Terms and Conditions

Prices are in GBP

Maximum berths

The coding for charter is 8 crew members to which the boat’s safety equipment is geared, and is therefore the maximum size for the charter party, including a skipper if you hire one.

Maximum suggested berths

L’Beau can sleep 8 comfortably using her three large double cabins and the double berths in her saloon – and she’s fully coded and equipped to accommodate those eight people. However over a cruise lasting a week 6 may be more comfortable, leaving the saloon area free.

Skippered charter

Skippered charters are available in which case the skipper uses the Fwd cabin with en-suite facilities to offer maximum privacy to our guests.

Day, weekend, short trip and week-long charters are available.

Skipper hire is £100 per day or part of day.

Bareboat Charter Times

All charters will nominally start at 15.00 hours on the first day and finish at 10.00 hours the last day. For long charters, yachts should ideally be back in their berth at Port Bannatyne Marina on the previous evening then refuelled and cleaned to enable disembarkation no later than 10.00 hours on the changeover day. Variations to these times may be possible by arrangement – we will always try our best to meet clients preferences.

Weekend charters and other charters of less than one week 

Weekend and other short period charters are available- typically during the low season months of April, September and October – but also occasionally during high season. Please contact us to check availability we’ll do our best to help.

Booking deposits and balance payments

A booking deposit of 30% of the agreed total charter price is required to confirm your booking.

On receipt of that deposit – which is non-refundable – we will reserve the yacht in your name for the agreed charter period. The 70% balance of the agreed total charter price must be paid no later than 60 days before the agreed start date of the charter. To cancel, written notice must be received at least 60 days before the charter otherwise the balance of the charter fee remains payable.


The charterer and all members of the charter party are deemed to understand and accept that sailing can be dangerous and has certain inherent risks, including the risk of injury or death.

No age limit is rigidly imposed, however charterers should satisfy themselves that they and those they intend to sail on the yacht during their charter (the “charter party”) are all reasonably fit and likely to be able to cope with the physical and mental demands of being on a small yacht at sea.

The yachts are provided with full safety gear as specified by the MCA, including liferafts, flares, harness lines and adult-sized lifejackets. Should however the charter party include children for whom adult-sized lifejackets would be too large, then it will be the charterer’s responsibility to ensure that those children are each provided with – and required to wear at all times when on the yacht – suitably sized lifejackets or buoyancy aids. Waterproof sailing clothing is not provided with the yacht but may be hired separately.


The yachts are fully insured against accidents and carry third party liability insurance, but responsibility is not accepted for any personal accidents, damage or losses that are due to the negligence of members of the charter party. Any unnecessary damage and/or losses attributed to carelessness on the part of members of the charter party will be charged at replacement price; and if not paid by them then recovered from the charterer, who is in any event strongly recommended to arrange appropriate insurance cover for cancellation, injury and personal liability. For some skippered charters a refundable security deposit may also be payable by the charterer; deductions may be made from this deposit, to allow full or partial recovery of such damage and/or losses.

Damage to a charter party member’s personal property during the charter will not be the responsibility of Port-to-Ports, Nor will Port-to-Ports be liable for any other loss, injury or damage which may arise as a result of the normally accepted risks of sailing in a small yacht.

The yacht is not permitted to race during the charter.

The charter contract will be subject to the Law of Scotland.

Skippered charters are also subject to our standard bareboat conditions

Port-to-Ports strongly recommend that charter clients should arrange travel insurance cover for cancellation and accident risks.

Your current Holiday Insurance policy may not cover you for sailing activities so please check to ensure you have adequate cover.

If your policy does not seem to cover everything you need, then you can get an online quote and pay for your insurance through Topsail, who offer a specialist Yachtsman’s travel insurance policy.

Security deposits

For bareboat charters, a minimum security deposit of £1500 per yacht must also be paid no later than seven days before the agreed start date of the charter.

The amount of the security deposit may be increased, subject to a maximum total security deposit of £2500

If there is any intention that the yacht should during the charter period either, transit the Crinan Canal or sail south or west of the Mull of Kintyre;

by up to £500 where a cruising chute or spinnaker is hired with the yacht;

These activities will require the prior agreement of Port-to-Ports at the time of booking.

For skippered charters the security deposit will usually be not more than £500.

The security deposit will be refunded promptly and in full – normally within seven days of the completion of your charter – less any charges for fuel, repairs, damage or other losses.

Bank charges on international transfers – the charterer will pay all bank charges on international transfers.

Extras included with the charter price

Bedding, bed linen and towels are all supplied

Free berthing at Port Bannatyne Marina for the duration of the charter, is included in the charter price for each yacht. Each yacht will be provided with at least one full cooking gas container at the start of your charter – there is no charge to refill empty cooking gas containers at the end of your charter.

Cleaning – we expect you to return the yacht to us in as clean and tidy a condition as you found it at the start of your charter. If you prefer not to thoroughly clean it at the end of your charter (in which case you should please inform us of this before you depart) then we will arrange for the yacht to be cleaned on its return and deduct the cost of that from your security deposit.

Refuelling – unless otherwise agreed between us we will hand over the yacht to you with a full fuel tank, and expect you to refill the fuel tank at your expense, on your return.

For more information regarding the services we currently offer, please contact us.