Expand your horizons with our yacht charter
What better way to explore the Solent or the South Coast than with our budget yacht charter service, based in Chichester harbour AONB. We offer what we believe are very competitive yacht charter rates onboard our 30′ Westerly Renown ketch Karic. The idea is to give you the confidence to expand your sailing ability and we would love you to charter Karic with some friends and show them what you’ve learnt. We can also provide you with a skipper so you can design your own bespoke sailing trip.
We ask that you have at least three years experience in command of craft of a similar type and size or hold a minimum RYA Coastal Skipper practical qualification. Take your Coastal Skipper course with us and we’ll give you one free weekday on your first weekend charter booking!
We offer a full briefing at the start of each yacht charter to make sure you are comfortable and confident before setting off. We are always a phone call away if you have any concerns or questions. We can arrange for you to have a commercial skipper onboard to help you get used to the boat, for anything upwards of a couple of hours through to a fully skippered trip.
In practice this could mean one of our skippers joining you for your first day out on Karic, helping you pilot and negotiate the often busy waters of Chichester harbour. You could then carry on to Portsmouth, with our skipper letting you get on with it, but being on hand to answer any questions or help with any practicalities, like sail trim or rules of the road. They would be on hand to help you pilot your way into Portsmouth harbour and then leave you at the end of the day. You would then be in charge for the rest of your trip. In future you would then be familiar enough with Karic to do a briefer handover for future charters.
Watch a short video of Karic in action here.
“I really enjoyed the day. I learned loads of stuff from Jacquie – an excellent skipper and teacher” – yacht charter customer.
“One of the reasons we’d booked on Karic was the thought of only being two of us and therefore lots more chance to practice, and of course it would be like a superluxury if it was just us” – Karen, yacht charterer
Weekend 0900 Friday to 1700 Sunday £600 (£500 October – April)
Midweek 0900 Monday to 1700 Thursday £600 (£500 October – April)
Full week 0900 Monday to 1700 Sunday £1000 (£900 October – April)
1 day Friday to Sunday £250 (£200 October – April)
1 day Monday to Thursday £200 (£150 October – April)
plus skipper £150 per day or RYA instructor £175 per day
We also ask for a returnable deposit of £600 – £1,000 and we will need to see evidence of RYA Coastal Skipper qualification or equivalent. Payment must be cleared prior to the commencement of the charter. All charterers will need to sign and return our Skipper Charter Agreement and we will need a record of your passport, driving licence or ID card number.
Orientation from one of our skippers and a copy of Karic’s skippers’ notes; lifejackets & safety lines; Cooking equipment, plates, cutlery, glasses; Tea making facilities; call us at any time during your charter with any questions. Karic is safety coded with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency so carries all necessary safety gear such as flares, liferaft, danbuoy, etc. More details and photos here.
Fuel used during your charter, please refuel or pay for fuel usage at the end of your charter; visitor mooring fees during your charter; waterproofs – we have some available for hire; food; any form of racing while on charter.
The British Marine Federation has a useful page outlining what to look for in a boat charter.
Chichester Harbour Conservancy publish this handy Essential Guide for the new or less experienced mariner.
If you would like to charter Karic or want to talk with one of our team either call (+44) 07576 248 348 or contact us here.
We will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.