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Essential information for your charter

Contact number for questions about your charter and for arrivals

07400 524181

Thank you for your booking with Commodore Yachting. Please read the following carefully as it includes important information about your charter. We recommend that you print off this information and bring it with you when you come down for your charter. complete the booking process...

Things you need to do....

.....we need to know a few things about you..

It is essential that you complete a Charter  Contract. Without this we are unable to complete the booking process. You can find the form by following the link below.

...arriving for your charter....

• 1 DAY CHARTERS 9am – 5pm
• WEEKEND CHARTERS – from 6pm on Friday UNTIL 4pm on Sunday
• 5 DAY CHARTERS – 6pm on Sunday until 4pm on Friday
• 7 day CHARTERS 6pm on Friday or Sunday evening until 4pm on the last day
• Longer or bespoke charters please arrange with our office.

There may be a charge for out of hours handovers and handbacks.

Whilst we will do our best to have your boat ready for these times please appreciate sometimes there are issues which will mean a later handover.

Commodore Yachting Barge

...the money bit...

We can offer you two options to cover the yacht in the event of losses or damage occurring during the charter:

Option 1 – Security Deposit Limitation Insurance

You can reduce the amount of security deposit you pay by choosing to take the Security Deposit Limitation Insurance  option. This payment reduces the amount of security deposit payable  but does not eliminate the liability for costs associated with damage or losses to the yacht, or damage to or loss of ancillary equipment or damage caused by a third party.

SDLI does not cover damage to sails or negligence

The Excess of £400 for Bavaria 36 or £500 for 37 – 44ft yachts, will be taken as reserved funds on your card upon arrival as part of the handover  process. If damage occurs to a value lower than the excess you will be refunded the amount less the cost of investigation and repair. If the damage incurred exceeds the excess, the payment will not be refunded and you will not be required to pay any additional costs upon disembarkation.

Option 2 – Security Deposit

Alternatively, you can opt to pay a Security Deposit. This is a refundable payment of between £1000 and £1600 depending on the yacht, before your embark and you will be liable for damage or loss incurred to the yacht and its ancillary equipment up to the maximum cost of £1000 – £1600. This is taken as reserved funds on your card and so the money will not leave your account unless required. It will however , be ringfenced and held should it be required. If damage occurs to the value lower than the security deposit you will be refunded your payment less the cost of repair, replacement and associated costs. If the damage incurred exceeds the security deposit value, your payment will not be refunded and you will not be required to pay any additional costs. After the security deposit is cancelled, depending on you bank, your funds make take up to 10 days to be released.

Duration36 Yacht37 / 38 ft Yacht44 ft - 50ft yachtFor charters in excess of 5 days
Security deposit limitation insurance£400 SD + £100 SDLI£500 SD + £120 SDLI£500 SD + £150 SDLIAdd £15 per day
Security deposit£1000£1500£1600No extra

Please note neither the Security Deposit Limitation Insurance nor the Security Deposit cover any acts of gross negligence, such as damage occurred whilst sailing outside the defined sailing area, sailing under the influence of alcohol or drugs, running aground or taking the yacht single handed.

We recommend that you take out Travel Insurance for your charter. This can cover you for injury, cancellation or losses. Some policies include a Yacht Charter Excess Waiver.

...all about you..

Documentation and security deposits

In order to satisfy our insurance requirements we require copies of at least one of the following documents:

Bavaria 36 

Day Skipper practical (tidal) Certificate


OR Copy of Logbook showing at least three years experience on similar yachts

Security deposit £1000.00


Non refundable Security Deposit Limitation Insurance of £100.00 for up to 5 days, £15.00 per day thereafter + security deposit £400.00

Bavaria 37 /  38

Day Skipper practical (tidal) Certificate


OR Copy of Logbook showing at least three years experience on similar yachts

Security deposit £1500.00


Non refundable Security Deposit Limitation Insurance of £120.00 for up to 5 days, £15.00 per day thereafter + security deposit £500.00


Bavaria 44 

Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster  Coastal / Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence (Yachtmaster theory or a Coastal Skipper course completion certificate is NOT sufficient evidence of competence)

OR Copy of Logbook showing at least three years experience on similar yachts

Security deposit £1600.00


Non refundable Security Deposit Limitation Insurance of £150.00 for up to 5 days, £15.00 per day thereafter + Security deposit £500.00

...links to important forms...

Crew list

You can use this on-line form to submit your crew list. This will save you time before you leave.

Check in Form

You can use this on-line form to let us know about any issues, defects or breakages at the end of your charter.

Lost Property

...what to pack....


• A sleeping bag, sheet, pillows and pillowcase*, towels. In colder weather you might like to bring an extra blanket.
• Your own waterproof clothes, if nothiring a Commodore Yachting set.
• Sea boots or wellington boots
• Soft deck shoes, trainers or tennis shoes (non marking soles)
• Lots of warm clothes whatever the time of year (remember that lots of layers are better than one thick layer). In summer, sunbathing gear (you never know your luck!). Gloves, hat and sunglasses at any time of year.
• Toiletries, a towel and suntan lotion
• Any regular medication that you may require (please advise your skipper of any medication etc.)
• A soft bag to contain all of the above (not suitcases as these are difficult to store)

*If you would prefer not to bring your own bedding you can hire the following:
• Sleeping bag and liner £10.00
• Pillow and pillow case £2.50

..ID and certificates...

We will need to see the originals of all certificates when you arrive.

Should you not have the required qualification we may be able to accept a sailing CV. If you want us to consider this please allow sufficient time for this to be put to underwriters who will make the final decision.


In addition you need to bring the following ID:


AND one of the following

Utility bill or bank statement showing your address.


Your security deposit will be taken as reserved funds on your card prior to the yacht handover. This can be paid in any of the following ways:

Funds will be reserved for the duration of your charter and up to 7 days to allow us time to complete the handback process. We will notify you of any retention within 7 working days of completion of the charter. Terms and conditions can be found on our booking form.

...squeaky clean...

Your yacht has been carefully prepared for your charter and our team will come on board after you leave to get it ready for the next crew. Sometimes time is very short between charters / courses and so to assist our cleaning team we ask you to leave the boat as you found it. In particular, make sure you refuel at the fuel dock at Gosport Marina, tidy the galley wiping the cooker, sink and work surfaces, empty the bins, clean the heads, wash down the decks and fill the watertanks. If you would prefer to leave this to us we will make extra staff available and do this cleaning for you.

3 Cabin Boats   £50.00

4 Cabin Boats   £75.00

5 Cabin Boats   £100.00

It is helpful if you can let us know if you would like us to do the end cleaning.

Please note: these charges may be taken from your security deposit if our staff are not happy about the condition of the boat at handback.

Thank you for your co-operation, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. might like to consider...

Insuring your charter

Cancellation cover available

Contact number for questions about your charter and for arrivals  – 02392 160813

We are on the map!

Gosport Ferry

When you reach Gosport Marina you should go to the Marina reception, tell them you are booked with Commodore Yachting and they will give you access to the pontoons and showers. You can then make your way to the Commodore Yachting Barge which is located on ‘A’ pontoon where our staff will meet you. The marina staff will assist if you are unsure how to find us.

Finding us......

By Road.  Leave the M27 at junction 11 and take the A32 into Gosport town centre.  Follow the signs for Gosport town centre, (you will notice signs at Fareham that also say town centre but you should follow the signs to Gosport). Keep going towards Gosport town centre, some of the landmarks will be the Kwik Fit Garage on your left, Crown Bingo on your right and St. Vincent College on the left hand side.  Go through a set of traffic lights about half a mile past the college and straight on all the way into Gosport. Gosport Marina is on the left hand side just before the Castle Tavern.

By Rail.  Catch a train to Portsmouth Harbour railway station (not Portsmouth & Southsea) – from London these go from Waterloo Station, fast trains take just under 90 minutes.  There is also a train from Victoria. From Portsmouth Harbour station follow the signs for the Gosport ferry (not the Isle of Wight ferry). The trip across the harbour takes about three minutes and a return ticket costs £3.60 / £2.60 concessions.

Gosport Ferry Timetable

On leaving the ferry, you can walk to the marina in about 3 minutes. Walk up from the ferry to the road and turn right, you will pass the Castle Tavern on your right hand side, the entrance to the marina is 20 metres past the pub.


Gosport Marina

There is secure parking at the marina, please use the berth holders car park, you will see the barrier on your left. The marina make a charge of up to £10.00 per day for parking (max £15.00 for the duration of your charter). Please take a ticket as you enter the car park and ask our staff to stamp it before you leave. If you take this to the marina reception they will discount your parking.


Contact us....

Contact Commodore Yachting

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