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Bareboat and Skippered Yacht Charter

The East Coast offers the yachtsman an idyllic and unspoilt cruising ground. The Suffolk and Essex coastline with their various creeks and estuaries provide sheltered cruising with a variety of overnight anchorages, all of which remain uncrowded and peaceful throughout the season. Britannia’s base at Shotley Marina near Ipswich has an unrivalled location as one of the only marinas offering you direct access to the open sea complimented by easy access to excellent estuary sailing waters. Our base at Shotley is also ideally placed for those who wish to cruise further afield to the coasts of France, Belgium and The Netherlands. Oostende, with all its gastronomic delights and world famous beers, is only 80 miles from Harwich Harbour. From Shotley crossing to the continent can also be made in easy stages via Ramsgate, which is only 30 miles from Calais.

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Moody S38
Ocean Mist

Jeanneau 40.3
Pretender

Bavaria 37
Audere

Jeanneau 37
Pegasus

Hanse 342
Roxanna

Jeanneau 35
Louise

Hanse 341
Bakaruda II

Beneteau 321
Arabella

Click on the layouts or text above to see full details of each yacht

From Shotley Marina you have instant access to Harwich Harbour and the sheltered waters of the Rivers Stour and Orwell. The River Stour leads up to the town quay of Mistley, with its famous swans. You can moor here when the tide serves, and go ashore to explore the lovely town of Mistley. The river Orwell winds up past historic Pin Mill to the country town of Ipswich, where you will find two modern marinas and all the facilities of a major town. Both rivers have a wide selection of marinas, moorings and anchorages.

Turning to port out of Harwich Harbour will bring you to the River Deben. Its shingle banks at the entrance make way for an enchanting river that affords good sailing all the way past Ramsholt and Waldringfield up to the old Suffolk town of Woodbridge with its working tide mill, art galleries and Coffee shops. A little further up the coast are the Rivers Alde and Ore, where the tide sweeps you past the birdwatchers’ paradise of Havergate Island up to the picturesque old town of Orford with its historic castle. Further on you come to Aldeburgh, a very fashionable seaside resort, with several high-class dining establishments. The famous music school and home of the Aldeburgh music festival is nearby at Snape Maltings, which is accessible by boat on the tide.

Back out to sea again, you continue North to Southwold the home of Adnam’s brewery, and beyond that lies Lowestoft, which can be reached in one tide, and where you will find a warm welcome in the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club Marina. To the South of Harwich, the Walton Backwaters (the setting for Arthur Ransome’s book ‘Secret Water’) provide many creeks to explore and anchor overnight. You may even spot Ransome’s boat the ‘Nancy Blackett’ local to these waters. Going South the River Colne takes you to the Roman town of Colchester Britain’s oldest recorded town. Further on, up the Blackwater you may cruise to Maldon to see the old Thames Barges moored in front of the ‘Jolly Sailor’ or shop in the town five minutes walk from the quay. A few miles further South you could sail up the River Crouch to the renowned sailing town of Burnham on Crouch. A walk along the waterfront will bring you to the doors of world famous yacht clubs. Across the Thames Estuary lies the River Medway and the historic dockyard in Chatham. You may wish to sail further up the Thames to London, staying overnight in St Katherine's dock. Located next to the Tower Bridge, St Katherine's dock is ideally situated to take advantage of London’s attractions. Why not take in one of the cities top shows or just relax on deck with a drink and watch the world go by.

Heating is fitted to many of our yachts making sailing out of season more comfortable

Yacht Year (Berths) Low: Oct to Mar Mid: Apr, May, Sep High: Jun, Jul, Aug
Weekend 7 days Weekend 7 days Weekend 7 days
Yachts available for Bareboat and Skippered Charter
Moody S38
Ocean Mist
1997 (8) £694 £1360 £842 £1695 £980 £1821
Jeanneau 40.3
Pretender
2005 (8) £763 £1496 £885 £1764 £1016 £2003
Jeanneau 37
Pegasus
2000 (6) £700 £1304 £771 £1504 £887 £1625
Hanse 342
Roxanna
2007 (6) £612 £1180 £709 £1355 £807 £1538
Jeanneau 35
Louise
2005 (8) £639 £1267 £749 £1417 £855 £1690
Hanse 341
Bakaruda II
2003 (6) £600 £1168 £694 £1338 £790 £1525
Beneteau 321
Arabella
1999 (6) £512 £1014 £600 £1140 £724 £1291
 
Note: MID WEEK SPECIAL: 1200 Mon to 1200 Fri for only the price of the Week End rate Plus 10%

Additional days will be charged at half of the weekend rate, and any charter incorporating a UK bank holiday will be charged at the high season prices plus 70% of the weekend rate for a 4 day weekend and 35% of the weekend rate for a 3 day weekend. Yachts are insured for cruising purposes only, no form of racing or competitive sailing is permitted. Charter supplements are subject to availability and must be confirmed at the time of booking.

  • Skipper / Instructor £265 per day
  • Gas £15 per weekend, £25 per week
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers £20 per weekend £40 per 5 day, £45 per 7 day, per person 
  • Spinnaker  £75 per day
  • Outboard motor  per weekend, £60 per week (plus fuel @ current rate)

What qualifications or experience do I need to charter? We require that the Skipper has an RYA Day Skipper Practical Certificate and Theory or equivalent experience, in addition to some recent chartering experience. It is advisable to always have at least one other competent person on board.

What time can I pick up the boat? Weekend charters run from 1800 Friday to 1600 Sunday, 7-day charters are from 1800 to 1600 on the same day a week later. Midweek charters begin at 1200 Monday and end at 1200 Friday.

What do I need to bring with me? The yacht will be prepared for you with full tanks of diesel and water, as well as sufficient gas for your charter. All safety and navigation equipment (except lifejackets for children) including charts covering the Southern North Sea are provided. You will need to provide all of your food and bedding. Waterproof clothing is available for hire.

Do I need to pay a security deposit? We ask for a security deposit of £1000  to be paid either by credit or debit card or by cheque 14 days prior to the charter. You will be given the opportunity to inspect the boat for damage and check the inventory onboard. If the charter is without incident then the security deposit will be returned within 14 days of the end of your charter.

What happens if I damage the boat? Accidents do happen. We ask that you bring any damage, or loss of equipment to our attention as soon as possible so that we can arrange for repair or replacement. We will discuss with you the costs which will be taken from the security deposit.

What equipment is supplied with the boat? All our yachts comply with and exceed MCA requirements for commercial vessels. Whilst there is some variation in the type of equipment carried on each yacht all of our fleet carry the following equipment as a minimum.

  • Adult lifejackets, harnesses and safety lines for all crew
  • Echo sounder, log, fixed and portable VHF radios and GPS
  • Comprehensive safety equipment including liferaft, lifebuoys and distress flares
  • Charts and publications relevant to cruising area and plotting equipment
  • Tender and oars (outboard motor available for hire on some yachts)

If you require additional equipment, for example, child's lifejackets, spinnakers, outboard motors etc. please contact the Britannia Sailing office. We will be pleased to accommodate any special requests, a small charge may be made.

Heating Steering Radar Chartplotter Anchor
windlass
Sprayhood
Moody S38
Ocean Mist
yes wheel yes yes manual yes
Jeanneau 37
Pegasus
yes wheel yes no electric yes
Bavaria 37
Audere
no wheel no no yes yes
Jeanneau 35
Louise
yes wheel yes yes electric yes
Hanse 341
Bakaruda II
no wheel yes no no yes
Beneteau 321
Arabella
yes wheel no no manual yes

Have you considered placing your yacht into charter management? In addition to knowing that your boat will be cared for, you will receive a regular income. When you want to use your boat she will be ready for you, checked, cleaned and with full tanks, ready to sail. Click here for more information