N most of the great sailing destinations in the world it is possible for an experienced sailor to hire a vessel ‘bareboat’ and go off and explore someone else’s ‘patch’. With the beauty, benevolence and bounty of the Hauraki Gulf and the Northland coast o
From a boat owner’s perspective, it’s a useful proposition to generate an income stream by chartering out a vessel; allowing some carefullycontrolled charter work can significantly reduce the cost of ownership! But there are other motives, too. Because Charterlink has a free boat monitoring and management service, it’s an ideal solution if you live out of town, but want your vessel to be fully-maintained, subsidised, and available to you in the Gulf. The idea of having the vessel maintained to survey standards and making sufficient income to cover her ongoing costs can make ownership far more attractive than it might be otherwise.
It’s not just like book-a-bach. There’s a stringent set of rules and operational procedures which make it a safe proposition for all concerned – from vetting prospective charters to providing thorough briefings, managing the compliance of the vessels with Maritime New Zealand’s MOSS system, down to details like providing linen and vessel grooming. That’s generally way more than an owner can handle in his/her spare time; Charterlink does all that, providing a full service to owners and charterers alike.
As we approach the new season, demand is outstripping supply for the larger vessels, and there are opportunities for ‘production’ yachts or power vessels less than 10 years old to join the fleet.