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Frequently asked questions about your sailing holiday:

Why book your sailing holiday with
Who owns the yachts and what back up can I expect?
What is the yacht security deposit?
What’s included and what's extra?
Are all yachting charters for 7 days? Are all yacht charters Saturday-Saturday?
What sailing qualifications are required?
When is a good time to go on a sailing holiday?
Can I book online?
Special 'Corona' conditions.

Before the start of your sailing holiday:
What should I take with me on my yachting holiday?
What time can I get on and off my yacht? What if I have night flights?
What electrical supply will my yacht have?
How much will fuel cost?
How much are marina, town quay and anchoring fees?
Can I get the boat provisioned before I arrive?

During your sailing holiday:
What should I do if something breaks while underway or if I have a problem?

Why book your sailing holiday with

Financial protection
Lastminute Sailing is part of GoFunSailing and is connected and secured at Yacht-Pool. (
If we go bankrupt than Yacht Pool will secure that your holiday is guaranteed. We only work together with charter companies that meet our high quality standards. Many companies are members of Yacht Pool, this guarantees your deposit.

Who is
Want to know more about Last Minute Sailing who we are and why we think it is best to book with us, click here!

How do you benefit by booking your sailing holiday with us?
Information and advice – You’ll benefit from our first hand knowledge of sailing in the Mediterranean and Caribbean so do ask our advice. We are happy to help with suggestions on yachts and cruising areas.

Free service – We specialise in putting together the holiday that's right for you and pride ourselves on giving a courteous and helpful service. And our services are FREE so you pay no more than booking direct.

More choice – We act as Dutch partner with yacht charter companies based in all the best sailing locations round the world. This gives us a vast selection of yachts, catamarans and motoryachts for you to choose from.

Independence – Not being tied to one particular fleet means we can give unbiased independent advice about the best yacht for you.

Flexibility – It's your holiday and we try wherever possible to fit with your requirements. If you can only fly on a Sunday, we will find the holiday that fits.

Excellent prices – With our range of yachts we have holidays to suit all budgets. Just compare our prices.

Reliability – We started trading in 2006 and have developed an enviable reputation in the charter industry for the quality and depth of the service we offer.

Convenience – Have a travel professional handle your holiday booking

Who owns the yachts and what back up can I expect?
Most charter yachts are privately owned and put with a professional yacht management company who handle the local bureaucracy, insurance, maintenance, cleaning, check-ins, etc.
There is a good back-up service to cope with any problems. Contact the base by VHF or mobile phone for technical assistance and they will either come to your aid or send a local agent to meet you at your next port of call.
All the yacht charter companies we use have 24 hour emergency telephone numbers and all have full-time technical staff at the base.

What is the yacht security deposit?
A security deposit is required for all charters against the possibility of damage to the yacht, loss of equipment or late return. The amount represents the yacht insurance excess and will depend on the value of the yacht. It is paid on embarkation by credit card authorisation and returned at the end of your charter, less any necessary deductions for damage you did to your yacht or to other yachts.
For some yachts you can pay a non-refundable security insurance as an alternative to a security deposit or with a reduced security deposit.
All charter yachts are fully insured under marine insurance policies against loss, damage and third party indemnity.
You are expected to take all reasonable care but in the event of loss or damage to the yacht and its equipment your liability is limited to the amount of your security deposit unless such damage or loss was caused by your negligence or wilful damage. It is important that previous sailing experience is correctly shown on the Booking Form for full indemnity of any risks.
If your yacht is damaged by another vessel it is up to you to get information from those involved in the incident, including a declaration from a third party. You should report any damage done in port to the harbourmaster.
You will not be liable for damage caused by another yacht as long as you are able to provide evidence.

For some yachts, it is possible to arrange a damage waiver. You can pay an insurance premium on site at the charter company in combination with a reduced deposit, as an alternative to a full deposit.
In addition, there are also insurance companies that offer this insurance. For example, the Deposit Insurance / guarantee insurance from Hamburger Yachtversicherung Schomacker.
Unique to this insurance is that there is no deductible!
Go direct to the information about the Deposit Insurance, website Hamburger Yachtversicherung with all information and you can arrange this insurance!

What’s included and what's extra?
This varies with the cruising area and the fleet although we always let you know with your initial quote which extras are included, which are obligatory and which are optional.
The price tables on this website all state extras for each fleet. If in doubt, please ask.
Extras are usually payable on embarkation in local currency but some fleets do allow pre-payment in Euro with your balance.

Extras include:

  • Refundable yacht security deposit and/or insurance.
  • End cleaning
  • Transit log in Turkey and Croatia
  • Cruising taxes in BVI, Grenadines, Cuba & Seychelles
  • Outboard for the tender
  • Cruising chute
  • Skipper
  • Airport transfers
  • Fuel used
  • Marina & harbour fees
Please ask which are included in your charter and which are extras.

Are all yachting charters for 7 days? Are all yacht charters Saturday-Saturday?
In the Mediterranean, most charters are 7 or 14 days to fit charter flights. Charters usually operate Saturday-Saturday but some bases have Sunday or mid-week start dates to fit UK charter flights. HOWEVER some fleets offer odd durations and / or flexible start dates so please do ask us.
Embarkation is usually 5 pm on the first day and disembarkation is 9 am on the last, leaving time between charters for cleaning and maintenance.
In the Caribbean you can start on any day and charter for any duration, although there is usually a 5-night minimum. Embarkation is usually 12 noon on the first day and disembarkation is 12 noon on the last.

What sailing qualifications are required?
Yacht charter & flotilla:
To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla you should be Day Skipper standard gained by sailing in the UK or on a previous flotilla holiday.
You should be competent at handling a yacht in close quarters, anchoring and mooring in varying conditions, and be able to use your navigation and pilotage skills to plan a day passage and know your position at any time. You should be assisted by at least one competent crew.
You will be asked to complete a short resume of sailing experience on your booking form. We reserve the right to provide a skipper on the yacht at your expense if the local staff deem it necessary for your safety.

At present you need an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for charters in the whole world except Turkey.

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK.

Motoryacht charter
An international certificate of competence, eg RYA Day Skipper Practical (Motor) or RYA ICC (Motor) is required by the port authorities for bareboat motoryacht charters.

When is a good time to go on a sailing holiday?
The Mediterranean sailing season tends to fit charter flights from the UK which operate 1 May to 31 October. Luckily that coincides with the best sailing weather in the Med - hot dry summers - as opposed to their warm wet winters from November to March. May / June and September / October are popular months if you're not tied to the busy school holidays in July / August.

In the Caribbean you can sail all year but the the main season runs 1 November to 30 June when the weather is superb for sailing. November and May / June are popular months to avoid the crowds. If you want to go in the summer holidays, go as early in July as you can or choose St Lucia or the Grenadines which are too far south to be affected by tropical storms.

Can I book online?
No. But you can search availability online for lastminutes sailingyachts by land, or

search for one-way sailing holidays or

search for a short sailing holiday!

We can offer you a much wider choice of yachts than we could ever give with an online system. Without some interaction with a real person it is not always straightforward for you to choose the most suitable yacht in the best place at the right price. We are proud of our service and you can contact us 7 days a week and you pay no more for our advice than if you booked online.
Your best sailing holiday is one that meets your requirements exactly - the yacht, the cruising area, the flights, the price. Let us help with your holiday planning.

Special 'Corona' conditions.
The following special conditions are used by most charter companies. If you have already booked, ask us for the exact conditions!

For charters already booked: the balance payment can usually be paid later.

You can also decide to move the date of your sailing holiday to a later time in 2020. Your paid balance will of course remain reserved for you.
On the basis of available sailing yachts, it will be determined whether the same sailing yacht is available or whether you can choose a different sailing yacht. Any price difference will be charged.
The price discount on the original booking will be honoured.

Some charter companies even offer the option of moving your sailing holiday to 2021.
However, there is a condition that the charter must be paid in full after written revision of the charter agreement. Any price difference related to another week or other sailing yacht will be charged.

Please note that cancellation afterwards is not possible.

The above regulations also apply in case official travel restrictions are valid!

For new bookings, a lower down payment and payment of the balance at a later time may apply.

Charter companies and agents see the future positively!
April 22 we participated in a webinar for charter companies and brokers. Both parties are dealing with the consequences of the Corona crisis. Despite the uncertain times, everyone is actually positive and are ready to welcome the customers for a wonderful sailing holiday.

Everyone is looking forward to mid-May when the travel restrictions may be lifted.

Good agreements have been made with the brokers about how the sailing trips can be moved or what the vouchers should look like.

Both parties are very flexible to re-schedule sailing trips to this year or next year for free.

The governments of the countries where the charter companies are located all have support measures to support the companies. For example, the Croatian government gives compensation to every employee so that the charter companies have less salary costs and can invest this money in the ships. The tourism sector will be opened first, and certainly the rental of sailing yachts, because it is the safest environment given the 1.5 meter requirements and fresh sea air.

Charter companies are preparing to disinfect yachts properly after each charter, for example disinfection with Ozone technology.

We experience it as a good meeting with positive energy and we would like to inform you about this.

What should I take with me on my yachting holiday?
All our charter yachts are well-equipped for cruising in comfort and you could step aboard without bringing anything but your beach towel and suntan cream.
For a sailing holiday, we advise travelling light. Your clothing requirements will be casual -several swim suits, wraps, shorts and T-shirts are the order of the day and you might like to pack a light sweater for the evenings. You may need to cover up if shopping in the local towns and markets.
You will need shoes for exploring and for casual wear ashore. Deck shoes are normally worn onboard as they will not mark the decks.

Since there is limited storage on the yachts for hard suitcases, you should only use soft foldaway luggage for your belongings. Excess luggage or hard suitcases can not always be left at the base.
Useful items to pack:
  • lightweight waterproof jacket,
  • sun hat / cap,
  • sunglasses - with a neck strap to stop them going overboard,
  • non-slip deck shoes,
  • beach towel,
  • extra tea-towels,
  • sailing (or gardening gloves) for anchor work,
  • mobile phone & 12v car charger,
  • high factor, waterproof sunscreen. Use lotions, creams or gels as oils can be dangerous on boats,
  • keen swimmers should bring their own fins and masks although these items can be obtained locally they are only of holiday quality,
  • travel wash and liquid soap are always handy,
  • scented nappy bags are useful for toilet paper which must never be flushed down the yacht's toilet,
  • mobile phones - these work in the Mediterranean (but not in all Caribbean countries),
  • your own basic first aid kit, with plasters, antiseptic creams etc.
We advise including seasickness tablets, insect repellent, antihistamine and something for upset stomach. Bring any personal medication you need to last the duration of your holiday.

What time can I get on and off my yacht? What if I have night flights?
In the Mediterranean yachts are not normally ready for embarkation until 5 pm to give times between charters for cleaning and maintenance. If you arrive earlier you may be able to get onboard during the afternoon if the yacht is ready but this cannot be guaranteed in advance.
If you arrive later you will be able to board your yacht any time during the night and have your check-in the following morning.
The yacht must be back at the base by 6 pm on the evening before the charter ends and vacated by 9 am on the last day to allow for cleaning and maintenance of the yacht between charters. If your return flight is later that day or in the evening you will be able to leave your luggage at the base while you spend the day on the beach or sightseeing. If you want to keep your yacht until you go to the airport you may be able to pay for an extra day's charter.

In the Caribbean most yacht charters run 12 noon – 12 noon although for arrivals after 6pm a sleep aboard rate is usually available. Some fleets operate Mediterranean times so please do check.

What electrical supply will my yacht have?
Most charter yachts have shore power fitted although this is not necessarily the case for older yachts built before 2003. This provides 240 volts mains power but only when the yacht is plugged in to a mains supply on the dock. This will be the case in most marinas but not in many fishing harbours. The sockets on board will be the continental type (2 round pins) so take a continental adaptor.

Shore power is the only possibility for using hairdryers – they consume too much power for the yacht’s own batteries. You can buy 12-volt hairdryers but because they are designed to be very low power they are virtually useless.

All yachts do have a 12-volt cigarette lighter socket. This will work at all times and is ideal for 12 volt chargers that you use in your car for your phone, iPod etc.

You can buy an INVERTER that will convert the 12 volts DC to 240-volt mains power even when no shore power is available. These are perfect for charging phones, cameras etc from mains power supplies and running appliances such as laptop computers, PDAs and computer games consoles that take little power. Most inverters have a maximum power rating of 75 – 150 watt. They can be bought from Dixons, Currys, Halfords, Amazon and Maplin as well as chandlers for about £15 - £25.

All yachts are fitted with car radio / CD player but you may prefer to take your music on an iPod or mp3 player rather than bulky CDs. Very few CD players have inputs for mp3 players. However because they all include FM radios you can use an FM TRANSMITTER to send the signal to the yacht’s radio. This will then play your music through the yacht’s stereo system including cockpit speakers where fitted. Most have sufficient range that they can be operated from the cockpit which adds to their versatility. These are again available from electrical shops (even at the airport if necessary) or on-line from Amazon / eBay for about £5 - £20

How much will fuel cost?
As for a rental car, you pay for only the fuel you use. You will have a full tank of diesel on departure and you are to return it full. All of our yachts have diesel main engines; it is unlikely that in one week on a 40' yacht you will use more than 60 litres (about £100), but this depends on how much motoring you do, the size of the yacht and the sea state you encounter. This is a variable extra that you must pay.
When filling the fuel tank, please ensure that you are using the correct filling point – diesel in the water tank is no fun!

How much are marina, town quay and anchoring fees?
These range from area to area and facility to facility. Commonly at a marina in Croatia or Italy, expect to pay around £1-1.50 per foot per night. There are generally no charges for dropping anchor and coming ashore in your dinghy, although you will be charged in Croatia if you are anchored within a harbour.

In Turkey and Greece the mooring fees are minimal to none.

In the BVI and some other parts of the Caribbean you can pick up a mooring buoy and these are usually US$ 25 / night.

Can I get the boat provisioned before I arrive?
For most bases we can send you a provisioning list for you to select items to be purchased and stowed on your yacht before you arrive.
Some fleets make a charge for this service. In any event it is certainly more expensive than shopping for provisions yourself and you don’t experience the local markets and shops.

Many fleets offer a starter pack at extra cost so you can arrange for some basics to be onboard when you arrive.

What should I do if something breaks while underway or if I have a problem?
If something breaks during your sailing holiday on the yacht then you should contact inmediately the base manager. You can find his mobile number with the boatdocuments or they gave you at the check in. He or she will discuss with you how and where the repair can take place.
Sometimes it is useful to send a photo to the base manager of the part that is broken. Unfortunately, it is always possible that something breaks along the way, that can happen with new and older yachts. In the contract you can find how soon the damage must be repaired before you can claim for compensation.

If communication with the base manager is difficult, please contact us immediately so we can intervene directly. In the event of a collision always contact the base manager. If you have a complaint about the charter company, please let us know when you are still underway. We will also ask for pictures and contact the charter company. If you contact us at home after your holiday than we usually can not do much more. Submit your complaint always at the base manager.

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