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General tips to get the most out of your charter holiday….

  • Day 1 is almost always a late start and the final day is almost always an early finish. Get organized before hand, so no precious sailing time is wasted! Arrive early for your briefing, have a list of questions ready, make sure you have the necessary cash handy for payments and all relevant paperwork with you.
  • If you are a bareboat charter, please make sure you have your original qualifications with you.
  • Get a list from us of any expected extras + ‘when and how’ they need to be paid. Spare yourself those nasty surprises and be prepared. We will always try to cover the details as much as possible to help you.
  • Do some research on the area beforehand: places you would like to visit or explore, local highlights, activities that might be available, language, culture, religion, currencies and exchange values, do’s and don’ts on and off the water, potential public or local holidays that might impact on your stay and check local festivals or celebrations that can be fun to experience along the way.
  • It is always a nice idea to look at some nautical charts or even get hold of a ‘pilot book’ of the region before hand, check out the types of moorings and anchorages, familiarizing yourself with options, methods and places. This is highly advised on a bareboat charter but is even a nice idea if you are hiring a skipper, so you have some idea of how things work.
  • When planning your trip and deciding on a boat, remember ‘the older the boat’ the more potential issues it may have. Older boats are priced cheaper and if you do go for the ‘less expensive’ option, keep an open mind as to the issues that may come along with this. There is usually a reason why boats are priced cheaply. Paying a little more for a newer boat can be well worth the money spent. We fully appreciate the horrid value of our Rand together with the urge to charter, so keeping an open mind will ensure happiness all around.
  • If you (or anyone in your group) are prone to or unsure about seasickness, keep this in mind when deciding on the type of boat and the actual venue for your charter. This should never put anyone off actually chartering, as it is easily overcome. Catamarans, even the smallest, are a totally stable platform to live on, although priced higher than monohulls due to size and in some places, harder to find, they are the better choice in this case. Some venues have weather patterns at certain times of year that can compromise perfect charter conditions. Consider being flexible with dates or venues if you want to avoid sickness.
  • Set some rules when you first arrive on the boat – things like water usage, a cooking roster & keeping the boat tidy can either make for a happy holiday or a frustrating one. Running out of water every day can become a real nightmare with hours wasted finding a refill point and filling up again. This is easily avoided if kept in mind that all boats have a smallish water tank to service everyone, and not a pipeline to shore! A cooking or food prep roster allows those who are not on duty, to sit back, guilt free until it is their turn. With the limited space on a boat, it is important that things are reasonably tidy, if not just for comfort, then certainly for safety sake. Moving to grab ropes or trying to maneuver the boat while falling over someone’s shoes or snorkeling gear, is far more dangerous on a boat than on land.
  • When using sun cream, be aware of this getting onto the deck and making things slippery. Even we didn’t appreciate this simple thing until a friend landed up in the nearest doc’s rooms having his foot stitched together.
  • Every boat has a radio with contact to the base. We will also supply you with a list of contact names and numbers for emergencies. Please feel free to reach someone locally, no matter how silly you think the question is. The staff at the base, are there to help and look after you. There should also always be someone on standby locally, usually by phone after hours, so give them a ring. There have been too many incidences where, after the fact, charter guests realize they could have just made a call. Our local numbers in SA are always available but it can be tough to help from such a distance, depending on the situation, so it is recommended to try local first.