Client Selection

Because Bareboat charters are in short supply, we can afford to be picky about who we let aboard!

Our clients divide into two main groups....

Many of our clients are from overseas, and generally speaking they are boat owners of good standing themselves, so they have an appreciation of how to look after a vessel. Their objective is to sail in our great Hauraki Gulf.... it's humbling to realise that what to us is a commonplace trip around Waiheke or over to the Happy Jacks is a world-class cruise and sailors come from all over the world to do it. We regularly have visits from overseas sailing clubs (such as the presigious Royal Yacht Squadron in 2016, or the Cruising Club of America on 2017) and these people are respectful and professional sailors

Local folks also hire our yachts; again, generally they are mature people who are experienced and accomplished sailors who either own a boat now or have done so in the past, and have significant experience in charge of vessels of a similar type to that being chartered. 

We require a substantial bond on all charters, and this gives our clients "skin in the game", we enquire deeply into their sailing experience and expertise, and we assess this during a detailed briefing session which we conduct before each charter. We remain in touch and available to charterers throughout their trips, and provide detailed manuals and tips to them...

in short, you can be assured that the vessels are in better hands with our clients than most boats on the harbour are under their owners or part-owners!