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by NWY Staff

Northwest Yachting’s 2016 Washington & B.C. Charter Guide

For many, the logistics of seeing the world from the helm in the traditional “go now” way with their own boat can be hard to pull off. Why not skip the months of blue-themed monotony between destinations and simply charter your way through the world’s top cruising grounds?

Chartering as an alternative option or supplement to boat ownership has several benefits. While the costs are not cheap by any “normal” standard, chartering a yacht is far cheaper than ownership. If one only boats for a few weeks or months out of the year, it may just be worth it. What’s more, the rented vessel is primed and ready to go right out of the gate, which means more time enjoying the water and less time tinkering (or swearing) at Murphy and his law. Additionally, chartering companies can provide valuable resources to maximize a trip’s potential. Local knowledge given by hired skippers, meals cooked up by gourmet chefs, and nature experiences narrated by naturalists can enrich the adventure while keeping one’s mind at ease.

We here in the Pacific Northwest live in one of those places that ranks high on the world’s lists of great cruising grounds. As a result, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to chartering companies. Feel free to be picky and ask questions. This annual charter-company guide is your tool to find the company that can make your dream come true. Envision your perfect adventure and make it happen.

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Anacortes Yacht Charters

Bareboat and crewed yacht charters offered with approximately 85 boats in the fleet, including 24- to 70-foot power and sail vessels. Special services include meal
provisioning, outboard rentals, fishing gear, and kayaks. ASA certification and introduction and advanced power courses available. Skippers are available for hire.

Anacortes Marina Office,
2415 “T” Ave., Suite 2
Anacortes, WA 98221

Web: ayc.com
Phone: 800-233-3004 / 360-293-4555
Email: info@ayc.com

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Bellhaven Yacht Sales and Charters

Sail and power boats with bareboat and skippered charters options. Vessels are 25’ to 60’, including Grady White (day charters available), Ocean Alexander, Bayliner, Meridian, Hunter, and Silverton. Watch the website for new additions and special offers and discounts. Instructional opportunities including ASA accredited, six-day Cruise-N-Learn, a hands-on liveaboard, learn to sail/bareboat, fun vacation with certified instructors. Weekend and private instruction also offered. Power boat instruction for novices or “rusty skippers” offered as a separate course or with a skipper while on a charter.

Prime season charter rates are $1,975 to $8,400 per week. Early and late summer rates are 15% discounted. Off-season charters are discounted 25%. Discounts are available for multiple weeks, multiple boat charters, and returning customers. Insurance by refundable damage deposits. Reservation deposit is 30%, with balance due 60 days prior to departure.

700 Coho Way
Bellingham, WA 98225

Web: bellhaven.net
Phone: 360-733-6636/877-310-9471
Email: bellhaven@bellhaven.net

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Blue Pacific

Bareboat cruise and learn vacations are the emphasis. Powerboats 28 to 96 feet and sailboats 30 to 50 feet are offered. The 33% reservation deposit is due 60 days prior to the charter.

1519 Foreshore Walk,
Granville Island Vancouver, B.C. V6H3X3

Web: bluepacificcharters.com
Phone: 800-237-2392/604-682-2161
Email: info@bluepacificcharters.com

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This organization is an international yacht charter, brokerage, and management company with offices in London, Monaco, Athens, Moscow, New York, Miami, and Seattle. The Seattle office is headed by Captain Ron Chace, formerly captain of the 200-foot Feadship MEDUSE.

Burgess offers expertise in arranging fully crewed charters on yachts from 120 to 300 feet in length worldwide. Prices range from $60,000 to $450,000 per week, plus expenses, depending on the size and style of the vessel. Areas covered include the Pacific Northwest, Caribbean, Mediterranean, South Pacific, Southeast Asia, and more.

Web: burgessyachts.com
Phone: 206-669-6407
Email: Rchace@burgessyachts.com

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Cedar Wave Charters

Books trips year-round. Cedar Wave provides custom private picnic tours and day cruises on beautifully restored classic wooden yachts. Trips starting at $325 for groups up to six. Relax in style on the waters of Lake Washington and Puget Sound.

Gourmet meal options including entrées like clam bakes, fish tacos, and sunrise fruit puddings. Private tour guides and other special services including weddings, engagements and memorials. USCG licensed captains. Maritime heritage education and historic vessel preservation consulting.

1010 Valley St.
Seattle, WA 98109

Web: cedarwave.com
Phone: 206-335-0133
Email: info@cedarwave.com

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Chariot Adventures

Combine learning to sail with a six-day and night adventure, Cruise-N-Learn, through the San Juans. Learn the ropes with an experienced instructor who has been certified to teach the American Sailing Association curriculum. Passing the skills and knowledge tests at each level, along with additional practice, will get you certified to charter a boat and feel confident skippering her yourself. This class is taught on Chariot, a restored classic Annapolis 44. The skipper specializes in (and enjoys) working with couples.

718 Coho Way,
Bellingham, WA 98225

Web: chariotadventures.com
Phone: 360-961-6557
Email: chariotadventures@gmail.com

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Cooper Boating

Bareboat and skippered sailboats, and powerboats are available ranging in size from 30 feet to 57 feet from a fleet of over 40 vessels. Flotillas, offshore training, and circumnavigation of Vancouver Island are options as well. Professional instruction is offered as a special service. There are three operation bases to choose from — Vancouver and Sidney, BC (Gulf Islands) as well as the Powell River (Desolation Sound).

Spring season (April to June), peak season (July-August), late summer season (September), off season (October-March) are charged differently. Damage deposits are $1,000 to $5,000. Reservation deposits are 30% of the balance, due 60-90 days prior to departure.

910 11th Street
Anacortes, WA 98221

Web: cooperboating.com
Phone: 604-683-6837
Email: crew@cooperboating.com

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Crown Yacht Charters

Bareboat charters offered with a fleet of 32- to 47-foot powerboats and 32- to 56-foot sailboats. Dinghy with outboard, BBQ, linens and towels for up to four guests, pre-charter briefing or boat systems and operation, assistance with itinerary planning, and cleaning after completion of charter is included. Numerous courses and instructional classes are available to hone boat maneuvering and navigational skills. Car parking is available near the marina.

Prime season (June 21 to September 8), mid-season (May 17 to June 20, and September 9 to 29), and low season (January 1 to May 16, and September 30 to December 31) have different rates. Modest additional charges are added for liability insurance and vessel hull insurance with reductions in deductible amounts. Early booking and early payment receive a five percent discount, as do repeat customers. Ten or more nights are five percent off.

910 11th Street
Anacortes, WA 98221

Web: crownyachtcharters.com
Phone: 360-293-9533/800-426-2313
Email: info@crownyachtcharters.com

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Desolation Sound Yacht Charters

Bareboat or skippered powerboats from 34 to 54 feet and sailboats from 31 to 49 feet offered. All charters are fully serviced except for food (provisioning available). Courses in sail and power yacht handling that lead to International Certifications are available.

Prime season (June 15 to September 15) rates for power are $3,700 to $4,800. Sail is $2,200 to $4,700. Off season power boat rates are $3,100 to $4,200, sailboats are $1,900 to $3,800. The damage deposit is $2,000 to $5,000 while insurance is $30 to $45 per day. The reservation deposit is 25% plus applicable taxes, balance due 60 days prior to departure. Cancellation policy is before 90 days prior to departure with a $300 service fee. If within 60-90 days, the cost of cancellation is 25% of the total charter fee.

101-1819 Beaufort, Ave.
Comox B.C. V9M 1R9

Web: desolationsoundyachtcharters.com
Phone: 250-339-7222/877-647-3815
E: charter@desolationsoundyachtcharters.com

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Emerald Isle Sailing Charter

Adventure aboard a 54-foot sailing yacht, the custom S/V Na-Walak pilothouse ketch. Planned trips and custom cruises are available April through October. Meals are provided by a gourmet chef, and a naturalist captain leads wildlife and naturalist tours. Pricing details available online.

198 Bromley Dr.
Eastsound, WA 98245

Web: emeraldislesailing.com
Phone: 360-376-3472
Email: charters@emeraldislesailing.com

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Island Cruising

Monohull and catamaran sailboats and power yachts from 30’ to 50’ all in pristine condition. Ownership options are available in the fleet. A Leopard catamaran as well as Beneteau and Jeanneau monohulls are a few of the makes offered. Offering bareboat to competent sailors or skippered yachts that include ASA trained professionals. Additional charter options from Comox, BC.

9776 4th Street
Sidney, B.C. Canada

Web: islandcruising.com & coastlinemarine.ca
Phone: 250-656-7070
Email: info@islandcruising.com

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Ledger Marina Charters

Bareboat and fully crewed charters are offered from Puget Sound to Southeast Alaska. Powerboats 26 to 72 feet in length are available and a crewed option for vessels up to 180 feet exists. Bareboat sailboats are 25 feet long, but crewed vessels are up to 127 feet. Special services are available on all vessels upon request.

Prime season (July 13 to September 7) rates are $1,200 to $14,000 for power. Mid season (June 1 to July 12, and September 8 to 28) are 15% less. Low season (before June 1 and after September 28) is discounted 30%. The reservation deposit is 33-50% of the charter rate due 60 days prior to the charter.

2309 Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103

Web: ledgermarinecharters.com
Phone: 206-283-6160
Email: ledgercharters@gmail.com

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Nanaimo Yacht Charters and Sailing School

Bareboat charters aboard both power and sail are offered. Extras like free bedding for vessels over 30 feet, BBQ, dinghy with outboard motor, and courtesy cars are included. Transport services to and from airports and float plane terminals are provided. The company also encompasses a boating and sailing school. International Yacht Training to obtain international competency, International Sail and Power Association classes, and Dali Canada methods of instruction are available. The certification programs range from basic sailing lessons to Yacht Master Offshore.

1690 Stewart Avenue
Nanaimo, B.C. V9S 4E1

Web: nanaimoyachtcharters.com
Phone: 250-754-8601 / 877-754-8601
Email: info@nanaimoyachtcharters.com

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NW Explorations

The fleet is made up of a luxury diesel trawler (Grand Banks, Fleming, and DeFever) fleet ranging from 36 to 52 feet in length. Bareboat charters are offered throughout the Pacific Northwest and Southeast Alaska. Flotillas include USCG captains, dock hands, and on-board naturalists on each yacht and include cruising grounds in Alaska, Desolation Sound, the San Juan Islands, and the Gulf Islands. Special services included in the rate: linens, fully outfitted galley, RIB dinghy with outboard, crab pots, and cleaning upon return.

High season rates are $6,400 to $11,200, while low season is 25% less. Multi-week discounts are available. The reservation deposit is 40% of the charter rate with the balance due 120 days prior to departure.

2623 South Harbor Loop
Bellingham, WA 98225

Web: nwexplorations.com
Phone: 360-676-1248 / 800-826-1430
Email: charter@nwexplorations.com

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San Juan Yachting and Sailing

Bareboat and skippered powerboats 28 to 58 feet in length, sail monohulls 34 to 49 feet, and sail catamarans 34 to 42 feet. Special services include complimentary linens and towels and cleaning on all charters of seven days or more. Provisioning and crewed charters are available. Full-service powerboat training and weekend/week-long liveaboard sail courses are also available.

Peak season (June 15 to August 30) rates are $2,300 – $9,250 and the second consecutive week of a charter is discounted 10%. The option of daily damage waivers or refundable damage deposits is offered. Liability insurance is $70 per week. The reservation deposit is 30%, and cancellations are required 60 days prior to departure.

2615 South Harbor Loop
Suite #1, Bellingham, WA 98225

Web: sanjuanyachting.com
Phone: 360-671-8089 / 800-670-8089
Email: charter@sanjuanyachting.com

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Seattle Boat Share

Bareboat charters offered from a fleet of around 30. A “Sharepass” is available for access to all the boats without restrictions on use times or geographical boundaries. Included in the Sharepass is insurance, licensing fees, moorage, fueling, cleaning, required safety equipment, and all maintenance.

1800 Westlake Ave, Suite #110
Seattle, WA

Web: seattleboatshare.com
Phone: 206-707-1030

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Ship Harbor Yacht Charters

Power yachts ranging from a 26-foot Nordic Tug to a 57-foot Bayliner, and sailboats ranging from a 30-foot Catalina to a 50-foot Beneteau, are available. Special services such as sleep aboards, provisioning, and instruction are available. Free linen packages, planning maps, and outboard engines are a few included extras.

Rates vary according to season. Off-season rates are $1,367 to $7,641 per week, while prime season rates are $1,785 to $9,980 per week. Four day, three-night minimum length charters are offered. Multi-week charters have a 10% discount. The reservation deposit is 30% and the balance is due 60 days prior to the charter.

2201 Skyline Way, Suite 100
Anacortes, WA 98221

Web: shipharboryachts.com
Phone: 360-299-9193 / 877-772-6582
Email: info@shipharbor.net

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Voyages Northwest

This company features the only Nordhavn charter fleet operating in the Pacific Northwest and Southeast Alaska. Summer Alaska schedules are available. Additionally, 18 private yachts are available for charter from 42 to 118 feet LOA in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Mexico. Corporate and private charters (crewed and assisted bareboat) for the day or an entire week are offered aboard executive-appointed yachts.

12601 NE 124th St. #403
Kirkland, WA 98034

Web: voyagesnorthwest.com
Phone: 206-510-1080
Email: info@voyagesnorthwest.com

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Windworks Sailing and Powerboating

This is a membership-based sailing club with some non-member sailing activities available. Vessels offered for bareboat charters range from 22 to 42 feet long. Special services include US Sailing certified lessons, bareboat and skippered charters, USCG approved Captain’s Licensing courses, and quarterly social events. Prime season (May 15 to September 15) daily rates for non-members are $276 to $906, and off-season daily rates are $226-$705. Insurance is included in both rates. The reservation deposit is 50%, due at the time of booking. There is a $75 check-out fee.

Shilshole Bay Marina
7001 Seaview Ave., Suite 110
Seattle WA 98117

Web: windworkssailing.com
Phone: 206-784-9386
Email: shelby@windworkssailing.com

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