An agile and easy sailing yacht with spacious interior will have you enjoying every moment of your bareboat charter in the Whitsundays.From $465 - $610 AUD per night
With spacious easy to glide around cockpit and decks, a walk through transom, and a swim platform with a shower and ladder means you will be exploring the fabulous snorkel and dive sights around the Whitsundays at will.
The aft cabin boasts a 7 foot king size bed, while the forward cabin is near a shared ensuite, it is the perfect bareboat to charter for a couple on their honeymoon, or 2 couples. A two burner stove and gas oven in the fully equipped galley makes cooking a breeze and a small BBQ out in the cockpit gives you a choice of dining experience - alfresco under the stars.
The cockpit has a central steering wheel close to all the sheets and lines needed to easily sail the boat single-handedly if needed, while everyone else is up on deck soaking up the sun.
We departed from the Marina with a stiff breeze towards Hook Island Passage, Skedaddle reached 7.5 knots after we got the hang of things. Passing through Hook Passage and towards Esk Island we had to tack in the SE winds, but made good way and moored at one of the provided buoys for the night. The famous Whitehaven beach was our next stop, what a great beach and swimming experience ! In our effort to circumnavigate Whitsunday Island we stopped at Hamilton Isl. Marina for the usual activities coupled with a great meal at the Italian restaurant overlooking the harbour. A crew change took place here and we continued up north again with a stop at Cid Harbour where we woke up the following day with turtles bobbing up to the surface every 5 minutes ! Here we also caught some good fish that was barbecued the following night. The highlight of the charter was Cateran Bay where we stopped the next day for lunch; the sea was calm, visibility was great and the coral was the best I have ever seen in all my professional diving off the coast of North Queensland in previous years. We then dropped anchor at Mackerel Bay, enjoyed the fish for Dinner and caught a few squid. The rounding of the northern tip of Hook Island took some time as by now the winds had calmed, but we were entertained numerous times by whales that kept leaping out of the water and obviously trained their calves in how to breach and roll and generally have a good time. Another highlight was Manta Ray Bay. Although we missed out on seeing the Manta Ray we were duly compensated by the huge Mauri Wrasse that came to the boat. Then a huge school of reef fish surfaced. This was an experience to write home about and the memory of this will stay with us for a long time to come. All in all, the skipper & crew have had a wonderful time enjoying the tranquillity, scenery and wildlife, add to this the professional touch by all at Cumberland Charter and Skedaddle, it goes without saying that we will be back !!Jurgen - SAMFORD VALLEY, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA