Bare-boat & Skippered Charter Confirmation

Your Receipt will detail what is included in your Charter.

Yacht J37 S.O. + (Price will include Skipper – if ‘Skippered’ Charter)
Home port mooring fees.
1 bottle of gas.
Safety equipment.
‘Welcome’ Box:    (Overnight charters only) 2 tea towels, 2 black bin liners, 1  cleaning cloth, 4 J cloths, 2 scourers, rubber gloves, matches, sugar, tea, coffee, 2 toilet rolls, 1 kitchen roll. (bring your own milk)
Cleaning Box:    Toilet cleaner, surface cleaner, anti-bac cleaner, washing up liquid (leave onboard)

These boxes are simply to make it easy for you if you forget something important and tide you over until you can get to a supermarket. 

Additional Cost:              
Mooring fees

Yacht Charter Ancillaries Pricing
Compulsory Covid19 Disinfecting Charge £75  
Cruising chute / Spinnaker (£350 deposit applies) £50 per day  
Outboard engine £85 per week / £50 weekend  
Wet weather gear £10 per day  
Sleeping bags £5 per day  
Skipper (aboard our yachts) £250 per day  
Skipper (own boat) £250 + VAT per day  
First Mate (aboard our yachts) £110 per day  
First Mate (your yacht + VAT) £110 per day  
Fuel (you refill tank – no charge) Minimum £20 per day. Min £40 per weekend for Solent charters.  
Cross channel chart portfolio £50 per wk  
‘Clean down fee’ £95  
Any skipper shore-side accommodation £95 – £135 (depends upon season)  

Your Skipper (if Skippered charter) & 1st Mate (if crewed)
Our Skippers are chosen for their manner and experience. They are all good personable guys, well experienced and enjoy teaching, imparting knowledge and will ensure you have the best time possible aboard. They have a raft of experience and know the best places to visit both off and on the water. Please discuss with them exactly what you want to get out of your time aboard. They may contact you in advance of your charter to discuss itinerary / moorings etc. People often ask what the Skippers like to eat. The Skipper / 1st Mate generally eat anything that they are given. If this is not the case we would inform you in advance.
Skipper Accommodation & Subsistence: Please allow an aft cabin for the skipper sole use whilst aboard. It is sometimes possible for the skippers and crew to sleep ashore if required – this is at extra cost). Please provision for the Skipper / 1st Mate when aboard. (ie allow for all meals.) It is not necessary for the skipper / 1st Mate to accompany you on a night out but if you do invite them to join you, please make it clear to the Skipper/ 1st Mate that you are covering their costs when with you. Alternatively, if you do not invite them to accompany you please allow the Skipper / 1st Mate £25 per night each to allow them to grab a meal and a beer ashore. £7.50 for breakfast.

The Skipper (& 1st Mate) are with you to keep you safe, the boat safe and impart knowledge / teach / mentor. They are not domestic servants and during your charter you are required to maintain good hygiene practices aboard and keep a ‘tidy ship’. They will do their bit to contribute to the effective and hygienic running of the boat. If you require someone to clean / cook for you we will do our best to supply a 1st Mate at extra cost.

Please be aware that you have to pre-book fuelling slots at Port Hamble fuel dock to top up fuel. If you return unable to fill up (unless you have pre-paid for fuel) there is a £30 service charge on top of fuel cost if we fill for you, and you have not paid in advance. If you have a Skipper charter the Skipper should be able to book this for you given sufficient notice.

Solent Use / Solent Fuel Charge: £20 per day      Pre-paid fuel / advance fuel charge.
Fuel charge days relate and include the day that the yacht leaves the berth. (IE. a weekend where the yacht leaves the berth on Friday evening and returns Sunday afternoon would count as 3 days.) If you go beyond the Solent additional fuel charges may apply. Regardless of any fuel prepayment we may have to book a refuelling slot at the end of your charter so we may maintain fuel levels aboard the yachts.     

Clean Down Fee: – Post Charter £95
Yachts must be returned clean. A clean down is 2.5hrs work. We suggest that all charterers should pay the clean down fee and not eat into their sailing time. This allows charterers to walk away at the allotted vacating time with their kit after they moor correctly, hook up shore electric and put the sails and canvass work up, remove toilet and household rubbish and belongings, wipe down the cooker & complete the washing up. Our staff will fill the water tanks, wash down decks, wash out cockpit, clean the fridge, clean the heads, wipe out cupboards, wipe wardrobes, disinfect head linings, hoover the carpet / sweep the boards, put the dehumidifier on and close down the 12v electric supply. Due to short turnaround times it is important that charterers vacate on time. 

Yacht Security Deposit: 
Charter Deposit £1,250   Groups Security Deposit £500 per yacht. This can be authorised on a credit card or bank transferred.
If you are required to provide a security deposit for your yacht charter then this will be collected by credit card and as a ‘pre-authorisation’ within 7 days of charter. If no damage is sustained then nothing will be processed and the ‘pre-authorisation’ on the card will fall away after approximately 12 days.
You will be liable for damage or loss incurred to the yacht and its ancillary equipment or to any third party yacht involved in an accident with your yacht and its equipment up to a maximum of the security deposit paid. If damage or loss occurs to a value lower than the security deposit you will be refunded your payment less the cost of repair. If damage or loss incurred exceeds the security deposit value, your payment will not be refunded but you will not be required to pay any additional costs. If you do not refuel your yacht after your charter, the cost of the fuel plus a service charge of £30 will be charged. We aim to return the security deposit or any balance remaining after repairing any loss or damage to the yacht, her equipment and furnishings that occurred during the charter period, within 14 days of the return of the yacht to us at the end of your charter. You will not be liable for damage due to Skipper negligence if on Skipper charter.
Stag do / Hen night / Party Groups security deposit please see the specific group sheet.

Hamble Base Meeting Point / What to Bring for your Charter, Course or Event:   

Please Note: If you made your booking over the phone we will have filled in your booking form for you and sent it to you with your receipt. Our booking terms & conditions are attached to the booking form. If you have any questions or queries, please contact us within 7 days. If we do not hear from you within 7 days we will assume you have read, understood, and agree with our booking terms and conditions. NB. Please ensure that you have relevant cancellation, curtailment and health insurance for this proposed event including ‘Covid cover’. For foreign events please ensure that you have appropriate and necessary travel documentation / vaccination certs to allow you to travel to the countries on your trip. Participants should be aware that should prevailing conditions restrict the planned itinerary we will alter the itinerary to suit conditions.    

Charter / Event / Dates / Times: As per your receipt. Please be on time for your handover as we specifically staff for the handover periods. If you are late we cannot guarantee to accommodate you and a late check in fee of £40 may be applied if we have to pay additional staffing costs. 

Meeting Venue / Location:
Mercury Yacht Harbour
, Satchell Lane, Hamble, SO31 4HQ.
Please turn right through the large gates into the Mercury Yacht Harbour car park, head towards the water and A pontoon is the right hand one looking at the water. Car parking is ample, free and within the marina gates. There are free trolleys for marina luggage use (no coin deposit required). The parking is within 10 meters from some pontoon gates. There is a bar / restaurant on site. Please do not drink alcohol before going afloat.

Parking: There is plenty of free parking, 24hr marina office, toilets, showers, laundry, restaurant  bar available on site. (Tesco superstore just off the M27 – just a few minutes away by car that sells almost everything. Nearest Force 4 chandlers at Port Hamble Marina – 5 mins by car.)

The Pontoon Gate and the toilet block door are accessed by code and are available from the Marina office, your Skipper or Handover Agent. They do change and you can always ask in the marina office.

Meeting Point Look out for Hamble School of Yachting portacabin reception on right when facing water. The pontoon gate of A & B pontoon is the closest  pontoon gate to Hamble School of Yachting (HSY) portacabin. Meet in car park close to HSY portacabin close to gate of A&B pontoon.  If asked, please say you are with ‘Yachtforce’.
If you arrive early you can grab a coffee at the on-site bar The Gaff Rigger or go and explore the delightful, historical waterside Hamble village-  just turn left out onto Satchell Lane and it is less than 5 minutes’ drive. There are pubs, co-op, coffee shops, Indian take-away, estate agents a couple of other shops and half a mile further on a chip shop, another co-op, post office and chemist.

Your Skipper / Handover Agent: You will be informed of the Skipper / Handover Agent name and mobile telephone number by email closer to the time of the event. Text the skipper / handover agent to let them know you have arrived. If you are going to be late (even if only a few minutes please text your initial contact (Skipper / Handover agent) so he can understand your timings. Please do not come to the boats. The Skipper will come to you, explain any protocols that are in place and guide you to the boat from the car park.

Getting to Mercury Yacht Harbour Marina – Hamble, SO31 4HQ

By Train from London: Waterloo – Southampton Airport Parkway train station. Trains takes 1hr 4 mins. (alight at the Airport Parkway for fastest transfer time) A taxi from the Airport Parkway station to the Marina is approx 14 mins without traffic and costs approx. £28.
A taxi from Southampton Central train station takes 22 minutes and costs approx. £25

By Train from Gatwick or Brighton direction – Swanwick Train Station is 1hr 40 from Gatwick Airport. A taxi from Swanwick takes about 14 mins from the marina and costs approx. £14.

NB: Hamble has a train station but taxis do not like to pick up there as the fare is too low and not worth the hassle. The walk is 25 minutes and there is a path that runs through rough common land but part of the walk is on Satchell Lane with NO lighting / No footpath with blind bends.

By Car: Use post code SO31 4HQ
(Approximately 7 minutes from M27 junction Junction 8.- no traffic)
Take A3024 towards Hamble (approx. 400m)
At major roundabout take Hamble Lane signed towards Hamble. 2nd exit. (Tesco superstore is on your left at mini roundabout)
Follow Hamble Lane. Straight over ‘Tesco’ mini roundabout.
Follow Hamble Lane. Straight over mini roundabout.
Straight on at traffic lights.
Past Fish & Chips on Left.
At roundabout take 1st exit towards Hamble. (only for 60m)
After 60m turn left onto Satchell Lane. Brown Signed ‘Mercury Yacht Harbour’.
Follow Satchell lane for 0.9m.
Turn left signed Mercury Yacht Harbour.
Go past Holiday park on right. Watch out for sleeping policemen.
Turn right into blue gates of Marina. (do not go straight on) You will see ‘Marina Office’ on left when facing water.
Park up and find a trolley (no coin required) for your kit.
Toilet / shower facilities are just past Marina Office on ground level.

What to Bring:

Please – everything in a soft ‘squash able’ bag. No wheels or cases!
Sleeping bag / pillow / or duvet & bottom sheet if appropriate (please black bag to the boat in case it is damp weather)
Waterproofs (Or hire Adult Gill OS2 jacket and bib trousers at £10 per day)
Non marking soft soled shoes, deck  boots (try rubbing them against a white fridge to see if they leave a mark) Spare shoes as deck shoes will probably get wet.
Layered clothing / shorts tees / swimming stuff etc but also fleece and warm layers
Hat for sun protection / for warmth / sailing gloves – to protect your hands from rope burn Sunglasses with lanyard (floating ones are good) / sun cream / lip salve
Seasickness remedy – if you suffer – Stugeron tablets are good
Towel / small wash kit / personal medication
Small head torch / pocket torch / (red light for night passages / cruises)
CD’s – Music / Sense of humour
Own favourite tipple
Provisions on Non Catered Events
Money – Euros if going to France / Canaries / Greece

NB: You will need passport and travel documentation
 to allow entry into all countries that may be visited depending upon trip. This includes re-entry into UK if you are not a British passport holder. Any specific vaccination certificates that may apply for entry to any countries.

Please Note Jewellery – Please remove jewellery when sailing. ‘Dangly’ earrings, rings, piercings, necklaces could get caught and cause injury. Tie long hair up.

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