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FAQ

Which qualifications must I have to charter one of your boats?
Antwoord: 
Currently, in Dutch waters for ships with a maximum length of 15 metres (50ft) and a maximum speed of 20 kmh (12.42 mph) you don't need a formal qualification as long as you cruise in Dutch waters. All of our ships except the Beneteau 50.5 fall into this category. Of course we will expect you to be suitably prepared and to know how to safely handle a ship when you charter one of our yachts.
Is it possible to combine sailing instruction with yacht charter?
Antwoord: 
Yes, that is certainly possible. We have several expert and professionally trained instructors who know their cruising areas very well. They are able to give you specific instruction and advice. One of your options here, for instance, would be to book an instructor for the first day of your charter and to exercise together the handling of your ship inside the marina: A fine proven method to get familiar with the ship. Another option, equally popular, is to get specific gennaker training or to explore the tidal waters of the fantastic Wadden Sea together with one of our instructors.
Which amounts should I consider for my travel budget?
Antwoord: 
You should calculate having to buy daily food, drinks and daily groceries for your living aboard plus fuel consumption of your ship. If you spend the night at a marina (yachting harbour) you'll also have to pay a modest fee which usually is calculated per metre of the ship's length. That fee has to be paid upon arrival at the harbour office. Regarding sailing school bookings: It is custom that all participants of a sailing course together cover the aforesaid daily costs and it is expected that your instructor is exempt from any cost coverage for the duration of your course. In practise that means that a so called "bordkas" - aka "cruising kitty" - is organised to which every participant contributes an amount. Out of that cash pool the afore named expenses are then paid. Expect a maximum of 3 other course participants plus instructor for a normal sailing course and a maximum of 4 other participants plus two instructors for offshore courses.
When and how do I pay the deposit?
Antwoord: 
You have the choice to either pay the deposit in advance by bank transfer or upon arrival, in cash or by PIN code (Maestro / EC card). Currently we can't accept credit cards.
What do I have to bring aboard when I charter one of your yachts?
Antwoord: 
Generally speaking, your ship is already fully equipped with practically everything you need for sailing and living aboard. You can find a detailed list of items right here on our website, near the description of the respective ship. That having written, here are some things you should bring aboard by yourself: Sailing gear, warm clothes (yes even in summer!), a blanket or a sleeping bag, sun protection and sun glasses. Plus all the usual items for your personal care. Furthermore, highly recommended for living aboard are comfortable shoes with a rubber sole. You'll move safely aboard with these and also protect the surface of the ship. Dutch marinas have excellent sanitary facilities, almost without exception. Among these are warm showers, washing machines and tumble dryers, accessible 24/7 at very affordable prices. Blankets and high quality sailing gear (Henry Lloyd) can also be rented from us - should that be an interesting option, please let us know well in advance, especially during high season.
Can I cancel my booking shortly before departure?
Antwoord: 
No, unfortunately this is not possible, here is why: We are bound by the terms and conditions of HISWA which has strict regulations in this regard. If you wish, however, you have the option to take out a cancellation insurance for this eventuality. Various insurance agencies offer this kind of contract and if you wish we can advise you, or intermediate. An insurance fee of about 5,1% of the total booking amount is considered normal in The Netherlands in such a case.
What is important when I come back with the yacht?
Antwoord: 
We expect you to give the yacht back to us just like you received it, including a (re-)filled fuel tank. Everything you or your crew brought aboard should be removed from the ship upon your return. That includes waste and empty bottles. Winch handles should be placed on the chart table, the sea maps, plotter and the tidal calendar (the DIN A4 sized book called HP33) should be put back inside the chart table. Gas supply should be closed (switch position: 90 degree angle to the conduct tube). Please also store any sailing gear and safety jackets in a way that allows them to dry if you did wear them in rainy weather.