Do I need sailing experience?
No, it is not necessary to have sailing experience. At the start of the sailing voyage the necessary explanation about the ship and sailing in general will be given. Would you like to do, do more, than step forward if we are going to do a maneuver, or join our sailtraing and or milebuilders.
What is the difference between yacht charter, private charter and bareboat sailing?
With a yacht charter you can sail with us, by yourself, with your partner or with friends or family on a yacht with professional crew. It also means that others can book the same trip and will sail along. With a private charter, also called crewed charter, you can book the ship and crew as a whole only for you or your family or friends. A bareboat is a boat that you can rent without crew. We do not offer bareboat charter, crewed charter only.
What are the advantages of a crewed yacht charter?
If you want to sail alone or with several other people, but you have little or no sailing experience, than chartering a sailing yacht is ideal. Since you do not have to take care of the navigation, equipment, documents. Also, you do not have to worry about the route, weather, wind and tide, because the skipper knows how to anticipate to all this. The skipper also knows to find beautiful sailing areas nice harbours and secluded anchorages to make sure you can really enjoy your sailing holiday.
Is it a luxury cruise and will I be pampered?
No, our emphasis lies on sailing with a comfortable yacht and it comes with a relatively affordable price. In addition, we do our best to offer you a nice holiday, but we just expect your contribution.
Do I need to help with sailing?
Nothing is obligatory, and everything is allowed! Helping is not mandatory, but of course one of the nice aspects about the sailing voyage, it also contributes to the “team spirit” on board. However, we do expect that everyone helps preparing with the daily food and/or cleaning up.
How active is a sailing holiday?
That mainly depends on yourself. All possibilities are present to participate actively, but also to relax. Usually it’s the combination. It’s nice to help and we will explain everything necessary.
Is the crew Dutch?
The skipper is Dutch, there is a different Bosun every year, mostly Dutch. In any case, if there is a multilingual group, the general spoken language will be English
Will the skipper entertain me all day?
After sailing everyone is free to do what he or she likes. This also applies for the crew. However, we will do our best to give you the best tips on site. The final evening we go out for eating together and a drink afterwards.
I want to steer
Steering the ship is possible in agreement with the skipper and according to your ability and circumstances. The crew will indicates when this is possible, so you do not need to ask, because the answer will unfortunately be nonetheless, no. Those who actively participate on all fronts (including in the galley) are the first in line to steer. Everyone gets a turn, but this varies by day.
I see that the boarding time is 18:30, does that also applies to me?
Yes, we understand that you are eager to start your sailing holidays, but during the “changeover” we are busy with cleaning up doing groceries and laundry. If you board before that time , you will slow us down and your luggage would be in our way, also on deck. You can try to leave your luggage at the harbor masters office. otherwise we recommend you to wait on a pub until 18:00. Download the map with our travel information to the port concerned, pubs are indicated as well.
If 6.30pm is the boarding time, can I already arrive at 6pm?
Can I board after 18:30?
There is a small margin. After boarding we will divide the cabins and around 19:00 we will have dinner. After dinner the skipper gives an explanation of the ins and outs on board plus a safety instruction. It is important for you and the other passengers that you attend this.
Do we leave the evening of boarding?
No, after boarding we will eat, divide the cabins and the skipper will do a safety briefing. The next morning after breakfast, the bosun does an explanation round on deck and after that we leave.
What kind of people sail along?
Most passengers go solo on a trip, but sometimes people take their partner or a friend. These sailing holidays are suitable for everyone, singles, couples, families, friends and groups or companies. Due to the combination of sailing together to unknown shores, enjoying the beautiful weather and the good food, a fun and friendly group atmosphere arises quickly.
Which age do the other participants have?
The participants are of all ages between 16 and 74 years. The average age of people who sail with us is between 35 and 55 years. From our own experience we can say that age is not a factor for the sailing holidays. You can see on each trip who (thus far) has booked (age, gender and nationality). Also, you can sign up to our private Facebook group to connect with fellow travelers. Useful to share a taxi for example!
Is there a minimum and maximum number of participants?
There is no minimum number of participants for our sailing trips, we will sail anyway. However, it may be that we will anchor more often to reduce the costs. With less than 3 participants the ‘ board cash’ is usually not sufficient. In that case, there will be additional charges of up to a maximum of € 50, – per person.
Can we book with our own group?
Yes, this is possible for a group of up to 8 people. The price can be calculated by multiplying the board price with 6.5 and the cash box times the number of people booking the ship. For private charter, you can choose any of the offered sailing holidays, provided there are no other bookings for that sailing trip. Do you want more information about private charter, please contact us.
In which areas does Offshore Yacht Charter operates?
Currently we sail in Ireland, Scotland and Great Britain. Before and also in the future in France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco. To stay informed, please subscribe to our newsletter.
What is the best sailing period?
That’s hard to say, nature decidedes. In theory, June applies as best month for the north, but this does not say so much, because it can also be really nice weather in September. Anyway, we always recommend a sailing suit and fleece clothing. And North of Ardnamurchan Point (Oban) an additional layer of thermal underwear and boots. Boots and sailing gear can be rented from us.
At what time we leave every morning during the sailing trip?
This is being viewed per day, but agreed upon in advance. It also depends on the tide. In general, we have breakfast at half past nine. It may happen that the ship will arrive late at night, if possible, the crew will be entitled to eight hours of sleep time, this is also for your own safety.
If you want to get up earlier it will be no problem. The best thing to do is to leave the ship gently, so that the others will be able to sleep. For example, you can go jogging, swimming, showering or explore the harbor and buy fresh bread at the bakery.
At what time do we arrive in the harbour?
That mainly depends on the wind. The target time is usually before dinner time. If you prefer to have longer or short sailing days, you can select your sailing trip with the corresponding category.
How will the cabins be divided?
The cabins are divided at the start of the sailing trip. There is no fee for singles/ individuals, unless you want a cabin to yourself. You can book a private cabin for 1.5x the board price.
Will I have to share a bed with a stranger?
No, although this is common practice with sailing holidays in Greece, to us this seems not the best start of your holiday (although exceptions might be possible). However, it can be possible that you will have to share your cabin (with bunk beds). In this we make no further distinction between male or female.
Is smoking allowed on board?
Not inside the ship. On deck only at the lee of the ship and not in front of the cabin entrance, so your fellow crew members will not suffer. The best place to smoke is onshore.
On a sailing holiday in Greece so we could jump overboard during sailing, can we also do this onboard of the Cherokee?
No, this is life-dangerous and we do not allow this.
Can I charge the batteries for my camera or laptop?
There are possibilities for charging batteries. Unfortunately this is not always possible, only when the generator is running, or if the ship is connected to shore power. Thus normaly every evening, but not when we are sailing
Is there internet on the boat and can I use my telephone?
the range of mobile phones on the high seas or behind large hills is not always good, especially in the North of Scotland. Email and internet are not available on board, but you can use, if available, wifi in the harbours. Else there will be a pub or hotel with internet.
Is there snorkeling and diving equipment on board?
There is no diving equipment on the ship available, but ther are some snorkels and goggles.
How about cooking and shopping?
The housekeeping, such as washing up and cleaning, are always done together. We assume that everyone contributes on their own initiative. Otherwise, in agreement, we will create a corvee schedule. The groceries are done by the crew, the bosun will do the cooking as well, but we appreciate all help.
I want to eat fish
Fish is once on the menu, if this is not enough then you are always free to go ashore to eat out. The last day we’re eating out anyway. The skipper knows the enjoyable and affordable restaurants where everyone can find a nice meal, also vegetarians. If you would like to eat somewhere else, feel free and you do not feel obliged to eat with the group.
Can I eat vegetarian?
That’s no problem. The skipper is vegetarian so there is will always be a vegetarian meal. please tell us in advance, so we will not buy meat for nothing.
Do we eat outside on the deck?
We have done this in the past, but this is very uncomfortable. That’s why we will eat inside at the table where everything is there for the taking with enough space for everyone. Coffee or tea can, of course, be consumed on deck afterwards.
When will the first drink come on deck?
For your own safety and those of other persons on board, alcohol is not allowed during sailing.
What do I have to take along?
Please check out our luggage page:
Will there be linens on board?
Each participant will receive one set of linen from us at the start of the trip; duvet with sheets, pillow with pillowcase, towel and wash cloth. This is for the entire sailing trip, if you would like more towels, please bring your own.
Where can I find the general terms and condition?
Please check our page: terms and conditions
Is an insurance mandatory?
A medical insurance is mandatory, but a cancellation insurance is not.
Do I need vaccinations?
Vaccinations are not necessarily needed for our sailing trips. For personal advice we recommend that you contact your local health office for more information on vaccinations for the holidays.
Are there any booking fees?
There are no additional booking costs for our sailing holidays. You only pay the board price & board cash.
What is meant by the board cash?
The board cash is an amount you pay per person at the beginning of the trip. From this board cash the food and drinks on board are paid (including for the crew) as well as fuel, shore power, port fees and taxes, but excluding trips, food and drinks ashore. The amount of the board cash is different for each area. If / what remains will be refunded (this is usually not the case by other providers). With less than 4 participants the cash box is usually not sufficient. In that case, there is a surcharge on the board cash of up to € 50, – per person.
Are there any discounts available?
If you book a 2nd sailing sailing voyage with us within a year, you will get 5% discount off the board price. 5% Group discount is possible when you book as a group (more than 3 passengers). And a youth discount of 10% off the board price when you are under 29 years. Discounts cannot be combined with each other.
Is privat charter possible?
You can also rent the ship and crew for a privat charter. Multiply the board price with 6.5 + board cash for each person. For private charter, you can choose one of the offered sailing holidays, provided there are no other bookings for that sailing journey. If you want more information on private charter, please contact us.
Is the flight included in the price?
Unfortunately your ticket is not included in our fare. Picking out a cheap flight cost us too much time, because we are just a small company. To get you started, we have described for you in detail on our page with transfer information on how to get to all destinations with a map of the harbour, so you can find us. The earlier you book, the cheaper your flight will be.
How do I book a sailing holiday?
Please see our booking page:
Can I take an option and how does it work?
Yes, it is possible to take an option on a particular journey without any obligation. Your option is held by us for 2 weeks. If someone else makes a booking after that period, your option expires on this trip.
How is the booking confirmed?
Once we have received your reservation, we will contact you to confirm your booking.
Your inquiry will be answered by us as soon as possible; however, sometimes this might take a few days, because we are not always connected to the Internet while sailing. Therefore we ask for your understanding and patience. We always try to send a confirmation within 24 to 48 hours. If you don’t hear anything from us, please check your “spam folder” or call us at +31 (0) 6 1695 22 63.
How do I pay?
fter your application you will receive an agreement and invoice by email. The standard payment period is 30 days, but payment must always be paid before the trip begins.
What is the payment time period?
The standard payment period is 30 days, but payment must always be paid before the trip begins. For amounts over € 700, – you can ask us to extend the payment period to 45 or 60 days.
Can I pay the bill in two installments?
At an amount higher than € 1800, – you can ask us to split the payment into two parts where the maximum intermediary period is 60 days.
Do you want to split your bill in half, but is the amount lower than as mentioned above, than you can make a request, but there will be charged an extra € 15, – administration fee.