Overseas chartering can be daunting for experienced sailors and the less experienced alike. Whilst you may have chartered in your own country many times, the challenges of chartering overseas are slightly different.
Sailing qualifications. Before you book your charter, ensure you check the sailing qualifications required for that destination. The majority of European destinations require evidence that the nominated skipper has a minimum of RYA Day Skipper (or equivalent certification) before you are able to book the vessel. There are many sailing schools throughout Australia that can assist with gaining the relevant qualifications, including RYA Whitsunday Sailing School.
Passports. First rule of any overseas travel is to check your passport is current and has a minimum of 6 months validity from the date you will travel. Some countries will require more than 6 months, be sure to head to the relevant country's immigration website to check before confirming your flights. For great travel information head to Smart Traveller.
Cash Passport. If you haven't already got one, then a cash passport is the best way to take your money overseas, especially if you are visiting various countries in the same trip. Monitor the exchange rates and load the card any time the rate is strong prior to departure. For more information, visit Cash Passport.
Destination services. It is a good idea to research the services available at your charter destination prior to travel. Do they have supermarkets nearby or a provisioning service? Will your overnight stays be in marinas or at anchor? Is there water-sports equipment available? These are all great questions which we can help assist in answering once you have booked your charter.
Crew. The key to a great charter holiday is choosing the right crew. Whilst you may get on famously with someone over the dinner table, 7 nights onboard a 40ft catamaran could be a different story. Get together with the crew prior to booking and discuss your expectations for the charter, what you like to do on holiday and where you want to visit.