I would like to charter a yacht, which sailing qualification do I need?
The Day Skipper course will teach you how to skipper a cruising yacht on short passages by day and is accepted by most charter companies in the UK for anyone wishing to charter a yacht under about 40 feet. If you are chartering a yacht abroad you will also need to obtain an International Certificate of Competence (ICC). By successfully passing your Day Skipper course you will be eligible to apply for this (subject to the ICC terms and conditions). If you wish to charter a larger yacht you may need to prove that you are an experienced skipper or pass a Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore exam.
What sort of yachts do you charter?
We have a fleet of mainly company owned, modern Bavaria cruising yachts. Each yacht is designed for comfort first and has 3 or 4 comfortable cabins with on board toilet and washing facilities. The galley is well equipped with a oven and gas hob, fridge and plenty of storage. The cockpit is spacious with wheel steering and plenty of seating for the crew. We also have a 5 cabin Beneteau 50.
How can I be sure about safety?
All our yachts are coded by the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) and have to meet demanding standards of safety. In addition Commodore Yachting have added extra safety features such as crotch straps on life jackets for extra peace of mind. Should you prefer a skippered charter all our skippers must be commercially endorsed Yachtmasters. Most of them are also RYA instructors. We do not use commercially endorsed Day Skippers for skippering and so you can be assured of a highy experienced captain for skippered charters and corporate events.
What is meant by a ‘mid week charter’?
Unlike many charter companies who offer a ‘mid week charter’ from Monday afternoon until Friday morning our charters allow you 5 full days on the water with 5 nights spent on board.
What time can I board the boat for my charter?
Although our charters are either for a full week, 5 days and weekends we are able to get you on board the evening before your charter begins, usually by 1800 hrs. All charters end at 1600 hrs on the final day. We worked it out for you – you get a full 24 hours extra charter time!
How do I pay for fuel?
The yacht will come with a full tank of fuel and you can refuel when you return to Gosport. Alternatively, we can refuel for you for a small fee.
How can I confirm my charter?
25% deposit is required to confirm the charter with the balance due 6 weeks before the charter begins.
How much is the security deposit?
The security deposit for charter ranges from £1000 on the smallest yacht to £1600 on the larger ones. This is held as reserved funds on your card so no payment will be deducted unless any damage or losses occur.
What about parking?
There is a large carpark at Gosport Marina. Charterers are able to park one car free of charge. All other cars can park at a reduced rate which is capped at £10.00.
I would be arriving by train, how far is Commodore Yachting from the station?
We are based at Gosport Marina and it takes about 5 minutes to cross the harbour from Portsmouth Harbour station on the Gosport ferry which can be found just outside the station. We are then 5 minutes walk from the Ferry port. We are also within easy walking distance of the national coach drop off points.
What do I need to bring with me?
You will need to bring bedding or a sleeping bag, towel and some warm clothing. Pillows and pillowcases are provided. It can sometimes be cooler on a boat even in the summer. You will also need some non slip shoes with non marking soles. ‘You Boat’ just outside the marina offers our students a 10% discount off most items to our customers.