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Simple steps to help you prepare for your bareboat charter

Have you booked your Whitsundays bareboat charter? Now it's time to prepare for your trip of a lifetime.

Like with any holiday, if you prepare for your bareboat charter you will be making the most out of your sabbatical  There are a few actions we suggest our charterers look into before they set sail, just to ensure they have the most memorable experience possible.

In this post, we'll share our top tips to help you prepare for your bareboat charter in the spectacular Whitsundays.

Get clear on what to bring on your bareboat charter

The number one packing rule for a bareboat charter holiday is pack light.

We recommend you use a soft bag instead of a suitcase because it’s easier to store under the bed.

You may like to bring the following items which are unique to a sailing holiday.

  • Swimwear
  • Sandals/thongs to walk on the beach
  • Non-slip enclosed shoes (especially if you would like to do a hike or bushwalk)
  • Throw over clothing
  • Light jacket - wind jackets are great
  • Sailing gloves (not necessary)
  • Polarized sunglasses - helpful for spotting marine life and fringing reef areas underwater
  • A hat
  • Your camera / Go-pro in a waterproof enclosure
  • Sunscreen
  • A small backpack for those trips to the beach and for hiking.
  • Binoculars
  • Entertainment such as books, cards, and music devices to plug into the yacht’s stereo
  • Prescription medications, Panadol, pain relief and seasick tablets if you think you’ll require them

We created a more extensive bareboat charter packing list which covers everything from basic clothing to wet weather gear.

Please note that excess luggage & empty bags/cases can be stored at our Shute Harbour base during your charter. Just let us know how we can help.

preparing bareboat charter

Prepare for extra bareboating activities

Book extra equipment for more fun activities on the water!  We can supply you with snorkelling gear, stand-up paddleboards, single or double kayaks, surf skis and stinger suits for the season.

Please let us know if you are travelling with kids. We provide fitted lifejackets at no costs, we just need you to pre-order them.

Masks, snorkels and fins are supplied free of charge. Children’s sized masks and snorkels are available on request however again, they need to be pre-ordered.

To ensure you get the equipment you would like, it’s best to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Organise Provisioning – Food, beer and bubbles

You have the option to bring all of your own food and supplies with you or, you can arrange for everything to be ordered and delivered.

Ordering Provisioning:
We recommend provisioning through Whitsundays Provisioning, a service which specialises in catering for bareboat charters. They offer ‘bareboating packs’ and fantastic fresh local platters if you want to kick off in style!

You can order to suit your budget, with the convenience being they deliver to your vessel and have everything on board for you before you arrive.

Online Ordering:
Coles and Woolworths do online orders and will deliver to our Shute Harbour base. However, you must be onsite to accept the order yourself at the time of delivery, so some logistical organising is required.

Fridge and freezer space; between all Yachts & Catamarans our refrigeration sizes vary between 100L and 180L, the freezers vary between 10L and 102L. If you want to know the specific specifications for your vessel just shoot us an email

If you run out of food, just let us know on the radio and we can organise provisions to meet you out at an island base.

bareboat charter catering

Decide if you want Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for a bareboat charter holiday at any time of the year. The additional investment ensures you are protected if your holiday is interrupted by illness, a family emergency or severe tropical weather. 

You can organise travel insurance when you make your booking.  

While late summer is a great time to visit the Whitsunday Islands, weather conditions can vary.  If you are holidaying with us during this period, travel insurance, including cyclone cover, is especially important. See Oceanic Marine Insurance for information.

Book a Sleep Aboard

Sleeping a board is a term we use for spending a night on your booked charter yacht while it’s docked at our base. You can stay the night before your charter or the night after you return, an option that can be a lot cheaper than booking a hotel and a way to take help you ease into your holiday. 

Many people who sleep aboard with us at Shute Harbour love the tranquillity and throwing a line in to catch a meal or two.

Study the best places to go on your Whitsunday’s bareboat charter

It’s not essential to set your exact route before you arrive for your sailing holiday. When you’re briefed, we can work with you to create an itinerary based on what you want to see and what the conditions are doing.

If you want to prepare for your charter and learn more about the Whitsundays cruising area, we recommend hiring or purchasing the book 100 Magic Miles

100 Magic Mils is a Whitsundays charter’s bible and there will be a copy provided on your yacht. Every Whitsundays location is listed, with details on how to approach anchorages, where to hike, snorkel, fish and navigate around the islands.

We suggest you visit our Recommended Anchorages and Snorkelling Sites pages to familiarise yourself with our interactive map of the islands. Click on a highlighted anchorage to read more about the amazing places to visit during your charter.

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service downloadable Visitor Guide is a fantastic resource for what’s on offer in the marine and national parks.

These blog posts may also help with your pre-charter research:

Organise your transfers to our base at Shute Harbour (only 10 minutes from Airlie Beach)

We conduct the boat and area briefings at 12 noon unless guests have booked a sleep aboard booked, then your check-in time will be at 4 pm, with your boat and area brief the following day at 8:00 am.

Proserpine Airport:
There are plenty of transfer buses which meet every flight at Proserpine. You can pre-book a return around your charter dates and they will happily pick and drop you off at your chosen location.

Hamilton Island Airport:
If you are starting your charter from Hamilton Island, Resort Link will transfer you to the Hamilton Island marina.

By Car:
When you arrive at our private jetty in Shute Harbour, you can pull up to the car spaces near the jetty while you book in and load your vessel. 

For long term parking throughout the duration of your charter, the council offer free outdoor parking at the top of our street.  If you have a caravan or you want your vehicle to be in a secured location we recommend contacting Rob from Turner Parking - or 0427 317 218


We look forward to welcoming you to Shute Harbour and making your sailing holiday one you will remember. Please let us know if you have any questions or need any assistance with preparing for your bareboat charter.



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