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Bareboat Charter Agreement


1. The Owner of the Vessel represented by: Commodore Yachting Ltd, Gosport Marina, Mumby Road, Gosport, PO12 1AH

2. The Charterer


“Vessel”: including all equipment, machinery and gear on board and any inventory signed by the parties

“Charter Period”: from Charter start time and date to Charter end time and date

“Cruising Limits”: as defined on booking form

“Charter Fee”: the sum of money paid in exchange for hire of vessel

“Advance Payment”: the sum of 25% of Charter Fee

“Balance of Payment”: the sum of Charter balance due 42 days before commencement of the Charter Period

“Security Deposit”: the sum of:   £1500.00 for vessels under 45 ft security deposit  paid prior to boarding. We will hold the security deposit as reserved funds which will be cancelled providing there are no losses or breakages. This can be paid by credit or debit card, however if a credit card is used then a 2.5% charge will be added should payment is taken.

“Security Deposit Limitation Insurance”: Non-refundable payment limiting the charterer’s liability for accidental damage or loss to the vessel and ancillary equipment and loss or damage to any third party yacht involved in an accident with the vessel. This includes surveys, inspections and associated costs regardless of whether damage is discovered during any inspection.

“Owner” and “Charterer”: the persons named on the booking form and handover form

“Port of Delivery”: Gosport Marina

“Port of Redelivery”: Gosport Marina


1      Charter and payment

1.1      The Owner shall let on bareboat charter and the Charterer shall hire the Vessel for the Charter Period for the Charter Fee.

1.2      The Advance Payment is paid by way of a deposit to secure the Vessel for the Charter Period and shall be paid to the Owner on the signing of this Agreement.  On payment by the Charterer of the Advance Payment, the Owner agrees not to enter into any other agreement for the charter of the Vessel for the same period.  The Balance Payment shall be paid to the Owner no later than 42 days before the Charter commences. The Security Deposit and/or Security Deposit Limitation Insurance shall be paid to the Owner before commencement of the Charter Period.

2      Security Deposit

2.1      The Owner may retain and apply the Security Deposit in part or in full to cover any liability of the Charterer to the Owner.

2.2      Such retention of the Security Deposit shall not prejudice the right of the Owner to recover any unsatisfied balance of such liability from the Charterer.

2.3      Subject to the preceding clauses of this section, the Security Deposit or any balance remaining shall be returned to the Charterer within 14 days after the Redelivery, or, in the event of a dispute, upon the determination of such dispute.

2.4      The Owner may retain security deposit f after the boat has been handed over, further damage is noted by the Owner / Agent / Company representative. Or incidents are reported to the owner / company after the charters have departed the vessel.


3      Owner’s Obligations

3.1      The Owner shall at the beginning of the Charter Period deliver the Vessel to the Charterer, or his representative, in good and seaworthy condition in compliance with the MCA’s Code of Practice for the Safety of Small Commercial Motor or Sailing Vessels and with the minimum equipment requirements of the Marine Leisure Association (MLA). At a time convenient to the Charterer and the Owner and for a reasonable duration, the Charterer may inspect the Vessel before the start of the Charter Period in the company of a representative of the Owner.  The Owner does not warrant the fitness of the Vessel in all conditions of weather for any particular cruise or passage within the Cruising Limits.  

3.2      The Owner will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver the Vessel to the Charterer in the aforesaid condition at the agreed time and place but in default, whether as a result of a breach of 3.1 or otherwise, his liability shall be limited to a pro rata return of the Charter Fee for each period of 12 hours for which delivery is delayed. If such delay exceeds 25% of the Charter Period, the Charterer shall be at liberty to treat the Charter as cancelled.  The Owner shall thereupon return all sums but shall have no further liability to the Charterer in respect of the curtailment or cancellation of the Charter including without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing liability in respect of consequential or economic loss or loss of use or enjoyment.

3.3      The Owner is not liable under clause 3.2 if such failure is as a result of Acts of God (including fire, flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane or other natural disaster), war, invasion, act of foreign enemies, hostilities (regardless of whether war is declared), civil war, rebellion, revolution, insurrection, military or usurped power or confiscation, terrorist activities, nationalization, government sanction, blockage, embargo, labour dispute, strike, lockout or interruption or failure of electricity or telephone service.  If the Owner asserts this clause as an excuse for failure to perform his obligation, then he must prove that he took reasonable steps to minimize delay or damages caused by foreseeable events, that the party substantially fulfilled all non-excused obligations, and that the Charterer was timely notified of the likelihood or actual occurrence of an event described above.  Where delivery is delayed otherwise than by reason given in this clause, the Owner’s maximum liability shall be limited to the Charter Fee.

4      Insurance and Liabilities

4.1      The Vessel and her equipment shall be insured on the terms of the Institute Yacht Clauses or on comparable terms for her full value with third party damage cover of no less than £2,000,000 subject to a policy deductible no greater than the Security Deposit.

4.2      The Charterer shall indemnify the Owner in respect of any loss or damage to the Vessel or her equipment, or other expense or liability arising out of any act or omission of the Charterer, his servants or agents or any member of his party, which is not for any reason covered by the Vessel’s insurance.

4.3      The Owner shall have no liability for death or personal injury nor loss or damage to personal possessions suffered by the Charterer, his servants, agents or any member of his party unless caused by the Owner’s negligence or willful default.

4.4      The Charterer shall neither take the Vessel outside the Cruising Limits nor do any other act which may vitiate the Owner’s insurance or prejudice the Owner’s right to claim there under.

4.5      In the event of damage to or failure of the Vessel or any other incident involving a third party, the Charterer shall at the earliest opportunity (and in any case within 12 hours) report such occurrence to the Owner or his local agent and shall comply with any reasonable instructions given.  The Charterer shall not accept a tow or take any other action that could lead to a claim for salvage unless in imminent peril and unless a reasonable fee has been agreed for the action to be taken.

4.6      In the event of major damage to the Vessel during the Charter Period involving a claim on the Vessel’s insurance or in the event of a breakdown of gear or machinery rendering the Vessel unseaworthy or unusable, a pro rata credit of the daily rate charged will be made from the time of notifying the company for the period during which the Vessel was unseaworthy or unusable provided that neither the Charterer nor any member of his party caused or contributed to the damage or breakdown and provided also that the Owner shall not be liable to the Charterer for any other compensation in respect of damage or breakdown whether in respect of consequential or financial loss or otherwise, save where damage or breakdown is caused by the negligence of the Owner and results in death or personal injury.  (Engine breakdown in an auxiliary yacht is not deemed to make the Vessel unfit for use under this Agreement).

5      Charterer’s Obligations

5.1      The Charterer will restrict the navigation of the Vessel to the Cruising Limits and to those areas within the Cruising Limits in which the Vessel (i) is legally entitled to be navigated and (ii) can be safely navigated by the Crew in the prevailing conditions.

5.2      If the Charterer fails to accept delivery of the Vessel within 24 hours of the start of the Charter Period and has not by then notified the Owner of his intention to accept delivery later during the Charter Period, the Owner may treat this Agreement as terminated without prejudice to his rights to recover any unpaid portion of the Charter Fee and to recover damages in respect of any other loss caused to the Owner through the failure of the Charterer to accept delivery of the Vessel.

5.3      The Charterer warrants that he and the Crew have the experience and competence described on the Booking Form and that they are capable of safely handling the Vessel.

5.4      The Charterer will pay all running expenses during the Charter Period (including, but not limited to, the cost of charts other than those supplied, food, laundry charges, water, fuel, bills, , harbour dues, port dues, pilotage and all other provisions for the Charterer and the Charterer’s party) and to the extent that on redelivery if any consumables other than those expressly included within the Charter Fee have not been restored to their handover levels, the Charterer shall be liable to the Owner for the cost thereof.

5.5      The Charterer shall not sub-charter or part with control of the Vessel without the prior written consent of the Owner.

5.6      The Charterer shall take care of and assume full responsibility for the safety and maintenance of the Vessel and its equipment at all times during the Charter Period including when unattended.  When the Charterer leaves the Vessel unattended, the Charterer shall remain fully responsible therefor and should take all reasonable precautions to secure the Vessel and the equipment and gear on board.

5.7      Where loss or damage is caused to the Vessel the Charterer shall use his best endevours to obtain the prior approval of the Owner before putting any repairs in hand and will in any event obtain a written estimate for any work likely to cost more than £100.00.

5.8      The Charterer shall not allow the Vessel to dry out or be stranded and shall ensure that the Vessel is moored only at a secure and well-maintained mooring point.  The Charterer shall not anchor the Vessel in a place where anchoring is restricted or that is not suitable for anchoring such a vessel.

5.9      The Charterer shall neither use the Vessel for any purpose other than private pleasure cruising for himself, his crew and his guests, nor race the Vessel without the prior written consent of the Owner. He will not tow any dinghy but will lash it on the deck of the Vessel.

5.10    The Charterer shall limit the number of persons in his party to not more than the number of berths on the Vessel, except by prior agreement with the Owner, such agreement to be contingent on the Charterer’s party not exceeding the number of places on the Vessel licensed by the appropriate authority.

5.11    The Charterer shall observe all applicable rules, regulations and laws whether of customs, harbour or other authorities or otherwise.

5.12    The Charterer shall not allow any animals on board the Vessel without the prior written consent of the Owner.

5.13    The Charterer shall not allow any third parties on board nor undertake any act that could lead to seizure, arrest or distraint.

5.14    The Charterer shall redeliver the Vessel to the Owner at the end of the Charter Period, at the Port of Redelivery or at such other place as may be agreed between the parties, free of indebtedness, in as good, clean and tidy condition as on delivery  (fair wear and tear excepted) and with her inventory complete. It should be left in the condition that he would like to find it on arrival. If required arrangements can be made in advance for the yacht to be cleaned for a fee of £50.00. If this arrangement is not made and the vessel is not left in a clean and tidy condition, cleaning charges which may exceed £50.00 may be deducted from the Security Deposit. If the Charterer  fails so to redeliver the Vessel, he shall be liable for twice the pro rata Charter Fee for every day or part thereof by which redelivery is delayed, unless such delay is caused by the operation of an insured peril or circumstances beyond the Charterer’s reasonable control.  Due to the availability of weather forecasts, abandonment of the Vessel away from the Port of Redelivery due to bad weather does not constitute a circumstance beyond the Charterer’s reasonable control. If it seems likely that you will not be able to return your yacht on time, contact us as soon as possible so that we may make the best possible arrangements for the next charterer.

5.15    The Charterer’s obligations under this Agreement shall continue until redelivery, by taking the vessel the Charter also accepts the terms and conditions of this charter. 

6      Notice of Withdrawal

6.1      Where the Charterer is a Consumer (ie, the Charterer is a natural person and is acting for purposes which are outside his trade, business or profession):

6.1.1       Should the Charterer give written notice to the Owner of his withdrawal from the charter at least 42 days before the start of the Charter Period, the Advance Payment shall be forfeit but the Charterer shall have no liability for the Balance of Payment (and if it and/or the Security Deposit Limitation Insurance have already been paid, it and/or they shall be refunded).  If the Owner re-charters the Vessel for the Charter Period for no less than the Charter Fee then half the Advance Payment will be refunded.  In such circumstances the Owner shall use all reasonable endeavours to re-charter the Vessel and shall not unreasonably withhold his agreement to re-charter, although charters that may reasonably be considered detrimental to the Vessel, its reputation, or its schedule may be refused.

6.1.2       Should the Charterer give written notice to the Owner of his withdrawal from the charter within 42 days of the start of the Charter Period, the Charterer shall remain liable for all payments due to the Owner at the date of the cancellation.  In the event that the Owner is able to re-charter the Vessel for all or part of the Charter Period, the Owner will give credit for the net amount of charter hire arising from the re-charter up to the value of the Balance Payment.  The Operator shall use all reasonable endeavours to re-charter the Vessel and shall not unreasonably withhold his agreement to re-charter, although charters that may reasonably be considered detrimental to the Vessel, its reputation, or its schedule may be refused.

NOTE: We strongly advise charterers to take out an insurance policy to protect against cancellation.

6.1.3       If prior to the commencement of the Charter Period the Owner gives notice to the Charterer of cancellation, the Charterer shall be entitled to repayment without interest of all sums paid by him to the Owner.

6.2      Where the Charterer is not a Consumer (ie, the Charterer is not a natural person acting for purposes outside his trade, business or profession):

6.2.1       Should the Charterer give notice of cancellation of this Agreement on or at any time before the commencement of the Charter Period, the Charterer shall remain liable for all payments due to the Owner at the date of cancellation. 

6.2.2       Should notice of cancellation be given by the Charterer or should the Charterer fail, after having been given notice, to pay any amount due under this Agreement, the Owner shall be entitled to treat this Agreement as having been repudiated by the Charterer and to retain the full amount of all payments.

6.2.3       In the event that the Owner is able to re-charter the Vessel for all or part of the Charter Period, the Owner will give credit for the net amount of charter hire arising from the re-charter up to the value of the Balance Payment.  The Operator shall use all reasonable endeavours to re-charter the Vessel and shall not unreasonably withhold his agreement to re-charter, although charters that may reasonably be considered detrimental to the Vessel, its reputation, or its schedule may be refused.

6.3      If prior to the date of cancellation, the Vessel has taken on provisions for the Charter or the Owner has incurred other expenses on behalf of the Charterer, then the Charterer shall reimburse these expenses unless all or part can either be refunded by the supplier or transferred to the next charter, in which case such expenses shall be adjusted accordingly.  The Operator shall be under a duty to mitigate these expenses where possible.

7      General

7.1      Prior to handover the Owner may require a sea trial of up to one hour’s duration and if the Owner is not reasonably satisfied as to the ability of the Charterer and his party to handle the Vessel safely he may terminate this Agreement as if the Charterer had given written notice of withdrawal at this time and the provisions of Clause 6.1.2 shall apply. 

7.2      The Owner shall have the right to restrict the Cruising Limits in the light of the experience of the Charterer and members of his party, and/or the actual or anticipated weather conditions. Day Skippers will be limited to day sailing ONLY.

7.3      If the Charterer fails to comply with any provision of the agreement, the Owner may forthwith terminate the Agreement and resume possession of the Vessel, but without prejudice to the right of the Owner to recover damages in respect of any breach of the Agreement by the Charterer.

7.4      Save as otherwise provided in the terms of business of the Owner, and subject to the statutory rights of the Charterer if contracting as a Consumer, the provisions of the Agreement shall exhaustively and exclusively govern the rights and obligations of the parties.

7.5      This Agreement is subject to English law. In the event of a dispute arising under this Agreement, the parties agree to use reasonable endeavours to resolve such a dispute by negotiation and, if such negotiation fails, to consider referring the dispute to alternative dispute resolution under the dispute resolution procedures adopted from time to time by the British Marine Federation. Save as aforesaid, in the case of a Charterer contracting otherwise than as a Consumer, any dispute arising under this Agreement shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales.

7.6      If any provision of this Agreement is held by any court or other competent authority to be void or unenforceable in whole or part, this Agreement shall continue to be valid as to the other provisions thereof and the remainder of the affected provision.


8. Severe Weather

In the event of severe weather being forecast for the duration of the charter period, we reserve the right to reschedule the charter within 3 months of the original date.  If the rescheduled charter takes place in a more expensive period an extra charter fee will be payable. No refund will be given should severe weather occur and no refund will be given should the rescheduled charter take place during a less expensive charter period. We reserve the right to restrict the permitted cruising area should severe weather be forecast. In the event of severe weather occurring once the charter period has commenced the Charterer remains responsible for the yacht at all times but must contact Commodore Yachting to discuss the situation. Failure to take the advice of Commodore Yachting may result in the Charterer being held responsible should any damage or injury take place.

9.  No persons under the age 21 years may charter a yacht.

10.  No animals or pets of any sort may be taken on board unless by prior arrangement and with the payment of a compulsory cleaning fee in addition to any other cleaning fee.

11.  No firearms may be taken on board.

12.  Only those persons nominated on the booking form are permitted aboard whilst the yacht is under sail unless permission has been give the by Owner or his agent.

13. Where a professional skipper has been employed, either directly by the Charterer or indirectly through Commodore Yachting Ltd the Charterer may be liable for losses or damages during the Charter Period. The skipper shall have absolute authority with regard to the safety and navigation of the yacht and persons on board.

14. In some cases the conditions 1 –13 may be superseded by a separate contract.

Security Deposit Limitation Insurance (SDLI) & Security deposits

We can offer you two options to cover the yacht in the event of 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. (Deposits may change if you do not meet the qualification requirement for the vessels, less than 40 ft, day skipper, above 40ft, two day skippers on board or a coastal skipper orf above)

NB, the original certificate is needed to be shown at handover, for insurance purposes, courses must be done in a tidal location.

The Excess of £400 for smaller yachts or £500 for 44ft yachts, will be taken upon arrival or can be paid in advance 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

SDLI Options – Cost for weekend or midweek charter (for longer charters add £15 per day)
Yacht 36ft 37 – 38ft 44 – 50ft
Option 1 £NA £NA £NA
Option 2 £1500 £1500 £1500

Alternatively, you can opt to pay a Security Deposit. This is a refundable payment of £1500 or more subject to insurance requirements, 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 the insurance excess. 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.


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.

If things don’t go to plan

The Charterer must notify the Company about any visible damage to the boat prior to embarkation. The Charterer must immediately notify the Commodore Yachting office of any shortcomings, problems or deficiencies during the charter so that remedial action can be taken. Complaints must be made within 7 days after the end of your charter. Commodore Yachting will acknowledge your complaint within 7 days and provide further information as a result of their investigation within 28 days.


Can we help you?

We are committed to providing a high-quality service to all our students and charterers. When something goes wrong, we need you to tell us about it. This will help us to solve any problems and ensure that the remainder of your course or charter is as enjoyable as possible.

If you have a problem, please tell your instructor, skipper or our office at the earliest opportunity during your course or charter. If the problem persists we request that you tell our office during your time with us in order that things can be put right before you leave the boat. If a solution cannot be found you should then tell the Principal of Commodore Yachting.

You can contact us by telephone but we will need you to follow this up in writing within 14 days of the end of the course or charter if you would like us to look in to the matter. We need to know:

  • more about the problem
  • who you told whilst you were with us
  • what if anything was done to try to put things right
  • how you think we can assist.

What will happen next?

We will look into the matter and do our best to resolve any problems. At this stage, if you are still not satisfied, you should contact:

British Marine Leisure Boating
Marine House
Thorpe Lea Road
TW20 8BF

Tel: 01784 223640
Fax: 01784 439678

British Marine Leisure Boating
(A company limited by guarantee) Registered office as above. Registration No. 5562247