Below are some frequently asked questions about yacht charters. If you have more specific questions regarding destinations, yacht bookings, payment or anything else please feel free to contact us!

Is proof of competency required?

Proof of competency requirements vary from country to country with some areas often insisting on written proof. This can be in the form of a sailing certificate or, in some cases, a letter from a recognised yacht club. Generally if you hold an RYA ICC or similar you are qualified to sail any of the flotilla destinations. If you do not have any formal qualifications but plenty of experience this may restrict your options. Please be sure to discuss your experience and qualifications with a member of our team prior to booking.

What does the price include?

The prices are displayed in two formats, either per person which is typically INCLUSIVE of flights and transfers, or per yacht, which is typically excluding travel arrangements. Usually flight inclusive offers are dependent on a certain number of people booking and travelling together.
All our operators differ in exactly what is included on your charter, upon quoting you will be advised exactly what is included. As a minimum: the yacht and all equipment, linen, all safety equipment, charts and cruising guide, etc. plus of course flotilla participation and the support of your lead crew. In some cases fuel and insurances are include, in other cases they are charged extra, and some operators charge a compulsory end cleaning fee.

Do you only book 'late' charters?

No. However far in advance you wish to book we will endeavour to get the best possible price for your charter.

I don't know where to sail?

Depending on the make up and experince of your crew, the time of year you are looking to travel, and the type of holiday you want the suitability of a sailing area can vary massively, for example a young family with limited experience is likely to have different requirements to a student's sailing associations annual spring break. Our team are hugely knowledgable of the pros and cons of the various areas and are always available to discuss and suggest the areas which might suit best.

What paperwork and information can I expect, and when?

When you confirm you will receive login details to access the secure area of our website. Here you will find two forms for completion - our booking form and the yacht operator's contract, along with the base information which is to be taken with you. If your booking is inclusive of flights tickets will typically be E Tickets, and these will be made available to you as soon as possible via our online section. You can submit your crew lists and upload copies of your certificates within this secure area.

Once I have booked do I deal with LateSail or direct with the operator?

All questions and correspondence in the run up the your charter should be addressed to us here at LateSail and we will be happy to help.

I wish to pay by bank transfer, what are your bank details?

NatWest Bank
Canterbury City Centre Branch
11 The Parade
England CT1 2SQ
Sort Code: 60-04-27
Account Number: 45457379
Swift code: NWBKGB2LXXX
IBAN: GB94 NWBK 6004 2745 4573 79

Do I need insurance?

We strongly advise our clients to have comprehensive holiday insurance. If you are a UK resident we recommend the "yachtsman's travel policy" available here:
On some flotilla bookings it is necessary to leave a refundable security deposit, this is normally paid by credit card on embarkation. It is usually possible to insure this subject to whether an insurance scheme is run by the operator.  For further details just ask at the time of booking.

Can you help with airport hotels and car parking?

Yes, if you are living in the UK. The company we use, when we are off sailing, is Holiday Extras. They offer excellent value and you can reach them by clicking here.

How often is the site updated?

We have somebody ready to amend the site daily, including weekends and as soon as we are notified of new offers or changes in availability the site is updated.

Does the site cover every charter operator?

We certainly try to cover every operator, however we will only work with professional and established operators with whom we have a track record of satisfied customers.

Does the site show live availability?

No. The site shows the offers published by the charter fleets however all offers are subject to availability.