What happens if severe weather is forecast?
What are the standard charter timings?
What happens when we arrive for a charter?
What happens when we return from our charter?
Where are the boats?
What about car parking?
What about diesel and gas?
What equipment is on the boats?
Can I hire waterproof sailing gear?
What gear do I need to bring?
What documentation do I need to bring?
Where can I find a booking form?
What is included in the charter fee and what extras are available?
Do I have to pay mooring fees?
Who must Liberty Yachts hand the yacht over to?
What security deposit is payable and when does it get returned?
Where can I buy food for my charter?
Where can I cruise to from Plymouth?
How do I get to Liberty Yachts?

What happens if severe weather is forecast?

In the event of severe weather being forecast for the duration of the proposed charter period, we reserve the right to reschedule the charter. We will reschedule the charter for within three months of the original booking. No refunds will be given should severe weather develop during the charter period. No refund will be given should the rescheduled charter take place in a less expensive charter period. We reserve the right to limit the cruising area should severe weather be forecast.

What are the standard charter timings?

  • Weekend Charter – 1600 on Friday through to 1700 on Sunday following
  • Week Charter – 1200 Monday through to 1700 on Sunday following or 1600 Friday through to 1100 Friday following
  • Mid-Week Charter – 1200 Monday through to 1200 Friday following

One, two or three days can be added to weekend charters for long or extra long weekends.  Early boarding is often possible subject to availability.

What happens when we arrive for a charter?

Upon arrival report to our office next to the marina reception at Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth . We will finish any paperwork, take ID, collect the security deposit (if still outstanding) and then point you in the direction of your yacht. You can load your gear aboard and check the yacht and her inventory. Later, when you are ready, we will come down to the boat and officially hand her over to you, showing you her features, explaining her systems and answering any questions.

What happens when we return from our charter?

At the end of your charter the vessel must be refuelled, clean and tidy. Once the boat is ready and you have removed you personal gear either come up to the office or give us a call and we will come down to the boat to inspect her and officially take her back from you.

Where are the boats?

All our charters start and finish from Queen Anne’s Battery Marina in Plymouth.

What about car parking?

There is secure, paid parking within the Marina compound – the first two hours are free if you want to go down to the boat then go food shopping or similar. After that, Liberty Yachts’ customers get ½ price parking from the marina – £4 per day or part thereof.

Park your car as directed by the staff in the marina reception then leave your keys with them in case of emergency. We will give you a ½ price voucher and you can prepay when you drop your keys off or when you collect them at the end of your charter.

What about diesel and gas?

Your boat will be fully fuelled when you pick her up and must be refuelled before you hand her back to us. Diesel is conveniently available in Queen Anne’s Battery Marina or alternatively at Yacht Haven or Mayflower Marinas. Liberty Yachts will charge £35 plus fuel cost for yachts handed back not fully refuelled.

Your boat will have an ‘in use’ bottle of gas and a full sealed spare when you collect her. Added to your charter fee and shown on your charter statement, there is a separate, prepaid charge for gas so you do not need to replace empty gas bottles. If you are on a long charter, use all the gas aboard and have to buy a refill, save the receipt and we will refund you.

What equipment is on the boats?

All our yachts comply with the DOT Code of Practice for Small Commercial Sailing Vessels and therefore carry as a minimum the following:

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Crockery and Cutlery
  • Cleaning Materials
  • MOB Gear
  • Lifejackets and Harness Lines
  • Liferaft and Grab Bag
  • Fenders and Warps
  • Dinghy, Pump and Oars
  • Flare Pack
  • Anchor, Chain and Warp
  • First Aid Kits
  • Navigation Instruments
  • GPS, Charts and Pilot Books
  • Bosun’s Chair
  • Fog Horn
  • Fixed and Handheld VHF Radios
  • Hand-Bearing Compass
  • Echo Sounder and Log
  • Bilge Pumps
  • Compass Deviation Card
  • Fire Extinguishers

Can I hire waterproof sailing gear?

We have a large wardrobe of high quality Musto waterproofs and sailing boots for hire.  Hiring can be organised and paid for when you collect your yacht or earlier by special arrangement. Let us know your particular requirements beforehand and we will reserve sets in your sizes.

What gear do I need to bring?

You will need to bring:

  • Sensible deck shoes or shoes with non-marking soles
  • Waterproofs and sailing boots (available for hire from Liberty Yachts)
  • Hat and gloves
  • Sleeping bags and pillows (available for hire from Liberty Yachts)
  • Bed linen and towels (we supply galley tea towels and heads hand towels)
  • Clothes, toiletries and sun-protection
  • All packed in a soft holdall or collapsible bag

What documentation do I need to bring?

You will need to bring:

  • Credit card with available balance for the security deposit (unless prepaid)
  • Personal photo ID in the form of a driving license or passport
  • Completed booking form and crew list (unless previously submitted)
  • Sailing certificates for the skipper and mate (if appropriate)

Where can I find a booking form?

Please contact us and we will email a booking form to you.

What is included in the charter fee and what extras are available?

The charter fee covers the complete yacht for the period of the charter – we do not charge extra for engine hours, mileage, foreign destinations, water or electricity. There is a separate gas usage charge which is fixed according to the length of your charter.

Optional extras are outboard engine and fuel, waterproof rental, sleeping bag and pillow hire, professional skipper and/or hostess and end of charter cleaning services.

Do I have to pay mooring fees?

You may use your boat’s home berth without charge but all other mooring costs away from your home berth are payable by you the charterer.

Who must Liberty Yachts hand the yacht over to?

The law (and good sense) require us to officially hand the yacht over to the nominated charter skipper who in turn must hold appropriate qualifications or show relevant yachting experience.

What security deposit is payable and when does it get returned?

We require a £1000 security deposit which must be cleared funds before commencement of the charter. Most of our customers charge this fee to a credit card on arrival. Under normal circumstances deposit refunds are processed within 14 days of charter completion. Please be aware that we fully charge your credit card not simply reserve money ‘hotel booking’ style.

Where can I buy food for my charter?

There are three supermarkets a short car drive from the marina. We can supply maps on your arrival. Alternatively, order your food online from any of the major supermarkets and have it delivered to our office before you arrive. We’ll put it onboard and get the perishables in the fridge.

Where can I cruise to from Plymouth?

Plymouth Sound itself is very beautiful and steeped in nautical history with the sandy anchorage and villages of Cawsand Bay in fine weather. Sail up the River Tamar, past the dockyards, warships and submarines, under Brunel’s famous bridge and on up to the peace and tranquillity of Cargreen. Ashore, The Crooked Spaniards pub offers a warm welcome to visiting yachtsmen – eat in the pub and use their moorings for free.

Just 2 hours out of the marina and only just outside the Sound to the East is the stunning River Yealm with its twin villages of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo. Moor on the river pontoon or one of the many visitors’ buoys. Go ashore Newton Ferrers side for shower facilities, the yacht club and The Dolphin pub. Prettier still, go ashore Noss Mayo side right next to the river pontoon and walk through the trees to Noss where The Ship gastro-pub is very popular and the still lovely but a little less expensive Swan pub opposite.

From there to the East are the Salcombe estuary with its bar and beaches then on again to the wonderful Dartmouth at roughly 20NM and 35NM respectively. Going west into Cornwall, Fowey is at 20NM, Falmouth at 40NM and the idyllic Helford River at 45NM. These are all classic destinations for a weekend charter.

For a mid-week or longer, the Channel Islands are 90NM to the south east and from there it’s only a short hop to North Brittany and St. Malo, Lézardrieux, Trégieur, Trébeurden and Morlaix.

The boats have all the charts and pilot books necessary for a Western English Channel cruise – let us know if you would like any help and assistance planning destinations.

Can I hire an outboard engine?

Yes, there is an outboard engine available for each yacht as an optional extra.  Let us know when you are booking your charter and we will put it aboard before you arrive.

How do I get to Liberty Yachts?

Click here for a map.

From the A38 Marsh Mills junction, which is the first junction going west signed for Plymouth , follow the Embankment Road towards town along the River Plym. After the river the road wiggles through an underpass and cutting, keep to the left then, as the road bends to the right, take the left hand turn (which is actually straight on) signed for Coxside. Past the cinema complex on the left then left at the traffic lights. Continue ¼ mile then, as the road turns hard left, take the right hand turn then left into the Marina. The gate raises automatically as you approach and a camera reads your number plate. Follow the marked roadway in the marina to the front of the buildings. Our office overlooks the boats, is next to the marina reception and is above Chandler’s Bar.


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