautifully she will impress you with her good sailing and stability. Features the concertina doors which fold up into the roof to merge indoor and outdoor areas. Very spacious cockpit!
New to our fleet from August 2017, the Seawind 1260 is a large sailing catamaran with 360 visibility and total protection for the weather in all conditions. Lots of seating outside with a very spacious feeling. Ventilation on this vessel is very good for the warmer months. 4 roomy double cabins for 4 couples or 2 families.
Serendipity is a beautiful Tasman Ocean 35 sailing catamaran. Featuring 3 double berths in private cabins – ‘Serendipity’ has one large bathroom as well as an ensuite. The cockpit is covered by an awning providing excellent shade protection.