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Why ‘sleep aboard’?

WRAY briefer, skipper, and all-round nautical expert, Mike Dicker, blogs about the Whitsundays from his unique on-the-water perspective.

A sleep aboard is an option offered to all charterers when available. Here are five reasons we love sleep aboards.

  1. Our late afternoon check-in from 3.30pm-4pm makes choosing your flights and transport options a smoother and more flexible process. Once you’ve checked in, you can load your vessel and settle in for the night.
  2. A sleep aboard is a convenient and affordable accommodation option. There’s no need to worry about organising transport from your hotel to our base at Shute Harbour – you’re already here.
  3. Your pre-charter area and boat brief will take place at 8am on the first day of charter, rather than the usual time of midday. This means you’ll be leaving the harbour and heading to your first anchorage at the time you would have been checking in!
  4. You have time to familiarise yourself with your vessel the night before your brief, allowing you to raise any questions or ideas before you leave our base. It’s also a great opportunity to ensure everyone’s berths and cabins suit them, and they are comfortable with the sleeping arrangements.
  5. It’s private, quiet and beautiful. There are no loud neighbours or street noise, just the tranquil lapping of waves in the naturally sheltered Shute Harbour. There are also panoramic ocean and mountain range views, plus on-shore amenities for your convenience. So when you next charter with us, ask for a sleep aboard and start your charter on the right tack – stress-free and well-rested.

Happy sailing!

Cheers, Mike

Sunset over the Whitsunday islands

A 'sleep aboard' is the ideal way to get to know your vessel before your charter and it saves booking accommodation elsewhere.