Why Choose Cumberland Charter Yachts?

Mission 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 Coral Sea Resort|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 director (Terry Kemp) joining the company in 1985, the Managing Director (Charlie Preen) in 1998 and General Manager (Simon Summerton) joining in 2019. Plus our experienced staff have been working within this industry for many years. Meet the Team

Acknowledgement to Country

Cumberland Charter Yachts acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters on which the tourism business operates and pays respect to the Elders past and present.

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:

Eco Certified certificateWhitsunday Bareboat Operators Association - logoTourism Whitsundays logoBoating Industry Association - logoGreat Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - logoQueensland Tourism Industry Council - logo


Award Winning

Queensland Tourism Award 2018 Silver Unique Accommodation Australian Tourism Awards 2017 Silver Unique Accommodation Qantas Australian Tourism Award Silver 2017 Unique Accommodation Queensland Tourism Award Gold winner 2017 Unique Accomodation Whitsunday Tourism Award Silver winner 2017 Unique Accommodation Queensland Tourism Award Bronze winner - logo Whitsundays Tourism Award - Winner - Unique Accommodation 2016 Eco-tourism certified logo 2019 Trip Advisor certificate of excellence Whitsunday Tourism Award Silver Unique Accommodation


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.

Cumberland Charter Yachts 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, and 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 as customer centric, we understand that the boat you choose is just the start of your adventure and we are here to assist you in every stage of the planning process, right up until your arrival.

A holiday means different things to different people. Whether it's a honeymoon, time to reconnect with your family or perhaps the last family holiday before the kids fly the nest, whatever your motivation is our holidays are tailor made for you. We are passionate about the Whitsundays and want you to experience the best of what a bareboating holiday is, so if you have any queries, we are here to help. No question is too big or too small.

From the moment you contact us you become part of the Cumberland Charter Yachts community. Our vessels are maintained and cleaned to the highest of standards and our dedicated staff will go the extra mile to ensure you have a wonderful and memorable holiday. Don't just take our word for it, read any TripAdvisor review to hear what others have to say about us and why we've been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for four years in a row.