Why Choose Cumberland?

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 (CCY), 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 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

Our 30 years experience in the charter industry, provides you peace of mind.

From the moment you arrive at our base at Abell Point Marina you enjoy easy loading and all modern amenities at your fingertips with shopping and restaurants just moments away.

Cumberland offers a modern fleet with something to suit everyone. We have sailing and power catamarans, sailing yachts and fly bridge motor cruisers in a range of sizes. Our maintenance team are highly skilled and our vessels are maintained to the highest standard, your safety is our priority.


Responsible Business

CCY is responsible for the national park’s wellbeing, ensuring future generation’s enjoyment. All guests are fully briefed on their impact on the reef and its eco system. Every charter undertakes a 4 hour briefing before departure where a qualified mariner covers all safety aspects of the vessel, the area, anchoring, mooring and snorkeling best practices.

CCY provides a Responsible Reef Practices manual and 100 Magic Miles for clients to refer to pre charter and whilst on board the vessel.

CCY are committed to the Great Barrier Reefs sustainability. In 2015 we obtained our Eco Tourism accreditation, CCY are members of the Tourism and Recreation Reef Advisory Committee (TRRAC) an advisory group contributing to issues affecting the management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

CCY are members of Whitsunday Bareboat Operators Association (WBOA)

CCY are members of the local tourism body Tourism Whitsundays.(TW)

CCY are proud members of Boating Industry Association. (BIA)

Eco Certified certificate


Award Winning

Qantas Australian Tourism Award 2017 finalist for Unique Accommodation

Queensland Tourism Award Gold winners 2017 for Unique Accommdoation

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

In 2015, 2016 and 2017 we were awarded with a Certificate Of Excellence from Trip Advisor.

Qantas Australian Tourism Award finalist 2017Queensland Tourism Award 2017 Unique AccommodationWhitsunday Tourism Award Silver 2017 Unique Accommdation Whitsunday Tourism award Trip Advisor certificate


Local Economic and Environmental Contributions

Cumberland Charter Yachts care for the community we operate in. We are proud sponsors of Eco Barge Clean Seas, our generous support purchase items such as sunscreen, gloves, collection bags and refreshments for their volunteers, all of which are highly important to run an effective and successful Marine Debris Removal Program. We provide collection bags in reception for you to join the program.

Each Christmas CCY adopt an under privileged local family, providing gifts, food hamper, vouchers and experiences.

CCY sponsor a number of local events annually, donating to local organisations and clubs such as our Whitsunday Sailing Club, Whitsunday Outrigger club and Airlie Beach Race week.

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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