Lagoon 40 - "Whitsunday Dreaming"
Fuel efficiency, long range cruising capacity and stability makes the 40MY a truly multipurpose boat. On deck, this bareboat will guarantee real cruising pleasure with a large sheltered cockpit and Weber BBQ, rigid bimini, convenient steering station, and a fabulous sunbathing area on the cabin top.
Inside, the accommodation combines elegance and comfort for up to 6-8 - guests boasting 4 sophisticated cabins all with ensuites, 2 forward pilot berths and collapsible saloon table. The comfortable saloon and galley up design has a convenient serving window keeping the cook in the action!
The Whitsundays offers an array of activities. Snorkelling, diving, bushwalks, beachcombing, island exploration or just relaxing on bord the Lagoon 40 deck soaking in the wide array of gorgeous sunsets or under star drenched skies sipping champagne cocktails.
This is the third time I've chartered, but my first with children. Two families, with 4 young kids (12,10,10,6) on a Perry 43', 4 cabin. All in all it was excellent. Cumberland Charter Yachts was flexible with the briefing timing on arrival due to the different arrival timings of our two parties, which was very helpful. We did all of our own provisioning, which we organised prior through click and collect shopping, and a phone call to a local butcher that vacuum sealed and froze all of our meat ready for collection on the morning of departure.
The weather plays a big part in what you can and can't do. For our trip there was mainly 15-20kn SE winds and about 1 m seas. As such we stuck to the Western/Northern sides of the islands pretty much the entire time so that there was some protection from this.
Kids were fine, and didn't seem to find the conditions of living in a confined space a problem at all. Recommend a stop at Hamilton Island about 3 days in, so that you can ditch rubbish and restock on water, ice and beers. Must do - Whitehaven beach, incl. the walk up at Tongue Bay, Reef World (from Hamilton Is.), snorkelling on the North end of Hook Island.
Although it does seem quite daunting on day one to be taking a boat like this out on you own, but there is manual that explains everything, and CCY are always just a radio call always just a radio call away for advice. With a small amount of care and preparation, it is all very do-able.
I'd happily do this trip again in the future and can strongly recommend bareboating in the whitsundays with CCY for their excellent service, communication and vessels.
Matthew - COORPAROO, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
Chartered Perry 43 4 Cabin 23/04/2016