Port Sail Charters

 

 

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Provisional Booking

Your charter has been provisionally booked for [ 5 ] adults and [ Nil ] children under 12 under our maximum of [ 20 ] passengers and 3 crew per trip for a [ Harbour] Cruise on the [ __ ] day of [ August ] [ 2014 ] from [ __h__ ] to [ __h__ ] viz. [ 2 hr ]

The cost for your charter as booked will be  R __,____.__ 
Confirmation  

The booking can be confirmed by making a 50% deposit to the account detailed below. Please note that deposits are not refundable against cancellation or re-scheduling, as the timeslot would have been lost due to it having prevented any alternative business.   
Please note that we are very busy in December so if you are sure you want to go on the cruise then confirm it. If you are not sure, do not do so as deposits are not refundable. We have standby lists for each cruise and people that have not presented 20 min before an unconfirmed booking will lose their seat to the standby passengers. Please keep us posted and provide a cell contact number so we can follow up.
Banking details

Bank                                                 FNB
Account    Name                            Port    Sail Charters
Branch name                                  Richards    Bay
Code                                                  220    830
Account Number                           620    8077 2463 

NB. Please remember to bring a copy of the proof of deposit along to the charter and also to e-mail a copy to izak@izak.co.za in the mean time so that we can change your booking status to confirmed. We cannot board you without that documentation. You will be issued a tax invoice on payment of the balance. Should you however require one for administrative purposes beforehand, please let us know and we will e-mail one to you.  

Our Marine Insurers require that no person may be embarked unless we are in funds. Accordingly, until the balance of payment is made (and in the case of EFT transfers the amount actually appears as cleared funds on the charter company’s banking account) or the charter company is in possession of suitable securities, no refunds of deposits paid can be made if the balance is not paid or the security proffered is not accepted and the charter is unable to ensue as booked. There are no exceptions, not even if you are a division of government or a listed corporate. Moreover, we are an SMME providing services in the tourism sector and not a financial services provider as provided for in the Act and therefore may not and cannot finance outstanding invoices or charge interest for such loans.  We are sure you understand.

Until a charter booking is confirmed by the payment of a deposit the seats may be allocated on a first pay first serve basis, so please ensure that the booking is confirmed before making final arrangements.  

Also please note that anyone wanting the kind of exhaustive information as one would require for a listed corporate in order to register us as a vendor will be required to lodge suitable securities in a trust account nominated by us under signature of a confidentiality, intellectual property and non circumvention agreement. We have no problem if you would prefer paying us through one of your registered vendors like a travel agency or restaurant etc. You need to make such an arrangement with vendor and us beforehand of course.  

NO REFUNDS whatsoever will be paid to persons who arrive late or have missed the charter due to being late, lost or for whatever reason. We start taking on standby bookings 15 minutes prior to arrival so if your party is not there at least 20 minutes in advance, it will be assumed that we have a no-show and we will attempt to sell the space available to passengers listed on any standby list. Should you call and advise us that you are late, we will poll the existing passengers and if they do not wish to have their charter curtailed we will advise you that we are unable to wait for you, or make any refunds. Please note that this is a condition of charter that has developed due to the rather unfortunate, inconsiderate and abusive behaviour of certain members of the public who book spaces and then do not turn up and thereby deny other potential customers a chance to go out at that time. If no confirmatory deposit is received at least a day before the charter booked, please note that the space may be sold on a first come first serve basis. Please be so kind as to keep us abreast of developments timeously so that our planning and that of our guests is not affected.

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Table of Contents

Charter responder

Confirmation

Banking details

Rates

Embarkation

School bookings.

Last season

Catering

Team Building

Most popular cruises

Attire etc.

Weather

Facebook

Details of vessel, crew and Port Sail Charters

Entertainment system

Background

Design

Registration details

Contact Details

 Links

Life Marine traffic

Live wave and weather data

Weather

Wind finder

Sailblogs

Gallery

Trip advisor

 

 

 

 

 

Rates

Our rates are the cheapest in the country:-

The one hour Harbour Cruises are R 140.00 per person per hour and for children under 12 it is R 110.00. For children under 3 it is R 100 .

Min number required is 4 persons.

The two-hour trip is R 230.00 for adults and R 200.00 for children under 12. For children under 3 it is R 180.  Min no required is 3 persons.

Our rates decrease when the booking is for 20  people and the timeslot exceeds 3 hours.

Trips for impoverished school children on an organised tour where the numbers exceed 60 children are as follows: -
Half hour trips
Primary R 35 per pupil
Secondary R 45 per pupil

Peak days are on (Dec 24, 25, 26, 31, Jan 1, Feb 14, The Easter Weekend,)
On these days prices have a 30% surcharge to cover overtime and peak day insurance rates etc.

Please note that if your booking number is under our maximum carrying capacity of 20, we may combine your charter with another grouping of people in order to accommodate as many inquiries as we can. Should you wish to secure the vessel for a private function (especially during our busy periods) the cost will be as for 20 persons unless prior alternative arrangements have been made.

Embarkation


The charter party will embark at the NPA designated chartering pick up point at the Tuzi Gazi Waterfront in the Richards Bay Small Craft Harbour. Please be at the embarkation point 20 minutes prior to the proposed departure time, as we need to complete the charter ticket and receipt for the deposit (as well as balance of the   charter costs  -that has to be paid prior to departure to cover insurance costs). Please note that whilst we are prepared to wait for late arrivals only if the vessel has been booked out by one group, the cruise time might be curtailed due to the fact that we need to be back at the docks to prepare for the charter guests that have booked the next time slot. Between charters we also need to attend to routine maintenance and safety regime checks, or for attendance at maritime related business and briefings. Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me via return e-mail or on my mobile at 073 1 5678 25

School bookings.


Please note that the full amount needs to be paid at least 2 days in advance and there will absolutely be no refunds if the numbers have changed or the charter party arrives late. Please ensure that your transport providers are on time and that they know where to come well in advance. Also ensure that if there are several groups to be taken out that the next group is ready and waiting for their trip as scheduled as delays will curtail the time booked for the charter as we need time to prepare for the charter booked after your school charter is finished. Keep us informed of developments or cancellations so that we can plan accordingly and have the opportunity to sell that charter slot to someone else. Please keep your cell phone connected en route to us so that we can contact you if need be.


Last season

 

Please note that this is our last season in Richards Bay as we are retiring and going cruising next year. As a result the family is living aboard so below decks is out of bounds.

Please ensure that you and your guests have been to the toilet before embarkation as the toilet facilities will not be available.


Catering  


You are allowed to bring your own snacks and drinks along, even breakfast, lunch or dinner supplied by your favourite caterer or restaurant. The restaurants closest to us like, Mariners Seafood and Sushi, Dros, Mohito’s, Porky’s, Slipway Bar, Thai Wok, The Shack and Don Carlos all supply a variety of foods and snacks fresh to the vessel.  Also try one of the function caterers like Jolly’s Catering on (082) 8700 377  as they do most of the catering for the large corporate clients in Richards Bay. You can pay them direct or through us or even include our charter fee with their invoice if they are one of your registered vendors.  There is a lot of space above and below decks for snacks and drinks. We also have some function co-coordinators that will do all the groundwork for you if you wish. Ask us about them! Should you have a caterer that is a vendor to your company, you could ask us to arrange to have us invoice them and make payment so as to facilitate paying one    party.  

Team Building     


A teambuilding exercise can take longer than two hours and various forms. Most people just use the setting of the yacht in the harbour on a very laid back cruise to help people to relax completely and get to know one another better.  Getting them to make suggestions on how to sail the vessel and grading those suggestions on a points system is a lot of fun and can at the same time target things like leadership skills and the ability to think laterally and out of the box etc. There are endless ideas on this topic. Call us with your ideas and lets work together to make it an event never to be forgotten.  

Most popular cruises


Sunset cruises are the most popular cruises as one is able to see the sunset over the water and behind the harbour, see the harbour lights come on and do a bit of sailing on the   evening wind (if it is not too weak or too strong). We often also see the two resident families of humpback dolphins.  Fish eagles abound as do a variety of other sea birds.  It starts in daylight and takes you through the Tuzi Gazi Waterfront development. We then set sail at the harbour mouth and sail down to the commercial end as the sunsets and the lights come flickering on. All while the birds return home in their low flying squadrons and the dolphins seek out the bow of the yacht to play and wave us goodnight.  Then return to the romantically lit Tuzi Gazi Waterfront, while sipping cocktails accompanied by a snack from your BYO picnic basket all accompanied by some romantic night music. What a way to set the scene for a romantic dinner at one of the excellent restaurants just a few steps from where you disembark.

Attire etc.


Please ensure that your guests wear soft-soled shoes as we have Burmese teak decks that could crack or get marked with high heels etc.  Bring along a rain coat and umbrella if it looks like rain. In winter bring a wind breaker if you are acclimatized to tropical weather.


Weather


Richards Bay is a tropical paradise with a completely safe and protected harbour. Some of our best charters have been had when it was storming. Our guest book consistently bears testimony to that. Very rarely are we confined to moorings. And if so, few venues offer the rich ambiance of a famous classic cruising ketch with real wind in real rigging, whilst in calm water in a safe port.  Apart from having a comfortable saloon and four cabins we also have an enclosed cockpit. We can seat about 7 – 8 people in the cockpit so if it is going to be tropical weather you need to bring a rain coat and umbrella unless you wish to enjoy cooling down in the rain after a hot day as most of our northern hemisphere visitors like to do. The weather forecast for the day is available from http://www.weathersa.co.za   or check our Facebook site for the latest weather info.

Facebook


See our Yacht Sweet Waters Facebook site at  
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Richards-Bay/Yacht-Sweet-Waters/166836190988?ref=mf  and ‘like’ it. There are lots of photo’s and videos shared on that site. Also see the Port Sail Charters Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/PortSailCharters?ref_type=bookmark

Details of vessel, crew and Port Sail Charters


The Yacht Sweet Waters is a 49 ft luxury charter yacht with toilet facilities, shower, fully equipped galley, fridge, freezer, three double cabins, one single cabin, teak decks, an enclosed cockpit, lots of deck space, a gas braai and so much more, not to mention the wonderfully graceful “olde world” atmosphere permeating it. We regularly sail on two-hour trips - a graceful sail with just the foresail through the harbour. For those wanting an adrenalin rush we can put up enough to lean her over and get the spray flying - yes even in storms in the bay.

For your interest, the vessel and its history is detailed in the paragraph marked background below.

We seat 20 people, at present the highest capacity for any charter operation in the Bay.  We also have the only passenger vessel safety certificate rated for day and night and any weather conditions. Our vessel is licensed under the strict survey conditions applied by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) (see  http://www.samsa.org.za    ). Licenses are issued by the National Port Authority http://www.npa.co.za  under the International Safety Organisation regime  (ISO code). The vessel is licensed to carry 20 passengers and three crew within the port limits of Richards Bay. The Captain’s license is issued by SAMSA and also carries passenger vessel endorsements covering high levels of first aid, life raft and fire-fighting certification issued by Nova Marine, http://www.novamarine.co.za as well as radio licenses (issued by Independent   Communication Authority of South Africa  (ICASA http://www.icasa.org.za  )   and pilot’s exemption certificates issued by the Port Captain’s office. Our passenger liability is in place through Glenrand MIB http://www.glenrandmib.co.za   in JHB under policy No. 1128439 / SC 9895305 for R 1,5 million, underwritten by Lion of Africa http://www.lionofafrica.co.za     Insurance. Details of the conditions of charter and indemnity requirements applicable can be viewed at http://www.portsail.co.za/ticketa5.pdf  . Please note that the tickets have to be signed by every person boarding the vessel.

The vessel’s navigation and safety equipment in fact exceeds the South African Maritime Authority’s requirements by far. It boasts extensive navigation software backed up by 3 onboard computers connected to a host of marine instruments, Radar, Autopilot, Plotter, Digital Signal Coding for VHF and HF Marine Radiotelephone,  AIS vessel-tracking system, EPIRB, Sat phone etc. All equipment is of the highest commercial marine grade (See
http://www.icom.com  and http://www.furuno.com) . The Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon is of the latest GPS enabled type (see  http://mcmurdo.com ) . The 8 man Viking life raft is of the highest grade and quality. See http://www.viking.co.za  . All of this on a vessel regarded as ‘overbuilt’ by the racing fraternity. Yet, whenever entered it comes first in cruising vessel categories.

Our staff are all professionals with highest sailing, first aid, life saving, fire-fighting and Tour Guide qualifications and experience than any similar other operator in the Harbour.  The owner / Captain is a Yacht Master who is also commercially rated for sailing vessels up to 100 tons in all conditions day and night with close to 40 years sailing experience with many thousands of sea miles logged.  The rest of the crew includes a first mate who is also a Private Pilot, ICASA certified Marine and Aeronautic Radio Telephony Operator, a PH with National Diploma in Nature Conservation and a fully qualified BBWW guide.  What is more is that our Captain, being a retired Strategic Planner registered on the Sydney Stock Exchange maintains the highest integrity regarding Confidentiality, Intellectual Property and Non-Circumvention. So you may pick his brain if you wish, and discuss your deals on board without any risk.

All of this spells for a unique and unforgettable experience which you will want to repeat again and again. From laid-back sunset cruises to storm sailing for the adrenalin junkies there are options for everyone.

Entertainment system


The vessel has a radio CD/mp3 player and matching speakers. A microphone can be used for announcements etc.  

 

Background

The Yacht Sweet Waters is a 14 meter full keeled GRP Ocean Going Ketch that has excellent sea handling capability and sails with superb precision. The interior is finished in teak and rare yellow wood, obtained from first class South African railway coaches and famous old hotels from the elegant bygone era in Durban. The result is a vessel with a superbly romantic "olde worlde"atmosphere saturating her four cabins, the spacious saloon, convertible cockpit and comfortable heads. Add to that the interesting history of the vessel and the uniqueness of this yacht cannot be overstated.

This yacht was meticulously and lovingly home built by the Wadsworth family of Amanzimtoti (Zulu for Sweet Waters) in Natal over some 10 years and launched in 1983. She was the first vessel to be built in a Perspex mould. She then sailed to the Caribbean and from there right through Hurricane Clause (no problem) to the Mediterranean where she was moored at the prestigious "Vila da Mora" moorings in Portugal, which are reserved only for the world's most attractive yachts. She duly returned to South Africa via Brazil where she was robbed and briefly abandoned on a sheltered beach. The vessel is so soundly built that she sustained no damage whatsoever. In South Africa she became the first Charter vessel to operate on the dangerous East Coast of Africa out of the Durban city moorings. In Mozambique she became beached on an island in the Maputo Bay and again suffered no structural damage whatsoever. At this time she became the centre point of a rather far fetched claim for salvage from a rubber duck owner, which in turn gave rise to a Commission of Inquiry into secret societies in South Africa, several historic court battles and a host of political activity. The upshot of all that is that a books is being written and she is due to be substantially refurbished for chartering in Richards Bay.

Design

The main criteria was sailing ability and balance. Sweet Waters is the epitome of the large single handed cruising yacht. Set the sails and helm and she looks after herself. All tackle runs to the cockpit from whence one person can easily handle the vessel. The masts booms and spars are of extruded aluminium and she is if anything overstayed with heavy stainless steel rigging. She features a roller furling Genoa and roller boom on the main. Sweet Waters is also fitted with an Aires Wind-Vane
The hull is of GRP (fibreglass and varies in thickness from 6 inches to one inch (33 mm). She carries 6 tons of lead ballast and draws 2,5 m of water. She has a full keel with a powerful stainless steel re-enforced rudder operated by a hydraulic powered steering system. 
A Rolls Royce built Marine Perkins 4 cylinder 85 Hp. Diesel engine provides ample power with a top
 speed of 9 knots.

She carries a ton of diesel giving a range of some 1000 miles. She carries 1,5 tons of water for her filtered, pressurised and heated water supply systems.
The interior is finished in teak and rare yellow wood, obtained from first class South African railway coaches and famous old hotels from the elegant bygone era in Durban. She has an aft stateroom, large double captain's stateroom, Pilot's cabin and crew's quarters for two. The cockpit seats 6 and converts to two extra bunks.  The heads include basin and shower and are situated next to a laundry. A spacious saloon open planned with a well-equipped galley is flanked by a navigation station. The decks are of teak planking. The coach-roof is made of 25 mm marine ply sheathed in fibreglass. The engine room is roomy and houses a power full 12v to 220v inverter and integral mechanical and electrical infrastructure covering a host of features. 
Navigation equipment includes two main magnetic compasses, one in the cockpit and one at the chart table. Electronics include, Radar GPS, Yeoman Plotter, Depth sounder, engine, wind instruments, VHF radio, SSB radio, Radio direction finder and electronic autopilot, Hi Fi's and TV's in main cabins and saloon.
 
The result is a vessel with a superbly romantic "olde worlde" atmosphere saturating her four cabins, the spacious saloon, convertible cockpit and comfortable heads. Add to that the interesting history of the vessel and the uniqueness of this yacht cannot be overstated.

Registration details

 

Port Sail CC Reg.

No. CKJ90/10587/23

Operating Sailing Yacht Sweet Waters.

Reg. No DTD 085R, Charter license no’s 8025, and 19723

Contact Details

 

P O Box 101161;

Richards Bay, 3901,

KZN, South Africa;
Mobile  +27 (0) (73) 1 5678 25;

Fax +27 (0) (86)  673 8407

E-mail izak@izak.co.za