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.

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:

Queensland Tourism Award Bronze winners 2016 for Unique Accommodation.

Whitsunday Tourism Award Gold winners 2015 for Unique Accommodation.

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

Whitsunday Tourism award

Trip Advisor certificate


Local Economic and Environmental Contributions:

Cumberland Charter Yachts care for the community we operate in. Our number one charity is Prostate Cancer, in cooperation with Shag Island Cruising Yacht Club charity. Each Christmas we adopt an under privileged local family, providing gifts, hamper and an experience. CCY sponsor a number of local events annually, donating to local organisations and clubs such as our Whitsunday Sailing, Whitsunday Outrigger club.

CCY are proud sponsors of Eco barge Clean Seas, our support will purchase items such as, sunscreen, gloves, collection bags and refreshments for our 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.


Our Customers:

Our customers enjoy our seamless service and caring staff. 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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