Frequently asked questions – Liquid Edge Yacht Charter
Can you tell me a little about Liquid Edge Yacht Charters.
We are a small company, we own our yachts outright and do not have to compromise on anything with an individual yacht owner. This way we keep our prices competitive for the quality we offer. We are an easy company to deal with, if you have special needs, questions, wish to vary our standard terms you will find us both helpful and responsive. We are based in the inner city area of Balmain, close to all the major pick up locations around the harbour.
What is the maximum capacity of your yachts, are they safe?
Our yachts are in AMSA survey, are inspected annually by NSW Maritime and maintained to the highest standards. All have required safety equipment and emergency gear. Our staff are highly trained and most hold multiple professional qualifications.
- The Bavaria 35: 8 passengers plus crew. Bareboat 8 during the day, 6 overnight.
- The Bavaria 37: 10 passengers plus crew. Bareboat 8 during the day, 6 overnight.
- The Seawind catamaran: 20 passengers plus crew. Not available Bareboat.
Is it possible to extend the charter if everyone is enjoying themselves?
Yes, most times. Many groups find it hard to leave that perfect spot and head home. If this should be the general consensus of your group simply ask the skipper for an extension, in most cases we are able to accommodate this. If the boat or the crew is booked for another charter we will not be able to extend. You will need a credit card or cash to extend the charter.
How do I secure my booking?
A 50% deposit is required to secure the booking, with the balance payable 7 days before the charter date. Payment can be made via EFT (preferred), on-line via secure connection over the phone with credit card. After your deposit is processed we will fax or email all relevant information for the charter, i.e. pick up time, location. If your booking is well in advance we are happy to vary the booking terms to as little as a 10% deposit.
Unfavourable weather conditions are determined by our staff.
If the charter cannot proceed, we will re-schedule your charter to another date. If you cannot reschedule your booking we will deduct a small fee to cover the wages of the staff member who has lost a shift. Please ask to see our terms and conditions.
It is better not to take too much notice of the TV weather maps as they can be misleading, our staff are trained to monitor the weather and will be in touch if there are any concerns. We have a paid weather service updated every 3 hours and accurate modeling for Sydney Harbour up to 3 days in advance.
Can I inspect the yacht prior to booking?
Yes – the yachts are located in Balmain on a private marina – inspection is welcome. We are happy to arrange for after hours inspections as well, please be aware yachts are often out on charters.
What is appropriate clothing and footwear for a yacht?
We ask all guest to wear light coloured, non marking shoes, soft soles only. Leather soles, high heels, business shoes mark and damage the deck and flooring. Casual clothing of any kind is good, comfort and clothing easy to move in is essential. A light spray jacket will keep you both dry and warmer if the wind has a chill in it.
Is the yacht safe for children?
The yachts are equipped with safety lines all the way around the yacht and life jackets for all guests are available onboard. The cockpit is large and comfortable and the underdeck area is large as well. Children need to be under supervision and if on the upper decks while underway should be with an adult. We have children’s lifejackets in a number od sizes, please advise us if you want your child to wear one, we will put some comfortable ones on board for you.
What toilet facilities are onboard?
All yachts are equipped with a marine toilet, usually electric, connected to an onboard holding tank. This ensures our harbour is not polluted. The yachts also have a shower (hot and cold) in the toilet area and a shower on the swim platform.
Do the yachts have a kitchen?
Yes, all the yachts have functional kitchen with fridge, freezer, sink, work bench, gas cooktop and oven. Cooking for large groups is not advised, unless using the BBQs. We have plates, large bowls, bottle openers, cutlery etc for 8 guests. For larger groups we suggest guests bring disposable plates and cutlery as washing up for more than 8 is challenging. There are large fresh water tanks on board (hot and cold) for general use. It is suitable for drinking. We have bottled water available as well.
Do you have provision for music?
Yes, all yachts are fitted with sound systems compatible with most music players. The Hunter 38 has a TV and DVD player for those staying overnight, however reception can be tricky around the Harbour.