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What do I need to Bareboat Charter? 

The best way to find out if you qualify for a Bareboat Charter, please submit a current Skipper’s Resume.  If you are not qualified, our team of Instructional Skippers can help you out!


How do you prepare the boats for charters? 

We take care with each boat to make sure that you are presented with our best! We make sure that the vessel is thoroughly cleaned in between charters, and there is a thorough technical inspection that each boat undergoes. We want to make sure that 


Can I bring my pet with me?

No.  We love our furry friends, but pets are not allowed on any boat in our fleet.


What do we need to bring? 

All our boats are fully equipped for your charter with domestic inventory and all safety equipment as required by Transport Canada- you only need your personal items, sailing gear, provisions and a smile.  Visit our Client Services Page for our boat inventory, packing tips, and so much more.


Am I allowed to fish, or catch crabs and prawns?

We offer crab and prawn traps for rent, however we do not have fishing gear. You must be in possession of a fishing license to fish or put down traps.  This can be obtained from – Fishing License Application Website.


May I rent a kayak or SUP?

Yes, we have kayaks and stand-up paddle boards for hire.  Once you have confirmed your booking, you will have the opportunity to reserve these items. If you know that you want to add one on to your charter, be sure to ask when you are booking!


What time does my charter begin and end? 

The first official day of your charter starts at 10:00 a.m.  If you have chosen our preboard option you can arrive any time after 2:00 p.m. the day before your official charter start date. The preboard option is really useful, as it lets you provision, stow your belongings, and become familiar with your charter boat.  It also affords you the opportunity to be able to have our assistance with any queries or further items you require before you depart the marina in the morning. Your charter ends at 10:00 a.m. on the last day. This means that you must have  disembarked the boat and all garbage, recycling, food, and personal belongings are removed and the standard clean-up is completed.  Please plan your return to the marina in order to meet this deadline.  With this in mind, you may wish to return to the marina on your last evening.


What are the payment and contract terms?

Confirmation of your charter requires a 35% initial payment.   Full payment is due 60-days prior to your arrival at the charter base.  All amounts are in CAD (Canadian Dollars) and are subject to applicable provincial and federal tax (7% Provincial tax & 5% Federal tax).  You may find a sample Bareboat Charter Agreement here.  Please feel free to contact us at any time with any questions/clarifications on the charter contract.


Do I need travel insurance? What is your cancellation policy? 

We recommend purchasing travel insurance for protection against cancellation penalties and/or unforeseeable circumstances such as an emergency medical situations.  Visit our Rates Page to find our full Rebooking & Cancellation Policy.

Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC BC Canada V9S 4E1
1-250-754-8601 / 1-877-754-8601 Start Price 1000 CAD
Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC BC Canada V9S 4E1
1-250-754-8601 / 1-877-754-8601 info@nanaimoyachtcharters.com

Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd.
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC, Canada V9S 4E1
Email: info@nanaimoyachtcharters.com

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