My wife and I are planning for a week-long charter
in the Whitsunday islands as part of a longer trip to NZ/Oz. We both have a little sailing experience, though - living in landlocked Switzerland - most of this is on lakes. The current
plan would be to travel up the coast from Sydney
in around mid-April. I understand this will put us at the tail-end of the cyclone season, but am hoping the worst weather
will have passed by then. Is this realistic or overly optimistic?
I've also done some research
online and have found a number of places offering bareboat
and skippered charters from Hamilton island, Airlie Beach or Shute harbour.
- Which companies are the most reputable to charter
from? Any recommendations?
- Also, any recommendations as to which base to start from (e.g. Hamilton Island vs Airlie Beach, etc.)? Where is provisioning
going to be easiest?
I was also surprised to learn that it is possible to charter vessels without a license
. While I'm not sure we feel confident enough to take advantage of this (though we're both licensed), is this indeed the case and why?
Any info or advice is much appreciated
Thanks in advance!