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Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Charter Information
2. How to Book
3. Yachts
4. Essential Information
5. Activities, Options & Extras

1. Charter Information

Can I afford a yachting holiday?
Yes, you can! The "per person" cost of a yachting holiday is usually at or below the cost of a resort holiday or ocean cruise, without the crowds! For an estimate of your cost, quote your holiday online and find out for yourself how affordable this unique adventure is with The Moorings.
What kind of yacht should I charter?
That all depends on you. Your Moorings holiday can be tailored to fit your party and your preferences. We offer Bareboat Sailing yacht charters, Powerboat charters, and Crewed Yacht Charters. How many people are you travelling with? Are they couples travelling together or do you need single cabins for some guests? How much space and comfort would you like? Whatever your needs, The Moorings is sure to have a yacht that is right for you. Choose from a fleet of monohulls and catamarans ranging from 32 to 62 feet, with 2 to 5 cabins. Visit our Yacht page for a complete listing of models.
Will I need a skipper or will I be qualified to captain my own yacht?
Depending on your sailing experience, you may already be qualified to skipper a Moorings yacht. Simply fill out our online sailing CV. We will review your experience and tell you what you are currently approved to charter. You’ll also have the option of using our complimentary Friendly Skipper program. This service provides an experienced skipper who will accompany you for the first afternoon to familiarise you with the operation of your yacht.
What if I am not qualified to skipper our yacht? (Or, what if I just don’t want to do all of the work!)
If you do not have the experience required to sail the yacht yourself, or if you would just like to sit back and relax and let someone else do all the work, then you can hire a Skipper for your Bareboat Charter. With years of sailing experience and a wealth of local knowledge, our Skippers will be the ideal guide to your bareboat charter holiday. Learn more about hiring a skipper.
Are children welcome?
Absolutely! The Moorings offers a fantastic family holiday experience with amenities on board to accommodate all ages.

On our Crewed Yacht Charters, the crew will provide guidance in using the snorkelling gear, kayaks and other water toys and are experienced in serving families with children. The chef will design a menu to accommodate the preferences of both children and adults.

Our Sail Away Stateroom Crewed yacht packages do have certain age restrictions, and are not recommended for families with young children. Please speak to one of our Holiday Planning Specialists for details.
Are pets welcome?
No, only service animals with proper paperwork are allowed for an additional fee. Please phone your Holiday Planning Specialist for more information.
What should we tip our crew?
The quality of service should dictate the gratuity. As a guideline, we suggest an average of 15-20% of the total charter cost for Crewed Yacht Charters, and 15-20% of the daily Skipper fee for Bareboat Sailing or Power Yacht Charters.
What type of clothing should we pack?
The keynote is simplicity. Casual and breezy beach attire is certainly the order of the day on deck, though for evenings ashore, chinos or a sundress are appropriate. Rubber soled shoes as opposed to hard soles are recommended aboard our yachts, so wear boat shoes or tennis shoes. You may find aquatic shoes convenient for beachcombing. Above all, protection from the sun is vital – lots of sun cream, wide-brimmed hats or sailing caps, and loose-fitting cotton cover-ups. For cool or windy evenings, a windbreaker comes in handy.

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2. How to Book

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How do I book my holiday?
You can arrange your charter online or by phone. While online, simply choose your destination, dates, yacht and book safely on here 24 hours a day. If you would prefer to request a reservation by telephone, call one of our Holiday Planning Specialists.
What payment types are accepted?
The Moorings accepts most major credit cards – VISA, MasterCard and American Express. To make an online booking, we offer the added convenience of VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diners, Maestro and VISA Purchasing cards.
What travel documents do I need?
All destinations require a passport for entry, unless of course you are a US citizen traveling within the US. For detailed entry requirements, call your Holiday Planning Specialist, visit the "Travel Notes" tab on the destination page you are interested in, or check with the consulate or embassy of the nation you wish to visit.
Is The Moorings a full-service travel agency?
The Moorings is a full service travel agency and can help you arrange all travel services and advise you on the easiest and quickest manner to arrive at your holiday destination. We are able to provide you with low prices on airfare, arrange hotel rooms and land tours, and in many locations, book land and ferry transfers from the closest airport to our base. Please contact your Holiday Planners Rob and Ricky to take advantage of this valuable service!
Will I save money by purchasing my airline tickets through The Moorings?
Due to our high volume of air travel, we have negotiated lower rates than those typically offered to the public.

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3. Yachts

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What does Exclusive Plus, Exclusive and Club mean?
Our yachts are classified by their age and are priced accordingly...
Exclusive Plus - Be the first to enjoy the newest yachts to The Moorings fleet. Exclusive Plus class yachts are are up to 1 year old, and feature the latest innovations and complimentary Wi-Fi in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.
Exclusive - Our Exclusive class yachts have been in our fleet approximately six months to 3 years and feature the same amenities of our Exclusive Plus line.
Club - Club class yachts have many of the Exclusive line amenities, are generally three to 5 years in our fleet,(up to 6 years in the Exotics and Mediterranean) and are maintained to superior standards.
Can I rent just a single cabin?
Yes! When an entire yacht is more than you need, our Sail Away Staterooms are a perfect alternative, allowing you to indulge in the luxury of an all-inclusive Crewed yacht charter for the price of a single cabin. View Sail Away Stateroom packages to learn more.
What type of equipment and amenities will I find on board?
The Moorings carries the most up-to-date equipment and all the extras a sailor or powerboater could ask for, including GPS satellite navigation systems, autopilots, The Moorings SailMate mainsail stacking system and CD players with cockpit speakers. Some even have generators and air conditioning. The below deck areas are modified from standard factory production models to give you more room, comfort and luxury. Our newest models include flat screen TV's and DVD players. For a complete listing of equipment and amenities found on board, see What's Included:
Is there WiFi on board?
We are pleased to offer free Wi-Fi on most Crewed Yachts globally, as well as all Exclusive Plus class yachts in the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin, St. Lucia, & Grenada, Croatia, Greece, Italy & Spain. For download and streaming capabilities on board, you may also upgrade your complimentary Wi-Fi service by purchasing an additional data package. To learn more about the packages available, please call your Holiday Planner. Due to the ongoing recovery post Hurricane Irma, we are unable to guarantee complimentary Wi-Fi onboard our Caribbean Exclusive Plus yachts at this time. If you wish to ensure Wi-Fi while sailing in the BVI, please contact Renport.

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4. Essential Information

Crewed Charter Briefing
How do we get to our destination?
Located in the Travel Notes tab of every destination, you will find all of the information that you need to know when planning your trip to your booked destination. Look under the section Arrival & Departure to find important information including arriving airport, servicing airlines, customs & immigration, airport transfers, taxis, ferries, etc… Or call one of our Holiday Planners who can help with your travel arrangements.
What travel documents do I need?
For detailed entry requirements, call your Holiday Planners, visit the "Travel Notes" tab on the destination page you are interested in, or check with the consulate or embassy of the nation you wish to visit.
Where do we board our yacht?
You will board the yacht at one of The Moorings’ marinas (or one of our partner marinas) in the yachting location you have chosen. Our Holiday Planners will be happy to assist with your transportation to and from the Marina.

Crewed Yacht Charters: We will meet you at the airport and take you to your yacht or to your hotel if it is a Moorings-owned or contracted property. At the end of your charter, you will sail back to the marina and then be transported to the airport. In certain destinations, we may be able to pick you up in one location and drop you off in another. Ask your Holiday Planner if you are interested in a one-way charter.
What time can we board?
You can board your yacht following your charter briefing and boat orientation. (Charter briefing and boat orientation times are listed in the Travel Notes section of your destination and can vary by each base.) For most locations, you can board your yacht at 12pm noon on the day the charter starts. Charters in the Bahamas & Tahiti board at 10am. Charters in the Mediterranean board at 3pm. Charters also end at noon on the day the charter ends (10am in Bahamas & Tahiti). If you are chartering in the Mediterranean, see the Travel Notes section for disembarkation times. You can also make arrangements for an evening start with your Holiday Planning Specialist if your flight is arriving late in the day. Be sure to check out the Travel Notes section to learn embarkation/disembarkation details for your destination.
Do you provide yacht and chart briefings?
Yes, The Moorings is well known for the preparation we provide our guests. Prior to your charter departure, you will be given a complete chart briefing covering the local cruising grounds and we will answer any questions you may have about navigation, anchorages, prevailing conditions, clearing customs or any part of your desired itinerary. Then, you will be given complete boat orientation aboard the yacht you will be sailing, covering all the operating systems, including rigging, electrical system, water system, windlass, stove, head, dinghy, outboard and emergency systems. Charter briefing and boat orientation times are listed in the Travel Notes section of your destination and can vary by each base.
Are there docking and mooring fees?
Yes, depending on your destination you can expect to pay nightly mooring or docking fees. Docking fees average between $3-4 a foot in the Caribbean, but can be much higher in the Mediterranean. Moorings can also vary greatly. They usually average about $25 a night in the Caribbean, but can get upwards of $60 depending on the location. We offer some information in our Travel Notes tab section of each destination, but it is best to reference your cruising guide prior to and during your charter to learn the costs in your cruising area.
Will I be able to make and receive telephone calls?
This depends on your mobile phone carrier and your destination. We offer a cell phone service from our BVI base in Tortola. You can rent a phone, with pre-programmed phone numbers for everything that you may need during your charter, which can be used with a pre-paid calling card. Or you can make arrangements with your network provider prior to your trip to activate an international calling plan that will allow you to use your phone in international waters without roaming charges. However, if you venture too far from land, you subsequently venture out of network range. All of our yachts have a VHF (ship-to-shore) radio aboard for constant ship to shore communication.
Can someone reach me in case of an emergency?
Yes. We can assure you that delays or cancellations due to severe tropical disturbances are very rare. However, we do have a policy in place. Please contact one of our Charter Planners for details.

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5. Activities, Options & Extras

Who decides the sailing itinerary?
Bareboat & Power Yacht Holidays: On each Destination page, we provide sample itineraries that highlight the best locations for anchorages, coves, cays, harbours & marinas in that area. You can also obtain a cruising guide before you go to learn more about what your grounds have to offer and talk with the Base Manager at your destination to finalise your sailing/cruising plans.

Crewed Yacht Holidays: This is the beauty of the private crewed yacht experience. When you board your yacht, the captain will sit down with you and develop an itinerary based on your desires – or you can leave it all up to your experienced captain. Weather permitting; the itinerary can be changed at any time if you wish to spend more or less time in any area. This is truly a private yacht at your command.
What kind of activities can we do on the boat? What type of water sports gear is available?
Depending on your yacht and destination, there are different activities and sports that are available to do. Snorkel gear and fins are provided on every yacht and most have onboard entertainment systems. You can also reserve Stand-Up Paddle Boards, 1 & 2 person kayaks, and various fishing gear. To find the most updated information on the Activities & Sports in your destination, visit here. You can book all of your activities and sports in advance when booking online or by calling one of our Holiday Planners.
Will I be able to order special diet menus or request favourite beverages?
Yes, our provisioning services are very customisable. You can find the food & beverage order forms for your charter by selecting the “Information Forms” links on the right of this page. You may also choose to visit our Online Provisioning store – link also on the right. In both of these places you will be able to create your full grocery list of everything that you will need for the length of your charter. If you would like to request items that are not in the order forms or online OR if you have special dietary restrictions, please call your Charter Planner and we will be happy to assist you in your needs.

Crewed Yacht Charters: You will be supplied with preference sheets to complete prior to your charter. Meals will be planned according to your selections. Our chefs can also accommodate special dietary needs (salt free, low fat, gluten free, etc…) and may be in personal contact with you prior to your holiday to make those arrangements. An ample supply of the beverages you request will also be stocked.

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