10 reasons to sleep-aboard the night before you set sail


Spend the night before your Whitsunday bareboat charter holiday aboard your yacht and enjoy the benefits of a sleep-aboard

Would you like to jump-start your charter before it begins? Simply contact us and request pre-charter sleep aboard (SAB) with your booking.

This is how it works: you arrive at our charter base at the beautiful Shute Harbour on the afternoon before your charter, with a 3:30 pm check-in.  You will be able to board your vessel at 4:00 pm and be given all the information you need to see you through the night until your brief the following morning.

Whitsunday Rent a Yacht is incredibly fortunate and proud to conduct our charter operations in one of the world’s most beautiful natural environments, Shute Harbour. As we are the only charter operator in the harbour, you are guaranteed a unique pre-charter experience when choosing to sleep aboard the night before.

Shute Harbour Whitsundays, Airlie Beach

Why Sleep-aboards at Shute Harbour are such a great idea!

  • Our late afternoon check-in (3:30pm) makes choosing your flights and transport options more flexible. Once you’ve checked in, you can load your vessel and settle in for the night.
  • A sleep aboard is a convenient and affordable accommodation option. There’s no need to worry about organising transport from your hotel to our base at Shute Harbour – you’re ready to go!
  • You are settled aboard your vessel and already familiar with its layout and several of its systems, even before you’ve commenced your briefing.
  • Your pre-charter area and boat brief will take place at 8 am on the first day of charter, rather than the usual time of midday. This means you’ll be leaving the harbour and heading to your first anchorage at the time you would have been checking in!
  • You have time to finalise any provisioning requirements such as last-minute shopping or return of a rental vehicle. Therefore, you are clear of all shore-bound obligations before the briefing, enabling a smooth, unfettered and early start to your cruising holiday.
  • You can enjoy a seafood platter, barbecue on board, or perhaps a meal at a restaurant in Airlie Beach, with a relaxing evening and a sound sleep following the rigours of the day’s travelling.
  • It’s private, quiet and beautiful at Shute. There are no loud neighbours or street noise, just the tranquil lapping of waves in the naturally sheltered harbour. There are also panoramic ocean and mountain range views, plus on-shore amenities for your convenience.
  • There is amazing wildlife to experience at Shute Harbour. If you look carefully around our jetty, you will see varieties of colourful reef fish and many species of local birdlife such as herons, Brahminy kites, ospreys, sea eagles, terns, egrets, pied and sooty oystercatchers and cockatoos to name a few.
  • Many of our charterers who sleep aboard their vessels enjoy an evening of fishing off their boat at our private Shute Harbour Jetty.
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Sleeping on your bareboat the night before your booking is the ideal way to settle in and prepare for your adventure. The beauty of Shute is as if you are already on a Whitsunday Island, a taste of what’s to come!

When in the booking porcess for your charter, speak to our team about reserving your boat for a sleep-aboard.

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