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6 Reasons to Choose a Bareboat Charter


Planning your next sailing holiday and curious about which type of charter to choose? While there are merits to selecting a crewed charter, nothing quite compares to the wonderful experience of the bareboat charter.

Despite its name, a bareboat yacht charter, does not come bare! In fact, your vessel will be fully-stocked with all the tools and equipment necessary for a successful holiday voyage. Rather, the term bareboat refers to a yacht that does not come with a crew. When you choose a bareboat charter, you will be the captain, the skipper in charge.


Both sailing and power vessels are offered as bareboat charters, depending upon your experience level and your preference. Should YOU choose a bareboat charter? Here are 6 excellent reasons a bareboat charter will help create your perfect sailing holiday (especially in the Whitsundays!).

1. Choose the vessel that’s right for you.

When hiring a bareboat charter, you have the flexibility to select the boat of your choice: the vessel you’re excited to command! Here at Queensland Yacht Charters we have the largest bareboat fleet in the South Pacific. You’ll be spoilt for choice as you hand pick the ideal sailing catamaran, powerboat, or monohull yacht for your glorious Whitsunday holiday.

2. Chart your own course, go at your own pace.

Our previous guests herald the amazing opportunity that a bareboat charter offers here in the Whitsundays. With 74 beautiful islands to explore, the benefit of being able to sail at your own pace is invaluable. A bareboat charter provides you with the freedom to take it slow, discovering hidden coves and bays, snorkelling in all the best spots, and anchoring now and again to head inland for some island trekking. Before you depart, we can help guide you with suggested anchorages, sample itineraries, and more. The holiday is entirely yours, but we’re happy to help.

3. No boating license required.

Unlike in other areas of the world, chartering a yacht in the Whitsundays does not require a boating license. This is great news for those who love sailing but don’t have that “official paperwork.” While some boating experience is definitely required for your bareboat charter, we also help get you up to speed prior to your departure. And we’ll ensure you are confident, prepared, and fully understand all the features and equipment of your chosen vessel. Our priority is for you to have an enjoyable and safe sailing holiday.

4. Your family will serve as the yacht’s “crew”: a valuable bonding experience.

A bareboat charter is such a unique adventure, and is much more memorable than your typical family holiday. Sailing together as a family guarantees incredible memories. But if you don’t want to hire a sail guide, a bareboat charter gives you the chance to let your family earn their keep as the crew! Kids love sailing. Being involved with the handling of the boat, and assigning every family member a task—or even a job title—promotes teamwork and family bonding, and is undeniably great fun.

5. Design your own your daily itinerary, with support from our team.

Going on a guided tour or other boat excursion can be so limiting. With a private yacht charter, you get the chance to develop your full itinerary for each day of your holiday. Each day, you’ll hear from us via radio to let you know the day’s weather report. This will help you plan your day and make the best choice for your activities. Fishing? Snorkelling? Swimming? Just cruising? The choice is yours. And you always have the ability to get in touch with the Queensland Yacht Charters staff if you need anything.

6. Privacy & intimacy.

Perhaps one of the best reasons to choose a bareboat charter is because it allows you to truly get away from it all. Even the most intimate hotel doesn’t allow the incredible privacy that you can achieve with a bareboat vessel. You’ll feel like you’re in your own little world on your yacht, with nothing but the elements around you. Cruising in your own special piece of paradise: this is the perfect recipe for relaxation, peace, and perhaps even a bit of romance.


Intrigued? A bareboat sailing holiday is calling your name. Get in touch with the Queensland Yacht Charters team today. We’ll help book your upcoming getaway and let you know about any of our current specials.


Are you ready to charter a boat? No licence required.

No licence is required for a Yacht Charter in the Whitsundays, unlike other locations worldwide. We offer a brief training session before you head out, for either sailing or powered yachts.

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