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Trip in a Van: Chartering a yacht in the Whitsundays

Trip in a Van sailed the Whitsundays in Sept 2020 for 7 nights and made a video to share their experience. If you’ve always wanted to book a Whitsundays yacht charter, you’ll get a lot out their video and Justin’s tips.

Trip in a Van will not need any introduction to those interested in travelling Australia in a caravan. With a huge fan base across social media and massive views on Youtube, the family of five are known to inspire most people wanting to embark on longer-term travel around Australia.

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Trip in a Van: Sailing the Whitsundays in 2020

Trip in a Van ticked off their bucket list with us in 2019. They had an epic family adventure sailing the Whitsundays for 4 nights; so much so that in 2020 they wanted to join us again, only this time they got a bigger boat, booked longer and brought some friends along.

Their crew of six kids and four adults chartered Toy Buoy, a Leopard 44 sailing catamaran for seven nights. As with everything Trip in a Van does, they provided some really useful and entertaining content for fans wanting to know what bareboating is like.

In the recent 2020 video, Justin shares how to pick up a mooring, how the radio schedules work, what to do in bad weather, essential navigation tips, and how the briefings work. Enjoy!

You’ll see that in 2020 Trip in a Van and Co came up against some challenging weather, but they were still able to enjoy pockets of paradise, throw a line in and have loads of laughs.

Check out their Whitsundays Sailing video from 2019.

Take-aways from Trip in a Van’s 2020 Whitsunday’s Sailing Trip

Add a sailing adventure to your trip around Australia.

Swapping the van for a yacht is a fantastic addition to your big lap around Australia. Many people used to living out of caravans have said that the transition from "van to boat" isn't a huge leap. 

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Consider booking with mates

Chartering with another family is a great way to enjoy yourself in the Whitsundays. The kids have playmates which means the parents have time to relax and there are more hands-on-deck if you want to get your boat underway.

Sharing a yacht charter with another family is also a great way to split the costs. When you charter a catamaran with friends, the per head rate is cheaper than most hotels.

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Book a sleep-aboard

A sleep-aboard is a great way to settle into your boat the night before your briefing. Bec and Justin said this time they were glad to have booked the sleep aboard because they left things behind in the van and needed to do a few dashes back to retrieve items before their briefing.

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If the weather is bad, enjoy the resorts

Trip in a van chartered in early September which is typically the best weather in the Whitsundays. But like with anything involving the elements, nothing is guaranteed, and they came up against some unusual 30 knot winds and rain.

To stay out of the winds, they pulled up at Palm Bay Resort on Long Island and then to Hamilton Island. One of the advantages to booking a longer 7-night charter is if you do have bad weather, you can wait it out at the resorts and still get to experience the islands in calmer winds at their best.

“This was our second trip sailing with Whitsunday Rent a Yacht and this time we took some mates along for the ride! We did have to tackle some average weather so we missed a few of the iconic locations in the Whitsundays but we had a blast all the same!!”.

Indulge! Grab a seafood platter for your first night

Fishi are a local fresh fishmonger who delivers beautiful fresh seafood platters. You can also arrange to provision for your trip with one of the local provisioning companies who have gourmet platters as a part of their service

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About Trip in a Van

Trip in a Van is an Australian family who has been living full time in a caravan while travelling Australia for 5 years. Justin was working a demanding mining job and Bec was home with three little ones when they thought life has got to be better than this! So they set out for a lap, not knowing that five years later they would be famous among the caravanning and Australian travel community.

Trip in a Van inspiring thousands of Australian's to travel our amazing country by sharing their journey on social media as well as through their Youtube Chanel and "Roadtrip Australia series".

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