There are Qualifications*** that are required to charter our yachts. We follow the guidelines laid out by the RYA and the MCA. We request charterers to confirm they have appropriate qualifications and experience. For bareboat yacht charter on our yachts in the Clyde area we ask that the designated Skipper in the charter party on each yacht should hold the RYA Day Skipper qualification and that they or one member of the crew should hold a VHF Radio Operators Licence and that a member of his crew has an equivalent sailing qualification or suitable experience to act as Mate on the Yacht. For the larger yachts, RYA Coastal Skipper or equivalent sailing experience, is required. Yachts can be chartered out-with the Clyde. In this instance we ask that the designated Skipper in the charter party on each yacht should hold at least RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster qualification, and a VHF Operators Licence. This can be waived if you can demonstrate having considerable previous experience. If you have a Day Skipper and/or other certificates but perhaps would like a little experience of the yacht’s handling qualities before heading out, we will be prepared to accompany you for any handling exercise that you feel would be of benefit before you depart the marina. Please let us know where you would like to go if you’re not familiar with the Clyde. Our Yacht Owners will be delighted to advise you on the local cruising area and on harbours and anchorages to visit and to give you some suggested routes for your charter. It’s a great cruising area. Largs has great transport links and is easy to get to by road, rail and by air. It has good pubs, restaurants, a good supermarket & great local facility.
*** For visitors from abroad we recognise that you might well not hold the UK RYA Qualifications however we are quite happy to accept equivalent qualifications.
We strongly recommend that charter clients should arrange travel insurance cover for cancellation and accident risks. Your current Holiday Insurance policy may not cover you for sailing activities so please check to ensure you have adequate cover. If your policy does not seem to cover everything you need, then you can get an online quote and pay for your insurance through Haven Knox Johnston, Bishop Skinner or Topsail who offer a specialist Yachtsman's travel insurance policy.
Notes on Changeover days. Bare boat Charter Times, Handovers and Handbacks.
The normal handover times for weekly charters for our yachts are Saturday at 2pm with a handback at 10am on the next Saturday.
Yachts should ideally be back in their berth at Largs on the previous evening then refuelled and cleaned; and ready for the handback no later than 10.00 hours on the changeover day. Variations to these times may be possible for example where weekend charters may be available. Crews can expect a comprehensive handover on the boat that normally will last about an hour. If you are new to the area we are quite happy to brief you on some of the best places to include in your itinerary. The handback will normally not last more than a few minutes so you can get away quite promptly. However, we do request that you keep a note of any malfunctioning items & breakages so that we can attend to them immediately.
Cleaning & Refuelling
Cleaning. We expect you to return the yacht to us in as clean and tidy a condition as you found it at the start of your charter. If you prefer not to thoroughly clean it at the end of your charter (in which case you should please inform us of this before you depart) then we will arrange for the yacht to be cleaned on its return and deduct the cost of that from your security deposit.
Refuelling. Unless otherwise agreed between us we will hand over the yacht to you with a full fuel tank and expect you to refill the fuel tank at your expense, on your return to Largs. If you prefer not to do this then we will have the boat re-fuelled and deduct the cost of fuel from your security deposit, together with a £40 boat handling charge (this handling charge will not be applied where exceptional circumstances or difficult weather conditions have prevented you from refuelling the yacht.)
Extras included with the charter price.
Free berthing at Largs Yacht Haven for the duration of the charter, is included in the charter price for each yacht. Each yacht will be provided with at least one full cooking gas container at the start of your charter - Please replace empty cooking gas containers at the end of your charter. When chartering away from our home base you will be responsible for the Marina Fees you incur during your charter.