Boat & PWC Rental

What to Bring On a Yacht Charter Voyage

Good organization and preparation is critical to a successful sailing holiday. A well-prepared checklist is certain to help those that are planning a day or longer on the open waters.

Yacht Charter

And the necessities might include:

Items of equipment to pack:

  • Boat papers or charter agreement
  • Passport and relevant visas for the countries visiting
  • Sun block and sun cream
  • Nonprescription and prescription medication (remedies for seasickness might also be ideal)
  • Guidebooks
  • Binoculars
  • Camera (secured in a water repellent bag)
  • Hats
  • Glasses
  • Wallet (with sufficient traveler’s checks or cash for paying deposits, tips, provisions, etc)
  • Sunglasses

If you are likely to be bareboat sailing and taking on the responsibility of the navigation, you might want to include:

  • Sailing or motor competence certificates (check with the boat company to see which papers are required to meet the boat hire agreement)
  • Other relevant boating course certificates or training documentation
  • Proof of prior boating experience (contracts from previous hire companies)
  • VHF radio certificate

Technology items of use

Kindle, iPad or iPhone. Tech items offer a wide range of uses when on a yacht. A particularly useful aspect to the iPad or iPhone is the ability to download a range of apps which help in the process of navigation, safety, weather reports, and much more. If you believe that you might have difficulty charting a course, download the relevant app and rely on that to guide you across the open waters.

In the process of preparing for the sailing adventure, there are those items that shouldn’t be packed, including:

  • Nonessential valuables, like jewelry and watches (especially those that aren’t waterproof)
  • Any item which, if lost, could cause undue distress and inconvenience

Remember that a sailing yacht is certain to be very limited in relation to storage space and therefore you want to be as conservative as possible when it comes to packing for this adventure.

Leaving the yacht after the charter

Make sure to leave the yacht clean and in a similar state that was witnessed when first boarding. Check the responsibilities that are noted in accordance with the charter agreement that has been signed.

  • Ensure all items of a personal nature are packed up and taken when leaving the yacht.
  • Remove all items of food that were taken on board.
  • Also, make sure to take photographic evidence of any damage or things in need of fixing and have them reported. Plus, make notes if any complaints are likely to be made.

What is likely to be include on a yacht charter

  • Bedding is included
  • Navigational aids (instruments, charts, pilot books, etc.)
  • Blankets, towels, and similar essentials


The faster the supplies are put together the easier it will be to set-off and get out onto the open waters. It is critical to get the right supplies packed to enjoy a safe and pleasant voyage

  • Buy a wide-ranging travel insurance plan when booking the yacht charter
  • Give the credit card provider notification of the intend use
  • Always check with the charter company to see what forms part of the package

Go Boating

11 Boating Apps to Help Get There And Back Again

It is really amazing the number of helpful apps that are now available for the Android and iOS platforms.

Boating Apps

Here is a selection of some of the high-quality yachting, boating, and sailing apps sold for the mobile devices-

Navigation, Charts, and Maps

One of the most essential applications to download to the iPhone is likely to relate to the charts and maps for helping to navigate the open waters. They are likely to be highly desirable if you are doing a bareboat charter.

  • Navionics Nautical Charts: An app with the ability to include nautical maps worldwide (US Coasts, Mediterranean, Europe) is likely to be highly desirable, and works perfectly if you are able to download to a larger screen device, like tablets or iPad.
  • Boat Beacon: If you want to remain fully aware of boats that might be in your local area, using the Boat Beacon app is certain to help with avoiding collisions. Its collision detection capabilities are designed to detect other boats within a radius of 60 miles.
  • Anchor Alert: A simple yet effective app to give an alert in the event the anchor is being dragged.
  • Flashlight: A simple app like the Flashlight is intended to give a high-intensity light that is great for working in low-light conditions such as reading the serial number on boat equipment or supplies. Plus, this app can double up and provide SOS and strobe lighting as well.
  • Windbuoy: This app will give reliable notifications of water and air temperature, wave heights and periods, wind speeds, gusts, and direction that are sourced from a high number of NOAA buoys.
  • Cheap Gas Plus: A great idea for the trailable boats. This app is designed to help identify a cheap gas station en route to the planned cruising waters.

Tides and Weather

In an attempt to guarantee a safer sailing trip, an app programmed to monitor the tides, currents, and weather is likely to be highly desirable. If you want to keep constantly up-to-date with the local conditions, using the right app means this information is always just seconds away.

  • AyeTides: An ability to read the currents and tides in almost any port is likely to be highly desirable for increased safety in mooring up in one of the ports worldwide.
  • NavClock: A quick and easy reference to same important information is possible with the Nav Clock app. This application is designed to indicate with large graphics the location, weather, time, and date.
  • WeatherAlert: A basic app that is designed to give an instant notification of weather issues in the local area.
  • YachtWeather: If you are planning on hiring a boat for the day, a slick weather app like the YachtWeather offers wide-ranging information, including humidity, rainfall risk, storm risk, wave period, wavelength, wave height, wind speed and direction, and temperature. Data is updated at regular intervals to make certain you always have the most up-to-date information.
  • Emergency Distress Beacon: Emits a call of distress (and provide location) to someone that can provide assistance or alert the authorities.