Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to know how to sail to go on a sailing trip?
Absolutely not - the principal qualification for joining our guided sailing trips is a desire to see yourself on the deck of a sailboat in one of the world's great travel destinations. If you can dream it, you can do it! We even have a handy how to page for how to

Where should I charter?
We offer boating holidays in all of the world’s most popular regions – plus a few of the more remote areas! If you are undecided as to where you want to go, why not call or drop us an email and our experienced staff will assist in getting you started.

Do I need qualifications to charter a yacht?
Yes, you do require a license to charter a yacht, however, the level of qualification varies between sailing regions. In any case, the International Certificate of Competence is recognised throughout the yacht charter industry and is now attainable in Australia by taking a practical assessment at an RYA Training Centre. For more information please see our page on qualifications.

When is the best time of year to go?
Weather conditions can either make or break a holiday, especially when it's spent on a boat! Boating holidays are significantly influenced by the seasons, give us a ring and we'll help you work out the best time of year to visit your dream holiday destination. We've been there before and know what to expect.

What does the price include?
Depending on the boating product you choose, the inclusions will vary. For each one we offer, there is a list of standard inclusions that apply and these are found in the appropriate section of our website.

What does the price exclude?
There is nothing worse than believing you have paid for your holiday in full and then being told you owe more when you arrive. Whether you are on one of our guided trip, a yacht charter or a cruise we will clearly outline any exclusions to ensure you are well informed.

I am a single traveller what options do I have?
Join one of our hosted sailing tours! You don’t need to be a part of a group, a couple or even a sailor to join one of our yacht rallies. Alternatively you may like to try a small ship or river cruise or one of our special Cabin Charter experiences and enjoy the social aspect of a larger group. If it's an adventure you are after, we'll find you one.

When chartering do I have to return to my starting point?
Depending on the length of charter, it is possible to travel one-way. As a general rule, 7-day charters contracts usually require you to return to your starting point, however extended charters provide you with flexible options. Speak to our friendly staff for more information.

Do I need to charter a boat for a full week?
During the peak of the charter season it is often difficult to organise charters that are less than 7 days, but feel free to enquire with us. Outside of peak season charters of less than 7 days are possible.

Do all charters need to start on a Saturday?
In the Mediterranean the majority of charters will begin and end on a Saturday, other charter locations are a little more flexible.

How do I know the charter yacht will be in good condition?
At Mariner Boating, we regularly inspect our yachts and only use suppliers that provide a high level of service and take care of their fleet methodically. Over the years we have built a comprehensive portfolio of preferred charter operators who have proved their competence and with whom we have a personal relationship.

What sort of insurance do I need to charter a yacht, are the boats insured?
On top of your charter fee, you also will be required to pay a security deposit. Depending on the charter operator this deposit may be refundable, reduced (by a waiver) or a minimal non-refundable amount. The security deposit is the charter operator's insurance excess for the yacht, so this will be the total amount you are liable for if any damage or loss occurs to the yacht during your charter.

We strongly recommend that your travel insurance policy provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the heads of cover. We also strongly recommend that it cover cancellation, personal liability and loss of luggage or personal effects.

What type of payment do you accept?
We accept direct deposit, cheque and credit card. Please note that credit card surcharges may apply.