Please note that for all sailing holidays featured, you will be required to provide cover against accidental damage or loss to the vessel and ancillary equipment and either pay a Security Deposit at the base or purchase Yacht Damage Waiver as further detailed below. If you or your party cause damage or loss to the vessel, any ancillary equipment or to property belonging to a third party and such damage or loss is caused as a result of your gross negligence or reckless conduct you will be liable for the full extent of the loss suffered and our right to claim against you will not be limited or waived in any way by the payment of the Security Deposit or purchase of Yacht Damage Waiver. Acts that will be considered as gross negligence or reckless conduct will include, without limitation, sailing outside of defined sailing areas and/or hours, sailing the vessel under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, not having sufficient crew in charge of the vessel at all times, not being in control of the vessel. During the booking process you will be provided with the option of either purchasing Yacht Damage Waiver or paying a Security Deposit. You will not be able to proceed with your booking unless you agree to one of the options and by asking us to confirm your booking you are agreeing to comply with the content of this section and make any required payment.
Option 1: Yacht Damage Waiver
If you choose to purchase the Yacht Damage Waiver this will be added to your booking. You will be provided with the cost of purchasing the Yacht Damage Waiver during the booking process which will be added to your overall holiday cost. In addition, you will be expected to pay a sum of between $900 AUD and $6820 AUD, depending on the size of your boat, as damage deposit upon arrival at the yacht base. The damage deposit will be taken prior to embarkation and if you do not pay we reserve the right to cancel your booking without further liability and without any right to a refund and you will not be entitled to continue with the charter.
Option 2: Security Deposit
If you choose to pay a Security Deposit only you will be asked to pay a sum of between $3400 AUD and $13,640 AUD, depending on the size of your boat, as Security Deposit upon arrival at the yacht base. The Security Deposit will be taken prior to embarkation and if you do not pay we reserve the right to cancel your booking without further liability and without any right to a refund and you will not be entitled to continue with the charter.
YDW Daily Fee’s and Security Deposits for Sail Boats (Monohulls & Catamarans)
Up to 40ft
41 – 52ft
53 – 57ft
Up to 40ft
41 – 52ft
53 – 57ft
No daily rate
All charterers are required to sign our Yacht Damage Waiver at the base prior to departure. Feel free to preview it in advance; however, as we require you to sign this in person at the base, there is no need to send it to us ahead of time.
Under Option 1 only, should you book a Sunsail Flotilla holiday (fully arranged by the Company) or pre-book a Skipper, organised by the Company, the security deposit collected at the base will be half of what is displayed in the grids above.
Please note: Customers who have acquired their own Yacht Damage Waiver via a third party will be required to pay the excess amounts listed under Option 2 upon arrival at the base.
The damage deposit paid under either Option 1 or Option 2 will be used as security for any loss or damages suffered by the Company as a result of any breach by you of these booking conditions and any damage caused to the yacht or its contents during the period of your arrangements. You can not apply or deduct any portion of the damage deposit from the final balance payable for your travel arrangements. You will be asked to sign a form before embarkation confirming that you fully understand your obligations in the event of any loss or damage to the vessel, ancillary equipment or third party property.
On return of the yacht to the base following the charter period and following inspection of the yacht by our base staff, in the event that we are satisfied that there is no apparent damage to the yacht on its return from you, our base staff shall, where applicable, refund the relevant damage deposit paid by you (please note that Yacht Damage Waiver monies will not be refunded) to you as soon as reasonably possible.
In the event that we determine that accidental damage or loss was caused to the yacht and/or its contents during the period of your arrangements, you will be liable to us for all losses and damages incurred by us as a result up to the value of the security deposit left at the base. In the event that we determine that damage or loss was caused to the yacht and/or its contents during the period of your arrangements as a result of your gross negligence or reckless conduct, you will be liable to us for all losses and damages incurred by us as a result. In both instances we reserve the right to retain, where applicable, part or all of the relevant security deposit paid by you. We may use all or part of the damage deposit paid by you to repair any damage caused to the yacht or its contents during the period of your arrangements, including without limitation the costs involved in lifting the yacht for a full inspection to assess the damage to the yacht.
Retention of the security deposit will not in any way limit or prejudice any claim which we may have over and above the sum of the security deposit paid by you where the loss or damage was caused or contributed to by your gross negligence or reckless conduct and in these circumstances you will remain liable to us for the balance of any such losses or damages incurred by us over and above the sum of the damage deposit paid by you. In the event that the losses or damages suffered by us as a result of any breach by you of these booking conditions and any damage caused to the yacht or its contents during the period of your arrangements is less than the relevant damage deposit/Security Deposit paid by you, we shall refund, as relevant, part of the Security Deposit paid by you to you as soon as reasonably possible after the damage has been repaired or the repair costs have been ascertained. In the event of any disagreement over damage or loss, we shall retain the relevant Security Deposit paid by you until the matter is resolved. Please note that if loss or damage caused by your gross negligence or reckless conduct is in excess of the level of the damage deposit we reserve the right to pursue a claim against you for the full extent of our loss.
For the avoidance of doubt, where we make any refund to you of the relevant damage deposit paid by you, any Yacht Damage Waiver fees also paid by you will not be refunded.
Customers choosing to participate in sailing regattas will be required to pay a non-refundable race supplement in advance plus an additional Damage Deposit payable at the base for rigging or collision damage. This is payable by credit or debit card in addition to the relevant Yacht Damage Waiver. All clients planning to participate in a sailing regatta are required to obtain prior consent from us. Please call the sales team for more details of the individual Regattas available and the relevant terms associated to each. Please note the race supplement is a charge omitted from any discount.
To speak to one of our team about optional extras, please call 1800 803 988