About us - Cumberland Charter Yachts, Whitsundays

Why Choose Cumberland Charter Yachts?

Cumberland Charter Yachts (CCY) Vision Statement: Provide an exceptional holiday experience, leaving customers with a lifetime of memories that exceed all expectations.

Our Story

Cumberland Charter Yachts was founded in 1981, constantly adapting to meet market needs and as the leading bareboat operator, the first company to introduce catamarans for charter back in the early 90s. We pride ourselves on providing an innovative website with online booking and availability, a client portal called the “Charter Centre” designed to assist guests to plan their holiday and information to ensure safe practices in the marine park. We are conveniently based at Abell Point Marina in Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland.

At the very heart of Cumberland Charter Yachts, our passion and courageous attitude toward exploring drives us to create ‘incredible partnerships delivering unforgettable adventures’.  We believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in going further than the rest, we believe in team work and mutual success. This is why we exist and this is what has driven and inspired us every day since we started.

The Principals have an extensive background in boating along with many years marketing and general business experience. Our company has an excellent position in the market place due to our long-standing stability over the years. Cumberland Charter Yachts is Australian owner operated with our Vessel  Manager (Terry Kemp) joining the company in 1985, the Managing Director (Charlie Preen) in 1998 and General Manager (Sharon McNally) joining in 2010. Plus our experienced staff have been working within this industry for many years. Meet the Team


Responsible Business

Cumberland Charter Yachts are responsible for the well being of the National Parks, ensuring the enjoyment for future generations. All guests are provided a manual on Responsible Reef Practices, a copy of the 100 Magic Miles and are fully briefed on their possible impact on the reef, its eco system and the National Parks. Every charterer undertakes a 4 hour briefing by our qualified and local Briefers before departure covering all safety aspects of the vessel, the area, anchoring, mooring and snorkeling best practices.


Cumberland Charter Yachts are members of the following organisations:

  • Ecotourism Australia - committed to preserving the integrity of the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef
  • Whitsunday Bareboat Operators Association (WBOA) - a committee ensuring best environmental practices across multiple businesses in the Whitsundays
  • Tourism Whitsundays - the Regional Tourism Organisation
  • Boating Industry Association (BIA) - the voice of the recreational and light commercial marine industry, promoting safe, recreational boating as a positive and rewarding lifestyle for Australians
  • Tourism Reef Advisory Committee (TRAC) - an advisory group contributing to issues affecting the management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
  • Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC)- the peak tourism body for tourism in Queensland
  • Eco Certified certificateWhitsunday Bareboat Operators Association - logoThe Whitsundays - logoBoating Industry Association - logoGreat Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - logoQueensland Tourism Industry Council - logo


    Award Winning

  • Qantas Australian Tourism Award 2017 Silver winners for Unique Accommodation
  • Queensland Tourism Award Gold winners 2017 for Unique Accommodation
  • Whitsunday Tourism Award Silver winners 2017 for Unique Accommodation
  • Queensland Tourism Award Bronze winners 2016 for Unique Accommodation
  • Whitsunday Tourism Award Gold winners 2015 for Unique Accommodation
  • Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence - 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Qantas Australian Tourism Award Silver 2017 Unique AccommodationQueensland Tourism Award 2017 Unique AccommodationWhitsunday Tourism Award Silver 2017 Unique AccommdationQueensland Tourism Award Bronze winner - logo Whitsunday Tourism award logo Trip Advisor certificate


    Contributions & Sponsorship

    Cumberland Charter Yachts care for the community and environment we operate in, supporting a number of not-for-profit organisations and local businesses through sponsorship and volunteer work.
  • Eco Barge Clean Seas - a not-for-profit environmental organisation engaging the community to protect the marine life and aquatic environment by removing marine debris from the ocean, streets and creeks and providing care for sick and injured marine turtles. Cumberland Charter Yachts provides financial support to assist in purchasing sunscreen, gloves, debris collection bags and refreshements for volunteers in addition to staff resources in collecting marine debris and assisting with the sorting of debris once collected
  • Salvation Army - Cumberland Charter Yachts participate in the 'Adopt a Family' program each Christmas, donating gifts, food hampers and vouchers to an under privileged local family, brining joy to a family in need
  • Whitsunday Sailing Club and Airlie Beach Race Week - the largest keelboat regatta on the Queensland Coast and major event in the Whitsundays, Cumberland Charter Yachts provides financial and in-kind support for the event which attracts hundreds of visitors to the region
  • Whitsunday Reef Festival - a week long festival celebrating the reef and what it means to live in the Whitsundays. Cumberland Charter Yachts provides financial support and resources to support and assist organising the event to come alive.
  • Outrigger Whitsunday

    Eco Barge Clean Seas - logo

    Local and Economic Support


    CCY are on a journey to become climate action leaders, a sailing holiday may be considered a low carbon holiday with the wind power you will likely generate, however you'll need to run your engines daily and consider the environment, you can assist in reducing your carbon footprint in a number of ways.

    Our Customers

    Our customers enjoy our seamless service and caring staff. Often referred to a customer centric, we understand that the boat you choose is just the start of your adventure.

    CCY adapt to your needs- If you wish to start your briefing later or pick up from an island, we bring the boat to you. We can even do your shopping.



    A holiday means different things to different people, whether it's a honeymoon or time to reconnect with your family, perhaps the last family holiday before the kids fly the nest? Whatever your motivation our holidays are tailor made for you. We want you to experience the best of the Whitsundays so if you have a query or need an itinerary to enjoy your time here, we can help you.

    From the moment you contact us you become part of the CCY community, We have top tips, location recommendations, charter blogs, image sharing, tidal info, a personal web page dedicated to your charter, a team of amazing caring staff, who really know their stuff! All at your finger tips!CCY take care of you! We aim to make this the best holiday experience ever! But don't take our word for it, that's what our clients tell us, read their comments here Testimonials

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