Terms and Conditions for Maine Bareboat Charters
To qualify for bareboat charter, your designated skipper must complete a sailing resume questionnaire. Click here to start this process. Upon approval of the resume and signing of the charter agreement for the desired boat and date(s), a deposit equal to half the charter fee is required. The remainder of the bareboat charter fee, plus a security deposit, is due 30-days before your charter is scheduled to begin. We accept both cash and personal checks. We regret that we are unable to accept credit cards at this time.
If you must cancel your charter, the cancellation fee is $300 if we are notified at least 90 days before your scheduled charter date. If you cancel less than 90 days in advance, we will be unable to provide a refund or credit unless we are able to re-book the yacht. If the boat is re-booked, we will refund your charter payment, on a pro-rated basis, less the $300 cancellation fee.
Security Deposits and Insurance
All of our boats carry hull coverage and liability insurance including a rider for bareboat chartering. The bareboat charter provision states that the charterer is covered as the owner to the constraints of the policy, which include the insurance deductible. The charterer must provide a security deposit equal to the deductible; the amount varies per boat, but is no less than $1,000. The security deposit check is cashed and the money is placed in an escrow account. A refund check, less the cost of diesel fuel, float fees, and any losses or damages, will be mailed to you within a few days of your returning the boat.
Our standard rates are based on a one-week charter during the summer season, which begins the Saturday of the last week in June and ends the Saturday of the weekend following Labor Day. We offer a 10 percent discount for the week preceding and the week following the summer season. For other weeks before and after these dates, there is a 15 percent discount. These discounts only apply to charters of a full week's duration.
Week-Plus, Multi-Week, and Short-Term Rates
Additional charter days are pro-rated based on the boat's seven-day rate. Multi-week charters are discounted as follows: first full week, full rate; second full week, 10 percent discount; additional full weeks, 15 percent discount.
Most of our clients prefer charters of at least seven days, but we do also offer charters of between four and six days as the schedule permits. The rates for these are pro-rated, based on the summer seven-day rate plus 10 percent during the high season. Four-day charters during the off season are not marked up 10 percent. We cannot commit to short-term charters during the high season until very close to the date you wish to depart.
Our charter operation runs seven days a week. We begin our boardings and checkouts as early as 7:30 a.m., and the last check out will begin at 3:30 p.m. If you arrive after 3:30 p.m. the full check-out of the boat's systems will take place the following morning anytime after 7:00 a.m. Sleep-aboard check-outs will be the next morning anytime after 7:00 a.m.
All of our boats are outfitted with all safety gear required by the Coast Guard for coastal cruising. On board you will also find navigational tools:
- 2 Maptech Waterproof Chart books: One covering Casco Bay, Maine to Camden, Maine and one covering Penobscot Bay, Maine to Mt. Desert Island, Maine
- Chart # 13302 Penobscot Bay and Approaches
- A copy of A Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast by Hank and Jan Taft.
Every boat is equipped with Radar, GPS, and VHF radio, in addition to the standard electronics. There are 12-volt cigarette lighter outlets for the use of cell phones.
We strive to furnish our boats with as complete a galley as possible, including a lobster pot, workable tools, and dish towels. You will also find a basic supply of garbage bags, toilet paper, dish soap, sponges, and so forth. Most of the grills are propane, unless specified as charcoal, and we provide propane. In addition, blankets, pillows, and sheets are provided for each berth. Bath towels, hand towels, and face cloths corresponding to the number of berths are supplied as well.
Where We Are
We will welcome you aboard your yacht at JEM North, 19 Front Street, Rockland, at the Northern end of Rockland's large harbor. A vibrant town and sailing center, Rockland, Maine offers many specialty shops and a wide choice of cuisines for dining ashore. You'll find everything you need to provision for your cruise in the several top-notch supermarkets and fine gourmet stores located within a mile of the harbor. Cultural attractions include numerous art galleries and the highly regarded Farnsworth Museum, which has a distinguished collection of works by three generations of Wyeths. The Atlantic Challenge organization is also headquartered here and hosts many youth sailing programs and events throughout the summer.
There are two major airports, one in Portland and the other in Bangor; both are about two hours from Rockland by car. There is also a commuter flight on Cape Air from Boston to Rockland's airport, which is a ten-minute taxi ride to the marina. Bus service from Boston is provided by Concord Trailways.
We will meet you at the dock at JEM North and assist you with putting your gear on board. We'll conduct a complete checkout of the boat's systems with you, and then guide you to one of our many moorings within the harbor. The moorings are available during the term of your charter, buy should you choose to stay dockside contact Journey's End Marina, a full service marina offering transient dockage, a sailor's lounge, and 24 hour laundry. At our charter base at JEM North we offer complimentary parking with video security, private restroom and shower. We are located within walking distance to a large supermarket and laundromat.
We personally maintain every boat in our charter fleet and have been involved in boat construction and repair for over thirty years. We oversee every detail, from autumn haul-out to recommissioning and launching in the spring. We perform preventive maintenance all winter to avoid problems with boats during the season. In the event that you ever require back-up assistance, we are always ready with quick solutions because we know every boat thoroughly. We put forth every effort to ensure that your boat and its systems will be in top working order when your bareboat charter begins.