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Skipper Yourself Yacht Charters in the Whitsundays

Whitsunday Rent a Yacht specialises in skipper yourself, bareboat yacht charters in the Whitsundays. We are based at Shute Harbour, 10 minutes from Airlie Beach and closer to the islands.

Hire a yacht and sail or cruise the Whitsunday Islands at your own pace

A self sail holiday, referred to as a skipper yourself bareboat yacht charter, is one of the most magical holidays you will ever experience as you explore the Whitsunday Islands.

When you're sitting on the back of your private yacht or catamaran, taking in the peace, the paradise and the adventure that the pristine Whitsunday Islands offer, lifelong memories will be created!

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How does a bareboat charter in the Whitsundays work?

The term bareboat refers to a hired yacht, catamaran or motor cruiser without a professional crew. You skipper the boat yourself.

The boat comes with everything you need to live comfortably; You just need to bring your own personal items and arrange provisions.

No license required

In the Whitsundays, a license or qualifications to hire a bareboat is not required. We train and support all of our guests to have a safe and incredible boating adventure in this spectacular part of the world.

Freedom to explore at your pace

Bareboating means you have the freedom to explore. You decide your itinerary – where you anchor each night and what activities you do throughout the islands.

You might choose to fill your bareboating adventure with watersports and hikes or perhaps you'll go for a more relaxing escape, enjoying a spa treatment on Hamilton Island and curling up with a book on a private beach. What you do and the type of holiday you have is totally up to you. One thing is for sure, a bareboat charter in the Whitsundays is an unforgettable experience.


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A range of boats for charter in the Whitsundays

We have a range of vessels available for your trip of a lifetime from sailing catamarans and yachts to power cruisers. 

Depending on whether you are looking for a romantic escape for two, a family holiday, or a great fun group getaway, we will ensure you have the perfect boat to suit your adventure.

All of our boats can motored so you don't have to put the sails up.

Each vessel comes equipped with a tender, (dinghy) for you to go ashore at your chosen anchorages.

Visit our simple online booking system for vessel rates & availability.

Bareboat briefing

When it comes to getting acquainted with your home on the water, which by the way, you do NOT need a boat licence to operate, rest assured you will receive a comprehensive boat and Whitsunday Islands briefing.

Our briefings are done with a qualified boat briefer onboard your vessel. Briefings take 3-4 hours and include a thorough introduction to your vessel, its fittings and your cruising area.

The briefer will assist you in planning the ideal itinerary for the conditions and they’ll show you how to put the sails up on your catamaran or yacht.

If you are new to bareboating, see our blog on sailing the Whitsundays for the first time.


Save time departing from Shute Harbour

Shute Harbour is two hours closer to the islands than Airlie Beach.

One of the fabulous things about setting sail from our base at Shute is the nearest anchorage is just a short 4km away - meaning you can be at anchor and relaxing less than an hour after departing for your charter.

Whitsunday Rent a Yacht operates from our own private jetty. There will be no need to navigate busy crowds or parking on arrival, loading your vessel and preparing to set off is a hassle-free experience.

Support throughout your yacht charter

If you feel that you would like more training than the standard pre-charter briefing, you can request that your briefer joins you for extra training time.

We also offer a sail guide service, which is the addition of a professional guide to your crew for a night or even for your whole trip.

Radio and phone support is available on-demand throughout your charter with mandatory "radio scheds" at the start and end of each day, so we know tell where you're heading and that you got there safely. 


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Planning your Whitsundays Sailing Adventure

Once you board your vessel, our passionate Whitsunday expert team will help you plan your itinerary to best suit the prevailing conditions and give you all the hot tips on the best places to cruise around the island, making the most of your sailing holiday.

Here a few suggestions on what you might like to do during your Whitsunday's yacht charter

Explore the magical island National Parks

Sail or motor around the Whitsunday Islands, taking in the most spectacular views.  Anchor up and take your dinghy ashore where you can enjoy the days spent on the beach.

Take a bushwalk

The Whitsundays is blessed with some of the most astonishing National Park areas made accessible with a range of walking trails.  Discover the natural beauty on land while taking a wild trek on some wonderful bush walks. 

Snorkel or scuba dive straight off your boat or from a pristine beach

A spectacular underwater world awaits in the Whitsunday islands - snorkel at the surface or dive the depths. For more information, check out our page on snorkelling and scuba diving.

Check out an island resort

Several resorts around the Whitsundays welcome bareboat charter visitors.    Spend the day sightseeing, indulging, shopping and joining in on the different resort activities.  Or simply spend a relaxing night in one of the marinas.



Try your hand at fishing

Whether you're a novice or expert, the Whitsundays region is a fishing haven. With a wide range of tropical and sub-tropical species in our waters, it's unlikely you'll go away empty-handed.

Learn about fishing in the Whitsundays before your sailing holiday and don't forget to throw a line in at our base in Shute Harbour before you set sail.

Hire some extra equipment from us

The Whitsunday Islands are a water lover's playground. There are many above-the-water activities such as stand up paddle boarding and kayaking to add to your charter holiday experience. When planning your charter, let us know if you would like to hire any extra equipment.

Take a day trip from your boat

And if you think you’d like to fit a bit more in you can add extra excursions to your sailing holiday. Perhaps you would like to do a  scenic flight or a day trip to the outer Great Barrier Reef or you want to participate in a Ngaro Indigenous Cultural Tour. Let us know what your dreaming of doing while in the Whitsundays and we can assist.



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Which bareboat is right for you?

When deciding on the type of boat you want to sail, you first need to determine if you want a catamaran or a monohull. There are pros and cons to each, learn more in this article: Do we hire a catamaran or a monohull.

The Whitsunday Rent a Yacht Fleet has boats to suit a range of budgets and crew sizes. To see more boats. check availability and get price go to our online booking system.

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Leopard 50: Point of Sail

The Leopard 50 is a next-generation catamaran with more space, more luxury and more sophistication. Point of Sail is one of only Leopard 50 available for bareboat charter in Australia.

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Toy Buoy: Leopard 44

The Leopard 44’s sailing performance and ease of handling have earned her multiple awards. Toy Buoy has a four double-cabin layout, with the forward cabins featuring forepeak bunks.

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Yellow Fin: Leopard 38

Designed especially for charter this sailing catamaran has a four double-cabin layout including a forward cabin with a forepeak bunk - perfect for sleeping eight.


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Rhythm: Jeanneau 44

Perfect for those wanting to charter a sailing yacht in the Whitsundays, the Jeanneau 44i is an excellent choice for sailing enthusiasts.

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Tiger Blue: Jeanneau 40

 With its smooth sailing and motoring ability, Tiger Blue is an ideal yacht for those keen sailors or a family adventuring around the Whitsundays.

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Summer Breeze: Beneteau 34

Summer Breeze is the ideal choice for honeymooners seeking a peaceful getaway in absolute comfort. She's sleek, elegant and easy to handle.


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